Is Fraser Valley the next big market in the B.C. housing sector?
Time to register for kindergarten – #SouthSurrey #Surrey #WhiteRock
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Registration begins Jan. 16 for children entering kindergarten in September 2017.
Children who turn five before Jan. 1, 2018 are eligible to start school in the fall.
Kindergarten registration must be done in-person at your neighbourhood school or school of preference (if space is available). For a map of school catchment boundaries, check here and for a list of all schools, check here.
The following documents are required at the school when registering:
* proof of birth date for the students (eg. birth certificate or passport)
* proof of guardianship (eg. birth certificate or other legal documentation)
* proof of citizenship (eg. birth certificate, passport, citizenship card, landed immigrant document, permanent resident card)
* proof of address (eg. rental agreement, utility bill, driver's license)
Please note that enrolment at several schools in Surrey is already at, or over, capacity and they are therefore unable to accept out-of-catchment registrations.
Specialty and choice programs are also available. Some (French Immersion, Intensive Fine Arts, Traditional and Montessori) require online/lottery application, which begins Jan. 30. For more information or to learn about information evenings being held in January 2017, check here.
Find #SouthSurrey & #WhiteRock homes by School Catchment:
South Surrey / White Rock for Lifestyle
This great video really highlights how beautiful it is here in #SouthSurrey & #WhiteRock:
A shout-out to Zack Abelson. Please like his YouTube page. I’m sure he’s one to keep an eye on in the future.
Annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive
Caring for our neighbours
November 14 - 21, 2016
Each year our volunteers collect donations of blankets and warm clothing for those in need throughout the Lower Mainland.
Since we began 22 years ago, more than 290,000 disadvantaged people have been helped by the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive.
How you can help
Please donate the following items for all ages:
• gently used or new blankets or sleeping bags
• warm clothing, coats
• hats, gloves, scarves
• new socks and underwear
Here's where to drop off your donations: real estate offices
Open House: Phase One of Translink's 10-Year Vision
Date & Time: October 25, 2016 (5:30 PM - 8:30 PM)
Join the City and Translink at our White Rock open house to talk about Phase One of the 10-Year Vision, which will reduce road congestion and add new transit services in every community, starting in early 2017.
- Date: October 25, 2016
- Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
- Location: White Rock Community Centre, Gallery
Public consultation on the Phase One plan runs from October 11-31, 2016. Your input will inform the final Investment Plan that's presented to the Mayors' Council and TransLink Board for consideration in November 2016.
Learn more and fill out our online questionnaire by visiting tenyearvision.translink.ca
South Surrey & White Rock Garage Sale Map–Jun 18th
We believe there aren’t a lot of events today due to the forecast of inclement weather.
None the less, here is today’s map.
(click the image for today’s map)
South Surrey & White Rock Real Estate Market Stats – May 2016
South Surrey & White Rock Garage Sales–May 28
Well, there’s another month flying by!
The weather isn’t looking spectacular for today’s events (and there are a great number of Neighbourhood Events happening)!
See the map for individual and Group events.
By the way, Ray Shepherd elementary is having their annual May Fair event to raise funds for the school.
Click on the Ray Shepherd logo below to get more info on the school event.
Enjoy the bargains!
Click on our new logo to get to the map.
South Surrey & White Rock Garage Sales Map–May 21
Here is this long weekend’s garage sale map. As is usually the case with long weekends, there aren’t as many sales as usual.
That means you should be able to find some great bargains at the ones happening!
Look next week for a huge Ocean Park Neighbourhood event, over 35 homes involved!
Stay safe this weekend.
Click the Queen for today’s map.
South Surrey & White Rock Garage Sales - May 7th
Wow! May already!
We have some Neighbourhood events coming up in the coming weeks, including an event in the McNally Creek/South Meridian Neighbourhood.
Click on the SemiDryGrad image to go to today’s map. And remember, we need you to send your friends and family our way when the topic of Real Estate comes up!
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Garage Sales for #SouthSurrey & #WhiteRock April 30
Oh yes! It’s getting busy.
There are two neighbourhood events hosted by some of our Real Estate colleagues.
Be sure to print both pages.
Neighbourhood Garage Sales in McNally Creek (South Meridian) and up the 152nd corridor above 32 Diversion.
Please keep in mind that WE SELL REAL ESTATE! We would appreciate the opportunity to present you or your contacts with our outstanding marketing package.
Feel comfortable referring to us, when the topic of Real Estate comes up.
Click on the image below to go to the maps.
Will This Help First-Time Home Buyers in BC?
Renting out property to get easier as CMHC changes rules
by Steve Randall28 Jul 2015
The rules around the income from rental units considered in home loan applications submitted to the CMHC are changing.
The agency announced Monday that, from September 28, it will allow 100 per cent of the rental income from a unit to be considered for new loan applications submitted to it for mortgage insurance.
That means that a secondary rentals suite’s income, minus costs including property taxes, will boost the size of the loan that buyers can secure.
Qualifying units must have sustainable income, proven by two years of rental rent payments. These payments will be averaged to assess the unit’s income. Applicants will also need a credit rating of at least 680.
