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I have listed a new property at 3473 SPOKIN LAKE RD in Williams Lake.
Beautiful Cape Cod home with covered porch veranda on a private 10 acre property & just 20 minutes from Williams Lake. Country living in style with room for the whole family here. Hardwood & tile floors, oak kitchen, recently painted & well maintained throughout. High end wood burning insert stove, stainless steel appliances & a large master suite are just the beginning. Property is nicely treed & well set up for horses with a round pen, 2 stall barn, fenced and cross fenced, and numerous trails leading through the back property onto Crown land. School bus pick up at driveway. New roof 2014 and newer HWT and pressure tank. Lower level can be used as a workshop & storage or can easily be finished. The one you were waiting for.
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I have sold a property at 2021 Third AVE N in Williams Lake.
Great 3 bedroom home with lots of space. Good sized lot with shop in the back yard, 220 wiring and heat. Close to all amenities. Call today to view this home.
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"Congratulations! You have just bought a home!" are probably the sweetest words a buyer can hear. A sigh of relief, a hug here or there and then...it's time to pack. But packing isn't the only thing that you should have on your list. Here is a list of items that you don't want to forget:

 

1. Retain a Lawyer

Although packing is usually your first thought, the first thing you want to do when you get the ok that plans are moving forward is talk to your lawyer to ensure that they are able to take on your property transaction. Sometimes the catch occurs when both the buyer and seller want to use the same lawyer. Some lawyers will agree to take on both clients but sometimes it may be a conflict so it is usually the buyer that gets first choice for their lawyer. 

 

2. Touch Base With Mortgage Holder

In many cases, your mortgage provider is already working with your Realtor during the Subject process as they will have to confirm that you are able to release the finance subject in regards to purchasing the home. Once all the subjects are removed, your mortgage provider will give the go ahead to proceed with having the funds ready for the day of completion. You want to make sure all the I's are dotted and T's are crossed as originally agreed upon. 

 

3. Pack!

Of course packing it always #1 on everyone's mind. Everyone has a different method to packing so it is key to find out what works for you and your family. This is a great time to clean out the closets and discard anything that doesn't need to make the move. Often purchasing some storage totes for moving can be a great idea as they can be used in the new home for storage. 

 

4. Moving Trailer

Don't forget about my enclosed moving trailer that is available complimentarily to my buying and selling clients. Just give me a call to book in your moving time. 


 

5. Call Utilities

One thing that you have to love about the Internet is that it makes transferring utilities much easier these days. Many companies have an area on their websites that allows you to easily enter in your moving information. The areas not to forget are your hydro, gas, cable or satellite and telephone. 

 

6. Confirm Insurance Quote

You will have touched base with an insurance company during your Subject process and now is the time to confirm that you are moving ahead with the move. The best date to use for starting your insurance is your completion date. It can be a toss up if something where to happen to the property on that date if it is the buyer or seller's responsibility so it is best to cover yourself and not have to worry. 

 


7. Change of Address at Post Office

In this day and age where many bills are sent as e-bills or assessable on websites we wonder why we even get mail any more. But there are always those important bills that you don't want to miss that only come once or twice a year so it is ideal to do a change of address at your local post office just to make sure you are covered.  

 

8. Count Down The Days

This is probably the easiest of all. It is an exciting time and you should enjoy the process as it is a new change for you and your family. 

 

If you are ready for your change, just give me a call and we'll start working towards your future home. 

 

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I have sold a property at 3375 PINE VALLEY RD in Williams Lake.
Wonderful 3 bedroom home on a beautifully manicured 1/2 acre lot. Beautiful open kitchen & dining room & large livingroom leads to gorgeous covered tiered patio overlooking the fenced backyard, field & forested area beyond. The master bedroom not only has an ensuite but a large picture window & opens up to the over 500 sq ft patio where you can enjoy your morning coffee. Not only do you have a 2 car garage but the ultimate shop on the adjacent 1/2 acre lot. The former bodyshop has 6 bays and over 4500 sq ft & all the space you could ever dream of in a shop/hobby space. Live the rural lifestyle yet only 10 minutes from town. Life is about opportunity & it has arrived. Don't hesitate or you may miss out on this great property.
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You've been searching high & low for just the right property and now, you've found it. With the help of your Realtor, you figure out what is the best price to offer the sellers, something that is fair but not too low as you can offend a buyer which can cause difficulties when negotiating. A price that you are both satisfied with has been reached and your offer has been accepted...now what???

