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First Time Home Buyer Safety – Offers Subject to Financing – What, Why, and How!

What is an Offer that is Subject to Financing? This is an Offer to buy a property that is "Subject To" or conditional upon the Buyer getting a mortgage within a set period of time, usually one week. In plain language, the Buyer and Seller agree to give the Buyer  a week to get a mortgage and if the Buyer cannot get a mortgage in that time, the Buyer can walk away from the deal with nothing lost. Why do we make offers Subject to Financing? Safety! If a Buyer presents an offer to a Seller without a Subject to… Find out more

Bidding Wars for Sellers – How to get Multiple Offers on Your Vancouver Property and Sell for More than List Price

Multiple Offers For Sellers Rising prices in the Vancouver Real Estate Market have made Multiple Offer Situations very common. In multiple offer situations, competition or the risk of losing out on a desirable property disciplines and motivates Buyers to act decisively.  Sellers are able to get market price for their properties very quickly in a relatively hassle free manner and the chance of getting an offer above the asking price is much higher. HOW TO GET A BIDDING WAR ON YOUR PROPERTY Choose a Realtor who knows the market! Hire a Pro who has their finger on the pulse of… Find out more

Multiple Offer Situations For Buyers!

Multiple Offer Situations for Buyers What are they? A Multiple Offer Situation is when more than buyer wants to present an offer on a property at the same time. The relationship between buyer and seller goes from a negotiation to an auction, with the highest bidder winning. The Buyers have to compete to get an accepted offer. 3 Ways a Buyer can Win in a Multiple Offer Situation! 1) Hire a good Realtor who specialises in the type of property or area you are interested in. Ask them how many times their buyers have been successful in a multiple offer… Find out more

My Globe and Mail Interview on Vancouver Real Estate, The Olympics, and the Hot Downtown Market with David Ebner

Hi All, I had a great talk with David Ebner of the Globe and Mail on the Downtown Vancouver Real Estate Market and here's what he had to say. I'd love to hear your thoughts! Housing sales bounce back nationwide Dave Ebner and Susan Krashinsky Vancouver and Toronto — From Wednesday's Globe and Mail Last updated on Wednesday, Jul. 15, 2009 09:27AM EDT Mike Stewart has never been busier. After a brutally slow winter, the real estate agent has signed a string of deals and in May had his best-ever month, notching 10 sales in downtown Vancouver, adding another seven… Find out more

Professional Photography for Listings – Cheapest way to get Top Dollar for your Property

Its been said that a picture says a Thousand Words... What do terrible Listing Photographs say about the value of your home? Poor listing photography undervalues your property and will never convey how beautifully maintained and decorated your home is. Here in Vancouver, terrible (or non-existent) photography for listings is RAMPANT! Have a quick look on Realtor.ca and you can see how many listings have either bad or non-existent photos. Getting a professional photography is one of the best ways to get top dollar for your home. I have all my listings shot by John Bentley at the Real Estate… Find out more

Pet Lovers! Buying a Condo? Watch This Video Before You Buy!

ALWAYS READ STRATA BYLAWS WHEN YOU BUY A CONDO! NOT CHECKING PET RESTRICTIONS WILL COST YOU MONEY!! Many people (like me!) think of their pets as being part of the family. When buying a condo people often overlook whether or not their pet will be welcome or allowed in the building they are buying. This oversight can be very expensive. In the video, I relate the story of my client who bought a place privately before he met me, only to realise there were no pets allowed in his new condo. He had to sell this place and buy a… Find out more