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Tips for Finding an Apartment in Vancouver

Finding an apartment to rent in Vancouver is always a challenge. It requires hours of research, communication with landlords and property managers, securing of references and, obviously, searching and actually finding a place you want to call home. Below we’ve provided a number of tips designed to help make your search more effective and hopefully, less stressful.   PREPARE A RENTAL PROFILE Prepare for your apartment hunt like you would for a dream ...

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FRESH from Australia – A Newcomer’s Guide to Vancouver

Work, love or a desire for good coffee and abundant weed, has landed you in Vancouver. You’ve decided to stay. How do you establish yourself permanently in this lush corner of the Pacific Northwest? In our latest series, “Fresh”, we ask newly minted Vancouverites about the trials and tribulations they encountered when moving here. Today, we feature Amy from Australia. Newcomer Profile Amy is a young, Australian professional who was seeking travel, ...

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Did You Know Your Moving Expenses Are Tax Deductible?

A little-known fact in Canada is that many moving expenses are tax deductible and can boost your return - so keep all your moving related receipts!  Here is a list of moving-related expenses that you can submit to CRA at tax time to help recoup some of the costs associated with your move: Traveling expenses, including car expenses for you and your family; Meals and accommodations on the way to ...

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FEATURE LISTING: Best of Burnaby

Located steps away from Burnaby's bucolic Deer Lake Park, this 3 bedroom, 1/2 duplex is perfect for couples or families.  A spacious, functional layout, this home boasts high ceilings, gourmet kitchen, 2 and a half bathrooms and ample storage. On a corner lot, enjoy a southwest facing yard, and easy access to all the amenities in and around Metrotown including transit, grocery stores (Superstore,  T&T Supermarket etc.) and Bonsor Recreation Complex. ...

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First Time Landlord Checklist

So you’ve made the fortuitous decision to invest in real estate and now you want the revenue stream to begin raining down on you. But are you ready? Below we provide a list of items to help prepare you to be an effective and fair first-time landlord! NB- We are assuming your building allows rentals so you are not breaking any strata laws in listing your place. Here's a list a new ...

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8 Tips To Save On Rent In Vancouver

How do you save on rent in Vancouver? Living in cities like Vancouver where vacancy rates are low, here are some rent-saving tips that may help you secure a lower rental rate: Open up your search area to include broader geography and loosen other requirements too (i.e. 1.5 vs. 2 bathrooms, shared vs. private laundry etc.). If you are on a strict budget, you will have to compromise in some areas. ...

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Renter Beware – Know your Rights as a Tenant

Here's a quick list of rights you have as a tenant In a tight rental market, renters must be informed and astute as landlords often hold the balance of power in the negotiation process. If you haven’t had much experience as a tenant, it’s important to know your rights before signing a lease agreement! Signing a Lease If you can't provide adequate references, it is reasonable for a landlord to request recent pay stubs, ...

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Picture Perfect – 10 Tips for Photographing your Rental Property

To attract the right tenants and to attract more than one applicant, you need to present your property in the best possible way. This means taking beautiful photos of your rental property.  If you don’t have the budget or time to hire a professional photographer, here are 10 tips to follow that will help ensure your photos help, not hinder, your ability to rent your place. . 1. Clean up and declutter. ...

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Trading Places: Preparing to Move

We can all agree that moving is the WORST.CHORE.EVER.  However, like taxes, it is an unavoidable part of grown-up life. Here is a checklist and some tips and tricks to making it less painful. ✓ Read your current lease for specific instructions for vacating. Most landlords require one month’s notice in writing. Prepare a letter and deliver it in a timely fashion or risk paying a penalty. ✓ Decide whether this will ...

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Adulting 101 – Renting For The First Time In Vancouver

Renting For The First Time   Renting your first place, especially in Vancouver, can be a daunting task. Here are our top first time renting tips to make the rental process for your next house or apartment a little less intimidating and more successful.   Pre Search References. You will need to secure 3 references who might be willing to receive calls from prospective landlords. Given that you won’t have a previous landlord reference, reach out ...

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