Yaletown Real Estate Listings Offer Excellent Options to Vancouverites

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Individuals who are starting to make their marks professionally in Vancouver could benefit from owning Yaletown condos. Compared to conventional houses, condos are more affordable, well-protected, and are situated in easily accessible places within the city. When it comes to maintenance, condominiums can easily be sustained, as owners just need to look after their own units. Most condos also offer a slew of amenities, such as swimming pools, indoor gyms, and tennis courts. In fact, the more upscale condos offer function rooms residents can use or rent for parties and other events.

Dreamy Kitsilano Houses for Sale: The Sights and Sounds of the Kits

Friday, December 5, 2014

Owning a comfortable abode somewhere in the ‘Couve has been all the rage lately, resulting in a surge in its real estate industry. This opens the doors for prospective homeowners to find their dream property in one of Vancouver’s many fine neighborhoods. One particular area that has the makings of a great place to settle in is Kitsilano. A number of attractive Kitsilano houses for sale is simply waiting for their new owners to find them; but what exactly makes “The Kits” a viable place of residence?

Homes for Sale in Vancouver: Look for Beautiful Victorian Style Houses

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Victorian style architecture was born out of an era, specifically, the historical period in Great Britain when Queen Victoria ruled, spanning from her ascension to the throne in 1837 to her death in 1901. Victorian style homes have several variations, three of which are prominent among a number of beautiful Vancouver homes for sale: the Italianate, the Gothic Revival, and the Queen Anne.

Condos for Sale in Vancouver: Living in the Core Has Become the Norm

Monday, December 1, 2014

Given this current trend, real estate experts won’t be surprised if the number of buyers interested in condos for sale in Vancouver continues to grow. After all, even without young, first-time buyers and substantial business activities driving the condo market, condo life is simply appealing by itself. It allows people to enjoy certain amenities, like swimming pools and saunas that often come with condo living. Additionally, as condos are generally built to suit a particular demographic, they give people with similar lifestyles the opportunity to live in close proximity to each other. Buyers simply need to find a condo that best suits their tastes and needs, which they can easily do when they work with respected realtors like Jean Seguin of Vancouver Canada Homes.

Vancouver Real Estate Market Makes Room for Practical Laneway Homes

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The stable Vancouver real estate market is seeing a lot more of these tiny houses, as shown on property listing sites such as Vancouver Canada Homes’. These listings are shared on other sites, using a nationwide database, so a property that appears on one listing site also appears on VCH’s listings, making home sales more convenient. One of the most affordable laneway homes in the listings right now is located along E 26th Ave., Renfrew Heights. Despite its below-average size of 516 square feet, it has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, sizeable enough to accommodate a slightly bigger family. Its proximity to the Skytrain system makes commuting around the city easy and convenient.

Why Purchase Real Estate in Yaletown

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Various organizations have constantly included Vancouver on their list of the most livable cities on the planet. Such a prestigious title draws homebuyers to the city looking for the best properties. Indeed, Downtown Vancouver is a popular location for potential real estate buyers and Yaletown is one of the most sought out neighbourhoods.
Yaletown is home to Vancouver’s two major event venues—BC Place and Rogers Arena—where most large-scale concerts and professional sport events are held. For any music or sports fan who wants easy access to these two places, a Yaletown home lets him or her reach these venues with a simple walk or a cab ride.

The Rising Value of Houses for Sale in Vancouver

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Known for its amazing scenery and pleasant climate, Vancouver is considered one of the best cities in the world to live in. The Pacific Ocean gives the city a beautiful coastline that’s teeming with attractions for tourists and locals. CNN has included Vancouver in its list of the world’s 10 healthiest cities, and a fusion of these factors continue to make the area prime land for prospective residents. As a result, the value of properties in the city also rises.

Expert Realtors Can Help Buy Vancouver Property

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Vancouver is a great place to live, so it’s no surprise that a lot of people want to live there. Buyers who want reasonable price tags attached to homes for sale in the area should consult a real estate company to help them sift through various listings.

The expansion of the housing market is based on different factors. The buying demographics, for instance, influence the prices of certain properties, as people want to live in ideal surroundings and some houses would be more appealing to a greater number than others. Moreover, the economy may also dictate the rise and fall of real estate prices.

Vancouver and Yaletown Condos for Sale Feature Dog-friendly Facilities

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Vancouver neighborhoods such as Yaletown are also following suit. Some condos now have pet-friendly living establishments for prospective property owners who have pets. Finding and negotiating for these gems, however, can prove a bit challenging. Yaletown condos for sale located near famous parks like Cooper’s Park and Helmcken Park, for instance, are prime locations for dog owners, but landing an apartment here might be harder compared to landing a condo in the peripheries. Fortunately, an established Yaletown real estate company such as Vancouver Canada Homes can make the search for viable condominiums and high-rise establishments less taxing. Seasoned agents with extensive knowledge of the local real estate market can mine the latest listings of available condos at desirable locations that match each client’s specifications.

Realtors Offer Hot Listings for Houses and Kitsilano Condos for Sale

Monday, November 10, 2014

For those in search of condos for sale in Kitsilano, it would be wise to seek the assistance of a dependable real estate company such as Vancouver Canada Homes that provides up-to-date property listings. Realtors from such a company would be well-versed in recommending the best condo options in prime locations based on each client’s preferences and budget. Likewise, realtors with extensive knowledge of the local market and a vast network of industry connections can help buyers find Kitsilano houses for sale located conveniently close to various places of interest such as downtown Vancouver, shopping and dining establishments, sports and recreation facilities, and the famous Kitsilano Beach. Indeed, aspiring home owners can count on an experienced realtor from a company like Vancouver Canada Homes to offer the hottest listings that fit their ideal lifestyles.

Tips on Choosing Condos for Sale in Vancouver

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Buying a condo in Vancouver is something many young professionals pursue as their first act of independence. Here are some things they have to consider to ensure they make the right choice:

A condo is an anchor

If you’re working within the Vancouver area alone, then buying a condo in the area could be the best choice because it cuts your travel time around the city. Having a condo home, however, might not be feasible if your job requires that you move around a lot because then your anchor becomes a limiting line that might end up weighing you down.

