I have sold a property at W409 488 KINGSWAY AVE in Vancouver.
Beautiful, quiet, remodelled 1 bedroom PENTHOUSE unit with bright SOUTHWEST exposure, not facing Kingsway. Newer updates include updated laminate flooring, cabinets, backsplash, windows, bathroom toilet & vanity, kitchen counters and bedroom closets. Enjoy shared roof top patios with spectacular city views! Central location - walking distance to shops, restaurants, cafes, transportation!
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5 Home Decor Trends of 2018 To Help You Sell Listings Faster

It doesn’t matter that most homes aren’t sold with all of the contents included; good decor helps prospective buyers fall in love with a property. That’s why staging real estate listings can be so powerful.

That power comes with a price tag, though. If you want to save money on professional staging and go the DIY route, there are two things you need to know:


In this post, we’re giving you the rundown on the top home decor trends of 2018 and how they can help you stage and sell homes faster.

1. Trays

In July 2018, American blind and shade company Next Day Blinds published the results of their research into the home decor items that Americans googled most in the last year.

The most searched-for item? Trays.

Wood trays that rest on an ottoman and contain a television remote, drink coasters and a photography book. Or lucite trays to hold a candle, matches and a notepad. Or gold-mirrored trays for bar supplies, like fancy cocktail glasses and chic napkins.

Trays like these are hot because they serve as both storage and a decor item that adds visual interest. They’re available in all kinds of aesthetics and at various price points, making them a flexible and accessible way to dress up various rooms in your listings.


2. Woven Textures

Wicker as a summer-only material? Not anymore.

Fringe, crochet and woven textiles are just bad 70s leftovers? No way.

Woven textures showed up in a big way this year. Think: fringed throw pillows, wicker storage baskets and nubby, vintage-inspired wall hangings.

Moderation is key here; try a large-scale wall hanging on a bedroom wall or wicker baskets containing a couple throw blankets in the living room.


3. Tropical Touches

Palms, monstera leaves and hibiscus motifs have showed up on everything from shower curtains to wallpaper to throw pillows to coffee mugs.

The tropical trend is a nice way to incorporate graphic touches without being too abstract. But it’s not for every home; a palm tree print will be out of place in a house otherwise filled with antiques, for example.

Turn to this trend when you’re selling a minimalist or austere home that could benefit from some warmth and personality. Tropical vibes can also be a great addition to an already maximalist or vibrant aesthetic.


4. Maximalism

Speaking of maximalism, it’s back after years of being overlooked in favour of minimalism.

We’re talking layered textures, colours and patterns – sometimes in surprising combinations. Forget less is more; we’re all about ‘more is more’ now.

The overall effect is whimsical and creative, which can feel inviting and warm.

It can be difficult (and expensive) to start creating a maximalist room from scratch, so save this trend for listings that already have the foundation of a maximalist aesthetic.


5. Plant Party

Houseplants never went out of style, but they’ve never been hotter than they are this year.

Whether it’s because of a desire to counteract our increasingly digital lives or simply because they’re relatively inexpensive and impactful decor, having an overabundance of house plants is a trend in and of itself.

We don’t mean a plant in each room; we’re talking rooms with plants on nearly every surface. Like maximalism, but with plants.

This trend can be applied in ways that achieve a myriad of looks. Add climbing vines and leafy palms to a maximalist artsy home. A more classic space, dominated by white walls, could be livened up with orchids in a variety of colours and sizes.

