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10 Things to Check Before You Buy a New Home

August 13th, 2010

10 things to check before you buy a new home

The process of buying a new home—especially if it’s your first time—is incredibly intimidating. And while there are certain things you may know you’re going to want to change upon moving in (like paint colors or retiling), if you’ve never gone through this before you may not know what else to watch out for before you sign the dotted line (just bec ...

Real Estate in Victoria

August 4th, 2010

Summer sales cool in Victoria

A chill swept Greater Victoria's summer real estate market last month when both the volume of sales and average prices dropped significantly.

In July, 527 properties changed hands -- down 43.5 per cent from the same month in 2009 during a red-hot market. The total value of July sales through the Victoria Real Estate Board came in at just over $257 million, a dro ...

Surrey BC- Secondary Suites

July 27th, 2010

A suite built above the garage of a South Surrey home.

METRO VANCOUVER - After decades of debate, Surrey has decided to permit homeowners to have one secondary suite in all single-family homes in the city, following an Ipsos Reid telephone poll in which 63 per cent of those surveyed supported the idea.

The move, which received unanimous approval at city council Monday night, brings Surrey’s ...

It's a Buyer's Market!!

July 8th, 2010

Real estate broker predicts lower home prices on the way

By LuAnn LaSalle The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Home buyers can expect more choice and lower prices in the second half of 2010, while sellers can expect fewer offers for their homes, says one of Canada’s leading real estate brokers.

“Accurate pricing is going to be really key,” said Phil Soper, president and chief executive of Royal L ...

New Home Energy Efficiency

July 5th, 2010
New Home Energy Efficiency:
Today’s home builders offer a wide variety of energy efficient options. These range from certified Built Green or R2000 finished homes, to individual features such as high efficiency heating systems, upgraded insulation and ENERGY STAR appliances. Whether you’re building or buying a new home, ask your builder about the following energy efficiency features: High Effi ...

Best Deals in Real Estate

June 24th, 2010

Best deals in real estate

by Don Sutton, MoneySense


 Where do you want to live? Where can you afford to live? Every major Canadian city scoured for bargains!

It’s a crazy time for real estate in Canada. Prices are sky-high, people are feeling pressured into selling into a hot market and buyers fear purchasing an overpriced home only to see the bubble burst.

But MoneySense magazine has come to ...

Home Sales in May 2010

June 17th, 2010

Home sales sputter in May

Steve Ladurantaye Real Estate Reporter  Globe and Mail

Buyers backed away from Canada’s housing market in May, driving sales lower in what is traditionally the busiest month of the year for the country’s real estate agents.

The housing market has been key to Canada’s economic recovery, as low  interest rates and pent-up demand drove buyers into the market after m ...

Reno's - Get It In Writing

June 9th, 2010

Get It in Writing

PhotoSpring is a popular time for home renovations. To help minimize disputes with your contractor and ensure your project goes smoothly, your contract should include the following details:

 

 

  • The contractor's name, address, phone number and, where applicable, his or her professional license number.
  • A description of the work to be done, including who will be doing it, w ...

April Real Estate Stats

May 5th, 2010

REBGV Stats

Home buyer and seller activity increases in busy spring market

The Greater Vancouver housing market experienced increased activity in April thanks to a steady balance of home buyers and sellers entering the marketplace.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver totalled 3,512 in April 2010, the fifth highes ...

Understanding House Prices

March 12th, 2010

Understanding house prices

A home may be one of the biggest investments you ever make. Saving up a down payment is just the first step. Find out more.

What factors affect the value of a home?

  • Location: Real estate people always say “Location, location, location.” That’s because the area you live in will be the biggest factor affecting your home’s price. It’s smart to buy a home where h ...
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