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The Pros and Cons of Raising your Kids in a Condo

There was a time when buying a house in the suburbs was a sign that you’d arrived. You had a yard, a garage, 2.5 children—all the trappings of adulthood.

Of course, this idea was always a myth. Don’t get me wrong—there are many amazing things about homeownership. But you don’t (necessarily) have to purchase a detached house to enjoy them. Now more than ever, Vancouver area families are opting for a different living arrangement: condos.

Condo living might be perfect for your family, but there are some tradeoffs involved. As a homebuyer, you should weigh your options. Here are some of the pros and cons you should consider.  Continue reading

New Listing 1206 189 Davie St VANCOUVER

Introducing… 1206 189 Davie St VANCOUVER

Immaculately cared for, this bright and spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom + den SOUTHERN EXPOSURE corner suite is a must see. Beautiful water views from living room and bedrooms. Open plan kitchen with gas range and granite counters opening onto the large living room with a gas fireplace. The balcony is perfect for outdoor dining and BBQing. The two bedrooms are queen sized and offer lots of closet space. Includes 1 parking and 1 storage locker. Located above Urban Fare and steps to the Seawall, this home is in the heart of Yaletown. Very well maintained building with a HUGE contingency fund. Aquarius has a large indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, gym, concierge, party & movie room. Pets and Rentals allowed.

 

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Client Testimonial

We knew we had a challenge ahead of us- sell 2 condos & buy a townhouse and I’m so glad we had Maureen with us on this journey with us as we wouldn’t have been able to do it without her! She kept our spirits high, was there for us no matter the time, and fought for us to ensure that our needs were met. She was so valuable in touring potential homes calling out what to look out for and keeping our must have list in check along with our budget. We found exactly what we wanted and Maureen’s knowledge of the market, her tenacity, and her drive to do her best for us found us with an alignment that couldn’t have worked out better for us. We would recommend Maureen to our friends and family, or anyone looking for an honest, hard-working, and reliable realtor. Chelsea and Brad, Langley

 

Should you buy or should you rent?

Should you buy a home, or should you rent one? It’s a question that many people struggle with when it comes to making a real estate decision.

You may think it just comes down to money: if you have enough money, buy a home, but thinking about it in more detail is a much better way to approach it. Here are a few things you should consider:

Where Are You in Life?

By looking at where you currently are in life, or where you want to be, you can get a better idea of what’s a better fit for you real estate-wise. If you’re travelling a lot, then renting can be a much better option. In that situation, renting a condo is Continue reading

Why you should NEVER skip a home inspection!

Almost one in four home buyers decides not to get a home inspection after they make an offer on a home. This can cost you more than you possibly imagined. Here are four reasons to make that small investment, to avoid future frustration.

1. It’s Important to Know What You’re Getting Into

Even a fairly educated home buyer is going to discover some subjects related to homes about which they simply are not experts. You may know enough to test the appliances, plumbing and HVAC systems, but how do you know if the foundation is in good condition? Would you be able to spot common signs of termite infestation?

In addition, knowing a lot about one home does not always transfer fully to other properties. With a home inspection, you get the expert to go through everything and point out all the concerns in a straightforward manner that is easy to understand.

2. Even the Most Honest Sellers Don’t Know Everything
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How Much to Offer for a Home

Once a buyer has selected the right home to buy, figuring out how much to offer to buy that home can be daunting. Buyers are concerned that if they offer too little, they will risk insulting or alienating the seller. If they offer too much, they could overpay.

It’s normal for a buyer to want to lean on her or his real estate agent. In these instances, buyers often expect their agent to pull a figure out of a hat and hand it to them.

Shouldn’t a Realtor Tell Me How to Much to Offer?

While real estate agents can guide a buyer to choose the right number, don’t expect a buyer’s agent to name your price. As an experienced buyer’s agent I provide direction, market information and suggest a price range, but the final price is the Continue reading

FOR SALE 1070 Heywood St, North Vancouver

One of BEST priced homes, on one of the largest lots in all of North Vancouver with a Mortgage Helper!! Main Floor is a stunner with an open concept kitchen, dining room and sunken living room with custom built ins and fireplace. Three generous sized bedrooms along the back side of house with a beautifully renovated bathroom (it’s a must see). Lots of the big ticket items have been paid for; New Windows throughout, New Deck, New Hot Water Tank and New’ish Roof. Suite is ground level with lots of light and can easily be modified into a 2 bedroom mortgage helper. West Facing tiered backyard with fruit trees and stairs that lead up to your carport or future laneway home.. (Ask for Details).

Address 1070 Heywood St, North Vancouver

Price: $1,349,000

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For Sale 212 2330 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam

Welcome to Avanti. Small but Mighty this fantastic open floor plan and only 6 years young. Queen-sized master bedroom, 9 ft ceilings throughout, laminate floors, granite counters in both kitchen & bathroom, eating bar, beautiful cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Ideally situated in downtown Port Coquitlam and steps to shopping, groceries, coffee and transit (including west coast express). Close to Evergreen Line, Coquitlam Centre, Groceries, Parks, Trails and New Rec Centre (coming soon). Price includes 1 parking and 1 storage locker. Pets & Rentals allowed. Great Investment.

Address: 212 2330 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam

Price: $370,000

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5 Annual check-up tips for your Home

I hate to use the F word but FALL is among us and there is no better time to start doing some annual check ups on your home before the cold weather/ rain kicks in and you’ll have every excuse not to get things done. By being proactive with these listed items, it could actually help save you thousands of dollars down the road!! For a detailed list of these items, check out 5 Annual check-up tips for your Home