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Is your home feeling a little cramped? If so, there are many relatively inexpensive ways to free up more space. Here are some ideas:


  • Convert traditional into non-traditional space. We’re all familiar with converting a spare bedroom into a home office or kids’ playroom. You can also create space by finding other uses for pantries and walk-in closets.
  • Explore smart storage solutions. There are many products on the market that revolutionize how you store things. For example, there are closet organizers available that double storage capacity. Check out the options at your local home improvement store.
  • Get rid of unneeded furnishings. Is there a chair no one ever uses? Is there a side table that takes up a lot of space, with nothing but a few knick-knacks on it? Consider selling these items to free up some space. 
  • Think high. Install storage shelves, hangers or baskets high up in the kitchen and laundry room. Use that storage for items you only access infrequently.
  • Consider storage rental. If you have furnishings and other items that you don't want to get rid of, consider renting a storage unit. There may be economical options in your area.


With a little creative thinking, you’ll be amazed by how much space you can create within your existing rooms. 

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It was my pleasure to help my clients find their new home. They were specifically looking for a pet friendly townhouse in North Vancouver with lots of storage, great outdoor space and close access to local hiking and biking. Well, we found it all right here! Lillooet Place is just below Cap University, so great acess to everywhere and the complex has a pool and playground for the kids. This is an end unit with over 2300 square feet on 4 levels with 2 good size decks and lovely lawns surrounding it. The perfect home for this famly, so glad I could help!


Now is a great time to buy, just get your financing in order (I can help!) and there are lots of great opportunities out there for you right now! 604.837.5048 - julia@juliastauffer.ca

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There are many good reasons to put your property on the market. Some examples include a relocation, the kids leaving the nest, the need for something bigger or smaller, and the list goes on and on. However, there are also some less-than-obvious indicators that it may be time to sell. Consider the following:


1. Your Property is no longer a Good "Fit" 

Your home may have been perfect for you when you bought it. But things change. Families grow. Needs evolve. For any number of reasons, your property may no longer be a good fit for you. If that's the case, it makes sense to at least take a look at what's available on the market. Who knows? Your next "perfect" home may be for sale right now — within your price range!


2. The Neighbourhood is Changing

You may have been in love with the neighbourhood when you first moved in. But, over time, the characteristics of any area can change. Those changes don’t necessarily mean the neighbourhood is getting worse. In fact, it may be changing in a positive way; perhaps becoming more urban. But, "more urban" may not be what you want. So take a look at the direction your neighbourhood is heading. Ask yourself, "Do I still want to be living here in two years?"


3. You're Ready for Your Dream Home

Remember when you purchased your current property? Did it have every feature you wanted? Was it your dream home? Or, did you have to compromise on a few things, such as the size of the kitchen? If you had to make some tough choices back then, it might be time for you to finally get the home of your dreams.

Those are just three indicators it may be time for you to make a move. Of course, there are many others. 

If you've been entertaining the idea of selling your property and finding your next dream home, give me a call. I can show you what's available on the market, and keep you informed of new listings that match what you're looking for. Contact me anytime. 604 837 5048 or julia@juliastauffer.ca

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Rowena List of Getting it Together, was one of the speakers at our event this Tuesday evening at the Delbrook Rec Centre. Did you know that the average home contains 330,000 items? Well that's what we found out. So in order to keep all those items in order most of us need help! 

 

Rowena gave some great to tips on how to think about items as you look at them, when trying to pare down your belongings! Do I love it? Do I need it? Is it a just in case item? These questions can help you decide which to keep and which to toss or give away. Speaking of giving things away, Rowena has a vast database of organizations that will take donations of all kinds and she will even sell items on Craigslist for her clients, how great is that?

 

We will be doing another session in September, so if you are interested in attending next time, contact me and get on the mailing list for date and time information!

 

 

 

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The count down is on to my next event!

I'm so excited to be presenting again with Joe Cutura of Origin Mortgages, this time the venue is the beautiful new Delbrook Rec Centre. Joining us for the first time will be Rowena List of Getting it Together. Rowena is a Silver Leaf Member of the Professional Organizers of Canada and professional speaker. She was quite literally ‘born to organize’. Dubbed by her clients and friends alike as “the de-clutter queen", she'll share her best tips to get you ready to move simply and easily.

Joe will bust myths about reverse mortgages and share his expertize on rates and qualifying! It's a must see talk if you are thinking about downsizing or thinking about helping your children or grand children with a home purchase.

Get your free ticket here!

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Long term investors, this is the ultimate passive investment! By now and realize immediate gain and then sit back. No expenses to pay, taxes, insurance, upkeep all paid for buy the current owner. Own this extremely well kept home on a quiet street, close to the local school. A large bright lot in the evolving community of Norgate. Current owner will maintain a Life Estate interest. A unique opportunity! 1281 MCBRIDE STREET NORTH VANCOUVER
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The latest stats show that detached home prices are flat year over year but condo prices keep rising. Perhaps a reverse mortgage to purchase a condo now, for the future is the answer for you.
Joe Cutura of Origin Mortgages will be one of the presenters at our Downsizing Info Session on June 26th! Join us to find out more..... Get your free tickets here!

