Just Thankful

The past year has brought a few challenges my way but at the end of the day I am just grateful for everything. It is easy to get caught up on our day to day, and loose sight on what is truly important. What’s important for me is my family. We have been blessed with the addition of our little girl that has brought so much joy and happiness in our lives. Every day that I get to spend time with her,  I realize how lucky I am. I am thankful...

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Home Hacks

Prior to having a family of my own, I never fully appreciated the simple “home hacks” like recessed outlets and those custom features that make a house an “easy to live in” home.  But now with a wife who is adamant about organization and a baby, the more options to keep the home running efficiently and effectively is top priority.  I’ll be sure to included some of these “33 Relatively Simple Things That Will...

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Product Love: Recessed Outlets

Product Love: Recessed Outlets

This is one of those things that seem so simple but is everything brilliant: Recessed outlets (Apartment Therapy has five places that recessed outlets should go).  Goodbye to giant, dust collecting gaps between the wall and furniture.  With small appliances being able to sit flush to wall, say hello to more kitchen counter space. (Image credit 1)   (Image credit...

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Shoe Box

Shoe Box

If Vancouver urbanites are experiencing space withdrawl in their condos, take a look at some of the listings above. These are postings from a local real estate office that I had walked by during a casual stroll around Hong Kong’s Central district.  Imagine living in a 388 square foot walk-up (Yup, no elevator) flat… and all yours for HK$16,000 a month (That’s approx CA$2,300.00).  Or better yet, the “Caine Rd...

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Hong Kong Part 1: Time is Money and Money is Time

Hong Kong Part 1: Time is Money and Money is Time

My family and I have been spending the past few weeks in Hong Kong.  It’s our annual trek to this side of the world to manage some business and to also catch up with family and old friends from my wife’s and my Chinese language student days.  Over the next few posts I will have a miniseries on what the Vancouver real estate market can learn from a Hong Kong.   Part 1: Time is Money and Money is Time (Image Credit) Hong Kong real estate...

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Home Inspection: Worth the Extra Expense?

Image Credit   It’s interesting to see how often clients are willing to commit themselves to a huge mortgage and front up their entire lifesavings for that down payment, but squirm at the thought of spending a few hundred dollars for a final home inspection.  While the purse strings have understandably tightened, having a home inspection is crucial to making that last check to ensure that your purchase is a smart one.  Should there be any...

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