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There are many reasons why a homeowner might want to move. Examples include upsizing, downsizing, work relocation, or simply desiring a change. However, another popular reason for pulling up stakes is noticing that the neighbourhood is changing in a way that no longer fits your lifestyle goals.

For example, say there’s a shopping mall in development nearby. It may not be impacting you now, but in a couple of years, the increase in traffic and noise could nudge above your tolerance level especially if you prefer quiet!

That’s why it’s important to occasionally take a peek into your crystal ball and see what changes to your neighbourhood you can anticipate over the next two to three years.

Of course, there’s no actual crystal ball. But there are ways to determine where your neighbourhood is headed. For example, information is available on:

• Proposed and planned construction projects, such as a new condo building or school.

• Scheduled urban development, such as highway widening.

• Changes in city services, such as a new transit route in the area or a new park.

• Area demographics, such as an increase in young families or those who rent.

You might discover that some changes are positive — from your point of view — and that you will look forward to them. However, if you find that there are changes that will alter the neighbourhood in a way that decreases the enjoyment of your home, then moving is an option.

There are plenty of opportunities on the market right now for getting into a great home in a neighbourhood you’ll love.

I can help. Call today.

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Chances are, you’ve heard the expression, “Your home is your biggest investment.” For most homeowners, that’s true. So, when you’re shopping for a new home, it’s important to consider the financial ramifications of any purchase. Ideally, you want a home that is likely to increase in value over time.

In other words, you want a home with a strong potential return on investment.

But dollars aren’t the only type of return you should look for in a new home. Real estate is unique in that the “emotional” return is just as important as the financial return — and, in some cases, even more so.

Say, for example, you’re thinking of moving to a neighbourhood that is closer to work. In fact, you’ll cut your commuting time by an hour each day. Financially, that return on investment means little beyond some savings on gas. However, the emotional payoff can be very high, especially when you consider what you can do with that extra hour each day. Imagine what it would mean to spend more time with your kids or workout out at the gym more often.

So, considering the emotional return on investment when you’re moving is essential. It has a huge impact on your lifestyle and your enjoyment of the property.

How do you factor that in when selling your property and searching for your next dream home?

When you see a listed home you like, make a list of all the emotional benefits of living there. That list might include having a park nearby, living closer to friends or family, having a home office that isn’t the kitchen table, having more space to accommodate a growing family, and so forth.

Then, factor that list into your decision of whether INFORMED or not to buy.

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Daydreaming about owning something you can’t afford can be fun. Whether it’s a diamond-encrusted watch from Tiffany & Co., or the latest Lamborghini, even the thought of trying one on or going for a test drive can be exciting.

The problem with daydreaming, however, is that it’s all-too-easy to dismiss it as just that – a dream.

But, what if you daydream about owning a beautiful home in a desirable neighbourhood? Before you dismiss that as just fanciful thinking, it’s worth finding out if that dream could actually be achievable.

You might discover that you do qualify to get into the home of your dreams.

It’s relatively easy to figure it out.

First, you need to learn what homes are currently selling for in the neighbourhood you’re targeting. If you’ve been through that exercise already, keep in mind that the market might have changed substantially in the past few months.

The next thing you need to determine is approximately how much you can expect to get for your current property. That’s a fairly easy calculation and is based on what “comparable” homes in your neighbourhood have sold for recently.

Finally, you need to find out how much of a mortgage you may need and what your payments will likely be.

Once you have those numbers, you’ll know if you can afford the home of your dreams in the neighbourhood you’d love to get into.

Then you can stop daydreaming and make it happen!
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When you plan to take a journey somewhere, you hope it will be smooth sailing all the way. That simply means the trip will be relatively trouble-free, and without stress or hassles.

Well, selling your property is like a journey. So, how do you ensure that adventure will be “smooth sailing” for you?

While no one can guarantee there won’t be a challenge or two to overcome on the road to selling your home, there are proven ways to help ensure everything goes well.

