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I have listed a new property at 7 11588 232ND ST in Maple Ridge.
Well kept townhome with a single garage close to schools and public transportation. Updates in last few years include new kitchen and new floors.The bathrooms have new fixturtes and the roof on the complex was done in 2004. There are threebedrooms up plus a large den / laundry room that could be a 4th bedroom (laundry can be moved to garage). Spacious eating area off the kitchen and sliding glass doors to the patio with lots of greenery. Close enough to shopping that you could walk and both elementary and high schools are nearby. Well maintained family complex, have a look.
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I have listed a new property at 17 21015 118TH AVE in Maple Ridge.
Location, youth and beauty. Designer colors, 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 with a carefree lifestyle. This convenient west side townhome is on the quiet side of the developement, features a garage plus street parking at your door and a crawl space for storage space. Shopping, transit and parks are just a short walk away. Great home, fantastic price! OPEN HOUSE June 23 1-4PM
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Please visit our Open House at 17 21015 118TH AVE in Maple Ridge.
Open House on Sunday, June 23, 2013 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location, youth and beauty. Designer colors, 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 with a carefree lifestyle. This convenient west side townhome is on the quiet side of the developement, features a garage plus street parking at your door and a crawl space for storage space. Shopping, transit and parks are just a short walk away. Great home, fantastic price! OPEN HOUSE June 23 1-4PM
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I have listed a new property at 10445 TAMARACK CREST in Maple Ridge.
Spacious family home in desireable Kanaka Ridge area. Near to the ice rink, sports fields, Kanaka Creek Park and lots or walking trails. This 3 bedroom home has a large kitchen with an island and stainless steel appliances. French doors lealead to the party size south facing deck and there is a den on the main floor. The master bedroom is huge with it's own balconey and 5 piece ensuite. The separate sitting area in the main with French doors to the balconey overlooking the rear yard would be idealfor a nursery. The basement has recreation room big enough for a pool table, a 4 piece bath and a large bedroom. Bonus is the 4 x 10 concrete wine cellar. Don't forget the 1/4 acre tiered yard backing on to Kanaka Creek Park!!
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Please visit our Open House at 17 21015 118TH AVE in Maple Ridge.
Open House on Sunday, June 23, 2013 1:00 pm - 4:00 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 with a carefree lifestyle. This convenient west side townhome is on the quiet side of the development, features a garage plus side 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. OPEN HOUSE June 23 1-4PM
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Please visit our Open House at 20505 115TH AVE in Maple Ridge.
Open House on Sunday, June 23, 2013 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Well kept West side rancher with three bedrooms and two full bathrooms on a quiet cul de sac. Features include hardwood floors throughout and a gas fireplace in the living room. There is a spacious kitchen with an eating area and sliding doors to the back yard. All this covered with a roof that is only three years old, PLUS the home has central A/C for those warm summer days. Lots of room in the double garage and there is rear yard access so you can park an RV on the side of the house. The rear yard has a storage shed and a chain link fenced dog run. Well kept home for the retiree or first time buyer. In the Hammond school area and easy access to shopping and public transit including West Coast Express. OPEN HOUSE June 23 2-4PM
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Vancouver Real Estate board overall

 

Single family houses sales for May totalled 1220 with the average sale price of $1,169,149. This 3% increase in number of sales and 8% increase in average price over last year same time period (May). Townhouse sales for May totalled 534 with an average sale price of $574,881. This is a 3% increase in the number of sales and an increase of 4% in average price over the same time period last year (May). 

 

Condominiums May sales totalled 1136 with the average sale price of $448,768. This a 1% decrease in number of sales and 2% decrease in average price over the same time period last year (May).

 

Total of all types for May was 2890 sales with an average sale price of $776,176. This is a 1% increase in number of sales and 6% increase in average price over May last year.

 
The Vancouver Real Estate Board sales volume year to date is down by 12% year to date and year to date average sales price is basically unchanged. The number of active listings is 3% lower this May compared to last May. It would appear that prices have stabilized in both single family and townhouses while condos are still experiencing some decrease in pricing.

Local Maple Ridge

 
Single family home sales in April totalled 101 with the average sale price of $477,882. This a 17% decrease in number of sales and average price decrease of 7% compared to May last year. Townhouse sales  in May totalled 24 with an average sale price $299,916. This is a 36% decrease in the number of townhouse sales and average price has basically remained unchanged from last May. Condominium sales in May totalled 18 with the average sale price of $185,147. This is an 5% increase in number of sales and average price increase of 2% over last May.

 

Total of all types of sales for May was 143 with an average sale price of $411,166. This is a 19% decrease in number of sales and a 6% decrease in average price over last May.

 

Spring activity appears to have stabilized our market with a market that is balanced for Buyers and Sellers. The election in May caused a minor slowdown in the market which is typical when we have an election at the federal, provincial or even local level.

 

The number of properties on the market in Maple Ridge for May is 1007 which is 2% less than last May.

 

Video update from Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board President 

 

http://www.rebgv.org/podcasts/rebgv-market-update-may-2013

 

For more detail just call 604-466-4549 or email

pearceteam@telus.net

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Moving can be an exciting life change; however, it can also be a very stressful event if you're not properly prepared.

