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I have listed a new property at 66 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Cool price, hot item! Features include spacious livingroom, step saver kitchen with updated counters & cabinet doors, separate dining room with access to covered deck. Updates include vinyl windows, double shower, vanity, sink & toilet in renovated bathroom. MBDRM offers ample closet space with built in drawers, 2nd BR is ideal for guest, den or hobby room, flex room offers separate entrance to covered deck. Fenced yard features lawn space, separate storage. Pad rent $740 includes water, sewer, use of common property. Forest Green amenities include clubhouse, social activities, off leash pooch park, visitor & RV parking. This gated community is for those 55+ and 1 small pet. Call soon or this good buy will be good bye!
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I have sold a property at 333 2451 GLADWIN RD in Abbotsford.
Awesome layout makes life easier! This 2 BR 2 bath condo in the Oaks at Centennial Court offers top floor location, open, bright floor plan, separate diningroom, master suite with double shower, Jack & Jill closets, opposite side 2nd BR offers direct access to main bath. Features include kitchen pantry with pullouts, oversize linen closet, wrap around cabinets in laundry, spacious deck off livingroom, off set gas fireplace. Consider a stay-cation with building amenities that includes indoor pool, steam room & hottub, guest suite, library & workshop. Seven Oaks shops and Mill Lake are just steps away. This 55+ community is perfect for a carefree lifestyle! Call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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I have listed a new property at 146 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Rarely available! Features of this Mackenzie plan rancher include open kitchen & nook, triple skylites, cozy familyroom, cross hall living & diningroom. Master BR features Jack & Jill closets, large ensuite with jetted soaker tub, roomy 2nd BR is perfect for guest use or den, laundry room opens to covered deck & fenced yard. Updates include newer appliances, roof, h/w tank, double shower in main bath. Bonus...single garage with access to extra height crawl space, 1 open parking spot also included. Park amenities include clubhouse, off leash pooch park, social activities. This gated community is for those 55+ and 1 small pet. Pad rent $779 includes water, sewer, use of common property. Call soon or this good buy is good bye!
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Dryer sheets are good for more than just cutting the static in your clothes, for example:

Dusting: Used dryer sheets are effective for dusting surfaces such as computer screens, TV screens, window blinds, baseboards and so much more.

Cleaning: Sprinkle a few drops of water on a used dryer sheet and use it to wipe down your chrome bathroom faucets and to wipe away the soap scum on your shower door.

Keeping clothes fresh: Hang onto that just-washed scent by placing a dryer sheet in your clothes drawers. Pop used sheets in your shoes before putting them back in the closet, too. When storing seasonal clothing, slip an unused dryer sheet into the storage container to keep clothes smelling fresh.

Removing deodorant marks: Rub white residue away with a used dryer sheet.

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I have sold a property at 74 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Max home, mini price! It will pay to act quickly on rare value for this 2 BR, 2 bath home in Forest Green Estates! Features include party size livingroom, separate diningroom, bright kitchen with skylight & meal nook, king size MBDRM with walk in closet, 2 pce ensuite, well sized 2nd BR and separate den/office, covered deck, patio and storage shed. Pad rent $764 per month includes use of clubhouse, social activities, off leash pooch park, visitor parking, water & sewer. RV parking is available at minimal cost. This gated community is for those 55+ and 1 small pet; shops, transit & recreation near. Call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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Courtesy of By Mary Hunt  Photo credit: misteraitch

Iknow it’s time. It’s been time for at least two years, possibly longer. I need to clean my kitchen. Now, before you send the Health Department to my address, let me explain. What I mean by “clean” is that I need to clean out and organize my kitchen pantry, cupboards and drawers. 

If you walked into my kitchen, you’d see a tidy and sanitary place. But don’t walk into the pantry or open a cupboard too hastily. Something might hit you on the head. At this moment, a bottle of Advil has been tossed on top of cereal boxes, which are resting on pudding boxes that have long ago expired.

Cynthia Ewer, editor of OrganizedHome.com says the first thing I need to do is harden my heart. An efficient, convenient kitchen, she says, must be pared to the bone. I must dare to dump anything and everything that is not absolutely necessary and useful.

CLEAR THE DECKS. Ewer instructs me to prepare four boxes with these labels: Put Away (Kitchen), Put Away (Elsewhere), Give Away (or Sell) and Storage. Now I am to tackle one shelf, drawer and cupboard at a time, putting each item into its proper box.

