Burnaby real estate offers many options for living with pets.

 

Pets can be messy creatures, but in my time working with Burnaby real estate, I can see firsthand that they can also bring a lot of joy to a family. They are a lot of work, and not to mention the time and cost it takes to keep them. While many people with pets seem to live happy lives, they can also create quite the hassle for some. Keeping all of this in mind, is a pet really worth the extra effort? Here are some points to think about when making your decision.

5 Questions to ask yourself when considering a pet

Consider your lifestyle

Do you work from home or at an office? Do you have a steady working schedule, or a volatile one? A pet, such as a cat or dog, requires a lot of attention. They have to be cleaned and loved. Ask yourself, does your current lifestyle fit with the respsonsinilities of owning a pet.

Decide what kind of pet

Some pets need more care than others. For instance, a dog will definitely require multiple visits to the bathroom per a day, while cats can easily find their litterboxes on their own. If you are seriously considering a pet, get one that will match your lifestyle. Another thing to consider is how much space a pet will take up.

Set up a trial period

If you're thinking of getting a dog, try borrowing your friend's dog and taking care of it for a couple days. This will not only get you used to the idea of having a dog, it will also be a good way to see if you can manage having one.

Estimate the costs

Remember that pets are an added expense. Calculate how much money and time you would need to set aside for your pet and include this is in your budget. If it's a lot more than you bargained for, perhaps you are not ready for a pet yet. Always consider contigency costs for vet bills and unexpected ailments.

Discuss responsibilities  

If you live with a partner or have kids, you have to talk about who will be in charge of taking care of the pet. It is good to split the responsibilities of feeding, grooming and walking the pet so you won't get overwhelmed. A house pet is a shared responsibility, and should be treated as such.

We hope that these questions can help you and your family make the right decision. For more information on our current Burnaby listings or for selling and buying advice please contact me.

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Please visit our Open House at 1601 511 ROCHESTER AVE in Coquitlam.
Open House on Saturday, August 2, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Encore! Built by the Executive Dev. Grp. Central Location! 5 mins walking distance to Lougheed Skytrain Station and future Evergreen Line station. This SW facing one bedroom unit features: engineer hardwood flooring, open and functionallayout, ample maple-cabinetry, granite countertops, S/S appliances. Amazing city views on the huge-sized balcony. The amenities includes: bike room, exercise center with steam room. Close to a popular Daycare center, Lougheed Mall, K-Town, #1 Highway & 10 mins drive to SFU.
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 Here are some qualities of experienced and professional Burnaby real estate agents.

You are ready to start looking for a place, and are in need of some real estate services. Good real estate agents can be hard to find especially when you have no leads or don't quite know what you're looking for. So what traits make up the perfect agent?

What to Look for in a Real Estate Agent

They are professional

This is the first quality you should look out for. Professionalism is not only seen in how the agent looks, but also in how they behave. An unprofessional real estate agent only cares about the sale. A good agent treats you as a respected client and shows sensitivity to you needs.

They have excellent communication skills

Acting as an intermediary between real estate buyer and seller, a real estate agent needs to have excellent written and verbal communication skills. It is crucial that they follow up with you on pending criteria and are able to clearly explain things whenever a problem arises. They must be in constant communication with you to give you updates and provide you with all the relevant information.

They pay attention to your needs

They are attentive from the beginning, and give you the best customer service you deserve. They ask you what your requirements are and do their best to deliver them within your budget. They show you that they are listening to you, and offer you valuable advice in your search.

They are knowledgeable

They know the ins and outs of the real estate market. They know the product they are selling you and they know exactly how to market it. And most importantly, they know their client's and customer's time frame and is able to match the two up.

They give you references of their past clients

Consider it a good sign when your agent does not hesitate to give you contact details of their previous clients. This means that they have developed a good relationship with them. By reaching out to these references, you will get a better idea of the agent and so you can gauge whether they are a good fit for you.

We hope that the tips mentioned above come in handy while looking for an agent to work with. To work with an experienced and professional real estate team, please contact us for any assistance regarding Burnaby real estate - we'd be glad to help!