Home Buyers Looking for Vancouver Homes for Sale on the East Side

When it comes to prime Vancouver homes for sale in the East Side, a real estate company such as Vancouver Canada Homes can be every prospective buyer’s ally. Such a company takes into account clients’ preferences in relation to location, property size and type, and price in order to come up with good matches. As for house types, prospective homeowners would do well to consider the options wisely. Buyers can take their pick from detached single-unit homes, semi-attached dwellings, attached single-unit houses, or attached multi-unit properties. Companies like Vancouver Canada Homes can match one’s preferred style from the various homes for sale in Vancouver.

Why Buying Condos for Sale in Vancouver Makes More Economic Sense

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Early this year, statistics have shown that the Greater Vancouver’s condominium market stays flat. To be exact, the prices of condo units have stayed almost the same since 2009, making the condo market seem unaffected by economic fluctuations. This may not be good news to condo owners who purchased their units before 2009 but certainly a thrilling prospect for buyers today. The debate on whether buying a condo is more beneficial than renting an apartment rages on, but for housing and financial experts, it all boils down to which option makes more financial sense in each individual case. GlobalPost.com contributor Monica Dillon cites a compelling reason to own a condo unit.

Is a Strong Vancouver Real Estate Market Good for Buyers and Sellers?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Foreigners are also eager to get into the Vancouver, BC real estate market, as well as in other cities. In 2012, it was estimated that some foreign investors owned anywhere from 5 to 50 percent of all downtown condos in Vancouver and Toronto, further limiting the available inventory. While sellers had a field day, buyers faced a more congested market. While some fear the direction the market is headed, Porter says it’s too early to jump to conclusions. Fortunately, buyers and sellers can count on a company like Vancouver Canada Homes for sage advice and help in closing the best property deals fast.

Invest in Vancouver, BC Real Estate to Get Ahead

Saturday, November 1, 2014

If you want a sure-fire investment, you can hardly go wrong with investing in property in Vancouver. Investing in a property can be more costly up front, but when done right, can prove more advantageous in the long run. Considering the status of the Vancouver real estate market, investing may be the optimum choice, even for those who are looking to “just” rent.

Over the past decade, Vancouver, BC real estate prices increased faster than rental rates, and a similar occurrence happened at the same time in the United States, before their market eventually crashed.

Ensure Your Yaletown Real Estate Reaches Max Value

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

When people buy property for investment purposes, they want to ensure that the real estate increases in value over time. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to ensure that when you sell your investment, you get a high return.

Regular maintenance and upkeep.

Owners are responsible for keeping their properties in good shape. This applies regardless of whether they’re buying existing homes or newly constructed Yaletown condos for sale. Responsibilities and tasks to keep a property in good condition overwhelm owners at first, but they discover that when the time comes to sell, they reap great rewards for their efforts.

To Buy a Condo or a Home: That’s the Question

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

So you’re finally ready to embrace residential property ownership after several years of sacrifice and hard work. The question is: should you buy a condo or a single-family home?

Buying a condo

Boon: Most buyers choose a condo over a home because the former tends to be located in highly urbanised settings. This means that the condo is a mere stone’s throw away from the essentials: supermarkets, groceries, bars, restaurants, parks, recreation centres, and health care facilities or clinics. Higher-end condos now even have in-house pools and fitness centres.

Buy Strategic Yaletown Real Estate to Take Advantage of the Location

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Vancouver has consistently ranked as one of the world’s best places to live in recent years. This has resulted in many people hoping to invest in affordable Yaletown real estate from agencies like Vancouver Canada Homes. Indeed, Downtown Vancouver is a popular location for potential real estate buyers. As an example, Global News had an article about Yaletown’s popularity last year among families looking for places to live in the neighbourhood.

Value of Kitsilano Houses for Sale Rise as Vancouver Real Estate Soars

Thursday, October 16, 2014

While there is a high demand for affordable Kitsilano homes for sale and other houses in Vancouver, clients looking to purchase real estate may be in for a challenge due to the steep price tag of some real estate listings. That’s why real estate brokers such as Vancouver Canada Homes are invaluable in navigating the Vancouver housing landscape and making the right decisions for those who want to live in one of the finest cities today.

The Possibilities and Perks of an Open Floor Plan

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Although it may seem challenging to fill the large space of an open floor plan, the design actually opens your doors to several decorating possibilities and perks. Beautiful homes for sale in Vancouver may come with this layout. If you buy one of these properties, you can certainly enjoy its benefits and bring out your creativity in furnishing the space.

Buyer’s Guide to Homes for Sale in Vancouver: Open House Inspection

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Check to make sure that the kitchen is indeed clean and efficient even when there are several people in it. Inspect the bathroom for any plumbing problems and see if the fixtures are new. All-in-all, it’s important to ascertain that each room is in good working order and will need little to no renovations to truly make your own. In your search for lovely Vancouver homes for sale, be sure to trust reliable realtors like those from Vancouver Canada Homes.

Should You Buy Condos for Sale in Vancouver, B.C.? The Condo Lifestyle

Sunday, October 12, 2014

It’s also good condo buying practice to check up on the social setting or environment before signing on the dotted lines. You’ll be interacting with the people in your neighbourhood for the rest of your stay in the condo, so be sure to get to know a few of your prospective neighbours first. Only when you’re sure that you can handle the lifestyle it calls for should you consider buying condos for sale in Vancouver, B.C. What’s more, you should hire reliable realtors like Vancouver Canada Homes to help make sure that you find the best condo unit to suit your budget and lifestyle.

Hot Vancouver Real Estate Market Trends Lean toward a Seller’s Game

Friday, October 10, 2014

Staging. At some point, you’ll need professional staging services for an open house to get potential buyers to consider purchasing your house. When preparing your house for staging, be sure to remove any personal effects that could make it hard for prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in your property. Choose a reliable Vancouver, B.C. real estate agent to work with, if you want to make sure that your home is sold quickly and at the ideal price. If you’re ready, take advantage of the seller’s market and put your home up for sale today.

