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New property listed in Aberdeen, Abbotsford

I have listed a new property at 28830 FRASER HWY in Abbotsford. See details here

An amazing and rare opportunity to own 1.24 acres with over 500 feet of Fraser Highway frontage! This property is currently zoned A1 and is NOT in the ALR. Access from both Fraser Highway and Bradner! You will appreciate the 3 bedroom home loaded with character and charm. Attached is a 2 bed and den/office (easily a 3rd bedroom) fantastic self-contained home. Suite area has access to private backyard which is fenced. Property also features a detached 967 square foot shop. A rare offering and available for your viewing by appointment!

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New property listed in Chilliwack Proper West, Chilliwack

I have listed a new property at 1 45437 SPADINA AVE in Chilliwack. See details here

Don't miss out on unit #1 at Lyfe at the Landing—an outstanding development in an unbeatable location! You will appreciate the layout of this 3 bed and 3 bath END unit townhome. Open, spacious and bright main floor with powder room and access to two balconies—one of which includes a natural gas BBQ hookup! Upstairs, discover three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Downstairs, the rec room offers many possibilities. Enjoy the location with great proximity to shopping, schools, hospital, Chilliwack Leisure Center, parks, and easy highway access. Lots of parking with ample street parking in front plus side-by-side driveway and oversized single garage at back. Definitely worth checking out!

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New property listed in Mission BC, Mission

I have listed a new property at 33270 BROWN CRES in Mission. See details here

Discover tranquility on Brown Crescent! This charming rancher with a basement suite offers 5 beds, 3 baths, and 2,296 sq ft of living space. Enjoy a serene atmosphere on this quiet street. Inside, you’ll find substantial updates throughout, a cozy living area, a well-appointed kitchen, and spacious bedrooms. Outside, relax on the porch or in the expansive backyard. Don't miss out on this rare gem in Mission and having the opportunity to being a stones throw away from all levels of school, Centennial Park, Mission Leisure Centre and more – schedule a viewing today!

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I have sold a property at 2 35247 STRAITON RD in Abbotsford

I have sold a property at 2 35247 STRAITON RD in Abbotsford on Apr 10, 2024. See details here

Welcome to Nature's Edge - a collection of 21 master-built detached and attached townhomes nestled into the heart of East Abbotsford. An ideal location close to schools, hiking/biking trails, Clayburn Village and so much more! Quality constructed by a reputable, local builder to last a lifetime. Offering a variety of layouts and homes ranging in size from 2200 to 2700 sq/ft, 3 or 4 bedrooms, with thoughtful upgrade options. These homes offer ICF foundations, forced air heating, chef style kitchens w/ large islands, double car garages, 9' ceilings, and most homes come with a double driveway and a beautiful backyard. Phase 1 move-ins expected Spring of 2025. Unit 2 is an inside unit in Phase 1. www.naturesedgeliving.com

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New property listed in Albion, Maple Ridge

I have listed a new property at 8 23986 104 AVE in Maple Ridge. See details here

Welcome to Spencer Brook Estates in the desirable Albion area of Maple Ridge, a haven for outdoor lovers close to Albion Park, Albion Sports Complex, and Kanaka Creek. Check out this spacious 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom townhome offering over 1,500 sqft of living space. Highlights include a 9' ceiling on the main floor, a walk-out to the backyard to your own private patio, a bright kitchen with dining area, a large living room, upstairs laundry, and a double tandem garage plus a driveway for total parking for three cars. Lots of visitor parking by your front door and a well-kept strata with playground visible from front windows. Reasonable strata fee of 340/month and welcomes one dog (any size) or one cat. This could be the one!

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New property listed in Abbotsford West, Abbotsford

I have listed a new property at 35 2998 MOUAT DR in Abbotsford. See details here

Welcome to Brookside Terrace! You will appreciate this 3 bedroom END unit townhome! Recently updated featuring a bright white kitchen, vinyl flooring throughout, new vanity's and tile in the bathrooms and freshly painted walls. Enjoy a the fenced in backyard with lots of trees and plenty of space for the kids to play. Great location within complex backing park with no other unit behind you. Lots of parking with single garage plus side-by-side driveway! Walking distance to Clearbrook Library, Matsqui Recreation Centre, The Reach Gallery Museum, Colleen and Gordie Howe Middle School, W J Mouat Secondary School. Clearbrook Town Square and Sevenoaks Shopping Centre are just minutes away. Family friendly gated complex offers clean secure environment for the family (plus 1 pet)!

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 How to Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale

By RM Real Estate Team

Staging your home effectively can significantly enhance its appeal to potential buyers, helping it sell faster and often for a higher price. It’s about more than just making your home look beautiful—it’s about allowing buyers to envision themselves living in the space. Here are expert tips on how to stage your home in a way that can speed up the sale process and maximize your home’s potential.

1. Declutter and Depersonalize

Start by decluttering each room to make your home appear bigger and cleaner. Remove personal items such as family photos, collections, and personal memorabilia. The goal is to create a neutral space that any buyer could imagine as their own. Think of this step as a head start on packing for your move.

