Entries by Diana Klejne

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 […]

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 […]