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First Time Home Buyers Guide Vancouver – Episode 3 How to Hire a Realtor!

Hiring a First Time Home Buyer Specialist in Vancouver In Episode 2 of the Vancouver First Time Home Buyers Guide we talked about how to figure out where to buy. Once you have decided on neighbourhood, it’s time to select a Realtor. How Much Will it Cost Me to Hire a Buyers Agent? Nothing!? Yes, 9 times out of 10, a Buyers Agent is paid a finders fee by the Sellers Agent if the Buyer that is working with the Buyers Agent purchases the Sellers Agents listed property! Furthermore, the Buyers Agent you hire is REQUIRED to disclose to you…

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First Time Home Buyers Guide Vancouver BC – Episode 1 – Getting Started!

This is the First Video in a Series of Videos with Tips for First Time Home Buyers in Vancouver's Property Market. So you're thinking of taking the plunge and buying your first home in beautiful Vancouver! How Much Can I Spend? What to Know Exactly? Get Pre-Approved! If you have several hundred thousand dollars in your bank account, great! If not, you should speak to your bank or a mortgage broker to find out how large of a mortgage you can get. The bank or broker will give you a mortgage pre-approval which is a rough estimation of what you…

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

It has been said that a picture says a Thousand Words... What do terrible Listing Photographs say about the value of your home? Use Professional Photography for your listing.  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 professional photography is one of the best ways to get top dollar for your home. I have all my featured listings shot by…

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A Cool Animation That Visualizes the Credit Crisis of 2008-2009 by Jonathan Jarvis

The Currency Crisis Explained in Animation! By Mike StewartView in HD  Download 720p HD Version  Visit Mike Stewart's ExposureRoom Videos Page I saw this great animation about the Credit Crisis and I thought I'd share it. Its by Jonathan Jarvis as part of his thesis work in the Media Design Program, a graduate studio at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo. What do you think?

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When will Vancouver Real Estate Prices Hit Bottom? Beware of Those Telling you its Happening as its Happening!

Hi All, Pretty much everyday someone asks me when prices in the Vancouver real estate market will hit bottom and everyday I say I don't know. I say I don't know, because I don't have a crystal ball and can't see the future and as I licensed Realtor I can be liable if people take a hit relying on my predictions. There are people out there who are saying they KNOW when the prices will hit bottom and they can tell when prices are bottoming as they are hitting bottom. Don't trust these people! What happens if prices stabilise and…

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American Buyers are back in the Vancouver Condo Market. Could this be a sign?

American buyers are back in the Vancouver Condo Market in 2009! By Mike Stewart View in HD Download 720p Version Visit Mike Stewart's ExposureRoom Videos Page Hi All, American buyers are back in the Vancouver Condo Market! A good exchange rate for US buyers and the fact that some individuals and companies Stateside are weather the storm well means our American freinds and neighbours are back. Is this a sign that Stimulus is bringing confidence back? On another note this Video is the first I have shot with my new Flip Mino HD Camera. I'd love to hear your thoughts…

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More Justification of Stimulus and What Should We Do Instead?

Hi All, I recently posted on the stimulus pacakges being enacted around the world and it generated alot of conversation, which is great and I thank all those who participated. I shot a video justifying my position and I'd like to share with you. I'd also like to hear what people who oppose the stimulus packages think should be done to deal with the financial cirsis we find out ourselves in. I look forward to your comments!

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For Sellers – Lowball Offers – How to Avoid them and what to do if you get one

If you're selling a property in Vancouver right now there is a very good chance you have received or will receive a lowball offer. This video explains how to avoid a low ball offer and what to do if you receive one. What is a lowball offer? Real Estate prices in Vancouver are falling at present. Buyers are worried they will buy a property that will be worth less tomorrow than what they paid for it today. Lowball offers are common because it allows Buyers to get the best possible value and potentially get ahead of predicted declines in price.…

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Lowball Offers – What they are, how to do it, and how to deal with one if you are a Seller

Lowballing Vancouver Real Estate It’s a buyer’s market for Vancouver real estate these days and Lowballing is a great way for buyers to get the best deal possible. For sellers a Lowball is an opportunity to get an accepted offer in a time when these are scarce. Many buyers are afraid to Lowball for fear of insulting the sellers. With a Lowball offer it’s like anything else in life, if you don’t try, you’ll never know! I put a deal together at 2502-1483 Homer Street. The asking price was $1.1 Million and we got it for $975K in October of…

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Open Houses as a Marketing Tool for your Listing

  Hi All, I'm a huge fan of open houses as a marketing tool.  They provide a low-stress low anxiety atmosphere for potential buyers to see your listing. A lot of realtors don't like to do open houses and feel they don't do anything to sell a property. THEY ARE WRONG! Watch the video and let me know your thoughts. Have a look at 3005-111 West Georgia Street. This is the suite I mention in the video.

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