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Knowing your neighbourhood

KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD

Location  –  Location  –  Location

When you buy a home, you’re investing in a community. You’ll spend a significant amount of time and money supporting the schools, community organizations and commercial centers in the surrounding areas.

Before you make the final decision, take a good look at the location and make sure it fits your needs.

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Coming Soon

I’ve got 2 great new listings coming up that will be hitting the market by the end of the month.

Listing 1 – Top Floor one bedroom with views in New Westminster
Listing 2 – Beautiful Family Home with mortgage helper in North Vancouver

Want more info or you know someone who is looking – Be sure to connect with me!

Testimonial

Thank you so much to my awesome clients Kat and Matt for taking the time to write a testimonial and choosing me to be your agent.

“When it came time to purchase our first home, Maureen was absolutely my go to! I’ve known Maureen for many years, and she has the biggest heart. But it was more than that, because I already knew that she is a brilliant realtor. Her awards and top producing status only solidified for us that she was the right choice, especially in such a competitive market. We only had to put in an offer on one place, and with her unique insights, strategies, efficiencies, and charisma, was able to help us secure the starter home of our dreams. Thank you Maureen for all you do! We love you” – Kat & Matt, Maple Ridge

Smart Tips for Moving with Kids

If you’ve ever moved with kids, you know that the entire process can feel more like a battle than a positive transaction. Even if you’re moving to an exciting new home in a new neighbourhood your kids will come to love, children don’t often see it that way and the experience of moving can stress them out and wear them down. Luckily there are things you can do to make the process a lot easier.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

When it comes to moving with kids, asking for help can be a life saver. As a general rule, adults understand how stressful and trying moving can be. Your friends, family and neighbours are often more than willing to help with the kids while you get Continue reading

Just Sold 16 23560 119 Ave Maple Ridge

Congratulations to my over the moon buyers who won this beauty in multiple offers!!

This FANTASTIC 4 bedroom has a large yard which is rare for a town home today. This lovely corner end unit with bonus of the side area has a West facing living and dining room and open kitchen. With the built in window seat in the living room over looking the yard you can cozy up to the fireplace.New flooring, counter tops and paint. Convenient powder room on main floor.

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KEYS TO FINDING A GOOD DEAL ON A HOME

You probably know how to find good deals on clothes, flights, and maybe even a used car. But a house? That’s uncharted territory. Fear not, future homeowner…

COVER YOUR BASES

Finding your home sweet home is a process that begins with a mortgage pre approval. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage puts you at an advantage because it means that the lender is confident you can make the necessary payments. Use your realtor as a resource to establish what your loan options are and then connect with a lender that fits you.

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Is your Real Estate Agent working for you?

Is your realtor working hard enough so that your house gets the exposure that it needs to attract buyers that are looking. It’s important that you know exactly what your realtor is doing to advertise your home. Don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions afterall this is your home and the goal is to have it SOLD.

The Best Way to Approach This Topic with Your Realtor

No one wants to feel as though someone is bossing him or her but you did hire your Realtor to do a job. That job is to work on getting your house the exposure it needs to sell. If you have a Realtor who isn’t putting the effort that he or she needs to, you are the one who remains stuck in a home you can’t sell.

The best way to approach your Realtor about what methods he or she is using to advertise your home is by making suggestions to open up discussion. For example, you could say you heard that some of your neighbors had luck with an open house. See what your Realtor’s reaction is and then use that as a lead into, “What else can we do to increase our exposure?” By not using the word, “you” you avoid finger pointing and bossiness. Instead, you are implying that it’s a team and it takes some of the pressure off the situation.

If you don’t get anywhere with this approach. You may just have to come out and say, “What types of methods of advertisements have you used for my home?” If your Realtor answers by saying that he or she has placed it in real estate books and magazines, ask to see them. You can mention that you would like to keep some for a keepsake, pass out to friends and family and/or to do some advertising on your own.

If Your Realtor isn’t Working for You

Check your contract for a way out so you can find another Realtor that will do a job that you are satisfied with. If you are unable to get out of contract with your Realtor, contact the realty office to speak to his or her supervisor. Keep in mind that this might spoil your relationship you have with your Realtor, so only do this as a last resort. The best way is to handle it with the Realtor and work together because you both have a common goal…selling your home.

Century 21 Award Night

Last month I was recognized by both the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and Century 21 Canada for my successes in 2017. I’ve proudly worked my way up from the ground floor, learning, improving, and getting better each step of the way. Real estate isn’t an easy business to succeed in at all, but I like to think that my honesty, integrity, and commitment to my clients has helped push me forward to not only help them successfully buy and sell properties, but also to form strong, long-lasting relationships with them.