Buying a Home - the Phantom Offer

(December 29, 2016)

After a long and exhaustive search you have finally found the house for you so you instruct your 
real estate agent you put in a offer for you. You are told that there are no other offers on the property so you think your chances of getting it are pretty good. But when it comes time to present your offer your are told that there is another offer and it just happens to be 'better' than yours.

But is i... read more.

The Importance of Internet Marketing For Selling Real Estate

(December 29, 2016)

In today's technology driven world, more and more buyers are turning to the internet to look for a home. A recent survey by the National Association of Realtors found that over 90% of buyers start their search online. With so many homes on the market today, it is now essential that these buyers see your home first.

And in the real estate market's current state, it's now more important than ever to... read more.

Why Waiting Until Spring Could Cost You Tens of Thousands of Dollars Extra When Selling Your Home!

(December 28, 2016)

At the risk of sounding cliché, the old adage “The early bird catches the worm” definitely applies to selling your home. Those who get started early tend to sell for more money in a shorter time.

There are three basic reasons.

Reason #1 – 
Buyers doing research in the winter months are generally more serious about buying soon. As the weather gets nicer, it tends to pull a lot of daydreamers into the... read more.

5 Reasons Your Home Isn't Selling & The Things Your Agent Might Be Too Scared To Tell You

(December 27, 2016)

reasons homes do not sell / one kid yelling at the other on the floor

1) You Need to Come Down on the Price

In other words, this is a seller's market, and there are lots of interested buyers. The good news is that there are tangible reasons homes do not sell, and this article will explain those reasons, and help you get more money for your house.  However, your agent may be too afraid to be completely blunt with you on explaining the reasons.

reducing price of home / home on  a stack of dollars The number one reason that... read more.

How To Price My Home For Sale

(December 21, 2016)

Home Pricing Tips To Help Your Home Sell

The top thought going through minds of most sellers during the initial phases of getting their home ready for sale is how to price my home for sale. Determining a price to set for your home that you are about to list for sale is not as easy a task as it sounds to be. Pricing based on how much you paid for the home and adding in the money you invested in impr... read more.

Telltale Signs You May Have Hired The Wrong Real Estate Agent

(December 20, 2016)

Depending on the province you are in the bar to get a license to become a real estate agent can be quite low. Take classes, pass the exam and you too can become a real estate agent. On the other hand skilled real estate agents are continually doing more to enhance their knowledge and skills so they can better serve their clients. So what are the exact signs that can let you know you got stuck with... read more.

BC Home Sales Start to See Seasonal – and Year-over-Year – Decline: BCREA

(December 19, 2016)

Home sales across BC dropped considerably in November on a year-over-year basis, as other regions were unable to offset the Lower Mainland’s decline because of their own annual slowdowns, according to British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) statistics released December 15. 

BC real estate transactions last month were down 20.1 per cent year over year to 6,419 units, which is a drop of 11.7... read more.

Vancouver Home Prices Will Be Higher This Time Next Year: Leading Economist

(December 15, 2016)

The “policy shock” of the new foreign buyer tax has created a “temporary market disruption” that will play out over the next three to six months, after which “market fundamentals” will mean the market recovers, according to a leading economist.

Speaking to a sold-out audience at the Urban Development Institute’s Foreign Buyer Tax luncheon and panel debate September 16, Helmut Pastrick, chief econom... read more.

Pros and Cons of Selling a Home As Is

(December 14, 2016)

What are the pros and cons of selling a home as-is? This is a question you may have thought about if you’re planning on selling a home. Sometimes when you are selling a house that has some issues, selling it “as is” may seem like the easiest course of action.

Most homeowners assume that selling a home as-is means they will not have to make any repairs to the property (which is true) and that sellin... read more.

Top 10 Reasons To Hire A Buyers Agent When Buying A House

(December 12, 2016)

Should I Hire A Buyers Agent When Buying A Home?

Top 10 Reasons To Hire A Buyers Agent When Buying A House

Buying a house is a very exciting time and one that buyers should prepare for. Whether it’s preparing to get a mortgage or shopping for houses, making a mistake when buying a house can lead to many future headaches.

Most houses that are being sold will have an agent representing the seller, which is frequently referred to as a listing agent or sellers... read more.

Bernie Bloomberg: Real Estate Marketing Is A Process, Not Just An Event

(December 08, 2016)

It is something that must be done every day to ensure the right stream of buyer activity is created to sell a home. 

Your home is a product in the buyer’s minds until they buy it and make it their home. 
Homes must be marketed professionally, strategically and to the fullest without sparing time and money in order to sell higher and faster.
After all, the competition of very similar homes in any give... read more.

Why You Shouldn't Hire Friends & Family in Real Estate

(December 07, 2016)

Getting a Real Estate License is easy.  

Since it isn't hard to get a Real Estate license, chances are you have friends and relatives who have one. Is it a good idea to hire your friend or relative?  Odds are that you shouldn't.  Before you do, consider the following questions.  Your home is one of your most important investments.  

Would you hire a relative or friend to handle your RRSP? You shouldn't fe... read more.

Vancouver Real Estate on Fire

(December 05, 2016)

$60M+ In Vancouver Real Estate Targeted By Suspected Arson This Month

In November over $60 million in vacant Vancouver real estate has been set ablaze, in what investigators are calling “suspicious.”

$60M+ In Vancouver Real Estate Targeted By Suspected Arson This Month
Vancouver real estate is a unique market. Where else in the world would you find smurfingmoney launderingabandoned mansions, and now the arson of vacant multi-million dollar homes. Since the announc... read more.