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I have sold a property at 24 11291 7TH AVE in Richmond.
Rarely available DETACHED TOWNHOME in sought after "Mariners village" which is situated literally steps to the West Dyke, Garry Point Park and the quaint Village of Steveston. This freshly painted home is delightful & bright with its new laminate flooring giving it a fresh new look. Charming French doors open onto a lush private WF patio and gorgeous gardens. From the moment you enter the sky lit foyer, you'll love the feeling of space that the vaulted ceiling offers both here & in the living room with its cosy WB fireplace. The baths offer deep tubs, tasteful tiles and a clean, crisp French country appeal, while the kitchen boasts loads of cupboards & SS appliances. Amenities: Club House, Garden, Indoor pool, Sauna and Hot tub.
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I have listed a new property at 1911 IRONWOOD CRT in Port Moody.
Live in quiet, Mountain Meadows cul-de-sac! Well-maintained Tudor style 3 bedroom + den & 3 bathroom home. Enter into bright sky lit foyer. Living room features beautiful floor to ceiling wood burning fireplace and adjoins with the formal dining room. Bright kitchen features quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. Family room has a cozy gas fireplace with sliding doors to the private patio outside. Upstairs features 3 bedrooms, den and 2 bathrooms. Low maintenance yards in the front and back. View of Fraser River and Mount Baker. CLose to all levels of schools, shopping and recreation.
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I have sold a property at 1651 GILES PL in Burnaby.
Well-appointed 3 bedroom 3 bathroom home on quiet, double-ended cul-de-sac in North Burnaby! Huge, high-end double-pane thermal windows allow in lots of sunlight throughout the home. Lower level is above-ground and features high ceilings, large rec room with separate entry, bathroom and spacious den/office, which could be used as additional bedroom. Maple hardwood flooring throughout main floor. Kitchen features newer S/S appliances. Spacious bedrooms throughout; master includes ensuite and walk-in closet. Family-friendly neighbourhood, close to good schools in Burnaby North School catchment including French Immersion, public transit, shopping, restaurants and highway access!
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How to Sell a Home in the Fall

Summer is over, and so are your summer-specific selling strategies.

Backyard party open houses, listing descriptions focused on outdoor entertaining potential, or even filling front porches with lush and vibrant flowers — put those away now.

A new season = time for new tactics.

Today, we’re exploring five season-specific strategies to help you sell more homes this fall.

1. Be A Stickler For Lawn Maintenance

Keeping lawns and yards free of fallen leaves and debris is a daily challenge in the autumn months.

We might only rake our own properties once or twice in the fall, but when it comes to homes we’re selling, we gotta kick our raking game up a notch (or five).

As long as there’s a ‘For Sale’ sign in the front yard, the lawns of your listed homes should be as free of dead leaves as possible. If you’re having an open house, that same level of care should extend to the backyard.

Other outdoor maintenance to undertake or make clear to your seller: trimming back overgrown trees and bushes, removing withered summer plants and flowers, and removing any summer-y decor and furniture.

2. Set The Mood

When sweater weather approaches, everyone craves coziness. Appeal to that craving by creating fall ambience at your September to November open houses.

Light candles in each room.

But stay away from heavy scents; while some open house attendees may appreciate the vanilla-fig wafting through the house, others will be heading for the door.

Play mood music.

Reggae jams and the Beach Boys may have helped you create a relaxed, sunny vibe in the summer months. Now that we’re in fall, opt for an intimate, softer, maybe even folk-y soundtrack.

Great fall picks include Bon Iver, Damien Rice, Sarah Harmer, and Nick Drake.

Offer seasonal treats.

When it comes to the snacks and beverages you offer up during open houses, trade slushy summer drinks and fresh fruit for spiced tea, apple cider, and pumpkin-everything baked goods.

3. Create Curb Appeal

Just because summer’s brightest blooms have retired, doesn’t mean you should leave a home’s front porch devoid of any plant life and decor.

Colours play a role in the buying process, so just opt for fall-appropriate colours like bold reds, oranges, yellows and purples.

Marigolds, chrysanthemums and pansies are all perfect picks for the fall months. As Halloween approaches, you can accessorize with a pumpkin and various squash.

4. Swap Out Decor


With the help of a stager or on your own, make a few small decor changes to your listings to help make them feel more seasonally-appropriate.

Throw pillows.

Add throw pillows in rich fall colours and sumptuous fabrics, like velvet.

Install dimmers.

Lighting dimmers are very inexpensive and easy to install. Being able to customize the level of brightness helps create a cozy fall mood.

