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This summer, the City of White Rock and the White Rock Business Improvement Association have partnered to bring a free trolley service to White Rock! You can hop-on and hop-off on weekends, holidays and during select special events* from June 24 to September 4.

There are stops located throughout the City, so check the schedule below to find the closest one to you and begin exploring our beautiful City by the Sea!


 

 

                    

 

 

 

 

 

                     

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*Some special event days have different schedules and/or routes. The alternate routes and times will be posted on this webpage.

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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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Translink - SSWR

 

 

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

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WHERE: Sandpiper Pub, White Rock
WHEN: September 11 5 – 8
WHAT: Live music, door prizes, toonie toss, raffle and 50/50
HOW MUCH: $20 / ticket ( $10 directly to Semi Rugby) – You get a
Burger, Fries and a Beverage (Beer or Pop)
Kids Welcome – Bring the whole family


Semiahmoo Totems - HudsonHomeTeam

 


 

Contact us for tickets:

 

 info@HudsonHomeTeam.com

604-773-3940

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

Upcoming:

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.

 

 

 

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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

 

 

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Renee Bernard
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.

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...

 

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Another season off to a roaring start!

 

Mark May 9th on your calendar #SouthMeridian. Huge neighbourhood garage sale planned for that day!  Details to come at LocalGarageSales.ca.

 

Here is the link to this first garage sale map of the season. Already a busy busy day!



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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.

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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.

 



Don’t Forget the Outside

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.

 

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Want some insider advice on updating and upgrading your home? Real Simple asked readers what they wish they had known before—or would have done differently with—their renos.

By Betsy Goldberg


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Photo by Robert George Young/Getty Images

 

“I would have made sure there was more insulation in the wall where the bathroom butts up against a bedroom. My daughter is awakened by every sound in the bathroom. We should have put the closet where her bed is now.” —Ali Dubin

“I would have stuck to my original plan for a stainless steel sink instead of doing a black stone composite sink. Softened water leaves a haze on it, and the sink chips.” —Jennifer Mason Theroux


“Have a guaranteed end date in the contract with your contractor, with a fee for any day that goes over. Mine went months over while the contractor worked on jobs for other people.” —L.S.

“Set aside extra money for unforeseen expenses like rotted wood, consults with a plumber, and the replacement of exterior fixtures. It isn’t realistic to think that everything will work out exactly the way it’s supposed to.” —M.P.N.
“I would have put in more electrical outlets on our kitchen island.” —Jennifer Lijertwood

 


“Don’t underestimate how much construction dust will permeate the rest of your living spaces through the air and ducts. Remove valuable objects from the walls or displays so you’re not having to micro-clean, and seal off any closets that contain clothes, linens, and food.” —Deborah Fairchild
“Make sure you have all the materials before starting. Some of our items took months to come in after ordering, which held up the work. Four months is a long time to be without a kitchen!” —Victoria Wagner
“When we redid our kitchen, I wish we had included ‘eating out’ in the budget!”—Maria C. Kuntz

 

Article courtesy of realsimple.com

 

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In times of great potential, there arises great potential for unethical and untrustworthy elements.

 

Here’s another reason to use a local Realtor (like our Team) when dealing with a Real Estate transaction.


 

 


 

 

HHT 2016

 

 

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Yesterday our Monthly Real Estate Stats post noted the hot hot suburban markets in #WhiteRock & #SouthSurrey.

 

Well it seems the media agree with us!

Check out this GlobalBC report (then check out the January stats post below).


 

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Fraser Valley Real Estate Statistics – January 2016 (click on image)

 

 

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Here is some information on the January Real Estate market in #SouthSurrey #Whiterock (and the rest of the #FraserValley).

Look for the link at the top to visit our website. And below the video for links to this months stat documents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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  The Bank of Canada will maintain its target for the overnight rate at 1/2%.


The Bank of Canada announced this morning that it is maintaining its overnight rate at 0.5 per cent. In the press release accompanying the decision, the Bank noted that inflation is evolving as expected with total CPI continuing to test the bottom of the Bank's 1-3 per cent target range due to low energy prices. However, the Bank expects that inflation will rise over the next year, reaching its 2 per cent target by mid-2017.  On the economy, the Bank sees economic growth firming after a slowdown in the fourth quarter of last year. The Bank projects that the Canadian economy will grow a modest 1.5 per cent this year before strengthening to 2.5 per cent in 2017.

 


In not moving on interest rates this morning, the Bank is recognizing that there is little that monetary policy can do to offset a significant supply-side shock such as the dramatic decline in oil prices. Indeed, given Canada's floating exchange rate, the loonie has already adjusted to help partially absorb the negative impact of falling commodity prices on exports.   Keeping in mind that the Canadian economy is still projected to grow at a rate very close to its somewhat diminished potential for 2016 and that inflation will be spurred by a dramatically lower Canadian dollar, we anticipate that the Bank will reassess the need for monetary stimulus once the worst of the oil-shock had passed. That means, barring a significant deterioration in the economy, the Bank will more than likely remain sidelined for 2016. 

 

For more information, please contact:

Andrew Hudson
Realtor
Direct: 604.773.3940
Office: 604.531.1111

Email: andrew@hudsonhometeam.com


 
 
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HudsonHomeTeam - Home Insurance Tips

 


Pools, finished basements and shingled roofs are a few of the 14 home elements that can increase your home insurance costs.

Some of the costliest items, according to Alexey Saltykov, co-founder and CEO of InsurEye Inc., a Canadian insurance-services company, are the old home elements that haven’t been upgraded: oil-based heating, wooden stoves, knob and tube wiring, and aluminum wiring.

“Some insurers will not insure you at all, some will require an inspection, and some will classify you as high-risk,” Saltykov said.

