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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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