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I have listed a new property at BUNTING LAKE RD in Williams Lake.
Get away from it all just 30 minutes from Williams Lake. The 80 acre property has a year round creek running through it with water rights. Great building and view sites with a road through the property. Crown Land on two sides and partiallyfenced and cross fenced with some mature timber. One of a kind off-grid property yet just minutes to the amenities. You only get one chance at this nature lovers paradise!
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In comes the warm weather and out comes nature at its finest. Bears are coming out of hibernation and birds are migrating here faster than we can get out the bird feeders. With the change of season it also brings on the desire to be a part of it all. More and more folks every year are looking to purchase their piece of paradise that they can escape to. For some it is a lifestyle change that they are seeking and rural properties fit the bill. 

 

From spring to fall is an excellent time to explore the recreational and rural property market. From looking for a rustic cabin by the river to acreage to run your dream bed & breakfast, rural properties are unique and offer so many opportunities. 

 

When searching for a property, there are several items that differ from purchasing within city limits. Most rural properties have their own water source such as a well. Wells can vary from 15 feet deep to 250 feet deep. There are many tests you can do to check the well from quality of the water through analyzing samples to having it pumped out to see the refresh rate, pressure, etc.  Ensuring that you have a good and stable water source is key to purchasing a rural property.

 

Another area that should be on the top of your list is the type of septic system that is currently in place. It could be as simple as an outhouse to a holding tank with a septic field. The regulations have tightened up on septic systems and the process to have them put in place so this is a crucial step to look at as it could cost you thousands of dollars if you are not comfortable with the system currently in place.  

 

You will often find a variety of heat sources when buying a recreational property. Most often wood will be the choice of heat as it is a simple method and if you are able to gather it yourself, can be quite cost efficient. Propane is often used as not only a source of heating but also for ovens, dryers, etc. At times you may have to rent the tanks so keep that in mind if you are looking at your costs. Pellet stoves have become more popular over the years. You have the cost of purchasing the pellets but the method in how they are heated allows it to heat for a long period of time. A little goes a long way. But do remember that with burning wood the insurance on your home will likely go up.

 

I must say that I enjoy the diversity that rural properties have. Each one is so unique that you'll never find two alike. If you feel like the timing might be right for you, give me a call at (250) 305-7034 and we can see what you have in mind. This may be the year you go rural! 

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I have listed a new property at FOX MOUNTAIN RD in Williams Lake.
The last private lot in this great location just minutes from town on Fox Mountain. Come see this beautifully treed and very private, flat, fenced and undisturbed lot at the end of the road. There is power, telephone and gas at property line and great building sites for that dream country home. This is life deserved but you may have to share with the wildlife that also call this home. Call for more information.
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I have listed a new property at 1079 LOOMIS CREST in Williams Lake.
Recreation awaits you! This spacious 4 bedroom log home is your escape to recreation paradise. Whether you're looking for a weekend retreat or the ideal place to retire, this home offers you all the comforts you'll need. The bright open floor plan is perfect for entertaining plus you have over 1100 sq ft outdoor deck where you can relax and enjoy the view of Nimpo Lake. The lower level offers plenty of space for a large rec room or the ultimate workshop. With incredible fishing and recreational opportunities right at your door, you'll wonder why you didn't move here sooner. All this at this price. Wow..
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I have sold a property at 2406 PANORAMA DR in Williams Lake.
Welcome home! This home has just what you've been looking for. This updated home has beautiful hardwood floors, tiled entrance, new windows and door with high end blinds a beautiful eat in kitchen. Check out the extra large master suite andthe gas fireplace for those romantic evenings. Large windows allow for lots of natural light throughout the home. Wait till you see the view of the lake from the high end 12x28 deck that's perfect for entertaining family and friends. Then there is the terraced lawn with privacy evergreens, flower gardens and rock features on a large lot all backing onto green space. All this just 3 minutes from Williams Lake on a quiet cul-de-sac. This home has been meticulously maintained and awaits you.
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Kitchen Renovations! It can be one of the biggest projects you can take on in your home. There are so many options that many people search through magazines, visiting showrooms until they are finally ready to take the leap into a kitchen renovation. According to the Appraisal Institute of Canada, kitchen renovations are guaranteed a return of 75 to 100 percent on your investment when you sell your house. But it can come at a price. I did some research into how to get the most bang for your buck and I found the top five ways to spend your money wisely as you embark on your kitchen renovation from Scott McGillivray from HGTV's Income Property show. Here are some of the ideas that he suggests:


