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5 Ways to Make the Selling Process Stress-Free

 

For some homeowners,the process of listing, showing and selling their home can be stressful.

 

Fortunately, there is plenty you can do to make it much less nerve-racking—and even exciting and enjoyable.

 

Here are some ideas:

 

1. Make a plan. Decide when you’re going to show your property, search for a new home, view listings, etc. Block out these times in an agenda book or calendar. That way, you and your family can see what’s coming up.

 

2. Be flexible. Few things go exactly as planned! So, it’s important to build in flexibility. For example, you may plan to see homes for sale on Saturdays, but if an opportunity comes up on a weeknight, give yourself room in your schedule to jump on it.

 

3. Eat well. There are numerous studies that connect poor nutrition with increased stress. When people are selling and moving, there’s a tendency to rely on quick fixes, such as hot dogs and pizza! Try to plan more nutritious meals that will keep everyone healthy and energized.

 

4. Get stuff done early. Doing things last minute, such as finding a real estate lawyer or getting rid of clutter, can quickly lead to stress and frustration. Whenever possible, get tasks done early. That way, you won’t have to worry about them.

 

5. Hire the right professionals. By far, the surest way to a stress-free move is to get the right professionals working for you: everyone from contractors to mortgage brokers to movers. By the way, a big part of what I do for clients is help make every aspect of buying, selling and moving go smoothly.

 

Contact me to learn how I can help you.

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This home has been lovingly maintained and upgraded over the years. Features include 2 bedrooms up, 2 baths, original fir floors, roomy kitchen, french doors, sunny private backyard w/deck and a very unique 1 bedroom coach house mortgage helper.


Newest improvements include replaced house footings, roof, double glazed wood windows, wall insulation, furnace and s/s kitchen appliances. Duplex zoned. The neighborhood boasts several parks, community gardens, pre& elementary schools, local corner stores, many hip restaurants and great shopping! 


Asking $1,669,000.00

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Fewer home sales and listings in the first quarter of 2018

Home buyers and sellers were less active in Metro Vancouver throughout the first quarter of 2018.

 

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 2,517 in March 2018, a 29.7 per cent decrease from the 3,579 sales recorded in March 2017, and a 14 per cent increase compared to February 2018 when 2,207 homes sold.

 

Last month’s sales were 23 per cent below the 10-year March sales average.

There were 6,542 home sales on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver during the first quarter of 2018, a 13.1 per cent decrease from the 7,527 sales over the same period last year. This represents the region’s lowest first-quarter sales total since 2013.

 

“We saw less demand from buyers and fewer homes listed for sale in our region in the first quarter of the year,” Phil Moore, REBGV president said. “High prices, new tax announcements, rising interest rates, and stricter mortgage requirements are among the factors affecting home buyer and seller activity today.”

 

There were 4,450 detached, attached and apartment properties newly listed for sale in Metro Vancouver in March 2018. This represents a 6.6 per cent decrease compared to the 4,762 homes listed in March 2017 and a 5.4 per cent increase compared to February 2018 when 4,223 homes were listed.

 

There were 12,469 homes listed for sale in Metro Vancouver during the first quarter of 2018, a 0.8 per cent decrease from the 12,568 sales over the same period last year. This represents the region’s lowest first-quarter new listings total since 2013.

 

The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 8,380, a 10.5 per cent increase compared to March 2017 (7,586) and a 7.1 per cent increase compared to February 2018 (7,822).

 

“Even with lower demand, upward pressure on prices will continue as long as the supply of homes for sale remains low,” Moore said. “Last month was the quietest March for new home listings since 2009 and the total inventory, particularly in the condo and townhome segments, of homes for sale remains well below historical norms.”

 

For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for March 2018 is 30 per cent. By property type, the ratio is 14.2 per cent for detached homes, 39.9 per cent for townhomes, and 61.6 per cent for condominiums.

 

Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below the 12 per cent mark for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it surpasses 20 per cent over several months.

 

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,084,000. This represents a 16.1 per cent increase over March 2017 and a 1.1 per cent increase compared to February 2018.

 

Sales of detached properties in March 2018 reached 722, a decrease of 37 per cent from the 1,150 detached sales recorded in March 2017. The benchmark price for detached properties is $1,608,500. This represents a 7.4 per cent increase from March 2017 and a 0.4 per cent increase compared to February 2018.

 

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,349 in March 2018, a decrease of 26.7 per cent compared to the 1,841 sales in March 2017. The benchmark price of an apartment property is $693,500. This represents a 26.2 per cent increase from March 2017 and a 1.6 per cent increase compared to February 2018.

