Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sunstone..North Delta's newest Community now has a website.

I am very pleased to partner with a great Realtor in my office, Kendra Ballendine, on this new website, Sunstone Listings.ca This is a great resource to find out about the area, the clubhouse, the latest hot listings. If you're thinking of selling in the area, we can help. Check out the new site today!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

FrogBox's: A new way to move!

Recently I referred a client to FrogBox, this is an amazing company that delivers hard boxes with lids to your home, you pack, then unpack and they pick up. How simple is that! An amazing way to safe time and effort in finding cardboard boxes and helping save the environment. Check them out at www.frogbox.com

Friday, September 16, 2011

Check out the Latest North Delta Market update

My Realty TV.ca update

North Delta had a busy August with 50 sales of detached homes in the month. Sales Price ranged from $345000 to
862,800 dollars. For sellers, good quality and ready to be shown properties with a sharp list price are finding a red sold sticker on the sign very quickly.
There are currently 182 homes in all areas of North Delta for Buyers to choose from. Prices for homes currently listed start at $390 thousand for a cute starter rancher in Annieville up to 1.5 million for a luxury home in Sunshine Hills with an Exclusive Summit Crescent address. Typically we have not seen too many homes in the plus million mark in North Delta in the last few years, but as of late more luxury properties have been popping up. There are currently 18 homes over $800 thousand with five of those being over the million dollar mark. This can be attributed mainly to older homes in the Sunshine Hills area having been substantially renovated and newer larger homes such as the Sunstone Development in Delsom. The Vancouver population is also discovering how central and easy the commute can be to places such as Richmond, Vancouver or going the opposite way out to the valley. North Delta is a great central location!
For Buyers who are looking for easy townhouse or condo living there are 45 units available on the market as we speak. If you want more information about the fabulous North Delta area and Real Estate I would love to help you. This is Sheri Brown for My Realty TV.ca

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Whats Happening in Fraser Valley??

In August we had an increase of 35 percent more sales compared to last year in the same month. Usually we have seen a slower time in the summer months with sales and listings. But with the late start to our spring and a lack of summer sun we have had an unusual increase in sales. There were still many competing offers in some pockets throughout the lower mainland for single detached homes. The benchmark price for a home in the Fraser Valley in August was $528,959 an increase of 3.7%. There was also a slight increase from last year for the condos market with a 2.5% increase. With interest rates remaining low it's still a great time to think about moving to North Delta, Surrey or Cloverdale and anywhere in the Fraser Valley.
If you are thinking of selling or buying Sheri Brown & Associates can help you.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Newsletter Marketer of the Year 2nd Runner Up!

Sheri Brown was honoured to win the 2nd prize for Newsletter Marketer of the Year for the Ready to Go Newsletters contest that was held all across North America.
The full colour glossy newsletters focus on bringing in the local community, local real estate trends, the great articles from Ready to Go Newsletters and amazing photos to add to the fantastic read. She send out the newsletter to the local residents in her market area as well as her many clients in her large database. It shows what you can do with our content if you get really creative. The response from her clients has been full of great feedback and has been a welcome addition to her marketing plan.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

"But it has High Strata Fees!"

Buying a townhouse or a condo can be a more affordable alternative to the higher prices of houses. The number one concern I have from clients lately is the cost of the "Strata Fee" or "Maintenance Fee".

I have had quite a few listings with a higher fee in the last few years and this has caused some concern from Buyers as well as hesitation from putting pen to paper making an offer. The fee depends largely on the age of the building, what is included (ie: gas and heat), if it has a fitness centre or pool and the size of the unit. The bigger the unit the larger the fee as it is based on square footage.

If the heat and gas is included a Buyer should take this into consideration as you would not have that monthly bill. If the property has a fitness centre you can give notice at the gym and take advantage of the facilities at your doorstep!

Most importantly if the building is older and it has a rather low fee you may want to closely look at the contingency and what repairs have been done to upkeep the building. You may be paying lower monthly costs, but if there is no plan to save for the raining day repairs or major overhaul of something such as a roof, the owners may be hit with a whopping Special Assessment!

In a newer building the fees will generally start out lower, just be aware this may not be the case forever. Take into consideration if you did own your own home, as time goes on and as the house gets older you would have to put in more money over the years to replace and upgrade things such as windows, furnace, roof, painting and much much more. A Strata Fee is a way to save this money aside for those repairs in advance and also to keep the regular upkeep of the grounds to lessen the maintenance costs and keep the property looking great. There are advantages to paying a Strata Fee and living the condo/townhome lifestyle!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Renova: Something very cool from the Appraisal Institute of Canada

The number one question I get asked when I have a client wanting to renovate their home before listing...."What will this add to the value of my home?" A fantastic new program is available from the Appraisal Institute of Canada. Renova is here! If you are thinking of renovating and just don't know how much of a return would come into play, check out this site. It gives you a better idea of where to spend your $$$$! It's easy and quick and brought to the people that know homes.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Now on My Realty TV!

There is a fantastic new site about the Real Estate markets of the Lower Mainland and Greater Vancouver. My Realty TV brings experienced Realtors in all the areas together to one place and speak with interactive and informative videos about the latest markets updates in the localized areas.

My Realty TV

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Seen around town! Sheri Brown, Your RE/MAX Realtor

New Look, New Year! Sheri Brown has some new benches around North Delta! Unveiling the new look and style this week, they are popping up all over town. Thanks to Pattison Outdoor for your expertise and help with the artwork! Great Job!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Gorgeous Fleetwood Home! A Georgie Award Finalist!

