Often considered the most livable place in North America and always among the top cities to live in the world, Vancouver constantly attracts many new residents from around the globe. Some of the reasons the city is preferable to homeowners are its healthcare benefits, and its culture which has accommodated people from different continents like Europe and Asia. These attributes can help explain the 10% retail estate sales growth the city saw this year compared to last year, as reported by Huffington Post Canada:Real StateGreater Vancouver is set to see 28,000 home sales by the end of the year, compared to 25,445 homes sold in 2012. Housing activity is expected to grow more modestly in 2014, with 29,000 sales forecast, an increase of about two per cent.These numbers suggest that reputable Vancouver real estate agents have recently been quite busy helping both home buyers and sellers close a deal. With the stronger buying figures, however, come the often inevitable rise in property prices. The Huffington Post article also reports on the possible surge in home prices from $730,063 last year to $765,000 by the end of this year, and further to $800,000 by next year. As the demand, and the costs, of properties continue to rise, buyers may find it increasingly difficult to find the property that best suits their needs.When faced with this difficulty, or any other kind of purchasing uncertainty, homebuyers can count on the services of a reliable Vancouver real estate agent who can help them find what they are looking for. While buyers can look for residential properties on their own, the services of a professional can put them at an advantage because of the latter’s extensive knowledge of the market. Once they have a good idea of what a buyer is looking for, established real estate agents, like Jamie Hooper, can use their extensive networks and real estate savvy to find property options that would suit their client’s preferences. These professionals can then arrange home tours for their clients, so the latter can check the properties on their own, and come up with an informed decision on which one to buy.(Article Excerpt and Image from Vancouver Real Estate Canada’s Least Affordable: Report, Huffington Post, November 27, 2013)