FIrst Time Home Buyer's Advice | Episode 10 | Important Dates on Your Contract of Purchase of Sale

First Time Home Buyer Advice 10: Completion, Possession, and Adjustment Dates & BC’s Contract of Purchase of Sale

I am Realtor in Vancouver, BC, Canada and I have created this series of videos to help those who need help buying their first condo or house in Metro Vancouver, BC, Canada.

In Episode 9 of the First Time Home Buyers Guide for Vancouver we talked about the Deposit Section of the BC Contract of Purchase and Sale document. Today we are going to talk about the Date sections (Section 3,4, and 5) on page 2 of the Contract of Purchase and Sale.

Why are Dates on a Real Estate Offer?

Both Buyer and Seller and the people helping them (lawyers, notaries, mortgage brokers, banks, lenders etc) need to have a written record of when certain actions are going to take place as per the Accepted Offer (Contract of Purchase and Sale) as well as reference should there be a dispute. So remember when agreeing to dates in a Contract of Purchase and Sale make sure that is possible to do what is agreed at the time agreed upon!

Dates on a BC Contract of Purchase & Sale

  • Completion Date (Section 4) – This is the date when the Buyers money is transferred to the Seller and ownership of the property transfers to the Buyer.
    (Please Note! A Buyer DOES NOT MOVE IN on the Completion Date! No Cash, No Keys!) In the example offer below, the Completion date is on August 25, 2010. Completion Dates can only occur from Monday to Friday (Land Titles Office works Monday to Friday) and it is advisable to complete on a Thursday so there is a weekday to following the Completion Date should there be a delay or an issue. A Buyer can request a Completion Date whenever works best for them and the Seller can always refuse and propose another date in the negotiation.
  • Possession Date (Section 5) – Move In Day! This is date when the Buyer is officially allowed to move in. This date is usually the day after the Completion Date, but it can be any date the Buyer and Seller agree on. Most of the time the Buyer takes possession of the property at 12 Noon, but this is negotiable. In the example below the Possession Date is August 26, 2010.
  • Adjustment Date (Section 6) – This the date when tax and insurance liability pass from the Seller to the Buyer. Its usually the same date as the Possession Date. In the example below the Adjustment Date is August 26, 2010.

Time is of the Essence?

Time is of the Essence basically means that if the actions that are supposed to take place at a certain time such as the Dates above don’t occur, there are very serious consequences that could involve lawyers, courts, and judges if you catch my drift.

Stay tuned for Episode 11 of the First Home Buyers Guide for Vancouver: Included Items (Stay Tuned!)

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