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The Thornton Group has JUST SOLD ANOTHER property at 622 DANSEY AVE in Coquitlam

The Thornton Group has JUST SOLD ANOTHER property at 622 DANSEY AVE in Coquitlam.
This lovely family home in Coquitlam West is located on a quiet no through Street. This coveted corner lot home has lane access & a Large Back-yard. The home features original hardwood floors throughout the entire Upstairs, nice dining area, bright Kitchen with eating area & attached to oversized sundeck perfect for entertaining! Cozy on up to 1 of the 2 wood burning fire places upstairs or down in either living room. The master bedroom is large & looks out to the beautiful tree lined back-yard. Downstairs is a great space with its own separate entrance. Welcome your in-laws or your older children into their own private space. Close to The Vancouver Golf Course, Lougheed Mall and loads of Shopping. Quick access to Hwy 1.
Colin Thornton PREC*, Greg Thornton & Maria Chalmers With The Thornton Group at Keller Williams Elite Realty Port Coquitlam Greater Vancouver  are Top producing Real Estate Experts!
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The Thornton Group has just listed ANOTHER home in Central Coquitlam, Coquitlam

The Thornton Group has just listed ANOTHER new property at 288 MUNDY ST in Coquitlam.
This is a must see large executive 6 bedroom, 4 bath home with lane access & detached double car garage with workshop, power, water & 220V for e-vehicle! Large living room, dining room & office on the main with beautiful open concept family room with soaring ceilings & cozy gas fireplace! Chef inspired kitchen with eating area, S/S Appliances, Gas stove, granite counters & a breakfast bar! Head outside to enjoy the big, private, fenced backyard with covered sundeck perfect for entertaining. Upstairs you will find 4 large bedrooms including a HUGE master bedroom with full 5 piece ensuite & huge walk in closet! Also with Fully finished basement! BONUSES: Additional parking for an RV or boat! Air Con/Heat Pump, close to shopping, restaurants, parks including Vancouver Golf Club!
Colin Thornton PREC*, Greg Thornton & Maria Chalmers With The Thornton Group at Keller Williams Elite Realty Port Coquitlam Greater Vancouver  are Top producing Real Estate Experts!
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The Thornton Group has just listed ANOTHER home in Coquitlam West, Coquitlam

The Thornton Group has just listed ANOTHER new property at 622 DANSEY AVE in Coquitlam.
This lovely family home in Coquitlam West is located on a quiet no through Street. This coveted corner lot home has lane access & a Large Back-yard. The home features original hardwood floors throughout the entire Upstairs, nice dining area, bright Kitchen with eating area & attached to oversized sundeck perfect for entertaining! Cozy on up to 1 of the 2 wood burning fire places upstairs or down in either living room. The master bedroom is large & looks out to the beautiful tree lined back-yard. Downstairs is a great space with its own separate entrance. Welcome your in-laws or your older children into their own private space. Close to The Vancouver Golf Course, Lougheed Mall and loads of Shopping. Quick access to Hwy 1.*OPEN HOUSE SAT Dec 10 & SUN Dec 11 from 2-4pm*
Colin Thornton PREC*, Greg Thornton & Maria Chalmers With The Thornton Group at Keller Williams Elite Realty Port Coquitlam Greater Vancouver  are Top producing Real Estate Experts!
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Open House Open House on Saturday, December 10, 2022 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Please visit our Open House at 622 DANSEY AVE in Coquitlam.
Open House on Saturday, December 10, 2022 2:00PM - 4:00PM
This lovely family home in Coquitlam West is located on a quiet no through Street. This coveted corner lot home has lane access & a Large Back-yard. The home features original hardwood floors throughout the entire Upstairs, nice dining area, bright Kitchen with eating area & attached to oversized sundeck perfect for entertaining! Cozy on up to 1 of the 2 wood burning fire places upstairs or down in either living room. The master bedroom is large & looks out to the beautiful tree lined back-yard. Downstairs is a great space with its own separate entrance. Welcome your in-laws or your older children into their own private space. Close to The Vancouver Golf Course, Lougheed Mall and loads of Shopping. Quick access to Hwy 1.*OPEN HOUSE SAT Dec 10 & SUN Dec 11 from 2-4pm*
 
