Purchasing a home is a significant milestone that demands meticulous attention to detail and an understanding of the real estate market. In an endeavor to save on commission, some buyers decide to forgo hiring a real estate agent. However, this decision could lead to various pitfalls. This article sheds light on five critical challenges that buyers might face when opting to navigate the home buying process without professional guidance.


The journey of home buying is filled with excitement, anticipation, and dreams of a fresh beginning. However, it can quickly turn into a daunting task without the right guidance. Real estate agents play a pivotal role in making this journey smoother and less stressful. Their expertise, market knowledge,…

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Losing out on a dream home is an emotionally taxing experience that many homebuyers encounter. The beautiful garden, the cozy living room, or the spacious kitchen you envisioned being yours suddenly belongs to someone else. This article aims to provide a guiding light through the emotional mist of such a loss, aiding in setting fresh, realistic expectations for the journey ahead.

Facing the Reality


The initial disappointment is natural and it’s important to allow yourself to feel the emotions. Accepting the situation is the first step towards moving forward. It’s okay to feel sad about the lost opportunity but remember, this doesn’t spell the end of your homebuying journey.

Shifting Perspectives

New Objectives

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Entering the real estate market, whether buying or selling, presents its own set of challenges. One such challenge is handling unapproved renovations—a common issue that can significantly affect the transaction process. This article explores the implications of unapproved renovations and provides guidance on how to navigate them.

Understanding Unapproved Renovations

Unapproved renovations refer to any modifications made to a property without the necessary municipal or other required permits. These alterations can range from minor changes to major structural modifications.

For Sellers: Disclosure is Key

For sellers, the primary step is full disclosure of any unapproved renovations. It's advisable to obtain all relevant permits…

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Are you in the market for a new home in Vancouver, BC? Vancouver's real estate market is known for its stunning properties and diverse neighborhoods. In this article, we'll take you on a virtual tour of the top 10 Vancouver MLS listings that will absolutely blow your mind! Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or looking to upgrade to a luxurious residence, these listings have something for everyone.

1. Luxury Living at Its Best

Our first listing offers a glimpse into luxury living at its finest. Located in the prestigious West Vancouver area, this mansion boasts breathtaking waterfront views, a private pool, and lush gardens. Imagine waking up to the sound of the ocean every day!

2. Downtown Vancouver Condo

For those who prefer the vibrant…

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The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 5,531 residential unit sales were recorded in Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) systems in September 2023, an increase of 10.4 per cent from September 2022. The average MLS® residential price in BC was $966,530 up 4.8 per cent compared to September 2022. The total sales dollar volume was $5.3 billion, representing a 15.7 per cent increase from the same time last year.

Renewed Bank of Canada Tightening Slows Sales Activity

“Home sales in BC have clearly been impacted by the Bank of Canada's recent tightening of interest rates, along with the resulting surge in mortgage rates,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “Home sales are once again trending at below average levels as potential buyers struggle with a high cost…

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Think Vancouver real estate is out of your reach? Think again! Discover how you can land amazing property deals without breaking the bank. This guide will unveil the secrets.

Understand the Market

The first step to finding affordable deals is understanding the Vancouver real estate market. The city is divided into various neighborhoods, each with its own price range and property types. A comprehensive list of available properties can give you an idea of what to expect.

Expand Your Horizon

Consider the Suburbs

If downtown Vancouver is beyond your budget, don't fret! Affordable options abound in the suburbs. Locations like Surrey and Coquitlam offer excellent amenities and are just a short commute away from the city center.

Look for…

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When it comes to listing or finding your next property in Vancouver, you've probably heard of REW.com. But have you considered VancouverHomeSearch.com as your go-to platform? In this article, we will compare the two on various factors to help you make an informed decision.

Scope of Listings

REW.com has been around for a while, offering a wide range of listings that cover various types of properties. From single-family homes to luxurious condos, REW.com provides a broad spectrum to choose from. However, more isn’t always better.

On the other hand, VancouverHomeSearch.com’s listings are meticulously curated. The platform prides itself on quality over quantity, ensuring that you find exactly what you are looking for, without sifting through…

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Broadway's Bright Future

As part of the Broadway Plan initiative, the City of Vancouver is poised to transform the public spaces in Kitsilano, Fairview, and Mount Pleasant into thriving, people-friendly environments. This transformation is essential to accommodate the significant growth expected in the Broadway Plan area over the next 30 years, which encompasses the region between Clark Drive and Vine Street, extending from 1st to 16th Avenues.

Community Engagement: A Cornerstone for Change

Starting from September 28, 2023, the city opened up a channel for public feedback to understand the community's preferences and suggestions on improving public spaces. This feedback will be crucial in molding the Broadway Public Realm and Streetscape Plan,…

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Fraser Valley market balanced, as demand softens and prices edge lower.

Continued slowing sales and a healthy rise in new listings in September has brought the Fraser Valley housing market into balance. Three months of declining sales has seen Benchmark prices dip for a second straight month.

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board recorded 1,100 sales on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in September 2023, a decrease of 13.6 per cent compared to August. Sales were up 22.6 per cent compared to September 2022.

New listings rose to 2,860 in September, an increase of 9.1 per cent over last month, and 25.8 per cent above this time last year. Active listings have been rising since last December and grew again in September by 3.8 per cent to 6,532, 3.5…

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As inventory increases, price gains relent in Metro Vancouver to begin the fall season.

The month-over-month price gains seen earlier this year abated in the Metro Vancouver housing market in September due to a seasonal decline in sales and a modest increase in inventory levels across the region.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 1,926 in September 2023, a 13.2 per cent increase from the 1,701 sales recorded in September 2022. This was 26.3 per cent below the 10-year seasonal average (2,614).

“A key dynamic that we’ve been watching this year has been the reluctance of some homeowners to list their homes given that mortgage rates are the highest they’ve been in over ten…

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