Please visit our Open House at 107 15168 19 AVE in Surrey.
Open House on Thursday, December 6, 2018 10:30AM - 12:30PM
Spacious, easy-access ground floor 1 bedroom renter and pet-friendly condo w/ 9 foot ceiling, stainless appliances, granite countertops, laminate floors and large patio. Designed as show home suite for entire development. Perfect for downsizing families. Excellent condition. Very walkable area w/ nearby shopping centre, library, hospital and parks. Myriad transit options to Langley and Vancouver. Facilities include storage locker, gym and one wide parking stall. Open House , Thursday Nov 22nd 10:00 to noon
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Think you're on the right track to sell your home in 2019? Take a few moments to see what you could have done three months ago. 

Not hiring a realtor soon enough, and not interviewing soon enough. 

Your realtor’s commission doesn’t change, whether you hire them six months or six days before a sale. 


Use that to your advantage. Working with a realtor for several weeks or months ensures they have plenty of information to effectively sell your home at highest market value.


Many sellers don’t actively interview more than one realtor, an odd decision considering an agent is selling your most important possession. Below are the numbers showing how many people consult just one realtor. 



   All Sellers      

 36 & Under    

 37 - 51    

  52 - 61    

  62 - 70    

 71 - 91    

One Realtor

72%

82%

71%

71%

65%

74%

Two Realtors

16%

11%

15%

17%

20%

14%

Three Realtors    

8%

4%

10%

7%

10%

8%

Four Realtors

2%

1%

2%

4%

4%

2%

Five Or More

2%

2%

2%

1%

2%

1%


Without a thorough hunt for a realtor that fits your needs and has the desired abilities and network, you may be leaving money on the table with a less-than-optimal sell price. 


That’s why as soon as you’re even thinking of selling, you should be talking to a few realtors, allowing them an opportunity to provide a short presentation. Learn how each one excels and see whose personality and approach aligns best with yours. 

Seasonal Curb Appeal & Improvements 

I’m often asked, “what improvements should I make before I sell my home?” Aside from the obvious ones such as kitchen or bathroom fixtures that have near 100% return, it’s worthwhile tailoring improvements based on when you’ll list your home. The idea is that buyers will be subconsciously more alert to improvements that satisfy their immediate needs.


Selling a home in winter? Consider improving or replacing your heating system. Though the average of a 50% return on investment may seem low, it will heat up interest in your house. 


A lower impact but still welcome improvement is re-sealing around windows for energy savings.


If your home being sold in summer, improving the patio or deck will have an immediate wow factor, as people will want to spend time outside. New landscaping has a 35% return on investment, but the new greenery will bring in more prospective buyers. 

Be Ready to be Lowballed

Your home is your castle. So getting less than princely offers on your home may feel insulting, but mustn’t be taken personally. That’s just part of the process. 


If you’re getting lots of lowballs, it’s a sign that either your price is too high or your realtor needs to market the property differently. 

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? 

Not sure if you should sell, stay or renovate? Stay tuned for the next article, or email me to be notified! 

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Please visit our Open House at 107 15168 19 AVE in Surrey.
Open House on Saturday, November 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Spacious, easy-access ground floor 1 bedroom renter and pet-friendly condo w/ 9 foot ceiling, stainless appliances, granite countertops, laminate floors and large patio. Designed as show home suite for entire development. Perfect for downsizing families. Excellent condition. Very walkable area w/ nearby shopping centre, library, hospital and parks. Myriad transit options to Langley and Vancouver. Facilities include storage locker, gym and one wide parking stall. Open House , Thursday Nov 22nd 10:00 to noon
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Please visit our Open House at 107 15168 19 AVE in Surrey.
Open House on Sunday, November 25, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Spacious, easy-access ground floor 1 bedroom renter and pet-friendly condo w/ 9 foot ceiling, stainless appliances, granite countertops, laminate floors and large patio. Designed as show home suite for entire development. Perfect for downsizing families. Excellent condition. Very walkable area w/ nearby shopping centre, library, hospital and parks. Myriad transit options to Langley and Vancouver. Facilities include storage locker, gym and one wide parking stall. Open House , Thursday Nov 22nd 10:00 to noon
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Please visit our Open House at 107 15168 19 AVE in Surrey.
Open House on Thursday, November 22, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Spacious, easy-access ground floor 1 bedroom renter and pet-friendly condo w/ 9 foot ceiling, stainless appliances, granite countertops, laminate floors and large patio. Designed as show home suite for entire development. Perfect for downsizing families. Excellent condition. Very walkable area w/ nearby shopping centre, library, hospital and parks. Myriad transit options to Langley and Vancouver. Facilities include storage locker, gym and one wide parking stall. Open House , Thursday Nov 22nd 10:00 to noon
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Planning on a Christmas bonus? Why not stash that cash into your home?


With just a $3000 budget, you can make some impactful home improvements that return all or most of their value in resale, while giving yourself a little gift in the process. 


Kitchen and bathroom’s attract a buyer’s attention first, and they’re arguably the most used room’s in a home. Instead of a full renovation, you can add meaningful but value-conscious improvements. 


Hosting a holiday get-together? New bathroom fixtures can add flair, like turning ordinary faucets into focal points. 


