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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 ...

No Homes For Sale In The Area You Like? Here's What To Do...

July 20th, 2017

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Imagine there’s a neighbourhood you’d love to live in someday, but every time you drive through, you rarely, if ever, see a For Sale sign. It’s as if homes get gobbled up by buyers the moment they get listed. 

It’s true, properties do tend to sell quickly in desirable, in-demand neighbourhoods. Does that mean you’re destined to either hope for a lucky break or miss out on ever living ther ...

Going Green In Your Garden Or Flower Bed

June 21st, 2017

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There has been a lot of emphasis lately on the importance of “going green”. That simply means being environmentally-responsible. You likely already recycle, use energy-efficient lights, and turn down your thermostat when no one is home. 

Yet, most of us don’t think about the garden or flower bed when we “think green”. 

We should. Here are a few practical things you can do to tend to outd ...

Handling A New Home Problem On Moving Day

June 8th, 2017

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Imagine buying a product from a store, taking it home, and then discovering there’s a problem with it. Disappointing, yes, but not a catastrophe. You can simply take it back for repair or exchange.

But, what if it’s moving day, and you discover there’s a problem with your new home? Whoa. A house isn’t so easily returned!

What are the most common problems encountered on moving day? 

  • A ...

Ambleside Single Family Home Update

May 23rd, 2017
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According to the Housing Price Index, single family home values in Ambleside dropped 16% from September 2016 to January 2017.  Since then, they have recovered about 2% of that.
Right now there are 49 homes for sale in Ambleside, ranging in asking price from $1,885,000 to $7,888,000.  The average asking price is $3,638,970.  There have been 22 sales in the last 90 days, with the average sal ...

Does Your Home Insurance Cover Everything?

May 10th, 2017

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When you suffer damage to, (or the loss of), your home or its contents, you expect your insurance company to help you out. And, most do a good job of doing just that. 

Still, it’s a good idea to review your policy with your insurance advisor and find out what’s covered and what isn’t. You don’t want to discover that your policy will not cover the cost of repairing the damage caused by a fl ...

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