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12 Tips to Cut Your Heating Bill This Fall

August 25th, 2015
Sadly, summer is coming to an end and the cooler weather is fast approaching. While we are definitely NOT trying to rush it, it is the perfect time to get a jumpstart on fall and maximize your savings by warming up your house - starting now!


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1/ Take Advantage of Free Solar Heating

Open curtains during the day to allow the sun to warm your home; close curtains at night to trap in the heat.

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Real Estate with Basement Suites - Market About To Get Hotter!

August 6th, 2015

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This article by mortgage expert Robert McLister originally appeared on mortgage news site CanadianMortgageTrends.com. To read the original article, click here – and for current mortgage rates, go to McLister’s comparison site RateSpy.com. - See more at: http://bit.ly/1JQ6J7Y


The market for houses with basement apartments and other secondary suites is about to get a little hotter. CMHC has an ...

BANK OF CANADA RATE CUT EFFECT ON VANCOUVER HOUSING MARKET

July 15th, 2015

VANCOUVER (via NEWS 1130) – June was another scorching month in the Vancouver real estate market.

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An industry group says Vancouver home resales rose 28.7 per cent last month from a year earlier to 3,539.

The Canadian Real Estate Association also says the average unadjusted price was up 15.8 per cent to $923,000.

Even on a month-over-month basis Vancouver home prices were substantiall ...

BUILDING A COACH HOUSE

July 13th, 2015
A coach house is a detached compact home, usually built in the rear yard of a single-family residential lot.

Sometimes called a laneway house or carriage home, a coach house can provide you with additional rental income, while increasing the diversity of rental housing choices in single family neighbourhoods.

A coach house can't be sold separately from the main house or placed under strata ...

WORKING AROUND THE HIGH COST OF LIVING ON THE NORTH SHORE

July 13th, 2015

Investigating a “tenancy in common” could be a viable option for many first-time home buyers that are attempting to address the challenges of buying pricey homes on the North Shore. Many first-time buyers are being priced out of this market because they are unable to save the huge down payment or qualify for a mortgage. One solution to these problems is buying a home with a suite or a coach h ...

PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE INFORMATION 2015

June 24th, 2015

REMINDER: The property tax deadline is coming up, July 2, 2015 for North Van City, North Van District and West Van District.

Here's how to PAY -


CITY OF NORTH VAN:
You can pay In Person or Online. www.cnv.org/Taxes

DISTRICT OF NORTH VAN PAYMENT INFO/OPTIONS:
http://www.dnv.org/article.asp?a=4111

DISTRICT OF WEST VAN PAYMENT INFO/OPTIONS:
http://westvancouver.ca/home-building-property/tax ...

MULTIPLE OFFERS 101

June 23rd, 2015

 
Rising prices in the Vancouver Real Estate Market have made Multiple Offer situations more common, especially in our desirable areas here on the North Shore. In Multiple Offer situations, competition or the risk of losing out on a desirable property motivates Buyers to act decisively. Sellers are able to get market price for their properties very quickly in a relatively hassle free manner a ...

2015 North Shore Water Restrictions

June 12th, 2015

  Metro Vancouver residents must now monitor their watering schedules as the regional district has put water restrictions into effect beginning June 1.

Residents of North Vancouver City, North Vancouver District, and West Vancouver District must comply with water restrictions outlined below between June 1 and September 30, 2015:

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Residential:

  • Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 4 a ...

10 Quick Tips to Prepping and Selling Your Home

June 3rd, 2015

As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property. When you take the following steps, you'll help me sell your home faster, at the best possible price.

1/ Make the Most of that First Impression

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A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted - or at least freshly scrubbed - front door. If it' ...

FEDERAL ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN 2015

May 28th, 2015
Here’s a look at what the federal government’s new budget, Economic Action Plan 2015, offers.

Social housing

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- $150 million (over 4 years) so co-operatives and social housing providers can prepay, without penalty their long-term, non-renewable mortgage.
- $2.3 billion (over 4 years) to support affordable housing. Of this, Canada Mortgage and Housing will invest $1.7 billion to support 570,000 ...
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