If you see a haze of condensation on your window, should you be concerned? Maybe. Maybe not. It depends on a number of factors.

 

First of all, an occasional build-up of condensation is normal and often the result of fluctuating humidity in the home. Usually, it’s nothing to worry about. If you’re using a humidifier, try adjusting the levels. If the humidity is being generated naturally, try placing a dehumidifier nearby. Also, remove any plants and firewood from the area, as they can release a surprising volume of moisture into the air.

 

Do you see moisture in between the panes of glass that make up the window? If so, that means the seal has failed and moisture has crept in. Double and triple pane windows often contain a gas (argon, for example) that boosts the insulating qualities of the window. When the seal fails, the gas disappears, making the glass colder and often allowing condensation to creep in. Eventually, you’ll want to get it replaced.

 

If you see moisture build-up anywhere on the frame of the window, particularly at the joints, that could be a sign of water leaking through. That’s an issue you should get checked out immediately by a window contractor.

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PARKVIEW PLACE - East facing 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit in a quiet and well maintained adult building. Freshly painted and very clean but could use some updates if desired. This location is great for easy access to all areas of the community, freeway and very close to transit stop. Heat and hot water are included in the monthly fees and the boilers have just been replaced by an energy efficient on demand system. The roofing has recently been replaced, both the sloping shingle and the flat sections, as well as exterior railings and perimeter fencing. There is a workshop and a games room and meeting room. The perfect location and building for those 55+. Sorry, no rentals or pets please.
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They don't call this "Paradise" for nothing! This is a special house on a special street in a great area. Close to all levels of schooling on a quiet cul de sac of well kept homes. Custom built and very clean throughout with 2x6 walls, hardwood flooring, central A/C and a new garage door and opener. Private master bedroom features his and hers closets and spacious ensuite with soaker tub and separate shower. The 2 bedroom LEGAL SUITE is bright and walks out to a private patio and backyard area. See this one soon, or it will be gone!
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Gorgeous view of Mt.Baker, 3rd floor suite in the 'The Wedgewood'. Large balcony S/E facing and a large waterfall in the foyer. Large master bedroom with ensuite. Kitchen with all appliances and new stove. New laminate and new carpet floori ng. Library, large meeting room, hottub/swirl pool and exercise room. Great location. Close to shopping, recreation and banking. Self managed. Perfect in every way.
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How to Deal with a Low-Ball Offer

 

If you take care to price your home correctly — that is, at a price that is in line with what similar properties in the area have sold for recently — then you have a good chance of selling it at or near your asking price.

 

That doesn’t mean you won’t get a low-ball offer. You might. So what do you do when that happens?

 

First, understand that the buyer may not necessarily be trying to steal away your home at a bargain-basement price. He might simply be mistaken about its true market value. Of course, he might also be coming in at a low price in the hopes he’ll get lucky.

 

You will never actually know the buyer’s motives. So it would be a mistake to get angry or dismiss the offer out-of-hand. That low-ball offer might end up being the beginning of a negotiation that results in you selling your home at a good price.

 

Your first step is to work with your REALTOR® to determine:

 

  • How serious the buyer is.
  • How qualified the buyer is. (For example, does he have a pre-approved mortgage?)
  • How amenable the buyer is to a counter-offer that reflects the true market value of your home.
  • What that counter-offer should be.

 

This isn’t an easy process. It takes knowledge and experience to get it right. That’s why working with a good REALTOR® is essential.

 

Looking for a REALTOR® who is an expert at this stuff? Call today.

