Coming Soon! 202-1001 Richards. Downtown living at its finest!

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Sophisticated downtown living at its finest! This unit will WOW you with its large patio, open concept living and tons of room for storage. The den is not just a flex space and the dining area is bright and comfortable. Updated floors with beautiful tile and walnut hardwood along with a newer dishwasher put the crowning touches on a gourmet kitchen with SS
appliances, granite counters and gas cook-top. This convenient location makes life easy with shopping, transit, entertainment
and the sea wall all just steps away. Not only is there a custom walk-in closet but the unit has 2 storage lockers and 1 parking stall.
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Coming soon! Recently Renovated Ground Floor unit!

This recently renovated home with generous sized rooms is comfortable and inviting. The home has plenty of storage and a great outdoor patio space to extend your living area in nice weather. Tucked away just off of Broadway and Burrard this convenient location has you close to shopping, recreation or downtown in no time. The building is well run by a proactive strata and has a great sense of community. Pets and rentals are allowed but restricted. The home comes with one parking spot and one storage locker.  Bike storage and the unit is on the bike lane.

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Good Neighbour Award

Greg recently volunteered 200 hours, over a two-year period  with People Power for Playgrounds. This incredible organization set out to build a fully accessible public playground for his community in Vancouver’s Eastside. Working with dedicated volunteers and the Little Mountain House Society, Power for Playgrounds collaborated to raise $167,000 to build their playground through Public Open Houses, Community events such as a Pumpkin giveaway and Car Free Day, Canvasing the neighbourhood and hosting Fundraising Galas. Through this work, Greg was thrilled to find out he was nominated and received the Good Neighbours Award from the Association of Neighbourhood Housing of BC. This award is given to a person with a strong passion for enriching local community, and Greg was honored to win this award. 

Team Andruff is so proud of Greg and what he has accomplished in his ongoing work with the community. We can’t wait to see how things go with his next endeavor for the Food Bank this Winter! #beyondtheballoongreg-neighbourhood-award

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Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

2016 Team Andruff Pumpkin Patch Success!

This past weekend we held our annual Pumpkin Patch event at the Total Education Center in East Vancouver. There were pumpkins to carve or decorate, crafts to create and some sweet treats too! And to top it all off, the sun ended up coming out!  A great time was had by all! Team Andruff  thanks everyone for attending, and look forward to seeing you all again next year!

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JUST LISTED! The Perfect Downtown Loft

LOFT, a unique space with 16 foot high ceilings. The open and smart deign leave room for extra storage and a den. LOCATION, conveniently located home, close to shopping, transit, and all that downtown has to offer. LIFESTYLE, this 14th Floor sky-loft has bright soaring windows! The current owner updated some appliances and painted and updated the floors 2 years ago. This building has great amenities including a gym, 360-degree view from the common rooftop deck, a second patio BBQ area and party room. INVESTOR ALERT! Reasonable Strata Fees, Rentals and Pets allowed. Current tenant would love to stay and is on a month -month lease.
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Coming soon! 1881 W10th Ave, Vancouver

This is the perfect home for you and your pet! This is a smartly updated two level unit in a fourplex. There is a main floor bedroom and bathroom, as well as an upper-level master bedroom that features an ensuite bathroom and balcony. The outlook is north facing into a small fenced green space. The shops of South Granville are walkable. And transportation is close by.002-3

Just listed!! 106-250 Francis Way

Not just another 2 bedroom condo! This home feels more like a townhouse than a condo with independent access to your suite from your garden patio. The spacious open plan home and its phenomenal 350 sq ft, partially covered, patio
extends and creates much more living space. This comfortable and classy, space has over-height ceilings and tons of storage with walk-in closets and beautiful stainless steel appliances. The location is very central being close to transportation, recreation at Queens park, and shops and restaurants just around the corner. The building is still under warranty and has a great community. The Boiler house has a theatre room, health centre and meeting/ study areas. Call today for an appointment.

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New listing!! 5606 Chester St, Vancouver

5606 Chester st, in East Vancouver is great family home. This comfortable, bright, starter home is move in ready with significant updating to the entire home. All you have to do is move in. Enjoy your own private oasis with mountain views on your huge 557 sq ft sun deck (built with permits). Sir Alexander Mackenzie Elementary School extends your backyard and the walk-able neighborhood has shops close by and transit to downtown or UBC right around the corner. This was going to be a forever home with significant upgrades to the windows, furnace, flooring, renovated bathrooms, updated pipes and completed every task on his inspection list. This home is great value do not miss out on a phenomenal home.

