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Purchasing in the North Vancouver, West Vancouver or anywhere in Greater Vancouver is costly so any savings you can search out can be on great benefit.  The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver recently released a list of twenty-one sources for potential savings for buyers and/or owners.  Not all of these will apply to you but it is definitely worth a quick read to see if you are missing out on any rebates or refunds.  For further clarification or explanation contact Dale and I today.


1.  Home Buyers’ Plan:  Qualifying home buyers can withdraw up to $25,000 (couples can withdraw up to $50,000) from their RRSPs for a down payment. Home buyers who have repaid their RRSP may be eligible to use the program a second time.

www.cra.gc.ca   Enter ‘Home Buyers’ Plan’ in the search box.           

 

2.  GST Rebate on New Homes:  New home buyers can apply for a rebate for the 5%...

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I have sold a property at 302 3008 WILLOW ST in Vancouver.
Spacious & bright 1071 sqft NW corner 2 Bdr/2 Bath in a Fully Rainscreened bldg on quiet St a short walk to VGH, Cambie line & shops! Large living rm for house size furniture w/ lots of windows & character brick faced gas fireplace. Newflrs, crown mouldings, updated kitchen & fresh paint. Separate dining accommodates table for 8! Eat-in kitchen w/ St/St appls & walk-in laundry rm w/ storage. Both Bdrs accommodate King Beds & are separated. Two balconies-1 West facing & 1 East facing! 2 parking & locker, 1 cat OK, no rentals.
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I recently had a listing and the owners had renovated the home but had done so without permits.  When I took the listing we had to complete the Property Disclosure Statement and one of the questions on the PDS is "Are you aware of any additions or alternations made without a required permit and final inspection; e.g., building, electrical, gas, etc.?" My clients answered "yes" on the PDS.

 

This only became an issue when we had to supply a copy of the PDS to a prospective buyer's mortgage broker as per their request by the lender.

 

 

 

Not having permits created a huge challenge for financing and could have been avoided if the sellers had obtained permits prior to renovations. It also affected the market value and could have been an issue with insurance. So do your due diligence when planning any future renovations or additions.

 

Here are a just a few tips on when you need a trade building permit:

 

  • Moving interior walls and partitions
  • Moving existing...
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North Vancouver has many fabulous neighbourhoods but none have the history of Grand Boulevard.  In the early 1900’s this garden community developed around the beautifully landscaped park gave way to large stately homes aimed at “high-class” residents.  In fact there was building covenants put in place to help ensure this type of home was constructed.  For years local politicians, public figures and some of North Vancouver’s most affluent families resided on Grand Boulevard. 

 

Today Grand Boulevard has become known as one of the sunniest and more convenient neighbourhoods in all of North Vancouver.  As this area was originally designed as a fire break, large trees were removed in 1906.  This combined with generally flat neighbourds that roll gently to the south creates sun from noon to night.  Grand Boulevard is almost exclusively detached residences with many of the lots running north south offering bright sunny homes...

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There are many factors that go into the sale of your house, townhouse or condo.  Vancouver is no different from most markets around the world in that pricing and location largely determine your salability but there is a secret.  If you are looking to sell your home you MUST stage it.  You will hear industry professionals,  neighbours, friends, family and others say, “I just gave my home a good clean and removed a few unnecessary items and that did the job.”  When selling your greatest asset you should not be looking to just “do the job”.  By creating a clean and inviting space you will cause potential buyers to fall in love with your home and in turn will receive greater return.  We see it time and time again that the staged homes sell for more money in less time.

 

Worried about the cost?  No need!  Call Dale and I and we will work with what you have and use our personal inventory of art, bedding, pillows and fluff...

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The Vancouver market has been a busy, competitive market overall with the highest monthly sales since March 2011.  We have seen consistent, yet modest increases in price and it seems that the summer market will bring continued home buyer activity.  The sales to active listings ratio is 21.3%; the second straight month that this measure has been above the 20% mark. In most communities, we are experiencing a Seller’s Market! So if you are thinking of buying or selling, please contact us so we can explain the market trends in your neighbourhood and improve your chances of success. On that same note, we recommend you watch the President’s video stats message this month which indeed highlights the importance of Locality.  A very good example of this is the “West Vancouver” Balanced Market which we have highlighted this month's newsletter.  If you are interested in receiving the stats for your sub-area in Greater Vancouver contact us today!

 

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I have sold a property at 60 31406 UPPER MACLURE RD in Abbotsford.
Bright, spacious & pride of ownership in this 1,742 sq.ft. of 2 bdrm/2 bathrm top floor town home with east, west & south exposure. This wonderful home features an open concept kitchen w/family room, gas fireplace, separate living & diningroom, newer laminate floors, new countertops, 2 skylights, in suite laundry, garage AND 2 sundecks for awesome outdoor space, the master bedrooms boasts a full ensuite as well as 2 closets. This clean manicured & well managed 19+, secure & gated complex includes a clubhouse, Jacuzzi & the building all have brand new roofs. Pets allowed with restriction. Close to the new Highstreet mall, hwy, transportation, churches, schools & entertainment. An amazing home at a great price not to be missed.
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I have sold a property at 2514 BRONTE DR in North Vancouver.

COME AND BE WOWED! COMPLETELY RENOVATED, BRIGHT, CONTEMPORARY FAMILY HOME WITH UNBELIEVABLE ATTENTION TO DETAIL.

2,265 sq. ft. house with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths & a beautiful 1 bedroom garden suite with laundry, separate entrance & private yard.. Open concept living on one level. Custom designed European-like wood kitchen with Bosch stainless steel appliances, Ceasarstone countertops & a featured island with breakfast bar. Sliding doors in diningroom open to a private deck. Featuring a stunning marble gas fireplace in living room with doors to a balcony. Spa-like bathroom & 3 generous bedrooms. The ground floor features an office with sliding wall (could be used as a 4th bedroom or guest bedroom) & an incredible family room with access to a concrete dining patio & huge treed, fenced south-facing level yard with new landscaping & modern concrete patios & stone planter walls.


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I have sold a property at 310 307 2ND ST W in North Vancouver.
A blank canvas awaiting your inspiration! This top-floor corner unit has three things that you cannot add through renovations: 1) Stunning Views 2) Quiet Lower Lonsdale Location 3) Sunlight. This is the best location within this well-runbuilding! Don't be fooled by the square footage. This 2-bedroom condo has spacious rooms and a large balcony to soak up the sun and enjoy the water view and Vancouver skyline. With a little love this will be one of the more spectacular low-rise suites in Lower Lonsdale. Everything you want in a view out your front window and every service and amenity you desire out your front door. Call now! OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, June 7th 2-4pm.
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I have sold a property at 1208 3920 HASTINGS ST in Burnaby.
Take a deep breath before entering this sub-penthouse as it will take your breath away! In 2012 this suite was transformed to a modern show suite with a stunning open kitchen, engineered hardwood floors, crown mouldings and so much more.The entry flows into a house-size living and dining room and onto one of two balconies where you can enjoy an ear to ear view. When was the last time you could see Deep Cove to Mt Baker and Metrotown to the Lionsgate Bridge in the same suite? This Bosa building has been upgraded inside and out with upgrades such as re-plumbing, windows and lobby upgrades. Don't be fooled by the address as this suite does not see or feel Hastings! This truly will not last so book your viewing today!
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