Can You Afford to Move?

Posted on May 01, 2019

The most recent mortgage qualification changes, specifically the mortgage "stress test" implemented at the beginning of last year, continue to impact the type of home Canadians are eligible to purchase. Has it affected your moving plans?

Stress tests used to apply only to those who had a down payment of less than 20 percent; however, the updated rul...

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Homebuyers Take a Breather

Posted on Apr 24, 2019

The month of March blew in to a chilly reception, encountering the lowest number of home sales in over three decades.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 1,727 in March 2019, which was not only 31.4 percent below March 2018 sales, but also 46.3 percent below the 10-year March sales av...

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Household Tip: Spring Into Spring Cleaning

Posted on Apr 17, 2019

Once the warmer spring weather arrives, we often feel the urge to declutter and clean our homes. While tackling the closets and regular cleaning jobs, don't forget to also pay attention to the following places.

The medicine cabinet. It's time to discard old and expired medicines, restock basic supplies and replace any old cosmetics.

Your home office...

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Spend More, Make More?

Posted on Apr 10, 2019

Planning to put your home on the market? Congratulations! It's time to start on a whole bunch of renovations to make it the most modern, desirable place on the street, right? Stop right there.

Before doing any kind of home improvement, consult with your real estate sales representative to get a feel for your local real estate environment and to get...

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Buyers Enjoy Increased Selection, Lower Prices

Posted on Apr 03, 2019

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports an increase in housing inventory and a decrease in home prices, resulting in positive conditions for buyers.

"For much of the past four years, we've been in a sellers' market. Conditions have shifted over the last 12 months to favour buyers, particularly in the detached home market," Phil Mo...

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Household Tip: Prepare a Storm Home Emergency Kit

Posted on Mar 27, 2019

You never know when a winter storm is going to blow through your region and knock out your power for a few hours, or even a few days. Here are some basics to include in your home emergency kit, to help weather the next blackout:

Flashlights and extra batteries
Warm blankets or sleeping bags
Fully-charged, portable charger for your cell phone
1 gallon o...

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