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I have listed a new property at 12294 272ND ST in Maple Ridge.
Whister style custom 5700 sq ft home on 1.65 private acres. Enjoy the valley views and spectacular sunsets from Thornehill to Coquitlam. Huge 600 sq ft "Great room" featuring, hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace and 20 ft vaulted ceilings. The formal dining room could easily accomodate a dozen guests for diner and then enjoy the evening on the large adjoining deck. The kitchen has an island, eating area, walk in pantry, stainless steel appliances complete with a commercial grade gas stove. The basement has a large recreation room, four piece bath, bedroom, seperate entrance and could easily accomodate the inlaws. Other features include city water, a metal roof, workshop in the basement and more. Put this one on your list!
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I have listed a new property at 307 12206 224TH ST in Maple Ridge.
No worries here, newer roof & rainscreened building within walking distance of the downtown amenities, transit & the Seniors centre. Large 2 bdrm + den, 2 full bath townhome centrally located in well managed building. This unit has insuite laundry, gas fireplace, spacious kitchen area & 2 good sized bedrooms. There is a large, meeting room in the lobby available for the owners use. The den is close to the kitchen & could easily be used as a sep. dining room. BONUS:Gas and Hot water are included in the strata fee & the unit includes storage locker & one parking spot. 2 cats allowed, sorry no dogs. Nice affordable home just waiting for you. With $8,900 down and 3% interest, approx monthly costs $1,185 incl mortgage, strata & tax!
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I have listed a new property at 34267 HARTMAN AVE in Mission.
Private gated 2.6 Acre hideaway at the end of a cul-de-sac that is ideal for an extended family. The home was totally updated in 2008 and a 1590 sqft addition done. The main home is decorated in a country decor and has slate and hardwood floors, a new kitchen with granite counters and a sunroom that makes you feel like you are out in the backyard. The huge 24x13 main bedroom has its own gas fireplace. The addition is a 'Great room' plan with 3 bedrooms up and a den on the main. There is a maple kitchen with an island and the great room has a gas fireplace. The backyard features a multi level deck and an 18' solar heated above ground pool (perfect for entertaining). Don't miss the large shop complete with tiled floor!
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Please visit our Open House at 17 21015 118TH AVE in Maple Ridge.
Open House on Saturday, January 26, 2013 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location, youth and beauty. Designer colours, vaulted ceilings in the living room & master bedroom, 3 bathrooms and window seats all around provide luxury & elegance. Stainless steel appliances, large eating area in the kitchen, new hot water tank, and laminate flooring means you can move right in and start off a carefree lifestyle. This convenient west side townhome is on a quiet side of development, features a garage plus street parking at your door and a crawl space for that much needed storage space. Shopping, transit and parks are just a short walk away. Great home, fantastic price! OPEN HOUSE Sat Jan 26th 1-3PM
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Please visit our Open House at 11125 234A ST in Maple Ridge.
Open House on Sunday, January 27, 2013 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Only 3 yrs old with over 3400sq ft of home including an unfinished basement. The perfect family home on a quiet cul de sac across from Kanaka Creek year round elementary school. Watch your kids walk to school! The foyer has vaulted ceilingsand there are hardwood floors throughout the main. The kitchen has lots of cupboards, a large island, GRANITE counters, tile floors and there is a BUTLER'S PANTRY between the kitchen and dining room. There is an eating area off the kitchen and a large family room with a gas fireplace. The main floor also has a den/office and a spacious laundry room. Vaulted ceilings in the main bedroom and games room. Games room could also be a large 4th bedroom. OPEN HOUSE Jan 27th 1-4PM
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I have listed a new property at 11543 ANDERSON PL in Maple Ridge.
LIKE NO OTHER! See why a realtor and former realtor would live here for 25 years! Designed by Fred Formosa. Acreages to west and south provide super privacy. Designed for entertainment, the open plan living area with 2 stories of glass opens to a remarkable deck, half covered with Whistler styled glass roof over the hot tub and lounge area. Completely updated since '06 with air conditioning and economical heat from Heat Pump and efficient furnace, custom kitchen, terrific maple hardwood floor in 2010 and cherry hardwood in bedrooms plus slate floor. Other benefits, 2x6 construction, reliable copper plumbing, clear cedar ceiling, cedar siding, quality fixtures throughout (American Standard,Moen,Kohler) Open House Jan 20 2-4PM
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Please visit our Open House at 11543 ANDERSON PL in Maple Ridge.
Open House on Sunday, January 20, 2013 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
LIKE NO OTHER! See why a realtor and former realtor would live here for 25 years! Designed by Fred Formosa. Acreages to west and south provide super privacy. Designed for entertainment, the open plan living area with 2 stories of glass opens to a remarkable deck, half covered with Whistler styled glass roof over the hot tub and lounge area. Completely updated since '06 with air conditioning and economical heat from Heat Pump and efficient furnace, custom kitchen, terrific maple hardwood floor in 2010 and cherry hardwood in bedrooms plus slate floor. Other benefits, 2x6 construction, reliable copper plumbing, clear cedar ceiling, cedar siding, quality fixtures throughout (American Standard,Moen,Kohler) Open House Jan 20 2-4PM
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You will have now received your property tax assessment for 2013 and only have until 
January 31st 2013 to appeal the assessment. If you think your property is assessed too high then call us now at 604-466-4549 and we will do an evaluation to confirm the value of your property. If you are assessed too high then we will assist youin preparing a letter to B.C assessment to ask to have the assessment reduced. If they will not alter the assessment then we will also put together a presentation for the appeal board and attend the hearing with you . 

