January 22, 2014
I have sold a property at 106 9080 198TH ST in Langley
I have sold a property at 106 9080 198TH ST in Langley.
Priced to impress, looks equally good! The Seymour plan features entrance foyer, family room off kitchen, spacious living/dining room and bedrooms, walk thru closet to ensuite with offset soaker tub. Updates to this beautifully maintainedhome include roof, heat pump, A/C, blinds. Outdoor space includes 2 storage units, large side patio, cul de sac location. Amenities include clubhouse with full kitchen, social activities, RV and visitor parking. This gated community is for those 55+ and 1 small pet. Direct access to Walnut Grove shops and transit. A pride to show, call soon, this good buy will soon be goodbye!
January 22, 2014
I have sold a property at 163 9080 198 ST in Langley
I have sold a property at 163 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Privacy a priority? No neighbours, just green space surrounds this extra large original custom show home! Features include party size living/diningroom, step saver kitchen with company nook, separate family room/den with indoor access to garage, double shower in main bath and soaker tub in ensuite, 2 spacious bedrooms. Updates include roof, central air, most appliances, new fencing surrounds easy care yard oasis. This home is beautifully maintained and should be on your list to view asap. Amenities include clubhouse with full kitchen, social activities and RV parking. This gated community lifestyle is for those 55+ and 1 small pet; direct access to Walnut Grove shops and transit. Call soon, this good buy will soon be good bye!
January 15, 2014
New property listed in Walnut Grove, Langley
I have listed a new property at 154 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Maxi home, mini price! Act quickly on this 2 BR 1 bath home situated in parklike setting in Forest Green Estates! The Jersey plan features bright, open kitchen with adjoining nook, living/dining room with vaulted ceiling and gas fireplace.Mbdrm offers private access to full bath, spacious 2nd bdrm and laundry room. This home also features separate garden/storage. Amenities include clubhouse, mini golf, social activities and RV parking. This gated community lifestyle is for those 55+ and 1 small pet; direct access to Walnut Grove shops, transit, Maple Ridge and area. Call soon, this good buy will soon be goodbye!
January 14, 2014
Tips for preparing your home for sale
It’s January 2014! Are you planning a move this year? It’s never too early to get your home organized for a quick and high priced sale…WE CAN HELP!
Here are the top 10 tips for preparing your home and staging it for sale…
1 - DE CLUTTER. This is very important! If a potential buyer walks into your home and can’t see it’s beauty or uniqueness because it’s hidden in a sea of clutter…you may not get an offer.
2 - DE PERSONALIZE. The buyer needs to easily be able to see ‘themselves’ in your home. If they are distracted by family photos of you and your family, they may forget the reason they are there in the first place.
3 - SPACE. Your home needs to feel like it has enough space for the new owners to put all of their things.
4 - FIX BROKEN THINGS. You want your home to be as close to move in ready as possible. Fix those broken mirrored sliding doors and closets before your first open house.
5 - HAVE A PURPOSE FOR EACH ROOM. Find the focal point of each room and arrange your furniture to show the room at it’s best. Don’t have furniture in front of French doors or fireplaces because those are the architectural designs of the home and need to be featured.
6 - ADD COLOUR. I have seen homes sit on the market for a whole year even though they were de cluttered, de personalized and had some furniture in each room. The problem was, they had no WOW factor and no colour in their accessories. This makes the home feel very cold.
7 - PAINT. Bold paint colours may be nice when you are living in a home but for selling they may turn off people who are more conservative. Painting is one of the most affordable and best return on investment that you can do before selling your home. Choose a neutral colour that the majority of people will like. A Decorator or Home Stager can help you choose the colour if you need some help.
8 - ADD FURNITURE. Empty and unfurnished rooms lack perspective. They either appear too large or too small. I have seen vacant homes sit on the market for one year with no sale. One week after we stage them, SOLD!
9 - CURB APPEAL. A buyer will often make their decisions within 10 seconds of entering a home for sale! Yet their first impression of your home happens before they even enter. It has to be a good one!
10 - CLEAN and FRESH. Your home should be spotless! Clean it well before each showing. It should be much easier to keep it clean if you have already de cluttered it and put all excess furniture into storage.
If you do these 10 things successfully, you will have the best results when selling your home.
January 9, 2014
New property listed in Langley City, Langley
Categories:Langley City, Langley Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 108 20727 DOUGLAS CREST in Langley.
Wake up happy, this nicely maintained 2 BR 2 bath condo makes it easy! Features include step saver kitchen, insuite laundry, living/diningroom with gas fireplace and access to huge deck, bedrooms are at opposite sides of suite and both haveprivate baths, Mbdrm also has sliders to deck. Amenities include guest suite, library and social room with full kitchen and bath; secure parking, storage locker and mature landscaping. Area amenities include shops, restaurants, medical offices and transit all within walking distance. Josephs Court units are rare, call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
January 8, 2014
How to Organize a Home Office: Find What You Are Looking For in 20 Seconds or Less
by Rowena List, Getting it Together
Are you a solopreneur? Does your home office become a dumping ground for all the family projects, junk, and homeless items? Has your home office been neglected?
