Category: Real Estate

  • How Interest Rates Impact Vancouver’s Real Estate Market

    How Interest Rates Impact Vancouver’s Real Estate Market

    How Interest Rates Impact Vancouver’s Real Estate Market As expected in Vancouver, real estate is at the forefront of many investment conversations. Interest rates, while seemingly just a small percentage figure, have profound implications for our residential real estate market. Consider these two different scenarios: Low Interest Rates: When the economy experiences low-interest rates, we…

  • Vancouver City Council Approves ‘Multiplexes’ to Address Housing Shortage

    Vancouver City Council Approves ‘Multiplexes’ to Address Housing Shortage

    Vancouver City Council Approves ‘Multiplexes’ to Address Housing Shortage In a groundbreaking decision on September 14th, the Vancouver City Council unanimously approved a proposal aimed at alleviating the city’s housing shortage. This decision allows for the construction of ‘multiplexes’ in low-density neighbourhoods, marking a pivotal moment after years of discussions among city officials and staff…

  • First Time Home Seller Series: Part 1

    First Time Home Seller Series: Part 1

    First Time Home Seller Series: Part 1: Do we buy or sell first? When it comes to navigating the Vancouver real estate market there are many questions that come up. The question “do we buy first or sell first” when it comes making a plan to upsize, downsize or move laterally in the real estate…

  • The Advantage of Having a Skilled Buyer’s Agent on Your Side

    The Advantage of Having a Skilled Buyer’s Agent on Your Side

    Buying a property, whether it’s your first home or an investment, is a significant decision. It involves a complex process that can be daunting to navigate alone. This is where a buyer’s real agent becomes an invaluable ally. Did you know that the commission for real estate transactions in BC is typically paid by the…

  • Best Neighbourhoods in Vancouver for First Time Home Buyers

    Best Neighbourhoods in Vancouver for First Time Home Buyers

    Vancouver, known for its stunning natural beauty, vibrant urban lifestyle, coupled with its proximity to beaches and mountains is a desirable city for first-time home buyers. While the Vancouver real estate market can be competitive and challenging, there are still neighbourhoods within Vancouver that offer great opportunities for those looking to purchase their first home.…

  • PRESALE SPOTLIGHT – Komo by Strand

    PRESALE SPOTLIGHT – Komo by Strand

    We’re excited to have early access to one of our favourite presales of the year – Komo by Strand Following the immense success of Strand’s recent tower, Alina, the demand for this type of development has been undeniable. Komo, their latest project, bears a striking resemblance to Alina while incorporating a selection of additional amenities.…

  • Choosing Your Real Estate Agent – For Buyers

    Choosing Your Real Estate Agent – For Buyers

    So how do I pick the best real estate agent? This can be a daunting question for many people who are in the market to buy real estate. Gene Hackman had the same daunting question to ask himself in the classic Cinderella-story sport film, The Replacements, when he played Jimmy McGinty, the head coach of…

  • Moving an Elderly Family Member: Tips for a Stress-Free Transition

    Moving an Elderly Family Member: Tips for a Stress-Free Transition

    Moving an elderly family member can be a challenging and emotional experience for both the senior and their loved ones. Whether it is a move to a smaller home, a senior living community, or a long-term care facility, it is important to plan ahead and approach the process with patience, sensitivity, and understanding. Here are…

  • Changes to Rental Restrictions in BC

    Changes to Rental Restrictions in BC

    On November 24, 2022, Bill 44, the Building and Strata Statutes Amendment Act was enacted which removed nearly all rental and age restrictions in strata buildings within British Columbia. Rental Restrictions The Bill repeals any provision of the Strata Property Act which allows for strata corporations to create bylaws related to restricting or prohibiting rental. …

  • What’s the biggest fear in the market right now?

    What’s the biggest fear in the market right now?

    What’s the biggest fear in the market right now? Is it rising interest rates? Price decreases? Inflation? Lack of job stability? Sales have dropped and prices have slid down over recent months. I don’t care what the headlines say, what banks predict or what some catchy IG profile is claiming. What I care about is…

  • Does a Recession Mean a Housing Crisis is Coming?

    Does a Recession Mean a Housing Crisis is Coming?

