When is the best time to meet with a REALTOR® like me? Chances are, you would say, “When I’m thinking of buying or selling a home.” You’d be right, of course! However, there are many other good reasons to meet with me.

 

Here are just a few:

•You want a professional opinion as to the current value of your property, so you know what it would likely sell for in today’s market.

•You notice a home listed for sale in a desirable neighbourhood, and you’re interested in learning more — even if you’re unsure you want to make a move.

•You’re thinking of moving within the next couple of years, and you want to find a REALTOR® like me, that you can get to know and trust.

•You want some recommendations for preparing your home for sale and especially determining what repairs and other work needs to be done.

•You want an honest assessment as to the state of the local market, and the best time for you to buy or sell.

•You have real estate - related questions and you want to talk to an expert who knows the local market well and can provide you with answers.

 

As you can see, there’s a lot of value you can get from talking to me as your REALTOR®. Call today.

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Imagine if you dreamed of owning a special limited edition vehicle. What would you do to ensure that your dream vehicle would someday be parked in your driveway — with your name on the ownership papers?

You would probably start by doing some research. You’d find out how much that vehicle would cost, what features are available, and so forth. You would likely visit a local dealership and take a test drive if a model is available on site. You would keep an eye on the market for any that come up and let the dealer know you’re looking for just that car.

If you did, then, some day, you’d probably be the proud owner of the limited edition car of your dreams.

What does this have to do with real estate?

Well, you can take the same approach when there’s a neighbourhood you’d love to live in someday. You can target it, learn what homes typically cost in that area, and keep your eye on that market in case a property becomes available that meets your criteria.

By focusing on a specific neighbourhood, you increase your chances of someday living there, simply because you’re focusing on it.

Of course, neighbourhood targeting isn’t as simple as aiming to own a specific car someday. That’s why you need a great REALTOR® who can keep an eye on that neighbourhood on your behalf and alert you to opportunities that become available.

Then, when there is a listing that’s a good fit, you can decide whether or not to make a move.

Is there a dream neighbourhood you’d like to live in some day? Call today to start making it happen.

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No one wants to deal with a burglary. How do you reduce the chances of one happening?

 

Fortunately, burglaries are a well-studied phenomenon — especially by law enforcement. These studies have identified specific things you can do to cut the risk dramatically. Here are some ideas:

 

  • 34% of home break-ins occur through the front door. Experts recommend investing in a door with a top-quality locking mechanism. (The best are those that lock at three points of contact.)

 

  • 50% of burglars will be deterred if your home has some sort of video monitoring system. A thief doesn’t want his face on YouTube!

 

  • Unfortunately, signs and window stickers warning of an alarm system do not deter thieves. However, 62% of burglars will immediately run away when an alarm goes off. Always turn on your alarm system when you’re not home!

 

  • 22% of burglaries occur through a sliding glass door or patio door. Make sure it’s locked and also use a solid metal jammer.

 

  • Some thieves use frequency scanners to gain access to garages. Police recommend changing your remote entry code regularly and putting blinds or curtains on garage windows so thieves can’t see (and be tempted by) any valuables inside.

 

As you can see, there are many simple things you can do to reduce your chances of a burglary dramatically. The effort is worth it.

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Do you ever wonder how most people find the homes they eventually buy? You might imagine them driving by a “For Sale” sign or seeing a home for sale in the newspaper and then calling to enquire.

 

Of course, many buyers find out about listed properties that way. But, according to research by the National Association of Realtors, there are many other — sometimes surprising — ways buyers find their next dream home.

 

For example:

 

  • 88% of buyers find a home with the help of a real estate agent.
  • 90% of buyers search online as part of the home buying process. (Such as viewing a property’s profile on the agent’s website.)
  • 69% of buyers searching for a home using Google, use a specific local term, such as “Whitby-south homes for sale”.
  • 29-46% of buyers attend an Open House as part of their home hunting activities.