 

This is when it is ideal to be organized (and I have a Homebuyer's Checklist that I can pass onto you to assist you in keeping it all straight.)  Depending on the property you are looking to purchase, there are a variety of factors that can be required in order to remove the subjects. First, you want to meet with your bank or mortgage broker. This is a key area where you need to get the ball rolling immediately because if you don't get financing, you won't be buying that house.

 

The next item on the agenda is to get an insurance quote for the property. Often buyers have an insurance company whom they have been dealing with for many years so they just pass on the new information in order to get a quote for costs on their new home. For buyers moving into a new city where they've never lived before, often the seller will allow their insurance information to be passed on so that the new owner can use the same company that insured the property previously. This can be an ideal situation as the insurance company is already aware of the property, home, buildings, etc.

 

Next you want to start booking your inspections. A home inspection is always recommended. Whether you hire a company that specializes in home inspections or have a relative that works in the industry, it is always good to get a 2nd opinion as it is very easy to miss important items with the excitement surrounding the experience. 

 

If you are purchasing a property in a rural area, you'll want to arrange to have the water and sewer inspected. The water test can consist of quantity and quality and sometimes your mortgage lender may require a water test of some sorts. In regards to the sewage inspection, often when a seller has records of when it has last been pumped, this often suffices most buyers as to how the system is working. 

 

Once you are satisfied with all the inspections, mortgage rates, insurance costs, etc you are ready to release your subjects which in turn, allows the property to officially be sold. Yahoo!! Next week we'll look at the final steps required before you take possession of your new place.


If you are ready to start your house hunting, give me a shout and I would be happy to meet with you to discuss what you are looking for in your new home. On your mark, get set and let the house hunting begin! 


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I have sold a property at 215 MOUNTVIEW DR in Williams Lake.
You've got to check out this beautiful manufactured home on a 1 acre private lot just 5 minutes from town. The home is set back and shows off the manicured lawn and flower gardens and has a beautiful view of Williams Lake from the morning coffee deck. This super clean home boasts an open concept entertaining area and a large covered deck off the back for those outdoor parties. If you ever wanted a Man Cave, you'll drool over the 22x48 heated and insulated workshop that will house all the toys and still leave room for the family vehicles and maybe a space for the boys to get together. The treed property behind is reserved greenspace and cannot be built on for ultimate privacy. At this price, you can't afford to wait.
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As we've clearly seen this week, new listings are climbing over each other to get into the market. So what does this mean for you as a buyer? You want to be ready!

 

You don't want to rush into anything but you should be prepared to make decisions and not hum & hoe for weeks on a property as it may disappear on you into the Sold section. You want to have everything in order so when you find the house you are looking for, you can put in an offer with confidence.

 

One key item to know before purchasing is what can you afford. This isn't just about getting pre-approved, which is ideal as you don't want to find the "right" home and realize that it is out of your price range, but also about what you can afford on a monthly basis. You want to take everything into account from how much you spend on groceries to after-school classes for the kids and find a balance that you can live with. 

 

You also want to have a check-list of the must-haves and things you can live without. This can be crucial when making a decision on buying a home. Sometimes buyers will pass up on a house because it doesn't have this or that but when they look back later, they realized they could have lived without it or just purchased it and added it in. You want to have a list that your whole family is happy with and allows you to look at the possiblities of a home without getting caught up on the little things that can be changed. 

 

The final thing to remember is the closing costs associated with buying a house. Many buyers focus on getting the down payment in place but don't always remember that they need to keep an additional amount set aside for different things like lawyer costs, their portion of the property taxes, etc. 


One of the many tools I use to assist my buyers is my Weekly Update. This is a great way to stay in touch with the market as we send you an update each week on the New Listings, Price Reduced and Sold Listings. If you'd like to join up, just click into the link and it will take you directly to the Sign Up page.  Just check off that you would like to receive the updates and we will get you set up. Property searches are also the ideal way to keep on top of what is in the market that interests you which can include your price range, size of home, if you'd like acreage, etc. 


So if you think you are ready to tackle the real estate market, give me a call or send me an email to george@williamslakehomesforsale.com  I'd love to help you find the home you are searching for. 

