Fresh Look Vancouver Show brings together an exciting group of suppliers & specialists for all your home renovation needs. Our goal is to help home owners and buyers learn about the art of renovations, find credible product and services.

The show is free to attend and all registered attendees are automatically entered into a drawing for $1000′s in door prizes. All proceeds will go to our local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Your ticket gives you access to all exhibits, information material, vendor discounts, and more. So come out and discover something new to add value to your home.
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    I just finished uploading this House for sale, 1158 RONAYNE Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia

    Welcome to "Laughlin House". Quaint & Historic, this delightful character home offers authentic Country charm. Thoughtful updates with attention to details inside and out including lovely wainscotting, hardwood floors, a Country Kitchen wit h a central wood stove, cold storage and a large eating area leading to a covered porch & sundeck. The gardens are reminiscent of the Old Country and are a gardener's delight. This 2 bedroom home offers a partly finished basement with a Hobby room & large workshop space. Lots of storage both inside & out. If you are after a home that is whimsical, ecclectic and full of character, then this may be it. Drop by the OPEN HOUSE SAT Sept 24, 2-4pm. Contact Listing Agent for a floorplan.

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    I just finished uploading this House for sale, 1430 HOPE Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia

    Lovely 3 bedrm 1340 sq ft character home surrounded by wildflower gardens. Updates include wiring,plumbing,drywall,vinyl siding,covered deck, roof and more. Space saver kitchen boasts a new gas range,lots of cupboard space&direct access to the large covered sundeck where you can enjoy the outdoors all year long. The master bdrm with ensuite also enjoys direct access to the deck via the sliding glass doors. Gas f/p in fam. rm on lower level . This level also includes 2 bdrms, a full bath & laundry room. BONUS: Unique extra multi-purpose space(267 sq ft) above the garage.Walking distance to trans shopping,recreation & schools.Mins to LG Bridge,Hwy l,hiking trails, PR shopping, Grouse Mtn & more.

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    I just finished uploading this House for sale, 3630 DOUGLAS Road, Burnaby North, British Columbia

    Rare opportunity to own this large property in a desired central location of Burnaby! Extremely spacious house with plenty of sunlight & beautiful mountain views throughout. The interior is in good shape, needs some cosmetic TLC to turn this house into a sparkling gem! Cozy & comfortable with 3 bdrms (huge bdrms), large LR w/a beautiful fireplace, hardwood floors, and large bright kitchen. Finished mortgage helper below with 2 bdrms, LR kitchen & loads of storage. Large garage with a built-in work space. A lot of green garden area around the house & a big lawn. House has a fully functioning elevator attached!! Ideal for first time buyers or investors, as it offers the best potential for further value appreciation.

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    I just finished uploading this House for sale, 8837 160A Street, Surrey, British Columbia

    Fantastic home on huge 7670 sq.ft. lot. Featuring 7 bdrms, 4 baths, H/W heat, lots of attention to detail in the recent renovations. Huge backyard with lane, built in security system. Entire home including the basement is in immaculate condition. This home has to be seen to be appreciated. Call now!

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    The Top BC Investment Towns report list:

    1) Surrey
    2) Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows
    3) Abbotsford
    4) Kamloops
    5) Kelowna
    6a) Dawson Creek
    6b) Fort St. John
    7) Comox Valley
    8) Penticton
    9) Vancouver
    10) Prince George
    11) Vernon

    Cities and Towns in Greater vancouver and Fraser Valley...

    Surrey

    When reviewing Surrey's economic fundamentals, we see an area going through a positive transition. Others have taken notice as well, as we are witnessing an increase in population and business growth. As the fastest growing city in Canada, Surrey is predicted to take Vancouver’s place as the largest city in British Columbia in coming years. With major transportation projects underway in the region, more people will be attracted to Surrey as a place to live and do business. In the next decade, the city will continue to see explosive population growth, one of the most important factors to consider when deciding where to invest. This population growth - combined with the major transportation improvements the region will be enjoying over the coming years, and the relatively affordable housing (when compared to other cities in the Lower Mainland region) - will continue to position Surrey as one of the top regions in the province for economic and real estate growth.

    Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows

    This region has been hampered by poor transportation infrastructure for decades. Thus, property values have been historically lower than other areas located the same distance from the CBD. Of all the regions in the Lower Mainland, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are poised to enjoy the most positive impact from the TransLink and Gateway Transportation improvements. This new accessibility will bring a strong and consistent growth to the region, not just in residents but also in companies relocating to a lower cost region. The construction of the bridges, along with the twinning of Highway 7, will add increased accessibility to the region, and shorten the commute times of residents working outside the city.

    Abbotsford

    With a population of over 134,000 people, Abbotsford has earned the title of the 5th largest city in British Columbia. From transportation changes to increased localized job growth, to an increasing population, Abbotsford will continue to attract people from across the province. A new high tech park has recently been opened, and along with a major expansion of the commercial and industrial lands on the Mt. Lehman Corridor, this will help the economic diversification to continue into the near future. The recent release of 178.5 hectares from the Agricultural Land Reserve will add to the city’s available residential, commercial, and industrial development space, ensuring the city will witness even more growth in the next decade.

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    Top 25 Grants and Rebates for Property Buyers and Owners

    1. Home Buyers’ Plan

    Qualifying home buyers can withdraw up to $25,000 (couples can withdraw up to $50,000) from their RRSPs for a down payment. Home buyers who have repaid their RRSP may be eligible to use the program a second time. Canada Revenue Agency www.cra.gc.ca. Enter ‘Home Buyers’ Plan’ in the search box | 1.800.959.8287

    2. GST Rebate on New Homes

    New home buyers can apply for a rebate of the federal portion of the HST (the 5% GST) if the purchase price is less than $350,000. The rebate is up to 36% of the GST to a maximum rebate of $6,300. There is a proportional GST rebate for new homes costing between $350,000 and $450,000. Canada Revenue Agency www.cra.gc.ca. Enter ‘RC4028’ in the search box | 1.800.959.8287

    3. BC New Housing Rebate (HST)

    Buyers of new or substantially renovated homes priced up to $525,000 are eligible for a rebate of 71.43% of the provincial portion (7%) of the 12% HST paid to a maximum rebate of $26,250. Homes priced at $525,000+ are eligible for a flat rebate of $26,250. www.hstinbc.ca/making_your_choice/faqs/new_housing_rebate | 1.800.959.8287

    4. BC New Rental Housing Rebate (HST)

    Landlords buying new or substantially renovated homes are eligible for a rebate of 71.43% of the provincial portion of the HST, up to $26,250 per unit. http://www.hstinbc.ca/making_your_choice/faqs/new_housing_rebate | 1.800.959.8287

    5. BC Property Transfer Tax (PTT) First Time Home Buyers’ Program

    Qualifying first-time buyers may be exempt from paying the PTT of 1% on the first $200,000 and 2% on the remainder of the purchase price of a home priced up to $425,000. There is a proportional exemption for homes priced up to $450,000. BC Ministry of Small Business and Revenue www.rev.gov.bc.ca/rpt | 250.387.0604

    6. First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit (HBTC)

    This federal non-refundable income tax credit is for qualifying buyers of detached, attached, apartment condominiums, mobile homes or shares in a cooperative housing corporation. The calculation: multiply the lowest personal income tax rate for the year (15% in 2010) x $5,000. For the 2010 tax year, the maximum credit is $750. Canada Revenue Agency www.cra.gc.ca/hbtc | 1.800.959.8281

    7. BC Home Owner Grant

    Reduces school property taxes by up to $570 on properties with an assessed value up to $1,150,000. For 2011, the basic grant is reduced by $5 for each $1,000 of value over $1,150,000, and eliminated on homes assessed at $1,264,000. An additional grant reduces property tax by a further $275 for a total of $845 for seniors, veterans and the disabled. This is reduced by $5 for each $1,000 of assessed value over $1,150,000 and eliminated on homes assessed at $1,319,000+. BC Ministry of Small Business and Revenue www.rev.gov.bc.ca/hog or contact your municipal tax office.

