First Time Home Buyer - Avoiding Pitfalls

Buying a first home is a significant life milestone and a major financial and long-term commitment. While it may not be possible to prepare for every possible outcome, it is possible to prepare for potential pitfalls that may occur during the home buying process. REALTORS® recommend identifying and utilizing saving opportunities and avoiding working outside of a budget. They also advise against attempting to manage the process without professional assistance, overlooking assistance programs and hidden costs of homeownership, and moving too fast or purchasing more than can be afforded.

A home buying timeline should be mapped out with a REALTOR® and mortgage broker, and potential credit report issues should be addressed. Additionally, it is important to be honest with one's budget and to have a professional team assembled to support the home buying journey.


British Columbia Foreclosure Process

Foreclosure also known as Court Order Sale

In British Columbia, the process of foreclosure is overseen by the BC Supreme Court. This means that every aspect of the foreclosure process, including the sale of the property, the purchase price, and any commissions paid, must be approved by the court.

 The following is a general overview of the foreclosure process as it pertains to homeowners in British Columbia.

When a homeowner stops making mortgage payments, they may initially receive a letter or phone call from their lender to confirm that this is not a mistake and to give them a chance to rectify the situation. After a couple of months, the lender may send a letter requesting that the homeowner pay off the outstanding mortgage balance or arrears by a certain date, and warning that if they do not, a lawyer will be hired to begin foreclosure proceedings.

If the homeowner does not pay the requested amount, the lender will hire a lawyer to file a document called a "foreclosure petition" with the court. The homeowner will be served with a copy of this petition, which will also be sent to other parties with an interest in the property, such as other mortgage holders or tenants. The homeowner should carefully read the petition and follow the instructions for filing a response.

About a month later, there will be a court hearing during which the judge may grant the lender an "order nisi" and typically give the homeowner a period of time, known as the "redemption period," to pay off the mortgage in full, including interest, costs, and taxes. This period is usually six months, but the lender may ask for a shorter period.

After the redemption period, the lender may choose to have the property sold by the court or seek an "Absolute Order of Foreclosure" from the court. If the property is sold by the court, the court will approve the sale and any proceeds will be used to pay off the outstanding mortgage balance. If the sale does not generate enough money to pay off the lender in full, the lender may seek a deficiency judgment from the court against the borrower.

On the other hand, if an Absolute Order of Foreclosure is granted, the lender will become the new registered owner of the property, and all other parties will be removed from the title. Once this order has been given by the court, no further action can be taken against the borrower. This type of order only takes place if the property value is equal to or greater than the debt, and the borrower has no assets to apply toward any deficiency.

It is important for homeowners to understand that they do have some time to address the situation, but it is in their best interest to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. If they feel they are being treated unfairly by their lender, they should seek legal advice. Otherwise, they should focus on finding a solution to prevent the foreclosure from occurring.

**This article is not ment to give legal advise and is a general discription. Legal Advise is always recommended.


Cross Country Nordic Ski Club on National Stage

The Nordiq Cup Ski races took place in Caledonia, BC, putting local skiers on the national stage. The event, which is part of the Canadian Ski Racing Super Series, featured top athletes from across the country competing in cross-country skiing events.

The races were held at the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club, which provided a challenging course for the competitors. The club's facilities have been undergoing renovations in recent years, which have made it a top-notch venue for ski racing.

The weekend began with a sprint event on Saturday, followed by a distance race on Sunday. The sprint race featured a 1.4-kilometre course, while the distance race was a 10-kilometre event.

The local skiers performed well, with several of them placing in the top 10 of their respective events. One of the top performers was Caledonia Nordic Ski Club member, Andrew Stewart, who placed second in the men's sprint race.

The event also featured a number of other exciting races, including a relay race and a team sprint event. The relay race featured teams of four skiers, while the team sprint event featured teams of two skiers.

The Nordiq Cup ski races provided a great opportunity for local skiers to showcase their talents on a national stage. It also helped to promote the sport of cross-country skiing in the community.

The Caledonia Nordic Ski Club is a community-based organization that provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in the sport of cross-country skiing. The club's facilities and programs are open to the public, and they offer a variety of programs, including recreational skiing, ski lessons, and competitive racing.

The Nordiq Cup ski races are an annual event, and they are a great opportunity for local skiers to compete against some of the best athletes in the country. This year's event was a huge success, and it is sure to be a highlight of the ski racing season for many years to come.

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