JUST LISTED & SOLD

SAY HELLO TO STONECLIFF

503 3315 Cypress Place, West Vancouver | Offered at $2,298,000

This luxury condo was just listed & sold for over the asking price in just one week! Contact me today if you’re interested in selling your home, or if you would like to know the final sale price.

Chris Lambert | Realtor, Certified Negotiation Expert

604.340.6457 | www.chrislambert.ca

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This spectacular 2,022 square foot two-bedroom plus den home is located at the base of Cypress Mountain, across from Mulgrave Park & Private School, with easy access to the entire North Shore and Sea to Sky corridor. The luxurious West Coast Modern home offers panoramic views from Downtown Vancouver to Vancouver Island, and was completely renovated in 2016 Georgie Award winning CCI Renovations and Jamie Banfield Design. The suite boasts brushed white oak flooring throughout, extensive custom walnut millwork, rift-cut oak cabinets and quartz stone counters, two fireplaces, one with a custom stone mantel and bar counter, master bedroom with custom walk-in closet, spa like five-piece master bath with stand alone soaker tub and heated flooring.  New built-in appliances, LED lighting and a private 2 car garage and storage with custom shelving are included.  Stonecliff features extensive landscaping, walking trails and clubhouse with exercise room, hot tub and 2 guest suites.

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THE MORRISON

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The Morrison is a collection of 40 contemporary 2, 3, and 4-bedroom townhomes, and 1 & 2-bedroom garden flats. If you’re not familiar with the area, Moodyville is centrally located in North Vancouver and provides easy access to one of Vancouver’s hottest neighbourhoods, Lower Lonsdale.

Designed by SHAPE Architecture, the exteriors combine whitewashed brick, wood accents and large windows; giving them a contemporary look.

The Morrison will be built by Creo Developments to LEED (Gold) standards –– one of the industry’s most rigorous energy-based design and construction standards. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Chris Lambert | 604.340.6457 | chris@chrislambert.ca

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GASTOWN COMPLETE STREETS

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Earlier this week, the City of Vancouver announced a plan to study the possibility of turning Water Street in Gastown into a permanent car-free zone. The plan would see traffic diverted off Powell Street and onto Hastings, and builds on the city’s Transportation 2040 framework.

The goals of the plan include:

  • Celebrate and acknowledge the complex history of Gastown and work towards reconciliation
  • Explore Vancouver’s first car-light or pedestrian priority area
  • Address a major gap in the all ages and abilities cycling network
  • Enhance transit service for bus and future streetcar

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PROPERTY TAX REMINDER

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It’s everyone’s least favourite time of year – property taxes are due! For property owners, you should have already been mailed your property tax notices. In BC, there is a $570 grant available for property taxes if the property you are paying taxes on is your principal residence.

 There are two categories for grants: 

  1. Basic (principal residence) grant of $570
  2. Additional/Seniors grant to a maximum of $845

To claim your grant, you must have your FOLIO NUMBER and ACCESS CODE. These are provided on your property tax statement.

Claim your Home Owners Grant Online: 
Vancouver  |  Burnaby  |  Richmond  |  Surrey  |  North Vancouver  |  West Vancouver
New Westminster  |  Coquitlam  |  Delta  |  Langley  |  Maple Ridge  |  Pitt Meadows
Port Moody  |  White Rock  |  Kelowna

Once you claim your grant, you can then pay the reduced property tax amount online or at any bank.

Chris Lambert | 604.340.6457 | chris@chrislambert.ca

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North East False Creek Plan Unveiled

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The City of Vancouver has unveiled it’s plan for a post-viaduct North East False Creek. This long awaited project is one of the most ambitious in the city’s history. The plan aims to integrate the natural ecosystems of False Creek while also creating public gathering spaces and connecting the downtown core to the area.

