I have listed a new property at 5568 MT LEHMAN RD in Abbotsford.
Spectacular Mt Lehman property! 9.15 acres with lush pastures, Mt Baker views, 3000 sq ft family home, a 2nd 3 bdrm home, classic hip roof barn & 13,000 sq ft of shop/storage space. This corner property provides a high visibility location ideal for a business (winery, farm sales...). Primary home is 5 bdrm, 3 bath 2 storey w/ a bsmt & triple garage, updates include new covered deck, plumbing & electrical, new furnace, 2 gas f/p's. 2nd home is a charming 730 sf, 3 bdrm, completely updated. 34' x 40' hip roof barn w/ full loft. 2 quality metal clad shops - 65' x 120' & 50' x 100' (both 200 amp) w/ sep driveway off Harris Rd. 20' x 23' shop/garage. Beaut creek establishes the S property line, so it does not interfere w/ use of prop.
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I have sold a property at 2937 SOUTHERN CRES in Abbotsford.
Prime West Abbotsford location,Rancher with a full bsmt, close to High Street Mall, HWY#1 access, all levels of schooling & within walking distance to Ellwood Park and Discovery Trail. Well maintained 4 bedr/4 bathrooms home with some updates,lovely fully fenced landscaped teared backyard. This air conditioned house gives you great comfort in the summer & 3 fireplaces,forced air furnace to keep you warm in the winter. Beautiful view of the city & airport from the enclosed back deck. RV Parking. Pls book your showing now.
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I have sold a property at 802 32440 SIMON AVE in Abbotsford.
Beautiful City view from this partially updated in 2005, stunning bright corner apartment! Baseboards & crown mouldings throughout. Bright kitchen with laminate counter tops, lots of lights for a great experience to cook! With nice colors throughout and great layout. Trethewey Tower has it all, indoor pool, rec room, wood-workshop, library, exercise , etc. Close walk for shopping, many more within walking distance of many services & facilities. If you are 45 + and want a concrete apartment with a beautiful sunny view, this is for you! No rentals. Pets with restrictions. Please call for your appointment.
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I have sold a property at 2811 BABICH ST in Abbotsford.
Rancher with walkout basement. Roof is only 2 years old. 3 bedrooms up and a 1 bedroom + den suite down (very nice suite). Updated furnace. Central location with lots of room for a shop, or parking for a boat or RV. Huge 11,765 sq. ft. 1/4 acre lot. Urban 3 Infill - future potential?
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I have sold a property at 3216 SADDLE ST in Abbotsford.
Perched atop Saddle Hill enjoy almost 1/3 of a sunny acre (mostly sloped property) surrounded by trees offering tons of privacy. Extra elbow room in all directions due to the land contour and subdivision plan which makes your large lot feel even bigger! Desirable 2 storey plan with 4 bedrooms all on the upper level! (hard to find - great for large young families) 2.5 baths, sunken family room with newer wood burning airtight stove which keeps the home so cozy. Renovated kitchen with newer cabinets. Garage with PVC flooring, soundproofed & 220 ready. Enjoy the covered veranda, large south facing patio off master bedroom & huge entertainment sized sundeck. Large swim spa tub located on lower deck. Yard section fenced for dog run/play area. Very private backyard!
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I have sold a property at 117 2626 COUNTESS ST in Abbotsford.
LARGE UNIT - OVER 1400 sq. ft. THE BEAUTIFUL WEDGEWOOD - The best of its kind for those 40+. This gated complex is on of a kind in the area. 1st floor corner unit, many large windows and a nice patio facing N/E for sitting out and enjoying the birds & fresh air. Very well kept with some updates. 2 secured underground parking spaces. The entrance is stunning with a glass domed 40ft Atrium featuring a waterfall, this building is a State of the Art. Amenities include billiards room, games room, 2 elevators, workshop, storage and 2 guest suites.Walking distance to Church, Bank, Coffee shop, transit & other. No pets, no smoking or rentals.
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I have sold a property at 110 32145 OLD YALE RD in Abbotsford.
Beautiful, spotless 2 bed & den, well kept w/some updates condo. Over 1300 square feet. CORNER END UNIT WITH PATIO ON 2 SIDES. PATIO is fully enclosed with sliding windows. Good sized rooms,master has a 3 piece ensuite. Large storage/pantry room. Open, inviting suite when you walk in,feels like home.Central area that is close to many amenities, library,shopping,transit, etc. The complex has a wonderful community with social events for all to come together. A warm friendly inclusive group of owners that make this building very unique. Guest suite, & rec room with pool table. Underground, safe secure parking, extra storage & a workshop make this building awesome. Age 55+, no rentals, no pets & no smoking.RV parking.
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I have sold a property at 1 33917 MARSHALL RD in Abbotsford.
Nearly 2000 sq. ft. of living space in this family townhome. INSIDE: Original condition needing TLC and updating. OUTSIDE: Enjoy the benefit of a newer roof, vinyl siding and vinyl windows. A high efficiency furnace was added in 2009. This end unit home with fully fenced backyard is located in this friendly 6 unit complex, has low strata fees, is central to Freeway, UFV & Abbotsford Regional Hospital & welcomes children and pets. Check and Compare the AMAZING value after some sweat equity is applied.
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I have sold a property at 2 33917 MARSHALL RD in Abbotsford.
