Please visit our Open House at 7127 UNION ST in Burnaby.
Open House on Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Designed by renown Interior Designer. This Modern-Open concept home is totally custom built with only the Best of the Best materials. It features SUBZERO fridge, WOLFE Professional Series gas range, a gourmet kitchen to die for,Hansgrohe bathroom fixtures, central air conditioning, brushed finished hardwood floorings, Italian marble tiles, built in vacuum with sweep outlets, private backyard and huge patio. This 3 year old home has 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, double attached garage, auto electric front gate, this is the ideal home to entertain and impress your family and friends. It is walking distance to Burnaby North High & Westridge Elementary Schools, Kensington Mall and minutes to SFU. Open House Sat, Aug 30th 2-4
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Purchasing Burnaby real estate requires budgeting and a clear understanding of your financial security.

When most people find a house on the market they like, the first thing they think about is if they will be able to afford it. And unfortunately, Burnaby real estate can be out of the price range for some people. But how do you determine what your budget is? Here are some of the major factors that go into determining what home you can afford.

 

Start with a Mortgage Calculator

Your mortgage is almost always going to be your biggest expense, so it makes sense to start with it. You can get a rough estimate of how much you’ll be able to afford by using a mortgage calculator. These can easily be found online in both basic and advanced version. If you use the basic calculator, you put in the price of the home, your down payment and the interest on the mortgage loan. In the more advanced calculators, you also add things like insurance, property taxes and the loan term. The mortgage calculator is an easy way to get an idea of the home you’ll be able to afford.

 

Add in All of the Other Small Expenses

Once you buy the house, there will be small expenses to take care of. This includes a home inspection and closing costs. Also, as you get ready to move, you’ll begin purchasing furniture and appliances, which can add up. You should make a list of all of these expenses, and add their costs to what you already have for the mortgage. This way, you won’t be surprised by the amount.

 

Estimate the Cost of Moving In

When you’re ready to move into the house, there will be more expenses waiting for you. The first one will be hiring a moving company to haul your things. After that, you may need to hire a handyman to fix small problems around the house. There could be other small things that need to be done too, like painting or yard work. You’ll probably be aware of the problems that need to be fixed in the house, but there could be a few surprises, so you should budget for a little more than necessary for this aspect of moving.

 

Buying and moving into a house is a large investment, but if you figure out a budget beforehand and stick to that budget you shouldn’t be in for any surprises. Just be sure to include all of the small expenses in your budget, and always leave yourself some wiggle room. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy your new home without stressing about your finances.

If you’re interested in owning a piece of Burnaby real estate, please check the home listings on my website. If you have any questions, please contact me.

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I just sold another property at 481 HOLDOM AVE in Burnaby.
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.
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I just sold 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 just sold another property at 1507 2133 DOUGLAS RD in Burnaby.
quartz 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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I just sold another property at 6854 CARNEGIE ST in Burnaby.
Tranquility in your own huge park-like private yard. Concrete constructed home? Yes, this nicely updated 53 years of home is concrete constructed and features 128x62 level lot, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 year old roof, high efficiencyfurnace, hot water tank, hardwood floors, open updated kitchen, huge wrap around sundeck, attached garage, secured yard with nice landscaping. Basement is nicely finished with a one bedroom with separate entrance. One of the best and quiet neighbourhood in North Burnaby. Walking distance to Burnaby North High, Westridge or Lochdale Elementary Schools and Kensington Shopping Mall. Minutes to SFU,Burnaby golf course.
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I just sold another property at 5315 SPRINGDALE CRT in Burnaby.
Located in one of North Burnaby's prime location and quiet neighborhood. This nicely renovated & updated home features new roof, bathrooms, double glazed windows, m-efficiency furnace, hot water tank, solid original hardwood floors,granite counter tops and much more. It also features a total of 3 bedrooms up and 4 bedrooms down, 3 full bathrooms & a large double garage. The huge private backyard and huge covered deck is ideal for family BBQ parties. It's within minutes to SFU, schools, transit, Brentwood Mall, community centre.
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Sell your Burnaby home with these selling tips.

