I would just like to offer you the reminder to set your clocks back this Saturday night!

 

fall back this weekend

 

What will you do with an extra hour of sleep on Sunday? 

 

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Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.

 

Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Going trick-or-treating?

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Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

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Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

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Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

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Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

 

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Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.

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Always test make-upExternal Web Site Icon in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

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Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

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Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearingdecorative contact lenses.External Web Site Icon

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Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

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Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

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Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

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Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

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Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?

Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone:

  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o'lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.

For more information on Halloween safety

  • Halloween Food Safety TipsExternal Web Site Icon
    Help your children have a safe Halloween, from the food they eat to the parties they attend, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Halloween Safety Tips Adobe PDF fileExternal Web Site Icon
    Stay safe this Halloween with safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

 

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I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for being the best customers ever! We had a great time together on Saturday at our Costume / Bowling party, and I think it showed on the faces.

 

In case you missed the party, here are a few photos to help remember the occasion:

 

 

 

 

I am already looking forward to next year's party!

 

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There are so many things to factor into the equation when you are looking at buying a property. In Vancouver, the house market is out of the question for many first-time home buyers, but is a townhouse out of the realm of possibility?

 

 

The primary consideration you'll want to look at first is your personal requirements. Making an informed decision is always the path to making the correct one, so let's analyze these two property styles and see which will provide you the functional, stable home you are looking for.

Identify Your Needs

The first factor you'll need to analyze is how much effort you want to put into maintaining the property with your own know-how, which includes any outside space. If you like to garden, maybe looking at a townhouse is the right path for you – or perhaps we can find you a nice garden-level condo with lots of potential.

 

What about kids? Are you and your partner planning on having a family? If so, can you see the little munchkins being fully occupied within the walls of a condo or is an upgrade to the next level of property a better scenario to give them more space?

 

Remember that a condominium usually comes with plenty of amenities to make life a little more convenient, such as access to an exercise facility or a friendly gardener who comes by once a month to mow your lawn, making it very appealing to a lot of potential buyers.

Level of Control

One very real advantage to living in a townhouse is the possibility of having a certain level of control over alterations to the home, within the restrictions set out by the complex as well as the city. This will generally provide you with a higher level of flexibility that you would get within a condominium. It's not quite the level of flexibility you would get with outright house ownership, but depending on the townhouse complex you buy into there can be a lot of freedom available.

 

When you buy into a condo, you have to follow all the guidelines set out by the strata corporation. In addition to this, you have to pay a monthly fee which is generally much higher than you would pay in a townhouse or free standing single family home.

Planning is Key

Planning is an essential part of the real estate process – it's of critical importance to ensure you are making the correct decision for yourself and your future. Familiarizing yourself with the different options while taking a look at your personal financial capability is the key to choosing well.

 

Condo associations are full of rules that are decided by the community of owners within the building. So if you are OK with only having one voice among many in the decision making process, or even prefer it, this is a great option. If the thought of strict rules preventing you from making choices for your home gives you nightmares, but aren't able to afford a single family home, then exploring townhouse ownership could be a great middle ground. But if a maintenance-free lifestyle is just want the doctor ordered, then purchasing a great condo unit will ultimately provide the happiness and security you are looking for.

 

There are great options out there for first-time home buyers, even in a market like Vancouver.

 

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I have listed a new property at 21559 95TH AVE in Langley.
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$629,900


Wonderful 4 bedroom Air Conditioned family home situated on a 10,560 sq ft lot in the Heart of Brookswood!


This spacious home boasts many great features from updated kitchen, gas stove, skylights, shop has 2pc bathroom,family room, full basement has multiple uses plus office space and more it is a fully ground level walk out. Plenty of Storage. Detached 780 sq ft Shop w/220 wiring double doors great for the man in the house! Roof Approx. 10 years old on house, 1 year old on shop and shed. RV Parking ... steps to Belmont School only 3-4 blocks to Shopping & Restaurant's.




Great Home For A Great Family! See the full listing details here.


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I would just like to remind you that a municipal election is coming up in Langley Township and City of Langley.

 

Please support your community and vote.

 

 

 


You can find more information at the Langley Times by clicking here.


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Honey Stop The Car!


Kensington Village in the heart of Walnut Grove.



This wonderful bright end unit with open plan has 4 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms, which also features a Master Bedroom on the main floor.




Enjoy formal living room and dining room, gas fireplace and two bedrooms upstairs. The walk out basement has a bedroom with a large recreation room which has been freshly painted as well.



This home would be great for empty nesters, for families or first time home buyers for everybody and anybody!


To see the full listing, please click here. We would love to work with you! Call today for your personal tour at 604-832-8229.





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I have listed a new property at 50 20788 87TH AVE in Langley.
Honey Stop The Car! Kensington Village In Heart of Walnut Grove. Wonderful Bright End Unit with Open Plan this 4 bedroom 3 bathroom features Master Bedroom on Main. Enjoy formal living room and dining room, gas fireplace two bedrooms upstairs, walk out basement has a bedroom with large recreation room (freshly painted). This home would be great for empty nesters, for families or first time home buyers for everybody and anybody! We would love to work with you! Call today for your personal tour.
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September market stats for the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board

Ray Werger, Board president, says, “Similar to this past summer, this is the busiest September we’ve had since 2009 with sales of all property types combined out-performing the 10-year average by 13 per cent."



“Residentially, the single family detached home remains the preferred property type. From North Delta to Mission, sales increased in every Fraser Valley community compared to last year with the price range of $400,000 to $699,999 garnering almost sixty per cent of our total detached market.”

