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Do you dream of being mortgage free one day?

Here are six tips to help you pay off your mortgage sooner and save you thousands of dollars in the process. The best part is that you will hardly notice a lot of these changes but the slight difference can equate to years and thousands of dollars.

1. Start with a Big Down Payment

From the start it is best to make the largest down payment possible. This reduces the amount you will have to pay back over the life of the mortgage as well as the interest you will be charged by your lender. In Canada, the size of your down payment also determines the fees charged by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) which are extra expenses added to the principal of your mortgage. The larger your down

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Today is the first official day of spring even though in Greater Vancouver our weather lately has been anything but springy.

Did you know that spring is the busiest season for Surrey Delta real estate? The warm weather opens people up to the idea of moving, more condos and houses go up for sale and overall people are ready to leave winter behind and start fresh.

If you are thinking about putting your condo, townhouse or house up for sale here are some inexpensive practical tips to make your home “market ready”.

1. Clean and Deodorize

Nothing is more welcoming than the smell of a clean fresh home. Make sure floors are clean, appliances are polished, bathrooms are disinfected and possessions are put away. Deeper cleaning such as washing

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First Time Home Buyers SeminarIn case you haven’t heard there is a great FREE event coming up this April right here in Surrey, BC.

It’s the 18th Annual First-Time Home Buyers Seminar hosted by the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association taking place on April 3 at 7 pm at the Bell Performing Arts Center.

The purpose of the event is to connect prospective home buyers in the Surrey and Greater Vancouver area with the right consumer information and resources. The seminar will focus on answering the most common and relevant questions asked by first time buyers, such as:

  • How does the first-time buyers’ property transfer tax exemption work?
  • How can I benefit from the recently announced new home buyers’ bonus?
  • How do Surrey condo pre-sales work?
  • What should I expect
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Buying a home in Surrey or another community in Greater Vancouver? Here are five tips I share with all my clients to help make the house-hunt much easier and more enjoyable.

1. Write Your Wish List

At the start of your house hunt create a list of all your “must have” features in your dream home; these are items you will not compromise on. Create a second list of all the “bonus” features that would be nice to find but are not deal breakers.

For example, your must haves may include at least 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms while your bonus features may include a fenced backyard and granite kitchen countertops.

I often suggest to my clients that the bonus features are items that are somewhat easy to install post purchase (like adding a fence) or items

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