If you are a future home, condo, or townhome buyer in North Vancouver and just starting the process, it’s important that you take a quick minute to become familiar with the current market conditions taking place. Many potential buyers are out there on their own looking to find that perfect home, only to be extremely disappointed when they finally find the perfect place and are not prepared when offers are accepted. With the majority of homes sales having multiple offer situations last year, if you haven’t been out there looking yet, you may not know what to expect when it comes to making an offer. In North Vancouver it has been especially important to have a realtor navigate you through the process. It costs the buyer nothing for this peace of mind and ultimately a whole lot of stress and disappointment can be taken out of the equation. Typically new listings in North Vancouver are going on the market early in the week. As agents we often will list a property early on during the week, followed by the “agents open”. The weekend will host the public open houses, with offers being accepted on the Sunday or possibly into Monday or Tuesday of the following week. It’s your agents job to get you over to see the home as soon as possible, hopefully prior to the weekend opens. This will give you enough time to setup a “Pre-Inspection”(should your interest warrant), prior to offer day. With the buyer’s market being so competitive at the moment, it’s often beneficial to have your inspection done prior to the day the home is setup to receive offers. This gives you the advantage of coming in without, “subject to inspection”. In this market this can often be one of the top contributors to being successful or not on offer day. Many agents are also suggesting to their clients get “pre-approved” for a mortgage right away. This will give you an idea where you stand and what price point is comfortable for you. In normal markets we had the luxury of making an offer, “subject to financing” and unfortunately with current market conditions it is extremely important to go through this process prior to making an offer. You have nothing to lose, but a lot to gain depending on how strong your pre-approval is. If you can get a letter of commitment from your bank, you are looking that much stronger on offer day. We have noticed a real increase in offers coming in “subject free”, so ultimately there financing is solid and secure and also they have taken the liberty of performing there inspection early for there will be no need for “subject to inspection” on offer day. They still have it done for their own piece of mind and to give them a good idea of what they are getting, yet they do not put it down as a subject. Having an experienced North Vancouver Realtor who has been through this process with their clients can really make all the difference between a successful offer or not. Jim Pilkington REALTOR with RE/MAX Crest Realty in North Van can help guide you with the process. Start by shooting Jim email@example.com an email and start receiving email alerts for new home listings that meet your criteria. You will receive an email notification the minute they hit the market. When/if you see something that looks like it could be the right fit for you, simply let Jim know you would like to setup a showing to see it and he will be happy to set that up for you.
Looking for North Vancouver Realtors who specialize in helping you buy or sell your home? North Vancouver real estate agent and specialist Jim Pilkington of REMAX in North Vancouver is an award winning agent with home grown passion for this picturesque area. Jim has lived in North Vancouver for over 38+ years and is proud to call this beautiful area home. Let me share my local knowledge of neighbourhoods, schools, shopping, parks, trails and all the other amenities and that are important to you. The North Vancouver Remax office is the top producing brokerage on the North Shore. With 90% of home sales in North Vancouver now starting with an online search, I can’t stress enough the value of aligning yourself with REMAX, the most productive sales group world wide is. When you use a REMAX agent for buying or selling, you’re giving yourself exposure to our world wide network and listings. Only with REMAX will your listing be exposed to 42 languages, in 111 Countries. Jim feels confident knowing that when he takes on a new client for buying or selling North Vancouver real estate, they are well positioned to get exposure they deserve to the market and listings! As your North Vancouver real estate agent, I also understand that not all buyers are going to be found domestically. Jim owns and operates the highly targeted and well visited website, www.VancouverHouses.com, just another way that he can showcase your listing to those who might not have found it otherwise. When choosing a North Van Realtor it’s important to consider how your home will be advertised. Jim has over 15+ years in marketing and sales and will showcase your home the way it deserves. First impression is key. Email Jim for his, “Top 10 Inexpensive Ways To Get Your Home Sold Faster”. For many of Jim’s clients finding a great neighbourhood and community in North Van is also important. More often than not, buyers find the importance of a great street, the surrounding families, community and schools are just important as the house itself. Jim grew up in North Vancouver, went to elementary and high school here, and now is proudly an active member in the local community. I am passionate about the North Shore communities and will share my home grown knowledge with you. Communication is also a very important element in having a good working relationship your real estate agent. I listen very closely to what my clients set out for me and the criteria that is most important to them, which allows me to better tailor to their needs and execute successfully. If you have any real estate questions, want to know what your neighbour’s home sold for, or have a free market evaluation done for your North Vancouver home, feel free to contact Jim Pilkington of RE/MAX Crest Realty 604-785-5188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . RE/MAX Crest Realty 101-2609 Westview Drive, North Vancouver, BC V7N 4m2