Nearly 2000 sq. ft. of partially renovated (2013) living space in this family townhome. INSIDE: Some newer laminate flooring, kitchen, bathrooms & carpet. OUTSIDE: Enjoy the benefit of a newer roof, vinyl siding & windows. Plus fully fenced backyard. This end unit home is located this friendly 6 unit complex, has low strata fees, is central to Freeway, UFV & Abbotsford Regional Hospital & welcomes children and pets. Check and Compare the AMAZING value. ATT. INVESTORS: Great revenue property with awesome long term tenant who would like to stay.
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I have sold a property at 816 31955 OLD YALE RD in Abbotsford.
THE Evergreen Village a great community. This 8th floor unit has amazing views of Abbotsford, you won't be disappointed of your deck looking west to watch the sun set. 2 large bedrooms in this well laid out suite. Mostly original waiting for your ideas. Window coverings that help to keeping out the heat. Evergreen Village has everything you could hope for with its own indoor pool and hot tub, a guest suite, rec room with pool tables, library, work shop, meeting room and more! Underground parking & RV parking, close to shopping. Strata fees include hot water & heat!! Concrete bldg for the 55+ no pets or rentals allowed. Only few units avail, it won't last long. Please call for your appointment.
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I have sold a property at 211 32070 PEARDONVILLE RD in Abbotsford.
This affordable Unit in a great building, 2 large bedroom, spacious unit on 2nd floor has a 4 pcs bathroom. Very Central location. Bring your ideas for some updates! Spacious (4'5"x14'6") glazed-in patio. Walk to shopping & park.Close to public transportation & Garden Park Tower a Seniors Center for great home cooking and socializing. Secure underground parking. Low strata fees. It has a woodworking shop. All you need to get cable/phone expenses. Well maintained complex, 55+ age restrictions, no pets or rentals allowed. Quick possession possible! Strata fees incl hot water, electricity & heat. Call today for your appointment.
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I have sold a property at 8 34159 FRASER ST in Abbotsford.
EMERALD PLACE- A beautiful 45 + gated townhouse complex. 19+ children ok. Fantastic location on desirable Fraser St. Only a quick drive or brisk walk to shopping in downtown Abbotsford or Sumas way. Rancher-duplex style end unit w/double garage & walkout basement. 12 parking stalls for guests. Main floor features 9' ceilings & engineer H/W in L/R, B/R & D/R. Spacious kitchen with eating area and adjoining family room. Balcony has lovely South view of Mt. Baker & gorgeous Valley view of Sumas flats. Master bdrm has deluxe 4 piece ensuite. Basement features rec room, 2 bdrms, den and big storage room or workshop. 1 small cat or dog ok. No rentals. Easy to view. Grand total floor area is 3,149 sq.ft. Gas B/Q hook up. With 2x6 walls, radiant heat.
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I have sold a property at 35556 TWEEDSMUIR DR in Abbotsford.
Desired McKinley Heights! Spacious 4 bedroom home located on a quiet street with fully fenced yard. This homes features 3 bedrooms on the main with terrific open floor plan, maple kitchen, stainless appliances, island with eating bar and  pantry. You'll love the deck off the kitchen with fantastic valley views, perfect for those summer nights and family BBQ's. The master bedroom has built in wardrober and full 4 pcs bath. Downstairs there's a large rec room for the kids and a beautifully finished 1 bedroom unauthorized suite. Close to elementary school and Ledgeview golf course. A great area to raise your family. 
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I have sold a property at 31 2475 EMERSON ST in Abbotsford.
Emerson Park estates! 45+ complex, Awesome loc close to everything. Ideal ground level rancher with full basement, 2+ bedrooms, 3 flex rms, open floor plan. Large bright kit, gas F/P, single garage, Great amenities room. Well maintained,  vacant, price right! All meas are approximate.
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I have sold a property at 1103 3190 GLADWIN RD in Abbotsford.
Presenting the Regency Tower with spectacular south westerly Mount Baker and valley views. The unit comes with two parking stalls and an individual storage locker. The apartment has been well cared for with fresh paint, carpet, hardwood and new appliances. Central Abbotsford is a great location within walking distance to all amenities. Ready to move in condition and the surround view really does make the difference
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One of the toughest decisions you may come across when you finally find your dream home and you’re ready to put your offer in. Do I need a home inspection? I’ll make it really easy for you – YES. Going in for a subject free offer may be very appealing to the owners and may give you the upper hand in a multiple offer situation but it’s also a large gamble. To put it very simply, a house is the single largest investment most individuals will ever make throughout their lifetime, and when you make this purchase you want to know exactly what you’re getting with no hidden surprises.  Forgoing the home inspection may win you the home, but it could also win you years of headaches and nothing but expensive hidden problems throughout. Let me ask you this, how well do you trust the owners? Do you trust them to disclose every single detail that’s wrong with their home? Probably not, and other than that they may not know the extent of the problems that may be laying underneath their very eyes. Having a certified Home Inspector come in to evaluate your potential home is the best way to discover the truth and have an unbiased honest, informed opinion.