 
Colin Thornton PREC*, Greg Thornton & Maria Chalmers With The Thornton Group at Keller Williams Elite Realty Port Coquitlam Greater Vancouver  are Top producing Real Estate Experts!
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Open House Open House on Sunday, December 11, 2022 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Please visit our Open House at 622 DANSEY AVE in Coquitlam.
Open House on Sunday, December 11, 2022 2:00PM - 4:00PM
This lovely family home in Coquitlam West is located on a quiet no through Street. This coveted corner lot home has lane access & a Large Back-yard. The home features original hardwood floors throughout the entire Upstairs, nice dining area, bright Kitchen with eating area & attached to oversized sundeck perfect for entertaining! Cozy on up to 1 of the 2 wood burning fire places upstairs or down in either living room. The master bedroom is large & looks out to the beautiful tree lined back-yard. Downstairs is a great space with its own separate entrance. Welcome your in-laws or your older children into their own private space. Close to The Vancouver Golf Course, Lougheed Mall and loads of Shopping. Quick access to Hwy 1.*OPEN HOUSE SAT Dec 10 & SUN Dec 11 from 2-4pm*
 
 
Colin Thornton PREC*, Greg Thornton & Maria Chalmers With The Thornton Group at Keller Williams Elite Realty Port Coquitlam Greater Vancouver  are Top producing Real Estate Experts!
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Home sale and listing activity continue trending below long-term averages in November

VANCOUVER, BC – December 2, 2022 – While typically a quiet month of market activity based on seasonal patterns, November home sale and listing totals lagged below the region’s long-term averages.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 1,614 in November 2022, a 52.9 per cent decrease from the 3,428 sales recorded in November 2021, and a 15.2 per cent decrease from the 1,903 homes sold in October 2022.

Last month’s sales were 36.9 per cent below the 10-year November sales average.

 “With the most recent core inflation metrics showing a stubborn reluctance to respond significantly to the furious pace of rate increases, the Bank of Canada may choose to act more forcefully to bring inflation back toward target levels.” Andrew Lis, REBGV’s director, economics and data analytics said. “While it’s always difficult to predict what the bank will do with certainty, this persistent inflationary backdrop sets up the December 7 rate announcement to be yet another increase, making holiday-season home purchases something many people may end up foregoing this year.”

There were 3,055 detached, attached and apartment properties newly listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in November 2022. This represents a 22.9 per cent decrease compared to the 3,964 homes listed in November 2021 and a 24.2 per cent decrease compared to October 2022 when sellers listed 4,033 homes.

The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 9,179, a 28.5 per cent increase compared to November 2021 (7,144) and a 6.8 per cent decrease compared to October 2022 (9,852).

“Heading into 2023, the market continues the trend of shifting toward historical averages and typical seasonal norms,” Lis said. “Whether these trends continue will depend on looming economic factors and forthcoming housing policy measures on the horizon, which hold the potential to reignite uncertainty in our market.

“With that said, from a long-term structural standpoint, the current pace of listings and available inventory remain relatively tight when considered against a backdrop of continued in-migration to the province. With the recently announced increase in federal immigration targets, the state of available supply in our market remains one demand surge away from renewed price escalation, despite the inflationary environment and elevated mortgage rates.”

For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for November 2022 is 17.6 per cent. By property type, the ratio is 13.2 per cent for detached homes, 19.7 per cent for townhomes, and 20.8 per cent for apartments.

Generally, analysts say downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below 12 per cent for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it surpasses 20 per cent over several months.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,131,600. This represents a 0.6 per cent decrease over November 2021, a 10.2 per cent decrease over the last six months, and a 1.5 per cent decrease compared to October 2022.

