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Springtime is one of the most beautiful times in British Columbia. It's no coincidence that it's also one of the most active times of the year for selling UBC homes.  Families prepare for big moves in the summer, and people of all life situations feel more inclined to get out and view houses.


During this time, putting your home’s best foot forward in terms of staging is absolutely critical. Lots of homes will look drop-dead gorgeous from the curb and in online photos, so if your home is not high up in terms of these criteria, it could get overlooked.


So make sure to boost your home’s selling prospects by boosting its curb appeal using these four tips:

Get Rid of Lawn Clutter

A good rule of thumb for the inside of your house is to reduce the amount of furniture so that your home feels airy, spacious and roomy. You can apply this same rule to the outside of your house! Think in terms of open green space versus ornamental plants. 


Ideally, you will have most underbrush removed so that all plants have a clear, purposeful presence rather than feeling like a “wild” clump. Get rid of all weeds and all growing plants you did not purposefully plant or propagate. Trim back lower branches of trees so that light can penetrate throughout your yard and travel into your house. Frame all ornamental bushes with gravel, mulch, bark, lava rocks or a similar substrate that makes every planted area picture-worthy.


All of these tasks reduce the appearance of lawn maintenance while making your yard look more spacious and organized.

Power Wash Your Sidewalk, Paths and Driveway

Renting or hiring out a power washer is a minimal cost, but it can do so much for your outdoor appearance. Just a few hours is all it takes to make your paths look cleaner, brighter and maybe even bigger while eliminating a common source of visual blight.

Give Your Curb Presence Some Visual “Pop”

Planting some flowers by your mailbox and front entrance is a common technique for adding a touch of colour and beauty to your home, but why stop at plants? You can use other, similar techniques to add some flair while helping home viewers know they have come to the right place.


Using bold brass numbers on your mailbox or front door frame is a common approach, and you can also substitute them for a colourful or natural material that complements the aesthetic of your home. Brightly coloured paints on accents like your front door, front porch support trusses or shutters can also help give people clear visual markers while making your home feel more charming.

Add Some Fencing or a Trellis

You do not want to clutter your yard with excessive accents, but having a few architectural touches can serve to “frame” a yard and sometimes even make it look larger. Add a few feet of decorative fence to a corner of the yard to give it some more upscale charm, or add a trellis or arbor to a pathway to make it feel more picturesque.

Get More Curb Appeal Advice for Selling UBC Homes From an Experienced Agent

You can implement all of these suggestions in the perfect way to complement your home and learn even more techniques for selling a home near UBC when you work with a local, experienced agent familiar with area.


Using these tips and personalized advice from a UBC real estate agent, your home can look more beautiful from the curb than you ever imagined!

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Demand for homes continues to outpace supply in Metro Vancouver

A shortage of residential property listings coupled with strong demand, particularly for condos and townhomes, continued to impact Metro Vancouver’s housing market in March.

Residential property sales in the region totalled 3,579 in March 2017, a decrease of 30.8 per cent from the 5,173 sales recorded in record-breaking March 2016 and an increase of 47.6 per cent compared to February 2017 when 2,425 homes sold.

Last month’s sales were 7.9 per cent above the 10-year sales average for the month.

“While demand in March was below the record high of last year, we saw demand increase month-to-month for condos and townhomes,” Jill Oudil, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) president said. “Sellers still seem reluctant to put their homes on the market, making for stiff competition among home buyers.”

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 4,762 in March 2017. This represents a decrease of 24.1 per cent compared to the 6,278 units listed in March 2016 and a 29.9 per cent increase compared to February 2017 when 3,666 properties were listed.

This is the lowest number of new listings in March since 2009.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 7,586, a 3.1 per cent increase compared to March 2016 (7,358) and a 0.1 per cent decrease compared to February 2017 (7,594).

The sales-to-active listings ratio for March 2017 is 47.2 per cent, a 15-point increase over February. Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below the 12 per cent mark for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it surpasses 20 per cent over several months.

“Home prices will likely continue to increase until we see more housing supply coming on to the market,” Oudil said.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $919,300. This represents a 0.8 per cent decrease over the past six months and a 1.4 per cent increase compared to February 2017.

Sales of detached properties in March 2017 reached 1,150, a decrease of 46.1 per cent from the 2,135 detached sales recorded in March 2016. The benchmark price for detached properties is $1,489,400. This represents a 5.0 per cent decrease over the past six months and a one per cent increase compared to February 2017.

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,841 in March 2017, a decrease of 18.3 per cent compared to the 2,252 sales in March 2016.The benchmark price of an apartment property is $537,400. This represents a 5.2 per cent increase over the past six months and a 2.1 per cent increase compared to February 2017.

Attached property sales in March 2017 totalled 588, a decrease of 25.2 per cent compared to the 786 sales in March 2016. The benchmark price of an attached unit is $685,100. This represents a 1.3 per cent increase over the past six months and a 1.4 per cent increase compared to February 2017.

Download the full March 2017 stats package here

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