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.Continue reading →
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.
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
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).
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 →
When you’re checking out open houses in pursuit of buying a home, it’s advisable to make observations with all five of your senses. And the one you may be under-utilizing most is your nose.
Why? Your sense of smell can help you detect issues that could cost you money if they go unnoticed until later.
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Home buyer activity increased to more typical levels in Metro Vancouver* throughout the summer months.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 2,231 in August 2019, a 15.7 per cent increase from the 1,929 sales recorded in August 2018, and a 12.7 per cent decrease from the 2,557 homes sold in July 2019.
Last month’s sales were 9.2 per cent below the 10-year August sales average.
“Home sales returned to more historically normal levels in July and August compared to what we saw in the first six months of the year,” said REBGV President Ashley Smith.