SHOW HOME! For those that expect the BEST QUALITY! This amazing completely reno’d (from top to bottom) DREAM HOME has been completely and professionally redone with the best of everything! Only the foundation and studs are original! Winner 2008 Georgie Award Finalist! No detail overlooked! Spectacular new dream kitch and open sun filled eating area, huge master bdrm w/ fireplace, amazing new bthrms with granite, heated flrs and more, Brazilian Redwd Hrdwd flrs, new ensuite with rainshower/steamroom to die for, 2 sinks, slate tile, 5 new skylights, closet organizers throughout, new elec, new plumb, high effec furn w/ heat pump, air cond, tankless ht wtr, summer kitch bsmt, media, new fiberglass laminated roof, new hardyplank siding, new windows, "Green" certified and Energy Star Rated! Prof landscaped yard, paver stone driveway, and the list just goes on and on and on….. Quiet street, in very attractive neighbourhood, close to schools, etc....

- featuring 4 bed rooms on main floor,
- and flexible inlaw suite or multimedia room with kitchenette and guest room.
- 2008 GEORGIE AWARD Finalist “BEST RENOVATION in BC under 250,000”
- Featured on the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Associations 2007 Parade of Renovated homes”
- Energy StarRated R2000 Home
- Certified “Green” with an energuide number of “82”
- James Hardie Concrete siding and river rock facing offer instant street appeal.
- Paving stone driveway, walk way around whole house including rear patio compliment other exterior finishes.

- North-facing Mountain View post and beam sunroom creates bright space for breakfast nook.
- Custom Cherrywood cabinetry and granite countertops kitchen.
- Heavy crown moulding, 5” baseboards, and 3 ¼” casings.
- Repeating archway details
- Brazilian redwood Sand on Site Hard wood floors add dramatic detail
- staircase features wooden stair end caps and wrought iron spindle handrail.
- Main Bath showcases painted and glazed Maple cabinetry with granite countertops and dual sinks
- Cherrywood cabinetry and granite countertops featured in Master Ensuite
- 5 opening skylights for natural light.

- High Efficiency York 2 stage variable speed furnace & Heat pump with Ultraviolet electronic filter
- High Efficiency tankless hot water system with Ultraviolet drinking water & ice filter
- LowE Argon vinyl windows
- 40 Year Fiberglass laminated roofing
- Skylights and Sunroom feature R7.9 Heat mirror with Krypton gas filed glass
- Rain barrels collect runoff water for gardening

- Creatively designed Master Suite with sitting area with corner fireplace and cherry cabinet walk-in closet.
- Enlarged Ensuite incorporates multi-head steam shower and slate tiles.
- Window seat, built-in shelving, gas fireplace enhance Living Room comfort
- Ground level include media room, wet bar, bath and office space
- Rear landscaping includes water feature
- Front landscaping offers year-round interest

Monday, February 28, 2011

Q R Codes....What are these weird squares?

There is another new way of marketing out there amidst all the other techie gadgets! Q R Codes....they have been around for a few years but now Realtors are using them for marketing their properties. On flyer's, lawn signs and business cards they are making their way into our modern advertising. How they work, you ask? Use your SMART phone, take a picture with a QR Code reader application and presto! You go directly to the Realtors website, a YOUTUBE video or their basic contact information. Sheri Brown of RE/MAX Performance will be placing Q R Codes on every sale sign, so if you need to know the valuable information on a property it will take you there in an instant. If you would like more information on Q R Codes and what they do for Real Estate call or email Sheri Brown at 604-590-4888 or sheri@sheribrown.ca

Friday, February 25, 2011

City of Delta receives a Plaque from Rotatians

Sheri Brown, President of the Rotary of North Delta, along with other Delta Rotarian Presidents and members were pleased to honour the Corporation of Delta with a plaque commemorating International Rotary Day. The plaque was presented to the Mayor of Delta, the Honourable Lois Jackson. Thanks Delta for all your support of Rotary Projects!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

2011 Customer Apreciation Party a hit!

Another year has gone by with many fantastic clients who bought, sold or referred us business in 2010. Thanks to all those who attended and thanks to all those who donated door prizes as well. Thanks to Greg Kakuno of Dominion Lending for the Golf Bag, Washington Avenue Grill, Tom Lucas for MCing, Cactus Club Delta for $50 GC and many others!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hot New Coquitlam Listing

Great family home in desirable Ranch Park in Coquitlam. $634,900, this home has five bedrooms and is over 2500 sq ft. Amazing view of the North Shore Mountains, on a very quiet cul de sac. There is a second kitchen down in the home with an outside basement entry. Gorgeous hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, and new paint throughout. Rancher with walk out basement style home. Close to schools, shopping and transit. Located at Bosun Place in Ranch Park.

Alan Seltzer, Mortgage Man visits the Station

Tom Lucas and I had the pleasure of interviewing Alan Seltzer of Verico Complete Mortgages about all the latest rates and changes to the Mortgage Rules. There will only be 30 year amortization mortgages after March 18th 2011 and you can only borrow up to 85% of your home equity. For more info check out CMHC's website or ask your mortgage broker.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Gibson's Elementary

I had the opportunity to attend and help cut the ribbon for the new playground at Gibson's Elementary in North Delta. Being the President of the Rotary of North Delta this year, it was my pleasure to help the school celebrate today, along with other school board members, Delta Counsellors and Mayor Lois Jackson. I am happy to say our Rotary Club donated a large amount towards helping this dream for the community come true. If you want to know more about our club check out our website, Rotary of North Delta

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January 2011 Here already!

What's been happening with our market, the new mortgage changes and highlights of 2010! Check is all out www.sheribrown.ca