June 2013

There are 5 blog entries for June 2013.

Whether you're moving to or from Vancouver or simply relocating across town, choose your mover with care. In 2012, the Better Business Bureau in the U.S. and Canada received more than 8,500 complaints about movers.   Complaints ranged from lost, stolen, or damaged possessions to late deliveries to "holding possessions hostage."   The "hostage holding" came as part of a scam in which the movers gave a low estimate, then inflated the fees after the truck was loaded and on the way. Then then refused to deliver and unload unless the homeowner paid the inflated fee (ransom).   To avoid this kind of rip-off, take some precautions.   Get recommendations – Instead of going on line or opening the phone book, get recommendations from family,…
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No, it doesn't matter what the seller paid for the home. But it seems that some inquiring minds do want to know.   A new trend in real estate has buyers going on line to research and learn what the seller paid for the home they want to own. And that's fine if they just want to satisfy their curiosity.   Unfortunately, some are basing their offering price on that information. And when it appears that the seller might be making a profit, they're offering far too low - and losing out to other buyers.    When the real estate bubble popped, those who lost their equity and were forced to short sell learned quickly that what they had paid had no bearing at all on the price a buyer was willing to pay. Now that prices are rising and sellers do…
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Why Should  Real Estate Buyers and Sellers Avoid Talking to Each Other?   When you're selling a home in Greater Vancouver your agent will tell you to be out of the house when buyers and their agent come by. One reason is that buyers will stay longer and look more when you're not there. The other reason is that your agent would rather you didn't talk with the prospective buyers.   When you're buying a home  your agent will also tell you not to stop and "visit" with the sellers or their agent.   Why the lack of contact?   First, because you will probably inadvertently say something that weakens your bargaining position. The agent on "the other side" may ask a seemingly innocent question that reveals your motivation. For instance:…
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Most of the people who will view your  home are honest. But to be on the safe side, you need to remember that it only takes one criminal to ruin your day.   With that in mind, take a few precautions.   First, never open your door to a stranger who happened to see your yard sign. Be pleasant, but let them know that they need to be accompanied by an agent. And if someone claiming to be an agent shows up without an appointment or a proper lock box key, refer them to your listing agent to make an appointment.   If you have children – instruct them not to open the door to any strangers when they're home alone. If someone has made an appointment, be sure to let them know in advance so they can be out of the house.   When your home is on…
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