Please visit our Open House at 17 21015 118TH AVE in Maple Ridge.
Open House on Sunday, March 24, 2013 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Well kept townhome , Ideal for first time buyers. Lots of parking and lots of updates.
Location, youth and beauty. Designer colours, vaulted ceilings in the living room & master bedroom, 3 bathrooms and window seats all around provide luxury & elegance. Stainless steel appliances, large eating area in the kitchen, new hot water tank, and laminate flooring means you can move right in and start off with a carefree lifestyle. This convenient west side townhome is on the quiet side of the development, features a garage plus side street parking at your door and a crawl space for that much needed storage space. Shopping, transit and parks are just a short walk away.

Please visit our Open House at 10299 243RD ST in Maple Ridge.
Open House on Sunday, March 24, 2013 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Very well kept family home in Country Lane. Open "Great Room" plan with high quality laminate floors and a gas fireplace. The kitchen has an eating bar, stainless steel appliance with a ceran top stove and is also plumbed for gas stove if you prefer. Upstairs are three bedrooms and the main bedroom has a four piece ensuite. In the basement level is a large recreation room, additional bedroom and a four piece bathroom a nook for the computer and a laundry room. The rear yard is West facing so you will get lots of sun. It is fenced to keep kids and pets safe, nicely landscaped and tiered, + it has a storage shed. Lots of young families in the area, close to elementary school and 1/2 block to the playground. OPEN HOUSE MAR 24th 1-4PM

I have listed a new property at 12240 MCNUTT RD in Maple Ridge.
Private one acre in east Maple Ridge. Drive across a small creek through the iron gates on the shared driveway to your one acre hideaway. The property has approximately 1/2 acres park between it and the road and is mostly cleared. The septic field has been installed, city water is at the road and hydro is on the property. Bring your builder and build your dream home now. No design controls so you are free to have the style and finishing you want without restrictions. Please do not walk on the property without calling the listing agent first.

I have listed a new property at 11642 HARRIS RD in Pitt Meadows.
Over 4100 sq ft of well kept home in Pitt Meadows. Huge family size 20 x 22 living room plus formal dining room. The large master bedroom is on the main floor with a five piece ensuite plus there is a second bedroom or office. There are twomore large bedrooms on the upper floor and a full bath. The kitchen has a eating area, loads of cherry wood cabinets, new quartz counters and quality stainless steel appliances. The family room features a gas fireplace and French doors lead to the large deck to enjoy a coffee in the morning sun or evening BBQ. Downstairs is a very spacious 1400 sq ft professionally done 2 bedroom suite ideal for the extended family and is currently rented for $1250. Won't last - Call today!

Vancouver Real Estate board overall


Single family houses sales for February totalled 707 with the average sale price of $1,221,037. This 35% decrease in number of sales and no change in average price over last year same time period (February) . Townhouse sales for February totalled 333 with an average sale price of $549,793. This is a 21% decrease in the number of sales and an decrease of 1% in average price over the same time period last year (February). Condominiums February sales totalled 760 with the average sale price of $426,276. This a 25% decrease in number of sales and 6% decrease in average price over the same time period last year (February).


Total of all types for February was 1800 sales with an average sale price of $761,291. This is a 29% decrease in number of sales and a 5% decrease in average price over February last year.

The total number of sales ran about 29% below the same month in the previous year with minimal change in average price in single family and 1% decrease in townhouses and a 6% decrease in condos. The Vancouver Real Estate Board sales volume year to date is down by 23% year to date and year to date average sales price is down by 3%. The number of active listings is 7% higher this February compared to last February.

Home sale activity has now trended below historical averages for a full year in the Greater Vancouver housing market, with price decreases in the 5% range.


Local Maple Ridge


Single family houses February sales totalled 53 with the average sale price of $499,534. This a 6% decrease in number of sales and average price increase of 1% compared to February last year. Townhouse February sales totalled 19 with an average sale price $281,536. This is a 32% decrease in the number of sales and average price is virtually unchanged compared to last February. Condominiums February sales totalled 13 with the average sale price of $197,848. This is an 18% increase in number of sales and average price virtually unchanged over last February.


Total of all types of sales for February was 85 with an average sale price of $404,665. This is a 33% decrease in number of sales and a 3% decrease in average price over last February.


Low volume of sales will continue to put downward pressure on prices.


The number of properties on the market in Maple Ridge for February is 872 which is 1% below last February.


The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Housing Market Update for January 2013 with REBGV president Eugen Klein video link. Click below.


For more detail just call 604-466-4549 or email


We spend so much time at work so it's important to incorporate the same green practices at the office that we use at home. Here are a few ways you can enjoy a greener workspace:

  1. Out to Lunch - Pack your lunch and snacks in reusable containers and eliminate the need for plastic coffee cups by using a mug from home.

  2. Save Your Energy - Set your computer to energy saving mode and make sure you shut it down completely when you leave for the day.

  3. Reduce/Reuse/Recycle - Cut down on paper by re-using the backs of printed paper and recycle printer cartridges as it's cheaper and eco-friendly.

  4. Go Digital - Organize and store your files on your computer instead of in the filing cabinet and share documents through cloud services such as Dropbox.

  5. Hitch a Ride - Arrange a carpooling program as not only will you save money and the environment but it's also a great way to get to know your co-workers.

When it comes to the environment, every little bit helps. You may need to start some of these initiatives yourself but it will be worth it. If you want to help the environment while improving your quality of life, why not investigate working from home? Today's technology makes it easy to do and a very viable option!


