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When Choosing a Fixer-Upper Makes Cents

Some renovations can significantly increase the market value of a home. Others can cost more than you’ll ever get back. So, when choosing a “fixer-upper”, look carefully at the work that needs to be done. General painting, and bathroom or kitchen renovations typically increase the resale value of a house. “Invisible” repairs ...

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How do I appeal my property assessment?

Have you been caught off-guard by a double-digit percentage increase in your property assessment? Do you think the new number is higher than it should be? B.C. Assessment allows homeowners to appeal their new property assessment — but it must be filed by January 31. You can appeal your property assessment if you ...

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The latest property assessments are available now from BC Assessment, Greater Vancouver home assessments up 1-30% in 2018:

Homeowners across Greater Vancouver have seen their residences being assessed at values that are slightly higher than they were a year ago, according to BC Assessment data published January 2. The values posted this week reflect market value as of July 1, 2017. The total value of all Greater Vancouver properties ...

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Registration for Park West at Lions Gate is open now, please register here:

The new Lions Gate Village master planned community promises to be a vibrant, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood comprised of parks, greenways, convenience-based retail and residential living. Its unique location allows for easy access to Park Royal, Downtown and Stanley Park while it's setting near Capilano River provides unparalleled access to riverside hikes ...

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Getting your Professional Team Together

When preparing to sell your home, you may need to hire several professionals in addition to your REALTOR®. You may consider a plumber to fix a dripping bathroom shower, a home inspector to make sure there are no “issues”, and an attorney to handle all the legal matters. By hiring the ...

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Strong economy behind high demand for housing sales in B.C., report says

The B.C. Real Estate Association says a strong economy has pushed up demand and prices for housing in the province compared with last year. The association’s latest report says 7,731 sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service in November, a 20.4 percent increase from November 2016. The average price was $723,112, ...

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To Paint or Not to Paint

Painting the outside of your home traditionally takes more time and expense than a comparable area on the inside. You have to deal with ladders, more paint and, of course, the weather. So when preparing your house for sale, you don’t want to do any exterior painting unless it is ...

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Foreign buyer tax by the numbers:

When the 15 percent foreign buyer property transfer tax came into effect in August 2016, there was widespread conjecture on whether it would discourage foreign home buyers. To find out, we asked the BC Ministry of Finance for data. They provided only the number and percentage of foreign buyer transactions. Specific ...

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The November stats are out and Metro Vancouver continues to experience above-average demand and below-average supply

Monday, December 4, 2017 Metro Vancouver* saw modest home listing changes and steady demand in November. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 2,795 in November 2017, a 26.2 per cent increase from the 2,214 sales recorded in November 2016, and a ...

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Vancouver foreign buyers ban may be on the cards after Council vote today

The city of Vancouver is considering restricting ownership of housing to local residents, among other strategies, as it looks to cool a hot real estate market that it says is fueled by foreign and local speculation. A foreign buyer ban is just one of numerous supply and demand measures outlined in Vancouver’s new ...

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