First of all, preparation goes a long way toward having a successful sale. Start early. Make a list of what you need to do around your property to get it ready for buyers. That list will include cleaning and tidying, of course. But, you might also need to get some minor repairs done, and perhaps even a few upgrades (such as painting or a new kitchen sink.)

Don’t wait until the last minute if you’ll need a contractor to do those repairs or upgrades. Find and book a professional now.

Second, take the time to fully understand the selling process and what to expect. Don’t be shy about asking questions. For example, if it’s been a while since you last sold a home, you might need to refresh your understanding of how scheduling works for viewings, what staging is all about, how offers are received and considered, etc.

The better you understand the selling process, the more comfortable you’ll feel.

Thirdly, and most importantly, give me a call early in the process. I can offer the advice and help you need to sell your property quickly and for the best price. I can also make your selling adventure go smoothly and successfully.

In other words, if you want “smooth sailing”, call me!

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Imagine you've been waiting for the right moment to sell your home and you're finally ready to pull the trigger and list it. But, just as you're about to put up the sign, you notice that a few other FOR SALE signs have unexpectedly popped up in the neighbourhood.


Oh no! Now there are competing listings. Does that mean you should put your plan to sell your property on hold?


Not necessarily.


Just because comparable homes are for sale in the area doesn't mean it's not a good time to make your move. In fact, even if there is a sharp increase in local listings, active buyers might still outnumber properties available.


In that scenario, you'd likely get several interested buyers.


And, even in the case of a buyer's market, now might still be the ideal time to sell. Don't forget, your home might have desirable features that some buyers are eagerly looking for, giving your home the advantage over others on the market.


In addition, a large part of a successful sale is in how a property is marketed and promoted. With effective marketing, your home is more likely to be noticed by the right type of buyers... buyers who are actively looking for a property like yours.


So, waiting for the perfect moment to sell your home rarely makes sense.In most cases, the best time to list is now.


That being said, it is helpful to find out exactly what to expect should you list your property in today's market. To find that out, call today.

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When you set a budget for a new home, you’re obviously hoping — maybe even expecting — to find the ideal property within that price range.


But, it doesn’t always work out that way.


In fact, there are many circumstances in which you might have to rethink your budget and possibly even increase it, to get the home you want.


For example, you might find that properties in neighbourhoods you’re targeting are selling for more than you expected. In that circumstance, you might have to look for a home in a different area, or see if you can bump up your budget.


Another scenario that often comes up is changing wish lists. You may view a few homes for sale and realize that a particular feature is more important to you than you initially thought. For example, you might have budgeted for a three-bedroom home, but once you’ve seen a few properties with four, you think, “Okay, we definitely want four bedrooms!” That might result in a budget bump.


Finally, you might find that you view a property and fall in love with the place. It’s perfect. It has everything you need. You’ve got to have that home! But, its price is outside your budget.


In that case, you’ll need to weigh paying a bit more against getting a home that will have a significant and positive impact on your lifestyle and happiness.


As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when shopping for a home and trying to stay within a budget.
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I have sold a property at 503 2980 ATLANTIC AVE in Coquitlam.
Welcome to this 2 bed 2 bath 900 SF Northeast corner unit at Levo, located right beside Coquitlam Centre! Spacious and functional layout, laminate floor throughout, 2-tone kitchen cabinets with Granite countertops and S/S appliances. East facing Master bdrm with 4 pc ensuite and tranquil view towards rooftop garden. 2nd bedroom located separately. Guest bathroom with walk-in shower. Large covered Balcony. Newer Dishwasher and Freshly Painted. Building Amenities including 30,000SF rooftop garden and a large social room. Building equips with EV charging. Steps to Coquitlam Centre, aquatic Centre, Parks, schools & Lincoln Skytrain Station. 1 parking and 1 locker included. Rentals allowed Pets Friendly. Best price in the neighbourhood! Open House Sat Feb 12 1-4pm(please book your spot)
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Imagine you want to take the “trip of a lifetime” this fall. Would you leave it until the summer to start planning, booking dates, and generally getting ready?

