Homebuyer Forum

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Event date: March 6, 2019
Showtime: 4pm – 8:00pm
Location: Hyatt Regency, (655 Burrard Street, Vancouver)

You Can Buy Into this Local Market:

The 25th annual Homebuyer Forum, presented in part by BC Housing is an informative and interactive evening for first-time homebuyers, parents helping their children buy a home, homeowners looking to downsize and people new to the marketplace.

We’ve selected industry experts who can speak to the current marketplace, share real life strategies and help empower people to leverage their buying power. Vancouver has become a buyer’s market. Now is the time learn about the local markets, and build financial strategies, to buy smart.

Covering topics such as up and coming neighbourhoods, leveraging the bank of mom & dad and navigating the world of strata, this event will provide both strategic and tactical tips on how to buy into Metro Vancouver’s market.

Seminar Schedule:

  • The Homebuyer Forum offered one day only, is free to attend, and will be streamed live. Both options require registration.  People are encouraged to attend in person, to take the opportunity to meet with industry experts in the marketplace.
  • Panel discussions are interactive. Send your questions in advance, and during the panel discussions @HAVANofficial. #HAVANhome

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm       Marketplace (Educational Tradeshow)

5:00 pm to 5:45 pm       Know Your Local Market

CMHC’s Housing Market Outlook
Up and coming, affordable Neighbourhoods, Presales & Market Analysis

6:00 pm to 6:45 pm       Financial Strategies

Working with a Mortgage Broker & Creative Financing
Rent to Own & Home Shares
Reverse Mortgages for the Bank of Mom & Dad
Legal Advice

7:00 pm – 7:45 pm         Smart Shopping

Working with Your Realtor
The Benefits of Buying New:  New Home Warranty
Navigating the World of Strata (Bylaws and more with Tony Giovanti, CHOA)
Home Inspections

#HAVANhome @HavanOfficial

Who Should Attend

The 2019 Homebuyers Forum is an informative and interactive evening for:

  • first-time homebuyers
  • parents looking to help their children buy a home
  • homeowners looking to downsize.
  • people new to Vancouver
Event Agenda

Seminar Schedule:

Seminar Schedule: Our expert panels will focus on sharing real life examples. We encourage you to send in your questions, in advance, and during the panel discussions.

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm       Marketplace (Educational Tradeshow)

5:00 pm to 5:45 pm       Know Your Local Market

CMHC’s Housing Market Outlook
Up and coming, affordable Neighbourhoods, Presales & Market Analysis

6:00 pm to 6:45 pm       Financial Strategies

Working with a Mortgage Broker & Creative Financing
Rent to Own & Home Shares
Reverse Mortgages for the Bank of Mom & Dad
Legal Advice

7:00 pm – 7:45 pm         Smart Shopping

Working with Your Realtor
The Benefits of Buying New:  New Home Warranty
Navigating the World of Strata (Bylaws and more with Tony Giovanti, CHOA)
Home Inspections

 

Speakers

Moderator

  • SHAYNE RAMSAY, CEO BC HOUSING

    As CEO of BC Housing, Shayne Ramsay is responsible for the delivery of a wide range of housing programs and services. No longer just a provider of housing for low-income British Columbians, BC Housing has expanded its mandate during Shayne’s 16 years in the role to include other responsibilities, including licensing residential builders, home warranty insurance, and housing-related research and education.

    In addition to his work with BC Housing, Shayne is currently Chair of the International Housing Partnership, an international organization created to share innovative strategies for the development, operation and sustainability of social housing around the world. The IHP currently comprises 175 member groups from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

    Shayne also chairs Housing Partnership Canada, which is a member of the International Housing Partnership and also focuses on collaborative solutions and shared experiences in social housing.

Panel One: Know Your Local Market 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

  • Eric Bond, Principal Market Analyst, Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation

    Eric Bond is CMHC’s Principal Market Analyst and spokesperson for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Eric provides commentary on new home construction, resale, and rental market developments and their impacts on the housing market. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Economics from Dalhousie University and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

    Eric Bond est chef analyste et porte-parole de la SCHL pour le Grand Vancouver et Fraser Valley. Il commente les marchés du neuf, de la revente et de la location et discute des répercussions qu’a leur évolution sur le marché de l’habitation dans son ensemble. M. Bond est titulaire d’un baccalauréat ès sciences en chimie et en économie de l’Université Dalhousie et d’une maîtrise ès arts en économie de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique.

