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I have listed a new property at 25 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Gem of a 2 bedroom! Features of this corner situated home include bright, spacious kitchen with skylights and eating area open to livingroom with vault ceiling. Mbdrm offers large closet space, separate laundry cubby, new HI-E furnace with A/C, 2nd BR at opposite end is ideal for guest or quiet room. Covered deck is ideal for year round use, double garden side yards, storage, lane access. Location is on inner ring, park amenities include off leash pooch park, walking trails, clubhouse, social activities. This gated community is for those 55+ and 1 small pet. Area amenities include shops, restaurants transit & recreation. Call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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I have listed a new property at 49 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Happiness is affordability! This 2 BR home offers updates that include roof and furnace. Spacious kitchen with meal nook leads to large covered deck perfect for year round use with access to patio and overlooks amazing garden oasis with numerous fruit trees, berries and gorgeous flowers. Full size laundry area tucked into bathroom, king size Mbdrm with good closet space, 2nd BR or den, separate powered storage. This gated community is for those 55+ and 1 small pet ok, features include off leash dog parkette, clubhouse with full kitchen, well equipped workshop, ample visitor and RV parking, direct access to shops, transit, restaurants. Pad rent $732 per month includes water, sewer. Call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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Source: RE/MAX

Activity in Fraser Valley’s housing market was driven primarily by first-time homebuyers.

Condos have seen the most activity in the region due to low inventory levels, affordability and new developments in the area. The OSFI stress test rules and rising interest rates have had the most impact on sale price and activity in the region.

 
 
 


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I have sold a property at 82 9080 198 ST in Langley.
The affordable dream, wake up to lovely living at a real world price! This tastefully renovated home (2011) features maple kitchen, moveable island and coffee bar, easy access pantry, cozy living room with fireplace divider to dining area, den/office/bedroom with private outdoor access and large storage or walk in closet, separate laundry room, bathroom offers soaker tub, vintage style vanity and sink, master offers wall to wall mirrored closet and organizers, guest or grandkid room is ideal for any age! Covered deck is perfect for year round use, mature plants and flowers provide colourful frame. This gated community offers social activities and is for those 55+, 1 small pet ok. Call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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Source: Duxbury & Associates

QUESTION: I have a question about our new house, which is about 55 years old. We are just making an offer to purchase it. It is in the Vancouver Fairview Slopes area.

We were not made aware by the seller and did not notice at the time that the home has a definite slope in it. The main floor tilts to one side. After we realized this, we contacted the sellers and were told that their agent said everyone who looked at this house should have been made aware of it which, unfortunately, was not the case with us.

We really like the location and the layout, but have found the slope to be a source of frustration. We are just curious as to what, if anything, can be done about this. It would appear to us that anything to fix this could be extensive and expensive, but we really have no idea at all what the cause of this might be.

We don’t know how to proceed, or if we should just leave it and when the time comes that we sell it, just hope for the best. Any thoughts or insights into this would be appreciated.

ANSWER: I will certainly provide my thoughts on your issue, but I must warn, you may not like the response. As you have stated, it is unfortunate that you did not notice the sloped floors in the home before making your offer, as you are now forced to live with it. You are correct that repairs may be undertaken at considerable cost to lessen the slope, but there may also be some less-costly remediation you can do to minimize the problem.

It still never ceases to amaze me, with all the information available in countless forms, that some home buyers are unaware of the potential pitfalls of what is likely the largest purchase of their lives.

Once you sign on the dotted line of an offer to purchase a home, you are bound to the terms of that contract if accepted. If you have some specific conditions in that offer that have to be satisfied by either the seller or yourself, then there may be some wiggle room to change your mind if these conditions cannot be met.

One of these conditions should certainly be a home inspection completed to your satisfaction by an independent, professional property inspector. Without the condition to have the home checked out in great detail for visible defects by an experienced inspector, you are only relying on your own observations in the very brief time you could look at the home. Often, that time is less than 1 hour, where you are primarily looking at suitability of the home for your lifestyle and how clean it is. Your brief look will likely focus on the kitchen, bathrooms and other amenities, but not necessarily the structure or mechanical components.