Your real estate ad is often going to be the first thing potential buyers will see. Because of that, you want to make sure that it stands out. You don’t want your buyer to choose some other Burnaby real estate because your ad wasn’t memorable. Here are some ways to make an advertisement that attracts and keeps the attention of potential buyers.

How to Sell your Home Quickly

Hook them in at the Beginning

It’s no secret that smart phones and social media have lowered our attention spans. This means that it’s more important than ever to start your ad with a good hook. Start by saying all of the things that make your home unique and attractive to potential buyers. Don’t bury the best parts of your house deep in your ad. There’s a good chance the reader won’t even get that far. If, for example, your home has a beautiful view of the mountains, be sure to get that in quickly. Save the technical details for farther into the ad, when you’ve already hooked your potential buyer.

Include a Great Photo

The first thing that’s going to grab your potential buyer’s attention is the photo of your house. Make sure the photo is both clear and shows your house in the best possible light. If the buyer likes the picture of your house, there’s a better chance they’ll read your ad closely. 

Don’t get Bogged down in Details

You want to be sure to include all of the important pieces of your house in your ad—how many rooms there are, what the backyard looks like, what the neighbourhood is like, etc. However, you don’t want to bog your readers down with details. Give them enough to keep them intrigued, but not so much that they get lost trying to keep track of everything you said. When they come to see the house, you’ll be able to go into much more detail about all of the things you hinted about in the ad.

Make Sure Your Contact Information is Easy to Find

If the potential buyer made it all the way through the ad and is interested enough to want to see your house, you don’t want missing or hard-to-find contact information to stop them. Make sure your contact information is on its own line in bold letters so it’s easy to see. That way, your buyer won’t have to work hard to contact you about visiting and potentially buying your home.

 

A real estate ad is an important tool for getting as many people to see your house as possible. These steps will help you start writing an ad that will get people visiting, and one day buying, your Burnaby real estate. If you have any more questions about this, please contact me.

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Real estate buyers have many different options these days. Some buyers know exactly what they want when they start searching. They’re positive that they want a traditional two-story house, or a small one-story home, or a sleek condo. Other buyers aren’t so sure. They don’t know exactly what type of Burnaby real estate appeals to them. They can’t decide if they’ll be happier in a house or a condo. If that sounds like you, here are some things to consider as you decide what type of home to buy.

 

How much maintenance do you want to do?


If you live in a condo, you’ll only be responsible for maintaining that condo. You won’t have to worry about fixing problems in the building itself. You also won’t have to deal with any of the landscaping. All you have to do is take care of everything behind your front door. On the other hand, a house does come with a lot of maintenance. Whenever something goes wrong, you’ll have to be the one to take care of it. You’ll also have to deal with lawn care. Some people like having those responsibilities. They want to landscape their yard and take care of problems in their home. Other people would much rather leave that all to someone else. You should think about what category you fall into as you start looking at real estate.

 

How much space do you want?


One of things you’ll likely have to give up if you buy a condo is space.  For many people, the idea of downsizing has a lot of appeal.  Keeping that in mind, you’ll also give up the space that comes with having your own yard, so consider the shared or communal spaces that condos may provide, such as a gym, a pool or a rooftop garden. If you’re someone who doesn’t need excess space to be happy, a condo will work well for you. If you do like to spread out, then a condo might feel restrictive.

 

What type of neighbourhood do you want to live in?


Many condos are built in busy, urban neighbourhoods that are full of shops and restaurants. Sometimes these shops and restaurants are built to service the people living in the condos. If you love being surrounded by activity at all times of the day, a condo will be perfect for you. However, if you like having peace and quiet when you come home, you might be better off with a suburban house where you can escape from the bustling city.

