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Recently Sold Listing 24 - 14952 58th Ave, Surrey, British Columbia


F1423869 - 24 - 14952 58th Ave, Surrey, British Columbia, CANADAI have just recently sold this listing at 24 - 14952 58th Ave, Surrey.

New Listing 24 - 14952 58th Ave, Surrey, British Columbia


F1423869 - 24 - 14952 58th Ave, Surrey, British Columbia, CANADAView my new listing for sale SOLD at 24 - 14952 58th Ave, Surrey and currently listed at $325,000.SOLD

Highbrae - Attractive townhome featuring a spacious and open-flowing floorplan, 9' ceilings on the main living level, and recent updates including quartz countertops in the kitchen, paint and laminate flooring. This 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom townhome is well situated within a highly sought after strata development in Sullivan Station, backing onto a pathway leading you to a local park with quick access to many amenities including groceries, the YMCA, restaurants, schools and recreation space.

Recently Sold Listing 290 - 12420 No 1 Road, Richmond, British Columbia


V1085340 - 290 - 12420 No 1 Road, Richmond, British Columbia, CANADAI have just recently sold this listing at 290 - 12420 No 1 Road, Richmond.

New Listing 290 - 12420 No 1 Road, Richmond, British Columbia


V1085340 - 290 - 12420 No 1 Road, Richmond, British Columbia, CANADAView my new listing for sale SOLD at 290 - 12420 No 1 Road, Richmond and currently listed at $789,900.SOLD

Welcome to Steveston Station: this one of a kind, rarely available loft-style suite wows with vaulted ceilings and stunning views of the Fraser River, the Georgia Straight & Steveston Village streetscapes from a beautiful entertainment size deck. Striking updates include beautifully redone bathrooms, appliances, granite countertops, and the kitchen, all complimenting the open floor plan and making this home an entertainer's dream. Thoughtful features include a Juliette balcony off the dining area and a separate detached double garage, all steps from the sought-after trails, parks, shops, and restaurants of Historic Steveston Village.

How to make sure buyers notice the best features of your home:


What home buyers love to see

 

Buyers are more likely to make an offer on your home if they see a lot of things they love about it. So what do buyers love to see?

 

One of the main things they like to see is a lot of space. Of course, you can't change the size of your rooms, but there is a lot you can do to make small spaces in your home seem more spacious.

 

Buyers also love to see a clean and uncluttered home. Think of how inviting a hotel room looks at first glance, with everything neat and organized. Of course, your home isn't a hotel, but the more neat and attractive you can make each room, the better.

 

One thing buyers don't love to see is potential maintenance issues. So as much as possible, get things fixed or updated.

 

In fact, the more "finished" and "move in ready" your home looks, the more likely a buyer is to make an offer.

 

Don't forget the surrounding neighbourhood either. A buyer may not take the time to explore the area, so be sure to make a list of the most appealing features. You might want to take a picture of the brand new playground just down the street or print off a local map showing nearby shopping, theatre and other points of interest.

 

It's not about creating a false impression. Rather, it's about making your home look its best and drawing attention to its most enticing features.

 

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Housing market activity follows 10-year August averages


September 3, 2014

Housing market activity follows 10-year August averages

The Metro Vancouver housing market experienced steady home sale, listing, and pricing trends for the month of August.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 2,771 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in August 2014. This represents a 10.2 per cent increase compared to the 2,514 sales recorded in August 2013, and a 9.5 per cent decline compared to the 3,061 sales in July 2014.

“Activity this summer has been strong but not unusual for our region,” Ray Harris, REBGV president said. “The volume of home sales has been higher than we’ve seen in the last three years, yet below the record-breaking levels of the past decade.”

Last month’s sales were 4.3 per cent above the 10-year sales average for August of 2,658.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver* is currently $631,600. This represents a 5 per cent increase compared to August 2013.

“Broadly speaking, home prices in the region are continuing to experience modest, incremental gains,” Harris said.
 
New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 3,940 in August. This represents a 5.9 per cent decline compared to the 4,186 new listings in August 2013 and a 20 per cent decline from the 4,925 new listings in July. Last month’s new listing total was 8.4 per cent below the region’s 10-year new listing average for the month.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 14,768, a 7.9 per cent decline compared to August 2013 and a 5.4 per cent decrease compared to July 2014.

Sales of detached properties in August 2014 reached 1,158, an increase of 10.1 per cent from the 1,052 detached sales recorded in August 2013, and an 85.6 per cent increase from the 624 units sold in August 2012. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 6.6 per cent from August 2013 to $984,300.

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,126 in August 2014, an increase of 10.6 per cent compared to the 1,018 sales in August 2013, and a 55.3 per cent increase compared to the 725 sales in August 2012. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 3.6 per cent from August 2013 to $379,200.

Attached property sales in August 2014 totalled 487, a 9.7 per cent increase compared to the 444 sales in August 2013, and a 62.3 per cent increase over the 300 attached properties sold in August 2012. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 3.9 per cent between August 2013 and 2014 to $474,900.