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The time of the year has arrived again where you dust off your cowboy boots and shine up that belt buckle. Welcome back Williams Lake Stampede! There is a lot of history to the event that celebrates its 87th year this weekend. To read a few stories about the good ol' times, click onto Rodeo History. If you would like to check out some of the events this year, jump onto the website to see the Schedule of Events and everything that the rodeo has to offer.

 

Rodeos offer unique entertainment that attracts visitors from near and far. It is a great way to bring visitors into your town and show them just a few of the great things that make the area enjoyable. A rodeo can work well with real estate. It provides a great social atmosphere for new buyers looking at the area. It can introduce cowboys to fellow local cowboys who share their love of the area with them and what it is like to live and work here. 

 

So if you come across one of our many visitors that may have taken a liking to our area, pass along my name and I would be glad to show them around and help them find the home that they can hang their hat at. And if you enjoyed this rodeo and can't wait to find the next one, jump onto the BCRA Rodeo Schedule to see where the next ride will be.


Enjoy the long weekend and I look forward to seeing you at the Stampede Parade. Happy Canada Day weekend!


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I have sold a property at 3582 PUNTZI LAKE RD in Williams Lake.
This magnificent waterfront property on Puntzi Lake has a moderate slope and is a renowned fishing lake for trout and kokanee. The 1.17 acre property is next door to a treed lot which provides great privacy. Original 750 sq ft home/cottagewith screened in deck could be moved to side of lot and used as a guest cottage as the new garage/workshop with loft/studio is nearing completion. There is a designated area ready for a new home and all services are already in with an excess of $100,000 in recent improvements. The new garage and workshop is 30x26 and has a separate 1 bedroom loft/studio with balcony and could be used as a temporary residence or guest suite. A chance to live the dream!
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I have sold a property at 1713 BELLE VISTA PL in Williams Lake.
Wow.. talk about new... This gorgeous 3 bedroom 2 bath home has been lived in less than a year. The extra large master bedroom has ensuite and walk in. The bright open concept kitchen, dining and living room lead out to patio doors onto abrand new deck for entertaining and barbecuing with friends and family. The large lot has a huge garden area for those fresh vegetables and a greenhouse to get them started. There is even a play structure for the little ones. the excellent producing well and engineered septic are less than 2 years old. This end property on a short street is very private, partially fenced and move in ready... Be the lucky one.
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I have listed a new property at 6204 KEITHLEY CREEK RD in LIKELY.
Large 3400 sq ft commercial shop with a full basement that has been used as a tire and automotive repair business in the past and woodwork shop at present. Could also be used for truck and machine storage or manufacturing. "Bring your ideas." GST may be applicable. The wood boiler heating system belongs to tenant and not included in sale but can be purchased from tenant. Metal roof replaced 10 years ago. Great location at corner of Keithley and Cedar Creek road on the outskirts of Likely. With 2 offices and 3 large bay doors, and a full basement, you could rent as storage space for boats and RV's. Lots of potential at this price.
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As the warm temperatures head our way, our thoughts turn to how we can enjoy the summer. Many folks have different ideas of how to best enjoy the weather. From camping to hiking the trails to taking to the water, we are lucky to have so many options to choose from. Here are a few sites that might make your choices a little easier:

 

Choosing a Camping Tent:

The days are gone when you bought a one-size fits all tent and no matter how large your family was, they all slept in it.  Now a days, you have so many varieties to choose from to fit your needs. Click onto Canadian Tire's How to Choose a Camping Tent to see what style will work best for you.

 

Paddling Your Way Through the Summer:

With so many lakes within our reach, there are a variety of ways to take advantage of their beauty. Kayaks are a great way to get out & enjoy the peacefulness of the water. Click onto this link to see the different styles of kayaks and where & how you can use them. Another new trend that is occurring is paddleboarding. You may have seen it demonstrated on Cesar's Dog Whisperer show or  even seen the locals trying it out. Doing you homework can get you exactly what you are looking for so click on this link to see what is out there. 

 

Hiking in BC:

For many, the summer is their opportunity to explore our beautiful province. Hiking is always a popular choice as this gets you into some areas that you wouldn't otherwise be able to access. There are many popular trails throughout BC so click onto Hello BC to see just a few of the hundreds of hiking trails that are out there to enjoy. 

 

So there are just a few of the many opportunities that are out there for us. When looking for a home, this is also something to keep in mind if you really enjoy exploring the outdoors. Location, location, location as they say. If you enjoy going to the lake on a regular basis, this is something that you should keep in mind when looking for your next home. There are many opportunities out there that can incorporate your lifestyle into the property you buy so give me a call and we can look at all the options that are available for you. 

