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Property Photo: 22817 116TH AVE in Maple Ridge
Please visit our Open House at 22817 116TH AVE in Maple Ridge.
Open House on Sunday, October 2, 2011 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wow! Almost 4500 square feet with a triple garage. This home is on green belt, has RV parking, room for the in-laws and is an easy walk to West Coast Express. Entry has vaulted ceilings and there is a formal living room and dining room.The kitchen has a large island with an eating bar, an eating area and a family room with vaulted ceilings. Check out the party size 10x30 partially covered deck overlooking the fenced yard with raised gardens, fruit trees and in ground sprinklers. Four bedroom up and a den on the main. Downstairs is a summer kitchen, living room, huge bedroom, a den and separate entry. Large finisheded room under the garage would make a great media room and there is a wine celler & More. OPEN HOUSE SUN OCT 2 2-4
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Property Photo: 13331 MCCAULEY CREST in Maple Ridge
Please visit our Open House at 13331 MCCAULEY CREST in Maple Ridge.
Open House on Sunday, October 2, 2011 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Custom home with awesome valley views from the balcony off the master bedroom. There are three bedrooms, the main has a 5 piece deluxe ensuite with corner tub and the huge 19x14 secondary bedroom is being used as a media room. All bedrooms have ensuites.The main floor is an open plan with ceramic tile heated floors in the living room and dining room and the balance in hardwood. The kitchen has an island and the family room has a gas fireplace and vaulted ceilings. French doors lead to the in ground SALT WATER POOL set in a very private yard and the property backs onto McCauley Rock. A heat pump for central A/C in summer and efficient heating in the winter. This is the perfect house for entertaining. OPEH HOUSE SUN OCT 2 2-4
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Property Photo: 7531 LARK ST in Mission
Please visit our Open House at 7531 LARK ST in Mission.
Sun Sept 15 2-4 PM
Wow! Completely redone with quality materials and excellent workmanship, this beauty is not to be missed. Features all new windows, 93% efficiency furnace, pre-wired for air conditioning, interlock metal roof, newer appliances, newflooring. All new kitchen cupboards with pull out shelves in pantry, renovated bathrooms, freshly painted with designer colors, travertine tiling in ensuite, crown moldings upstairs, 2" blinds and the list goes on. Large level fenced back yard for the kids and pets, double garage and a one bedroom in law suite top the list. This home has it all and is waiting for the right family to call it home. Is that you? Come find out.
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Water damage can come from a variety of sources: storms, flooding, broken water pipes and lines, leaking washing machines, and more. This can lead to mold and odor problems, and worse. If left unmitigated, water damage can eventually cause structural damage, which can entail significant costs to repair and can even affect a home's value.

Prevention is the first defense against water damage. Here are some basics on preventing water damage and its effects:

  • Water supply lines to and from washing machines and dishwashers should be regularly checked for leaks. Both the hoses themselves and the connections should be examined. Even a small leak can cause water damage over time, so any leaks should be repaired immediately. If the laundry room is located on the main floor or above, damage to the floor and ceiling below can be especially problematic.


  • Tank-style water heaters are prone to leaking, especially after several years of use. Over time, the bottom of the tank can rust out, causing a serious leak. Ideally, an overflow valve should be installed that will conduct leaking water to a pipe that will drain either outside or to an appropriate interior drain.


  • Another common source of water leaks is the icemaker supply line; this should be checked as well.


  • Be aware that pipe leakage can occur inside the walls or ceiling and may be impossible to detect visually before damage has already occurred.


  • Gutters and downspouts should be checked to ensure that water is flowing away from the home's foundation. Make any adjustments, and check the flow again using water from a garden hose.


  • Water leak detectors can be installed at floor level near water heaters and interior air conditioning units. Simple, inexpensive wireless models are widely available and will sound an alarm when water is detected on the floor near these appliances.
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If your closet’s overflowing with clothes you no longer wear, you might want to think about hosting a clothing swap.  Here's what you'll need:

  • a few full length mirrors with decent lighting
  • space for a few private change rooms
  • clothing should be organized by size
  • items must be clean and in good condition
  • refreshments, appetizers and music are a nice touch

If you're looking to clear out the clutter in your closets and meet some new people in the process, a clothing swap's a great idea.  If you donate any remaining items to charity, everyone will be a winner!
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Switching to a new school can cause children considerable stress and anxiety.  If your child has just started at a new school, the following tips will help make the transition a little smoother:

  1. Be Positive - Discuss your children's fears while encouraging a confident approach to making new friends.

  2. Fear Not - Chances are, you'll be a little nervous too.  Be careful not to transfer your anxieties over to them.

  3. Join Up - Encourage your children to join school clubs/teams and participate in after-school activities in order to meet new friends and have fun.

  4. Stay in Touch - Make sure your kids know they’re still able to see their old friends.  Help your children keep in touch by encouraging them to invite old friends over for visits.

  5. Do Your Part - Parent/teacher groups are a great way for you to connect with the school community.  Attending field trips is another great way to get involved.