The guiding principles of the project include:

  • Reconnect the historic communities and the False Creek waterfront
  • Expand parks and open space
  • Repair the urban fabric
  • Explore housing development and place-making opportunities on the City blocks
  • Create a vibrant waterfront district
  • Increase efficiency of the street network
  • Improve connectivity between Downtown, Northeast False Creek, and the waterfront
  • Enhanced pedestrian and cyclist movement
  • Develop a fiscally responsible approach
  • Engage residents and stakeholders in a meaningful way
  • Strengthen the festival and entertainment function of the area

If you’re interested in learning more about the project, the city will be hosting a block party at Andy Livingstone Park on Saturday, June 10, or you can click the image above for a detailed map of the proposed plan.

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Buyer Preparation Part 5: Final Steps

Buyer Prep Series

Introduction

Insufficient buyer preparation when searching for a property is a recipe for disaster. If you fail to prepare, the process will be long, frustrating, and filled with disappointment. Much of the work I do is with first-time buyers because it gives me great satisfaction to help people achieve their goal of home ownership. Unfortunately, many buyers make the same mistakes which prevent them from achieving their goals. I’ve created this educational series to help my clients improve their chances for success, and to better prepare them to navigate the highly competitive Vancouver real estate market. The real estate industry is evolving, and I will continue adding to this series as necessary.

PART 5 – Final Steps

Over the last four weeks I’ve taken you through the process of buying a home in Vancouver’s competitive real estate market. This week I’ll review the process so far, as well as your final steps as you prepare to receive possession of your new home. The previous sections of the blog series are below.

PART 1 – The Importance of Working with a Realtor is available HERE

PART 2 – Financing Your Home is available HERE

PART 3 – Needs Analysis is available HERE

PART 4 – Preparing the Offer is available HERE

The move to your new home can be a challenge. In my opinion, professional movers are well worth the expense, but beware of hidden fees. If you choose to hire professional movers then do your homework – ask for referrals from friends, read online reviews, and be sure that you read the fine print in your agreement. Disreputable companies will hide extra fees that can end up costing you a lot of money. You also want to hire a company that you can trust with all your possessions.

If you want to keep your moving expenses down then it’s time to start bribing your friends with free beer and pizza! Call in all the favours you’ve saved up by helping others move over the years – the more people helping the better.

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Buyer Preparation Part 4: Preparing the Offer

Buyer Prep Series

Introduction

Insufficient buyer preparation when searching for a property is a recipe for disaster. If you fail to prepare, the process will be long, frustrating, and filled with disappointment. Much of the work I do is with first-time buyers because it gives me great satisfaction to help people achieve their goal of home ownership. Unfortunately, many buyers make the same mistakes which prevent them from achieving their goals. I’ve created this educational series to help my clients improve their chances for success, and to better prepare them to navigate the highly competitive Vancouver real estate market. The real estate industry is evolving, and I will continue adding to this series as necessary.

PART 1 – The Importance of Working with a Realtor is available HERE

PART 2 – Financing Your Home is available HERE

PART 3 – Needs Analysis is available HERE

PART 4 – Preparing the Offer

When you find a home that you like we’ll prepare an offer for the property. Each property is unique, and together we will evaluate its pros, cons, and value when preparing the offer. Below, I’ve created a list of factors that will help you understand the process and increase your chances of securing the property.

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Buyer Preparation Part 3: Needs Analysis

Buyer Prep Series

Introduction

Insufficient buyer preparation when searching for a property is a recipe for disaster. If you fail to prepare, the process will be long, frustrating, and filled with disappointment. Much of the work I do is with first-time buyers because it brings me great satisfaction to help people achieve their goal of home ownership. Unfortunately, many buyers make the same mistakes which prevent them from achieving their goals. I’ve created this educational series to help my clients improve their chances for success, and to better prepare them to navigate the highly competitive Vancouver real estate market. The real estate industry is evolving, and I will continue adding to and updating this series as necessary.