 

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Our 1st event about Downsizing at the West Vancover Library was a great success. Joe Cutura from Origin Mortages talked about the new mortage rules and how you need to understand them. He also busted myths about reverse mortgages and explained how you can use them to your advantage in lots of situations.

Maryam Badie shared the latest North Shore Real Estate stats with our audience, with examples of what your dollors can buy you in other markets.

My role was the converations and decisions that arise around downsizing and how to navigate them, whether it's you and your spouse or a parent thinking about making the move.

Our little dark chocolate houses from Charlies Chocolate Factory were a great hit and we had two lucky winners in our Everything Wine gift card draw.

Our next event will be 7pm - June 26th at the new Delbrook Community Centre. Hope to see you there! Call 604.837.5048 for more details.

 

 

 

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Are you thinking about Downsizing? Do you have a parent who needs help with the decision?

Join us for a conversation on April 24th at 7pm at the West Vancouver Library

Macdonald Realty & Origin Mortgages present:

Julia Stauffer - A specialist in the emotions of life changes, as a Realtor Julia has researched and written about the intellectual and practical challenges people face when thinking about downsizing.

Joe Cutura - With 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Joe prides himself on making financing decisions as straightforward as possible for this clients.

Maryam Badie - Educator, cultural ambassador & passionate realtor, Maryam brings her unique style to presenting you with current state of the real estate market.

CALL 604.767.7460 - REGISTER NOW TO ENSURE YOUR SEAT APRIL 24TH 7PM - WEST VANCOUVER LIBRARY

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Congratulations to my clients who will be enjoying thier beautiful new home in Horeshoe Bay very soon. The views from every principal room in this house are stunnning. Perched just above the bay on a quiet street, this home looks directly up Howe Sound. So happy for them, it totally fits their lifestyle.

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Last month I wrote about some of the areas in West Vancouver I consider hidden gems. Here are some current listings in those neighbourhoods, call me for more details.

Seascapes

8571 Seascape Lane - A fantastic opportunity for downsizers, amazing views and only a 10 minute drive to Caulfeild Shopping Centre.

 

 

 

 

Pasco Road

8255 Pasco Road - Always dreamed of owning waterfront? This home is for you, hidden away but close to everything you need. Take a look!

 

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The month of August Kicks off in West Vancouver on the 4th, with the opening of the 27th Annual Harmony Arts Festival. Music, art, cool shopping and food all on the Ambleside Waterfront

Movies in John Lawson Park include The Martian & Zootopia. Music from Soulstream and Side One and so many others will fill the air from various stages. Enjoy great food vendors and the wine garden, while you relax and enjoy with friends and family. 


 

Rock Ambleside Park takes place August 18,19 & 20. You can still get tickets for this 70’s & 80’s music explosion. 

Glass Tiger, Platinum Blonde & Honeymoon Suite represent the 80’s in a big way, with fantastic rockers Harlequin and the Headpins taking us back in time. April Wine & Randy Bachman will invoke the sounds of the 70’s. A fun weekend in sunny Ambleside Park.

 

Enjoy music lovers! 

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Seascapes – For Homeowners looking to downsize, this beautiful neighbourhood just north of Horseshoe Bay is a hidden gem! With their amazing views of Howe Sound, these lovely spacious townhomes on the mountainside feel like amazing getaways homes, yet are only a 10 minute drive on the highway from downtown West Vancouver and 5 minutes from Caulfeild Shopping Centre. With prices in the $1.3 to $1.6 range they are amazing value for your downsizing dollar.

 

Pasco Road  - Premium West Vancouver waterfront with fantastic Howe Sound views, just minutes from Horseshoe Bay. This private road leads to an enclave of beautiful oceanside homes. Less well known than other West Vancouver neighbourhoods, this street remains a great value. If waterfront, privacy and amazing sunsets are for you, it’s a must see. 

 

Contact me to tour properties currently available in these areas.

 

 

 




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As many of you may know, my way of giving back is through my volunteering and donating to Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative. I was lucky enough to be able to contribute an article to the Neighbours of Dundarave Magazine this month about my passion for this great organization. If you would like to learn more, here's the article.

 

North Shore M2M Volunteers

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year from my family to yours.

 2016 and all of it's craziness is now behind us and we look forward to a much more balanced 2017. Whether you're thinking of buying, selling or just keeping tabs on the market, there's something for everyone in this month's Macrealty Market Update.

As always if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

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Join me today Saturday November 12th at 1015 Jefferson Avenue, West Vancouver for an Open House.

This home in a lovely quiet neighbourhood is close to Ridgeview Elementary & West Van High School. Lots of options here - enjoy as is, reno or build. Offered at $2,195,000.

Come by and see it for yourself. Open 2-4pm Saturday & Sunday

 

1015 Jefferson Avenue, West Vancouver

 

Kitchen 1015 Jefferson Avenue, West Vancouver

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