Foreclosures in BC: The Path to Court 

Foreclosures in Vancouver, also known as court-ordered sales, offer distinct opportunities for homebuyers and real estate investors. 

The path to court for foreclosures in BC differs from the standard offer process buyers are used to. Let's take a closer look at the typical foreclosure path from list date to court date -- ignoring the legal kerfuffle leading up to sale (petition to the court, order nisi, an order of sale, and so on.). 

Foreclosures in BC - Timeline

Just Listed
Once the lender has permission to sell and market the court ordered sale, a fair market list price is selected based on an appraisal (by an appraiser) and Comparative Market Analysis (by a local real estate agent). The bank hires a real estate agent to list the property on MLS, and showings can begin.

Accepted offer
Initial offers are received by the listing agent and reviewed by the lender. The lender will accept an offer. This offer may have buyer subjects and will always be subject to court approval.

Court Date
A court date is set once all buyer subjects are removed and a deposit is received. It is typically about a month wait or so for court. At this point, the accepted offer amount and court date will be public information. 

Continued Marketing
The listing agent continues to market and show the property to prospective buyers. There will likely be an opportunity to schedule inspections, appraisals, and other due diligence ahead of the court date during this time frame for interested buyers.

Competing Bid Submission
Other buyers can submit subject-free offers with proof of deposit for the court date. These offers are often submitted directly to the lender's lawyer according to current instructions.

In Court
In court, a judge or master will review all offers and approve the most appropriate bid for the court ordered sale. It is often the highest offer, although other factors apply. Completion and possession will be 10-30 days after court approval, depending on the occupancy of the residence.

Guide to Foreclosures in BC

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