KITCHEN KEEPERS. Once everything has found its box, send three of the boxes out of the kitchen. Now comes decision time. Ewer is ruthless in suggesting I need to just get rid of the electric french-fry fryer, that strange gelatin mold in the shape of Mount Rushmore and the odd collection of sports bottles from all those walk-a-thons. Ditto for pans I don’t use, dishes I don’t like and specialty cooking tools that I never use because they’re too much trouble to clean.

NO MORE STALLING. I’m going to follow the Organized Home kitchen decluttering plan starting at the top: The top shelves, which Ewer says resemble an unknown landscape at the back of the moon. (I keep wondering when she’s been sneaking into my kitchen because she seems to know this place quite well.)

Here’s the rule: If I’ve used it in the last month, it’s a candidate to stay. If I used it yesterday, that will be the backbone of my newly organized kitchen.

I am committed; I am determined. I will box and banish. I will not stop until every shelf, every cupboard, every nook and cranny of my kitchen is cleared, cleaned and organized.

I don’t think I’m alone in this need for kitchen organization, so I’m extending an invitation for you to join me. Let’s call it the EC Spring Clean Kitchen Challenge. All who dare are invited to join me in this marathon event. Actually, I could use the company. Somehow knowing others are participating in the same drudgery will keep me on track and moving forward.

The only requirement to join is a willingness to get your kitchen organized. And to post a comment below telling me how you are going to get started.

Stay tuned because next week I’m going to help you get motivated to declutter books, CDs, DVDs and electronics—and quite possibly get paid to do it!

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Courtesy of, Bjorn Rygg, Pillar to Post

Posted by Roberto Sarjoo
 

During the process of buying or selling a home, homeowners often learn about recommended or required repairs and upgrades. This can happen as a result of the home inspection as well as your expert knowledge of your market and comparable homes. Of course, the first thing homeowners want to know is, “How much will that cost?”

Pillar To Post is pleased to offer our popular Residential Construction and Remodeling Estimates cost guide, which provides estimated cost ranges for repair and/or replacement of the major systems and components in a home. It also includes general guidelines for the life expectancies of those systems. This information can help you make informed decisions when considering home repairs or improvements, and is valued by buyers and sellers alike. Below is just a sampling of our list of estimated costs for hundreds of repairs/upgrades.

Floors

Hardwood Floor Refinish
 
$3-$6 / sq ft
Carpet – Clean
 
$125 / room
Ceramic Tile
 
$6-$11 / sq ft

Kitchen

Renovation
 
$7,500+
Kitchen Counter – Laminate
 
$45 / lin ft
Kitchen Counter – Marble
 
$80 / lin ft

Security System

Alarm System
 
$2,500
Alarm Monitoring
 
$35 / month

Deck

Pressure Treated
 
$15-$30 /sq ft
Custom Designed & Built
 
$55-$80 / sq ft

Windows

Skylight
 
$800 and up
Casement – Replace
 
$50 / sq ft

These estimates reflect the average basic costs for supplies and installation of building materials in United States and Canada. Costs may vary depending on regions, upgrades, complexity, and disposal fees.

For complimentary copies of our Construction and Remodeling Estimates cost guide, please contact your local Pillar To Post office, or download from www.pillartopost.com/costguide.



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Source: Fraser Valley Real Estate Board

SURREY, BC – The Fraser Valley housing market returned to more typical levels in February, with sales and new listing intake on-par with the 10-year average for the month.

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,396 sales of all property types on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in February, a decrease of 41.5 per cent compared to the record-breaking 2,387 sales in February of last year, and a 43 per cent increase compared to the 976 sales in January 2017. The 10-year average for February sales is currently 1,288 transactions.

Of the 1,396 sales processed last month, 369 were townhouses and 391 were apartments.

“This is the kind of February we like to see. Last year at this time, the incredible demand created a market that was difficult for consumers. Now, we have sales moving upward from the winter months at a typical, healthy pace and a growing inventory to support it,” said Gopal Sahota, Board President.

The Board received 2,171 new listings in February, a 0.3 per cent decrease from January 2017, and a 33.9 per cent decrease compared to February 2016’s 3,283 new listings.

For February the total active inventory in the Fraser Valley finished at 4,645 available listings, increasing by 5.5 per cent month-over-month, and decreasing 9.4 per cent when compared to February 2016.

“While the pace of the market has returned to more normal levels, pricing is still heavily impacted by the activity and demand seen throughout 2016. Understandably, this can create a challenging environment for consumers. If you’re struggling finding the right home or buyer, talk to a REALTOR® who can help guide you towards success in the market.”

For the Fraser Valley region, the average number of days to sell a single family detached home in February 2017 was 38 days, compared to 21 days in February 2016.