 

 

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I have listed a new property at 147 1st AVE N in Williams Lake.
Wow, what a great investment opportunity in this 5900 sq ft building. There is presently 3 month to month tenants and the 4th space of 3700 sq ft on 2 floors is available for your business or rent it out. The tar & gravel roof was done in 2011 and the front fascia has been replaced with hardi-plank. There is a large rear loading door and parking in back lane. Thinking of starting your own business or need more space for your present business it's ready to move in.
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I have listed a new property at 3020 DE SOUS MOUNTAIN DR in Williams Lake.
Privacy & a million dollar view overlooking the Fraser River and Valley on this 10 acre property just 15 minutes from Williams Lake. Home has many updates with new flooring, some vinyl windows and recently painted. Large 14x33 ft addition with a CSA approved wood stove in family room and a large country entrance. Back to nature with raised garden beds, fenced garden area and BBQ pit. Completely fenced dog area with 3 kennels, wood shed, storage shed and it's fenced for horses. Recently added vinyl siding, metal roof, and wiring has been upgraded. Large windows and a new deck overlooks the Fraser Valley or watch bighorn sheep on Pablo Mtn from your kitchen table. Perfect place to entertain friends to a country BBQ. Call today!
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I have listed a new property at 147 1ST AVE N in WILLIAMS LAKE.
Wow, what a great investment opportunity in this 5900 sq ft building. There is presently 3 month to month tenants and the 4th space of 3700 sq ft on 2 floors is available for your business or rent it out. The tar & gravel roof was done in 2011 and the front fascia has been replaced with hardi-plank. There is a large rear loading door and parking in back lane. Thinking of starting your own business or need more space for your present business it's ready to move in.
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I have sold a property at 1708 MACGREGOR DR in Williams Lake.
Wow, what a beauty on 2.27 acres at end of drive and just 5 minutes to town. This beautiful level entry completely updated home has new windows throughout, hardi-plank siding, and new decking and rails. Loads of natural light from the floor to vaulted ceiling windows. You'll love the open loft for either a master bedroom, workout room or your private home office. The living room patio doors lead to the 700 sq ft deck with wheelchair access & overlooks Chimney Valley. The lower level is partially finished and can be arranged to suit. There is a 230 sq ft heated woodworking shop attached to home. A new well, hot water tank, high efficiency furnace and air conditioner in 2010. Next door to crown land for privacy. Home to stay!
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With the Labour Day long weekend behind us, it is time to focus on Fall. And with the beautiful weather we will see this weekend, it might be the perfect time to go through your Fall checklist. 

 

Of course, every home and property is different but some of the basic areas to check are the same such as double checking that windows are properly sealed to ensure you are keeping in the heat during the winter. 

 

I found an interesting checklist that lists everything from gutters to firewood to bedding. See if there is anything that you need to add to your personal list. 


 

To Dos: Your September Home Checklist


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Please visit our Open House at 1415 12TH AVE N in Williams Lake.
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, Sept 6 from 1:00 - 2:00pm
Just in time for the new school year. Level entry 3 bedroom home on large fenced lot in very desirable area. Close to all levels of schools and the university. Updates throughout include paint, moldings, carpets and the roof shingles are less than a year old. Open dining and living room with patio doors onto the elevated deck with duradeck finish & aluminum railings. Deck overlooks the tiered gardens & fenced yard where you can keep an eye on the kiddies. Large family rm in the lower level with gas stove. High efficiency furnace & on demand hot water heater. Lower level has a large bonus room with high ceilings that could be transformed into workshop, hobby shop or man cave. Only 1 for sale in this area right now, so don't wait.
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Please visit our Open House at 96 EAGLE CREST in Williams Lake.
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, Sept 6 from 2:00 - 3:00pm
Talk about a gorgeous view of the lake from this 5 year old Macon level entry home. Tons of natural light and the open concept living space leads you through the 4 ft patio doors onto the 400 sq ft partially covered sundeck with gas BBQ for entertaining. Extra large master suite with walk-in & lg ensuite with soaker tub. Gorgeous kitchen & island with beautiful flooring throughout and laundry on main floor for convenience. The mostly unfinished lower level is partially framed and there is an extra bedroom ready for guests. High-end furnace and gas fireplace for those winter evenings. There is a large dbl garage and plenty of parking. You'll love the no maintenance yard and it is fenced for the family pet. Time to call this home.
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