Real Estate

Mark your calendars for 2013 GVHBA events

The Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association has a busy calendar for the year ahead, with events for homeowners, builders and other real estate professionals.

The BC Home & Garden Show will take place on Feb. 20 to 24 at BC Place. The GVHBA is a partner in the event and presents the Renovation Gallery that showcase before and after photos of professional renovations.

The show features local experts in all aspects of home ownership, from renovation to organization, appearances by HGTV celebrities and tons of tips for outdoor living and gardening.

Tickets are available online at www.bchomeandgardenshow.com or at BC Place during the show.

The GVHBA Ovation Awards will be handed out on April 20 at a gala awards dinner. The awards honour the best of the best in new-home construction, renovation and design in the Lower Mainland. The finalists will be announced on Feb. 6. This year, the GVHBA will hand out the People's Choice Award for the first time, giving the public a chance to vote for their favourite new or renovated project.

The annual First-Time Home Buyer Seminar will be presented on March 19. The seminar gives prospective buyers a chance learn from experts on all aspects of the home-buying process. Builders and suppliers are in attendance before the seminar to allow people to ask questions and research potential professionals. The seminar is the largest of its kind in North America, and is always well-attended.

The GVHBA will also hold its annual Spring Renovation Seminar in May, with the date to be announced. The event is free (though pre-registration is required), and features renovators, designers and suppliers who will guide homeowners through every step of the renovation process.

The Parade of Renovated Homes will take place on June 9. The public will be invited to tour several professionally renovated homes in the Metro Vancouver area. This year will be the 20th annual parade, which always includes a variety of home types and budgets.

For more information and a list of other events, visit www.gvhba.org.

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