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I have just listed another property at 2478 OXFORD ST in Vancouver.
Solidly built in 1919. Another nice character home looking for your gentile touches to turn this into a GEM. Has all the original wood mouldings, casings, solid wood doors, windows and floors. Its has 3 bedrooms up and 2 bedrooms down.2 bathrooms, double garage, wood burning fireplace and sits on a nice 33x122 lot in the heart of Vancouver. Walk right to the up and coming Hastings-Sunrise Community to all the well known stores, fancy neighborhood eateries, shops, London Drugs and New Brighton Park. Schools are all within walking distance away. minutes to Downtown, North Van and No.1 highway to Coquitlam and Surrey. Measurements are approximate and must be verified. No oil tank done by Westcoast Oil Tank Scan recently.
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Please visit our Open House at 481 HOLDOM AVE in Burnaby.
Open House on Saturday, July 26, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Charmingly appointed residence on a nice 66x130 lot in Capitol Hill. This 5 yr-old, 4750 SF custom built home boasts absolute pride of ownership. Stylishly designed with a brilliant layout. Great features incl: quality hardwood floors, 20' high ceilings in foyer & family room, ample natural light, huge encased bay windows, gorgeous city & mountain views all year round, fine craftsmanship throughout, open gourmet kitchen w/ gas range, large island & pantry, large bedrms, steam shower in huge master bath, entertainment-size back patio, landscaped private yard w/ stamped concrete. Basement boasts game/theatre room with wet bar & a $1,000 income suite. Close to SFU, transit & across golf course. Open house Sat July 26 @ 2-4pm.
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I have just listed another property at 1503 9888 CAMERON ST in Burnaby.
Silhouette - Lougheed Town Centre Mall right at your door step. Skytrain, London drugs, Safeway, Wal-mart, the Bay. Everything is there. This 1 bedroom & den condo has a Southwest unobstructed view. It features an open floor plan withgranite counters, stainless steel appliances, Cheater ensuite, large patio, parking & 1 storage, large exercise centre, conference and party room. Pets and rentals allowed. Currently tenanted at $1,150 per month. Pls allow 24 hours notice for showings.
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Here are some reasons why owning Burnaby real estate is better than renting it.
Renting is the cheaper option for most people nowadays, but it's not always the most flexible one. When you own your place, you can do whatever you want with it, whenever you want to. Size may also be a big issue with rentals, as you're forced to be extra resourceful in using your limited space. Here we list some issues you may find with renting. If you can't live with them, then maybe it is time to reconsider your options and start looking at Burnaby's real estate options.

Reasons why you may want to Buy Instead of Rent

You can't customize your space

You're on a lease, which means that your space is technically not your own. You're just borrowing it on a contract basis, and aren't allowed to paint the walls or renovate the place without the consent of your landlord. You could put up decorations, but you'll have to make sure that they can easily be removed.

Space is limited

If you're renting a place, chances are that it's a part of a larger complex of buildings. This means that room is limited, and there's not enough internal storage space. You may face problems with overcrowding, especially if there are a lot of people living with you.

Furnishings are older

Most likely, your rented space has been lived in before. Nothing is really new, although things have hopefully been well-maintained. Utilities like bathrooms, lights, kitchen and furnishings are older, and might not function as well as you would have hoped.

Mail is difficult

You'll have a mailbox, but it might be a tiny one, so your box will fill up quickly. Or in other cases, your mail could easily get damaged and bent out of shape. If you have a shared mail area, even packages go to a central area. This increases the chances for stolen/misplaced mail.

Lack of privacy

You're living in a complex with other people you don't know. If you're lucky, your neighbors are courteous and respectful. However, there's always gonna be a lack of privacy. Walls may be too thin, and outdoor noise levels will bother you.

If you would like to have a look at the current options in Burnaby real estate, please contact us for additional information on any of our listings or to discuss what you are looking for. We'd be gald to help!

