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5 Best Real Estate Agents in West Vancouver – West Vancouver Realtors

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How to find a GREAT realtor in West Vancouver:

 

Here are the 5 BEST Real Estate Agents in West Vancouver (which we’ve found):

 

The Importance of Choosing the right Real Estate Agent in West Vancouver?

 

Do you really need a West Vancouver real estate agent?

Buying a home in West Vancouver with a realtor.

Selling a home in West Vancouver with a realtor.

 

Metro Vancouver – 5 Things to Know about Metro Vancouver

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If you’ve been in Vancouver for any length of time, you’ve probably heard the term “Metro Vancouver”… you might be wondering, what exactly is Metro Vancouver?

We’re here to share with you FIVE quick highlights that you might like to know about Metro Vancouver to give you a better understanding of the region you live in, relocating to, or are visiting. What is it? What do they do? Who’s involved? How do they operate? What’s some cool tips about Metro Vancouver?

 

5 Things to Know about Metro Vancouver:

1) Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area, and one Treaty First Nation

Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area, and one Treaty First Nation… these include (in order of population as of recent census):

Incorporated Cities in Metro Vancouver:

<1> Vancouver, BC – Population: 633,138

<2> Surrey, BC – Population: 518,078

<3> Burnaby, BC – Population: 232,755

<4> Richmond, BC – Population: 198,309

<5> Coquitlam, BC – Population: 139,338

<6> Township of Langley, BC – Population: 117,890

<7> Delta, BC – Population: 102,248

<8> North Vancouver District, BC – Population: 87,913

<9> Maple Ridge, BC – Population: 82,256

<10> New Westminster, BC – Population: 70,996

<11> Port Coquitlam, BC – Population: 58,612

<12> North Vancouver City, BC – Population: 53,474

<13> West Vancouver, BC – Population: 45,404

<14> Port Moody, BC – Population: 33,551

<15> Langley City, BC – Population: 25,888

<16> White Rock, BC – Population: 19,952

<17> Pitt Meadows, BC – Population: 18,835

<18> Anmore, BC – Population: 2,210

<19> Bowen Island, BC – Population: 3,680

<20> Lions Bay, BC – Population: 1,334

<21> Belcarra, BC – Population: 643

 

Electoral Area in Metro Vancouver:

<1> Electoral Area A – Population: 16,182 (Also known as UBC – University of British Columbia and the UEL – University Endowment Lands. Comprises of up-and-coming/newer/bustling residential villages like Wesbrook Village and University Village along with big waterfront houses adjacent to Point Grey neighbourhood. One thing to note that most property on UEL is leasehold than freehold.)

 

Treaty First Nation in Metro Vancouver:

<1> Tsawwassen First Nation – Population: 816 (Note, First Nations receive special privileges in Canada including exception from fishery laws as well as certain taxes.)

 

Total Population of Metro Vancouver Region:

All in all, this makes for 3,203,502 residents living in the Metro Vancouver region, that is rapidly growing. Many people immigrate to the East or middle of Canada where immigration laws are less stringent and then move to BC, after with the freedom of mobility charter. Note that PR and Citizenship process is a lengthy wait in Canada – except when Justin Trudeau invites illegal immigrants to come to Canada from US. (making the wait longer for legitimate applicants who followed due process)

 

2) Metro Vancouver works to make the region a better place with regional services.

 

3) Metro Vancouver is responsible for some local housing initiatives and regional parks.

 

4) Metro Vancouver leadership is comprised of elected officials from each municipality.

 

5) Metro Vancouver does some incredible work in the region beyond their official duties/purpose.

 

Metro Vancouver used in Colloquial terms:

Further, the term Metro Vancouver often refers to the greater Vancouver area much like the GTA. While it is an actual official governing body or corporate entity, in colloquial terms many local Vancouverites and Metro Vancouver residents refer to Metro Vancouver as the region around the City of Vancouver than the official definition of 22 municipalities, one Electoral Area, and one Treaty First Nations.

