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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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When you buy a home, you're also buying a piece of your neighbourhood. And when you sell your home, it goes the same way: live in a great neighbourhood and selling your home will be that much easier.

To help you determine what makes a good neighbourhood, we've put together a list of tips (part one of a two-part series). Once, you've read through the article, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!

1. It's a Good Fit
First and foremost, choosing a good neighbourhood must make sense with your lifestyle. What is 'good' for a family might not be for a single bachelor. Just like everyone has their favourite flavour of ice cream, each person's wants and needs in a neighbourhood differ. Making a list of the things you're looking

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Welcome to this beautiful featured home located in the desired Buckingham Heights. It overlooks Buckingham Elementary and comes complete with gorgeous mountain views! Below is a quick overview of this gem.

Quick Facts
MLS® #R2130610
Price: $3,588,000
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 5
Full Baths: 4
Half Baths: 1
Square Footage: 4,022
Acres: 0.27
Year Built: 1967

Amenities In Suite Laundry, Swirlpool/Hot Tub, Outdoor Pool, Air Conditioning, Fireplaces (3), Clothes Washer/Dryer/Fridge/Stove/DW, Drapes/Window Coverings, Microwave, Security - RI, Swimming Pool Equip., Hot Water Dispenser, Sprinkler - Inground

This 6 bedroom home has been lovingly renovated and cared for. It features an intimate private park-like backyard with a beautiful outdoor pool,

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The Chartwell Carlton Retirement Residence is set to open in 2018. The residence is located on the corner of Canada Way and Gilmore Street in Burnaby, and will soon house a truly unique boutique style community. We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some more details about this exciting new development.

Where Is It Located?
The location of the Chartwell Carlton Retirement Residence (4110 Norfolk Street, Burnaby, BC, V5G 1E8) is ideally situated in close proximity to nearby Broadview Park, Metrotown Mall, Costco Wholesale, the Walmart Supercentre and plenty of other nearby services and amenities. With the Trans-Canada Highway and Metrotown SkyTrain minutes away, the Chartwell Carlton offers convenient access to downtown Vancouver and

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Are you a first time home buyer? Do you know someone who is a first time home buyer? Are you dating a first time home buyer, or perhaps married to one? Have you heard about the new B.C. Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership (BC HOME Partnership) program that went into effect January 16, 2017? Are you tired of all these questions? Than this blog post is for you!

As you are likely already aware, the First Time Home Buyers program has been around for a while. Put simply, it helps reduce or eliminate the amount of property transfer tax when you buy your first home. It's a program that's available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents alike, and comes with a few prerequisites. At the bottom of this blog post is a link to the First Time Buyers

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Getting tired of winter and the cold temperature? Looking to get away to some sunny destination to warm up your bones? Here are some deals we found for February on

Where: Cancun, Mexico - Oh The Urban Oasis (4 stars)
Cost: $950 CAD per guest (includes taxes and fees)
Length: 7 days. Departing February 08/2017
Meals: Breakfast
Airline: Sunwing Airlines

Why Cancun? Bask in the near-perfect climate between the months of December to April...February being a great month to visit before the spring break crowd arrives. The ivory beaches are a Caribbean lover’s playground, while the turquoise sea is ideal for snorkeling or scuba diving in the coral reef. Try out the famous Yucatan cuisine with their traditional dishes. Gaze with wonder at ancient

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This is the time of year when most people are thinking about how to shed those extra pounds they put on over the winter holidays. If you’ve been contemplating joining a gym, we’ve collected some information about local fitness centers in your neighborhood that might help you make your decision. Please keep in mind that center hours are often different for each location and so the information below applies only to that specific center's location.

Name: Steve Nash
Website :
Address: 5500 Kingsway, Burnaby
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5:30am-11:00pm, Friday 5:30am-10:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 8:00am-8:00pm

Steve Nash is BC’S largest fitness provider with 21 clubs and more on the way. The clubs and fitness centres offer a wide range of amenities

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