 

 

Why is it important to get the inspection done?

Getting a home inspection on your potential home gives you the ultimate piece of mind that you need. You won’t need to worry about the structure of your home, roof or foundation crumbling because any issues would’ve been brought to your attention during your home inspection report. It also will give you a road map to a maintenance schedule and give you the opportunity to budget for any repairs that you will need to make in the near future.  Keeping you aware of what’s going on with your home.

 

I’m buying a new home do I still need one?

Yes – the answer will always be yes. Most of us would assume, I’m buying a brand new home, why on earth do I need a home inspection when I already know there’s no problems with the roof or foundation since it’s brand new. Well, there’s more to it. Having a home inspection done before the sale is final is the last stop. The home inspector will make sure everything is working properly and no repairs are needed before you move in. Ultimately having a home inspection done on a new home will give you the negotiating power before you sign on the dotted line to have any repairs done, before you hand over the money.

 

How to choose your home inspector?

Choosing a home inspector can be overwhelming. With the internet conveniently at our fingertips it’s easy to access a large directory of home inspectors in your area. A helpful hint in choosing the right home inspector for your new home is to research research research! Look to see how long they’ve been in business for and if they have a few years under their belt. Secondly, assure that you will be receiving a report onsite once they complete their inspection. Having the report handed to you right then and there gives you the opportunity to address any questions or concerns you may have.  Open availability is also important. Buying a home can move quite quickly; you want to make sure that the home inspector will fit the schedule that will best work for you. Lastly, word of mouth and references. There’s no better way than finding out the good, the bad and the ugly than reading reviews. Check out their Facebook page or website and see what others have to say! Just remember the key to choosing the right home inspector is do your research!

 

What to expect?

Depending on what home you’re looking at having inspected, whether it’s a condo, townhome or detached house it can take anywhere from 1.5 to 4 hours. Your home inspector will complete a detailed walk through of your potential home outside & inside. It’s a complete top to bottom review of the physical structure of the home as well as its electrical and mechanical systems.  The inspector will make sure all the major appliances are functioning correctly. They will also assess the heating and air-conditioning systems to assure everything is working properly. They will examine the plumbing to validate that there is no leaks or water damage to the home. If there is a basement, crawl space or attic your home inspector will either crawl up into the attic or down into the basement/crawlspace to ensure that there are no problems. While your inspector is doing the walk through of the inside/outside of your potential home they will be taking notes and pictures for the report. Most importantly your inspector will provide you with an unbiased professional opinion of the homes condition with your report at the end of the inspection.

Having an expert in your corner when it comes to taking a look at your potential home is worth every penny when you’re buying; whether it be your first of your fifth investment in real estate. This blog post has been made possible by the contributions by the gracious Daniel Fedosenko of Mr Home Inspector Ltd. We are grateful for the opportunity of interviewing you for this blog post.

 

 

 

 

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With the warm weather upon us, many of us are beginning to plan our summer vacation activities and adventures, for a lot of us that means travelling. Before you even print those plane or cruise tickets, take a moment to think of the steps you can take to secure your home before you leave on vacation. Peace of mind on the road, or while you’re in another country is worth a lot.  Avoid having to file an expensive insurance claim when you return by following these simple tips & tricks.

 

Mail for Days - Place a hold on mail and newspaper. There’s nothing worse than leaving on a two week vacation to have 14 newspapers piled at your front door or in your mailbox. This is like a welcome mat for burglars ask a neighbour to pick up your mail and newspapers every day or visit your local post office to place a hold on your mail.

 

Move It - Leave a car in your driveway. This is an easy step to help deter home break ins. Having a presence at your home is key. Whether this means, having a friend or family member drive you to the airport or having your neighbour park in your driveway occasionally. The occasional shift in position makes your home look occupied.

