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#POMOLIFE: Episode 7 – Suter Brook Village

PORT MOODY!⁣⁣⁣ What is your favourite place in Suter Brook?

We are coming for you in our newest episode of #PoMoLife. We are talking about our favourite places, what makes it great and why we visit on the daily! ⁣⁣It’s time you learn about one of the great villages surrounding Port Moody. An amazing place to call home, the city with a Deep Cove vibe and Lonsdale potential.⁣ Those who know….KNOW!!!⁣⁣

If you have any suggestions on where we should visit next, comment below!

 

 

#POMOLIFE: Episode 6 – The Legion

PORT MOODY! Who knew The Legion could be so fun? And who knew Monica was so good at darts?!

Beer, darts, pool, beer, a patio that allows dogs, cards… did we mention beer? Watch Lucas & Monica’s day at The Legion below!

If you have any suggestions on where we should visit next, comment below!

 

#POMOLIFE: EPISODE 3 – ESPRESSO, ESPRESSO & MORE ESPRESSO!

#PoMo Life – The Espresso Contest! Which espresso will be named the best espresso in all of Port Moody?!

On this episode Lucas & Monica tried a bazillion espressos from all of their fav local coffee shops in #PortMoody. They tired out The Beanery in Coquitlam (*they found out this is actually not in Port Moody), Black Sugar Coffee, Cafe Divano, JJ Beans & Romers.

Did you guys know the proper way to drink espresso was by pouring it directly in to your mouths however you see fit? Well now you do. You’re welcome.

Watch below & make sure to check back next week for our next episode of #PoMoLife.

There is a lot going on in our city, Port Moody and we are going to highlight new and old businesses AND events! We have some serious ground to cover and we are open to requests! If there is a new spot that you haven’t tried, let us know.

 

 

 

#PoMoLife: Episode 2 – Gabi & Jules

#PoMoLife – A Visit to Gabi & Jules in Port Moody

This time we stopped by Lucas’s favourite sweets spot Gabi & Jules. There were so many delicious choices! One of the things we love most about Port Moody is the culture. Kindness and Inclusiveness is a major theme in this town and Gabi and Jules is helping set the tone. If supporting good, honest businesses gives you the warm fuzzies treat yourself to a pre-Easter treat this week!

Lucas & Monica enjoy a pie eating contest during this weeks episode! Find out who wins & who cheats… only 30 seconds to finish their pie… and GO!

Watch below & make sure to check back next week or our next episode of #PoMoLife.

There is a lot going on in our city, Port Moody and we are going to highlight new and old businesses AND events! We have some serious ground to cover and we are open to requests! If there is a new spot that you haven’t tried, let us know.

 

#PoMoLife: Episode 1 – Port Moody Refillery

Introducing PoMo Life with Lucas and Monica!

There is a lot going on in our city, Port Moody and we are going to highlight new and old businesses AND events! We have some serious ground to cover and we are open to requests! If there is a new spot that you haven’t tried, let us know. We’ll make Lucas try it if it’s questionable, otherwise we are totally in this together. We will be posting a new episode every week! We hope you enjoy.

Who’s up first? PORT MOODY REFILLERY #PoMoLife

The Port Moody Refillery provides environmentally friendly, locally produced soaps & cleaners for your body and home. Owners, Teresa and Julie believe that there is a desire in the community to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Not having access to bulk and package-free cleaning products motivated Teresa and Julie to bring a refill shop closer to home! Reuse your containers + reduce single use plastics! To learn more about their business visit their website or go say hi at 229A Newport Drive (inside Tea & Paper Nook), Port Moody. We loved what they had to offer & we will be back soon!

They are on social media! Give them a follow on Instagram & Facebook 

 

 

Meet Monica Harmse!

Meet Monica!

James Garbutt interviews our newest team member Monica Harmse. We’re excited for you to get to know her, watch the video below! And learn more about her here.

 

 

 

 

What’s hot in Greater Vancouver real estate

What’s hot in Greater Vancouver real estate? And what’s not? We’re well into the new year, we’ve settled back into familiar routines. It’s time for a little market analysis and look ahead to the coming months.

Snow and ice. A media feeding frenzy. Changes to the mortgage rules. The foreign buyers’ tax. The usual post-Christmas lull. It’s all added up to a of uncertainty, and a “lukewarm start” in the Greater Vancouver real estate market.

Sure, sales are down 39.5 per cent from last January. And there’s 9.1 per cent more listings.

But the market is stronger than it may appear.

Condos and townhouses are what’s hot in Greater Vancouver real estate

In fact, condos and townhouses are hotter than ever! They’re still selling at peak prices. They’ve been virtually unaffected by the legislative changes, or skittish buyers. We’ve already had a few recent sales that were 5-10 per cent above last summer’s spike.

Quite simply, there’s more demand for condos and townhouses for sale than there is supply. It’s the first time I can recall condos being hotter than houses.

So, if you’re looking to purchase a condo, don’t expect to find a deal. You’re going to have to jump when the right one comes up because there’s no sign they’re going to slow down in the short term.

If you’re selling a condo, it’s a great time. The provincial government’s new loan program to help first-time homebuyers with their downpayment is already driving demand. Many of those buyers are shopping for condos.

Houses are what’s not hot in Greater Vancouver real estate

The market for detached houses, on the other hand, is still cool. Especially for houses worth more than $2 million. Currently, there’s 240 of those listed for sale in Burnaby, New Westminster and the Tri-Cities. But only seven have sold.