The slope you have described would have been identified at the time of the home inspection and you could have decided then if it would have been enough of a deterrent to prevent you from completing the purchase. You may still have made the decision to buy the house, but at least you would have been aware of the sloping floor – as well as the other issues with the home. That would have allowed you to weigh the positive and negative features of the home and make an informed, rather than hurried, decision.

SOLUTION: Now that this “lecture” is over, we can address the sloping floor of this home. It is somewhat unusual to have a very noticeable slope in a home, but not uncommon due to shifting soil conditions. The earth moves continually, more or less like the surface of the water.

With many houses that have settled, if all in one direction, there may be little concern other than the noticeably sloping floors. As long as portions of the house have not moved at different rates, known as differential settlement, then the slope may only be an inconvenience. Yes, it may cause some doors to rub and furniture and appliances to sit awkwardly, but hundreds of older homes have these same issues.

It is very common in older areas to see homes that have settled several inches, often to the front street or to one side, that are otherwise in liveable condition.

The one thing you may be able to do, without major structural repairs to the home, is to adjust the posts/columns holding up the main beam(s) in the basement, by replacing with adjustable metal columns – teleposts. As homes settle, these metal columns can create significant “bumps” in the middle of the floors. This may be due not only to the settlement at the perimeter foundation, but also some heaving of the footings under these posts.

When this occurs, it can often make the sloping of the floors appear to be more dramatic – due to the unevenness caused by the upward forces of the posts and beams.

The solution is to call an experienced general contractor or foundation specialist to slowly and very carefully adjust the teleposts, as needed. This can be a relatively easy task if your home has a simple design with a single beam, or can be very difficult if you have a finished basement with multiple posts and beams. Ensure anyone you hire has many years of experience in this area and does proper measurements and calculations to determine which posts need to be adjusted and by how much. Also, commercial General Liability and Errors & Omissions insurance, plus a good reputation and a valid business license.

There are clues that can indicate structural problems in a house: floors out of level, windows and doors sticking, bouncy floors, or floors that sag in certain spots. And not all structural problems are such a big deal. But if all the floors in the house slope to the middle, that says something serious. This is not a quick fix and for a first-time homeowner with a limited budget and not much experience with houses, I’d stay away.

There are lots of reasons that might cause sloping floors in a home. There might be foundation issues or problems with sinking. The sill beam or floor joists might be rotted out or have been eaten by carpenter ants.

But one of the most common issue is people cutting through the structure to run plumbing or wiring or duct work. Or, someone has removed supporting structure underneath to create an open-concept design (or to accommodate a Grow-Op).

Professionals can cut joists to run piping or wiring, but it’s got to be done properly, without weakening them. I suspect someone might have removed critical support. But, without seeing it, I obviously can’t be sure. You need to bring in professionals who can assess the house’s structure.

Structural problems can be fixed. With houses, pretty much anything can be done; it’s just a matter of skill, experience, time and of course, money. Joists that have been cut and compromised can be replaced or repaired (sistered). You can jack up the whole house to replace a rotten sill beam. A crumbling foundation can be excavated and repaired. But these are big, expensive jobs. You’d better be sure the low price for your “fixer-upper” makes up for the cost of the fix.

CONCLUSION: For the most part, pointing out a floor slope in a home more than just a few years old is not the responsibility of a vendor or a realtor, unless you specifically request this information.

As long as nothing was deliberately done to cover up this condition, it is your job to inspect the property as thoroughly as you want before you make an offer to purchase. Without the assistance of your home inspector or professional structural engineer, you are relying on your own very limited expertise and time to make this evaluation.

As you have stated, you can now only “hope for the best” and perhaps make some necessary telepost adjustment to minimize the sloping of the floors in your home.

