Why it’s Important to Stage Your Home

Selling | July 14, 2019 | written by Corbin Chivers

  Let’s talk about staging and why we feel it’s critical to getting the most money when selling your home. Most people have heard the term but not everyone knows what it really is or why it’s so important. Simply put, home staging is using things such as art, greenery, lighting, accessories, furniture pieces and…

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3 Tips on How to Find the Best Real Estate Agent for You

Buying, Selling | July 13, 2019 | written by Corbin Chivers

The real estate market can be a vicious and competitive place, which is why it may be in your best interest to have someone on your side who knows it well. This is where a real estate agent comes in, as they can help you navigate the complex real estate market and allow you to…

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How to Get a Pre-Approval

Buying | July 11, 2019 | written by Corbin Chivers

Previously we discussed why you definitely want to get pre-approved before you start looking for homes, but here we’re going to dive a little deeper and tell you exactly how your bank/credit union determines your pre-approval amount. HOW A LENDER PRE-APPROVES YOU Credit Score First off is your credit score. Most people have heard of…

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New Development: Aloha Estates in Surrey

Buying, Investing | July 9, 2019 | written by Corbin Chivers

I’m super excited to share with you a new development in Clayton Heights, Surrey. I’ll be at the private sales event next week and look forward to bringing a few clients with me. Aloha Estates is a new, upcoming development in the Clayton neighbourhood. Featuring 83 3-4 bedroom townhouses at affordable prices, these units start…

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Home Inspections

Buying | July 6, 2019 | written by Corbin Chivers

One question we get asked all the time from our buyers is, “should we make this offer SUBJECT to us approving a HOME INSPECTION!?” Contrary to popular belief – The answer is not a simple yes or no. You see – like many decisions, when submitting an offer to purchase real estate, there are PROS…

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What is a Mortgage Pre-Approval?

Buying | June 28, 2019 | written by Corbin Chivers

One of the questions we get asked most often is, ‘what is a mortgage pre-approval?’ Simply put – When buying a home, a PRE-APPROVAL will determine the purchase price you can afford and helps you work within your budget.  When you get pre-approved for a mortgage, you’ll find out 3 things: The maximum amount…

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Renting vs Owning Your Home

Buying | June 25, 2019 | written by Corbin Chivers

   Renting vs owning? As a Realtor, it’s a question I get asked on a daily basis. My simple answer is that owning your own home is an investment in YOUR future – not your landlord’s. Now let me say that buying ISN’T for everyone!  Everybody has a different financial situation or different circumstances…

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How to Get Started in Real Estate Investment

Investing | June 24, 2019 | written by Corbin Chivers

It has long been proven that one of the best ways to get on the wealth ladder is to dip your toes into real estate investing. As with any venture, it can get nerve-wracking and intimidating. What if I don’t get it right? What if my investment simply goes down the drain? If you have…

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Top Legal Mistakes to Avoid

Buying, Real Estate Tips, Selling | May 11, 2019 | written by Corbin Chivers

The process of buying or selling a house seems to involve a million details. It is important that you educate yourself on as many parts of this process as you can—this knowledge could mean the difference of thousands of dollars in the long-run. The legal issues involved in the process are often particularly intricate, ranging…

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Stop Paying Your Landlord! Own Your Own Home

Buying, Real Estate Tips | April 26, 2019 | written by Corbin Chivers

The thousands of dollars in rent you’ve already paid to your landlord may be a staggering figure—one you don’t even want to think about. Buying a house just isn’t possible for you right now. And it isn’t in your financial cards for the foreseeable future. Or is it? The situation is common and widespread: countless…

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