Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gotta Get Me Some Newer Christmas Tunes


Here are 2 newer Christmas songs - at least from this century - about home and hurrying back home for Christmas. There is also a Chris Rea song from 1988, but what can I say it's Chris Rea.  All three, in different ways, are writing about the same things - love and that being together is the best gift of all. 

If you have a favourite Christmas song about home that I should know about please send me a comment.


Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas
Stephen Mullock

1. Love is Christmas by Sara Bareilles



Love Is Christmas
I don’t care if the house is packed
Or the strings of light are broken
I don’t care if the gifts are wrapped
Or there’s nothing here to open
Love is not a toy, and no paper will conceal it
Love is simply joy that I’m home
I don’t care if the carpet's stained we've got food upon our table
I don’t care if it’s gonna rain, our little room is warm and stable
Love is who we are, and no season can contain it
Love would never fall for that
We sing oo
Oo
Oo
Let love lead us, love is Christmas
Why so scared that you’ll mess it up? When perfection keeps you haunted
All we need is your best my love, that’s all anyone ever wanted
Love is how we do, let no judgment overrule it
Love I look to you, and I sing
Let love lead us, love is Christmas
Let love lead us, love is Christmas
Songwriters: Sara Bareilles
Love Is Christmas lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

2. Hurry Home - Good Lovelies

The Good Lovelies played the Memorial Hall in Harrison Hot Springs this past July 2016 and I was in audience.  A great evening of music so if they are ever in your neighbourhood don't hesitate but go out and see them. I also own their Christmas CD and it is a recommended holiday purchase.



3. Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea

What a great voice Chris Rea and a touching song.







Stephen Mullock
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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"Best Realtor" says Kitty


To Whom It May Concern:

I want to thank Steve Mullock for the help and advice he gave me in selling my house.  It was great, living alone, to have a realtor I could trust.  He made the right choices for me, and because of him the house sold in two days!  I would recommend him anytime, because he was thorough, explained everything well, and helped me make the tough decisions about placing my house on the market.  I am so grateful for him helping me through the whole process.  He is the best realtor I have ever had.  Absolutely terrific!

Sincerely,


Kitty N.

Harrison Hot Springs Sale by Stephen Mullock




Stephen Mullock 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, November 22, 2016

British Columbia Name Origin


Naming your child is a big responsibility so you would imagine the angst trying to figure out what to call a colony and future province. Indeed, a great deal of careful thought and consideration. Was that the case of "British Columbia"?

The Hudson Bay Company's Fort Langley, BC


In November 1858, the colony of British Columbia was named and created in a bit of a hurry by Queen Victoria. The gold rush was in full swing and the New Caledonia area as it then called was swamped with fortune seekers mainly Americans. The place is administered by the Hudson Bay Company through a series of forts with limited legal authority. Something needed to be done in hurry and the creation of a colony was the ticket. 
What to call this new colony fell to the attention of her highness Queen Victoria. She asked for the maps of New Caledonia. A name which that could have been chosen but the French had already used it for a group of islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Back to the maps.

The word "Columbia" she found was quite prominent. Columbia, that sounds good but darn wasn't there already was a country called Colombia? Maybe the Queen thought, "Are all the good names taken"? This is so frustrating. First the French and now the Spanish. What to do? One could perhaps find another word unique to the region but that might delay the tea. Perhaps a "British" added to the front of "Columbia" will serve. Quite right. British Columbia it is. 

That explains the "British" part of the name why was "Columbia" on all those maps in the first place?  What is that all about?

Well 300 years after Christopher Columbus landed in The New World the Pacific coast of the North American continent was still being explored by the British and Americans.

Columbia River © Stephen Mullock
If you are thinking "Columbia" must have something to do with Chris you'd be right, a couple hundred years after his landfall his last name "Columbus" has been morphed into a female persona - "Columbia" - America herself.

By the 1730s the name "Columbia" is serving as the female personification for the 13 colonies of the United States of America. The "ia" at the end of Columbia modelled on Latin derived names like Britannia and Gallia. The American national capital becoming the District of Columbia. Her reference is also found at places like Columbia University. 

Americans are fond of calling their exploration vessels Columbia.  We sadly remember the Space Shuttle Columbia which disintegrated over Texas in February 2003 killing 7 crew members. In April 1927, an early aircraft called the "Columbia" joined the race to be the first to cross non-stop from New York to Paris. Unfortunately, its' landing gear fell off during a trail run, and while the pilot made a perfect emergency landing, a wing was damaged putting it out of the race. Charles Lindbergh in the Spirit of St. Louis would of course win that race a month later in May 1927. 

