Do you have a renovation project in mind–and wonder how much value it will add to your home? Remodeling Magazine recently did a study of renovation projects, comparing costs to added value. Here are some of the results:
 
Replacing a main entry door has a return on investment of over 95%. After all, the entrance to a home is one of the first things a prospective buyer notices.
 
Adding a new deck also adds a lot of value. Depending on the materials used, you can expect to get back three-quarters of the money invested.
 
Another high-payback project is the garage door. This once again
demonstrates the importance of a home’s “curb appeal.” If you’re tackling a big project, such as a basement renovation, you’ll be
glad to know that, according to the study, a project like this adds a lot of value.
 
Finally, minor improvements to bathrooms and kitchens–such as adding new countertops or cupboards, can also be good investments that mostly pay back when you sell your home. Of course, these figures are averages and can vary widely depending on
location, type of property, and other factors.
 
Need help determining how a particular home improvement might impact the selling price? Call today.
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I have sold a property at 319 32833 LANDEAU PL in Abbotsford.
PARK PLACE - Every once in awhile you see a condo that is like no others. This top floor corner suite has been meticulously renovated from corner to corner including hardwood & tile floors, paint, mouldings, lights and electricalfixtures. Kitchen has new backsplash, granite counters, high end faucet & sink, pull-out drawers. Updated baths with counters, sinks, taps, floors & fixtures. Enclosed balcony has new screens & pull down sunblock shades. The list is 5 pages long! Excellent central location in a well run building with all the amenities you could possible want. Ages 55+, no pets or rentals. Put this on your listing and see it now!
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I have sold a property at 118 2533 Marcet in Abbotsford.
Location! Check out this three bedroom and three bathroom "handyman" special. In the heart of McMillan, close to schools, ARC, highway access, some shopping and more. You'll appreciate the 1440+ square foot, 2 story END unit layout. Some features include gas fireplace, laundry upstairs, walk-out patio and fully fenced backyard. This has a secure single garage plus open second parking stall. Old Yale Estates is a family friendly townhome strata allowing rentals and one dog or 1 cat. Call, email or text for additional info!
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I have listed a new property at 102 2700 MCCALLUM RD in Abbotsford.
THE SEASONS - This is a main floor suite in the best location facing east. These units are fully rentable and allow pets. The location is quiet yet close to downtown Abbotsford with all the new and unique shops and restaurants. Lush landscaping enhanced by a courtyard fountain and extensive outdoor spaces. Bus service is less than a block away. Storage in on the same floor as the suite and there are 2 underground parking spaces that go with this suite. The perfect starter, investment or retirement condo. This is not just a place to live; this is a home to be proud of.
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I have sold a property at 3248 KARSON RD in Yarrow.
MAJUBA HILL - Peaceful privacy for the nature lovers. Treed sloping 3 acres with a 3/4 bedroom log home that features 3" solid maple flooring cut from trees on the property. Upper floor has a gambrel style roof that provides a free span open plan. Master bedroom and den (4th bed?) on the main with full bath and 2 bedrooms and bath upstairs with open loft, reading nook area overlooking the kitchen and great room. Basement has a large rec room, laundry and 3 pce bath. Generous parking includes the garage and carport plus open area plus parking off the lower driveway for an RV or truck. There is a very drivable road to the top of the property where you will find a great camping/picnic spot and hiking trails. Must view this!
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RE/MAX Little Oak and myself have been contributing to Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation for many years.  We have a fund called W.I.T. which stands for Whatever It Takes.  This fund takes care of things such as parking passes for the hospital, medication, training, meals for families staying at the hospital, and a variety of other things.

 

It is uplifting to see the positive effect when many members of my company can come together and donate together to make a difference.  Here are two recent stories I would like to share with everyone.

 

 

#1 - Newborn baby in the neonatal intensive care unit, born at just 26 weeks gestation, life threatening circumstances, the parents are considered low income and were required to take CPR Training in order to help their baby.  We donated $150.00 from the RE/MAX WIT (Whatever It Takes) Fund to help this family with their CPR Training.

 

#2 - 13 years old boy diagnosed with diabetes, his family just moved here from Ireland and they do not have their MSP yet, he needed medication immediately, we donated $396.21 towards his first months medication.

 
 
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I have sold a property at 2348 BEDFORD PL in Abbotsford.
Something Special - This near new house is the perfect answer to the need for a very nice place in a central location without the renovation hassles. Live close to the center of it all, but on a quiet cul de sac with other newer homes. Open concept main floor with soaring vaulted ceilings, island kitchen with eating bar, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, gas fireplace and a den/flex area for the kids to play. Convenient main floor laundry. The master suite is private and features a walk-in closet, spacious ensuite with shower, soaker tub and His and Hers sinks. Flat fenced yard is accessed directly from the kitchen onto a 12' x 25' patio, the perfect place for a BBQ with friends and family.
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Closing day is an exciting time. After all, you’re moving into your new home! However, it can be stressful as well. The last thing you need is to be confronted with something you don’t understand. So here is a quick list of common “closing day” terms.

 

  • Disbursements. This is the allocation of funds to the appropiate parties, such as the seller.  Your lawyer will take care of this for you.
  • Possession. This is the moment on closing day or a few days after when you are legally able to take possession of your new home. It's usually when your REALTOR® will hand you the keys.
  • Title. This is a legal document that identifies the property and its owner.
  • Closing Costs. These are expenses, exluding the selling cost of the property, that are due on closing day, such as legal fees, reimbursement for pre-paid utilties, utility deposits, insurance, and taxes.
  • Closing Adjustments. These are expenses pre-paid by the seller that need to be reimbursed on closing.
There may be other terms you come across on closing day as well. Don’t worry, a good REALTOR® can help make the day go smoothly for you and your family.
 
Looking for a good REALTOR®? Call today
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I have sold a property at B 33871 Marshall RD in Abbotsford.
Marshall Heights. Spacious and beautifully maintained 2 storey with basement town home in a small 6 unit complex. This unit features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, large master bedroom with ensuite and private enclosed deck, open kitchen with potlights and stainless steel appliances, laminate flooring on main, new carpeting upstairs, upgraded furnace, fully fenced private flat backyard with good size patio. Lots of storage space. Low maintenance fee. Located at the back of the complex. Shows great!!
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