Probably not. A trip like that is a big deal. You’d want to start making arrangements now, so by the time you’re ready to go to the airport, everything will be set for you and your family to have a great time.

The same is true when selling your home. If you intend on listing your property in the spring or summer, now is the time to start making plans.

Starting the process early in the year gives you four significant advantages:

  1. Ample time to prepare your home. Starting now gives you time to declutter your property, get needed repairs done, and otherwise make your home ready to be seen by buyers.
  2. Less stress. Unless you enjoy scrambling to get things done within a tight timeline, you want to give yourself as much time as possible to prepare for your home sale without the stress of a tight timeline. Starting early gives you that.
  3. Listing date flexibility. Starting now means you’ll likely get your property prepared for the sale early in the year. Sure, your plan might be to list in the summer. But, if the market changes or some other opportunity presents itself, you’ll be able to list sooner. Your home will be ready.
  4. More time to find your next home. If you’ll also be looking for a new home, starting the process now will give you more time to explore neighbourhoods, get financing arranged, and determine the ideal type of home for you.

As you can see, it pays to start the process now, even if you won’t be selling until spring or summer.

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I have sold a property at 701 3760 ALBERT ST in Burnaby.
The CONDO: Spacious 900 SF 2 bedroom + 1 bathroom unit in a solid BOSA built concrete building in Burnaby's sought after Vancouver Heights Area. The home features laminate floors, stone countertops, and S/S appliances, spacious full length 160 SF balcony, spacious bedrooms, and unobstructed views of the mountains and City. The BUILDING: Well maintained building, updates include patios, exterior paint, re-piping, roof, parking membrane and landscaping. Quick access to Downtown Vancouver, close to Brentwood Mall, public transportation, coffee shops and restaurants. Call to book an appointment!
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I have sold a property at 316 2343 ATKINS AVE in Port Coquitlam.
Welcome to the Pearl built by Quantum Properties. Great location in the heart of Port Coquitlam. Perfect opportunity for First time home buyer or investor. Rentals allowed. This one bedroom unit offers an open floor plan with 9'ft ceilings ,Covered patio accessible through the living room, one underground parking and one storage locker. Kitchen includes stainless steel appliances by Whirlpool, built in microwave, quartz counter tops and full heights cabinets. Great amenities with fitness center & social room. Close to the West Coast Express, school, Traboulay Trail, Gates Park, Coquitlam River, library, restaurants and shops. Open house Sunday, Jan 23 1:30pm to 4:30pm by appointments only.
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Please visit our Open House at 316 2343 ATKINS AVE in Port Coquitlam.
Open House on Sunday, January 23, 2022 1:30PM - 4:30PM
Welcome to the Pearl built by Quantum Properties. Great location in the heart of Port Coquitlam. Perfect opportunity for First time home buyer or investor. Rentals allowed. This one bedroom unit offers an open floor plan with 9'ft ceilings ,Covered patio accessible through the living room, one underground parking and one storage locker. Kitchen includes stainless steel appliances by Whirlpool, built in microwave, quartz counter tops and full heights cabinets. Great amenities with fitness center & social room. Close to the West Coast Express, school, Traboulay Trail, Gates Park, Coquitlam River, library, restaurants and shops. Open house Sunday, Jan 23 2pm to 4pm by appointments only.
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I have listed a new property at 316 2343 ATKINS AVE in Port Coquitlam.
Welcome to the Pearl built by Quantum Properties. Great location in the heart of Port Coquitlam. Perfect opportunity for First time home buyer or investor. Rentals allowed. This one bedroom unit offers an open floor plan with 9'ft ceilings ,Covered patio accessible through the living room, one underground parking and one storage locker. Kitchen includes stainless steel appliances by Whirlpool, built in microwave, quartz counter tops and full heights cabinets. Great amenities with fitness center & social room. Close to the West Coast Express, school, Traboulay Trail, Gates Park, Coquitlam River, library, restaurants and shops. Open house Sunday, Jan 23 2pm to 4pm by appointments only.
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