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Budget 2017—BCREA News Release


 

Vancouver, BC – February 22, 2017. On the heels of multiple government announcements in 2016 and early 2017, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) welcomes the latest: an increase in the Property Transfer Tax exemption threshold for first-time buyers, announced in Budget 2017. The increase, to $500,000 from $475,000, takes effect today.

BCREA appreciates this government’s attention to the needs of first-time homebuyers. To keep pace with the dynamic real estate market and ensure that homebuyers aren’t left behind, the Association strongly believes that this threshold—and all others related to the Property Transfer Tax—should be indexed, with adjustments made annually.

During Minister de Jong’s budget consultation in January, BCREA recommended that the first-time buyer exemption be increased to $750,000. That number would align with the exemption for newly-built homes and with the BC HOME Partnership...

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I am so honored and thankful to have earned these 2 Achievement Awards yesterday - Platium Club & RE/MAX Hall of Fame! I am very grateful for the support of my clients, referrals, family & friends over the years.


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OPEN HOUSE: SAT/SUN FEB 25 & 26 FROM 2PM TO 4PM
11491 Plover Drive, Richmond (Westwind)



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This Saturday and Sunday,  Feb 25th & 26th, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM we will be hosting an Open House at 11491 PLOVER DRIVE in the Westwind neighborhood, Richmond. This is an opportunity to visit this excellent House for sale in beautiful Westwind.

Please come with any questions you may have. In the meantime you can take a virtual tour of this Westwind House for sale.

As always please do not hesitate to give me a call at 604.644.1044 if I can answer any questions before the open house, or if you would like to book a private showing.

Alisa Sakamoto
REALTOR® RE/MAX WESTCOAST

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Making an Offer in a Competitive Market



Imagine finding a home you love, making an offer, and then finding out there are other competing offers on the table. Ouch. If you’re looking for a property in a competitive market, it is likely that there will be multiple offers. Even just one can create the risk that you’ll lose the home. So how do you make sure your offer is enticing enough to win over the seller? Here are some ideas: 

• Find their motivations. To seal the deal, you have to know the seller’s motivations. We’re all motivated by something, and seeing things from the seller’s point of view can help you write a killer offer. Usually it’s one of three things:

  1. The bottom line (aka “money”)
  2. A rush to move/don’t want to drag the selling process out (terms)
  3. Emotional attachment

• Don’t make a low-ball offer. If you do, it might be dismissed and you probably won’t get another chance to bid — especially...

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The latest January stats for Richmond have just been released. Here is a snapshot summary for Single Family Detached Houses, Townhouses and Condos in Richmond. If you would like more details regarding your SPECIFIC neighbourhood, please contact me and I'd be happy to share! (I also have information on other cities too)

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Medallion Club Award


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Just received this in the mail - excited to have achieved the Medallion Club Award for the 3rd year in a row! This award recognizes the accomplishments of the profession's Top 10% of realtors in the Greater Vancouver area. I am SO thankful for all the incredible people in my life.. my clients, colleagues, family & friends for helping me get here and achieve my goals! 

I look forward to another year of doing what I love... assisting you to achieve your real estate goals, please don't hesitate to call me.

Thanks!

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Alisa Sakamoto 
Personal Real Estate Corporation 

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OPEN HOUSE: SAT/SUN FEB 11 & 12 FROM 2PM TO 4PM
11491 Plover Drive, Richmond (Westwind)




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This Saturday and Sunday,  Feb 11th & 12th, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM we will be hosting an Open House at 11491 PLOVER DRIVE in the Westwind neighborhood, Richmond. This is an opportunity to visit this excellent House for sale in beautiful Westwind.

Please come with any questions you may have. In the meantime you can take a virtual tour of this Westwind House for sale.

As always please do not hesitate to give me a call at 604.644.1044 if I can answer any questions before the open house, or if you would like to book a private showing.

Alisa Sakamoto
REALTOR® RE/MAX WESTCOAST

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The stats from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver have been released for January.  Home sales and listings trends are below long-term averages in the Metro Vancouver housing market. This is due largely to reduced activity in the detached home market.

Please let me know if you have any questions, I look forward to helping you



NEWSFLASH

    Metro Vancouver Housing Market Off to a Quieter Start than Last Year

VANCOUVER, BC – February 2, 2017 – Home sales and listings trends are below long-term averages in the Metro Vancouver* housing market. This is due largely to reduced activity in the detached home market.

Residential property sales in the region totalled 1,523 in January 2017, a 39.5 per cent decrease from the 2,519 sales recorded in January 2016 and an 11.1 per cent decrease compared to December 2016 when 1,714 homes sold.

Last month’s sales were 10.3 per cent below our 10-year January sales average.

“From a real estate perspective, it’s...

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