 

New listing activity was also steady in September with the Board’s MLS® receiving 2,758 new listings, an increase of 16 per cent compared to last year, taking the total number of active listings by month-end to 9,156, a decrease of 7 per cent compared to September 2013.

 

Werger adds, “An important factor underlying the housing market is consumer confidence and in our region that confidence has been bolstered by the stability of home prices. Since March, the benchmark price of our three main residential property types combined has remained flat, increasing by only 0.6 per cent.

 

“Long-term, the value of single family detached homes has increased at a faster pace than it has for attached properties, particularly in areas such as Surrey, White Rock, Langley and Abbotsford where we’ve seen many new townhome and condo developments. The supply of new inventory has affected the price of resale product.”

 

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Welcome the arrival of fall and Thanksgiving with gorgeous decorations both indoors and out. Here are some great ideas from HGTV:





How about some Canadian Thanksgiving traditions...ivillage.ca shares 10 traditions that sounds pretty great!

 

What started out as a religious feast about giving thanks for a bountiful harvest, has evolved into one of the most important weekends on the Canadian calendar. But, you won’t find us roadside at a grand parade or waiting in line for any uber-sales; this is how we celebrate Thanksgiving in the true-north-strong-and-free.


Here are a few of them, you can see them all on their website here.

 

 

While it’s tough to get more than “turkey and stuffing” for an answer (especially if they’re really hungry), I still go around the table and force everyone to state what they’re thankful for. — Nadine

 

 

What’s Thanksgiving without a little Canadian football action? There’s nothing better than lying on the couch in a turkey coma, watching the Toronto Argos take on the Montreal Alouettes. — Kerry



We usually hold Thanksgiving dinner at our family cottage. Like just about everyone else I know, we have turkey, carrots and mashed potatoes, but since my mom has a Polish background, we also have cabbage rolls, perogies, pickles and kielbasa. It's just not thanksgiving without the Polish food! — Lisa


Whatever you do, and however you celebrate, we are wishing you a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving weekend!

 

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The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 2,922 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in September 2014. This represents a 17.7 per cent increase compared to the 2,483 sales in September 2013, and a 5.4 per cent increase over the 2,771 sales in August 2014.

 

Last month’s sales were 16.1 per cent above the 10-year sales average for the month and rank as the third highest selling September over that period.

 

 

 “September was an active period for our housing market when we compare it against typical activity for the month,” Ray Harris, REBGV president said.

 

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver* totalled 5,259 in September. This represents a 4.6 per cent increase compared to the 5,030 new listings in September 2013 and a 33.5 per cent increase from the 3,940 new listings in August. Last month’s new listing total was 0.4 per cent above the region’s 10-year new listing average for the month.

 

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 14,832, an 8 per cent decline compared to September 2013 and a 0.4 per cent increase compared to August 2014.

 

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $633,500. This represents a 5.3 per cent increase compared to September 2013.

 

“Gains in home values are being led by the detached home market. Condominium and townhome properties are not experiencing the same pressure on prices at the moment,” Harris said.  “Individual trends can vary depending on different factors in different areas, so it’s important to do your homework and work with your REALTOR® when you’re looking to determine the market value of a home.”

 

Sales of detached properties in September 2014 reached 1,270, an increase of 24.1 per cent from the 1,023 detached sales recorded in September 2013, and a 113.8 per cent increase from the 594 units sold in September 2012. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 7.3 per cent from September 2013 to $990,300.

 

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,188 in September 2014, an increase of 16.7 per cent compared to the 1,018 sales in September 2013, and a 75.7 per cent increase compared to the 676 sales in September 2012. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 3.3 per cent from September 2013 to $378,700.

 

Attached property sales in September 2014 totalled 464, a 5 per cent increase compared to the 442 sales in September 2013, and an 88.6 per cent increase over the 246 attached properties sold in September 2012. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 4.2 per cent between September 2013 and 2014 to $477,700. 

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Follow two simple steps on social media to enter a draw for one of 10 pairs of tickets to this amazing annual show at BC Place Stadium October 16-19.




It’s fall again, and along with crisper weather, colourful foliage and pumpkin pie, that means it’s time for the Vancouver Home + Design Show.

 

This year REW.ca is proud to be a sponsor of this amazing exhibition, which will showcase everything they love about homes, design and renovation. It all takes place inside the magnificent BC Place stadium from Thursday October 16 through Sunday October 19.

 

And I'm happy to spread the joy as they have 10 pairs of tickets for the entire four-day event to give away!

 

All you have to do to enter is use either of the social media entry options shown here, each of which has just two one-click steps. If you follow these two super-easy steps, you will be entered into their draw for tickets and you stand a great chance of winning them! But do it now, because the deadline is Wednesday October 8.

 

See more by clicking here.


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Honey Stop The Car!


Here is a wonderful 4 bedroom air conditioned family home situated on a 10,560 sq ft lot in the Heart of Brookswood!




This spacious home boasts many great features from an updated kitchen, gas stove, skylights and a shop. It also has a 2 pc bathroom, a family room and a full basement which could have multiple uses. Plus, it has office space and more! It is a fully ground level walk out.




There is plenty of storage, it comes with a detached 780 sq ft shop with 220 wiring and double doors; great for the man in the house!


The roof is approximately 10 years old on the house and 1 year old on the shop and shed. It boasts RV parking and is just steps to Belmont School. It is also only 3 to 4 blocks to shopping and restaurant's.




This is a great home for a great family! Click here for all the listing details.


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