What You Should Know about Selling a Condo

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Buying a condo to sell at a later time for a profit could be a nice investment, but to pull this off, you should know how best to keep your property’s price up. If you want to sell your condo for a good price and at favorable terms, think of these tips first:

Know Market Trends before Buying Real Estate

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Vancouver real estate market isn’t exactly moving at a predictable pace. For one, the latest surveys seem to suggest a new trend favoring a seller’s market for the rest of 2014.

Real estate agents in the city have announced that current market conditions seem to favor sellers, rather than buyers, thanks to data they’ve gathered last month. The numbers say that the sales-to-active-listings ratio in Greater Vancouver is currently at 19.7 percent, about 4 percent higher than last year’s figures.

Quick Tips for House Hunting

Monday, September 29, 2014

Whether you’re out on the hunt for your first home or looking for your next one, few things can be as tedious as the actual search for the house itself and the decision-making process that follows. Here are a few tips that should help you in your effort:

Kick Up Your Heels in Kitsilano

Monday, September 22, 2014

There’s something special about life near a large body of water, especially if it’s the ocean. Coming home has a calming and almost hypnotic effect on you after a long commute or a hectic day at work. Living in the neighborhood of Kitsilano in Vancouver feels something like that. Popularly known as the “Kits”, it is located in Vancouver’s west side along the south shore of English Bay.

Getting Ready to Say Goodbye—Selling Your House

Monday, September 15, 2014

Regardless of how settled in you are, there’s always a possibility that you will move to another location elsewhere in B.C., another province in Canada, or even abroad. When you have nobody in Vancouver to bequeath your house too and you’re no longer looking back, you can put it up as one of the many Vancouver homes for sale. Fortunately, there are ways to make your property buyer-ready.

Relax: Ensuring Your Condo Life is Enjoyable

Monday, September 8, 2014

With all of the wonderful condos for sale in the Downtown Vancouver area, it can be tempting to just sell the old homestead and downsize into a smaller and more urban condominium. However, condominium living is a lot different than the suburban life you’re used to. It can be quite a shock for some and negatively affects their condo experience. Here’s a couple of tips to ensure that you get the most out of living in your dream condominium:

Common Home Value Killers

Monday, September 1, 2014

While there are a lot of aspects that make a home highly desirable, there are also a lot of factors that essentially harms its overall real estate value—the equilibrium of things, so to speak. Here are some of the most common things that can hurt a property’s value:

Common Mistakes Rookie Home Buyers Make

Friday, August 29, 2014

Real estate engagements are not cups of tea for most people, especially for first-time buyers. Inexperienced individuals tend to commit mistakes during the purchasing process, and what follows are some of the most common.
Searching for a home before getting pre-qualified– Rookie home buyers often face the trouble of realizing they couldn’t afford their so-called “dream home,” just because they began house-hunting too early. Getting pre-qualified can help save buyers time by looking at homes that they can actually afford in the first place. Also, it will put a buyer in a better position over another bidder without pre-approval.
Thinking short term– What this means is that rookie home buyers tend to get carried away with the search for a new home without looking intently at other important factors. This includes the neighbourhood the property is in, as well as the future developments in the immediate area and the home’s resale value. While the idea of reselling a home is still far-off in the future, it should be on every buyer’s list.
Not understanding market trends– The real estate market is constantly changing. There would be times when trends would favor a buyer (aka a buyers’ market), or favour sellers (aka sellers’ market). Understanding these shifts require a look at contributing factors like supply and demand, as well as numerous information from sources like websites, newspapers, and magazines. Realtors can also help with understanding market trends too.

Looking to Buy Some Yaletown Real Estate? Why Not Try a Condominium?

Friday, August 22, 2014

One of the high-fliers mentioned by the Press was Vancouver, which historically is one of the most expensive places in the country to buy residential real estate properties. In fact, the rate for renting an 85 m2 apartment space in the city can cost up to $2,500 a month. While the high cost of living means that only few people can afford to stay here, the wealth of opportunities that Vancouver provides also means that it is still one of the best places to live in Canada. Yaletown real estate professionals, like those from Vancouver Canada Homes, can even give people the chance to live in one of the city’s most prestigious neighbourhoods. Originally an industrial district and a major railway stop, Yaletown is currently one of busiest places in Vancouver, after seeing an influx of more than 40,000 new residents for the last ten years.

Work and play in Kitsilano, VA

Spending your August right is definitely a regular thing for Vancouver residents. What better way to enjoy the summery weather but to hit the road and visit new places with friends? If you’re up for a little adventure, perhaps you might take a drive down Kitsilano and see what it has to offer.
Kitsilano is a vibrant neighbourhood in in the city of Vancouver, BC. More popularly known as “Kits” to locals, it covers a stretch of English Bay and contains an array fun shops and restaurants. No wonder why this little haven attracts many people from all over the world.
Good sense of balance between work and play is what this area offers best. Just a few minutes’ walk and you'll reach the downtown, where the lively parks and shopping meccas are. If you're one for everything fashion and lifestyle, you surely belong here. Likewise, living a healthy active lifestyle in Kits is achievable and affordable—organic food shops, gyms and sports facilities pepper the locale. There's no reason to not look and feel good when you're in town.
Are you ready to experience the good life? Choosing a personal place that fits your personality is easy in Kitsilano. Whether you want to stay by the beach or in a fancy penthouse overlooking the city, name it and the local realtors will gladly find it for you.

Inspecting Kitsilano Houses for Sale: Red Flags You Should Be Aware Of

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Foul odors circulating throughout the house is definitely a bad sign. This could be anything from mold or pest infestations to a gas problem, so be sure to use your nose as well as your eyes when checking around the house. You should also look for signs that the owner might be masking some of these odors. Whether you’re looking at Kitsilano condos for sale or affordable homes for sale by leading real estate companies like Vancouver Canada Homes, doing a thorough inspection should give you enough confidence when deciding whether or not to buy the place. Remember that ultimately, it will be your home life hanging in the balance.

