I have listed a new property at 1016 160A ST in Surrey.
Beach House Beauty! Live the White Rock lifestyle on South Surrey taxes. Location is everything and this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is simply stunning. Only 2 blocks from White Rock beach and seaside restaurants. Minutes to schools, uptown shops, hospital and US Border. Beautifully renovated with new roof, eco-paver driveway, hot water tank and gas fireplace. This gem shows beautifully inside and out. French doors open to a spectacular deck and backyard oasis with hot tub. Enjoy all that beachside living can offer with the privacy and tranquility of a larger South Surrey lot. Open house Saturday, July 28th 2:00 - 4:00. More photos to come tomorrow!
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I have listed a new property at 18118 CLAYTONWOOD CRES in Surrey.
Your own PRIVATE OASIS! Modern rancher on parklike 17,000 sq ft lot in desirable Clayton Hills. From your 1,000 sq ft deck, look out to the west-facing back yard (which includes a playhouse/shop!) and enjoy the soothing sounds of the small seasonal running creek. House has been very well cared for, with recent updates including renovated bathrooms, new flooring, granite counters, new plumbing, new blinds, new hot water tank, new driveway, and more. Roof/skylights 2012, furnace 2011, garage door 2012. Stunning property with nothing left to do but move in and enjoy! Open house Sunday, June 10th 2:00 - 4:00. Come and visit - you'll be glad you did!
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I have listed a new property at 1416 - 1418 10TH AVE E in Vancouver.
This beautiful 1912 Craftsman style character home on a quiet, tree-lined street is the perfect blend of classic style and premium finishings. Heritage lovers will revel in vintage details including stained glass windows, clawfoot tub, fir floors, exposed brick, and even a vanity fashioned from a phonograph. Entertain in the chef’s kitchen with granite counters, 5-burner gas range w/convection oven, wine fridge, and Fisher Paykel dishwasher. From spa-like bathrooms to exquisitely landscaped sunny back yard, this home will delight your senses at every turn with its quality, charm, and style. Lovely 2 bed suite w/outdoor space. Short walk to Trout Lake, Commercial Drive, and transit. Open house May 24 6-7 and May 26 & 27 from 2-4.
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I have listed a new property at 1930 8 AVE E in Vancouver.
Great location for future density. Two side by side 33x122 lots in current RT5 zoning that fall under the City's proposed zoning change to RM-8A. Proposed zoning change to allow 3 storey townhouses / rowhouses with 1.2 FSR. Minimum frontage of 42 ft exceeded with these two lots. Great location on a quiet street, yet a short walk to skytrain, B-line bus, Commercial Drive restaurants, cafes and shops. Great school catchment with both English and French Immersion options and the easy access to downtown, UBC and SFU, make this a sought after location.
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I have listed a new property at 1938 8TH AVE E in Vancouver.
Great location for future density. Two side by side 33x122 lots in current RT5 zoning that fall under the City's proposed zoning change to RM-8A. Proposed zoning change to allow 3 storey townhouses / rowhouses with 1.2 FSR. Minimum frontage of 42 ft exceeded with these two lots. Great location on a quiet street, yet a short walk to skytrain, B-line bus, Commercial Drive restaurants, cafes and shops. Great school catchment with both English and French Immersion options and the easy access to downtown, UBC and SFU, make this a sought after location. Excellent opportunity!
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I have listed a new property at 18118 CLAYTONWOOD CRES in Surrey.
Your own PRIVATE OASIS! Modern rancher on parklike 17,000 sq ft lot in desirable Clayton Hills. From your 1,000 sq ft deck, look out to the west-facing back yard (which includes a playhouse/shop!) and enjoy the soothing sounds of the small seasonal running creek. House has been very well cared for, with recent updates including renovated bathrooms, new flooring, granite counters, new plumbing, new blinds, new hot water tank, new driveway, and more. Roof/skylights 2012, furnace 2011, garage door 2012. Stunning property with nothing left to do but move in and enjoy! More photos and info on website. Open houses Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29, both 2:00 - 4:00. Come and visit - you'll be glad you did!
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I have listed a new property at 304 642 7TH AVE E in Vancouver.
TOP FLOOR SE CORNER unit in fabulous Mt. Pleasant! You will love this light drenched beautifully renovated and spacious condo. Kitchen features s/s appliances (including a wine fridge!), shaker cabinets and granite counters. Both the bedroom and bathroom have been transformed into a tranquil oasis. Wrap around balcony perfect for a BBQ and entertaining. The location can't be beat! Close to cafes, restaurants, parks, transit and all the awesome amenities of both Main street and Fraser/Kingsway. Free shared laundry, parking and storage. Sneak peek Thursday, March 8th 6:00 - 7:00. Open houses Saturday & Sunday 2:00 - 4:00. Come check it out!
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I have listed a new property at 303 2825 SPRUCE ST in Vancouver.
Beautiful and UNIQUE 2 level PENTHOUSE with large ROOFTOP DECK. From the moment you walk in your front door, you will feel like you are HOME. This spacious condo has all the charm of the mid-century era when it was built: original hardwood floors and art deco built-ins, plus the modern conveniences of a renovated kitchen with dishwasher and tons of counter & cupboard space. Spread out over 2 levels, this corner PH with lots of light boasts the m/bedroom, ensuite and gorgeous 313 sq ft rooftop deck on the top level. Open concept kitchen, dining & living room on the main floor plus 2 big bedrooms & full bathroom. Steps to VGH, l'ecole bilingue elementary, shopping, restaurants & transit. Open house Sunday, Nov. 12th 2:00 - 4:00