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Source: Fraser Valley Real Estate Board

SURREY, BC – The Fraser Valley stepped towards a more balanced market in May, with both sales and overall inventory reaching their highest points for the year.

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,758 sales of all property types on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in May, a decrease of 35.1 per cent compared to the 2,707 sales in May of last year, and a 2.9 per cent increase compared to the 1,708 sales in April 2018.

Of the 1,758 sales processed last month 417 were townhouses and 516 were apartments, together representing 53 per cent of all transactions in May.

Active inventory for the Fraser Valley finished at 6,736 listings last month, the highest level since September 2015, increasing 18.9 per cent month-over-month and 29.5 per cent when compared to May 2017.

“This is the most inventory we’ve had in over two years,” said John Barbisan, Board President. “Now that the pace of our market has begun to settle, we’re seeing more opportunities for buyers and less pressure to make fast decisions.”

The Board received 3,965 new listings in April, a 15.6 per cent increase from April 2018’s 3,429 new listings, and a 6.8 per cent increase compared to May 2017.

“Sales continue to be strong and there’s plenty of potential for sellers if they understand the market and price effectively. Consult your local REALTOR® for informed perspective on what’s happening in your community and what your best options are.”

For the Fraser Valley region the average number of days to sell an apartment in May was 15, and 16 for townhomes. Single family detached homes remained on the market for an average of 24 days before selling.

HPI® Benchmark Price Activity

  • Single Family Detached: At $1,020,800, the Benchmark price for a single family detached home in the Valley increased 1.1 per cent compared to April 2018, and increased 11.6 per cent compared to May 2017.
  • Townhomes: At $555,500, the Benchmark price for a townhome in the Fraser Valley increased 1 per cent compared to April 2018, and increased 20.6 per cent compared to May 2017.
  • Apartments: At $452,900, the Benchmark price for apartments/condos in the Fraser Valley increased 1.2 per cent compared to April 2018, and increased 42.4 per cent compared to May 2017.

Find the May Statistics Package here.

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I have listed a new property at 82 9080 198 ST in Langley.
The affordable dream, wake up to lovely living at a real world price! This tastefully renovated home (2011) features maple kitchen, moveable island and coffee bar, easy access pantry, cozy living room with fireplace divider to dining area, den/office/bedroom with private outdoor access and large storage or walk in closet, separate laundry room, bathroom offers soaker tub, vintage style vanity and sink, master offers wall to wall mirrored closet and organizers, guest or grandkid room is ideal for any age! Covered deck is perfect for year round use, mature plants and flowers provide colourful frame. This gated community offers social activities and is for those 55+, 1 small pet ok. Call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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I have sold a property at 60 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Gem of a 2 bedroom! Features of this home include bright, spacious kitchen and eating area open to livingroom with vault ceiling, new flooring thruout, Mbdrm offers large closet space, hall access to covered deck ideal for year round use, easy access ramp, garden space and storage/shed, lane access. Location is on inner ring, park amenities include off leash pooch park, walking trails, clubhouse, social activities. This gated community is for those 55+ and 1 small pet. Area amenties include, shops, restaurants and transit. Call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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I have sold a property at 69 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Just the room you need! This 3 BR, 2 bath home is spacious and open. Updates include maple kitchen with island and pot drawers, pantry with pull outs in laundry and ample storage area, some flooring, light fixtures, total rewire including a sub panel with access to power generator, roof, furnace, windows. Features include a covered deck for year round use, fenced yard and garden space, storage shed, lane access. Location is on inner ring, park amenities include off leash pooch park, walking trails, clubhouse, social activities. This gated community is for those 55+ and 1 small pet. Call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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Source: REBGV

Lenders, including banks and credit unions, regularly turn down mortgage applications from potential home buyers, even those with large down payments.

The reasons vary. The home buyer may be a self-employed entrepreneur and their earnings appear as a low income on a bank statement. The home buyer may be a new immigrant without a credit rating, or they may have a bad credit rating which they’re trying to improve.

