October 30, 2013
Open House. Open House on Sunday, November 3, 2013 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Categories:Brookswood Langley, Langley Real Estate
Please visit our Open House at 3885 205A ST in LANGLEY.
Open House on Sunday, November 3, 2013 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bring everything, this Brookswood beauty boasts liberal sized rooms! Rarely available, homes like this 6+ BR, 4 bath home aren't available often...features include family size livingroom with fireplace, vault ceiling, cross hall dining roomwith french door access to covered deck, u shape kitchen with meal nook, window seat and windows on every wall, den or bedroom with built in cabinets and private mini balcony, Mbdrm is a private oasis with ensuite bath and walkin closet. Oversize living area down includes 3 bedrooms, dressing room and ensuite off Mbdrm, gas fireplace, separate entry. The grounds feature mature trees and landscaping, fenced yard, detached workshop; this very private setting just steps from Bell Park.
October 17, 2013
4 things you should remove from your home before putting it on the market
Categories:Selling, Tips, Open House
Selling your home means making it look it’s best, but there are other things to consider as well.
1. Duplicate items
If you have numerous televisions, computers, dressers, and desks, you should reduce the number of each by as many as possible. Having a room with 3 desks might work for your family, but it won’t help your home sell. After years of being in a home it’s only normal to collect so many things. It’s important to move as much as possible out of the house before attempting to sell it.
If your hobby is collecting and fixing up old cars, it’s a good idea to remove them from your property while selling your home. Potential buyers don’t want to see a yard cluttered with cars and tools. If your yard or home contains a lot of ornaments that have grown dirty and dusty over the years, now is the time to remove them. There are things that you might enjoy having in or around your home that others might not.
If you have any weapons, even well-hidden weapons, remove them from your home before you have people traipsing in and out. You cannot always be sure that people who are looking at houses are there because they’re interested in buying. If a potential buyer happens to come across your hidden gun or knife in the bedroom, they may wonder why you need them.
4. Jewelry and other valuables
People who attend open houses might not be there to look at your house, but rather to look what is inside your house. To protect yourself and your valuables, remove all jewelry, money, and other things of great value from the home. Don’t leave all 4 laptops out for everyone to be able to see. If you’re an art collector, remove the majority of art from the home. It’s also a good idea to remove, or at least hide, all personal paperwork. It’s not very hard for someone to slip out with a credit card statement that contains your personal info.
Selling your home can be an exciting time, but it’s also important to be cautious.
October 12, 2013
New property listed in Walnut Grove, Langley
Categories:Walnut Grove, Langley Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 31 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Maxi home, mini price! Recent updates include flooring and warm toned colours thruout; 2nd BR/den includes 2 piece bath; covered deck ensures year round use, location offers private setting. Amenities include the Evergreen Club with full kitchen, social room, community workshop and off leash doggie park. Forest Green Estates is in the centre of all that Walnut Grove has to offer with direct access to movies, dining, recreation, shops, transit and more. Call soon, this good buy will soon be good bye!
October 3, 2013
September housing market shows marked improvement over last year's historical lows
SURREY, BC – The Fraser Valley real estate market continues to edge closer to typical activity levels as September saw the largest year-over-year increase in property sales this year to date.
The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,131 sales on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in September, an increase of 32 per cent compared to the 857 sales processed during the same month last year and 10 per cent fewer than processed in August.
Ron Todson, President of the Board, explains, “It is good news however, it’s important to put the increase into context. Our home sales in September went from the worst in 10 years to just below our 10-year average.
“It can take a year or more for the market to recover from regulatory changes such as last year’s tightening of mortgage rules introduced by the federal government. Although we are seeing evidence of first-time home buyers returning to the market, we have to keep in mind that it is more challenging now for them to get financing, so although we’re witnessing a recovery to a balanced market it is gradual.”
Todson adds, “An improvement in our sales in the Fraser Valley has not translated to an increase in home prices because inventory levels have either kept pace or depending on the property type and community are elevated.
“Your REALTOR® can provide specifics for your area, for example there is 12 months of condo inventory right now in White Rock/South Surrey, 5 months of inventory for single family homes in North Delta and only 3 and a half months of townhouse inventory in Langley. Real estate is local so to understand your market, talk to an expert.”
In September, the benchmark price of single family detached homes in the Fraser Valley was $552,900, a 0.6 per cent increase compared to $549,500 during the same month last year. For townhouses, the benchmark price was $296,200, a decrease of 1.4 per cent compared to $300,500 in September 2012 and the benchmark price of apartments was $203,100, 1.9 per cent less than in September 2012 when it was $207,000.
The Board received 2,375 new listings in September, a decrease of 7 per cent compared to the 2,544 new listings received during the same month last year – leaving the volume of active properties at 9,875 a decrease of 5 per cent compared to September 2012 and the lowest it’s been since March of this year.
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