Our "Columbia" comes from another bold adventure of human endeavour this time in the form of a privately owned ship, the "Columbia Rediviva" most commonly called the "Columbia". In 1790, this was the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe.

A couple of years later, in 1792, Captain Robert Gray, of Boston, sailed into a wide and gentle river basin and named that watercourse the Columbia River after the ship. What a beautiful river it is as shown in the picture I took a couple of years ago. The area quickly became known as the Columbia Country. The Hudson Bay Company adopting Columbia Country for the southern part of their territory and New Caledonia for the north. It was these names that Queen Victoria saw mapped and made her decision upon.


In 1858,  Americans greatly outnumbered the British and Canadians in the colony seeking their fortunes in the gold rush. This in mind perhaps it was a most astute politician decision by the Queen to incorporate an American component into the new colony's name - British Columbia. 


Stephen Mullock 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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Twice Won Over by Realtor©


My clients Sherry and Ming were kind enough to send me the following recollection of a recent walk they took with a neighbour.




My friend and I were out walking and talking this Tuesday morning about the sale of our home. I said,  "you know Steve Mullock was our Realtor when we first bought our new home when we moved to Agassiz 18+ years ago and Steve Mullock was our Realtor to call when we sold our home to move back to Penticton. We are super satisfied customers both coming and going!

Steve photographed excellent pictures of our home that we almost stayed where we are they were that inviting!!!  Our home sold fast!

Stephen's years of real estate experience and up to the moment knowledge of the Real Estate Market and friendly, professional manner is just what we needed for us. It was great working with you, Steve, thank you so much!

Ming and Sherry

I was very pleased to be remembered and so happy to be their real estate agent once again. As I recall, my marketing efforts generated three competing offers for consideration including one from the house's new owners. I will miss Ming and Sherry's trust, loyalty and friendship and wish them all the best.

Imagine living here...


Stephen Mullock
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, September 15, 2016

Staying on Top


Realtors© need to stay on top of the ever changing legal world of real estate. Whether that is sorting out the type of land interest assigned to a parking stall in a strata complex to a larger issue that might concern a latent defect rendering a residence uninhabitable. For this reason, I value the educational resources of my industry and happily attend whenever I can. Yesterday, one of my favourites courses came to town....



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Stephen Mullock
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.

Friday, September 2, 2016

August 2016 - The Stephen Mullock Report: Chilliwack* Real Estate in Review and Analysis


The Chilliwack* and District Real Estate Board* (CADREB) residential real estate market followed a seasonal pattern slowdown in August 2016 with a total of 380 residential sales compared to 387 in July. Overall though, the Chilliwack* and District Real Estate Board* (CADREB) residential real estate market remains strong when compared to August 2015; which had 291 sales compared to this month's 380. 

This year a blistering pace of sales has been seen in this small residential market with numerous sale records being set.

We would highly recommend Stephen if you need a trustworthy and professional realtor.

Monthly statistics provide us with some insight on the overall strength and condition of the Chilliwack* real estate market. This report looks at the 3 most prevalent housing choices - single family detached homes, town houses and apartments.


Single Family Detached SFD house sales were about the same when compared to the month before (207 vs 204). Average sale prices have been hovering between $469,000 and $486,000 in recent months. This month's Chilliwack* average residential sale price was $479,000.  Rebounding from a price drop last month - the only time that average sale prices for single family detached houses in Chilliwack* have dropped in 2016. The average sale price in August 2016 of a single family house is up over $100,000 from 2015 - a 29% jump.

Townhouse sales were down slightly (95 vs 101) compared to the previous month with average prices increasing, similar to the single family house market, to an average of $338,000 from $322,000 a month ago. The average sale price of a Chilliwack* townhouse is up $58,000 when compared to this same time a year ago - a 21% increase.

Apartment sales were also down slightly in August (49 vs 53)  and average prices dropped to $185,000 from $192,000 a month ago.  
The average sale price of a Chilliwack* apartment is  still up $42,000 when compared to this same time a year ago - a 29% increase.

Residential inventory levels as of September 1, 2016 are down to 938 dwellings.  Compared to this time in 2015 the levels are 71% of what they were. 



SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED HOUSES  - SOLD


 
MONTHSales Average Sale Price 
Active Listings
Aug 2016 207$479,000
492
Jul 2016 204$469,000
501
Jun 2016 277$486,000475
Aug 2015 171$370,000   




TOWNHOUSES - SOLD

MONTHSales Average Sale Price    Active Listings
Aug 2016 95$338,000
159
Jul 2016 101$322,000
154
Jun 2016 151$330,000
153
Aug 2015 70$280,000





APARTMENTS - SOLD


 
MONTHSales Average Sale Price Active Listings
Aug 2016 49$185,000
120
Jul 2016 53$192,000
122
Jun 2016 67$195,000 
140
Aug 2015 30$143,000                     



Key point - it is always essential to hire a local real estate agent who will put your interests first. 

Sellers - need to have a destination in mind as the remaining inventory has been hammered by demand in 2016. Inventories are slow to build up even though the pressure of May and June has eased somewhat.

To get today's best value - contact local agent Stephen Mullock Realtor©

Imagine living here....




The Chilliwack* real estate board area (CADREB) which includes the outlying communities of Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and parts of the Fraser Cascade Regional District.

The information presented in this post has been prepared by the author Stephen Mullock, using information from the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board.  The information has been drawn from sources deemed to be reliable, but the accuracy and completeness of the information are not guaranteed.


In providing such information, neither Stephen Mullock nor the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board assumes any responsibility or liability.


Copyright © 2016 Stephen Mullock. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without written permission.


Stephen Mullock
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.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Kindness Crew - Shucks We Were at it Again!


Stephen Mullock & the Joiner Corn Giveaway 


Kindness - the quality of being generous, friendly and considerate.

The Star FM 98.3 Kindness crew was back at it on Friday handing out bags of Chilliwack's finest Joiner corn to lucky listeners.  The corn was packaged in an attractive eco grocery bag from Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty and came a simple request - pay the kindness forward.

Imagine living here...


Stephen Mullock
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, August 25, 2016

Is Air Conditioning Necessary in BC? Chilliwack, Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs


Do you need to have air conditioning in the Chilliwack, Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs area?

This post will look at the average temperature that you can expect in this the eastern part of the Fraser Valley so that you can make an informed decision about an air conditioning purchase. Comfort, is obviously an individual's decision and yours to make. Budget is equally a concern.




In this article I have made a number of assertions based on my own personal experience, having coped with the local summer heat here nearly all my life, they are: (1) temperatures under 30°C are bearable and easily offset with either fans, a swim in one of our lakes or a movie night out, (2) humidity, while sometimes present does not hit with the same severity as found in this eastern part of North America, thank goodness, and (3) the number of days with temperature above 30°C and the length of heat events should be the guiding factors.

A bit of background, the July 29th 2009 temperature of 38.2°C is the hottest temperature ever recorded in Chilliwack, BC at least since records were started in 1881! Previous peak temperatures experienced were 37.8 C, July 27th 1958 and 38.0 C July 11th 2007. 

On average August is the warmest month of the year in the 2010 -2016 period at 25.6° with July almost as warm at 25.11° C.  Pretty nice, but, consider this as a big change, the average temperature in the years between 1981 to 2010 for July was 18.8° C and August 18.7° C. I am not a meteorologist but that seems like a pretty steep increase in average temperature in July and August for the area.

The number of days with temperatures above 30° C also seem to be increasing, in the June to August time period, as well, with 2015 being a standout providing almost a month (26 days) of above 30° C temperatures.

June to August - days with average temperatures over 30°C
2010 - 6 days
2011 - 0 days
2012 - 3 days
2013 - 4 days
2014 - 13 days
2015 - 26 days
2016 - 10 days (to date August 25, 2016)

In conclusion, I am drawn to two items: (1) that the average temperatures overall in July and August have increased in a substantive way and (2) this area is experiencing more days with temperatures above 30° C. If air conditioning is a viable option I believe it to be a wise comfort choice to consider.  I do not have enough evidence to say whether an air conditioned residence for sale on the residential real estate market would get its' full installed price back, less, or more but believe I do that return would vary dependent on the time of year and that such a home will sell faster.

As a real estate agent the best time for me to sell a house with central air conditioning is in May, June, July and August when the benefits are most apparent - all you need to do is step in doors  away from the heat. 

Imagine living here... 


Thanks to Weather Observers Roger Pannett my brother John Mullock and the Government of Canada (link) for this information.


Stephen Mullock
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, August 18, 2016

Chilliwack Agassiz Realtor Reviewed - Multiple Offers Seller's Success



Some people are just super to work for and Jim, Christie and Mary fit that description perfectly. Full of humour and common sense, together we were able to move through this sale. They were kind enough to send me the following note of recommendation and I thank them for it.

