Emma McKenzie

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Tips On How To Sell Your Home For Top Dollars!

Posted by Emma McKenzie on Aug 12, 2017 4:10:27 AM

Your home is your nest, your beautiful warm place full of memories of your kids and family. But for buyers it’s not quite the same. They don’t see your home the same way in fact they are very meticulous about its condition, the neighborhood and the price. Just remember your house is being ranked among 15-20 others.


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Topics: Tips on selling your home

Six Outstanding Reasons To Choose Us

Posted by Emma McKenzie on Aug 12, 2017 3:54:47 AM
We work hard to develop each and every member of our team and provide them with the support and focus they need to ensure they have the greatest opportunity to succeed. Of equal importance is the satisfaction of our clients. Everyone who comes in contact with Harcourts should be better off for that interaction. Creating and delivering a superb client experience ensures our clients use us again, recommend us to their family, friends and colleagues and is a rewarding way to do business.
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Topics: Harcourts value proposition

5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Business Organized

Posted by Emma McKenzie on Aug 12, 2017 1:31:21 AM

Working from home can be a dream for many people – be your own boss, set your own working hours, be with your kids while you work – however, the dream life comes with many challenges. Some days it can be hard to motivate yourself to work and stay on-task. Being your own boss requires enormous self-discipline, focus, and above all, organization.

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Topics: Working from home, tips to organize your business

Is Your shelfie Game Strong?

Posted by Emma McKenzie on Jul 12, 2017 3:44:52 AM

Show off your impeccable decor skills. Send us a photo of your top-notch #shelfie and go in the draw to win one of two $100 Home Sense vouchers.

Submit your photo to: northvanrealestate@harcourts.net

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Topics: DIY, Storage, Decoration, Competition, Shelves

Neighbourhood ‘Hot’ Spots to Hit This Summer

Posted by Emma McKenzie on Jul 12, 2017 2:40:08 AM

Summer weather is gracing the Pacific North West in full glory – and that means so has Vancouver’s beach season! Sunbathing, barbequing, swimming, Frisbee and cold drinks with friends by the ocean.

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Topics: Vancouver Beaches, Vancouver Neighbourhoods, Living in Vancouver, Kitsilano, Wreck Beach, English Bay

Style Those #shelfies

Posted by Emma McKenzie on Jul 11, 2017 9:36:51 AM

Everyone knows about selfies. But have you heard about the #shelfie? The shelfie (a snap shot of your shelf display) is a way of expressing your individual personality and unique taste – on a perfectly curated shelf.

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Topics: Storage, Home Trends

The Purchase Price is Not the Final Figure

Posted by Emma McKenzie on Jun 1, 2017 8:07:26 AM

If you’ve decided to buy a home, it’s important to comprehend all the costs involved in addition to the price you’re paying for the property. Here’s a complete overview of costs that could arise.

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Topics: Buying, Finance

5 UNBELIEVABLE Treehouses for Rent in your BC Backyard

Posted by Emma McKenzie on Jun 1, 2017 8:00:40 AM

Growing up you start to think you may never get the excuse to hang out in a treehouse again. Here’s your chance to relive your childhood.

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Topics: Vacation, Treehouses

Does the love of your life deserve a nice house too?

Posted by Emma McKenzie on May 31, 2017 9:54:08 AM

The Harcourts Garage edition

You’ve seen the book on your car-nut friend’s coffee table, or trolled Houzz late at night looking for the perfect setup to house your bicycles and daily driver Porsche 911. Now that the kids have flown the coop, you’re starting to think it’s time to pick up that vintage Ducati and ‘right-size’ your life with a bigger garage.

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Topics: Storage, Luxury Cars, Garages, Shed, Man Caves

Why build a pool too small?

Posted by Emma McKenzie on May 12, 2017 8:24:55 AM

It’s do or dive time for the proposed pool redevelopment at the new Harry Jerome Centre.


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Topics: Petition, Harry Jerome Redevelopment

Tips2.jpg Have a dedicated office space

Office-Home.jpgIt is very important to designate one room (or even a large closet) as your office. This space should have enough room for your desk and a cabinet, it should be quiet, comfortable, and if possible separate from the rest of the house. If you live in a small place try to dedicate a quiet area where you can have your desk. Whatever your office looks like, make sure the only thing that happens in that space is work.

♦ Treat your work day as a work day

The first few hours of the work day can have a significant effect on your level of productivity. This means getting up early, showered, and dressed like you’re going to the office. It doesn’t have to be a suit and tie or a pencil skirt – that’s one of the benefits of working from home, after all – but getting cleaned up and dressed makes it easier to stay “work-minded” all day.

Take Breaks

Take-break.jpgTaking breaks can be a great boost to your productivity. Take fifteen minutes each morning and afternoon, and be sure to take a lunch break. It helps you to be efficient and productive as well as keeping your day structure. A great Mac app called Breaktime can help you schedule your breaks.



Make your home office efficient but also pleasing

Tidy-Office.jpgYou’re going to spend a lot of time in your office, make it an enjoyable place to be. When it comes to paperwork, you want to keep your business and personal things separate. It is easy to keep your personal documents such as, birth certificates, mortgages records, bank statements, etc, in the same room as their business files. Be careful not to get the two mixed up or misplace client information. Maintain your desk free of clutter.

 Adopt a system you trust

It’s easy to get distracted at home. One way to help you understand your productivity level is to start tracking the time you spend at the task at hand. Create a work-sheet where you can enter the task, task description and time spent on that specific item. Creating a system will make your work-day more efficient and productive.