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Updated: Jan 26

Greetings all!

The weather is getting cooler and as we wind down from a busy summer, the fall brings new opportunities for buyers and sellers. In general, higher borrowing costs have started to make an impact with price gains cooling in some areas across Metro Vancouver, however, we have yet to see a drastic shift in many neighbourhoods.

The Vancouver Fall Home Show will be at the Vancouver Convention Centre from September 28 - October 1. Please get in touch with me if you would like to attend this popular event. I have a number of complimentary tickets to give away. HGTV Canada's Bryan Baeumier will be one of the presenters on the main stage. For more information about the show's features, speakers, and exhibitors, please see the link below.

Open House 101: 5 Important Things to Look For

Whether you're a first-time buyer or an experienced investor, the significance of an open house cannot be overstated. An open house is an invaluable opportunity for you to step into your future home, feel its spaces, witness its lighting, and envision your life unfolding within. It empowers you to ask questions, seek clarifications, and engage in meaningful conversations with real estate professionals, ultimately aiding you in making a well-informed decision. Here are the 5 important things to look for at an open house.

Storage Space

While you may feel uncomfortable opening closets and pantries in someone else’s home, storage space is one of the most important things to consider when buying a home. When viewing a condo, ask to see the storage locker if there is one, to get a sense of how much additional space you’ll have.


Living in the city often means there will be noise–which comes with the territory of living in the midst of the action. The further you are from other people and the more vast your landscape, the quieter it will be. In busy cities, pay attention to the property’s neighbourhood and any factors that could contribute to unwanted noise. For example, certain nearby businesses–such as bars or schools–may add noise. When it comes to condos and townhomes, pay close attention to see if you can easily hear people in the hall or in the next unit.


Regardless of the type of property, you’ll want some level of privacy. Spend time in your backyard, patios, or balconies to get a good sense of the level of privacy available. Is there adequate fencing? Are the windows strategically placed? Do you need blinds? Are you far enough from neighbours and are there enough foliage to ensure complete privacy? There are multiple ways to get privacy.

Wishing you a warm and wonderful Pumpkin Spice season and as always, please do not hesitate to reach out for any of your real estate needs.

Wendy De Haas

Real Estate Professional, PREN


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