Moving to a new school can be a difficult transition so try and emphasize the positive when discussing the challenges and opportunities your children face.  If you encourage them to share their feelings with you, it'll be much easier for them to adjust to their new surroundings.
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Successful negotiating skills aren't just for the business world; they're for everyday situations.  Whether you're renting a car, asking for a raise or trying to get your kids to clean up their room, negotiating skills are essential.

Negotiating is a life skill that can be easily learned and eventually perfected.  Your success isn't based on how well you can argue but how well you're prepared.  The best thing you can do before entering negotiations is to do your homework.  Listening skills and a positive attitude are also very important.


A home purchase is a huge investment that's fraught with emotions.  If you negotiate with someone directly in such an emotionally charged situation, chances are that negative personal feelings will get in the way.  It's hard to recover once that happens and often times, the home of your dreams will be lost due to ego, pride and principle.

The home buying process comes with a very steep learning curve so it's best to use an agent to ensure there are no regrets.  Buyer's remorse is no fun, especially when it comes to real estate.  In order to successfully negotiate, you need to know as much as possible about the house itself, the motivations of the buyer/seller, the local market conditions and so on.

Real estate agents can also point you in the right direction when it comes to financing to ensure you receive a mortgage that satisfies the conditions of your offer.  Mortgage brokers negotiate with several banks at once to create a bidding war for your business.  They can then arrange financing quickly and at the best possible rates and terms which translates into thousands of dollars in savings.

Emotions run very high when it comes to buying or selling a home which is why it's important to have a real estate agent represent you as a 3rd party negotiator.  Professionals are able to see things through to the end by remaining calm and not letting their emotions get in the way.  If you're thinking about a move, please get in touch so we can discuss your options.
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Single family houses year to date sales totalled 10,584 with the average sale price of $1,180,947. This 22% increase in number of sales and a 21% increase in average price year to date over last year same time period. Townhouse year to date sales totalled 4026 with an average sale price of $564,969. This is a 6% increase in the number of sales and a 3% increase in average price year to date over the same time period last year. Condominiums year to date sales totalled 9231 with the average sale price of $458,141. This 0% change in number of sales and a 5% increase in average price year to date over the same time period last year.

 
Total of all types year to date here has been 23,841 sales with an average sale price of $797,065. This is a 10% increase in number of sales and a 19% increase in average price over last year same time period.

 

Note - The volume of sales overall increased about 8% August over July .

 

Local Maple Ridge

 

Single family houses year to date sales totalled 698 with the average sale price of $500,664. This almost identical in number of sales and in average price year to date over last year same time period. Townhouse year to date sales totalled 303 with an average sale price $312,703. This is a 30% increase in the number of sales and a 1% decrease in average price year to date over last year same time period . Condominiums year to date sales totalled 145 with the average sale price of $206,236. This 13% decrease in number of sales and a 7% decrease in price year to date over last year same time period .Total of all types year to date here has been 1146 sales with an average sale price of $413,714. This is a 6% increase in number of sales and a 2% decrease in average price over last year same time period .

Note - Our housing market has remained stable in regards to volume and prices for the last 12 months. We are anticipating a reasonably busy fall market from now until early December. The fall market is the second busiest of the year with the spring being busiest.

 
For more detail just call 604-466-4549 or emailpearceteam@telus.net .

 

Prime Rate remains at 3% with 3-5 year term variable rate mortgages available at 2.1% - A $300,000 mortgage at 2.1% for 30 years is $1123 month. Prime rate is stable with minimal increases in 1-5year term fixed mortgages. Five year fixed term is available below 4% with some places offering as low as $3.65% for a five year fixed. The United States has indicated their rates will likely not change in the next 2 years and our rates tend to mirror theirs.

 

If you are considering a move for 2011 now is the time to get listed for the fall market ! Traditionally the second busiest market of the year from September 1 - November 30th.

 

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Property Photo: 12699 256TH ST in Maple Ridge
I have listed a new property at 12699 256TH ST in Maple Ridge.
Large updated farm house close to town in Webster's Corners. many improvements, as it was restored in 2006 by a custom builder. This 3.5 acre parcel is serviced by city water and the septic system was renewed in the last few years. Twostorey classic farm house with over size finished basement with options.
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Property Photo: 13331 MCCAULEY CREST in Maple Ridge
I have listed a new property at 13331 MCCAULEY CREST in Maple Ridge.
Custom home with awesome valley views from the balcony off the master bedroom. There are three bedrooms, the main has a 5 piece deluxe ensuite with corner tub and the huge 19x14 secondary bedroom is being used as a media room. All bedrooms have ensuites.The main floor is an open plan with ceramic tile heated floors in the living room and dining room and the balance in hardwood. The kitchen has an island and the family room has a gas fireplace and vaulted ceilings. French doors lead to the in ground SALT WATER POOL set in a very private yard and the property backs onto McCauley Rock. A heat pump for central A/C in summer and efficient heating in the winter. This is the perfect house for entertaining. OPEN! Sun. Sept. 18th 1-4
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