Unless you’ve been asleep for the past couple of seasons, I’m sure you’ve noticed the real estate boom happening on the North Shore right now. It seems that pretty much any street your drive up or down on has a for sale sign in the ground and there’s a good chance that if there’s not a sold sticker on it yet, it’s soon to have one. There’s some real demand out there right now and at least in the foreseeable it sure doesn’t seem to be slowing down any. It’s so beautiful here, should we be surprised that everyone else seems to be catching on to all the beauty this area has to offer? North Vancouver Real Estate and specifically North Vancouver Homes just continue to be one of the most sought after places to reside in all of Vancouver. It truly appeals to the masses as an outdoor enthusiast paradise with your proximity to endless parks, hiking trails, biking trails, Capilano Suspension Bridge, minutes from the local ski hills, while also being such a community and family oriented place with a host of excellent schools to choose from. North Vancouver Homes are doing a great job in checking off the criteria list for many families looking for that perfect combination of schools, community, picturesque scenery and great neighbourhoods. With the latest monthly totals from the Real Estate Board Of Greater Vancouver for Detached North Vancouver houses for February and March, the trend looks as strong as ever. February showed an inventory of 248 detached homes in North Van listed for sale, with a 49% sales ratio. March showed 262 North Vancouver homes listed for sale, with 189 sales(72.14%). I’ve called North Vancouver home for over 35+ years and the real estate market and the desire to live here does not surprise me. Couples see it as an ideal place to raise a family, surrounded by outdoor activities, walking distance to amenities, and just steps from a handful of schools to choose from. You’re far enough away from the congestion of downtown, but only 20-25 minutes from being in the heart of it when needed. The listing and sales stats for North Vancouver houses in April will be released in roughly 1 week and I suspect the trend has not altered very much. As your North Vancouver Real Estate expert and real estate agent, let me share my first hand knowledge of this wonderful community and all it has to offer. Signup to receive email notifications each time a new North Van listing comes on the market that meets your search criteria. It’s really simple, just email me with your criteria(price range, beds, baths, suite, etc.,) and I’ll set you up to receive alerts each time a new listing comes on the market that matches it. If at anytime you would like to see one of the properties you are notified with, just call or email me with the time and we’ll set it up(it’s a great way to keep your eye on the market and home prices). Selling Your North Van home? Expose your listing with an award winning real estate agent that specializes in the North Vancouver property market. You gain access to the top selling brokerage on the North Shore(RE/MAX) and our network of highly visited websites. Not all home buyers in North Vancouver come domestically, that’s why with RE/MAX will your listing gain access to 111 Countries in 42 languages to ensure we extend our reach to more potential buyers. Let Jim Pilkington of RE/MAX Crest Realty give your property the exposure it needs, while sharing his home grown passion for this great area and real estate.
Staging The Outside Of Your North Vancouver Houses
Well, it’s that time of year again North Vancouver…Spring is here! The sun is shining and what better time to address the outside of your North Van homes for that Spring Sale! Some simple things are often overlooked outside your home, when this can often be just as important(if not more important) than the inside of the home. This is your chance to make a great first impression, take advantage of it. Make sure your lawn is cut and trim the bushes and overhang. Maybe add a hanging basket to your entrance, or some planters filled with colorful blooms. Turn over your gardens and remove any weeds that might catch a visitor’s eye. Power washing the outside decks, patios, walkways and driveway can take years off the appearance. Often we spend a great deal of time staging the inside of our homes and tiding them up, while forgetting about the exterior. Doesn’t it make sense to do the same outside? After all, it is the first thing people see when they do that first drive by or see the images of the front of your home on the MLS. The outside of the home gives a home buyer the first clue as to how your home has been cared for, make sure to send the right message to potential home buyers in North Vancouver. For more quick, easy and inexpensive ways to potentially increase value for North Vancouver Homes, visit the rest of my Top 10 ways here: http://www.jimpilkington.com/10-quick-tips-for-increasing-home-value-in-north-vancouver . For more information or to schedule a free home evaluation, call award winning North Vancouver Realtor Jim Pilkington of RE/MAX Crest Realty 604-785-5188 or email@example.com
If you have made a trip to Lynn Valley lately, you’ll notice the community is buzzing and more vibrant than ever. When driving up or down the local streets and cul-de-sacs you’ll notice something taking shape with Lynn Valley homes. A quiet building boom is unfolding before your eyes as a people are realizing that this great community, it’s great school selection, proximity to everything and picturesque landscape just can’t be beat. It’s truly the ideal place to live. The lot sizes are fantastic and ideal for builders to build that perfect Lynn Valley dream home. Living in Lynn Valley is an excellent place to settle down with your family, while putting you just 15-20 minutes from downtown Vancouver.
