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Why you Should Always Use a Realtor!

The Real Estate Board of Vancouver has some great resources for why you should always use a Realtor for when you purchase or sell your home, investment property and more!

 

REALTORS® are professionals who can help you buy or sell a property. They are trained to:

  • work within the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and Standards of Business Practice
  • provide you with protection against misadventure and fraud
  • stay current on information you need to know by participating in ongoing professional education programs
  • make the best possible use of the MLS® property database to help you sell your property or find your new home
  • have the marketing and negotiating skills that will help you make the right purchasing or selling decision.

A REALTOR® can provide you with the following services:

  • will help you adopt a sound negotiation strategy and negotiate on your behalf
  • assess market trends by reviewing current home sale data on the MLS®
  • advise on any development plans in the neighbourhood
  • review any past permits taken out for the property
  • assist with the many forms used in a transaction
  • help you determine an appropriate offer
I can help you find an investment property or family home! Contact me today for all your real estate needs.
Source: http://www.rebgv.org/how-realtors-help
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Sustainable Living in Vancouver

One of the great things about living in Vancouver is our cities goals to live green! Here is a great read about how it is helping out commercial buildings and hopefully next, residential.

 

https://www.biv.com/article/2016/8/vancouver-emerges-leader-green-development/

 

Here are some great tips on how to live an eco-friendly lifestyle! All of these tips come from the City of Vancouver website (1).

Improve the heating efficiency of your home

Heating your home consumes about half of your total household energy. By lowering your thermostat, draft proofing your home, and ensuring your furnace is working efficiently, you can save big, while reducing your footprint

 

Reduce the amount of energy you use heating water

Between 80 and 90% of the energy used to wash your clothes is for heating the water. By switching to cold-water washing, you can save up to $52 a year in energy costs.

 

Limit the amount of material sent to the landfill

The Greenest City target for 2020 is to decrease the amount of waste going to the landfill or incinerator by 50%. You can help, by reducing what you throw away.

When shopping, be mindful of what will end up in the landfill. Choosing products with less packaging, buying higher-quality products (or second-hand products), and bringing reusable shopping bags with you can help reduce waste.

 

Reduce the energy consumed by home lighting

Lighting in your home takes up to 20% of your overall electricity use. Changing the way you locate and design lighting in your home, as well as the amount of lighting you use, will help reduce your energy.

 

 

 

Sources: (1) http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/tips-for-sustainable-living-at-home.aspx