 

Overall, the research shows that buyers are using a multitude of ways — combining online and offline methods — to find homes. 

 

What does all this mean to you? If means that if you’re preparing your home for sale, you need to ensure your marketing plan takes into account all the ways buyers are finding properties — so you can be sure that they will find yours.

 

 

Looking for a REALTOR® who knows how to market your home for maximum exposure? Call today.

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The Latest in Kitchen Fire Prevention. What You Need to Know.

More fires start in the kitchen than in any other room. Those fires can be expensive; since even a minor incident, with no injuries, can result in significant damage. That’s why it’s important to keep up with the latest in fire prevention.

The most recent research tells us:
    
•    Never leave cooking food unattended. Doing so is the number one cause of kitchen fires.

•    Make sure cooking appliances, especially deep fryers, are safety certified by the appropriate government agency.

•    When using oil in a frying pan, always heat slowly at no more than a medium heat setting.

•    Always turn off stove burners and other cooking appliances immediately after cooking.

•    Never attempt to put out a grease fire with water. Use baking soda or a fire extinguisher.

•    Never remove or cover up a smoke detector due to nuisance alarms. The one alarm that isn’t a nuisance may save your life.

Finally, experts say that if you can’t put out a fire immediately, get everyone out of the home and call emergency services.

 

For everything else give me a call 604-859-2341.

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When would you talk to a car salesperson? Probably only once you’re ready to buy a new car. You would do some initial research (perhaps on the internet), get an idea of what you want, and then go to the dealership to meet a salesperson, test drive the car and make the purchase.


Although that approach may work when you’re buying a car, it’s not the best approach when it comes to real estate.


You see, successfully buying or selling a home requires a lot of planning and legwork. You want the process to go smoothly, the right decisions to be made, and the best possible deal to be negotiated.  


After all, this is the purchase and/or sale of your home!


So, the best time to talk to a REALTOR® is as early in the process as possible.


In fact, even if you’re just thinking of buying or selling — and simply want to explore the possibility of making a move sometime this year — you should have a conversation with a good REALTOR®.


A REALTOR® will answer your questions, provide you with the information and insights you need, help you avoid costly mistakes, and make sure you’re heading in the right direction.


When you are ready to buy or sell, having worked with a REALTOR® early in the process will help ensure you get what you want.

 

So talk to a good REALTOR® when:

 

  • You have a question about the local market.
  • You want to know what your home might sell for today.
  • You’re interested in checking out homes currently available on the market.
  • You’re in the midst of deciding whether or not to make a move.
  • You’ve decided to buy or sell.
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Many homeowners think there’s not much they can do about telephone, heating, water and other utility expenses. Sure, you may grumble about a high heating bill one month, but what can you do about it?

 

Turns out, you can do plenty. There are several ways to reduce monthly utility costs that can save you tens or even hundreds of dollars. For example:

 

  • Shop around for a better phone plan. Then contact your phone company. They might match the rates.

 

  • Turn down the thermostat on your water heater. You likely don’t need tap water to be that hot.

 

  • Clean the screen on your outside air conditioning unit regularly. (Gently with the water hose.) Dirt and leaves can build up on it, reducing the unit’s efficiency.

 

  • Leverage the sun. Open curtains in the winter to gain heat. Block direct sunlight in summer to keep the cool air inside.

 

  • Scrutinize your bill. There may be extras you’re paying for that you don’t need.

 

  • Play with the thermostat. Experiment with setting the temperature a couple of degrees lower. You might not notice any difference.

 

It’s worth paying attention to your utility costs. Just a few smart moves can save you some serious money.

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You may love animals, but with the exception of your family pets, you don’t want them in your home. Here are some tips for keeping the wildlife around your property where it belongs: outside.

