Summer’s last gasps are giving way to Autumn breezes, and as the temperature drops, so do the leaves!

While many people look forward to digging out their shovels and jumping in piles of leaves, for many of us, raking can be a dangerous affair. 

Raking and piling up Vancouver’s wet leaves can leave our backs feeling sore the next morning. At their worst, they can exacerbate heart and health issues, even potentially sending us to the emergency room.

If you’re sick and tired of the leaves covering the lawn of your property, wouldn’t it be nice knowing if someone else took care of it for you? 

Luckily, if you downsize your home, someone will! And, there’s a few other benefits too!

So before you reach for the ol’ rake, here’s three things downsizing lets you rake instead of leaves. 

  • Rake in the equity you’ve built for yourself, kicking up your feet for a worry-free retirement and doing things like
  • Raking in the poker chips during a warm, Vegas getaway vacation. 
  • Raking the sand in a Japanese rock garden on a month’s-long trip to find your Zen. 

Instead of piling leaves, put a pile of money towards your grandchildren’s education or your children’s new home purchase. 

If you’ve had it with leaves, why not leave me an email or a phone call at 604-910-7777 today! I can help you find a condo or townhome that you'll fall in love with!

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Just when we thought the hardest thing to get out of our basement was that TV from 1993, we hear about Michael Rotondo, who has sued his parents for wanting him evicted


The 30-year-old New York man took his parents, Christina and Mark, to court, claiming their eviction notices did not provide him enough time. Polite notes from his parents included suggestions that Michael find work and sell things with significant value, especially “any weapons you may have.”


We’re likely to never face a case that messy. But we do have messy crawlspaces, garages and rooms. Ever worry about someone seeing your stuff, feeling you’ll be put on trial? Maybe you want to downsize to a smaller home but don’t know where all the junk will go? 


Fortunately, unlike large adult sons, clutter can’t appeal its eviction and it doesn’t need 30 days notice to leave. 


But dealing with it does need a plan. 

Be Judicious With Junk

Being junk’s judge, jury and executioner means that you must not be lenient, even if your deceased second aunt’s combo hot dog cooker/bun toaster that you used that one day eight years ago tugs at your heart strings. 


Start by serving notice to yourself, mentally preparing to go through with the job. Set a target date to begin, and start your preparations. Have a clear area near the clutter that allows you to sort items by clear categories, such as ‘Love It,’ and ‘Lose It.’ Use this opportunity time to book any dumpsters, bins or trucks that you may need. 


Once the trial begins, go for the obvious throw-away’s first. As your room clears, so will your resolve to be as judicious as possible. 


If your trial isn’t going well, it’s time to get representation. Calling in the experts like decluttering expert Janet Clarke at A Helping Hand can give you the upper hand. 


Or, call in the kids to help out. And if they say ‘no,’ just tell them that you won’t de-clutter, sentencing them to a life of owning your junk in addition to theirs. They’ll be plea dealing in no time! 


If you want to downsize your Vancouver home or have a 'Michael' in your basement who needs to move, contact me at or at 604-910-7777!

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Sometimes the reason for putting your home on the market is crystal clear. For example, you might have a job relocation and need to move. Or, you might have decided to downsize because the kids have left the nest.


However, there are many other motivations to list your home that are not as obvious, and yet are still good reasons to make a move. Here are just a few examples...

  • You’re bored with your home and are looking for a change.
  • There’s something you’ve always wanted in a home that your current property doesn’t have, such as a wooded backyard
  • You want to be closer to work, or to activities you enjoy, such as golf.
  • You want to be closer to family.
  • The neighbourhood is changing in a way that no longer fits the lifestyle you want.
  • There’s another neighbourhood you’ve always dreamed of living in.
  • Your tastes have changed and you want to live in a different type of home.

None of these reasons makes it an absolute necessity to list your property and find a new home. Yet, they’re all worth considering, especially if moving will make you and your family happier, and provide you with a more desirable lifestyle.

Want to talk about the possibilities? contact us today

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There are over 100 activities that a listing realtor should do to prepare and market your property once you've signed a listing agreement.

In this first video in my series on Listing Activities, I'll discuss the first three crucial activities that a real estate agent should do when listing your home for sale.


If you have any questions about preparing your home for sale, feel free to reach out and connect with me by phone at: 604-910-7777 or by email at:


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Moving can seem like an overwhelming process, but a little preparation goes a long way in mitigating the stress. Check out the following strategies which can help your move go as smoothly as possible.

Break the Process Down Into Smaller Steps

Any large undertaking can seem difficult to get started on at the outset. The best way to know where to start is to break the whole process down into smaller tasks. First, follow a timeline for what needs to be done 6 weeks out, what can be done only a couple of weeks from your move date, and what needs to be top of mind on moving day. Our Homebuyers Moving Checklist is a great tool to help you determine when you need to do each task to keep on track and make sure nothing is missed.

