Monday, 21 November 2016
So you’re preparing to buy a new Mount Pleasant home. More than the purchase process, one of the important things you need to consider is to implement ways to save money on your property for years to come. Thinking about these considerations this early will allow you to start saving precious dollars sooner than later. With that in mind, here are three things that you should perform immediately to reduce the consumption and maintenance costs of your soon-to-be purchased Mount Pleasant real estate in the long term. Inspect the doors, windows, and attic for leaks Leaky areas are the main reasons for substantial energy loss in a home. As soon as you move in, check all the seals on the windows and doors, and schedule the installation of new caulking and stripping if necessary. If the windows are old, you might want to consider installing new energy efficient windows. The blog article originally appeared on RealEastVan.com blog page.
Saturday, 19 November 2016
Some East Vancouver sellers worry that if they reveal certain information about the property that they are selling, buyers won’t be interested buy it. This sometimes happens, and the result is a property that stays unsold for a very long time in the East Van homes for sale market. However, there’s no way around it, because in Vancouver, homeowners listing a property for sale needs to complete a detailed residential Property Disclosure Statement (PDS).
All potential deal breakers must be lifted
Real estate disclosure laws dictate what a home seller needs to disclose. The PDS lists potential problems that could be deal breakers in the sale of the home including the use of asbestos in the insulation, illegal renovations, unregistered easements, and even non-tangible qualities that may elicit negative psychological or emotional responses on the part of a potential buyer, such as a death and other disturbing facts about the home’s history. Read more from this blog.
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Getting a home mortgage is a huge responsibility in and of itself. Regardless of how much you borrow to purchase a house for sale in the East Vancouver location you’re interested in, you need to make your monthly payments without stretching yourself too thin. That said, there’s another expense that you should never forget about: home insurance. Most lenders will require you to have a homeowner’s insurance before they can approve your loan. However, just because you need to have one doesn’t mean you should go overbudget for it. Here’s how you can save on your rates while making sure your new property is adequately covered. Head on over to RealEastVan.com blog page to know more.
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Do you have a home that plan to put up for sale? You may have been told by fellow home sellers that selling your home during the upcoming winter time is an utter impossibility. Don’t get discouraged though, because although it may be difficult, it can definitely be done. Regardless if your Vancouver property is located in condos or near community centres, here are tips on how to make buyers take notice of it during a challenging season.
Keep the exterior clean
Remember that the snow outside can prevent interested buyers from viewing your home. Prepare your home exterior by shovelling and scraping you driveway thoroughly. Aside from removing the snow, this can also prevent ice from forming too quickly. Post originally appeared on RealEastVan.com blog page. http://bit.ly/2fgotR6
Sunday, 13 November 2016
East Vancouver is not only known for its diverse ethnic population, but also for the various housing options in the area developed to accommodate the increasing population. Because of the available options for housing – from single-detached houses to townhouses – your condos for sale may not be getting as much attention and offers from qualified buyers. As a seller, you don’t want your properties to be on the market for too long; you want them to be sold immediately and at a fair price. You can follow some of the suggestions below to make sure potential buyers who’ve been eyeing your properties become interested enough to actually bid on them. Read more on this article.
Friday, 11 November 2016
One of the first steps you should do when purchasing real estate for the very first time in East Vancouver is to hire a respected local real estate agency, such as Real East Van. This is especially important if you previously lived outside of Vancouver and moving to the city. Local real estate agents are more in-tune with the pulse of the city and more familiar with the neighbourhoods, improving your chances of finding a home that offers the perfect fit.
Aside from hiring a local real estate agent, you will also want to keep the following real estate tips in mind:
The B.C. First Time Home Buyers’ Program
British Columbia’s First Time Home Buyers Program is designed to eliminate (or at least significantly reduce) the amount of property transfer tax associated with the purchase of your first home. Some of the factors for qualification include. Read more from this blog.
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Buying a house has a lot of similarities with courtship. When you’re talking to a Mount Pleasant real estate home seller, you have to woo her with your proposal, showing off all your good sides in the hopes that she’ll say yes. Of course, there’s always the chance that she’ll say no. If you’re asking yourself what you should do when making an offer on a house to increase your chances of getting an affirmative answer, here are four tips to follow.
Make your first offer your best offer
Don’t expect the sellers to make a counteroffer. Instead, make your first offer hard to resist. Especially when the seller is receiving multiple offers, the buyer who wants the property most will offer the best price. Read more from this blog:
Monday, 17 October 2016
As a homebuyer, one of your biggest priorities is to make sure you get a home at a fair price. With the prices of homes rising every year, this particular consideration becomes even more important. So how do you know you’re not getting ripped off? Experienced brokers of East Van homes for sale, recommends that you follow these tips on evaluating the price of any home.
