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AT A GLANCE Average Home Purchase Price 387957 GVA 429803 Average Down Payment 8.6 GVA 8.7 AverageHousehold Income 103026 GVA 103468 Source Genworth Canada 2015 New Insurance Written purchase business only. WE WON A BIDDING WAR Jenna and Luke Filiatrault were ready. Now married the then engaged couple were looking for their rst home. But they knew theyd have to weather some high-adrenaline multiple-offer scenarios to get into their desired neighbourhood in Langley British Columbia. Working with mortgage broker Angela Calla of Dominion Lending Centres and REALTOR Rob Boies of Royal LePage West Real Estate Services Jenna and Luke got down to the nitty-gritty. We had a strategy to keep our emotions out of it says Jenna. Before bidding on a house we would check with Angela to ensure there wouldnt be any surprises with our pre-approval and to BRITISH COLUMBIA TYPE OF PROPERTY Condo 15.3 GVA 23.8 Detached 68.3 GVA 53.2 Row 14.1 GVA 21.4 Semi 2.1 GVA 1.7 ensure it was still affordable. Then after consulting with Rob we put our best offer forward. Things didnt always go as planned. It was so emotional explains Jenna. Rob and Angela helped when I would cry because we lost a house or when I was stressed and calling them with questions. Eventually the Filiatraults put in the winning offer on a detached house in their chosen neighbourhood. When we did get the house of our dreams we got it for a fair price says Jenna. Angela and Rob helped us understand that no house was worth not being nancially comfortable or paying over our price range. The couple have been in their house for several months and couldnt be happier 6 GENWORTH CANADA SPRINGSUMMER 2016