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#1 HolyDaffodil

Posted 29 January 2017 - 05:46 PM

For those Canadians's on here, are you able to advise if there is a similar site to RealEstate.com.au or Domain.com.au for rentals in Canada (specifically Vancouver).

DH has been offered a position with his company over there and they are currently negotiating on packages - we were wanting to have a look at our housing options to see whether it would be feasible or not as I ahve heard that Vancouver is very expensive to live in.

We have a few other things to consider regarding our DD1 and schooling etc but would like to see if it is even doable before we look further into those aspects.

Also are there any areas to be avoided?

#2 BornToLove

Posted 29 January 2017 - 06:00 PM

You could use www.realtor.ca as it's where most houses for sale are listed. They might have a few rentals as well.

If you're after a rental, your best looking at kajiji.ca or Craig's list. Some cities will have a specific rental listing website, so I'd look for the area you're interest in and see if they have specific sites.

Vancouver is the Sydney of the Canadian housing market. A lot of people live more inland rather than Vancouver proper.

#3 Cimbom

Posted 29 January 2017 - 06:01 PM

Realtor.com and Zillow.com are good for North America. I'm not sure if they're the 'best' websites but they have lots of listings so you should be able to get a fair idea. Good luck :)

#4 HolyDaffodil

Posted 29 January 2017 - 06:47 PM

Thanks, that is quite helpful. I will have a look at those websites. We are looking to rent since we will only be there a year or two although would consider buying depending on prices / how difficult it would be. If we decided to go over we would have company housing for three months so would be able to sus out where etc once we were there as long as we have an idea of general price range.

We are originally from Sydney so that won't be too bad then.

#5 skylark

Posted 29 January 2017 - 06:58 PM

We have found the Van housing prices to be more comparable to Melbourne than Sydney, i.e., very high, but not so insanely high. Coming from Sydney you will probably not be phased by housing prices. The housing market has dropped a fair bit since they cracked down on Chinese investment about 6 months ago, but it's still a bit of a bubble. Cost of living-wise, it's probably on par, although meat is way more expensive. That's off-set by the amazing and cheaper fish available (probably partly why there's a sushi joint on every corner too).

I can't really help you with neighbourhoods as we are not suburban dwellers and like the more inner suburbs of cities. We like Kitsilano, personally.

#6 An Organised Life

Posted 31 January 2017 - 01:48 PM

There's now a 15 or 20% (I can't remember!) tax on foreign investment, which makes purchasing property quite hard for internationals.

We found rentals best through word of mouth - ask to join neighbourhood groups on Facebook etc. as Craigslist can be hard to navigate.

The difference in renting in Van, is that rentals aren't often managed through realtors, rather than individual owners - hence no Domain/Real Estate.com.au.

We're living in West Point Grey, which is lovely. Kits/Arbutus Ridge are nice as well. Cost of living isn't different at all really, though lamb can be insanely expensive. There are way more options for groceries as well (whole foods, safeway, save on foods etc.) which definitely keeps prices down.

#7 HolyDaffodil

Posted 31 January 2017 - 04:22 PM

Thanks! That is all really helpful information, and it seems a lot more reasonable than i was lead to believe.

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