It is almost THAT time of year again!  We are well into Fall, Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is just around the corner!  The weather is cooler, even a little bit cold!  The Greater Vancouver area has experienced some of the most lengthy periods of fog that we've had in a long time!  All of this being said, it is almost time for the 19th annual REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive!

 

 

From November 18-25, REALTORS® will be collecting blankets and warm clothing to give directly to those who need to stay warm during the wet and cold winter.

 

You can help by donating the following items for men, women and children:


new or gently used
  •  blankets, sleeping bags
  •  warm clothing - coats, ueans, pants, seaters  
  •  scarves, gloves, mitts, hats
  •  socks (new)
  •  underwear (new)


All donations collected in a community stay in that community.

Like the Blanket Drive on Facebook for updates about this year's event!


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Honey Stop The Car!

 

Snuggled in Walnut Grove is this wonderful affordable family oriented complex. This wonderful end unit is cozy and comfy and has a nice private patio, gas fireplace for the cool fall or winter evenings.

 

This two bedrooms 2 full bathroom townhome has a new roof (2009), new light fixtures, as well as a newer hot water tank.

 

It's in a GREAT location where you can walk to school, shops, library, the rec center, etc.  It has quick access to the freeway as well as the Golden Ears Bridge.

 

 

You can see the entire listing by clicking here.

 

Call for your personal tour today at 604-832-8229!  I look forward to working with you!

 

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Come join in the fun at Alder Lanes on Saturday, November 16th for another fun and fantastic customer appreciation event!!

I appreciate you ALL so very much and am excited to throw another shindig for us all to have fun and get to know each other better!


More details will be coming very soon, but RSVP today so that I know you can make it!




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Our RE/MAX Fort Langley office will be having a Pumpkin Giveaway on Saturday, October 26th, 2013. 

 

We will have 2 bins of pumpkins for you to come and choose from, but make sure you come early so that you get just the right pumpkin for you and your family to enjoy over the Halloween time!

 

We are excited about this little event, and hope to see you out!  If you need more information please don't hesitate to give me a call at 604-832.8229!

 

Stay tuned also for details on another upcoming Customer Appreciation event!  We're going to have a ball!

 

 

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Re-blogged from CanadianRealEstateMagazine.ca:


The big banks have all weighed in on the housing market following CREA’s monthly report and finally there is consensus.


“We believe that much of the strength in recent months reflected the unwinding of earlier restraint associated with the tightening of mortgage insurance rules last year and, in August, a likely rush to lock-in lower mortgage rates,” an RBC report stated. “We expect home re-sales to stabilize near the current levels, although some modest pullback may occur later this year or early next as payback for sales that may have been advanced during the rush to lock-in lower rates.”

 

 

The Canadian housing market recorded a hot summer, with many clients rushing the market to cash in on pre-approvals before rate hikes took effect.

 

 “The recent increase in 5-year mortgage rates (of about 70 basis points) that began in June of this year will likely temper housing activity in the coming months,” a report issued by TD Bank stated. “In large part, some of the strength experienced over the summer months can likely be attributed to households jumping into the market to get ahead of interest rate increases and we anticipate some payback in the coming months.”

 

And the banks agree that homebuyers will still take advantage of low rates before the market cools once those pre-approvals dry up.

 

 “Buyers continue to taking advantage of low borrowing costs, though recent increases in fixed mortgage rates are expected to slow the housing market’s momentum later this year and into 2014,” according to a report issued by ScotiaBank. “With posted rates having bottomed around late spring, the window of ultra-low preapproved mortgages is expiring.”

 

And while the days of historically low interest rates may be behind us, TD Bank believes rates will stay low enough to encourage slight growth through next year.

 

However, mortgages rates at all maturities remain historically low, keeping affordability decent and supporting modest growth in both sales and prices until the end of 2014 when the Bank of Canada starts lifting short term interest rates.

 

 

 

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BC Real Estate Association (BCREA) Chief Economist Cameron Muir discusses the September 2013 statistics.. 

