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Earlier this month, Homeday released a study to discover the most family friendly city around the world. The cities were selected based on the desire to raise families. We are proud to say that Vancouver was ranked number 6 in the study.

The Study

Homeday conducted the study by asking hundreds of parents what they considered most important for raising a family. Five main categories were determined throughout the study: City, Maternity and Health, Happiness, Travel and Activities, and Expert Perception. While parents considered affordability and pollution, their biggest considerations are good schools and the ability to buy a home. Thousands of cities were analyzed and a list of the 100 top cities came up. For these 100 cities, they were ordered

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Today, our team was recognized with an award for being the #1 Team at RE/MAX All Points Realty! We are extremely grateful for this award. 127 deals in 2016 - way to go team! We missed having Anh Hoang at our event. She is on a much deserved holiday in London - though still working, from a distance, on 3 deals!!   Congratulations to Léo Bruneau for earning the Diamond level of achievement! Extra special thank you to: Keith Cornies - for your much needed coaching throughout the year! Gayle Kossaber - for your continuous support and guidance! Lynda Kell and Jennie Copeland - for looking after our conveyance needs!   And all of our incredible family, friends, clients, and community for helping us to achieve this award, and doing so with smiles on…
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Is now the time to buy real estate?  Absolutely.   According to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver the past year has seen a tremendous increase in the value of real estate value in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody, making homes in these areas an incredible investment.   For comparison, detached homes in Coquitlam had an MLS HPI Benchmark Price of $787 800 on average in February 2015, but that average skyrocketed to $1 006 900 by February 2016.   coquitlam-deteched -house-2016   Port Coquitlam saw comparable growth with the price of detached homes increasing from $593 100 to $776 800 over the same time period, while Port Moody climbed from $927 600 to $1 164 800.     … that’s an average increase of $213 333 in only one year!   port-moddy-2016-HPIThe Tri-Cities’ townhouse market…
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Choosing the neighborhood best suited to your wants and needs can be as important as choosing the right home. How can you choose the right community? Become a neighborhood detective. Figure out what you're looking for, do research and find a neighborhood that fits your description. STEP 1 -- Profile Your Perfect Neighborhood Before you start scrutinizing neighborhoods, turn the magnifying glass back on yourself. Think about what you're really looking for in a new neighborhood. Remember, you'll probably have to make compromises, so put the "must-haves" at the top and the "would- like-to-haves" at the bottom. Not sure what fits your lifestyle? Here's a list of 12 types of neighborhoods to get you started. Here are some things to…
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The Bank of Canada announced it will keep its key interest rate on hold at 0.5 per cent. The central bank said a lower Canadian dollar has helped absorb some of the impact of lower commodity prices, which have been hurt by increasing uncertainty about growth prospects for China and other emerging markets. "The stimulative effects of previous monetary policy actions are working their way through the Canadian economy," said the bank, which twice cut its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point earlier this year. Sherry Cooper, chief economist at Dominion Lending Centres, said the central bank had been disappointed with the export sector, but more recent data has shown considerable improvement. "That is a result of the decline in the Canadian…
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  Fire Insurance is on many people's minds right now, as there are approximately 240 fires are burning throughout BC. There are fires near Pemberton, including the Elaho wildfire and the Boulder Creek wildfire, and in other areas such as the Sunshine Coast. With property owners facing evacuation orders and alerts, it's a good time to re-visit your insurance policy. Existing insurance policies and renewals may be affected, according to Trudy Lancelyn, deputy executive director of the Insurance Brokers Association of BC. Clients facing insurance policy renewals should contact their insurance broker well ahead of time. “The insurer may have new requirements,” said Lancelyn. “For example, the insurer may send out inspectors who could require brush around…
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