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Buying a Home – Why Vancouver?

Vancouver Lifestyle Want to live in Vancouver? No wonder! The city is a natural beauty, with a sustainable future. Vancouver Canada is a rare blend of big-city lifestyle and outdoor adventure. Where you can ski, sail, and dance the night away, all in one single day? Vancouver attractions are set in a spectacular location that… Continue Reading

Did You Know: The Four Must Have Conditions

Four Must Have Conditions in Your Offer to Purchase a Vancouver Home Without foregoing other forms of due diligence here are four must have conditions in your offer. Conditional upon the finalization of your mortgage – your lender will have approved you but they also need to approve the property, which will include their appraisal… Continue Reading

It’s Up To You

Caveat Emptor – Buyer Beware Remember that it is ultimately YOUR responsibility to ensure all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction. It costs nothing to ask. Conversely, questions not asked often prove expensive! What other questions should you ask? Is A Property Condition Disclosure Statement Available? In British Columbia, sellers must complete… Continue Reading

Is Owning Right for You?

Considered by many to be a lifetime’s single largest emotional and financial decision, take time to prepare yourself – make a knowledgeable decision. While buying a home may seem like a great idea, understand what home ownership involves. While pride of ownership has personal value, owning a home also means having to invest money, time,… Continue Reading

Why Own

Owning a home When you buy a home you are making what may be the most important purchase during your life. While there are many good reasons to buy a home, here are some thoughts that may help you decide if buying a home is the best option for you. Advantages of Owning a Home:… Continue Reading

What Are Your Choices

What Choices Do You Have? — Purchasing a home can be both exciting and frightening! It is probably one of the biggest financial investments you’ll ever make. You’ll not only have to live with your decision, but also live in it, so you don’t want to make any costly mistakes. Before you start looking for… Continue Reading

Types of Ownership

Types of Ownership — In Canada we actually never own our land, it ultimately remains the real property of the Queen. What we do have is three main types of property ‘ownership’ that governs our right to the use of that land. Freehold This is considered the highest form of ownership. It is by far… Continue Reading

Vancouver Live

Vancouver – Bordered by the Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is recognized as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Archaeological evidence shows that the Coast Salish people had settled the Vancouver area by 500 BC. Vancouver is renowned for its innovative programs in the areas of sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity. Population/… Continue Reading

Where To Start

Thinking of buying? — Buying real estate may be one of the most important financial considerations of your life. Whether you are a first time buyer buying your first home or someone who is moving to a larger home, downsizing, or choosing an investment property, I offer an encompassing knowledge of the best Vancouver homes,… Continue Reading

Eight Mistakes to Avoid

1. Searching for houses without a lender’s pre-approval — There is a difference between pre-approval and being pre-qualified by a lender. Pre-qualification, is the first step. It offers you basic comfort in knowing that in the lenders opinion you qualify for the mortgage. However, it is not verification. For that you need a pre-approval. Pre-approval… Continue Reading

Buyer Beware

Caveat Emptor – Buyer Beware Remember that it is ultimately YOUR responsibility to ensure all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction. It costs nothing to ask. The answers to questions not asked often prove expensive! Is A Property Condition Disclosure Statement Available? In British Columbia, sellers must complete a Property Disclosure Statement… Continue Reading

Anticipate the Cost

Tools to Help You: — Should I Rent or Own — Where Do I Find The Money? — What Can You Afford? — Payment Calculator — What types of mortgages are available? Conventional ‘Low Ratio’ The mortgage loan amount is equal or less than 80% of the lesser of: a) what the appraiser states is… Continue Reading

Other Expenses

It’s easy to count your available cash, but remember that all of these cash savings cannot be used as your down-payment. There are last-minute costs, such as taxes, legal fees, appraisal fees, moving expenses, and home insurance to pay before you are finally in your new home. The time to budget for those “end” expenses is now. Continue Reading

Things To Look For

The Dirt Location is everything in real estate. What size and shape is the lot? Is it serviced with sewage, water, gas and electrical lines? Is the property well drained and has landscaping been done to prevent erosion? SizeContinue Reading

Mortgage Tips

Reducing the CMHC fees on your purchase — When you require a mortgage for more than 80% of the purchase price of a property, that mortgage must be insured by Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC) or GE Mortgage insurance. The premium charged by these company`s decreases as the down payment increases. When you finance your… Continue Reading

Evolution – My Job

Tech savvy consumers have evolved. Buyers and sellers seek my services not because they need me to find them a home but rather because of my experience.Continue Reading

Thinking of Buying?

Ready, Set, Go Buying a home is one of the biggest emotional and financial decisions you’ll ever make, so prepare yourself to make a knowledgeable decision. Hopefully the information on these pages have helped you get Ready? The next step is to Set an appointment with me to discuss the type of home and neighbourhood… Continue Reading

Map – Mackenzie Heights MLS® Boundary

Vancouver’s Mackenzie Heights neighbourhood is a mature community with tree-lined streets, restored heritage houses, quiet neighbourhood parks, and striking views of the North Shore mountains.Continue Reading

Map – False Creek: MLS® Boundary

False Creek, a former industrial heartland of Vancouver with sawmills and small port operations, has since the 1950’s morphed into a high density residential area punctuated by an abundance of waterfront parks, community spaces.Continue Reading

Map – Kitsilano: MLS® Boundary

Kitsilano, known locally as Kits, is synonymous with famous Kits Beach—named one of the “top 10 best city beaches in the world” by international travel magazines, and perfect for outdoor fitness. Continue Reading

Map – South West Marine MLS® Boundary

South West Marine is a unique area of Vancouver bounded by the Fraser escarpment. It is an area comprised of some of the largest parcels of land with equally large homes a number of which are on the Heritage Registry. Continue Reading

Maps – Mount Pleasant MLS® Boundary

Mount Pleasant is a vibrant and eclectic area known for its unusual stores, heritage buildings, artistic residents, and arts-focused festivals. The area is popular with first-time home buyers, urban professionals, and families.Continue Reading

Map – Fairview MLS® Boundary

Fairview is home to Vancouver’s most popular attractions, Granville Island, and Gallery Row in the South Granville shopping district.Continue Reading

Map – Dunbar MLS® Boundary

Dunbar is a community of quiet, residential streets lined with grand old trees, serene parks and a convenient shopping area. This area is in the southwestern section of the city, north of the Fraser River and east of the University of British Columbia and Pacific Spirit Regional Park.Continue Reading

Map – Oakridge MLS® Boundary

Oakridge is a bustling area — a mix of residential neighbourhoods, a busy shopping mall, and Langara College. Continue Reading

Map – Pt. Grey MLS® Boundary

Point Grey is an older Vancouver neighbourhoods, with many long-time citizens. The area has two of the city’s most popular beaches, Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks. Continue Reading