NEW LISTING : #7 16261 23A Avenue South Surrey

JUST LISTED #7 16261 23A Avenue Incredible investment opportunity!

 

Welcome to the MORGAN, a fantastic opportunity to own a quality home built by Mosaic in the heart of Morgan Crossing in South Surrey! Calling all INVESTORS!! This beautifully decorated and perfectly kept 2 bedroom and den home is every landlords dream.

The open concept layout, modern design and very bright home has unobstructed views and is just steps away from all the local amenities, schools, shops, cafes and groceries. This home is like NEW, looks better than a show home and still has 2-5-10 year warranty. Incredible tenants currently paying $2200 a month looking to stay for up to 2 years! Call for more details or stop by the open Houses Saturday 27- Sunday 28 from 2-4 pm and Monday 29th from 6-7pm.

Just Listed 123 19750 64th avenue Langley

New Listing By Nuvola: 123 19750 64th avenue Langley

Bright and private 2 bedroom corner home at The Davenport!

This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is centrally located near:

  • Shopping
  • Grocery shops
  • Restaurants
  • Transit
  • Just steps away from Willowbrook Mall.

This home has it all! Perfect for down sizers, first time buyers and anyone who doesn’t like to drive.

$ 30,000 in renovations were added in 2014-2015 including: new laminate flooring throughout, stainless steel appliances, kitchen counter top, cupboards doors, fresh paint and window coverings. This perfectly positioned unit has south west exposure with a wrap around deck (fully gated and raised off street level) great for those summer night bbq’s! Huge walk in closet and cozy gas fireplace!

Stop by our open house to see more!

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7 Easy Tips How To Prepare Your Home To Sell

The best Realtor tricks to help you get top dollar when selling your home.

So you’re thinking about listing your home but don’t know if your home is ready?

Chances are when you sit down with your realtor, they will walk you through the process step by step of getting your home ready for showings and open houses but just in case you wanted to get a head start here are a few of my tips:

1 Declutter, Declutter, Declutter

Decluttering your home is one of the most important steps to getting it show ready. No one wants to walk through a home that is packed with “stuff”. By decluttering the home and putting as much of your personal belongings into storage it gives a feeling of a less “used” home and most importantly a less messy home. This allows more room for buyers to envision their own furniture in the home and makes it look clean and tidy and gives the illusion of a larger space.

2 Get Your Paint Brush Out

A fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way to brighten up your home, add that “fresh paint” smell and clean up any rooms that felt lived in. This small touch makes the home feel newer and clean.

Areas Of Focus:

  • Kitchen – Updating the kitchen is always a good move.
  • Bathrooms – Bathrooms tend to look grungy over time, fresh paint can get it a new-clean look.
  • Damaged Areas – Go around with drywall patch and fix all those small holes, then add some paint and your good as new.

3 Hire Mr. Clean:

Give your home a good clean, especially if you have kids and pets or if the walls haven’t been painted in a while. Buyers don’t want to be looking a kids sticky fingerprints on the walls and windows. If your schedule does not allow you to do a full house clean, hire a maid to come in for a few days and make your home sparkle.

4 Curb Appeal is Important

Make sure the outside of your home looks inviting even if it’s a condo or a townhouse. First impressions really matter! If you’re home doesn’t look the best from the outside, try adding some personalized touches to make it more appealing like a welcoming entry mat, a colorful door or a personalized wreath.

5 Hide any existence of your loving pets!

Not everyone loves pets and even if they do they don’t necessarily want to see them or smell them when considering a new home. Leave your pets at day care for open houses and hide crates and litter boxes especially as a sign of respect for pregnant ladies.

6 Depersonalize your home but make it inviting :

Try to hide a few of those family photos and keep eclectic furniture/ belongings hidden. This will make it easier to sell as more buyers can imagine themselves in your home.

7 Clean out storage spaces and closets :

Many people throw all of their decluttering items in closets and storage spaces like their garage making it hard to see exactly how much room you have. Buyers look for homes with lots of storage and snoop through closets to see just how much space they would have. Making sure these areas are nice and tidy can really help the selling process.

Are you thinking about moving homes?

Feel free to contact me for help and I’ll make your move less stressful!

 

 

 

A fresh coat of paint goes a long way.

 

211 9655 KING GEORGE Boulevard Whalley Surrey V3T 0C7

New Listing by Nuvola: 211 9655 KING GEORGE Boulevard Whalley Surrey

Bright, cozy and open concept one bedroom condo in The Gruv

This beautifully well maintained home has granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and high end laminate flooring. The spacious master bedroom, cheater ensuite and private deck are just a few of the great features in this home. The complex is perfect for first time buyers, downsizers and investors.

