B.C.’s Cooling-Off Period | Home Buyer Rescission Period
B.C.’s Cooling-Off Period Home buyers are now able to back out of a residential purchase within a set period after signing a contract thanks to BC’s new Home Buyer Rescission Period, also known as the “cooling-off period.” This change to real estate law was done so by the government of BC to help ‘cool off’ the market and the speed of decision making. Taking effect on January 1, 2023, it regulates all residential real estate, with few exceptions, regardless of whether a licensed real estate representative is involved in the transaction. Home Buyer Rescission Period Home buyers can choose to rescind a contract within 3 business days after the final acceptance of a firm and binding offer. It applies to all contracts, regardless of subjects, and cannot be waived by either the seller, buyer, or their representatives. Home buyers can legally withdraw from the firm and binding offer in exchange for a fee of 0.25% of the purchase price. If you have any questions about the new regulations, I encourage you to contact us as we would be happy to walk you through the new regulation and its implications on home buying and homeownership.
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