Real Estate Blog

Can New Kitchen Appliances Increase the Value of Your Home?

Next to a major kitchen renovation, replacing appliances is the most expensive way to upgrade the space. So if you’re purchasing a new refrigerator, stove or dishwasher in order to make your home more attractive to buyers, you want to make wise purchasing decisions.

The most important consideration is how the appliances will look in the kitchen. Ideally, they should match in colour and style. They should also be the right size for the space. The last thing you want is a fridge that’s so large it dominates the room, or a stove that’s a completely different style and looks out-of-place.

Appearance is important, but so are the features. Buyers viewing your home will scrutinize the appliances. They’ll notice if the fridge has a cold water and ice dispenser.

270 Views, 0 Comments

Should You Own a Fire Extinguisher?

You’ve seen fire extinguishers in commercial environments, such as schools, stores and workplaces. Does it make sense to have one in your home?

According to the experts, yes. In fact, a fire extinguisher can quickly put out a blaze that would otherwise quickly grow out of control.

There are several types of fire extinguishers that are made especially for residential use. That means they put out the most common fires that occur in the home (Class A, B & K fires), and they are easy to handle and use.

Since most residential fires happen in the kitchen, that’s the best place to keep your extinguisher. Make sure everyone in your household knows where it is and how to use it.

Keep in mind that a home fire extinguisher is meant for small fires that

280 Views, 0 Comments

Not-So-Obvious Reasons to Meet with a REALTOR

When is the best time to meet with a REALTOR® like me? Chances are, you would say, “When I’m thinking of buying or selling a home.” You’d be right, of course!

However, there are many other good reasons to meet with me. Here are just a few:

• You want a professional opinion as to the current value of your property, so you know what it would likely sell for in today’s market.

• You notice a home listed for sale in a desirable neighbourhood, and you’re interested in learning more — even if you’re unsure you want to make a move.

• You’re thinking of moving within the next couple of years, and you want to find a REALTOR® like me, that you can get to know and trust.

• You want some recommendations for preparing your home for sale and especially

301 Views, 0 Comments



What is a ‘Buyer’s Market’?

 I wish my economics professor broke down supply and demand for me in relation to real estate as I probably would have understood it a lot better back then. This law of supply and demand states that a supply increase amid a constant demand puts downward pressure on prices, creating a ‘Buyer’s Market’.   A demand increase amid constant supply puts upward pressure on prices, creating a ‘Seller’s Market’.  Fort St. John is currently in a Buyer’s Market, if you haven’t noticed all the for sale signs on people’s lawns. 

We have over 700 listings currently in Fort St. John including residential houses, duplexes, land and mobiles.  Since January, we have only seen 200 sales to July 31st.  Last year, during the same period, we

251 Views, 0 Comments

14 Best Kept Secrets for Buying a Home

So you’ve finally decided to buy your next home. The problem is while you were making up your mind, other fence sitters jumped into the home market too. Now you may be facing some competition for the best properties. What to do? Just because there are other buyers in the market doesn’t mean you can’t come away with your dream house. But to be a successful buyer in today’s real estate market you’re going to need help.

Your first best move is to know a few inside tricks. As an experienced real estate professional I have fifteen ways to increase your chances of landing a prize property despite heavy competition. The following tested tips will increase your market savvy and sharpen your competitive position. Then you’ll be ready to act quickly the minute

265 Views, 0 Comments

 Finding an Honest Home Improvement Contractor

You can’t call yourself a dentist unless you have specific hard-earned credentials. Just about anyone, however, can hang a shingle and call himself a home improvement contractor. That’s why choosing a reputable one is so difficult.

Here are some tips:

• Find out if he or she is truly in business full-time. A part-time or occasional contractor may not have the experience necessary to do a great job.

• Ask about licenses and other credentials. Some contractors have accreditations from professional and trade associations.

• Review his or her project portfolio. A reputable contractor will have photos and other evidence of work completed for similar clients.

• Check online for reviews. If there are more than five poor reviews within the past

300 Views, 0 Comments

Why a Real Estate Agent in Fort St. John?

As I mentioned earlier there are a number of benefits to working with a real estate agent in Fort St. John like myself.

Whether you are buying or selling a property, a major financial investment is a big deal and my passion for real estate in Fort St. John motivates me to get you your dream home.

One benefit of working with an agent is that you get access to more homes than the ones only listed through MLS. Basically, you get to see homes that you might otherwise have never even known about. I can help identify your borrowing capacity and financial reserves and once I meet with you I can point you in the direction of the lenders who I believe will best be able to assist you in getting what you want. I also promise to have constant communication with

209 Views, 0 Comments

As I mentioned earlier there are a number of benefits to working with a real estate agent in Fort St. John like myself.

Whether you are buying or selling a property, a major financial investment is a big deal and my passion for real estate in Fort St. John motivates me to get you your dream home.

One benefit of working with an agent is that you get access to more homes than the ones only listed through MLS. Basically, you get to see homes that you might otherwise have never even known about. I can help identify your borrowing capacity and financial reserves and once I meet with you I can point you in the direction of the lenders who I believe will best be able to assist you in getting what you want. I also promise to have constant communication with

230 Views, 0 Comments

The fort was built in 1794 and closed in 1805 before moving a number of times along the Peace River. The fort eventually burned to the ground and today the area where the fort once stood is now a residential area.

Fort St. John is the largest city in the Northeast Region of British Columbia. The main attractions for visitors in the city is the incredible wilderness adventures offered in addition to fantastic fishing and hunting opportunities.

The city also boasts sports facilities that are open year-round and is home to the new state-of-the-art Pomeroy Sport Centre, which has two hockey rinks, a speed skating track and an indoor track for walking and/or running.

Fort St. John is also a big music city that has generated its own local musicians and

239 Views, 0 Comments

In the area of Fort St. John, the price of houses continue to increase while the numbers of homes sold have seen a slide. During the first three quarters of 2015, just 78% of homes were sold when compared to the number sold for the same period in 2014. 578 homes were sold in the first three quarters in 2015 compared to the same nine-month period in 2014 when 740 were sold.

The average price of homes continues to rise, however, as September 2015 saw close to a $19,000 increase from September 2014. The average price during the first three quarters in 2015 was $428,904, significantly higher than it was in 2012 when the average price was $353,862.

[Source:

250 Views, 0 Comments

Sign up for email updates