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I have listed a new property at 38 889 TOBRUCK AVE in North Vancouver.
Stunning 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath corner townhouse. Completely renovated in 2015 including a designer kitchen with custom cabinets, counters, backsplash and s/s appliances. Spa like master bath boasts walk in shower with marble tiles. Keep cozy with radiant heated floors and a gas fireplace. TONS of closet space and generous sized rooms make this an ideal family home. Buy with peace of mind. Building was completely rain screened in 2014 and also got a new roof, new windows and doors. Still under the Building Envelope Warranty until Oct. 2019! Convenient location close to Capilano Mall, groceries, restaurants, cafes and shops. Open houses Saturday, Sept. 30 & Sunday, Oct. 1 from 2:00 - 4:00. Come see your new home!
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I have listed a new property at 303 2825 SPRUCE ST in Vancouver.
Every once in a while a truly UNIQUE property comes on the market. From the moment you walk in your front door, you will feel like you are HOME. This spacious condo has all the charm of the mid-century era when it was built: original hardwood floors and art deco built-ins, plus the modern conveniences of a renovated kitchen with dishwasher and tons of counter & cupboard space. Spread out over 2 levels, this corner PH with lots of light boasts the m/bedroom, ensuite and gorgeous 313 sq ft rooftop deck on the top level. Open concept kitchen, dining & living room on the main floor plus 2 big bedrooms & full bathroom. Steps to VGH, l'ecole bilingue elementary, shopping, restaurants & transit. Open house Sept 21 6-7pm, Sept 23 & 24, 2-4PM
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I have listed a new property at 202 2466 3RD AVE W in Vancouver.
Top 8 reasons this is the one. #1 LOCATION. It doesn't get better than this. Walk to the beach and your fave shops and grocery stores in the heart of KITS. #2 INTERIOR. Spacious, open concept. Beautiful engineered H/W maple floors throughout, s/s appliances, custom kitchen cabinets and a real wood burning fireplace. #3 SPA like bathroom boasts heated floors and marble counter. #4 RELAX on your private South facing balcony. #5 TRANSIT. So easy to bike and bus wherever you need to go. #6 Parking and storage included. #7 WELL maintained building with pro-active strata. #8 PRICE. All of this for under $600k in KITS! Sneak peek Thursday, Sept. 14th 5:30 - 6:30, Open houses Sept. 16 & 17 2:00 - 4:00. Come meet your new home!
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Please visit our Open House at 202 1676 PENDER ST E in Vancouver.
Open House on Thursday, September 7, 2017 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Top 10 reasons this is the home for you. #1 ROOFTOP DECK. Your friends will love to attend your awesome BBQ's. #2 VIEW. Mountains & downtown from the deck. #3 LOCATION. Walk to everything you need: groceries, restaurants, breweries, cafes and lots of cool shops on Hastings and Commercial Drive. #4 TRANSIT. Bike routes and buses make commuting a breeze. #5 INTERIOR Gas stove, granite counters, hardwood floors, s/s appliances, California closet built in, vaulted ceilings in the bedrooms. #6 PET FRIENDLY Dogs & cats welcome! #7 RENTALS welcome #8 PARKING 1 spot for a car plus a bike room. #9 FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURS #10 PRICE. All of this for under $850k. Sneak peek Sept 7th 5:30- 6:30. Open houses Sept 9th 2 - 4 & Sept. 10 2:30 - 4:30
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Please visit our Open House at 202 1676 PENDER ST E in Vancouver.
Open House on Saturday, September 9, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Top 10 reasons this is the home for you. #1 ROOFTOP DECK. Your friends will love to attend your awesome BBQ's. #2 VIEW. Mountains & downtown from the deck. #3 LOCATION. Walk to everything you need: groceries, restaurants, breweries, cafes and lots of cool shops on Hastings and Commercial Drive. #4 TRANSIT. Bike routes and buses make commuting a breeze. #5 INTERIOR Gas stove, granite counters, hardwood floors, s/s appliances, California closet built in, vaulted ceilings in the bedrooms. #6 PET FRIENDLY Dogs & cats welcome! #7 RENTALS welcome #8 PARKING 1 spot for a car plus a bike room. #9 FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURS #10 PRICE. All of this for under $850k. Sneak peek Sept 7th 5:30- 6:30. Open houses Sept 9th 2 - 4 & Sept. 10 2:30 - 4:30
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Please visit our Open House at 202 1676 PENDER ST E in Vancouver.
Open House on Sunday, September 10, 2017 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Top 10 reasons this is the home for you. #1 ROOFTOP DECK. Your friends will love to attend your awesome BBQ's. #2 VIEW. Mountains & downtown from the deck. #3 LOCATION. Walk to everything you need: groceries, restaurants, breweries, cafes and lots of cool shops on Hastings and Commercial Drive. #4 TRANSIT. Bike routes and buses make commuting a breeze. #5 INTERIOR Gas stove, granite counters, hardwood floors, s/s appliances, California closet built in, vaulted ceilings in the bedrooms. #6 PET FRIENDLY Dogs & cats welcome! #7 RENTALS welcome #8 PARKING 1 spot for a car plus a bike room. #9 FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURS #10 PRICE. All of this for under $850k. Sneak peek Sept 7th 5:30- 6:30. Open houses Sept 9th 2 - 4 & Sept. 10 2:30 - 4:30
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Last month, I wrote an article for REW.ca called Don't Run Out of Hope When Buying a Home. It should probably have been more aptly titled, "Don't Run Out of Hope When Buying a Home in Vancouver", but well, that was implied if you were reading in on REW.ca.

