Real Estate in Vancouver is relatively young by comparison to some places in the world. 100 years of history is nothing in the whole scheme of things.
When it comes to selling a 100 year old house there seems to be more headaches then years involved in the making of the home! As a Realtor representing the Seller in selling a 100 year old home, I constantly worry about disclosure. I want to make sure that everything possbile about the home is disclosed. Small details about the age of the roof, the possiblity of knob and tube wiring, and whether or not there was ever a rodent problem plague me at 3:00 AM.
If I am the Realtor representing the Buyer, I want to schedule not only a building inspection with a great home inspector that I trust, but I also want to schedule an underground oil tank inspection, and spend as much time as possible looking for any defects or problems that might come along after the Buyer completes the purchase.
On a recent trip to Italy I stopped to chat with a few local Realtors. One of things that struck me as very different about Italy from Vancouver is the fact that in Italy a 300 year old house is nothing! Although in Italy they do have a great many worries in the purchase or sale of a home, they never have to deal with the comment, "100 years old is far too old - for a home!"
Claire LeLacheur Vancouver Real Estate