Then again, only seven such homes sold in all of 2010.

Also feeling the pain are land value listings as builders hold off, hoping to score a deal. Difficult properties such as those with weird layouts or ones located on busy streets are presenting challenges as well.

Overall, their prices are discounted 5-10 per cent, and sometimes even as much as 20 per cent, from where they were last summer.

That’s not great news for sellers. If you’re looking to sell a high-end detached home, it might be best to hold off a little longer if you’re able; I expect the market will rebound 5-10 per cent by the time the weather warms up.

For buyers, there may be some opportunities to score a deal that would have been unattainable last summer. You could do especially well if you’re willing to throw a little sweat equity into the mix by buying a home that needs some renovation.

Of course, what’s hot in Greater Vancouver real estate, and what’s not, is always evolving. The fact remains, this is a desirable place for people to live and invest in real estate, and the general trend for property values continues to increase over time. It’s all about where and when you want to jump into or out of the market. Spring is just around the corner; traditionally that’s a busy time of year whether you’re selling or buying.

#304 290 Francis Way, New Westminster (The Grove – Victoria Hill)

  

The Grove at Victoria Hill – 2 Bed, 2 Bath, 951 SF West Facing unit overlooking the inner courtyard with Large Balcony. Very Quiet and surrounded by Greenspace this unit features a very spacious & open Living/Dining/Kitchen Area. Gourmet Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, lots of cabinets & island. Ideal Floorplan with two bedrooms located on opposite sides of the living room, Master Bedroom has walk-through closet leading into a Full Bathroom. Great Amenities at the Boiler House: Gym, Theatre, Study, Party Rm/Lounge, Outdoor Basketball Court. Central Locations, steps to Queens Park, 15min walk to Skytrain or 10 min Bus. Won’t last! Must See!

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MLS Feature Sheet #304 290 Francis Way

 

SOLD! 5939 188th St, Surrey (Cloverdale)

Well Kept Home in a Great Cloverdale Hilltop Neighborhood! Home has 3 bedrooms & 2 Bathrooms upstairs, 2 Bedrooms & 1 bathroom downstairs, 2 Kitchens, suite (not currently rented out). Over 2500 sqft of living space with 2 car attached garage (additional uncovered parking as well) and a HUGE fully fenced west facing backyard, all situated on a large 7799 SF lot! Newer updates incl: high efficiency furnace (2006), hotwater tank (2010), roof (2007), gutters & downspouts (2007), paint (2012), new balcony (2011). Excellent floorplan: Spacious & open Family/Kitchen/Living/Dining area on the main. Enjoy the large balcony off the Kitchen leading onto a brick patio and spacious yard. Steps to Sunrise Ridge Elementary & Public transit.

For complete listing click here.

MLS Feature Sheet 5939 188th St

SOLD! #117- 225 Francis Way, New Westminster (Whittaker- Victoria Hill)

Whittaker at Victoria Hill – Stunning 875sq. 2 bedroom, 2 bath corner unit. Built in 2010 & under warranty. This suite features a HUGE private patio, laminate flooring, gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances and lots of cabinets. Located just steps to Queens Park and a 10min walk or quick bike ride to the Columbia Skytrain Station. Impressive amenities at the Boiler House which features a huge gym, lounge area, reading area, media room, meeting room & basketball court. 1 parking stall included. Rentals allowed & pets allowed with restrictions. Centrally located in New Westminster’s Victoria Hill master planned community. Close to shops, schools & the Quay

For complete listing click here.

MLS Feature Sheet 117 225 Francis Way

 

SOLD! #3204 240 Sherbrooke St, New Westminster (Copperstone)

 Copperstone at the centre of the Lower Mainland. This immaculate 2bedroom 2bathroom NorthWest 1034 square-foot corner suite includes: laminate flooring, crown mouldings, stainless steel appliances, upgraded paint, lights and fixtures, in-suite laundry, security system, and more. Sit and enjoy the afternoon sun on the private covered 9’x11′ balcony. Spacious living areas and open floor plan. This unit faces NorthWest onto the quiet treed courtyard with a glimpse of the mountains. Steps from the trendy Sapperton area that boasts a Thrifty’s (open 24hrs), Starbucks, shops, bistros, boutique gift shop, spa, and bakeries… Close to freeway access and only a 3 minute walk to the skytrain. Built in 2008, 2-5-10 warranty, 2 parking, 1 locker, Pets & Rentals Welcome.

For complete listing click here.

MLS Feature Sheet 3204 240 Sherbrooke St

University Drive, North Surrey

PENTHOUSE – TOP FLOOR, North West Corner Unit, 2 Bed – Den (Could be 3rd bedroom) with 10′ Ceilings (Living Room), 2 Large Balconies and PANORAMIC VIEWS from North Shore Mountains & Fraser River, all the way to the Gulf Islands. This suite is very well kept and it has the best layout & view in the building! It features a great floor plan, large living/dining room area, gas fireplace in the living room, large master suite with plenty of closet space & spacious ensuite, and in-suite storage. 2 Parking Stalls & 1 Storage Locker Included. Great location! Just 1 block from Gateway Skytrain Station and close to grocery shopping and all amenities. Must See!

MLS Feature Sheet #2202 10899 University Drive