 

  • Don’t place bird feeders too close to your windows. Doing so may cause birds to associate a window with food and therefore try to peck their way inside.
  • Make sure window screens are secure. If you can push a screen loose with your hand, so can a bird or other animal.
  • Check screens on dryer vents and chimneys. If they are damaged, fix or replace them.
  • To determine how animals are entering your home, stuff wadded paper in the suspected entry point. If the paper is disturbed the next day, you’ll know where they got in.
  • Never leave food outside, unattended. After a barbeque, for example, take all remaining food inside.

 

 

 

If you do find an animal in your home, never try to pick it up. It may bite or have rabies. Instead, call a professional.

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When you put your home up for sale, you want it to look its best to potential buyers. That’s why you clean, tidy and de-clutter every room.

 

Some sellers, however, miss the backyard. You need to pay just as much attention to that space as you do to the interior of your home. The backyard is as important a living space as the family room. To some buyers, even more.

 

Buyers want to see an attractive backyard space, with the grass cut and the hedges trimmed.

The more neat and tidy you can make it, the better. Be sure to sweep walkways and wipe down patio furniture.

 

 

Also, watch out for the following things that buyers do not want to see:

 

  • Bags of garage and other waste.
  • Doggie do-do. (Be sure to stoop and scoop!)
  • Rakes and other tools piled in the corner.
  • Cluttered and disorganized storage sheds, pool huts and other backyard structures.
  • Weeds in the flower beds.
  • Items stored underneath the deck.
  • Hoses not stowed neatly.
  • Electrical outlets and water faucets that don’t work.

 

These are not difficult issues to fix. Doing so will positively impact the impression the buyer gets of your backyard.

 

Do you have a backyard that shows particularly well in the summer? Here’s a tip: Take pictures. Those photos will help buyers be able to appreciate how it looks should you list your home in the winter.

 

Want more tips on making your home show well so that it sells fast? Call today.

 

 

 

