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  • First we need to know your needs and your budget
  • Then we put our network of top realtors and associated professionals (lawyers, mortgage brokers, home inspectors) to work for you.
  • We will negotiate to get you the best deal possible.

Market Analysis

“You make money when you buy!”

  • We will do a thorough market analysis for you of the property.
  • We include recent sales and listings.
  • We give you confidence that you will be purchasing or selling at the right price.
  • Nicholas has his Appraisal Diploma from the University of BC Urban Land Economics program.
  • We have more than 30 years of experience in this market.

“You’ve got to buy right to sell right!”

Strong Negotiating
  • Honest and trustworthy.
  • We know how to negotiate the best price and terms for you.

Ongoing Management

  • Truly one stop shopping
  • Our fully licensed management division will take good care of the property for you.
  • When the time comes to take profit, we will be there to assist you to get the best market price.
  • Remember, all of our ongoing fees are tax deductible against your capital gains.
  • Downtown Suites realtors work on a commission basis – no service fees.
  • Commissions are only received on the successful completion of a sale, from the transaction.
  • There is no charge to you the Buyer in standard transactions.

Selling Your Property

We Represent You
  • We will provide the best representation for you and ensure you receive the highest price, with no compromise.
  • We are able to service the entire Vancouver area, including other municipalities.
  • A complimentary evaluation will be provided to you with the most up-to-the-minute market conditions.
  • You will receive regular weekly communication as to progress.
  • Your wishes will be adhered to and all decisions will be made by you.

Sound Market Advice and Strategic Planning

  • Strategic placement of your property in the marketplace
  • The suggested list price will attract offers, but we will never undervalue your property
  • Your property will be attractively placed
  • Full MLS (Multiple Listing Service) coverage and full cooperation with ALL brokers in the area
  • Maximum exposure creates the opportunity to maximize your dollars
  • Skilled negotiation will ensure the best terms for you.

The Buying Process in BC

Understanding the Agency Relationship

Working solely for you ….

When you choose Downtown Suites as your agent, we will act solely on your behalf, and have a legal obligation to uphold the integrity of you, the client, while protecting and promoting your interests.

There is no charge for this service, as these fees come from the proceeds of the sales transaction.

In order to protect your interests and safeguard them by law, we will send you a Buyers Agency Agreement and the Working with a Realtor pamphlet (mandatory from the Real Estate Council of BC, which outlines our responsibilities to protect your interests.) We will need these both approved by you before we can proceed, so as you fully understand each of our responsibilities.

We Commit To:
  • Protecting your negotiating position at all times.
  • Providing undivided loyalty and keeping all your information confidential.
  • Adhering to a strict code of ethics and a high standard of practice.
  • Exercising reasonable care and skill in performing all assigned duties.
  • Being accountable for all money and property placed in our trust account while acting for you.

Our Services

  • Preliminary consultation in person or by telephone/email
  • Target type and amount of investment
  • Show or email lisitngs that match your requirements
  • Search the Real Estate Board database daily for your requirements, and email an update of listings as they becoe available
  • Prepare a comparative market analysis and advise you on the true value of the proposed investment
  • Negotiate the sales contract; explain the whole legal process and what you are committing to
  • Hold deposit monies in trust with Downtown Suites Ltd.
  • Help you to make arrangements with other professionals, i.e. Building Inspectors, Lawyers, Accountants, etc. to complete your due diligence
  • Follow up with all parties to the transaction to ensure that they each fulfill their obligations
  • Put a tenant in place if necessary
  • Manage the property (see Property Management)
Completion Costs
  • HST (Harmonized Sales Tax): If you buy a newly constructed home, you must pay the HST. However, if your house is less than $450,000 you may be eligible for a rebate. There is no HST on resale housing unless there have been substantial renovations to the property.
  • Property Transfer Tax: This tax is 1% on the first $200,000 of the sale price and 2% on the remainder. First-time buyers may be exempt from paying this tax.
  • Prepaid property taxes, strata fees, or utility bills: You will have to reimburse the sellers for any thus prepaid.
  • Mortgage loan insurance and application fee:If you get a high-ratio mortgage, (a mortgage where you pay less than a 25% down payment), you will have to buy mortgage loan insurance from CMHC (Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation) or a private company. Please view the CMHC website for valuable information. You will also have to pay an application fee. CMHC’s standard fee is $235. CMHC also offers a basic service for a $75, but it must be accompanied by an appraisal.
  • Appraisal: Before your lender approves your mortgage, you may be required to have an appraisal done. Sometimes your lender covers this cost, otherwise, you are responsible for covering this cost. The fee ranges from $300.
  • Survey fee: Your lender may require an up-to-date survey of the property. If the seller did not provide you with one, you will have to pay to have one done. The fee ranges from $150 to $350.
  • Home Inspection fee: Most realtors recommend that you get a home inspection done by a certified home inspector. It will usually cost you around $300 or more for a smaller property. Larger properties generally cost more.
  • Legal fees: Lawyer/notary fees for closing the sale may vary, according to the complexity of the contract. However, the cost will most likely be at least $800 + HST.
  • Disbursements to Land Titles Office: These fees are approximately $300, including legal fees. Your lawyer/notary will arrange this payment.


I was a US owner of two income rental condos in Vancouver a few years back and was having some problems with the person who was managing my places. I had to end that relationship, and not knowing the real estate arena in Vancouver, I went to the internet. Nic had (still has!!) the most informative and wonderful videos of himself videos of himself addressing different aspects of the real estate market in BC. I called, left a msg, and in under a minute, he returned my call. Long story short, Nic helped me deal with some sticky issues, recommended some contractors to me, for which he did not charge me, and he ended up selling both of my condos for me. I can’t say enough about Nic and his crew. He has over 25 years of experience, is extremely personable, and really knows his stuff. I felt I could trust him, and it turned out to be true. How often does that happen?:)
Nicholas has been my client for over 20 years, as his financial planner and it has been a pleasure working with him over the years. I have found Nicholas to be very extremely knowledgeable ethical, dependable diligent and client focused. He is extremely honest in giving his opinion, even if it means walking away from closing a sale. I have learnt a lot of things in Real Estate from him. We also have mutual clients,and have heard nothing but praises from these clients of the service he has and continues to provide to them. Ihave also recommended clients to Nicholas, since i wanted them to be looked after by the “BEST”

I have been using Nicholas’ services since 1988, first as a realtor and later as a rental suite manager. I have also recommended his services to numerous friends and clients who thanked me for referring him. The words they all used were “knowledge” and “integrity”. Nicholas is one of the rare members of this profession who prefers long-term client relationship to quickly collecting a commission. This was the case when he discouraged me from purchasing properties he knew were not right for me, even though this meant additional work for him. And did I mention that he is also well educated and great company?
Nic is an exceptionally skilled Property Manager that is at the Top of his field in his delivery of Service, He is always working for the best interest of the clients. He is a master in tenant negotiations,, talented managing professional and most importantly a wonderful person.I am proud to recommend Nic as an asset to have as part of your business team…

I have worked with Nic for the last 18 months and it has been a pleasure to work with someone who is so professional and has such great people skills. I am sure we will be working together for many years.