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SEA TO SKY REAL ESTATE NEWS

Welcome to my blog, thanks for stopping by. You will find home and lifestyle tips, upcoming events, local dining recommendations, market updates and much more. Stay awhile and have a browse.

Katie McLachlan Remax Squamish Real estate Relocation Specialist

September Market Update

Squamish’s average sale price across all property types in September 2020 was $822,560 (5.3% decrease as compared to last Septembers average price). We saw 97 new listings to the MLS throughout the month (an increase of 6.6% year-over-year) and 72 new sales registered which represents a huge 60% increase from September 2019. The average sales price for Detached Properties in Squamish was $1,105,474 (+3.9% …

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CMHC Tightens Lending Rules For Insured Mortgages

Evan Siddall, the president and CEO of Canada’s government-run mortgage insurer, announced new mortgage underwriting rules this week. The rules he introduced will have a major impact on first-time homebuyers. As has always been the case, any mortgage with less than 20 per cent down requires insurance, however, now in order to qualify for that insurance, borrowers will need to have a lower debt …

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HOME STAGING; WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT

We’ve been told not to judge a book by its cover, but first impressions have an immense impact our decision-making, whether we care to admit it or not. Therefore, a well-staged home typically has a better chance of selling at a higher price than one that hasn’t been staged – and in a shorter period of time. Here are 4 reasons (out of many) …

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12 EASY WAYS TO FRESHEN UP YOUR HOME FOR SPRING

written by LEAH GROTH UPDATED MAR 02, 2020 As the days start getting longer and winter fades into spring, the optimism of the new season is hard to ignore. And while spring cleaning tends to get the most attention, it’s also a great time to revamp our home décor. You don’t need to go out and buy all new furniture or do a massive renovation in order …

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GST: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

What is GST and How Does it Affect the Purchase of Your Property? What is GST? The goods and services tax (GST) is a multi-level, value-added tax introduced in Canada on January 1, 1991.This 5% tax is imposed on the supply of goods and services that are purchased in Canada, except certain items that are either “exempt” or “zero-rated”. Who pays the GST? Almost everyone is required to …

STAGING TIPS TO ENSURE TOP DOLLAR

Thinking of selling your property and unsure how to get it ready for market? Here are some obvious and not-so obvious tips to get you started.. The KitchenObvious: The stove, sinks and countertops should be spotless.Not-so-obvious: The contents of your cabinets and refrigerator should be facing forward. The BathroomsObvious: They should be clean and uncluttered. Have fresh towels hanging neatly on the rack. (Create the “hotel bathroom” …

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ARTS AND CULTURE IN SQUAMISH

#exploreSquamish Squamish is a hub for arts and culture, where creators of all kinds incubate their craft. Home to renowned photographers and filmmakers, painters and potters, metal and wood workers, musicians and poets, brew masters and chefs, Squamish inspires a creative spirit that must be shared and appreciated. There are a myriad of ways to enjoy Squamish arts and culture and we invite you …

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THE BUZZ ON SEA TO SKY CAFFEINE

Looking for a good cup of Joe? I am always in search of a great new cafe to try out along the Sea to Sky Corridor to meet clients, to fuel up and to ensure I support local community that I work in. Here are some options along the Sea to Sky corridor. WHISTLER SIPS Camp Lifestyle & Coffee Co: A modern espresso bar/retail …

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A WHISTLER BEAR UPDATE

In a paradoxical situation, as we are encouraged to stay at home and somewhat take on a state of hibernation, Whistler’s most iconic furry friends are doing the opposite. On the hunt for clover, dandelions and berries, Whistler’s black bear population is now out and about, so the Whistler Insider decided to catch up with a man who’s been following Whistler’s black bears for over twenty …

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QUESTIONING WHAT A POST COVID-19 WORLD LOOKS LIKE

Real estate markets are intrinsically tied to employment, immigration and the general health of the economy – which are all being affected by the current COVID-19 crisis. I won’t pretend to know what will happen – these are unprecedented times, after all – but here are 10 questions to consider about real estate in a post-COVID world: When will this all end? How long will …

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