August 5, 2015
New property listed in Abbotsford West, Abbotsford
I have listed a new property at 203 2524 CHURCH ST in Abbotsford.
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 Heat and hot water are included in the monthly fees and the boilers have just been replaced by an energy efficient on demand system.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.
July 30, 2015
New property listed in Clayton, Cloverdale
Categories:Clayton, Cloverdale Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 407 19320 65TH AVE in Surrey.
ESPRIT AT SOUTHLANDS - This condo is just like new and is on the top floor for the best view and nobody above. Vaulted ceilings give an extra feeling of spaciousness. 1 bedroom and a den (just add a wardrobe) is ready and waiting for you.Features stainless steel appliances, large master bedroom and adjoining bathroom, recreation area and a guest suite. There are 2 underground parking spaces included. This is a great location and complex to buy in and enjoy living.
July 28, 2015
How Much Should You Budget for Home Maintenance?
If you own a car, you know there’s more to the cost-of-ownership than just finance payments and gas. You also need to budget for maintenance andrepairs. If your car is older, those costs are going to be higher. That’s just common sense.
The same is true of your home. It’s wise to budget for anticipated repairs and maintenance. Otherwise, you might be caught by surprise when you find that your furnace stops working and needs to be replaced. That can easily be a four-figure expense.
Experts recommend that you set aside 1% of the value of your home for repairs and maintenance. For a $500,000 property, for example, that would be $5,000. That is, of course, merely a rule of thumb. If your home is older, you may need to budget more.
Another recommended method is to budget $1 a square foot. If you have a 2,500 square foot home, that would be a budget of $2,500. Again, that number would need to be higher for older properties.
When budgeting, consider things that are getting old and will likely need to be replaced within the next three years. Examples include roof shingles, furnace, A/C unit, deck, fence, plumbing, and windows. Depending on the size and model, a new A/C unit will cost at least $5,000. Anticipating that expense will help you plan accordingly and avoid the shock of an unpleasant and costly surprise.
Keep in mind that budgeting $2,000 for repairs and maintenance doesn’t mean you’ll actually spend that money this year. But, if needed, the budget will be there, and that’s peace-of-mind.
July 18, 2015
New property listed in Abbotsford West, Abbotsford
I have listed a new property at 3248 ASTORIA CRES in Abbotsford.
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.
July 16, 2015
I have sold a property at 34 3902 LATIMER ST in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 34 3902 LATIMER ST in Abbotsford.
COUNTRY VIEW ESTATES - This is a great family townhouse complex located in East Abbotsford. Very handy access to the Mission Highway and into Abbotsford. Located in an upscale neighborhood with a park nearby, within walking distance ofRobert Bateman and Clayburn Schools and a short bike ride to Historic Clayburn Village. There are 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, den and a huge (550 sq.ft.) garage. Outside is easy parking for 2 cars. All ages and pets are welcome here and there are no rentals. This is a winner!
July 6, 2015
The “3 U p” Strategy for Selling Your Home Quickly
There are many reasons why you may need to sell your home quickly: a sudden job relocation; a change in family situation; or perhaps an opportunity to purchase a new home that you just can’t pass up. Whatever the reason, this strategy will help when you need to sell fast.
It’s called the “3Up” strategy.
•Fix it up.
•Clean it up.
•Spruce it up.
First, you need to fix it up. That simply means getting things repaired around your property, such as a broken floor tile in the kitchen or a sticking patio door that’s difficult to open and close. Maintenance issues like these distract buyers from the appealing qualities of your home. Fortunately, repairs can usually be done quickly.
Second, clean it up. Obviously, when your home is clean and tidy it’s going to look its best. You also want to eliminate as much clutter as possible. You don’t need to make every room look like a magazine cover — but that’s a good attitude to have when prepping your home for a quick sale!
Finally, spruce it up. That means making any quick improvements that are going to make your home even more appealing. It might mean replacing the kitchen counters or giving the main rooms a fresh coat of paint. Of course, the number one strategy for getting that SOLD sign on your front yard is to select a great REALTOR®.
Looking for a great REALTOR®? Call today.
June 30, 2015
I have sold a property at 13 32638 Downes in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 13 32638 Downes in Abbotsford.
June 25, 2015
I have sold a property at 208 33688 King in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 208 33688 King in Abbotsford.