Dress up a fireplace.

If your listing has a functional fireplace, you probably don’t want to be bothered with lighting and maintaining a fire during an open house.

Instead, fill it — as a for-show fireplace — with lit pillar candles in glass vases.

5. Sell Coziness

You can tailor your listing descriptions and social media promotion to be fall-specific, too.

Is the house close to a forested trail system, or does it offer a view of trees? Mention the amazing fall colours.

If the home features a beautiful working fireplace, describe cozy nights spent in front of a roaring fire.

Even large kitchens and standout dining rooms can be a fall-selling feature.

Using storytelling techniques, set the scene for prospective buyers by describing a big Thanksgiving meal spent with family and friends.


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While vinegar is commonly regarded as the “holy grail” of household products, it can't be used for everything.

 Vinegar is certainly useful in freshening up bath towels, de-gunking a dishwasher, or battling stubborn carpet stains.

Given the fact that vinegar is both non-toxic and natural, it’s a desirable cleaning solution. It’s also in high demand

because it’s not high in chemicals. Just because this magical solution offers help around this house in a range of ways

doesn’t mean it’s safe to use across the board. To ensure that you’re only using vinegar where appropriate, below is a

list of things that should never be done with vinegar around the house.

1. Cleaning Marble or Granite

Marble countertops.

Granite and marble are certainly something that you do not want to ruin or damage. Using vinegar to clean these items could

do just that. This is because the acid in vinegar can etch the natural stone. Instead, use a mild liquid dish detergent mixed with

warm water and your counters will soon be sparkling.

2. Cleaning an Iron

A steaming iron.

It’s tempting to clean your iron with vinegar to freshen it up, especially since the solution can be safely added to a washing

machine to clean towels and linens. However, doing so presents a danger to your iron. Doing this could damage the tool

internally, causing a clog. Instead, read the manufacturer’s instructions to learn how to best clean an iron and avoid the

steam vents clogging by emptying the iron each time you use it.

3. Touching Up Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors in a living room.

This is a part of the household where there’s still some debate as far as vinegar goes. Some argue that vinegar both cleans

and seals their hardwood floors nicely, while others state that it damages the finish. While there is a chance that vinegar could

react well to your hardwood floors, from our point of view, it’s not really worth the risk. Instead, you’d be better suited to use a

cleaner that is specifically formulated for hardwood floors, easily found at your local hardware or grocery store. If you simply

must try vinegar on your flooring, dilute it with water generously and test it on a small part of the floor to see its reaction.

4. Wiping Down Electronics

A computer is cleaned.

Since vinegar is known for cleaning items so thoroughly, you may think it’d be a great way to strip your laptop or even

smartphone screen of fingerprints and germs. This is not the case. Since many electronics have a thin layer of oleophobic

coating to improve their appearance and limit fingerprints and smudging, vinegar is a danger to these products. The acid in

vinegar can strip this film off completely.

5. Mixing with Bleach

A woman cleans with bleach.

Bleach and vinegar are both highly regarded and widely used cleaning solutions, but that doesn’t mean that they should be

mixed together. When they are mingled, in fact, they produce chlorine gas. This was the substance used to clear trenches in

World War I. Therefore, this is definitely not something you want within the walls of your home, so definitely don’t mix these

two solutions together for any reason.

6. Cleaning Cast Iron Pots

Cast iron pots.

Cast iron pots and skillets are valuable tools in the kitchen, and for that reason, you want to keep them in working order.

These kitchen tools build up a layer of grease and grime that demand a thorough cleaning. The cleaning shouldn’t be done

with vinegar. Vinegar can have an adverse reaction with cast iron, inducing rust. To keep your pans pristine, rinse them simply

with water or gentle soap and water if desired.

7. Cleaning Egg Stains

A cracked egg on the ground.

While this may not be something you run into too frequently, egg stains do occur when you drop an egg on the floor

accidentally. If this happens to you, opt for a different cleaning solution than vinegar. Using vinegar can cause a spilled egg

to coagulate due to the acid in the vinegar. This will make the stain more difficult to remove.

