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The Garbutt + Dumas Real Estate Team are consistently ranked in the top 1% of Realtors in Greater Vancouver with over $300 million in sales over the past 3 years. James Garbutt and Denny Dumas introduce their new podcast about their knowledge and personal experiences in the world of real estate. The podcast will focus on current topics in Vancouver Real Estate and will feature a variety of guests with backgrounds in mortgage lending, real estate investing, property managing and new developments.
 
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March 2021 was a record-setting month with no signs of slowing down in May. As more listings become available, Realtors and their clients find it challenging to know what to offer and how to stay competitive. James and Denny provide pointers to buyers and sellers who may be experiencing fatigue and frustration while trying to navigate the current r…
 
The G+D Realtors have been noticing a shift in the number of homeowners moving to the communities east of Vancouver in search of larger properties, more outdoor space, and more affordable prices. James and Denny compare real estate over the last ten years in two of these surrounding cities: the charming inner-city suburb of New Westminster to the b…
 
Getting approved for a mortgage and securing a low-interest rate is an important part of buying a home. James and Denny welcome Alex McFadyen from Thrive Mortgage Co. to the podcast for an update on current mortgage trends. This episode will focus on who will be most affected by the upcoming mortgage stress test, the benefits of a basement suite, t…
 
Many homeowners wonder what kind of renovations can be done to get the most value out of their home. James and Denny discuss what sellers should concentrate on when planning to upgrade certain aspects of their property. This episode will focus on knowing your time horizon, understanding the property value breakdown (structure value versus land valu…
 
A seller must consider various factors when selecting a listing price for their home. These factors can include market trends, time of year, inventory availability, uniqueness of the property, and the homeowner’s current financial situation. James and Denny share their process and classification system for selecting a price point for their client's…
 
As more inventory becomes available, many homeowners are asking what they should do to maximize the value of their home before selling. James and Denny stress the importance of timing when it comes to listing and share their experience with renovation delays and finding a good contractor. This episode will focus on the renovation types that will gi…
 
In the last 30 days, the G+D team has experienced an abrupt shift in the market as more properties become available after months of few listings. James and Denny summarize what they have seen recently compared to the highly competitive, subject free and multiple offer situations they encountered at the beginning of the year. This episode will focus…
 
New construction in the Greater Vancouver Area offers great incentives and lower deposits for potential home buyers. Even so, how can you be sure that buying new construction is the best move for you? James and Denny weigh in on the pros and cons of investing in pre-built homes and share past experiences with this type of property. This episode wil…
 
When done correctly, marketing can play a significant role in capturing the attention of potential clients. James and Denny break down the strategic marketing plan they use at G+D throughout the different seasons of real estate. This episode will focus on how to build your name in the real estate business, the benefits of traditional marketing, fli…
 
When looking for a realtor, it is important to ensure that they are the right fit for your home and your family. James and Denny share the three most valuable questions you should ask a realtor before listing your home: 1. How will you market my property? 2. How do you manage showings? 3. How will you handle multiple offers? This episode will focus…
 
Many families who are hoping to move to the desirable neighborhood of Port Moody may be surprised at the single-family home costs in this area. G+D Realtor Monica joins Denny on the podcast to discuss the increasing prices and low inventory of detached homes in Port Moody. This episode will focus on the lack of entry-level single-family homes in th…
 
Port Moody has seen record-breaking sales over the last two years, which have only continued to increase in price and frequency since the beginning of 2021. Monica, an expert in Port Moody realty and co-host of the vlog PoMo Life, joins Denny on the podcast to break down recent condo sales trends in the area. This episode will focus on the type of …
 
A common dilemma that homeowners face is whether they should buy a new home before or after selling their current property. James and Denny walk you through the pros and cons of buying or selling first in a seller's market. This episode will focus on thoroughly understanding your financial situation, navigating the stress of owning two properties a…
 
Effective communication is key to getting the most out of a showing in today’s fast-paced market. James and Denny review the specific questions they ask listing agents to help their clients make the most informed decisions when purchasing a home. This episode will focus on the value in performing your due diligence as a buyer, the uncertainty of re…
 
Purchasing a property in the very competitive Greater Vancouver Area can be a frustrating process for buyers if they are unaware of current conditions. James and Denny share how realtors can help their clients set realistic expectations and effectively prepare for buying in this busy real estate market. This episode will focus on initial conversati…
 
