Useful info

Upfront Costs

Once you have determined a home price range you can afford and are pre-approved at a financial institution for the type and amount of mortgage you qualify for, you should calculate the associated costs involved in the transaction.

Mortgage Loan Insurance

If yours is a high ratio mortgage (less than 25% down payment), you may need mortgage loan insurance. This may range in cost from 0.5% to 3% of the loan amount and may be either added to your mortgage or paid out upon closing.

Appraisal Fee

An appraisal on the value of the home may be required by your mortgage lender. Fees may range from $200 to $400.


A nominal amount of $1000 may be made when your Offer to Purchase is accepted and increased to $5000 or $10,000 when all conditions/subjects are removed. At times, a deposit in the amount of 5% of the purchase price may be required.

Down Payment

At least 5% of the purchase price is usually required for a high-ratio mortgage and at least 25% of the purchase price is usually required for a conventional mortgage.

Home Inspection

It is highly recommended that you get this done in order to identify home defects prior to closing. A CAHI(BC) certified inspector will charge about $400.

Property Transfer Tax

This provincial charge is based on the property’s purchase price. The rate is set at 1% on the first $200,000 and 2% on the balance.

Prepaid Property Taxes and/or Utility Bills

To reimburse the seller for pre-paid costs such as property taxes which are paid on July 1.

Property Insurance

The mortgage lender requires this because the home is security for the mortgage. Property insurance must be in place on closing day.

Legal Survey

The mortgage lender may ask for a legal survey of the property to stake and certify legal lot lines and give accurate dimensions. Costs vary but may range from $1000 to $2000.

Site Survey

You may wish to obtain a site survey showing all buildings as they are situated on the property at cost of about $350.

Plot Plan

Usually this plan is supplied by the seller showing lot lines and dimensions at a cost of under $10.

Wood Stove & Chimney Inspection

Usually this report is provided by the seller to ensure safety and home insurance requirements have been and can be met. A WETT certified inspector will charge about $100.

Water Quality Inspection

Usually this report is provided by the seller to ensure the well water quality meets standards. The cost is about $125 to have water sent to a nearby laboratory for testing.

Well Inspection

Usually this report is provided by the seller to ensure that both the well water volume (gal/min) and condition of the well (pumps, switches) is adequate. The cost for this is about $250.

Septic System Inspection

Usually this report is provided by the seller. If a recent septic inspection isn’t available then it is advisable to get this done. Both the size of the septic field in relation to the size of the home as well as the functionality of the septic system is assessed. A qualified inspector will charge about $150 to $300 for this service.

Title Insurance

Your lender or lawyer/notary may suggest title insurance to cover loss caused by defects of title to the property at a cost of about $150.

Legal Fees and Disbursements

Lawyer’s fees are generally about $500. Title registration and other conveyance costs are about $300 to $500 depending upon circumstances.

Government Sales Tax (GST)

Visit Canada Revenue Agency’s website if you consider the GST tax may apply to your property purchase.

Other Costs

You may have other costs to consider:

  • Moving Expenses.
  • Service Hook-up Fees. A deposit may also be required for utilities such as telephone, electrical, cable and gas.
  • Condominium Fees. Be prepared to issue post-dated cheques to cover your monthly strata fees.
  • Renovations, Repairs or Decorating.

Please Note  |  Actual costs may vary. The foregoing has been provided to assist you in planning your home purchase.

Qualicum Beach Market Update

Market Craziness, Difficult to Understand

With all the chatter about real estate listing shortage, one glaring fact is shown in the following graph. As we navigate the current pandemic restrictions and travel restrictions, the difference in available listings and the immediate sales graphic lines, are nearly overlaid, leaving many buyers standing on the sidelines. In a few examples, buyers are nearly in panic mode as some are making financing-free and subject-free offers to nail down a home.

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The Latest News

Here is the latest news from the Parksville Qualicum Beach real estate market.


Sales are steady as a lack of inventory is keeping Buyers at bay, on Vancouver Island. Click on "Read more" for current basic Market DATA. Read more...

MARKET UPDATE: February 28, 2021

No news is good news? Lack of inventory is resulting in frantic 'bidding' for available properties as purchasers are increasingly frustrated submitting offers, only to be disappointed. Not all properties will sell to the 'highest bidder', as some sellers have specific requests, like rent-back, specific closing dates, and other special considerations. Work with your REALTOR to tailor your offer to be successful. Remember, it is also in the REALTOR's best interest to have a happy client. CLICK on "Read more" for a quick market overview. For a more DETAILED Market snapshot, view the next article below this one. Read more...


CLICK on "Read more" for up-to-date February Market UPDATE. >>> Homes above and below the $1 million mark are experiencing multiple offers without sales conditions, meaning cash offers with no building and other inspections. Anyone needing to carry a mortgage is strongly advised to have a mortgage broker on speed-dial, and be pre-approved. This is especially important in the Oceanside area where REALTORS, Brokers and consumers can not project the incredible pace and jumps in real estate prices. Read more...

MARKET UPDATE: January 31, 2021

Historically low inventory has deeply affected prices, leaving many buyers standing on the sidelines waiting for compatible homes. Homes below the $1 million mark are experiencing multiple offers without sales conditions, meaning cash offers with no building and other inspections. Read more...

MARKET UPDATE: December 31/2020 Qualicum Beach/Parksville

NANAIMO, BC – The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) reports that sales of single-family homes in December increased by 34 per cent from one year ago and were 28 per cent lower than in November. Last month, 302 single-family detached properties (excluding acreage and waterfront) sold on the MLS® System compared to 226 in December 2019 and 421 in November 2020. Read more...

There are No Single Family Homes for Sale

A couple of years ago, there were plenty of single family homes for sale in our area, below the $600,000 level, which is prompting people to speculate that "prices have to come down, this is not affordable". Some buyers are blaming the Realtors for pushing up prices. Read more...

MARKET UPDATE: November 30/2020 Qualicum Beach/Parksville

DECEMBER 1, 2020 STRONG BUYER DEMAND HAMPERED BY LOW INVENTORY NANAIMO, BC – Last month, 422 single-family detached properties (excluding acreage and waterfront) sold on the MLS® System compared to 318 in November 2019, a 33 per cent increase. Sales dipped by 19 per cent from October. In the condo apartment category, sales rose by 65 per cent year over year and decreased by 17 per cent from October. Row/townhouse sales increased by 84 per cent from the previous year but dropped by eight per cent from October. “Although sales decreased in September and October, we attribute it to a lack of inventory, not weakening demand,” says VIREB president-elect Ian Mackay. “The buyers are there, but the listings aren’t.” Please Click on "Read more" to see more details. Read more...

Market Update October 31/2020 Qualicum Beach/Parksville

The real estate market is still on fire with buyers, but listing inventory is hitting new lows with just 285 active and open residential properties available for sale. In 2019 the inventory was tight at 500 homes but many buyers found homes and properties to suit their needs. This year, it is taking some imagination, determination and pure luck for the many buyers to find a sweet-heart property. Please Click on "Read more" for a comprehensive report. Read more...