Research comparable properties
Look for properties in the same location that are of similar size and features. Find out how these other properties compare to the property you’re interested in, then look at their prices. Read more from this blog.
Sunday, 16 October 2016
In urban areas such as East Vancouver, residential choices come plenty, which can leave many first time homebuyers confused as to which type of dwelling to buy. One of the most common issues that plague such homebuyers is the choice between houses and townhouses. So which one of these is right for you? It all boils down to four general considerations:
The design is the main difference between a house and a townhouse. As the name implies, a townhouse belongs to a group or ‘town’ of houses, and shares at least one common wall with another similar-looking property. A house has no common walls and has its own lot. Read more from this blog:
Saturday, 15 October 2016
Making the big move is understandably going to take up a lot of your time and energy. It’s hard enough as it is when you’re moving alone, but it gets doubly so when you have children coming along with you.
There are plenty of considerations to factor in, too, foremost of which would be the safety and security of the location– that’s why the entire process can become tedious and overwhelming. With the right professional help, though, you can find viable options for a healthy community to live in. Read more from this blog:
Friday, 14 October 2016
People eventually come to a point when they want to buy a home. But often, people aren’t sure which type of property to buy, whether a house or a condo is the right fit for them. There’s definitely a lot to consider before signing the dotted line. If you’re having trouble choosing between the two property types, then the information below should help you decide. An East Vancouver condo is probably the right choice for you if:
You want someone else to be responsible for maintenance
One of the biggest advantages of condo living is that the property manager is in charge of any maintenance work required in the property. If you have the don’t have the time, ability, and desire to handle regular homeowner maintenance tasks. Read more from this blog:
Thursday, 13 October 2016
While some people tend to need to buy a new house for more immediate reasons, there are those who can afford to take the time and do a bit more research as to their options. It could be you’re looking at East Vancouver real estate for investment, or you’re planning for a move sometime in the near future.
There are, of course, plenty of considerations to factor in before making the final purchase decision. Aside from location, budget, and property size, one of the foremost would be the timing. Inevitably, the season when you go out looking for real estate can affect the cost that you will have to shell out. Read more from this blog:
Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Enjoy the local art scene? Whether you are a patron of the arts or an artist yourself, artists should make living in Mount Pleasant a priority thanks to the area’s deeply-rooted artistic culture. Mount Pleasant also offers many opportunities to young, talented artists to derive inspiration and showcase their talent by way of local art centres and galleries.
If you are interested in purchasing real estate in Mount Pleasant here are a few tips to help you find the perfect home:
Work with a Local REALTOR®
It’s always best to work with local REALTORs®, such as the ones from Real East Van, because they have a unique understanding of the pulse of the area. This allows them to show you homes that are more to your liking and fit the kind of art scene you prefer. With that in mind, do not hesitate to share all your wants and needs with your REALTOR®; doing so helps you find your dream home faster.
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
When it comes to real estate transactions and investments, timing is as imperative as having the skills and knowledge to go about the deal. Whether you’re a seller or a potential buyer, you can’t make a final decision without considering the state of the real estate market, because the status of the market can greatly affect your returns. Before shopping for East Van houses for sale or having your condo placed in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), the following are some factors you have to consider so as to gauge the competitiveness of the real estate market and determine if you’re in a seller’s or buyer’s market.
Number of Homes for Sale
As a buyer, you have a great negotiating edge when there are a lot of houses to choose from. A high number of homes for sale is usually indicative of a buyer’s market where one can find great real estate deals and motivated sellers who are very likely willing to work with the buyer’s terms.
Monday, 5 September 2016
If the idea of living in a high-rise isn’t appealing to you, but you don’t necessarily want to have a large yard in your home, you may want to consider looking at townhouses in East Vancouver. Townhouses are a “middle ground” between single family homes and condominiums, offering buyers a “best of both worlds” scenario (i.e. space of a single-family home and the convenience of a condominium).
Evaluating townhouses for sale is slightly different than evaluating a condo or single-family home. If you believe a townhouse would suit your family’s preferences the best, here are a few questions you should ask to help you determine if the one you’re looking at is a good deal:
“What’s the homeowners’ association like?”
Just like a condo building, most townhouse communities are run by a homeowners’ association (HoA). With that in mind, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the community’s HoA.
Sunday, 4 September 2016
Man is a social being, and as such, he will always look for a place, group, or community where he can belong. This basic need is the reason why areas near community centres are the perfect home locations for many people. These community centres are often the result of residents coming together and taking responsibility to provide a solution to a local need or problem. As such, community centres are generally made up of like-minded people, which is why finding one where you can belong can potentially make all the difference in your quality of life.
