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Size Matters

December 27th, 2006

People often come into my Open Houses and ask me if their bed will fit into the bedroom, but don't remember how big their bed is.  Here are the standard measurements for mattresses:

Twin                       39 x 76 inches
Twin X-Long         39 x 80 inches
Full                         54 x 75 inches
Queen                    78 x 80 inches
Cal-King                72 x 84 inches          ...

2007 Home Buyers

December 26th, 2006

What's In and What's Out? 

In

  • Market timing. Many buyers and sellers were on their own timelines in 2006 and they missed opportunities that were created by not recognizing the real estate markets ebb and flow. Spring is high market, the most demand by the largest number of buyers. Summer is a good market, fall is fair, and winter is the remnant market, the left-over buyers and sellers fro ...

Shopping Tips For The Procrastinator

December 19th, 2006

You still have a few days before Christmas but if you get too busy or just keep procrastinating, here are a few ideas to help you make the most of your time:

1. Prepare a list of your gift ideas and the stores that may carry the items you desire.

2. Phone ahead to see if the items are available.

3. Shop when the stores first open or just before they close.

Is Remodeling In Your Future?

December 13th, 2006

Is Remodeling In Your Future?

 

 

By Michael Giesbrecht

Prudential Sussex Realty
December Newsletter

 

Thinking about remodeling your home? You’re not alone. Rising home values and favourable interest rates over the last decade have allowed homeowners to tap into equity in order to upgrade their property. So where do you begin? Here are a few things to consider.

First, determine the ...

Is Remodeling In Your Future?

December 13th, 2006

Is Remodeling In Your Future?

 

By Michael Giesbrecht

Prudential Sussex Realty

December 2006

 

Thinking about remodeling your home? You’re not alone. Rising home values and favourable interest rates over the last decade have allowed homeowners to tap into equity in order to upgrade their property. So where do you begin? Here are a few things to consider.

 

First, determine the motiv ...

Scary Mortgages

December 13th, 2006

I was reading an article in the LA Times the other day about a man who has a mortgage that lets him choose how much he pays every month.  $2513 would cover principal and interest, $2279 would cover interest only and $1106, well, it lets him stay in his house.  The man in question chooses the cheapest option every month and unfortunately is digging himself a deeper and deeper hole every month. ...

1909 1225 RICHARDS ST, Vancouver West British Columbia

December 9th, 2006

I just finished uploading this Condo, 1909 1225 RICHARDS ST, Vancouver West British Columbia

'Eden' by Bosa! Great location by park. West facing, fireplace, open balcony. Hi ghest floor for one bedroom. Tasteful and modern interior, close to everything. Insuite laundry, insuite storage plus additional storage, one parking stall plus

Achievement

December 9th, 2006

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances.

- Bruce Barton

White Rock Real Estate

December 9th, 2006

West Vancouver offers some of the finest real estate in the Lower Mainland.  Ocean views, beaches, parks, trails, good schools, cool shopping...practically everything you could ask for is right here.  But you know what?  It's in White Rock too.  I'm a big proponent of the North Shore Lifestyle and would be hard pressed to call anywhere else home, but if I had to live somewhere else in the Low ...

Affordable Real Estate Vancouver, West Vancouver, North Vancouver?

December 9th, 2006

Yes, the benchmark price of a home is high in these areas but keep in mind that most first-time buyers are paying less than the benchmark and that most buyers in general already own homes and are benefitting from rising prices.

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