The buyer may also have problems meeting the new stress test which requires federally regulated lenders to ensure borrowers can meet the greater of the Bank of Canada’s five-year benchmark rate or the contractual mortgage rate plus two per cent.

This is where alternative lenders can help with mortgage financing, according to Ajay Soni, president of the Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association, past president of the Mortgage Brokers Association of BC and a mortgage broker for 30 years.

In BC, mortgage financing generates between $40 and $50 billion in activity.

“Approximately $3 billion of this is in residential mortgages and another $2 billion in the development and construction side,” said Soni.

Canada-wide, alternative lenders account for 2.5 per cent of the lending market according to a report by CIBC, a rate that has doubled since 2012.

Loaning to riskier borrowers comes with a price tag.

Mortgage rates from an alternative lender are typically higher and vary depending on whether the borrower is getting a bridge mortgage, a second mortgage or third mortgage, or whether they’re refinancing to renovate a property or consolidate debt.

Benefits to borrowers include the opportunity to build or repair credit, or have greater flexibility in structuring loan and payment terms.

Potential home buyers looking for a mortgage should make sure they’re prescreened and prequalified.

As in all matters, buyers should beware.

Alternative lenders aren’t regulated by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, an independent federal government agency responsible for supervising Canada’s banks and federally incorporated trust, loan, and insurance companies.

Instead, in BC alternative lenders are regulated by the Financial Institutions Commission. 

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I have listed a new property at 69 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Just the room you need! This 3 BR, 2 bath home is spacious and open. Updates include maple kitchen with island and pot drawers, pantry with pull outs in laundry and ample storage area, some flooring, light fixtures, total rewire including a sub panel with access to power generator, roof, furnace, windows. Features include a covered deck for year round use, fenced yard and garden space, storage shed, lane access. Location is on inner ring, park amenities include off leash pooch park, walking trails, clubhouse, social activities. This gated community is for those 55+ and 1 small pet. Call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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I have listed a new property at 60 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Gem of a 2 bedroom! Features of this home include bright, spacious kitchen and eating area open to livingroom with vault ceiling, new flooring thruout, Mbdrm offers large closet space, hall access to covered deck ideal for year round use, easy access ramp, garden space and storage/shed, lane access. Location is on inner ring, park amenities include off leash pooch park, walking trails, clubhouse, social activities. This gated community is for those 55+ and 1 small pet. Area amenties include, shops, restaurants and transit. Call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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Source: Fraser Valley Real Estate Board

SURREY, BC – Buyer activity in the Fraser Valley stayed coy throughout April despite a bump in inventory across all three major residential types.

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,708 sales of all property types on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in April, a decrease of 23.4 per cent compared to the 2,230 sales in April of last year, and a 2.6 per cent increase compared to the 1,664 sales in March 2018.

Of the 1,708 sales processed last month 413 were townhouses and 498 were apartments, together representing 53 per cent of all transactions in April.

Active inventory for the Fraser Valley finished at 5,667 listings last month, increasing 18.2 per cent month-over-month, and 15.3 per cent when compared to April 2017.

“While it’s great to see the increase in inventory we were looking for, both buyers and sellers remain careful as pricing continues to climb,” said John Barbisan, Board President.

The Board received 3,429 new listings in April, a 19.7 per cent increase from March 2018’s 2,865 new listings, and a 16.2 per cent increase compared to April 2017.

“This isn’t the same spring market we saw each of the last two years, but listings that are selling are still going fast. If you’re considering buying or transitioning from a strata to a detached home, be prepared to move quickly, and talk to a REALTOR® who can support you through the whole process.”

For the Fraser Valley region the average number of days to sell an apartment in April was 14, and 16 for townhomes. Single-family detached homes remained on the market for an average of 26 days before selling.

