Friday, November 13, 2015

Remembrance Day in Port Moody

It was a glorious Remembrance Day in Port Moody – with packed streets for the parade and service. Sooo lucky to have world class, prize winning SFU Pipe Band along.

Friday, September 11, 2015


Welcome back to the real world of Fall with school, night classes, clubs & activities all starting up for another active year. As the lazy, hazy days of summer turn into an evening nip in the air, couples, singles and families all turn their thoughts to their real estate aspirations, whatever they are. Holidays supply that stress free time, when our minds clear and we can talk to each other about "what next?" That's where we come in! And we are already having those conversations with many of you about the next move. These are an important part of the overall plan - looking ahead and knowing what is required.
I recently read in an article from the American National Association of Realtors that staging is about condition, not just decor. So true - buyers will deduct the perceived cost of deferred maintenance from any offer. Even worse, deferred maintenance could cause your home to sit on the market in one of the most active markets we have experienced. Our team supplies staging services to our clients as a matter of course, including choice of paint color, selection of replacement counter tops etc. However, we need to start long before that with a thorough walk through your home and a discussion on the merits of certain maintenance items and improvements. We are working with buyers all the time and are constantly in professional building inspections, so we are able to give you the reality checks necessary to maximise your investment and lessen "on market stress".
Curb appeal is essential to best price - most potential buyers drive by first. Don't overlook your landscaping - attractive gardens, front doors and porches sell. Outside space has never been as popular as now, so even the lovelier, more family friendly backyards (however small) add to the magic "wow" mix which persuades buyers to compromise on other features. Remember - no home is perfect!
Happy to answer your questions about the market and your home. Whatever the season, we have you covered. Happy Fall. Sheila, Michelle, Shane and Terry.

Friday, August 21, 2015


Summer stretches on..... So dry that the leaves on the ground seem like an early Fall except for the temperature! Easy to take for sun worshippers, convertible owners (in the interests of full disclosure, I own one), airconditioning manufacturers & restaurants with patios - not so easy for home gardeners, commercial landscapers & nurseries, car washes and small businesses doing power washing etc. At level 3 water restrictions, most of us would settle for a little rain.
The current real estate market is somewhat like summer - our hot detached market stretches on defying all predictions. Great for most detached sellers - frustrating for buyers. If a home is presented well, priced in the ballpark of recent sales and is either beautifully maintained or renovated, it is sure to be sold either close to, at, or over asking price. And...the buyers of these properties are constantly in competition to purchase - they would definitely like some better balance in the market place. Downsizers would love more choice in larger apartments while owners of smaller condos would like more buyers!
Will be interesting to see what end of August & September bring - could be like endless summer!

Saturday, February 21, 2015


"Everyone wants to belong, to feel included, and sometimes all a child needs is something extra to enable them to be more like everyone else". Wise words from Coquitlam's Vicky Ayers as she donates $28,000 to Variety - The Children's Charity of BC- with Steve Darling from Global TV at the Telethon, Feb.15. In spite of suffering a major stroke this year, Vicky still persisted in her fund raising efforts with this awesome result. She is supporting the 'I CAN' program which provides expensive and highly specialised equipment to the children who need it. Way to go Vicky!!

Friday, February 20, 2015


What a week - last Friday, Valentine's Day, this Thursday Lunar New Year. The power of love and the power of renewal. Romantic love was well celebrated last week and this week, the love of community is evident as Cristall Group Investments supply space at 2552 Barnet Hwy, totally at their expense, to serve the victims of the fire at Pacific and Glen. Kudos to Wayne Tullis, local commercial realtor with McDonald Rlty,for making this happen. The help effort has been spearheaded by Eagleridge United Church which has coordinated the depot where residents can drop off their donations of toiletries, clothes and non perishable food items to aid the homeless fire victims. If you would like to help please drop donations at 2552 Barnet Hwy.
For our Asian friends and clients, today starts the Year of the Sheep - Gung Hay Fat Choi - Happy New Year! Red and gold are this weekend's colors.
Have a great week. And remember, when it comes to real estate, we have you covered. Sheila

Friday, February 6, 2015


Not only is it Friday, but also the start of a long weekend. Whether you're skiing at Whistler or cosily hunkering down at home to escape the Pineapple Express, we hope you enjoy every moment. If you're looking for something different, how about a retro technology fair? The mysteries of rotary phones, cassette players, Polaroid cameras and vinyl on the turntable can be explored with lots of other gadgets & equipment from the past. Alongside the retro is the future with examples of interactive modern technology & new console games - sounds like a great creative way to avoid the rain! All taking place at Port Moody Library this Saturday (Feb 7) 10am - 2pm.
If excellent food is more to your liking, there are some tickets left for the Eat Your Heart Out event, March 2. This is our local dine around starting at Port Moody Galleria, then by Vancouver Trolley bus to enjoy a signature dish at 3 local restaurants followed by dessert back at the Galleria. Exciting raffle prizes, lots of fun and a great cause - Eagleridge Hospital Foundation, bringing us much needed new equipment. For tickets, go on line to the hospital website or call the Foundation office - 604-469-3128.
Interest rates staggeringly low - hard to believe! Remember, when it comes to real estate, we have you covered! Have a wonderful long weekend. Sheila

Monday, January 12, 2015


Happy New Year - may 2015 be healthy, happy and prosperous. As we plan our business year once more, we fully appreciate our clients' loyalty in continuing to hire our team for themselves and their families. We are also unendingly grateful that they have confidence in recommending us to their friends and colleagues. Thank you so much - you make our professional and personal lives so much more enjoyable by introducing us to your circle, where we immediately feel connected and resolved to live up to the testimonial you have passed on! Our reputation is our most valued asset and your satisfaction paramount. The real estate business is always interesting, fascinating and diverse, but the relationships forged over buying and selling are the greatest job satisfaction. Regardless of the ever changing technology, I am happy to say that this is still a people business.

2015 starting with a bit of a whimper as listing inventory so low and lots of buyers out there with nothing to purchase. So, if selling is on your mind NOW is your moment - prices are always stronger when there is virtually no competition. And buyers are intent on using those low interest rates. Call us to check it out.
Have a great week with a superb year to follow. And...remember, when it comes to the wonderful world of real estate, whatever the climate, we have you covered. Sheila