It is not uncommon for individuals to refer to Metro Vancouver as meaning Vancouver plus etc. as the City of Vancouver is like the anchor tenant in the region just as Toronto is often referred to for the region with suburb cities as Mississauga, Scarborough, Oakville, and Milton in its shadows. (Using metaphors of the East, as I know… and you will find, many Vancouverites are recovering Torontonians. LOL Joking. But #WestCoastBestCoast. Truthfully however, many Torontonians do move to Vancouver if you talk with locals in Vancouver.)

Each city is unique and important in its own especially with supporting affordable housing and space/land to raise children for families who work in the City of Vancouver. Especially useful to know, if you’re looking to relocate to the City of Vancouver but find the housing prices a little too scary for liking, you can look to real estate in Coquitlam, BC or even cheaper real estate in Port Coquitlam, BC… the region is very connected such that you can drive to downtown Vancouver in under an hour (much like getting from Santa Monica to DTLA) or take the public transit with the West Coast Express bringing you Downtown Vancouver in about 30 minutes from Port Coquitlam. Alternatively, the Metro Vancouver region has an extensive mass rapid transport system (known as the SkyTrain) that connects Downtown Vancouver south to Richmond and Vancouver International Airport or East towards Burnaby, New Westminister, Port Moody, and Coquitlam. As well as an Expo line to Surrey and towards SFU at Production Way-University. There are plans for expansion of the SkyTrain network to Langley and to UBC (University of British Columbia) which will further increase connectivity and unlock access to affordable housing in Langley, BC.

Most people are not referring to Bowen Island or Lions Bay (as cool as it sounds) when mentioning Metro Vancouver; locals refer to it like you might to the GTA for Toronto.

 

Looking for real estate in Metro Vancouver for relocating:

One of the biggest complaint about living or relocating to the City of Vancouver is affordability of housing (unless you want to rent – which rentals are relatively expensive as well compared to other cities in Canada, US, or Asia). You should expect to pay around $1650 to $2000 for a one bedroom apartment in City of Vancouver while Richmond has opportunities around $1400 to $1600 especially for some older buildings with one-bedroom rentals around $1000 to $1400. It’s often more recommendable to buy some real estate as prices tend to increase overtime with population growth and scarcity principles. Renting will simply help the landlord pay his/her mortgages while you are left with nothing of worth in regards to assets at the end. I would recommend renting in downtown regions and buying in suburbs.

If you’re looking to relocate to Metro Vancouver however, I would recommend taking a look at New Westminister Real Estate, it’s nestled between Burnaby and Port Moody/Coquitlam with some of the most under-valued real estate in the region. You would benefit from the connectivity and relative proximity to City of Vancouver with housing prices as low as 30% cheaper what you’ll find in City of Vancouver proper. Especially some older buildings in Port Coquitlam or New Westminister are VERY VERY affordable – but often not talked about for some reason. (Complaining is more fun I suppose.)

Anyways, we hope this might be some useful tips if you’re looking to relocate to the Metro Vancouver region. If you’re looking to work in City of Vancouver, do keep in mind that you can very comfortably, quickly, and even greenly (We’re Vancouver, we care about the environment with our pristine beauty of mountains and sea) commute to your work from many of these Metro Vancouver municipalities. Just keep in mind, you probably don’t want to be living in Surrey, BC. Lol

Further, some of these Metro Vancouver entities are not very accessible such as when you get out to Tsawwassen, White Rock (beautiful place however – waterfront and beach-side relax atmosphere), or Bowen Island. Tsawwassen which is south of Richmond is connected by a bottle neck underpass so your commute will be horrible with traffic jams.

If you’re looking for somewhere convenient to the City of Vancouver without the cost of living in City of Vancouver proper (not much different from the region except where real estate prices differ slightly) you should consider in priority (1) Richmond, BC real estate – coastal city, close to airport, cheap housing prices for apartments because more lax redevelopment process providing more housing supply (2) Burnaby, BC real estate – very large city with many different neighbourhoods in the city with varying characteristics and prices… much like Vancouver. (3) New Westminister, BC real estate – great location, cheap real estate prices, nice city, older heritage city (4) Port Moody, BC real estate – great place, but slightly pricier than surrounding areas (5) Coquitlam, BC real estate – very much inflated in pricing now for a suburb city (6) Port Coquitlam, BC real estate – much rural area but houses are still very affordable and cheap though less connectivity but there is the WCE (West Coast Express) and a car is probably needed (7) North Vancouver City – more expensive relatively to other municipalities in Metro Vancouver but relax resort-like vibe.