How many hours a day are you in your office? Do you share it with your kids?
How do you feel when you walk into your office? Do you close the door and go do laundry? This is probably not good for business.
A home office will naturally get disorganized from time to time however what is important is to be able to get it back in working order in 15 minutes or less.
Take a minute and think of 5 keywords you would use to describe your office. For example, you might want to describe it as inviting, relaxing, tidy, creative and organized. Keep these 5 keywords in mind when purging and organizing your office.
To find what you are looking for in 20 seconds or less, I am going to share my secret with you. Below are my 5 simple tips to having an organized workspace and keeping your sanity.
Tip #1 Clear the top of your desk
It is important to have a clear working surface. This also helps with keeping your mind clear. Start by clearing off the top of your desk except for your computer and phone. Put everything in a box (you’ll use this box later so keep it handy!). Wipe your desk down. Put one or two personal items on your desk. A family photo or a souvenir.
Tip #2 Have a working system in place
Do you share your office with other family members? Is your office a makeshift room in the house? Whether you have a small working space or large one it is important to have systems in place. Ask yourself these key questions.
Do you need:
Now set up these different “areas or places” on the top of your desk or in a file cabinet. Before you file a piece of paper ask yourself this question “do I really need this paper or could I find it on the computer the next time I need it?” The key is to have “zones” in your office. A computer zone, a working space zone, a reading zone etc.
Tip # 3 Think outside of the box (LITERALLY!)
Go back to the box you used in Tip #1 and take out one item at a time. Put that item in its ‘new’ place. Keep in mind YOUR 5 keywords you have used to describe your office space. File items that need to be filed, toss items that are no longer needed and delegate anything you can. All non- office items need to be put away in their proper place within your home.
Tip # 4 Conquer email clutter
Was life better before email? Do you wish your inbox was cleared out by the end of the day?
Take 15 minutes to organize and purge your inbox. Set up folders for areas and subject matter you use most often. If you can, your email folders should correspond with the names of your paper files. This will save you time trying to find things later. Delete emails you no longer need. Unsubscribe from newsletters you no longer read. Be ruthless.
Check emails only once or twice a day if your business can handle this. Turn your email indicator off. The little bell is like a dog with a bone. It rings and you get distracted.
Tip # 5 Take 15 minutes at the end of your office time
Take 15 minutes at the end of each work day to clear off your desk, put things back and set-up for the next morning. Make this a habit. Even schedule it in your datebook if you have to. You’ll be so excited to get to work each morning knowing everything is in its place and that there is a place for everything.
Don’t let your office become a dumping ground for you or others. Keep those 5 keywords handy. Watch how much more productive you will be.
January 3, 2014
Fraser Valley's housing market quiet, yet stable in 2013
SURREY, BC – Neither predictions of a huge crash or notable recovery came to pass in 2013 as Fraser Valley’s real estate market stayed slow and steady, similar to 2012’s market.
Fraser Valley’s total sales volume last year was 13,663 a decrease of 1.5 per cent compared to 13,878 in 2012. Over the course of the year, Fraser Valley REALTORS® listed 29,338 properties on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®), a 5.4 per cent decrease compared to 2012’s 31,009 listings. The number of active listings at year’s end finished at 7,541, 5 per cent higher compared to 7,187 active listings in December 2012.
Ron Todson, President of the Fraser Valley Board, says, “It wasn’t the best of years, nor was it the worst. Generally speaking, 2013 overall was quiet. Earlier in the year, our market felt the impact of the tighter mortgage regulations, rebounded some in the summer and then flattened again come fall.
“The positive for both buyers and sellers has been the stability in home prices. Although our sales last year were amongst the lowest they’ve been in last decade, we didn’t see significant price declines because our inventory also remained lower. When both buyers and sellers take a breather it has a balancing effect on the market where neither has the upper hand.”
In December, the benchmark price of a detached home in the Fraser Valley was $549,500, an increase of 1.9 per cent compared to $539,000 in December 2012 and a decrease of -0.1 per cent compared to November.
For townhouses, the benchmark price in December was $293,300, a decrease of 1.0 per cent compared to the same month last year when it was $296,400 and up 0.3 per cent compared to November. The benchmark price of apartments in December was $192,600, a decrease of 3.7 per cent compared to December 2012 when it was $200,100 and a decrease of 1.8 per cent compared to November.
Annual average prices year over year show detached homes up 3 per cent – $615,852 in 2013 compared to $597,608 in 2012. Townhome average prices decreased by 0.7 per cent, going from $340,253 in 2012 to $337,811 in 2013 and the average price of apartments decreased by 0.4 per cent going from $220,033 in 2012 to $219,196 in 2013.
For the month of December, property sales were down compared to November, as is the seasonal norm – 890 compared to 986; however, they were a 34 per cent improvement over the 664 sales in December 2012.
Find the December Statistics Package here.
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