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What Type Of New Home Are You Qualified To Buy?

June 12th, 2018

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When you think about looking for a new home, one of the first questions that probably comes to mind is: "What type of property can I afford?" That's an important question because your price range is a major determining factor in the types and sizes of homes you should be viewing.  You don't want to waste time looking at properties that are beyond your price range. At the same time, you don ...

Thoughts On Love And Summer

June 12th, 2018
"A life without love is like a year without summer." - Swedish Proverb

The Basics Of Do-It-Yourself Video-Based Home Security

May 29th, 2018

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According to law enforcement experts, a video-based home security system is significantly more effective than a simple alarm system. The reason is obvious. Burglars don’t want their crimes captured on video, which can then be used as evidence in court.

So it’s no wonder that many homeowners have, or are considering, video-based security.

These days, most video-based home security systems ...

Beware of Over-Downsizing or Over-Upsizing

May 15th, 2018

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Buying a new pair of shoes is relatively easy. Once you find the style you like, all you need to do is try them on and see if they fit. If they do, you go to the cash register and pay.

When it comes to size, buying a new home can be trickier! Whether your intention is to upsize or downsize, figuring out the right size can be especially challenging.

Say for example, you’re downsizing from ...

10 Tools Every New Homeowner Should Own - And 3 They Shouldn't

May 6th, 2018

Click here for the Washington Post article.

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 ...

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