PREP YOUR CONDO!


It’s never easy to say goodbye to summer. As the days get shorter and the leaves start to change colour and turn to red and gold, it’s a reminder that winter is just around the corner. But fall can be one of the nicest times of year, and it’s a good time to make some changes, especially around your condo.


The start of fall signifies impending change for a lot of people — school is starting and the new year is just a few months away. In order to be ready for the changes that lie ahead, I thought I’d come up with some tips to help you prepare your condo for the coming season.


BRING STUFF IN!


You might want to consider bringing in your patio furniture for the coming months. If you are going to keep your furniture outside, give it a good wipe down with warm, soapy water to get rid of the summer build up and think about purchasing some canvas covers to protect it from the elements.


Next you’ll want to deal with your plants. If you’ve been growing a balcony garden or keeping flowers all summer, now is a good time to trim them back, cover them up and find a place to store them inside.

It’s good to remember that with the fluctuating temperature, things made of glass or ceramic can shatter in the cold so you’ll want to be sure that everything breakable is indoors.


Finally, make sure your drain is clean and free of debris and build up, and keep a hard bristled broom to keep the wet leaves or snow from piling up in front of your door.


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August Updates

 
As we head into September and look back at the summer, it was definitely a blur.  The saying "days are long but years are short" is really starting to resonate with me.  I'm noticing the summers seem to be flying by, especially after losing a couple of weeks to the smoke.  Hopefully these fires are not the new norm in BC.  For any of you that were impacted by the fires this summer please let me know what we can do to help!  
 
A quick update on our business:
 
I have just brought on an amazing administrative assistant that I look forward to introducing you all to as time goes on.  She has been in the business for years and will tremendously help assist in the growing business.  I have included a small write up below for you to get to know her.
 
Now on to the market:
 
As you will see in the stats below August sales in Vancouver were 25% below the 10 year August average.  We can look at this a couple of ways.  
1) With the new mortgage rules and financing being trickier less people are CAPABLE of buying
2) Foreign investors have slowed down due to the increased government regulations
3) Buyers are waiting to see where this will fall and are hoping to get properties at a discount
 
My take is that all 3 of these factors are at work. With only 1 or 2 of them we might have seen a smaller impact but considering the amount of changes all at once it is no surprise that we are seeing a dip in the market.  With that being said we must also remember - August is generally one of the slowest months of the year.  I am expecting a busier September and October as prices are starting to adjust and buyers will be getting back into the market.
 
Happy September!
NEW LISTINGS/RECENT SALES
3007 - 5470 Ormidale St
SWEEPING VIEWS!
$549,000
Welcome to this brand new, never lived in condo in the sky with GST already paid. One of the best views in the building, this perfectly laid out 1 bedroom and flex offers views Downtown, Burrard Inlet, Pacific Ocean and North Shore mountains. As far as the eyes can see! High end finishes including gas range, stainless steel appliances and quality laminate throughout. Perfect investment property as you are steps to Joyce Patterson Skytrain, minutes to Metrotown and a 15 minute train to downtown. On the 15th floor you will find a beautiful gym and communal garden plots. This home comes with parking and storage, pets and rentals allowed. Move in any time or rent it out right away! Full 2-5-10 warranty.
More info: HERE

104 - 315 Renfrew St
FULLY RENOVATED - MOVE IN READY
$569,000
Welcome to this fully renovated move in ready home located in the heart of Hastings Sunrise. With over 1100 square feet of indoor and outdoor living, your own front door facing the quiet courtyard, and a private setting make this home live like a townhouse. Fully re-modeled with a custom kitchen featuring 2 tone high gloss cabinets, new stainless steel appliances and quartz counter-tops. Fully equipped with in suite laundry, a cozy fireplace and room for a dinning table, this 2 bedroom home lives much larger. 1 Parking, 1 storage, 1 dog or cat, and 4 rentals allowed. Building is fully rain-screened with new windows. 5 mins to Hwy, 10 mins to North Van & excellent transit options!
More info : HERE

 
 
 
 
 
 

Home buyer demand stays below historical averages in August

The Metro Vancouver* housing market continues to experience reduced demand across all housing types.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 1,929 in August 2018, a 36.6 per cent decrease from the 3,043 sales recorded in August 2017, and a 6.8 per cent decline compared to July 2018 when 2,070 homes sold.

Last month’s sales were 25.2 per cent below the 10-year August sales average.

“Home buyers have been less active in recent months and we’re beginning to see prices edge down for all housing types as a result,” Phil Moore, REBGV president said. “Buyers today have more listings to choose from and face less competition than we’ve seen in our market in recent years.”

There were 3,881 detached, attached and apartment homes newly listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in August 2018. This represents an 8.6 per cent decrease compared to the 4,245 homes listed in August 2017 and an 18.6 per cent decrease compared to July 2018 when 4,770 homes were listed.