    A lot of people are predicting a recession across Canada and the US. Goldman Sachs predicts that there is a 15% chance in next 12 months and a 35% chance in the next 24 months of us seeing a recession. But since our last recession was based around subprime mortgages in the USA, we ASSUME…

  • Terms You Should Know Before Buying A Strata Property

    Terms You Should Know Before Buying A Strata Property

    Are you looking to buy a condo in Greater Vancouver? If so, here are a few strata terms you need to know to ask the right questions before you make an offer; Strata – In a strata development, the unit you purchase is called a strata lot. The common property is the rest of the…

  • Is Renting or Buying the Right Choice for You?

    Is Renting or Buying the Right Choice for You?

    Should you choose to buy or rent? What’s the best move for you? The answer will be different for everyone but here are some things to consider: Benefits of Owning: 1. Building Equity A major benefit of owning is that you’re able to build equity in the home. Real estate in Vancouver has been continually…

  • Should you help your children invest in Real Estate in Vancouver?

    Should you help your children invest in Real Estate in Vancouver?

    As a Realtor in Vancouver and a parent of young adult children, I am often asked by friends my thoughts on how to get their kids to think about investing in Real Estate in Vancouver and as a parent should they financially assist? I love this question because I certainly remember when my husband and…

  • The Unexpected Reason People Are Moving To The Suburbs

    The Unexpected Reason People Are Moving To The Suburbs

    It’s no secret the Vancouver real estate market has been known for its consistently increasing prices. In recent years, we’ve also been seeing huge year-over-year increases in sales of larger homes further from the downtown core, especially homes with great outdoor spaces. This has continued throughout the pandemic and doesn’t seem to be changing. Increased…

  • Curate Your Dream Life Through Real Estate

    Curate Your Dream Life Through Real Estate

    Real Estate As An Investment Real Estate is one of the most timeless methods of investing in the world.  There is a famous quote by Andrew Carnegie that comes to mind, “Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate.”  Real estate is a physical commodity that is limited in quantity, and a…

  • Renting Out Your Property? Tips for New Landlords

    Renting Out Your Property? Tips for New Landlords

    Being a first-time landlord can be challenging and confusing but we have created a list of 10 things to consider in order to help you run a stress-free rental business. Treat Your Rental Property Like a Business A rental property really is a business and it should be operated and cared for as such. It…

  • Is Buying A Presale The Right Choice For You

    Is Buying A Presale The Right Choice For You

    Are you considering purchasing a PRESALE property but unsure if it’s the right choice for you? Here is a quick breakdown of the ways in which presale transactions typically differ from resale: 1. Home Selection In the preconstruction phase of any new build, the developer will open a sales centre that will give potential buyers…

  • Preparing Your Finances For Purchasing a Home

    Preparing Your Finances For Purchasing a Home

    (FEATURING GUEST SPEAKER: RAY MACKLEM, MORTGAGE PROFESSIONAL) So you’re thinking about purchasing a home, you’ve thought about the perfect location and the perfect look but do you have your finances in order? I mean why not get to the fun stuff right away? Well, preparing your finances and getting pre-approved is a huge factor in…

  • 5 Tips to Self Staging

    5 Tips to Self Staging

    5 Tips to Self Staging Have you ever walked into an open house and instantly felt like… “I could live here and can I keep the furniture please?”. Well, more often than not this is due to good staging. Staging creates an emotional connection between the buyer and the desire for them to want to…

  • First-Time Home Buyers Incentives

    First-Time Home Buyers Incentives

    First-Time Home Buyers Incentives Are you a first-time homebuyer? Here are some first-time homebuyers programs B.C. residents can take advantage of to make your first home purchase more affordable. Follow the links provided for more details. Government of Canada’s First-Time Home Buyer Incentive: The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive helps qualified first-time homebuyers reduce their monthly…

  • First Time Home Seller Series: Part 2

    First Time Home Seller Series: Part 2

    First Time Home Seller Series: Part 2: A few fixes for listings Ok so you want to sell your house and you have a light plan put together. You have decided you will prep the house over the next 3 weeks to make sure it is show-ready, as you think this will make you maximize…

  • Renovations: What Does (and Doesn’t) Add Value to Your Home

    Renovations: What Does (and Doesn’t) Add Value to Your Home

    A house is typically the biggest investment we own – and most people love to add our personal touches to the house to make it a home. However, when it comes to selling, we want to make sure those touches have added value, and not taken away from it. Here are the top 3 renovations…

  • Tips for Buying in a Seller’s Market

    Tips for Buying in a Seller’s Market

    In an active real estate market, buyers may encounter competition from other buyers interested in the same property.  What makes your offer stand out can be the difference between having your offer accepted and walking away empty handed.  Discussed below are three strategies that can be implemented together or independently to help you win. Strategy…