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It’s A Great Time To Buy A Detached Home Now

Every market holds opportunity, the key is to know where to look for it…
Today’s greatest market opportunity resides in purchasing detached homes.

The detached market has been the most impacted both value, and activity wise across the board. The causes of this have been discussed already at great length; but in short they stem from the B20 stress test mortgage rule changes, a lack of consumer confidence, and other government intervention into the real estate marketplace. This has resulted in an excellent time for two real estate moves, first to upgrade from condo, or other strata property (which are still very active), or second to purchase detached as an investment property. The rental market remains strong, and we have had some clients secure amazing deals on detached homes, and rent part of the home or all of the home and get excellent monthly cost coverage, and some are cash flow positive.

We have also helped a number of clients recently upgrade from strata property to detached houses, as the price gap is smaller than it has been in years. (See the graph below- looking at Vancouver East for Example) So the marginal mortgage increase in property price is not a large as it once was (especially when you consider basement rental etc.), in fact it is smaller than it has been in years. When the market confidence returns, as it always does, this gap will grow/spread again, and this opportunity will pass.

We would be happy to meet with you and discuss how you could take advantage of this market opportunity to upgrade from your strata property to a detached house, or to purchase an investment detached house.

Current Median Prices as of March 31, 2019

VS. Median Price as of January 31, 2016Source: REBGV

Renovations That Turn Your Bathroom Into a Spa

spa-like bathroom

Buyers often look at a home’s bathroom as a measure of its quality and livability. Along with bedrooms and the kitchen, it is one of the most important factors when viewing a home.

To make your bathroom not only memorable but downright stunning to view during a home showing, consider giving it a professional touch. Spa-like bathrooms are becoming trendy, especially amongst affluent buyers.

Now that Vancouver Westside real estate prices are climbing higher than ever, help give your home an edge in the pricing game by adding these features to your master bathroom.
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Why Title Insurance is So Important When You Buy a Home

dream home

On the long list of things on your mind when buying a home, title insurance probably falls near the bottom — if it makes an appearance at all. However, buyers should be aware that title insurance could end up being one of the most important aspects of a home. Without it, you could potentially end up in a costly legal battle with no end in sight.
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Why Winter Can Be the Ideal Time to Sell a Home

winter tree branches

While spring has a reputation for being a bustling time of the year for real estate selling, a surprising study has shown that winter can actually be the best time to make a sale. Unique conditions to the winter market mean that buyers and sellers are much more motivated than at any other time of the year. Here is why.
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Value Boosting Home Projects You Can Do Yourself

woman choosing paint coloursHome improvement does not have to feel like a gamble. There are many ways to fulfill simple projects around the house without the use of an expensive contractor. Doing so will save you money while still adding a discernible amount of value to your home.

To get the best closing price on your Vancouver Westside Real Estate property, consider using the following simple revamping ideas.

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Landscaping Tips That Increase Curb Appeal

Fall landscapingWhen a person is selling their home, they often tend to focus completely on the interior. After all, the living space is what the person is buying, right? What sellers tend to forget is that a buyer is interested in the property as a whole, and that includes the outward appearance of the house.

By paying particular attention to the outside of your home, you can make a buyer’s heart melt before they even walk through the door. Focus on simple and clean design choices for your outdoor areas to create the most appeal. Here are some tips and strategies to achieve this effect.

Clear it Out

Just as is the case with home decorating choices, clutter is bad. Too much stimulation can lead the brain to associating the entire space with junk, even if it is just a few random items that cause this sentiment.

Your yard is no exception. Pick a few trees, plants and shrubs to preserve and gut out the rest. Learn to identify invasive species such as privet, blackberry or other weeds and target these especially. Do not hesitate to cut down anything when in doubt, plants with established root systems can grow back quickly.

Make sure to begin this process several months before you start showing your home. This gives you a chance to have leaf and limb pickup taken care of so there will not be a pile of dead plants swallowing your front lawn.

Make an Entrance

Many people neglect to keep their front walkway clear. If you use a side entrance, then the front may be obscured by overgrown bushes. Trim these out of the way and get them down to a manageable size.

You will want to get rid of any tree saplings or large plants growing too close to the house, as these can end up hurting the home’s structure once the roots and branches become large enough. Plants growing against a home can also attract bugs and other pests.

Mulch is your Friend

Your entire yard does not have to be green grass; pick some areas to designate as plant beds and begin spreading mulch around them. You should also consider creating a planting area close to your front entrance.

Use a mulch that contrasts with the other colors of your house to create a pleasing contrast. Black mulch looks especially great next to bright colors. Also, make sure to use an edge or barrier to keep the mulch from washing away during the rain.

Add Some Plants

Add some fresh plants to the front of the house to immediately catch the buyer’s eye. If you have successfully eliminated the excess plants from around the sides of the house, these flowers and decorative bushes will stand out as a way to showcase your house from the curb.

There are many other ways to amplify the natural beauty of your Vancouver West Side real estate property. To find an experienced listing agent who can help advise you on beautifying your home even further, visit our selling page.

Choosing The Right Neighbourhood

Find the home you've been waiting for in Vancouver's Westside.

If you’ve decided you want to move to Vancouver, you may be overwhelmed by the real estate choices. Even if you narrow it down and decide that you want Vancouver Westside real estate, there are still a wide variety of options. If you’re unsure what neighbourhood will be best for you and your family, here are some factors to consider.

Things to Consider While Choosing a Neighbourhood

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How to Get your Home Ready for an Open House

Stage your Vancouver Westside real estate with these helpful tips.If you’ve decided you’re ready to sell your Vancouver Westside real estate, one of the first things you’re going to want to schedule is an Open House. Before you open your front door to the public, there are a few things you’ll have to do to ready your house for the big day. Here are a few ways to get your home Open House ready.

5 Tips for Getting your Home ready for an Open House

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Questions to ask When Selling your Home

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If you’ve decided it’s time to sell your Vancouver Westside real estate, the first thing you’ll probably want to do is look for an experienced real estate agent. If you’re a first-time home seller, you might not be sure what questions to ask the real estate agent you just hired. Here are a few ideas for questions to ask your real estate agent before you even put your home on the market.

What to ask your real estate agent when selling your home

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