There are many types of community centres in Vancouver, and you need to find one that caters to your interests, lifestyle, and/or passion so that you can genuinely feel a sense of belongingness.
Saturday, 3 September 2016
If you are planning to buy a condo in East Vancouver, you likely want everything in it to be in perfect working order. One of the best ways to guarantee this is to have a home inspector take a look at the unit. Unfortunately, a home inspection can only go so far, and some of the things not covered by the inspection can end up being your biggest frustrations when you move into the property. So before you seal the deal on your new home, be on the lookout for these characteristics:
Ease of access
The ease at which you can go from your indoor living areas to your outdoor ones and vice versa can play a significant role in your satisfaction with your new condo. Check the access from the main living spaces to the outdoors and see that you’re comfortable with what’s available.
Friday, 2 September 2016
Are you about to sell your home any time soon? Do you plan on taking on all the involved in real estate selling on your own? Though the responsibilities are many and varied, they are very much doable, so long as you keep in mind these top property selling tips highly favoured and used by the best East Vancouver real estate pros:
Write listings that sell
If you’re posting your property on a multiple listing service (MLS), you need to create descriptions that grab and hold the attention of the buyer. Use descriptive words that help a potential buyer imagine themselves living in your home. Tell a story while relaying facts about your home.
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
For Canadians in the know, Mount Pleasant homes have always been a big attraction for newcomers to the area. Whether native Canadian, or newly arrived immigrants, Mount Pleasant real estate has proved a big draw over the years. A Beautiful Area of a Beautiful City: It’s easy to see why Vancouver as a whole, and Mount Pleasant homes in particular, are so attractive to newcomers. With its diversity of property, high employment prospects, and an attractive lifestyle, Mount Pleasant real estate has become a magnet for those wishing to settle in the area. Now though, is there a black cloud looming on the horizon? Speculating to Accumulate From its earliest days, Metro Vancouver has always had a very multicultural population, 43% of which is of Asian origin, the largest proportion outside of Asia. And all have mixed and gone about their daily business for over a hundred years.
The moment you decide to sell your house, you want the best deal with minimal hassles. Unfortunately, for most home sellers, what’s important is to get the house sold without set priorities such as closure, marketing strategies, and time. To accomplish the best results, it is important to find the intervention of a realtor important. Understand that technology today has changed the behaviour of purchasers during the home buying process. In fact, in East Vancouver, at least 92% of homebuyers use the internet to purchase a home of choice. The 92% of these buyers will be swayed by adverts and the concentration of mediums used to market East Van houses for sale. A Real Estate Agent or Not? Understand that buyers search for homes online, trust adverts, and depend on real estate agents to find the homes they want. The moment you make a commitment to sell your home, don’t go into the industry alone.
Every seller in Vancouver wants their houses to sell for the highest possible price. However, understand that the reason you must never overprice your property is simple: it will not sell. Any property specialist will tell you that the best way to increase your odds and make a successful sale is by pricing your East Vancouver houses for sale at a fair market value. As much as the statement sounds insightful, most sellers will still choose to go their way into selling without an experienced realtor, and try to score several percentage points on top of the market value. Stagnation Home selling can be an emotional process, one that many property owners are not adequately prepared for. With a little research or none at all, the seller is tempted to hike the pricing of the property beyond the real estate market. Whatever you think your home is worth, however, you still must price it in line with the current market value.
Community centres do much more than fulfil a social function in society. They are great influencers when looking for property. There are several Vancouver real estate listings that provide the advantage of staying close to a community centre. An aspiring buyer can look at the different Vancouver community centres and see the facilities on offer. Here are motivations for buying a home close to a community centre. Community Spirit These centres do a lot to bring people together. Individuals, small businesses and families come together for different projects. It is hard to instil a community spirit and even more difficult to maintain it. Having a community centre around gives residents a place where they can all gather for one purpose. As a homeowner, living in an area where neighbours have a strong sense of ownership and belonging makes the neighbourhood more appealing.
If you are thinking about owning one of the available East Vancouver condos for sale, you might wonder if having a realtor with you in the entire process is worth it. Today, most buyers think they can tread the path of buying solely for the simple reason that there are plenty of resources from online searches to how-to guides. However, it is very important to remember that buying a condo is a huge investment decision. A wrong move in your purchase and you end up draining your money in a property that is not worth it in the first place. An agent has experience that cannot be offered by your resources. They will advocate on your behalf and also get you a better deal. Expertise Every professional field has its own set of acronyms and jargon, and so, is the real estate sector. A professional realtor is well-trained and armed with the expert information necessary to navigate the field.
Friday, 3 June 2016
The Right Medium
For one, a real estate agent will find the best networks to showcase your property. Social networks vary and each provides a different kind of audience.