HPI® Benchmark Price Activity

  • Single Family Detached: At $859,300, the Benchmark price for a single family detached home in the Valley increased 0.4 per cent compared to January 2017, and increased 20.4 per cent compared to February 2016.
  • Townhomes: At $422,400 the Benchmark price for a townhome in the Fraser Valley increased 0.5 per cent compared to January 2017, and increased 25.2 per cent compared to February 2016.
  • Apartments: At $267,000, the Benchmark price for apartments/condos in the Fraser Valley increased 1.8 per cent compared to January 2017, and increased 26.5 per cent compared to February 2016.

Find the February Statistics Package here.


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Many of us hibernate somewhat at this time of year, meaning we have lots of time to reacquaint ourselves with our great indoors and all of its associated "stuff," much of which we may even have forgotten about. Take this opportunity to purge unwanted, unneeded and unused things from your home. You'll be surprised at how good you feel once you've opened up your space!

A good purging is necessary when putting your home up for sale or when you're thinking of downsizing to a smaller footprint. Even if you have no plans to move, your motivation could still be as major as getting ready to welcome a new baby into the household, or as simple as recognizing you have a lot of things you'll never use again. In fact, you may have no other reason for tackling your overcrowded household than wanting to claim your space back.

So, once you've made the decision to purge, what do you do with all that stuff?

Tackle each room with large, empty boxes, each marked with a different purpose. There will be the "keep" box for things you absolutely need or can't let go of, the "donate" box with things to give either to charity or to friends or family who may make use out of the items, and the "sell" box. Yes, someone might actually, thanks to the far-reaching wonder of the Internet and sites like eBay, Amazon and Craigslist, magically translate your junk into money in your pocket — you'll be surprised at what people will pay for!

Finally, there will be those items you'll transfer from one hand to the other, and spend much too much time pondering. To help move the cleanup process along, put those treasures in another box that you'll mark with a date six months from the current date. When you approach it half a year from now, you'll probably first shake your head in disbelief that a whole six months has already flown by, and then as a second step recognize that if you didn't need those items in the past half year, you can probably let them go now.

Clutter can be a source of stress, so purging can benefit your mental well-being. In some cases, letting go of certain memories will allow you to move onto a new phase of life. Other times, clearing the physical clutter in your life frees up the space, both mentally and physically, to move towards a clearer future.

At the very least, less stuff in your home means less stuff to clean and, when it comes time to move, less to pack up and move!

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I have listed a new property at 333 2451 GLADWIN RD in Abbotsford.
Awesome layout makes life easier! This 2 BR 2 bath condo in the Oaks at Centennial Court offers top floor location, open, bright floor plan, separate diningroom, master suite with double shower, Jack & Jill closets, opposite side 2nd BR offers direct access to main bath. Features include kitchen pantry with pullouts, oversize linen closet, wrap around cabinets in laundry, spacious deck off livingroom, off set gas fireplace. Consider a stay-cation with building amenities that includes indoor pool, steam room & hottub, guest suite, library & workshop. Seven Oaks shops and Mill Lake are just steps away. This 55+ community is perfect for a carefree lifestyle! Call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
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Market forecasts are never easy, as the forecast for Canadian real estate is as varied as the individual characteristics of the many housing markets within Canada.

A report from PwC Canada and the Urban Land Institute reports that property owners are cautiously optimistic about the real estate market's outlook for 2017. The report forecasts a "year of stability" for the housing market, despite a slight drop in prices and a pullback in the Toronto and Vancouver markets.*

The Canadian Real Estate Association forecasts a slight decline in national sales for 2017. They expect transactions in British Columbia and Ontario to remain strong, but also anticipate they will fall short of 2016's record levels to some degree due to a lack of supply of single-family homes.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) believes MLS® sales will soften from last year to between 489,500 and 509,700 in 2017 before settling in 2018 at between 488,100 and 511, 100. Likewise, the CMHC expects resale prices to come in at between $483,600 and $507,800 in 2017 and between $497,700 and $525,100 in 2018. Meanwhile, the CMHC anticipates mortgage rates to rise modestly from the posted 5-year mortgage rate to within a 4.4 to 5.2 percent range in 2017, and then to within a 4.5 to 5.7 percent range in 2018.**

Your local market forecast is the one you'll be most interested in receiving. Please call today for the latest real estate information in your specific region!

* www.pwc.com/ca/en/industries/emerging-trendsin- real-estate.html

** www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/odpub/ esub/61500/61500_2016_B02.pdf?fr=1478014289803


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