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I have listed a new property at 6266 SPOONER RD in Williams Lake.
Welcome home! Plenty of privacy on your 3.2 acre property near Likely with beautiful views of Quesnel Lake from the large windows in your home or on your large covered deck. This wonderful 3 bedroom home is spacious and beautiful with its hardwood flooring and natural light that fills the home. The kitchen is bright and open with a great island for relaxing and enjoying your coffee. Large patio doors in the living room lead to a beautifully landscaped yard with gorgeous tired rock work with ample green space. Amenities only minutes away. Great community, great home, and great place to slow down and enjoy the outdoors!
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Happy Father's Day to Dads of all ages! Some of you can't wait for your "special" day to arrive while others don't even realize that it has come and gone. Many take the opportunity to get out & have a free day of fishing on that special day while others just kick back and relax on the patio.  Many take the time to remember their father who has passed on and celebrate the life he lived. I was just told about a story this week about a family that celebrates their dad's birthday every year around this time, even though he passed away several years ago, with a big party remembering all the great times they had.

 

So how does Father's Day affect the real estate market? Well, it can in different ways. Many families will take off for the weekend so viewings of properties tend to be fewer on that particular weekend. But there is also the other factor where this is the chance for the Dad to see the properties he wants (the one with the huge shop or the full out mancave in the basement.) Sometimes this is a day that makes one stop & think about where they are in life, where their children are and how everyone has grown up so quickly. This can be a time when "downsizing" starts to come into the equation so you may receive the call that "it is time to downsize". 

 

So to many, this special day has many meanings. To Hallmark, it is golden. So enjoy this great weekend however you choose and if you start thinking about house hunting or that it is time to switch things up and sell, do not hesitate to call.

 

Happy Father's Day!

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I have listed a new property at 6891 TATLAYOKO LAKE RD in Williams Lake.
158 acres and over 2700 ft of riverfront on the famous Homathko River. Fish from your front porch or try out one of many hidden mountain lakes out your back door. The original rancher log home with pioneer charm has been completely renovated inside and there are 3 private cozy one-room log cabins overlooking the river for your visiting family and friends. Well treed property has some fencing and cross fencing, barn, and is ready for your horses. Property borders Crown Land on 2 sides that lead up the coast mountain ranges. Deer, bear, moose and numerous wildlife call this home. This property at Tatlayoko Lake is just 20 minutes to stores, restaurants, community center & nursing station w/doctor at Tatla Lake. Rare opportunity.
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I have listed a new property at 3582 PUNTZI LAKE RD in Williams Lake.
This magnificent waterfront property on Puntzi Lake has a moderate slope and is a renowned fishing lake for trout and kokanee. The 1.17 acre property is next door to a treed lot which provides great privacy. Original 750 sq ft home/cottagewith screened in deck could be moved to side of lot and used as a guest cottage as the new garage/workshop with loft/studio is nearing completion. There is a designated area ready for a new home and all services are already in with an excess of $100,000 in recent improvements. The new garage and workshop is 30'x26' and has a separate 1 bedroom loft/studio with balcony and could be used as a temporary residence or guest suite. A chance to live the dream!
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I have listed a new property at 1713 BELLE VISTA PL in Williams Lake.
Wow.. talk about new... This gorgeous 3 bedroom 2 bath home has been lived in less than a year. The extra large master bedroom has ensuite and walk in. The bright open concept kitchen, dining and living room lead out to patio doors onto abrand new deck for entertaining and barbecuing with friends and family. The large lot has a huge garden area for those fresh vegetables and a greenhouse to get them started. There is even a play structure for the little ones. the excellent producing well and engineered septic are less than 2 years old. This end property on a short street is very private, partially fenced and move in ready... Be the lucky one.
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We've finished up another month in the real estate industry. In general, when you look at all the different types of properties in the market from manufactured homes to business properties to single family dwellings, the statistics indicate that the average sale this month in comparison to May 2012 has dropped less than 1%. Yet the number of sales rose from 37 sales in 2012 to 47 sales in 2013. Let's focus on the single family residential homes as well as the recreational properties to see how they faired.

 

The residential housing market saw an increase in May from 11 sales last year to 18 this year. The number of listings for the month also increased by 20% from last year at this time. The average sale for a single family property rose from $231,954 in May 2012 to $251,222 in May 2013. We can also see by the activity that was occuring that home were selling quicker this year shaving off 18 days from last year's average. The year to date totals are also looking favorable with the exception of the number of listings in total dropped from 132 to 116. 