Sales of detached homes in November 2022 reached 486, a 50.8 per cent decrease from the 987 detached sales recorded in November 2021. The benchmark price for detached properties is $1,856,800. This represents a 1.7 per cent decrease from November 2021 and a 1.9 per cent decrease compared to October 2022.

Sales of apartment homes reached 847 in November 2022, a 53.7 per cent decrease compared to the 1,828 sales in November 2021. The benchmark price of an apartment property is $720,500. This represents a 3.5 per cent increase from November 2021 and a 0.9 per cent decrease compared to October 2022.

Attached home sales in November 2022 totalled 281, a 54.2 per cent decrease compared to the 613 sales in November 2021. The benchmark price of an attached unit is $1,027,900. This represents a 2.7 per cent increase from November 2021 and a 1.5 per cent decrease compared to October 2022.

*Editor’s Note: Areas covered by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver include: Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, South Delta, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver, West Vancouver, and Whistler.

The real estate industry is a key economic driver in British Columbia. In 2021, 43,999 homes changed ownership in the Board’s area, generating $2.98 billion in economic spin-off activity and an estimated 20,942 jobs. The total dollar value of residential sales transacted through the MLS® system in Greater Vancouver totalled $53.4 billion in 2021.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver is an association representing more than 14,000 REALTORS® and their companies. The Board provides a variety of member services, including the Multiple Listing Service®. For more information on real estate, statistics, and buying or selling a home, contact a local REALTOR® or visit www.rebgv.org.

For more information please contact:

Mark Moldowan

Senior Writer & Communication Strategist

Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver

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How Buyers Often Find Out about your Listing

There are many ways buyers can find out about your home for sale. Some will see the lawn sign. Others will notice the listing on MLS. Still others might find out via an advertisement or social media post.

But, there is one other way buyers will discover your listing — and it can be pivotal to the success of your sale.

The agent can make sure they know.

In some cases, buyers shopping for a particular type of home, or those who are targeting a specific neighbourhood, will get on an agent’s alert system. The agent will arrange for the buyers to be alerted as soon as an ideal property comes up on the market. That’s why being strategic when creating an MLS profile and other listing materials is so important. You want interested buyers to be notified of your listing!

Agents often also have a network of buyers they are in touch with regularly or who are actively looking to buy a home. They reach out to these contacts as soon as a desired property is listed. Say, for example, you put your property on the market. The agent you work with may already have qualified buyers in mind. If so, that increases the chances of your home selling quickly and for a top price.

Good agents also have a robust network of professional contacts — such as real estate lawyers, contractors, and even other agents — that they can potentially tap to find qualified buyers.

Overall, well-connected agents are more likely to be able to leverage their networks to attract ideal buyers to your listing.

Want to discuss how I can attract high-interest, qualified buyers to your listing? Call me.
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Painting Tips for Getting the Job Done Faster

Unless painting a room is a passion, you probably want to finish the task as soon as possible — while still doing a quality job. Here are some tips for doing just that:

  • One-coat paints. Having to do a second coat is time-consuming. Fortunately, there are several “one coat” paints that can get the job done, well, in one coat! They don’t work for every type of project. But, if your walls are in good condition and you’re not dramatically changing the underlying colour, a one-coat paint is worth considering.
  • Leverage various-sized rollers. Most people use rollers for the main wall surface and switch to brushes for the tight areas. Instead of a brush, try a smaller roller. That can speed up the painting considerably.
  • Use quality brushes and rollers. Cheap brushes tend to not hold paint evenly and can also shed fibres – which you then have to pick off the painted surface. Good quality brushes and rollers may cost a little more, but the paint will be applied more smoothly and evenly — saving you time.
  • Wear your painter’s tape. When running painter’s tape to prep a room, wear the roll on your wrist. That way, you won’t constantly be reaching for it.
  • Wrap rollers and brushes in plastic. For longer painting jobs, wrap rollers and brushes that are not in use in plastic wrap or baggies (the kind you use in the kitchen.) That will keep the brushes and rollers wet while you take a break.
  • Start in the middle. Most people start at the end of a wall and work their way to the center. You’ll paint faster if you do the opposite. In addition, you’ll avoid applying too much paint in the corners (which people are apt to do when they start there).
Want more tips for preparing your home for sale? Call me.
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Top Legal Mistakes to Avoid

