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7 Things That Can Go Wrong If You Hire The Wrong Real Estate Agent

Buying a home is the biggest investment you’ll likely ever make, and it has all sorts of implications for your personal and financial future. This is why it’s so important to work with the right agent.

Too many people don’t realize just how much can go wrong if they make the wrong hire. There are some very serious problems that can arise if you accidentally work with the wrong person to buy or sell a home. Here are some of them:

1. Not listening

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11 Reasons To List During the Holidays

1. People who look for a home during the Holidays are more serious buyers!

2. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you!

3. Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your particular home! Less demand means less money for you!

4. Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays! ( Well at least I think so)

5. Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price!

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Tips to get Buyers in the Right Spirit!

It’s that time of year as calendars are packed with holiday parties, budgets are strained by gift-giving, and the roads are covered in freshly fallen snow. Alas, ’tis not the season for real estate. But the good news is, the brave few house-hunters who do venture out are serious about buying a house and stylish trimmings will make them want to ring in the new year in your home.

Try these tips to get buyers in the right spirit:

Clean and stage. Before you decorate, your house needs to be staged. If your living room is already piled high with clutter and your ceramic reindeer collection is only going to add to the sense of overcrowding.
Create a cozy vibe. The less-is-more mantra of home staging may tempt you to for go holiday cheer this year. But a few subtle touches like a bowl of pinecones, an evergreen wreath, or a pot of cider simmering on the stove can create a warm and festive feeling in your home.

Compliment your palette. Before you start untangling your tinsel, make sure your holiday collection matches your current decor. If your living room is painted a soothing ocean-blue hue, skip the clashing red garland and opt for white snowflakes or a silver glass-ball wreath. If you’ve got an earthy color scheme, accent with rich tones like cranberries, forest greens and gold.

Accentuate the positive. Too many trimmings may distract buyers, but the right accessories can draw attention to your home’s best features. Dangle mistletoe in an arched doorway, or display your menorah on the ledge of a bay window; just don’t block a beautiful view with stick-on snowflake decals or clutter an elegant fireplace with personalized stockings.

Go light on lights. Step away from the inflatable snowman, Clark Griswold. One man’s “merry” is another man’s “tacky,” so tone down any garish light displays while your home is on the market. (No, your neighbours didn’t pay us to say that.) Instead, use simple string lighting to play up your home’s architecture or draw attention to the gorgeous fir tree in your front yard.

Be an equal-opportunity decorator. Leave the life-sized Nativity scene in storage this year, because overtly religious flourishes may be off-putting to some buyers. You want to keep neutrality throughout, so you can attract any type of buyer. Not sure what qualifies? No matter what your religion is, you’re not going to feel offended by a nutcracker.

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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