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You've probably been advised to "neutralize" your house before putting it on the market. But what does that mean?

It means two things:

First, re-painting or re-carpeting, if necessary, to present a color palate that others can see as a backdrop for their own furnishings. That means using neutral colors and adding your highlights via removable objects, such as throw pillows, kitchen canisters, or towels, bedspreads, etc. 

There is a beautiful, correctly priced home in a southeastern resort town that has gone unsold for the last few seasons, simply because the master bedroom has maroon walls. Of course  buyer could repaint, but instead they pass it by. 

Wallpaper, especially if it is dramatic, can also put buyers off. Most know that they would need to

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Whether you've decided to sell your house or will soon be moving to a house you've purchased, now is a good time to hold a yard sale. 

But what about COVID-19? Isn't a yard sale risky?

It's no more risky than going to the grocery store - and probably less risky if you hold it outdoors. Space your tables far apart so buyers can maintain social distance; wear your mask; and have plenty of hand sanitizer on hand so people can feel free to handle the merchandise.

If you've decided to sell, you know you need to de-clutter to make your home feel as spacious as possible. Moving things out via a yard sale will mean you only have to handle things once. 

Moving will be less of a chore when you have several hundred pounds less to pack and carry. And... moving into

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Home buyers and sellers remained active across Metro Vancouver in August, with home sale and new listing activity outpacing the region’s historical averages.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 3,047 in August 2020, a 36.6 per cent increase from the 2,231 sales recorded in August 2019, and a 2.6 per cent decrease from the 3,128 homes sold in July 2020.

Last month’s sales were 19.9 per cent above the 10-year August sales average.

 “People who put their home buying and selling plans on hold in the spring have been returning to the market throughout the summer,” Colette Gerber, REBGV Chair said. “Like everything else in our lives these days, the uncertainty COVID-19 presents

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Amid travel bans, widespread stay-at-home orders and social-distancing mandates, millions of Americans have adapted to the changes brought about by COVID-19. Countless events have been rescheduled or cancelled, but for a few people — including those who already made plans to move — staying put is simply not an option. 

If you are about to move, you can still pull it off with a little extra planning and a few precautionary steps. 

Here are some tips for making your move as safe, seamless and stress-free as possible. 

DIY IF POSSIBLE

Even though most states have designated moving services as “essential” and therefore still able to operate, many smaller companies have reduced hours or have paused business altogether. If you can, try to manage the

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Home buyer and seller activity in Metro Vancouver exceeded historical levels in July.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 3,128 in July 2020, a 22.3 per cent increase from the 2,557 sales recorded in July 2019, and a 28 per cent increase from the 2,443 homes sold in June 2020.

Last month’s sales were 9.4 per cent above the 10-year July sales average.

“We're seeing the results today of pent up activity, from both home buyers and sellers, that had been accumulating in our market throughout the year,” Colette Gerber, REBGV Chair said. “Low interest rates and limited overall supply are also increasing competition across our market.”

There were 5,948 detached, attached and

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You may have heard the phrase, "good bones" on house-hunting channels, but what does this phrase actually mean? The truth is that it really is  a statement of opinion, and is used to describe a variety of features, including exposed beams or brick, hardwood floors, high ceilings, a good roof, etc. There are a few things however that Realtors© can agree on when it comes to identifying a house with good bones.

1. Smooth Transitions Between Rooms

Walking through the home should be a breeze, and rooms should be placed adjacent to each other in terms of logical patterns of usage. For example, a bathroom should not be placed close to a dining room. Where is the privacy in that?   Bedrooms should not be next to entrances of the house to avoid issues

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Hanging out  on your apartment’s balcony is the perfect way to relax this summer. However, if new neighbours have recently moved into the vacant multi-story apartment next door that offers direct views into your balcony, your privacy might be badly affected. But don’t worry, you can keep those wandering eyes at bay with some clever tips and tricks. Here are some easy-to-implement balcony privacy ideas for your apartment.

BALCONY PRIVACY IDEAS FOR YOUR APARTMENT

Blocking your neighbour’s view without making it obvious to them is tricky. Moreover, it is important to select privacy options that look presentable from a distance. You don’t want to compromise on the outlook of your apartment just to create a private spot. To inspire you, here is a quick

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Buy low, sell high. That’s the basic tenet followed by savvy businessmen and women of all types, including those looking to flip their first home or the home they buy for creating cash flow.But with an investment of this magnitude, don’t make the mistake of getting sucked into a quick purchase due to an attractive price and forego some all important due diligence. This is just one of many big mistakes first-time house flippers make — here’s how to avoid them.

Do Not Skip An Inspection

Just like having a used car checked out at a shop before picking up a second-hand vehicle, get someone to inspect the house for problems not easily spotted. The issue(s) may be small and readily fixable, or of the more significant variety that could lead to large

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Home buyers and sellers have gradually become more active in each month of the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, home sale and listing activity in Metro Vancouver* returned to more historically typical levels.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that  home sales in the region totalled 2,443 in June 2020, a 17.6 per cent increase from the 2,077 sales recorded in June 2019, and a 64.5 per cent increase from the 1,485 homes sold in May 2020.

Last month’s sales were 21.9 per cent below the 10-year June sales average.

 REALTORS® continue to optimize new technology tools and practices to help their clients meet their housing needs in a safe and responsible way. Over the last three months, home buyers and sellers have become more

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So you’re ready to buy a house, but you aren’t sure how long this whole process is going to take. While each deal is different and can vary in a multitude of ways, for the most part, buying a house is pretty straightforward.

Assuming that you are going to be taking out a mortgage for the purchase of your new home, you will have to follow most, if not all, of the steps below.

If you are going to be paying cash for your home, however, it will be up to you whether to follow many of the steps. 

 The Steps for Every Home Buying

1. Save for a Down Payment

This will be entirely dependent on your personal financial situation. I will not be including this as part of the end analysis on how long it takes to buy a house, but it is a very important (if

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