 

 

 

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 6,498 residential sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC during September, up 43.2 per cent from September 2012. Total sales dollar volume was 55.7 per cent higher than a year ago at $3.49 billion. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $537,458, up 8.8 per cent from September 2012.   -

 

See more on their website here.

 

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I love Fort Langley, and am blessed to be able to serve here, and in the Greater Langley area.  This is were I spent time as a child with my family, and have very fond memories of this community. 

 

 

Thanksgiving in particular is a lovely holiday, and the autumn in general with it's beautiful colors and fun community events!

 

 

This weekend, come celebrate our proud berry history at the 18th Annual Fort Langley Cranberry Festival on Saturday, October 12th. The fun starts at 10 am with a pancake breakfast and continues right through the day with activities for the whole family. There are contests, live music on the Main Stage, cooking demos, a fashion show and much more!

 

See you there, and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

 

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In an excellent post by Huffington Post yesterday they explained how the U.S. Government Shutdown Driving Canadian Mortgage Rates Lower, For Now.

"The U.S. government shutdown has had an interesting side effect for Canada: It has held out the promise of lower mortgage rates, and therefore a stronger housing market.

 

Not that the housing market needs much help these days. Housing starts jumped 5.3 per cent in September, according to data released Tuesday by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., beating analysts’ estimates. All parts of the country saw rising starts except Ontario, where they fell 15.6 per cent.

 

September house sales in the two most closely-watched markets, Toronto and Vancouver, are up 30 per cent and 63.8 per cent respectively, according to those cities’ real estate boards."

 

You can read the full post here.

 

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The Fraser Valley real estate market continues to edge closer to typical activity levels as September saw the largest year-over-year increase in property sales this year to date.

 

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,131 sales on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in September, an increase of 32 per cent compared to the 857 sales processed during the same month last year and 10 per cent fewer than processed in August.

 

Ron Todson, President of the Board, explains, “It is good news however, it’s important to put the increase into context. Our home sales in September went from the worst in 10 years to just below our 10-year average.

 

“It can take a year or more for the market to recover from regulatory changes such as last year’s tightening of mortgage rules introduced by the federal government. Although we are seeing evidence of first-time home buyers returning to the market, we have to keep in mind that it is more challenging now for them to get financing, so although we’re witnessing a recovery to a balanced market it is gradual.”

 

Todson adds, “An improvement in our sales in the Fraser Valley has not translated to an increase in home prices because inventory levels have either kept pace or depending on the property type and community are elevated.

“Your REALTOR® can provide specifics for your area, for example there is 12 months of condo inventory right now in White Rock/South Surrey, 5 months of inventory for single family homes in North Delta and only 3 and a half months of townhouse inventory in Langley. Real estate is local so to understand your market, talk to an expert.”

 

The full monthly update can be read by clicking here.

 

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Honey Stop The Car!"

 

If you ever wanted to live in Fort Langley this is the unit for you! Nearly new bright south facing unit. Wonderful high ceilings with a great entertainers kitchen features include granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, gas range and pantry. 2 bedrooms with 2 Full size bathrooms plus in-suite laundry. This fabulous unit comes with 2 parking stalls, locker access to gym, plus a party room to hold those large family gatherings. Great for first time Home Buyers or Investment Property! No age restriction you can walk to it all. Fort to Fort Trail, Boutique Shops, Fishing, Golf ... resturants. 

 

 

Call today for your personal tour.

 

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Honey Stop The Car!

 

New Listing: A Great Home For A Great Price in a High Desired Area West Abbotsford's "Country Lane Estates"

 

This is a bright Southern facing home which boasts 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a wonderful family room as well as good sized formal living and dining room.

 

This family oriented complex allows you to feel safe while raising your family.  It is located near all levels of schools, has freeway access and is close to NEW HighStreet shopping mall and bus routes.

 

It comes with 3 parking spots plus plenty of vistor parking. NO rentals allowed, pets allowed with restriciton.

 

We would love to work with you call today for your personal tour.

 

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