I win the 2010 Academy Awards for Best Dressed Matron

best dressed matron 2010


Jeannie Kamins won the Best Dressed Matron Award at the Oscar Ceremonies this year. She was wearing the Rose Dress by the famous designer, Ralph. When asked how come we hadn’t seen her on the Red Carpet, she replied, “I know you probably missed me as I stepped out of my pink flocked limo on Sunday night, but unfortunately I arrived at the same time as J-Lo. Next year I will have to plan better. Notice that I am wearing the Hopeless Diamond and carrying the famous Scrappy Coco”.

Co-op in Kerrisdale!

IMG_0004Sunny corner 1 bedroom co-op suite for $244,900.  The suite is facing east & south to a lovely garden. There are three gardens in the complex for those sunny summer afternoons.

The Suite has the look, charm & feel of a mid-century bungalow with lots of light & big, comfy rooms. Beautiful hardwood floors & double-glazed windows keep you warm in this well maintained & mechanically up-dated complex. Walking distance to shopping, amenities, parks, community centre & transit.

The end of the rainbowKerrisdale Community Centre

All the convenience & charm of Kerrisdale at your doorstep at such an affordable price. Co-ops require a 35% down payment. Shows well. Parking available on a 1st come first serve basis.

Big Brother is Watching You!

They have come up with a new regulation that I will have to be accountable for. I am checking with the BC Civil Liberties Association, but at present I have no choice but to give the company more of your personal information. The new regulation is part of bill C-25. Check out the information below.

Big Brother is Watching You!

“New federal laws and regulations dealing with money laundering and anti-terrorist financing now in effect require real estate agents and brokers to collect and verify more personal information from buyers and sellers.

Real estate agents now must also track the source of funds received during the course of a real estate transaction, such as the deposit.

The new regulations are part of Bill C-25 passed in 2007 that requires a number of industries, including real estate, to do more to help stop money laundering and terrorist financing. The regulations are enforced by the federal agency known as the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, or FINTRAC.

“Real estate agents have had legal obligations under the federal government’s push to prevent criminal activity and terrorism since 2001, when Canada’s first comprehensive laws to combat money laundering and terrorist financing were introduced,” said Canadian Real Estate Association president Calvin Lindberg.

“In the first phase of compliance, real estate agents were required to report only suspicious transactions, or transactions involving more than $10,000 in cash,” he added. “Now, verified personal information must be kept of the buyer and seller for each and every real estate transaction in Canada. That personal information includes details such as occupation.”

Real estate agents are now required to ask for proof of the identity of all buyers or sellers involved in a Canadian real estate transaction — there were 559,325 MLS® transactions last year. If the client is a corporation, that information must include corporate documentation and the names of the corporation directors. Agents must also ascertain if a third party is involved in the transaction.

This also applies if a buyer or seller involved in a transaction is not represented by a real estate agent, but the other individual involved is represented. Those buying or selling privately will be asked by the agent representing the other party involved in the transaction to provide proof of identity as well, and that record must be kept by the real estate agent involved in the transaction.

Also under the new FINTRAC regulations, real estate agents dealing with clients they never meet must also verify personal information. The broker office involved can do this with a service agreement with an agent or “mandatary” (one given the mandate to act in the transaction) in the area where the client is located. That agent or mandatary must then meet the client,

verify the identification of the client, and

provide the information to the broker office

actually handling the real estate transaction.

“There are buyers, sellers or investors from other countries who rely on expertise here rather than visiting the property themselves,” the CREA president said. “They must now meet with an official agent of the Canadian broker, and provide proof of identity. This agreement will add to the business costs of the Canadian broker.”

In addition to verification of personal information, real estate agents must also complete a report on the receipt of all funds received during the real estate transaction, not just those of $10,000 or more.

In order to comply with these new federal regulations, real estate agents are required to keep this identification and receipt of funds information on file for five years and provide it to FINTRAC if requested. It is the individual broker office that will be responsible for the safe keeping of the information, and the brokerage that will have to respond to any FINTRAC information request.

The Ellis House in West Vancouver SOLD!


Jim is an artist and his home is amazing. Check out these pictures!

The home is called the Ellis Residence and is now on the Market. It was designed by Bob Lewis in the late 1950′s. This Meticulously maintained home showcases west coast living at its best. view

The Bright open plan with windows to the south allows spacious views of the entire harbour and the Vancouver inlet.

