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5 Tips for Selling Your Home Quickly


There are several reasons why you may need to sell your home quickly. For
example, a job change may require a speedy relocation to another city, or
you may have purchased another property and don't want to be stuck too
long with two mortgages.


Here are some tips that can help get the sold sign on your front lawn
sooner.


• Be realistic with price. If you set the listing price higher than the
current market value of your home, then you're not going to get
many, if any, viewers. You want the list price to be attractive, which
means listing at the current market value.


• Get things fixed. You probably don't have time for a major
renovation. So just make sure everything in your home is in good
working order. Deal with any obvious maintenance issues, such as a
leaking faucet or a gate hanging precariously on one hinge.


• Ensure your home shows well, inside and outside. Eliminate
clutter. Trim hedges. Make sure every room has adequate lighting,
especially the basement. Imagine that a special guest is visiting your
home, then clean up and prepare accordingly.


• Be flexible with viewing times. You want as many potential buyers
as possible to see your home. So don't restrict viewing times to just
Saturdays. Make sure your home is as "available" as possible for
showings. This may cause you and your family some inconvenience,
but the reward will be selling your property sooner.


• Work with a good REALTOR®. Find an agent who understands the
area and the local market well. He or she will be able to recommend
a variety of strategies that will help sell your home faster, and for a
good price.


•Of course, there's no way to guarantee that you'll sell your home within the
time frame you want. But these tips will certainly increase the chances that
you will.


Looking for a good REALTOR® who knows the area well? Call today.

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How to Choose the Right Size HDTV


If you don't own one already, you may be tempted to purchase a
widescreen digital television to enjoy your favourite movies, shows and
sports programs. However, it can be difficult to select the right screen size,
especially if you've been accustomed to viewing a TV with a traditional 4:3
screen.


When it comes to size, there are many factors that come into play, such as
screen resolution and personal preference. However, the last thing you want
is to purchase an HDTV that is too small for the room, or so big that it
dominates the space.


Here's a tip:


The rule of thumb is to take the distance you'll be sitting from the television
and multiple by five to get the screen size you need. So if you'll be sitting
eight feet away, you'll want to look at HDTVs with screens that are in the 35-
45 inch range.


A good electronics dealer can help you make the best choice.


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Please visit our Open House at 13553 113TH AVE in Surrey.
Open House on Sunday, March 23, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
HOUSE WITH AN IN-GROUND POOL, on an LUC lot. BIG RANCHER with a WALK-OUT basement with unauthorized suite downstairs. Enjoy TOTAL PRIVACY in the backyard, which is equipped with an IN-GROUND POOL (28X14) and HOT TUB. Some other featuresinclude 4 large bedrooms on the main floor and 3 bedrooms in the basement. Separate NOOK eating with water feature mural. Master bedroom has ensuite. Great for entertaining, while playing billiards, or in the summer time during a in-ground pool party. This house is close to skytrain, 1/2 a block to bus stop, and 1 block to James Ardiel School. South Fraser Perimeter Road is just 5 blocks away. Not a drive by. Get inside.
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BC to see biggest jump in housing resales in 2014

 

 

British Columbia is forecast to have the biggest jump in housing resale activity in 2014 in Canada, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).

 

CREA expects B.C. to see an increase in resale activity of 8.3% year-over-year—well above the anticipated national growth of 1.3%. While this means the province will be the biggest contributor to the expected growth across the country, the association said this is due to having had particularly slow sales in 2013, mostly in the early part of the year.

 

The opposite holds true for Canada as a whole, with 2014 starting out with low levels of growth compared with previous years. This is due to the particularly strong activity in the summer and fall of 2013.

 

“I expect fixed mortgage rates will edge marginally higher in the second half of 2014 as evidence confirms an anticipated pick-up in economic growth,” said CREA chief economist Gregory Klump.

 

“Marginally higher mortgage rates are likely to counterbalance the lift provided by stronger economic and continuing job growth, and restrain the momentum for sales activity.”

