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I have listed a new property at 16 2306 198 ST in Langley.
Right size at the right price! South Brookswood and Cedar Lane offer this nicely maintained spacious and bright 2 BR home in prime park location. Features include carousel window in eating area, large kitchen with generous counter space andcabinets open to livingroom, gas fireplace, Mbdrm has privacy access to bath, separate laundry offers access to gorgeous full length cedar deck, hot tub and stunning garden oasis, gazebo and green area and small storage/workshop with power. This adult community is for those 35+ and is located in a beautifully treed, quiet rural setting. Transit, groceries and pub entertainment are just a few minutes away, call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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I have listed a new property at 13 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Priced to impress, looks equally good! The Seymour plan features tiled entry foyer, family room off kitchen, spacious living/diningroom, gas fireplace, kitchen with pantry cupboard and large bedrooms; Mbdrm features Jack & Jill closets to ensuite with offset soaker tub. Updates to this cozy home include roof, skylight and furnace motor. Outdoor space features new private deck and storage. Amenities include clubhouse with full kitchen, social activities, workshop, RV and visitor parking. This gated community is for those 55+ and 1 small pet and offers direct access to Walnut Grove shops and transit. A pleasure to show, call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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You get the call every child dreads. It’s about a sudden illness or accident. You catch a red-eye flight to get to your parent’s bedside that night.

In addition to getting through mom’s or dad’s immediate health crisis, you realize that you probably have to sell the house.

Some seasoned Seniors Real Estate Specialists® (SRES®) weighed in and offered 9 ways to make the process of preparing and selling your parents’ house efficient and less stressful.

Legal hoops. Identify the challenges you’ll need to manage to get the house sold.  Get a power of attorney so you can sign paperwork for your parents. If your parent has died and you’re selling a property, check if there are barriers like liens or back taxes to settle. Determine whether the mortgage is paid off or if there’s a reverse mortgage.

Up-to-date information. Gather all the information about a home’s systems and appliances, repairs, warranties, and so forth. Also list the changes and upgrades that have been made to the property and when the projects were completed. These could include the roof, HVAC system, and appliances, along with renovations, aesthetic improvements, and green (solar panels, energy efficient windows, and so forth) upgrades.

Pick a pro. Pick a real estate professional who really understands your parents’ market beyond just the business side of real estate. The person needs to understand local senior housing options, universal design principles, and the challenges of aging. You also benefit from someone who can connect you with local resources and services, such as home stagers, mortgage professionals, moving companies, and home healthcare providers.

Location, location, location. The old real estate saw about the importance of location can be critical to a seniors’ well-being, especially as they face the limitations (mobility challenges and an inability to keep driving, for example) that aging brings. So look carefully at transit options, access to medical facilities, offerings by community and recreation centers, and proximity to retailers, restaurants, parks, and other things that are part of your parents’ lives. When you’re vetting properties, also consider how accessible such places will be if your parents are no longer able to drive.

Daily fun. Especially if your parents are active, be certain that they can still do the things they enjoy--walking on the beach or golfing or doing daily swims, walks or bike rides.

55+ living? No thanks.  Not every senior wants to live exclusively with other seniors, so don’t assume that the local 55+ communities or assisted living facility will provide quick fixes for your housing dilemma. Often seniors are most comfortable staying in a neighbourhood where they’ve lived and want a town where there’s a mix of ages. So look at your budget and examine condo and smaller single-family home options. For example, your parents may prefer to devote the money that they’d spend on fees at a 55-plus community to paying someone to do yard maintenance, plowing, cleaning, and other household tasks. For some, the privacy of a single-family detached home frequently trumps a “worry-free” lifestyle.

Decisions. Unless your parents can’t make decisions, your role is to help them find the perfect home. Don’t rush them or force them into options that you consider ideal. For example, you may be wowed by a home’s design, aesthetic upgrades, and fancy appliances, but your parents may not care about those things. Maybe they’d prefer the house with old appliances and a dated kitchen because they love the spectacular garden. Weigh in with your opinions, but let them decide.

Right-size cautiously.  You may consider your parents’ collections and things a bunch of junk, but to them, objects may hold memories and they may consider certain things treasures.  Be gentle and respectful when you’re purging household goods and deciding what to donate, sell or toss.

Clear timeline.  Seniors often are concerned about details of the selling process, especially if they’re still living in the house when it goes on the market. Be certain that your real estate professional is sensitive and outlines the timeline for activities associated with listing and marketing the house. Those include the date the home will go on the market, when flyers and MLS® tours will be available, when a lock box will be installed, when broker tours will begin, and what to expect during showings and open houses.

