Resources

Recommended Professionals

1. Home inspectors in Victoria, B.C.

i. Russ McCarthy from Barnes & Co.  http://inspectionsvictoria.com/

ii.  James Parr from Safe and Sound Home Inspection http://safeandsoundhomeinspections.ca/

iii. Marty Erletz from http://victoria.pillartopost.com/home

iv.  InspecTech Building Inspections http://www.inspectech.org/

2. Drain tile inspection

i Brett from http://callawayplumbinganddrains.ca/

ii. Rod from Rival-Rooter http://www.rival-rooter.com/

iii. Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services http://www.rotorooter.com/

iv.  RainTek Drainage & Irrigation http://www.raintek.ca/services/drain-tile-camera-inspection-cleaning/

3. Electrical inspection

i.  ARQ Electrical Systems http://www.arqelectricalsystems.com/

ii.  A T&T Electric. Ph: 250-383-7167 or 250-744-4550

4. WETT inspection

i. Pro.Sweep www.prosweepplus.com

5. Licenced buried oil tank scan companies in Victoria, B.C.

i.  Victoria Tank Service Limited. Ph: 250-385-8221

ii. ScanPlus. http://scanplusca.netfirms.com/

iii.  Western utilities. http://www.westernutilities.ca/

iv. Wittich Environmental (soil testing).  http://www.wesltd.net/

6. Septic inspectors

i.  Digger Dale Contracting.  http://diggerdalecontracting.com/real-estate-site-inspection

7. Well water inspectors

i.  Ayre Pump Services. Ph: 250-474-5627

8. Geotechnical services

i.  Ryzuk Geotechnical Engineering.  http://www.ryzuk.com/

9.  Plumbing services

i.  Dan from Hillside Plumbing. Ph: 250-881-5778

10.  Asbestos site assessment and testing

i.  Pacific Environmental Consulting http://pacificehs.totalsafety.com/

11.  Lawyers & Notary

i.  Dawson Mullin from Dawson Mullin Law (Lawyer). Ph: 250-590-1154 Email: dmullin@dawsonmullinlaw.com

ii. Peter Nikolich from Peter Nikolich Law Corporation (Lawyer). Ph: 250-388-6600

iii.  Sabrina Hanousek from Notaries on Douglas (Notary).  http://www.notariesondouglas.com/

12.  Archaeology Site Data Requet  Form

i.  BC Goverment www.archdatarequest.nrs.gov.bc.ca

Other Resources

Home Buyers’ Plan
Qualifying home buyers can withdraw up to $25,000 (couples can withdraw up to $50,000) from their RRSPs for a down payment. Home buyers who have repaid their RRSP may be eligible to use the program a second time. Canada Revenue Agency.  Website: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/rrsp-reer/hbp-rap/menu-eng.html

BC Property Transfer Tax (PTT) First Time Home Buyers’ Program

Qualifying first-time buyers may be exempt from paying the PTT of 1% on the first $200,000 and 2% on the remainder of the purchase price of a home priced up to $500,000. There is a proportional exemption for homes priced up to $525,000.  http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/business/Property_Taxes/Property_Transfer_Tax/first_Time_home_buyer.htm

BC Home Owner Grant

Reduces school property taxes by up to $570 on properties with an assessed value up to $1,150,000. For 2011, the basic grant is reduced by $5 for each $1,000 of value over $1,150,000, and eliminated on homes assessed at $1,264,000. An additional grant reduces property tax by a further $275 for a total of $845 for seniors, veterans and the disabled. This is reduced by $5 for each $1,000 of assessed value over $1,150,000 and eliminated on homes assessed at $1,319,000 or more.  http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Home_Owner_Grant/hog.htm

B.C. Real Estate New Home HST/GST Calculator

http://www.rosborough.com/bc-real-estate-new-home-hst-calculator.html

Condo Resources

Condominium Buyers’ Guide

The Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation has a document available called the “Condominium Buyer’s Guide.” It’s a guide to help you become an informed condominium buyer and to help you make the best choice.  It is available here -> http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/odpub/pdf/63100.pdf