Entries by Diana Klejne

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 […]

Making 2018 your turnaround year

It’s become a bit of a cliché to talk about resolutions at the start of the New Year. You’re going to be inundated with pitches to exercise more, “eat right” or pick up a new hobby. These resolutions start out with the best of intentions but ultimately most of us can’t manage to keep them. […]

Mortgage rule changes explained

By now, we’re all aware of the major mortgage rule changes that have started to come into effect at the start of the year. To recap, in October, the Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions, or OSFI, introduced tighter rules on mortgages set for Jan. 1, 2018. While there were several changes announced, the biggest […]

Stay or Move ? How to Decide.

Do you sometimes look for houses for sale online ? Do you drive by an open house sign and feel the urfe to stop and check it out? Those are common indications that, at least on some level, you’re thinking about the possibility of making a move. But how do you decide if you should […]

When to Consider Buying a “Diamond in the Rough”

Let’s face it. When you visit a home during a scheduled viewing or Open House, you’re usually seeing it at its best. The rooms are tidy. The sinks are clean. The closets are organized and uncluttered. Even the lighting is set to its brightest. That’s just good old-fashioned marketing. However, not every house you see […]