PART 1 – The Importance of Working with a Realtor is available HERE

PART 2 – Financing Your Home is available HERE

PART 3 – Needs Analysis

There are many factors to consider when searching for a home. Part of my job as your Realtor is to help you identify and prioritize your needs through conversations and client coaching. The basics of a home (size, bedrooms, bathrooms etc.) are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to performing a needs analysis, but by far the most important factor to consider when buying your home is LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! In fact, most buyers are willing to sacrifice space in exchange for a location that will reduce their commute and increase the quality of their everyday lives. We need to dig deep and identify your motivations so we’ll focus on the WHY, WHERE & WHAT .

Let’s first establish something important – chances are we’re never going to find your ‘perfect home’. Unless you have an unlimited budget and timeline, this would be nearly impossible to achieve. Really, the only way to get that perfect home is to design & build the property from the ground up, which isn’t an option for most buyers. What we will do is focus on finding you a safe, solid, and secure home that you can enjoy for a price that you can afford. It’s also rare to find a property that is truly in move-in condition; most buyers will want to make some changes and put their personal touch on a space so try not to focus on cosmetics – those are an easy fix. Adding your personal touch is one of the most enjoyable and inspiring steps in purchasing a home so always look for potential.

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Buyer Preparation Part 2: Financing Your Home

Buyer Prep Series

Introduction

Insufficient buyer preparation when searching for a property is a recipe for disaster. If you fail to prepare, the process will be long, frustrating, and filled with disappointment. Much of the work I do is with first-time buyers because it brings me great satisfaction to help people achieve their goal of home ownership. Unfortunately, many buyers make the same mistakes which prevent them from achieving their goals. I’ve created this educational series to help my clients improve their chances for success, and to better prepare them to navigate the highly competitive Vancouver real estate market. The real estate industry is evolving, and I will continue adding to and updating this series as necessary.

PART 1 – The Importance of Working with a Realtor is available HERE

PART 2 – Financing Your Home

Financing is easily the most important factor in purchasing a home. Many Realtors, including myself, will not commit serious time to working with a buyer until their finances are in order. I’m always happy to sit down with a prospective client to introduce myself and provide you with some education & guidance, but we need to be sure you can afford to purchase a home before we begin our search. We must establish an accurate budget so we’re not guessing about what you can afford. You can’t purchase a home unless you have the funds available so this should be a top priority!

How do you prepare your finances to purchase a home? You’ll first need to save for a down payment, and then you’ll need to contact a Mortgage Broker and apply for mortgage pre-approval. Ideally, you will be able to save 20% or more for the down payment, but the absolute bare minimum you’ll need is 5%. Your Mortgage Broker will advise you on your financing options. If you need assistance finding a qualified Mortgage Broker then let me know. I work with some amazing professionals and I would be happy to connect you with one.

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Buyer Preparation Part 1: The Importance of Working with a Realtor

Buyer Prep Series

Introduction

Insufficient buyer preparation when searching for a property is a recipe for disaster. If you fail to prepare, the process will be long, frustrating, and filled with disappointment. Much of the work I do is with first-time buyers because it brings me great satisfaction to help people achieve their goal of home ownership. Unfortunately, many buyers make the same mistakes which prevent them from achieving their goals. I’ve created this educational series to help my clients improve their chances for success, and to better prepare them to navigate the highly competitive Vancouver real estate market. The real estate industry is evolving, and I will continue adding to and updating this series as necessary.

PART 1 – The Importance of Working with a Realtor

Many buyers try to learn about the market by viewing properties online and visiting open houses. There’s nothing wrong with this approach, and it can be educational, but not all property information is publicly available so you may be missing something crucial. Entering an exclusive relationship for representation with a Realtor will strengthen your position and allow you to access information that may not be available to unrepresented buyers. Ask yourself, how well informed do you want to be when you make the largest purchase of your life? If your answer is well informed, then hire a Realtor to represent you as a buyer!

I’ve created an extensive list on how a Realtor can add value to your property search. It’s also important for you to understand the law of agency, which you can read about in this article by the B.C. Real Estate Association – Why Use a Realtor?

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