The process of buying or selling a house seems to involve a million details. It is important that you educate yourself on as many parts of this process as you can—this knowledge could mean the difference of thousands of dollars in the long-run. The legal issues involved in the process are often particularly intricate, ranging from matters of common knowledge to subtle details that might escape the untrained eye. Any of these issues, if not handled properly, could develop into larger problems

With so many legal issues to consider, your first step should be to seek out experienced professionals to help educate you and represent your best legal interests. Begin with an experienced real estate agent, who can help guide you through the initial hoops. S/he should also be able to point you in the direction of a reputable local real estate lawyer to assist you in all legal matters involved in the purchase or sale of your house.

While there are countless legal details involved in a real estate transaction, some seem to pose larger problems than others. We’ve outlined two legal clauses that are commonly misunderstood and may cost you money if not worded correctly. Handle these carefully and you will be on track to a successful sale or purchase!

1. Home Inspection Clause

Some real estate transactions have been sabotaged due to the wording of the home inspection clause. This clause originally allowed that the buyer has the right to withdraw their offer if the home inspection yielded any undesirable results. However, this allowance was known to backfire, as Buyers took advantage of it, using some non-issue stated in the inspection as an excuse for having changed their minds. Of course, this was unfair to the Sellers, as they’d poured time and money into what they believed was a sure deal. Not only might they have missed out on other offers in the interim, but their house might also now be unfairly considered a “problem home.” Additionally, they’d now have to shoulder the costs of continuing to market the property. All of this adds up.

In order to remedy this potential problem, the clause should indicate that the seller has the option of repairing any problems the home inspection might point to. With this slight change in the clause, both buyer and seller are protected.

To ensure this clause is fair from one side of the bargain to the other, work closely with a lawyer experienced in these transactions and all the nuances that may affect the outcome for you.

2. Survey Clause

It is the right of a home buyer to add a survey clause to the real estate contract on the home they’d like to purchase. If you are on the selling end of the contract, be aware.  If you have added an addition or a pool to your property since the last survey was produced, your survey will no longer be considered up-to-date and the Buyer may request that a new one be drawn up—the cost of which you will incur. The price of this process will run anywhere from $700 to $1000.

Your real estate agent has the responsibility to provide you with the most recent survey of your home. It is then the Buyer’s right to decide if it is acceptable. An experienced agent should offer you reliable counsel if you encounter an issue with this clause, but it is advisable to talk to your lawyer if you’re unsure at all of the potential ramifications involved. Remember, the wording of this clause could cost or save you thousands of dollars.

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The Thornton Group has JUST SOLD ANOTHER property at 8 7077 EDMONDS ST in Burnaby

The Thornton Group has JUST SOLD ANOTHER property at 8 7077 EDMONDS ST in Burnaby.
This stunning, bright & fully renovated Apt/townhome has it all! Brand new chef-inspired kitchen with fresh cabinets, beveled tile backsplash & luxury quartz counters w/ waterfall! Other upgrades include BRAND NEW: Kitchen sink, water resistant laminate floor, paint, fixtures/lighting, fully renovated bathroom, fireplace stone, interior doors, retractable outdoor screen, washer & dryer. Cozy up to the gas fireplace while looking out to the oversized 325+ Sqft patio perfect for entertaining & BBQs. Pets allowed w/restrictions. Enjoy numerous trails & schools nearby including Byrne Creek Ravine steps away! Centrally located-Edmonds Skytrain & Highgate Village 5 min walk & fabulous shopping at Metrotown Mall 5 min drive. Welcome Home!
Colin Thornton PREC*, Greg Thornton & Maria Chalmers With The Thornton Group at Keller Williams Elite Realty Port Coquitlam Greater Vancouver  are Top producing Real Estate Experts!
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