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This is Deer Lake Parkside living at its finest! The home is inspired by Arthur Erickson's era of Architecture and sits on possibly Burnaby's most exclusive street. Below is a quick overview of this one-of-a-kind home.

Quick Facts
MLS® #R2174868
Price: $3,388,000
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 4
Full Baths: 4
Square Footage: 4,702
Acres: 0.29
Year Built: 1973

Amenities In Suite Laundry, Sauna/Steam Room, Clothes Washer/Dryer/Fridge/Stove/DW, Microwave

Views Partial Deer Lake Views, Mountain Views

This home has a seamless flow between the indoor and outdoor spaces with thoughtful window and deck placements that enhance the natural light and flow of the living space. Updates include slate and Brazilian cherry flooring, 800 bottle wine cellar and a

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This really caught my eye today:

In March 2017, not one house in Eastside Vancouver sold over 3 million. How many are listed for over 3 million? -- 72 altogether. And the 2,250-3 million price range didn't fare a lot better with only 9 sales and over 180 listings for about a 5% sell rate. That's extreme buyer's market territory. We predict continued pressure on the higher end of the detached market to intensify as we move into summer.

The good news is homes under 1,750,000 are selling well.




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Deer Lake Mews Townhouse Project

We’re working on something exciting! A collection of 27 boutique townhomes at Canada Way and Sperling, behind picturesque Deer Lake in Burnaby. All 27 townhomes will be three levels each with a single or tandem garage. Here’s a sneak peek at one of the beautiful kitchen options. To stay connected, subscribe to our newsletter at More information to come so stay tuned!

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There are no do-overs with first impressions. And that's exactly why first encounters are so important; they set the tone of the relationship and any following meetings that might happen thereafter. First impressions influence one's thoughts, emotions, conscience, etc. So it comes as no wonder that many home sellers stage their property, with the sole purpose of making a positive first impression on potential buyers. In this blog we're going to share our top 7 cost-effective staging tips (it's an odd number but we didn't feel like rounding it up or down just for the sake of it) on how to make a strong first impression.

A quick note: this blog focuses on the bare essentials of staging, the must-dos to make a good impression without breaking the bank. In

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One of our newest listings is this beautiful, quiet and gated 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom townhome located in the boutique townhouse complex Leeside, just a short walk to Edmonds Skytrain station. This clean and well-maintained home comes with lots of room that maximizes spacious living with a generous 1,205 square footage layout. Keep on reading to learn more.

Quick Facts
MLS® #R2153011
Price: $748,800
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Full Baths: 2
Square Footage: 1,205
Year Built: 2005

Includes: In Suite Laundry, Clothes Washer/Dryer/Fridge/Stove/DW, 1 fireplace, 2 secure parking spots, 1 locker and more!

This wonderful layout has a spacious living and dining area, a cozy fireplace, a patio overlooking a green space, a cute bright kitchen, 2

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Have you heard about LPS Beijing 2017 (Luxury Property Showcase Beijing 2017)? It's an exclusive invitation-only event targeting high-end investors and buyers throughout China. This year, over 6000 visitors expected and we're thrilled to announce we will be presenting and exhibiting!

About the Event
This exclusive event will be held in Beijing from June 16-18. 2017 marks the 15th consecutive edition of the LPS show, and this year the event will be held in the heart of the city at the iconic Sofitel Wanda Beijing. This is a VIP event, tailor-made for the Chinese market, with over 6,000 highly targeted Chinese home buyers and VIPs expected to visit.

About the VIP Attendees
- 73% are CEO & Owners - 57% have an annual income over 500K USD
- 76% own

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When deciding to sell your home, there are many decisions that need considering. One of the most important decisions is choosing the right realtor, someone you both like and have confidence in. Like any relationship, finding the right realtor is key to ensuring a smooth and positive experience. So how do you make a good choice? In this blog, we've outlined 4 common mistakes to avoid in the selection process, as well as suggestions to counteract each of these misconceptions.

#1 My Friend is in Real Estate
Many people choose a real estate agent that they either know personally, or is a recommendation from their family or friends. And on many levels this makes sense, since people feel comfortable choosing someone that comes recommend from a trusted

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We're excited to introduce this incredible 3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom Executive Townhome Residence, complete with a contemporary brick exterior, conveniently located steps away from the Canada Line (King Edward Station).

Quick Facts
MLS® #R2147062
Price: $1,699,900
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Full Baths: 2
Half Baths: 1
Square Footage: 1,471
Year Built: 2017

Includes: In Suite Laundry, Clothes Washer/Dryer/Fridge/Stove/DW, Drapes/Window Coverings, Microwave, Air Conditioning, Polished Quartz Countertop, SS Gas Cooktop, 2 Parking Spaces and much more!

This stunning 3 bedroom 3 bathroom townhouse features contemporary finishes and modern decor throughout. The residence has an open layout design with multiple terraces, air conditioning, oak floors

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In Part 1 of How to Choose a Great Neighbourhood, we highlighted four reasons that can help you determine if a neighbourhood is right for you and your family. These were (1) It's a Good Fit, (2) Excellent Schools, (3) Walkability and (4) Pride of Ownership. If you haven't read Part 1 of this blog series, please go ahead and click on the link above. We'll wait.


Ok, so you've read Part 1 and now you're ready to learn about four more factors that are important to keep in mind when choosing a great neighbourhood. Without further adieu, here they are.

5. Feedback is Positive
A great neighbourhood oozes strong positive feedback. If you have a specific property in mind, take the time to get to know the neighbours on the street. Ask about things like

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Furniture (noun) > Large moveable equipment, such as table and chairs, used to make a house, office, or other space suitable for working or living.

Our lives are surrounded by pieces of furniture. While many of us may not be able to choose what kind of furniture we have at our workplace, it's a different story when it comes to our personal homes. Recently, my wife and I reached out to Chris from Bath Built ( to create a beautiful custom armoire. We're thrilled with the final result as you can see from the pictures posted below; Chris created the armoire to spec, stained it with a striking finish and delivered it to us on time. This recent experience actually inspired the topic for this week's blog post: 3 Advantages of Custom

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