 

Attached property sales in March 2018 totalled 446, a decrease of 24.1 per cent compared to the 588 sales in March 2017. The benchmark price of an attached unit is $835,300. This represents a 17.7 per cent increase from March 2017 and a two per cent increase compared to February 2018.

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Open House is Sat March 31th, 2-4.



Absolutely charming 4 bdrm split level bungalow stylishly renovated and move in ready. Located on one of the prettiest streets in Dunbar / Southlands. You've got Musqueam Park right across the street . This home is ideal for a young family or empty nesters wanting to downsize but still wanting single family living. The home offers all double windows, Air Cond, refinished HW floors, upgraded On Demand Heating System, New Roof, upgraded wiring and renovated kitchen & bathrooms. Nothing to do here but enjoy. Open House is Sat March 31th, 2-4.

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Absolutely charming 4 bdrm split level bungalow stylishly renovated and move in ready.


Located on one of the prettiest streets in Dunbar / Southlands. You've got Musqueam Park right across the street . This home is ideal for a young family or empty nesters wanting to downsize but still wanting single family living. The home offers all double windows, Air Cond, refinished HW floors, upgraded On Demand Heating System, New Roof, upgraded wiring and renovated kitchen & bathrooms. Nothing to do here but enjoy. 


Open House is Sat March 31th, 2-4.

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Absolutely charming 4 bdrm split level bungalow stylishly renovated and move in ready. Located on one of the prettiest streets in Dunbar / Southlands. You've got Musqueam Park right across the street . This home is ideal for a young family or empty nesters wanting to downsize but still wanting single family living. The home offers all double windows, Air Cond, refinished HW floors, upgraded On Demand Heating System, New Roof, upgraded wiring and renovated kitchen & bathrooms. Nothing to do here but enjoy. Open House is Sat March 24th, 2-4.
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Metro Vancouver* home sales dipped below the long-term historical average in February.

 

 

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in the region totalled 2,207 in February 2018, a nine per cent decrease from the 2,424 sales recorded in February 2017, and a 21.4 per cent increase compared to January 2018 when 1,818 homes sold.

Last month’s sales were 14.4 per cent below the 10-year February sales average. By property type, detached sales were down 39.4 per cent over the same period, attached sales were down 6.8 per cent, and apartment sales were 5.5 per cent above the 10-year February average.

 

“Rising interest rates and stricter mortgage requirements have reduced home buyers’ purchasing power, particularly for those at the entry level of our market,” Jill Oudil, REBGV president said. “Even still, the supply of apartment and townhome properties for sale today is unable to meet demand. On the other hand, our detached home market is beginning to enter buyers’ market territory.”

 

There were 4,223 detached, attached and apartment properties newly listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in February 2018. This represents a 15.2 per cent increase compared to the 3,666 homes listed in February 2017 and an 11.2 per cent increase compared to January 2018 when 3,796 homes were listed.

 

The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 7,822, a three per cent increase compared to February 2017 (7,594) and a 12.6 per cent increase compared to January 2018 (6,947).

“The spring is traditionally the busiest time for home buyers and sellers in our market. We’ll wait to see how they react to the taxes and other policy measures that our provincial and federal governments have introduced so far this year,” Oudil said. “To help you navigate these changes in today’s housing market, it’s important to work with your local REALTOR®.”

 

For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for February 2018 is 28.2 per cent. By property type, the ratio is 13 per cent for detached homes, 37.6 per cent for townhomes, and 59.7 per cent for condominiums.

Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below the 12 per cent mark for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it surpasses 20 per cent over several months.

 

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,071,800. This represents a 16.9 per cent increase over February 2017 and a 1.4 per cent increase compared to January 2018.

 

Sales of detached properties in February 2018 reached 621, a 16.6 per cent decrease from the 745 detached sales recorded in February 2017. The benchmark price for detached properties is $1,602,000. This represents an 8.2 per cent increase from February 2017 and is virtually unchanged from January 2018.

 

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,185 in February 2018, a 7.1 per cent decrease compared to the 1,275 sales in February 2017. The benchmark price of an apartment property is $682,800. This represents a 27.2 per cent increase from February 2017 and a 2.6 per cent increase compared to January 2018.

 

Attached property sales in February 2018 totalled 401, a 0.7 per cent decrease compared to the 404 sales in February 2017. The benchmark price of an attached unit is $819,200. This represents an 18.1 per cent increase from February 2017 and a 1.9 per cent increase compared to January 2018.

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The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,071,800.


This represents a 16.9 per cent increase over February 2017 and a 1.4 per cent increase compared to January 2018.

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Absolutely charming 4 bdrm split level bungalow stylishly renovated and move in ready. Located on one of the prettiest streets in Dunbar / Southlands.

You've got Musqueam Park right across the street .

