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Purchasing a new home via the builder or a realtor can be a great experience.

Approximately one third of all homes sold in Canada each year are new constructions.

Exploring the presale development market is always worthwhile especially when comparing to existing homes in established neighbourhoods.

Remember that it is important to keep in mind certain aspects of the home for sale before diving into the deep.


1. Compare multiple presale properties
Explore the neighbourhood of which the presale home will be built.
REW.ca (Real Estate Weekly) has some tools for finding your new home in the Metro Vancouver region. Prospective homeowners can find both MLS listed homes for sale and presale developments.
Exercise due diligence when considering any particular developer or builder
Spend a lot more time to review the developer’s Disclosure Statement.
Double Check the presale contract yourself them I highly recommend getting the
contract proof read by a lawyer.
Pre-delivery home inspection shortly before the buyer takes possession of the home
Be proactive and get the home warranty in writing


2. Hedge the known risks
When buying a presale home in the greater Vancouver area and fraser valley the price you see provided by the developer, or marketing firm is the price before GST and Property Transfer Tax. Use a PTT and GST calculator for finding out the net cost of a potential purchase
If the real estate prices in Vancouver were to decline and the value of the presale home at the time it completes is below what was originally paid, the Buyer is still obligated to complete. In other words, the buyer may not rescind from the completion without involvement of the real estate legal system
Buyers may not get exactly what they paid for. During construction of the home, changes can occur. Very often developers protect themselves in the fine print – Ensure you have ample time to review the contract and disclosure statement
Reasonable chance of the pre-sold building to not complete on time and the completion can be delayed
Never guaranteed of a profit once the presale has been completed
If a presale home needs to be sold before completion or at the time of completion, it is especially hard to compete with other sellers when the market is low
Not every bank will fund presale homes. Some lenders will only cover the value at completion. The downside is the amount could be less depending on the market conditions
Buyers could be moving into a construction zone if there are several phases to the development site


3. Acknowledge the foreseen advantages
Small deposit for the interim and save cash while the development is in the works
Have the ability to customize elements, and layout of the future home
Newly built homes are covered under the Home Warranty Insurance program in BC
Home buyers are protected under the Real Estate Development Marketing Act (REDMA) and should know their rights
The value of your home can be higher upon completion in a rising market
After a down payment has been made, the developer is required to provide at least 1 year warranty to cover issues before building is complete
Get the latest trends and technologies integrated into the newly built homes.

Feel free to contact Ronald Klarenbeek any time



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Home improvement projects across the board are giving home owners a greater return on their investment when it comes time to sell. Find out which projects “open the door” to buyers and where remodelling dollars stretch the furthest. january 14 Erica christoffer


As existing-home sales and home prices make remarkable strides upward nationwide, remodeling projects are also continuing to make a comeback in a big way.


This is the second year in a row that all 35 projects in Remodelingmagazine’s Cost vs. Value Report saw more home improvement dollars recouped upon resale of a home than the previous year.

the biggest gain in percentage of recouped costs was the addition of a backup power generator. This project, averaging $11,742, jumped 28 percent in estimated resale value, recouping 67.5 percent of its cost in 2013. The increase is attributed in the report to 2013’s “unpredictable weather and multiple large storms.”

Top Projects


If you are considering a home improvement project to boost the quality and appeal of your home, here is a list of the top 10 midrange and upscale projects from the 2013-14 Cost vs. Value Report:


Though accurate Pease Keep in mind that these cost are an average and your costs will vary depending of course of the size of "your project" .


Top 10 Midrange Projects

1. Entry Door Replacement (steel)
Job Cost: $1,162
Resale Value: $1,122
Cost Recouped: 96.6%

2. Deck Addition (wood)
Job Cost: $9,539
Resale Value: $8,334
Cost Recouped: 87.4%

3. Attic Bedroom
Job Cost: $49,438
Resale Value: $41,656
Cost Recouped: 84.3%

4. Garage Door Replacement
Job Cost: $1,534
Resale Value: $1,283
Cost Recouped: 83.7%

5. Kitchen Remodel
Job Cost: $18,856
Resale Value: $15,585
Cost Recouped: 82.7%

6. Window Replacement (wood)
Job Cost: $10,926
Resale Value: $8,662
Cost Recouped: 79.3%

7. Window Replacement (vinyl)
Job Cost: $9,978
Resale Value: $7,857
Cost Recouped: 78.7%

8. Siding Replacement (vinyl)
Job Cost: $11,475
Resale Value: $8,975
Cost Recouped: 78.2%

9. Basement Remodel
Job Cost: $62,834
Resale Value: $48,777
Cost Recouped: 77.6%

10. Deck Addition (composite)
Job Cost: $15,437
Resale Value: $11,476
Cost Recouped: 74.3%


Top 10 Upscale Projects


1. Siding Replacement (fiber-cement)
Job Cost: $13,378
Resale Value: $11,645
Cost Recouped: 87.0%

2. Garage Door Replacement
Job Cost: $2,791
Resale Value: $2,315
Cost Recouped: 82.9%

3. Siding Replacement (foam-backed vinyl)
Job Cost: $14,236
Resale Value: $11,124
Cost Recouped: 78.1%

4. Window Replacement (vinyl)
Job Cost: $13,385
Resale Value: $10,252
Cost Recouped: 76.6%

5. Window Replacement (wood)
Job Cost: $16,798
Resale Value: $12,438
Cost Recouped: 74.0%

6. Grand Entrance (fiberglass)
Job Cost: $7,305
Resale Value: $5,163
Cost Recouped: 70.7%

7. Deck Addition (composite)
Job Cost: $35,158
Resale Value: $22,881
Cost Recouped: 65.1%

8. (tie) Bathroom Remodel
Job Cost: $51,374
Resale Value: $32,660
Cost Recouped: 63.6%

