Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Staging, WHY?? and HOW??

The hot "Buzz" word, Staging. Staging is one of the coolest ideas to hit Real Estate in the last 5 years. Everybody is starting to do it, but I caution to actually get a professional who has taken a course! Our team, Advantage Home Team and myself use a stager. Her name is Susan Wells and she is the Decorating Coach. Check our her website at
I had the opportunity to stay with her for a session with one of my clients. She was amazing! There was not much furniture but, she transformed the space with some simple changes by moving one mirror to another wall! She also instructed the Owner to change around some furniture to one end of the room and place it at the other end out from the wall and WOW! It made the space look that much more spacious and livable! She has made me a beleiver that by moving things around without spending a forture which can increase the sale price and cuts way down on the time it takes to get a great offer! For the higher end and vacant homes she also will rent out furniture and completely stage the home.
As most of my clients know I do offer this service with every listing for no charge to you! I have found my listings have sold faster and for more money this way! Be sure to check out her website too!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Preview my new Listing! City Loft 2 bedrooms (SOLD)

Please take the time to preview my new listing in Central City, the New Yaletown of Surrey!
1127sq foot 2 level Loft
413-10866 City Parkway @ The Access
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2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Stunning hardwood flooring, entertaining kitchen, open westcoast loft and fantastic views from your roof top deck.

FINTRAC Changes to Real Estate

I attended the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board's annual general meeting this morning and found out some interesting info coming up for later this year in 2008. FINTRAC is the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre for Canada (WOW, that's a mouthfull!) This government section of Canada tracks illegal monies from drug trafficing, money laundering and other bad activities! They are now going to impliment a new system for the purchase of Real Estate in Canada that with every transaction REALTORS will need to get proper ID, Name and birthdates from clients making an offer, and of course no "cash" deposits. On the upside I will now know everyone's birthday!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Sunstone Development

From what I've been seeing at the end of 84th off of 112th, the new Sunstone Development is on it's way being cleared and getting ready for the construction stage. I have been reading that the presales should start in the Summer of 2008, very fast approaching us! It's already February! There is finally a website to give you a little more information about this Development coming to town.

This website has a little more information about the units and floorplans. Although I had trouble logging in for some reason! With any new development or pre-sale situation you can still use a Realtor, such as myself, to help you with the "fine print" and to represent you for your interests! It's going to be an exciting new area for our Community!

Spas and Condos??

Anyone who knows me, knows that Spa's are in my list of Top Ten great things to do! When I worked at the high end Spas and Wellness Centers in downtown Vancouver it was my second best career ever! Real Estate of course is number one! Now I have recently noticed something in the Real Estate Weekly...there is now two new condo/townhome developments coming later this year that promote they have A Wellness Centre or Spa in the complex! Both of these "urban sanctuary's" advertise there will be a new Balance to your life by living in a World Class resort atmoshere.
I look very forward to seeing finished properties coming to the areas of Langley and Surrey on the border of North Delta.
These new Projects are:
Waterstone @ 194th and 64th
- One and Two bedroom with den Condos. There will be a Yoga room, Movie theatre, Steam and Dry Sauna, and a Wellness Centre!
Salus @ 66th and Scott Road in Surrey - Certified Green Built apartment flats and city homes that will be spa inspired and have a relaxing and rejuvinating First Class Spa Centre! WOW
** Remember when you goto Register or Purchase any new development take your Buyer's Agent with you to represent you and your interests.**