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We are proud to have listed a new property at 1771 AMBLE GREEN DR in Surrey.
A place to call home. This timeless and well-designed 4 bedroom 3 bath home is nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac. This tastefully renovated house boasts 2164 sq. ft. on a private 9375 sq ft northwest facing lot. Renos include Kitchen tile floor, backsplash, new windows, bathrooms, fireplace, engineered hardwood, freshly painted kitchen cabinet. Charming wood & gas burning fireplaces. The kitchen, eating area and family room overlook the picturesque backyard & patio/deck area. Close to parks, Laronde Elementary School, shopping, restaurants, and the beach. A great location in a family friendly neighbourhood.
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Please visit our Open House at 1771 AMBLE GREEN DR in Surrey.
OPEN HOUSE: 2 - 4pm
A place to call home. This timeless and well-designed 4 bedroom 3 bath home is nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac. This tastefully renovated house boasts 2164 sq. ft. on a private 9375 sq ft northwest facing lot. Renos include Kitchen tile floor, backsplash, new windows, bathrooms, fireplace, engineered hardwood, freshly painted kitchen cabinet. Charming wood & gas burning fireplaces. The kitchen, eating area and family room overlook the picturesque backyard & patio/deck area. Close to parks, Laronde Elementary School, shopping, restaurants, and the beach. A great location in a family friendly neighbourhood.
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By Julie Sprankles|Jan. 2nd, 2018

 

 

If you're in the market for a house, first of all, congrats! Buying a home is one of the most rewarding — albeit at times exasperating — things you'll do in your life. By the time you're ready to buy, you likely have a sufficient grasp on the basic necessities: a solid foundation, a roof that doesn't leak, wiring that won't cause your new home to spontaneously combust, and so on. But what about the other stuff you should be mindful of? You know, the considerations not covered during your home inspection?

These more personal assessments may not be as "dear-god-get-me-out-of-here" detrimental as a crumbling foundation, but they could likewise affect your quality of life for the foreseeable future. So here are a few things to watch for, as well as the ones you shouldn't sweat.


 

3 Things to Pay Attention To:


1. The amount of natural light

Unless you're particularly partial to living like a cave-dweller, you want your home to have ample natural light. Besides making everything inside look better, it just makes you feel better. Yet this is often glossed over by some buyers during the house hunt. If you have your sights set on a house, schedule viewings at different times of the day to get an accurate picture of the natural light situation.

If you need secondary motivation outside of how beautiful natural light is, consider this: The amount of natural light in your home could indicate bigger (read: more costly) issues. Too little and you may have to add or modify existing windows, which could run upwards of $15,000.

2. The driveway and parking situation

You may be thinking, "Really? The driveway?" To which the answer is, "Yes. Really, really." The dimensions of your driveway could very well determine how quickly your new-home infatuation fades. It may seem silly in the grand scheme of things, but consider your parking spot like an extended part of your entryway. If the drive is too narrow, you'll spend countless hours playing musical cars to squeeze vehicles in. Alternately, if it's too long and you live in an area prone to snowdrifts, you may never want to leave home during the winter months. Street parking may seem like a viable option, but some cities have strict regulations regarding visitors and even overnight parking. Be sure to ask!



3. The neighbourhood

This is the epicenter of the house hunt for many people for one readily apparent reason: You want to like the area where you live. But there are a few less obvious things to consider before you hit the local coffee shop in preparation for your first early Saturday open house. Are there ample sidewalks in case you want to take a leisurely stroll or go for a bike ride? Is it in close proximity to public transportation? If you have kids, there's little doubt you looked into the local school district. Even if you don't, though, keep in mind a better school district equals a better resale value. And, finally, read any HOA documents before you sign on the dotted line. It will be tedious beyond belief, but doing so will alert you to restrictions, bylaws, and other issues that could be unwelcome surprises down the road.