 

So for my next article for them, I wanted to interview two real life clients of mine, and get their thoughts and feelings about their personal experience while trying to buy a condo in Vancouver as first time home buyers. I've changed their names for privacy, but read on for my interview with them. And don't run out hope if you too are searching for a home to buy in Vancouver.


Meet “Cynthia” and “Jordan”* – a professional couple in their mid-thirties with a toddler son. They were looking for a two-bedroom condo in their beloved neighbourhood of Hastings Sunrise. Their must-haves were location, some outdoor space, and a solid building. Here’s what they told me.


First time home buyers Vancouver

What made you start looking to purchase?

A few things: the financial ability, because I got an inheritance from my grandfather; wanting more security because of Oscar (we want our son to grow up in a stable environment); fear of losing our current rental because rent prices have gone up substantially in three years; and fear that we wouldn’t be able to find an affordable family-friendly rental in the city.

How did you feel after you saw a few places you liked?

We felt hopeful for a while. We felt like we could “get in” – and we had never felt like that before. We felt like it was actually possible.

 

But then everything kept selling for way over for what things were listed at, and we felt disheartened. We would see places we liked and then they would go for seventy thousand over asking. That was disheartening. You think you can buy something and then you can’t.

How did you feel when you lost out the first time?

So hard. It was devastating. We wanted to offer more money, but my parents (we needed their support to buy because they are holding the inheritance) didn’t understand this market. They’ve always bought houses being able to negotiate. They asked, “Why would you go in so much over asking on your first offer?”

How did you feel when you lost out again?

You get attached… even with the second place ,which was the least exciting for us, you start to kind of see it as your place, you envision yourself there, you write a letter to the owner, which makes you feel even more attached to it. By the third time, though, we had learned not to get our hopes up.

