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The Real Estate Channel is pleased to announce in cooperation with Vancity Buzz and Novus TV the official launch of The Real Houses of Vancouver. The first episode will air today, on June 10th!

RHOV is an awesome journey through the most ‘entertaining’ properties on the market through the eyes of a real Vancouverite. From luxurious, custom built mansions, to the cribs of local celebrities, and even the downright unusual, The Real Houses of Vancouver highlights properties in the Lower Mainland that truly stand out from the crowd of cookie-cutters. Host Alyssa Dawson was born and raised just outside one of the world’s most expensive real estate markets – Vancouver. Alyssa began traveling the world at the tender age of 14, keeping an eye out for the most luxurious and quirky properties she could find. Returning to Vancouver, this passion for prime properties translated into finding the best of the best in her hometown’s real estate market.

Join Alyssa and the RHOV crew as they hunt for, and explore, prime properties in Vancouver.

Have any comments or questions about RHOV? Comment below and don’t forget to follow RHOV on their social media :

RHOV host Alyssa Dawson:

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How do you increase the value of your property? Most real estate experts agree the best way to do this is to renovate and upgrade the home. Typically the kitchen and bathrooms top the list for requiring priority attention. Though kitchen & bathrooms renovations also tend to be the most costly.

So in deciding where to begin one needs to determine where one can leverage the most dollar value congruent with their goals. Also, what upgrades can one afford. Perhaps you have an older home that requires attention in certain areas, whether or not you are selling. Or indeed it has come time for you to sell and the home needs to become more attractive to buyers. But what if you are on a tight budget?

If kitchen and bathroom renovations are too costly the next consideration is the floors and walls, which carry throughout the home and inspires an impression. It’s useful to research what the trends are for flooring and wall finishes, and what solutions are workable in your budget to achieve a maximum lasting impression. Though maybe solutions are even more subtler than that? Which brings us to a client’s true story….

When their family settled in Calgary, being recent Russian immigrants they hardly knew any english and there was not a lot of money. After a time they were needing to sell their home so they set out to beautify it. Their main choice of focus was the backyard. They gathered large river rocks and set out to make a type of ‘serenity garden.’ The very first buyers that came to the home just happened upon the yard first. Upon viewing the yard and revelling this serenity garden, the lady of the buying couple said ‘I don’t even want to see the inside. I want this home.’ And it was sold. This is a totally true story.

Obviously we can’t always rely on serendipity to sell a home. But one can find very creative solutions to create an impression, thus increasing the value. So perhaps a budget savvy solution requires different questions? Such as, what would make me want to buy my home? How can I make my home reflect that it’s loved and cared for? What could really make this home more pleasing to the eye? Where can I make my home reflect more light & clean lines?

It could be that when your goal is to increase the value of your home on a budget, your maximum investment lies in choosing a focus, and invoking what you genuinely want your home to say about what it has meant to you.

Power Househunting With Juwai

February 18th, 2015

Juwai:REC flyerWe’re just a day away from the 2015 Year of the Goat, and millions of Chinese citizens are travelling abroad this Golden Week and while they’re away, they’ll buy property. Better known as “Fly ‘n Buy” customers, these Chinese property hunters generally have limited time but plenty of cash, and are able and willing to make snap decisions on buying a property. Our source at Juwai tells us that “they’ve seen monthly visits on Juwai.com go from 1.5 million to 2.5 million, and news of wealthy Chinese investors buying million-dollars homes sight unseen and Chinese luxury property transactions completed entirely via social media have become the stuff of legends amongst property agents and brokers”.
Such an enormous spike in activity is hard to ignore, so don’t waste a minute and take the steps to market to Chinese buyers on Juwai with Real Estate Channel as it’s included in our subscription package.

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Have you ever thought of reaching an exclusive audience of high-net-worth Chinese buyers? Then you certainly need to hear more about Juwai.com. It means “home overseas” in Chinese and it is the largest source for global properties in China, with over 1.6 million property listings spanning 54 countries, with over 3,000 current news stories, country buying guides, education and emigration articles, and an active and fast growing Chinese social media community. Real Estate Channel is offering a syndication service to Juwai.com as a part of our subscription service and we reach Chinese buyers both within China and living abroad.

According to Simon Henry, co-chief executive officer at Juwai.com, Canada ranks fifth in destinations searched by their users, behind the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Singapore and there are a couple of good reasons behind it.

First of all, the desire for offshore property is driven by investment opportunities. With few investment options in their own country, due to some restrictions on property purchases, wealthy Chinese have been forced to look abroad.

Secondly, they are often purchasing a place for their children who are starting to attend schools abroad. Good quality education is always in demand, with North America often being their first choice.

Tailing those reasons for purchase are emigration and lifestyle, according to Juwai.com.

Now, a lot of realtors want to advertise in China but do not necessarily have the funds or time to develop their own social media channels for that. Real Estate Channel with a syndication to Juwai.com is a perfect solution. Being responsible for millions of dollars worth of property purchases here in North America, Juwai.com is an excellent tool designed to help realtors to increase their exposure in the market.

Real Estate Channel is offering access to all that as a part of the subscription package for only $49.95 per month. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us at 1 877 843 3218 ext. 1.

Don’t forget to let us know in the comment section what tools you are using to market your property.

 

 

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Planning on selling this holiday season? Keep these quick tips in mind to help attract more potential buyers:

1. First of all, price it to sell. Shaving 15 to 20 percent off the price will make buyers feel like Christmas came early. Competition may not be that fierce but it still can be critical to price it right when buyers are looking for the bargains during this time of the year.

2. Take photos to sell. Pictures do speak a thousand words and if you want to make an impression in order to sell quickly, consider hiring a professional photographer. They use up-to-date professional equipment and utilize a tonne of tricks and post production techniques enhancing the property’s assets. It definitely helps to keep one step ahead of the competition.

3. Create a 3D video tour. With a 3D tour you have an advantage of putting a potential buyer behind the camera which gives them the power of observing the area without anything being hidden. It will surely put you ahead of the competition because viewers can get as close to the property as possible without actually having to go out in this cold winter season.

4. Reach out to your international buyers. We all know that the number of home buyers from foreign nations has increased dramatically. It is important to remember that those buyers don’t observe the same calendar of events as most of us here in North America. However, they are highly attracted to the real estate market this time of the year: for example, China’s largest international property website for Chinese buyers, Juwai.com, has a monthly reach of over 2.9 million people who search and browse listings, read up on news and learn about investing overseas.

Do you have any tips in mind? Let us know in the comment section below. As well, try our tips and let us know which ones you found to be most helpful. We look forward to hearing from you!