Blog › March 2012

5 Things Buyers Hate to See

When you show your home to prospective buyers, there is probably a long list of things you hope they will notice. For example, the brand new chandelier in the foyer or the recently renovated powder room on the main floor. 

But what about the things you don't want buyers to see? 

There are some items on the list that you cannot do anything about. For example, you cannot do anything about the unfinished basement perhaps. But there are many things you can do to make your home more appealing to buyers. 

Here is the top 5 of things you can do to appeal more to buyers:

  • Clutter: 

The rooms with too much furniture crammed into them or bedrooms with
clothes all over the bed and floor are not very exciting for buyers to see.

  • Maintenance Issues:

Buyers don't want to see too many faucets that need to be fixed or too many light bulb which need to be changed. 

  • Smells:

Buyers will notice the lingering smell of exotic cooking, pets and cigarette smoke.

  • Personal Items:

Of course buyers know a family lives in the home, however, they do not want to constantly be reminded of your family vacations and bowling trophies.

  • You:

It's nothing personal but buyers prefer to see your home without you in it.


Hope this list prepares you to bring your home to its fullest potential to sell your home at the highest price possible in the shortest amount of time.

For more tips on how to prepare your home for sale or for an updated evaluation of your home, feel free to contact me.

TELUS Garden Unveiled

TELUS garden spanning over one whole city block (Georgia, Richards, Robson and Seymour) in down town Vancouver, boasts to be one of the most technologically advanced buildings in Vancouver and is promising to be an icon of the city.

This development which is anticipated to complete in June of 2015, is comprised of the TELUS Headquarters Building and a residential building which features one- two- and three-bedroom residences in addition to Signature Suites and Luxury Penthouses.

The project boasts about 15,000 s.f. of amenities including a "YYoga" Wellness Centre, heated outdoor pool and gym facility.

This week (of March 25, 2012) will be the first public unveiling of the project and purchasers will have the opportunity to visit the showroom in an effort to choose what they like to purchase. 

Please contact me for a detail of pricing, dates and deposit structure information.


Interview with MECCANICA Architect: Mr. Rafii

I met with the Architect responsible for designing Meccanica to be built by Cressey in South East False Creek at the corner of FIRST + QUEBEC. He was the speaker at an event that the Society of Iranian-Canadian Professionals of BC.


In his speech, he talked about the role that multi-culturalism plays in architecture in Canada. Having designed buildings such as James, Donovan, Meccanica and many more in the Greater Vancouver area, he is well aware of the guidlines which need to be used to make end users from every culture happy with the end product.


I had a little chat with him about Meccanica:

  1. How does Meccanica differ from the previous projects that Rafii Architects have done?

Mr. Rafii responded that with Meccanica, they tried to make it as simple and functional as possible.

  1. Who do you think is the end user for Meccanica:

He said that young professionals who want to be close to downtown and want to commute to and from work, and appreciate great design as well as functionality are the primary end users for this project.




Live/Work Studio

106-6388 Bay at "Galleries at the Bay"

Stop paying TWO mortgages and TWO property taxes OR TWO rents on your place of residence as well as your office space.

This brand new spacious (809 s.f.) studio offers a great open layout, highend kitchen appliances, granite countertops and in-suite laundry. Let's not forget to mention the airconditioning and the underground secured parking.

This live/work studio is a commercially zoned property which allows the owner to run a home based business, have their office or have a retail store there (given the approval of the city and the strata council).

Only a minute from the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal, this property is perfect for Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island residents who would like to have a presence for their business in the mainland or just a place to stay on the weekends.

  • Live/Work Studio
  • 809 s.f. Floor Plan
  • kitchen, bathroom
  • airconditioning
  • underground parking
  • ground level entrance perfect for visitors, mail or deliveries 
  • central location amont shops and restaurants 
  • a minute walk to ferry terminal and close to HWY 1
  • across the street from the marina
  • C2 zoning: retail and businesses
  • $536,900
Please contact me for more information about this unit.

New Listing: Meccanica Presale

708-108 East 1st

I am very excited to announce my new listing and involvement in the Meccanica (by Cressey) development in the up and coming area of South East False Creek of Vancouver.

Please visit: for a video of the showroom to see the finishes, as well as listing, building and neighbourhood information.

  • 2 bedroom/ 2 bathroom
  • 980 s.f. 
  • Airconditioning
  • Underground Parking
  • Corner unit (North and West) 
  • Overlooking downtown, BC Place and Science World
  • Anticipated completion is Summer of 2014

You will be able to take advantage of the HST/GST transitional rules. 

Please contact me for more information.

New Listing # 106 6388 BAY ST, West Vancouver, BC

V936434 - # 106 6388 BAY ST, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new Apartment for sale at # 106 6388 BAY ST, West Vancouver and currently listed at $499,900.

LIVE and WORK in the same condo. Never pay two rents/mortgages for home and office again. Come home to this brand new studio (potentially 1 bedroom), beautifully furnished with high-end appliances, granite countertops, air-conditioning, underground secured and in-suite laundry! Only a half a block from the Ferry Terminal, you will have direct access to the Island, the Sunshine Coast, as well as direct access to the highway, West Vancouver core as well as downtown Vancouver. Centrally located w/all the shops & restaurants you would ever want, for when you are working in your office, or relaxing at home. Half a block away from the ocean, you can clear your head w/ a brisk walk by the sea after work! Open House: Sat 2-4pm.

See the Pixilink 360° Virtual Tour for this Apartment

MECCANICA (by Cressey) Unveiled

On February 29, 2012, the much anticipated MECCANICA at FIRST + QUEBEC was unveiled to a select group and of course it was no surprise to see the same level of quality of work and attention to detail in this development as the other developments we have seen from Cressey throughout the years.

The two model homes in the development's showroom at First and Quebec showcased the bold and uber-hip finishes complementing the ultra modern floor plans and the up and coming bustling neighborhood of South East False Creek.

The 170 units range from studios to two bedrooms + work and come standard with air-conditioning, highly polished quartz countertops and backsplashes, super glossy Porsche color inspired European style cabinets and sleek polished concrete floors, not to mention the 9'4" ceilings in every unit. Upgrades are also available. 

The neighborhood, in my view, will become the new epi-centre of Vancouver with proximity to downtown, sky train, lots of stylish shops and restaurants and a young and modern feel due in part to all the new developments going up around there.

On Saturday March 3, sneak previews of this development will start and the sale process will begin. The project is anticipated to complete in the Summer of 2014.

If you are interested in more information about this development or would like to view the model homes in the showroom, please feel free to contact me.MEC_logo_spot_rev




New Listing # 708 108 E 1ST AV, Vancouver, BC

V935340 - # 708 108 E 1ST AV, Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new Apartment for sale at # 708 108 E 1ST AV, Vancouver and currently listed at $699,900.

This corner west and north facing two bedroom home is spectacular! Stellar master suite has walk-in closet and ensuite with double vanity, tub and shower, fully tiled feature wall, Grohe fixtures and a window. Large living and dining areas, great sized Cressey kitchen with integrated appliances, high gloss cabinets, soft-close details, under-cabinet lighting, accent cabinet colours in Porsche inspired colours, great sized balcony and so much more! And don't forget about the air-conditioning, over 9' ceilings, overheight doors and more!

See the Pixilink 360° Virtual Tour for this Apartment