This is a service that we provide at no charge to our past and potential clients, and their friends and family. So do not hesitate to call or pass on our number to your friends and family. We look forward to hearing from you and being of assistance.

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Home buyers face countless decisions when purchasing a home.  One of the first things to establish is whether you prefer a newer or older home.
 
Comparing newer and older homes can be like comparing apples and oranges.  It really depends on your individual preferences and family priorities.  Here are a few advantages each type of home offers:
 
Pros of Older Homes

  1. Old World Charm - Older homes usually boast unique architectural features such as stained glass windows and crown moulding.

  2. Location - Older homes are often located in well established communities with mature trees and developed landscaping.  They're also usually close to popular downtown amenities.

  3. Solid as a Rock - The craftsmanship that went into building homes years ago was usually second to none which means they're built to last.

  4. Outdoor Space - Older homes usually have larger lots which is an important consideration if you value your privacy or wish to extend your home in the future.


 
Pros of Newer Homes

  1. Customizable - A brand new home allows you to customize to your own tastes with options such as heated floors, granite countertops or even simple items like fixtures.

  2. Low Maintenance - You're not likely to encounter any serious problems as everything's brand new.  The home's exterior will also be much easier to maintain.

  3. Functional - Newer homes are laid out with functional features such as open concept rooms, attached garages, larger storage areas and ensuite bathrooms.

  4. Energy Efficient - Better windows, insulation and appliances mean newer homes are more energy efficient which translates into lower monthly bills for homeowners.


Newer homes are usually more functional but existing homes offer a level of character that new homes can't match.  You may have a fixed idea of what you prefer but keep an open mind and make sure you're familiar with the pros and cons of each.  This is one of the biggest investments you'll ever make so do your research before signing on the dotted line.

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board overall

 

Single family houses sales for December totalled 426 with the average sale price of $1,078,495. This 32% decrease in number of sales and a 1% increase in average price over last year same time period (December) . Townhouse sales for December totalled 213 with an average sale price of $547,966. This is a 16% decrease in the number of sales and an increase of 8% in average price over the same time period last year (December). Condominiums December sales totalled 504 with the average sale price of $415,991. This a 34% decrease in number of sales and decease of 6% in average price over the same time period last year (December). Total of all types for December was 1143 sales with an average sale price of $689,366. This is a 31% decrease in number of sales and average price basically unchanged over December last year. 

 

The total number of sales ran about 31% below the same month in the previous year with minimal change in average price in all categories. The Vancouver Real Estate Board sales volume year to date is down by 22% and year to date average sales price is down 6%. The number of active listings is 16% higher this December compared to last December. High inventory and reduced demand has the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver stating that it continues to be a BUYERS market. Over the last 6 months the number of sales has consistently been 25-30% below the 10 year average. Overall prices are off about 6% for 2012 over 2011.

 

Local Maple Ridge

Single family houses December sales totalled 30 with the average sale price of $494,957. This a 54% decrease in number of sales and average price decrease of 9% compared to December last year. Townhouse December sales totalled 7 with an average sale price $275,771. This is a 60% decrease in the number of sales and a decrease of 3% in average price compared to last December.Condominiums December sales totalled 10 with the average sale price of $177,370. This is a 41% decrease in number of sales and a 25% increase in price over last December.

Total of all types of sales for December was 47 with an average sale price of $394,740. This is a 53% decrease in number of sales and a 8% decrease in average price over last December.

 

The Maple Ridge sales volume year to date is down by 13% and year to date average sales price is basically unchanged at $501,538 for single family homes. The average sale price has been within $3000 of this number for 3 years. Townhouses and apartments have seen decreases in average sale prices of at least 6% in the last year

 

The number of properties on the market in Maple Ridge for December is 796 which is 1% above last December.

 

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

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