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I have listed a new property at 21123 CHILCOTIN 20 HWY in NIMPO LAKE.
Beautiful 2.38 acre commercial lot in Nimpo Lake on Hwy 20 providing great exposure for business and only steps to Nimpo Lake and the boat launch. This building property is an ideal spot for a small business in the community of Nimpo Lake. Only steps from the water on the access road which splits the property into two parcels. Nimpo Lake is the float plane capital of B.C. and renowned for its fishing and scenery. Opportunity awaits you! Also on Res - see MLS# N225020.
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I have listed a new property at 21123 CHILCOTIN 20 HWY in Williams Lake.
Beautiful 2.38 acre commercial lot in Nimpo Lake on Hwy 20 providing great exposure for business and only steps to Nimpo Lake and the boat launch. Shallow well on property and electricity and phone at lot. This building property is an idealspot for a recreation business in the community of Nimpo Lake with only steps from the water on the access road which divides the property into two parcels. Nimpo Lake is the float plane capital of B.C. and renowned for its fishing and scenery. Opportunity awaits you! Also on CLS - see MLS# N4505990.
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I have listed a new property at 7271 TASEKO LAKE RD in Williams Lake.
Modern ranch in a picturesque setting in the heart of the Chilcotin's. Total of 850 acres surrounded by Crown Land with wheel line irrigation and flood irrigated hay land and a 40,000 acre 150 head lease range. The 1800 sq ft updated & remodelled log home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and large country kitchen with antique stove and all new stainless appliances. Beautiful landscaped yard with gardens. There is a 45'x38' barn, a 24'x36' shop, corrals, pastures, outbuildings and fenced & cross fenced. The property is powered by a Pelton wheel, large solar system and back up generator. Located just 70 miles West of Williams Lake "this is idyllic ranch life". Also on CLS - see MLS# N4505692.
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Statistics indicate that 99% of the population loves spending money if they have it. It can be a rush to purchase your first car but it’s even better with your first home. It will probably be the most expensive thing you have ever bought at that point. Spending a large chunk of money all at once can be very exciting but also nerve-racking at the same time. 

 

Because you’ve not bought a house before you might find it more stressful than exciting. You want to make sure it is the right home and want to get it right the first time. This can also hold true to 2nd or 3rd time buyers as it is always good to evaluate any substantial investment that you make. There are a number of questions you can ask yourself before you sign on the dotted line.

 

How long is it for?

There are lots of reasons why you might not want to stay in a certain house for very long. If you are planning on starting a family, waiting on a promotion at work that may cause you to relocate are a couple of circumstances to look at. In those kinds of circumstances is where you have to weigh your options if you are better to buy in a good location with a good resale history or stay in the rental market until you have a clearer picture of your future. 

 

Can you afford it?

You need to keep in mind the source of your income and your spending habits. If you work seasonal for example, your income will fluctuate during the year while your payments will remain the same.  It is recommended that your mortgage not be more than 25% of your total income otherwise your world will only revolve around your home and you won't have any disposible funds to play with. 

 

Can you move straight in?

Your home should have passed a home inspection before you even start to get excited. By having this as a subject prior to finalizing the purchase of the home, if anything is seriously wrong with it you have the option to walk away. It will be up to you to decide if you are willing to take on a bit of work that needs to be done but you need to factor this cost into the equation or you may never be able to afford the renos.

 

Are you sure you’re ready?

With owning a home comes the responsibilities of that home. When repairs need to be made, it is up to you to figure out the best way to approach it. You want to make smart decisions that don't have you on the edge of your budget continuously. This may be where you re-evaluate what you can comfortably afford in regards to purchasing your home. 

 

Who is paying for it?

When you buy your first home, often family members such as parents or siblings will want to assist in your venture. They want to make sure that you get the best deal, find what you need, etc. It may be tough but you need to keep in mind who is paying for the home. What they are looking for in a home can be completely different than what you want & need so you need to remember that you will be the one living in this home and paying for it.

 

Buying a home can be one of the most rewarding purchases you can make. It can change your life in many ways. If you feel you are ready to take this wonderful journey into the land of real estate, please feel free to give me a call and I would be happy to guide you to the home that's waiting for you. 

