Entries by Diana Klejne

Home sales down, listings up across Metro Vancouver

The Metro Vancouver* housing market saw fewer home buyers and more home sellers in April. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in the region totalled 2,579 in April 2018, a 27.4 per cent decrease from the 3,553 sales recorded in April 2017, and a 2.5 per cent increase […]

Beware of Over-Downsizing or Over-Upsizing

Buying a new pair of shoes is relatively easy. Once you find the style you like, all you need to do is try them on and see if they fit. If they do, you go to the cash register and pay. When it comes to size, buying a new home can be trickier! Whether your […]

Creating a Practical Home Office

Is your home office the dining room table? Is it anywhere you can sit down undisturbed with your laptop? If so, you might be interested in converting a room or nook into a dedicated home office. Depending on what you do for a living, there could be a tax advantage to creating this space too. […]

5 Ways to Make the Selling Process Stress-Free

For some homeowners, the process of listing, showing and selling their home can be stressful. Fortunately, there is plenty you can do to make it much less nerve-racking—and even exciting and enjoyable. Here are some ideas:   Make a plan. Decide when you’re going to show your property, search for a new home, view listings, […]

Should you go fixed or go variable?

It’s the first and only thing anyone usually asks when you talk about your Vancouver mortgage: What’s your rate? While everyone can recall their rate off the top of their head, it’s the only detail of the mortgage they remember or care to know. Though the rate is obviously important, your mortgage is so much […]

VIP Access to Cedar Ridge Development Port Moody

We have the opportunity to give you VIP access to the new development Cedar Ridge in Port Moody 3 and 4 bedroom Executive Townhomes. Situated at the top of Port Moody, Cedar Ridge offers 28 executive townhomes centrally located in an evolving community. Cedar Ridge lets you live in the heart of a thriving suburban […]

Get to know your lenders

One of the biggest aspects of a mortgage is figuring out the best lender. Since every file is unique, a good mortgage broker will likely tell you there’s no “best” lender. Instead, it will be those unique qualities in your mortgage that will determine which lender you’re going to use. In a typical mortgage, there […]

Home buyers were less active in February

Metro Vancouver* home sales dipped below the long-term historical average in February. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in the region totalled 2,207 in February 2018, a nine per cent decrease from the 2,424 sales recorded in February 2017, and a 21.4 per cent increase compared to January […]

Open House Questions Some Buyers Forget to Ask

An Open House is an event. And, like many events, it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement and energy. In fact, when you visit an Open House, you might even end up rubbing elbows with other buyers who are there at the same time. It can feel like a party! In an […]

BC budget -new real estate taxes and more

Housing was the dominant issue in the provincial budget. The government released a 30-point housing strategy aimed at reducing housing demand, curbing tax fraud, building affordable housing, and increasing security for renters. New tax measures include increasing property taxes and property transfer taxes on residential properties valued above $3 million, expanding the foreign buyer tax, […]

Greener Laundry

There’s a simple path to greener laundry: pick the cold water wash cycle! Around 90% of the energy used by washing machines goes to simply heating the water. Many people assume that they’re getting extra cleaning power by washing in hot water but, in most cases, washing clothes in cold water is just as effective […]

Getting the most out of your RRSPs

It’s that time of year again. The taxman is coming and you’re going to have to get filing. For many, it’s the time to take a large sum of money and dump it into your RRSP contribution to reduce your taxes. But is it the best way to handle the investment? It may be too […]