I have listed a new property at 107 2340 HAWTHORNE AVE in Port Coquitlam.
GORGEOUS 1 bdrm condo! Welcome home to your NEWLY renovated home in QUIET location with a 77 WalkScore! Renovations include tastefully updated laminate flrs, new basebds, crown moldings & dr casings thru-out. Enjoy the bright open floor plan featuring 9 ft ceilings, lrg M/bdrm w/walk in closet & semi-ensuite, lrg kitchen with raised white cabinets, open living room & dining room w/gas F/P that flows out to the massive ground floor partly covered patio great for entertaining & year round BBQ's. BONUSES INCLUDE: Fully rainscreened, low maint fees that include gas F/P, secure parking, lrg storage locker. WALK TO: Parks, Schools, shopping, West Coast Express, restaurants & more. Just a 30 minute bridge less commute to Vancouver.
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I have listed a new property at 20494 Deniza AVE in Maple Ridge.
This home has just been PAINTED From Floor to Ceiling, thoroughly cleaned & old carpet removed! HANDYMAN ALERT! LOOKING FOR A GREAT LOCATION? Are you a renovator or handyman that is willing to put in some time and effort? If so this home is calling your name. There is GREAT POTENTIAL and real Opportunity in this Spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, basement entry home on charming Deniza Ave in Westside Maple Ridge. LOCATION, this home has it, walking distance to schools, restaurants, shopping, bus stop, West Coast Express & more! Perfect family home. The cherry on top has got to be the finished basement with separate entry that could easily be converted to include a 1 bedroom suite! PRICED TO SELL! Come make this your own!
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Please visit our Open House at 409 6820 RUMBLE ST in Burnaby.
Open House on Sunday, September 14, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Don't miss this nicely updated 2 bedroom condo with 2 parking spots & separate storage locker. Nice big master bedroom with large walk in closet & a nicely updated 4 pce ensuite with maple shaker cabinets, slate floors & a soaker tub. Nice open living room dining room with gas fireplace & slider to the private sundeck. Heritage doors & laminate flooring thru-out. Nice big second bedroom with a double closet. Newer front loading washer & dryer. Updated 3 pce main bath room with shaker cabinets & slate flooring. Step saver kitchen with maple cabinets, granite countertops & pantry cupboard with roll out shelving. New roof in 2014.
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Colin Thornton has listed a new property at 1517 Bramble LANE in Coquitlam.
Another Beautiful 2 storey plus basement home in prestigious Westwood Plateau. A perfect bright family home with a great floor plan. 4 bedroom, 4 bathrooms, 2 fireplaces, finished basement suite with its own separate entrance & a huge unfinished storage area or hobby room. The Main floor features a chef’s kitchen with a large eating area overlooking the private fully fenced backyard & greenbelt, a sunken family room & a gorgeous 3 sided gas fireplace separating the formal dining room and living room with vaulted ceiling. Upstairs you will find a HUGE master bedroom with large walk in closet that is nicely separated from the other rooms. This home backs onto pristine forest & creek. Close to bus stops, golf course, down town Coquitlam Centre Mall, LaFarge Lake, upcoming sky train station & all levels of school from elementary to college. Newer High Efficiency Furnace included.
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This coming hockey season, Rogers Arena will be introducing more than 180 options to its menu offerings.

It is made possible by the extensive renovations and expansions that are undergoing at the arena, which will be fully complete in time for the regular season opener in October.

The new offerings include a wide selection of beer, 14 wines by the glass, cocktails, various poutines, and desserts such as cheesecakes.

Here is just a small sample of what’s new from the reinvented Steamer’s concession. The chefs have introduced 12 new gourmet hot dogs and sandwiches, priced between $5.50 to $7.50. Here is a small sample:

Hot Smoked West Coast Salmon Roll: wild BC salmon, old bay seasoning, butter toasted bun
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Lobster Roll: East Coast lobster, old bay seasoning, butter toasted bun
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Carve: Canadian AAA prime rib, organic onion bun
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Glendon Perogy Dog: potato and cheese perogy, sauerkraut, onions, sour cream, chives
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Flora Dog: mixed legumes, celebration of vegetables, spicy mayonnaise
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Maui Firedog: spicy peppers, pineapple, chilli mayonnaise, cilantro
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Bartley’s Signature: bacon-wrapped sausage, cheddar cheese, onions, mustard
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Croque Monsieur: smoked ham, gruyere cheese, dijon mustard
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Salted Caramel Meringue
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The Metro Vancouver housing market experienced steady home sale, listing, and pricing trends for the month of August.

 

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 2,771 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in August 2014. This represents a 10.2 per cent increase compared to the 2,514 sales recorded in August 2013, and a 9.5 per cent decline compared to the 3,061 sales in July 2014.

“Activity this summer has been strong but not unusual for our region,” Ray Harris, REBGV president said. “The volume of home sales has been higher than we’ve seen in the last three years, yet below the record-breaking levels of the past decade.”

Last month’s sales were 4.3 per cent above the 10-year sales average for August of 2,658.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver* is currently $631,600. This represents a 5 per cent increase compared to August 2013.

“Broadly speaking, home prices in the region are continuing to experience modest, incremental gains,” Harris said.

