I have sold a property at 1208 660 NOOTKA WAY in Port Moody.
BRIGHT 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom CORNER UNIT home in Nahanni. Enjoy views of the Burrard Inlet and city landscapes. Open concept living area. Brazilian engineered hardwood. Spacious kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and centre island with bright windows. Large living room with gas fireplace. Dining room off of kitchen. 2 large rooms on opposite corners of the home. Enjoy all the amenities at your doorstep - fitness room downstairs and fully-equipped clubhouse across the street at the Canoe Club, with pool, hot tub, party room, tennis/basketball courts, etc. Close to skytrain, shopping and breweries. Rentals allowed.
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I have sold a property at 1001 10777 UNIVERSITY DR in Surrey.
INVESTORS AND FIRST-TIME BUYERS ALERT!! Prime location - directly across Gateway Skytrain Station, close to SFU, Central City Mall, shopping, parks, recreation and hospital. BRIGHT, 1 bedroom 1 bathroom unit with new paint, contemporary design, quartz countertops in kitchen, study nook, balcony and insuite laundry. Enjoy views of the city, mountains and Fraser River! Includes 1 parking and 1 storage. Rentals allowed. Currently leased for $1000 per month - tenant wants to stay. Amenities include concierge, fitness centre, party room and garden. Low maintenance fee!
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I have sold a property at 203 2368 MARPOLE AVE in Port Coquitlam.
2 bedroom + den, 2 bathroom unit in Central Port Coquitlam! Features spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and breakfast bar. Large master bedroom with walk-in closet and ensuite. Features well-appointed bedroom and den. Balcony with access from both living room and master bedroom. Amenities include guest suites, fitness room, and bike room. Take your bike out during the summer along the Traboulay Trail adjacent to the Coquitlam River across the street. Close to Gates Park, all levels of schooling, shopping in Downtown Port Coquitlam, 5 minute walk to West Coast Express and recreation being built in the next few years. Only a 5-minute drive to Coquitlam Centre and skytrain. OPEN HOUSE Saturday, June 30th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
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I have listed a new property at 1310 SHAUGHNESSY ST in Coquitlam.
Perfect home for families - 3 good-sized bedrooms upstairs on main floor with spacious kitchen, eating area, dining room and living room with balcony. Newly repainted, new hardwood flooring, kitchen appliances and washer/dryer all recently replaced in 2018. Double pane windows and roof replaced 2017. Downstairs includes large office/den that can be used as additional bedroom. Bright rec room and flex area facing the back. Private fenced yard and patio in the back. Close to Coquitlam River, Coquitlam River Elementary, Crystal Falls Trail and shopping. OPEN HOUSE Saturday, August 18th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
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Please visit our Open House at 1310 SHAUGHNESSY ST in Coquitlam.
Open House on Saturday, August 18, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Perfect home for families - 3 good-sized bedrooms upstairs on main floor with spacious kitchen, eating area, dining room and living room with balcony. Newly repainted, new hardwood flooring, kitchen appliances and washer/dryer all recently replaced in 2018. Double pane windows and roof replaced 2017. Downstairs includes large office/den that can be used as additional bedroom. Bright rec room and flex area facing the back. Private fenced yard and patio in the back. Close to Coquitlam River, Coquitlam River Elementary, Crystal Falls Trail and shopping. OPEN HOUSE Saturday, August 18th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
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I have listed a new property at 3 2150 SALISBURY AVE in Port Coquitlam.
Buy nearly BRAND NEW 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom townhouse without paying GST! Fantastic, family-oriented neighbourhood. Many great detail-oriented features. Huge, modern kitchen with centre island, quartz countertops, spice drawer, spacious pantry and toe-kick vacuum in kitchen to sweep up your crumbs. Built-in surround sound in living room and speakers in kitchen and dining areas of the main floor. 3 bedrooms upstairs, including master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in closet. Additional bedroom and bathroom downstairs on ground level - perfect for guests! Rentals allowed. Close to shopping, restaurants, bus, schools, dog park, 25 km Traboulay trail along the Coquitlam River, and parks. Do nothing but move in! Open House Saturday August 4th from 2:00pm-4:00pm.
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Please visit our Open House at 3 2150 SALISBURY AVE in Port Coquitlam.
Open House on Saturday, August 4, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Buy nearly BRAND NEW 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom townhouse without paying GST! Fantastic, family-oriented neighbourhood. Many great detail-oriented features. Huge, modern kitchen with centre island, quartz countertops, spice drawer, spacious pantry and toe-kick vacuum in kitchen to sweep up your crumbs. Built-in surround sound in living room and speakers in kitchen and dining areas of the main floor. 3 bedrooms upstairs, including master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in closet. Additional bedroom and bathroom downstairs on ground level - perfect for guests! Rentals allowed. Close to shopping, restaurants, bus, schools, dog park, 25 km Traboulay trail along the Coquitlam River, and parks. Do nothing but move in! Open House Saturday August 4th from 2:00pm-4:00pm.
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I have listed a new property at 1155 ESPERANZA DR in Coquitlam.
Nice 2 level home in a great neighbourhood. Level, fenced backyard looks onto greenbelt with trails to Coquitlam River. Great location, popular neighbourhood, close to everything. Walk to schools, Douglas College, Town Center Park, Coquitlam Centre, skytrain, transportation, LaFarge Lake etc. Be sure to view this home!
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Please visit our Open House at 1255 CHARTER HILL DR in Coquitlam.
Open House on Saturday, August 4, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
GREAT, PRIVATE FAMILY HOME in Coquitlam backing onto greenbelt and Scott Creek. SUPER close to all levels of schools - Eagle Ridge Elementary, Scott Creek Middle and Gleneagle Secondary are all a block away. Close to bus and the Coquitlam Crunch to get in your morning workout. Extended deck with covered area, perfect for entertaining! Spacious living room features crown moulding, wood-burning fireplace and bay window. Recently repainted. 4 large bedrooms upstairs, including spacious master bedroom with ensuite, new laminate flooring and 3 pc ensuite. 2 bedrooms downstairs has separate entry. Many updates, great TV/rec room downstairs.
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Beat the heat with these portable air conditioners that are good on energy and can be stored in the winter.