The home has three bedrooms and two fireplaces.Master Bedroom

Master bedroom. Note the closets hidden in the walls.  The two other bedrooms follow, one is used as an office.

second bedroom


There are five skylights and cedar paneling throughout.


Family room

The family room is yet another office.

Approach up the Country cobblestone drive to the house nestled among gardens and cedars.

the home

Spend your summers bar-b-queing on your two patios.



The Patio seen from two angles.

Outside of studio

Jim has a great studio over the two car garage.



First open house June 8th from 2-4 PM. Check out more details on the internet www.realtylink.org. The MLS number is V738356

Buying a Heritage Home

Getting an Electrical Inspection to facilitate insurance access.

I went to the big Vancouver Real Estate Conference at Canada Place last month. Following the breakfast meeting we had the choice of lots of work shops that seem to have two perspectives – one to make me richer and one to tell us how to service our clients better. I know I missed out on wealth years ago when I spent 30 years as an artist, but it is never too late for service to your customers.

Most interesting to me was a workshop on buying an old house with outdated electrical systems. They covered knob and tube wiring among other problem systems. The speaker stated that the problem Ken and Morgan’s Housewith old wiring is most often not that it is dangerous, but that you cannot get insurance on your house. (A major biggie.)

Most insurance companies refuse to insure an older house that has aluminum or knob and tube wiring. Up until recently, the only option available was to have the outdated wiring removed (at considerable expense), even though the wiring might in fact be perfectly safe.

To solve this problem, Brian Cook (the presenter), formed a new company called “PowerCheck Home Electrical Safety Inspections”. He approachedLinda’s house BCAA and proposed that they support an inspection that assesses any risk posed by the knob and tube (and other old wiring) to get them to accept the assessment for insurance purposes. BCAA agreed to insure heritage property with this inspection.

According to PowerCheck, (providing there has been no tampering), about 95 per cent of all knob and tube wiring is fine. In such cases, PowerCheck prepares a list of “Corrective Actions”. Once the corrective actions have been remidied, the home is automatically re-rated at a respective lower risk rating.

The insurance companies will automatically give you insurance (at a premium rate) when you buy using PowerCheck with an agreement that once you bring the risk down you will have your insurance lowered.

For more information check out http://www.powercheck.ca or call (604) 684-3630Red house in snow

Upgrade the Bathroom

Upgrading the Kitchen or the Bathroom makes the most difference in bringing in a better price.


Here I am taking advantage of a bath in the Great Outdoors! I had to be careful of getting a hot seat.

Selling a home in Vancouver, B.C.

Selling your home is an involved process that affects your family and your future. Before you begin this process, you’ll want to ensure you have the most up-to-date information. When should you sell? How do you get the best price? What kinds of renovations should be made prior to the sale? Call me, or check out my website to learn the answers to all the following questions.

When is the best time to sell your home?

Many items like economics, market conditions, interest rates, and your financial situation influence the sale of a home.

Costs associated with selling

Your home is not yours until financial obligations such as commissions, disbursements, fees and legal costs are paid.

How to sell your home fast for the best price

Selling your home affects your financial future. This report provides valuable information that can help you efficiently sell your home and maximize your investment.

So you want to sell your home yourself?

While it looks easy, selling a home is a complicated and time-consuming process. The truth is – when you partner with a professional realtor, your home will be priced appropriately and placed before the most buyers – so your home sells fast, and for top dollar!

Selling yourself? Why you need a techno-savvy realtor more than ever

The Internet has changed most everything – including real estate. But it’s not always for the better. You could lose money, trying to sell your home yourself on the Internet.

The right price affects your bottom line

Your home could be priced too low or too high. Either way, you lose. Here are some suggestions on setting the right price considering the market, the condition of your home, and time on the market.

What is fair market value?

In real estate, market value is defined as “the price at which a particular house, in its current condition, will sell within 30 to 90 days.” This report explains how realtors consider these three items when marketing a home.

How to make the most of your move up

Financing, coordinating closings, and shopping for a new home are just some of the considerations when you’re moving up to another home. Here are some tips to make your move-up hassle-free.

How to keep your head during a divorce

This report explains the financial, emotional and legal aspects of your four options concerning “the house.”

9 biggest relocation mistakes and how to avoid them

Insufficient information, closings that do not coordinate, and inadequate preparation are some of the common mistakes that people make when relocating. Here are some suggestions on how to avoid them.

Give me a call. I will answer all these questions and more!