#1  Countertops
It seems everyone wants granite these days, even renters are asking for these high-end countertops, too. But while there's no doubt granite looks great, there are a ton of other options on the market that won't put such a massive hole in your budget. Butcher block, for example, is great for people who want a more rustic look, and it comes at a fraction of the price. Or, if you're after more industrial appeal, check out poured concrete countertops – you'll pay a bit more for the labour, but the materials are a whole lot cheaper. If your heart is set on granite, be smart about buying it, and research some companies that may have deals on precut pieces or find a company that does big restaurant jobs and you might get lucky piggy-backing on someone else's good deal.

#2  Tiles
You can save a ton of cash with budget-friendly tiles used in a creative way. Consider a herring-bone design, for example, rather than a traditional brick pattern. Or use the expensive tiles you want sparingly to create a trim detail or a feature area behind the cooktop rather than being forced to tile the entire expanse of a 
backsplash. When Scott works with designers he always challenge them to use more affordable products in a high-end application.  Ingenuity can definitely pay off.

 

#3  Appliances

Big-ticket items like appliances can set you back a lot of money. So consider: How many BTUs do you want in a gas cooktop? Do you need an LCD screen or an icemaker in your fridge? Is a double oven with a microwave feature really necessary? While we'd all like our kitchens to look like they just jumped off the pages of a magazine but study your space, how you entertain and how you cook before you go shopping. If you have a 10-by-10-foot kitchen, that six-burner, dual-fuel professional range just might not fit.

#4  Demolition
Invite some strong friends over and make a demo day of gutting your old kitchen. Be sure all the water, gas and electrical are turned off or disconnected. You can save a grand or even two by doing a lot of the demo on your own. Rent a bin to cart it all away and know that the money saved can go into an amazing faucet or a light fixture.

#5  Planning
It's really important that you don't over-invest in your kitchen renovation. If your home is only worth $400,000, coughing up $75,000 to redo the kitchen might not be the best decision. Scott renovates 25 to 30 kitchens a year, and many of them are built with cabinetry from big-box stores. If you plan properly, you can make standard cabinetry look like a 
custom kitchen. You can also save money if you time your kitchen renovation around annual kitchen-sale events. When it comes to appliances, buying last year's models is another way to save. Look for deals through online coupon companies or at auctions. And it doesn't hurt to try to negotiate terms like delivery, tax included or even trade-ins. The best advice is to keep everything in balance and know when to break down your kitchen renovation wish list into more bite-sized pieces.


Kitchen renos can be a big project but if you do your homework, you can stay one step ahead of the game. Give me a call at (250) 305-7034 to discuss which direction would give you the most bang for your buck. 

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I have listed a new property at 3101 GLEASON CREST in Williams Lake.
Over 5 fenced & cross fenced acres for you and your horses to enjoy. The open style floor plan of this 4 bdrm home with that country feel is perfect for the larger family. The CSA approved woodstove provides that warm and cozy feel. Add ina huge 28x30 mechanics shop with large doors and numerous multi use sheds and this property is ideal for the hobby enthusiast. The property is on the school bus route and mine bus stops at the property. Just 35 minutes to Williams Lake and only 45 minutes to both Mt Polly and Gibraltor mines makes this the place you could call home and be close to work. All this at this low price, wow!
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I have sold a property at 134 375 Mandarino PL in Williams Lake.
This beautiful custom built quality home has it all. Designed for full wheelchair accessibility you do not want to miss out. Located in quiet neighbourhood, the open floor plan with gorgeous hardwood flooring in front room and dining area as well as tile in the open kitchen with centre island is perfect for family gatherings. Enjoy the private backyard with concrete patio which has a natural gas BBQ hookup for summer entertaining. Pride of ownership shows throughout this entire home, too many extras to mention.
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I have sold a property at 1707 Juniper ST in Williams Lake.
Very affordable 4 bedroom south Lakeside home. Sellers have lived there since 1972. Beautiful 0.8 acre lot with city services. Large 13x25 ft sundeck for enjoying barbecues and views of the lake. Updated pulse nat gas furnace. Priced at theassessed value of $181,000
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Finding the perfect home doesn't happen in one day. It takes careful planning and lots of work. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to simplify the process. The Canadian Real Estate Association created a checklist to help you navigate through the process. Here are some of the highlights:

