Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Geography We Call Home - The Entry Door

There is an old estate axiom and goes like this "when selling your home - paint the front door".
The meaning of this expression is clear, if you want to successfully market your property make sure that the buyer's first impression is a winner.
The front door is the ceremonial entry into your home even though it may be infrequently used. Today, with a car dominated society most of us enter our dwellings through the garage or a side door. However when company comes a calling, entry through the front door structures the interior of your home from public to private; living rooms to the front and more intimate kitchens and family rooms to the rear.  In terms of presentation this order greatly assists the real estate agents showing the house to prospective buyers.

The front door says a lot about what to expect from the property and the owners.  Is it well maintained, glamorous or neglected, sad and needing repair?   The buyer's first opinion of the property forms at curbside, the next, on the doorstep.  By time they pass through the entry, the "purchase or take a pass on this one" decision might already have been made.

Speaking of repairs, the door locks have to work properly and the hinges should not creak unless you have a haunted house to sell. The area in the immediate vicinity of the door should be cleared so that a party of 3 can arrive without having to dodge around bushes or worry about tripping over toys, chairs or ornaments.  If evening is approaching the warm glow of a porch lamp will help create the right mood.

The front entry is so important, after all, when company arrives it is through this door that we share our first welcome and later say our last goodbyes.

Note: The pictures are from the Gail Mullock © Scandinavian collect. Many thanks.

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is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Steve's Saturday Open

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OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, May 26, 2012
1 - 4 pm
#1 44465 McLaren Drive, Chilliwack (Sardis), B.C.


Join me and have a look at this former HAVEN show-house; on the market for the first time since it was built.  This property is located in a 55+ adult community only a short walk from the Rotary Trail.  There is 1628 square feet on the main floor and a fully finished full basement.  I hope to see you there.

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Stephen Mullock RI
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Paragliding off Mount Woodside

Setting Sail
The Chilliwack* area is well known for its hiking, white water rafting, wilderness camping, fishing and boating outdoor activities.

Lately, recreation has been taking to the skies and I was fortunate enough to capture a few pictures recently of some of the wonderful paragliding off Mount Woodside in the nearby District of Kent.

You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky. ~Amelia Earhart

Leaving Earth

Soaring with the Wind and Sun















This is a sport with significant risks as noted in a previous article and reported by the newspapers of the recent tragic death of Lenami Godinez-Avila; training and diligence is required. 

Still, the Mount Woodside launch area was very busy, despite these concerns, when I recently took these photographs.


Voyager

One of many advantages of residing in this fabulous part of the Fraser Valley is access to its rugged beauty.

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Stephen Mullock RI
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Where the Rivers Meet


A meeting of the Fraser and Harrison Rivers © SM


This picture taken a week ago from Mount Woodside shows Harrison Bay and the Harrison River, on the right, emptying into the mighty Fraser River.  The size of the Fraser River spring freshet is an item of constant speculation and for properties not protected by dikes some concern.  The area had a major flood in 1948 and in 1894 since then considerable work has been done to ensure the effects of a major flood will not happen again.

Interesting Links
Chilliwack Museum
Agassiz Harrison Museum

For more information on the preventative Fraser River dike work undertaken since 1948 click here.
History of the Fraser River dikes click here.
For snow pack and flood watch sites, Provincial Emergency Program click here.
Definitions and descriptions click here.

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Stephen Mullock RI
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Beauty and Hope

The Hermann's Hiking Group is well known for their hiking excursions in the Fraser Valley and I had the pleasure of joining this group about a year ago.  My goal at the time was to learn about the magnificent setting my family and I call home.  I didn't realize that I would come away with so much more.  Below are some of the snapshots that I took yesterday.

There is something quite magical travelling through deep woods as layers of green surround and enfold you. You smell the freshness of the forest and listen to quiet...


© Stephen Mullock

Fairyslipper © Stephen Mullock
If you look closely you can find flowers of all types - some bold and others shyly protected under a canopy of leaves.

Hooker's Fairybells © Stephen Mullock


Pacific Bleeding Heart © Stephen Mullock














Everywhere there are reminders of the giant trees that once towered here before logging interests moved in.  Now a new generation of trees grow in their stead.








It is the journey and not so much the destination that the hiking experience is about, however, both Flood Falls and the Town of Hope Outlook are truly exceptional places of
 - beauty and hope.

Flood Falls © Stephen Mullock



Town of Hope © Stephen Mullock

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If you would like to find out more about real estate property for sale in Hope give me a call and I will put you in contact with a Hope specialist.


