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I think infill houses are the future for many of the larger properties in Vancouver. They make better use of space and provide density while still maintaining some of the character of the neighbourhood. I expect to see a lot of projects combining infill houses with renovations of existing homes. Many of the lots in Vancouver can easily support three or four dwellings. I think it’s a very important and practical way to help address affordability by increasing the supply of single family homes.
When discussing real estate people often spend most of the conversation on house prices and market conditions. But the reality is that selling your home is often more of a lifestyle decision than a purely economic decision. Given a healthy local market for homes like yours, what lifestyle changes will help you know when you should sell your home?
I meet a lot of elderly people when working in my neighbourhood, and I have the opportunity to talk with their adult children from time to time. From my conversations I’ve learned 3 areas of concern and objection that you may encounter when talking to your aging parents or loved ones about downsizing
There is a sense of identity and dignity that comes from being in the familiarity of your home. But many of these houses are older, dating from the 1930s to the 1950s. What are the challenges to growing old with dignity, and without worry of physical injury? Are there typical renovation challenges?
The discussion about growing old often centers around downsizing, retirement homes and assisted living, but for many people there are good reasons to grow old at home. A quick Google search will reveal many lists of reasons why you should consider staying in your home as you grow older.
You love living in your own house. It gives you a sense of independence and control over your life, but there are a few changes that would make your life so much easier. Do you know about the BC Home Renovation Tax Credit for Seniors and People with Disabilities?
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