We’ve all heard stories of unhappy consequences of someone who failed to have a will made, keep it updated or put it in a safe place.
Why then, do only 45% of Canadians have a will?  Click here to see our YouTube video that shares the importance of having a will! 
So why don’t people update or make a will? Creating a will for some, believe it’s a daunting task, and why many may put it off. And for updating one? It’s a task that I hear people say, “It’s on my list to do.” A will minimize legal fees and can help avoid a lengthy probate process or potential litigation that prolongs the settling of your estate. Having a will provides peace of mind! When you make a will, file a Wills Notice with the B.C. Department of Vital Statistics. 
As well as a will, your estate plan can include creating a power of attorney, representation and trust agreements.
Is it time you met with a lawyer to create your estate plan? It is never too early to start. You can update your estate plan in the future as your wants, needs, or circumstances change.  Part of HELM's 55 AND BETTER system connects you with estate planners who work with older adults and their families and will provide personalized estate plans to suit your needs, saving you time, and money while providing peace of mind. 
Call anytime, always just a phone call away! 604 730 2600

Preparing Your Home to Sell

Frequently, the most challenging aspect of putting your home on the market is preparing it for sale. This process can be stressful, time-consuming, and frankly, quite overwhelming for both you and your loved ones. Many individuals are unsure where to even begin, often resulting in homes being listed in less-than-ideal conditions. Naturally, you want to avoid having your property linger on the market for months or settling for a price below its true value.

We keep our clients well-informed throughout every step of the transaction, including anticipating potential buyer inquiries, ultimately ensures a seamless process for all involved. Our approach not only achieves the best possible price for your property but also minimizes the waiting time. HELM's commitment extends beyond mere real estate dealings; Janet HELM is recognized not just as a Realtor, yet as a trusted companion in significant life transitions. "At HELM, our focus isn't solely on the property itself, but on understanding and addressing our clients' unique circumstances and needs."  


Customer Service

Our client, who was out of town during the sale of their home, entrusted HELM with the logistics of coordinating trades to install new carpet, paint, and clean to ensure the home showed in its best light. By being proactive and addressing the updates, we ensured a top-dollar sale! Constant communication with the seller, even across different time zones, worked well. The home sold in 13 days!  Located in Brentwood, Burnaby, this 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom unit is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and transit! The happy buyer gets to call 701 4178 DAWSON STREET home! MLS R2860185

Do You Think it's Time Your Parents Downsize?
Do you think it might be time for your mom and dad to move from their detached home to either a condo, or retirement living residence? Is it your decision to make? Visit our latest video AT THE ISLAND with HELM
Before you even approach your parent or parents, about moving
you’ll need to do research and get organized.
These discussions will be much more productive if you have specific, actionable ideas instead of simply trying to convince them they need help.
Understanding and being able to address the real estate needs of older adults and their families is why I designed
HELM’S 55 AND BETTER approach as the proven results process will assist you and your family with the transition. We create a customized plan to ensure the transition is easier.
Note I didn’t say easy, yet easier! Aging in place is the best place until it’s not the best place. What is your plan? To start a conversation feel free to call anytime. As you know I’m always just a cup of coffee or tea away.

Rightsizing Seminar Success
"Janet, great presentation. I shared what you had presented to a group of friends, and several commented that they wished they had had an opportunity to attend such an event before they moved in and admitted that their decisions hadn't all been satisfactory. “
“Hi Janet. Thank you so much for your wonderful and informative seminar today. We both came away feeling good about our decision to age in place. At least for now. Your resources to do this are very helpful. Thanks again and may God Bless you for helping us seniors.”
“Janet, excellent presentation this morning. Our social committee would like you to share your presentation, tips on downsizing, choosing a retirement community. As they face having to make the decision to leave independent living here it is a super tough decision for many to make.”
"MUSIC TO MY EARS," as my mom used to say! I'm so happy to hear the feedback from our latest info session! My intention to share what's possible so people can take action with confidence continues! Our next FREE Lunch and Learn info session is April 16 at Chartwell Churchill House in North Van. Call or email me to register!
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My 98 year old Dad is moving to Italy!
My 98 year- old dad is moving to Italy!
An email this morning to the family let us know that the news may come as a shock, however after much thought he felt it was the best. We are invited to visit anytime. I have to say, my heart skipped a beat before I remembered what day it was! He got me! I remember it was his mom’s birthday today and also a prankster. I do believe his positive attitude and sense of humour is one of the reasons he continues to age so healthy. Studies and research have proven the health benefits of laughing and maintaining a sense of humour in older adults is important.
Humour is good for the brain.
Humour reduces stress. Humour makes you feel good. There are many more proven health benefits! Also, when asked to describe the secret to aging well, many older adults mention, keeping their sense of humour as one of the most important virtues!
Laughter may truly be the best medicine after all! Wishing you all a Happy April Fool's Day! Enjoy a laugh or two today.
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