July 2012

Found 4 blog entries for July 2012.

Two years ago it was Vancouver’s turn to be in the world’s spotlight during the 2010 Winter Games. This summer it’s London’s turn.

You likely have you own opinion of how these two cities compare in terms of playing host to one of the most watched sporting events in the world. But how do these two cities compare cost wise?

I’ve done some research to compare the cost of living in Vancouver and London, two of the world’s most desirable cities to live. (Note: All prices I have found are listed in US dollars.)

Rental and Real Estate Costs in Vancouver and London

The cost per square meter to purchase an apartment for sale in London’s city center is just under $11,000 while the cost to purchase an apartment or condo for sale in Vancouver is just over

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One of the major conditions in a Purchase Contract is the subject to inspection. This condition means that the buyer is able to back out of the deal if a home inspection gives unsatisfactory results.

This home inspection clause is designed to protect the buyer from pruchasing a home that may have “unseen” issues, invisible to the naked or untrained eye. By bringing in a professional you can attain a peace of mind about the new home and will pay a fair price based on the home's current condition.

Whether you are a buyer or a seller of BC real estate take five minutes to read about the home inspection process.

The Home Inspection Process

Once you have placed an offer on a home you will need to arrange a home inspection before the sale is

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Is this warm summer weather leaving you wishing your outdoor space was a little more attractive? Are you eyeing the neighbor's yard where the grass is always greener?

The truth is that landscaping and outdoor space can affect more than just your emotions. There are studies that show landscaping can have a huge effect on property value as well. The studies that I have read suggest good landscaping can increase your property value from between 5 and 10%

If you are thinking of re-landscaping and want to think of increasing the value of your property at the same time, consider these tips I’ve pulled from experience and from around the web.

1. Quick, DIY Landscaping Fixes

If you want to spend minimal time improving your home’s curb appeal there a

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The overall feeling of the Fraser Valley real estate market coming out of June 2012 is stability as proven by a number of figures used by the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) to assess the market conditions. 

The FVREB received 2,762 new listings in June and processed 1,588 property sales. Sukh Sidhu, Board President, says that when "Supply and demand remain as consistent as they have since April, it indicates a stable market.”

Average Number of Days on Market

In June it took on average 44 days for a detached house for sale in Surrey BC and other Fraser Valley communities to sell. As a reference point, this figure has been relatively stable over the past four months – another reassurance of stability in the local real estate market.

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