 

 

Keep it Clean - If you’re travelling for more than a week hire a lawn care or snow removal company to clean up the yard while you’re away. Manicured outdoor spaces give the appearance of the house being occupied.

 

Shine Bright – Since most robberies happen at night, install timers on various lights throughout your home to turn on at all different times so it looks like someone is home. Also consider installing motion activated lighting outdoors to keep your home secure.

 

 

Keep it Safe – Always keep your valuables such as extra cash, or expensive jewelry in a code locking safe. If your home unfortunately gets broken into, you don’t want them getting their hands on your expensive jewellery.

 

Garage Hack - tech savvy burglars can easily crack the code to trigger your garage door to open. Make sure you disable your electric garage door opener before you leave.

 

 

Let it Slide – Sliding doors are often the easiest and weakest link to your home security. Insure that they are locked correctly and for added security place a cut to fit stick or rod in the tracks.

 

Sound the Alarm - If it fits into your budget, consider installing a home security system before you leave. Many companies offer monitoring for a low monthly cost. Burglaries are much less likely to happen if there is an alarm system in place.

 

Shut it off – Turn off your internal water valve. The last thing you want when returning from a peaceful vacation is a flooded home from an old pipe bursting or your washing machine hose failing.

 

Remove the spare keys – Remember those spare keys you left under the planter? It’s time to bring them in so no one uses them while you’re away!

 

Taking these necessary steps to protect your home can really help put your mind at easy while you’re away. Bon Voyage!

 

 

 

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Despite the chill that’s still lingering in the air, spring is finally here! Many of us associate the word spring with budding flowers and sunshine, but it also means that it’s time to break out those cleaning gloves and tackle the task of Spring Cleaning.

Spring cleaning is no small task, it can often turn into a huge project. To make your spring cleaning tasks a little more manageable, here are a few tips that can help you tackle your home.

 

1. Plan of Attack

Lists can often help people stay organized especially tackling a project like Spring Cleaning. Before you get started, walk through each room and write down what you want to accomplish. Writing a list out also helps to make sure you have all the cleaning materials you need before you start.

 

2. Turn up the Tunes

Put together a cleaning playlist to make the task more fun! Listening to music while cleaning may help make things go by faster, keep you motivated and of course it’s an extra work out!

 

3. Clean One Room at a Time

It’s easy to get overwhelmed and side tracked when you want to accomplish cleaning your entire house! Baby steps… stick with cleaning one room at a time, or pick two or three rooms to accomplish on the weekend. This way your whole house isn’t thrown upside down all at once. Much easier to manage.

 

4. Purge!

As you go through each room, make sure to declutter. Recycle old magazines, put items you no longer use, need or wear, like that tshirt you bought a year ago but never wear into a three bin system; keep sell or donate. Decide if it’s worth it to sell, or simply put it in a box to donate. Using a three bin system works well to keep you organized and on task

 

5. Set a Timer

It’s hard to stay on track when cleaning. You may find items you’ve forgotten about, lost, or old photographs, and before you know it you’ve spent the entire day cleaning just one closet because your too busy reminiscing the past. Set a timer so you don’t fall into this trap. Much like a list, it can help you stay on track.

 

6. Recruit Some Help

Don’t do all the cleaning yourself. What’s better than a cleaning party?! Recruit your kids, significant other or friends to help you out. When you can divvy up the work, it will hopefully take less time than if you do it all by yourself and its good company!

 

7. Top to Bottom

Start cleaning from the top of the room and work your way down. Knock down all those dusty cobwebs from the corner, dust the light fixtures, clean the windows, dust the furniture, and finally finish with the floors.

 

8. Think Green

Many chemical-based cleaners emit hazardous fumes. No matter what cleaners you use, remember to always read the labels. Instead of using numerous rolls of paper towel for cleaning, check out a microfiber cloth. They can be used on multiple surfaces and pick up dust like no other!

 

9. Fresh Air

Even when it’s cold and cloudy outside, it’s a great idea to open up all the windows in the room you’re working in. It lets the fresh air circulate and immediately freshens up the house. If you’re sensitive to all the dust you’re stirring up while cleaning the fresh air will also help.

 

10. Reward Yourself for a Job Well Done

Having something to look forward to at the end of a long day of cleaning sure makes things go faster. Plus, you worked hard and deserve it. Treat yourself to that bottle of wine you’ve been eyeing or take the opportunity to order in dinner; because let’s face it, who likes to make dinner and make a mess in your newly clean kitchen after a full day of spring cleaning.

 

Alright, so these tips won’t make all the dirt magically disappear, but the tips above may help you make the task a little bit easier. Remember to take your time and have fun!  You don’t have to do everything in one day, that’s why it’s called “Spring Cleaning”
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