Tips for Putting Up Homes for Sale in Vancouver: Pre-Listing Steps

Monday, August 18, 2014

Many people are often looking to get their hands on a nice house in coastal cities like Vancouver, and homeowners seeking to capitalise on their home before moving out to a new place often look to the listing service of realtors like Vancouver Canada Homes for help in marketing and eventually selling their property. Before you put up your property among the many homes for sale in Vancouver, though, there are a few important things you should keep in mind. Get the documents straight. Before you even think of advertising a sale, you should first look into securing all the pertinent documents that your realtor and potential buyers will need. Inspect the deed for any potential encumbrances that might keep the sale from going smoothly—you might be surprised how many people discover certain issues with their home’s title only when they’re about to sell it, thereby resulting in major delays.

Getting Help on Timing When to Look for Condos for Sale in Vancouver

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The article continues to detail how there are really no specific reasons why homes and condos for sale in Vancouver can be high in demand in one area, while another is not as much. This is apart from the assumption that area-concentrated development is what drives its current demand. While the city is highly developed, progress continues to happen at an impressive pace in Vancouver, and the better and nearer amenities are in one area, the higher is the demand for its real estate. That is why it is important to work with a real estate professional from leading companies like Vancouver Canada Homes.

Outdoor Spaces: A Must-have for Luxury Homes

Friday, August 15, 2014

As you pore through the listings of luxury homes for sale in Vancouver, you’ll instantly see how outdoor spaces make a house stand out. Aside from adding investment value to a property, the living spaces outside the house become a functional, and oftentimes opulent extension. Various designs and features make the area a prized part of properties, which a Realtor® can help you find.
For a social lifestyle
A roof deck, a backyard patio, or a front porch gives you a bright, open space to entertain guests or to hang out with family, friends, and neighbours. Pick homes that have spacious, furnished outdoor areas, and just redecorate according to your liking.
For a serene oasis
A backyard pool or beach property can be your retreat from the everyday hustle and bustle of working. Look for infinity pools, built-in spas, a private dock with an impressive ocean view, or even an expansive waterfront land for ultimate relaxation.
For savouring nature
A lush lawn, manicured garden, and other similar environments allow you to commune with nature. Find a property with a pergola or gazebo, where you can rest after tending to plantings or relax on warm days.
For sumptuous dining
An outdoor kitchen provides you the opportunity to hold barbecues, grill steaks, and cook other dishes. Make sure that the outdoor kitchen is covered, weatherproofed, and designed with appropriate furnishings.

Why Rental Prices Will Increase Interest in Vancouver, BC Real Estate

Thursday, August 14, 2014

When discussing the differences between renting a property and investing in one, the argument commonly swing in favour of the other depending on when the property is needed, and how much of a budget is available. Renting is commonly most favourable when there is an immediate need for a place to stay and the individual’s finances does not allow for any form of real estate purchase. Investing in a property on the other hand, may be more costly up front, but when done right, is proven to be more advantageous in the long run. Considering the Vancouver real estate market status, investing may be the optimum choice, even for those who are looking to “just” rent.

Three Considerations for Buying a Vancouver Condo

Friday, August 8, 2014

Vancouver is one of the largest and most popular cities in Canada, which makes it easy to understand why many people choose to relocate here. Among their choices of residence is a condominium, and most condos for sale in Vancouver are sizable and lucrative investments. This makes it all the more important for buyers to take steps in ensuring that their purchases don’t come back to bite them in the end.
The first thing that buyers must consider is the condo’s maintenance and repair history. This information can be found by reading the minutes of the condo board association’s meetings, which also deals with other issues in the property, like problematic tenants or the lack of certain amenities.
The minutes may also shed light on the condo’s reserve or contingency fund, which is the second factor that buyers must consider. This fund is used by the association to pay for basic repairs, roof replacements, and the like without asking the tenants for contributions. Naturally, it should be large enough to cover for accidental damage and unforeseen maintenance issues that may arise in the future.
The third and last consideration is the location of the condo itself. Ideally, a condo a Vancouver should offer a wide range of amenities and accommodations like restaurants, spas, gyms, and entertainment establishments. It should also be accessible by public transportation, which is especially the case for condos found in Kerrisdale and South Granville.

Factors to Consider when Investing in Real Estate

Friday, August 1, 2014

Do you want to get in on the action of the red hot Vancouver real estate market? Don’t rely on pure instincts and inexperienced agents as you search for your investment property. With the help of a seasoned local Realtor®, you can find the house or condo where you’re sure to recoup your expenses, plus profits.
Here are some factors to consider when investing:

When investing in condos
First and foremost, look for an advantageous location like the middle of the business district or somewhere close to the suburbs. Find a reliable developer who has been to known to produce units with quality craftsmanship and attractive design. Crunch the numbers, such as the price of the unit and maintenance expenses versus the rent you can collect or the projected appreciation rate if you will sell it.

When spotting investment houses
Look for a new or well-maintained house in an in-demand neighbourhood, so you have better chances of receiving multiple offers or selling over the asking price. Be sensitive to inflation rates and real estate trends to know the perfect time to sell or hold on to your property. Aside from Canadian residents, market to foreign investors.

When flipping properties
Make sure that the property is fairly priced even if it seems like a bargain already, and have your agent negotiate with the seller’s agent. Plan the renovations based on the remodels that actually add value, such as those that make a home more suitable for retiring boomers.

Types of Real Estate: Which One Suits You?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A lot of choices exist for people on the lookout for a Vancouver residential property that many are finding it hard to decide on a type of real estate that suits their needs and lifestyle. To help, here are some of the most common kinds of residences available in the area:

It is the most common form of living space. This structure is normally found in suburban areas that are close, but are not within the vicinity, of commercial districts. This type of real estate is ideal for people raising kids or are planning to start a family.

This kind of residential property is a cross between a house and a condominium unit. Normally, townhouses are preferred by people who already have houses in far areas but need to have a form of living space within Vancouver because their work is located in the city.