Hire Professional Help

Sure, you could declutter, pack, and move everything yourself, but do you really want to? If you’re pressed for time, or have physical limitations which prevent you from doing the work yourself, hiring a professional to help may make more sense than handling everything yourself. Companies who specialize in these services can often get the work done in less time, with less hassle for you.


Keep the End Goal in Mind

When you’re in the throes of packing and moving, it can be easy to forget why you’re going through the process in the first place. However, keeping the end result in mind can help you stay motivated to get through each step along the way. The excitement of moving into a new home, and all the exploration and adventure that can come with it is something to look forward to as you tackle each task on your checklist.


Need Help with Your Move?

If you need help finding movers, cleaners, or other service providers, I would be happy to refer you to qualified professionals from my network of screened companies. Contact me by phone at: 604-910-7777 or by email at: to discuss your needs.





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When their children have left home, or retirement is nearing, many homeowners begin to think about at their options for the next chapter in their lives. What kind of lifestyle do you want to lead? Do you want to be in the middle of all the action in a condo downtown, or would you prefer a more tranquil setting in a cozy cottage by the lake?

Vancouver Seniors Downsizing Service - Westside Downsizing Expert

Where Do You Go From Here?

Downsizing to a smaller or different type of home can be an appealing option for many people who are looking for a lower-maintenance lifestyle or smaller space. For some, it may be preferable to transition into an active retirement community or assisted living facility where daily needs such as meals and cleaning are taken care of by a helpful on-site staff.


One-Stop Downsizing Service for Vancouver Seniors

As Vancouver’s Westside downsizing expert, I recently hosted an informational seminar at Crofton Manor in Kerrisdale to discuss the downsizing process and resources available for those wishing to make a change. We discussed the aspects involved in downsizing or right-sizing, including: assessing your specific needs and lifestyle preferences, taking healthcare, financial, and legal requirements into consideration, preparing your home for sale, and finding a new home. I also partner with Professional Organizer Linda Chu on decluttering and logistics to offer a one-stop resource downsizing.

Seniors Downsizing Seminar Vancouver

Have Questions About Downsizing?

There are many steps and considerations involved in downsizing. I am here to help guide you to the best option for your specific needs and preferences. If you are thinking about downsizing, please give me a call at (604) 910-7777. I’d be glad to discuss the range of options available to you and provide you with all the resources you need to ensure a smooth transition from where you are now to the next chapter of your story.

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When you’re preparing your Vancouver home for sale, it’s common to need to fix up a few things around the property before it goes on the market. After all, you want your home to look its best to buyers, so that you get good offers, quickly.


What things should you fix before listing your property for sale? Here are three categories that will help you create and prioritize your list of repairs as you get ready to sell.


1. Anything that squeaks or creaks

Is there something in your home that makes a noise it shouldn’t be making, such as a rattling closet door or a creaking floor board? While you may be so used to it that you no longer notice the sound, prospective buyers will. These small issues can make a big impression on buyers as they view your property, so be sure to get them taken care of before your home is made available for showings or open houses.


Squeaky Door Hinges


2. Anything that’s unsightly

You don’t have to worry about making your home look absolutely show-home perfect. However, things that are unsightly will likely get buyers’ attention. You want them to focus on the terrific features of your property such as the abundance of natural light, or the terrific view of the local landscape, not scuffs on the wall or dings in doors and trim.


Wall Dings Should Be Repaired Before Listing Your Home


Take a walk through your property, including the yard and other outdoor space. Put yourself in the mindset of the buyer. Is there anything that stands out to you that doesn't look appealing? If so, tidy it up, fix it up, or replace it.


3. Anything that’s broken 

When life gets busy, it can be common to ignore small things that need to be repaired or replaced. If there’s anything in your home that needs repair, such as an outside tap that’s not working, or a sliding door that won't stay on its track, call a contractor or fix it yourself.

Leaky Faucet


Small efforts pay off in a big way

Taking care of these small issues before putting your home on the market can add up to big returns when it comes time to receiving offers from potential buyers. The more appealing you make your home to its prospective new owner, the more likely you'll be to sell quickly and for the most money possible.


Have more questions about preparing your home for sale?

Give me a call today at 604-910-7777. I'm always happy to chat and answer any questions you may have.

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Spring market is upon us, so very few things can now stop you from listing your property for sale. Yet, there are some issues you should think about, if you do not want your home to stay listed forever. Read below to discover which the common Kitsilano home sellers’ mistakes are and what to do to avoid them. Mind the following traps and you will surely have tens of potential home buyers who are eager to move in as soon as possible:

  1. 1.       Quoting an Unacceptable Price

Inaccurate evaluation is probably the biggest pitfall for most home sellers. Both overpricing and underpricing are huge mistakes that can make you either lose money or wait for years until somebody who has decided to relocate in your neighbourhood buys exactly your home. Do your homework and try to understand the prices of the properties alike on the Vancouver real estate market. This will help you determine a price which is reasonable for both parties.

