12 Tips Before You Leave for the Holidays

Leaving your home during the holidays? Follow these tips to keep it safe and save a few bucks on bills while you’re gone.

1. Put mail on hold
An overstuffed mailbox or a pile of newspapers at the bottom of your driveway can be an invitation to thieves. Not only is it a sign that no one’s home, identity thieves can find all sorts of goodies while sorting through unattended mail. Go to usps.com to have the US Postal Service hold your mail, and also check on your options for holding newspaper delivery.

2. Put lights on a timer
It makes it appear that someone is home. If you can, switch your exterior lights to the “motion-activated” setting.

3. Check batteries
Make sure the batteries are fresh in your smoke alarms and that they function.

4. Remove valuables
Hiding your jewelry is always an option, but when you’re gone for several days, thieves have more time to hunt through the house. If you can, place jewelry and important documents in a safety deposit box or home safe.

5. Grab your spare key
Bring inside any keys that are hidden outside. You can give one to a neighbor along with your contact information where you’ll be, just in case there’s an emergency.

7. Unplug
Your electronics will still suck energy while you’re gone. Unplug the biggies, like your TV and computer.

8. Don’t advertise your trip online
At least until you return, when it’s safe to make your Facebook friends jealous with photos from your holiday beach vacation. Don’t post the dates when you’re leaving your house vacant.

9. Switch your water heater to “vacation” mode
It won’t turn off completely, but it will still save energy.

10. Lower your thermostat
Keep it warm enough to prevent the pipes – and the goldfish – from freezing. Your energy company can recommend a temperature that’s appropriate for your climate.

11. Deodorize the sink
To avoid returning to a kitchen disposal that belches up the stench of your pre-vacation dinner, run it with a half-cup of vinegar, or lemon peels and ice cubes, before you leave. To keep things smelling fresh, it’s also a good idea to throw out any food that will go bad while you’re gone and make sure to take out any trash.

12.  Bleach the bowl
Dump half a cup of chlorine bleach into your toilet bowl to prevent mineral stains from developing.

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You’re not going to want to miss this beautifully updated top floor unit! The gourmet kitchen was completely redone in 2017, filled with high-end appliances and upgrades. The open floor plan makes for a bright space, perfect for entertaining, and the large pantry and closet space offers lots of storage. The large master bedroom has an ensuite and with an added solarium space perfect for a home office. Conveniently located at Main St. and 41 Ave it’s a short walk to Oakridge shopping, Queen Elizabeth Park, and Transit right outside your door. Call today to book your appointment. Sneak Peak Open House Thursday Oct.5th 5-6pm and Saturday Oct.7th 12-2pm.

 

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House Sized Townhouse has Plenty of Space for Your Family!

Great space for your family nestled next to the quiet walking trails of Stony Creek. This house size townhome has plenty of room for your family and is part of a fabulous community. Conveniently located close to Lougheed Mall, shopping and the Skytrain are close. Up the block from Stone Creek Elmtry and around the corner from Burnaby Mountain High and SFU. This home has nice updates including a gourmet kitchen, bathrooms, and flooring. The family room and storage downstairs will make life easy. The outdoor spaces and warm gas fireplace will make life fun and enjoyable for entertaining. Call for an appointment today or come by our Sneak Peek open Thursday 6-7pm or Open House Saturday 2-4pm.001

Tasteful Townhouse that you’re going to want to see!

002The Madison is one of South Surreys finest buildings, this classy home features an open floor plan and private entrance. The California Closets and extra storage along with the outdoor patio and garden area extend your living space for a house like feeling. Centrally located, this convenient location is directly across from a park, walking distance to White Rock, Semiahmoo mall & transit. The chef in the family will appreciate the gas cook top and spacious kitchen. This building has great amenities with a fabulous community feel makes this unit the perfect place to live. Call today for an appointment or come and see us at our Sneak Peek Open House Thursday 5-6pm or Open Sunday 2-4pm.

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Bright and Spacious Corner Unit!