 

National sales are expected to climb to 463,700 units this year, and a further 1.2% in 2015 to 469,400 units.

The national average home price across the country is expected to rise by 3.8% in 2014, with similar gains in B.C.

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When to call a realtor


If you're like most people, you go to see a doctor when you're not
feeling well or have a health concern. However, you may also visit
your doctor for a check-up, or to ask questions about healthy living.
In fact, consulting your doctor for anything health-related is a smart
idea.


The same holds true when it comes to real estate.
Many people only call a REALTOR® when they're planning on selling
their property or buying a new home, or both. While that's an
important reason to speak to a REALTOR®, it's not the only reason.
Indeed, there are many good reasons for you to give a good
REALTOR® a call. For example:

• If you have a question about the state of the local real estate
market. (Remember that it may be very different from what you
hear on the news about the national market.)


• If you want to get a sense of what homes are currently selling
for in the area.


• If you want to determine the current market value of your
property.


• If you want to find out how much homes cost in
neighbourhoods you'd like to consider.


• If you're thinking about the possibility of making a move, but
you’re not sure if it’s the right time.

 

• In other words, don't be afraid to contact a good REALTOR® when
you have a question or need some advice about the real estate
market.

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I have listed a new property at 13551 CRESTVIEW DR in Surrey.
Rancher with a basement. 1,100 square feet on each floor. 2,200 total. 3 bedrooms up, 2 bedrooms down. Brand new dark walnut laminate flooring throughout top floor. Double carport, 2 fireplaces, laundry on the top floor, and on the bottomfloor. Nice quiet street.
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I have listed a new property at 1089 GOAT RIDGE DR in Squamish.
HALF ACRE OCEAN VIEW LOT. Fully serviced. (View of Howe Sound and islands, etc...) with a second to none, already built 2 storey guest cottage complete with shower and toilet and wrap-around deck. Enjoy staying in the cottage while youbuild your dream home. End of Cul-de-sac. Property is perched above the historical mining town of the up coming seaside community of Britannia Beach, just a half hour from Vancouver, West Vancouver. Gorgeous views of scenic Howe Sound, islands and mountainous skyscape. Lot is already mostly cleared and somewhat landscaped. Don't miss out on this opportunity to make this lot your own, it'll take your breath away.
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I have listed a new property at 114 312 CARNARVON ST in New Westminster.
One bedroom and den (oversized bedroom) Corner/end unit. Just steps to Columbia Street SKYTRAIN STATION. Private gate just off 10' x 10' patio to street. Super handy for groceries, etc. Park outside, just steps from the patio door. Newlyupdated complex. Roof, exterior doors and windows, decks/balconies and exterior cladding. Inside has new engineered laminate flooring, new carpet, fresh paint, new window blinds, closet doors and hardware. New kitchen cabinets. Over the range microwave. Granite floors in the bathroom with deep jetted soaker tub. Hot water is included in the maintenance fee. Tons of updates inside and out. Well managed and maintained strata complex. Near The Quay, Douglas College, Starbucks and Shops.
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I have listed a new property at 14097 108TH AVE in Surrey.
Fixer-upper. A handyman special. 1300 square foot rancher, but needs work. Some T.L.C. On a 7600 Square foot lot. 6 blocks from Gateway Sky-train station, Bus-stop right out front. Great building lot. Corner lot. Access off of 141st Street.New fence. Close to all school levels. Including traditional school. Near Patullo Bridge and Port Mann bridge. And near new Guildford mall and Central City Mall.
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I have listed a new property at 13553 113TH AVE in Surrey.