Cities to avoid might be Surrey, BC with higher crime rates but VERY cheap housing. (probably due to its reputation but also its redevelopment plan calls for substantial increase in housing alongside University campuses to attract young talent and change its reputation or crime rates… it’s still notorious region in Metro Vancouver to be careful. Many gang activities, drugs, and other crimes. Not pleasant.)

So, that’s pretty much it! A local look at Metro Vancouver. Hope it helps and please feel free to contact us or comment bellow! (We’ll get some heat for our description of Surrey, BC but we hope to share with you the local’s view of things that you may not find elsewhere.)

Port Coquitlam, BC is a city with a lot of potential but especially Langley when the SkyTrain comes. Within the City of Vancouver, East Hastings is a less desirable place. (Plenty of news articles you can find about East Hastings.) We’re not a news site; we hope to help locals rediscover their amazing city and to help tourists experience the best of Vancouver through our local recommendations and answers to questions about the Metro Vancouver region, without bias of sponsored content. (So take a good look at the ads if you find this content helpful! And please remove your ad blocker for when visiting VancityAsks.com)

Best Real Estate Agents in Langley, BC – Best Langley Realtors

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Welcome to VancityAsks.com guide to Langley Real Estate agents.

 

We hope to…

(1) Help you learn how to find a good real estate agent in Langley for your needs.

(2) Provide 5 real estate agents in Langley, BC that we’ve vetted and truly are the top of their class. This is an impartial recommendation of Langley real estate agents and void of bias. We do not receive any financial payments from these realtors; we just truly hope to find the BEST real estate agents in Langley, BC to help readers like yourself – and to reward excellence of these phenomenal realtors by giving them the recognition they deserve. (and hopefully encouraging continued better services)

(3) Some reasons that engaging a real estate agent in Langley can help you with buying or selling your home.

Note: If you like this article, please take a good look at the ads on the page (and remove ad blocker for VancityAsks.com) because we do not have sponsored recommendations/content to maintain the integrity of our content and recommendations (we truly want to find the BEST real estate agents in Langley and not which realtor paid us the most to be featured or recommended/leads) – our website exists with these display advertisement. We also spent hours to find the BEST real estate agents in Langley, BC and hope you found it helpful. Effectively, we ensure there is no financial incentive to who we recommend so you can trust that we’ve truly tried to find the BEST real estate agents in Langley.

 

How to choose a Real Estate agent in Langley:

 

5 BEST Real Estate Agents in Langley, BC:

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Do you need a Langley Realtor?

The question might often arise if you actually need a Langley Realtor; especially for buyers who think they can find listing on their own with MLS search or one of many real estate websites in Metro Vancouver such as REW.ca or Point2Homes.com

That’s a great question. In most cases, having a real estate professional like a realtor on your side is a valuable extra set of eyes and invaluable expertise. The key however is finding the RIGHT realtor for buying or selling your home in Langley, BC. Hiring the wrong real estate agent in Langley can be a nightmare in itself and exceptionally costly or regretful (such as if you end up in a less desirable home because the real estate agent pushed it on you for a bigger commission).

The key is always about who you hire and who you work with; the key (pun intended) is finding the RIGHT Langley realtor to work with – a good Langley real estate agent who puts integrity and people before profits. (Realtors operate as independent corporation with a real estate managing broker so their success directly depends on their own performance/sales – hence there’s a direct correlation or incentive to unscrupulous behavior if it profits them… as is the same in any industry I suppose but a more direct the linkage, the more the incentive. Think something like a used car salesman, an electronic sales person on commission, or the fact that nobody cares about a business’ bottom line more than the business owner – and perhaps the accountant. So finding a real estate agent that has good character and morals is important in your quest to finding a Langley Real Estate Agent.)

Bellow, you’ve listed some reasons why hiring a Langley Realtor can be beneficial if you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Langley, BC.

Buying a Langley Home with a Langley Realtor:

 

Selling a Langley Home with a Langley Realtor:

 

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