 

After their third offer – and their third time losing out in a multiple-bid scenario – Jordan was laid off from his job, which forced him and Cynthia to take a break from their search. This time, the decision not to buy a home was suddenly being made for them by something beyond their control, and they were understandably upset.


Over the next few months, however, they regrouped. And more than seven months after their search had begun, they found a condo in their neighbourhood that more than ticked off every one of their “must have” boxes. We prepared for battle once again.


This time, just 20 minutes before the offer deadline, we finally got a break and some good news: somehow, ours was going to be the only offer.


This meant that, as their REALTOR®, I got to do some good old-fashioned negotiating. And Cynthia and Jordan were finally able to buy the family home they had been craving.

How do you feel now that you have purchased your condo?

We are feeling excited about getting to make the space our own and relieved that the search can now end! A bit sad about leaving our street, where our immediate neighbours are our greatest friends. Worried that the market will crash tomorrow. Thankful to be able to afford to own in Vancouver– and to have had an agent who made it even more affordable! And really happy to have a place of our own to raise our son. 

 

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I have listed a new property at 113 550 6 E in Vancouver.
INCREDIBLE OUTDOOR space with SOUTHEAST exposure; 640 sq ft wrap-around patio and garden awaits you at Landmark Gardens. Feels like your own private oasis. Bright CORNER UNIT has been freshly painted, new flooring throughout, updated light fixtures, gorgeous bathroom w/subway tile, new toilet, vanity & sliding barn door. Remodeled kitchen w/breakfast bar opens to dining & living areas with gas fireplace. 2 good sized bedrooms, plenty of windows/light, insuite laundry (Bosch full-size) & large storage shed. Includes parking & separate storage locker. Tranquil Mt Pleasant location–cool spot perfect for indoor/outdoor living. Bike/commuter friendly close to schools, Hi-tech workplaces, VCC, Skytrain and craft breweries.
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Finding the perfect home can be exhausting and emotional - just like training for a marathon.


When I was in my twenties, I spotted an ad that invited me to raise money for a charity by running a “destination” marathon. The idea was that you’d train with a group in Vancouver and raise a minimum amount for a good cause, and then you’d travel with the group to a destination like Honolulu to participate in a 26.2 mile (42 kilometre) marathon.


I had never run a day in my life.


How buying a home is like running a marathon


I told my then-boyfriend I was considering running a marathon. He immediately told me I couldn’t do it: “That’s like running from here to Hope! You think you can do that?”


(He was wrong, of course. Hope, BC is 154 kilometres from Vancouver. I only wanted to run 42 kilometres.)


So after I dumped Mr. Negativity, I signed up with Joints in Motion to raise money for the Arthritis Society while training for my first marathon. I showed up for our first group run of five kilometres, determined to do this.


It wasn’t easy. I was slow, I was out of breath, and at times I wanted to stop putting one foot in front of the other. But I did it. I ran five kilometres! That accomplishment felt like I had run a marathon already!


During the course of my four months of training and then running the actual marathon itself, I learned that marathons are often more of a mental challenge than a physical one.


The same can be said for buying a home in Vancouver.


Many people either think they can’t do it, or when they start to consider it are told by others that it’s impossible.


Once they decide to try, looking at dozens of properties can soon become exhausting.


You may get confusing advice from ill-informed sources, such as parents who may live in a small town far from Vancouver and don’t understand this market.


You may fall in love with a place that that you can’t buy because it’s already sold.


You will probably lose out on a bidding war (or five!) because your offer wasn’t strong enough to beat the other twelve offers on the condo that you imagined as your first home.


You are going to look at sale prices that are thousands of dollars over asking prices.


I compare buying real estate to training for (and running) your first marathon. In either scenario, you are going to go through the following emotions:


  • Despair. You’re going to feel overwhelmed. You’ll think “I can’t do this.” You’re going to get excited about a place, only to get disappointed. Other people are going to tell you that you can’t do this, or give you their opinion about why you shouldn’t do this.

  • Hope. At other times, you are going to feel very confident in your decision. This might occur after your mortgage broker informs you that you qualify for more than you expected. This may happen after you fall in love with the perfect condo in the perfect location and start planning your housewarming in your head. Or it may happen after you talk with a coworker who recently sold their first condo for $175,000 more than what they paid for it three years ago. (Or, depending how you look at it, this one might just lead you back to “I can’t do this.”)

