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Please visit our Open House at 12193 207A ST in Maple Ridge.
Open House on Sunday, November 6, 2011 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Well kept basement home in West Maple Ridge. Large west facing private lot with tall cedar hedges and access down the side of the house to the rear yard to park a boat or RV. The home has three bedrooms on the main level and one bedroom andliving area on the lower level for the in-laws. The kitchen has a large eating area and sliding doors to a covered deck. The garage was being used as open living space but can very easily be changed back with minimal cost. Set on a quiet no through street close to schools and public transportation including West Coast Express. The roof is 1 year old, furnace and hot water tank have also recently been replaced. Price includes appliances and built in vac. This won't last! OPEN HOUSE OCT. 30 2-4PM
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Please visit our Open House at 20147 PATTERSON AVE in Maple Ridge.
Open House on Sunday, November 6, 2011 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Exclusive Patterson Avenue! Rarely available 2545 sq. ft. rancher with a full basement for a total of 5100 sq ft of living. Custon 17year old home with cedar siding and shake roof. Huge kitchen with oak cabinets, a large eating area and adjoining family room with vaulted ceilings. Too many extras to list! Includes large 30x12 sundeck with HOT TUB and access through French doors from the main bedroom. Downstairs has two additional bedrooms, a rec. room, HUGE games room, bathroom, gym and a large utility area. The home has a heat pump for CENTRAL AIR, inground sprinklers and a super private .36 acre fenced yard. Don`t miss the 24x30, wired, insulated and heated DETACHED SHOP. Lots of room here for all your toys.
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Please visit our Open House at 12193 207A ST in Maple Ridge.
Open House on Sunday, October 30, 2011 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Well kept basement home in West Maple Ridge. Large west facing private lot with tall cedar hedges and access down the side of the house to the rear yard to park a boat or RV. The home has three bedrooms on the main level and one bedroom andliving area on the lower level for the in-laws. The kitchen has a large eating area and sliding doors to a covered deck. The garage was being used as open living space but can very easily be changed back with minimal cost. Set on a quiet no through street close to schools and public transportation including West Coast Express. The roof is 1 year old, furnace and hot water tank have also recently been replaced. Price includes appliances and built in vac. This won't last! OPEN HOUSE OCT. 30 2-4PM
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I have listed a new property at 12193 207A ST in Maple Ridge.
Well kept basement home in West Maple Ridge. Large west facing private lot with tall cedar hedges and access down the side of the house to the rear yard to park a boat or RV. The home has three bedrooms on the main level and one bedroom andliving area on the lower level for the in-laws. The kitchen has a large eating area and sliding doors to a covered deck. The garage was being used as open living space but can very easily be changed back with minimal cost. All set on a quiet no through street close to schools and public transportation including West Coast Express. The roof is only one year old and the furnace and hot water tank have also recently been replaced. Price includes appliances and built in vacuum. This won't last.
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Please visit our Open House at 20147 PATTERSON AVE in Maple Ridge.
OPEN HOUSE: Sun Oct 23 1-4PM
Exclusive Patterson Avenue! Rarely available 2545 sq. ft. rancher with a full basement for a total of 5100 sq ft of living. Custon 17year old home with cedar siding and shake roof. Huge kitchen with oak cabinets, a large eating area and adjoining family room with vaulted ceilings. Too many extras to list! Includes large 30x12 sundeck with HOT TUB and access through French doors from the main bedroom. Downstairs has two additional bedrooms, a rec. room, HUGE games room, bathroom, gym and a large utility area. The home has a heat pump for CENTRAL AIR, inground sprinklers and a super private .36 acre fenced yard. Don`t miss the 24x30, wired, insulated and heated DETACHED SHOP. Lots of room here for all your toys. OPEN SUN Oct. 23 1-4
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One of the scariest things about Halloween is how environmentally unfriendly the holiday has become! Here are few "tricks" to Green your Halloween this year:

  • use reusable grocery bags for collecting candy
  • make your own decorations and trade costumes with friends
  • make pumpkin pie or soup and/or roast the seeds from the "guts" of your jack-o-lantern

There’s so much waste associated with Halloween that implementing even a couple of eco-friendly practices will make a huge difference.  Just try to think outside of the (candy :) box and enjoy a ghoulishly, green Halloween!
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Nobody wants to deal with a pushy real estate agent.  At the same time, you don't want an agent who's never in touch and fails to service your needs in a timely manner.