(tie) Major Kitchen Remodel
Job Cost: $109,935
Resale Value: $69,973
Cost Recouped: 63.6%

9. Roofing Replacement
Job Cost: $34,495
Resale Value: $21,731
Cost Recouped: 63.0%

10. Bathroom Addition
Job Cost: $72,538
Resale Value: $43,936
Cost Recouped: 60.6%

The data used in the Cost vs. Value Report was collected with the help of REALTOR® Magazine in an online survey between August and October 2013.

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Denkt U er over om naar Canada te emigreren of te verhuizen, neem dan nu kontakt op met Ronald Klarenbeek www.nowsold.ca  voor al uw makelaars zaken. www.nowsold.ca de weg naar uw nieuwe woning en toekomst.


Have you thought about immigrating or moving to Canada? Contact Ronald Klarenbeek now at www.nowsold.ca for all your real estate business and needs. www.nowsold.ca the road to your new home and future.


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Is It time for a new roof?


How often do you look at your roof? If you're like most people, you run in and out of the house, shuttle the kids back and forth, and glance up at the roof line only occasionally as you back out of the driveway.

But inspecting your roof regularly and making little fixes as needed can prevent some costly repairs down the road -- and keep those raindrops from falling on your head. There's another benefit, too: Keeping your roof in good condition will also be a big plus if you decide to sell your home.


So, what should you look for when inspecting your roof? The Professionals recommend home owners to do a roof inspection at least two times a year -- spring and fall. The best place to begin is inside your house -- grab a flash light and make a trip to the attic.

Here are four things to look for on the inside:

1) Places where the roof deck might be sagging

2) Signs of water damage or leaking

3) Dark spots and trails

4) Outside light showing through the roof.


Exterior check

When you take a look at the exterior of the roof, pay attention to such things as damaged flashing, missing shingles, curling, blistering, buckling, rotting and algae growth (which occurs most often in humid climates and appears as dark or greenish stains).

5) Visually inspect your roof for cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles.

6) Scan the roof for loose material or wear around chimneys, vents, pipes or other penetrations.

7) Watch out for an excessive amount of shingle granules (they look like large grains of sand) in the gutters -- this is a sign of advanced wear.

8) Check for signs of moisture, rot or mold. Note that wet spots may not be directly under your faulty shingle; water can travel down to its lowest spot before it drips. Mold, fungi and bacteria can grow quickly -- within 24 to 48 hours of a water-related problem.

9) Examine the drainage, and make sure gutters and down-spouts are securely attached. Also ensure all drains are open and allow water to exit, and all gutters and down-spouts are free of debris.

10) Check that all bath, kitchen and dryer vents go entirely outside of your home, not just into the attic space.


What is your roof made of?

determining when you need a new roof also depends on the roofing material as well as the part of the country in which you live. With that in mind, here are some tips on the following roofing materials:

•             Cedar: A cedar roof in need of repair or replacement will split and fall apart in dry climates. In moist climates, it will get mossy. The lifespan of a cedar roof is about 20 years.

•             Tile: "Look for broken or cracked tiles," Bennett says, "but don't walk on the roof to do so or the tiles will break. Tile roofs can last up to 100 years, but individual tiles can break. They can be replaced, but only by a specialist."

•             Concrete: should never need replacing

If you have a roof with wooden shakes, you should also watch out for damage from termites, carpenter ants and/or other wood-boring pests.

Check the simplest solutions first

If your roof has water damage, don't jump the gun and assume you need to start all over with a brand new roof.

If your roof was properly installed and is less than than 15 to 20 years old, it can often be repaired rather than replaced.

Contact Anthony with San mountain roofing 604-856-4481 to find out what they think needs to be done and to get an estimate.


Getting a new roof

If you do decide to go ahead and replace the whole roof, keep in mind the weather specific to your location and climate when choosing materials.

For example, wood and asphalt shingles aren't especially fire resistant -- and this could be a problem if you live near a lot of dry brush and trees. Slate, tile and metal are more expensive materials, but they are a worthwhile investment because of the extra protection they offer against fire.

If, on the other hand, snow loads are an issue where you live, you might want to consider a durable and lightweight standing-seam metal roof. These can typically cast off the snow before it becomes a problem.

But before setting your heart on slate or tile -- and we know they look really gorgeous -- realize that these are very heavy materials. Some house framing just isn't strong enough to support the extra weight of this sort of roofing.


