October 2016

There are 4 blog entries for October 2016.

Are you starting to look for a home? Apartment buildings and condos are popping up everywhere (especially in the Brentwood and Metrotown areas), and in a lot of cases, the developers are offering presale opportunities to home-seekers looking for a good deal. Like everything, there are risks of buying a presale unit. But do the benefits outweigh the cost? Here are some things to consider when deciding:

Ability to select and customize

Are you looking for a one-bedroom studio with a great view, or a three-bedroom family-pad with an extra parking spot? Everyone wants a home of their dreams, and the flexibility of presale units are one of their major advantages. Because the options are wide open, you are able to choose between many units with

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Buying a home can be overwhelming, it is important to have someone to guide you through the process and help with the transaction. A realtor can help you in your search by using their knowledge of the market as well as handling the purchase negotiation. Here are a few tips to consider when you are choosing one:

1) Stay local

Like humans, every neighbourhood is unique. Little details such as the location of schools, transit hubs, and waste management plants (think Marshall and Lily in How I Met Your Mother) can raise or lower the value of a home. A realtor focused on your neighbourhood will be knowledgeable about these factors, as well as be up-to-date with market trends.

For similar reasons, choose a local realtor that specializes in the type

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You’ve decided to sell your house, so now what? Before you list your house and invite potential buyers to take a look, it is a good idea to prepare yourself for what’s ahead. Here are a few tips we have gathered to help make sure you are good to go:

1) Detach Yourself Emotionally

Selling a home isn’t easy, and depending on how long you have lived in the house, you may have developed an attachment to it. However, now is the time to close the book and detach yourself from the emotional side of things. I use the word “house” and not “home,” because home is the familiar atmosphere and environment that you can take with you regardless of which house you are living in. Your house itself is now merely a product you are trying to sell.

2) Set Aside

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It’s a tough choice; condominiums seem to be all the rage nowadays, but they can’t come close to the sense of control one has over their detached home. To help you decide, here are some of the major differences between the two:

Yard Space

One of the most significant differences between a house or condo is the availability of some type of yard. Standalone houses offer a wide range of back and front yards, while condos generally offer a shared courtyard at most. If your lifestyle includes outdoor barbecues or pets that need the exercise space, a house with a large yard may fit the bill. However, if you are turned off by the extra work and cost required to maintain a yard, a condo may be right for you.

Maintenance

Houses are generally pretty

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