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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! 

N ...

Should You Buy The Latest Home Automation Gadgets?

October 10th, 2017

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You’re at work when the thought hits you, “Did I lock the door when I left this morning?” You check your smartphone, see that you didn’t, and click the “LOCK” button. Now your house is secure. 

That’s home automation for you! 

But is home automation a good idea? That depends on a number of factors. 

On the pro side, home automation can improve your quality of life. There are automation ...

10 Reasons To List Your Home This Month

October 4th, 2017

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Is selling your property the furthest thing from your mind? Well, here are some reasons for listing your property that you might not have considered. 

  1. Your property may be worth more than you think. (It’s difficult to determine market value on your own. I can calculate it for you. Give me a call.)
  2. You might qualify for a better home than you anticipate.
  3. Perhaps you are tired of your c ...

Barbecue Safety Tips You Should Know

September 19th, 2017

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According to a recent study, the average homeowner pays more attention to kitchen stove safety than they do barbecue safety. But the fact is, a barbecue mishap can be just as devastating. So it pays to know the latest safety tips. 

  • Keep barbecues at least 8 feet away from your house.
  • Check for venture tube blockages regularly (spiders are notorious for spinning webs in there).
  • Clean t ...

3 Reasons To Talk To A Realtor Today

September 12th, 2017

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You might naturally assume that it is most important to talk to a Realtor when you’re selling or buying a home. But there are many other circumstances in which it makes sense to give me a call. Here are a few examples. 

1. When you’re at the “thinking about it” stage 

If you’re just thinking about selling your home, and haven’t made a firm decision yet, you might feel uncomfortable calli ...

The Latest On West Vancouver Single Family Homes

September 6th, 2017

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There are currently 484 single family homes for sale in West Vancouver, ranging in price from $798,000 for a 2-bedroom home situated on Passage Island to $23,580,000 for an 7-bedroom, 9,300 square foot mansion on a 1/3 acre estate in Whytecliff.

There have been 102 sales in the last 90 days, with the average sale price during that time coming in at $3,388,744 and the median sale price bein ...

What Do Interior Designers Do?

August 17th, 2017

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If you want to transform a room into something that’s functional, beautiful and perfectly matched to your taste, then you might want to hire an interior designer. 

It’s an interior designer’s job to come up with imaginative ideas that will wow you. 

It’s a myth that interior designers just deal with paint colours, décor and furnishings. In fact, according to the Interior Designers Instit ...

This Simple Question Can Save You A Lot Of Money

August 2nd, 2017

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Imagine this scenario... 

You purchase a new home and move in. A few weeks later, you hear a strange rumbling sound. It’s the furnace. It’s only a year old, yet it’s sputtering like it’s twenty. You realize you’ll have to call in an HVAC contractor to get it fixed. 

You’re thinking, “Ouch! This is going to be expensive.” 

Well, maybe not. You see, since that furnace is relatively new, i ...

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