Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Relocating? Consider Looking at Suitable Vancouver Houses for Sale

This sense of wonderment and bewilderment about the city isn’t hard to understand. On the one hand, Vancouver is one of the most expensive cities in North America to live in. At the same time, it’s also one of the most livable cities on the planet, consistently ranking in top three of many such lists. If you plan on relocating, RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside says there are many reasons why you should look at the many Vancouver houses for sale in the market.

Monday, 18 August 2014

A Vancouver Condo Remains an Affordable Housing Option for Residents

If your savings account has considerably less zeroes in it, though, you can purchase a more affordable Vancouver condo instead. Indeed, multi-family properties like condominiums have become a major fixture in the city’s housing market—as of 2011, they represent 37.7% of all new dwellings built in major cities like Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. Aside from their more budget-friendly price tags, condo units also offer many other advantages over traditional homes. For instance, they require less maintenance because most of the upkeep is undertaken by the condo association or property managers (funded by the residents’ monthly contributions, of course). What’s more, condominiums are often located at the heart of the city, a stone’s throw away from major shopping and business districts. Another draw are the amenities they provide, such as swimming pools, entertainment pavilions, and fitness centers, among many others.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Need for Speed—Purchasing a House for Sale Quickly

In a competitive real estate market, speed is the name of the game. You don’t have the luxury to sit on your decision for a week, as you risk losing a house for sale to another interested buyer. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help speed up your buying process. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you close a deal quickly:

Pay in Cash

If you have the space in your budget, always try to pay in cash. Many sellers are eager to bypass cashing a cheque, which helps them save time and gives them the money they need faster. Be careful though, as cash payments are much harder to recoup if something goes awry.

Get Pre-approved for a Loan

Make sure you have already been pre-approved for a housing loan before you start looking at real estate. Not only does getting pre-approved help establish a budget, but it also shows a seller that all he or she needs to do is to agree to sell the condo to you.

Increase Your Down Payment

Typically, down payments are set at 20 per cent of the total cost of the home. If you have breathing room in your savings, you may want to try offering a larger down payment (around 25-30 per cent). Don’t forget that sellers are in this to earn money—the more money you offer upfront, the more likely they are to sell you a home.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Care for Some Classy Condo Living?

Downsizing does not mean downgrading when you buy a Vancouver condo. You can certainly enjoy a luxurious lifestyle despite the smaller space. Take a look at these tips to keep condo living classy:
Condo choice
It all boils down to picking the right residence – from its location to the specific unit and amenities. Set a budget or apply for financing, and outline the features that you’re looking for in a high-rise home. You can even choose luxury units if your finances allow it. Find a reliable and licensed REALTOR® to help you search for the perfect place.
Creating an organised, well-designed home
The design trends for living in a small space involve using efficient yet beautiful furnishings. As you customise your new home, try to incorporate double-duty furniture that save space, such as tables or benches with multiple drawers or shelves, and avoid cluttering the place. Maximise your balcony, and turn it into a chic outdoor living space.
Community living
The literally tight community of condo owners stays peaceful and cordial through rules and etiquette. Follow the guidelines and regulations of your condo administration. Be familiar with your neighbours, and be mindful that you’re separated only by walls, floors, and ceilings. That said, you have to keep noises to a minimum, and respect each other’s privacy. By doing these things, you can help maintain an ideal atmosphere for everyone in the building.