Everyone's different -- some people prefer a passive approach while others require frequent updates.  As time goes on, circumstances will change so it's important to constantly reassess how often you'd like to receive updates and whether you prefer to communicate by phone, text or email.


In the early stages, many home buyers shy away from asking too many questions as they feel like they're wasting the agent's time.  The truth is, your agent wants to hear from you on a regular basis so they can grow with you as your house hunting journey matures.  The last thing an agent wants is to lose you as a client because you felt your needs weren't being met.

Effective communication is essential when it comes to forming and maintaining a solid working relationship.  As long as you and your agent constantly communicate with each other while you're on the road to homeownership, you'll feel neither pressured nor abandoned.

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Utility costs are rising quicker than most people’s incomes so it pays now more than ever to pump up your home's energy efficiency.  The good news is that you don't need to spend that much in order to reduce your bills.

Start by using a "smart" thermostat for heating and cooling.  An adjustment of just a few degrees can produce major savings!  Don't forget to lower the thermostat on your water heater or better yet, buy an "on demand" system that only heats water when needed.


Landscaping is a naturally beautiful way to keep your home comfortable while decreasing your energy bills.  A few strategically placed trees or shrubs can save a fortune on heating and cooling as they provide shelter from the winter winds and shade in the summer.  Here are a few other ideas that will reduce your energy use:

  • switch from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescents
  • use ceiling fans to save money on both heating and cooling
  • service your air conditioner and furnace every year to maintain efficiency
  • make sure your home's properly insulated and seal up any air leaks with foam
  • use a front loading washing machine and clean your dryer’s lint tray after each use

Higher energy bills are a harsh reality for the rising number of people who work from home.  To help minimize this expense, set up the sleep option so your computer automatically powers down when not in use and shut it off completely at the end of the day.  You can also cut costs by positioning your desk to take advantage of natural light.

It doesn’t take that much work to implement energy saving solutions around the home but often times, it's the simple things that are usually overlooked.  Make it your goal this year to take action!  It’s important to do what we can not only to save money but also to help conserve the environment.
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There is quite a bit of confusion currently in regards to what HST applies to when buying a property.

HST applies to  NEW  properties only . The is no HST on the purchase of a home that has been previously lived in.

There is HST payable on the purchase of a building lot at 12% and a rebate can be claimed when the house is complete if the final value qualifies.

On the purchase of a NEW home in the $350,000 range the HST after rebates is about 5.2%  and for a property in the $465,000 range it is about 7% after rebates.

There is HST payable on service fees for lawyer/notary, building inspectors fee and also on real estate commisions when you are selling. These are all at 12%

It appears the HST will be with us until the second quarter of 2013 and the goverment has not provided anyone with a transitional plan.


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Vancouver Real Estate board overall

 
Single family houses year to date sales totalled 11,550 with the average sale price of $1,174,587. This 21% increase in number of sales and a 19% increase in average price year to date over last year same time period. Townhouse year to date sales totalled 4393 with an average sale price of $565,662. This is a 5% 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 10,153 with the average sale price of $457,887. 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 26,096 sales with an average sale price of $793,239. This is a 9% increase in number of sales and a 18% increase in average price over last year same time period.

Note - The volume of sales on the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver overall decreased about 5.6% August to September.

Local Maple Ridge

 

Single family houses year to date sales totalled 762 with the average sale price of $500,159. 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 327 with an average sale price $312,314. This is a 20% increase in the number of sales and a .5% decrease in average price year to date over last year same time period . Condominiums year to date sales totalled 160 with the average sale price of $206,283. This 3% 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 1249 sales with an average sale price of $413,333. This is a 4% increase in number of sales and a 1% 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 -18 months. We had a decrease sales in of about 30% from August to September which is unusual. The fall market is usually the second busiest of the year with the spring being busiest. We have seen some increased activity in October and expect a substantial increase in the number of sales with prices remaining steady.

 
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 2.5% for 30 years is $1175 month. Prime rate is stable with minimal increases in 1-5year term fixed mortgages. Five year fixed term is available below 3.5% with some places offering as low as $3.19% 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.

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