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 3,940 in August. This represents a 5.9 per cent decline compared to the 4,186 new listings in August 2013 and a 20 per cent decline from the 4,925 new listings in July. Last month’s new listing total was 8.4 per cent below 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 14,768, a 7.9 per cent decline compared to August 2013 and a 5.4 per cent decrease compared to July 2014.

Sales of detached properties in August 2014 reached 1,158, an increase of 10.1 per cent from the 1,052 detached sales recorded in August 2013, and an 85.6 per cent increase from the 624 units sold in August 2012. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 6.6 per cent from August 2013 to $984,300.

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,126 in August 2014, an increase of 10.6 per cent compared to the 1,018 sales in August 2013, and a 55.3 per cent increase compared to the 725 sales in August 2012. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 3.6 per cent from August 2013 to $379,200.

Attached property sales in August 2014 totalled 487, a 9.7 per cent increase compared to the 444 sales in August 2013, and a 62.3 per cent increase over the 300 attached properties sold in August 2012. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 3.9 per cent between August 2013 and 2014 to $474,900.

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Some people can live in their homes for years without ever experiencing a power outage. In fact, even in areas prone to serious storms or snowfalls, power loss doesn't happen that often. No wonder so many homeowners are caught unprepared when it does.

 

To make sure you're not caught unprepared, follow these tips:

 

  • Replace batteries in unused flashlights every six months.

 

  • Keep candles and matches in a handy place. Monitor them closely when lit and always blow them out before going to sleep.

 

  • For computers and phones, consider purchasing a power backup. (Some models provide up to 8 hours of power for two or three devices.)

 

  • Know the address of your local fire station and nearest community centre. These are the most common places to find help during a power outage.

 

When the power does go out, make sure the stove is turned off. You don't want an unattended burner or gas leak when the power finally comes back on. 

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Buyers are more likely to make an offer on your home if they see a lot of things they love about it. So what do buyers love to see?

 

One of the main things they like to see is a lot of space. Of course, you can't change the size of your rooms, but there is a lot you can do to make small spaces in your home seem more spacious.

 

Buyers also love to see a clean and uncluttered home. Think of how inviting a hotel room looks at first glance, with everything neat and organized. Of course, your home isn't a hotel, but the more neat and attractive you can make each room, the better.

 

One thing buyers don't love to see is potential maintenance issues. So as much as possible, get things fixed or updated.

 

In fact, the more "finished" and "move in ready" your home looks, the more likely a buyer is to make an offer.

 

Don't forget the surrounding neighbourhood either. A buyer may not take the time to explore the area, so be sure to make a list of the most appealing features. You might want to take a picture of the brand new playground just down the street or print off a local map showing nearby shopping, theatre and other points of interest.

 

It's not about creating a false impression. Rather, it's about making your home look its best and drawing attention to its most enticing features.

 

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After putting in a huge amount of time and effort to get your home looking good and ready to sell, your hard work is finally going to pay off:  your home is on the market—you’re ready to begin showing.  Your house should always be at-the-ready for a tour, as agents may bring clients by with very little notice.  If they catch you unprepared and you aren’t able to show the house on the spot, you could be losing out on a sale.  Concentrate on the following areas to ensure your home is ready to show:

 

  1. People

 

Homebuyers may feel like intruders if you are present while they view your house, and this will affect their overall impression.  Consider taking the opportunity to visit the local coffee shop, go shopping, or take the kids to the park.  If you can’t leave while the house is being shown, try to be as unassuming as possible.  Do not move from room to room.  Don’t offer information, but make yourself available to answer any questions the agent or buyers might have.

 

  1. Lighting

 

When you know an agent is bringing someone by, make sure all of the drapes and window shades are open to let in as much daylight as possible, or—if the showing is taking place at night—to create a look of comfort and warmth when viewed from the outside.  Open all the doors between rooms to create an open, inviting feel.  Turn on all lamps and overhead lights, even during the day.  Keeping lights on during the day softens the harsh shadows sunlight can create in a room, and illuminates dim corners.  During nighttime showings, make sure all outdoor lights are on, as well as pool lights.

 

  1. Cleanliness

 

Scan the floor for debris—newspapers and magazines tend to accumulate without our noticing.  Make sure all the counters are clutter-free.  Empty the kitchen garbage before every showing, particularly if the garbage can doesn’t have a lid.  Keep everything freshly dusted and vacuumed.  Beds should be made and bathrooms cleaned (toilet lid down).  Every room should sparkle.

 

  1. Scents and Sounds

 

Avoid using scented sprays before showing your home.  Some people simply won’t enjoy the smell, and others may be allergic.  If you want to make a room smell pleasant, consider a potpourri pot or a naturally-sourced aroma. 

 

If you or your family is home while the agent is giving a tour, try to stay as quiet as possible.  Turn off the television and the blaring radio.  Put on some soothing background music at a low volume.

 

  1. Pets

 

If you have pets, make sure your listing agent includes this in your listing on the Multiple Listing Service.  This way, no one will be surprised by a furry welcome if the agent shows the house while you’re not there.  If you know someone is coming to tour the house, ideally you should take the pets with you, or arrange to have a friend or family member take them.  If this isn’t possible, keep dogs in the backyard, preferably in a penned area.  Try to keep indoor cats in one room while people are touring the house, and put a sign on the door.

 

 

  

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