2. Enhance Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything. Enhance your home’s curb appeal to make a strong first impression. Simple updates like mowing the lawn, planting flowers, painting the front door, or replacing old house numbers can make a big difference. Make sure the entrance is welcoming and well-lit.

3. Optimize the Layout

Rearrange your furniture to showcase the flow of your home. This might mean removing pieces that make spaces feel cramped or adding a few items to help define under-utilized areas. A well-arranged living room or master bedroom can highlight the space’s potential and functionality.

4. Neutralize the Decor

While your home’s decor may be suited to your tastes, it might not appeal to everyone. Paint walls in neutral colors like beige, gray, or white. These tones help lighten up your rooms and make them appear larger, providing a blank canvas for buyers to dream up their own décor ideas.

5. Fix Minor Repairs

Attend to those small repairs you’ve been putting off. Fix leaky faucets, replace burnt-out light bulbs, repair holes in walls, and ensure all doors and drawers open smoothly. These small fixes can go a long way in showing that the home has been well-maintained.

6. Clean Thoroughly

A clean home is more attractive to buyers. Deep clean every room, including windows, carpets, walls, and ceilings. Pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms, which need to be spotless and sanitary. Consider professional cleaning services if necessary.

7. Stage Key Areas

Focus on staging key areas that buyers care about most. The living room, master bedroom, and kitchen should be your top priorities. In the kitchen, clear countertops except for a few decorative items to make the space feel larger and cleaner. In bedrooms, ensure bedding is neat and neutral, and add decorative pillows for a touch of luxury.

8. Use Lighting to Set the Mood

Good lighting can make your home feel warm and inviting. Open all curtains and blinds to let in natural light, and place lamps strategically in darker corners to brighten up the space. Make sure every room is well-lit for evening viewings.

9. Add Greenery

Plants add a touch of liveliness and color to your home. Use indoor plants in various sizes to breathe life into every room. They also help improve indoor air quality, making your home feel fresher.

Staging your home doesn’t have to be costly or overwhelming. By following these tips, you’ll make your home more appealing and create an environment where potential buyers can easily picture themselves living. Remember, the effort you put into staging can pay off with a quicker sale and potentially a better offer.

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Essential Tips for First-Time Homebuyers in Abbotsford

By RM Real Estate Team

Buying your first home is an exhilarating journey, filled with opportunities and challenges, especially in a vibrant market like Abbotsford. To help you navigate this exciting path, we've compiled essential tips specifically tailored for first-time homebuyers in our beautiful city. From understanding the local market to securing the right financing, these insights aim to empower you with the knowledge needed for a successful and smooth homebuying experience.

1. Understand the Abbotsford Market

Before diving into the market, it’s crucial to understand the specific dynamics of Abbotsford’s real estate environment. Familiarize yourself with the different neighborhoods and what they offer in terms of services, amenities, and community vibe. Whether it's the family-friendly atmosphere of East Abbotsford or the bustling urban feel of the historic downtown area, knowing where you want to live will help streamline your search.

2. Budget Wisely

Budgeting goes beyond just affording a mortgage. Consider all associated costs like property taxes, home insurance, maintenance, and in some cases, strata fees. It’s also wise to have a buffer for unexpected expenses. Start by getting pre-approved for a mortgage to understand exactly what you can afford, and then craft your budget to fit within these parameters.

3. Prioritize Your Must-Haves

As a first-time homebuyer, distinguishing between 'needs' and 'wants' can save you from future regrets. Make a list of must-have features based on your lifestyle needs, such as the number of bedrooms, proximity to work or public transportation, and type of property. This clarity will keep your house hunt focused and efficient.

4. Take Advantage of First-Time Buyer Programs

There are several programs and rebates specifically designed to help first-time homebuyers. For instance, the First-Time Home Buyers' Program in British Columbia offers a reduction or exemption from the property transfer tax. Familiarize yourself with these programs as they can provide significant financial relief.

5. Hire the Right Real Estate Agent

Partner with a real estate agent who has extensive knowledge of the Abbotsford market. An experienced agent who understands first-time buyers' unique challenges and needs can provide invaluable guidance, from finding the right property to negotiating the best deal.

6. Conduct Thorough Inspections

Never skip the home inspection, no matter how perfect a home may seem. Hidden problems can cost thousands to repair and can turn your dream home into a nightmare. Ensure the inspector checks for common issues like foundation cracks, roof condition, plumbing, and electrical systems.

7. Think Long-Term

Buying a home is a significant investment, and thinking long-term can ensure it’s a wise one. Consider future needs like family planning, career changes, and resale value. A home that fits your needs for the next 5-10 years is a good target.

Purchasing your first home in Abbotsford should be an exciting and fulfilling experience. By doing your homework, sticking to your budget, and working with professionals, you’ll be better prepared to make informed decisions. Remember, this is likely the biggest purchase you’ve made so far, so take your time to understand the process and enjoy finding your first home in our wonderful community.