This home is ideal for a young family or empty nesters wanting to downsize but still wanting single family living. The home offers all double windows, Air Cond, refinished HW floors, upgraded On Demand Heating System, New Roof, upgraded wiring and renovated kitchen & bathrooms.


Nothing to do here but enjoy. Open House is Sat March 24th, 2-4.


Asking $2,280,000.

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The Phoenix in Vancouver's master planned community - River District.


This SW facing unit with river view overlooks the park, laminate floors throughout and new paint in 2017, updated stove, fridge & dishwasher in 2016.


Unit has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, insuite laundry, a balcony, 2 parking stalls side by side and 1 locker. The building has been completely updated including repipes & new style mailbox.

Amenities include indoor pool, swirlpool, gym and recreation centre.


Pro-active council with long-term maintenance and well kept. Vibrant and comprehensive neighbourhood with lots of future amenities including community plaza, shopping,

waterfront access to trails and outdoor facilities.


Lovely 2 bedroom suite on the waterfront.

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Open House Questions Some Buyers Forget to Ask

 

An Open House is an event. And, like many events, it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement and energy. In fact, when you visit an Open House, you might even end up rubbing elbows with other buyers who are there at the same time. It can feel like a party! In an environment like that, it’s not unusual to forget to ask important questions about the property. Here are some of the most common:

• How old is the roof?

 

• How old is the furnace, air conditioner and other HVAC equipment?

 

• How does the price compare to similar properties in the neighbourhood? (You don’t want to make an offer that’s too high.)

• What are the characteristics of the neighbourhood? (Amenities, safety, traffic, access to public transit, property turnover, etc.)

 

• What doesn’t come with the home? (Ask specifically about kitchen appliances, gas-connected BBQs, chandeliers, window coverings.)

 

• Are there any potential impediments to the sale? (Tenants, outstanding liens, etc.)

 

• Are there any outstanding maintenance issues, or repairs that need to be done? (For example, cracked ceramics on the foyer floor.)

 

• Are there any issues that impact the full use of the property? (Ask specifically about shared driveways or walkways, public “right of way” through the property, water drainage rights from neighbouring homes, etc.) Yes, an Open House can feel like a frenzy, and if it’s a home you love, you might feel pressured to make an offer.

 

But, it’s important to take the time to ask the right questions and consider your decision carefully.

 

You don’t want to find out, too late, that there were questions you should have asked.

 

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February 2018

 

Important Things to “Fix Up” before Selling When you’re preparing your home for sale, it’s not unusual to need to fix up a few things around the property.

 

After all, you want your home to look its best to buyers, so that you get good offers, quickly.

What do you need to fix?

 

Here are three categories that will help you create and prioritize your list.

 

1. Anything that squeaks or creaks. Is there something in your home that makes a noise it shouldn’t be making? Perhaps it’s a rattling closet door or a creaking floor board? You may be so used to it you no longer notice the sound. But buyers will. Be sure to get those items fixed.

 

2. Anything that’s unsightly. You don’t have to make your home look perfect. However, things that are unsightly will likely get buyers’ attention. You want them to focus on the terrific features of your property, not the scuff on the wall. Take a walk through your property, including the yard. Pretend you’re the buyer. Do you notice anything that doesn’t look good? If so, tidy it up, fix it up or replace it.

 

3. Anything that’s broken. If there’s anything that needs repair — an outside tap that’s not working, or a sliding door that regularly careens off its runner — call the contractor or fix it yourself. Getting these items fixed will go a long way toward making your home appealing to buyers.

 

Want more tips on preparing your home for sale? Call today. 

 

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Find the Value of Your Home on the Real Estate Market.

 

Welcome to my online Home Evaluation system.

 

The answers to your home-selling questions are just a click away! Let me help you find the value of your home.

 

By running a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA), I'll find the value of your property on the current real estate market.

 

Through the Comparative Market Analysis, I can evaluate the prices of properties similar to yours that have recently sold in your area.

 

This analysis will give you a better idea of your property's market value, one of the first - and essential! - steps as you prepare to sell your home. All it takes is a few quick minutes to complete and submit the form below.

 

Then let my system do the work for you! I'll contact you as soon as I have the results.

 

Pleae email erica@ericarendell.com the answers to the following questions and our team will get back to you once we have the results. 

Home Evaluation Form

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Homeowners in Vancouver began receiving their 2018 property assessment notices in the mail at the beginning of the year.

By now, everyone should have received one and have a clear idea of the assessed value of their property.

This is important because this value determines the property taxes that must be paid.

British Columbia's real estate market saw continued strong activity in 2017 and both residential and commercial property values showed growth in almost all areas.

Average detached single-family homes were stable in the greater Metro Vancouver areas of Richmond, Vancouver, the North Shore and Burnaby compared to other parts of the province.

