Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Dec. 22, 2018

What Makes a LoveVancouverHomes.com Agent Different

Work with an experienced Vancouver real estate agent.At LoveVancouverHomes.com, we work very hard to enable our team of agents to be available to their clients at all times and to be totally honest with them. For some people, the image of a real estate agent conjures up a pushy salesperson. We think that’s an unfair stereotype, but we also understand people have had negative experiences before they come to us. When you work with the LoveVancouverHomes.com team, you get a totally different kind of agent from the old fashioned salesperson. You get a professional, with many years (if not decades) of experience in this market. As a team member, your agent does not have the pressure to make a commission. This means your agent will be able to give you the attention and also the honesty you need to make the best decision about your next house. And our clients get the same attention, whether they’re looking at a small starter home or a luxury condo.

A Vancouver Realtor from Our Team Will Help Educate You in Market Conditions

We see our agents as consultants. Their job is to give you all the information you need on the local housing market so you can make an informed decision about the best house for you. Our agents typically take their clients to visit many open houses, so they experience the options on the market for themselves. This is another way we help educate our clients and help them refine their criteria for their next house.

Finally, because we do such a high volume of business, we have contacts with lenders, home inspectors, title and escrow companies, home warranty companies, and many more who can help get you through every step of the home buying process. After you’ve found the right house, we can also put you in touch with contractors and other tradespeople you might need to help you get your new house feeling like home. You can feel comfortable with our recommendations, since they’re based on the experiences of many happy customers, not commissions.

Please give us a call before you start searching for a home in Vancouver. We’d love to work with you and help you find the house that’s right for YOU.

 

Posted in Market Updates
Dec. 22, 2018

House Hunting in Vancouver? Hire a Buyers Agent!

Hire a buyers agent to help you find a Vancouver home.In a fast moving market like Vancouver, you need as many people and resources in your corner as you can get. This is why we recommend hiring a buyers agent to help you navigate the challenges of Vancouver home buying. There are several great reasons to work with a buyers agent.

First, this agent works for you exclusively. If you find a house you like and call the listing agent, he or she can answer questions for you about the house and neighborhood. Keep in mind that the listing agent is legally required to work on behalf of the sellers to get the best deal from their point of view. Any information you give the listing agent will be used to the seller's advantage, not yours.

Your Buying Agent Will See You Through the Whole Process of Home Buying

Next, your agent will help you negotiate the best deal, not only on the price, but on work the seller agrees to do, closing date, and other terms. Most people who aren’t real estate agents don’t know the ins and outs of these details. It’s easy to get overwhelmed or to overlook something vital if you’re not an expert. Your agent will take care of everything for you.

Did you know that the fee for the buyers agent comes out of the sale price of the house? That’s right. A buyer does not have to pay the agent! When else do you get to have the expertise of a professional at your disposal for free?

Finally, your agent keeps all of your information confidential. It’s not unlike the confidentiality you expect at a doctor’s office. All your financial information, as well as your motivation for buying, and other personal details are protected by law.

Now, not all buyers agents are able to offer the same time, attention, and expertise. We suggest interviewing several different agents to make sure you get the best fit. At LoveVancouverHomes.com, our team has decades of combined experience, as well as solid working relationships with many local professionals, including home inspectors, contractors, and mortgage lenders. We’re happy to help you find a good match for the other professionals on your team. Give us a call today so we can get to know you!

 

Posted in Market Updates
Dec. 22, 2018

Market Literacy - The First Step in the Home Buying Process

Learn the Vancouver housing market to find the perfect home.If you’re a buyer in the Vancouver housing market, chances are that you’re a bit overwhelmed. This market tends to have low inventory and high demand, so the house you saw online yesterday is probably under contract today. Looking at the latest housing stats, you might start to feel pressured to “just buy something”.

Here at LoveVancouverHomes.com, we encourage our clients to resist this pressure. We’ve seen over and over again that when people snatch up the first property they can, they end up feeling disappointed and unhappy in a house that doesn’t really suit their needs.

Market Education: Why Searching Online Isn't Enough!

The approach we recommend is to really educate yourself on what the Vancouver market is like. We take our buyers out on market research expeditions where the point is not to find your dream home, but to visit as many different types of properties as we can. This allows you to get a feel for what you can actually get for your dollar in this market. You can also determine what are your “must haves” and what is optional. Another advantage is that you get to learn about the market in a low pressure environment. You’re on a fact-finding mission, not a house-hunting session. You can take notes, discuss options with your partner or kids, and take your time.

We find that this low pressure approach yields much better results for our clients! It doesn’t necessarily take longer, either. Many clients feel more confident in their housing needs and their ability to choose the right one after just a day of exploring the market. Other clients have more time and feel better taking several days or even a week or two to weigh their options. You get to proceed in the process at a pace that feels comfortable to you. Our agents are part of a team and so don’t have pressure to make a sale instantly to meet their expenses. Our business model allows us to offer our clients a process that works for them.

Give us a call today, and we’ll get set up with a tour of Vancouver homes right away!

 

Posted in Market Updates
July 31, 2017

Curious About Local Real Estate?

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Curious about local real estate? So are we! Every month we review trends in our real estate market and consider the number of homes on the market in each price tier, the amount of time particular homes have been listed for sale, specific neighborhood trends, the median price and square footage of each home sold and so much more. We’d love to invite you to do the same!

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You can sign up here to receive your own market report, delivered as often as you like! It contains current information on pending, active and just sold properties so you can see actual homes in your neighborhood. You can review your area on a larger scale, as well, by refining your search to include properties across the city or county. As you notice price and size trends, please contact us for clarification or to have any questions answered.

We can definitely fill you in on details that are not listed on the report and help you determine the best home for you. If you are wondering if now is the time to sell, please try out our INSTANT home value tool. You’ll get an estimate on the value of your property in today’s market. Either way, we hope to hear from you soon as you get to know our neighborhoods and local real estate market better.

Posted in Market Updates