And then there are costs for using your home as a business that you might not even have considered.

Most elements are “pretty intuitive,” according to Saltykov. Yet homeowners love to add some of the newer elements, or perceive them as adding value to their home.

Let’s assume an average cost to rebuild value, or building limit, of $300,000. A finished basement leads to 20 per cent more in insurance payments, due to potential flooding, according to the president and CEO of Square One Insurance Services Inc., Daniel Mirkovic.

And a pool “increases the estimated cost to rebuild your home by about $5,000, or six per cent. That will drive the classification of a home into a higher building limit,” while adding about $30 a year in personal and premises liability premiums, Mirkovic said.

Mirkovic says wood shake or shingle roofing can push insurance up over 10 per cent in some cases, if the home is in an area prone to hail or wind. Further, “If your home’s roof is nearing (or has passed) the end of its expected useful life, you may pay as much as 10 per cent more on your home insurance.”

Stone or metal roofs are the best options to reduce insurance costs, according to Saltykov, because they are more durable.

And gardens? According to Mirkovic, traditional pre-packaged policies include coverage for landscaping, fences and gardening equipment, allow you to apply up to five per cent of your building limit towards trees, shrubs, etc. “In our [$300,000] example, this would provide up to $6,000 of coverage for landscaping.” These policies, however, will not pay more than $1,000 for any one tree.

Saltykov says home improvements such as home alarms, upgrading wiring and plumbing, and fire-monitoring systems, will bring premiums back down again.

Here are 14 elements, some old, some new, for your consideration.

  1. Expensive items: Jewellery, art, musical instruments, wine collections, high-end watches, sporting equipment and bicycles –  lead to extra premiums, or “riders,” for coverage. Keep track.
  1. Swimming pools: Pools obviously represent higher liability because of the potential for drowning,
    liability goes up when not protected by a fence.
  1. Fireplace/woodstove: Wood stoves are a source of fire and smoke damage. Insurers will look for additional premiums and/or require a home inspection first.
  1. Oil-based heating: You’ll have trouble getting insurance if you still have an oil-based heating system
    since these result in environmental hazards and can cause fire. Insurers prefer electric heat or
    forced-air gas furnaces.
  1. Business property: Double the trouble: both your personal contents and business property could be lost
    or damaged, stolen or vandalized.
  1. Home being a part of your business: Bed and breakfasts, daycare, and customers or suppliers visiting your home: will all send you back to the policy drawing board.
  1. Aluminum wiring: A type of wiring used in houses up to 1970, insurers don’t like it because of its
    potential to overheat and cause fires. Policies for houses with aluminum wiring will be either more expensive or harder to get.
  1. Knob and tube wiring: This very old wiring – not well-suited to today’s high energy consumption levels – requires connectors that use knobs to keep the wires isolated. Insulating tubes guide wires through walls. You’ll either have to get the house rewired or pay an additional premium.
  1. Old house elements: Roofing and other aging house factors leads to more expensive insurance or sometimes not at all until there’s an upgrade.
  1. Galvanized or lead pipes: Galvanized or lead pipes are older types more likely to build up corrosion, resulting in a negative impact on water pressure and water quality. Insurers prefer modern plastics or copper pipes.
  1. Roof type:  The least reliable roofs are wood shake or shingle, because of vulnerability to weather hazards, which are on the rise.
  1. Building frame: Wood frame homes are more likely to suffer from fire. Insurers like concrete or brick homes.
  1. Basement: Finished basements drive up costs because of potential damage if a pipe bursts or sewage backs up, or there’s flooding.
  1. Garden and Trees: No risk here! But in most cases you do have to pay extra if you want this type of coverage, if you’ve spent a lot of money and are worried about losing this beauty to weather, vandalism,
    etc.

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Get this weeks Garage Sale Map by  clicking on the picture below.

Give us your feedback while you’re at it!



Every week we map all the Garage/Yard sales in the South Surrey & White Rock area.

We distribute them to various places online (over 6000 direct touches).

We offer complimentary signs, offer tips, and organize Neighbourhood Mega-Garage Sales.

ALL COMPLIMENTARY!

(Our Real Estate Marketing is even more impressive!)



 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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End of season quickly approaching!

 

Every week we map all the Garage/Yard sales in the South Surrey & White Rock area.

We distribute them to various places online (over 6000 direct touches).

We offer complimentary signs, offer tips, and organize Neighbourhood Mega-Garage Sales.

ALL COMPLIMENTARY!

(Our Real Estate Marketing is even more impressive!)

Watch the video of what we do with your Garage Sale Listing.

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Click on the image below for the maps.

And remember to Have Fun!!!! 

 

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Nothing but a big yellow sphere in #SouthSurrey & #WhiteRock today!
Should be great for garage sales!

 

One of our listed events today is the Annual Hall’s Prairie Country Market.

Also, drop off a gift basket or bottle of wine to Semiahmoo Music Society’s  annual Dinner/Dance and Silent Auction this evening.

 

 

Enjoy the day and remember, we sell Real Estate! Our service is Top-Tier to the next Tier!

Remember our name when the topic of Real Estate comes up! 

 

Click on the Hall’s Prairie image to go to this weeks maps!

 


 

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Wow!

 

You might want to get up early and get to the garage sales!

 

There are several area neighbourhood sales going on this morning.

 

You can get copies of the maps by clicking on the image below.

 

Also, please donate to the Semi Music Society's annual Fundraiser/Silent Auction Dinner & Dance happening May 9th. This year's theme is "License To Thrill"!

 

For more information about donation ideas (even a bottle of wine would work!), go to:

 

http://www.semiahmoomusic.ca/silent-auction-ideas


 


 

 


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