HOUSE WITH AN IN-GROUND POOL, on an LUC lot. BIG RANCHER with a WALK-OUT basement with unauthorized suite downstairs. Enjoy TOTAL PRIVACY in the backyard, which is equipped with an IN-GROUND POOL (28X14) and HOT TUB. Some other featuresinclude 4 large bedrooms on the main floor and 3 bedrooms in the basement. Separate NOOK eating with water feature mural. Master bedroom has ensuite. Great for entertaining, while playing billiards, or in the summer time during a in-ground pool party. This house is close to skytrain, 1/2 a block to bus stop, and 1 block to James Ardiel School. South Fraser Perimeter Road is just 5 blocks away. Not a drive by. Get inside.
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I have listed a new property at 13737 GROSVENOR RD in Surrey.
3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, cozy rancher in up and coming Bolivar Heights, close to DOWNTOWN Whalley, 3 blocks to SKYTRAIN, near Central City Mall, new CITY HALL and LIBRARY. Restaurants and shops near by. Roof in excellent condition, 4 pieceensuite. Larger kitchen with white cabinets and a white built-in dishwasher. Fully fenced. Hedges for privacy. Kwantlen Park Secondary and Forsyth Road Elementary School catchment areas. Bus stops 150 feet away.
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I have sold a property at 16425 92A AVE in Surrey.
Exceptional custom built home on 7500 sq. foot lot in a sought after area of Tyneridge Estates. Huge master bedroom plus 3 beds up and 3 baths + lounge or games area, 5ft hallway upstairs, high ceilings in living room and eating area, guestbedroom with ensuite + den on main. Main features include open layout with granite kitchen and extra wok kitchen with pantry, hot water radiant in floor heat, huge covered deck with views, high ceilings, double staircase, 2 x 2 basement suites with 9ft ceilings, tile roof, fully fenced backyard , cul-de-sac w/greenbelt at the end of street in quiet neighborhood of Tynehead. Schools nearby include Serpentine, Surrey Christian and North Surrey Secondary. Shopping and Hwy 1 minutes away.
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I have sold a property at 11084 148TH ST in Surrey.
HOME SUITE HOME. A real big, remodelled house on a huge, fully fenced lot, with 2 road frontages. Garage. Large kitchen features raised oak cabinets with a pantry, tile floor, tile decorative back-splash, built in dishwasher, double sinks and ceiling fan light fixtures. Wood burning fireplace with modern mantle and hearth. Main bathroom has jetted tub, tile and oak cabinets. Master bedroom has it's own ensuite and a large walk in closet with shelves and a big mirror. 3 bedroom unauth suite down with nice kitchen (not rented). For entertaining, there is a rec room with a wet bar and a fridge. Updates include new heritage doors, flooring throughout (tile and laminate). New roof with hidden gutters, electrical upgrade for a workshop.
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I have sold a property at 14363 PARK DR in Surrey.
Updated 2,600 square foot, 3 level split (with a bedroom on the main floor) on .38 of an ACRE with BONUS 1,500 sq ft coach-house/studio out the back off of the LANE ACCESS. Plus a 22 X 20 detached garage. RV PARKING! 3 buildings allequipped with alarm system. Big studio building is done with permits at city, has 220 electrical service, a kitchen (minus the stove) & a full bathroom. Upgrades include stamped concrete out back & in front, all newer exterior doors and windows. A newer computerized, separately zoned heating system and furnace. Hot water tank was replaced. Recent roof on all 2 buildings. Gutters, flooring etc. Kitchen has raised oak cabinets, double sinks, stainless steel, dishwasher & fridge, ceramic stove top.
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I have sold a property at 1908 9981 WHALLEY BLVD in Surrey.
Park Place by Concord Pacific. A 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo unit in upscale development right at the King George Skytrain Station. Right in the heart of a rapidly growing Central City, across the street from Central City Mall, and justblocks from the new city hall and the new public library. Shops galore. Some of the amenities include Clubhouse / banquet room, lounge, yoga studio, exercise facility/gym, sauna, a bowling alley, a theatre. And some of the finishing touches inside the unit include corian countertops, Polished chrome lever handle faucet with stainless steel sink (double), Mosaic-look porcelain tile backsplash, Porcelain tile flooring, stainless steel appliance package.