My wife and I were referred to Stephen by a friend to help us sell my Mother's house in Agassiz. We live in Ladner, a 1 1/2 hour drive away, so it was paramount to have a local realtor that knew the area and the current market out in Agassiz.  And Stephen did not let us down.  In fact he was tremendous in his ability to help us get the house ready to sell and to figure how much to list the house for.  

Happy Clients of Recommended Agassiz Chilliwack Real Estate Agent Stephen Mullock


The house sold in a few days with multiple offers.   Stephen was great with dealing with all the paper work.  He explained all the offers and the contracts to us in a simple and easy to understand way.  We were very confident that Stephen had our best interest at heart when listing the house.  Stephen's calm and cool demeanour was a pleasure to have on our side.  We would highly recommend Stephen if you need a trustworthy and professional realtor.   Christie and Jim

Imagine living here....


Stephen Mullock
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.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Corn Give Away - Kindness Crew Chilliwack August 2016




The Star FM 98.3 Kindness Crew* supported in part by my office Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty hit the streets this morning giving away free bags of Chilliwack's finest Joiner Jubilee corn to over 50 lucky people. All that was asked was that they spread the kindness and do someone a favour in the future. 

Shucks, what fun!

*The Star FM 98.3 Kindness Crew is presented by Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam, Murray Honda, and the Valley Laser Eye Centre more can be found at this link.

Imagine living here...

Stephen Mullock
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, August 9, 2016

July 2016 - The Stephen Mullock Report: Chilliwack* Real Estate in Review and Analysis


The Chilliwack* and District Real Estate Board* (CADREB) residential real estate market slowed in July 2016 with a total of 387 residential sales compared to 544 in June. This year a blistering pace of sales has been seen in this small residential market with numerous sale records being set. I should mention that is common for a seasonal slowing of the market to take place after the month June which accounts for part of the decline - but only a part.

Put Steve Mullock to work for you!


Monthly statistics give us some insight on the overall strength and condition of the Chilliwack* real estate market. This report looks at the 3 most prevalent housing choices - single family detached homes, town houses and apartments.


Single Family Detached SFD house sales were down slightly when compared to the month before (204 vs 277). This was the second consecutive month of declining SFD sales numbers. Average prices dropped to $469,000 down from $486,000. This is the only time that average sale prices for single family detached houses in Chilliwack* have dropped in 2016. The average sale price in May was $471,000.

Townhouse sales were down significantly (101 vs 151) compared to the previous month with average prices also down in July $322,000 from $330,000. 

Apartment sales did well in June, but they also retreated in July with 101 sales compared to 151 a month earlier.  Average apartment sale prices jumped up in June to $195,000 and July saw a slight reduction to $192,000.

Residential inventory levels as of August 1, 2016 are down to 937 dwellings.  Compared to this time in 2015 the levels are 71% of what they were. 

August is yet another busy real estate month. 


Final word of advice - working and building a relationship with real estate agents experienced in the "local" area is vital in this competitive real estate environment.



SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED HOUSES  - SOLD



MONTHSales Average Sale Price 
Active Listings
Jul 2016 204$469,000
501
Jun 2016 277$486,000
475
May 2016 301$471,000448
Jul 2015 171$370,000   




TOWNHOUSES - SOLD

MONTHSales Average Sale Price    Active Listings
Jul 2016 101$322,000
154
Jun 2016 151$330,000
153
May 2016 125$317,000
156
Jul 2016 70$280,000





APARTMENTS - SOLD



MONTHSales Average Sale Price Active Listings
Jul 2016 53$192,000
122
Jun 2016 67$195,000
140
May 2016 56$175,000
148
Jun 2015 35$150,000



Key point - it is always essential to hire a local real estate agent who will put your interests first that may include professional advice you don't want to hear. 

Sellers - it is important to have a destination in mind as the remaining inventory has been hammered by demand in 2016. Granted we are seeing a gradual built up in inventory a month ago it was 66% and now it is 71% of the supply this same time last year.

To get today's best value - contact local agent Stephen Mullock Realtor©

Imagine living here....




The Chilliwack* real estate board area (CADREB) which includes the outlying communities of Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and parts of the Fraser Cascade Regional District.

The information presented in this post has been prepared by the author Stephen Mullock, using information from the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board.  The information has been drawn from sources deemed to be reliable, but the accuracy and completeness of the information are not guaranteed.


In providing such information, neither Stephen Mullock nor the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board assumes any responsibility or liability.


Copyright © 2016 Stephen Mullock. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without written permission.


Stephen Mullock
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.