  • W. Scott Brown, President, Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing

    As President & CEO of Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing Limited (Fifth Avenue) Scott directly oversees the growth and success of the project marketing and sales teams responsible for delivering sales success and developer partner satisfaction. Throughout his 28 years of work experience, Scott has formed and led teams that have set sales records in North America and Asia. He has consistently provided high quality strategic advisory services to leading global organizations and expanded his marketing and sales strategy creation, culture development and performance enhancement expertise.

    Scott is a “hands-on” executive who leads a talented and experienced team of strategic and operational experts to provide exceptional service to Fifth Avenue’s clients. He is actively involved in the development of the Marketing and Sales Program for each project. He is also personally involved in ensuring that Fifth Avenue has the most professional and dedicated sales representation in the market by leveraging his vast high-performance sales coaching knowledge and expertise. Scott is also a sought-after media resource and speaker with respect to the status of new multifamily home market in Metropolitan Vancouver.

    Previously, Scott served as a founding partner and Senior Vice President of Colliers International’s Residential Project Marketing Group working with clients including: Adera, Altus Group, Bosa Properties, Blexo Development, Century Group, Ernst & Young, HJ Properties, Macdonald Development Corporation, Omicron Development, Panther Group of Companies, Polygon Homes, Qualico, and Rize Alliance. Prior to Scott served as Chief Sales Officer at Kor Real Estate where he oversaw the startup and global expansion of Kor Real Estate’s project marketing firm. His work at Kor included extensive leadership of marketing and sales advisory assignments for projects located in Manila, Philippines; Anguilla; Playa del Carmen, Mexico; Miami, Florida, USA; Seychelles; Da Nang, Viet Nam and Bangkok, Thailand.

    Scott began his residential career working for Intrawest where he concluded by serving as Senior Vice President with Intrawest/Playground. He oversaw a billion-dollar-per annum portfolio of projects situated throughout North America and Asia. Scott was also directly responsible for leading strategic partnerships including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and negotiated a significant joint venture with Colliers that expanded Playground’s business to Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Panel Two: Financial Strategies 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

  • Alisa Aragon, Mortgage Expert, Bridgestone Financing Pros with DLC Mountainview Ltd.

    An award winning 5 year member of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association, Alisa Aragon is the go-to expert for all of her client’s financing needs. She understands the construction industry as a result of extensive and varied career experience with high profile companies, including Polygon Homes, Ledingham McAllister, The Quigg Group and Hollyburn Properties.

    After more than 15 years in the real estate industry, Alisa obtained her Mortgage license from the University of British Columbia and started her own business in 2011. She recently established Bridgestone Financing Pros (with Dominion Lending Centres Mountain View Ltd.) after a successful partnership in Your Mortgage Solutions Group with Dominion Lending Centres Mountain View Ltd.

    Alisa finds joy in positively impacting the lives of others while building lasting relationships! Whether her client’s are a first time home buyer, or an established business looking to grow, Alisa will help them become successful with their financing needs.

    Creating short and long term strategies that are customized for each client, she then achieves a successful outcome by using a unique combination of financing tools. Her clients come to her for residential and commercial mortgages, leasing of equipment and machinery. She also brokers unsecured personal and working capital loans that help them take their businesses to the next level.

    Alisa is a regular contributing writer to Real Estate Weekly (REW.ca), and the New Home & Condo Guide Metro Vancouver Edition.

  • John Fries, , CIM District Vice President HomEquity Bank

    John joined HomEquity Bank in January 2010. He is responsible for the development of the reverse mortgage market focusing on mortgage brokers. Formerly he held the position of Vice President, National Sales for The Ethical Funds Company focused on growing assets through retail advisor and institutional channels across the country. Prior he was the Vice President, National Sales for Credential Group which was responsible for the national sales and business development functions in the Canadian credit union system and as Provincial Branch Manager (Sask.) overseeing the Credential Securities Inc. operation.

