Michael Giesbrecht, West Vancouver/BC real estate: Blog http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php This page contains the blog. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:12:23 -0700 http://ubertor.com/?v=1.0 en 314 3811 HASTINGS STREET, Burnaby North, BC http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/314-3811-hastings-street-burnaby-north-bc Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:39:51 -0700 Michael Giesbrecht Listings http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/314-3811-hastings-street-burnaby-north-bc I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 314 3811 HASTINGS STREET, Burnaby North, BC

Location, location! Corner unit, 2 bed/2 full baths & den in the highly sought out CONCRETE BOUTIQUE MIDRISE-Mondeo! This SPACIOUS corner suite boasts a ton of natural light & very functional layout. The home features rich wood cabinetry, engineered hardwood floors, granite countertops, gas stove range & a LARGE KITCHEN w/plenty of cupboard space. Enjoy morning coffees or evening BBQ on the 95 sq ft patio deck. Convenient central location, close to Brentwood & Metrotown Mall, 15 mins to Downtown, walking distance to local restaurants, delis, cafes, parks & transit. 1 parking & 1 storage locker included. Pets & rentals are welcome! SEE VIRTUAL TOUR!

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West End Open House! http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/west-end-open-house-8 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:08:26 -0700 Michael Giesbrecht Listings http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/west-end-open-house-8 We are proud to announce that this Apr 14th, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM we will be hosting an Open House at 1525 Pendrell St Vancouver BC in Charlotte Gardens in the West End neighborhood, Vancouver. This is an opportunity to visit this excellent Apartment for sale in beautiful West End.

Please come with any questions you may have. In the meantime you can take a virtual tour of this West End Apartment for sale.

As always please do not hesitate to give me a call at if I can answer any questions before the open house, or if you would like to book a private showing.

Michael Giesbrecht
Royal LePage Sussex - West Vancouver

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5 Ways To Make The Selling Process Stress-Free http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/5-ways-to-make-the-selling-process-stress-free Wed, 04 Apr 2018 13:40:53 -0700 Michael Giesbrecht General http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/5-ways-to-make-the-selling-process-stress-free  stress free.jpg

For some homeowners, the process of listing, showing and selling their home can be stressful. Fortunately, there is plenty you can do to make it much less nerve-racking—and even exciting and enjoyable. Here are some ideas: 

  1. Make a plan. Decide when you’re going to show your property, search for a new home, view listings, etc. Block out these times in an agenda book or calendar. That way, you and your family can see what’s coming up.
  2. Be flexible. Few things go exactly as planned! So, it’s important to build in flexibility. For example, you may plan to see homes for sale on Saturdays, but if an opportunity comes up on a weeknight, give yourself room in your schedule to jump on it.
  3. Eat well. There are numerous studies that connect poor nutrition with increased stress. When people are selling and moving, there’s a tendency to rely on quick fixes, such as hot dogs and pizza! Try to plan more nutritious meals that will keep everyone healthy and energized.
  4. Get stuff done early. Doing things last minute, such as finding a real estate lawyer or getting rid of clutter, can quickly lead to stress and frustration. Whenever possible, get tasks done early. That way, you won’t have to worry about them.
  5. Hire the right professionals. By far, the surest way to a stress-free move is to get the right professionals working for you: everyone from contractors to mortgage brokers to movers. 

By the way, a big part of what I do for clients is help make every aspect of buying, selling and moving go smoothly. Contact me to learn how I can help you.

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#305 1535 Chesterfield Ave, North Vancouver, BC http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/305-1535-chesterfield-ave-north-vancouver-bc-1 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:40:20 -0700 Michael Giesbrecht Listings http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/305-1535-chesterfield-ave-north-vancouver-bc-1 I just sold this Condo at #305 1535 Chesterfield Ave, North Vancouver, BC Central Lonsdale.

View this recently sold Condo or see all my home sales

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West End Open House! http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/west-end-open-house-7 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:39:34 -0700 Michael Giesbrecht Listings http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/west-end-open-house-7 We are proud to announce that this Mar 24th, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM we will be hosting an Open House at 1525 Pendrell St Vancouver BC in Charlotte Gardens in the West End neighborhood, Vancouver. This is an opportunity to visit this excellent Apartment for sale in beautiful West End.

Please come with any questions you may have. In the meantime you can take a virtual tour of this West End Apartment for sale.

As always please do not hesitate to give me a call at if I can answer any questions before the open house, or if you would like to book a private showing.

Michael Giesbrecht
Royal LePage Sussex - West Vancouver

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West End Open House! http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/west-end-open-house-6 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:39:10 -0700 Michael Giesbrecht Listings http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/west-end-open-house-6 We are proud to announce that this Mar 23rd, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM we will be hosting an Open House at 1525 Pendrell St Vancouver BC in Charlotte Gardens in the West End neighborhood, Vancouver. This is an opportunity to visit this excellent Apartment for sale in beautiful West End.

Please come with any questions you may have. In the meantime you can take a virtual tour of this West End Apartment for sale.

