• The Impact Of The New Tax On Foreign Home Buyers

    In an effort to slow rising housing prices in Vancouver, the Canadian government instituted a 15% tax against foreign buyers. Though this tax was initially intended to help the real estate market, it may actually have had a negative impact. There are a few ways in which the additional 15% transfer tax could potentially be causing further issues. Foreign Investing Has Been Limited A 15% tax is very significant. Foreign investors may now feel as though they are not welcomed in Vancouver and may hesitate to buy into projects. [Read More]

  • Four Fire Safety Tips For First-Time Homeowners

    When you move into your first home, it's an exciting time but also an opportunity to think about your safety and the safety of the home itself. You already likely know about testing your smoke alarms, changing the batteries periodically and keeping a working fire extinguisher in the home. What you might not yet have thought about, however, is how you can reduce the likelihood of encountering a variety of other fire risks. [Read More]

  • 4 Tips For Buying Your First Townhome

    If you are a first-time homebuyer, you might be considering a townhome. This is a home that looks and feels like a house inside, but has at least one shared wall, similar to apartments and condos. Townhomes are great because they are less expensive, but provide many of the same amenities as single family houses. Here are some tips for buying your first townhome. Get Pre-Approved One good way to start house shopping is to first visit your bank or credit union and get pre-approved. [Read More]

  • Four Landscaping Maintenance Issues Property Management Companies Help You Avoid

    Are you worried about the landscaping and maintenance of your building? Property management companies are the best and easiest way to ensure that any property, either residential or commercial, is properly maintained for both the benefit of the owners and the tenants. One unique advantage to a property management company is that they often provide landscape maintenance services -- which can be quite costly. 1. Liability Problems Liability issues can crop up any time an exterior is improperly maintained. [Read More]

  • The Party Professional: Make Your Apartment Easy For Entertainment

    As a professional in the city, there is so much to do and see. Though stepping out for a night on the town is what most urban professionals do to party, throwing a party in your city apartment is also a great way to get together with friends. In order to throw a great event, make sure your apartment home is party ready. You can go from standard apartment to a centralized bachelor pad in just a few steps. [Read More]

  • Selling Your Place? 2 Reasons You Should Hire A Professional Staging Company

    If you watch any reality shows that center around real estate transactions, then you are probably familiar with the art of home staging, or filling a home with new furniture and decorations to make it more attractive. Unfortunately, most people mistakenly assume that staging is unnecessary, which can hurt the sale of their home. Here are two reasons you should hire a professional staging company, and why the service is worth every penny: [Read More]

  • Getting Prepared To Rent Out Your Second Property

    If you own a second home, then you might have considered renting it out for extra income. If you are planning on becoming a landlord, it is important to understand what you are getting yourself involved in. There are financial issues that you will have to understand. There are costs involved in maintaining the property. Finally, there is dealing with the tenants. Here is an outline of the main things you need to do before you rent out your property. [Read More]

  • Important Steps To Take When Selling Your Home

    In today's economy, selling your home can be challenging. It doesn't have to be, though, if you take these steps. Have Your Home Appraised In order to estimate the market value of your home accurately and quickly, you need to get help from a real estate appraisal company. An appraiser will come out to your property, and they will conduct a study to access the condition of your home. If any work needs to be done in terms of restoration, the appraiser can give you an estimate. [Read More]

  • 3 Things To Consider When Selecting A New Apartment

    Are you searching for your first apartment? If so, the search can be overwhelming with so many apartment complexes to consider. To help narrow down your selection, there are many factors and features to look into when deciding on your new apartment, as these factors and features can play a huge role in your living situation. So, before selecting an apartment, be sure that you seek an apartment that offers: [Read More]

  • Use The Appraisal To Your Benefit When Seeking A House

    You should only pay for the value of a house; paying more than that and you are getting ripped off. That's why an appraisal is such an important step in the home buying process. Dipping into the housing market After you have been pre-qualified for a loan from a bank or other lender, you take to the housing market with an agent to see the available homes. Canada's economy is such that buying a house in the near future is a good idea. [Read More]