TGIF – We’ve got you covered – what you need to know Real Estate in the ‘burbs this week!

Shane’s pulling up his realtor socks – it’s going to be a busy weekend here for Real Estate in the ‘burbs!

Our week kicked off with B.C. Family Day, followed by Valentine’s Day, and a flurry of closings for our clients! We can’t believe it’s Friday already. Today, we’re in and out of the office preparing for some open houses and incoming multiple offers.

Months after the introduction of the 15% foreign-buyer tax and new federal mortgage rules, our Greater Vancouver housing market has cooled, but we are feeling the heat begin to rise as we inch closer to spring. The detached home market has moderated with the foreign tax and tighter mortgage rules, but townhomes and condos remain strong and steady in many areas.

The influx of young families who have migrated here from Vancouver’s downtown core are snapping up our detached homes as well as townhomes and condos in pursuit of a more affordable, comfortable lifestyle for their growing families. Our easy access to our new Evergreen Extension Skytrain station makes commuting and Vancouver hockey game nights a breeze, too! And what about our baby boomers? They’re actively seeking their best downsize option in the ‘burbs – often in pursuit of “one-level living” that’s ideally larger than the typical 2 bed/2 bath condo.

Buying or Selling – Your Best Bet in the ‘Burbs?

It’s important to note that our sales averages vary greatly across our local neighborhoods as well as by property type – if you’re wondering if now’s a good time to buy or sell in Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Burnaby, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows, or Maple Ridge, contact us to find out the ‘sellers best bet’ and the ‘buyers best bet’ in each neighbourhood.

Regardless of the season – we’ve got you covered. You can count on us to carry you through what’s sure to be another exciting spring in Real Estate!

Your partners in Real Estate,
Michelle and Sheila


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TGIF – Love is in the air! Celebrating Family Day, Valentine’s Day, and National Umbrella Day.

It’s official – they’ve got a holiday for everything now, don’t they?

This year’s Family Day is on Monday, Feb. 13th, giving us a much-deserved long weekend. With plenty of family-friendly activities scheduled in every city –many of them free of charge – the ‘burbs truly are a wonderful place to raise our families.

Following Family Day, comes Valentines Day on Tuesday, Feb. 14th . If you needed an excuse to partake in some of our local sweet treats or enjoy a beautiful meal out, here it is!

And today, Friday Feb.10th, we honour one of the most useful inventions known to Vancouverites – the all-mighty umbrella! Every year on February 10th, this protective piece of rain gear is celebrated across the nation.

Not only does it keep us dry from the rain, but the umbrella also protects us from the heat of the sun (especially during patio season) – a wonderful friend, year-round!

The YVR ‘burbs are known for our West Coast weather: mild, temperate, and a bit rainy during the cooler months. If you live here, chances are you’ve got a solid pair of gumboots and a large umbrella at the ready for whenever the skies may open.

Beyond a helpful accessory, the umbrella holds a great deal of significance to our team. In fact, we even incorporated the umbrella into our branding, along with the now-recognizable “walking lady”, in 2013.

Why, you might ask?

We consider our team to be your umbrella for the (sometimes) unpredictable climes of the Real Estate market. It’s our mission to keep you covered, for every step of your Real Estate journey.

Through the ins, and through the outs – through the rainy skies, and through the sunny times – you can count on us to keep you informed.

Need one? Swing by our office and pick one up. It’s our gift to you!

Sometimes, Jimmy says it best:

”I didn’t invent the rainy day. I just own the best umbrella.”
Jimmy Fallon

Just like your favorite umbrella? We’ve got you covered.

- Sheila and Michelle

TGIF – It’s not always about moving!

There are moments when we go to visit seniors who feel that, financially, they have no option except to sell their home, even though that is the last thing they actually want to do. If the owners have paid off their mortgage, they can access their equity with ease by means of a reverse mortgage which supplies a much needed additional income.

We know many people who have extended their time in their happy place, their home, by means of a reverse mortgage. It is always our pleasure to be able to advise these seniors that selling is not their only option. As the Baby Boomers age, and we experience a remarkable appreciation in real estate values, reverse mortgages have become a more popular trend. Home Equity Bank reported a 26% rise in reverse mortgages last year alone!

We are supplying the link to the appropriate Gov’t of Canada website and, if you still have questions, please call us and we’ll put you in touch with a live expert!

All things real estate come under our umbrella – know that we have you covered. Sheila and Michelle