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I have sold a property at 5944 128A ST in Surrey.
Beautifully maintained 5BR 4.5BTH Panorama home. Found within a quiet, family-friendly culdesac, this welcoming home invites you in with a stunning, formal living room centred around an elegant fireplace. Guests will gravitate towards an expansive, granite topped island in the heart of the home surrounded by beautiful finishes & stainless steel appliances overlooking an open family/dining while you prepare gourmet meals in the enclosed spice kitchen. Upper level is reserved for tastefully appointed rooms boasting sizable closets & lavish, spa-like bathrooms. Basement offers a separate entry 2BR 1BTH suite creating multiple living options. Convenient back lane access leads to a generous driveway, double garage & low maintenance yard. Near Panorama Park Elem, Panorama Ridge Sec, Hwy 10 & 91.
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I have sold a property at 8524 117B ST in Delta.
Welcoming you into 5BR 2.5BTH Annieville corner lot home. Tastefully renovated over last few years including new roof, windows, floors, lighting fixtures, doors, bathrooms, hot water tank, furnace, kitchen with quarts counter tops. This move-in ready house has functional main floor, expansive living room is illuminated by cheery bay window highlighting an elegant fireplace. Enjoy lively family dinners in the generous dining room or step out onto the rare, wraparound balcony to relax. Create gourmet meals in your bright, eat-in kitchen featuring modern cabinetry & crisp, quartz counters contrasting against a rich tiled back splash. Walkout 2BR bsmt suite & leads to your sizable fenced easy care yard. Close to both level of schools, hwy 91 & 99, shopping and other amenities.
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I have listed a new property at 5944 128A ST in Surrey.
Beautifully maintained 5BR 4.5BTH Panorama home. Found within a quiet, family-friendly culdesac, this welcoming home invites you in with a stunning, formal living room centred around an elegant fireplace. Guests will gravitate towards an expansive, granite topped island in the heart of the home surrounded by beautiful finishes & stainless steel appliances overlooking an open family/dining while you prepare gourmet meals in the enclosed spice kitchen. Upper level is reserved for tastefully appointed rooms boasting sizable closets & lavish, spa-like bathrooms. Basement offers a separate entry 2BR 1BTH suite creating multiple living options. Convenient back lane access leads to a generous driveway, double garage & low maintenance yard. Near Panorama Park Elem, Panorama Ridge Sec, Hwy 10 & 91.
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I have listed a new property at 8524 117B ST in Delta.
Welcoming you into 5BR 2.5BTH Annieville corner lot home. Tastefully renovated over last few years including new roof, windows, floors, lighting fixtures, doors, bathrooms, hot water tank, furnace, kitchen with quarts counter tops. This move-in ready house has functional main floor, expansive living room is illuminated by cheery bay window highlighting an elegant fireplace. Enjoy lively family dinners in the generous dining room or step out onto the rare, wraparound balcony to relax. Create gourmet meals in your bright, eat-in kitchen featuring modern cabinetry & crisp, quartz counters contrasting against a rich tiled back splash. Walkout 2BR bsmt suite & leads to your sizable fenced easy care yard. Close to both level of schools, hwy 91 & 99, shopping and other amenities.
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Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,619 sales of all property types on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in September, an increase of 24.1 per cent compared to the 1,305 sales in September of last year, and a 13.8 per cent decrease compared to the 1,879 sales in August 2017. This was the fifth highest sales total for a September in the Board’s history.


Of the total sales processed 392 were townhouses and 470 were apartments, together representing 53% of market activity in September.

 

For the Fraser Valley region the average number of days to sell an apartment in September was 19 days, and 18 days for townhomes. Single family detached homes remained on market for an average of 29 days before selling.


HPI® Benchmark Price Activity


Single Family Detached: The Benchmark price for a single family detached home in the Valley decreased 0.2 per cent compared to August 2017, and increased 11.2 per cent compared to September 2016.


• Townhomes: The Benchmark price for a townhome in the Fraser Valley increased 1.4 per cent compared to August 2017, and increased 17.7 per cent compared to September 2016.


• Apartments: The Benchmark price for apartments/condos in the Fraser Valley increased 2.5 per cent compared to August 2017, and increased 35.2 per cent compared to September 2016.

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Your home is likely your largest asset, so selling it may be the biggest financial move you’ve ever made, one that requires significant thought and strategy.  However, once you’ve entered the market, the process may move very quickly:  your property has the best chance to sell within its first seven weeks on the market.  Studies indicate that the longer a property stays on the market, the less it will ultimately sell for.  So, you need to ensure you’re ahead of the game.  Get your property into top selling shape before it hits the market in order to increase its chances of selling within the desired window of time and drawing top dollar.

