Posted in: Willoughby Heights, Langley Real Estate
I have sold a property at 313 19750 64 AVE in Langley.
How to start out smart? Right here! This 1 BR compact open floor plan with great storage is perfect for first time owner or empty nester. Spacious BR has privacy access to bathroom and insuite laundry, well appointed kitchen with SS appliances is open to dining/livingroom, other features include new carpets, off set gas fireplace, computer nook and large covered deck that overlooks courtyard and garden, separate locker and underground parking. Close to park, shops, transit, restaurants and recreation, no car needed. So affordable, call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
The weather might be frightful, but that doesn't mean your heating costs have to be. Here are some tips to stay warm this winter without breaking the bank.
1. Turn down the heat. You can save five percent of your heating costs for every degree lower you set your thermostat in the 15 to 21 degrees Celsius range. If your health permits it, the Consumer Energy Center recommends turning your heat down to 20 degrees Celsius. This doesn't mean you have to freeze this winter. A great way to save money is to turn the heat down during the day or even while you sleep. By lowering the temperature in your home by 10-15 degrees for eight hours, you can save up to 10% on your heating costs. Research also shows that keeping the house cooler at night can actually help you sleep better.
2. Replace/clean furnace filters regularly. By keeping your furnace filters clean, you help to increase the efficiency of your furnace.
3. Maintain your furnace. Have someone come out and give your furnace a tune-up. Make sure everything is lubricated, clean, and properly adjusted. This can make a huge dent in your heating bill.
4. Eliminate leaks. Caulk leaks around windows, doors, and vents that lead outside. This helps to prevent the heat from escaping and can make your home feel less drafty. Caulking will fill any small gaps you may find. If you have a larger leak, your local hardware store will have a product to help fill the gap.
5. Cover drafty windows. When it comes to covering drafty windows, there are two options. You can either use heavy-duty plastic sheeting and create and air-tight seal over the window using tape, or you can use insulating drapes. This is a cheap way to help make your home feel warmer.
6. Use the sun to heat your home. The sun offers free heat, and in the winter, it often isn't utilized. Open the curtains on your south-facing windows on sunny days, but be sure to close them up before it gets dark to help trap the heat inside.
7. Use ceiling fans to your advantage. Better ventilation in a home leads to better energy efficiency. Turn your ceiling fan on a low setting to help push hot air back down into the room.
8. Get a humidifier. Air in your home can become very dry. Adding moisture to the air can actually add heat. Moist air holds heat better and feels warmer. A humidifier can help keep you feeling warm even when the temperature in your home is set lower.
9. Cover your floors. While your tile or hardwood floors may be beautiful, covering them with a rug may help with your heating costs. Carpet and rugs hold heat better than tile or hardwood floors. This helps to keep your feet warmer without having to adjust the thermostat.
Following these tips can help you to save money this winter while still keeping you warm and toasty.
Posted in: Walnut Grove, Langley Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 79 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Maxi home, mini price! Rarely available double wide is move in ready! Spacious floor plan showcases living/dining area, updated family size kitchen features white cabinetry, pantry, laundry closet, den/family room with separate access to sundeck; recent updates include vinyl windows, California shutters, electric fireplace, A/C, hot water tank. Mbdrm will accomodate K/S bed, features walk in closet and private access to bath. 2nd BR ideal for guests or craft/hobbies with oversize storage closet. This gated community is for those 55+ and 1 small pet, amenities include social activities in fully equipped kitchen, clubhouse, workshop, doggie park. Area offers shops, restaurants & transit. This good buy will soon be good bye!
I have listed a new property at 201 1153 VIDAL ST in White Rock.
Presto and you're there! West Beach beckons from this sweet Montecito by the Sea 2 BR 2 bath condo! Features include hardwood flooring, open kitchen with meal bar, living/diningroom with offset gas fireplace and access to covered BBQ size balcony overlooking garden courtyard. Mbdrm includes ensuite with double shower; large separate laundry room features storage; secure parking space included. Common area features updated hallways and lobby; 1 small pet welcome, reasonable strata fee includes gas and hot water. Quiet cul de sac location, area amenities feature numerous restaurants, shops, ice cream and chocolate specialties and of course, the beach! Call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
Source: Fraser Valley Real Estate Board
SURREY, BC – Fraser Valley real estate experienced its strongest year in a decade in 2015. This was the second highest year for property sales in Fraser Valley’s history, just shy of the region’s previous sales high in 2005.
The Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) processed 21,095 sales in 2015, 33 per cent more than the 15,840 sales in 2014, and 0.9 per cent fewer than the 21,282 sales in 2005. The total dollar volume of MLS® sales was a record setting $12.1 billion, four billion more than was sold in 2014.
In contrast, the Board received a typical volume of new listings in 2015 – 30,998 – comparable to the average over the last ten years, set at 31,296 new listings.
Jorda Maisey, President of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, attributes 2015’s market strength to a strong economy elevating consumer housing demand. “The Fraser Valley has always appealed to consumers looking for competitive pricing and a diverse range of housing options.
“Last year shows that consumers recognize the long-term value of property ownership in the Fraser Valley, particularly valuing the single family home, which they recognize is becoming a limited commodity. Sales of single family detached increased across all of our communities, in some instances more than doubling 2014’s sales.”
Sales during December were the highest for that month in Fraser Valley’s history. The Board processed 1,543 sales, an increase of 44 per cent compared to December of 2014. December’s total inventory in the Fraser Valley was 4,280 active listings; 33 per cent fewer than were available in December 2014.
The MLS® Home Price Index benchmark price of a detached home in December was $672,400, an increase of 17.3 per cent compared to December of last year when it was $573,100. The MLS® HPI benchmark price of townhouses increased 9.6 per cent going from $293,500 in December of last year to $321,800 last month. The benchmark price of apartments was $204,900, an increase of 7.3 per cent compared to $191,100 in December 2014.
Maisey adds, “The market remains buoyant, and with very low inventory currently there is tremendous opportunity for sellers. For buyers finding it challenging in their search, REALTORS® are recommending they consider a variety of housing options and communities they may not have considered. There’s a lot of choice out there, you just need to know where to look.”
Find the December Statistics Package here.
Source: Fire Prevention Canada
The winter season is the worst season for fires in Canada. That is why all Canadians must be mindful of the importance of fire prevention and safety. During the winter, we must heat our homes, most of our meals are prepared and eaten indoors, our clothing is dried indoors and people who smoke tend to do so indoors. For the winter remember that:
A Fireplace becomes dangerous when accumulated tar or creosote catches fire or from uncontrolled burning or over-fuelling. Other causes of fireplace-related fires are substandard design or installation and lack of safety precautions.
THE WINTER SEASON AND CARBON MONOXIDE:
THE DANGERS OF EXTENSION CORDS:
SIGNS OF AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM:
HOW TO AVOID DRYER FIRES:
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