If it wasn’t hard enough to keep the little ones entertained at regular times, this extra burden of isolation really puts the pressure on. But, what a great time to adopt a pet. With everyone at home, training your new addition can be a breeze.

A pet at home can certainly fill the time and now there is one more reason to get a dog for the kids: researchers reveal that Fluffy can help improve your child’s reading ability.

Every year, the nation’s top educators reveal the dismal fact that large numbers of school-age children continue to face significant difficulties when it comes to their reading ability. To rectify this and help children enhance their reading levels, many schools and educational programs started to use therapy dogs as children’s “reading friends.” The idea is that the kids read to their dogs, one on one, and, by speaking out loud, stick with the assignment and learn to read.

Today, the popularity of and demand for programs that help children practice their reading skills with their furry friends are growing rapidly. Dogs come to schools and libraries regularly to help children improve their reading and communication skills as well as build up self-confidence.

Parents report positive results and improvements in their kids after these sessions and children can’t wait to see their reading partners again. There are several reasons dogs are a good influence on children and why canines are used in educational programs. Dogs can offer:


So, if you’re still thinking of adopting a pet, but unsure how to proceed during this crisis, the BC SPCA (though they have reduced hours) is still encouraging people interested in adopting to view any available animals online. Maintaining the flow of animals into new, loving homes will enable them to continue helping new animals at risk, even with limited staffing.

View the amazing animals waiting for homes and fill out an online adoption application. The BC SPCA staff will contact you with more information and to set up an appointment for you to meet the animal.

As always, we are here to answer any questions or concerns.

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If you own a home but want to buy a new home, the biggest decision that you may have is whether to buy the new home first, or whether to sell your old one first. The right answer is… yes. The reason for each is not the same for everyone. These are several important issues to consider that will help you to make the decision that best suits your needs.

Selling Your Home First

One benefit of selling your home first is that you will likely have some extra money for a down payment on a new home. Another perk is that you will not have to pay for two mortgages at the same time. Also, you may not have to reduce the price of your home to sell it quickly. If you were paying for two mortgages, you might be tempted to reduce your selling price, if you are in an urgent need to sell.

However, if you sell first, you may feel pressured to find a new home quickly. If your temporary housing situation is stressful, you might wind up settling on a property that is not ideal for your current or future needs. Additionally, you will need to move twice instead of once. Storage, moving and related expenses can be hard to manage if you have a limited budget.

Buying a New Home First

The biggest benefit of buying a home before you sell your current one is you may not feel pressured to make a hasty decision when you are shopping for a new home. You will have time to wait for the one that is right for your needs.

At the same time, financing may be an obstacle if you choose to buy a home first. When lenders look at your credit, they consider your debt-to-income ratio, and your current mortgage is part of the equation. If you find a home that you want to buy and qualify for it but cannot sell your current home immediately, you may be able to turn it into a rental property until you can sell it. Another option is to make a contingency offer on the new home, which means that you will buy the new home if you can sell your current one by a specific date.

There are other considerations that come into play here. Is the housing market currently a hot or cold? (A buyer’s market or a seller’s market?) If you are planning a long-distance move, you should research both markets carefully.

We, at Lee + Pete Vancouver Real Estate can help you make the right choice and we can advise you about current market trends, as well as predictions for the near future.

Call us today if you have any questions about buying or selling first.

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Spring is just around that corner and that means it’s time to get the deck ready for those relaxing nights at home in your own backyard oasis.

Hanging out with your family or hosting friends on your old, dingy deck is not very appealing. Lucky for you, refreshing it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Try your hand at the makeover ideas below!

Restore your decking. Depending on the shape it’s in, sometimes all your deck needs is a little love. If it’s still fairly new, your deck might just need a deep cleaning and a new coat of sealant. There is a multitude of deck finishing and cleaning solutions on the market to choose from to achieve this. However, if it’s more worn down, the rejuvenation process may be a bit longer, including searching for larger repairs, tightening any hardware, giving it a good cleaning, applying a stain, sealant, and paint, and more.

Add lighting. Ambient lighting can completely transform your outside space into a relaxing, cozy oasis. Consider adding solar lights that don’t require a plugin or battery replacement. The lights turn on automatically when the sun sets, making your deck come alive. You can also consider paper lanterns, rope lights, mason jar lamps, or small twinkle lights, depending on the style and mood you’d like to set.

Build a privacy screen. Privacy screens come in all styles, shapes, and sizes. Consider purchasing and installing bamboo fencing or lattice panels for a quick and easy solution. Or, if you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can build a wooden frame and grow climbing plants or vines or stretch outdoor fabric in between. Whichever route you end up choosing, make sure you get the most out of your efforts by evaluating all lines sight before building.

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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$1,349,000 | 3 bed plus den | 2.5 bath | 1,533 sqft

The Trails is a living experience immersed in nature. This collection of three-bedroom garden townhomes and duplexes will amount to over 300 homes, once the master-planned community by the Wall Group of Companies is complete. With idyllic paths criss-crossing the community and connecting to a wider system of North Vancouver trails and walkways, homes here are almost hidden in greenery.