portable air conditioner

If your home lacks central air conditioning, you don't have to settle for using fans or window-mounted ACs to keep you cool. These portable air-conditioners can be moved from room to room, but require the use of an exhaust hose that is typically vented through a window. The last two on the list are evaporative coolers that do not use a compressor or require a venting hose, but they are most effective in hot dry climates and with room windows open.

Best Tech: Frigidaire Smart Portable Air Conditioner


This big Frigidaire just might be the smartest piece of tech in your home. You can remotely turn the unit on or off, change temperature, and control mode and fan speeds. This all adds up to saving energy. The A/C unit will remind you when the filter needs to be changed and about any other maintenance it needs. It's rated to cool a room up to 550 square feet.

Best Value: Honeywell Compact Cooler and Humidifier
HONEYWELL


This portable AC unit from Honeywell packs a ton of features into a value-priced product. In addition to serving as an air-conditioner, it can also be used as a fan and humidifier. Other features include low energy, carbon dust filter, and a remote control. It's available in five sizes, from 176 to 525 CFM.

High Performance: Whynter Eco-Friendly Air Conditioner
Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner


This 3-in-1 portable A/C operates as a air-conditioner, fan, and dehumidifier. Its dual hose exhausts and drains all condensate,

which allows the unit to perform at its peak. It rolls on casters and can be used in computer/server rooms, bedrooms,

classrooms, and garages/workshops.

 
 
Best Design: LG Portable Air Conditioner
G LP0817WSR 8,000 BTU 115V Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control in White Portable Air Conditioner


This all-white sleek portable AC looks great in any room. The auto-swing air vent circulates the cool air more efficiently,

which lessens hot spots in a room. The auto evaporation system allows for continuous use, and like most other portable

A/C units, it includes a programmable 24-hour on/off timer, which monitors and controls the temperature while you are away.


Most Versatile: Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner
Honeywell MN10CESWW 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control


The Honeywell can cool and dehumidify areas up to 350-400 square feet. It includes a full-function remote control allows

you to operate each feature from across the room. The auto-evaporation system allows for hours of continuous operation,

with no water to drain or no bucket to empty. Included is a flexible exhaust hose and window venting kit, which can be

removed when the A/C unit is not in use.

Best for Large Spaces: Portacool Jetstream
Portacool PACJS2401A1 240 Jetstream Portable Evaporative Cooler


When you need serious cooling power for working on home improvement projects or in your garage, the Portacool

Jetstream evaporative cooler is one of the largest portable coolers you'll find. It can cool garages and shop spaces

up to 1,125 square feet, as well as provide a welcome breeze of 4,500 CFM to patios and decks. Connect your garden

hose and fill up the 50 gallon tank, then fire up the pump and fan and you are ready to go. Bonus: It's made in the USA.

 
Easy Mobility: Black + Decker Portable Air Conditioner
BLACK AND DECKER


Black+Decker is more than just tools. They now make a lot of household products including portable air conditioners.

This full-featured air conditioner is one of the lightest available, and rolls easily on casters with handles for transport.