 

Use the following tips to seize control of the home-selling process before you begin:

 

1. Establish the Reasons you Want to Sell your Home:

 

These reasons will direct the path you take in the home-selling process.  If, for example, you have already purchased a new home and your goal is to make a quick sale on your current home, this reason will chart your approach.  If, on the other hand, you aim to net the highest price possible for your home, you would need to prepare yourself for a potentially slower process.  Be clear about these reasons, as they will directly influence the amount of time and effort you put into preparing your home for sale, and the amount you set for your asking price.

 

2. Pricing:

 

It is essential you list your property at a competitive market value right from the start.  The competitive nature of the market means that over-pricing by a few thousand dollars could make the difference between your home selling quickly or not selling at all.  Overpricing your home could potentially yield the following results:  minimized offers, fewer showings, fewer agent responses, limited financing, limited buyers qualified for your type of home, or a smaller net price.  You can avoid these outcomes by setting the price of your home at its market value when you first list. 

 

3. Do your Homework:

 

Perhaps the most “hands-on” approach to educating yourself about the nature of the current market—what works and what doesn’t—is to explore other homes on the market.  Take advantage of Open Houses in your area, particularly in those homes similar to your own.  Take some notes.  Observe floor plans, lot size, appearance, location, and other features of the property.  Then compare asking prices.  Go through this process before setting your own asking price.  Remember:  you want to get a selling price as close to your asking price as possible.  And if you want to attract this price quickly, you won’t accomplish this by setting your price higher than your neighbour’s.

 

4. Choosing a Realtor:

 

Your choice of Realtor will greatly influence your home-selling experience.  For better or for worse, this person will be with you every step of the way during one of the largest financial ventures of your life—and will make a difference in the speed with which your house is sold, and how much it sells for.  Don’t take this relationship lightly.  You should consider a few Realtors before you narrow down your choice.  Of course, one of the initial factors to consider will be whether the Realtor’s personality and enthusiasm is a fit for you and your family.  Also, each candidate should be able to provide you with information on the following areas:  the length of time s/he has been involved in residential real estate in your area, the marketing strategy s/he would use to sell your home, details on other properties in your area their company has sold (how much the property sold for and how long it spent on the market), and his/her philosophy or method of negotiation.  You might want to request a reference list of former clients as well.  Choose a few names on the list and call them.

 

5. Cleanliness:

 

Make no mistake, prospective Buyers will be turned off by even a minimal lack of cleanliness, or an odour.  Sellers may lose thousands of dollars if they fail to thoroughly clean the house before they begin to show it.  Begin by clearing the house of excess junk, clutter, and furniture.  Create more space.  Make every room sparkle.  Eliminate odours.  You may be the last to notice a peculiar odour in your house, but it may be the first thing a potential Buyer notices.  So, air out your house prior to showing.  Keep pets in the yard as much as possible, and send any household smokers outside. 

 

6. Access to your Home:

Agents will be more reluctant to show your home if it isn’t readily accessible.  They don’t want to waste their time running around, picking up and dropping off keys.  Rather, a key should be immediately available for agents at all times. 

 

Also, go through the following last-minute list to prepare for showing your home:  keep all lights on, doors unlocked, and drapes and shutters open.  If you can, leave the house while it is being shown.  Head to the local coffee shop, or take the kids to the park.  Prospective Buyers will feel more intrusive if the owner of the house is present while they are viewing.  If you can’t leave the house, be as unassuming as possible. 

 

7. Updated Interior:

 

A fresh coat of paint may be one of your best investments when preparing your home for the market.  New paint can take years off the appearance of your home, dramatically increasing its perceived value.  Likewise, if your carpeting appears worn, old, or is an outdated pattern, consider replacing it.  The carpet or paint in one room could be the difference between a successful sale and your home being overlooked.


8. Drive-Up Appeal:

 

If the buyer doesn’t like the outside of your house, s/he may choose to skip it entirely.  It is essential that your home possess a certain “drive-up appeal.”  Remember, a potential buyer’s first impression of your house is formed while s/he is still sitting in the realtor’s car.  Ensure the trees are trimmed, the walkway swept, the lawn cut.  Paint the door, and put out a new, plush door mat.  All of these little things will contribute to the overall effect of a well cared-for and welcoming home. 

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(Surrey, BC) – Property sales in the Fraser Valley soared in April compared to one year ago increasing by 37 percent.