There are a number of different occassions when you should give us a call in regards to the real estate market or mortgage rates.

1/ When you are planning to move, either selling, buying or both. We sit down with you and review the market, sales of comparable homes and give you a complete breakdown of all costs so you can make a sound financial decision.

2/ When financial planning and you require value of you property for net worth, etc.

3/ When friends and aquaintances are considering a move. By calling us you know that they will be well looked after with their interests represented and we will send you a little something for thinking of us.

4/ When renewing your mortgage or refinancing - give us a call to see what competitive rates are out there. Banks often just send you a form in the mail and ask you to select the term and rate and send it back. It never hurts to compare and you can use that information to ensure your bank gives you the best rate available.

5/When you get your tax assessment notice early in January. You have until the end of January to appeal the assessment. We will determine if your assessment is correct and assist in appealing the assessment if it is too high, including going before the appeal board.

All these services are at no charge so please don't hesitate to call. We always enjoy hearing from you.


It's always good to be aware of the latest home trends especially if you're thinking about ways to make your home more desirable to buyers. Here are five of the top trends for 2013:

  1. All In the Family - Multi-generational living is sweeping the nation! Buyers are looking for homes that can accommodate their extended family in order to reduce housing and childcare costs.

  2. Smart Homes - Intelligent homes are no longer just for the rich and famous. Lights and blinds can be enabled remotely providing exceptional security and smart climate and light controls help save energy.

  3. Veg Out - Concerns over genetically modified food have encouraged people to add vegetable patches in their backyards. If outdoor space is limited, it's easy to grow tasty fruits and vegetables in containers.

  4. Pocket Offices - Portable devices make it easy to work virtually anywhere so even if your square footage is limited, you should still be able to transform a corner of the kitchen or even an oversized closet into a functional office.

  5. Going Green & Saving Green - Home buyers are more concerned than ever in green materials so they can enjoy a healthy, non-toxic environment. There's also growing interest in geothermal technology for heating and cooling systems.

The above trends are a result of both innovative technology and a desire to simplify our lives. Hopefully these ideas have sparked your creativity or at least given you some food for thought, especially if you're looking for ways to make your home more appealing to buyers when the time comes to sell.


Traditionally the strongest market in the year is the "spring market" . This would be from mid February to late June depending on the year. People want to sell or buy and be moved before summer vacation with kids out of school or so they can relax and enjoy their vacation. The second busiest time is the "fall market" , usually from September 1st to mid or late November. These are the buyers and sellers wanting to get moved by year end and the Christmas season. It is not as busy as the "spring market" . The months of July and August are often quiet as people are enjoying the sunshine and summer. The months of December and January are the quietest of the year with the holiday season and cold rainy winter.

Our market is Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows has not changed much in the last 3-4 years. This last 12 months we have seen the number of sales drop substantially (20-25%) but prices have only decreased about 5%. More expensive properties have likely decreased a little more but our market is holding up well.

With more downward price pressure on expensive property it is a very good time to consider moving up. For example if you were selling for $400,000 and buying for $500,000 the increase was $100,000. If prices have dropped 5% then the $400,000 house is now $380,000 and the $500,000 house is now $475,000 and the difference is now $95,000. The more expensive purchase may have decreased 6-7% in price also.

Anytime to sell and buy is fine as long as you do so in the same market. You do not want to sell and rent in anticipation of declining prices only to have the market suddenly change, prices increase and consume a portion of your equity.

Interest rates are still at historic lows. I saw a mortgage broker today advertising 2.75% for a 5 year term mortgage. This means a $300,000 mortgage has payments of $1382 per month.


Smartphone bills can really throw you for a loop, especially if you exceed your monthly data allowance! Here are a few data diet tips that will help slim down your bill:

  • set up a data limit monitor on your phone

  • use Wi-Fi when streaming music and watching videos

  • program your phone to notify you when you're roaming

  • avoid apps that push content such as news updates

With today's technology, it's easy to get carried away watching movies or playing 3D games that chew up data and leave you with a cell phone bill that's hard to swallow. The tips above should help you avoid any unpleasant surprises.


Please visit our Open House at 34267 HARTMAN AVE in Mission.
Open House on Saturday, March 16, 2013 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Private gated 2.6 Acre hideaway at the end of a cul-de-sac that is ideal for an extended family. The home was totally updated in 2008 and a 1590 sqft addition done. The main home is decorated in a country decor and has slate and hardwood floors, a new kitchen with granite counters and a sunroom that makes you feel like you are out in the backyard. The huge 24x13 main bedroom has its own gas fireplace. The addition is a 'Great room' plan with 3 bedrooms up and a den on the main. There is a maple kitchen with an island and the great room has a gas fireplace. The backyard features a multi level deck and an 18' solar heated above ground pool (perfect for entertaining). Don't miss the large shop complete with tiled floor! Click on the link below for 30 more pictures!

Please visit our Open House at 12241 201ST ST in Maple Ridge.
Open House on Sunday, March 17, 2013 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Foreclosure - Court ordered sale - Custom built home in quiet West Maple Ridge neighbourhood. Main floor is almost 2000 sq feet with four bedrooms on the main level. Lots of upgrades with hardwood floors and crown moldings. Large foyerplus spacious den with built in desk on the entry level. Double French doors to the family room off the kitchen and family room is wired for sound. Home has central A/C for thos hot summer days. Only two doors down from park and playground which includes a basketball court. Easy access to public transportation including West Coast Express and the highway for the commuter. OPEN HOUSE MARCH 17 1-4PM
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