Properties with more than a single rental unit will have slightly different rules and this change is most positive for homeowners with one rental unit.
Province Not Biting on Surrey School Trustees’ Bid for Moratorium on Development
Vancouver, BC, Canada / News Talk 980 CKNW | Vancouver's News. Vancouver's Talk
It appears the province has no plans to slow down the growth happening in some Surrey neighbourhoods.
It comes even after school trustees passed a unanimous motion on Thursday calling for a halt in development.
The motion tabled by Laurae McNally suggested provincial funding for new schools isn’t keeping up with the pace of population growth in the fastest growing city in the province.
That’s why they called on the city to halt the development happening in the Clayton, Grandview/South Surrey, and Newton areas.
But education minister Mike Bernier is singing a different tune.
In a statement to CKNW, Bernier says he understands the challenges facing the school district, but hints at major projects already being underway with more slated to come.
He says as the city moves forward, Surrey and other districts experiencing similar growth will be a priority for future capital investments.
I understand the challenges Surrey has and I’ve discussed them with the board when we met a few months ago.
My Ministry is working closely with the Surrey district to find ways to deal with the intense pressures from growth.
As we move forward, Surrey and other districts experiencing growth will be a priority for future capital investments.
There are several major projects underway and more slated to come – the new Clayton North Secondary and additions to three elementary schools are under way – projects worth $64.6 million.
These projects will create 1,870 spaces for Surrey.
Since 2001, we’ve invested more than $337 million for 55 capital and seismic projects, and 12 site acquisitions in Surrey.
Last year we completed Goldstone Park and Katzie elementary schools, and additions to Fraser Heights and Panorama Ridge Secondary. These projects, worth a total of $44.2 million, created 1,160 spaces for elementary and 500 secondary spaces in Surrey.
Earlier in the school year we had the opportunity to experience one of the Semiahmoo Music Society's various concerts. While we had heard great things about the school music program, we were blown away...
Semiahmoo Music Society
Earlier in the school year we had the opportunity to experience one of the Semiahmoo Music Society's various concerts.
While we had heard great things about the school music program, we were blown away by the quality of musicianship of the various levels of bands the school has. Afterwards, we had the opportunity to meet and talk with the Music Department Teachers, all so very enthusiastic and passionate about what they do.
We talked about the students, the funding and how financing the program has it's challenges. Mr. Lowe, the department head, mentioned how they are constantly looking at way to fund-raise for the purchase/upkeep of instruments as well as funding for festivals, workshops and trips, sometimes to far-off places in the world.
We realized we have an opportunity to do our part. We enjoy supporting the community through various fund-raising efforts for food-banks, hospital charities, neighbourhood events and sports participation, but we had no focus on the music. And without music... well, what is there to dance to?
As a Team, we would like donate $400 towards the Semiahmoo Music Society for every house marketed to completion or bought through us in the South Surrey/White Rock area.
If you have experienced the joy of the Semi Music Society's talented students, please keep us in mind when the topic of Real Estate comes up in conversation.
With your assistance we can help the music in our neighbourhood play for years to come.
For more information please contact Andrew at 604-773-3940 or Info at HudsonHomeTeam.com
Trustees Demand City Suspend Development in Three Neighbourhoods
Posted Apr 22, 2016 9:44 pm PDT
SURREY (NEWS 1130) – The Surrey Board of Education is making an unusual move in dealing with overcrowded schools.
Trustees are asking the city to temporarily halt new development in three neighbourhoods.
“At the moment we are in a crisis. This is the worst I have ever seen it on the board,” says Laurae McNally, a 30-year veteran of the board, who spearheaded the motion directed at the city.
The board wants the city to “temporarily suspend all new development approvals in the Clayton, Grandview/South Surrey and South Newton regions until the Surrey School District receives adequate provincial capital funding to support the many new students in these regions.”
“We have 275 classroom portables, which we have to pay for out our operating budget. We have four high schools on extended days,” McNally explains.
“We have 275 classroom portables, which we have to pay for out our operating budget. We have four high schools on extended days,” McNally explains.
Plus, a couple of schools need to run five kindergarten classes to meet demand.
“The $4 million a year that the portables cost us is the equivalent of 50 teachers that we could put in our system.”
She says teachers, students and parents have been very patient but they are getting very tired of the situation.
“Everybody wants to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
”Earlier in the school year we had the opportunity to experience one of the Semiahmoo Music Society's various concerts. While we had heard great things about the school music program, we were blown away...
South Surrey & White Rock Garage, Yard, Moving Sales for April 23 –‘16
Well the weather isn’t optimum (remember, some hosts may cancel if the weather is inclement), so dress appropriately.
Out LocalGarageSale website will have a calendar of Neighbourhood Garage Sales upcoming in the next few months.
If you would like your complex or neighbourhood to have an organized garage sale event, let us know.
Oh, by the way, we donate $500 to community support (like Semiahmoo Music & Peace Arch Hospital Fund) with every home we sell in the area.
Click on the image for the most current Garage Sale map.