There were 2,009 sales processed on the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in April, compared to 1,470 in April of last year. These volumes rank third highest of all time for the month with the next best April in 2004 and prior to that in 1991.

“April was a very active market,” says Jorda Maisey, Board President. “The low cost of borrowing continues to attract first-time buyers and families looking to either downsize or upsize as they take advantage of the equity they’ve built up in their existing homes.”

Though there was a 2 per cent increase in new listings processed in April, as compared to April 2014, the increase was not enough to balance out the market. Total active inventory on the MLS® at month’s end was 8,384 properties, the lowest for the month of April in eight years.

As Maisey explains, what sellers are most looking for is a single family detached home, “In some of our areas, sixty to seventy per cent of inventory is selling. Depending on the location, some detached homes are selling in a matter of days, not weeks, which is why if you’re a buyer it’s so important to work with a professional who knows your neighbourhood and is networked with other REALTORS®.”

With demand high and available product slim, the benchmark price of single family detached homes continues to increase in most areas. In April, the MLS® HPI benchmark price of a detached home was $595,600, an increase of 5.2 per cent compared to April 2014 when it was $566,000.

The benchmark price of townhouses in April was $300,400, an increase of 0.6 per cent compared to $298,700 in April 2014. The benchmark price of apartments decreased year-over-year by 2.6 per cent, going from $196,300 in April 2014, to $191,200 last month.

Maisey adds, “For apartment owners, take heart, the condominium market in the Fraser Valley is improving. We are starting to see more activity at open houses and an increase in the number of sales; however, that market remains firmly in balance with plenty of selection and prices still flat or declining in certain areas.”

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If you want potential home buyers to fall in love with your house, they first have to know it's for sale. This is where a strong marketing plan comes into play, which not only publicizes your property but gives people a preview of your home before they get there. 


A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Regardless of whether your home is to be featured online, in a REALTOR'S® publication or paid advertisement, quality photos are a must. You must capture your home's best qualities in each image. Take a photo of the front and back of the home, along with interior photos of every room. Try various angles and lighting situations, which gives you the opportunity to choose the best shots.

When photographing any part of your home, make sure that it's spotless. Home buyers, especially those with children or pets, would love to see a yard. If your house has a lot of room to run, showcase it in photos. If you live in a condominium or townhouse, emphasize nearby activities that offer family fun. This may include a swimming pool, recreation center, tennis court, etc.

When you present your photos to the REALTOR®, he/she will use them to pique the interest of potential buyers. If a buyer likes the photos, their next step will be to schedule a tour of the home. Hence, the right photos are invaluable when selling real estate.

 

Sign Here

Believe it or not, one of the best marketing strategies is free. By placing a sign in your yard, you will let anyone driving by know that your home is for sale. Even if you live in an area that does not get a lot of traffic, a passerby may notice the sign and tell someone they know who is in the market for a new home. Your REALTOR® will likely provide you with a sign, which should be placed in a visible area of your lawn. You can also place a sign in your window or on your front door. Be sure to check with your local community association, if applicable, regarding placement and permission for this type of sign.


Paid Advertisements

Many REALTORS® advertise their listings in local real estate publications, their business Web site and even the occasional ad in the newspaper. Depending on the terms of your listing agreement, you may be able to continue advertising the home independently. Check with your REALTOR® about their commission policy if you sell the house yourself.

If you decide to advertise yourself, try the local newspaper first. People looking to move into your area will likely be browsing the newspaper for real estate ads. Keep in mind that it's not just newcomers who may be looking to buy a new home. Perhaps an empty nester is looking for a smaller abode or a growing family is looking to upgrade to a larger house, so don't discount locals as potential buyers.


Hold An Open House

If you want potential buyers to fall in love with your home, invite them in to see what it has to offer. An open house allows for anyone to simply drop in, with or without an appointment, to tour the home. In some cases, a successful open house may result in an offer or possibly multiple offers that same day. You can advertise an open house with signs in your yard, posting a notice on local bulletin boards and by utilizing free or paid ads online and/or in your local newspaper.

In most cases, your REALTOR® will schedule the open house and will help answer questions from potential buyers. If you are still living in the home, the date and time should be convenient for you, but also a day that would be convenient for others. For most, the weekend is a good time and most open houses are an all-day event.

 

For the best approach at a successful marketing strategy, confer with your REALTOR®. Successful agents know their markets and what will likely be the best approach to selling your home. Don't be afraid, though, to offer your input and ask questions as you develop your marketing plan. 


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