Stephen Mullock RI
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Chilliwack* Real Estate Market Conditions and Sales Analysis - April 2012

Chilliwack* SINGLE FAMILY HOMES - for April 2012

The sale of Chilliwack* BC single family houses continues with reasonable but far from outstanding strength.  This past April there were 130 sales in the Chilliwack* area which includes communities such as Hope, Agassiz/Kent , Harrison Hot Springs, Chilliwack, Sardis, Rosedale, Yarrow, Cultus Lake and Columbia Valley.  This is a vast area from which these 130 sales are derived. 

It remains a time for sellers to ensure that their pricing and presentation are of the top order.  Work with a Realtor® or a professional member of the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia to further your chances of success.

The inventory of Chilliwack* single family houses has increased, this is quite normal for this time of year, and the median list price is relatively flat, currently being $327,500. 

Both the average sale price $336,000 and the median sale price $327,500 have come down in the past month when compared to March 2012, perhaps reflecting seized opportunities in this Buyers market.

Presently, close to 14 houses per hundred are selling each month which is alright but could and maybe should be stronger.

The above picture is of a property I have listed in the eastern Abbotsford area just reduced to $517,500; 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, triple garage and circular driveway, 98 x 100' lot.

          



MONTH
Sales Average Sale Price Days on Market Active Listings
Apr 2012 130 $336,000 82 1015
Mar 2012 124 $357,000 76 909
Apr 2011 118 $350,000 70 n/a






Median SALE Price of Chilliwack* Single Family Detached Homes (SFD)

  • April        2012 - $327,500
  • March      2012 - $340,500
  • February  2012 - $332,500


Median LISTING Price of active (1015) Chilliwack* Single Family Detached Real Estate Homes :

  • May 1,    2012 - $368,500 
  • April 2,   2012 - $365,000
  • March 2, 2012 - $369,900



2012 - 2011 Market Strength


Single Family House Monthly Unit Sales as % of a 10-Year Monthly Sales Average


Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
2012 81% 67% 77% 77%
2011 85% 91% 75% 70% 68% 93% 74% 86% 86% 70% 86% 92%


Chilliwack* STRATA HOMES for March 2012


There is a curious see-saw relationship that I have been observing for a number of months in the sale of Chilliwack BC strata housing units (apartments, townhouses etc.) and that is this: one month the sales are really strong like in January 2012 (93% of the 10 year average as shown below) and March 2012 (96%) to be followed by a significantly weaker month February 2012 (78%) and April 2012 (70%).  If this pattern holds true we can expect to see a strong May but as to why it exists I am at a loss to explain it.  If you have an idea let me know.

The average sale price of a Chilliwack BC strata home remains consistent both with the prices of a year ago and those a month earlier in March 2012.

Inventory has increased from 493 to 599 strata properties on the market in the last month.  This type of pick-up is normal for the time of market and follows a seasonal pattern.

The number of Chilliwack BC strata homes sold in April (57) is a disappointment; in the past 11 years only the April in 2001 had fewer sales.  We can only hope that the see-saw pattern earlier mentioned will return to the market in May.

The above picture is a townhouse I have currently listed for sale in Chilliwack (Sardis), 1614 sq. ft. 3 bedrooms for $199,900; one of the best priced townhouses in Sardis close to the Garrison Crossing area.

MONTH Sales Average Sale Price Days on Market Active Listings
Apr 2012 57 $213,000 80 599
Mar 2012 74 $215,000 89 493
Apr 2011 67 $211,000 69 n/a

Median Sale Price of Chilliwack* Strata Homes:

  • April        2012 - $230,500
  • March      2012 - $210,500
  • February  2012 - $204,000

Median Price of Active Chilliwack* Strata Real Estate Listings:

  • May 1,    2012 - $220,000
  • April 2,   2012 - $218,900
  • March 2, 2012 - $216,000


2012 - 2011 Strata Market Strength


Strata Home Monthly Unit Sales as % of a 10-Year Monthly Sales Average


Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
2012 93% 78% 96% 70%
2011 100% 105% 85% 86% 84% 66% 66% 91%

Notes:This review and analysis looks at the residential markets in the Chilliwack* British Columbia area for the month of March 2011. It is divided into two sections: single family houses and strata homes (apartments and townhouses) and is based upon my armchair analysis work. Use it at your own discretion and risk.

The analysis above is based on my interpretation of information provided by the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board and does not take into account private sales.

*The term "Chilliwack" is used here quite loosely to refer to an area serviced by the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board which includes communities such as Chilliwack, Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope, Yale and Boston Bar.

Stephen Mullock RI
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.