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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

What are your costs when buying a home?

Confused about closing costs? If you’re wondering what the cost of buying a house in BC is, here’s our list of the top expenses every buyer should consider before, upon, and after the completion date to make sure you have enough money in your pocket for a rainy day.

What You Need to Pay For Before Closing/Before the Subject Removal Date

Deposit – this is usually 5% of the purchase price in Greater Vancouver, paid either upon or within 24 hours of your offer being accepted depending on how the contract is structured. It should be made out to the buyer’s agent’s brokerage in trust, and will be held until closing. This deposit will form a part of your down payment. Continue reading

6 things to look for at an Open House

If you’re on the hunt for a new home, that may involve visiting one, or two or half a dozen open houses. Some choose to visit open houses even if they are not ready to buy just so they have an idea of what the market has to offer when the time to purchase does come along.  Whatever your reason for frequenting open houses, it’s important that you are looking for and noticing the right things so that you can make an informed decision.

If you are working with a realtor, they will likely draw your attention to these items, but for those who are navigating the residential real estate waters on their own, here are six things you should pay close attention to during an open house:

  • The neighbours and neighbourhood – When you buy a house, you also are buying into its neighbourhood and the people in it, so take the time to walk down the street. Look at how well homes are cared for, how much traffic goes by, transit options if that’s important to you and demographics. If you have little kids, it’s nice to be on a street with other children.
  • The exterior – Before or after touring the inside, free to walk around the perimeter of the home, checking the foundation, eavestroughs, condition of walkways, decks and patios, paint on window sills and/or siding, etc.
  • The walls – Inside, keep a close eye on the walls. Nail holes and paint in need of an update is not an issue; you want to look for any signs of major cracking. This could be an indication of structural problems.
  • Smells – Believe it or not, nasty odours rank as one of the top factors in deterring a home sale. Strong smells from pets, tobacco and food scents can be a major turn off and might not be as easy to eradicate as you think. In some situations, it may be necessary to remove carpet and window coverings and paint walls to get rid of strong smells. Learn to recognize the smell of mould as well – mould is likely a symptom of expensive water damage.
  • The big ticket items – Ask the listing agent about the age of the roof, furnace, plumbing, electrical and windows if not included in the feature sheet. These are all costly upgrades that some buyers might not want to be burdened with.
  • Overall cleanliness – Take a peek along baseboards, in closets, behind toilets and in window tracks for dirt. A home that is clean is likely a home that has been well cared for!

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6 Reasons Why I Fell In Love With Real Estate

We can’t help who we fall in love with, and even more frustratingly, who falls in love with us. It’s simply one of life’s mysteries. And we might not know exactly why we fell in love with real estate, but we probably have our suspicions. Here are six reasons why I fell in love with real estate:

1.The people

You have to enjoy working with people in order to be a successful real estate agent. Coworkers, clients, baristas who recognize you as you bring in a gallon-sized Continue reading

4 dos of buying your first home

Thinking of buying your own place? It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed. After all, it’s the biggest purchase you can make. In an effort to remove some stress from the equation, here are a few tips to get you on the RIGHT Path.

Step 1 – Get pre-approved.

Some real estate agents won’t even work with you until you’ve been pre-approved for a mortgage. This is an important first step in the home-buying process. You don’t want to start house-hunting and fall for a home you can’t afford. Plus, there may be problems with your credit that you don’t know about.

Step 2 – Hire Maureen.

Having someone who is knowledgeable about the market leading you through the process could take a big weight off your shoulders. Here are the reasons to hire me:

  1. Integrity – Doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.
  2. Honesty – Always telling the truth even if it means not getting the sale.
  3. Knowledge – I’m consistently up-to-date with product knowledge and market trends.
  4. Education – Informing clients of different areas and neighbourhoods, including the catchments for schools.
  5. Resources – Knowing where to direct clients to do the proper research to make an informed decision.

Step 3 – Stay mindful of your budget.

Ask yourself: if you lost your job and weren’t working for three months, would you be able to afford your home? Or are you stretching yourself too thin?

Step 4 – Be open.
We’ve all seen the real estate shows with the gorgeous multi-million dollar properties.

Your first home will most likely look nothing like that. Wallpaper can be removed, walls painted and cupboards changed. The things you should be more concerned about is the size and layout, along with the condition of the roof, plumbing and hot water tank.

Just Listed 303 288 East 14th – Vancouver

SMALL but MIGHTY, this TOP FLOOR Studio delivers BIG TIME! Cozy yet Clever layout, Bright and Private with a North WEST EXPOSURE. Galley Kitchen with brand new stone counter tops, stainless steel appliances and lots of cupboard space. King- size bedroom nook, In-suite laundry, Open living space and Large Sunny Patio. Building has been rejuvenated with balconies, pipes, boiler, elevator, roof and exterior with a depreciation report. Rentals and 1 Pet Allowed! Pro active strata council and strata fees includes radiant hot water heat. Suite also comes with 1 parking and 1 storage locker. LOCATION is AMAZING – 1 block off main street in the heart of Mount Pleasant. Close to shopping, coffee shops, bike shares, restaurants, transit and more.

Address 303 288 East 14th, Vancouver

Listed at $454,000 (includes 1 parking and 1 storage locker)

 

 

 

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