Lower Mainland Real Estate and Community News

April 3, 2021

How to get your Home Ready For A Spring Sale


Getting your home ready to sell doesn’t have to ruin your Spring! There are a lot of things you can start doing around your home to get it in shape to sell. 


After a rainy Vancouver winter, spring is a great time to lighten up your home. Let’s start with an easy way to add more light. Walk around and replace all the light bulbs that are burnt out. You can live with 1/2 light bulbs, but it’s a quick and easy way to bring more light into your home. Next, you can start replacing your dark curtains with white or neutral curtains. You will also want to put a fresh coat of white or neutral paint on the walls, and fill in any holes.


Now that we have brightened up your living space, here are a few small details that will help your home pass the clean test.


  • Clean & paint baseboards

  • Clean the window seals

  • Deep clean carpets

  • Dusk shelves



Fix anything that’s broken. You would be surprised by all the things you let slide under the radar in the past 5-10 years that you have lived in your home. “Fixing it later” will most likely never happen. Now is the time to fix things when you notice them. That way they become small things you can replace daily in preparation to sell.

If everything you need to fix in your home is putting a lot of stress and pressure on you, you can always hire someone to do it for you!


Cleaning? Hire: https://mollymaid.ca/ or find another local business that specializes in professional cleaning.


Handyman? Ask for a Facebook recommendation or send us a message and we will help you out.


July 27, 2020

Girls night in the Tri Cities


Channing the Port Moody LMMA Local here, and I am excited to share with you my 3 top girls night spots in Port Moody. I have a picked 3 perfect spots for a selection of great food, drinks, and plenty of laughs.


1) Brewers row in Port Moody 

This is a go to. If we don’t know what to do on a sunny summer Saturday night, you’ll probably find my friends and I sipping on a flight at one of the six breweries. Even if you aren’t a beer drinker, the ale trail has an abundance of options including: Cider, wine, sours and even Squish Juicery Vacation juice (shameless plug for my brother and sister in law who are the owners of squish.) Don’t worry if you skipped out on dinner either, food trucks are always standing by. Take your pick, Tacos to fried chicken, you won’t leave hungry.






2) Taps and Tacos


This spot is perfect for a small group. The atmosphere is really cute, would highly recommend heading here if you need a new pic for Instagram or, take a cheersing boomerang with your aesthetically pleasing margs. My favourite thing to order is the Ancho Roasted Cauliflower taco...10/10. Pair it with a spicy pineapple margarita and you’ve got some very happy ladies.



 Credit: dennisthefoodie.com

Photo Credit: DenisetheFoodie.com


3) The John B pub

Ok ok hear me out.. The John B is a classic. You can always rely on the b. You know those nights when the restaurant you’re at is shutting down, but you aren’t quite ready to go home yet? The B has got you covered. Their happy hour runs from 9pm to close, and highballs are $3.50! You also should probably order the criss cut fries, just saying. The DJ really rips it up on weekends too (lots of throwbacks if that’s your thing). If you’re a Tri Cities local like myself, you are bound to run into some old friends, or your old friend’s mom, or even your old friend’s grandma (This is a spot for all ages). I guess that’s why they call it the neighbourhood pub? 


In summary, space these out and you have a few fun girl’s nights ready to go this summer. Or smash them all into one night (recommended in the order laid out above) and you’ve got one really fun night ahead of you. Enjoy! 



- Channing Lepp (LMMA RE/MAX Agent)






Posted in Lifestyle
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.