Beautiful 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom condo in the centrally located complex of College Park Place. Stylish and spacious, this 924 sq ft condo features an open concept kitchen with adjacent eating area, large laundry room w/ shelving and highefficiency washer/dryer, newer tile and laminate flooring, updated main washroom, and large covered patio to enjoy those morning coffees on. Large living room with natural gas fireplace. 2 parking spaces, including one underground, and lots of visitor parking. Quick access to the highway, UFV, shopping, dining- the works! This condo has been kept in tip top shape - don't miss out on this gem!
June 24, 2015
I have sold a property at 2520 Tulip in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 2520 Tulip in Abbotsford.
Custom built massive home on large private lot sorrounmded with tall cedar hedge and beautiful flowered garden and grass to play on. Open Kitchen and Family Room . Enclosed solarium flows off the family room making it a spacious living area, large 20x13 balcony off kitchen for those summer BBQ's. Skylight in main bathroom & 3pc ensuite, 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 gas fireplaces, A legal suite for great revenue or the extended family. Large living and dining. Lots of parking on driveway with a double garage plus a workshop. Lots of room for parking plus RV. Central location. Walk to all major shopping, gym, schools, transit, Mill Lake park, MSA Arena and more.
June 21, 2015
I have sold a property at 301 33318 BOURQUIN CRES in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 301 33318 BOURQUIN CRES in Abbotsford.
NATURE'S GATE - The name says it all, a gated complex located at the edge of Ravine Park for a peaceful and relaxing place to call home. This 1 bedroom has an open plan and high ceilings and would be the perfect suite for first time buyers. There is extra storage, 2 guest suites and recreation room. All appliances are included, just move in. The central location puts you close to Mill Lake, all major shopping and the bus line. Sorry no rentals, 1 dog or cat allowed. Total monthly payments of $873 with 10% downpayment. After 5 years you would have paid off over $20,000 of the mortgage. That's over $330/month back to you!
June 19, 2015
New property listed in Abbotsford East, Abbotsford
I have listed a new property at 34 3902 LATIMER ST in Abbotsford.
COUNTRY VIEW ESTATES - This is a great family townhouse complex located in East Abbotsford. Very handy access to the Mission Highway and into Abbotsford. Located in an upscale neighborhood with a park nearby, within walking distance of Robert Bateman and Clayburn Schools and a short bike ride to Historic Clayburn Village. There are 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, den and a huge garage. Outside is easy parking for 2 cars. All ages and pets are welcome here and there are no rentals. This is a winner!
June 11, 2015
I have sold a property at 43 33922 KING RD in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 43 33922 KING RD in Abbotsford.
KINGSVIEW ESTATES -End unit, rancher style townhouse with a full finished basement. Very well maintained complex that is gated for added security. Single garage plus parking for another car at your front door. This unit has been extensivelyupdated with a huge ensuite with a jetted tub & shower, new High Efficiency furnace & A/C, wet bar, laminate flooring, skylight in the dining room and 30' of kitchen counters & cabinets. Very clean and freshly painted makes this a move in ready home for those 45+.
May 25, 2015
Upgrades That Hold Their Value
Do you have a renovation project in mind–and wonder how much value it will add to your home? Remodeling Magazine recently did a study of renovation projects, comparing costs to added value. Here are some of the results:
Replacing a main entry door has a return on investment of over 95%. After all, the entrance to a home is one of the first things a prospective buyer notices.
Adding a new deck also adds a lot of value. Depending on the materials used, you can expect to get back three-quarters of the money invested.
Another high-payback project is the garage door. This once again
demonstrates the importance of a home’s “curb appeal.” If you’re tackling a big project, such as a basement renovation, you’ll be
glad to know that, according to the study, a project like this adds a lot of value.
Finally, minor improvements to bathrooms and kitchens–such as adding new countertops or cupboards, can also be good investments that mostly pay back when you sell your home. Of course, these figures are averages and can vary widely depending on
location, type of property, and other factors.
Need help determining how a particular home improvement might impact the selling price? Call today.
May 22, 2015
I have sold a property at 110 33728 King in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 110 33728 King in Abbotsford.
Large south west corner unit with almost 300 SF of patio space is set back from King Road making the building very quiet. The large open floor has a very spacious kitchen and massive space for a living rom. Come make this your new home.