Bathroom investments typically recoup 80 - 90% of their budget in resale, making them both a smart decision and one that adds comfort. A jetted tub fits within the $3000 budget, yet looks and feels far more luxurious than the price suggests. Not to mention, winter nights get a little less chilly!


Cooking Christmas dinner in a stale kitchen makes anyone feel like a turkey. A new countertop will put you at the top of your budget, but will have all your guests — and future buyers — talking. 


Welcome guests to your home with a brand new, custom hand cut front door. Sound expensive? These improvements will hit your budget’s ceiling, but they return nearly 100% in the investment.

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I have sold a property at 1709 928 BEATTY ST in Vancouver.
Ensconced between Yaletown and Crosstown, The Max is quintessential Vancouver living. With open views , proximity to the downtown core, transit access and modern on-site amenities. Cleverly packaged and designed for people who love to be out on the town, Suite 1709 is proof you can have big city living, in a cozy, comfortable package. Within Suite 1709’s walls is an opportunity for DIY’ers wanting to roll up their sleeves, and turn this 1 BR/1 BA unit into the trendy downtown pad of their dreams. Featuring a balcony and open concept kitchen/living area, along with its proximity to popular restaurants and clubs, this suite is primed to become the entertainment destination for friends and family.
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Are your sidewalks becoming more skating rink than pavement? Before choosing any bag of salt, consider a couple alternatives.


Salt doesn’t just discolour sidewalks, it chews into them, causing pockmarks and divots that ironically become yearlong tripping hazards.


And that corrosiveness is getting onto our shoes, boots and the paws of our pets, as well as into our grass and gardens. 

Magnesium Salt 

If you must use salt, look for products containing Magnesium Chloride, which is significantly less damaging to the environment, paws and sidewalks. 


Avoid Calcium Chloride and Sodium Chloride, as their use will attack concrete, irritate skin and paws, and contaminate plants, grass and soil. 

Ecotraction

Featured on Dragon’s Den, Ecotraction is proudly Canadian and used worldwide in cities and businesses as a salt-free alternative. 


Instead of melting ice, Ecotraction’s volcanic rock digs into ice and snow, instantly creating traction. 


Just one cup of the product can cover 144 square feet, making it easy to apply and cost-effective. And once the snow has melted, the product can be swept into your garden as a nourishing treat for plants and grass!

Nothing Beats The Power of Beets

Go green with the extract of purple beets. Beet extract is a surprisingly effective de-icer, thanks to its water molecule disrupting power. 


Best of all, the smell left by the mixture is often akin to a Tootsie Roll! 

Leave The Salting & Shovelling To Someone Else

Is Vancouver’s weather making you feel salty? Consider downsizing to a condo, and taking off to the tropics where the only salt you need to care about is how much is on your Margarita rim. 


Want to know where to start? Contact Michael Tudorie at 604.910.7777 today!

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For many people, few things can be scarier than buying a home. But it doesn’t have to be!


In anticipation of Halloween, I’ve learned that buying a home is a lot like picking a pumpkin!
If you know the right tricks, your home search will be a treat.


Oh, and once you’re done reading, I have a special treat below for you! 

If you don’t move fast, you’ll lose out. 

Bringing home a sad, mangled pumpkin resembling Freddy Krueger’s face is no treat. If you’re

late to the pumpkin patch party, you’ll have squashed your chances of finding the perfect Jack-O-Lantern. 


For homebuyers, moving quickly and decisively is a must. With the help of a savvy, smart realtor, buyers will have a plan in place before beginning their search.


Remember, the early trick-or-treater gets the gummy worm. 

You’ll get stuck in the muck.  

Didn’t wear boots to the pumpkin patch? 


Without proper footwear, you can forget getting the pumpkin you really want, or end up paying a lot afterwards for one the farmer’s picked out, even though your sneakers are caked in crud. 


Pumpkin hunting’s dirty, and even if you’re careful, it’s not uncommon to get muddy. 


Realtors work hard to avoid deals getting bogged down in the muck of paperwork or legal issues. But no deal is ever hassle-free, and you’ll need to be mentally and financially ready to tackle unexpected scenarios. 


That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced realtor early, preparing to shield you from problems and unforeseen consequences. 


Without planning, you may find yourself in a prolonged deal, costing you thousands in potential fees or taxes. 

You’ll always want a second opinion.

Whether it’s asking your children if the pumpkin’s a little lumpy, or your friends if the design is a spooky enough, you’ll be wanting a second opinion on your Jack-O-Lantern before it hits the porch. 


When searching realtors and evaluating their processes, it’s good to get a second opinion from an experienced realtor, who’ll tell you if something is looking “a little lumpy” too. 


If you’re searching for a haunted house of your own, be sure to check one out at this year’s Kits House Autumn Fair! Admission is free for all entertainment! 


I’m proud to sponsor this organization’s yearly event, complete with food trucks, musicians, a pancake breakfast, and many other family friendly events. 


Of course, if you’re looking for a real haunted house, or something with a fireplace for the autumn evenings, I can help you with that too! Call Michael Tudorie today at 604.919.7777. 


Image Credit: https://www.deviantart.com/spacecadetamy/art/The-Pumpkin-House-183963146

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