Vinegar is undoubtedly a valuable cleaning agent, but avoid using vinegar with these items in order to maintain a clean and

healthy home.


 
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I have sold a property at 304 9108 MARY ST in Chilliwack.
Immaculate, 3rd floor, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom corner unit in the upscale "Flora" condo building. Clean, quiet and bright. Great views over the Cheam Mountain Range. High quality finish with open living concept, 9’ ceilings, crown mouldings, fireplace, large covered balcony, all appliances included & pets allowed with restrictions. No age restrictions. Ideal one or two person unit. Executive living close to Leisure Centre, Shopping, Hospital, everything...What are you waiting for?!
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Please visit our Open House at 1911 IRONWOOD CRT in Port Moody.
Open House on Saturday, September 22, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Live in quiet, Mountain Meadows cul-de-sac! Well-maintained Tudor style 3 bedroom + den & 3 bathroom home. Enter into bright sky lit foyer. Living room features beautiful floor to ceiling wood burning fireplace and adjoins with the formal dining room. Bright kitchen features quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. Family room has a cozy gas fireplace with sliding doors to the private patio outside. Upstairs features 3 bedrooms, den and 2 bathrooms. Low maintenance yards in the front and back. View of Fraser River and Mount Baker. CLose to all levels of schools, shopping and recreation. OPEN HOUSE Saturday, September 22nd from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
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Please visit our Open House at W409 488 KINGSWAY AVE in Vancouver.
Open House on Sunday, September 16, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Beautiful, quiet, remodelled 1 bedroom PENTHOUSE unit with bright SOUTHWEST exposure, not facing Kingsway. Newer updates include updated laminate flooring, cabinets, backsplash, windows, bathroom toilet & vanity, kitchen counters and bedroom closets. Enjoy shared roof top patios with spectacular city views! Central location - walking distance to shops, restaurants, cafes, transportation!
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I have listed a new property at W409 488 KINGSWAY AVE in Vancouver.
Beautiful, quiet, remodelled 1 bedroom PENTHOUSE unit with bright SOUTHWEST exposure, not facing Kingsway. Newer updates include updated laminate flooring, cabinets, backsplash, windows, bathroom toilet & vanity, kitchen counters and bedroom closets. Enjoy shared roof top patios with spectacular city views! Central location - walking distance to shops, restaurants, cafes, transportation!
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Certain areas of your home make a good scrub down obvious. Some objects, however, tend to be a bit more forgettable, and dirt, dust, and germs build up without us noticing them. But not anymore! Banish bacteria, dust, and grime on common household objects with these quick and clever tips.

Need a hand during dinner prep? You're likely using one to open the refrigerator door -- even if you just finished handling raw meat. If left untreated, refrigerator, freezer, and oven handles become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Scrub handles down once a week with a mix of 1 part hot water and 1 part vinegar.  

2. Toothbrush Holder

Keep your pearly whites clean and your toothbrush holder cleaner. Throw the dirty bathroom accessory in the dishwasher once a week, or sterilize it by hand with hot water and soap. It's also a good idea to sterilize individual toothbrushes, especially during flu season. Boil brushes in water for two to three minutes.

3. Computer Accessories

Think of all the times you've coughed, sneezed, or blown your nose at your desk. Now think of the last time you cleaned your mouse and keyboard. Time to banish bacteria and prevent germs from spreading in your office. Detach your computer's  keyboard and mouse, then dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in soapy water and gently scrub. 

4. Place Mats

Place mats are great at protecting wood finishes from food stains, but they get filthy fast. Rinse plastic or vinyl place mats with warm water and soap. Let dry completely. Fabric mats can be thrown in the laundry machine with like-color linens, but be sure to hand-wash anything embroidered.

5. Handrails

Keep your balance without picking up any pathogens. Use damp paper towels soaked in hot water and vinegar to scrub down railings. Wipe dry with a polishing cloth. Give doorknobs the same disinfection.