Excellent location just steps away from schools, shopping, transit and Surrey memorial!

It’s a one bedroom  one bathroom condo like new ! Great investment property

New to Fort Langley? Check out some of my favourite spots!

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Fort Langley, Welcome To My Happy Place!

Here are just a few reasons why I love Fort Langley

Although the forecast gives snow for this week, in my mind it’s already almost spring and that means summer is just around the corner! Just believe it and it will happen I tell myself 😉

I do love the winter season and really really enjoy the holidays, but I’m a summer person at heart: I live for sunshine, cold coffees, burnt noses and my feet in the sand.

I’m incredibly lucky to have a husband and two amazing dogs that think just like me. When we’re not working in the summer you’ll find us at the lake catching rays, swimming, and picnicking.

Since my schedule as a Realtor is unpredictable most of the time I have to stay local to take care of clients calls. I need a happy place close to home where I can escape to quickly after, or even during, work hours; this happy place is called Fort Langley.

Most of my days off in both the warmer months, and the colder months, are spent in Fort Langley. My activities change slightly according to the weather but on any given day of the week my day will start with a perfect cup of coffee.

If my husband and I are feeling especially hungry we always head to Wendels Book store and cafe  for breakfast. Their eggs Benedict and homemade jam give us the right amount of energy before we continue on with our day.

If we are in the mood for something lighter, Blacksmith bakery is the perfect spot to pick up a delicious coffee ( my favourite in town ) and french pastries before we continue on with our walk.

After breakfast we enjoy getting some exercise by going for a long walk with our dogs. We normally split our time between the Houston Trail and Brae Island trail  depending on the mood.  Our walk usually ends with us playing with the dogs in the river before heading home.

Fort Langley in the summer has a large number of beautiful little patios to stop for lunch or dinner. Since it’s still really cold out and patios are but a distant dream one of my favourite spots for date nights in the winter time is this incredible little tapas bar called Eighteen27.

They will charm you with their incredible drink selection and very talented piano player, not to mention the truffle mushroom gnocchi are a must try!

If you’re new to the area or are thinking about moving, I hope I’ve inspired you to try some of these incredible spots and can’t wait to hear all about your visit. Feel free to contact me and let me know what you think or share some of your favourite places 🙂

 

 

 

Downsizing And Why I Feel It’s Better To Have A Young Realtor

Should You Hire A Young Realtor When Downsizing?

Seniors who are downsizing can sometimes be skeptical when hiring someone younger than them let alone a younger Realtor!

The look on some of my older client’s faces when they first meet me is the look of pure terror; it makes me giggle a little just thinking about it!

You can see the panic in their eyes at the thought of me, a young Realtor, helping them with such an important transition. It’s almost as if they see me as a kid and think there is no way I could be capable of getting the job done.

Thank goodness there is more to me than just first impressions!

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There are many reasons why a senior would choose a younger Realtor over an older “more wiser” Realtor

  1. A younger realtor can sometimes be more up to date with the newest technology, trends, and new marketing techniques. Of course this isn’t always the case, but in my experience the younger generation pushes the industry to evolve.
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  2. Young adults tend to have less responsibilities and obligations and more time to dedicate to work. Balancing work and personal time is tough at the best of times. In most cases the older you get, the less time you would want to spend on work and more time you would like to have with your family.
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  3. Young people have grown up with the internet and most have a strong understanding about how social media and online marketing works. I’m constantly on social media and reading blogs, learning about the latest real estate trends.
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    Having a realtor that is active on different platforms and knows how to quickly navigate online is beneficial for both marketing potential and traffic engagement.
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  4. Like any seasoned vet of any field or market, older realtors can be stuck in their ways. Sure, they might say they have a network of people who will buy your home, but a younger person more up to date with the latest technology expands their network to the internet which is actually very efficient.
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    A person who knows the ways around the internet will go above and beyond to show your listing through various different media.The less experience means more to lose. Rookies don’t have the clientele or the network (besides the internet) that older realtors have. We’ve entered a market that has essentially been reset with no “good ol’ days” in our memory bank. To our power though, technology is taking over and we know our way around technology.
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  5. By choosing a young realtor you basically get a two-for-one! Almost every younger person out there has a mentor of some sort. In this market, we chase after a successful mentor who has been there, done that, and seen it all. We learn about our mentors and build a bond with them, we are not afraid to run to them for advice in a “what would you do” scenario.

