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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

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Vancouver is One Hot Housing Market—Can a Yaletown Condo Beat the Heat? Despite recent economic downturns in other parts of the country, the cost of owning a detached, single-family home in Vancouver continues to rise. More and more prospective homeowners

Despite recent economic downturns in other parts of the country, the cost of owning a detached, single-family home in Vancouver continues to rise. More and more prospective homeowners are looking at Vancouver condos as an alternative route to homeownership in this flourishing city. As home prices Vancouver continues to rise, luxurious condos in Yaletown and Vancouver downtown condos are an increasingly attractive alternative for many of Vancouver’s up and coming residents.

How Hot is It?

According to recent statistics, it now costs nearly 120% of a household’s median annual income to purchase a stand-alone house in Vancouver. Royal Bank of Canada, in its 2016 first quarter RBC Housing Affordability Fact Sheet, refers to Vancouver’s 25% year-over-year housing price surge as “epic.” Housing prices for single-family homes in Vancouver have reached such extreme heights that in June Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosted experts at a Roundtable on Affordable Housing to discuss the situation.

Detached Homes are Boiling Over

In its 2016 first quarter Housing Trends and Affordability Report, RBC announced an 87.6% aggregate affordability rating for detached, single-family homes in Vancouver. This means that the total cost of owning a home in Vancouver—including mortgage payments, taxes, and utilities—would consume over 87% of a typical family’s monthly pre-tax income.

Kerry Gold, writing about the housing roundtable and citing data from Landcor, reports that the average price for a detached house sold in Vancouver is now nearly $3 million. Other reports place the average sale price at a mere $1.4 million. While these figures would seem to indicate that incomes in Vancouver are robust, home ownership is still not for the faint of heart or light of wallet.

Prices for Vancouver Condos Stay on Simmer

The burgeoning prices of detached single-family homes in Vancouver have put them out of reach for many hopeful homeowners and made them unattractive to investors and lenders. Fortunately, Vancouver condo and apartment prices, while still moving up, have not increased at the same alarming rates. Craig Wright, RBC’s Chief Economist, stated in a recent news release that the2016 first quarter housing affordability rating for Vancouver’s condo apartment market is 46%—a figure that aligns with housing costs in much of the rest of Canada. The same article that reports average detached home prices in the $3 million range indicates that the average condo in Vancouver may be purchased for just under $750,000.

Find a Condo That’s Just Right in Yaletown

Even as the Vancouver housing market tightens, purchasing a condominium in Vancouver remains an option for those who are ready to stop renting. Instead of having to move far away from the city center, those seeking to own a home can enjoy all the benefits of living in a close-knit community by purchasing a Yaletown condo. Yaletown high-end condos are a perfect way to buy a home sans the extra maintenance and commute time associated with owning a single-family home. Yaletown and downtown Vancouver condos are available with a number of attractive features that make them just right for buyers of all types. Before the market gets any hotter, isn’t it time to find the one that suits you?

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Free Home Evaluation

Answers to your home-selling questions are just a click away! I will find the value of your home by running a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) that is based on the current real estate market.

 

Through the Comparative Market Analysis, I can evaluate the prices of properties similar to yours that have recently sold in your area. This analysis will give you an accurate evaluation of your property’s market value, one of the first essential steps as you prepare to sell your home. Let me make this process as seamless as possible for you in this hot market!!! Click the link below to fill out my free home evaluation form!

 

 

http://tanyajakubec.com/home-evaluation.html

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Just Listed & Just SOLD!

http://tanyajakubec.com/mylistings.html/listing.r2074616-1001-richards-street-vancouver-v6b-1j6.57674018

 

This 1 bedroom and den at Miro (1001 Richards) just SOLD in multiple offers! Now is the time to sell. Contact me for a free home evaluation!

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Open House in Surrey’s Exclusive Panorama Ridge! Saturday April 16 2-4pm

Open House in Surrey’s exclusive Panorama Ridge. Saturday April 16 from 2-4pm

12397 56th Ave Surrey, BC

Updated 3 bedroom home in Panorama Ridge. This home has been upgraded with a new roof, built in sprinklers, new appliances, new hot water tank, plus so much more. Great family home with open concept kitchen, dining room, family room, and  living room – Great for entertaining. Located in a private “oasis” like setting featuring customized water fall in back yard. Fantastic Master bedroom with separated sitting area, features large walk-in closet and stunning en-suite. This home is close to schools, parks, shopping and so much more! This home is priced to sell at $689,900. Welcome to your new home!

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For more details please contact:

Tanya Faulkner

Century 21 In Town Realty

604-614-6914

www.tanyafaulkner.ca

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Yaletown Townhouse

Townhouse living in Yaletown. 1060 square feet, 3 patios with over 600 square feet of outdoor space. 2 bed/ 2 bath over 2 levels, plenty of storage, parking and great Ammenities.  Open House Sunday March 8 from 2-4.

1418 Seymour Mews.

Contact me for more details

Tanya Jakubec

6046146914

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Open House at Anderson Walk-North Vancouver-Sat Feb 7, 2-4pm

A PRISTINE HOME that presents like NEW in Central Lonsdale’s highly sought after Anderson Walk. Offering over-height ceilings, a cozy fireplace, large balcony & an open concept layout. This suite is sure to please. The gourmet kitchen isimpressive w/ large breakfast bar, SS appliances, granite counters, gas stove & tons of cabinet space. Master bedroom offers walk-in closet & ensuite bath, while 2nd bedroom is ideal for a nursery, guest room or home office. Positioned perfectly in the complex this suite enjoys a west exposure ideal for evening BBQ’s & capturing sunsets. Live in a truly unbeatable location within steps of Harry Jerome Rec Centre, countless parks, dozens of restaurants & boutique shopping.

#207-119 22nd Ave North Vancouver

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY FEB 7, 2-4 pm!

Contact me for more info:

Tanya Jakubec

Century 21 In Town Realty

6046146914

Tanya.jakubec@century21.ca