Contemporary craftsman architectural style uses traditional materials to complement the history of the neighbourhood. Weathered brick, heavy timber, and shingles add a classic elegance that will endure as the community evolves. Double-height box windows, terraces, and rooftop decks merge outdoors with indoors, allowing nature to filter into your home.

+ End Unit
+ 2 parking / 1 storage
+ South facing terrace
+ Light colour scheme
+ 15% held in deposits
+ Upgrades to laminate flooring in bedroom and stairs, Appliance package and extra parking – around 35-37k in upgrades
+ Developer: Wall Group of Companies
+ Completion: Spring 2020

View the floorplans here

If you’re interested in learning more about how to sell your home, click here to access our selling process. Of course, we’re always available for a call or a coffee to chat further about how we can help you sell your home!!!

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While the value of our homes tend to generally appreciate over time. How much they appreciate will often depend largely on what you do with your home while you live in it. People who make regular upgrades to their homes often enjoy far greater returns on their real estate investments compared to people who just do basic regular maintenance.

While there are certainly home upgrades that you will enjoy, there are many that will help you get a better ROI when it comes time to sell. Here are six ways to improve the value of your home that you can also enjoy.

1. Finish your basement

There is probably no other project that can bring you a better ROI than a finished basement. In many cases, finishing off a basement can turn your 2,000 sq. ft. home into a 3,000 sq. ft. home, increasing your living space by almost a third. Creating an in-law suite or apartment is also a potential source of extra income. 

2. Install wood flooring

While carpeting, tile and even linoleum are still acceptable flooring options, there is probably no type of flooring in greater demand right now than wood flooring. A wide variety of options, ranging from engineered hardwoods to modern laminates are finding their way into even the highest-end homes. 

3. Create space

Where once homeowners wanted features like a separate dining room and walled-off kitchen, today’s home buyers are looking for open floor plans and light, airy spaces. If you have an older home that has several small, cramped rooms, you may want to invest in a structural remodel to open up the space and create a more open floor plan. While you are at it, you may consider investing in a skylight or even a simple sun tube to take advantage of natural light, which is another modern feature in high demand.

4. New roof 

While a roof may not be the “sexiest” of upgrades, it will definitely provide the best ROI overall. When new home buyers are looking for a home, the first thing they are going to want to invest in is renovating the interior to their own taste and style. They are far more likely to purchase a home that is structurally sound in every way, particularly when it comes to (literally) the roof over their head. 

5. Pay attention to the small details

While you may be used to the slight squeak the third step on your staircase makes or the chip in the tile in the bathroom, these are all relatively easy fixes that will go a long way towards convincing potential buyers that everything in your home is ship-shape. Conversely, while none of these small imperfections are going to affect the overall structural integrity of your home, they can all cumulatively lead to the vague impression of a home that has been neglected. If it’s chipped, worn, broken, cracked or frayed, it should be repaired or replaced.

6. Spruce up the bathrooms and kitchen

You want as large a pool of buyers as possible to be interested in your home, so you don’t want to invest a great deal in something that is very taste-specific. This doesn’t mean, however that you can’t give your kitchen and baths a goods sprucing up. Sometimes, a fairly inexpensive overhaul can actually give your kitchen and baths the same fresh, new look that a complete remodel would. Some inexpensive but worth-their-weight-in-gold upgrades are:

  • Replace frosted glass doors in bath for clear doors
  • Clean grout
  • Remove rust stains
  • Replace faucets
  • Install low-flush toilet
  • Replace toilet seat on older low-flush toilet
  • Apply new caulking
  • Update doorknobs, handles and cabinet pulls
  • Update vanity if old or outdated
  • Install new doors on kitchen cabinets

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Get your family inspired, involved, and on the right track.

Just by making simple, subtle changes in our outlook and approach, we can initiate a world of change.

Be Open

One of the most beneficial skills that we can develop is the ability to listen. It’s surprising how many difficult family situations can be settled by just listening to what our partner, son, or daughter is trying to say. Initiating change is often a difficult thing to do, and most people are understandably resistant. Initiate change that involves diet or exercise, and we are pretty much asking our family to mutiny. Instead of forcing a new menu and fitness plan on our families, discuss it with them first. Ask them for their suggestions and welcome their feedback.

Children are easily influenced by their role models and the environment that surrounds them. Lead by example and remain positive. Making subtle adjustments to our language and tone while asking for opinions can instil a sense of empowerment. Asking our children for suggestions, or even criticism, can help us to understand their situation by looking at it from a completely new perspective. Allow your family time to adjust to changes and remain consistent and positive with the decisions you have made.

Be Inspiring

Connect with your family by spending time in the kitchen while preparing meals. Children enjoy cooking and it teaches them to follow instructions and exercise their creativity.

Kids love to be part of meal planning and relish getting their hands dirty when mixing and prepping foods. Simply by allowing our kids to be inventive in the kitchen and finding healthy menu solutions empowers them with knowledge and confidence.