With the addition of the new Lynn Valley Village shops, restaurants, library and more, it’s vastly becoming one of the great family destinations right in the heart of Lynn Valley. Adding to that will be the new and upcoming plans for, “Lynn Valley Town Centre” development. You’ll be hard pressed to find anything missing with our wonderful parks, trails, canyons, schools, waterfalls, local ski mountains and golf. People are choosing to call Lynn Valley home for many reasons. One thing Lynn Valley residents get is a wonderful community. Lynn Valley has some of the longest standing community events and traditions. Every spring Lynn Valley host the “Lynn Valley Gala” a dinner and dancing event open to anyone. The following day you’ll be amazed as Lynn Valley comes to life with “Lynn Valley Day”, which starts off with a parade down Lynn Valley Road, followed by entertainment, rides, games, races, and so much more at Lynn Valley Park. During the month of December right in the center of Lynn Valley Village is the ever popular, “A Lynn Valley Christmas”, which hosts over 70+ Christmas trees decorated by local merchants and businesses and kicks off with a visit from Santa, music, choirs, refreshments, and more. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in Lynn Valley, let local Lynn Valley expert and realtor Jim Pilkington of RE/MAX Crest Realty proudly share home grown passion for Lynn Valley.
1. Curb appeal
This is your first and most important chance to make an impression with your Lynn Valley Home. Simple things like mowing the lawn and turning over the garden areas with new soil and plants go a long way. Trim the shrubs. Buy a new welcome mat. Add a hanging plant next to your entrance, or some large terra-cotta pots filled with colorful blooms. This is crucial – online pictures of your front door will likely be the introduction to prospective buyers.
What buyers see when they first drive by your home is really important and often overlooked.
For many potential home buyers, the kitchen is the heart of the house. When I’ve held my open houses in Lynn Valley, it’s amazing how potential home buyers make a beeline for this room when they first view a home for sale. So make sure your kitchen looks clean and reasonably updated.
For a few hundred dollars, you can replace the kitchen faucet set, add new cabinet door handles and update old lighting fixtures with brighter, more energy-efficient ones.
If you’re working with a slightly larger budget, you can give the cabinets a makeover. Rather than replace your kitchen cabinets, there are some excellent refinishing.
In Lynn Valley, it’s easy for the weathering to leave it’s mark over the winter and fall. Nothing can instantly transform a room like a new coat of paint. That’s especially true if you’re going from something dark and dingy (and scratched and dirty) to something light, bright, and white. Painting is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to change and improve a room’s appearance. Anyone can do it. I know, because I have. A bedroom upstairs and the kitchen and dining room in my main house, and two bedrooms in my parents’ home. HUGE difference.
4. Clean and de-clutter
Cleaning is obvious – we shouldn’t even have to mention that a dirty kitchen or bathroom will cost you customers. But clutter is another matter. Step back and try to look at your home the way someone else would for the very first time.
And what about the garage? If you use it to store everything but your car, clean it out so a prospective buyer can imagine pulling their own vehicle in there. (Although they’ll probably do just like you and use it for storage.)
5. Create rooms
Substituting one room’s use for another is a cheap way to transform a three-bedroom home with a den into a four-bedroom home. If it doesn’t have a closet, add an armoire. Or maybe your home has a formal dining room that’s never used. Add doors if it doesn’t have them and a freestanding wardrobe – and you’ve got an instant main floor master bedroom
Ceiling fixtures tend to get hung, then forgotten, which means they look dated before long. Inexpensive replacements from a home improvement store can brighten up the interior and make a room look more current.
