Honey Stop The Car!

 

 

 

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Honey Stop The Car!

 

Are you looking for a home to raise your family? This is a wonderful opportunity for first time home buyers or empty nesters!

 

 

 

This well maintained 3 bedroom up and a 1 bedroom with den (possible 2 bedroom) in-law suite downstairs has everything you need to own your very first home or possibly down size.

 

 

Cozy up in your living room in front of your gas fireplace on a rainy day or sit out on your wonderful west facing back deck in a park like setting while you enjoy the semi-private back yard and peaceful water fountain and foliage. There is room to plant a garden and grow your own vegetables or make a kids play area the sky is the limit. There is even room to park your RV plenty of parking close to schools & parks.

 

 

 

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I have listed a new property at 2179 BROADWAY ST in Abbotsford.
Honey Stop The Car! Looking for a Home to raise your family? This is a wonderful opportunity for first time home buyers or empty nesters! This well maintained 3 bedroom up and a 1 bedroom & den (possible 2 bedroom) in-law suite downstairs has everything you need to own your very first home or possibly down size. Cozy up in your living room in front of your gas fireplace on a rainy day or sit out on your wonderful west facing back deck in a park like setting while you enjoy the semi-private back yard and peaceful water fountain and foliage. There is room to plant a garden and grow your own vegetables or make a kids play area the sky is the limit. There is even room to park your RV plenty of parking close to schools & parks.
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While I serve many areas, and know that Lower Mainland extremely well, Langley is, and has been my home for many years. That being said, I tend to stay up to date with their community involvements and activities a little more than some of the other communities. You know what they say; "there's no place like home"!

 

For example, this weekend begins the Farmers Market season in Langley.

 

 


The Langley Times reports:

 

"Langley Community Farmers Market vendors are once again inviting you to "fill your basket and feed your soul."

The courtyard of Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Langley campus was bustling on Wednesday afternoon, with the return of the annual farmers market.

 

Vendors' stands lined the central plaza, offering visitors a wide selection of locally-produced fare, from hearty breads and delicate pastries to gourmet cheeses, specialty meat products, chocolate, honey, jam, fragrant soap, plants and flowers and, of course, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables."

 

If it's activities and events you are looking for, look no further than this website [click here].

 

"Whether it is the rich heritage of the people, or the bounty of the harvest, every season provides a reason to celebrate in Langley."

 

 

"Horses and other farm animals abound in Langley’s picturesque countryside. Check out what makes Langley the Horse Capital of B.C. by visiting one of Langley’s world class equestrian centres or get a rare glimpse at the world’s most endangered wildlife at one of Langley’s animal attractions."

 

 

 

Click here for more information on spending more time in nature this summer in Langley.

 

Wishing you a wonderful, even magical, weekend in Langley this weekend!

 

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Honey Stop The Car!

This is an amazing, bright and spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath, TOP floor unit with in suite laundry!

 

 

 

Enjoy your view of Mt Baker on your wonderful balcony or cozy up by your natural gas fireplace. Other plusses to this great new listing; it is located on a dead end street which is located close to shopping.

 

 

Oh did I mention that this property has a semi private shared double garage?

 

This home is Great for First Time Home Buyers or Investors! NO age restriction, RENTALS are allowed! You can see the full details of the listing here.

 

We would love to work with you so call today at 604.832-8229 for your personal tour.

 

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It's hard to believe that May Long Weekend is here already!

 

If you are in the Lower Mainland area here are some activities that may interest you:

 

“In The PITS – Que U” at the 3rd Annual Cloverdale Cowboy Cook-off

May 17 @ 9:30 am- May 18 @ 6:00 pm

 

Click here for more information.

 

Fort Langley Annual May Day Parade looks to be great as well!

 

Click here for more information on that event.

 

 

Last but not least, there is the annual Cloverdale Rodeo!

 

 

 

Wishing you a wonderful May long weekend!

 

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I have listed a new property at 308 2567 VICTORIA ST in Abbotsford.
Honey Stop The Car! Amazing, Bright, Spacious, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, in suite laundry, TOP floor unit! Enjoy your view of Mt Baker on your wonderful balcony or cozy up by your natural gas fireplace this great unit is located on a dead end street located close to shopping. Oh did I mention that this property has a semi private shared double garage? This home is Great for First Time Home Buyers or Investors! NO age restriction, RENTALS are allowed! We would love to work with you call today for your personal tour.
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Getting pre-approved for a mortgage before looking at properties gives you a more realistic expectation of what you can afford.