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REGENCY PARK, N.E Corner Suite on the 12th floor provides spectacular views overlooking the valley. Sit in your balcony to enjoy sunrise and the beautiful sunset. 2 bedrooms, 2 bath unit, updated newer appliances. Enjoy all the fabulous fac ilities that Regency Park offers and yet be very close to the city centre, Bonus 2 parking stalls, one storage locker, Age Restricted to 35+, No rentals, No Pets.
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Oasis Country Estates - This home is located on the family side of complex and has everything you need! It features an open concept layout with vaulted ceilings in main living area, A/C for those hot summers, new furnace 6 months ago, multiple ceiling fans, back deck, fully fenced backyard, beautiful landscaping ,vinyl windows, 2 glass screen doors, appliances all within 3 years. This home is in one of the best locations in the complex, located at the rear of the park you have unobstructed views of the farmers field and mountain ranges far away from the Lougheed Hwy. Oasis Estates has a front security gate, central mail box system and large playing field. Call today for more information or to book a showing!
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I have listed a new property at 7 31450 SPUR AVE in Abbotsford.
LAKEPOINTE VILLAS - Rancher townhouse with full walk out basement. 12' ceilings in the living room and 9 ' ceilings throughout. Updated kitchen has a nice eating area and the covered deck with gas BBQ hookup is just out the door. Cozy family room with gas fireplace is a great place to sit and watch the news or read a book. Huge ensuite has a jetted tub and separate shower. The full basement has a large recreation room, bedroom and bathroom, plus a large unfinished area for storage or workshop area. The driveway is long enough to park on. The complex has a clubhouse, generous visitor parking and RV parking spots. Pets are allowed, no rentals and all ages welcome here.
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EATON PLACE on Eagle Mountain. Backing onto the greenbelt on the edge of the mountain with a commanding view of the valley and Mt. Baker. Top quality air conditioned rancher townhouse with finished walk-out basement has the master bedroomand 2nd bedroom on the main floor, along with laundry. Updated maple kitchen with new dishwasher and under cabinet lighting opens to the French doors leading to the deck that is accessed through the master as well. Dream ensuite has 2 sinks, soaker tub and separate shower. Impressive hardwood flooring is on most of the main floor. The basement has a large recroom, 3rd bedroom, den and 2 storage rooms. All this in a gated complex that allows pets and has not age restrictions. Welcome home!
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Say you’re viewing a home and are impressed with how it looks. The walls
are freshly painted. Everything seems bright and new. You’re considering
making an offer.


Then, while standing on a mat in the kitchen, you hear a squeak below your
feet. You lift the mat and see that some tiles are broken. Obviously the mat
was there to, literally, cover up that defect.


A few broken tiles are not a big deal. But now you’re thinking, “What else
might be wrong with this house?”


There’s no reason to worry that every home will have maintenance issues
hidden from view. However, it’s smart to do your due diligence to ensure the
home you’re considering is truly as good as it looks.

 

                                            


One way is to have a professional home inspector check out the property as
a condition of your purchase offer. He or she will inspect the home from top
to bottom, inside and out, and point out any issues you should address.


It’s also smart to ask questions. Find out the age of certain features, such as
the roof, furnace, and appliances. Ask about any recent renovations, and
determine whether they were done by a professional or by the homeowner.


Most importantly, work with a good REALTOR® who can provide you with
information on the property that you would have difficulty getting on your
own. Your REALTOR® has a stake in making sure you buy a home with
your eyes wide open — knowing all the potential maintenance issues you’re
likely to encounter.


Want to talk to a good REALTOR®? Call today.

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I have listed a new property at 10 35537 EAGLE MOUNTAIN DR in Abbotsford.
EATON PLACE on Eagle Mountain. Backing onto the greenbelt on the edge of the mountain with a commanding view of the valley and Mt. Baker. Top quality air conditioned rancher townhouse with finished walk-out basement has the master bedroomand 2nd bedroom on the main floor, along with laundry. Updated maple kitchen with new dishwasher and under cabinet lighting opens to the French doors leading to the deck that is accessed through the master as well. Dream ensuite has 2 sinks, soaker tub and separate shower. Impressive hardwood flooring is on most of the main floor. The basement has a large recroom, 3rd bedroom, den and 2 storage rooms. All this in a gated complex that allows pets and has not age restrictions. Welcome home!
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Fairfield Estates - 4 bedroom split entry home located in a great neighborhood. The upstairs features 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, oak kitchen, bright living room, and large covered deck off the dining room. The basement has large rec roomwith fireplace, den or office, full washroom and 4th bedroom. Backyard is fully fenced with a concrete patio. Large dry and lighted storage under deck. Walking distance to all levels of school (Clearbrook Elementary, Gordie Howe Middle, and Mouat Secondary), transit, MRC Swim/Skate/Fitness and AgRec. Call for more details.
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