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The Power of a Power of Attorney

Super HeroI recently had a scenario where the seller of a particular property would only accept one, rigid set of dates for the transaction. Although my buyer was a great candidate for the property, he was unable to be in the country for an extended period of time, and so was faced with the challenge of how to complete on the file while he was absent.

A Power of Attorney (POA) is not a really great lawyer with special super powers. It is actually a document that appoints another individual, labelled as an “attorney”, to deal with any number of issues related to business, property, financial and or legal decisions on your behalf.

Various degrees of power and scope can be applied under a Power of Attorney. The general idea is that you can appoint someone to look after your affairs while you are not available or are incapacitated, either physically or mentally. The duties can be restricted to a singular task or have a wide application over your complete assets. It can be a very useful tool but caution must also be applied.

As the name indicates, you are giving power of some degree to another person (the “attorney”). And while there are some restrictions as to who that can be (for example, health care workers who are not related to you can’t be appointed), you want to make sure that the person chosen can be trusted, is honest and has good judgment.

It is also important to note that there are different types of POAs and different ways to determine how long they will remain valid. For example, in the province of BC a POA related to real estate will expire after 3 years if it is not an Enduring Power of Attorney, which needs to be registered in the Land Titles Office.

Power of Attorney is a useful tool when used in the appropriate manor. In the case above, my client appointed a lawyer to act on his behalf through a POA so that the transaction could be completed while he was out of the country.
Whether you are just out of the country for a period of time or have substantial resources such as real estate, you will want to consider the option of a POA as either a one-time event or as part of your estate planning. As this is a complicated legal matter, always consult with a lawyer for advice and guidance.

You can find more information at:

· The Canadian Bar Association, www.cbabc.org.

  • The Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia, www.trustee.bc.ca. This site has detailed information on powers of attorney, representation agreements and court orders appointing a committee to look after the affairs of a person who is mentally incapable. Their phone number is 604.660.4444.
  • See the provincial government’s website on incapacity planning and the forms that can be used, at www.ag.gov.bc.ca/incapacity-planning.

Know when to walk away from a deal.

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Know When to Walk Away From a Deal.

Recently, on more than one occasion, I have had clients walk away from property purchases, due to major “red flags.” I have a conservative approach on what I will show my clients but no building is perfect so it is important to have your wits about you when buying real estate.  Below are a few tips to help avoid buying a “money pit” when purchasing real estate.

1) Follow your gut.  If you have a bad feeling about something, ask more questions, follow up, and make sure you are satisfied with the answers you get. If you’re not getting what you need or feel like your getting only half of the truth, then consider walking away. I have seen many cases where what we were told on the surface of things did not turn out to be the actual case. An example of this is rental income.  Often one number is verbally shared and then it does not match what is actually on the lease agreement.  So be sure to verify your numbers and check on the details. Often I find one falsehood, sometimes then more are uncovered, so be aware!

2) Take your time to really look through the property.  Spend some time looking up at the ceiling, then at eye level, following through to looking down to the ground in each room, and notice all the corners, too.  Think about what a room needs. For example, heat registers may be missing, or perhaps there are water stains on the ceiling, or ceiling patches that don’t match in texture. Take the time to ask more about these types of issues and make sure you are comfortable with the answers. Sometimes, the more you find out, the slower you should be proceeding.

3) Get someone you trust to look at the property objectively with you.  You know what you know and see what you see, but a second set of eyes can be very helpful for a different perspective.  Not everyone pays attention to the same things!  This can start out with a friend but often people will take the next step of using a professional home inspector who can give you a straightforward analysis on the home you are about to buy.

4) For strata properties, get an idea up front from the strata documents package (eg The Minutes, Rules & Regulations, By-lasws, Budget and so on).  This is the best way to learn the “personality” of the Strata.  Are they proactive and working with “Depreciation Reports” or do they try and cut costs and push off projects due to lack of resources?  One of the best ways to maintain value in a home is maintenance and it will show one way or another.

5)  Purchasing real estate is a REALLY big deal so make sure you are confident in what you are buying by using good professionals to help expand your knowledge and fill in the gaps. Cutting corners up front to save a few dollars later could cost you much more in the long run.

At the end of the day, if you do not feel confident, sure or relaxed about the buying process perhaps re-evaluate your position to see if this truly is the best move for you.  There are always other opportunities out there just as good or better than what you may pass up.  So don’t despair!  There will always be another opportunity!