 

However, keep in mind that the pre-approved amounts can overestimate what you can actually afford to pay.

 

Pre-approval does not guarantee you will be approved once you actually apply if market conditions, interest rates, or your personal circumstances change.

 

Many realtors will ask if you’ve been approved. A lender will look at your finances and figure the amount of mortgage you can afford. Then the lender will give you a written confirmation, or certificate, for a fixed interest rate. This confirmation will be good for a specific period of time. A pre-approved mortgage is not a guarantee of being approved for the mortgage loan.

 

Even if you haven’t found the home you want to buy, having a pre-approved mortgage amount will help keep a good price range in mind.

 

Bring these with you the first time you meet with a lender:

 

  • Your personal information, including identification such as your driver's license
  • Details on your job, including confirmation of salary in the form of a letter from your employer
  • All your sources of income
  • Information and details on all bank accounts, loans and other debts
  • Proof of financial assets
  • Source and amount of down payment and deposit
  • Proof of source of funds to cover the closing costs (these are usually between 1.5% and 4% of the purchase price)

 

Let's work together to make sure everything works in your favour.

 

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Open houses are the gold standard in real estate. They’ve been around for decades and will be ingrained in the buying and selling of homes for years to come. But as a buyer, are you making the most of your open house visits?

 

Here are some best practices for buyers at all ends of the home-buying spectrum.

Use the open house to learn the market without committing

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For the most part, open houses are just that — open. They make it possible for anyone to see a property in a certain time period, without an appointment or even being a very serious buyer.

 

New buyers should leverage the open house opportunity to get a feel for the market. In today’s world, using online search tools, mobile apps and the open house, a buyer can start to get a feel for pricing and the market before committing to an agent. Most importantly, open houses are some of the best ways for buyer and agent relationships to start.

You don’t have to sign in (but don’t be rude)

The biggest fear of some newer buyers is that a real estate agent at an open house will be all over them, ask for their contact information and then start harassing them for the next three weeks. It does happen, but it’s also common courtesy to at least recognize and say hello to the agent at the open house.  Don’t forget, in addition to trying to sell the home for her client, for safety reasons, the agent is keeping a look out for who is coming and going. It’s polite to say hello and introduce yourself to the agent, but you can also politely decline to sign in.

 

If you’re an active buyer, you should make yourself known to the agent. Let the seller’s agent know who your agent is and don’t be afraid to express interest. When it comes time to review an offer with a seller, listing agents like to put a face to a name.

Watch the other buyers

You can tell a lot about the activity and marketability of a home by watching the other buyers. If you observe a lot of people walking in and out quickly, the home probably has some issues. Are the buyers hanging around, asking questions of the listing agent and huddling in the corner talking to their spouses or partners? If so, it could be a sign this is a well-priced and “hot” listing. If you’re interested too, observing other buyers at the open house could help you learn about the competition.

Ask the agent questions

The real estate agent is there for a reason. It’s his job. If he is the listing agent, ask him questions. He is a direct line to the seller. He should know more than anyone about the property and the seller. Your agent can funnel your questions to the listing agent. But if you’re there, ask away. Watch the agent’s facial expression and reaction to your questions. If it’s a competitive market, ask questions such as: “Why is the seller selling?” “Is there a certain day to review offers or have you had a lot of showings?” In a slow market, ask how long the property has been on the market and what the seller’s motivations are. A good agent will engage you because it’s good for his seller.

Be open to meeting your future agent

When considering a new doctor, lawyer or CPA, you don’t get the chance to see them in their element until you’ve decided to work with them. Not true for real estate agents. Some of the best buyer/seller/real estate relationships begin at open houses.

 

A good agent is wearing two hats at the open house. In addition to watching the serious buyers and getting feedback for the seller, an active agent is also looking to interact with future clients.

 

Face to face, informal and relevant, the interaction with an agent at an open house is important. You can get a feel for a person just from a brief meeting. If you sense the agent could be someone you could work with, ask some open-ended questions, such as “How’s the market?” and “What areas do you cover?”

Why open houses have been around for decades

At any open house, there are people at every stage of the home-buying game, from just testing the waters to looking at homes daily, making offers and working closely with an agent. For someone new to the market, it’s helpful to know the best practices for visiting open houses and interacting with the real estate agent. For more experienced buyers, the open house is an opportunity to make a second or third visit, getting a closer look at the details and uncovering things you may have missed earlier. There are lots of reasons why open houses have been around for decades — and why you should take full advantage of them.

 

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I want to wish all the mother's that read my blog (and even the ones that don't) a Very Happy Mother's Day!