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Please visit our Open House at 1601 511 ROCHESTER AVE in Coquitlam.
Open House on Sunday, July 27, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Encore! Built by the Executive Dev. Grp. Central Location! 5 mins walking distance to Lougheed Skytrain Station and future Evergreen Line station. This SW facing one bedroom unit features: engineer hardwood flooring, open and functionallayout, ample maple-cabinetry, granite countertops, S/S appliances. Amazing city views on the huge-sized balcony. The amenities includes: bike room, exercise center with steam room. Close to a popular Daycare center, Lougheed Mall, K-Town, #1 Highway & 10 mins drive to SFU.
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I have just listed another property at 1507 2133 DOUGLAS RD in Burnaby.
One if the largest 2 bedroom units in Perspective by reown Ledmac developer. This 3 yr old condo has a stunning unobstructed SE city views. It features 2 large bedrooms, 2 full bathroom,s, huge 16x7'8 patio, open gourmet kitchen withquartz counters, stainless steel appliances, open floor plan on the 15th floor, great meeting and party lounge, fitness centre and rec centre. Best central location. Minutes to Brentwood Mall, skytrain, transit, SFU, BCIT, COSTCO.
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Please visit our Open House at 4679 GARDEN GROVE DR in Burnaby.
Open House on Sunday, July 20, 2014 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This travel townhome is one of the best and good looking locations in Burnaby. It features a spacious floor plan with 4 bedrooms up, 3 bathrooms, fully finished basement, large privately fenced patio for gardening and BBQ, updated kitchen,gas stove, high efficiency furnace, new laminated floors and attached carport. its is walking distance to BCIT, Moscrop High School and transit near by. Only minutes to Metrotown, No.1 hwy to downtown and Coquitlam. All measurements are approximate. Open House Sunday July 20th, 1-3 pm.
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Use these helpful tips for paying your mortgage after purchasing Burnaby real estate.
In addition to your annual real estate expenses, your hard-earned income goes towards your day to day spendings and other personal expenses. Daily expenses can add up easily when you factor in the rising prices of gas and groceries. If you have children, expect to spend even more. Making a few changes to your daily routine can reduce costs and save you money. Outlined below are some tips to lower your expenses and save more money - so you can pay off your mortgage faster than ever before!

 

1. Opt to eat at home instead of dining out

 

Cooking at home not only saves you money, it saves you calories too. A meal at home is healthier because you know that you’re actually eating real food without preservatives or unnatural flavor enhancements. Eating at home also guarantees less distractions and more privacy for you and your family.

 

2. Shop smart

 

Be on the lookout for sales in flyers and newspapers. Sometimes, by signing up for a frequent shopper program, you are entitled to extra discounts too. If you have a small family, do not buy products in bulk but instead, buy only what you need.

 

3. Buy generic

 

Buying generic products will save you a lot of money and most of the time, give you the same quality. Basic essentials are ok to use generic or drugstore brands. For instance, a drugstore ibuprofen's performance is not that much different from Tylenol or Advil brands.

 

4. Sign up for a rewards program with your credit or debit card

 

There are a lot of great rewards programs that have tie ups with major Canadian banks. Decide which one is the right one for your lifestyle. If you spend a lot on gas and groceries, a cash back rewards program may be for you. Meanwhile if you travel frequently, a travel rewards card may be more suitable.

 

5. Spend on experiences, not material items

 

A lot of people make the mistake of spending their money on useless items because they think that you can buy happiness and make yourself feel better this way. When in fact, experiences make for long-lasting memories that bring about positive feelings. It is better to spend on experiences that happen every once in a while because you’ll not only have something to look forward to; you’ll also have more people to share it with.

Saving money can help you pay off your mortgage faster. If you would like to know more about any of our listings or would like to know more about how to pay of your mortgage faster, give us a call - we'd be happy to help.