HPI® Benchmark Price Activity

  • Single Family Detached: At $1,009,200, the Benchmark price for a single-family detached home in the Valley increased 0.8 per cent compared to March 2018, and increased 13.5 per cent compared to April 2017.
  • Townhomes: At $549,900, the Benchmark price for a townhome in the Fraser Valley increased 1.5 per cent compared to March 2018, and increased 23 per cent compared to April 2017.
  • Apartments: At $447,500, the Benchmark price for apartments/condos in the Fraser Valley increased 1.6 per cent compared to March 2018, and increased 45.8 per cent compared to April 2017.

Find the April Statistics Package here.

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I have sold a property at 16 8737 212 ST in Langley.
NEW PRICE $529,000 It will pay to act quickly on this 3 BR 2 bath home in Chartwell Green! Perfect for the empty nest couple, features of this home include main floor master with full ensuite and walk in closet, soaring vault ceiling with cozy gas fireplace in livingroom/diningroom, bright nook in step saver kitchen, upper floor bedrooms offer perfect guest accommodation with private access to main bath and a mobility stair chair is available to access upper rooms. Amenities include sunny patio, clubhouse with pool and hot tub, workshop and social centre with kitchen facilities. Walnut Grove location offers trails, parks, shops and transit. Holiday at home and retire in style! One small pet ok, call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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Source: RE/MAX

A home is the biggest purchase most of us will ever make, so it’s only natural to feel a little intimidated by the negotiation process. This is particularly the case for first-time buyers. Here are some tips to help you approach the negotiation process that will help you minimize stress, stay within your budget and get the best price for your new home.

GET TO KNOW YOUR MARKET

Becoming familiar with the types of properties available in your price range is an important first step. With the help of a real estate professional, you’ll also want to begin exploring neighbourhoods you’re interested in, the types of properties available in those neighbourhoods and their prices. Make note of the difference between listing and sale prices and how factors such as size, location, amenities, proximity to schools, and the age and condition of the home affect price.

Familiarity with the market will help you understand the value of the properties on the market and put you in a stronger negotiating position. While online listings are a good place to start, most buyers should expect to look at 10 to 15 homes in person before they make the decision to put in an offer.

STAY NEUTRAL

Buying your first—or even second or third—home comes with a lot of excitement and becoming emotionally attached can be easy. When looking at potential options, it often doesn’t take long to start imagining your new life there. However, it’s important that buyers do not act overly enthusiastic, particularly when the seller is home. This can put your REALTOR® at a disadvantage when negotiating for the best price. The best approach is to keep your demeanor neutral, take notes, and keep your thoughts and questions for a private conversation with your real estate agent.

FOCUS ON VALUE

When considering making an offer, many buyers assume that the asking price will be different from the selling price. In certain markets, buyers may expect the property to be listed higher than what it will sell for, while in hot markets, the opposite applies.

Rather than focusing on the listing price, focus on the value of the property. If the property is priced properly, the best strategy is to offer the listing price. If the property is not priced properly, make an offer that reflects the property’s true value. The best way to assess this is by getting to know the market and discussing your options with your REALTOR®.

A common mistake some buyers make is to put in a low offer, just to see if the seller is receptive to it. The result is often that the seller doesn’t take the offer seriously, either coming back with the original listing price or not responding at all.

Remember that just as your REALTOR® is advising you, there is also a real estate professional advising the seller on the home’s value.

THINK BEYOND PRICE

Don’t forget that price is not the only point of negotiation –terms are negotiable too. Everything from the move-in date, to home repairs, to which appliances are included in the sale, is up for negotiation.

STICK TO YOUR BUDGET

Firmly establish a budget and stick to it. In markets where demand is high and inventory low, it can be tempting to increase your budget, especially if you have put in several offers without being successful. However, it’s important to stay within a budget that you will be comfortable with for the next several years. Make your best offer and don’t budge. Home buying can be emotional, but try to keep a cool head by reassuring yourself that there will always be another house out there.

WHAT’S MY BUDGET?