    John has over 35 years of extensive experience in the financial services industry with both Canada’s largest independent investment dealer (Merrill Lynch/Midland Walwyn) and various management positions with Canada’s largest financial institution (Royal Bank).

    He also is a former member of the Board of Directors for Credential Securities Inc.

     

     

  • Ian Moes, Partner, Kuhn LLP

    Ian Moes, Partner, Kuhn LLP

    Ian is a partner with the law firm Kuhn LLP. Kuhn LLP is the preferred legal supplier of the Homebuilders Association Vancouver. They have a team of lawyers with extensive experience in the construction industry. Ian serves a broad range of clients, including developers, builders, renovators, trades, suppliers, architects, engineers and government entities.

    Each year Kuhn LLP and Ian present seminars on Contracts, Builders Liens, and Employment Law for the Homebuilders Association. Since 1998, they have been the creators and instructors of the Construction Law Course that is part of the CHBA-BC Certified Residential Builder Program.

Panel Three: Smart Shopping 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

  • Wendy Acheson, Vice President & Registrar, Licensing and Consumer Services Branch of BC Housing

    Wendy has 21 years of experience in licensing and the regulation of professionals, as well as legal matters, government, housing and consumer protection. She is responsible for administering the Homeowner Protection Act, overseeing licensing compliance and consumer-service operations. She has led important initiatives to increase the quality of residential construction and strengthen consumer protection.

    Prior to her current role, Wendy was deputy registrar of the Homeowner Protection Office. She was also director of licensing at the Architectural Institute of British Columbia for six years. Wendy has degrees in both law and political science from the University of Calgary.

  • Tony Gioventu, Executive Director, Condominium Home Owners’ Association of British Columbia

    Tony is the Executive Director of the Condominium Home Owners’ Association of B.C. (CHOA), a consumer association in British Columbia with over 200,000 members comprising strata corporations, owners, and business members who serve the strata industry.

    Tony is the weekly Condo Smarts columnist for The Province and The Times Colonist.  Since 2002 Tony has written over 1,000 columns and information bulletins dedicated to strata living and is the co-author of “A Practical Guide to Bylaws: the Strata Property Act, and “Understanding Governance: Strata Rules of order and procedures in British Columbia.”  Tony has served as a director/committee member for the Homeowner Protection Office, BC Building Envelope Council, Canadian Standards Association, The Real Estate Council of BC, and continues to play an active role in research and development of building standards, legislation for strata corporations and consumer protection. With offices in New Westminster, Victoria and Kelowna CHOA provides service to its members throughout the province, promoting an understanding of strata living, and the interests of strata property owners. On average the association fields 300 inquiries a day from owners, strata council members, managers, and agents, and delivers over 100 seminars annually on a variety of strata related topics including governance, operations, and administration.

  • Phil Moore, President, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV)

    A former Vancouver police officer, Phil Moore has been a REALTOR® and member of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) since 1989. He works with the Burnaby-based RE/MAX Central. In addition to his real estate business, Phil is active in the community and is involved with many charities, including BC Camp Choice.

  • Glenn Duxbury, QAO, Duxbury & Associates-Building Inspection and Consulting Ltd

    Glenn is the Owner & Founder of Duxbury & Associates-Building Inspection and Consulting Ltd., a family-owned service business, based in New Westminster, created to serve, educate and protect homeowners, home buyers, renters and landlords.  Some of the larger Clients now have included BC Hydro, both area Universities, the Vancouver and Surrey School Boards, Fortis BC, numerous Law firms and Property Management companies.

    Working closely with Strata Councils and their various elected members as a licensed Property Manager for over 12 years, Glenn has presented to thousands of 1st-time home buyers and has served on several Boards.

    An educator and mentor, as well as an expert witness & speaker, Glenn & his company is also a member of numerous professional Associations, including RCI, ASTTBC, Consumer Protection BC, the Safer Home Society, HAVAN, BC Building Envelope Council and the Better Business Bureau.

    Glenn joined the LJ Christmas Manor Board in 2018, upon invitation, for his extensive technical knowledge and experience.