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I have listed a new property at LOT 4 LAKESIDE CRT in 100 Mile House.
Opportunity awaits as an investment or get ready to build your dream home! 1.68 acres on 103 Mile Lake with fabulous open southern view down the lake. This property is ready for you to settle in and build that dream home with the bestuninterrupted view on this peaceful lake. Electricity and gas available at the road. Great high spot for building with awesome views and near end of quiet street. All amenities are available within a short drive. Great community that enjoys the outdoors. Let the planning begin!
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I have sold a 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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So you’re ready to go house hunting. First step? Find an agent you are comfortable with and is knowledgeable about the area and the market. Second step? Get a pre-approval from your bank or mortgage broker. But it is important to understand what your pre-approval is and what it isn’t.  Even the best pre-approval can only approve you but not the property that you have yet to find.

What a Pre-Approval Does

A pre-approval should do two basic things:  

1) let you know how much of a mortgage you will qualify for based on your income, down payment and credit score

2) hold a rate for you, usually for between 90 to 120 days.  However, this can vary from lender to lender so make sure to read the fine print. 

 

What No Pre-Approval Can Do 

Even the best pre-approval will not necessarily mean that your purchase will be approved.  Occasionally some physical characteristic of the property may put the lender off (a former grow-op, location, etc).  Often the lender will look to an appraiser to value the property to ensure that it falls within the mortgage amount you are requesting. 

How to Protect Yourself

Find out as much as you can about the property and its history before putting in the offer.  Always put a financing condition in your offer, even for a couple of days.  Once you sign a firm offer and hand over the deposit cheque you are committed to buying that property.  It can be a shock to then find out that that your lender doesn’t like the property or that you need to find a bigger down payment. Pre-approvals are a great thing to have in your home hunters tool kit but make sure that you understand their uses and their limitations.  Get good advice upfront to avoid any surprises later.

 

 

Getting pre-approved is essential when looking for a home. Not only will it have you looking at the right properties that fall into your price range but can also make writing up an offer easier as your bank or broker is already aware of your finances so now only has to focus on the choice you've made. Nothing is more disappointing than finding a great property to realize that it does not fall within your budget. Pre-approval is also ideal as then you are not tying up a property that you are not eligible for. A property can be stigmatized to other buyers that are looking as it is considered an "accepted offer" as you go through your subjects including the finances. Another situation that we come across in our area, is multiple offers. If you are pre-approved, you have a much better chance of having your offer accepted as opposed to not even working with a lender yet. 

 

So if you need assistance or are wondering what direction to start looking, give me a call and we can talk about the different lenders that are out there and start setting you up on a search for properties that fall within your budget. A little bit of pre-planning can go a long way to settling in to your new home. 


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I have listed a new property at 1431 FLETT RD in Williams Lake.
Stop the car! Beautifully kept acreage just 15 minutes from town and at such a great price. This over 5 acre property is set up for horses with a fenced area. The back of the property is nicely treed and leads onto endless trails for riding. The large lawn and huge sundeck is perfect for entertaining the whole family and all your friends to a summer barbeque. This country style home could be a downsizer or with the 2 extra bedrooms downstairs is perfect for a growing family. The lower area is ready for a 2nd washroom and includes all fixtures and there is a large CSA Blaze King wood stove that can keep the whole house warm. Large 2 bay carport and 2 extra storage sheds for outdoor toys. You've been waiting..Wait no more!
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I have listed a new property at 19 2155 COMMODORE CREST in Williams Lake.
Here is your ticket to owning your own home. This 2 bedroom 1987 mobile home in Evergreen Park just 5 minutes from town awaits you. Nice open living room, kitchen and dining room with huge bay window that lets in lots of natural light. Great view with green space out front and privacy in the back. Enjoy the air conditioner on those hot summer days or entertain your friends and step out onto the great 22x8 deck that is ready for your summer BBQing. Located at the end of a short street with a nice fenced in yard. Evergreen Park awaits you!
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I have sold a property at 0 COLWELL RD in Williams Lake.
Have you been looking for that affordable recreation property! You've found it! This 10 acre privacy property on the Kleena Kleene River has a 2 bedroom log home and a large 2 vehicle log carport and wood shed. There is hydro and water is pumped up from the river. This 3 season recreation home is the perfect getaway for the entire family or your summer home. Fly fish for your dinner of rainbow trout on this "river runs through it". It's your time...
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Summer holidays! It can be an exciting time for students as they've waited "forever" for summer break to arrive. Sometimes the first couple of weeks can be hectic as there is so much you want to do so you try to pack in all in in the first couple weeks.

 

The weather can play havoc on your plans whether it rains or it is too hot. We've waited for the warm weather to arrive but you want to be careful not to get heat stroke from spending days upon days soaking it up. I researched a few different options that our community provides for fun when you are looking for a little relief from the heat:

 

Cariboo Memorial Recreation Centre

The Rec Centre is a great place to head to if you want to beat the heat. Check out their Summer Pool Schedule and take in a Toonie Swim or the Iceberg Fun Day or sign up your child for the Summer Day Camp. With a variety of themes throughout the summer, they are bound to have fun and a great experience. 