A condominium is a large complex divided and sold in individual units. Condos are commonly built as high-rise residential buildings and are located within, or close, to the commercial district, which brings them closer to facilities like malls, hospitals, and schools.

Luxury Property
This can be in the form of any of the three but with a big distinction: the price tag. It can cost from at least $800,000 to a couple of millions. What sets this property apart from the others is its location, architecture, interior design, historical value, sheer size, or a combination of any or all of these factors.

Booming Yaletown Real Estate in Vancouver Makes for Sellers’ Market

Saturday, July 26, 2014

"Whether you’re moving away or hoping to get a good return on your investment, there is no better time to sell your available Yaletown real estate property than now. Despite last year’s fears of a bust, the market holds up strong, especially for high-end housing and condos. Matt KIeltyka writing for Metro news, reports on the current boom in Vancouver real estate market. However, you can’t just post an ad online and expect to get a great deal for your property right off the bat. The demand for affordable Yaletown condos and housing may be high, but expect buyers to be smart about their purchase and shop with their head. If your home isn’t up to snuff or isn’t presented properly, you won’t be able to get it off your hands or get a fair price for it. Here’s what you can do to get your property ready for the market."

Looking at Some Kitsilano Homes for Sale? Know the Neighbourhood First

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Today, Kitsilano’s popular holiday is still as festive and alive as ever. Speaking to Robert Mangelsdorf of the Vancouver Courier, Mathew Bakatsis, this year’s festival organizer, attributed the community’s strong celebratory spirit to the immigrants’ nostalgic longing for home. His father immigrated to Canada from Greece in the ‘60s, and while Bakatsis himself was born in Canada, he knows just how important it is to share the considerable contributions of Greek culture to Vancouver’s society. If you’re big on Greek art, food and culture, then moving into a genuine Greek community in Vancouver should serve just as well, next to living in Greece itself. Check with established real estate companies, such as Vancouver Canada Homes to show you a listing of Kitsilano homes for sale to start off living your dream of owning a home within a culturally vibrant community."

Ditch the Landlord: Reasons to Buy Your Own Home

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Everyone needs a roof over their head, but not everyone is interested in owning that roof. That’s why many people still rent these days--it’s still a more affordable option to buying your own house.
Still, every tenant, at one point or another, has wondered whether it’s finally time to become a full-fledged homeowner, especially with rental prices only increasing over the years. If you’re facing this conundrum, here are three great reasons why you should consider buying a home:
Freedom from Landlords
Does your landlord ban pets from your apartment building? Is he or she picky about which modifications you can do to your unit? If you own your home, you (and Fido!) no longer have to deal with these limitations.

Tax Breaks
Yes, buying a home will definitely be a big expense, but it can help you save money when tax season comes around. Homeowners can deduct the interest on mortgage, real estate property tax, and the cost of insurance, thereby lowering their total tax payments.

Inflation Proof
Inflation doesn’t just affect consumer goods, but rental prices, too. That’s why landlords have to increase the rent every so often. If you get a fixed-rate mortgage, however, you’ll be paying the same monthly installment from the time you move in to the day you get hold the deed in transferred to you.

Prices of Homes for Sale in Vancouver and Nearby Areas Break Records

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"According to new data, numerous homes for sale in Vancouver and nearby locales just broke records in terms of pricing during the previous month. As reported in this excerpt from an article on CTV Vancouver, many neighbourhoods in Vancouver have become hot markets for home buyers, despite rising prices. As the prices of most detached single-family Vancouver homes for sale have gone up, one might expect a gradual decrease in demand, right? Not quite yet as the price increase seems to coincide with Vancouver’s luxury real estate that itself is not showing signs of slowing down any time soon."

What Buyers should Consider when Choosing Condos for Sale in Vancouver

Sunday, July 20, 2014

"Get the place inspected. You might want to hire a reliable building inspector to check out your prospective new home for damage or hazards. Sure, you’re not exactly buying a house, but it always pays to be sure of the structural integrity of the place you’re about to call your refuge from the world outside. You should also have the place checked for potentially hazardous chemicals and substances. The key to purchasing condos for sale in Vancouver, BC is making the right choices based on good information that you yourself have sought and pursued. Do your homework before taking even a single step towards condo ownership. There is an inherent risk to buying real estate, so buyers beware, and tread carefully throughout the purchase process."

Vancouver, BC Real Estate Tips: Affordable Ways to Boost Home Value

Friday, July 18, 2014

"A Nice Yard Curb appeal is an often taken-for-granted aspect of home improvements, mainly because home sellers think this necessarily involves costly installation like decks, patios, pools and the like. You can significantly improve curb appeal with minimal expense simply by regularly keeping your lawn mowed, your grass green, and your trees and hedges trimmed. After you’ve improved the value of your home in British Columbia, it’s time to call in the pros, such as Vancouver Canada Homes, to help you move it through the Vancouver real estate market to sell. Always keep in mind that you don’t have to arrange for costly remodeling jobs just to increase the selling price of your house."

Home Buying for Couples without Kids

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Buying a house is nothing like buying a car. Not only does it cost more, you probably won’t be trading it up every five years or so, the way many people do with their vehicles. That’s why the house you buy today should not only cater to your current needs but your future ones as well.
This maxim is especially true for couples who presently don’t have kids, but would like to have them in the future. If you’re looking for a house now, keep these child-centric considerations in mind:
In most cases, the smaller the home, the smaller the price tag. However, it might pay to get a bigger, albeit slightly more expensive, home today if kids are in the cards. Buying a roomier house now spares you from the headache of house hunting in the future with a baby or toddler in tow.
When you’re happily married with no kids, the perfect home is one near restaurants, bars and other nightlife hubs. When you become parents, though, your priorities change, and you’ll want a home in a very safe, kid-friendly neighborhood.

It won’t be long until your kids will be out of their diapers and into a school uniform. So before you purchase a home, check if it belongs to a good school district. Also, homes near reputable schools often have higher market values—something you’ll appreciate if you eventually decide to sell your home.

