Lower Mainland Real Estate and Community News

July 2, 2020

The Journey into Real Estate… during a Pandemic!

Getting my real estate license has been a long-time dream of mine.

When I graduated college last June, the first thing I did was register for the real estate course. Next, I started to envision my future in Real Estate.

 

While I was preparing to obtain my license, Re/max results realty hired me for an administrative position.

 

This was a blessing in disguise & continues to be an amazing opportunity. I have learned so much about the industry & how a brokerage operates during this time. With a first hand look behind the scenes, I now have knowledge that a regular real estate agent may never gain in their career.  Being submersed at a brokerage level, it allows me the ability to listen to & witness the “behind the scenes” work that goes into what being a successful real estate takes & how to run a first class brokerage.

 

 

Fast forward a year, and I now find myself working alongside an awesome team doing their admin work & client care tasks.

 

Sounds like everything has gone according to plan right? Wrong. I still don’t have my license! 

 

After studying for almost a full year, I was ready to ace the exam and finally get licensed. 

It was so close, but then the Covid-19 reared its head.

This pandemic came around and caught so many by surprise. 

Like almost everything else in our worlds, my exam was cancelled and moved to a later date to be determined.

 

Bigger things are going on in the world around us & that has put things into perspective. There was no time to dwell on the disappointment. I felt so fortunate to have a job through all of this & still having the ability to work toward my goal.

As of today, my exam is scheduled for August. 

 

Looking back, there is actually a wave of gratitude that I feel from having been able to work with LMMA during it all. They have shown me the ropes and taught me so many things during this time. Thanks to them, I will hit the ground running and make up for lost time before the end of Summer.

 

 

Freddy Boserup

 

Future LMMA Agent

 

Posted in Lifestyle
June 3, 2020

Self Health during a Pandemic

 

 

We are living through very uncertain times right now. Everyone is doing their best to create some level of “normal” amongst the ever changing times we find ourselves submersed in.

 

Personal Health is made up of 3 main components - 

  1. Physical Health
  2. Mental Health
  3. Emotional Health

In my opinion, positive emotional health is the direct result of your mental & physical health. 

When we are feeling good both physically & mentally, you can’t help but be happier and that happiness spreads to everyone in your life. The great news is, we can be in control of our physical & mental health.

 

Physical Health - (focus on fitness)

Obviously this can be more challenging following the current social distancing rules, being unable to go to the gym or group classes. Check out any of these 5 amazing fitness gurus for meal plans & tips on staying in shape at home & with limited equipment. It doesn’t have to be an hour, just make sure to move and eat healthy.

 

Troy Dalton - Groundwork Athletics - https://www.instagram.com/groundworkathletics/?hl=en

Ilan Cumberbirch - The Yard Athletics - https://www.instagram.com/yardathletics_/?hl=en

Matt Reid - Studeo 55 - https://www.instagram.com/studeo_/?hl=en

Trisha Buono - Trish Fitness & Yoga - https://www.instagram.com/trishfitnessandyoga/?hl=en

Michael Kearny - Functional Athletics - https://www.instagram.com/functionalathletics/?hl=en

 

Mental Health - (meditation)

We all hear about it & all the benefits just a few minutes a day can bring, but how many of us actually take the time to meditate?

It’s easy to make excuses... “I don’t have enough time” &  “I’m not into the hokey zen stuff & burning incense”.  

To all of you…. HEADSPACE is the answer. It is an amazing app that offers a free trial & it will change the way you view meditation. 

It changed my life when I started 4 years ago. Currently I am on a streak of 90 consecutive days and counting.

 

It gives you so many options & helps you choose what you want to focus your meditation on: 

  • Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep
  • Finding Focus
  • Performance
  • Meditation for Kids

Hope you enjoyed the insight on how to take control of your own well being during these trying times. We are all going to come out stronger for getting through this.

 

If you have any questions about the fitness companies we recommended or about headspace, send us a text/email/DM or pick up the phone. We would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

Posted in Lifestyle
March 2, 2020

Home Selling Advice from Hoteliers

When a hotel wants to make a room look inviting, they start with the bathroom. They clean it until it sparkles. They place fresh towels everywhere. They make sure the soap bars and shampoos are new. Some hotels even fold the end of the toilet paper into a nice neat triangle!

Why all the fuss?

Hoteliers know that if a customer is impressed with the bathroom, they will likely feel the same way about the rest of the property.

Something to think about when selling your house.

Feb. 17, 2020

Making Sure You Get What You Need

When you’re shopping for a new home, it’s a good idea to create a checklist of what you want and what you need. It keeps you on track to ultimately find the property that best fits your requirements — and those of your family.

However, there’s a big difference between want and need that is important to understand when house hunting. A ‘need’ refers to a feature that is an absolute must in a new home. A ‘want’, by contrast, is a ‘nice-to-have’.

Some home buyers make the mistake of choosing a ‘want’ at the expense of a ‘need’.

For example, say you ‘need’ four bedrooms in your new home but ‘want’ a golf course located nearby. It can be tempting to fall in love with a property that has a beautiful golf course just a couple of blocks away, even if it has only three bedrooms. You may find yourself signing the offer while dreaming of Saturday morning tee-offs, only to awake to the realization months later that the lack of an extra bedroom has become a serious inconvenience to you and your family.

