House not a home? Maybe you need a dog!

July 31st, 2007
OK-this is not my usual blog but...

if any of you would like, or know someone who would like, a calm and friendly female dog- Malamute cross let me know. Needs moderate exercise-walks each day (she's not a triathlon dog like mine so lower maintenance) ....She is old enough to be calm but not too old-around 6.

She is a lovely dog at the Vancouver SPCA (Misty) who has been there si ...

To Renovate, Or Not To Renovate: That Is The Question

July 21st, 2007
In order to answer the question of to renovate, or not to renovate: it is important to be clear about why you want to renovate and all the costs involved.  Sometimes renovating is not the answer and it's better to purchase a new home that better suits your personal style and functional needs.

The two main reasons people renovate are to meet their own needs and to increase their sellin ...

Everyone In BC Wants To Be By The Water - Even When They're On Vacation

July 20th, 2007

A recent survey, found that waterfront vacation properties are the number one choice of BC residents..... I am not sure they really needed to do a survey to figure this out!  The survey also found that 47 per cent of people in BC plan to use more than 20 per cent of the purchase price as a down payment for their recreational property.

Increasingly flexible mortgage plans, that can ...

A GREEN Light for Investors

July 13th, 2007

Environics Research Group has found that two-thirds of Canadian consumers would switch their spending to companies that have demonstrated a commitment to green policies even it means paying a higher price .

What does this finding mean to you as an investor?  It means that there are growth investment opportunities in environmentally friendly developments. Developing a property to ...

Higher rates mean costlier mortgages

July 12th, 2007

A mortgage broker just forwarded this to me and I thought i would pass it on via blog.  If you have any questions, pls email me through this site and I would be happy to discuss.  The bottom line is that if you are thinking of buying, you might want to move quickly on it; at the very least, get a mortgage hold to protect your rate.  Here is the article:

The Vancouver Sun

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Well its becoming harder to buy the dream home!

July 3rd, 2007
Waterfront in particular is still skyrocketing-however a mortgage broker in our office sent something out which looks at things a little differently.  Here it is in its entirety from Ian Lawrie, broker:

A mortgage broker in our office sent out some great information that i thought i would pass on (from Ian Lawrie)

here it is:

Higher Rates & Longer Amortizations


At ...