August 2020

There are 5 blog entries for August 2020.

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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