MAKE YOUR BEDROOM SUITE, SWEET!

BEDROOM MAKEOVER TIPS

For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean that we have to settle for drab and dreary.

One trend that’s gaining steam these days is converting your current bedroom into a luxury suite (or something comparable). If you want to live like you’re renting a room at the Ritz, then you want to follow these tips.

Compartmentalize Your Activities

Making your bedroom more functional is going to make it more luxurious. Add a gorgeous desk for working and a TV area for entertainment, and you’ll be living it up in no time.

Make it Chic

Choose a colour palette that is both luxurious and classy. Silver and gold can seem tacky, so choose muted shades that compliment each other.

Also, a brilliant and commanding headboard can instantly upgrade the look of your room without any other changes.

Light it Properly

Finally, make sure that you have the right light to show off your designs. If it’s too washed out or yellow, then it will look drab and run down. Switch to brilliant LEDs and see the difference.

Choose Your Accents Wisely

We already mentioned a headboard, but some elegant drapes can also make your room feel more royal. Being strategic with your furniture accessories is going to both keep you under budget and avoid doing too much with the space.

Are you ready to lux your bedroom? You’ll be impressed by the results, and the feeling of decadence will make you more confident in your surroundings.

And, as always we are here to help. Contact us today for a free home evaluation. We can help you and potential buyers to see your home in its best light.

 

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MOVING DAY CHECKLIST: DO THIS FIRST!

MOVING DAY CHECKLIST

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.

Change the locks

Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.

Steam clean the carpets

It’s good to get a fresh start with your floors before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—your local grocery store may have them available.

Dust Your House

Dust each room, including the topsides of all the furniture, undersides of shelves, and all handrails, as well as picture frames, TV screens and knickknacks. “When it’s possible to dry-dust, I do—getting something wet makes it harder,” says Romero. To get rid of fingerprints, dampen a microfibre cloth with warm water.

Clean out the kitchen & Bathroom

If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen and bathroom would be where they probably cut corners. Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and clean in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances, clean the toilet and sink and wash all grout lines in the shower.

And, as always we are here to help. Contact us today for a free home evaluation. We can help you and potential buyers to see your home in its best light.

 

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MAKING YOUR MOVE WITH PETS A STRESS FREE ONE

MAKING YOUR MOVE WITH PETS A STRESS FREE ONE

Congratulations on the sale fo your home! Now the real fun starts. Packing, and prepping for the big move. Moving can be stressful too with lots of action; large boxes and new people in and out of your space. Now, imagine what little Fluffy is thinking… Let’s look at 5 steps to avoid pet-panic during your move:

Research pet rules and regulations

If you’re moving out of province, city or township, or into a condo or other rental, it’s wise to research the rules and regulations surrounding pets. Different landlords and homeowners’ associations may have specific pet rules. Check for restrictions and make sure your pet adheres to the local guidelines.

Be prepared

Keep all your pet’s info and necessities together in one place.

  1. Current Vet paperwork
  2. Dishes for food and water
  3. Food and treats
  4. Temporary litter boxes if you have cats
  5. Favourite toys
  6. Towels and blankets 

Transport pets in your own car 

This one is a no-brainer! Transporting your pets in a moving van can be extremely stressful. It’s important on your journey to give them plenty of water and relief breaks. Another great tip is to not let your pets out of the vehicle until you’ve moved your things into the house and are relatively settled.  

Keep them secluded in your new home

Once you’ve moved to your new home, keep your pets in a safe area until all your boxes and furniture get moved in. It’s important that they don’t get out, or they might try to run away from home.

Allow them to get used to your new home by checking out the rooms and smelling their surroundings. Incorporate things that have your scent as soon as you can, such as furniture, clothing, and bedding.

Check and pet-proof your new home

Check your perimeter before letting your pets out into the garden. If there are any gaps or holes in the fencing, be sure it’s repaired before your animals are roaming free. It’s a good idea to walk your pets on a leash (yes, this means cats too) before letting them out fully. This will also help them get used to their new space. 

And, as always we are here to help. Contact us today for a free home evaluation. We can help you and potential buyers to see your home in its best light.

 

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WITH VANCOUVER GETTING MORE EXPENSIVE, CAN I BUY A BIGGER HOME?

CAN YOU REALLY UPSIZE YOUR HOME IN THIS MARKET?

According to the 16th annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, and for the second year in a row, Vancouver ranked as the second-most unaffordable housing market in the world. Hong Kong was No 1 again but Sydney has now slipped to 3rd.

2020
Hong Kong 20.8
Vancouver 11.9
Sydney 11

2019
Hong Kong 20.9
Vancouver 12.6
Sydney 11.7

2018
Hong Kong 19.4
Sydney 12.9
Vancouver 12.6

2017
Hong Kong 18.1
Sydney 12.2
Vancouver 11.8

What does that mean for anyone looking to upsize their space? Our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person or a young family with a newborn can quickly become too small as our families grow and when multiple generations live under one roof.

