As posted from Front Line:

 

 

A Light Rail Transit plan has received the support of outgoing Surrey Mayor Diane Watts for years and was also included in the Metro Vancouver Transport Plan brought forward by the Mayors’ Council in June. The proposed plan would link Surrey City Centre with nearby commercial centres via three light rail lines. One to Guildford along 104 Avenue, one to Newton along King George and the third to Langley City Centre along Fraser Highway.

 

It’s not the only plan being promoted though. One citizens’ group, The Better Surrey Rapid Transit, recently released a report which proposes an elevated SkyTrain Expo Line extension in place of the LRT, along with other recommended transit improvements. The report includes the SkyTrain expansion, running from King George to Langley City Centre along Fraser Highway, a dedicated rapid bus lane along King George to White Rock and bus service improvements along the 104 Avenue corridor.

 

The citizens’ group estimates their proposed plan would cost $2.3 billion, compared with the $2.44 billion LRT model. It would also save commuters from Langley to Surrey Centre seven minutes, and commuters from Langley to Vancouver 12 minutes of travel time, compared to the LRT model. Also, it could attract 202,000 new riders per day, versus the LRT’s 166,000 riders (TransLink’s 2010 Surrey Rapid Transit Study).

 

One proponent of the LRT, Mayoral candidate Barinder Rasode, defended the LRT, arguing speed and price aren’t the only considerations. She told The Province that she favours the LRT option because it would “prevent the community being divided up by big concrete pillars” and would promote business along the route.

 

Candidate Doug McCallum said his research as a former TransLink chair showed LRT was the most logical and economical option for Surrey’s urban-rural geography. “(Surrey is) one-third parkland, one-third agricultural land, one-third residential and commercial,” McCallum said. “It’s not really high density overall in our city. The only option that could be built is light rail.”

 

As mentioned, the LRT plan has received the support of Surrey’s mayor Diane Watts who has been lobbying TransLink for funding for the plan for years, with the support of the Surrey Board of Trade’s Light Rail Links advocacy group and the Mayor’s Council. However, the transit authority has not committed to the plan yet and an expanded SkyTrain route may still be in Surrey’s future.

 

Because YOU Deserve the Best ...

 

 

 

Read more:

BC Business, An Expo Line to… Langley?, by Trevor Melanson, published July 16, 2014

The Province, SkyTrain expansion would be cheaper, faster than LRT, says Surrey citizens’ group, by Elaine O’Connor, published July 15, 2014

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Here's a little break down for you, from pch.gc.ca on our National Holiday, happening tomorrow!

 

Canada’s national holiday is celebrated on July 1.

 

Canadians across the country and around the world show their pride in their history, culture and achievements. It’s been a day of celebration, where many festivities are held across the country, since 1868.

The Creation of Canada Day

July 1, 1867: The British North America Act (today known as the Constitution Act, 1867) created Canada.

June 20, 1868: Governor General Lord Monck signs a proclamation that requests all Her Majesty’s subjects across Canada to celebrate July 1.

1879: A federal law makes July 1 a statutory holiday as the “anniversary of Confederation,” which is later called “Dominion Day.”

October 27, 1982: July 1, “Dominion Day” officially becomes Canada Day.

 

Happy birthday Canada!

 

 

I trust you will all have a great day of celebrations, fireworks, barbeques, sunscreen and loved ones!

 

Because YOU Deserve the Best ...

 

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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!

 

Because YOU Deserve the Best ...

 

 

 

Please be sure to browse through my listings here, should you wish to make an appointment to view one of them.

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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.

 

Because You DESERVE the Best

 

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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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Honey Stop The Car!

 

EXCELLENT revenue property or perfect for 1st time buyers!

 

This lofty condo has 2 bdrms with the potential for a 3rd bedroom in the loft space. It is a professionally managed complex where you can walk to all amenities including, Price-Smart Groceries, Starbucks, liquor store,dental/medical offices & assorted boutique shops. Bus access at your door. Great commuter access via Fraser Hwy. Here's another bonus: Pets Allowed (with a size restriction).

 

You can see all the details on this Langley listing here.

 

 

 

 

 

I would love to work with you because YOU Deserve the BEST!

 

 

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I know I know, this may be just a little bit early, but I'm really getting excited for Christmas! Laughing

 

Christmas 2013

 

I thought i would give you some links for local events to get you into the Christmas spirit with me!