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I have listed a new property at 3040 FERGUSON RD in 150 Mile House.
Large entry level rancher with daylight lower level on 3.97 private treed acres overlooking Borland Valley. Private backyard with 880 sq ft deck and hot tub. Large contemporary kitchen with gas grill opens to dining room and french doors onto deck. Huge living and entertaining room with gas fireplace and new hardwood floors throughout main floor. The master bedroom has 4 pc ensuite with walk-in and access to deck and hot tub. Lower level has a great media/music room/games room, 3rd bedroom, 4 pc bath, cold room, and utility room with walk-out to green space. Home has high efficiency furnace with heat recovery unit and air-conditioning. Attached 2 car garage and a 14 x 34 ft RV shelter. Ready to move in and a wow factor.
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I have sold a property at 3036 FERGUSON RD in 150 Mile House.
Custom, quality workmanship throughout! This amazing rancher has had every detail considered. With recently renovated kitchen and complete interior updates throughout, it offers the open concept lifestyle that's move in ready! 3 bedrooms plus den with 2 full bathrooms including the gorgeous, dream like ensuite. You'll love doing laundry in this bright, spacious, mud room which leads to the double heated garage. Enjoy the sunshine, peace and privacy from wonderful outdoor decks and large European windows. It's a gardener's delight bursting with perennials. Don't forget to check out the detached shop -incredibly well built and perfect for the hobbiest!
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I have listed a new property at 3005 EDDY RD in McBride.
This custom built log home features six bedrooms and five bathrooms, and was used for a B&B at one time. Nicely located on a view 5 plus acre parcel within 2 kms of McBride. Fenced and has a small barn so could be used for the horse lover or small farm. Good easy access and good neighbours with a young family. Excellent for the large family or recreation home or B&B. Close to the mountains for snowmobiling, horseback riding or cross country skiing. Priced far below assessment value.
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I have sold a property at 1011 DOG CREEK RD in Williams Lake.
Home with revenue! This large well cared for home on over an acre has a great open floor plan with 4 bedrooms up and 2 baths, open kitchen, dining and living room. The lower level has a separate private entrance, 3 bedroom suite that can rent for $800/mo and also the option of also having a separate 1 bedroom-1 bath in-law suite. Only 5 minutes from town on 1.03 private acres of fenced lawn and gardens with separately fenced 1/2 acre area for horse, etc. Many new updates including 2 new sundecks, laminate floors and neutral paint. Close to school and store and numerous recreation opportunities. Great investment and revenue maker and priced for a quick sale.
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Winter can be a great time to do some home renovations indoors. Especially if you are thinking of listing in spring, this can be the opportunity to spruce up a few areas that may need some attention.


Taking on a reno project can be overwhelming so here are the top 10 areas to watch so that your renos move forward in the right direction.

 

1. Have a plan.  Before diving into a project such as a kitchen remodel or a small reupholstery project, have a plan in place. That plan can include materials needed, a realistic timeframe, and even a day to day timeline that can help you stay on track and make sure the project doesn't get away on you.

 

2. Create a budget.  Before you start your reno, sit down & really think about how much everything will cost and how much you want & can afford to spend. If you are using a contractor, get an estimate up front (in writing is best). If you are tackling the project on your own, research how much materials will cost. Be sure to add on 10% to 20% to cover unforeseen costs that often do come up. If you find you may be pushing the budget too far, put the job on hold until you can afford everything you would like to do the job properly. 

 

3. What is your house telling you.  An ultra-modern design may look great in a magazine but isn't necessarily going to suit your home. Unless you are willing to re-renovate in 5 years time, best to steer clear of trends when it comes to major parts of your home. Unless you are looking to sell in the near future, you may find that styles of the day may not be your style in a few years. 

 

4. What to gut.  Before starting a large-scale reno, examine what must go & what can stay. While it may be tempting to gut it all, often this is where a budget & timeline can go out of control. If you can work with what you have, it may help you may stay ahead of the game. 

 

5. Hiring a contractor.  It is always important to do your research. If you are able to look at the contractor's previous work or get references this can assist in making the big decision of who to bring in.

 

6. It's permit time.  Be sure to confirm if any permits are required for your renovations. Different areas have different rules so it is best to again do your homework. Your home insurance coverage could be compromised if the proper steps are not followed and you may have difficulty selling in the future. 

 

7. Confidence in the unknown.  While it is great to learn new skills & expand your knowledge, it is sometimes best to start small. Be realistic to what you can tackle on your own & leave the larger jobs to professionals if you have any doubts. This can save you time & money (& sometime disappointment) in the long run.

 

 8. Put your safety first.  Make sure in whatever you tackle that your first priority is the safety of you and anyone else assisting. 

 

9. Skimping out on materials.  Finding sales is great but make sure that you are still getting a quality product that will last a long time. 

 

10. Prep work.  Prep work such as taping edges before painting or sanding and priming areas before refinishing can seem annoying but will increase the longevity of your work and possibly save you money & elbow grease in the future. Taking the time to do something properly the first time is always better than having to redo it multiple times because you took the easy way out. 

 

 

So I hope this helps you in moving forward with your reno. If you are wondering where to start or what would get you the best bang for you dollar when you sell, give me a call & I would be happy to come over & take a look at where you can get started before we take your home to the market. 


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Happy February!  I am starting out the month by attending RE/MAX's Western Canada yearly 3 day conference. This 3 day event touches on everything from technology to motivation to advertising. We have a variety of speakers from North America's foremost business coach Richard Robbins to one of Canada's funniest comedians Gerry Dee from the hit show Mr. D to Canada's best selling author Neil Pasricha. Mr. Pasricha was an amazing speaker. His book "The Book of Awesome" focuses on how sometimes the simpliest of things in life can bring us the most happiness. It has been a great event so far in not only for the many realtors that I have met but from the knowledge that I will take back home with me. 