I always tell my clients that the most important aspect of choosing a Realtor is feeling comfortable with this person enough to trust them to guide you through the process of moving.

To give you an example I thought I’d share one of my best downsizing memories:

Last summer, I had the pleasure of helping a couple move out of their Surrey home in Bear Creek – Green Timbers and downsize to their new retirement home.

A friend referred me to this couple; and after meeting with them a few of times, I could tell the wife was a little skeptical. She was a “hands on” seller and wanted to be involved in every step of the process, even the parts that sellers normally don’t get involved with.

It is normal to be stressed and worried when downsizing. This couple spent 19 years in this home and raised their family there, so the thought of moving and making the wrong choice is incredibly high.

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I think it’s important to understand my clients needs

I think it’s important to understand my clients needs and adjust my strategy according to their expectations. With this specific couple, my goal was making sure I had open communication every step of the way.

I chose my words wisely, and explained to them why I felt I was qualified for the job opposed to another advisor. I passionately promised them open and truthful communication the whole way assuring them I was there to fairly advise them and not set them into a trap.

The feeling of being in control made transitioning easier for the couple. I wanted to be clear that I had the best intentions of making this transition an elegant one for them both, with only their best interest in mind.

I will never forget the day they moved

It was a weekend in October, and a strong storm had hit. The power was out all weekend, it was getting dark, we were completely soaked, and my sellers had hours of traveling in front of them in terrible weather conditions.

But soon the storm was over. The couple trusted me to look out for their best interests and to make sound decisions on their behalf and I did just that. I managed to land them a deal of a lifetime and sell their family home for above asking price and obtain what they wanted and more.

When it came time to say our goodbyes, Ernie picked up Patti and walked out of the home just like they walked in 19 years ago.

He carried her while they both giggled like kids! It was the best closing weekend ever to see a stressful situation handled with care and made into an unforgettable memory for everyone involved.

Being a Realtor who cares

As a realtor, you can’t put a price on memories, but you can make room for another family to make memories in the same space (adding to all the previous happiness!)

When you sit and think of all the milestones that happen within one family over 20 or so years, having the power to give another family that opportunity should be enough to make you incredibly warm and fuzzy inside.

Cornerstone 111 21009 56 Avenue Salmon River Langley

Just Listed By Nuvola Capitanio

New Condo in Cornerstone: 111 21009 56 Avenue Salmon River Langley V3A 0C9

Bright south facing 1 bedroom and den with open concept layout.

Ground floor very private fully gated building this building is raised and fully gated so no public access.

Has an outside deck looking onto the common area garden west facing.

2 pets allowed with no height or weight restrictions.

Spacious living room and dining room with electric fireplace & access to a large patio. Quartz counter tops, stainless steel appliances, walk in closet and cheater ensuite are just a few of the great features in this home. Quality built by Marcon homes with over 25 years experience.

The Langley Neighbourhood

  • Safeway
  • Starbucks
  • Sushi
  • liquor store
  • transit
  • Kwantlen College

All within walking distance. Great for first time buyers, students, People downsizing, and investors.

Was owner occupied but he just moved out so early completion is possible. Same unit is rented for $1200 monthly if wanted as an investment.

5 Important Steps in Buying an Investment Home

One way to become wealthy is by investing in real estate.

That’s a saying we all have heard by now but is it true? Many people have become wealthy by mastering a strategy of buying an investment home, but you can also lose money quickly if it’s not done correctly.

“Ninety per cent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate” ~ Andrew Carnegie

So you’re thinking about buying your first investment home but don’t know where to start. Here are a couple of tips if you’re not already in a wealthy position:

Before you start investing in real estate, it is imperative that you get educated in the important concepts.

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1 Start small

Buying a home that’s around $150,000 is probably a good start. A small mortgage payment is what you need to make a profit.

Buying an investment home most times requires a larger down-payment so having a lower mortgage will allow you to pay it off quickly and give you a higher monthly profit.

2 Keep some money aside for a rainy day

You never know when the microwave will malfunction, the boiler stops working, or the dishwasher springs a leak, and you need to replace the flooring.

The cost of hiring a professional to fix it if you’re not a handyman may be enough to cut into your profit for the month if not a few more. Budgeting for factors you cannot control will at least give you piece of mind in knowing you’re not owing money out of your pocket. Prepare yourself for the unknown.

3 Setting harder rules in the beginning

This philosophy may save you a lot of energy and money in the long run.

No smoking and no pets are now very common in rental advertisements; you might want to ask yourself why. If you’re not careful enough when you’re interviewing potential tenants, you’ll end with more than just a headache.

