Traditionally, moving homes includes several trips to grocery stores, liquor stores and department stores in search of enough cardboard boxes. We've all done it! Not only is this process time consuming, but at the end of it all you have dozens of cardboard boxes to re-donate to the stores or fold them all up and put them out for recycling. In the winter months especially, this can be a messy process. Soggy cardboard boxes are not best.

I support green moving alternatives in the tri-cities, specifically with one excellent local company: It's Your Move. What could be easier than ordering sturdy, stackable crates (which are made of recycled materials), using them for your move and then phoning for pick-up? It's a great green alternative, it's affordable and it helps ensure a smooth move.

Julie - It's Your Move



I believe in this service so much that when you buy or sell a home through me, I will pay for your green moving...
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I received a newsletter from Peter Wright of AmeriSpec Fraser Valley last week and wanted to share their helpful tips for preparing your home for the winter months. Regular maintenance of your home is key when considering future resale value!

Prepare your Home for Cooler Weather.

With the fall season now here and winter approaching, now is the time to prepare your home for the new season. Regular maintenance of the home is critical to its preservation and can add significantly to its resale value. Use this checklist to help prepare your home for the cooler days and frosty nights of fall. 

Yard:

  • Rake and compost leaves
  • Seed and feed your lawn
  • Winterize your sprinkler system
  • Mulch flowerbeds
  • Drain outside faucets and cover them when appropriate
  • Drain and store hoses

Roof:

  • Trim limbs and vegetation away from roof
  • Inspect roof and roof vents for any needed repairs
  • Replace any loose or damaged shingles
  • Clean gutters and downspouts

Foundation and Exterior Masonry:

  • Clean fireplaces and chimneys
  • Check chimney mortar for any deterioration
  • Make sure downspouts and grading all direct water away from the house

Doors and Windows:

  • Inspect caulking and paint for damage and repair as needed
  • Oil door hinges and garage door moving parts
  • Make sure all storm windows are securely in position

Heating and Cooling:

  • Arrange for annual inspection and cleaning of heating systems
  • Rinse off A/C compressor/condensing coil unit to remove debris and dirt
  • Consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat
  • Change the furnace filter (when needed)
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Plumbing and Interior:

  • Inspect and repair any damaged caulking in tubs, showers, sinks, toilets and backsplashes
  • Inspect A/C refrigerant lines for missing or damaged insulation
  • During wet weather, check ceiling and around all doors and windows for unwanted moisture
  • Check attic ventilation
  • Make sure dryer vent is clean

You might want to seek professional assistance for some of these suggestions. AmeriSpec inspectors are available to meet your home inspection needs, and are trained to meet or exceed the highest home inspection industry standards. 
To learn more about AmeriSpec, contact Peter Wright at 604-513-1989.

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CRAVE VancouverConnecting with other female entrepreneurs is something that I love to do. Supporting, encouraging, listening and celebrating one another is empowering and I am truly thankful for all of the fabulous women I have the opportunity to meet on a regular basis.

I was honoured to be included in the third edition of the CRAVE Vancouver guide, which was made public just last week. The book is 'an urban girl's guide to all that you CRAVE' and features 150 local business women. Professionals of all designations, entrepreneurs who are rockin' the Vancouver business community are highlighted in the pages of this book.

The CRAVE organization hosts several events throughout the year and I would encourage women in business to get involved with them. From events centered around getting into nitty gritty of running your business to fun lifestyle events, CRAVE does everything with flair and style! It is a fantastic...
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My clients enjoy preferential treatment and the best mortgage rates in the Lower Mainland through the Sutton Member Program. 

New fixed rates were announced this week:

SMP 1-year fixed/closed rate is 2.20%
SMP 2-year fixed/closed rate is 2.85%
SMP 3-year fixed/closed rate is 3.19%
SMP 4-year fixed/closed rate is 3.36%
SMP 5-year fixed/closed rate is 3.46%
SMP 5-year 45 day quick close rate has been discontinued.

If you have any questions about your mortgage, please call me directly at 604.626.6066. 

 

SMP November 19/10

 
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Beyond Pink 2010I was so honoured to be invited to participate as an exhibitor at YWIB's Beyond Pink Entre-Carnival showcase

Beyond Pink is a two day conference aimed at providing real world skills that are applicable to individuals from all walks of life. Their aim is to discover and strengthen each delegate’s talents to help them “make their own brand and leave their mark” as their story continues. 

The Entre-Carnival features 30+ local women entrepreneurs who will be showcasing their businesses and sharing their stories. I'm very excited for this event! 

For more information, or to register, please visit: http://www.ywib.ca/beyondpink2010/ 

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I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 212 2330 SHAUGHNESSY Street, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

AVANTI. One bedroom second floor "G" plan with West facing balcony. Lowest priced unit in building. Excellent value for first time buyer or investor! Quality built with beautiful finishing by Dena Construction. Visit presentation centre to see finishing details. We are open every day, except Fridays, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Marketing commenced in late October 2010. Net HST included on first 20 units SOLD!!!