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The Future of Home Buying: Virtual Reality Tours

By RM Real Estate Team

As technology reshapes industries worldwide, the real estate sector is not being left behind. Virtual Reality (VR) tours are emerging as a significant innovation, offering prospective buyers a unique way to experience properties from anywhere in the world. While this technology promises to revolutionize the home-buying process, it comes with its own set of advantages and challenges. Let’s delve into the pros and cons of VR home tours to understand their impact on the future of real estate.

Pros of VR Home Tours

  • Enhanced Accessibility: VR tours open up the market to international buyers and those with limited ability to travel. Anyone with internet access can tour multiple homes from anywhere, making house hunting more inclusive and far-reaching.

  • Time and Cost Efficiency: By allowing potential buyers to filter out homes more effectively before visiting in person, VR tours save time and reduce the costs associated with travel and scheduling.

  • Emotional Engagement: VR offers an immersive experience that photos and videos can't match. Buyers can truly feel the space, helping them connect emotionally to the property, which can be a decisive factor in the buying process.

  • Detailed Exploration: With VR, buyers can explore every nook and cranny of a property at their own pace, revisiting rooms and details as often as they like, which can help in making a more informed decision.

Cons of VR Home Tours

  • Technology Limitations: Not everyone is equipped with the VR gear needed to take full advantage of these tours. Furthermore, poor quality VR can lead to a disjointed and unimpressive experience that may detract from the property’s appeal.

  • Lack of Physical Experience: VR can't fully replicate the sensory experiences of an in-person visit, such as noises, smells, and the ambiance of a neighborhood, which play a crucial role in the decision-making process.

  • Overemphasis on Visualization: There's a risk that buyers might focus too much on virtual staging and overlook practical aspects of the property such as structural issues or maintenance needs.

  • Cost of Production: High-quality VR tours can be expensive to produce, requiring professional photography, software integration, and ongoing updates to ensure they remain effective marketing tools.

As VR technology continues to evolve, its role in real estate is set to grow. The advantages, particularly in terms of accessibility and engagement, present a compelling case for its continued adoption. However, recognizing and addressing the drawbacks is crucial for real estate professionals aiming to balance innovation with reliability and trust in the home-buying process.

Virtual Reality tours are poised to transform the real estate landscape, offering both remarkable opportunities and notable challenges. As we look to the future, the integration of VR into real estate practices promises not only to enhance the buying experience but also to redefine it. Whether weighing the pros or cons, the potential of VR in real estate cannot be underestimated as we stride towards more interactive and immersive property experiences.

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New property listed in Poplar, Abbotsford

I have listed a new property at 34775 4 AVE in Abbotsford. See details here

Huntingdon Village! Fantastic family oriented neighborhood and on quiet 4th Ave. You will appreciate this renovated three bed and two bath rancher exuding modern charm. This home sits on a fantastic 7500 square foot flat, fully fenced and flat lot which has back lane access! Great setup to build a shop. Lots of parking for your RV, boat and vehicles with double garage and triple wide driveway. With Huntingdon Park across the street, quick access to Costco, Hwy 1, and Sumas Way Shopping Corridor, convenience is at your doorstep. Within the popular Yale Catchment, this home offers access to excellent schools.

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I have sold a property at 604 33530 MAYFAIR AVE in Abbotsford

I have sold a property at 604 33530 MAYFAIR AVE in Abbotsford on Apr 3, 2024. See details here

Welcome to the Residences at Gateway. A rare opportunity that checks all of the boxes! You will appreciate this TOP floor one bedroom and two bathroom condo. Bright and spacious with amazing features including air conditioning, spacious walk-in closet, 10’ ceilings, gas range, high end appliances (Fisher Paykel/Bertazzoni), flex room, gas outlet on balcony and more. Beautiful 20x9 covered balcony with private and quiet West facing view. Only 8 units per floor! You are purchasing a ‘like new’ condo from the first owner which has never been rented. Great strata with reasonable fee of 270/month. Comes with one secure underground parking stall which has oversized storage locker directly in front of your stall. Central Abbotsford just a short walk or a short drive to several amenities. Vacant and ready for your move-in!

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New property listed in Mission BC, Mission

I have listed a new property at 33805 GREWALL CRES in Mission. See details here

Welcome to Grewall Crescent: a fantastic family oriented Mission neighborhood! You will appreciate the layout of this 4100+ square foot family home with 6 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms. Find four bedrooms and three bathrooms for your own use and rent out the fully self-contained two bedroom suite (which has been registered with City). Ideal layout with wide open main floor area making for great space to entertain. Front of house features quiet porch below and a large and bright balcony above. Walk-out main to backyard from kitchen to your BBQ, hot tub and gardens. Sitting on a 6600 sqft lot with south facing front yard featuring a beautiful view of Matsqui Flats and beyond! Great school catchment and just a short drive to city center with all of the amenities you need. This is the one!

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