#SouthSurrey & #WhiteRock Garage, Yard & Moving Sales – Apr 16
Looks a bit cloudy this AM but it should be nicer later on.
Watch for a schwack (not a real word) of Neighbourhood Garage Sales coming up over the next coupe of months.
So far we have confirmed South Meridian, Bayridge and Rosemary Heights school catchments for Spring.
Look for our new logo’s signs in coming weeks as well!
Click below, on our (complimentary for your use) directional sign to go to this weekend’s map.
Click our new logo below to take you to the latest Open Houses and listings in South Surrey & White Rock.
Bo Bold – Move To Suburbia
Courtesy : GLOBAL NEWS MORNING WEEKEND BC - April 2 2016
Open House: urban professionals moving to South Surrey
More urban families are looking at the great balance of life in the South Surrey & White Rock area of Metro Vancouver to raise their kids.
- The schools are great (http://homesinwhiterock.ca/homes-for-sale-by-school-catchment.html)
- The entertainment and culinary scene is maturing like no other (Vij’s My Shanty, Tap Restaurant, Bit 101, The Wooden Spoon, etc).
- See mountains and beaches at the same time!
- Less than an hour into Vancouver
- Closest point to Seattle around!
For more information on this incredible area of Metro Vancouver, contact us by clicking the image below:
Spring Cleaning: A Classic Motivator to Get Your Home “Sell Ready”
It’s probably not a coincidence that spring is a popular time to deep clean your house and also a great time to list it for sale. Any good agent will tell you that cleaner houses always sell faster and for higher prices, so taking some time to really make your home sparkle is almost always worth the extra effort.
Of course, clean is also a very relative term. What some people see as clean, others just won’t be satisfied with. And when you are expecting to welcome a steady stream of potential buyers into your home, you definitely want to make sure that you have all of your bases covered.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at six areas that sellers often overlook when spring cleaning their homes with the intention of listing them for sale.
The Windows: Both Inside and Outside
One of the most important things that you can do to really help your home shine is clean the windows.
And it’s not enough to simply wipe them off from the inside. Getting the outsides clean too will more than double the positive impact this job will have on the way your home looks.
Having crystal clear windows has two specific benefits. First, clean windows will let in more natural light, brightening your entire home. As if that wasn’t enough, clean windows will also invite perspective buyers to appreciate whatever views you might have.
Inside the Kitchen Cabinets
Everyone who plans on listing their home knows that they need to clean the kitchen countertops and scrub the floors. But not everyone realizes that home buyers will want to see what the insides of your kitchen cabinets look like.
Would looking inside your cabinets cast your home in a positive light? What about that junk drawer in the kitchen?
Drapes & Light Fixtures
Another commonly overlooked area that could probably use some cleaning is your drapes and light fixtures. Dusting them off is a good place to start, but why stop there?
Take those light fixtures down and wash them out, and when was the last time that you actually washed the drapes? You’ll be shocked at the difference clean light fixtures and freshly washed drapes will make in the way your home presents itself.
The Office Area
You know that one spot where all the bills tend to pile up while you are putting off sitting down to pay them? That’s another place that lots of sellers forget to take care of during their spring cleaning.
In addition to being neat and tidy, your home office area needs to look functional. Make sure that anyone who walks through your home will be able to see themselves working productively there.
The Overstuffed Linen Closet
The linen closet upstairs (the one that has never really been big enough) is another place that can really turn off potential buyers. In order to make it look more roomy, take as much of your stuff out of it as possible and put it in storage until your home sells!
You should also make sure that everything in the bathroom medicine cabinet is neat and tidy.
While most spring cleaning efforts are focused on the inside of the house, you definitely don’t want to overlook the outside of your home.
Make sure that there isn’t anything in the yard that doesn’t belong there, and spruce up any landscaping that looks like it might detract from a potential buyers first impression.
While you’re at it, you might also want to get out the ladder and give those gutters some attention.
One of the best practices to make sure that your spring cleaning efforts are successful is to simply start over every time you think that you are finished. There is literally no end to the amount of cleaning you can do, and every single bit of that effort will help to sell your house faster for a higher price.
Seedy Saturday–Historic Stewart Farm
April 2, 2016
Start your garden with heritage seeds
Get a great start on this year’s garden at the Historic Stewart Farm’s annual seed and plant sale and seed exchange.
Shop for rare heirloom vegetable, herb and flower seeds grown in the Stewart Farm’s heritage gardens. Find seeds for centuries-old varieties such as echinacea, stately hollyhocks, wildflowers, 200-year old pole beans, and rare peas.
Get tips from the heritage garden volunteers about the historic varieties they grow and how to save seeds.
Master Gardeners and other experts will be on site to answer your gardening questions.
Visit the heritage flower and vegetable gardens.
Tour the beautifully restored 1894 farmhouse with costumed guides, and sample fresh baked goods from the woodstove.
Kids get a start on their gardening skills through "seedy" crafts and activities.
Drop in, all ages
Location: Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Rd
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Category: Heritage Kids and Family
Town Centre: South Surrey
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