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I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 109 2330 SHAUGHNESSY Street, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

AVANTI. Ground level "G" plan with West facing patio and outside access. Simply Perfect. Totally You. Your friends will be impressed and you will totally love your new home! Two colour schemes to choose from to perfect the match to your personality. Mortgage financing (with special Buyer benefits) available. Net HST included on first 20 units SOLD!!!

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I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 411 2330 SHAUGHNESSY Street, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

AVANTI. Top floor, North West corner unit. Gorgeous one bedroom "G" plan at a very sharp asking price! This is sure to be an apartment with very good resale value. Close to downtown Port Coquitlam and an impressive array of nature trails nearby to relax and stay in shape. Quality built with beautiful finishing by Dena Construction. Visit presentation centre to see finishing details. We are open every day, except Fridays, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Marketing started in late October 2010. Net HST included on first 20 units SOLD. Better be QUICK!

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I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 202 2330 SHAUGHNESSY Street, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

AVANTI. Excellent second floor, two bedroom "C" plan with Nine Foot ceilings and West facing balcony. Great location, easy commuting from here! Impressive array of nature trails nearby to relax and stay in great shape. Be Quick, sharp pricing! Marketing just started in late October 2010. Net HST included on first 20 units SOLD!!!

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I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 105 2330 SHAUGHNESSY Street, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

AVANTI. Popular "C" plan. Enjoy the luxury of space in this two bedroom unit. East facing with patio. Spacious layout, excellent floor plan and... Nine Foot ceilings! You'll love living here. Mortgage financing (with special Buyer benefits) available. Net HST included on first 20 units SOLD!!!

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I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 309 2330 SHAUGHNESSY Street, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

AVANTI. Popular "C" plan. Enjoy the luxury of space at an affordable price in this two bedroom unit. You'll have a good start to every day with your East facing balcony. Quality built with beautiful finishing by Dena Construction. Visit presentation centre to see finishing details. We are open every day, except Fridays, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Marketing commenced in late October 2010. Net HST included on first 20 units SOLD!!!

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I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 409 2330 SHAUGHNESSY Street, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

AVANTI. Top floor, lovely two bedroom "C" plan. You'll appreciate the luxury of space at an affordable price! Quiet east facing balcony, enjoy the morning sun. Close to downtown Port Coquitlam and an impressive array of nature trails nearby to relax and stay in shape. Quality built with beautiful finishing by Dena Construction. Visit presentation centre to see finishing details. We are open every day, except Fridays, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Marketing commenced in late October 2010. Net HST included on first 20 units SOLD!!!

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I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 314 2330 SHAUGHNESSY Street, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

AVANTI. Lowest priced two bedroom and den in building! Very attractive "E" plan, only two of its kind available. West facing balcony, great location, easy commuting from here! Impressive array of nature trails nearby to relax and stay in great shape. Buy now at a very sharp price with secure financing in place. Visit presentation centre to see finishing details. We are open every day, except Fridays, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Marketing commenced in late October 2010. Net HST included on first 20 units SOLD!!!

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I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 414 2330 SHAUGHNESSY Street, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

AVANTI. Top floor, West facing "E" plan unit! Very well priced two bedroom and den, only two of its kind available! Expect especially good resale value here. Close to downtown Port Coquitlam and an impressive array of nature trails nearby to relax and stay in shape. Quality built with beautiful finishing by Dena Construction. Visit presentation centre to see finishing details. We are open every day, except Fridays, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Marketing started in late October 2010. Net HST included on first 20 units SOLD. Better be QUICK!

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I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 403 2330 SHAUGHNESSY Street, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

AVANTI. Top floor, SW corner unit, absolutely wonderful and very spacious two bedroom and den "A" plan. Bright and sunny unit with great re-sale value! Close to downtown Port Coquitlam and an impressive array of nature trails nearby to relax and stay in shape. Quality built with beautiful finishing by Dena Construction. Visit presentation centre to see finishing details. We are open every day, except Fridays, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Marketing commenced in late October 2010. Net HST included on first 20 units SOLD!!!

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I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 107 2330 SHAUGHNESSY Street, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

AVANTI. Very spacious "B" plan, two bedroom and den, largest unit in building. Located on the quiet North East corner of the building with patio. Buy now at a very sharp price with secure financing in place. Quality built with beautiful finishing by Dena Construction. Visit presentation centre to see finishing details. Marketing just started in late October 2010. Net HST included on first 20 units SOLD!!!

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Home Sales Remain Steady in Greater Vancouver
Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver

Greater Vancouver home sales have remained steady over the past four months, indicating stability in the residential housing market. With the MLS® sales to active listing inventory ratio indicating a buyers’ market, properties appropriately priced are selling.

According to the MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI), the benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver over the last 12 months has increased 4.6 per cent to $579,349 in October 2010 from $553,702 in October 2009. Since June, however, residential home prices in Greater Vancouver have remained relatively unchanged, declining 0.2 per cent.
 

“We’ve seen a lot more consistency and less volatility in recent months when it comes to both number of sales and pricing, although it’s important to...

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