Most Compact: Honeywell Portable Evaporative Cooler
Honeywell CL201AE 42 Pt. Indoor Portable Evaporative Air Cooler with Remote Control, Silver

This little unit packs a chilly punch that can cool a room up to 280 square feet. Evaporative coolers like this one are most

effective in dry conditions and draw less electricity than typical air conditioners. Fill the top-loading ice compartment plus

5.3-gallon (42-pint) water tank, open your windows and doors, and enjoy the cool breeze.

Best Remote: Hisense Portable Air Conditioner

This unit from Hisense can be controlled via an included remote, or your smart phone, which allows you to cool the room

before you arrive or turn it off while you are away. It runs quiet and the cross-flow fan design cools a room quickly. The

included window ventilation kit installs quickly in horizontal or vertical windows from 18 to 50-inch wide openings.

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Seller’s market at-a-glance

  • More buyers than homes for sale
  • Prices tend to be higher because of increased demand
  • Homes sell quickly
  • More likely to be multiple offers on a home, which gives sellers negotiating power (and conditional offers may be rejected)

Buyer’s market at-a-glance

  • More homes on the market than buyers
  • Prices tend to be lower because of increased supply
  • Homes are more likely to sit unsold
  • Housing surplus can slow rising prices and even lead to price reductions
  • Buyers have more choices and more leverage to negotiate

If you’re looking to buy (or sell) a home, it’s important to know which type of market you’re entering into. If you’re unsure, ask your real estate agent. Of course, selling a home in a seller’s market is optimal, as is buying a property in a buyer’s market. But people don’t necessarily have the luxury of timing their home sale or purchase to coincide with the most advantageous market. It could be quite likely, for instance, that you’d be buying in a seller’s market or selling in a buyer’s market.

Tips on selling your home in different housing markets

Selling in a seller’s market is generally quick and easy. In a buyer’s market, with an abundance of properties sitting idle, you may want to do some legwork to help sell your home. There are a number of things you can do to improve your chances for making a sale. These include:

  • Understand the local market and your competition
  • Price your home right (and conservatively)
  • Make sure your home is ready to be shown at all times (consider using a professional home stager who can help show off the best features of every room in your house)
  • Be accommodating to your real estate agent's/prospective buyer’s schedules (think of every showing as the one that could get you the sale)
  • Be flexible with your terms (offer an extended closing date or lower your asking price)
  • Be patient (and stay positive)
  • If you get an offer early on, give it serious consideration because a better offer may not come along

Multiple offers

In a seller’s market, with fewer homes available to purchase and more buyers looking, you’re more likely to get several offers on your home. Here are some things you can do to help increase your likelihood for getting multiple offers:

  • Keep your home clean, clutter-free, presentable and ready to show (hire a professional stager if you can – see above)
  • Consider pricing your home slightly below its fair market value
  • Work with your real estate agent to to ensure that your home has sufficient market exposure (i.e. list on REALTOR.ca), create print materials, such as flyers or postcards with key selling points and a professional quality photo of your home, post on social media, consider newspaper/magazine ads, list on other real estate listing web sites and your agency’s company web site)
  • Be ready to show your house on demand (with no appointment necessary)

Tips on buying a home in different housing markets

With more homes for sale than buyers and potentially lower prices, a buyer’s market could be a great time to buy a new home. Before doing so, however, consider the possibility that home prices could continue to fall, meaning your new purchase might be worth less than you paid for it in no time. Of course, what goes down may eventually come back up. Still, if you wait for prices to drop even further, you might miss out on a great opportunity.

If you’re looking to buy in a difficult seller’s market, there are things you can do to improve your likelihood for success.

  • Get pre-approved for a mortgage first, so you know how much home you can afford
  • Put forward a strong offer with a significant deposit amount
  • Move quickly on a home if you like it (and be aggressive without being annoying)
  • Make your offer as attractive and uncomplicated as possible (i.e. eliminate as many contingencies as possible, such as a contingency on sale of your existing property, shorten the closing date or come up with a larger down payment)
  • Be agreeable and responsive
  • Be flexible with your move-in date
  • Appeal to the seller with a personal letter

Bidding wars

If you should find yourself in a bidding war with another potential buyer, try to not show your hand to them or the seller. Instead, try to figure out the seller’s trigger—such as a specific closing date that would work for them—and include that in your offer. This could potentially give you an advantage over other offers. Also, keep in mind that sellers prefer offers that have no conditions attached.