 

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I just sold another property at 7516 AUBREY ST in Burnaby.
Top of the world at the top of SFU's million dollar neighborhood. This immaculate Italian builder's custom home is extremely well built on 59 x122 lot. It features a unique north south facing floor plan of 4,320 sqft, 5 bedrooms,4 bathrooms & full walk out basement. Thermador high powered gas range, wok kitchen, huge covered deck off the dining room, double attached garage, radiant floor heating & more. Minutes to SFU, Burnaby North High & Kensington Mall.
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I have just listed another property at 3002 4333 CENTRAL BLVD in Burnaby.
"Presida" quality built by BOSA, located at heart of Metrotown. This unit has a SE facing with stunning view of Metrotown, park, river, island and Mt. Baker. It features granite counters, s/s appliances w/gas stove, laminate flooring withfunctional layout. The amenities include; library room, gym and hot tub. Only few steps to Metrotown, library, Crystal Mall, Central Park and Patterson skytrain station. Open House; Sunday July 20th, 2-4 pm.
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I just sold another property at 6697 UNION ST in Burnaby.
This immaculate 1/2 duplex is in the heart of prime North Burnaby. Its only minutes to Burnaby North High, elementary school, Safeway in Kensington Plaza, Kensington Rec Centre, SFU. It features an open spacious floor plan, 4 bedrooms, 31/2 bathrooms, hot water radiant heating, a private backyard and a double garbage seldomly found with 1/2 duplexes. The den can be easily converted to a kitchen for a secondary suite.
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Please visit our Open House at 481 HOLDOM AVE in Burnaby.
Open House on Saturday, July 12, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Charmingly appointed residence on a nice 66x130 lot in Capitol Hill. This 5 yr-old, 4750 SF custom built home boasts absolute pride of ownership. Stylishly designed with a brilliant layout. Great features incl: quality hardwood floors, 20' high ceilings in foyer & family room, ample natural light, huge encased bay windows, gorgeous city & mountain views all year round, fine craftsmanship throughout, open gourmet kitchen w/ gas range, large island & pantry, large bedrms, steam shower in huge master bath, entertainment-size back patio, landscaped private yard w/ stamped concrete. Basement boasts game/theatre room with wet bar & a $1,000 income suite. Close to SFU, transit & across golf course. Open house Sat July 12 @ 2-4pm.
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Buying your first piece of Burnaby real estate is a big step. Here are some tips to get you started.
Are you planning on purchasing a house, condo or apartment in Burnaby? Which is the right one for you? This will all depend on your needs. If you are raising a family, a house or condo may be your best option. However; with housing costs rising in Burnaby, renting a place as opposed to buying one is the cost-effective way to go, but may not be in the long run. Looking for a place for the first time may be a scary feat, but through careful research and preparation, it really is not that hard to do.

 

 Here are some things to consider when looking for a new place

1. Do your research

There are a lot of people who are selling/leasing out their place and post these advertisements online. If you want good deals, try looking at sites like Craigslist but be careful of suspicious postings. If the offer is too good to be true, it probably is.

 

You may also get good leads from your network of friends and coworkers. These referrals may be more reliable because they come from a more trusted source. Whatever method you plan on using, be sure to inquire first and research thoroughly before you seal the deal. Look at a number of places and start early to be able to get the best place.

 

2. Location, location, location

A good location is crucial to your search. If you are raising children, you will surely want to live in a safe, family-friendly neighborhood that is close to good schools. Meanwhile, you would also want to pick a place that is close to your workplace. Studies have shown that those who live nearer to their office are happier than those who do not. For example, would you be willing to commute everyday from Burnaby to Vancouver? Find out if the place is conveniently located. Inquire if it is easily accessible by public transportation and if there is ample parking nearby.

 

3. Price

If you are buying a new place, try to negotiate with your realtor on a place that fits with your needs. If renting, it is suggested that you do not spend more than a third of your income on rent. Discuss with your landlord and/or real estate agent as to how you will be paying. Are you required to give some kind of downpayment or will you be paying in monthly installments? It is also important to ask for a breakdown of costs so you will avoid paying hidden fees.

