A common complaint from Buyers after the sale is the inaccurate measurement of the floor area. For single family homes, the floor area calculations are based on the exterior dimensions of the building at each floor level and include all interior walls. For attached units, the outside dimension is the centre line of the common walls. It’s easy to see how some may view their outdoor patios or solariums as extensions of their living space, providing valuable additional square footage. While...

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If you're not quite ready but think you might move in a few years, there are things you can do now to prepare your home for when you are ready to list. 

*Upgrade. In a balanced market where you are competing with many other properties for sale. Buyers pay attention to homes with unique value-adds, such as upgrades to kitchens and bathrooms, so focus on those eye catching projects as you prepare your home for sale.
*Look for ways to save energy. Todays buyers are interested in money saving, energy...
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Whether you’re selling your first or fourth home, buying an existing property of building a new home, there’s one thing you need: a reputable agent. While some may say you can buy or sell your home on your own, if you’re not familiar with the process, it may lead to more frustration and aggravation than its worth. Why go it along when you can have an experienced professional by your side to help you every step of the way?

  1. An Agent will represent you. When you buy a home, you may...
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Selling a home is an emotional process for many sellers, especially first-time sellers and those who have lived in their homes for a long time. People sell for many reasons; whatever yours is, here’s how to handle it. 

The first time you sell a home, you may be anxious about the process. After all you don’t know what to expect. However, with the market always changing, even experienced sellers may encounter uncertainty. To help make the process worry free, follow these tips and be...

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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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