Of course, it is possible to get most, if not all, of what you need and want in a new home. But if it comes down to a choice, it’s usually a good idea not to sacrifice something you really need in order to get something you want.

So, when you’re making your house hunting checklist, be clear about what is a need-to-have and what is a nice-to-have.

And don’t forget that some features you want — like a wrap-around backyard deck, for example — can potentially be added to your new home later.

Feb. 3, 2020

Take the Personality Out of Your Home

Does your home have a lot of personality?

There’s nothing wrong with that.

In fact, you may have pictures on the fireplace mantle showcasing happy family memories over the years… or trophies and other awards in the kids’ bedrooms that represent achievements that make you proud… or a fridge door covered with notes, a calendar and other items that make it a de facto family bulletin board!

These are all things that help make a house truly a place to call “home”.

But when it comes time to sell, all that personality can work against you. When buyers view your property, they want to visualize themselves living there, not you and your family.

Have you ever noticed how model homes are often furnished and decorated? All the rooms look beautiful and enticing. They draw you in. Why? Because, although all the rooms in the model home look great, they’re also impersonal. There’s no uncomfortable sense that you’re in a stranger’s home. You can easily see yourself living there.

That’s exactly what you should strive for when preparing your house for sale.

You can’t get rid of every personal item. That would be impractical. But there’s a lot you can do to depersonalize your home. For example, you can:

  • Take down family pictures
  • Clear items from the fridge door
  • Store trophies in a box
  • Remove personal knick knacks and similar items
  • Keep only general titles on a bookshelf and store the rest.

The more easily buyers can see themselves living in your home, the more likely they are to become interested in it and make an offer.

Jan. 20, 2020

Making the Right Offer

You’ve shopped around and attended a few select viewings. Now you’ve found the home of your dreams. It’s yours – as long as you make the right offer!

So how do you make the right offer? That’s a very important question to consider.

If your offer is too low, you risk the seller turning you down. You may not get a chance to make a second offer, especially if there are already multiple offers for the property.

If your offer is too high, you’ll leave thousands of dollars on the table… money that could have been used for other important things, like renovations or a family vacation.

So before deciding how much to offer for a home you want, we need to talk.

We will discuss what goes into a good offer and other ways to strengthen your offer, such as getting a pre-approved mortgage certificate.

Jan. 6, 2020

Thinking of Moving? Two Things You Need to Know

If you’re thinking of making a move within the next few months, there are two important things you need to know.

The first is the market value of your current property. That’s the amount your home will likely sell for in today’s market. When you know its market value, you’ll have a better idea of how much money will be available to invest in a new home.

The second is an overview of what’s available on the market. Which of the homes currently available for sale meet your criteria with respect to the type of home, its special features (such as a big kitchen or pool), the area, etc? How much are these homes selling for?

With those two pieces of information, you’ll be able to make a better decision.

Dec. 23, 2019

Hiring the Right Moving Company

How do you select the best moving company for your needs?

  • Ask for recommendations.
  • Beware of fly-by-night operations. They may seem like a bargain, but you get what you pay for.
  • Request a written estimate and contract. (Beware of movers that just give you a price over the phone.)
  • Confirm they are covered by insurance, and clarify their policy regarding lost or broken items. Make sure you receive a copy of their insurance certificate.
  • Finally, always ask what circumstances would result in extra charges being applied. The number one complaint received about movers by the Better Business Bureau is unexpected extra charges.
Dec. 9, 2019

Making a Good “Second” Impression

You’ve heard the term “curb appeal”. It refers to the first impression a buyer gets when he or she first arrives at your home and looks at it from the outside.

That first impression is critical. But there is a “second” impression that is also very important. That’s the impression buyers get when they open your front door and look inside. Make sure that everything looks great from that perspective too — clean, bright, uncluttered and welcoming.

Nov. 25, 2019

How Do You Determine What You Need to Do?

Say you’re a homeowner wanting to sell your two-level, detached home. You sit down and make a list of things that need to get done to make your property as attractive as possible to buyers.

You consider the backyard. “Hmm,” you think. “Doesn’t our deck need a new finish and our flowerbed need new edging stones?”

Then you think about the living room. “The carpeting is old. We really should replace it.”

Then you step into the kitchen and think, “Our kitchen cabinets look worn. We should get a contractor to quote on replacing them. Maybe we should install a brand new shiny sink and faucet too. That should increase the resale value of our home, shouldn’t it?”

Before you know it, you have a long list of updates, repairs and renovations that you think should be done before listing and you haven’t even reached the second floor!

It’s easy to get carried away with a list of repairs and upgrades that need to be done to prepare your home for the market. But, you don’t want to end up spending more money than you’ll ever get back from the eventual sale. So, how do you determine what improvements you should be making in order to get your property ready to be listed?

That’s easy. Talk to a good real estate professional.

A real estate professional can inspect your property and advise you of the repairs and upgrades you need to make. A real estate professional will know what buyers are looking for, and will also have a good idea of the return on investment you can expect from a particular improvement.

A real estate professional may also be able to recommend reputable tradespeople and other professionals to assist you in making those improvements.

So go ahead and make that long list. Then, let’s review it, so you can make an informed decision on how to get your property ready for sale.