Friday, 27 January 2017

Enriching Families: The Perks of Going to a Vancouver Community Centre

For people who want to make a huge lifestyle change and move to someplace new, Vancouver is likely to be at the top of their lists. Ranked worldwide in the Mercer Survey as the Top 5 Best City to Live in, this bustling and progressive metropolis is home to more than 600,000 denizens.
In the City of Glass, there are around 24 community centres that are being managed by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. This elected body is committed not only to preserving the green spaces like parks and trails in the city, but also to connect members of the community by giving opportunities for growth and development.
Benefits for the Little Ones
The youngest members of the Vancouver population can find something exciting to look forward to whenever they visit their local community centres. Daycare programs are facilitated by certified personnel, and they provide tons of activities with songs and games to stimulate the minds of curious tots. Read more from this blog:

Monday, 23 January 2017

The Hip and Vibrant City Scene: Mount Pleasant Real Estate Properties

Located at the heart of the rapidly-progressing region of East Vancouver is the eclectic and creative hub known as Mount Pleasant.
Today, with nearly 30,000 residents, the neighbourhood is culturally diverse, home to many local small business’, and updated apartment developments, along with beautiful character homes, making it an exciting place to call home.
Ideal for Budding Local Businesses
Along Main Street, a major artery in the neighbourhood, one will find numerous establishments in what is called the Shopping District. Here, there truly is something for everyone. From healthy gluten-free food choices at a nearby cafe to top-quality hair treatments from a trusted salon, Mount Pleasant shops offer goods and services that both locals and visitors can’t resist. In fact, as a means of boosting commerce in the area, local authorities often hold business expos and seminars to encourage inhabitants to start up their own businesses. Read more from this blog:

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Searching through East Vancouver Houses: Help from Real Estate Agents

In greater Metro Vancouver, the general land area encompasses 2,865 square kilometers. A huge portion of this region, about 2,000 square kilometers, is open space and greenery for agriculture and nature preservation. The rest is dedicated for urban developments. In the recent years, Vancouver has been given accolades as being one of the world’s best cities to live in, and among the top cities for doing business.
The natural beauty of the area and culturally rich neighbourhoods, have brought a large increase of new residents and business owners from all over the world. When it comes melting pots for culture, arts, history, commerce, and social growth, East Vancouver is the place to be.
Getting to Know the Neighbourhoods
There are several semi-distinct regions in East Van, each with its own unique charm, and each specially catering to the unique lifestyle tastes of its residents. For example, Chinatown on the north end is a National Historic Site, showcasing Vancouver’s ethnic Chinese history and many of the city’s top restaurants. Mount Pleasant, to the south of False Creek, features the hip and creative side of East Van; mixing in cafes, bars, restaurants, art galleries and retail shops showcase one-of-a-kind creations from locals. Read more from this blog:

Saturday, 7 January 2017

East Vancouver Houses For Sale: Townhouse Purchasing Pros and Cons

If you want to buy a house but don’t want the hassle of maintaining a big yard, you may have considered buying a townhouse. A townhouse often offers a good ‘middle ground’ between a detached home and a full-fledged condo unit because to a degree, they have the best attributes of both. Townhouses represent a growing market in East Vancouver real estate, so if you’re seriously considering to purchase one, it pays to know more about this particular property type before you render your final decision.

Pro: Townhouses are often built in convenient locations

Detached homes can be expensive in East Vancouver, and while condos are generally cheaper, owners are often constrained by the space. Many townhouses are built near urban centres, thus offering just the right balance of accessibility, affordability, and privacy. Read more on this article:

East Vancouver Homes For Sale: Protect Your Investment from Radon

Radon can’t be seen, smelled, or tasted, yet it can appear from anywhere, and it can make you sick. A Health Canada survey that studied radon concentrations across Canada discovered that 6.9 percent of Canadian homes have radon levels that exceed current radon guidelines. Thus, if you intend to buy or sell homes for sale in East Vancouver, you should having a radon test performed to determine if the home has high radon levels before you close the transaction.

What is radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the ground. The gas has radioactive properties, and has the potential to cause cancer. Exposure to high radon levels can lead to lung cancer, according to many health experts. Read more on this article:

Thursday, 5 January 2017

East Vancouver Condos For Sale vs. Homes For Sale: 4 Key Differences

Condos and single-family homes have their similarities, but their differences are many, and you have to account for the latter more when selling each type of property. If you have experience selling a single-family home but haven’t yet gone through the process of selling a condo, here are key things to know about the latter process.

You’ll have less wiggle room with your asking price

In most markets—East Vancouver included—condos are comparatively cheaper than detached houses. This also means that the increase in value is lower in condos than in single-family homes. The lower average price can come as an advantage, as it can appeal to those who intend to downsize, purchase an additional home, or invest in the East Vancouver real estate market. Read more on this article:

Vancouver Community Centres: How to Assess a Property’s Desirability

Do you have fantasies of owning your own home? Do you dream of a day when you are free of mortgage and live in a home that’s all yours? If you’ve got the ambition to follow through and finances to back it up, there are plenty of Vancouver condos, homes and buildings you can buy, but pinpointing the right one can be a challenge. Here are four questions that you must answer to find out if a Vancouver real estate property is the ideal one for you.

How well does it satisfy your needs?

Desirability can be measured by identifying how well a location serves your basic needs. If you have a parent who needs professional care or children who go to school, the desirability of a property depends on how well the amenities and facilities in and around the neighbourhood or community can address these needs. This is why properties around Vancouver community centres are highly desirable for families. Read more on this article:

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

East Vancouver Real Estate: 5 Tips to Selling Your Home in Winter

Winter is often a slow time for real estate transactions in Vancouver. Buyers focus their money on holiday expenditures, and sales often languish. If you’re interested in putting your East Vancouver real estate property up for sale this winter, know that it can be a bit challenging to sell it quickly, but it can be done.

The main reason winter is not an ideal time to put a home on the market is because the property won’t show as well. However, you can brighten your home and make it look pleasant for buyers by taking the following steps. Read more on this article:

Monday, 2 January 2017

Mount Pleasant Homes Agent Shows Best Tips for Saving on Down Payment

Traditionally, a home buyer will have to put down a 20 percent down payment on a Mount Pleasant home he intends to buy. However, some lenders have made it possible to purchase a home with as little down payment as possible. Some don’t even require a down payment at all. However, to receive the lowest possible interest rates and to get out of debt faster, it’s still wiser to make a down payment, and make it the biggest amount you can come up with.

So how do you get started on saving on tens of thousands of dollars for the home of your dreams? Your Mount Pleasant homes agent offers you strategies to help you achieve your particular financial goal. Read more on this article: