North Vancouver, BC Real Estate News

By Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C
(EXIT STAGE RIGHT)
Red Accessories - Olympic Style February 25, 2010, 9:55 am Here is a new twist to adding "red accessories"!  Ok, we're not exactly talking about home staging here.  I just couldn't resist sharing a few photos of my volunteer position here at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.   Above are two of Canada's finest Royal Canadian Mounted Police, along with myself on the left, and Renee, another happy volunteer on my right, in front of our information booth at B.C. Place.  B.C. Place is home to the Opening & Closing Ceremonies, as well as various official medal presentations.   Three happy and enthusiastic volunteers, welcoming the world. This was the scene last night at Robson Square, in the heart of the downtown core.  The crowd was celebrating Canada's Men's Hockey Team defeating Russia 7 ...
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By Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C
(EXIT STAGE RIGHT)
We're into the home stretch of the Olympic Games here in Vancouver.  We are still rejoicing for several reason:  It is finally snowing on Cypress Mountain, Canada just won a gold medal for pairs ice dance - a first for Canada, and the Canadian men's hockey team is meeting Russia for a face off tonight.  All in all, this has been a very exciting time for our city, with a party atmosphere every night.  Canadians are not normally known for excessive patriotism, so it has been interesting to see all the red and white sweaters, and faces painted with red maple leaves.  In a word (okay, three words) Go Canada Go! Exit Stage Right is a home staging and redesign business.  We are proud to be volunteering at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. www.exitstageright.ca  Servicing North Vancouver, West Vanc...
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By Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C
(EXIT STAGE RIGHT)
  Fraser Valley Real Estate Trade Show  FRASER VALLEY REAL ESTATE TRADE SHOW EXIT STAGE RIGHT Home Staging – North Vancouver, B.C. was pleased to attend the Fraser Valley Real Estate Trade Show in Langley. We enjoyed collaborating with our colleagues: Mila Herenda, MIZO DESIGN SOLUTIONS, Yvonne Swain, HINT OF ELEGANCE, and Nancy Glover, an organizer, MIND YOUR MATTER. We had a great time at this event, and enjoyed meeting real estate professionals. It was interesting to learn that some realtors already had strong affiliations with staging companies, while others were just starting out and were just learning about staging. Some didn’t believe in staging, while others embraced our industry. We were fortunate to have the support of READY, SET, SHOW of North Vancouver, who were very kind in...
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By Darrell Backen, Digital Marketing
(Darrell Backen 1.855.216.6010)
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By Darrell Backen, Digital Marketing
(Darrell Backen 1.855.216.6010)
When you are moving in North Vancouver...Send Change of Address to:         Post Office       Change accounts and credit card agencies       Friends and Relatives      Subscriptions, book clubs, record clubs (notice requires several weeks in advance)       Bank - transfer funds, arrange for check cashing in new city      Insurance - Notify regarding new location for coverage:  Life, Health, Fire, Auto      Automobile registration - Transfer of auto title is necessary: also driver's license, city windshield sticker and motor club membership      Utility Companies - Gas, electric, water, telephone, cable television, fuel: obtain refund of any deposit made:  arrange for immediate service in new location       Route Persons - Laundry, newspaper delivery, changeover of services       School ...
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By Darrell Backen, Digital Marketing
(Darrell Backen 1.855.216.6010)
WHAT IS YOUR HOME WORTH IN NORTH VANCOUVER? With access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data I will provide you with what youneed to: Gauge how the market is trending  Find out what sold most recently and for how much         Understand how homes compete on price with other properties selling in the area  View homes for sale with photos to better assess the market conditions ... and answer any pressing questions youmay have. MLS Market Snapshot  FOR  NORTH VANCOUVER
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By Darrell Backen, Digital Marketing
(Darrell Backen 1.855.216.6010)
HOW TO SELL YOUR HOME FASTER AND FOR BETTER PRICE IN NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. There are new Internet Marketing Methods that SELL YOUR HOME FASTER AND FOR BETTER PRICE  Your home is given its own web site page, which has been search engine optimized and is specially designed for your home It includes, a video tour of your home, your building, with music, voiceover commentary and features and benefits written at strategic parts in the video.  This will SELL YOUR HOME FASTER AND FOR BETTER PRICE.    There is a customized map with your home as the end destination, where prospective buyers.  Simply type in the address of their home, their school, their friends to find out how far and how long would take to get to their new home from these destinations. These also SELL YOUR HOME FASTER AND FOR BE...
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By Judith Lowe, Twiqued homes are unique!
(Twiques: The Art of Home Comfort)
Last week a colleague and I staged a property in Gastown on the second hottest day ever recorded in Vancouver.  Lucky for us we began early in the day! The property was a bachelor apartment with a lovely brick wall and some interesting features.  We used some of what the tenant had and brought in some rentals.  We would call this a "redesign" staging - usually more cost effective for the client.  We were pleased with the results, see what you think... Before Staging:    After Staging... Hope you like it ~ we were pleased and so was the client!