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I have sold a property at 13785 FRANKLIN RD in Surrey.
Cute RANCHER WITH A GARAGE on a BIG LOT (8300 square foot), on a quiet street, near City Center, just 3 blocks from SKYTRAIN (Gateway Skytrain Station). Tons of potential here. Good roof (metal roof) Could be a 3 bedroom rancher. Upstairsstorage room could be renovated to a master. Great big laundry room. Adjoining kitchen/eating area. Coffered ceilings in the living room 40 foot covered deck/patio out the back (great for entertaining) with a partial raised cedar deck, with built in hot tub. (has a leaky seal, needs repair). Totally private backyard (east facing), fully fenced, trees 10 x 10 storage wooden shed. Retractable awnings on the windows on west facing side. Ample parking. RV parking also.
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I have sold a property at 11588 138B ST in Surrey.
VIEW PROPERTY. 5 bedroom, completely remodelled basement home with a garage and RV Parking. Nice house with a SUITE downstairs with private entrance. Magnificent VIEW of Fraser River, North Shore Mountains, New Westminster and Coquitlam.3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (ensuite)-upstairs. 2 bedroom suite downstairs. Upgrades include brand new roof, new kitchen cabinets upstairs, with new stainless steel appliances, including dishwasher and hood fan. New engineered laminate flooring, upstairs and down. New doors and some new windows. bathrooms has been upgraded, including new tub, sinks and flooring. Fresh paint throughout, with crown mouldings throughout the upstairs and downstairs, with rich, thick baseboards. Hot water heating.
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I have sold a property at 11564 138B ST in Surrey.
Magnificent VIEW. VIEW of North Shore Mountains, River and Coquitlam. Especially in the Fall/Winter months. An updated, 2700 square foot 6 bedroom, 3 bathroom basement entry home with an unauthorized suite in basement. Some upgrades include, new kitchen (S/S appliances) new bathroom, brand new carpets and fresh paint. New wainscotting (chair-rail), crown moldings, new cover on upper deck, (150 square feet). Lower has a large covered deck also. Newer roof just a few years ago. Upstairs has dark, rich kitchen cabinets, double sink. Upper living room has a wood burning fireplace, wooden mantle, tile hearth and vaulted ceilings.
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I have sold a property at 13785 FRANKLIN RD in Surrey.
Cute RANCHER WITH A GARAGE on a BIG LOT (8300 sqft lot), on a quiet street, near City Center, just 3 blocks from SKYTRAIN (Gateway Skytrain Station). Tons of potential here. Good roof (metal). Could be a 3 bedroom rancher. Upstairs storageroom could be renovated to a master bedroom. Great big laundry room. Adjoining kitchen/eating area. Coffered ceiling in the living room, 40' covered deck/patio out the back (great for entertaining) with a partial raised cedar deck, with built-in hottub (has a leaky seal, needs repair). Totally private backyard (east facing), fully fenced, trees, 10x10 storage wooden shed. Retractable awnings on the windows on west facing side. Ample parking. RV parking also.
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How a Home Inspection Helps You
Whether you're considering buying a particular home, selling your current
property – or both – a home inspection can help.
A home inspection is an inspection by a qualified professional who takes a
close look at every aspect of a home – structure, wiring, plumbing, and
more – and identifies issues you may not have noticed yourself.
For example, a home inspection can reveal that a furnace will need to be
replaced soon, or that there is a water leak into the basement that needs to
be fixed.
You'll definitely want to get a professional home inspection before you buy a
particular property. That's why most offers to purchase a home are
conditional upon passing a home inspection. (The last thing you want is to
buy your dream home only to discover that the wiring needs to be updated!)
You may also want to get a home inspection on your own home before you
list it for sale. A certificate from a qualified professional that states that your
home passed inspection will make your property more attractive to buyers.
Many reputable home inspectors are members of a professional industry
association.