Cigarette holes in the carpet, fines for noise complaints and illegal grow-ops are just a couple of the horror stories you hear from landlords. Screen your tenants thoroughly and check references to avoid turning your early retirement dream into a money pit instead.

4 Research the investment home area

You’re buying the investment home in and make sure it’s up and coming instead of heading for a downfall.

You want to be sure the neighbourhood is booming with families, jobs, good schools, business people, and excellent transit to make sure you won’t get stuck with a property that decreases in value and forces you to sell.

5 lastly factor in financial changes

Higher mortgage rates, a rise in the property taxes or only a particular levee can make or break your ability to keep your investment home.

When purchased wisely, investment houses are fantastic opportunities for high profits! Once you have established what works for you and have chosen a suitable tenant, you can sit back and relax knowing that mortgage will soon be paid off. Once you retire, you’ll still have an income every month.

Many investors start by owning one home and slowly purchase more. Owning households in the same neighbourhood is also easier for when you decide to stop by and check on your tenant. Are you looking for an investment property to start you off?

Ready to become a real estate investor?

Contact me today to get started on your early retirement plan and let’s start shopping for that perfect home!

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Builder Or No Builder When Buying A New Home

Should You Buy A New Home From A Builder?

Buying from a builder has it’s benefits, but it can also be intimidating. This article covers the ins and outs of buying a new home from a builder.

Now that the holidays have come and gone, it’s time to get back to reality and for some of you that may mean thinking about relocating your family into a new home.

One of the first questions that pops up once you’ve decided to Buy is if you are going to buy a New construction home directly from a builder or if you will be looking at resale homes instead.

There are many great reasons for buying a brand new home starting with the most obvious.

New homes have welcoming sales offices and thoughtfully staged designer homes that make you fall in love with the dreamy environment.

Their show homes are packed with designer upgrades and very expensive custom made furniture to show you how to use the space to the maximum of it’s potential giving you great ideas for furnishing your new home, this makes the buying process easier for those that need to see a room in order to envision it.

When buying a home directly from the builder, you also have a wide option of upgrades and custom personalizations such as different floor plans, colour schemes and completions dates to choose from allowing you a certain amount of flexibility.

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New homes aren’t just great for the newest paint color or updated floor-plans, they also allow for a bigger piece of mind when it comes to hidden costs after you move in. In new construction the home you purchase has  2,5,10 year warranty as well as brand new appliances.

When construction is complete, you get a binder with photos and inspection summaries. This gives you the proof your home was built right, which helps with warranties and if you ever want to sell, it can help increase value. ~ Mike Holmes

Developers also schedule a walk through prior to completion that allows you and your family to walk through the home and check for deficiencies prior to move in day making sure they have time to fix any construction problems your home may have without you having to even lift a finger.

These seem like small details but they normally make the move in process a lot easier and allow homeowners to enjoy their home the way it should be : Perfect.

What Upgrades Should You Choose?

Choosing color schemes and custom features also allow for an easier transition as you won’t be forever hunting for furniture to fit specific spaces. Do however keep in mind that all these upgrades can add up fast so keep a clear mind about what you want and what your bank account can actually afford.

I have years of experience selling new homes for reputable builders and one of my biggest surprises when working for Builders was the amount of people that purchased homes without a Realtor representing them especially first time home buyers .

You would never buy a home from someone without an agent helping you through the process so why buy a new home without any help?

The sales people working for developers represent the developers only and as friendly as they are they aren’t representing you in the contract of purchase and sale. Buying a new home from a builder can also be a nightmare if you don’t know who you’re buying from and what to look for.

Did you know that buyers don’t pay for realtor services ? so call your trusted agent and let them help you buy the best product for your needs.

Feel free to message me with any questions and let’s get shopping  🙂

 

203 21009 56 Avenue Salmon River Langley

New Listing: 203 21009 56 Avenue Salmon River Langley V3A 0C9

Cornerstone Condos

Bright south facing 1 bedroom and den with open concept layout.

Spacious living room and dining room with electric fireplace & access to a large patio.

  • Quartz counter tops,
  • stainless steel appliances,
  • walk in closet and cheater ensuite are just a few of the great features in this home.

Quality built by Marcon homes with over 25 years experience. Safeway, Starbucks, Sushi, liquor store, transit & Kwantlen College all within walking distance.

Great for first time buyers, students, down-sizers and investors. Currently tenanted with a wonderful tenant wanting to stay!

Tenant is paying $1200 a month.

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