When starting the search for a new home, it is important to establish a budget that you will be comfortable living within for several years. There are several handy tools to help you calculate your housing budget and plan your monthly expenses. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Household Budget Calculator allows you to compare your income with your expenses and debt payments and see what kind of mortgage you can comfortably afford, and the RE/MAX Monthly Home Budget Planner helps you gain a better understanding of all the costs associated with home ownership.

No one knows the negotiation process better than Rosemary.

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I have sold a property at 117 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Maxi home, mini price! Act quickly on rare value for this 2 Br 2 bath home in Forest Green Estates! Features include bright, open kitchen with garden window and nook with access to large covered treated deck, vaulted ceilings in livingroom, centre gas fireplace, spacious diningroom, roomy ensuite with extra size shower off master, walk thru Jack & Jill closets. Updates include blinds, extensive laundry room cabinets, custom double carport with attached storage nook and detached 10x10 storage/hobby shelter at rear. Amenities include clubhouse and social activities, direct access to Golden Ears Way, transit, shops and restaurants. Call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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Earth Day on April 22nd can be a pretty energetic day, with people celebrating environmental health at festivals and other events.

Let that enthusiasm motivate you to start the home projects that you’ve been putting off.

Whatever your goal, be it saving money or the earth or both, some simple energy efficiency upgrades and habit changes can save some money and create an healthier, more comfortable living space. Plus, by tapping incentives and rebates, you often can reduce your upfront costs.

1. Rebates and incentives. Each province provides an array of incentives to help you save money on your energy bills. Those in Newfoundland and Labrador, for example can find insulation rebates (http://bit.ly/2DClLhm), those in Alberta (http://bit.ly/2FHePoX) will find incentives for energy efficient lightbulbs, shower heads, and programmable thermostats.  And a program in Manitoba (http://bit.ly/2piKeE1) offers loans to pay for things like new windows and doors, insulation, home sealing, and water heating equipment. Search for incentives specific to your province at Natural Resources Canada (http://bit.ly/2GBTkmP).

2. Smart technology. Smart home technology is evolving quickly and some of the tried-and-tested basics could save you money. Programmable thermostats like the Nest, for instance, learn your occupancy habits and automatically turn down the heat and air conditioning when you’re not home. Motion sensors and automatic timers can reduce your lighting costs with little effort on your part. Other smart technologies – locks, carbon monoxide detectors, and cameras – can improve safety and convenience. In addition, smart technology may help you better market your house when you sell. A January 2018 Coldwell Banker survey shows that potential homebuyers prefer to have smart technology already installed in a prospective home.

Smart products that interest them most include:

• Thermostat (77 percent)

• Fire detector (75 percent)

• Carbon monoxide detector (70 percent)

• Camera (66 percent)

• Lock (63 percent)

• Lighting system (63 percent)

 

3. Replacing aging equipment. Investigate the newest systems and appliances so that when your current unit is on its last leg, you’ve done all the upfront research and know what you want to buy.  That way, you’re not making buying decisions under pressure and potentially losing out on the best products and deals. Look at options for new appliances, on-demand water heaters, and HVAC units. Also search for any rebates and incentives available for each system.

4. Reduce consumption. Small changes in your daily habits can reduce your monthly utility bills. Shut off lights, take shorter showers, and turn down the temperature on your water heater. Also insulate your pipes and get a blanket for your water heater.

5. Low-maintenance, fire-safe landscaping. Spring gardening season is nearly upon us. Consider a gardening strategy that relies on plants native to your region, which reduces the need for water and chemical inputs. Plus, if you remove your lawn and opt for native plants and grasses, you can drastically reduce the cost and time associated with yard maintenance. And if you live in an area prone to wildfires, consider creating an outdoor space that resists fires. That entails things like creating safe zones around your house, choosing high-moisture plants, opting for trees that are less flammable than others (maple, poplar and cherry, rather than pine and fir trees), and creating fire breaks with things like rocks and flower beds. Learn more: (http://bit.ly/2c1o7ct) and (http://bit.ly/2tTwX9s)

