With the market softening and starting to favour buyers, Sellers will once again need to pay attention to condition of the home. When you’re in selling mode its wise to take care of the small details before going to market. Many home inspectors offer pre-sale inspections in order to assist home sellers repair or replace damaged or missing items. Check that:

-          Window open and close with ease.

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BRING THE DOGS! The best location 2 bedroom, 2 full bathroom condo in West Central Maple Ridge. Magnolia Gate is located in a quiet, pet friendly residential neighbourhood, walking distance to buses, schools, transit.  A large corner, ground level unit with a sunny, south facing FENCED YARD and your own private entrance and gate access, it feels more like townhouse living. Features stainless steel appliances, master bedroom with ensuite and walk in closet, a laundry room with plenty of storage...

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Superb, single family, detached home in YORKSON CRESCENT, a family friendly neighbourhood with room for the whole family. Walking distance to Lynn Fripps Elementary School. The main floor is open-concept, perfect for entertaining.The home features engineered hardwood flooring, air conditioning, triple glazed windows, built-in vacuum, gas fireplace, renovated kitchen with soft close cabinets, oversized quartz island, walk in pantry, upgraded stainless Steel appliances, built-in dinning buffet. Enjoy...

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With Spring here let’s re-focus our attention on the importance of curb appeal when selling! The yard is often times the first thing potential buyers notices about your home. If the landscaping hasn't been taken care of it can look like an overwhelming amount of work to a prospective buyer and they'll likely take that first impression with them through the rest of the home. If you have a high maintenance yard, make sure it's well taken care of before showings

Trees are a valuable asset. Whether...

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Staging helps sell your home faster and it doesn't have to be expensive.
- Clear all surfaces of clutter. Less is more. Minimal decor is best, to allow buyers to see more of the space and less of your stuff.
- Remove all clues that you own a pet. Freshen up the air to get rid of all the pet odours. Our little furry friend runs the house now, but when we're listed, we don't want anyone to know she lives there!  When buyers see any pet items, they immediately smell your pets (even if the...

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There’s an increased risk of moisture within a home’s attic space in the Winter months.

If given a route, warm air finds its way into the attic and condenses before it’s able to vent. The cold temperatures then turn this condensation into frost and when weather warms up, it melts and can cause serious damage to the sheathing, roof framing, insulation and living space below.

As a homeowner, it’s also wise to perform your own visual inspection each winter. A ladder and flashlight...

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Being a homeowner can be richly rewarding; providing security and a place to create memories.

Homeownership also comes with its share of headaches or features that we come to loathe. Here are five good resolutions for all homeowners to consider -- even if you already have your dream home.

1 Catch up on home maintenance projects

Deferring home projects can cost you even more in the long run if you keep putting them off. Catch up on our home maintenance projects by this summer, its a smart resolution...

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What’s that old saying? The early bird gets the worm! In this case, by starting the process this month, you’ll be in excellent shape when you’re ready to list in the spring. 

Here are just a few examples of what you can do in December to get the process started:

-Walk your property and note any maintenance issues that need attention.
-Decide which items to stow or sell to declutter your home.
-Determine what improvements you’ll need to make in order for your home to look...
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Selling your home is a complex process that can be stressful and time-consuming. An experienced Realtor has the knowledge, skills, and connections to help you through the process every step of the way. Consider the following benefits of working with a Realtor:


Professional Experience: With knowledge and training in marketing strategy, negotiation tactics, and the workings of the current real estate market, a Realtor will be able to guide you through the steps of the home-selling process and be able...
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It’s official: you’ve signed the papers, dotted all the i’s and crossed the t’s—you own a new home! You’ve almost reached the end of your journey. However, now, faced with the daunting task of moving, it may seem as though the journey has just begun. Moving can be a time-consuming and stressful experience if you let yourself be overwhelmed by the job. Remember, though, having a successful move means taking care of the details, one by one. If you break the process...

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After putting in a huge amount of time and effort to get your home looking good and ready to sell, your hard work is finally going to pay off: your home is on the market—you’re ready to begin showing. Your house should always be at-the-ready for a tour, as agents may bring clients by with very little notice. If they catch you unprepared and you aren’t able to show the house on the spot, you could be losing out on a sale. Concentrate on the following areas to ensure your home is ready...

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Don’t get discouraged if your property hasn’t sold during its first appearance on the market. Your home may actually have been one of the most appealing listings of its kind—and the reasons it didn’t sell may have nothing to do with the property itself or the market. Rather, a number of separate factors may have influenced the outcome. Take a step back, break your original selling method into parts, and allow yourself time to evaluate each one. Make a commitment. Establish...

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Your home is likely your largest asset, so selling it may be the biggest financial move you’ve ever made, one that requires significant thought and strategy. However, once you’ve entered the market, the process may move very quickly: your property has the best chance to sell within its first seven weeks on the market. Studies indicate that the longer a property stays on the market, the less it will ultimately sell for.
So, you need to ensure you’re ahead of the game. Get your property...
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 Choosing an agent is a decision that could ultimately cost or save you thousands of dollars. Keep in mind the individual you choose will be handling almost every maneuver in the biggest financial investment of your life. Experience, interests, and expertise vary from agent to agent, so align your own needs with the abilities of an appropriate representative.
- Your agent must be familiar with trends of the local market.
- A realtor should be able to lay out for you, in detail, a marketing...
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One for the Money, Two for the Show:
Once you’ve minimized the clutter in your home, clearing out excess items and furniture, you’ll be ready to concentrate on repairs, cleaning, and decoration. Your goal is to get each room looking its sharpest and most fresh—the better your house looks, the greater your chances that it will sell quickly and for top dollar. Concentrate on the following areas to get your home into selling shape.
Walls and Ceiling:
Examine all the ceilings and walls...

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If you are considering looking for a new house, and are a current home-owner, then chances are you’re wondering what your strategy should be: do you wait to find the perfect new home before you put your current home on the market, or do you sell first and then look around? You have a few options. Use the following as a guide to explore what might be the best move for you.

Sell First:

There are several benefits to selling your current house before searching for your next home. First of all, once...

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Setting a realistic price for your home that reflects current market values will help sell your home quickly and for top dollar. When you price your home properly, you increase the chances that the offer you receive will nearly match your asking price, and that there will be competing offers—which may net you even more in the long run.
Your property has the best chance of selling within its first seven weeks on the market. And, studies indicate that the longer a property stays on the market,...

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As you can probably guess, when you're preparing to move, you'll need boxes and tape — and, perhaps some bubble-wrap or old newspapers to use as protective wrapping for delicate items.
But that may not be all you need. Take a look at this list and see if you'll want any of these on hand while you’re packing or on moving day.
  • Colour markers for labelling boxes. (Tip: Colour coding boxes by room will make unpacking much easier.)
  • Stretch wrap to protect larger items that can't fit into a box....
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In the business world, a phrase that’s often used is ROI or Return On Investment. It refers to the regular gain (or loss) you’re getting from a particular asset relative to its cost.

When it comes to your home, the gain may be more than financial. It may include the benefit of the lifestyle it gives you. For example, a spacious backyard deck pays off in countless pleasant Saturdays with friends and family. A home’s location near convenient commuting routes means less stress getting...

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When you’re selling your home, you want it to look its best. You want buyers who view it to say, “Wow, I love this place!” However, what if you have a stubborn stain in the carpet, or a cracked floor tile? An unsightly issue like that can be distracting in your otherwise beautiful property.

You have a few options.

First, try to get the issue fixed. There are specialty cleaners on the market designed to lift even the most stubborn carpet stains.

The same goes for hardwood and tile....

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