Homebuyer Forum

Event date: March 7, 2018
Showtime: 4pm – 8:30pm
Location: SFU Downtown (515 W Hastings St, Vancouver)

Are you wondering how you can afford a home
in Metro Vancouver?


Learn how by attending the GVHBA Homebuyer Forum on March 7, 2018, presented by BC Housing. Working with industry experts, in a series of educational panels we will cover tactical topics; such as, buying direct from developers, up and coming neighbourhoods, rent-to-own options, leveraging the bank of mom & dad, and navigating the world of strata, this event will provide you with strategic tips on how to enter the Metro Vancouver market.

Unable to attend? You can view the seminars live (register for access). Be sure to send us your questions via the chat room – we’ll be answering as many as possible during Q&A. You can also tweet us @GVHBA #GVHBAhome.


Who Should Attend

The 2018 Homebuyers Forum on March 7, 2018, is an informative and interactive evening for first-time homebuyers, parents helping their children get into a home, and homeowners new to the market or looking to downsize.

Covering topics; such as, buying pre-sales from developers, up and coming neighbourhoods, rent-to-own options, leveraging the bank of mom & dad and navigating the world of strata, this event will provide you both strategic and tactical tips on how to enter the Metro Vancouver market.


Event Agenda

Seminar Schedule:

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Marketplace (Educational Tradeshow)
5:00 pm to 5:45 pm Strategies for Buying into a Home
Working with a Mortgage Broker & Strategic Financing
Rent to Own & Home Shares
Reverse Mortgages for the Bank of Mom & Dad
6:00 pm to 6:30 pm Understand Your Local Market
CMHC’s Housing Market Outlook
Affordable Neighbourhoods, Presales & Market Analysis
6:45 pm – 7:15 pm Working with Developers to Rethink Vancouver Real Estate
Presales, and How to Protect Yourself
Working with Developers: the Future of Development
7:30 pm – 8:15 pm It’s Time to go Shopping
Navigating the World of Strata (Bylaws and Everything)
How to Save Money: Home Energy Considerations
Working with a Realtor
The Benefits of Buying New:  New Home Warranty


Unable to attend? Be sure to register, as you can view the seminars live. Be sure to send us your questions via the chat room – we’ll be answering as many as possible during Q&A. You can also tweet us @GVHBA #GVHBAhome.

We encourage you to arrive early and check out the educational Marketplace that will run concurrently from 4.00p – 8.30 pm – offering potential buyers the chance to interact with real estate specialists and view a variety of housing forms and product.




    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: Strategies for Buying Into a Home (5:00 pm - 5:45 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.



  • Cindy Faulkner, Mortgage Broker/Owner , Verico Coastal Mortgages Inc.

    Cindy Faulkner offers more than 25 years of industry experience in the Mortgage and Real Estate Industry. She has been a business owner for more than 22 years and holds a Diploma of Technology in Human Resource Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

    As a founder of BrokerSmart and co-owner of Verico Coastal Mortgages Inc., she has a wealth of knowledge and experience that makes her one of Canada’s top brokers. Her warm personality and her honest, straight forward approach puts everyone at ease and makes what is sometimes a complicated process seem seamless and easy. In her spare time, she chases around her 7 grandchildren, loves to play golf or go to yoga, and enjoys a little quiet time with her husband.

Panel Two: Understand Your Local Market (6:00 pm - 6:30 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 Three: Working with Developers to Rethink Vancouver Real Estate (6:45 pm - 7:15 pm)

  • Michael Garrett, Vice President, StreetSide Developments, a Qualico Company

    In 2015, Michael brought 25 years of extensive industry experience to join StreetSide Developments, a Multi-Family Division of the Qualico Group – Western Canada’s largest residential developer and builder. As Vice President, he oversees StreetSide Vancouver’s strategic directions and operations. Michael has led phenomenal sales successes of multiple projects, some of which have been nominated or awarded by notable real estate organizations.

    Michael’s expertise derives from senior management roles in development and construction. He was involved in high profile residential and commercial properties in the Oakridge, South Granville, and Coal Harbour neighborhoods. His responsibilities included construction cost consultation, mortgage monitoring, cost planning, and project management. Additionally, Michael also served on the board of directors at the Quantity Surveyors Society of British Columbia for 6 consecutive years.

    With a solid background in the real estate industry, Michael shares his wealth of knowledge as a Part-Time Studies Lecturer in the School of Construction & the Environment: Construction Management at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

  • Bob Sethi, Marketing & Sales, Tien Sher Group of Companies

    Born in England and raised in Beautiful British Columbia, Bob Sethi manages marketing and sales for his family’s Tien Sher Group of Companies. He is a graduate of the University of Northern British Columbia (BComm) and a licensed Realtor, heading his own project-driven resale and new home sales teams. Bob’s family, hard work and tenacity have helped him throughout his 20+ year career. Bob enjoys all facets of Real Estate and is most passionate about creating innovative housing solutions for the changing needs of homebuyers and communities. As a single-father Bob is keenly aware of what home ownership means to a family and works daily to make that possible for others.

Panel Four: It's Time to Go Shopping (7:30 pm - 8:15 pm)

  • 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.

  • Brad Ricketts, Energy Solutions Manager, FortisBC

    Brad is an energy solutions manager for new residential and commercial construction markets at FortisBC.

    His focus is helping builders and developers find the right thermal solutions for their projects.  Working with Conservation and Energy Management programs, technology rebates and architectural design challenges Brad, helps builders implement the best energy mix to provide their potential home buyers the most affordable home energy costs.

    Brad works with builders and developers to create greater awareness of the benefits of natural gas, including comfort, efficiency, lifestyle, and affordability.

    Formally educated in Computer Sciences, Brad is a Certified Sales Professional with extensive knowledge in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Construction Industries.

  • Jill Oudil, President, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver

    Jill Oudil has been a REALTOR® since 1992. She currently works with Coldwell Banker Westburn Realty in Burnaby.

    She became a REBGV director in 2012 while serving as Chair of the association’s Burnaby/New West/Tri-Cities Area, a title she held until 2014. Jill has served on numerous committees. She was chair of REBGV’s Governance and HR committees and served on its Professional Standards Task Force.

    She’s an advocate for professionalism in real estate, and recently spearheaded efforts to organize a series of fundraisers to support wildfire victims in BC.

  • 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.