January 2012

British Columbia Real Estate Association First Quarter 2012 Housing Forecast Update

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 in Real Estate News

Average Performance for Housing Market in 2012

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2012 First Quarter Housing Forecast Update today.

“Modest economic growth at home and abroad is expected to limit growth in consumer demand both this year and in 2013,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist.
BC Multiple Listing Service®...

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2011-2012 Cost vs. Value: Which Remodeling Projects Pay Off the Most?

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 in Selling Your Home

Are you looking to do some remodeling in your house to prepare for selling?  This is a great article to help you determine on what remodeling projects tend to pay off for long term real estate value.

If your home is dated, replacing light fixtures can be an easy low cost project. Kitchens and master baths are the first place to start for major overha...

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If you are looking for greater affordability, head to the Fraser Valley

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 in Real Estate News

SURREY, BC – According to the president of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB), international affordability studies regarding Vancouver are misleading because they don’t reflect the reality that homebuyers purchase more affordable homes every day in neighbouring communities. 

In Abbotsford, a local Realtor reports “About one-third of our buy...

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White Rock South Surrey Open Houses: Jan 28 2012

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 in Open Houses

Twenty four open houses available for your touring this Saturday January 28th, 2012. Looking for a different date? See my open house listings page for real estate you can visit without an appointment.

My improved open house listings now feature a link to the actual listing page of the house so now you can better plan and personalize your open house...

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White Rock & South Surrey Open Houses: Sunday January 29

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 in Open Houses

Twenty nine open houses available for your touring pleasure this Sunday January 29th, 2012. Looking for a different date? See my open house listings page for weekly open homes in South Surrey as well as White Rock.

My open house listings now are now improved with links to the actual listing page of the house so now you can better plan and personaliz...

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Statistics Prove Home Staging Works

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 in Selling Your Home

By Barb Schwarz, Stagedhomes.com



Many years ago, I coined the saying “The investment IN staging your home will always be less than a price reduction ON your home!” And that statement is as true today as it was all the way back in 1973, when I developed the concept of staging.

The math is pretty simple. Imagine a $300,000 home that’s been on the marke...

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