10 TIPS FOR 1ST TIME SELLERS

April 27th, 2016
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Tips for first time sellers

If you’re selling a home for the first time, it’s quite a different ballgame from what you experienced as a first-time buyer.

Ultimately, you’re in control of the process. You call the shots on prepping your home for sale, deciding on a listing price, accepting (or rejecting) offers, and a host of other factors.

But you might want to heed the following tips:

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Cut The Stress With A Moving Checklist

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It's important to create a detailed checklist a few months ahead of time in order to ensure things go smoothly.  Here are some points to get you started:

Two Months Before

  • Itemize all of the major items you'll be moving.
  • Get estimates and book the movers or rental truck.
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A Few Tips That Spring Into Mind

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The birds are chirping and gardens are blooming!


Home sales surge during spring as the nice weather encourages people to fix up their homes and check out what else is on the market.  Here are a few ways to take advantage of spring fever:

  1. Flower Power - Place a few vases of fresh cut flowers throughout your home.

  2. Spring Fling - Freshen up your home with a thorough spring clean and de-clutter. ...

2014 HOT Home Trends

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  2. Open It Up - O ...

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There are specific requirements regarding what the depreciation report must contain, ...

Great Budget News for First Time Home Buyers!

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Government reduces tax burden on first-time buyers

First-time home buyers received welcome news in today’s provincial budget. Any REALTORS® currently working with first-time buyers will want to share this news with them as soon as possible.

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Weathering The Winter In An Older Home

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First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit

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Looking Up? Check that Ceiling

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Preventing Rodents in the Home

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PREVENTING AND ADDRESSING RODENTS IN THE HOME

As much as homeowners enjoy the shelter and comfort of their home, mice, rats, and other rodents do, too. Not only do rodents make a mess, they can carry and spread diseases, contaminate food, and cause property damage. The first step in keeping rodents out of the home is prevention. Rodents commonly enter homes, garages, sheds and ...

Old or New: What's Best for You?

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25 Fall Home Maintenance Tips

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Regular Maintenance Is The Key

Here are 25 reminders & tips to get your home ready for Fall & Winter.


1) Have furnace or heating system serviced by a qualified service company every two years for a gas furnace, and every year for an oil furnace, or as recommended by the manufacturer.

2) If you have central air conditioning, make sure the drain pan under the cooling coil mounted ...

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Year End Message

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Happy New Years!

Tis the season for giving and gratitude.

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Prime to stay low until 2013!

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Seperating?

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Separated and ready to buy your own place?

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HST Referendum underway

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HST Referendum underway

July 2011


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Greater Vancouver housing market holds steady and favours sellers in May

*** For detailed area reports please contact me as these stats are general for Greater Vancouver***

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It’s time to expand the scope of the Home Buyers’ Plan

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When your home’s no longer the castle of your dreams, you face the choice of remodelling or moving. You need to consider several factors in order to determine which option's best.

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© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun

1 HOME BUYERS’ PLAN

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Why now is the time to buy.

Affordability, prices are down from January 2010, interest rates are at historic lows. Sure consumer confidence may be slightly rocked from reading the headlines but the media doesn't always tell both sides of the story. People need to act on
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New listing

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Bank of Canada maintains interest rates

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Reiterates commitment to hold until end of second quarter of 2010

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RCMP relocations specialist

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Market update January 2010

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 The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that total unit sales of detached, attached and apartment properties in ...