May 22, 2015
I have sold a property at 319 32833 LANDEAU PL in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 319 32833 LANDEAU PL in Abbotsford.
PARK PLACE - Every once in awhile you see a condo that is like no others. This top floor corner suite has been meticulously renovated from corner to corner including hardwood & tile floors, paint, mouldings, lights and electricalfixtures. Kitchen has new backsplash, granite counters, high end faucet & sink, pull-out drawers. Updated baths with counters, sinks, taps, floors & fixtures. Enclosed balcony has new screens & pull down sunblock shades. The list is 5 pages long! Excellent central location in a well run building with all the amenities you could possible want. Ages 55+, no pets or rentals. Put this on your listing and see it now!
May 22, 2015
I have sold a property at 118 2533 Marcet in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 118 2533 Marcet in Abbotsford.
Location! Check out this three bedroom and three bathroom "handyman" special. In the heart of McMillan, close to schools, ARC, highway access, some shopping and more. You'll appreciate the 1440+ square foot, 2 story END unit layout. Some features include gas fireplace, laundry upstairs, walk-out patio and fully fenced backyard. This has a secure single garage plus open second parking stall. Old Yale Estates is a family friendly townhome strata allowing rentals and one dog or 1 cat. Call, email or text for additional info!
May 16, 2015
New property listed in Central Abbotsford, Abbotsford
I have listed a new property at 102 2700 MCCALLUM RD in Abbotsford.
THE SEASONS - This is a main floor suite in the best location facing east. These units are fully rentable and allow pets. The location is quiet yet close to downtown Abbotsford with all the new and unique shops and restaurants. Lush landscaping enhanced by a courtyard fountain and extensive outdoor spaces. Bus service is less than a block away. Storage in on the same floor as the suite and there are 2 underground parking spaces that go with this suite. The perfect starter, investment or retirement condo. This is not just a place to live; this is a home to be proud of.
May 14, 2015
I have sold a property at 3248 KARSON RD in Yarrow
Categories:Majuba Hill, Yarrow Real Estate
I have sold a property at 3248 KARSON RD in Yarrow.
MAJUBA HILL - Peaceful privacy for the nature lovers. Treed sloping 3 acres with a 3/4 bedroom log home that features 3" solid maple flooring cut from trees on the property. Upper floor has a gambrel style roof that provides a free span open plan. Master bedroom and den (4th bed?) on the main with full bath and 2 bedrooms and bath upstairs with open loft, reading nook area overlooking the kitchen and great room. Basement has a large rec room, laundry and 3 pce bath. Generous parking includes the garage and carport plus open area plus parking off the lower driveway for an RV or truck. There is a very drivable road to the top of the property where you will find a great camping/picnic spot and hiking trails. Must view this!
May 8, 2015
Community Support Update
RE/MAX Little Oak and myself have been contributing to Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation for many years. We have a fund called W.I.T. which stands for Whatever It Takes. This fund takes care of things such as parking passes for the hospital, medication, training, meals for families staying at the hospital, and a variety of other things.
It is uplifting to see the positive effect when many members of my company can come together and donate together to make a difference. Here are two recent stories I would like to share with everyone.
#1 - Newborn baby in the neonatal intensive care unit, born at just 26 weeks gestation, life threatening circumstances, the parents are considered low income and were required to take CPR Training in order to help their baby. We donated $150.00 from the RE/MAX WIT (Whatever It Takes) Fund to help this family with their CPR Training.
#2 - 13 years old boy diagnosed with diabetes, his family just moved here from Ireland and they do not have their MSP yet, he needed medication immediately, we donated $396.21 towards his first months medication.
May 7, 2015
I have sold a property at 2348 BEDFORD PL in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 2348 BEDFORD PL in Abbotsford.
Something Special - This near new house is the perfect answer to the need for a very nice place in a central location without the renovation hassles. Live close to the center of it all, but on a quiet cul de sac with other newer homes. Open concept main floor with soaring vaulted ceilings, island kitchen with eating bar, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, gas fireplace and a den/flex area for the kids to play. Convenient main floor laundry. The master suite is private and features a walk-in closet, spacious ensuite with shower, soaker tub and His and Hers sinks. Flat fenced yard is accessed directly from the kitchen onto a 12' x 25' patio, the perfect place for a BBQ with friends and family.
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