The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 11,824, a 34.3 per cent increase compared to August 2017 (8,807) and a 2.6 per cent decrease compared to July 2018 (12,137).

The sales-to-active listings ratio for August 2018 is 16.3 per cent. By housing type, the ratio is 9.2 per cent for detached homes, 19.4 per cent for townhomes, and 26.6 per cent for apartments.

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.

“With fewer buyers active in the market, benchmark prices across all three housing categories have declined for two consecutive months across the region,” Moore said.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,083,400. This represents a 4.1 per cent increase over August 2017 and a 1.9 per cent decrease since May 2018.

Sales of detached properties in August 2018 reached 567, a 37.1 per cent decrease from the 901 detached sales recorded in August 2017. The benchmark price for detached properties is $1,561,000. This represents a 3.1 per cent decrease from August 2017 and a 2.8 per cent decrease since May 2018.

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,025 in August 2018, 36.5 per cent decrease compared to the 1,613 sales in August 2017. The benchmark price of an apartment property is $695,500. This represents a 10.3 per cent increase from August 2017 and a 1.6 per cent decrease since May 2018.

Attached property sales in August 2018 totalled 337, a 36.3 per cent decrease compared to the 529 sales in August 2017. The benchmark price of an attached unit is $846,100. This represents a 7.9 per cent increase from August 2017 and a 0.8 per cent decrease since May 2018.


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I have sold a property at 3007 5470 ORMIDALE ST in Vancouver.
SWEEPING VIEWS! Welcome to this brand new, never lived in condo in the sky with GST already paid. One of the best views in the building, this perfectly laid out 1 bedroom and flex offers views Downtown, Burrard Inlet, Pacific Ocean and North Shore mountains. As far as the eyes can see! High end finishes including gas range, stainless steel appliances and quality laminate throughout. Perfect investment property as you are steps to Joyce Patterson Skytrain, minutes to Metrotown and a 15 minute train to downtown. On the 15th floor you will find a beautiful gym and communal garden plots. This home comes with parking and storage, pets and rentals allowed. Move in any time or rent it out right away! Full 2-5-10 warranty.
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I have listed a new property at 1902 1055 RICHARDS ST in Vancouver.
THE PERSONALITIES: Those seeking an exclusive and worldly feel of their space, ready to experience one-of-a-kind-moments in the seamless connection between indoor & outdoor living. WHY VISIT: Masterfully curated by Award-Winning Kalu Interiors, with the highest attention to detail, level of quality & no feature overlooked. UNDERSTATED LUXURY. CORNER suite wrapped with floor-to-ceiling windows, bold architectural features, airy interior & timeless design which will excite buyers of all ages. Soaring above the downtown landscape, wake-up to city and mountain views, and end the day with sunset cocktails on the expansive patio with outdoor kitchen. This Hotel-inspired space is calling all Stylish Jet-Setters, Artists, Winos, Foodies, Seekers of Peace, Design Savvy & Architectural Enthusiasts…Please join us at cocktail hour Sept 14th from 5pm – 7pm while previewing such rare space where sophistication & class meets comfort & art.
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I have listed a new property at 20 133 KEEFER ST in Vancouver.
NYC inspired exclusive heritage loft, developed in 2009. 2418 sq.ft. restored & refined home occupies the entire floor, oozing with architectural charm, blending the old world charm & modern design.Featuring:reclaimed timber beams throughout, white-out bricks, double hung windows, wide plank oak flooring, 8’9” ceilings, exceptional lighting, precisely executed kitchen by Bulthaup of Germany, outfitted w/appliances: Miele & Sub-Zero, & full height wine fridge. Massive living area allows for designer dream showroom furniture, house-sized dining, workout area & room for your most ambitious hifi system. Bathrms equipped w/Blu fixtures. 3-window sided home with floor-to-ceiling bi-folding doors seamlessly connecting the living area to a light filled courtyard/garden. Parking leased across St.
