Entries by Diana Klejne

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 […]

A home inspection can give you peace of mind

We’ve all heard the unfortunate stories. Someone with not enough insurance coverage is injured or killed in a tragedy leaving behind a mountain of debt for their loved ones. Often, you don’t want to spend the extra money on insurance, but when something happens it’s the best investment of your life. The same can be […]

How a Professional Chef Would Remodel Your Kitchen

Watch any TV cooking show, and you’ll notice that a chef’s kitchen looks quite a bit different than what you’d find in most homes. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have one just like it in your home! With a little remodeling, and splurging on some new items, you too can have a kitchen worthy […]

Subtle Signs it May Be Time to Sell

Sometimes the reason for putting your home on the market is crystal clear. For example, you might have a job relocation and need to move. Or, you might have decided to downsize because the kids have left the nest. However, there are many other motivations to list your home that are not as obvious, and […]

Home buyer demand depends on property type.

Attached and apartment homes are in demand across Metro Vancouver while detached home buyers are facing less competition today. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 1,818 in January 2018, a 19.4 per cent increase from the 1,523 sales recorded in January 2017, and a […]

What to Look For, Room by Room

When viewing a home for sale, many buyers look at the property from a “macro” perspective. They ask themselves questions like: “Is it large enough?”; “Are there enough bedrooms?”; “Is it in a nice neighbourhood?” While those questions are important, it also pays to consider a potential new home from a “micro” perspective. Here are […]

Empty Homes Tax declaration form due

The City of Vancouver brought in an Empty Homes Tax, also known as the Vacancy Tax, on January 1, 2017 under Vacancy Tax By-law No. 11674. The tax came into effect January 1, 2018. All Vancouver home owners have now received a property status declaration from the city and are required to submit a declaration. […]

Living in a Construction War Zone

We partnered with a great blogger this week!  Check out Dear Dharma’s Q&A on the Real Estate market in the North Burnaby area and let us know what you think! Dear Dharma, I live in an upcoming neighbourhood in Burnaby North.  I’ve been a homeowner for a long time and seeing the changes gives me […]

Understanding Market Value

When you decide to put your house up for sale, we will start by working together to determine the market value of your property. That’s important to know because if you price your home too much above market value, you probably won’t get any offers. Alternatively, if you price your property too low, it might […]