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How to Save Money While Renting a Home

Maybe you just signed a lease in your dream neighbourhood… and now you’re realizing that it’s a lot more expensive than you had imagined. If you’re already visualizing a life of financial destitution, not so fast. While you might not have much wiggle room in your rental price, there are ways to save money while renting a home. So, whether you’re pinching pennies to enjoy the life you want, or just trying to make smart financial decisions, these simple money-saving tips will help.

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Baby Proof Your New Home: 5 Must-Dos

Baby proofing your home does not have to be super hard task. It is easy to overlook certain things left out on the counter or forget to plug up that outlet under the table. Make sure you go through this list for the 5 MUST DO’s.

Areas to watch out for

Certain parts of your home need more attention than others because of the products that may be stored there. These areas include kitchen, bathroom and any stairs.

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What clients are saying?

As a first time home buyer, I didn’t know a thing about purchasing a home. Working with Maureen was like having a personal guide throughout this whole process. I did not have the best luck when I initially started looking, and I was losing hope after a couple of offers fell through. Maureen was extremely patient and helpful. She took care everything from arranging viewings to reading strata minutes. She made me feel that I was well taken care of, and I didn’t need to worry about a thing. As she always tells me, she doesn’t treat her work just as a job. She is doing what she is doing because she loves to help people. I truly feel this way about her. I love her energy and work ethics, and I seriously cannot ask for a better realtor. Thanks to her, I eventually found a place I love, and I am all ready to move in. I would recommend her to anyone who is either looking for a place to buy or sell. Thanks for making everything so easy for me Maureen! Cindy, Coquitlam 

What to Look for at an Open House

Open houses may be staged to look like a home decor dream, but don’t let that distract you from the real reason you’re there: to potentially buy a home. Make sure you can look past the neatly arranged furniture and focus solely on whether the house would be a good fit for you and your family. To help, here’s a home buyer’s checklist of things you might have missed at first glance.

Windows – Look specifically if they are facing the right direction to let sunlight in, and whether they open to a nice view (versus directly toward another neighbor’s window).

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303 288 E 14th Ave,Vancouver

SMALL but MIGHTY, TOP FLOOR Studio delivers BIG TIME! Cozy yet Clever layout, with a North WEST EXPOSURE. Galley Kitchen with brand new stone countertops, stainless steel appliances and lots of cupboard space. Queen 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 are Allowed! Pro active strata council and strata fees includes radiant hot water heater. 1 parking and 1 storage locker included. LOCATION is AMAZING – 1 block off main street in the heart of Mount Pleasant. Close to breweries, shopping, coffee shops, bike shares, restaurants, transit and more.

Listed for $425,000

Just Listed 3833 Inverness Street, Port Coquitlam

Old Charm with lots of potential. 3833 Inverness Street is truly a gem, situated on a quiet street in the family oriented neighborhood of Lincoln Park. Close to Parks, Trails, Shopping and Schools (Cedar Drive K-5, Minnekhada Middle 6-8 and Terry Fox Secondary 9-12). This well cared for 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms Rancher style home offers a spacious floor plan boasting over 1500sqft. Many updates in the last 5 years including; Roof, Hot water tank, Furnace (Lennox), Backyard fence and windows were replaced in 2008. Beautifully maintained flat yard with mature landscaping, laneway access and an abundance of parking, including RV’s. Open House Sunday September 29th 2-4pm. Continue reading

Everything you need to know about the New First-Time Home Buyer Incentive

The new federal First-Time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI) will officially come into effect as of September 2 this year.

Designed to alleviate mortgage costs for first-time home buyers, the FTHBI will provide shared equity loans of 5% toward the down payment of a resale home, and 5% or 10% for newly-built homes.

The idea is that by boosting the size of buyers’ down payments, the FTHBI whittles down
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Renting vs. Buying

It used to be that young couples would get married, buy a home and live there for the next 40 or 50 years. But times have changed. Home prices have skyrocketed in the past decade, making home ownership very difficult for some young people just starting out. It has also made some older homeowners more inclined to sell their now pricey homes and jump back into the world of rentals again, freeing up equity that they can use during their retirement years. Renting has become a much more affordable option for many – but just as there are downfalls Continue reading