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Be Prepared for Power Failures

February 11, 2019

After the wind we had this past weekend and the snow that arrived and more to come, it’s good to be prepared.  We are all vulnerable to unexpected power disruptions, but with a few advance preparations, potential inconveniences and dangers can be avoided or at least minimized. As a starting ...

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Five Useful Household Tips

February 6, 2019

Try rubbing a piece of raw walnut on a light but visible scrape on the surface of a wood furnishing product to provide a temporary natural lustre. Keep track of your chosen colours by writing the paint source and code on the handle of the stir stick before tossing empty ...

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Inventory rises and apartment sales take lead during modest January market

February 4, 2019

Overall inventory levels continued to recover as market activity remained moderate through January. The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 784 sales of all property types on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in January, a 2 per cent decrease compared to sales in December 2018, and a 35.2 per cent ...

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Speculation Tax Part 2

January 29, 2019

Below is information the BC Government is providing regarding the Speculation Tax: The speculation and vacancy tax is a key measure in tackling the housing crisis in major urban centres in British Columbia, where home prices and rents have skyrocketed out of reach for many British Columbians. The provincial government ...

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Solar Energy Provides Powerful Options

January 28, 2019

As technology becomes more advanced, solar panels using photo voltaic cells to absorb sunlight and create electricity are becoming more affordable, portable and efficient.  They are readily available in various sizes to serve a range of needs.  Smaller self-powered units are now very common – think of wireless patio lights ...

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When a Home Inspector Finds an Issue

January 23, 2019

Imagine you’ve found the perfect home.  You love it.  You’ve made an offer that’s been accepted.  So far so good!  The only catch?  You’ve wisely made the offer conditional on passing a professional home inspection. What happens if that home inspection reveals a major issue? First, you should know that, ...

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BC Government Opens Exemption Process for Speculation Tax

January 21, 2019

It will be up to homeowners to apply for exemptions, with a deadline of March 31. VICTORIA — All homeowners in B.C.’s largest urban centres will need to apply for exemptions from the province’s new speculation tax or receive a bill, whether they are speculators or not, the government announced ...

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For a little bit of good news….

January 18, 2019

RBC cuts it 5 year Fixed Mortgage Rate.  It is not a huge reduction as the posted rate was dropped 15 basis points from 3.89% to 3.74%.  RBC is the first of the Big Six banks to cut its rate. ...

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Fraser Valley housing market slows down in 2018

January 16, 2019

SURREY, BC – After three consecutive years of total annual sales surpassing 20,000 units, 2018 saw the Fraser Valley real estate market return to more typical levels for both sales and inventory. The Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) processed 15,586 sales in 2018, a 30.2 per cent decrease compared to ...

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10 Smart Organizing Tools for Getting Kids’ Spaces in Shape

January 15, 2019

Are your kids’ rooms bursting at the seams? Just as our waistlines feel the strain of a few too many holiday cookies, our homes (and especially the kids’ spaces) are likely to feel a bit overstuffed after the holiday gift season. While it’s important to remember to declutter before you organize, ...

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