As always please do not hesitate to give me a call at if I can answer any questions before the open house, or if you would like to book a private showing.

Michael Giesbrecht
Royal LePage Sussex - West Vancouver

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West End Open House! http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/west-end-open-house-5 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:38:58 -0700 Michael Giesbrecht Listings http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/west-end-open-house-5 We are proud to announce that this Mar 22nd, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM we will be hosting an Open House at 1525 Pendrell St Vancouver BC in Charlotte Gardens in the West End neighborhood, Vancouver. This is an opportunity to visit this excellent Apartment for sale in beautiful West End.

Please come with any questions you may have. In the meantime you can take a virtual tour of this West End Apartment for sale.

As always please do not hesitate to give me a call at if I can answer any questions before the open house, or if you would like to book a private showing.

Michael Giesbrecht
Royal LePage Sussex - West Vancouver

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#208 1525 Pendrell St Vancouver BC, Vancouver, BC http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/208-1525-pendrell-st-vancouver-bc-vancouver-bc Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:30:09 -0700 Michael Giesbrecht Listings http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/208-1525-pendrell-st-vancouver-bc-vancouver-bc I just finished uploading this Apartment for sale, #208 1525 Pendrell St Vancouver BC, Vancouver, BC

Welcome to Vancouver's delightful gem, Charlotte Gardens! Living on a quiet, tree-lined street will make you feel you are far from the madding crowd; a home at the corner of the complex allows for plenty of light; quartz countertops, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances add touches of class and open-air breezeways bring light and fresh air to your walks within the complex. Just steps from your front door you will be able to enjoy Stanley Park, English Bay Beach, Denman and Davie Streets and all of the delicious dining and eclectic shopping options you can handle. Sneak Peak on Thursday, March 22nd, 6-7 pm. Open House on Saturday, March 24th, 2-4 pm. Call today for a private viewing.

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What You Need To Know About "Interest Free" Deals http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/what-you-need-to-know-about-interest-free-deals Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:40:00 -0700 Michael Giesbrecht General http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/what-you-need-to-know-about-interest-free-deals  furniture.jpg

Next to your home and car, home furnishings represent the most expensive product purchases homeowners make. A mid-quality livingroom set, with sofa and two side chairs, can cost thousands of dollars. That’s why most furniture retailers offer “interest free” and “pay much later” deals to soften the blow. 

These are basically financing options. 

Say, for example, you want to purchase furniture for the rec room. The cost is $7,200. The furniture retailer may offer you a deal where you “don’t pay a cent” for six months. As long as you pay the balance within that time, no interest is charged. 

That sounds like a sweet deal. And it is.   

But, personal finance experts will advise you to tread carefully. If you pay off the balance within the “no interest” timeframe, you’ll benefit from the sweet deal, by having deferred the payment. However, if you fall behind on payments, you’ll be hit with a high interest charge. It’s often 20% or more. That can add hundreds of dollars to what you would have originally paid for the purchase. 

And, even if you paid down most of the balance within the no interest period, you can still get hit hard. Some “no interest” deals charge interest on the original financed amount — not just the remaining balance. 

The best advice, according to personal finance experts, is to read the fine print carefully and pay off the balance as promptly as you can.

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Open House Questions Some Buyers Forget To Ask http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/open-house-questions-some-buyers-forget-to-ask Fri, 02 Mar 2018 16:14:33 -0800 Michael Giesbrecht General http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/open-house-questions-some-buyers-forget-to-ask open house.jpg

An Open House is an event. And, like many events, it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement and energy. In fact, when you visit an Open House, you might even end up rubbing elbows with other buyers who are there at the same time. It can feel like a party! 

In an environment like that, it’s not unusual to forget to ask important questions about the property. Here are some of the most common:

  • How old is the roof?
  • How old is the furnace, air conditioner and other HVAC equipment?
  • How does the price compare to similar properties in the neighbourhood? (You don’t want to make an offer that’s too high.)
  • What are the characteristics of the neighbourhood? (Amenities, safety, traffic, access to public transit, property turnover, etc.)
  • What doesn’t come with the home? (Ask specifically about kitchen appliances, gas-connected BBQs, chandeliers, window coverings.)
  • Are there any potential impediments to the sale? (Tenants, outstanding liens, etc.)
  • Are there any outstanding maintenance issues, or repairs that need to be done? (For example, cracked ceramics on the foyer floor.)
  • Are there any issues that impact the full use of the property? (Ask specifically about shared driveways or walkways, public “right of way” through the property, water drainage rights from neighbouring homes, etc.) 

Yes, an Open House can feel like a frenzy, and if it’s a home you love, you might feel pressured to make an offer. But, it’s important to take the time to ask the right questions and consider your decision carefully. You don’t want to find out, too late, that there were questions you should have asked. 

Want more tips on finding the home of your dreams? Call today.

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Subtle Signs It May Be Time To Sell http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/subtle-signs-it-may-be-time-to-sell Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:18:11 -0800 Michael Giesbrecht General http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/subtle-signs-it-may-be-time-to-sell  time-to-sell.jpg

Sometimes the reason for putting your home on the market is crystal clear. For example, you might have a job relocation and need to move. Or, you might have decided to downsize because the kids have left the nest. 

