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  As the seller's agent I promise to help you determine the price of your home, market you home, do the proper way of advertising, schedule open houses, show your home to prospective buyers and make the whole selling process easy and stress free for you.

If you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to sell something is when supply of that item is low and demand for that item is high. That defines today’s real estate market. In this type of market, a seller may hold a major negotiating advantage when it comes to price and other aspects of the real estate transaction including the inspection, appraisal and financing contingencies.

 

 

Before you put your home on the market you should consider the followings:

DO DON'T
fertilize, seed, cut lawn and clip shrubs and purchase fresh mulch; plant new shrubs or trees;
clean, wash, deodorize indoor carpets and floors; select vivid colors for new paint or carpeting - stay neutral;
consider applying fresh paint to interior walls; purchase new wallpaper or light fixtures;
thoroughly scrub inside of appliances; purchase new appliances;
use accents (like fresh bath towels, decorative soaps, light air scents); clutter shelf tops with personal photos, etc.;
make sure all closets and cabinets are clean to the point of looking empty - they also will look larger; fill closets with items removed from the rooms;
consider repairing/replacing damaged roof shingles; replace entire windows;
reseal asphalt driveway; pave a gravel drive;
  install new siding
 

      

 

 

 

 

 

Top Grants and Rebates

 

 

1 Home Buyers’ Plan

Qualifying home buyers can withdraw up to $25,000 (couples can withdraw up to $50,000) from their RRSPs for a down payment. Home buyers who have repaid their RRSP may be eligible to use the program a second time.

Canada Revenue Agency

www.cra.gc.ca Enter ‘Home Buyers’ Plan’ in the search box.

1.800.959.8287

2 GST Rebate on New Homes

New home buyers can apply for a rebate of the federal portion of the HST (the 5% GST) if the purchase price is $350,000 or less. The rebate is equal to 36% of the GST to a maximum rebate of $6,300. There is a proportional GST rebate for new homes costing between $350,000 and $450,000. At $450,000 and above the rebate is nil.

Canada Revenue Agency

www.cra.gc.ca Enter ‘RC4028’ in the search box.

1.800.959.8287

3 BC Property Transfer Tax (PTT) First-Time Home Buyers’ Program

Qualifying first-time buyers may be exempt from paying the PTT of 1% on the first $200,000 and 2% on the remainder of the purchase price of a home priced up to $425,000. There is a proportional exemption for homes priced up to $450,000. At $450,000 and above the rebate is nil.

BC Ministry of Small Business and Revenue www.sbr.gov. bc.ca/business/Property_Taxes/ Property_Transfer_Tax/ptt.htm

250.387.0604

home owners who financially support children under age 18 may be eligible to defer property taxes.

BC Ministry of Small Business and Revenue www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/ individuals/Property_Taxes/ Property_Tax_Deferment/ptd.htm

7 Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC) Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) Grants. This federal program provides financial aid to qualifying low-income home owners to repair substandard housing. Eligible repairs include heating, structural, electrical, plumbing and fire safety. Grants are available for seniors, persons with disabilities, owners of rental properties and owners creating secondary and garden suites.

www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/ prfinas/prfinas_001.cfm

1.800.668.2642 | 604.873.7408

8 Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI)

A program jointly sponsored by the provincial and federal governments provides up to $20,000 to help eligible low-income seniors and disabled home owners and landlords to finance modifications to their homes to make them accessible and safer.

BC Housing www.bchousing.org/ Options/Home_Renovations

604.646.7055 or toll-free 1.800.407.7757 extension 7055

9 CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance Premium Refund

Provides home buyers with CMHC mortgage insurance, a 10% premium refund and possible extended amortization without surcharge when buyers purchase an energy efficient home or make energy saving renovations.

www.cmhc.ca/en/co/moloin/ moloin_008.cfm

604.731.5733

10 Energy Saving Mortgages

Financial institutions offer a range of mortgages to home buyers and owners who make their homes more energy efficient. For example, home owners who have a home energy audit within 90 days of receiving an RBC Energy Saver™ Mortgage, may qualify for a rebate of $300 to their RBC account.

www.rbcroyalbank.com/products/ mortgages/energy-saver-mortgage. html

1.800.769.2511

11 Low Interest Renovation Loans

Financial institutions offer ‘green’ loans for home owners making energy efficient upgrades. Vancity’s Bright Ideas personal loan offers home owners up to $20,000 at prime + 1% for up to 10 years for ‘green’ renovations. RBC’s Energy Saver loan offers 1% off the interest rate for a fixed rate installment loan over $5,000 or a $100 rebate on a home energy audit on a fixed rate installment loan over $5,000.

For information visit your financial institution.

www.vancity.com/Loans/ TypesOfLoans/BrightIdeas and www.rbcroyalbank.com/products/ personalloans/energy-saver-loan. html

12 BC Hydro Appliance Rebates

Mail-in rebates for purchasers of ENERGY STAR clothes washers, refrigerators,

dishwashers or freezers.

www.bchydro.com/rebates_ savings/appliance_rebates.html

1.800.224.9376

13 BC Hydro Fridge Buy-Back Program

This ongoing program rebates BC Hydro customers $30 to turn in spare fridges in working condition.

www.bchydro.com/rebates_ savings/fridge_buy_back.html

604.881.4357

14 FortisBC Rebate Program

A range of rebates for home owners include a $75 rebate for upgrading to an ENERGY STAR clothes washer, $300 rebate on an Ener-Choice fireplace and a $1,000 rebate for switching to natural gas (from oil or propane) and installing an ENERGY STAR heating system.

www.fortisbc.com/NaturalGas/ Homes/Offers/Pages/default.aspx

1.888.224.2710

15 FortisBC Rebate Program for Businesses

For commercial buildings, provides a rebate of up to $60,000 for the purchase of an energy efficient boiler, up to $15,000 for the purchase of a high-efficiency water heater and recieve funding towards a new construction energy study.

www.fortisbc.com/NaturalGas/ Business/Offers/Pages/default. aspx

1.888.477.0777

16 LiveSmartBC Small Business Program

Business Energy Advisors (BEAs) delivers free energy assessments. Help business owners tap into available product incentives and cash rebates for lighting, hot water, heating and ventilation improvements. Help business owners coordinate product installation. NOTE: this program expires March 31, 2014.

www.livesmartbc.ca/incentives/ small-business/index.html

1-866-430-8765

17 City of Vancouver Rain Barrel Subsidy Program

The City of Vancouver provides a subsidy of 50% of the cost of a rain barrel for Vancouver residents. With the subsidy, the rain barrel costs $75. Buy your rain barrel at the Transfer Station at 377 W. North Kent Ave., Vancouver, BC. Limit of two per resident. Bring proof of residency. There is a also a limited time offer for short rain barrels for small yards. Cost $50.

http://vancouver.ca/engsvcs/ watersewers/water/conservation/ programs/rainbarrel.htm

604.736.2250

Other municipalities have similar offers.

18 Local Government Water Conservation Incentives

Your municipality may provide grants and incentives to residents to help save water. For example, the City of Coquitlam offers residents a $100 rebate and the City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, and District of West Vancouver offer a $50 rebate when residents install a low-flush toilet. Visit your municipality’s website and enter ‘toilet rebate’ to see if there is a program.

19 Local Government Water Meter Programs

Your municipality may provide a program for voluntary water metering, so that you pay only for the amount of water that you use. Delta, Richmond and Surrey have programs and other municipalities may soon follow. Visit your municipality’s website and enter ‘water meter’ to find out if there is

 

 

 

 

 

                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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