Coal Harbour: Upscale High-rise Living at Its Best

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

If your motto is location, location, location, few places in Vancouver would fit the bill better than Coal Harbour. Nestled smack dab between Stanley Park and Downtown, on the shore facing Vancouver Harbour, the area is home to some of Vancouver’s most coveted addresses.
High-rise residential towers dominate much of Coal Harbour, which mainly older professionals and retirees call home. Driven here both by the proximity to the city’s centre of commerce and the allure of the world-famous Stanley Park and its marina and seawall, residents here enjoy a much more relax lifestyle befitting its aging population.
Many who call Coal Harbour home have done so for quite some time now—some may have even lived here all their life. The fact that few are willing to part with their residences here is testament to the area’s desirability and quality of life.
This, coupled with the fact that there’s been a dearth of recent development in this part of town, makes it quite difficult to secure a place to stay here, but that isn’t too say it isn’t possible. In order to do so, anyone wishing to buy a home in Coal Harbour needs to be ready to grab at a chance as soon as it becomes available.

Affordable, Attractive Mount Pleasant

In recent years, Vancouver has gained a reputation for having some of the highest property prices in the country. Take a quick look at Kitsilano, Coal Harbour, and Yaletown and it’s easy to see why. However, while the sticker prices on the city’s waterfront properties are just about as high as the skyscrapers that dominate these parts of town, move a little inland and you’ll find a number of neighbourhoods that offer more reasonably priced housing.
Mount Pleasant is one such neighbourhood. Much less densely packed, but with a few low-rise condominium developments on its north side, the area boasts a diverse collection of first-time homebuyers, families, and young urban professionals.
With its collection of unusual stores, artistic residents, and heritage buildings, the neighbourhood is well deserving of its name. Green space is still a fairly abundant resource in this area, making it feel more like a suburban town. Nine parks are scattered throughout the neighbourhood, making it easy to find fantastic spaces for a variety of outdoor activities.
Despite its more pronounced laidback-ness and family-friendly orientation, Mount Pleasant is not without nightlife. The neighbourhood’s most popular haunts centre around Main Street, with cafes, restaurants, bars, and pubs lining the thoroughfare from East 6th Avenue to East 33rd Avenue.

A Few Useful Tips to Maximise Equity of Yaletown Real Estate Property

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

When people look into their options in Yaletown real estate properties, at times they go back and forth with their decision to buy or rent. While both choices have their advantages, New York Times writers Mike Bostock, Shan Carter, and Archie Tse shed light on the critical considerations when opting to buy a home instead of renting.

Finding a Place to Live in Vancouver

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ust as with any city, the Vancouver real estate market is a pretty busy one. All over the city, property is changing hands as people come and go. This, of course, means there’s plenty of places a newcomer to the city can choose to stay. However, before making a beeline toward some random For Sale sign, be sure to consider the neighbourhood it’s planted in first.
Most residential properties in the Downtown area are high-rise residential units. Downtown offers easy access to the city’s centres of business, shopping, and entertainment, however, this can come at a price. The cost of living in Downtown is generally quite high if you’re not keen on settling for a smallish duplex in the West End section of town.
If you’re a beach bum, Kitsilano is probably where you want to be. The neighbourhood is lined by the city’s two famous beaches, Kits Beach and Jericho Beach. Expect prices by the coastline to be sky high, but these generally become more reasonable as you move west towards UBC.
East Vancouver
Outside of East Hastings and Downtown Eastside, affordable housing can be had in what are the city’s more eclectic neighbourhoods. Life in East Van is generally more down-to-earth, and provides a welcome contrast to the Downtown’s slick and modern character.

A Guide to Buying Kitsilano Houses for Sale Under Fixed Rate Mortgage

Monday, June 30, 2014

With this latest development, homebuyers in Vancouver will likely be encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity, and look quickly into their options in Kitsilano houses for sale. It’s also possible that those who put their plans of buying a home on hold due to high interest rates will rethink their decision now that things have taken a positive turn. However, with such attractive rates, there is the risk of borrowing too much. Below is a guide to home-shopping under a fixed- rate mortgage.

Acquiring Great Homes for Sale in Vancouver through Expert Realtors

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Buyers who want to make the most out of their property investment should keep these factors in mind while sifting through their options. What are considered great homes for sale in Vancouver will likely include perks and added amenities, which would jack up the price. Meanwhile, houses that are not really exceptional when it comes to features may still command high attention due to their affordability, tasteful design, and proximity to popular entertainment areas.

Real Estate Agents Help You Buy the Right Property

Friday, June 27, 2014

When you’re looking to buy a property in Vancouver, whether it is in Yaletown or Kitsilano, hiring a professional real estate agent would greatly help in leading you to the right home. With all the options out there, you’ll be needing all the help you can get so you won’t end up with regrets due to a bad deal. There are several ways a real estate agent can makes things easier for you.

First, they bring their experience to the table. Experienced real estate agents have years of practical knowledge they can share with you. They can help you identify what you want out of a house and match you with the right one in their listing. They’ll also know what houses not to show you based on your requirements, thereby saving time and effort.

Second, they are in the know. Buying a home isn’t just about the structural integrity of a house. You’ll also want to learn about the neighbourhood, what facilities are available, and other relevant info. An established agent would already have the information ready for you to peruse.

Third, they help in the negotiations. Real estate agents can often talk with the sellers about reducing prices and doing repairs before the sale. For first-time homebuyers, having a real estate professional on their side can ensure that they are presented with a reasonable selling price.

Important Tips Before and After Buying Condos for Sale in Vancouver

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Carefully think about upscale amenities. Always keep in mind that features like pools, saunas, deluxe gyms, or large common rooms typically require bigger fees to cover the upkeep. Ask yourself if you’ll actually use such amenities regularly to make the extra dollars worthwhile. Buying dependable condos for sale in Vancouver or other places in Canada doesn’t need to be difficult. Asking help from qualified people like Realtors can definitely go a long way.

