Has it always been your burning desire to live like a rock star? Well, now is your chance! The home of Chad Kroeger, from the band Nickelback, has recently gone up for sale.

 

Here is a short description from huffingtonpost.ca:

"If six bedrooms and nine bathrooms don't pique your interest, how about the grand spiral staircase, two-storey stone fireplace, personal theatre, "deluxe hip roof barn" (we didn't know barns could be hip), riding ring, and covered parking for up to 10 vehicles?

 

Guests can stay in the separate guest house, and when they get bored of the indoor pool, they can take a dip in the outdoor waterfall pool.

 

Befitting someone with $9 million to drop on an estate (plus $23,000 in annual taxes), the property promises "complete privacy nestled behind lush vegetation and hedges with two gates.""

 

 

Looks pretty rock star-ish (and dreamy) to me!

 

If this doesn't suite your taste (or budget) be sure to view my listings here. I'd love to work with you!

 

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The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) processed 1,668 sales in June, an increase of 26 per cent compared to the 1,327 sales in June of last year and 2 per cent higher than sales in May. In terms of historical comparison, last month’s sales finished 7 per cent below the 10-year average for June with the previous best June occurring in 2010.

 

Ray Werger, President of the Board, says, “Recent news reports indicate that consumer optimism about real estate is at its highest level in a number of years and we’re experiencing that at the ground level.

 

“Over the last three months, we’ve seen a surge in demand specifically for single family homes and townhomes in most of our communities. Our number one buyer is families with children and they’re taking advantage of ultra-low interest rates combined with more affordable, stable prices in the Fraser Valley.”

 

In June, the benchmark price, as determined by the MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI), of a ‘typical’ residential home – detached, townhouse and apartment combined – was 1.3 per cent higher than June of last year. For the single family detached home, the HPI benchmark price in June was $568,600, an increase of 3 per cent compared to June 2013 when it was $552,200. This is a record high benchmark price for detached homes since the MLS® HPI began in January 2005.

 

The HPI benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses decreased by 0.3 per cent; going from $298,700 in June 2013 to $297,800 in June 2014. The benchmark price of apartments was $197,000 last month, a decrease of 2.7 per cent compared to $202,500 in June of last year.

 

Werger adds, “We’re essentially seeing two markets right now, so it’s important to get advice dependent on what you’re listing or buying. Competitively priced, mid-range single family homes are being snapped up quickly, on average in a little over a month, whereas condos and higher-end, executive homes in our region are taking as long as three months on average to sell. Talk to your REALTOR® to find out where you fit.”

 

The Board’s MLS® received 13 per cent more new listings in June, 2,974 compared to the 2,625 new listings received during June of last year. The month finished with 9,853 active listings, a decrease of 6 per cent compared to the 10,515 active listings available during June of last year.

 

Find the June Statistics Package here.

 

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EXCELLENT revenue property or perfect for 1st time buyers!

 

 

LOFTY CONDO 2 bdrms with a potential 3rd bdrm in loft space.

 

Professionally managed complex where you can walk to all amenities including, Price-Smart Groceries, Starbucks, liquor store,dental and medical offices and assorted boutique shops.

 

Bus access at your door. Great commuter access via Fraser Hwy. Pets allowed (size restriction)

 

Click here for the full listing details and the NEW LOW PRICE!

 

We would love to work with you!

 

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I came across a "food for thought" type of article today from rew.ca on the (sometimes) challenging thought of owning your own home and found that some are considering co-ownership.

 

 

This may, or may not, be an alternative for you. Here's more:

 

Jeremy Wilson, 38, was frustrated with paying high strata fees and wanted a bigger back yard for his dog.

When he and his wife, Kim, started looking at single family homes, their frustration only grew.

 

“I work in Kitsilano and my wife in Richmond and we really wanted to stay in Richmond. However, what we could afford and what we wanted were miles apart,” says Wilson. “In our price range, the homes were either really small bungalows or in complete disrepair.”

 

The couple came up with an idea that is growing in popularity in cities across BC — co-ownership, whether it’s one or more roommates, co-workers, friends or family members buying and sharing a home together and splitting the expenses.

 

The couple approached Kim’s mother and asked if she wanted to purchase a home together. At the time, Kim’s mother, Jean, also owned a townhome and was fighting cancer. It seemed to be a win/win situation.

 

“We knew we could all live under the same roof and it gave Kim peace of mind that her mother was nearby,” says Wilson.

 

They ended up buying a 2,500-square-foot home in Steveston for nearly $900,000.

 

“We never could have bought this house on our own,” he says, adding Kim’s mother passed away and her half-share of the home was divided between Kim and her sister (who now lives in the lower part of the family home. “We split the expenses three ways and we’ve never had a problem.”


Here are some reasons why it may not be a good fit for you:

 

Randy Klarenbach, real estate lawyer at Richards Buell Sutton LLP, strongly cautions his clients against these types of arrangements.

 

“What happens if one owner loses their job or gets sick and can’t work, or moves out of town?” says Klarenbach. “A lender can’t foreclose on half a property.”

 

Or, he went on to say, one party simply can’t pay? It becomes the other person’s responsibility to make the mortgage payments or risk losing the house.

 

“Bottom line, it’s a huge financial risk,” he says, adding he’s seen co-ownership agreements as long as 500 pages, covering every conceivable eventuality.

 

“Even though some of these arrangements do work well, it is my job to think of everything that can go wrong and let my clients know.”

 

Colin Lawrence concedes that, as with any financial arrangement, there are drawbacks.

 

But if all parties come in with eyes wide open, with a workable plan, with expectations drawn up and good legal advice, co-ownership can work well.

 

“Everyone must be aware of all of the things that can go wrong and that’s why we provide our members with an agreement checklist,” adds Lawrence.

 

It’s been five years since Wilson entered into a co-ownership agreement and “it’s been fantastic … the only drawback is the lack of privacy.”


Please click here for the full article on rew.ca for all the pertinent information surrounding co-ownership.

 

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Honey Stop The Car!

 

 

 

You can see the full listing details here.

 

Call today for a private viewing appointment!

 

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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.

 

 

 

Visit this link for the full details on this listing.  Call today for an appoitment to view.

 

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One of my main objectives is to get your listing sold for you, and sometimes that comes down to how the home is staged for your viewers.  Some of the fastest sales I have ever made for my sellers have been because the home was staged well.

 

diyhomestagingtips.comis a great resource for home staging.  This week she answered a question about what to do with empty closets, to fill or not to fill, that was the question.  Her response:


"I would leave closets empty because they look bigger. But not entirely empty. I would add a few props to dress them up and give a little personality.

In a bedroom closet I would place some pretty boxes on the shelves. In a linen closet I would stack a few fluffy towels, and perhaps a folded blanket. In a coat closet, I would add some wooden or padded hangers.     
These little things will help buyers on tour remember your house as the one with attractive closets, where people (that's you!) live clean, enviable lives. Buyers buy the lifestyle when they buy the house, and women particularly are interested in closets. So, stage them to look gal-friendly. 
 
Remember to clean any light fixtures in the closets and to maximize the wattage."

 

 

What amazing advice!!

 

I was also looking on Pinterest today for staging inspiration.  There are some great ideas over there as well!  Make sure you connect with me over there too!

 

I've personally staged dozens and dozens of homes, so if you have any questions about home staging please don't hesitate to ask!

 

Make sure you check out my most recent listings as well by clicking here!

 

Until next time ...

 

 

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