  

Performances in the Park

Outdoor concerts in WIlliams Lake have returned for another season. Every Thursday evening you can head to Boitanio Park and enjoy a variety of talent each week. Click onto the Performances in the Park schedule to see the line up for the summer. 

 

Cariboo Bowl

A great family activity is bowling. You can invite other families and turn it into a competition or have a summer birthday bash with friends. Check out their summer schedule and the Cosmic Bowl on Friday nights. 

 

Scout Island Nature Centre

From children to adult programs, the Scout Island Nature Centre has a variety of options to offer a family in the summer. Take a dip in the lake or a ride in a voyageur canoe. See the variety of summer adventures they have on their website to see what might work for your family.  

  

Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

Looking for an educational experience? Look no further than our local museum. This true cowboy museum looks at our history and how life has changed in the Cariboo/Chilcotin. Head to their website for their summer hours. 

 

Kiwanis Park

Need a great outdoor spot to cool off with the kids on a hot day? Kiwanis Park and its spray park offers tons of fun and feels great too. With a variety of play structures to choose from, you'll spend hours having fun in the park. 

 

Paradise Cinema

Of course, what summer vacation wouldn't be complete without seeing a great flick or two. Our local movie theatre has a variety of great movies occuring throughout the summer for movie goers of all ages. Check out the movies that are here and what is heading our way. This might be a great opportunity to see a 3-D movie if you haven't tried it yet. 

 

 

So I hope that gives you a few ideas how you can stay cool with the kids this summer. Those are just a few of the many reasons why families move to our area and call it home. And if you feel that now might be the right time for you to upsize or downsize, my Re/max office has air conditioning so come on in and see me and we can work on the next adventure for your family.  


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I have sold a property at 2085 SEIBERT PL in Williams Lake.
Wow! Talk about privacy and amazing views yet just 5 minutes to downtown. This 2 acre property at the end off the road backs onto crown land with endless trails for motorized and non motorized sports. The updated 1994 home has stunning views of Williams Lake and the valley below from your living room or watch the deer and moose that will visit your yard. Looking for a man sized workshop...It's here as well. This high end engineered 30 x 26 garage/workshop is waiting for you as a place to tinker or a fancy place to park the toys. This is a great place for the outdoor enthusiast that wants some privacy or a perfect place to downsize with still plenty of room for storage. It's the 1st time on the market so don't blink...Or it's gone.
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I have listed a new property at 3953 WIGGINS RD in Williams Lake.
Ever dream about owning a large acreage property for privacy, yet be close to all amenities? Look no further! This 292 acre property is just 20 minutes from Williams Lake yet provides privacy and a place for the outdoor enthusiast or forthe homesteader. This well treed acreage is perfect for horses or a small herd. Numerous trails throughout property, some open meadows, and small lake at top of property. It has a 1995 well maintained 2 bedroom mobile home with large covered deck plus the original home and barn are there and could be restored. Horsefly Road splits the property and most of the paperwork has already been done if you want to sell 125 acres. A rare chance to purchase a wonderful pioneer property.
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I'd like to take this opportunity to look back on the real estate market statistics for June and see how they compared to 2012. While there are a lot of areas that are included in the statistics, I am going to look at the single family dwellings, manufactured homes both in mobile parks and on land as well as the recreational market.


The single family housing market saw 17 new listings come online in June. Last year there were 26 for that month so we have seen a slight decrease this year in that regard. Sales for June this year were also down from last year from 13 in 2012 to 8 in June 2013 so we'll see if July makes up for that decrease. Those that were selling though, had a shorter time span on the market in compared to last year so although the sales were down, listings that sold, sold much quicker than last year.


The sales for manufactured homes in parks stayed right on target from last year with sales as well as listings. The substantial difference in this market though was the average days that a listing was in the market prior to it selling. The difference was only 53.5 days this year in comparion to 132 days last year before it sold.


With manufactured homes on land, we saw a large increase in listings come on this year. It doubled from last June going from 7 listings in June 2012 to 14 this year. The time spent in the market before they sold did not waiver much from last year but the average sale increased from $122,125 to $147,666.


Despite the weather, we are still seeing a little bit of movement in the recreational department. There were 2 more additional sales this month with the average price around $164,250. Last year, we still had not seen a sale yet with recreational properties at this point. 


So I hope this give you some insight as to where our market stands as we've crossed the half way point in 2013. If you have any questions or would like more details regarding the market, do not hesitate to contact me and we can look at the details. If you feel that now might be the time to move your property in the market, just give me a call and we can look at marketing your home and tapping into the buyers that are currently actively looking for their next home. 