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I have listed a new property at 2262 ALDER ST in Vancouver.
This gorgeous 2 bedroom, 2 baths offers ample living space! Unobstructed VIEW of CITY & Mountains! Charming 2 storey Townhouse nestled in a tranquil courtyard in Fairview Slopes! Boasting a phenomenal Layout with nearly 1200 sq ft of living space! Open vaulted bright & spacious living room with spectacular views to City & Mtns! The Beautiful Townhouse has lots of updates: Kitchen, Bathrooms, Flooring and many more! Comes with 2 parking stalls! Pets allowed & Rental allowed! Great complex: Roof, flashing, windows, doors have been done! The interior is pristine and it shows beautifully! The south facing patio offers great private Outdoor Space! Steps to Seawall, Granville Island & Shopping! Easy to show! A MUST SEE!
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Please visit our Open House at 104 315 RENFREW ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Saturday, August 25, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Welcome to this fully renovated move in ready home located in the heart of Hastings Sunrise. With over 1100 square feet of indoor and outdoor living, your own front door facing the quiet courtyard, and a private setting make this home live like a townhouse. Fully re-modeled with a custom kitchen featuring 2 tone high gloss cabinets, new stainless steel appliances and quartz counter-tops. Fully equipped with in suite laundry, a cozy fireplace and room for a dinning table, this 2 bedroom home lives much larger. 1 Parking, 1 storage, 1 dog or cat, and 4 rentals allowed. Building is fully rain-screened with new windows. 5 mins to Hwy, 10 mins to North Van & excellent transit options! OPEN AUG. 25/26 2-4pm
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Please visit our Open House at 104 315 RENFREW ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Sunday, August 26, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Welcome to this fully renovated move in ready home located in the heart of Hastings Sunrise. With over 1100 square feet of indoor and outdoor living, your own front door facing the quiet courtyard, and a private setting make this home live like a townhouse. Fully re-modeled with a custom kitchen featuring 2 tone high gloss cabinets, new stainless steel appliances and quartz counter-tops. Fully equipped with in suite laundry, a cozy fireplace and room for a dinning table, this 2 bedroom home lives much larger. 1 Parking, 1 storage, 1 dog or cat, and 4 rentals allowed. Building is fully rain-screened with new windows. 5 mins to Hwy, 10 mins to North Van & excellent transit options! OPEN AUG. 25/26 2-4pm
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I have sold a property at 1104 983 HASTINGS ST E in Vancouver.
Welcome to Strathcona Village. Brand new home with GST already paid. Sweeping views of North and East Vancouver with direct water views from the living room. This home is well laid out with good sized office that could be converted into a small guest bedroom or kids room. King sized master bedroom with great closet space makes this home very liveable or the perfect rental. Located on the quiet side of the building not facing Hastings. Amazing location with transit at your front door, walkable to Commercial Drive and Chinatown or hop on your bike and be downtown in 10 minutes. Call to view. Open August 4/5 2-4pm.
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I have sold a property at 205 2055 YUKON ST in Vancouver.
LOCATION! Welcome to the Montreux. This 2 bed + office is the perfect home for anyone who wants to have convenience at their front door. Located at the foot of the Cambie corridor and steps to the Canada Line and Olympic Village you will be hard pressed to find a more central location. Walk into this spacious home to find a fully loaded kitchen with updated stainless steel appliances, gas range, a custom island and an upgraded custom Raumplus sliding door on the 2nd bedroom. With a green space located right at your door this home has the feel of it's own backyard. The gym is also located on the same floor for easy access. Pets and Rentals allowed. Freshly painted and move in ready! OPEN AUGUST 4 2-4pm
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I have listed a new property at 2104 2345 Madison AVE.

