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Finding a home in the Vancouver area can be challenging, especially the closer you get to the Vancouver proper. Housing affordability is a huge concern in the region, with many people choosing to live in homes in suburban cities like Coquitlam, Surrey and Richmond, and commuting to Vancouver for work if necessary. But, over the last decade, people have been moving even further east as housing prices have continued to rise, or are choosing smaller, multi-family dwellings instead of single-detached homes.
While many newcomers want to live downtown for convenience and lifestyle, it will also feature much higher home purchase and rental prices. The further east you go, the lower the prices. Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Metro Vancouver is $ 1,015 per month; average home sale prices are $735,315. But, again, the further you travel east, the more affordable homes will be. In the suburb of Maple Ridge, for example, a new three-bedroom home can be bought for the $500,000-600,000 mark. And condos and townhomes in various parts of the region start much lower.
To find a rental apartment, you can check your local newspaper classifieds or online sites like Craigslist.  
To purchase a home, contact a realtor in the area, who will guide you through the home-buying process.