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I have listed a new 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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Please visit our Open House at 100 RAVINE DR in Port Moody.
Open House on Saturday, July 28, 2018 11:00AM - 1:00PM
5 BEDROOM 3 BATHROOM DETACHED HOME ON HERITAGE MOUNTAIN! Bus stop located right in front of the property and schools just down the street - school catchment includes Heritage Mountain Elementary, Eagle Mountain Middle and Heritage Woods Secondary. Close to parks, trails, shoppings & restaurants in Newport & Suterbrook, recreation and EVERGREEN LINE. Enjoy views of the city and inlet. Spacious kitchen w/ large island. 3 large bedrooms up. Master bedroom has 5-pc ensuite w/ pass-through fireplace and walk-in closet. 2 other bedrooms share 5-pc Jack & Jill bathroom. Lots of room in basement. 2-car DETACHED garage in the back lane w/ additional parking available. Low maintenance fenced yard, great for entertaining! OPEN HOUSE Saturday, July 28th from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
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Please visit our Open House at 1651 GILES PL in Burnaby.
Open House on Sunday, July 29, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
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! OPEN HOUSE Sunday, July 29th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
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I have listed a new property at 1162 EAGLERIDGE DR in Coquitlam.
Welcome home to 1162 Eagleridge Drive! Great starter home for young families. Split level entry with large and bright living room, kitchen, dining room and eating area. Family room, 3 piece bathroom, laundry room and lots of storage a few steps down. 3 bedrooms up, including master bedroom with ensuite. Nicely fenced yard in the back - perfect for young kids and pets. Double garage in front. CLOSE to all levels of schools - Eagle Ridge Elementary, Scott Creek Middle & Gleneagle Secondary all within walking distance. Also close to shopping and recreation. Loads of potential here. OPEN HOUSE Sunday, July 29th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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Please visit our Open House at 1162 EAGLERIDGE DR in Coquitlam.
Open House on Sunday, July 29, 2018 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Welcome home to 1162 Eagleridge Drive! Great starter home for young families. Split level entry with large and bright living room, kitchen, dining room and eating area. Family room, 3 piece bathroom, laundry room and lots of storage a few steps down. 3 bedrooms up, including master bedroom with ensuite. Nicely fenced yard in the back - perfect for young kids and pets. Double garage in front. CLOSE to all levels of schools - Eagle Ridge Elementary, Scott Creek Middle & Gleneagle Secondary all within walking distance. Also close to shopping and recreation. Loads of potential here. OPEN HOUSE Sunday, July 29th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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Please visit our Open House at 40 2951 PANORAMA DR in Coquitlam.
Open House on Saturday, July 28, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
BRIGHT, 2433 sq/ft 4 bedroom 4 bathroom townhouse on Westwood Plateau! Panoramic views w/ southern exposure, surrounded by creeks & greenbelt. Enjoy vaulted ceilings & 9 ft ceilings on main floor with high-end German laminate flooring. Kitchen leads into dining room w/ balcony access. Spacious living room & eating area complete main floor. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms, including master bedroom w/ sitting area, renovated ensuite & private balcony. Walk-out basement has large recreation room, 1 bedroom & bathroom. Features built-in alarm system, newer washer and dryer & some Hunter-Douglas blinds. Private, south-facing yard. Close to schools, parks and trails - within 5 min drive to Coquitlam Centre, Skytrain & recreation. OPEN HOUSE Saturday, July 28th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
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I have listed a new property at 3303 CHARTWELL GREEN in Coquitlam.
STUNNING, well-maintained 3 level executive family home located right along the Westwood Plateau Golf Course. Recent updates featuring upmarket materials & appliances. Beautifully updated gourmet kitchen featuring quartz countertops, large centre island, Bertazzoni gas range & stainless steel appliances. Spacious living room w/extra high ceilings & dining room open onto private deck that overlooks the 16th fairway. Backyard is green & quiet w/private deck overlooking lush environment. Large bedroom & powder room complete main floor. Upstairs features 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms. Master bdrm w/spacious ensuite has expansive views. 2 additional bedrooms downstairs w/3 pc bathroom and rec room - can easily be converted into suite.
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Please visit our Open House at 40 2951 PANORAMA DR in Coquitlam.
Open House on Sunday, July 22, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
BRIGHT, 2433 sq/ft 4 bedroom 4 bathroom townhouse on Westwood Plateau! Panoramic views w/ southern exposure, surrounded by creeks & greenbelt. Enjoy vaulted ceilings & 9 ft ceilings on main floor with high-end German laminate flooring. Kitchen leads into dining room w/ balcony access. Spacious living room & eating area complete main floor. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms, including master bedroom w/ sitting area, renovated ensuite & private balcony. Walk-out basement has large recreation room, 1 bedroom & bathroom. Features built-in alarm system, newer washer and dryer & some Hunter-Douglas blinds. Private, south-facing yard. Close to schools, parks and trails - within 5 min drive to Coquitlam Centre, Skytrain & recreation. OPEN HOUSE Sunday, July 22nd from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
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Please visit our Open House at 1651 GILES PL in Burnaby.
Open House on Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
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! OPEN HOUSE Saturday, July 21st from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
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