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I have sold a property at 40 9080 198 ST in Langley.
The right size at the right price! Updated 2 BR home features bright, open kitchen/living room area, spacious family room with separate entry; recent improvements include vinyl windows and siding, roof, soaker tub in bath, enclosed workshop/storage/laundry, electrical, hot water tank, covered deck and more! Great yard area, 4 car parking, quiet location in park. Amenities include exercise & rec centre, doggy park and social activities. This gated community lifestyle is for those 55+ and 1 small pet; direct access to shops, restaurants and transit. Call soon, this good buy will soon be good bye!
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Most people carefully watch their time and money, making sure neither is wasted on unnecessary activities or expenses. In an effort to be more green and economical, why not also consider how your home's energy is used and how to prevent it, too, from being wasted? Follow these energy-saving tips from Sally Morse, director of creative services for window treatment manufacturer Hunter Douglas, to conserve your home's resources and your pocketbook as well:

1. Insulate common energy-loss areas
  • The fastest and most cost-effective way to reduce energy dollars is to seal air leaks. Find these energy vacuums by holding a lit incense stick on a breezy day near doors, fixtures, and windows. If the smoke travels toward the areas rather than vertically, you've found a leak. Once identified, simply seal holes by using caulk, spray foam, or weather strips. Also, be sure to remove air-conditioning units in the fall and winter or use an insulated jacket on the exterior, as these appliances invite drafts.

2. Watch the windows

  • Windows can account for up to 25 percent of utility bills by leaking heat in the winter and cool air in the summer. To help prevent this, and for a functional and fashionable addition to the home, opt for highly energy-efficient Duette Architella honeycomb shades, which feature an insulating 'honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb' design that traps air. Certain Duette Architella shades can reduce heat loss through windows by up to 40 percent in winter and solar heat gain through windows by up to 80 percent in the summer. New Duette Architella Trielle honeycomb shades provide similar light transmission as original shades, but with 20 percent more energy efficiency. They add an additional cell within a honeycomb cell, creating five separate air pockets for insulation. All are manufactured by Hunter Douglas.

3. All-star accessories and appliances

  • When purchasing items that consume energy – everything from light bulbs to appliances – look for the Energy Star label. This label ensures you are purchasing an item that will help save money and help protect the environment.

4. Clean and green

  • Being clean can go a long way when it comes to your home's energy efficiency. By simply keeping certain appliances in the best working condition, you can save on energy costs. Start by servicing and cleaning your gas or oil furnace at least once a year and change or clear out furnace filters once a month during the heating season.  Wipe or replace filters on air conditioners monthly or as recommended and do the same with warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as needed. Also, clean the lint screen in the laundry dryer after every load to increase air circulation and help prevent fire hazards.

5. Adjust when away and by time of day

  • If you're not at home, cut down on utility bills by investing in a programmable thermostat that lets you set temperatures by time of day. And, to adjust your motorized window coverings Hunter Douglas has created a free Platinum App that allows you to precisely position a single window treatment, or position all of the window treatments in one room, or even all of them in the home for optimal privacy, security, energy management and mood. 

Follow these simple tips and you'll be doing more than saving on utility bills. You'll be increasing the interior comfort and convenience of your home while helping to conserve the earth's precious resources.

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Source: Fraser Valley Real Estate Board

SURREY, BC – Continued demand for single family homes and townhomes resulted in the busiest July in five years for the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board. The Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) processed 1,615 sales in July, an increase of 11 per cent compared to the 1,456 sales in July last year and 1.4 per cent above the 10-year average for the month.

Ray Werger, President of the Board, says, “July’s steady activity is a continuation of what we’ve been seeing all year. Our market has fully recovered from last year’s slump and has returned to what we typically see in the Fraser Valley, which is a steady, consistent market.”

In July, the Board received 2,724 new listings, a decrease of 2 per cent compared to July 2013 taking the number of active listings in Fraser Valley to 9,636, a decrease of 8 per cent compared to the volume available in July 2013.

Werger says, “Although our sales were slightly above average for the month, the volume of new listings added to the MLS® was 7 per cent lower than what’s typical for July, so for certain property types and price ranges we’re actually seeing a shortage of listings creating a seller’s market for particular homes.

“When demand starts to exceed supply it puts upward pressure on prices and in areas such as White Rock/South Surrey, North Delta and Langley we’ve seen an increase in benchmark prices of single family detached homes ranging from 3 to 6.6 per cent over the last year. It’s a different story for condos. In most of our market, there’s excellent selection and prices lower than they were one year ago offering tremendous opportunities for buyers.”

In July, the benchmark price, as determined by the MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI), of a ‘typical’ single family detached home was $568,300, an increase of 3 per cent compared to July 2013 when it was $551,000.

The HPI benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses increased by 0.2 per cent; going from $297,800 in July 2013 to $298,500 in July 2014. The benchmark price of apartments was $194,700 last month, a decrease of 3.6 per cent compared to $202,000 in July of last year.

Find the July Statistics Package here.

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