 

As you can see, some people are better suited to condo living, while others will be much happier in their own house. It all depends on what you prefer. If you like the idea of a low-maintenance, compact place in a busy area, a condo is right for you. If you want space and a quiet neighbourhood, you’ll happier in a house. If you’re ready to start looking for your dream condo or home, check out our listings or give us a call. We’d be happy to help you start your search. 

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Please visit our Open House at 4679 GARDEN GROVE DR in Burnaby.
Open House on Saturday, August 9, 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.
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I have just listed another property at 7127 UNION ST in Burnaby.
Designed by renown Interior Designer. This Modern-Open concept home is totally custom built with only the Best of the Best materials. It features SUBZERO fridge, WOLFE Professional Series gas range, a gourmet kitchen to die for,Hansgrohe bathroom fixtures, central air conditioning, brushed finished hardwood floorings, Italian marble tiles, built in vacuum with sweep outlets, private backyard and huge patio. This 3 year old home has 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, double attached garage, auto electric front gate, this is the ideal home to entertain and impress your family and friends. It is walking distance to Burnaby North High & Westridge Elementary Schools, Kensington Mall and minutes to SFU.
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Creative landscaping ideas for your Burnaby real estate.

If you’re looking to spruce up your Burnaby real estate, a new landscaping plan could do the trick. Even if you just have a small yard, you can still create a beautiful garden out of flowers, shrubs, and trees. Here are a few ways to make your yard look brand new.

3 Landscaping Ideas for your Burnaby Home

Create a Theme

An interesting theme can help you create a memorable garden. There are a variety of things you can use as an inspiration for your theme. You can focus in on a certain region of the world, and only buy plants that grow naturally there.  For example, you can create a Japanese garden full of sculpted bonsai trees, bamboo, and orchids. If the idea of using a region doesn’t appeal to you, you can use nature as your theme. You can buy plants similar to the ones seen in the forests near your home. Or, you can use the beach as your inspiration and create a backyard full of the types of plants normally found near the ocean. Having a theme will help you focus your creativity so you can create a beautiful yard.

Make an Edible Garden

If you love vegetables, fruit, and herbs, why not grow your own? An edible garden can be filled with herbs to spice up your food. You can also plant fruits and vegetables that are native to your area. Food always tastes better when it’s grown locally, and you can’t get more local than your own backyard.

Go Simple

Sometimes, simple is better. This is especially true if you don’t have a lot of time to maintain your yard. However, even though you’re using fewer materials your yard doesn’t have to lack creativity. There are many ways to make a yard beautiful and easy to take care of. One way to do this is to use stones. You can create a stone garden that features rocks of many different shapes and textures.  If stones don’t appeal to you, you can use plants that don’t need much care. A quick search online will tell you what low-maintenance plants are natural to your area. A simple garden can easily be just as beautiful as one that must be tended often.

These ideas will help you start landscaping the yard of your dreams. A perfectly landscaped yard is easy to create as long as you have a plan. With a little hard work, your yard will be beautiful. If you have any questions about landscaping or anything to do with Burnaby real estate, please feel free to contact me.

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Please visit our Open House at 2478 OXFORD ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Saturday, August 2, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Solidly built in 1919. Another nice character home looking for some minor renos to turn this into a GEM. Has all the original wood mouldings, casings, solid wood doors, windows & floors. It has 3 bdrms up & 2 bdrms down. 2 bathrooms, dblgarage, wood burning fireplace & sits on a nice 33x122 lot in the heart of Vancouver. Walk right to the up & coming Hastings-Sunrise Community to all the well known stores, fancy neighborhood eateries, shops, London Drugs & New Brighton Park. Schools are all within walking distance away. mins to Downtown, North Van & No.1 HWY to Coquitlam & Surrey. Measurements are approximate and must be verified. No oil tank done by Westcoast Oil Tank Scan recently. 1st open house 2:00 to 4:00 pm Sat Aug 2
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