However, there are many other motivations to list your home that are not as obvious, and yet are still good reasons to make a move. Here are just a few examples... 

  • You’re bored with your home and are looking for a change. 
  • There’s something you’ve always wanted in a home that your current property doesn’t have, such as a wooded backyard. 
  • You want to be closer to work, or to activities you enjoy, such as golf. 
  • You want to be closer to family. 
  • The neighbourhood is changing in a way that no longer fits the lifestyle you want. 
  • There’s another neighbourhood you’ve always dreamed of living in. 
  • Your tastes have changed and you want to live in a different type of home. 

None of these reasons makes it an absolute necessity to list your property and find a new home. Yet, they’re all worth considering, especially if moving will make you and your family happier, and provide you with a more desirable lifestyle. 

Want to talk about the possibilities? Call today. 

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Lower Lonsdale Open House! http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/lower-lonsdale-open-house-63 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:32:49 -0800 Michael Giesbrecht Listings http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/lower-lonsdale-open-house-63 We are proud to announce that this Jan 27th, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM we will be hosting an Open House at 106 199 VICTORY SHIP WAY in the Lower Lonsdale neighborhood, North Vancouver. This is an opportunity to visit this excellent Condo for sale in beautiful Lower Lonsdale.

Please come with any questions you may have. In the meantime you can take a virtual tour of this Lower Lonsdale Condo for sale.

As always please do not hesitate to give me a call at if I can answer any questions before the open house, or if you would like to book a private showing.

Michael Giesbrecht
Royal LePage Sussex - West Vancouver

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106 199 VICTORY SHIP WAY, North Vancouver, BC http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/106-199-victory-ship-way-north-vancouver-bc Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:30:29 -0800 Michael Giesbrecht Listings http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/106-199-victory-ship-way-north-vancouver-bc I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 106 199 VICTORY SHIP WAY, North Vancouver, BC

Large ground floor unit with soaring high ceilings and very large private patio. Sought after "Trophy" building in Lower Lonsdale. Close to everything: Seabus, shopping, restaurants and bars.A wonderful layout highlights this spacious one plus den Large 325 sq ft terrace. Entertain on owners roof deck complete with hot tub, fire pit, and BBQ kitchen. Quality finishing includes air-conditioning, soft close Scavolini cabinets, Bosch appliances including gas cooktop, and crown moulding. Owners enjoy the Pinnacle Pier Hotel's 5 lane 80 foot lap pool, gym, steam room, sauna, plus special VIP privileges. With a walk score of 92, Trophy offers location and lifestyle as you are just steps to shopping, restaurants and Lonsdale Quay Fresh Market. Prime Waterfront Location.

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Smart Home Devices That Stop Leaks and Water Damage http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/smart-home-devices-that-stop-leaks-and-water-damage Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:32:19 -0800 Michael Giesbrecht General http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/smart-home-devices-that-stop-leaks-and-water-damage

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Should You Rent Out Part Of Your Home? http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/should-you-rent-out-part-of-your-home Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:51:01 -0800 Michael Giesbrecht General http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/should-you-rent-out-part-of-your-home  for rent.jpg

Have you ever considered renting out a room to a student or renovating your basement into a self-contained rental apartment? 

It’s a big decision. There are many pros and cons to consider. 

On the pro side, renting can provide you with additional income. An extra few hundred dollars a month can go a long way towards paying down your mortgage or splurging on an exotic summer vacation. 

Creating rentable living space in your home — for example, an “in-law suite” featuring a kitchenette and bathroom — may also increase your property’s market value. 

On the con side, you’ll have more costs and responsibilities as a landlord. For example, you might need to purchase extra insurance because basic home insurance policies typically do not cover rental units, even if you’re just renting out a room. You’ll also be responsible for dealing with repairs sometimes in the middle of the night. 

Also, if you’re not careful about the renter you choose, you might end up with a “problem tenant”. For example, you could have a tenant who is consistently late on rent payments or simply stops paying. That can be stressful. 

If you’re deciding whether or not to rent, be sure to check local laws and regulations. Many jurisdictions have very strict rules regarding renting out space in a residential property, and those rules change frequently. Make sure you get the latest information.

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611 95 MOODY STREET, Port Moody, BC http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/611-95-moody-street-port-moody-bc Fri, 12 Jan 2018 03:54:09 -0800 Michael Giesbrecht Listings http://www.mikegiesbrecht.com/Blog.php/611-95-moody-street-port-moody-bc I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 611 95 MOODY STREET, Port Moody, BC

Introducing The Station by Aragon. Centrally located in Port Moody just blocks away from skytrain, restaurants, brewers row, shopping, and Rocky Point Park. Beautifully finished this apartment includes engineered HW flooring, stainless steel appliances, full size washer & dryer, and geothermal heating/cooling. What really sets this unit apart is it's sweeping view of Burrard Inlet to be seen from the 2 decks and common patio.

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