3 Things to Ignore


1. The seller's style

Don't let that Day-Glo paint in the kitchen be a deal breaker. For that matter, don't let any paint color put you off of a home you like. You can always repaint and, let's be honest, what first time home-buyer doesn't want to hand-pick their own hues anyway? Similarly, if the seller's fuzzy toilet seat cover stresses you out, don't worry — they'll take it with them when they go. It can be hard to envision your stuff in a home that currently clashes with your personal style, but try to remember decor is easily changed and offers you the opportunity to tailor things to your own tastes.

2. Clutter

Hey, life is busy, you know? Sometimes a seller just can't find the time to pack up the plethora of tchotchkes littering their living room before a showing. Cut 'em some slack (selling is just as stressful as buying) and think outside the box. Just bring a tape measure to make sure there actually is enough room for your belongings and focus on the condition of the house as opposed to its clutter.

 

3. Unsolicited opinions

You'll soon find that everyone and their brother has an opinion about your potential new home, from the color of its exterior to the quality of the finishes inside. If you feel as though a particular piece of unsolicited advice may be helpful, by all means cull that wisdom. Fortunately, though, you can simply ignore anything else. You're the one who'll be living there and paying the mortgage. Ultimately, the only person you need to please when you pick your house is you.


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Is Fraser Valley the next big market in the B.C. housing sector?

 

 

Latest numbers from the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) revealed that B.C.’s southwestern region has experienced significant home price growth in February, indicating a possible companion to the red-hot Vancouver market in the near future. Last week, the Board revealed that the benchmark price for a single-family property in the Valley increased by 20.4 per cent year-over-year and 0.4 per cent compared to January, hitting $859,300.

 

 

 

 

“This is the kind of February we like to see. Last year at this time, the incredible demand created a market that was difficult for consumers,”

according to FVREB president Gopal Sahota, as quoted by CBC News.

 

 

“Now, we have sales moving upward from the winter months at a typical, healthy pace and a growing inventory to support it,”
Sahota stated, adding that the numbers are so far showing a “return to normal historical sales numbers.” Apartment prices also rose sharply by 26 per cent compared to February 2016 and 1.8 per cent month-over-month, up to $267,000. Meanwhile, average townhome costs grew by 25 per cent year-over-year and 0.5 per cent since January, reaching $422,400. Recently, Finance Minister Bill Morneau assured that the federal government is still closely monitoring the Canadian housing market, amid seemingly inexorable price growth in Vancouver and Toronto. 

 

“We continue to be very focused on thinking about how we can manage what is peoples’ most significant investment. And we do watch the level of indebtedness, in particular around housing,” Morneau stated, adding that “strong underlying markets” continue to drive the two cities’ outsized performance.  “So in Toronto and Vancouver, unemployment is lower in those two places than it is in some other places. Incomes are higher. The economy is doing better. So there are underlying reasons for the housing markets to do better and we’ll continue to monitor, to work with provinces and municipalities who have an important role to play here to manage what we see [as] a challenge, but not one that isn’t manageable.”

 

 

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Home sales dropped, prices remained strong and one property type bucked the trend... Let our useful infographic make sense of Fraser Valley real estate stats

REW.ca
January 5, 2017
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Despite a slow December, 2016 was the busiest year on record for property sales in the Fraser Valley, beating out the previous record set in 2005, according to statistics released January 4 by the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.

Home sales dropped in December but prices remained strong – and one property type saw higher resales than one year previously.

Check out our infographic below to see the breakdown of sales by property type and prices by individual area. 

To read the full story and analysis of Fraser Valley sales from December and the whole of 2016, click here.

 

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We are pleased to have sold a property at 1755 OCEAN PARK RD in Surrey.
STUNNING OCEAN PARK BLUFF EXECUTIVE HOME with sweeping ocean & island views & amazing sunsets. Custom built by Gallery homes, this Bill Daniel's designed estate offers the very finest in craftmanship. Entering from the gated entrance tothe floating patio (with outdoor fireplace). Nothing but the finest is incorporated into this one of a kind masterpiece. Sandstone floors, with painted splash in the spacious gourmet kitchen, solid granite, 4 1/2 baths with Kohler fixtures, wine cellar, double heat pumps, air-conditioning, heated triple car garage and tiled floors, den with fireplace. Just a few of countless features. TRULY AN EQUISITE HOME.
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