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What I really enjoy about this business is that every buyer has different needs and vision for their next property. Whether they are seeking solace, close proximity to activities or schools, or green space, every homebuyer looks for a different combination of attributes in a new community.  Choosing a neighbourhood that suits your needs and wants is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in the home buying process. Your choice of environment will affect the way you experience your new home.  This is a very personal decision, influenced by countless unique factors in your own lives, but you should always keep the following in mind:


  1. If you’re considering buying a home in a community that is unfamiliar to you, get to know its lay-out and ambiance.  Take some time to walk or drive through the neighbourhood, both during the day and at night, familiarizing yourself with the sights and sounds.


  1. What amenities does the neighbourhood have to offer?  Is public transportation readily accessible?  Are there schools, churches, parks, or grocery stores within reach?  Consider visiting schools in the area if you have children.


  1. What is the nature of the job market in the area?  Keep in mind that if area employers are producing more jobs, you can expect property values to increase, especially if the jobs offered fall within a higher salary bracket.


  1. Speak with the neighbours.  Don't be afraid to ask questions.  They can offer you a wealth of information, from an inside perspective.


  1. How will you be affected by a new commute to work?  Drive the route between the new neighbourhood and your office during the appropriate times to gauge the volume of traffic you could expect to encounter, and the amount of time you’d need to put aside for daily travel.


  1. Contact local land-use and zoning officials to determine existing development plans or potential for development in the area.  This could effect not only your plans but how the area could change in the future.  

So as exciting as change can be, you want to always look at the big picture to make sure that is what you have in mind. Things can always change that we have no control over but when you do your homework and feel confident in the property you find, that will give you and your family the confidence to know that it is right for you. If you would like me to help you navigate through the process of finding just the right home, do not hesitate to give me a call and we'll find out what your ideal neighborhood looks like.  

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I have sold a property at DL 12252 PICKLE CREEK in Williams Lake.
200 acres surrounded by Crown Land with incredible wildlife viewing. Situated very remote approximately 200 km West of Williams Lake. Enjoy open meadows, pine and spruce forest and a small lake with some wet lands. Mobile home of no value.
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I have sold a 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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Putting in an offer can be a stressful time. There is no set equation to determine how you’ll reach an offer price.  Rather, the process involves a range of research and comparison that will vary with each situation.  You’ll need to look at sales of comparable properties, and factor in additional data such as the condition of the property, the current market, and seller circumstances.  With this information in hand, you will be able to determine a fair price range and, from there, establish the price you’re willing to offer.


Concentrate on the following areas to help you determine an offer price:


Comparable Sales


  • Compare prices of homes that are similar to the property you’re considering in the following areas such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, lot size, type of construction, and garage space.
  • The most comprehensive and in-depth information can be accessed with the assistance of your Realtor. It is our job to work closely with you to set your offer price, and can help you navigate through the process. 


Property Condition


  • Observe how the property compares to the rest of the neighbourhood.  Is it average, above average, or below average?
  • Look at structural condition such as walls & ceilings and note the windows, floors, & doors for any changes.
  • Pay close attention to the bathrooms, bedrooms, condition of plumbing and electricity.
  • Also check the fixtures:  light switches, doorknobs, drawer handles, etc.
  • What is the condition of the front and back yards?


Home Improvements


  • Cosmetic changes can be largely ignored, but any major improvements should be taken into account.
  • Take special note of: any room additions (especially bedrooms and bathrooms).
  • Items such as swimming pools may be taken into account, but usually won’t affect your offer.  


Market Conditions


  • Seller’s Market:

A seller’s market is considered a “hot” market.  This type of market is created when demand is greater than supply; that is, when the number of Buyers exceeds the number of homes on the market.  As a result, these homes usually sell very quickly, and there are often multiple offers.  Many homes will sell above the asking price.


  • Buyer’s Market:

A Buyer’s market is a slower market.  This type of market occurs when supply is greater than demand, the number of homes exceeding the number of Buyers.  Properties are more likely to stay on the market for a longer period of time.  Fewer offers will come in and with less frequency.  Prices may even decline during this period.  Buyers will have more selection and flexibility in terms of negotiating toward a lower price.  Even if your initial offered price is too low, Sellers will be more likely to come back with a counter-offer. 


  • Balanced Market:

In a balanced market, supply equals demand, the number of homes on the market roughly equal to the number of Buyers.  When a market is balanced there aren’t any concrete rules guiding whether a Buyer should make an offer at the higher end of his/her range, or the lower end.  Prices will be stable and homes will sell within a reasonable period of time.  Buyers will have a decent number of homes to choose from, so Sellers may encounter some competition for offers on their home, or none at all.


Comparable sales information helps you establish a price range for the home you’re interested in.  Adding in the additional factors mentioned above will guide your decision of whether you consider a “fair” price to be near the upper or lower limit—or the middle—of that range.  Keep in mind, this price should be the one you’d be happy with once all negotiations are said and done.  The price you decide to begin with depends on your particular style of negotiation.  Most Buyers begin the negotiation process with a number lower than the “fair” price they’ve come up with but sometimes this can backfire for if it is too low, it may offend the Seller and they will choose not to negotiation at all. 