 

When we take a look at how the recreational properties are looking so far this season in comparison to 2012, the difference is substantial. Last year at this point, there was not a single recreational property sold yet. That is an easy stat to increase on. We've already seen 2 properties sell (which I sold) and the interest is definitely growing despite the fluatuation in weather patterns. There is already 12 new new listings this year which has more than doubled from last year. It will be interesting to see how the recreational market will fair this year. 

 

You may have heard the conversation come up in regards to the average sale price and the median price. This price can often be very close in comparison but can also fluctuate dramatically. The median of a set of numbers is that number where half the numbers are lower and half the numbers are higher. In the case of real estate, that means that the median is the price where half the homes sold that month were cheaper, and half were more expensive. The average of a set of numbers is the total of those numbers divided by the number of items in that set. The median and the average might be close and they might not. It all depends on the numbers.


If you'd like more details on where the market was in May or where you might fall into the current market, do not hesitate to give me a call or email me directly at george@williamslakehomesforsale.com

 

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I have listed a new property at 677 WINGER RD in Williams Lake.
Here it is! A large beautiful home in this great location with a 3 bedroom main home and a 2 bedroom suite in lower. You can live in one and rent the other or have family close by with both having their own private level entry. An amazingview of the City from the set back home with over 500 sq ft of surround decking and walk-out covered patio. The large 2.3 acre lot is beautifully landscaped with gardens and shrubs and backs onto green space for ultimate privacy.The home has geothermal heating with lower heated floors and a gas fireplace. Nice open floor plan with modern kitchens and appliances included. There's a large 2 bay garage and carport and numerous sheds for all the toys. It's one of a kind in a great neighbourhood.
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I have sold a property at 4268 RIMROCK RD in Williams Lake.
Hello recreation. Beautiful waterfront 2.27 acre lot with 300 ft of low bank waterfront on a quiet bay on Cuisson Lake. Just 35 minutes from Williams Lake is this cozy 2 bedroom recreation cottage with an open floor plan for kitchen, diningand living and a wood stove to keep it all warm. Bring your toys as there is a 30 ft dock for your boat a good sized storage/generator shed with lean to for firewood. Enjoy having the option of float plane access as well. Check out this 20x40 converted garage/workshop that has been partially converted into a large second home. You will love the peaceful solitude from your screened in porch or relax on the lawn chair just feet from the lake. This is as close as you get to "On Golden Pond".
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During the summer months, we tend to spend the majority of our free time in our yards. Whether it is mowing the lawn, weeding the gardens or playing with the kids or the pets it is a huge part of why we love our homes. Landscape lighting can be a great way to not only add to the look of your yard but can add the perfect ambiance when sitting outdoors on the patio enjoying the evening. Here are a few different sites that might help you find out what will work for your yard. Just click on the links to see more details.

 

Build.com

This website looks at landscape lighting from the benefits of security to increasing the value of your home to designing your layout. Sometimes it can be the simple touches that make the biggest impact.

 

 

Rona.ca

Rona looks at how to choose the right type of landscape lighting for your property. From the areas of your home you want lit to how and when you want the lighting to go on and off are just a few of the details you need to consider when choosing your fixtures.

 

 

Homedepot.ca

On the Home Depot site, you can look at the variety of options that you have from solar lighting to 12 volt systems and more. 

 

 

The internet can provide a wealth of information for our homes from DIY sites to billons of photos that can help us with our vision for our ideal property. When selling your home, it can be these small details that can close the deal for you. When buying your home, it can often be what distinguishes one property from another. 

 

When you are ready to start searching for the right property for you, give me a call and I'd be happy to work with you in finding just the right place. 


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I have listed a new property at 2742 GROUNDHOG PL in Williams Lake.
Beautiful lakefront Linwood home just 20 minutes from Williams Lake. Stunning and private 1.24 acres on Chimney Lake with 200 feet of lake frontage. Endless windows and patio doors throughout allow for natural light and breathtaking viewthroughout your home. Large open living room with wood fireplace and a custom kitchen & dining area that bring in the outdoors with its glassed walls and ceiling. Enjoy the lakeview and coffee from your private balcony off the master bedroom. Entertain family and friends with barbeques on the large front deck overlooking the lake. The 24x36 workshop / garage is a must see. With beautiful landscaping and gardens you'll soon be saying "our home".
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