Condos, on the other hand, saw some of the biggest changes of between 10 to 30 per cent increase in assessed value.

You can look up different property assessments on B.C. Assessment's website to search and compare different 2018 property assessments.

In order to assess the value of the property, a number of key factors such as location, size, land surface, age and condition of the building are taken into consideration.

A large increase in property assessments does not always translate into a corresponding increase in property taxes, however. It also takes into account changes relative to your community.

Property taxes help fund essential services like police, fire fighting and emergency rescue. They also support community programs, recreation centres, public libraries, parks and much more.

Advanced taxes are due on February 2 and main taxes due July 4. They can be paid in multiple ways; in person, online banking, credit card or cheque. You can set up a Property Tax Monthly Payment Plan to avoid paying them all at once.

Another option is to apply for the homeowner grant.  If eligible, this grant reduces the amount of property tax that are due. The application is online.

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Home buyer demand depends on property type


VANCOUVER, BC – February 2, 2018 –

Attached and apartment homes are in demand

across Metro Vancouver* while detached home buyers are facing less competition today.


The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the
region totalled 1,818 in January 2018, a 19.4 per cent increase from the 1,523 sales recorded in
January 2017, and a 9.8 per cent decrease compared to December 2017 when 2,016 homes sold.
Last month’s sales were 7.1 per cent above the 10-year January sales average.

 

By property type,  detached sales were down 24.8 per cent from the 10-year January average, attached sales
increased 14.3 per cent and apartment sales were up 31.6 per cent over the same period.
“Demand remains elevated and listings scarce in the attached and apartment markets across
Metro Vancouver,” Jill Oudil, REBGV president said.

 

“Buyers in the detached market are facing less competition and have much more selection to choose. For detached home sellers to be
successful, it’s important to set prices that reflect today’s market trends.”


There were 3,796 detached, attached and apartment properties newly listed for sale on the
Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in January 2018. This represents an 8.3
per cent decrease compared to the 4,140 homes listed in January 2017 and a 100.7 per cent
increase compared to December 2017 when 1,891 homes were listed.


The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver
is 6,947, a four per cent decrease compared to January 2017 (7,238) and a 0.2 per cent decrease
compared to December 2017 (6,958).


For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for January 2018 is 26.2 per cent. By
property type, the ratio is 11.6 per cent for detached homes, 32.8 per cent for townhomes, and
57.2 per cent for condominiums.


Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below
the 12 per cent mark for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure
when it surpasses 20 per cent over several months.


The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential homes in Metro
Vancouver is currently $1,056,500. This represents a 16.6 per cent increase over January 2017
and a 0.6 per cent increase compared to December 2017.

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How a Professional Chef Would Remodel Your Kitchen

 

Watch any TV cooking show, and you’ll notice that a chef’s kitchen looks quite a bit different than what you’d find in most homes.

But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have one just like it in your home! With a little remodeling, and splurging on some new items, you too can have a kitchen worthy of Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver, or Rachel Ray.

 

Chefs love counter space. So, when remodeling, plan to create as much as possible. If you have an existing island, for example, you can replace the countertop with a larger one.

 

Just adding eight inches in both directions will make a big difference.

 

Most chefs have more than one oven. If that’s impractical for you, consider buying a double-oven stove. Also, chefs prefer gas burners for quicker heatup times and exacting control of cooking temperature. One thing you’ll notice about chefs is they love stainless steel.

 

That’s because it’s easy-to-clean, hygienic and durable (assuming you take care of it). Finally, because chefs spend so much time in the kitchen, they want the space to be attractive and comfortable. So, when remodeling, keep decor in mind.

Even if you’re just an amateur chef, creating a chef-worthy kitchen will make the foodie in you smile. :) 

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Sometimes the reason for putting your home on the market is crystal clear.

For example, you might have a job relocation and need to move.

 

Or, you might have decided to downsize because the kids have left the nest. However, there are many other motivations to list your home that are not as obvious, and yet are still good reasons to make a move.

Here are just a few examples...

• You’re bored with your home and are looking for a change.

• There’s something you’ve always wanted in a home that your current property doesn’t have, such as a wooded backyard.

• You want to be closer to work, or to activities you enjoy, such as golf.

• You want to be closer to family.

• The neighbourhood is changing in a way that no longer fits the lifestyle you want.

• There’s another neighbourhood you’ve always dreamed of living in.

• Your tastes have changed and you want to live in a different type of home. None of these reasons makes it an absolute necessity to list your property and find a new home.

 

Yet, they’re all worth considering, especially if moving will make you and your family happier, and provide you with a more desirable lifestyle.

 

Want to talk about the possibilities?

Call today.

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