  • Fear. Taking on the responsibility of home ownership is going to feel scary. Having mortgage payments, along with paying property taxes (and usually strata fees) feels a lot more scary to some people than paying rent. And you might be nervous about the thought of living in the same place without the ability to give 30 days’ notice and move on.

  • Excitement. Finding the perfect home in the right neighbourhood, the place where you know you would be very happy living, is exciting. Actually buying that home is even more exciting!

  • Disappointment. Finding that your perfect home was also perfect for other people and losing out in a multiple offer for it can be a crushing experience. If you’re lucky, (and have the right realtor), you won’t have to experience this multiple times.

  • Frustration. Not being able to find your perfect home in your budget and having to make allowances in location or features can be intensely frustrating. So can finding your perfect home again and again and losing out again and again.

  • Nervousness. When you finally purchase your home, you’ll probably start feeling seriously nervous. You might be worried about making higher monthly payments than you did previously. The thought of packing and moving may feel daunting. Being the one responsible to fix your own toilet (or pay for the plumber), instead of calling the landlord, can be an unnerving change.

  • Guilt. You may feel guilty about moving from being a renter who once viewed the Vancouver real estate market as “a game I don’t want to participate in” to being on the other side as a property owner.


At every emotional stage you go through on your journey to buying real estate, remember what motivated your decision to do so in the first place. Allow yourself time to deal with the feelings that will inevitably come up—the positive ones and the negative.


You don’t wake up one day and run a 42 kilometre marathon without spending months training for it. During your months of training, there will be days when you want to stop putting one foot in front of the other, when the goal seems too far away and too difficult to achieve.


But once you cross that finish line and finally purchase your own piece of Vancouver real estate, you’ll have an incredible sense of accomplishment—and your very own place to call home.


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I have listed a new property at 50 19448 68 AVE in Surrey.
Finally! A TOWNHOME with a FLOOR PLAN that MAKES SENSE. Open concept main floor boasts cozy gas fireplace in living room, dark laminate floors, proper dining area plus room for bar stools at kitchen counter. S/S appliances, granite counters and large custom built island make this kitchen an entertainers dream. Fully covered deck off the kitchen makes BBQ'ing a breeze and beyond is your fully fenced yard. Upstairs features HUGE master bedroom w/vaulted ceiling, big enough for a king sized bed, ensuite, large 2nd bedroom and 4 piece bath and laundry. Attached garage for parking and storage. Wonderful family oriented complex within walking distance to schools (Katzie elementary), parks, shopping & transit. Open houses Sat & Sun 2 - 4. Come see your new home!
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I have listed a new property at 209 440 5TH AVE E in Vancouver.
Looking for a fantastic 1 bedroom in a fabulous location? Look no further! The space: renovated & functional layout including butcher block counters and white subway tiles in the kitchen with s/s appliances (including a dishwasher!), dark laminate floors, cozy gas fireplace, and modern bathroom with rainscreen shower. Good sized balcony for your BBQ with awesome mountain views. The building: new roof in 2014, exterior paint in 2015, pretty common rose garden, pet friendly, excellent strata. The location: walk to trendy Main Street, breweries, cafes, restaurants, shopping, VCC, Emily Carr, parks, transit and Olympic Village. Comes with 1 parking and storage locker. Open houses April 20 5:30 - 6:30, April 22, 1 - 3 & April 23, 2 - 4.
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I have listed a new property at 110 8651 ACKROYD RD in Richmond.
This beautiful 2 bed, 2 bath corner unit is the LARGEST in the complex at almost 1100 sq ft. Spacious living area with cozy gas fireplace and lots of natural light with windows on 3 sides. Nice laminate flooring throughout, updated kitchen cabinets, counters and lighting and the added bonus of window screens. Lots of closet space, plus a storage locker, gives you plenty of room for your things. Large balcony for your BBQ and entertaining. Rainscreened building in an excellent location close to Lansdowne Mall, Richmond Centre, Save-On-Foods, Kwantlen College and the Canada Line. Sorry, pets are not allowed. Comes with 1 parking spot. Open houses Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9 from 2:00 - 4:00. Come check out your new home!
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