 

 

 

 

 

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Honey Stop The Car!

 

What an AMAZING Home in Murrayville!

 

 

Great for First Time Home Buyers or perhaps the couple that wants to downsize!

 

 

Spacious, cozy, bright and did I mention ready to move in!

 

 

Freshly painted with updated kitchen -- stainless steel appliances and laminate flooring throughout the main floor. Three bedrooms upstairs, lovely size master bedroom and ensuite with a walk-in closet.

 

 

This is a South-West facing unit with semi privacy; boasts a private patio that has been nicely fenced in for small children or pets.

 

This home is situated in the heart of Murrayville, which is a great family area as it is close to wonderful schools.

 

Well maintained strata you can tell people care where they live in this quaint little townhome community.

 

Click here for all the details on this amazing new listing and Call Today for your Private Tour!

 

 

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Here is a wonderful read from the Province newspaper:

 

 

First-time homebuyers Kristine and Tom Rajkowski felt sheer joy last week as they moved into the Surrey community of Clayton Heights.

 

“We’re ecstatic,” says Kristine, surrounded by moving boxes. “This morning, we were jumping up and down. We’re homeowners, we couldn’t believe it.”

 

The Rajkowskis, both in their early ’30s, paid $617,000 for a 3,275-square-foot detached house built in 2009.

 

A few months ago, the Rajkowskis were feeling anything but ecstatic. They loved Clayton Heights but had trouble finding the right property.

 

There always seemed to be someone ahead of them for homes within their financial reach.

 

“Every time we saw a house we liked in this area there was already an offer on it,” Kristine says. “It was a little frustrating.”

 

Wondering where B.C.’s housing hot spots will be over the next few years?

 

As Surrey residents, the Rajkowskis are living in what experts say is the Lower Mainland’s hottest real-estate market.

 

Communities such as Clayton Heights, Cloverdale and Fleetwood are hot and expected to stay hot in the near future as buyers seek affordable housing near family-friendly services.

 

Other areas expected to see brisk demand from buyers over the next few years are Burnaby’s Brentwood, the Tri-Cities and Fraser Valley communities of Langley, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Abbotsford.

 

In Vancouver, urbanites who prize city living are pushing up demand in the Main Street, Outer Hastings and East Vancouver’s Cedar Cottage neighbourhoods, says Tsur Somerville, director of the University of B.C.’s Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate.

 

I'm happy to say I can service all of these Lower Mainland area for you, to find you the BEST possible home for you and your family or situation.

 

You can read the full article here.

 

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Langley Arts Council has been awarded a B.C. Arts Council grant of $21,446, MLA Mary Polak announced.

 

 

“The Langley Arts Council enriches the lives of so many,” said Langley MLA Mary Polak in announcing the funding. “The staff and volunteers deserve tremendous credit for nurturing local talent and creativity for people of all ages.”

 

“Langley is a vibrant and creative community, and the assistance we receive from the BC Arts Council helps us showcase the value of arts and culture,” said Harmony Thiessen, executive director Langley Arts Council. “People value creative expression very close to their heart.”

 

The funding comes from $24 million that the B.C. Arts Council received from the provincial government to support artists, arts activities, and culture in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

 

As B.C.’s lead agency for arts funding and development, the B.C. Arts Council enlists the expertise of the province’s artists to evaluate grant applications through a peer review process independent of government.

 

Established in 1995, the B.C. Arts Council consults with the arts and culture community to develop policies, programs and strategic priorities for the sector. Last year, the Council approved more than 1,000 grants in more than 200 communities in every region of the province.

 

The provincial government is providing $24 million to the B.C. Arts Council this year, the highest funding level in the council’s history.

 

Overall, it is investing $60 million towards B.C.’s artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions during the 2014-15 fiscal year.

 

For more information about the B.C. Arts Council, including information on how to apply for grants, visit BCArtsCouncil.ca.

 

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I have listed a new property at 16 21928 48 AVE in Langley.
Honey Stop The Car! AMAZING Home! Great for First Time Home Buyers or People who want to downsize? Spacious, cozy, bright and did I mention ready to move in! Freshly painted with updated kitchen stainless steel appliances and laminate flooring throughout the main floor. Three bedrooms upstairs lovely size master bedroom and ensuite not to mention a walk-in closet. South/West facing unit with semi privacy boasts a private patio that has been nicely fenced in for small children or pets. This home is situated in the heart of Murrayville great family area, wonderful schools. Well maintained strata you can tell people care where they live in this quaint little townhome community. Call Today for your Private Tour!
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