With current properties being sold so quickly, a lot of buyers may be overlooking certain negative aspects of a home that in the past may have been major red flags in a sale. James and Denny discuss the reasons behind unpermitted renovations and share how buyers can gain valuable information regarding work done on a property before buying. This epi…
 
Single-family homes are HOT right now as people are moving out of Vancouver in search of more space. James and Denny weigh in on the very low supply of detached homes available and the increasing number of buyers looking to move into these types of properties. This episode will focus on bidding wars with multiple offers, the overwhelming number of …
 
As a new year begins, more people are considering entering the housing market and are looking for expertise and direction on how best to proceed. James and Denny discuss what type of conversations realtors should be having during this time to prepare buyers and sellers for what to expect in a very active real estate market. This episode will focus …
 
Townhouses come in a variety of sizes, offering affordable options for families looking to upsize from a condo and empty nesters looking to downsize from a large house. James and Denny breakdown what a townhouse is and examine the high demand for this type of property within the lower mainland. This episode will focus on the benefits of a townhouse…
 
James and Denny are excited to announce that the Garbutt and Dumas Real Estate team is looking to grow! It has been a record year for the G+D team and they are wanting to hire awesome realtors to help reach the ambitious goals they have set for 2021. James and Denny are looking for individuals who are motivated to grow personally and professionally…
 
Brentwood, located in Burnaby, is a growing neighborhood that offers beautiful views and a central location. James and Denny share information about the developing community and review the different condo options available to buyers. This episode will focus on the development in Brentwood, resale versus new construction, the varying amenities that …
 
The Garbutt + Dumas Real Estate team has remained an industry leader by adapting to changes brought on by the pandemic during this unique year. James and Denny discuss what they have seen in real estate during 2020 and make predictions for what they believe will happen in 2021. This episode will focus on the uncertainty within the industry when COV…
 
This week’s episode is a special one as realtors Monica Harmse and Lucas McCann from the Garbutt and Dumas Real Estate team join Denny on the podcast. Monica and Lucas created the real estate vlog PoMo Life to promote community awareness around what is going on in Port Moody and the surrounding Tri-Cities. This episode will focus on the value of co…
 
Real estate agents are adopting new strategies to reach more clients virtually. James and Denny share how they started growing their brand online and what they have learned throughout the process. This episode will focus on gaining authority in your field, using social media and other platforms to reach your target audience, the power of videos in …
 
There is no hard and fast rule as to which properties you must pay Goods and Services tax (GST) on, as every situation is a little different. James and Denny review situations where it was unclear if the GST had to be paid, and what they learned from those circumstances. This episode will focus on the impact of intent when purchasing a property, bu…
 
A depreciation report is a formal, standardized report created by an engineering firm to evaluate older buildings. James and Denny discuss the impact that this report has on buyers and the positive and negative experiences they have had in the past. This episode will focus on the importance of properly communicating the depreciation report to your …
 
Real estate agents had to change up their normal routines and shift strategies to adapt to the housing market this year. James and Denny make predictions on what they believe the real estate market will look like in 2021. This episode will focus on detached homes and townhouse popularity, homeowners putting more value on the community they live in …
 
Timing is a key factor when purchasing or selling a property. James and Denny ask each other questions that have been sent into the podcast regarding real estate and the selling process in today’s market. This episode will focus on mortgage deferrals and the effect that they will have on property prices moving forward, how to know when the best tim…
 
Home inspections help to determine the condition of a home and can identify any major issues that may impede a sale. James and Denny share some tips and tricks for how to find the best home inspector and get the most out of this process. This episode will focus on the key questions to ask your home inspector, the importance of good communication, t…
 
Purchasing property is a significant financial investment that involves planning and assistance from a professional. James and Denny share tips on how to get your finances in order before buying or selling real estate and when a homeowner should look at updating their mortgage. This episode will focus on current low-interest rates, variable versus …
 
Currently, real estate in the lower mainland is a "good and chaotic mess" as the industry saw one of its busiest months since 2017. James and Denny talk about the importance of working with someone who understands the real estate business and how fast everything can happen when the market is this active. This episode will focus on being properly pr…
 
Real estate agents are relied upon to offer their clients guidance when buying or selling property. James and Denny answer questions about offer negotiations and share how they help their clients navigate through this process. This episode will focus on paying over asking price, the proper mindset when trying to buy real estate, dealing with low of…
 
How much communication is normal between a seller and their agent? James and Denny go over how they communicate with their clients and the specific things they focus on during the sale of a home. The episode will cover common questions from sellers, different ways of communicating, relaying feedback, communicating in multiple offer situations, shar…
 
