Lifestyle

Virtual House Tours: Beginner’s Guide to Live Streaming

Once again the COVID-19 pandemic is requiring resilience and creativity on behalf of landlords and property managers. As new restrictions are imposed, and open houses and showings are discouraged, many property managers and landlords are turning to creative ways to show off their listed properties. We've created this beginner's guide to help you stay ahead of the game and drive engagement to your listings. Here are our tips, tricks and best ...

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2021 Definitive Guide: Moving to Canada from the US

For many Americans looking to relocate, Canada is one of the top choices. Not only do we share a border, we share many values and a similar standard of living; however, we differ in other ways, that make us an attractive destination. In this article, we explore the ins and outs of orchestrating a move to Canada from the U.S. - covering everything from healthcare and cost of living to ...

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International Student Guide: Homestay vs. Renting Alone

We’ve partnered with Vancouver-based, international relocation specialists, Vanmates for this article. With services specifically tailored to the needs of international students and young professionals, Vanmates has helped thousands of clients find the right home in Vancouver. Vanmates has cultivated a vibrant, like-minded community of new Vancouverites who continue to support each other long after their move is complete. Sharing our collective knowledge and experience of international student housing and the ...

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Best Travel Destinations near Vancouver

As far as vacation opportunities go, the great province of British Columbia is absolutely brimming with choices. This summer, of course, given current circumstances, Vancouverites, British Columbians and out-of-province visitors alike have been enthusiastically appreciating our varied landscapes and attractions even more.  Whether you’re looking to get out of your pandemic isolation for a day of socially-distanced excursions, or hoping to enjoy a longer vacation experience, we’ve put together a list of ...

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TaxBack™’s Guide to Working from Home – Tax Expenses

liv.rent welcomes partner, TaxBack™, to our blog to provide tax-related tips and information to our readers - landlords and tenants alike. TaxBack's™ first post appropriately focuses on the tax benefits available to those working from home. This is a timely topic given that by mid-April, the COVID-19 pandemic had 3.3 million Canadians move out of their regular offices and workplaces to work from home. Though June saw that number decrease ...

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Renting During COVID-19: Finding a Roommate

The COVID-19 situation is fluid, evolving daily and pushing us to make adjustments in our lives as we prepare for the next phase of re-opening and adapting to new lifestyles. Many are rethinking their living situations, and that can often mean finding a new roommate to share your home. In terms of student housing in particular, many uncertainties remain; as quarantine began, some students left empty rooms behind to return home ...

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Tips for Moving During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Despite the B.C. Health Authority’s loosening of some COVID-19 quarantine restrictions, it is definitely not business as usual for most business sectors in the province including the real estate and rental markets. For the foreseeable future, finding a place to rent will be a very different exercise than it was a few months ago. Thankfully, in terms of payments, many provinces, alongside our federal government are offering some relief to ...

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Roommate Living – Keeping it Real feat. Happy Roommates

The rental reality for many people – young and old – is that roommates are necessary to pay the rent.  To help outline the pros and cons of shared accommodation and to provide some helpful tips, we've collaborated with a new company called Happy Roommates, dedicated to finding the right, shared accommodation for their clients.   Pros of Roommates 1. Save on rent and utilities. Rent and bills will be split, reducing monthly ...

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Renter Spotlight: Laura Valenzuela from Brazil

Renter Spotlight Laura Valenzuela and her husband are a Brazilian couple who have recently relocated to Canada. Laura is working downtown while her husband attends Langara College. They secured the rental of an unfurnished suite in Marpole's W1 complex while still living in Brazil. The Marpole location, located right by the Canada Line, is convenient for both of them; Laura is downtown in 20 minutes and her husband can get to ...

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Setting Up Utilities

Moving is always a chore. And it isn’t just limited to transporting your stuff from A to B; it also requires some scheduling and logistical planning to ensure you have heat, electricity, cable and, of course, WiFi when you move in. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you set up utilities. Table of Contents How do I set up utilities? When do I initiate setup? Which utilities do I need to set up? Electricity Gas Water/Sewer Internet/Cable/Phone Security/Alarm ...

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