 

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I have listed a new property at 5557 MARSHALL CREEK RD in Williams Lake.
The beauty of 200 ft of Quesnel Lake from your personal deck. This 3.17 acre piece of paradise is made for the outdoor enthusiast with fishing and boating right at your doorstep. Relax on your 24x8 deck as you take in the views of themountains and lake. There is even a creek running through the property. The 1 bedroom cabin is the ideal getaway to escape for the weekend or enjoy the summer. With the 200 amp power electrical you can add on comforts. There is an area that has already been cleared for that new home/cottage. The simplicity of life got affordable! Sign up today!
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I have listed a new property at 702 CARTWRIGHT DR in Williams Lake.
Affordable living just 5 minutes from town. No pad rent and Mountview School nearby. Quad or mountain bike on numerous trails from the property at the end of this quiet street. The approved wood stove will keep you nice and warm in thewinter. Freshly painted inside and new flooring gives it a nice fresh feel to this 4 bedroom home. There is a large fenced area for the youngens or the family puppy, with no dog restrictions here. Brand new torched on roof with extra rigid insulation. At this price you can't afford to keep paying rent. Time to own.
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I have listed a new property at 92 WINDMILL CREST in Williams Lake.
Stunning view of city where you can watch the stampede or fireworks. You'll enjoy this renovated kitchen with loads of cupboard space and stainless steel appliances. The open living room and dining room feature a beautiful stone fireplace.Large master suite with an ensuite. Low heating costs with high end hot water system, on demand hot water and vinyl windows. Plenty of room for your family with large recreation room in lower level. Separate entry in lower with large room and 2pc bath for home business or 4th bedroom. Exterior is freshly painted and a fenced in area for the family pet or the little wee ones. Nice garden area, garage and 2 sheds for toys with plenty of storage. It is just what your family needs.
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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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I have sold a property at 124 COUNTRY CLUB BLVD in Williams Lake.
Look no further! Beautiful 4 bedroom home in the picturesque & desirable area of Country Club. Gorgeous livingroom with vaulted ceiling & amazing view of the lake from your master bedroom & step out onto the deck to enjoy your morningcoffee overlooking Fairway #4. Open concept kitchen and dining room makes for the perfect entertainment area with patio doors leading out to the incredible deck extending the entire back of the home. Top it off with the ultimate media room with a 10ft screen & projector & a spacious backyard and you'll never want to leave. Beautiful gardens & a large 2 car garage are just a few of the many bonuses. This is what fine living is all about!
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I'm sure you've heard the expression "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff". When it comes to buying a home,  homebuyers can get easily side-tracked by small but fixable "problems," like an unappealing paint color. Because of this, they often overlook the bigger issues such a roofs, structure, etc.  With low mortgage rates luring many first time buyers into the marketplace, I've researched the top 4 lessons to avoid for first time buyers as well as the seasoned purchaser:


1) Being turned off by problems that are easily fixed 

One survey indicated that almost 9 in 10 first-time buyers are looking for move-in ready homes. They don't want to have to fix the kitchen or redo the bathroom before settling in. They also want to live near shops, their work and great schools.

 

While location isn't negotiable, many smaller fixes are, such as a worn carpet or scratched hardwood floor. Ask your real estate agent for help understanding how costly fixes will be and talk to the home inspector as well. 

 

The lesson: High standards can work to your advantage, but don't forget that some fixes, like cosmetic makeovers, are relatively easy (and affordable).


2) Overlooking hidden costs 

In addition to the down payment and subsequent regular mortgage payments, home ownership also brings forward other expenses from closing costs to the monthly costs of owning your home from insurance to utilities. 

 

The lesson: Leave plenty of room in your budget to absorb the extra expenses of homeownership. That usually means borrowing far less than the bank approves and taking expected income fluctuations into account.


3) Failing to budget for DIY projects. 

With so many DIY shows and magazines available now, many are lead to believe that anyone can take it on.  But more recently, the art of fixing up houses has fallen out of favor. According to market research, the DIY home improvement market has fallen 21 percent in the last 10 years. The reason appears to be financial. While about 1 in 4 would-be-DIYers say they want to start on a major renovation, they simply can't afford it right now.


The lesson: When purchasing a home, reserve some cash for needed DIY projects during the first year of home ownership.

 

4) Misunderstanding new homeowners insurance coverage. 

Understanding what your insurance coverage is essential when purchasing a home. Do not assume that you will pay the same price as the previous owners and it is good to do your homework on the different rates and what is included. 


The lesson: Read the fine print of your insurance coverage, and if you don't understand it, talk it through with your insurer.

 

Since there are bound to be unexpected costs during that first year of home ownership, having some wiggle room with your budget can prevent late-night panic attacks when the dishwasher starts leaking all over your new floor. If you need assistance in finding just the right home, do not hesitate to contact me & I will do my best to help you find the home you are looking for. 



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I have listed a new property at 960 CHILANKO FORKS in Williams Lake.
Over 180 acres and 1 mile of riverfront on the legendary Chilanko River. This fertile land can be used for ranching, is mostly fenced, and you have power and phone on the property at the road on Hwy 20. This property is home to some largemule deer, bear and moose and is nicely treed. You can build your dream home here along the river or purchase the 11 acres right next door that was originally part of this great property that has a gorgeous home, large shop and is completely set up for horses. Time for a simpler life, you won't find a better place and better people than in the Chilcotins. Store just 5 minutes away and community and town of Tatla Lake with amenities is just 30 minutes. Come experience life well lived..
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