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Is a Low Offer a Good Idea?

You’ve spent a couple of weekends viewing homes. You’ve found a few that you like, but none were quite “it”. Then, finally, you visit a property that seems perfect for you. It has most of the features you’re looking for in a new home. You quickly fall in love with ...

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Your Really, Really Great List

When buyers shop for a new home, they typically start by viewing properties that meet a specific criteria… four bedrooms, a finished basement, a quiet street, etc. But often there is something special about a home that catches a buyer’s eye that can very well tip the scales toward your home. Think ...

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Strategies to make your first real estate experience less stressful

Like many first-time homebuyers in Metro Vancouver, Melissa Dirks was anxious about getting into the real estate market. “I was nervous because Vancouver has been a hot market and difficult to break into,” says Dirks, who moved into her one-bedroom North Burnaby condo in June. “It’s obviously a very large purchase ...

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Want to Sell Your House Faster? Make it Anonymous

What do you notice when you visit a model home in a new development? Often, you’ll find wonderfully furnished and decorated rooms that anyone could live in. The operative word here is “anyone”. Sure, there might be a computer screen on a desk in the den, or a child’s Raggedy Ann doll ...

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Vancouver market update, July 2019

Home sales increase in July Home buyer demand picked up across Metro Vancouver last month, making July, a traditionally quieter month in real estate, the second highest selling month so far this year. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 2,557 in ...

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How to get a mortgage when you’re self-employed

Are you part of the 15 per cent of Metro Vancouver's workforce that's self-employed? Are you looking to buy a home? To increase your chances of qualifying as a self-employed borrower, you'll need to be familiar with what lenders require and what questions they'll ask. What do lenders consider a self-employed borrower? Mortgage lenders at banks ...

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Healthy Lighting For Your Home

Recently, researchers have discovered that lighting in the home has a much greater impact on health and well-being than originally thought. Better lighting can boost your energy, help you sleep better, and even enhance healing. So it pays to make sure the lighting in your home is healthy. Start by enhancing sources ...

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Canada’s mortgage stress tests just got a little easier

The interest rate used in Canada’s mortgage stress tests has fallen for the first time since 2016, making it slightly easier to become a homeowner. The mortgage qualifying rate dropped to 5.19 per cent from 5.34 per cent, where it had been locked since May of 2018, according to new figures ...

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Long-term rental business licence

Properties you can rent You can rent the following: One-family dwelling Laneway house Secondary suite Duplex Apartment house Residential/commercial building Multiple conversion dwelling Rooming house If you have 1 or 2 tenants living with you in your house, such as exchange students, you don't need a business licence If you have ...

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Prepare For Window Shoppers

Retailers know that if they dress up their window displays and other outside features to make them look as attractive and enticing as possible, they bring in more shoppers. Of course, having more shoppers means more potential sales. The same holds true when selling your home. The more appealing your property looks ...

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