 

In Langley:

 

 

In Abbotsford:

 

 

In Chilliwack:

 

 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ...

 

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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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It's Labour Day already!  Hard to believe the summer is over and we're about to start another season of school, activities and the busy-ness of life all over again.

 

Here is what is happening in the Langley/Fort Langley area this weekend:

Fort Farm Fest

August 31 - Sept. 1, 10 am - 5 pm


Fort Farm Fest
© Parks Canada

Explore the heritage garden and feed the farm animals at this authentic Hudson's Bay Company fort. Built in 1827, Fort Langley's workers operated a 2000-acre farm. Watch a barrel making demonstration, the container of choice for exporting butter and potatoes! Compete in the farm relay and watch farm-related demonstrations. Regular admission fees apply; free for annual pass holders.

 

You can get the full schedule by clicking here.

 

 

I'd like to wish you and yours an amazing long weekend ... and I will see you next week!

 

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Well, we may not be #1, but we DID make the top 10 on REIN's list of BC's Top Investment Towns!  You can read the entire post by clicking here.

 

1) Surrey
2) Maple Ridge
3) Fort St. John
4) Dawson Creek
5) Kamloops
6) Abbotsford
7) Kelowna
8) Chilliwack
9) Prince George
10) Langley




Langley is a wonderful location for raising families, starting businesses, going to school, for recreation and shopping!


If you would like to shop for homes, or list your home, in Langley, please feel free to get in touch with me!  Langley is my home, I was raised here, and love to serve it's people! 


I look forward to working with you!


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Are you looking for something fun and maybe a little bit different to do in Langley this summer?  Why not go ...

Dancing in the Park, July 19

Get your rhythm on and join us in the open air for a variety of dance styles in beautiful Douglas Park.


Event Date: Friday July 19, 2013

Event Location: Douglas Park Spirit Square - 20550 Douglas Crescent, Langley BC V3A 4B3

Event Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Hosted by the City of Langley in partnership with Dancing for Dessert

 

For more information please visit City of Langley website here.

 

Have fun!!

 

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Here is a summary of a presentation CMHC Langley made recently.  The highlights are as follows:

 

ECONOMIC/DEMOGRAPHIC:


• Job growth in Metro Vancouver will continue to support housing demand (Chart 1).

 


• Mortgage interest rates are forecast to start edging higher later in 2013.


• Population-based demand for housing will remain strong, with an estimated 30,000 people (net migration) forecast
to relocate to the Vancouver region next year.


• BC Stats estimates that approximately 18,000 new households will be added to the Lower Mainalnd on an annual
basis, generating demand for rental and ownership housing (Chart 2).

 

 

I hope you  have a great weekend!  Let me know if you have any questions regarding the above statements.

 

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There are positive signs Fraser Valley housing market is starting to move

 

Good news today from the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board:

"Sales on Fraser Valley’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in February experienced a typical ‘early spring’ surge, increasing by 48 per cent in one month going from 617 sales in January to 913 last month. However year-over-year, they reflect a decrease of 28 per cent compared to the 1,269 sales processed in February 2012. Since last September, home sales have idled at levels last seen in the early 2000s.

 

Based on February’s increase in activity, Ron Todson, President of the Board, is guardedly optimistic, “We’re seeing signals that the stand-off between buyers and sellers over the last six months is coming to an end.

 

“Business has picked up in the last month with increased traffic at open houses, sellers quicker to accept offers and homes selling on average two weeks faster than they did in January.”

Todson adds that tightening inventory has also had an effect, “When buyers see that their selection is diminishing they’re more motivated to act.” The Board posted 2,582 new listings last month, a decrease of 9 per cent compared to the 2,846 posted during February last year pushing the total number of active listings down by 1.6 per cent compared to 2012.

 

“As your REALTOR® will explain, each market is different. Right now, the market for detached homes is balanced in North Delta and Langley. The condo market is brisk in Abbotsford and Central Surrey and townhome sales are steady in North and Central Surrey as well as Cloverdale."

You can read the entire post here.

 

If you have questions regarding the latest update on the status of real estate in the Fraser Valley area please don't hesitate to get in touch with me at 604-832-8229 or email me at michele@michelecartwright.com.

 

Till next time ...

 

 

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