Understand the Vancouver Real Estate Market with the Help of Realtors

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Distraught buyers should consult a Vancouver, BC real estate company before making any purchase, to avoid landing on the wrong property. Realtors from companies like Vancouver Canada Homes can help buyers determine their purchasing power and identify homes they can actively bid for. Realtors can also help in the entire negotiation process, making things easier for both the buyer and the seller.

Tips for Negotiating a Home Purchase

Friday, June 20, 2014

Are you ready to get the best price possible for your dream house? While it may sound intimidating especially for beginners, negotiating a home purchase isn’t really that hard with these easy-to­-understand tips heeded at every turn:
Do your homework.
Probably the most important item on this list, you should definitely come into a deal fully prepared. Looking at listings, you’ve probably considered a lot of factors before picking the best choice available. Indeed, once you have weighed your options and identified your needs, you can easily come up with the price you’re willing to pay. Numerous online resources, as well as magazines and other reading materials are abound to provide a wealth of information.
Get to know the seller and establish a connection.
This may sound silly, but tugging at a seller’s heartstrings can actually work if done right. For instance, you can tell a seller how the home is the perfect place for your family and kids to grow up in. If you’re lucky, you just might get a great deal.
Listen, and get important things in writing.
Always keep an ear out for the important factors when the seller is talking about figures. It is ideal to keep a list of the vital components of the sale (e.g. the existing furnishings, current problems, insurance, etc.) and make sure that those items are clearly stated in the contract.

Quick Tips for a Quicker Home Sale

Friday, June 13, 2014

The real estate market is pretty much like the movement of the tides: one day it’s on a high, and the next thing you know, it’s already on a low. To beat this unpredictability, many home sellers have adopted means that can help them quickly put their home on the market and close its sale before the tides change. Here are some helpful hints:


One of the best ways to make your home for sale stand out is to set it apart from your neighbors or from other properties on the listing services with you. Do this by investing in helpful improvements like getting a porch or deck, landscaping your yard, or fixing up your roof. Just don’t overdo it though, otherwise your selling price might skyrocket and your house will become too expensive for comfort.

Price Right

The reason why you should keep from overdoing the improvements is that while you probably don’t want to sell your house at a loss, you also shouldn’t price it too steeply that prospective buyers will have a list of more low-cost houses to visit before they even start considering yours. The right price is the balance between profit and a sensible cost.

Cleaning up

When you’re about to host an open house event, be sure to clean up all the clutter in your home. You should also hide away any personal belongings, so that the visitors can easily imagine themselves as the owner of the property you’re selling.

Facts about Having Dogs in Your Condo

Sunday, June 8, 2014

If you’re looking to buy a condo, make sure that you can bring your pets along with you, since there are many buildings that completely ban pets from their units. If you do manage to get a condo that allows little Fido to live with you though, here are a few things you should consider:


Know that all dogs need varying degrees of exercise, and if you don’t meet this need they could end up with destructive tendencies. In short, leaving a big, hulking Great Dane or Husky in a crammed condo unit without giving the time of day to go out for walks means that you might go home to a condo with damaged furniture like a chewed up couch.


It’s also essential that you clean up after your dog, and maybe house-train him while you’re at it. One of the main reasons that discourage condo owners from allowing pets is that they might leave odors and stains all over the place which could make for very expensive cleaning. Having a pet in a condo is all about responsibility.

Manage Interiors

Make sure that your condo’s interiors provide as much space as possible by keeping furniture as close to the walls as you can. Don’t leave anything that could be mistaken as a chew toy. Moreover, you should also be mindful about your downstairs neighbors by putting rugs on the floor to minimize the noise made by your energetic canine buddy.

House Flipping for Beginners

Monday, June 2, 2014

TV shows make it look so simple: you buy a fixer-upper, renovate it, and then sell it for a whopping profit. However, ask anyone who has ever tried house flipping personally, the task is a lot harder than it seems. To maximize your property investment project, consider these tips.

Be in the know.

You need to be able to pick the right property to be successful. You also need to know which renovations to prioritise, which can be put off for later, and which can be skipped altogether. You must likewise be knowledgeable about tax laws and when to cut your losses and abandon the project before it becomes a money pit.

Start early.

House flipping is a time-consuming project. Not only do you need to allot some time to find and buy the right property, you may also need a month or two to fix it up depending on its condition. Plus, when finished, you also need to have the property inspected to ensure it complies with building codes. The point is, make sure you have ample time to do everything that needs to be done.

Do some—if not most—of the work yourself.

The real money in house flipping comes from being handy with house tools. Hiring a professional to do all the work reduces the odds of profiting from your investment. Thus, you may want to brush up on your DIY skills or call on your closest friends or relatives to help you out.

Real Estate Board: February a Good Month for Vancouver Homes for Sale

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"On the other hand, single-family detached homes had heftier price tags with the Vancouver West neighborhood tallying the priciest median of $2,145,200. West Vancouver comes in close second with a median price of $1,901,000. On a more general aspect, Vancouver’s overall benchmark price was $609,100, up 3.2 percent from a year ago. There’s literally hundreds of lovely homes for sale in Vancouver, B.C., and first-time homebuyers may find it hard to choose one. Fortunately, established real estate companies like Vancouver Canada Homes are there to help their clients narrow down their choices."

Boon for Buyers: Prices of Condos for Sale in Vancouver Remain Stable

Monday, May 26, 2014

"On the other hand, Downtown Vancouver is not one to get left behind. Encircled by the sea with direct access to the sea wall and numerous beaches, the downtown provides enough amenities for residents looking to unwind. The over 1,000-acre Stanley Park is the headliner. The weather isn’t bad itself. Vancouver sports a fairly temperate climate, with dry but comfortable summer months, and rainy months during late fall or winter. There is only one way to experience living in the fifth most livable city in the world – try it for yourself! There’s a lot of affordable condos for sale in Vancouver, B.C. as of the moment, so grab the opportunity and call up real estate specialists like Vancouver Canada Homes now."

