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Going on vacation takes a lot of preparation. Although we like to take our pets with us wherever we go, sometimes that’s not possible. There are a lot of options for you when you have to leave a pet at home.

Family, friends and fans

It’s great when you have people in your life willing to take care of your cat or dog while you’re away. But whether you’re sending your pet out for a ‘sleepover’ for the duration of your trip or having someone check in on them at your place, make sure helpers understand the commitment they’re making.

If someone is visiting your house to take care of the cat, is he or she willing to stop by often and stay a while for playtime? If your pet is staying at someone else’s house, do you have an agreement about what to do if your pet breaks something or ruins the carpet? (Not like that would ever happen...) When everyone understands the expectations, chances are better that you’ll all have a good experience.

Choosing a kennel

Boarding your pet at a kennel has many advantages. You know that your pet will have around-the-clock care in a safe and secure environment. You’ll also be dealing with professionals who have experience with pets of all kinds.

But choose wisely; every pet has different needs, so you want to be sure the facility you select is a good fit and that you’re leaving your cat or dog in capable hands.

Get started by asking around. A personal recommendation can be invaluable. Keep in mind that price shouldn’t be the first consideration — a bargain might turn out to be too good to be true.

Do some checking. Is the kennel clean and well-maintained, warm in the winter and well- ventilated in the summer? Is there adequate exercise space? What’s the staff like? Visit

the facility, preferably unannounced. That way, you’ll see what it looks like under normal operating  conditions.

If you’re going on an extended trip and leaving your pet at a kennel you’ve never used before, try a weekend stay first. That way, you’ll have a chance to check things out without making a major commitment.

Professional pet sitters

If you have multiple pets or if there isn’t a suitable kennel nearby, a professional pet sitter might be a great option for you.

If the person is new to you, be sure to check credentials. Many pet sitters are members of organizations like Pet Sitters International or the Better Business Bureau. Pet sitters also should carry liability insurance and may even be licensed and bonded. Remember to ask for references. After all, if the person will be staying in your home with your pets, you want to be sure you’re choosing someone reputable.

Before you make a final decision, have the potential sitter come to your house to get acquainted. Observe how the sitter interacts: with your pet. You want to make sure your pet will receive personal attention during your holiday.

Leave a List

Help your caregivers do a great job by leaving a list with some of the details they might need to know. Here are a few things you might want to include:

•           Your vet’s contact information Where you can be reached

•           Your itinerary (when you’re leaving, when you’ll get back)

•           Medications, if any, and how and when to give them

•           Your pet’s routine —  when to walk the dog or feed the cat

•           Any special instructions about your home or preferences

Health concerns

A dog or cat with a medical condition may need special care while you are away. Befor you leave, check with your sitter or kennel to ensure they fully understand how to

look after your pet. Hopefully there won’t

be problems — but make sure you know what steps the caregiver will take if your pe becomes ill or is injured.

Remember — if you’ve taken the right steps and feel confident about the care your cat o dog will receive in your absence, everyone will enjoy the vacation more, and look forward to a healthy and happy reunion.

 

Article courtesy of Johnson Inc. Johnson is an Thsurance provider specializing in home, auto, travel and pet insurance as we/I as group benefits More information about Johnson wvvw.johnson. 

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The Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals conducts an annual survey to review trends in the housing market*. In addition to being of value to mortgage professionals, it's also interesting for homeowners to find out how other homeowners approach their mortgages. Here are some of the findings of the latest report.

There are currently about 9.62 million homeowners in Canada, 5.64 million of whom have mortgages and may also have a Home Equity Line of Credit.

For homes that were purchased during 2014 up to the time of the Fall 2014 survey, 84 percent have mortgages and of those, 76 percent chose fixed interest rates and 88 percent of the mortgages have amortization periods of 25 years or less.

The average contracted amortization period for homes purchased during 2013 or 2014 is 21.2 years. This group of buyers expects that on average they will repay their mortgages in 17.5 years, which is 3.7 years (or 17 percent) shorter than the contracted period.

As far as what kind of rates mortgage holders are paying upon renewal, more than three-quarters (78%) of borrowers who had recently renewed a mortgage saw their interest rate drop by an average of 0.81 percentage points from their rate prior to renewal.

Is your mortgage coming up for renewal in the next few months? Please call today to make sure you have the time to consider the very best renewal options possible!

* The Annual State of the Residential Mortgage Market in Canada survey was conducted by Bond Brand Loyalty (formerly Maritz Research, a national public opinion and market research firm) for CAAMP, during October 2014.

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Source: Fraser Valley Real Estate Board

SURREY, BC – In March, sales on the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) reached the highest they’ve been in nine years. The Board processed 1,857 sales, a 47 per cent increase compared to the 1,259 sales in March of last year. Sales during March of 2006 were 2,072.

Jorda Maisey, President of the Board, attributes the strength in the market to a number of factors. “Our population is growing, interest rates continue to remain supportive of housing demand and consumers are confident. It all adds up to a desire to invest in real estate now.”

In March, the Board processed 11 per cent more new listings compared to March 2014, however higher sales eroded the number of active listings. March finished with 8,193 active listings of all property types, 7 per cent fewer than available during the same month last year.

Maisey adds, “It’s important to emphasize that supply and demand vary depending on property type and location. Currently, demand for single family detached homes is outpacing supply in most Fraser Valley communities resulting in lower inventory levels, upward pressure on prices and homes selling faster than they did last year.

“For buyers looking for a detached home or in certain areas a townhome, your REALTOR® will advise that selection is limited, you will have less time to make decisions and their ability to negotiate a lower price for you is diminished. This is not the case if you’re looking to invest in an apartment or an acreage property where the market continues to favour buyers.”

The MLS® HPI benchmark price of a Fraser Valley single family detached home in March was $588,500, an increase of 4.5 per cent compared to March 2014 when it was $563,400.

In March, the benchmark price of townhouses was $299,700, an increase of 0.9 per cent compared to $297,100 in March 2014. The benchmark price of apartments decreased year-over-year by 2.4 per cent, going from $195,400 in March 2014 to $190,800 in March 2015.

In March, the average number of days to sell a single family detached home in the Fraser Valley was 38 days, down from 44 days in 2014. Townhomes took 48 days on average to sell, while apartments took 61 days, both comparable with March of last year.

Find the March Statistics Package here.


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A recent real estate consumer survey* has unveiled an unsettlingly low level of knowledge reported by today's homebuyers and sellers that has resulted in a feeling of post-transaction regret for many.

The survey reveals that 41 percent of surveyed homeowners and 45 percent of first-time homebuyers wish they had done something differently when buying or selling their home, for example:

  • Having a better grasp of the process (buying process: 26%; selling process 12%)
  • Seeing more houses (buying process: 21%)
  • Having a home inspection (buying process: 15%)
  • Understanding the contracts involved better (buying process: 14%; selling process: 9%)

Knowledge is power, and education about the buying and selling process surrounding one of the biggest financial decisions of your life is paramount to easing the stress and eliminating any uncertainties you may have about your real estate transaction. Before running the risk of any post-transaction regrets, sit down with your real estate representative to brush up on all the basics before taking the first step towards buying or selling a home.

Now that the busy spring season is here, you'll want to make sure you're on top of the latest real estate issues. Please call today so we can go through all your questions and concerns thoroughly, ensuring that when you're ready to make a move, you're confident about all your decisions.

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