Home Buyers Recession Period


The Home Buyer Rescission period gives home buyers the right to withdraw from a home purchase agreement within three business days after an offer is accepted.

The home buyers rescission period, hbrp came into effect in January 2023. This legislation allows for a three-day cooling-off period where a buyer can back out of their residential real estate purchase at any time during this cooling-off period. This allows those who have written unconditional offers but maybe feel they have paid too high of a purchase price or who decided not to enter the real estate market time to back out of the contract of purchase and sale.

Today I will share some common questions and answers about the home buyer rescission period hbrp real estate rule in BC.

Rescinding Offers: Buyer’s Perspective

What Types of Properties are Subject to the HBRP?

The Types of Residential Properties subject to the HRBP include:

Does the Home Buyer Rescission Period apply if there are no realtors involved?

This home buyer recession period applies even if a realtor does not represent you.

Is there a fee associated with the Home buyer rescission Period?

Where a buyer exercised the right of rescission under the HBRP Regulation, the buyer will be required to pay a rescission fee equal to 0.25% of the accepted offer price to the seller.

When does the recession period start?

The recession period starts on the final acceptance date, the date when the contract is fully accepted by all parties.

How long does the home buyer rescission period last?

The home buyer’s rescession period is three full business days after the final acceptance date.

The home buyer’s rescession period does not include Saturdays, Sundays, or Holidays.

How are people notified of this new right?

The standard residential contract of purchase and sale has been updated to include the home buyer’s right of rescission.

How is rescission notice served?

Notice to rescind a contract on residential real estate is served by delivering written noticed by either email, registered mail or to the seller’s fax number.

BCREA has published a calculator that will let you know when the recession expires and will calculate the withdrawal penalty for you.

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Liz Penner is a top-selling licensed real estate salesperson with the Fraser

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