 

4. Take notes

Whether you are shopping for yourself, with a spouse or roommates, it is recommended that you compile a checklist of things that you are looking for. Together, list down all the items that are priorities to have. This will make the hunt much easier because you have guidelines to follow and you know exactly what to look out for. When touring places, it is also a good idea to take pictures or write down notes for yourself of what you thought of each place. This way, you can easily make comparisons and use the process of elimination to make a decision.

If you have any questions about the home buying process or about any of our current listings please feel free to contact our team.

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I have just listed another property at 4679 GARDEN GROVE DR in Burnaby.
This travel townhome is one of the best and good looking locations in Burnaby. It features a spacious floor plan with 4 bedrooms up, 3 bathrooms, fully finished basement, large privately fenced patio for gardening and BBQ, updated kitchen,gas stove, high efficiency furnace, new laminated floors and attached carport. its is walking distance to BCIT, Moscrop High School and transit near by. Only minutes to Metrotown, No.1 hwy to downtown and Coquitlam. All measurements are approximate.
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I have just listed another property at 5220 VENABLES ST in Burnaby.
Solid as a ROCK! This beautiful crafted home is built by its current European owner. There's not a single crack in this home. It boasts 2X6 constructions, granite floorings, solid oak kitchen cabinets, genuine granite counter tops, 6 large4 bathrooms, double attach garage, huge bright basement, large sundeck off kitchen, level 66x115 corner lot with over 4550 sf if spacious living. This home is located in a very quiet and desirable neighbourhood with beautiful street appeal. It is only minutes to SFU, Walking distance Burnaby North High School, Aubrey French immersion Elementary, Kensington Rec Centre and Golf course.
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Make your dream home a reality with Burnaby real estate.
Home invokes a sense of warmth and belonging. Yet rarely will you spend your whole life in one home. Rather, it is more likely that you will find home in a number of places. In fact, as you grow older, you’ll understand that home is not merely a physical place but a state of mind.

 

The first place you’ll call home is the house you grew up in as a child. You lived here from when you were a small baby learning to talk and walk, to an age where you felt like you were finally becoming an adult. This is where you and your siblings played and fought together while growing up. You have many memories here, of family meals, friends coming over and relatives visiting.

 

The second time you’ll feel at home is when you go off to college. Living far away from home, you’ll find it strange to share a dormitory full of strangers. You’ll wonder what they put in cafeteria food, and how people you’ll meet literally come from all walks of life. If you’re lucky, you and your roommate will hit it off instantly. In time, you will make enough friends to feel like you are part of a bigger community, and involve yourself in a variety of adventures. You’ll realize that learning is a lifelong process that doesn’t stop in the classroom.

 

The third time you’ll find home is when you get yourself an apartment. Finally, a place to call your own! With feelings of independence and freedom, you’ll feel as though you’ve finally made it. Now that you’re employed, you have to face the realities of the real world. It may be a tiny place with its own share of quirks, but it is yours and no one can take that sense of ownership away from you.

 

The fourth time happens when you finally buy a house for yourself. You’re a full-fledged adult now. You don’t rent anymore because you have saved up enough money to buy a place for yourself. Maybe you’ve decided to buy a house in Burnaby, because Vancouver was too expensive. Either way, you’ll be dealing with real estate brokers and finally understanding what property taxes and mortgages are. This is the your dream home, the one that you’ve foreseen yourself living in throughout your growth. Chances are, this home is where you and your spouse will live in and it is where you will create new memories.

Your dream may not be that far out of reach. For more information on any of our Burnaby real estate listings please feel free to contact me or my team.

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Please visit our Open House at 18 7150 BARNET RD in Burnaby.
Open House on Saturday, July 5, 2014 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Harbour Ridge Terrace. This nicely renovated 2 bedroom townhome is only minutes to SFU & Burnaby North High. It features a new sleek kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, brand new with one piece enclosures,vanities. It also comes with 2 parking stalls, large covered patios, wood burning fireplace, skylights. The roof and exterior wood sidings and fence were recently replaced. This is a top floor unit with lots of windows allowing for more sunlight. It is a well managed and maintained complex. Open House Sunday July 5th 2-4pm.
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