Decoding Real Estate Jargon: Essential Terms Every Buyer and Seller Should Know in British Columbia

Decoding Real Estate Jargon: Essential Terms Every Buyer and Seller Should Know in British Columbia

Navigating the real estate market in British Columbia can sometimes feel like learning a new language. Whether you're buying, selling, or investing, understanding real estate jargon is crucial to make informed decisions. This guide will demystify common terms used by realtors, mortgage brokers, and other real estate professionals in BC, helping you navigate the process with confidence.

1. MLS® System (Multiple Listing Service®)

The MLS® System is a crucial tool in real estate, providing a comprehensive database of property listings. It's a primary resource for agents to list properties and for buyers to search for homes, offering detailed information including price, features, and photographs.

2. Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)

A Comparative Market Analysis is a tool used by real estate professionals to determine the market value of a property. It compares the property in question to similar properties in the area that have recently sold, are currently on the market, or were on the market but did not sell.

3. Subject Removal

Subject removal refers to the process of removing conditions ('subjects') from an offer to purchase a property. These conditions might include financing approval, home inspections, or the sale of the buyer’s current home. Once all subjects are removed, the sale can proceed.

4. Equity

In real estate, equity refers to the difference between the market value of a property and the amount still owed on its mortgage. It represents the homeowner's financial stake in the property and can increase over time as the mortgage is paid down and/or the property value appreciates.

5. Strata Fees

Common in condominiums and townhouses, strata fees are monthly payments made by residents to a strata corporation. These fees cover the costs of maintaining and repairing common property areas like gardens, pools, and building exteriors.

6. Closing Costs

Closing costs are expenses over and above the price of the property in a real estate transaction. They include legal fees, land transfer taxes, and other administrative costs that need to be paid to complete a real estate transaction.

7. Fixed vs. Variable Mortgage Rates

A key decision for homebuyers in BC is choosing between a fixed or variable mortgage rate. Fixed-rate mortgages keep the same interest rate for the entire term, while variable rates can fluctuate with the market.

8. Capital Gains Tax

Capital Gains Tax is a tax on the profit made from selling a property. In Canada, this tax is only applicable to non-primary residences, such as investment properties.

9. Pinnacle Homes Group: Your Real Estate Glossary Guide

At Pinnacle Homes Group, we believe in empowering our clients with knowledge. Understanding these terms can significantly impact your real estate decisions. We are here to guide you through every step of the process, ensuring clarity and confidence in your real estate journey.


Real estate in British Columbia comes with its own set of terms and jargon. Armed with this knowledge, you're better prepared to navigate the market. Whether buying, selling, or investing, Pinnacle Homes Group is committed to providing you with the expertise you need.

For more real estate resources and guidance in British Columbia, visit Pinnacle Homes Group.

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