The right price can make or break a deal so it should be given considerable thought and it is good to know where you maximum limit is. If you are ready to take this step and don't want to navigate it alone, give me a call and I'd be happy to help you work through the process in order to find just the right home for you.


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I have listed a new property at 3819 ALLPRESS RD in Williams Lake.
This waterfront home on Rose Lake offers so much for your family. Enjoy spacious rooms, lake views & lots of natural light in this 4 bdrm home. Includes an attached 2 car garage, lots of storage space, a dock & garden area. The southernexposure compliments your outdoor experience year round that you'll never want to leave. Plenty of potential in the basement for a family room or additional storage. With 0.74 acres including 94 ft of lake frontage, now is the time to come & see how you could enjoy life on the lake.
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Looking back over the summer, it is interesting to see how August started and then finished off in the real estate market. It just goes to show that you can never completely predict what a market will do. 


Although it was a busy month, the stats show a different picture depending which areas you look at. We'll start by looking at homes with acreages to see how it compared to 2012. The number of sales from August 2012 & 2013 stayed the same but when you look at the number of listings that went into the market, August 2012 definitely saw more action than we did this past August. The median price of a house with acreage was identical to last year at $310,000 but we saw the average days on the market were substantially longer this year with almost 20 extra days on the market before the properties sold. 


If we go over to the manufactured homes on land, we'll see very little difference from last year. The year to date number of sales were identical but the median price of a property rose this year by $5,000. We have been seeing more interest in these types of properties as the number of days in the market over the year has reduced from 101 days to 85 this year. 


The most popular analysis is of course your residential properties. The number of sales for August was 14, up 2 from 2012. The median price for August fluctuated quite a bit but the overall price for the year was only down $2,000. It is great to see our prices staying fairly solid. The days on the market were also on target compared to last year. The only area that saw a huge difference was the number of listings. Last year in August, we saw 31 listings come online. This year we only saw 14 residential properties. This difference resulted the year to date new listings to also decline by 20%. 


So when you look at the overall picture of all the different properties that are listed from townhomes to recreational properties to residential homes, the overall new listings that came into the market in August were down compared to 2012. It is good to see that properties are moving a little faster than last year but the overall average sale is slightly down from last year. But what is great to see is that properties were selling at approximately 95% of the listing price so it is good to see that properties, for the most part, are being priced according to the market. 


If you would like to see where your property would fall into this market, give me a call for a free market evaluation. We can take a look at your property in comparison to the current market and see if it is time to put it out there. 

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I have sold a 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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Getting your home ready for the market or settling into your new home brings the challenge of finding just the right pictures or photos for the variety of areas in your home. If it is not hung correctly or in the best place, the impact of a fantastic piece of art can be lost. Art is generally the focal point of a room so location is more important than or at least as important as the location of the furniture. We all know the frustration of lining up an artwork so it is just so and then realizing once it is placed on the wall that it is too high, not centered, etc. It doesn’t take long before your wall looks like it was used as a dart board with all the "misplaced holes".


Here are a few suggestions for hanging pictures, art and mirrors:

1. Create a template the size of the picture(s) you are considering hanging (a piece of paper or newspaper will do). Gently tape it up where you are considering hanging it. You will quickly get an impression of what the picture's height, size & location will look like and how a grouping will read. For smaller pictures, lay them out on the floor before beginning to hang them.

2. Pictures should be loose-wired and hung on double hooks. This is especially important for larger pictures and pictures on walls subject to vibrations. Keep in mind that picture hooks should be appropriate to the size and weight of an item. Many people underestimate the weight of some of the frames that are out there. 

3. Picture height: gallery height is 56 inches to the centre of the picture and designed for rooms where people are usually standing e.g. hallways.

Height above a piece of furniture: the picture should be no more than 8 to 10 inches above a sofa, chair, or table (Note: when sitting, heads will not hit pictures at this height).

In general, higher positioning feels more formal, lower positioning feels more informal. Therefore if you are looking to create an intimate room, you want to keep your pictures low.


4. Generally, you do not need to locate a wall stud to hang a picture from, but if the piece is very large or heavy discuss more secure hanging methods with an installer.

5. Try to group smaller pieces together by subject or colour. It will create a more focused effect and have more impact. Make sure to find special locations for the really important items. 

6. Don't forget the lines (eg. window sills, door frames, items which will sit on a mantle, etc.) near a piece as this can have an impact on where or how you hang it. 


Art can help create the atmosphere you are looking for in your home whether you are settling in or want to draw attention to its features for buyers. The old saying "A picture is worth a thousand words" can do just that in your home so you want it to speak the right language and placement can do just that. As for placement of your home in the market, let me take care of arranging just the right strategy for you to get the best exposure in the real estate market. Give me a call and we can start planning together. 

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