7. Add storage
New homebuyers are always looking for storage space. Maximize what you have by adding a closet storage system, incorporating shelves, two-tiered hangers, and the like. Storage doesn’t have to be deep to be useful. Open up a space between studs and walls, install shelving, and you’ve got the perfect place for a series of small shelves
Potentially this could be the most expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Staging a home is just about making it more like an uncluttered luxury hotel suite and less like your family’s home. Do it on the inside and outside and your home will probably sell faster and for more.
9. Clean Carpets
Carpeting is another detail that can quickly update a home and make it look cleaner. A professional carpet cleaning is an inexpensive investment, especially if your rugs are in good shape and are neutral colors.
10. Shine the bathroom
Next to the kitchen, bathrooms are often the most important rooms to update. You can improve the look without a lot of cash. Simple things like a new toilet seat, shining faucets and possibly a pedestal sink are pretty easy for homeowners to install, and they make a big difference in the look of the bath.
North Vancouver Homes To Continue Uptrend?
Lynn Valley continues to transition as families are falling in love with this passionate community, the great elementary and high schools we have to choose from, the new Lynn Valley Village and Library, the future Bosa Properties build out of Lynn Valley Town Centre, parks, trails and so much more. It’s an extremely desirable place to settle down with your family and either buy a great family home or build that dream home on very reasonable sized lots. I’ve grown up in Lynn Valley, went to both elementary and high school here, so it’s exciting to see the buzz around the area and see so many new family start to realize what a wonderful gem we really have here. Over the last year home prices for a single family detached home in Lynn Valley went from $894,000 in 2014 to $993,000 in 2015, an 11% jump for Lynn Valley homes. As a Lynn Valley real estate agent and specialist, I’m not surprised. I work with a lot of buyers on the North Shore and when they ask where I see the most upside potential, hands down my answer is always Lynn Valley. It’s evident if you do a quick drive in and around Lynn Valley, there’s a real building boom going on. Older Lynn Valley houses are being bought for their beautiful lots and proximity to everything and buyers are excited to build that new family home surrounded by one of the most picturesque back drops the North Shore offers. North Vancouver Real Estate Assessments just came out and Global news had a segment last night with “Winners and Losers” for the 2015 property assessments. Lynn Valley was further validated by being 1 of 3 areas featured: http://globalnews.ca/video/1753275/2015-bc-property-assessments-winners-and-losers
. If you are considering a move to Lynn Valley, call Lynn Valley real estate expert Jim Pilkington of RE/MAX Crest Realty, 604-785-5188 or JimPilkington@shaw.ca
*Source Global News and BC Assessment
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Support Upper Lonsdale Pre-School with the annual Tree Chip at the North Vancouver District Hall Parking Lot on Saturday Jan 3rd and Sunday January 4th from 10 am-4 pm at 355 West Queens Road, North Vancouver. It’s always a great Upper Lonsdale Community event that brings back past little graduates, present familiar faces and future little pre-schoolers! If your little one will be attending Upper Lonsdale Pre-School it’s a great way to meet some parents, teachers, and volunteers in the community. Interested in seeing what current real estate is available in the Upper Lonsdale area? Please feel free to browse the current properties and homes for sale for Upper Lonsdale, click here
If you’ve been out and around North Vancouver this year, you may have noticed a lot of SOLD signs in the ground this season. It’s been a great year for real estate in North Vancouver and as we come to year end, the trend looks to continue into the New Year with inventory levels for homes in North Vancouver being the lowest since 2010. As of Dec 2nd, 2014 there are less than 250 houses for sale In North Vancouver. At this point, demand is easily outperforming supply and makes for a real opportune time to be up for sale in North Vancouver. In mid-December it is typical for the market to trail off a little and pick right back up again after the New Year. This year should definitely not be an exception to the rule and strategically planning and timing to take advantage of this, might just be the right move. With the Buyers that are still eagerly looking during the holidays, they typically are the ones that are very motivated – more than likely they wouldn’t still be looking otherwise! So this year, rather than taking your home off the market during the holidays or listing your home in the New Year, you may actually be able to reap the benefits of this current low inventory situation and having little competition. If you’re considering putting your North Vancouver Home onto the market, consider having Jim Pilkington REALTOR® in North Vancouver with RE/MAX assist you with this. Call for your free home evaluation today. Contact Jim JimPilkington@shaw.ca or 604-785-5188