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5 Ways To Make The Selling Process Stress-Free

April 4th, 2018

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For some homeowners, the process of listing, showing and selling their home can be stressful. Fortunately, there is plenty you can do to make it much less nerve-racking—and even exciting and enjoyable. Here are some ideas: 

  1. Make a plan. Decide when you’re going to show your property, search for a new home, view listings, etc. Block out these times in an agenda book or calendar. That way ...

Cost Saving Programs For Vancouver Area Home Owners

March 27th, 2018

House Rules

March 27th, 2018

Even this couple’s new house knows they should have used a REALTOR®. When it comes to the largest transaction of your life, a REALTOR® can help make sure it comes with no regrets.

What You Need To Know About "Interest Free" Deals

March 12th, 2018


Next to your home and car, home furnishings represent the most expensive product purchases homeowners make. A mid-quality livingroom set, with sofa and two side chairs, can cost thousands of dollars. That’s why most furniture retailers offer “interest free” and “pay much later” deals to soften the blow. 

These are basically financing options. 

Say, for example, you want to purchase furni ...

Open House Questions Some Buyers Forget To Ask

March 2nd, 2018

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An Open House is an event. And, like many events, it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement and energy. In fact, when you visit an Open House, you might even end up rubbing elbows with other buyers who are there at the same time. It can feel like a party! 

In an environment like that, it’s not unusual to forget to ask important questions about the property. Here are some of the most c ...

Subtle Signs It May Be Time To Sell

February 5th, 2018


Sometimes the reason for putting your home on the market is crystal clear. For example, you might have a job relocation and need to move. Or, you might have decided to downsize because the kids have left the nest. 

However, there are many other motivations to list your home that are not as obvious, and yet are still good reasons to make a move. Here are just a few examples... 

  • You’re b ...

Smart Home Devices That Stop Leaks and Water Damage

January 22nd, 2018

Courtesy of Wolfpack Home Inspection, you can read the full article here.

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. 

C ...

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


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 ...

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