Start now -- before you have no choice

Don't wait until water is unexpectedly pouring into your home by way of a leaky roof. Start protecting your home by using some simple observation skills. If you find problems, it doesn't necessarily mean you need to replace your roof. Many repairs can be made before a major rebuild is necessary.

If you do need a new roof, be aware that this isn't an average "do it yourself" type of project. It's tough work -- especially if you're taking off the old roof -- and can be dangerous, too.


Most people would agree that  "Having a roof over ones head" as one of life's essentials -- and there's a reason for that. It's not just a matter of practicality or aesthetics (though both of those play a part). Your roof is what keeps you and your family safe from the sun and snow, lightning and rain.

So be confident in the  knowledge that once your roof is in tip-top shape, it will stay that way for years to come.


Call Anthony Zandbergen with

San mountain roofing


tell him Ronald sent you.

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With Fall and Winter soon on its way, I have been receiving question like "should I replace them or not, will I see a return or not" etc..   and so I have put together this quick and easy guide for upgrading your windows.

So Consider this:

If they’re doing their job properly, you should not notice the windows in your house at all, But if you are in the market for an upgrade, there are tons of options that can add value to your home and make a stylish statement.


Why replace your windows?
Windows play a huge role in the energy efficiency of your home, but that’s not all they do; if you’re planning on selling your house in the next year or two, new windows are a huge selling feature. They are actually one of the top five things buyers ask about the home, so the investment can and will add considerable value. New Windows also instantly create curb appeal and can make a dated exterior look fresh and modern.

The checklist

Here are some telltale signs that your windows need replacing. Inspect them regularly for the following:

  • Drafts
  • Condensation and fogging
  • Rot or mould
  • Cracked caulking

High vs. Low

When buying windows, look for:

  • High R-value – determines how well the window prevents heat loss.
  • Low emissivity – reflects the heat to the warm side of the glass.


  • Installation options

You have two choices for Window installation: retrofitting (inserting new windows into the existing casing) or brick-to-brick (stripping out the windows and frames and starting fresh). Retrofitting is less expensive, but brick-to-brick is the more energy-efficient option. And remember, if you’re installing a new window where one didn’t previously exist or enlarging an existing window opening, you have to get a building permit – no exceptions!

Types of windows


Swinging in and out like a door and operating with a crank, they offer a high level of ventilation and have a tight seal when closed. This is a great choice for hard-to-reach or awkward places because they’re easier to open.

One of the most common types of windows, they consist of two sashes that move up and down. They are great for ventilation and complement any style of home.

Large and fixed and usually flanked by two casements or double-hung windows, their big, dramatic shape allows for lots of natural light and unobstructed views. They can be pricey because of their size, and keep in mind that they offer no ventilation.

Made up of one large fixed window in the middle and a casement on either side, they project from an exterior wall and are a staple in many Victorian-Style homes. Take caution when installing – they’re large and heavy, meaning they need adequate structural support.



For further information or questions regarding windows upgrades contact

Anton VanDyk with Centra windows at



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While the Fraser valley Real Estate Market is getting stronger and with the guidence of professional Full Service Realtors, home owners recognize that they can not ask 2006 and 2007 prices anymore. September saw the largest year-over-year increase in property sales this year to date.

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,131 sales on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in September, an increase of 32% compared to the 857 sales processed during the same month last year and 10% fewer than processed in August.

Ron Todson, President of the Board, explains, “It is good news however, it’s important to put the increase into context. Our home sales in September went from the worst in 10 years to just below our 10-year average.

“It can take a year or more for the market to recover from regulatory changes such as last year’s tightening of mortgage rules introduced by the federal government. Although we are seeing evidence of first-time home buyers returning to the market, we have to keep in mind that it is more challenging now for them to get financing, so although we’re witnessing a recovery to a balanced market it is gradual.”

Todson adds, “An improvement in our sales in the Fraser Valley has not translated to an increase in home prices because inventory levels have either kept pace or depending on the property type and community are elevated.

“Your REALTOR® can provide specifics for your area, for example there is 12 months of condo inventory right now in White Rock/South Surrey, 5 months of inventory for single family homes in North Delta and only 3 and a half months of townhouse inventory in Langley. Real estate is local so to understand your market, talk to an expert.”

In September, the benchmark price of single family detached homes in the Fraser Valley was $552,900, a 0.6% increase compared to $549,500 during the same month last year. For townhouses, the benchmark price was $296,200, a decrease of 1.4% compared to $300,500 in September 2012 and the benchmark price of apartments was $203,100, 1.9% less than in September 2012 when it was $207,000.

The Board received 2,375 new listings in September, a decrease of 7% compared to the 2,544 new listings received during the same month last year – leaving the volume of active properties at 9,875 a decrease of 5% compared to September 2012 and the lowest it’s been since March of this year.

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Welcome to the launch of my new site,

I am very excited about how site has turned out and am looking forward to all your comments.

I have tried my very best to make this site as simple and user friednly as possible.

If you have any question about buying or selling or need more info on any part of the real estate process.

I have the answers here at nowsold.ca for you.

Enjoy, and please feel free to leave me a comment if you would like to see any changes or improvements to make your experience with me or the site a better user one.

Best wishes.


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