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
During a real estate transaction for Mount Pleasant homes for sale, having a realtor to represent you when buying or selling property is a huge plus. Every agent that undertakes the selling or buying of real estate is considered to be fiduciary. To the law, fiduciary duties are known to be among the highest. In addition to any obligations set in a listing agreement, a realtor will be held under the law to owe specific duties to a client. Accounting As a fiduciary, a realtor is obligated to account for every property or money entrusted to him or her. This duty compels the realtor to safeguard deeds, money, and any other documents related to the client’s transactions. The realtor is expected to give an accurate reporting of all monies, and their ultimate disposition is a complete fiduciary responsibility.
Monday, 23 May 2016
Deciding to buy a home is something that requires great caution. There are numerous properties for sale, and it helps to know what differentiates one from the other. The value of a residential property is one of the contributing factors when selecting homes for sale. If you intend to get a home in Vancouver, you would have to know how to measure the worth, so you know what you are paying for. The Location Factor When looking at East Van houses for sale, consider the location first. Where in Vancouver is a property located? The location is the deal breaker in most real estate purchase decisions. Some areas are considered more prime than others. The attractiveness of a location will itself depend on other factors. For instance, a home that is in a good school district is appealing to a buyer that has school-going children. You may consider such a location a good one if someday you have to sell your home.
Sunday, 22 May 2016
Vancouver is one of Canada's most popular cities, and not without good reason. Geographically, it sits on the west coast, home to beautiful scenery and a pleasant climate, and is only a short drive from the border with the US, Canada's southern neighbour. However, property prices do sit more highly than in many other Canadian cities, but the temptation to rent rather than buy should not be immediately given in to. Cost-wise, if you have enough for a down payment on a house, and plan to stay in Vancouver long term, it's worth looking at East Vancouver houses as well as all other areas, considering how much more practical it will be in the long-term. Vancouver is renowned for being a pricey place to live, but houses in the surrounding areas are still affordable, and any savings are undoubtedly welcome.
Saturday, 21 May 2016
In recent years, Vancouver has become a popular choice for people wanting to live what they believe is a good quality of life. When choosing a property to purchase, your decision is influenced by many aspects. Location is one of the elements that will affect the choice you make, as it determines your property’s accessibility to various places. When looking to buy a home, you should ensure that it is near a community centre, as residential properties close to these centres have a unique appeal as well as value. Vancouver has some impressive community centres that would make a property investment worth every cent. Recreational Facilities Vancouver community centres usually have different facilities that cater to various needs. These centres typically have a variety of equipment for people wanting to engage in different activities. These centres provide facilities for sports, entertainment, dining, and even hobbies such as farming.
Friday, 20 May 2016
There are many reasons to buy or sell a condominium in the present housing market. East Vancouver is a perfect example of a community which has seen a truly amazing increase within this sector during the past few years. According to a Huffington Post article, February 2016 experienced a record-breaking $7.5 billion dollars in sales. Not only does this illustrate the fact that the demand for this market is growing, but it also emphasises the desire of families and individuals to own such lucrative properties. A Welcome Opportunity In January, the average price of a detached home increased by no less than 40 per cent when compared to the same figures from the previous year. This increase in prices affects not just detached home sales but condominium sales as well, with demand for the latter showing an increase. There are several factors behind this trend. Employment opportunities are seen to be quite attractive throughout the East Vancouver region.
Thursday, 19 May 2016
You may find a lack of trees on a new property rather disappointing and unexciting. If you noticed, treeless homes do tend to cost less, and take longer to sell because of the lack in curb appeal. These very components, however, are what just might give you the opportunity to make the most out of such an East Vancouver real estate property. You can take advantage of the low selling price of treeless homes, and then invest in improving its curb appeal, thereby raising the property’s value, by adding trees on the front lawn. This benefit is far from being merely imaginary, too, as a 2010 study published in Landscape and Urban Planning has found that properties with planted trees can easily enjoy up to as much as nineteen percent in value increase. Which Trees to Pick? Some trees have large root systems and others do not. Small gardens do better with native trees with long tap-roots and non-spreading root systems.
Sunday, 1 May 2016
East Vancouver, or East Van as it's colloquially known, has seen a growth in independent commercial ventures in the last few decades that makes that part of the city one of the most exciting and interesting places to begin hunting for real estate. From micro-breweries serving up their unique styles of ale and independent clothing stores servicing the stylish populace to any of the bustling night spots found on Commercial Drive and further afield, East Van is full of surprises and reasons to relocate. East Van Environs East Van runs east of Cambie Street through to about Boundary Road, and from the edge of Railtown all the way out to 41st Avenue. It's a huge area and it can be difficult to sum up in simple terms. Instead, it's worth looking at some of the key spots and what they offer the prospective home owner in terms of travel links and amenities.