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I have listed a new property at 440 PROCTOR ST in Williams Lake.
Prime location! Vacant lot within 2 block radius to library, hardware and convenience stores, restaurants, video stores, elementary and high schools, skating rink, pool, fitness center, doctor's offices and playground. Zoned for 2 family dwelling or as a great investment property with many options for possible rezoning.
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I have listed a new property at 6170 CEDAR CREEK RD in Williams Lake.
This 5.38 acre treed property overlooking Quesnel Lake near Likely has it all. 2 rancher style homes which rent for up to $700 per month each and it just a short drive to Mt Polley Mine. You're just seconds away from the boat launch and Cedar Point Park. The huge yard, decks and garden provide for a great outdoor experience and the large shop is perfect for boat or toy storage in this recreation country with numerous hiking or biking trail from the property to trails beyond. Each home has approved wood stoves, newer hot water tanks and separate septic systems. There is 2 creeks on the property with a gravity feed water system. Mining and recreation activity here, this is a great revenue and investment property. Motivated Seller..
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So what will be the trend of 2013?  The fashion experts are betting on black & white being the new look. The travel professionals are saying that cruises are the pick of 2013. The automobile industry is noting to watch for the new diesel automobiles that are cleaner than any vehicle on the market.

But what are the real estate professionals saying will be the trend for homebuying? Check out the RE/MAX Canadian Homebuying Trends report to see the full details of what is expected for 2013.  

A national survey was taken and some of the key findings were:

  • Almost one in five purchasers is single
  • More than two-thirds are second or multi-time purchasers
  • Four out of 10 purchasers between the ages of 18 to 34 have a downpayment of 20% or more
  • Just over 80% of buyers believe housing values in their area will rise or remain the same

Second-time and multi-time buyers represent 70% of those serious about making a move leaving first-time buyers role in the market at 30%. 

From those spenders,the ratio indicates:

38% of purchasers indicated they would spend under $250,000 on their home

42%  would spend between $250,000 and $500,000

10%  would spend between $500,000 and $1 million

1%  intended to spend over $1 million

The singles were most cautious with 47% of purchasers intending to spend under $250,000. 

As for confidence in the market,

48% surveyed believed housing values in their area would rise in the next 12 months

35% believed housing values would remain the same

10% believed housing values would decline. 

Of those purchasing in the next 24 months in BC:

18%  are single

43% are couples

31% are  families

Almost half of single purchasers (45 per cent) are female.

Who's buying in BC?

55 plus:  20%

35 - 54:  41%

18 - 34:  39%

And of course, what is the main focus on every reality real estate show on TV? Location, location, location! And here's where people are going in BC:

39% going suburban

29% going urban

15% going rural

and 17% are not sure where they are going. 

So there is a little spotlight into the future. Some of your may fall into those categories or some of you might fall into the unknown category and are still trying to figure out your future. Either way, if you'd like me to play a role in your future endeavours, do not hesitate to give me a call and I would be happy to help you fit into the trends of 2013. 

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I have listed a new property at 1560 168 MILE RD in Williams Lake.
Log home on 4.3 acres with a fabulous view of the valley and city lights and just 5 minute from downtown. Large, open country living room and kitchen for that down home feel. 2 floor to ceiling custom rock fireplaces with gas inserts and aspiral staircase leads to the bedroom loft. Check out the family size dining room. The master bedroom in lower level can be reconverted to suite if desired. Check out the professional grade rock walls, firepit, fruit trees, dog run, garden sheds and shop, etc on this nicely landscaped property. Over 800 sq feet of decking for barbecuing and entertaining. Roof decking, shingles and driveway expansion in 2008, and logs restained and chinked in 2007. Privacy awaits you..
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I have sold a property at 4259 RIMROCK LAKE RD in Williams Lake.
The call of the loon is calling to you! Wonderful low bank waterfront setting on beautiful Rimrock Lake (super clear water with great clarity). Nearly flat & treed 1.18 acres of privacy & serenity. Comfortable & roomy large 3 bedroom cabin& loft. Open plan kitchen/eating area & living room with wood stove to enjoy cozy indoor entertaining. Large wrap around deck overlooks the big firepit, boat launch & view the sunsets across the lake. Great spot for an RV is right beside the lake, only a few feet above water level - nice! Good sized generator/workshed with lean to off back to keep firewood neat & dry. Ample storage under the home. Lots of nice landscaping features. Specified water access only, but shared driveway/road to lot.
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The season has arrived when many Canadians start to think of or are in the planning stages of departing for a winter vacation. There can be many things to remember from bringing the right clothing for the trip to exchanging currency. One thing that you should always have on your planning list is preparing your property for your trip away. 


