Honey Stop The Car!

 

If you are looking for a place to call home, this is it! It is in a great location!  Hey there's a Tim Hortons is walking distance!  Wink  It has fast easy freeway access and is close to one of the newer malls in Abbotsford.  Lots of amazing features, as you can see here:

 

To arrange for your very own private viewing please don't hesitate to get in touch with me here, or give me a call at 604-832-8229.

 

Love to help you get into the home of YOUR dreams, because YOU deserve the best!

 

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Thank you to BCREA for this current update:

 

 

The US economy grew 2.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2013, falling short of consensus expectations of 3 per cent. Most of the shortfall in growth was the result of an 11.5 per cent drop in defense spending, which led US government spending lower for the tenth time in the past eleven quarters.  On the positive side, consumer spending posted its largest increase in two years, expanding 3.2 per cent.  

It is worth noting that today's release is a preliminary estimate and will be revised in subsequent months. The recent trend has been upward revisions and so it is likely that the US economy actually grew at a slightly faster pace than initially estimated. That said, we do expect some weakness in the second and third quarter of this year due to further declines in government spending. However, that weakness should give way to stronger growth later in 2013 and into 2014 when we forecast the US economy will grow at a rate of above 3 per cent.

 

If you have any questions about this update, and how it may affect your decision to buy or sell your home, please don't hesitate to be in touch with me by clicking here.

 

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How to sell your home for top dollar.  This is something every home owner is, let's be honest, very concerned about.  Here's a little video I made to talk about that topic ...

 

 

I'd love to work with you to help you get top dollar for your home.

 

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Today is Earth Day ...

 

 

What do you do to make a difference to this beautiful earth that sustains us?  I like to try and recycle a lot, however, there is a lot that we can do!

 

Here is a link to an official Earth Day website where you'll see plenty of ideas we all can look at to help make this world a better place for us now, and for the future!

 

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Honey Stop The Car!

 

WOW!  You're On Top Of The World with this New Listing!!! This wonderful PENTHOUSE has Breathtaking Views of Mt Baker & North East Abbotsford views!

Stunning renovations including hard wood flooring, entertainers kitchen features updated kitchen with granite counter top, island and stainless appliances. . Over 1500 sq ft of living features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a conservatory for relaxing and or hobbies. Large deck for entertaining or relaxing.

 

This tower has an Amazing strata that cares about where they live. Not to mention so many extras such as a indoor pool, hot tub, boat or RV parking and much more.

 

If you would like a private viewing please do not hesitate to get in touch with me here, or by calling 604-832-8229.

 

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I'd love to share with you today an update on how the Real Estate market is doing in BC.  Watch BCREA Chief Economist Cameron Muir discuss the March 2013 statistics:

 

 

Do you have questions about today's market?  Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me here, or over on Facebook (click the link to bring you straight to my page).

 

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Honey Stop The Car!

 

Gorgeous Open Concept Condo with Classic Elegance at Garibaldi Lane!

 

9' ceilings, beautiful crown mouldings. Large master bedroom with walk in closet 5 pc ensuite with in-floor radiant heat, large spa like tub and spacious shower, hardwood and tile flooring, kitchen features granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances not to mention the large size great room/livingroom has a stone surround fireplace to enjoy on a cozy winter day! Nothing to do just move in and enjoy!

 

    

 

I'm looking forward to helping you get into the home of your dreams!

 

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“Because inventory levels are in check, prices are staying in check.”

 

Here is a Fraser Valley Real Estate Board update for the month of March 2013.

 

"In March, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,128 sales on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®), a 20 per cent decrease compared to the 1,412 sales during the same month last year, and a 24 per cent increase compared to February’s 913 sales.

The Board also received 11 per cent fewer new listings in March compared to last year – 2,736 compared to 3,066 – keeping inventory in check. March finished with 9,503 active listings, 1.5 per cent fewer than March of last year and 3.5 per cent fewer than the 9,832 available during March of 2009; the highest volume of active listings for that month in the last decade.  

Ron Todson, President of the Board, explains, “Although we saw a typical spring uptick in activity from February to March, our sales remained at about 70 per cent of the norm for March and our new listings came in at 90 per cent of what the Board would typically receive.

“Because inventory levels are in check, prices are staying in check.”   

