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Should You Rent Out Part Of Your Home?

January 16th, 2018

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Have you ever considered renting out a room to a student or renovating your basement into a self-contained rental apartment? 

It’s a big decision. There are many pros and cons to consider. 

On the pro side, renting can provide you with additional income. An extra few hundred dollars a month can go a long way towards paying down your mortgage or splurging on an exotic summer vacation. 

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611 95 MOODY STREET, Port Moody, BC

January 12th, 2018

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Introducing The Station by Aragon. Centrally located in Port Moody just blocks away from skytrain, restaurants, brewers row, shopping, and Rocky Point Park. Beautifully finished this apartment includes engineered HW flooring, stainless steel appliances, full size washer & dryer, and geothermal heating/cooling. W ...

Using Neighbourhood Data To Help Sell Your Home

January 2nd, 2018
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Your neighbourhood has a lot of features that can help sell your home faster. Unfortunately, buyers don’t usually notice those features just by driving around. So, you need to make sure they get all the information they need about your neighbourhood. 

For example, say homes don’t go on the market often in your area. That’s an indication that the quality of life in the neighbourhood is so g ...

Exiting Through A Window In An Emergency

December 28th, 2017

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Hopefully, this will never happen to you. But, there are circumstances – a fire, for example – when you and your family would need to exit through a window. 

It pays to be prepared for that eventuality. 

Your first step is to determine which windows are safe to use as an exit. There should be at least one on each level. 

The windows you select will need to provide enough space for a person ...

Checklist For WOW-ING A Buyer During A Viewing

December 21st, 2017

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Imagine you were selling your car, and a prospective buyer was on the way over to see it. What would you do? You would probably make your vehicle look as clean and shiny as possible, inside and out. 

The same holds true if you’re selling your home and there’s a potential buyer on the way. You want the buyer to be wow’d by your property. Here’s a handy checklist to follow: 

  • Clean every ...

West Vancouver New Listings For Houses For Sale

November 23rd, 2017

There are ten new listings for houses for sale in West Vancouver.  One is in Altamont, three are in Ambleside, one is in the British Properties, one is in Cypress, one is in Cypress Estates, one is in Dundarave, one is in Eagle Ridge and one is in Queens.

1472 Fulton Ave                   3 bedrooms        1,601 square feet                $2,250,000
5830 Falcon Rd                    4 bedroom ...

North Vancouver New Listings For Houses For Sale

November 20th, 2017

There are seventeen new listings for houses for sale in North Vancouver.  One is in Boulevard, one is in Edgemont, two are in Forest Hills, one is in Hamilton, one is in Lower Lonsdale, four are in Lynn Valley, one is in Norgate, one is in Queensbury and five are in Upper Lonsdale.

738 Lynn Valley Rd               3 bedrooms        1,787 square feet               $1,198,000
198 E 29th St      ...

Common Household Items That Can Cause A Fire

November 17th, 2017

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You never want to smell smoke in your home and realize there’s a fire. That’s why it is important to be diligent about fire safety. Experts recommend that homeowners be especially careful with the following common household items: 

  • Portable heaters. Never leave one in a room unattended. Make sure paper and other combustible materials are well away from these units. 
  • Electronics cha ...

Do Open Houses Still Work?

November 2nd, 2017

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Buyers are using the internet to search for properties more than ever before. In some cases, they can even go on a “virtual” tour of a home using their smartphone or desktop computer. So, you might be wondering if the old-fashioned Open House still works these days? 

The answer is yes. Otherwise, you wouldn’t see them advertised. If Open Houses didn’t work, no one would be doing them! 

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Central Lonsdale Open House!

November 1st, 2017

We are proud to announce that this Nov 4th, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM we will be hosting an Open House at 1535 Chesterfield Ave in Kensington Court in the Central Lonsdale neighborhood, North Vancouver. This is an opportunity to visit this excellent Condo for sale in beautiful Central Lonsdale.

Please come with any questions you may have. In the meantime you can take a virtual tour of this Central Lo ...

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