For me, learning has always been a lifelong passion. Whether it is about technology or learning different skills to use around the house, it is something that many of us do without even realizing it. There are many avenues out there from taking courses to just hanging out and helping out a friend when they are renovating. Many people thrive in a live group setting where they feed off the information around them while the next person goes online and can get a degree without ever leaving the house. 


If you are looking to expand your knowledge, you can check out Thompson River's University in Williams Lake to see the variety of Continuing Studies they offer in the community. There are courses from photography, learning Spanish, to learning how to market on the internet, just to name a few. Sometimes it is just a matter of joining a local group such as the Williams Lake Field Naturalists where you learn about the world of nature in the Cariboo/Chilcotin. Maybe you need a change in your exercise routine ('tis that time of the year) and need to learn a new way of exercising your body. The Cariboo Memorial Recreation Centre offers a variety of outlets where you can either drop in or sign up for a number of weeks.

 

The possibilites are endless and its a matter of what you'd like to take on next. If you'd like to learn a little more about the real estate market, do not hesitate to give me a call. If you'd like to learn how you can purchase an investment property, we can look into all the possibilities that exist.


So enjoy your learning. I always say you are never to old to learn something new. 



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There's an app for that!" is a quote you have probably become accustomed to.  If you want to do something, read something, remember something, you will probably find an app that will help you accomplish what you are looking for.


While listening to the news the other night, one of the individuals who was being interviewed regarding the latest technology in cell phones, commented that he wouldn't be changing cell phones just yet as he has spent over $200.00 on apps. 


While there are many apps that you can purchase, there are also many products that you can get for free. Sometimes the catch may be that there is extensive advertising surrounding the product which can get annoying but if you have a few hours to spare, there is such a huge selection on the market that you should be able to find what you are looking for. 


Two of my favorite free apps that I use are Dropbox and Mighty Text. Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file whether photos or documents that you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website. It makes it very simple to share photos and is great as a backup if your computer happens to take some time off from working. Dropbox has a limit of 2 GB for free which will be enough for most users but you can buy more space if needed. (Note: Google Drive is also popular as well and has free space.) Click on the link to take a tour of what Dropbox can do for you. 


Mightly Text is just plain cool on a number of levels. You can sync with your Android phone and see calls or texts coming from your cell on your computer. The catch is your need an Android phone for this app but as Android is leading the market right now, this app is very popular. It will turn your calls into a written message that you can see on your computer from anywhere (literally, as I received texts and messages on my tablet while in the Dominican Republic!) Click on the link to see if this might be exactly what you need to always stay connected.

 

So happy apping! If you have any questions about either one of my favorites, do not hesitate to call, text or email me as it will find me wherever I am. 

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I have listed a new property at 1011 DOG CREEK RD in Williams Lake.
Home with revenue! This large well cared for home on over an acre has a great open floor plan with 4 bedrooms up and 2 baths, open kitchen, dining and living room. The lower level has a separate private entrance, 3 bedroom suite that can rent for $800/mo and also the option of also having a separate 1 bedroom-1 bath in-law suite. Only 5 minutes from town on 1.03 private acres of fenced lawn and gardens with separately fenced 1/2 acre area for horse, etc. Many new updates including 2 new sundecks, laminate floors and neutral paint. Close to school and store and numerous recreation opportunities. Great investment and revenue maker and priced for a quick sale.
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I have sold a property at 2676 DOG CREEK RD in Williams Lake.
This spacious and bright home lies on a level acreage just about 15 km city center. A full basement is mostly unfinished with lots of space for finishing or retain as work area. The landscaped front and side yards include a Choi pond with running water & pumps; private sundeck area directly off the main deck; fenced and cross fenced for horses. The 2.68 acre property is ideal for any family that enjoys the outdoors. Improvements include new metal roof on the workshop and a new water pressure tank in 2011. Other small buildings on the property will let you raise chickens or other small farm animals and the school bus travels right along Dog Creek Road.
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I have sold a property at 80 WINDMILL CREST in WILLIAMS LAKE.
Great layout, great exposure, great neighbourhood... very private fenced backyard, garden spots, awesome covered patio, 2 storage sheds. Nice open plan main level- Kitchen, Dining, Living room w/vaulted ceilings -nice, airy & bright! - 3 beds, 1 bath on upper floor, - Rec Rm, Laundry & bathroom on lower level. All this onthe sunny side of town, close to trails, a minute from downtown, in a desirable, quite neighbourhood! movefast on this before its sold!
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I have sold a property at 749 CAMPBELL RD in Williams Lake.
55 acres all set up for horses, fenced and cross fenced. Mobile is hooked up to a lagoon and a brand new lagoon done with a permit ready to use for a new dwelling has never been used. Pressure tank brand new with a water softener. Newer roof with a fenced yard around the mobile. This property is only 5 minutes from the city, great place to build your dream home.
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