This affordable, bright, and spacious corner unit is centrally located close to transit and shopping. With a walking score of 96 you can leave the car behind. Close proximity to Downtown, VGH, and Broadway and Granville makes getting around town easy. The unit has been extremely well kept and offers ultimate flexibility with a den, large enough to be a second bedroom and solarium space perfect for an office space. Sorry no rentals, and pets okay up to 2 max (but they need to be approved.) Open house Thursday 5-6pm and Sunday 1-3pm

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Completely Renovated Stunner!

This classy home has brand new stainless steel appliances, in a gourmet kitchen. This well run complex, is very friendly and welcoming. The convenient location has Stony Creek school across the street, Burnaby Mountain around the corner and SFU up the hill, not to mention the Sky Train and Lougheed Shopping Centre are close by making life easy. Pets are welcome and rentals are not capped but do require a min 6 month lease. Wake up to a quiet, serene setting with trails on Burnaby Mountain close by. Sneak Peek Open House, Thursday 5-6pm and Open Sunday 1-3pm or call for an appointment.

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How’s the market?

Many people are asking these days how is the market? But what they really want to know is, are we going to see the big correction? Are prices going to drop?

At the moment, the basic economic principals of supply and demand have the market continuing to be robust. More people are looking to buy than the current supply can handle so we are continuing to see prices rise.  The recent election could change these factors however, we will have to wait and see how that all finalizes before we will see how it may impact real estate.

When we talk about “The Market,” we really need to get specific. Detached homes on the Westside in Dunbar for example are moving along at a surprisingly brisk pace and selling better than higher end homes in Burnaby for a million dollars less. Condo’s downtown or well anywhere in Metro Vancouver are on fire! We continue to see multiple offers in that segment of the market. Areas and types of homes are wide ranging so you really need to get specific when you are asking; “How is the market?”

The media and speculation around real estate has been a hot topic for years.  But as I said above it’s very important to look at the fundamentals of the market. For this reason, be careful of what you hear in the media. Often, they will take information on a broad level and apply it to “the market.”  Here is an example, while the demand for Condo’s and Townhomes continues to drive the Metro Vancouver Rea Estate Market. Sales in April for Condos and Townhomes were down 25.7% when compared to last year. That doesn’t sound good, does it?  We need more context! Last year was a record year so it not necessarily the best year to compare any other average year against. When you look at the bigger picture our sales are actually 4.8% higher than the ten-year average or what you could say, is more typical.  What does this all mean? While we are not keeping pace with the record level of last year it is still an active market and stronger than your typical market over the last ten year. That is not nearly as dramatic as a 27% drop that people want to be talking about or what the media would like to portray.

If you would like to avoid hyperbole and get more context and information on your situation, now is not at all a bad time to be selling and I would be happy to sit down and talk about your specific needs or questions. We also have been using some new strategies for buyers in a challenging market that are having success as well so we would be happy to share what that look like.

 

 

Investors Alert! Perfect Downtown Rental Property

Convenient location steps to Yaletown, Gastown, Robson St, Seawall, & Skytrain station. This classy building has amazing features including: a gym, sauna, steam room, hot tub, party room, & theatre room. The open floor plan and convenient flex space give this unit versatile options as to how the space is used. This investment property is leased until the end of March 31 2018, so investor buyers only. Great tenant paying $1800. Turn key investment opportunity. 1 parking included, peek a boo view and amazing location make this a very easy rental. Pets allowed up to 25 pounds. Showings by appointment please allow notice.

 

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The Perfect Starter Home! 301-9132 Capella Dr.

This bright top floor unit has is the perfect starter home. Complete with generous sized rooms and balcony. The large laundry room offers lots of storage, and open living room and the kitchen is perfect for entertaining. Amenities include a clubhouse and outdoor swimming pool. Very well managed complex. Close to SFU, schools, Lougheed Mall and Skytrain! Pet-friendly strata with no size restrictions for dogs, and with a greenbelt across the street there are plenty of good walking trails. This is a very warm and friendly community that is welcoming to all. Sneak Peek open Thurs. Mar. 30th 5-6pm. Open Sunday 2-4pm. Call for an appointment today!

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