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Closing day is an exciting time. After all, you’re moving into your new home! However, it can be stressful as well. The last thing you need is to be confronted with something you don’t understand. So here is a quick list of common “closing day” terms.

 

• Disbursements. This is the allocation of funds to the appropriate parties, such as the seller. Your lawyer will take care of this for you.

 

• Possession. This is the moment on closing day when you are legally able to take possession of your new home. It’s usually when your REALTOR® or lawyer hands you the keys.

 

• Title. This is a legal document that identifies the property and its owner.

 

• Closing costs. These are expenses, excluding the selling cost of the property, that are due on closing day, such as legal fees, reimbursement for pre-paid utilities, utility deposits, insurance, and taxes.

 

• Closing adjustments. These are expenses pre-paid by the seller that need to be reimbursed on closing.

 

There may be other terms you come across on closing day as well. Don’t worry, a good REALTOR® can help make the day go smoothly for you and your family.

 

Looking for a good REALTOR®? Call today.

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Please visit our Open House at 12047 101A AVE in Surrey.
Open House on Saturday, May 16, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
4,000 sq.ft. VIEW home. Grand foyer entryway with tile granite. 9 ft ceilings. Top 2 floors have crown mouldings, coffered ceilings and in-floor hot water heat throughout. Baseboard H/W heat in both suites down. Updated kitchen with actualpantry has all new stainless steel appliances incl. a gas stove, 4 door fridge, Bosch dishwasher and brand new modern backsplash. Kitchen has raised maple cabinets, granite island (w sink) and countertops. Huge master bedroom, with 8x8 walk in closet (with 2 chests of drawers and shelving) also has an impressive en-suite with double sinks, a stand up shower with rain head and a deep soaker Jacuzzi tub. Separate laundry up and down. Both tenants share a washer and dryer and storage area.
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I have listed a new property at 12047 101A AVE in Surrey.
4,000 sq.ft. VIEW home. Grand foyer entryway with tile granite. 9 ft ceilings. Top 2 floors have crown mouldings, coffered ceilings and in-floor hot water heat throughout. Baseboard H/W heat in both suites down. Updated kitchen with actualpantry has all new stainless steel appliances incl. a gas stove, 4 door fridge, Bosch dishwasher and brand new modern backsplash. Kitchen has raised maple cabinets, granite island (w sink) and countertops. Huge master bedroom, with 8x8 walk in closet (with 2 chests of drawers and shelving) also has an impressive en-suite with double sinks, a stand up shower with rain head and a deep soaker Jacuzzi tub. Separate laundry up and down. Both tenants share a washer and dryer and storage area.
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I have listed a new property at 118 2615 JANE ST in Port Coquitlam.
Burleigh Green. A Great building with pro-active strata council/management etc... This 1 Bedroom unit at the quieter side of the building, has an oversized covered patio, facing the grassy courtyard/playground etc... In suite laundry. Builtin gas fireplace. Open and spacious floor plan. Huge master bedroom with walk-through en-suite. Children and pets welcome. Playground just steps from the patio.
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Upgrades That Hold Their Value


Do you have a renovation project in mind – and wonder how much value it will add to your home? Remodeling Magazine recently did a study of renovation projects, comparing costs to added value. Here are some of the results:


Replacing a main entry door has a return on investment of over 95%.After all, the entrance to a home is one of the first things a prospective buyer notices.


Adding a new deck also adds a lot of value. Depending on the materials used, you can expect to get back three-quarters of the money invested.


Another high-payback project is the garage door. This once again demonstrates the importance of a home’s “curb appeal.”


If you’re tackling a big project, such as a basement renovation, you’ll be glad to know that, according to the study, a project like this adds a lot of value.


Finally, minor improvements to bathrooms and kitchens – such as adding new countertops or cupboards, can also be good investments that mostly pay back when you sell your home.


Of course, these figures are averages and can vary widely depending on location, type of property, and other factors.


Need help determining how a particular home improvement might impact the selling price? Call me today. Let's talk. 

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How a Home Inspection Helps You
Whether you're considering buying a particular home, selling your current
property – or both – a home inspection can help.
A home inspection is an inspection by a qualified professional who takes a
close look at every aspect of a home – structure, wiring, plumbing, and
more – and identifies issues you may not have noticed yourself.
For example, a home inspection can reveal that a furnace will need to be
replaced soon, or that there is a water leak into the basement that needs to
be fixed.
You'll definitely want to get a professional home inspection before you buy a
particular property. That's why most offers to purchase a home are
conditional upon passing a home inspection. (The last thing you want is to
buy your dream home only to discover that the wiring needs to be updated!)
You may also want to get a home inspection on your own home before you
list it for sale. A certificate from a qualified professional that states that your
home passed inspection will make your property more attractive to buyers.
Many reputable home inspectors are members of a professional industry
association.