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Tips for Vancouver Condo Owners or To-Be-Owners

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Blog

There are quite a few advantages of buying homes in Vancouver, especially buying condo apartments. For examples, you don’t have to worry about cleaning driveway in snowing winter, or mowing the lawns in summer time. Property strata will hire companies to take care of everything and put the whole condo building in good care. Plus as a property owner, you would enjoy some facilities for free. However I constantly hear complains about people’s condo living. Therefore I would like to give those condo owners or to-be-owners some tips according to my personal and some of my clients’ experiences: 1. Some complains about condo rental rule, visitor parking rule, and so on I strongly suggest you to actively involved in strata monthly meeting. Speak up on those meeting about anything that you would like to see changes on. Chances are...

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Top 4 Mistakes New Immigrants Make When Buying Homes in Canada

Posted by on Jun 29, 2013 in Blog

When those new immigrants made the following mistakes when purchase real estate properties in Canada: 1. Use the price per square footage to calculate property value; 2. Don’t care whether the property is located on main street or not; 3. Don’t care about whether the property is a old aged or not; 4. Follow what their friends do and buy those properties closest to their...

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A Few Notes About BC’s HST New Housing Rebate

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Blog

The B.C. new housing rebate is available for all types of housing eligible for the federal GST/HST new housing rebate and is subject to the same eligibility conditions. Qualifying housing generally includes newly constructed and substantially renovated homes used as a primary place of residence by an individual (or qualifying relation of the individual). The rebate is 71.43 per cent of the provincial portion of the HST, up to a maximum rebate of $26,250. Purchasers of eligible new homes above $525,000 are eligible for a rebate of $26,250 (i.e. a rebate on the first $525,000 of value). As the HST rate drops in 2012 and again in 2014 the rebate will be lowered to reflect the drop to a 5 per cent provincial portion of the HST. To eligible for new housing rebate: The new rental housing rebate is...

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How to Choose Best Vancouver Realtor for Home Buyers

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Blog

Firstly and the most importantly, experience. A good real estate agent is particularly familiar with certain real estate markets, and he/she knows different real estate market situations in different cities in Greater Vancouver. For instance, is he/she familiar with all the schools, communities, public transportation and commercial areas? Whether the listings he/she showed you are most suitable for you and your family. Especially to anyone who is new to Greater Vancouver Area, Realtor who tend to show everyone around the same areas only because they are familiar with are not the best Realtor. Secondly, negociation and communication skills. A good buyer’s agent would negociate very well not only with seller’s agent but also with sellers directly. They should be able to communication well in English of course. And if they could communicate in Chinese, they will be more likely...

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Who Are The Condo Buyers in Canadian Major Cities

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Blog

Retirees, first-time home buyers and population growth will fuel demand for condominiums in major Canadian cities in upcoming years, according to a new report from Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada (Genworth Canada) and the Conference Board of Canada. Genworth Canada’s Summer 2012 Metropolitan Condo Outlook finds that retirees aged 55+ are increasingly buying condominiums, a trend that will become even more pronounced as baby-boomers age. Additional factors such as employment growth and continued low interest rates are cited as supporting the condo and housing market overall. “This data corroborates our view that the demand for condos is well supported by our economy and our population,” said Brian Hurley, Chairman and CEO of Genworth Canada. “For those seeking to own a home affordably in urban centres, condos remain a good option” says Hurley. Both new and resale markets for...

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