Remodelling and renovating our home is a great option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may be make any major changes prohibitive. That’s when moving to a bigger home becomes the best solution.

WHERE DO YOU NEED MORE SPACE?

The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. But it’s important to take a more critical approach to how your space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or university, or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor space—it’ll pay off during the holidays or summer vacations, when everyone is coming to visit for big gatherings.

MOVING OUTWARD

If you need more space, but don’t necessarily want a more expensive home, you can get a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from the centre of Vancouver. While the walk-ability and short commutes of a dense neighbourhood or city centre condo are hard to leave beyond, your lifestyle—and preferences for hosting family Christmas, barbecues, and birthdays—might mean that a spacious home in the suburbs makes the most sense. It’s your best option for upsizing while avoiding a heftier price tag.

And, as always we are here to help. Contact us today for a free home evaluation. We can help you and potential buyers to see your home in its best light.

 

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Repair this before you list.

Repair this before you list.

When getting ready to list your home, it’s in your best interest to ensure you are showcasing it in the best light. Take time to highlight your home’s strengths and remedy any of its possible weaknesses. This can make a huge difference in how fast your home sells.

Here are our top recommended repairs to make before selling your home.

Walls

Freshening up rooms with a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce up your home, and generally, can be an easy do-it-yourself project. Make sure to patch any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral colour.

Floors

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature, so if you do have hardwood flooring, you want to ensure that they look their best by buffing out any scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing them, or at the very least having them professionally cleaned. And don’t forget any tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Scrubbing the grout with a toothbrush and some baking soda can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new.

Landscaping

Curb appeal wins most of the time. Show potential buyers you take pride in your home, and that it is well cared for. Clean or shovel walkways and driveways, install lighting, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim hedges and trees, install outdoor décor pieces and fill in mulch and gravel.

Fixtures

This is an area that generally requires the most attention. It’s always the little things that get noticed the most. Do you have a leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handles? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds.

Kitchen

An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment

And, as always we are here to help. Contact us today for a free home evaluation. We can help you and potential buyers to see your home in its best light.

 

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How we sell your unique property.

When we put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales.

There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria we look for in a sales comparison.

  1. Location: Homes in the same neighbourhood typically follow the same market trends. Comparing your home to another in the same neighbourhood is a good start, and comparing your home to homes on the same street or block is even better, however there is still much more evaluating to do.
  2. Date of Sale: It varies by location, but the Vancouver housing market has see a ton of fluctuation over a short period of time. We use the most recent sales data available.
  3. Type of Home: We look for homes with similar architectural styles, numbers of bathrooms and bedrooms, square footage, and other basics.
  4. Features and Upgrades: Remodelled bathrooms and kitchens can raise a home’s price, and so can less flashy upgrades like a new roof or HVAC system. We try to look for similar bells and whistles.
  5. Sale Types: Homes that are sold as short sales or foreclosures are often in distress or sold at a lower price than they’d receive from a more typical sale. These homes are not as useful for comparisons.

With over 10 years of working in the Vancouver Real Estate market and winning several awards including Top 1% of Greater Vancouver Realtors, we have a proven record of success that results in a long list of happy clients.

 

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B.C. Assessment Shows Change in Vancouver Home Values

How much did the value of single-family homes in your municipality change in value last year?

In the last year, property values across Metro Vancouver dropped by 4 to 15% while the median value of a detached home in other major centres stayed relatively stable. Victoria and Kelowna saw a 2% drop, Nanaimo witnessed a 3% increase, Prince George rose 5% and Kamloops increased by 7%. Kitimat saw a whopping 41% increase in the median value of a detached home anticipating the construction of the $40 billion LNG plant.

bs assessment 

Will you see a change in property taxes?

“What’s most important to a homeowner is how their assessment changes relative to others in their community, because that’s what’s going to determine whether or not there’s an impact on their property taxes,” said Tina Ireland with B.C. Assessment. “If your assessment goes down 10 percent and your neighbour’s assessment goes down 5 per cent, there’s likely a good chance that you’re going to see a reduction in your property taxes.”

At this point, it’s It’s unknown whether Metro Vancouver home values will see a similar decline next year. The City of Vancouver has already approved a seven per cent increase in property taxes this year, which most homeowners will have to pay even if their home has decreased in value. So any changes to property taxes will most likely not appear until next year.

For more information on B.C. Assessment visit their website here

We are always available to assist you, and to offer a free market evaluation of your home. This is actually the best time of year to sell your home with low inventory across all of Vancouver.  

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Our List Of New Years Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions Everyone Can Keep

The New Year is here and many of us are glad to put it behind us, look brightly to the future, start anew and seize the year ahead.

