Blog by Andrew Peck

Depreciation reports now required for most stratas, March 20, 2014

March 20th, 2014

Depreciation reports now required for most stratas, March 20, 2014

A strata depreciation report is an important document which provides valuable information to strata owners, buyers, mortgage providers and insurers.
A strata depreciation report includes:
• an on-site inspection and inventory of the common property and building systems;
  • a schedule of anticipated maintenance, repair ...

The Property Disclosure Statement - What You Need to Know

March 9th, 2014

The Property Disclosure Statement - What You Need to Know

When it comes time to sell your home, one way to protect yourself and potential buyers is to complete the Property Disclosure Statement (PDS).

It’s a detailed form that asks the property seller to disclose defects to prospective buyers. The PDS (and related forms: the Strata Property Disclosure Statement and the Rural Property Disclo ...

Will Renovating Speed Help You Sell or Will It Cost You More Than It’s Worth?

March 7th, 2014

Will Renovating Speed Help You Sell or Will It Cost You More Than It’s Worth?

You’re selling but you want to renovate first. How do you get the best return on your investment?

To get the best return on your investment, follow these guidelines:

1. Never out-renovate for your neighbourhood

Home prices are driven by location. If you live in a moderately priced neighbourhood that isn’t seeing ...

Wow! The MLS®

March 5th, 2014

Wow! The MLS®

If you’re buying or selling a home you’ve likely seen or heard the term multiple listing service or ‘MLS®.’ It’s one of the unique benefits a professional REALTOR® brings to a transaction.

The MLS® is a complex information-sharing network.

It was created by REALTORS several decades ago to help property buyers and sellers.

When I list your property for sale, I will complete a ...

Should You Sell or Buy First?

February 28th, 2009

Should You Sell or Buy First?

It’s a balancing act.

You want to find a new home and you want to sell your current home.

Should you find your future home first, make an offer subject to the sale of your current home, and then get ready to sell as fast as you can?

Many home buyers feel more secure going that route. Yet, if you sell first, you could be in a much stronger bargaining position. ...

Home Sellers: What Are Your Benefits?

February 28th, 2009

Home Sellers: What Are Your Benefits?

I Bring Value to Your Sale

What value do I bring to the sale of a property? Would you be better off selling your property yourself?

Think about this. Selling a home is far more complex than property owners may initially think. It also requires significant skill to make the transaction go smoothly:

  • Do you understand our complicated real estate market ...

Is our housing market at risk?

May 31st, 2017
Is our housing market at risk? Today, the International Monetary Fund reported that Canadian households are highly indebted and housing affordability, particularly in Vancouver and Toron...Click here to read more detail about 'Is our housing market at risk?'

Moving towards a National Housing Strategy

May 1st, 2017
Moving towards a National Housing Strategy The Canadian Real Estate Association and its member real estate boards and associations across Canada have long advocated for better access to ...Click here to read more detail about 'Moving towards a National Housing Strategy'

What are the key challenges we face as a profession?

February 18th, 2016
What are the key challenges we face as a profession? If someone were to ask me what one characteristic Realtors® share, I'd say - adaptability.  Take a minute and think about i...Click here to read more detail about 'What are the key challenges we face as a profession?'

Will a luxury or speculation tax create more affordable housing?

February 2nd, 2016
Will a luxury or speculation tax create more affordable housing? In the last month, both the Mayor of Vancouver and economists from the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser Un...Click here to read more detail about 'Will a luxury or speculation tax create more affordable housing?'