It's important to create a detailed checklist a few months ahead of time in order to ensure things go smoothly.  Here are some points to get you started:

Two Months Before

  • Itemize all of the major items you'll be moving.
  • Get estimates and book the movers or rental truck.
  • Start sucking up to friends and family for help!
  • Have a garage sale to get rid of excess clutter.


One Month Before

  • Update your insurance, medical and school records to your new location.
  • Arrange to disconnect and reconnect utilities and telephone/Internet services.
  • Notify any other important parties of your address changes.


A Few Weeks Before

  • Plan meals so food in your fridge and freezer gets used up.
  • Gather boxes and pack up items you don't regularly use.
  • Arrange for someone to look after your pets on moving day.
  • Return library materials and other rental items.


The Final Week

  • Water your plants a couple of days before you move.
  • Pack up belongings and clearly label items that are fragile.
  • Pack a suitcase with items you'll need to get you through the first week in your new home.
  • Gather valuable items such as legal documents and family photos so you can transport them yourself.


Day of the Move

  • Double check the movers have your new address and cell phone number.
  • Have lots of refreshments on hand for your busy helpers!
  • Remove the light bulbs from all of your lamps.
  • Make sure you have your new keys.


Moving causes a wide range of emotions from sadness to extreme excitement.  Although moving can be stressful at times, a little bit of planning will provide you with some very valuable peace of mind.  With the help of the above checklist, you can now breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy this exciting new phase of your life!

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Before you put your home on the market, you'll need to take care of the various repairs you've been putting off as buyers factor these fix-ups into the purchase price and often overestimate the costs involved. They may also believe that other areas of the home have been neglected which can raise unnecessary red flags. Here are some repair jobs that are well worth doing:


  1. Flooring - Buyers almost always prefer hardwood floors so it pays to remove carpet and refinish them if you have hardwood under your carpet. If this isn't the case and your carpet is tired and worn you may want to consider repacing it or offering the buyers a "Flooring Allowance" in their purchase so they can chose the flooring and have it done just prior to moving in. 
  2. Kitchens & Bathrooms - Updating kitchens and bathrooms is one of the best ways to add value to a home. Buyers are put off by dirty grout so apply new caulking to freshen up the entire room. Lights and fixtures are also inexpensive and fairly easy to replace.
  3. A Fresh Coat of Paint - Painting is one of the easiest ways to update your home. Choose a neutral shade and fill in cracks before repainting. Don't forget about the ceilings and make sure you also repair and paint your baseboards as they'll look dirty and beaten up when compared to your freshly painted walls.
  4. Dripping Faucets - It may seem like a minor annoyance to you but to a potential buyer, a dripping tap can signal expensive plumbing repairs! Chances are, it'll only need a new rubber washer that costs less than a dollar so get down to your local hardware store and get it fixed.
  5. Kitchen Cabinets - Many buyers decide whether your home is for them based on the feel of the kitchen. Repainting cabinets and adding new hardware can make a world of difference. If your counter has seen better days, a new counter top will update the entire kitchen without costing an arm and a leg.
  6. The Roof - “It needs a new roof” is a phrase that'll send shivers down a buyer's spine. If your roof needs replacing, it's better to do it now as buyers can get so turned off by the cost and hassle of getting a new roof that it can often be a deal breaker.



Buying a home is an emotional experience so it's very important to create an incredible first impression that'll make buyers want to own your home the moment they set foot in it. You want your home to appear well looked after so take care of the jobs that seem minor like a small rip or stain on your carpet. Taking the time to do repairs to a home you'll soon be moving out of may seem like a hassle now, but it'll be well worth it in the end.

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The Internet has changed the way many of us live our lives, and the process of buying a home is no exception. Buyers previously had to visit a real estate office and thumb through a large book of homes to find out what’s on the market. These days, everything's instantly updated online.

Purchasers have fun at first plugging in home preferences and browsing through a variety of homes. It soon gets pretty frustrating though as subsequent searches force you to sift through homes you’ve already looked at just to discover the latest ones that have hit the market. By the time you finally find your perfect home online, it could be too late.

Some agents now offer a service that emails you properties which match your criteria so you won’t miss out on your dream home. Although there’s no obligation, it’s best to stick with one agent in order to build a strong relationship so they'll be better able to understand your needs. Dealing with more than one agent is unnecessary and causes confusion as agents have access to all the same homes.

It’s important to get acquainted with the market so you’ll be confident enough to move quickly when your dream home finally comes along. You’ll want to provide your agent with a detailed list of criteria that clearly specifies your needs and wants -- for example:

  • What style of home do you prefer?
  • Are the schools in the area important to you?
  • What’s more important: the type of home or the location?
  • What are the minimum number of bedrooms and bathrooms?
  • Does the house have to be in ‘move in’ condition or are you prepared to fix it up?



It’s important to establish a strong line of communication with your agent so they’ll be in tune with your likes and dislikes. Be sure to provide feedback when you receive property updates as it'll help your agent better understand your preferences. It’s a gut wrenching feeling to miss out on a dream home due to miscommunication so make sure you're on the same page.

Finding the perfect home isn't always easy but the right system and clear communication will make it much more enjoyable! If you know of someone who's house hunting, have them drop me a line so I can send them full updates of homes that match their criteria as soon as they hit the market! Instead of playing the frustrating game of telephone tag, they'll be able to sit back and enjoy the process.

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