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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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New homebuyers understandably proceed with great trepidation when seriously considering a new property. The internet is rife with horror stories of scamming developers, thoughtless real estate agents, unqualified inspectors and deceiving 'fixer uppers' in utter shambles. But selling homes in Vancouver can be equally terrifying and heartbreaking. If you're selling a home independently or for another homeowner, you may want to consider some dangerous actions that could turn a great sale into a horrible tale. Any of the following situations can turn your dream of selling a home into a nightmare.

 

When You Don't Have the Right to Sell The Home

It may sound obvious, but if you're asked to list, show and ultimately sell a home, make sure the person

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There comes a time in almost every homeowner's life when the house you live in can no longer accommodate the life you live. At this point, many homeowners struggle with a decision between two choices: stay, or go? If you're emotionally attached to your home, then renovation may seem like the best option, but what if renovation won't actually give you what you need in the end? And for those who are set on moving, how can you be sure that it's really worth packing up your whole life and adjusting to a new Vancouver neighbourhood? If you're not sure which way to go, this brief guide should help you to properly weigh the pros and cons of this very important decision.

Ask Yourself: What Do You Really Need?

The first question to ask yourself when you're

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How often does somebody stop and ask you for directions to a main attraction, only to leave you walking away with the realization that you know very well where it is, but have never been there yourself? There’s always time to go see it, right? After all, you live here! Well, there's no time like the present, Vancouver! Build yourself a mini vacation this weekend, grab a loved one, and check out these must-see attractions that make Vancouver the city it's known as today.

Nurture Your Love of Nature

Forest Vancouver

While there are so many amazing trails to hike around the North Shore, one attraction that is often overlooked is the Capilano Suspension Bridge. While it's known for the swinging bridge that stretches 450 feet across the Capilano River Canyon, there's

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Vancouver is more than just a great place to live -- it's a fantastic place to stay in shape with mountain and ocean views.

This year’s Vancouver Sun Run is almost here!  The beloved event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 21, 2013.  The Vancouver Sun Run is Canada’s largest 10K road race – the 2012 race boasted an impressive 48,904 registered participants. 

The annual event was established in 1985 with the goal of promoting health and encouraging an active lifestyle. 

With this year’s early spring and in the spirit of The Vancouver Sun Run’s mission, now is the ideal time to take full advantage of the countless lively outdoor activities the city of Vancouver has to offer. 

A great way to stay active is to become a frequent visitor of

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