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Just as fashion trends change each year, interior design trends are also evolving into looks and styles that make for a contemporary space. If you’re a homeowner, it helps to review the latest in interior design to ensure your home stays trendy and chic. 2014 has brought several new designs that make for an eclectic and inviting space, and homeowners have a variety of great decorative options available for every room. Here are just a few trendy options you can use to spruce up your home.

Wallpaper is Back and Bigger Than Ever

Although taupe walls were once the primary look in homes, wallpaper has returned as a popular design choice. While the word 'wallpaper' may invoke visions of the 1970s and disco-inspired patterns, the wallpaper styles now

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So – you have gone through the tedious and sometimes stressful process of finding your ideal home, have come to terms with the seller on the price and have the necessary mortgage financing lined up, but you are still not quite finished yet. There is a saying among experts in the real estate business: the deal has not closed until it has been funded. What this means is that the final closing paperwork must be completed before the property officially changes hands.

Initial Introduction

For most first time homebuyers, the closing process may be difficult to understand and might leave you unsure of what to expect. Essentially, on closing day all parties involved in the transaction will sign the official documents that are necessary to close the deal

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Summer is upon us, and that means it's time to work outside. Beautifying your yard is one of the best ways to enjoy the warm weather, and it doesn't have to be expensive. Turning old materials into attractive landscaping additions is one of the easiest ways to save money. A few landscaping projects here and there can both spruce up your home landscape and give you a fun way to spend your time outdoors. 

Edging Your Garden or Home Landscape

A few considerations when purchasing edging are the cost, the look you are going for, and how your landscaping will change over time. Each style of edging adds a different look and feel to your garden, and each its own set of pros and cons. 

The actual edging material can include anything from bricks to wood to

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Selling your home in Vancouver, British Columbia or another major Canadian city isn’t easy, especially if you have lived in your home for years or even decades. Your house isn’t just four walls and a roof – it’s a place full of memories and meaning. Your home is a part of your life, and selling it can often cause you to reflect on yourself and your family. In order to sell your home, though, it’s important to focus on the buyer. A prospective buyer won’t have the same emotional connection to your property that you have, so focusing on yourself during the home showing won’t close a sale. Here are three strategies you can use to refocus, so you can find a buyer for your home.

Rid Your Home of All Clutter

Ridding all of the clutter from your current

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The days are getting longer and warmer, the leaves are on the trees and the birds are singing. This can only mean one thing: the 2014 season of Theatre Under the Stars is nearly here! TUTS has a long history of presenting wonderful family-friendly performances and this year will certainly be no exception. 

This season the ensemble will perform two shows, both based on motion pictures popular in the first decade of the 21st century. The opening performance is based on the kid's film from DreamWorks Entertainment, named for the title character, Shrek. The following night, the second of the year's selections will open. This one is a performance of the MGM film Legally Blonde, adapted from the novel by Amanda Brown. Though considerable different, both

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So you have a home with a rentable suite, and you're finally ready to take the necessary steps to becoming a landlord. Congratulations! As you might have guessed, there are certain precautions you must take when renting out a suite in your home, and the task should be taken seriously to ensure everything runs smoothly. Renting out a part of your home, however, can have great financial benefits.

RTA: Familiarize Yourself With the Rules

When it comes to just about anything in life, knowledge is king; becoming a landlord in Vancouver is no exception to the rule. Before you start looking for a tenant or preparing your suite to be rented, take the time to familiarize yourself with the Residential Tenancy Act. This is the law in British Columbia that

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In a hot real estate market like Vancouver, it isn't too far of a reach to expect to be in a multiple offer situation at some point. These situations, which are also referred to as "bidding wars," require the buyer to compete for the home with other potential buyers. Though this often takes the bidding power away from the buyer and gives it to the seller, there are still plenty of tactics the buyer can use to increase their chances of winning the war. If you’re in a bidding war for your next home, try using some of these strategies to edge out your competition.

The Deposit Bump: Increase the Amount You’re Willing to Part With

Though there isn't a specific standard for deposit amounts, there certainly is an expected minimum when it comes to your

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Many people allow their emotions to drive their purchases and some of these emotionally-driven purchases may lead to financial strain or the wrong investment choice. When it comes to purchasing large items or making investments for the future, it is very important to not be emotionally involved. If you cannot seem to leave your emotions behind by using the tips below, you might want to let another person whom you trust do the buying for you. If you are buying a home in Vancouver and tend to get emotional over major life changes and purchases, there are a few ways you can avoid getting overly attached or emotional when doing so.

 
                     

Make Sure You Have Support

 A solid support system consisting of family members and close friends

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There is no doubt that the purchase of a home is a huge investment, for most people it is the biggest investment they will ever make.  But there are many costs that are not always apparent when purchasing a home, that need to be considered. 

When working with a Buyer’s Agent, early in the conversation should be a review of potential charges and costs.  Some of the possible charges include (but are not limited to).

The deposit is a significant cost for the purchase of residential property.  The higher the deposit, usually the lower the interest rate and the better the terms possible for the mortgage or financing. Most traditional lenders want a deposit of 10%, some will work with 5% and others will require 20% of the purchase price.  In some cases,

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We all want to ensure that we’ll be able to retire at an ideal time in our lives, and most of us dream of retiring sooner rather than later. Many people take the route of purchasing real estate investment properties in order to make this dream a reality, and many are successful. Regardless of whether you are up for dabbling in real estate investment, if you own your home you also have an investment that will help you retire when the time is right. Here are just three ways your "non-investment" property can help you retire sooner.

 

Selling and Living: Trading Your Home for Retirement

 If you've been paying off your home for the last twenty plus years, you likely have a large investment on your hands, one that you may not even realize has

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