When you buy a home you normally wouldn't pay your real estate agent any commission or fees because it's usually the seller who pays. But a woman who bought a condo in Delta ended up paying a huge sum of money to her agent on the deal and now she wants it back. Navjib Lalli says she thought she was adding $20,000 to the down payment for her $243,000 condo when she was actually signing over the money to her agent, Ismail Jinnah.
A Langley woman overpaid her property taxes for 19 years and didn’t even know it. That’s because BC Assessment had made a mistake on her Walnut Grove home’s finished square footage, and now her family wants that money back. Since 1999, Lori Sowerby's mother, Joyce—who recently passed away at age 83—diligently paid her property taxes based on her home’s assessment. “We get a notice of assessment. We pay those bills," said Sowerby.
Home owners rely on a good builder, on city inspectors and their own inspections to make sure the new house they are buying is up to par. But sometimes the problems don't always reveal themselves until after you move in. Fortunately, there are protections in place to ensure home buyers are not left hanging. Lydia Cabrall and her husband are thankful that their builder was licensed and registered with B.C.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".