Are cities in the lower mainland really encouraging development and population density increase? James and Denny break down what an Official Community Plan (OCP) is and how they see the 40-year project working out in residential development. This episode will focus on the challenges of building more energy-efficient homes, floor space ratio (FSR) a…
 
The Vancouver real estate market has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. James Garbutt does a solo episode and fills you in on what is currently happening in Vancouver and what to expect over the next few months. This episode will cover the growing number of bidding wars, detached homes picking up, low supply and high demand across all products,…
 
Flipping homes for a profit can be a rewarding and challenging experience. James and Denny are back in the studio to walk you through the ups and downs of renovating a 1932 craftsman style heritage house in New Westminster. This episode will focus on home construction, permits, dealing with different contractors and money lenders, subdividing prope…
 
With so many amazing places to live in Greater Vancouver where would a Real Estate agent buy their dream home? James and Denny ask each other questions as they go over their favorite cities and neighborhoods and talk about where they would be willing to move to start a new life. The episode will focus on James's and Denny's standout areas in and ou…
 
You often hear how investing in real estate is a "no brainer" but how has it compared to the S&P 500 Index, Gold, Oil, and Bitcoin over the last 10 years? James and Denny hypothetically pick an $800,000 home in Burnaby from 10 years ago and compare different downpayment scenarios to other investments to show how to get the most money out of Vancouv…
 
It's the middle of July and the Vancouver real estate market is going through a busy summer after a very quiet spring. James and Denny share what areas in the Lower Mainland are seeing the most activity right now and the areas that have seen a market slowdown. This episode will focus on East Van, New West, Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Burnaby and wil…
 
No industry is immune to technological advances, but real estate has traditionally been slower in adapting to new trends. The last couple of years have seen some positive changes. James and Denny go over which technologies and trends are most important to them as well as the areas that still need improvement. This episode will focus on the software…
 
The reputation of a real estate agent is everything and often make or break a career. A positive reputation will generate more leads and clientele whereas some agents trade reputation for a quick buck. James and Denny discuss what having a good reputation in the real estate world means from a realtor's perspective as well as from the clients. This …
 
As technology advances and the real estate world tries to keep up, more realtors are using professional videos to stand out. Listings with a video on average receive four times the inquiries than those without. James and Denny go over reasons for deciding to invest more into videos and share some of the ways they are using the videos to get more ey…
 
There are roughly 12,500 realtors in Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley so chances are you may have a family member or a friend that has their license. Is it the best idea to trust the biggest purchase of your life to someone you have a personal relationship with? James and Denny go over the positives and negatives of hiring a family member or fri…
 
After a short hiatus, the podcast is back to provide information on what's going in Vancouver's current real estate market. The start of June has seen an increase in activity as COVID regulations continue to loosen. James and Denny go through different situations while trying to answer if now is the best time to buy, sell, or wait. The episode will…
 
A seller's market arises when there are a lot of buyers competing for a low inventory of active listings. Multiple offers are very common in this type of market and having your offer stand out could land you the home of your dreams. James and Denny go through what you can do to increase the appeal of your offer and greatly increase your chances of …
 
The real estate market in Vancouver was hot in February until COVID-19 changed everything. Now as BC begins it's restart plan and we move to a new normal, many people are wondering what the housing market may look like over the next couple of months. James and Denny go through what they think will happen and what you should be aware of as COVID res…
 
Like many businesses during this pandemic, real estate has seen a slow down as the overall number of transactions in Greater Vancouver have decreased. In this podcast James and Denny provide insight and information to those looking to sell their home in this market. This episode will focus on the seller and what they can expect after listing. It al…
 
Buying or selling a home can be challenging even under normal circumstances. COVID-19 has created new questions for consumers and has made contract clauses and liability waiver agreements a much more involved process. James and Denny bring awareness to recent buyer waivers that put more accountability on the buyer and clear the sellers from factors…
 
New Westminster is a historic suburb Of Vancouver and is known for its heritage communities, city events, restaurants, and the Westminster Quay. Jamie does a solo podcast to share his personal experience living in the city and reasons it won him over. The episode will cover why New West is a great place to settle, who it's suited for, neighbors and…
 
Burnaby is a beautiful suburb of Vancouver and is known for its parklands, lakes, schools, and mountain. It has also seen huge changes in its real estate landscape over the last 15 years. James and Denny share their personal experiences living in, selling property and being part of the community. This episode will cover the four main hubs in Burnab…
 
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