First-time Buyers’ Must-haves

If your market features lots of first-time buyers and you’ve been tweaking your home to appeal to that audience, you may be interested in a recent National Association of Homebuilders’ poll. It lists the top home features this group consider essential. They are:

  1. Living room
  2. Laundry room
  3. Dining room
  4. Garage storage
  5. Walk-in closet in master bedroom
  6. Both shower stall/tub in master bath
  7. Front porch
  8. Great room
  9. Two-car garage
  10. Kitchen double sink
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Source: REBGV

Are you thinking of selling your home? Before your REALTOR® begins showing your home, you will want to make sure it’s in tip-top condition. An attractive, well-kept home generally has a better chance of selling a little faster.

Minor exterior and interior improvements

Updates can add value to your home without requiring a large renovation bill. Think back to what first attracted you to your home; now determine how best to highlight and improve your home’s best features.

Here are a few ideas to help you perk up your home’s appearance. Consult with your Realtor to see what types of improvements make the most sense.

Start with the outside

  • An inviting exterior ensures that potential buyers will inspect the interior 
  • Keep lawns and gardens well maintained
  • Ensure garage and porch areas are free of clutter and refuse
  • Repair loose siding or pavement
  • Replace any damaged roof shingles, eaves troughs or cracked windows
  • Wash windows, gutters, mailbox and doors
  • Secure loose shutters or awnings

The inside story 
You can do a lot to improve the inside of your home without spending a great deal of money. Two primary areas to keep in mind are the kitchen and bathroom.

  • Ensure kitchen and bathrooms are sparkling clean;
  • Repair dripping facets and showerheads;
  • Steam clean or replace carpets if necessary;
  • Thoroughly clean every room in the house, removing all clutter;
  • Repaint dingy walls or kitchen cabinets with a neutral colour;
  • Replace worn or outdated countertops and cracked light-switch plates; and
  • Remove any items (like chandeliers) that won't be included in the sale of the home.

Remember, the more effort put into the initial clean up, the easier it will be to keep your home looking its best for visits from your REALTOR® with prospective buyers. As well, keep in mind that rooms that are too cluttered will give the impression that they're much smaller than their true size. Try to create a feeling of spaciousness when conducting your spruce-up.

Pre-showing checklist

  • As a courtesy to buyers, leave the house while the Realtor is conducting a showing
  • Keep pets out of the way – preferably out of your house during the showing
  • Ensure that every room is tidy, well aired and adequately lit
  • Don't keep money, jewellery and small valuables in plain sight during a showing
  • Open drapes to maximize natural light
  • Keep all stairways and hallways clear
  • Use finishing touches like fresh flowers and candles

By following these relatively simple tips, you'll feel proud of your home and potential purchasers are sure to appreciate its beauty.

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I have listed a new property at 27 20750 TELEGRAPH TRAIL in Langley.
Roomy, relaxing and ready! Bring everything! It will fit in this beautifully maintained 4 BR 3 bath end unit with ample adjoining greenspace! Features include mountain views from upper bedrooms, Master sanctuary with spa like ensuite, main floor open plan with granite in kitchen, built in wine cooler, meal nook with access to deck and lawn, spacious living/dining area and familyroom. Lower level features bedroom/hobby/den with private bath. Parking is a breeze with double garage. Area amenities include shops, transit, parks and schools. Call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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I have listed a new property at 117 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Maxi home, mini price! Act quickly on rare value for this 2 Br 2 bath home in Forest Green Estates! Features include bright, open kitchen with garden window and nook with access to large covered treated deck, vaulted ceilings in livingroom, centre gas fireplace, spacious diningroom, roomy ensuite with extra size shower off master, walk thru Jack & Jill closets. Updates include blinds, extensive laundry room cabinets, custom double carport with attached storage nook and detached 10x10 storage/hobby shelter at rear. Amenities include clubhouse and social activities, direct access to Golden Ears Way, transit, shops and restaurants. Call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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