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How a Spa-Like Bathroom Improves Real Estate Value


In this day and age, it seems like the bigger the better, and that goes for real estate as well.

Home improvement has become a huge enterprise in the recent years, with channels like HGTV

drawing in viewers. With that being said, spa-like bathrooms have become more popular with

the recent growth of interest. There is an added bonus to spa styled bathrooms, in addition to

relaxation and bliss, the fact is that it actually improves the real estate value of your home. By

remodeling your bathroom to look and feel like you are at a luxurious spa, you would also be

selling that luxurious spa to the next buyer that can earn you back more than you actually

invested in the first place.


To begin, let’s look at what aspects of the spa can actually influence the value of the bathroom.

According to Page-Pryde Properties, there are four specific trends that can affect the results.

And those are: the free-standing tub, a tranquil color palette, good lighting, and advanced

technological amenities. Elle Décor also suggests evoking all your senses with candles and art

that can help relax you. Ultimately, there are a lot of different things to get the ultimate spa-

styled bathroom. In the following paragraphs you will see examples and possibilities of what

you can do.


The end-goal is to create a relaxing experience, and a free standing tub is the first major

improvement you can make to get that. Jean-Jacques L’Henaff, vice president of design for

American Standard, told Page-Pryde, “Adding a freestanding tub is a cost effective way to evoke

a spa-like atmosphere in any bathroom, and it’s one that really helps elevate the user’s overall

experience”. You should take a look at the shower as well, since a rainfall showerhead is the

epitome of luxurious and feels like you are actually in the rain when you close your eyes. Towels

are also surprisingly effective to the feel of the room – and by that I mean, the fluffier, the


A calm color palette in the spa typically consists of earth tones and should be taken into

consideration when remodeling. It is a simple yet effective way to emit a calming atmosphere.

Above-the- mirror lights can help with the application of makeup and the quality of a close

shave, while soft lights can provide a soothing ambiance. Having extra amenities can boost your

value as well. This can be things like waterproof TVs, heaters, and accessories. The presentation

of things like body scrubs and special soaps on your counter can play a big role in creating the

spa-styled bathroom. Tiles are also a huge “Yes” when considering a remodel. Tiles give off the

illusion of allure and wealth, and you can use them on the floor, on the wall, and in the shower.

Plus, they are easy to clean.


When you remodel your bathroom, on average you can earn back up to 70% of your

investment when the home is sold 5 years after the initial remodeling, according to the 2015

study done by Remodeling. It is said that the bathroom plays a huge role in a buyer’s decision.

And what’s more attractive than a bathroom with luxurious, at-home spa features. According to

HGTV, faucets are an important aspect of the bathroom, along with the countertops and the

shower. They looked at Remodeling’s study from 2004, where a $9,400-bathroom remodel

recouped at 182%. The seller actually made a great profit off their investment.

Remember, the bathroom is the room in the house that goes through the most wear. The

bathroom and the kitchen are comparatively the two most looked at and considered areas of a

house. Buyers will see the house as expensive and in good quality if these two rooms are

managed and decorated well. This is because these rooms are arguably the most used rooms in

the house, and therefore the most seen by others.


Thank you to Sam Socorro who wrote this article. Sam is a guest author from Sensual Spas and

is a respected and expert voice in a plethora of health related subjects with over 10 years of

writing under her belt

The area around brentwood mall is is currently going a major revitalization. With developments like SOLO District by Bosa already underway the vision for the Brentwood Mall area of Burnaby is coming into focus.



When completed, the front 10 acres of the 28-acre project will connect directly to the Brentwood Town Centre SkyTrain Station at Willingdon and Lougheed.


On the website of the developer, Shape Properties, the mixed-use project is described as “an amphitheatre of activity.” For residents of the two residential towers that will flank the plaza, it will be “an outdoor living room.” Visitors will experience “an extraordinary sense of arrival” as they step out of the Millennium Line station and into a one-acre public plaza lined with shops, restaurants and open-air patios.


Shape plans of developing the area with mixed use development. There will be many towers with areas on the bottom for things like restaurants and coffee shops. It also includes another new development called "Soverign" by Bosa which will add approximately 202 new residences to the area.

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Government reduces tax burden on first-time buyers

First-time home buyers received welcome news in today’s provincial budget. Any REALTORS® currently working with first-time buyers will want to share this news with them as soon as possible.

The government has announced, effective February 19, 2014, under the Property Transfer Tax (PTT) First-Time Home Buyers’ Exemption program, qualifying first-time buyers can buy a home worth up to $475,000. The previous threshold was $425,000.

The partial exemption continues and will apply to homes valued between $475,000 and $500,000.

With this change, the government estimates 1,700 additional first-time buyers will annually be eligible to save up to $7,500 in PTT when they buy their home.

The government estimates this measure will cost $8 million in lost tax revenue each year.

The Real Estate Board, together with BC Real Estate Association, has actively lobbied to make home ownership more affordable for first-time home buyers. This increase in the threshold clearly signals our efforts have paid off as in past years.

In 2008, as a result of industry lobbying, the provincial government increased the threshold to $425,000 from $375,000. 

In 2005, the government increased the threshold to $325,000 from $275,000.

The PTT is calculated at a rate of one per cent on the first $200,000 and two per cent on the remaining value of the purchase price


Here is a link to the Budget.:

For information, contact Harriet Permut, Manager, Government Relations at

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How to Convince Your Friends to Help You Move


Finding a new home and going through the process to sell your home is just one leg of the journey.  Moving all your stuff can be the most difficult part. If you can’t afford professional movers in Vancouver or you are cost conscience, then the do-it-yourself approach is your best bet. For you DIY movers, recruiting friends and family can save you a lot of time and money.  But that’s easier said than done.  The following are some tips that may help you recruit the labor you need.


Call On Old Favors

Remember that one time when you dropped off your friend at 1 AM in the morning so he could catch his red eye flight? Well, now would be a good time to call him up and ask for his help. You paid it forward at the time, so this is a perfect way for them to pay you back. Someone owe you money? Let them know that their debt may be partially or fully forgiven if they help you move. If you’re low on good deeds or are the type of person who is always asking for favors, no worries, offer to babysit, do yard work, or clean their house in exchange for their help.


Be Organized

Plan your move in advance. Make sure all the boxes are packed and ready to be moved into the truck. This way you can optimize the your friends’ time for moving the heavier objects. Make sure you have all the equipment you need such as a dolly, gloves, tape, extra boxes, etc. 


Make Moving Day Fun!

There are a lot of things you can do to make moving day fun. Try sending out moving party invitations to your friends, enticing them with free pizza and beer. Having everybody bring their favorite snack or dish and making a potluck party is a fun way to get together and help you move. Make sure to leave he stereo out to blast your favorite tunes. If your friends have kids, leave some movies, games and toys out. Renting a bounce house or buying a slip and slide will have your friends’ kids begging them to stay and hour or two more.


Overcoming Excuses

Make sure you ask your friends and family know when you are moving well in advance. Try to get them to commit ASAP. If your friends or family have young children, it may be difficult to get their help. Offer to hire a babysitter on the day of the move. Tell your friends that even a half hour of their time would be extremely helpful. If other objections arise try to find a reasonable solution.


If you decide that you don’t want to deal with the hassle of recruiting your family and friends, consider hiring a local  moving company to help you. That way, you can just sit back, relax, and not have to worry about paying the favor back.


Image source:  Flicker R Berteig

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