Whether you're going out of town for two days or a few weeks, there are things you can do to prepare your home for your absence and for your smooth return.  It can be difficult to remember from trip to trip everything you need to do to get your house in order so having a checklist of what needs to be done, and starting to plan a week or two in advance can be to your advantage. 

Here is a top 10 checklist that can make it easier for you to get your home ready for your departure and return so you can enjoy a vacation free from worries and will ease your transition back to reality when you return.

Prepare for Your Departure:

1.  Ready your pets

Give the pet sitter detailed care instructions and contact numbers should they need them. Make sure you provide plenty of your pet's favorite foods, treats, toys, medicines and other supplies they may require.

2.  Clean out the fridge

Throw away food that will expire while you're gone so you don't have any surprises when you arrive back.


3.  Tackle the laundry

Wash and put away laundry before you leave as you will come back with loads of new laundry from your trip.

4.  Prep your plants

Ask a friend or neighbor to water your plants or invest in self-watering plant stakes.

5.  Leave a light on

During a short trip, leave a few lamps on throughout the house to make it look occupied. For a longer vacation, it could be wise to invest in inexpensive automatic timers that can turn lights on and off at staggered intervals, making your house look occupied. If you are setup, alert your home-security service or if not, a trusted neighbor can also keep an eye out as well.

6.  Adjust the thermostat

Temporality adjust the thermostat so the heater won't waste energy by running in an empty house. There are many thermostats in the market where you can program the temperatures you'd like or even put the temps on vacation mode. Unplug unnecessary appliances in preparation for your absence.

7.   Hold mail and newspapers

A call to your post office and news carrier will put your mail and newspapers on hold so they won't pile up in front of your house while you're gone.

In Preparation for Your Return:

8.  Plan for your breakfast

Before you leave, stock your kitchen with cold cereal, coffee and a container of shelf-stable milk so your first meal back will be hassle free. Or even better, prepare a meal that you can freeze and microwave when you return so it is  quick & doesn't require a lot of dishes to prepare. 


9.  Change the sheets

Make up beds with fresh sheets for a welcoming first night.

10.  Tidy the house

Take the time to sweep or vacuum floors, do the dishes, wipe down counters in the bathroom and kitchen as you will appreciate this when you walk in the door after being away.


So enjoy your holidays and don't forget the sunscreen! 

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Happy 2013! With a New Year comes the start of new resolutions. "My New Year's Resolution is to..." can be filled in with many words from more exercising to less stress. But what about your home? What is your home's New Year's resolution?


At HouseLogic's website, you will find home resolutions from cutting energy use to budgeting for home improvements. Educating yourself about home finances could save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in the long run. Getting fit could be in the form of DIY projects that you've been putting off for years. 


HGTV's website has their top 5 home resolutions that include shrinking your bills that can be as simple as turning down the heat during the night. (I don't think we have to worry about turning down air conditioners in our neck of the woods at this time of the year. lol!) Working out a schedule for cleaning your home can be beneficially not only in the fact that you'll probably enjoy your space more but that it can also reduce stress if you have a plan. 


So what will your home ask of you this year? I'm sure if you stop and take a look, it will speak to you. Happy New Year! 

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