AVAILABE Starting Sept 1 or Sept 15

Fantastic views from this well laid out 2 bedroom 2 bath NW corner unit in the OMA. Open plan with 9 foot ceilings and engineered walnut hardwood floor make this conveniently located unit the perfect place to live.  Located just steps to GIlmore skytrain and Brentwood mall. Amenities include swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, steam, storage and parking.  Possibility to rent partially furnished and potentially a 2nd parking stall.  

1 year lease
Utilities separate
Half month damage deposit
Pets upon review
 

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I have sold a property at 1904 108 CORDOVA ST W in Vancouver.
UNDER $1000/sqft!!! Enjoy sweeping views of the city, water and mountains from one of the best floorplans in the iconic Woodwards building. Corner unit. Thoughtfully laid out this large one bedroom has engineered hardwood flooring, custom California Closets, upgraded granite countertops and a kitchen perfect for entertaining. The kitchen is loaded with stainless steel appliances, soft close cabinets and a gas cook top! BBQ from your patio located right off the kitchen while enjoying all of the city lights. Downtown living at it's finest, just steps to London Drugs, Nesters Market and JJ Bean. This building is fully equipped with 24 hour concierge, a rooftop hot tub, fitness centre, billiards and media room. Pets and Rentals allowed. OPEN JULY 21 2-4pm
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I have listed a new property at 1104 986 HASTINGS ST E in Vancouver.
Welcome to Strathcona Village. Brand new home with GST already paid. Sweeping views of North and East Vancouver with direct water views from the living room. This home is well laid out with good sized office that could be converted into a small guest bedroom or kids room. King sized master bedroom with great closet space makes this home very liveable or the perfect rental. Located on the quiet side of the building not facing Hastings. Amazing location with transit at your front door, walkable to Commercial Drive and Chinatown or hop on your bike and be downtown in 10 minutes. Call to view. Open August 4/5 2-4pm.
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Please visit our Open House at 1104 986 HASTINGS ST E in Vancouver.
Open House on Saturday, August 4, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Welcome to Strathcona Village. Brand new home with GST already paid. Sweeping views of North and East Vancouver with direct water views from the living room. This home is well laid out with good sized office that could be converted into a small guest bedroom or kids room. King sized master bedroom with great closet space makes this home very liveable or the perfect rental. Located on the quiet side of the building not facing Hastings. Amazing location with transit at your front door, walkable to Commercial Drive and Chinatown or hop on your bike and be downtown in 10 minutes. Call to view. Open August 4/5 2-4pm.
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Please visit our Open House at 1104 986 HASTINGS ST E in Vancouver.
Open House on Sunday, August 5, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Welcome to Strathcona Village. Brand new home with GST already paid. Sweeping views of North and East Vancouver with direct water views from the living room. This home is well laid out with good sized office that could be converted into a small guest bedroom or kids room. King sized master bedroom with great closet space makes this home very liveable or the perfect rental. Located on the quiet side of the building not facing Hastings. Amazing location with transit at your front door, walkable to Commercial Drive and Chinatown or hop on your bike and be downtown in 10 minutes. Call to view. Open August 4/5 2-4pm.
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I have sold a property at 59 1188 MAIN ST in Squamish.
Soleil at Coastal Village: this is a split level 2-bedroom condo, located at Coastal Village. This brand-new master-planned community is conveniently located walking distance from all that Squamish has to offer but it situated on a quiet peaceful estuary at the end of a cul de sac. In terms of location, it does not get better than this! This new condo will be completed September of 2018, and has 1100 sq feet with gas range , large open living room/kitchen, stainless appliances as well as maple shaker cabinets and designer fixtures and stainless appliance package as well as en-suite bath . This unit will have a private entrance onto the main floor, 2 parking spaces as well as a storage locker. NO GST.
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Please visit our Open House at 205 2055 YUKON ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Saturday, August 4, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
LOCATION! Welcome to the Montreux. This 2 bed + office is the perfect home for anyone who wants to have convenience at their front door. Located at the foot of the Cambie corridor and steps to the Canada Line and Olympic Village you will be hard pressed to find a more central location. Walk into this spacious home to find a fully loaded kitchen with updated stainless steel appliances, gas range, a custom island and an upgraded custom Raumplus sliding door on the 2nd bedroom. With a green space located right at your door this home has the feel of it's own backyard. The gym is also located on the same floor for easy access. Pets and Rentals allowed. Freshly painted and move in ready! OPEN AUGUST 4 2-4pm
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Please visit our Open House at 104 315 RENFREW ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Sunday, August 5, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Welcome to this fully renovated move in ready home located in the heart of Hastings Sunrise. With over 1100 square feet of indoor and outdoor living, your own front door facing the quiet courtyard, and a private setting make this home live like a townhouse. Fully re-modeled with a custom kitchen featuring 2 tone high gloss cabinets, new stainless steel appliances and quartz counter-tops. Fully equipped with in suite laundry, a cozy fireplace and room for a dinning table, this 2 bedroom home lives much larger. 1 Parking, 1 storage, 1 dog or cat, and 4 rentals allowed. Building is fully rain-screened with new windows. 5 mins to Hwy, 10 mins to North Van & excellent transit options! OPEN AUGUST 5 2-4PM
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I have sold a property at 2347 7TH AVE W in Vancouver.
Spacious 3 level, 1900+ sq.ft home in 3 unit strata in the heart of Kits. Easy to fit house size furniture. The open plan main floor features new wide plank oak floors and a cozy wood fireplace. Opens to a private sunny south facing yard w/flagstone patio. Updated kitchen w/quartz counters & island, tons of storage in all new cabinets & drawers, induction cook top, b/i oven & microwave, Bosch D/W & S/S Liebherr fridge. 2nd floor features 3 large beds including king-size master & two fully updated baths with heated floors. Top level is currently open but easy to enclose for 4th and/or 5th bedroom. Excellent natural light with lots of windows & 4 skylights. Pet & rental friendly. Close to the future Arbutus station of the Millennium Line extension.
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I have sold a property at 59 1188 MAIN ST in Squamish.
Soleil at Coastal Village: this is a split level 2-bedroom condo, located at Coastal Village. This brand-new master-planned community is conveniently located walking distance from all that Squamish has to offer but it situated on a quiet peaceful estuary at the end of a cul de sac. In terms of location, it does not get better than this! This new condo will be completed September of 2018, and has 1100 sq feet with gas range , large open living room/kitchen, stainless appliances as well as maple shaker cabinets and designer fixtures and stainless appliance package as well as en-suite bath . This unit will have a private entrance onto the main floor, 2 parking spaces as well as a storage locker. NO GST.
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