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By Alphonse J. Quenneville
(Royal LePage Northshore)
www.AlphonseQ.com Detached Homes - At an average benchmark price of $739,856, February detached home prices declined 5.6% from January, and 16.1% from twelve months ago. The number of detached homes sold in February was up 283.3% from the low point reached in January, but down 43.2% from one year ago. The supply of detached homes on the market fell 6.6% from last February. Townhouse benchmark prices averaged $535,646, down 13.6% from one year ago. February sales were down 65.7% over this period. Condominium prices in North Vancouver declined 15.6% from February 2008, while sales fell 59.1%. The February inventory of condos available for sale was down 29.7% from February of last year. Statistical Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver
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By Alphonse J. Quenneville
(Royal LePage Northshore)
Detached homes - At an average benchmark price of $728,600, December detached home prices in North Vancouver were down 16.4% from twelve months ago. Current pricing is consistent with early 2006. The number of detached homes sold in 2008 declined 27.5% from 2007. Detached homes available for sale increased by 63.2% over last December. Townhouse benchmark prices averaged $506,158, down 12.4% from one year ago. 2008 sales were down 32% from last year. Condominium prices in North Vancouver are down 16.2% from December 2007, while 2008 sales have fallen 36.4% from last year. The December inventory of condos available for sale is up just slightly, at 2.9% over one year ago . Statistical source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Published Sunday, January 18, 2009 2:41 PM by Alphonse Quen...
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By Judith Lowe, Twiqued homes are unique!
(Twiques: The Art of Home Comfort)
According to the Colour Marketing Group, the new colour for 2009 is Mimosa!  A bright, zesty, fun colour which inspires confidence and is full of life.  Expect to see this colour paired with white in cushions, candles, throws, and other accessory pieces for the home.  In the summer we may even see the 'little, yellow, polka dot bikini!" I can see this for accessory pieces and splashes of colour.  How do you see this colour?  Do you like it?
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By Judith Lowe, Twiqued homes are unique!
(Twiques: The Art of Home Comfort)
Are you looking forward to getting your home ready for the holidays?  I know I am.  There are so many colour choices this year to focus on.  Should I go Robin's egg blue, white and silver - with some fluffy feathers?  Or, do I go more traditional with the reds and greens?  Hmm, whatever you choose it should be something you love, whether you are pulling out favourites from years past or want to 'take it up a notch' this year and try some of the season's fun colours like the above mentioned blue and lime green, or, maybe the rosy pinks with some light pink and gold mixed in. Oh, and how about those new artificial trees - they are coming in colours like white or pink or have all the lights built in - too bad I prefer a real tree ~ especially the fragrance!  Which do you prefer?  Whatever ...
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By Judith Lowe, Twiqued homes are unique!
(Twiques: The Art of Home Comfort)
Just an update on the new paint by Benjamin Moore, Aura.  I recently painted my office with the new Aura paint.  It is self priming and covers well. I did notice a few spots that needed touching up after it had dried,but am not sure if it was the paint, or my hesitancy to roll the paint out too much for fear of it causing a problem.  One thing that was emphasized to me was that you could not overwork the paint or you would have problems.  I would use this paint again, however, as the final finish is lovely and the paint reasonably easy to work with.  You do have to be cautious if you are keeping paint in your tray that you keep a damp paper towel over the tray and the roller/brushes to prevent it drying out on you. 
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By Alphonse J. Quenneville
(Royal LePage Northshore)
Renfrew Heights, Vancouver - We invite everyone to visit our open house at 4217 Slocan on July 27 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Go to www.AlphonseQ.com for more details. Property information
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By Judith Lowe, Twiqued homes are unique!
(Twiques: The Art of Home Comfort)
This amazing new paint from Benjamin Moore is considered to be cutting edge in the field.  Previously paint was a blend, and still is in many cases, of the water based latex resin and the oil based colourant which created the colour choice the homeowner picked.  Benjamin Moore's Aura paint goes one step farther.  Aura is a water based latex resin with a water based colourant which means that it blends totally to create a beautiful finish.  Have you ever noticed in bathrooms that occasionally, and eventually, there is streaking running down the walls?  That it even appears somewhat shiny and if you try to wipe it off it doesn't disappear?  What happens is that is warm, steamy showers the oil based colourant in the paint is reactivated.  Evidently the colourant never really 'dries' and wh...
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By Judith Lowe, Twiqued homes are unique!
(Twiques: The Art of Home Comfort)
There is a distinct movement toward Decorating Green-as in reusing, and recycling~in other words~redesigning and using what we already have!  Many will discredit decorators and designers as encouraging homeowners to strip down their homes to the rafters every January because that way we stay in business; however, when we focus on redesign we focus on using what you already have and perhaps adding an accent piece that complements the homeowners' style that also gives a lift and may be based on a current, or new, trend.  The same is true when it comes to staging a house for selling.  Many of the clients I work with have furniture that works quite well within the space, but simply needs 'twiquing'.  I worked on a client's house, preparing it for selling, last weekend.  She had the most fab...
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By Judith Lowe, Twiqued homes are unique!
(Twiques: The Art of Home Comfort)
If you are looking for renovators, contractors, etc. to update and renovate you home, you should check out the erenovate site.  They have regional listings and contact info for renovators in your area.  They will soon be launching an affiliate site which will focus more on interiors.  Check them out soon!
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By Judith Lowe, Twiqued homes are unique!
(Twiques: The Art of Home Comfort)
Have you noticed that there are more and more houses on the market?  Want to have an advantage when it comes to selling?  Consider using the services of a Home Staging Professional.  With a minimum of time and effort, maximum value can be achieved, and usually a quicker sale.  If you are thinking of selling, or you have just moved into your dream home, and would like to check out our Summer Special, please contact me.   Have a great long weekend, and enjoy the sun!
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