    8. BC Property Tax Deferment Programs

    Property Tax Deferment Program for Seniors. Qualifying home owners aged 55+ may be eligible to defer property taxes.

    Financial Hardship Property Tax Deferment Program. Qualifying low-income home owners may be eligible to defer property taxes.

    Property Tax Deferment Program for Families with Children. Qualifying low income home owners who financially support children under age 18 may be eligible to defer property taxes.

    BC Ministry of Small Business and Revenue www.sbr.gov.bc.ca and enter ‘Property tax deferment’ in the search box or contact your municipal tax office.

    9. Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC) Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) Grants

    This federal program provides financial aid to qualifying low-income home owners to repair substandard housing. Eligible repairs include heating, structural, electrical, plumbing and fire safety. Grants are available for seniors, persons with disabilities, owners of rental properties and owners creating secondary and garden suites. www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/prfinas/prfinas_001.cfm | 1.800.668.2642 | 604.873.7408

    10. CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance Premium Refund

    Provides home buyers with CMHC mortgage insurance, a 10% premium refund and possible extended amortization without surcharge when buyers purchase an energy efficient mortgage or make energy saving renovations. www.cmhc.ca/en/co/moloin/moloin_008.cfm#reno | 604.731.5733

    11. Energy Saving Mortgages

    Financial institutions offer a range of mortgages to home buyers and owners who make their homes more energy efficient. For example, home owners who have a home energy audit within 90 days of receiving an RBC Energy Saver™ Mortgage, may qualify for a rebate of $300 to their RBC account. www.rbcroyalbank.com/products/mortgages/energy-saver-mortgage.html | 1.800.769.2511

    12. Low Interest Renovation Loans

    Financial institutions offer ‘green’ loans for home owners making energy efficient upgrades. Vancity’s Bright Ideas personal loan offers home owners up to $20,000 at prime + 1% for up to 10 years for ‘green’ renovations. RBC’s Energy Saver loan offers 1% off the interest rate for a fixed rate installment loan over $5,000 or a $100 renovation on a home energy audit on a fixed rate installment loan over $5,000. For information visit your financial institution. www.vancity.com/Loans/BrightIdeas and www.rbcroyalbank.com and in the search box enter ‘energy saver loan’.

    13. LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program

    Home owners improving the energy efficiency of their homes may qualify for cash incentives through this provincial program provided in partnership with Terasen Gas, BC Hydro, and FortisBC. Rebates are for energy efficient products which replace gas and oil furnaces, pumps, water heaters, wood stoves, insulation, windows, doors, skylights and more. The LiveSmart BC program also covers $150 of the cost of a home energy assessment, directly to the service provider. www.livesmartbc.ca/rebates | 1.866.430.8765

    14. BC Residential Energy Credit

    Home owners and residential landlords buying heating fuel receive a BC government point-of-sale rebate on utility bills equal to the provincial component of the HST. www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/notices/HST_Notice_010.pdf or go to Google and in the search box type in ‘Residential Energy Credit rebate program.’ It is the first item. | 1.877.388.4440

    15. BC Hydro Appliance Rebates

    Mail-in rebates of $25 - $50 for purchasers of ENERGY STAR clothes washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, or freezers until March 31, 2011, or when funding for the program is exhausted. www.bchydro.com/rebates_savings/appliance_rebates.html | 1.800.224.9376

    16. BC Hydro Fridge Buy-Back Program

    This ongoing program rebates BC Hydro customers $30 to turn in spare fridges in working condition. www.bchydro.com/rebates_savings/fridge_buy_back.html | 604.881.4357

    17. BC Hydro Windows Rebate Program

    Pay no HST when you buy ENERGY STAR high-performance windows and doors. This offer is available until March 31, 2011. www.bchydro.com/rebates_savings/windows_offers/current_offers.html | 604.759.2759 for a free in-home estimate.