Getting in shape and eating right seems to always be high on everyone’s lists, but truly, this is generally a HUGE fail. So let’s try something different this year. Something pretty easy. How about we focus on being better people?

Be Here

Simply, leave your mark. Volunteer. Plant a tree. Spend a day at the food bank. Pick waste from shoreline. Leave an impression on the world around you.

Be Nice

Say thank you. Hold doors open. Be kind and considerate.

Try Something New

Don’t be afraid to fail. Want to dance the mambo? Learn violin? How about yoga? Take that first step. Impress yourself with how you have grown from awful to ‘hey, I’m ok at this!’

Be Brave

Facing your fears helps you grow. Conquer something that scares you. Own it. Show it who’s boss.

Be Present

Next time you’re out for dinner or coffee with a friend, listen to them. Don’t just wait for your turn to talk. Listen to what others are saying. You may gain new insights.

Say Yes!

How easy is it to turn down invitations, dinner requests, work functions, etc. It’s so easy to stay at home in our PJ’s. But saying yes means you are showing support. Try it.

Make Others a Priority

No, you don’t have to give up vast amounts of time, but returning calls, answering texts or emails promptly, or even reaching out now and then just to say hello goes a long way.

Care Less What Others Think

Try to live freely and unafraid of judgement. Everyone is equal. You have no one to impress but yourself.

Be a Cheerleader

When your friends and family succeed at something, praise them. Show your love and support. 

Learn to Accept and Give Compliments

When someone tells you how wonderful they think you look, own it! And then, take a moment to make someone else feel good. Compliment and achievement, a task, clothing, whatever. If you admire it, say so. People will be appreciative.

We have always put people first. Everyone at the Lee + Pete Vancouver Real Estate Group is devoted to making your 2020 real estate experience a good one

Happy New Year!!!!

 

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IS BUYING A HOME ON YOUR 2020 TODO LIST?

Is Buying a Home on your 2020 To-do List?

The New Year always brings change. We make lists. We plan to better ourselves. We look at our past mistakes and plan to remedy them. We see a bright future ahead. Some of us even decide the New Year means a new home.  

Here are 5 things you need to do when planning to buy your new home.

Set Your Budget
Start Saving
Build Your Credit Score
Talk to a Mortgage Broker
Talk to us (Your Real Estate Agent)

BUDGETING

It’s great to dream and scour new listings for your perfect home. Visiting open houses, planning furniture upgrades, etc. But, if you’re truly serious about buying a new home this year, the best place to start is with your budget.

Understanding your budget is key and will save you a LOT of time and heartache. List of all your expenses (monthly and annual) and compare that to your income. What’s left is what you should be using to put toward your home purchase plans. You will need to have a deposit on hand to satisfy any lender (and CMHC rules). For info on how this works contact us here.

SAVING

When it comes to borrowing money, credit is king. The key to a strong credit score is to be consistent about paying your bills. A low score can prevent you from buying a home as you may not qualify for a mortgage, or you’ll get dinged with a much higher mortgage rate.

CHECK YOUR CREDIT SCORE

Check your credit score with Transunion and Equifax. Both allow you to access your credit report for free. (For the Equifax request form, go here. For the Transunion request form, go here).

THE MORTGAGE PROFESSIONAL

Now, it’s time to talk to a mortgage professional. This is the “pre-approval” stage. It determines roughly how much mortgage you can qualify for.

There are mortgage agents who work solely for the bank that employ them, and mortgage brokers who are independent and represent a number of different lenders. The lender pays the agent or broker once a deal is finalized.

TALK TO US

Now that you know what you can afford, it’s time to go house-hunting. VIEW OUR FEATURED LISTINGS HERE

We can help by showing you homes that fit into your list of wants and needs. We are knowledgeable of the area and can discuss the best school districts, troublesome areas or areas on the rise.

Wishing you the best in 2020 and we look forward to assisting you in your search for your dream home.

 

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WISHING YOU A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

Best wishes for the holidays, and for health and happiness throughout the coming year

The Christmas holidays are a special time to be with family and friends. A time to set aside the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and to gather with loved ones, share food and gifts and to enjoy each others company.

We are very fortunate in that our business allows us to meet many, very special people on a daily/weekly basis. We are proud to have assisted many clients in selling a home, buying a home or even leasing a rental property. The time that we have spent with our clients valuable to each and every one of us and is never forgotten. We are very much appreciative of their business.

During this season of giving, we’d like to express many thanks to all our valued clients. It has been our pleasure to serve you this past year.

We also look forward to meeting new clients and new friends, and making your holiday wishes of a new dream home come true.

All of us at the Lee + Pete Vancouver Real Estate Group wish you all a merry Christmas, a joyous holiday season, and a very prosperous New Year!

READ OUR BLOG – HOW TO ATTRACT A HOME BUYER DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

 

 

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