6. Light Switches

Grimy hands touch light switches and lamp knobs every day. Disinfect with a slightly damp cloth soaked in hot water and vinegar. Wipe dry with a polishing cloth.

7. Reusable Shopping Bags

  • grocery bag

Reusable shopping bags are great: They hold a ton and provide an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic. However, the bags can start to smell and become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold if not cleaned regularly. Wash cloth grocery bags in your laundry machine, or invest in plastic bags that can easily be wiped down.

8. Ice Cube Trays

  • freezer

It's easy to just refill ice cube trays without a thought, but trays are susceptible to picking up food remnants or odors inside your freezer. Each time they're empty, give the trays a thorough wash with hot water and dish soap.

9. Water Bottles

Put down the bottle. Before you take another sip, draw a hot, soapy bath for it. Let soak for five to 10 minutes. Use a bottle brush to scrub the interior, and utilize a toothpick to get inside the mouthpiece. Rinse thoroughly. 

10. Faucet

Faucets are hands-down the dirtiest thing in your home. Scrub handles daily with hot water and dish soap. For a shiny surface, make a paste with baking soda and vinegar, apply it to the faucet, let sit, then rinse off.   

11. Cup Holders

Latte spilled during a rough commute? We're here to help you out of this sticky situation. Use a rag soaked in hot water and dish soap to scrub the inside of a cup holder. Then use a toothpick to pick off any remaining gunk. Use a clean rag to towel dry. 

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Residential sales forecast to slow further this year but recover next year

 

 

Home sales across Greater Vancouver may be soft so far this year compared with the past couple of years, but that won’t be

enough to bring average prices down, according to a forecast by the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA).

In its quarterly outlook, the BCREA predicted that Greater Vancouver home sales on the MLS for the whole of 2018 will total

37,200 units, which is down 10.7 per cent compared with 2017 – but that transactions will recover somewhat in 2019 to rise

3.7 per cent.

 
 

The report said the average Greater Vancouver home sale price this year will be $1.08 million, which is 4.7 per cent higher

than 2017’s average price of $1.03 million. BCREA added that it expected a continued slight rise of 2.3 per cent next year,

to just over $1.1 million. This average encompasses all property types and all areas of the region, and doesn’t take into

account larger variables between different property types and neighbourhood sub-markets.

“The housing market continues to be supported by a strong economy,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA chief economist.

“However, slower economic growth is expected over the next two years as the economy is nearing full employment and

consumers have stepped back from their 2017 spending spree.”

 

Across the province, residential resales are forecast to fall nine per cent to 94,200 units this year, following 103,700 unit sales

in 2017, and stay flat in 2019. However, the BCREA said that B.C. sales are “expected to remain above the 10-year average

of 84,800 units into 2020.”

BCREA BC home sales forecast into 2019
 
 



 
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I have sold a property at 312 701 KLAHANIE DR in Port Moody.
2 bedroom, 2 bathroom SOUTH-facing condo in Klahanie! Do nothing but move in. Spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Enjoy view of courtyard and park. Rentals allowed. Pet friendly - 2 dogs or 2 cats allowed. Close to all amenities at the Canoe Club, including recreation party room, outdoor pool, hot tub, tennis and basketball courts. Also close to shopping, Skytrain station, breweries, trails and Rocky Point Park!
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I have sold a property at 1213 COTTONWOOD AVE in Coquitlam.
BEAUTIFUL RARE PROPERTY located on quiet street backing onto COMO LAKE PARK. Build your dream home and enjoy unobstructed views of the lake and surrounding park. Current house has 3 bedrooms up, living room with gas fireplace and kitchen. Large covered balcony off of kitchen. Downstairs features large and bright office behind double glass French doors. Rec room includes gas fireplace, 4th bedroom downstairs and another bathroom. Plenty of fruit trees on property. Single attached garage. This home has been in the family since it was new. Close to schools and recreation.
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