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GVHBA gearing up for great 2013

The Greater Vancouver Home Builders
The Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association will host its Renovation Gallery at the BC Home and Garden Show next month.
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The Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association is welcoming the new year with a slate of big events.

The first will take place on Feb. 6 at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre. The Legends of Housing event will include a panel of residential construction industry leaders including David Podmore of Concert Properties, Peeter Wesick of Wesgroup and Ward McAllister of Ledingham McAllister discussing where they think the housing industry is going and their experiences in the industry, followed by a question and answer session. The session will be moderated by urban design specialist Bob Ransford of Counterpoint Communications.

The GVHBA will also announce the finalists for the 2013 Ovation Awards at the event, which is also the first dinner meeting of the year. Tickets can be purchased on the GVHBA website until Feb. 4.

The next big event in the GVHBA calendar is the BC Home and Garden Show on Feb. 20 to 24. The association hosts the GVHBA Pro Renovation and Design Centre every year, showcasing before and after photos of professional renovations by member companies. You are also able to book a free consultation with a renovation or design professional. The event will take place at BC Place, with tickets available on the day or at While you're there, you can see photos of the finalists for the Ovations Awards, and cast your vote for the first People's Choice Award.

The show features more than 425 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.

The third big event of the next couple months is the annual First-Time Home Buyer Seminar on March 19 at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey. The seminar is the largest of its kind in North America and is always popular. Admission is free, though pre-registration is required on the GVHBA website and attendees are asked to bring an item for the Surrey Food Bank.

"Our experts will help first-time buyers consider all available options and important issues before they take that critical first step onto the property ladder," says GVHBA CEO Bob de Wit. "Real estate continues to be a hot topic in this region, so seminar attendance is expected to be as many or greater than the 750 young people who attended last year's event."

The seminar will cover a wide range of topics, including finding the best home for you, how to choose a location, what's involved when buying a home before it's built and wading through the legal considerations that come with purchasing a home for the first time. Doors will open at 6 p.m. to allow participants to talk to the experts one-on-one, and the seminar will take place between 7 and 9 p.m.

For more information about any of these events and to see a list of others, visit

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