In March, the benchmark price of single family detached homes in the Fraser Valley was $544,300, an increase of 0.6 per cent compared to $541,300 during the same month last year. For townhouses, the benchmark price was $298,200, a decrease of 1.7 per cent compared to $303,400 in March 2012 and the benchmark price of apartments was $204,200, an increase of 0.8 per cent compared to $202,500 in March 2012.

Todson adds, “Inventory levels are not as high as they need to be to put significant downward pressure on prices of the benchmark, or ‘typical’ home. These are homes that have characteristics most common to houses in a given community.  

“In fact, we’re seeing the reverse happen. Benchmark prices for all three main property types in the Fraser Valley increased in value during the first quarter of 2013. Since January, detached homes are up by 1 per cent, townhomes by 0.6 per cent; and apartments by 2 per cent.”

 

See the full statistics package for March here.

 

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I was very privileged and honoured to be a sponsor of the United Way Fraser Valley's Spirit Awards last month.

 

 

The Spirit Awards are all about honouring volunteers, community agencies and donors who support the annual United Way campaign.

 

Here is a partial list of the winners for the 2012/2013 campaign:

 

Labour Participation Spirit Award

This award recognizes a union or local for significant involvement in the campaign.

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  • Active union involvement in committee & canvass
  • Official local endorsement of campaign

     

Nominees:

  • Fraser Valley Labour Council - Award Recipient
  • IBEW 258
  • COPE 378

     

Member Agency Campaign of the Year
Spirit Award

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  • Used United Way campaign strategies
  • Achieved significant results

Nominees:

  • Abbotsford Community Services
  • Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services Society - Award Recipient
  • Mission Association For Community Living
  • Mission Community Services Society
  • Hope and Area Transition Society
  • John Howard Society of the Fraser Valley

 

You can read the entire list of winners by clicking here.

 

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First Time Home Buyers this is a great starter home situated on a private culdesac, close to great schools, shopping and the Discovery Trail.This 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home has been freshly painted all new flooring, nice fenced in yard, wonderful for a growing family, newer back deck for those summer night BBQ's. Double driveway, room for boat or RV parking. Garage was enclosed for a games room however it can be easily made back in to a garage or carport.

 

Call for your personal tour today! We would love to work with you!

 

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I am so grateful to be able to give back.  Imani Orphan Care is my charity of choice and I'd like to share an update with you today!

 

 

Imani works at God Our Father Children`s Home where they currently have their Child Sponsorship program set up. They also have the Farming Project set up here as well. So much has moved forward with the Farming Project. They are happy to report that they were able to send a Farming God`s Way trainer named Pius Mutie in February/March to train the workers as well as some of the older children on the proper farming methods ensuring that the farm is set up properly and efficiently from the beginning. The training went well and they are so pleased that although they had an agenda God had a bigger plan with all of this training. A young boy from the home named Samuel, age 17, decided that this was God`s plan for his life to become a trainer like his mentor Pius. Samuel received further training with the Farming God`s Way organization and he is now going to become a trainer for his future job. Praise God for this great blessing for His child`s life. You truly are changing the world one child at a time. They continue to set up the farming project through funds raised from their annual hockey tournament, Marathon of Hope.

 

 

Geoff and Kim are excited to see the progress of this on their next visit in June/July, 2013.

 

If you are interested in giving to Imani Orphan Care please click here to visit their website.

 

 

 

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**Updated to correct an error in the first sentence related to GDP growth in December 2012.**

The Canadian economy grew 0.2 per cent in January, reversing a similar decrease in December. January's economic growth was lead by a 1.2 per cent rebound in manufacturing output from a 1.9 per cent decline the previous month as well as gains in mining and oil and gas extraction and wholesale and retail trade. A pick-up in housing market activity reversed a three month decline in the output of real estate agents and brokers which rose 0.4 per cent. 

Our first quarter GDP growth estimate is currently reading 1.6 per cent (at an annual rate), a significant improvement from the 0.6 per cent rate that prevailed in the second half of 2012. We anticipate that growth will continue to be modest through the first half of 2013 before accelerating in the second half of the year and into 2014.

If  you are a Realtor, it is important to stay on top of the BCREA news. Even if you are not a Realtor, but just interested in the flow and economy of the BC Real Estate Association feel fee to visit their website by clicking here,

 

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