One way we can get our teens involved is to ask them to surf the Internet for healthy recipes. Maybe, start with a basic ingredient (i.e. chicken or asparagus) and then allow their creative juices to flow with other meal ideas. You might be surprised to see them accompany you on your next trip to the grocery store in order to help you select their list of ingredients. Some teens may even wish to experiment in the kitchen themselves. Be sure to support and nurture their interest so it will grow.

Making cooking fun with new recipes and food choices can enhance relationships in our families.

Be Active

Activity can be both physical or mental and really just means that we are moving to make positive changes. When we promote movement in our lives and the lives of those around us, we create room for progression.

If we desire change, we have to actively create an environment for change to occur.

Look for ways to keep activities exciting for the whole family. Take the gang out to the beach, to the park, or just get everyone out to wash the car. It is so important to gather as a group and to share activities together. Shared experiences create fantastic relationships.

Value Relationships

The more compassionate we are in our relationships indicates who we are inside and teaches our children how to build valuable bonds with others.

By simply stepping back and understanding others, we can offer kindness and generosity in our interactions with them. It’s amazing how infectious a positive attitude can be and those around us will be sure to follow our example. Becoming a part of the community is a great way to get out of the house and teach our children about values. Join a community group or start one of your own.

Alter the Flow

In life, we’re often told to “go with the flow.” Meaning, the flow of energy, the flow of events as they unfold. The implication here is that we shouldn’t struggle against forces beyond our control. To do so is to expend valuable energy that’s better exerted elsewhere.

To initiate change, we need to alter the flow. As humans, we are artisans of change and have the ability to alter our journey any time we choose. Every day is a new day and every moment offers us a new opportunity to take charge of our lives and make positive changes that will not only effect ourselves but influence our families as well.

Create Balance

Balance is the key to our well-being. Balance in work and play; in health and wellness; even internally, our blood needs a balance between an alkaline and acid state. A healthy person displays a balance of physicality and psychology.

A great way to balance our lives is to spend time just doing things that make us happy. Investing time in ourselves allows us to become more attentive and productive with our work and with our families.

Imagine yourself a glass of liquid. If you are empty you have nothing to share, but if full, you have more to offer those around you. It all comes back to balance, and knowing when to give and when to receive.

Be Gentle

Our fast paced lives usually don’t allow time to enjoy precious moments. Letting go of negativity allows us to focus on the positive experiences in our lives.

With any process of change there is always an adjustment period. Be easy with yourself, relax and support your decisions without criticism or judgement. Be present in every moment and learn to accept and enjoy it for what it is.

If you are trying to accomplish a personal goal, let go of guilt and criticism that you may feel when you make a mistake. When we treat ourselves well, we set a precedent for the way others will treat us.

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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You’ve got more options than ever when mattress shopping these days with no shortage of brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers to choose from. Here are the factors you should consider when you’re shopping for a perfect night’s sleep.

  1. Mattress construction: The most popular mattress types are inner spring mattresses, memory foam mattresses, and adjustable air mattresses. Each has pros and cons when it comes to durability and comfort customization.
  2. Firmness: Mattress firmness plays a huge role in the quality of your sleep. Mattresses that are too firm or too soft can cause aches and pains, so it‘s recommended that you test a mattress for 10- to 15 minutes in store before making a purchase.
  3. Sleeping position: Your mattress should match your sleeping style (side, back, face-down, etc.). You want a mattress that keeps your spine in proper alignment. For example, some mattresses are better for side sleepers, while others are better for back sleepers.
  4. Size: It’s not quite as simple as choosing between a king and a queen mattress. You should also consider your height, as some mattresses are a better fit for shorter people while tall people will want a longer mattress so their limbs aren’t hanging over the edge of the bed.
  5. Stability: For couples, you should consider how the mattress reacts when one person moves, so the other person’s sleep isn’t disturbed in the middle of the night.

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You’ve found your dream home and now it’s time to cross all your T’s and dot all your I’s before it’s all your own. And one of the first items on your closing checklist the home appraisal. So, what exactly is that?

The home appraisal is essentially a value assessment of the home and property. It is conducted by a certified third party and is used to determine whether the home is priced appropriately.

During a home appraisal, the appraiser conducts a complete visual inspection of the interior and exterior of the home. He or she factors in a variety of things, including the home’s floor plan functionality, condition, location, school district, fixtures, lot size, and more. An upward adjustment is generally made if the home has a deck, a view, or a large yard. The appraiser will also compare the home to several similar homes that were sold within the last six months in the area.

The final report must include a street map showing the property and the ones’ compared, photographs of the interior and exterior, an explanation on how the square footage was calculated, market sales data, public land records, and more.

After it is complete, the lender uses the information found to ensure that the property is worth the amount they are investing. This is a safe-guard for the lender as the home acts as collateral for the mortgage. If the buyer defaults on the mortgage and goes into foreclosure, the lender generally sells the home to recover the money borrowed.

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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 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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