 

Things to Consider Before Starting Your Search


1. What Features Do You Need?

Do you need an extra bathroom, a garage, a fenced backyard, or lower utility bills? Do you want a fireplace, a short drive to work, or maybe minimal yard work? Once your list is complete, decide what’s most important to you. 


2. What’s the Ideal Location?

Where you live obviously affects your lifestyle. It’s also one of the most significant influences on the value of your home. Your choice of location may be somewhat limited by the price you can afford. Even so, make sure to consider such things as distance to work, schools, shopping and entertainment.


3. What Kind of Home?

What type of property do you want? A single-family detached home is attractive to many people because it typically provides more living space and land. On the other hand, a condominium may be a more appropriate choice for you, with an emphasis on maintenance-free living. Determine what type of home best suits your desired lifestyle and budget.


4. What’s Your Budget?

How much do you want to spend? Just as importantly, how much do you have to spend? Note there are numerous additional expenses (detailed below) that you’ll pay to complete the purchase of a home.

 

5. Choosing a REALTOR®

A realtor can help you answer all of these questions and help you navigate through what can be a complicated business transaction. It’s important that you’re comfortable and confident with the agent you choose.

 

6. Searching For a Home

A realtor will use various tools to try and find properties that meet your specifications. Your realtor can quickly search through numerous properties available for sale in specific areas to find suitable listings; that is, houses that best match your needs, choice of neighbourhoods and price range.

 

 7. Extra Expenses

No matter what type of home or property you're buying, plan on some extra expenses. 

ü  A land transfer tax (a sales tax on property)

ü  An appraisal fee if required

ü  Surveying costs or title insurance

ü  A high-ratio mortgage insurance premium

ü  An interest adjustment. (Mortgages are normally calculated from the first of each month. If your closing date is the same as the beginning of your mortgage, there will be no adjustment. However, if your closing date is July and you move in on June 15, those last 15 days are the interest adjustment period. Your lender will expect you to cover the cost of the interest during that time.)

ü  Reimbursement to seller for the unused portion of any prepaid property taxes or utility bills

ü  Legal fees and realtor fees


Buying a home can be an exciting experience and a great realtor can help make that experience just that. If you'd like to begin your search, feel free to contact me at (250) 305-7034 and we can start moving forward with the plan. 

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With the hum of lawnmowers starting to flow through the neighborhoods, it is that time of the year where we assess our yards and see how it faired over the winter. As you get ready to list your home, your lawn is an important feature for how your property will show. I came across this interesting article on the dos & don'ts of landscaping in today's market. 


Will your landscaping pull in buyers or make them drive on by? Outdated or extreme styles, high-maintenance features and invasive or overgrown foliage can kill interest. Here are the experts' dos and don'ts.

 

For one buyer, it was the koi ponds that killed the deal. While the house they looked at had its appeal, its elaborately bricked-in backyard and large network of fish ponds seemed like too much work. It was a little overwhelming the buyer stated and provided little room for the family to play games or throw a ball to their dog. 


These days, elaborate patios, outdated or high-maintenance landscaping and invasive plants and trees can kill buyer interest in a home almost as quickly as an outdated kitchen or orange shag carpeting, according to landscaping experts and real estate agents. Landscaping often makes the difference between a prospective buyer getting out of the car for a closer look at the house and simply driving on by. Indeed, agents say, good landscaping can provide more bang for your buck than almost any other home improvement -- provided it's done right.

 

A few dos -- and 6 don'ts

Buyers today expect landscaping that's easy to take care of and water-wise, and offers benefits like shade or privacy. A pot of bright annuals by the front door isn't going to do it for most discriminating buyers.

There's really a trend towards landscaping that is both functionally and environmentally correct. You want to have the right plants in the right place.


