Buying or renting / Guides

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...buying, building or renting 1. Building a new home. Building a sustainable and energy efficient house is not necessarily more expensive than building a house simply to meet provincial building codes. Many new home starts have achieved far superior performance while still coming in the same or lower in cost than con...

Real estate

Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

...Buying with a mortgage keeps assets liquid for retirement spending, and you can qualify for a competitive mortgage even in retirement. The Mortgage Reports explains how mortgage approval works when you're no longer working. It’s a good idea to check with your bank or credit union to see if mortgage insurance is worth...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...ormous source of carbon emissions, so it is also a place where we have tremendous room for improvement. This building guide will walk you through the steps than can help you minimize your personal emissions as much as possible, whether you are building, buying or renting. Keep in mind, this is not a sacrifice you are m...