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ANDREA ROZENBERG Sales Representative
Cell: 604-445-7509 Office: 604-518-3988 www.arozenberg.com AndreaRozenberg@msn.com
110-2490 Birch Street Vancouver, BC V6H 3X9
NEED MORE INTERIOR SPACE? CONSIDER A SUNROOM ADDITION
If you’re thinking of adding onto your home, consider a sunroom rather than a full addition. The difference is that full additions usually extend the foundation of the original home, while sunrooms usually sit on a floating slab and thus considerably reduce the cost. Of course, like with any renovation, a sunroom’s cost can skyrocket, but if you want to keep the price low, consider a prefabricated kit. Kits vary but usually come with premade wall and roof panels along with the windows. A qualified technician then sets up the pieces, but if you have some building knowledge you may be able to assemble it yourself. Just be aware of a few common misconceptions before deciding which way to go. For example, sunrooms do require building permits – even small ones. Also, don’t assume a prefab sunroom will be cheaper than a traditionally built one as several factors play into the cost. The best thing to do is reach out to a few local contractors and ask if they have experience building sunrooms to get a feel for pricing.
SIMPLE DIY PLANTER BOX
Courtesy of www.hgtv.ca.
This DIY planter box is the perfect home for flowers, herbs and veggies!
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Grab the measuring tape and pencil and divide the wood panels
Two pine wood panels 1” x 11” x 72” Measuring tape and pencil Brad nailer and nails (or hammer and nails) Drill and wood screws Jigsaw
into the following sizes: One: 34” x 11” (bottom) Two: 36” x 11” (sides) Two: 11” x 11” (ends)
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Now, cut the wood with a jigsaw.
3. Attach together using a brad nailer or a hammer and some nails. 4. Once your box is constructed, lightly sand it before you paint the exterior using your favourite summer colour and your roller brush. 5. To create the legs of the planter, cut each dowel in half using a jigsaw. Find and mark the center of the dowel and drill a small hole into the base of each one. 6. Mark the location of each leg 3” away from the edges on the inside of the finished planter. Drill a small hole for each leg at the bottom of the box. Grab the dowels and, using the wood screws, attach them from above. 7. Add your plants and enjoy!
Paint and roller Two wood dowels 1¼” x 48”
BUYING A HOME: NEWLYWED EDITION While many couples buy a home before getting married, it’s still common for the home buying process to take place after the big day. Either way, there are several things you can do before beginning to make the process go more smoothly. Start by ensuring you both have a decent credit score. Improving your credit isn’t overly difficult to do, but it can take several months so tackle this task as soon as possible. Next up, start paying off any outstanding debt. If your debt load is high compared to your income it can be tricky to get approved for a mortgage. One other thing you should definitely be doing is speaking openly about your current finances and financial goals. Draw up a budget and remember to include everything that comes with home ownership, such as property taxes, utility bills, regular maintenance costs and an emergency fund for those “just in case” situations. Buying your first home together should be more exciting than it is stressful. Being prepared is the best way to ensure that will happen.
4 BEST ROBOTIC VACUUMS ON THE MARKET Always wanted to try a robotic vacuum? Or maybe you have one that needs replacing. These four models are some of the best available today and range from affordable to high performing. 1. eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 30C MAX. With height-adjustable suction and a whisper quiet noise level, this robotic vacuum is excellent for homes with pets. 2. Coredy Robot Vacuum Cleaner. An affordable option that still works great and has a long battery life – it can run for 110 minutes per charge. 3. iRobot Roomba S9+ 9550. If you want to splurge on one of the best performing robot vacuums on on the market, this model has self-emptying capabilities. Plus, you can tell it to skip a room or do a double pass right from your phone. 4. Roborock S5 MAX Robot Vacuum and Mop. Yes, you read that right – it’s a robotic vacuum and mop all in in one! Program from your phone which areas you want it to vacuum, which areas you want it to wash and where you want it to do both. Impressive!
Home listings up, sales down and prices starting to decrease to start the summer season
BENCHMARK PRICE Detached $2,058,600
BENCHMARK PRICE Apartment $766,300
ACTIVE LISTINGS 10,425
SOLD LISTINGS 2,444
VANCOUVER, BC – July 5, 2022 - With interest rates and housing supply increasing, Metro Vancouver home buyers are operating in a changing marketplace to begin the summer season. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 2,444 in June 2022, a 35 percent decrease from the 3,762 sales recorded in June 2021, and a 16.2 percent decrease from the 2,918 homes sold in May 2022. There were 5,256 detached, attached and apartment properties newly listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in June 2022. This represents a 10.1 percent decrease compared to the 5,849 homes listed in June 2021 and a 17.6 percent decrease compared to May 2022 when 6,377 homes were listed. The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 10,425, a 3.8 percent decrease compared to June 2021 (10,839) and a 4.1 percent increase compared to May 2022 (10,010). For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for June 2022 is 23.4 percent. By property type, the ratio is 14.3 percent for detached homes, 31.5 percent for townhomes, and 30.2 percent for apartments. The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,235,900. This represents a 12.4 percent increase over June 2021, a two percent decrease compared to May 2022, and a 2.2 percent decrease over the past three months. Source: The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver | Market values stated are of the benchmark of Vancouver and surrounding region. Individual home market values will vary and are affected by factors such as location, size, interior and exterior condition. Please call to get an up-to-date evaluation of your home.
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