Here's a look at the top landscaping turnoffs for buyers and what homeowners can do to make sure their landscaping efforts enhance, rather than detract from the value of their home.

 

1. Your father's landscaping

Rounded junipers, squared-off boxwood and holly bushes, and topiary shrubs scream that the house is a throwback to the 1960s and '70s. People now want their landscaping to look natural, with more native plants and interesting, varied foliage. Shrubs with poodlelike puffs are also out, landscapers say. Big pine trees and other evergreens planted decades ago also can be a turnoff to buyers. These trees can get too big and must be continually hacked off at the top (a bad look) or taken out entirely to avoid roofs and power lines.

 

2. Gnomes gone wild

It should go without saying, but put the lawn ornaments away. Other buyers may not share your love of lawn globes, gnomes and plastic deer. The same rules for depersonalizing and de-cluttering inside your home apply to the outside, as well.

 

3. High-maintenance yards

While many buyers fancy themselves green-thumb gardeners, few want to invest serious time in pruning, spraying, mowing and fertilizing. Beds of non-disease-resistant plants such as hybrid tea roses can eat up a buyer's weekends with pruning and applying fungicide. They may be beautiful when they are in flower, but it's a nightmare to keep them from getting sick. 


One agent remembers one property he showed with an elaborate English country garden that dominated the backyard. A key inside the house mapped out the names of all of the manicured shrubs, roses and gardenias, as well as the contents of the adjoining vegetable garden. People were just mesmerized. For a minute they would say 'I've always wanted a place like this.' Then they started talking about it and said this must take a long time to maintain every week. The house stayed on the market for quite a while, specifically because of the rigors of its landscaping.


What we are hearing from our customers is that they want more flower power with less maintenance. That means fewer annuals with short bloom times and more native plants and hardy perennials. In his area, he recommends planting newer flower varieties with longer bloom times, such as continuous blooming hydrangeas; knockout roses, which flower abundantly and require little pruning or spraying; and some of the newer types of azaleas that bloom twice a year.

 

4. Over-the-top outdoor living spaces

The line between the indoors and outdoors has been blurring in recent years, with more homeowners building elaborate outdoor living spaces complete with fireplaces, kitchens, outdoor showers and custom stone work. In many parts of the country, these areas are a big selling point, making the house seem larger. But when the work gets too ornate or extensive, it can sometimes detract from the value of a home -- especially in colder climates.


Homeowners who put in these improvements should not expect to recoup their total investment at resale. One man's $80,000 outdoor kitchen may only be worth an extra $30,000 to another. People have to remember that this is their own personal preference. In essence, you're renting this lifestyle and you probably won't see the bulk of the money back. If you go overboard, you are going to limit the number of people interested in the property.

 

5. Too much green?

Many people are asking for smaller expanses of grass so they spend less time pushing the lawn mower and running the sprinkler. People don't want a yard that makes huge demands on their time but that doesn't mean buyers are ready to give up color. You don't want everything to be a moonscape or desert garden.


And just as important, consider the landscaping in relation to the house. One listing had a four-bedroom house with intricate xeriscape landscaping with cactus, gravel and walkways, instead of back and front yards. Since most of the people looking at the house had families and pets, it took a long time to sell. If you're going to have a four bedroom house, you better have a yard.


Most important maintain whatever landscaping you have. Overgrown hedges, dying flowers and leggy bushes send the message that the inside of the house is ill-kept, as well. Maintenance is key to maintaining your value. 

 

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I have listed a new property at 1861 PUNTZI AIRPORT RD in Williams Lake.
Superior craftmanship! Enjoy this gorgeous and immaculate 2400 sq ft home with a matching 400 sq ft guest cottage and a 850 sq ft workshop/garage all on a landscaped 2 acre fenced property. Backs onto Crown Land with a scenic view of the Coast Mountains from a 500 sq ft patio/sundeck. Year round income possibility with lots of room for RV's or B&B and within 2 hours to Williams Lake on a paved road right to your doorstep. Recreation opportunities galore and next door to famous Chilanko Marsh bird sanctuary and fantastic fishing at Puntzi Lake. Paradise found!
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