    18. BC Hydro Mail-in Rebates/Savings Coupons

    To save energy, BC Hydro offers rebates including 10 % off an ENERGY STAR cordless phone. Check for new offers and for deadlines. www.bchydro.com/rebates_savings/coupons.html | 1.800.224.9376

    19. Fortis BC (formerly Terasen Gas) Rebate Program

    A range of rebates for home owners include a $50 rebate for upgrading a water heater, $150 rebate on an Ener-Choice fireplace (both good until March 31, 2011) and a $1,000 rebate for switching to natural gas (from oil or propane) and installing an ENERGY STAR heating system (good until February 29, 2012). http://www.fortisbc.com/NaturalGas/Homes/Offers/Pages/Residential-Water-Heater-Program.aspx | 1.888.224.2710

    20. Fortis BC (formerly Terasen Gas) Efficient Boiler Program

    For commercial buildings, provides a cash rebate of up to 75% of the purchase price of an energy efficient boiler, for new construction or retrofits. http://www.fortisbc.com/NaturalGas/Business/Offers/Pages/default.aspx | 1.888.477.0777

    21. City of Vancouver Solar Homes Pilot

    This rebate of $3,000 (about 50% of the cost) is for a Vancouver home owner upgrading to a solar hot water system from a gas system. Offered by the City of Vancouver, SolarBC, Terasen Gas and Offsetters on a first come, first served basis until March 2011 or until the City reaches its target of 30 solar homes. www.vancouver.ca/sustainability/SolarHomes.htm | 604.873.7748

    22. City of Vancouver Rain Barrel Subsidy Program

    The City of Vancouver provides a subsidy of 50% of the cost of a rain barrel for Vancouver residents. With the subsidy, the rain barrel costs $75. Buy your rain barrel at the Transfer Station at 377 W. North Kent Ave., Vancouver, BC. Limit of two per resident. Bring proof of residency. www.vancouver.ca and in the search box enter ‘rain barrel program.’ 604.736.2250. Other municipalities have similar offers.

    23. Vancity Green Building Grant

    In partnership with the Real Estate Foundation of BC, Vancity provides grants up to $50,000 each to qualifying charities, not-for-profit organizations and co-operatives for projects which focus on building renovations/retrofits, regulatory changes that advance green building development, and education to increase the use of practical green building strategies.

    www.vancity.com/MyCommunity/NotForProfit/Grants/ActingOnClimateChange GreenBuildingGrant | 604.877.7000

    24. Local Government Water Conservation Incentives

    Your municipality may provide grants and incentives to residents to help save water. For example, the City of Coquitlam offers residents a $100 rebate and the City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, and District of West Vancouver offer a $50 rebate when residents install a low-flush toilet. Visit your municipality’s website and enter ‘toilet rebate’ to see if there is a program.

    25. Local Government Water Meter Programs

    Your municipality may provide a program for voluntary water metering, so that you pay only for the amount of water that you use. Delta, Richmond and Surrey have programs and other municipalities may soon follow. Visit your municipality’s website and enter ‘water meter’ to find out if there is a program.

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    I just finished uploading this House for sale, 88 MUNDY Street, Coquitlam, British Columbia

    Great views of Mt Baker & Fraser River. Home has been beautifully updated throughout over 1400 SF on main floor, spacious living room, dining room, kitchen with eating area. 3 bedrooms, huge master bedroom with 4 pce ensuite, hardwood floors in foyer, hallway & bedroom. Central air & security system. Partially finish basement with family room, laundry room, 3 pc washroom, 26x17 cedar deck off kitchen & dining room with built in hot tub. Ideal for summer BBQ's & entertaining. Tranquil garden atmosphere, convenient garden shed in private backyard (7169 SF lot) with lane access. Open House Sept 11th, 2-4pm.

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