  1. 2.       Skipping Important Disclosures               

Being afraid to disclose all the deficiencies of your home is the second mistake that can cost you a considerable amount of money. In case the buyers find some imperfections after they have moved into the property and suspect that you have known about them, you will probably have serious problems. Basement water leaks, hidden mould and mildew, nasty bugs, etc. will be detected sooner or later and if the new owner can prove you misled them, you can expect a lawsuit. It is better to be sincere about the issues of your property and thus show potential buyers they can trust you. People are more likely to purchase from honest and reliable sellers. Plus, you will be able to negotiate with the potential buyers who will eventually move in and pay for the necessary builders work.

  1. 3.       Uploading Mediocre Photos

However sophisticated your cell phone camera is, please do not attach amateur photos of your property. Most buyers’ first step is to search the internet for suitable homes and this is why listings with unprofessional pictures usually get neglected. First impression is really important, so why don’t you invest in hiring a photographer who will catch the most beautiful sights of your home? Home buying is something very few people will make a compromise with so do not think that your property will be very appealing, in spite of the dull pictures you uploaded. Presenting your property in the best possible light is a crucial element that should make people want to move in right away and settle there. 

  1. 4.       Listing a Dirty and Cluttered Property

Clutter and filth can really ruin the appearance of your property and will undoubtedly turn most potential buyers off. Spend some time on cleaning and decluttering and you will see the difference. Your home will start looking more spacious and luxurious and there will be a great chance for you to quote a bit higher price than the one you initially planned for. All those stuff you got rid off will prove very beneficial to the future deal.


  1. 5.       Trying to Sell On Your Own

Last, but not least - managing the selling process on your own is also not recommendable. It is much more likely for your property to be quickly sold if you hire an experienced real estate agent to represent you. Statistics shows that sellers who choose to do the task by themselves have their properties on the market for much longer and often close the deal at a lower price, compared to those who have turned to experts.


Don't wait until the last minute-call today for a complimentary Real Estate Check-Up. 604-910-7777

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Selling your home must be done with careful consideration and planning. This is not just a simple deal you can conclude in a matter of minutes, but rather an important task you must pay due attention to. This is especially the case when selling your home occurs at the same time of moving into a new one. You will need extra money to equip the new place and turn it into the dwelling you desire.


That is why finding ways to boost the value of your home is so important. Long gone are the times when you could just put up an house for sale, hire a cleaning service and expect a buyer to fall in love with the place. When people are buying a new home, they are looking for quality and features that please them. So in order to make the best deal out of your home, you have to look into certain projects and see to it that you implement them. Every piece of advice that a real estate consultant ( Michael Tudorie)  gives is aimed at making your home better in the eyes of the prospective buyer so that you can make more money:


-          Curb appeal - starting from the outside of your home, you should look into ways of making your home more attractive. After all, first impressions are important and so are tasks like patio cleaning and maintenance. If you have a garden, know that it can add great value, but only if it is well looked after. This means making sure that there is not any clutter and that the place is clean.

-          Interior paint - moving onto the interior of your home, it is time to look at the walls. What you need to consider is that keeping the tones and paint neutral goes a long way into winning a prospective buyer. One of the worst things you can do is leave wallpaper on the walls. Even if it is perfect shape, chances are that it will do more harm than good in terms of impression and so it is best to just remove it and introduce muted and neutral color - you cannot go wrong with white. Just remember to give your home a thorough domestic cleaning, as that is one project known to cause some mess.

-          Upgrade your kitchen - one of the rooms that are most important to buyers is the kitchen. It is an area of the home that is visited daily and for this reason people want to have good design and modern features there. A complete remodel might be in order, if your kitchen is outdated and designed poorly. People will be willing to pay extra for a kitchen that is equipped with modern appliances and has convenient design. Do consider that everyone is after easy kitchen cleaning and convenience, so make sure you get that going when you renovate this part of your home.

-          Upgrade your bathroom - another room that is of great importance to buyers is the bathroom. You can expect a good return of investment (ROI), if you take out of your resources to make the bathroom truly pleasing. Try to work with the space you have: it is better to have freedom to move around than take up everything with a large tub. Install new tiles, if the old ones are in bad shape and you will have yourself a room of your home that can truly boost its value.


Implementing each of these projects in your home goes a long way in making it more appealing to buyers on the Vancouver real estate market. Secure the best deal by implementing some or all of these projects.


Contact Michael for a consultation on how to make your home more saleable and for any resources you may need to achieve the highest price on any market.  

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