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I have sold a property at 3403 SAANICH ST in Abbotsford.
Family friendly home and area near Mouat High School, Chief Dan George Middle (French Immersion) and Bondar Elementary. Quiet street of well kept homes with easy access to all directions as well as Rotary Stadium and Discovery Trail. Fully fenced yard with drive thru access to the backyard. Basement is partly finished with a nice family room, space for a 4th bedroom and full bath. Garage is 29' long has room for bikes, toys or a workbench. Covered deck is 10" x 16' and is a perfect place to BBQ and relax.
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I have sold a property at 17 2081 Winfield in Abbotsford.
Central location in the gated complex near the Club House and RV parking, private back yard setting, covered patio facing West, 1,030 sq feet with 2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms. Amenities in the club house include Hot Tub, Sauna, Library and Guest Suite. Close to Shopping and Golf.
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I have sold a property at 35787 SUNRIDGE PL in Abbotsford.
Mountain Village beauty is an entertainer's dream home! Spectacular 3 level home with a sweeping 180 degree view of Mt Baker & the Valley. Huge 500 sqft sundeck adds to the generous size of the great room & kitchen. 18' ceilings with floor to ceiling windows. Laundry, 4th bedroom and den are also on the main floor. Dream kitchen features a center island, s/s appliances, tons of storage & counter space. The upper floor has 3 bedrooms & awesome ensuite. There's even a balcony off the master to take in the view. 2 bedroom LEGAL SUITE is very separate with its own entrance a parking space. And the location.....is around the corner from Mountain Elementary School & the freeway access & shopping is just a short drive away on Whatcom Road.
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I have sold a property at 3253 RATHTREVOR CRT in Abbotsford.
McKinley Heights - Beautiful 2 storey w/ walk out basement. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac only 2 blocks from Prince Charles Elementary & public transit. This home features 4 bedrooms on the upper floor, master ensuite, and main bath with brand new tile shower enclosure, bathtub, flooring, sink and taps. The main floor features living room, family room, laundry, powder room, large island in kitchen and covered deck. In the basement there is a large 2 bedroom LEGAL SUITE currently rented. Large fully fenced backyard gives the kids lots of room to play.
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I have sold a property at 34726 Blatchford WAY in Abbotsford.
Here is the home you've been waiting for! This is a well maintained East Abby home in an awesome neighbourhood that's move in ready. The spacious and fully fenced back yard is an entertainers dream with the covered deck off of the dining room, and the main level living has a large rec room and bar area just steps away from the kitchen. Close to all levels of great schools including McMillan Elementary, William A Fraser Middle School, Yale Secondary, and just minutes to the Freeway, Costco, and Abbotsford Rec. Centre. Upgrades include Economical Rinnai R85 Hot Water on Demand System. Central A/C with heat pump and upgraded vinyl windows on the main level. This one has it all!
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I have sold a property at 34406 Laburnum AVE in Abbotsford.
Welcome Home! You are looking at a great family home in a very desirable area of East Abbotsford. Close to all levels of schools and on the bus route. This home has a NEW: roof, furnace, windows, hot water tank and newer appliances. The French doors off of the kitchen lead you out on to the covered deck and private fenced backyard with lots of room to host those summer BBQ's. Call today for your private tour.
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I have listed a new property at 3403 SAANICH ST in Abbotsford.
Family friendly home and area near Mouat High School, Chief Dan George Middle (French Immersion) and Bondar Elementary. Quiet street of well kept homes with easy access to all directions as well as Rotary Stadium and Discovery Trail. Fully fenced yard with drive thru access to the backyard. Basement is partly finished with a nice family room, space for a 4th bedroom and full bath. Garage is 29' long has room for bikes, toys or a workbench. Covered deck is 10" x 16' and is a perfect place to BBQ and relax.
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I have sold a property at 33559 CANNON AVE in Abbotsford.
Great old time house on a big lot is bigger than it looks. Located near downtown, Abbotsford High School, shopping, banks, restaurants and freeway access. There is a single garage in the front and access via a lane in the rear so there is RV parking or room for a shop. 2 bedrooms on the main and a full basement that is semi-finished. Newer furnace and original hardwood floors on the main floor and cove ceilings in the living room give this house a feel of years gone by.
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I have listed a new property at 35787 SUNRIDGE PL in Abbotsford.
Mountain Village beauty is an entertainer's dream home! Spectacular 3 level home with a sweeping 180 degree view of Mt Baker & the Valley. Huge 500 sqft sundeck adds to the generous size of the great room & kitchen. 18' ceilings with floor to ceiling windows. Laundry, 4th bedroom and den are also on the main floor. Dream kitchen features a center island, s/s appliances, tons of storage & counter space. The upper floor has 3 bedrooms & awesome ensuite. There's even a balcony off the master to take in the view. 2 bedroom LEGAL SUITE is very separate with its own entrance a parking space. And the location.....well, it backs onto Mountain Elementary School & the freeway access & shopping is just a short drive away on Whatcom Road.
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I have sold a property at 405 32120 MT WADDINGTON AVE in Abbotsford.
The Laurelwood - Top floor corner unit! This is one of the larger style units featuring 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, south east facing which allows for lots of natural lighting. There is 1 secure underground parking space in addition to covered visitor parking & street parking. Centrally located with many services within walking distance. Age restricted 19+, no pets & no rentals. Easy to show, call today to schedule a private showing. $2500 Appliance Credit!
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I have listed a new property at 3253 RATHTREVOR CRT in Abbotsford.
McKinley Heights - Beautiful 2 storey w/ walk out basement. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac only 2 blocks from Prince Charles Elementary & public transit. This home features 4 bedrooms on the upper floor, master ensuite, and main bath with brand new tile shower enclosure, bathtub, flooring, sink and taps. The main floor features living room, family room, laundry, powder room, large island in kitchen and covered deck. In the basement there is a large 2 bedroom LEGAL SUITE currently rented. Large fully fenced backyard gives the kids lots of room to play.
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