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Last week a new client, who is a first time buyer posted the question to me "where in Vancouver shall I buy a condo?

My answer to her was, where are you living now and do you like your neighbourhood?

If you do, then that's a good place to start.

If you are unable to afford that neighbourhood, or don't like it, then sit down and write a priority list and number it one to ten. With a bit of luck you'll get the top two or maybe three things on the list.

Determine which the next up and coming neighbourhoods will be and bypass the current trendy ones. In Vancouver this means heading East!

Select a couple of neighbourhoods and spend a Saturday afternoon hanging out there. Observe the people, the stores, the lifestyle and decide if it's for you. If it is, find a home that's been lived in by the same owner for a while and jazz it up.

This is a good way to increase the value of a Vancouver property, particularly if you are a handyman.

Buying or selling Vancouver real estate? Put Maggie Chandler's hyper-local experience to work or you! Call 604-328-0077 today!

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