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Will you be affected by the new speculation and vacancy tax?

Will you be affected by the new speculation and vacancy tax?

BC is implementing a speculation and vacancy tax that will apply to those who own second and vacant homes in applicable areas of B.C. Anyone who owns a home that is not their primary residence, and that is not rented out at least six months of the year, on December 31 of each taxation year, […]

Should You Sell First and Buy Later? Or Vice-Versa?

When you’re thinking of selling your home and buying another, you face the inevitable question: Should I list my property first or buy my new home first?  Let’s take a look at both options. If you attempt to buy a property before listing your home, you run into a couple of challenges. First, sellers may […]

Will the neighbourhood go up in value?

Will the neighbourhood go up in value?  When you purchase a home, you’re hoping it will continually go up in value — just like a good investment. However, there’s something else that you want to see go up in value as well: the neighbourhood. In fact, the neighbourhood plays a key role in what the […]

The “3 Up” Strategy for Selling Your Home Quickly.

There are many reasons why you may need to sell your home quickly: a sudden job relocation; a change in family situation; or perhaps an opportunity to purchase a new home that you just can’t pass up. Whatever the reason, this strategy will help when you need to sell fast. It’s called the “3 Up” […]

Discovering that a home you like has “issues”.

Say you’re viewing a home and are impressed with how it looks. The walls are freshly painted. Everything seems bright and new. You’re considering making an offer. Then, while standing on a mat in the kitchen, you hear a squeak below your feet. You lift the mat and see that some tiles are broken. Obviously […]

How to quickly improve indoor air quality.

How to quickly improve indoor air quality There are many reasons why the air quality in your home may not be at its best. A faulty furnace or an aged carpet are just two potential culprits. Until you get those issues addressed, how do you make your indoor air healthier — today? Here are some […]

How to Deal with a Low-Ball Offer.

How to Deal with a Low-Ball Offer If you take care to price your home correctly — that is, at a price that is in line with what similar properties in the area have sold for recently — then you have a good chance of selling it at or near your asking price. That doesn’t […]

When Is the Right Time to Talk to a REALTOR®?

When Is the Right Time to Talk to a REALTOR®? When would you talk to a car salesperson? Probably only once you’re ready to buy a new car. You would do some initial research (perhaps on the internet), get an idea of what you want, and then go to the dealership to meet a salesperson, […]

Should You “High Ball” Your Listing Price?

Should You “High Ball” Your Listing Price? One of the most important decisions you make when selling your home is setting the listing price. That can be tricky. After all, if you price your property too low, you leave money on the table — perhaps thousands of dollars. On the other hand, if you price […]

What Home Inspectors See that You Can’t.

When you make an offer on a home, it’s a smart idea to have a professional home inspector check it out from top to bottom. This inspection will ensure that the property doesn’t have any unexpected “issues”. After all, you don’t want to buy a home only to discover that the roof needs to be […]