Who are the Next Buyers of Vancouver Luxury Real Estate Properties?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

"or instance, about 60 percent of investments in Vancouver’s luxury properties come from domestic investors, but that figure is likely to have grown much larger, now that Canada has imposed stricter immigration laws. According to many real estate agents in the city, a great number of the best luxury real estate in Vancouver can be found in Shaughnessy, Point Grey, and Kitsilano. However, trends in the economy have allowed other neighborhoods like Ambleside to enter the luxury market as well. While it is nice to see plenty of newcomers to the real estate industry, they must know that obtaining safe and lucrative investments isn’t as easy as it sounds."

Be in the Know! The Vancouver Real Estate Market Can Change Quickly

Thursday, May 22, 2014

"This is the reason why a great number of Chinese investors left Canada for other countries, after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty imposed stricter immigration laws on February 2014. Prices for real estate in Vancouver, B.C. can also be affected by demographics. For example, if a certain city has a larger proportion of retirees rather than young people, then it is likely that that location has a greater demand for affordable houses and vacation homes, rather than high-rise condos. Of course, this doesn’t always hold true, which is why it is important for real estate buyers and sellers to be in the loop on current market factors before they make deals."

Vancouver Neighborhood in Focus: Mount Pleasant

Monday, May 19, 2014

Vancouver is sprawling with suburbs filled with a mixture of races from native Canadians to Asians. Here's a quick feature guide on the different neighborhoods all over Vancouver, broken down to its stereotypes. Whether you're in the market for a house or condo unit, this guide is for you.

In this edition, the focus is on a neighborhood shared by both East and West: Mount Pleasant. Compared with most neighborhoods in the city, Mount Pleasant is relatively young (although its roots can be traced back to Brewery Creek in 1888, which was home to a number of breweries). Mount Pleasant is also home to Vancouver City Hall.

In terms of real estate, some companies divide Mount Pleasant between Vancouver East (VE) and Vancouver West (VW). Nevertheless, the neighborhood is friendly to first-time homebuyers, namely foreign buyers. East and Southeast Asians form roughly a third of Mount Pleasant's total population, while Chinese and Filipino form the bulk of non-English languages spoken.

If you need a reference as to what constitutes Mount Pleasant VE and Mount Pleasant VW, Kingsway is a good reference. The neighborhood east of Kingsway (or Main St.) falls under Mount Pleasant VE, while the neighborhood west of Kingsway is considered as Mount Pleasant VW.

Looking into the Option of Buying a Condo

Cheaper price tags than other real estate properties and minimum maintenance requirements are among the most popular advantages of condo ownership. However, like other forms of investment, a condo also comes with a few disadvantages. Considering the things below can help one decide whether a condo is ideal for him or her.

Maintenance and Other Fees

While condo owners do not need to exert effort in maintaining their properties, they do need to pay monthly fees so that other people can do it for them. These fees are collected by the condo association who also oversees special projects and other improvements in the property. One concern about this is that rates can vary per month, taking some condo owners by surprise.

Rules and Regulations

While condos are privately owned and are therefore private space, owners still have to abide by the rules and regulations drawn up by the association. Rules and regulations vary among condos; for instance, some do not allow pets anywhere in the property, while some do but for a monthly fee. For this reason, before purchasing a condo, one must first familiarize himself or herself with the rules and regulations.

Lifestyle Adjustment

Buying a condo may not be a sensible move if the buyer plans to marry his or her beloved in a year’s time and start a family right after. However, if one is single and plans to remain so in the next five years or more, a condo is a good idea.

Common Home-buying Mistakes to Avoid

Friday, May 16, 2014

First-time home buyers can be vulnerable to mistakes that can prove very costly down the road. A home is a basic necessity that comes with a pretty big price tag. Once the deal is closed, it would be virtually impossible for the new owners to renounce the purchase even when they find disturbing issues around the home. This is why it’s crucial to avoid common home-buying mistakes that could have devastating consequences.

Probably the most common mistake is to shop around for a home without getting preapproved for a mortgage first. Preapproved mortgages often fall short of buyers’ expectations. This can create a problem if the buyer’s home choice costs more than the mortgage can cover.

Another common mistake is completely ignoring other options because the buyer is too blinded by one house. The truth is, there’s something in every buyer that tells him there’s probably a better option. On the other hand, the downside to being too picky is that the buyer might get lost amid his choices, and fail to make the right decision in the end.

Some buyers might also get sweet talked by the seller into bypassing an inspection altogether. Inspection is key to the accurate valuation of a property, and could reveal problems that the buyer might not have spotted on his own. Without an inspection, the buyer might only learn about these problems when he has already moved in to his new home. 

Buying a Home in a Livable City

Your choice of a home should not only revolve around appearances and amenities. Location and environment remain the most important factors to consider, as these can affect your lifestyle and comfort. The best way to start is to look for a neighborhood that has a reputation for “livability”.

Communities that have been cited as “highly livable” would have scored well in such categories as sustainability, social space, talent attraction, and economic dynamism. Many local governments are now designing their jurisdictions to have all the
characteristics of a livable place, not only to promote the welfare of the citizens, but also to entice real estate buyers and investors all over the country.

Choosing to buy a home in any one of these cities can be a good start for you. It can mean ample opportunities for gainful employment, or for starting and growing a business. Such a neighborhood is also likely to have a good school nearby for the children, and all the amenities you need for a balanced life. Simply put, the quality of life you can expect from a “livable city” would be high enough to keep you out of social and economic trouble.

One good example of a city that possesses virtually all characteristics of a livable city is Vancouver. With its favorable climate, economy, and attractions, Vancouver is definitely a choice place to settle in. Reliable real estate agents will only be too happy to show you the best deals you can find in the city.

Digital Marketing Key to Selling Vancouver Real Estate Faster

Friday, May 9, 2014

Seguin adds that these networks encourage sharing, making it easy to refer such posts to those looking to buy Vancouver homes for sale. As a result, digital marketing not only reduces listing duration, it also minimizes the effort that sellers have to exert to promote their house.

Vancouver Canada Homes is one of the area’s leading real estate firms. The company leverages its founder’s knowledge of digital marketing strategies and the local real estate market to facilitate home sales and to help clients find the best properties possible.


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