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Party Etiquette for the Holidays, or Any day

December 10th, 2014

Navigating modern day party etiquette can be tricky, but let me tell you, you have to do it! There is absolutely nothing worse than a tacky guest, a cranky host, or a small detail over looked which turns into a make work program. I blame it on technology, personally, but etiquette has taken a back seat in the past few years, and this holiday season I intend to make the most of bringing it bac ...

Decorating your Home for the Holidays When it is for Sale

December 10th, 2014
Whether you decide to put your home on the market specifically for the Holidays, or it's been for sale all Fall and you and your Realtor decide to keep it on the market for Christmas, you will probably want to decorate. After all it is still your home for the time being and Holiday decorations are quite pretty. Not to mention it gets you in the spirit. And after a long Fall of showings and op ...

7955 161st Street, Surrey, Surrey, BC

December 7th, 2014

I just finished uploading this House for sale, 7955 161st Street, Surrey, Surrey, BC

Value in the land only. No access to the house. please do not walk the lot without approval of the the listing agent. gently sloped lot of approximately 7900 square feet. great neighborhood in Hazelwood hills. Surrounded by estate sized homes. This is where you will build your dream home.

Save Your Strata documents? Yes!

December 5th, 2014
Saving all of your strata documents may feel like a big waste of time, and take up alot of space. However, keeping them will save you time effort and money in the long run.

When I list your home for sale, I will ask you for the last two years of documents for sale purposes. If you happen to have the last five years, I can read through them and keep them on file for future reference. It is alw ...

5 Unusual, But Effective Staging Ideas

December 4th, 2014

"Staging" your home is all about making the space in your home as appealing as possible to buyers. You may already know the basics, such as eliminating clutter. Here are some other tips that are less well known yet very effective:

Chandeliers. Surprisingly, these are one of the simplest ways to make a foyer, dining room or living room dramatically more eyecatching. You can buy a good-lo ...

202 1833 FRANCES Street, Vancouver East, British Columbia

November 18th, 2014

I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 202 1833 FRANCES Street, Vancouver East, British Columbia

2-bedroom, 2-bathroom in a concrete building on Commercial Drive.

To Stage or not to Stage

November 13th, 2014

To Stage or Not To Stage?

You’ve decided to put your home up for sale and want to know if it’s worth investing in staging.  As a Vancouver Realtor who sees the inside of many, many, many peoples’ homes, it can definitely be beneficial to stage.  The largest benefit to staging is that you can immediately remove all personal touches that have meaning for you but not the buyer.  This inclu ...

How to get the government to help you save for a down payment! Part 2

November 10th, 2014


So, now that you have the basics of how the government allows you to save on taxes, you want to see the numbers right?  Ok, let’s assume you decide you can save $5,000 a year until you have $25,000 which in a savings account would take 5 years ($5,000 x 5 years = $25,000).  However, if you put that $5,000 into an RRSP, you wouldn’t have had to pay tax on that, saving you approx $1,500 ...

How to get the government to help you save for a down payment! Part 1

November 10th, 2014


As a Vancouver Realtor and home owner, I completely understand that saving for your first down payment can be a daunting task.  That’s thousands of dollars that you need to accumulate and living in one of the most expensive cities doesn’t make saving easy.  But, did you know there is a government program that allows you to withdraw funds from your RRSP?  It’s called the home buyers’ pl ...

Yaletown Real Estate

November 7th, 2014

As a Vancouver realtor that specializes in Yaletown real estate, this week I’d like to share some of the things that make this such a great neighborhood to live in.  Whether you’re single, a couple, growing family or retired, Yaletown is one of the most highly versatile places to live.  It’s perfect for those that like the urban lifestyle set along the view of the harbour.   Our Prompto ...

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