December 2020

There are 3 blog entries for December 2020.

A holiday home is beautiful, but it can also be hazardous. Stay safer and keep the holidays happy by heeding these tips:

  • If you have a tree, make sure it is well secured. If necessary, use cord to tie it back to a wall. This is especially important if you have pets or small children.
  • If yours is a live tree, keep it watered continuously.
  • Before adding lights - indoors or out - check them for frays or broken wires. 
  • Don't overload your extension cords!
  • Be sure that all electrical cords are tucked out of the way where they can't become a tripping hazard.
  • Remember that many of your favorite holiday treats can be deadly for cats and dogs - avoid leaving them where a cat or dog can reach them. Chocolate Santas don't belong under the
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Even if you aren't planning to purchase a home in the near future, it's wise to check your credit report regularly. 

If you ARE planning to buy a house, or even a car, it's doubly important. Your credit scores will influence the interest rate you're offered when you make that purchase. Naturally, you want the highest scores possible in order to get the lowest interest rate possible. 

Paying every bill on time throughout your entire life won't guarantee that your scores are as high as they could be. For example:

  • If you use your credit cards, you could be losing points because too much of your revolving balance is on just one card. 
  • If you don't have any credit cards, you are probably losing points for not having enough credit to demonstrate
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If relocation is in your plans for the new year, shopping during a holiday break may be your only opportunity to find your next home prior to the actual move. 

If that's the case for you, choose a real estate professional well ahead of your arrival here in Vancouver. Get acquainted and let that agent know exactly what you are looking for. You'll not only save "interview time," you'll save time by letting your agent eliminate homes that won't work for you.

You may need to be within an easy commuting distance to your school or workplace. Your agent will know which neighborhoods to include in your search.

In addition to features you must have in your new home, you may have some conditions that would automatically rule out a specific house. For

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