We posted this before but it's too good not to share again. Especially with the summer months upon us, it's the perfect time for home renovations! Take a look below at a list of DIY home renovations that won't break the bank.

[1] Splash of Colour

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Fresh paint can easily transform the ambience of a room. The amazing thing about paint is how it can personalize a home without a hefty price tag. It is nearly effortless, comes in an array of colours and shades and best of all, it's cheap! If you're someone who enjoys frequent changes, you can easily create a new look by painting your room again.

Having an accent wall can add character into a room by incorporating a striking design element in your space. You can create a stunning, unique space by painting your accent wall a different color or pattern. To create a bold statement, you can make the accent wall pop by choosing a bold, colorful shade that will accentuate the space without overpowering it. In contrast, you can opt for a sleeker look by designing an accent wall that is a gradual contrast rather than a bold one. Try a color that is a few shades deeper than the rest of your walls. 

If you were to choose one room in your home to renovate, it should be your kitchen! The kitchen is the single most important focal point for most prospective home buyers. Below you will find some money saving tips for kitchen makeovers!

[2] Cabinetry DIY

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Replacing cabinetry can be quite expensive so why not make use of your existing cabinetry? Often times a simple fix-me-up can do the trick. Try refacing or refinishing your cabinets! Refacing involves replacing the cabinet doors while keeping the actual cabinet boxes intact. Alternatively, if you have wood cabinets, you could refinish them by sanding down and repainting or staining them.

[3] Changing up the Countertops

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Granite countertops seem daunting due to its price tag but search around for deals at your local retailer or peruse through the clearance section to find quality materials at a fraction of the cost. For large kitchens, perhaps consider less costly alternatives such as Corian, quartz, wood grain or even eco-friendly materials such as bamboo or glass. 

Next in line in terms of importance to current home owners and future home buyers is the bathroom. 

[4] Bathroom Beautification 

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Ceramic tiles are becoming the flooring preference for today's home buyer. Depending on the size of your bathroom, you could find discounted tiles that you can install yourself. In addition to changing the flooring, you can upgrade your vanity and sink. Opt for a pedestal sink and/or freestanding storage cabinets for a cost-effective renovation. To make use of a small space, integrating continuing horizontal lines, a large frameless mirror and strategically placed lighting will create the illusion of having a larger space.

[5] Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space

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Beautify the entranceway to your home by amping up your curb appeal. Place planters, shrubbery or flowers along your entrance way to liven up your entrance. Alternatively, you can line the walkway with perennial plants or outdoor lighting fixtures to light up the walkway. Another way to increase the value of your home is with a lawn transformation. Replace your existing lawn with sod (aka turf) to have a luscious green lawn that will be sure to stop traffic.

For all your real estate needs, contact Amalia Liapis by e-mail at amalia@wesellvancouver.ca or alternatively by phone at 604-618-7000.

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Join us as we dive into the residential sales statistics for the month of May. There has been a record number of sales of 13,458 residential units which is a 32.3% increase from May 2015 and a 3.77% increase from April 2016. The total sales dollar volume shot up by 51.1% compared to the same period last year to $9.72 Billion. In relation to the average MLS® residential price in BC, it increased 14.2% year-over-year to $722,146.

"Record housing demand and dwindling inventories are continuing to push home prices higher in most BC regions," said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. "Total active residential listings across the province are nearly 30 per cent lower than twelve months ago."

"New home construction activity is at a near record pace in the province," added Muir. "Once the current crop of homes are ready for occupancy there will likely be more selection for home buyers and less upward pressure on home prices."

As a result of the ongoing trend of demand outpacing supply, there are a record number of homes under construction in the Metro Vancouver market. The BC residential sales dollar volume on a year-to-date basis has jumped to $41 Billion which is an increase of 62% in relation to the same period in 2015. The residential unit sales increased by 35.2% to 54,455 units and the average MLS® residential price increased by 19% to $752,105.

Take a look below for a regional breakdown of MLS comparative data and the changes from May 2015 to May 2016. 

Source: British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA)

For all your real estate needs, contact Amalia Liapis by e-mail at amalia@wesellvancouver.ca or alternatively by phone at 604-618-7000.

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I have sold a property at 407 1405 15TH AVE W in Vancouver.
Condo living with LARGE outdoor space, this is the South facing patio you've been looking for! Located in the heart of South Granville's shopping district & less than 10 minutes to downtown this beautifully renovated 1 bedroom condo has it all. Recently renovated kitchen with all new cabinets, stainless steel appliances, quartz counters, laminate flooring, completely renovated bathroom with walk in rain head shower. The living room has a cozy gas fireplace, recessed lighting & room for a separate dining area. Slide open the brand new sliding glass doors to your private patio. Mature trees & tropical plants fill the garden beds & your 400 sq ft patio has room for sun chairs, BBQ & outdoor dining area just in the time for summer! Open House May 21 & 22, Sat/Sun, 2-4pm
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Come join us this Sunday, June 5th between 2-4pm for our open house at 720 Como Lake Avenue. Listed at $1,325,000 for 4,200 SF of luxurious living. We look forward to seeing you!

More details here: http://www.wesellvancouver.ca/mylistings.html/details-57627263

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