Beautiful Burnaby Crest House Sold Fast!

Property: 7668 Endersby St, Burnaby
List Price: $1,378,000
List Date: February 27, 2107
This house at 7668 Endersby St sold fast! Even in a challenging market for some house sales, top Burnaby Realtors James Garbutt and Denny Dumas were able to sell this beautiful house in Burnaby’s Crest neighbourhood in just four days for full price!
The six bedroom, three bathroom house features a beautifully updated kitchen with quartz countertops, high-end stainless steel appliances and shaker cabinets. It also leads out to a huge covered back deck that overlooks a pristine back yard. The large living and dining rooms feature hardwood floors and a gas fireplace.
Three of the bedrooms are upstairs, along with a renovated 4-piece bathroom. Another bedroom, along with a 3-piece ensuite, is downstairs, as well as a separate 2-bedroom suite.
The new owners will be close to parks, schools, transit and easy access to Highway 1 is just moments away.
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7668 Endersby living room
The living room features hardwood floors

7668 Endersby kitchen
The updated kitchen opens to a huge covered deck.

7668 Endersby deck
The huge covered deck overlooks an immaculate backyard.

 

7 exterior spring maintenance tips for your home

It may be hard to believe, but spring is just around the corner! (In fact, some might say it should have been here already!) And after such a rough winter, you can be sure there’s going to be some exterior spring maintenance for your home you’ll want to attend to as the temperatures warm up!
1. Roof: Inspect your roof. With all the snow and ice we had this year, you want to make sure your roof weathered the weather! If you’re uncomfortable with climbing a ladder, stand back and scan your roof with binoculars. Look for cracked or missing shingles, and a buildup of debris.

Cleaning the roof of debris is part of exterior spring maintenance.
Leaves and needles left on the roof can eventually damage the shingles.

 
2. Gutters: Check the gutters (Yes, this exterior spring maintenance tip will require climbing a ladder). Look for damage like cracks or gaps in seams. Clean out debris like leaves and pine needles. Run water from a hose to make sure there’s no leaks and the downspout is draining properly.
Some exterior spring maintenance will require climbing a ladder
Climb a ladder to check the gutters and clean them of leaves and other debris that may have accumulated through the stormy winter and fall.

 
3. Siding:  Clean the siding. That will prevent mould from taking hold. If the exterior of your home is wood, inspect it for weathering and peeling paint because those could invite rot. Touch up and repaint as needed. If your home is brick, look for cracks in the mortar where water may have penetrated and expanded and contracted as it froze and thawed. If you can slide a coin into a crack, it needs to be fixed. The same applies to your foundation.
4. Windows and doors: Inspect the seals and caulking around windows and doors. Scrape out any old, deteriorating caulk and then recaulk.
5. Decks, stairs and porches: Check them for damage or deterioration like loose planks or broken railings. Wood that is exposed to the elements should be treated and resealed every 4-6 years. If your deck or patio is stone or concrete, clean off the winter’s grime and check for debris and plant growth between the stones. Hosing it off will also give you a chance to check for settling that may allow water to pool or not drain properly.
Exterior spring maintenance includes cleaning the deck.
Inspect and clean the deck as part of your annual exterior spring maintenance.

 
Once the deck or patio is clean, bring out the patio furniture from storage and get it ready for the outdoor season. After all, those lazy sunny afternoons in the lounger are going to be your payoff for your exterior spring maintenance.

Check your driveway

6. Driveway. You know all those potholes in the streets that have been rattling your teeth? They’re caused by water penetrating the asphalt and expanding then contracting during freezes and thaws. We had no shortage of those this winter. So, as part of your exterior spring maintenance for your home, check your driveway for growing cracks and fissures. You’ll want to seal any cracks you find so they don’t get bigger and become a real problem.
7. The Yard. Rake the grass of fallen leaves and branches. Clean dead flowers and shrubs from the gardens. Trim back bushes and trees. Drain planters of any standing water, or they could become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. And don’t forget to check all those outdoor garden tools like the lawnmower, so they’re ready to go when the serious gardening season hits full stride.
Try not to think of exterior spring maintenance as a chore. As the weather warms up and dries up, it’s a nice way to get outside, commune with your home, maybe even trade winter survival stories with your neighbours. Enjoy!

Creating Curb Appeal That Sells!

You may not be able to judge a book by it’s cover, but a big part of selling or buying a home is the first impression it makes when you first see it from the street. That’s curb appeal.
If a home makes a good first impression, potential buyers will be enticed to check out the inside, see how it fits their needs and lifestyle. A home with an attractive exterior could also be worth more.
But these days, curb appeal means a lot more than how a home looks to passersby on the sidewalk or in their car. It starts online.

Creating online curb appeal

For most home buyers, the first curb is their computer monitor or mobile device. They’re likely to check a listing online before they take the time to see it in person. That means it has to look good in photographs.
While a skilled photographer can avoid a property’s faults by their choice of angle, composition and lighting, if the reality doesn’t live up to buyers’ expectations from the photos, they may just drive on by. So the work you do to make your home look good in photos will also give it good curb appeal.

Giving your home great curb appeal

A house with great curb appeal will attract buyers.
Curb appeal isn’t just how your home looks to passersby, but also how it looks in photos that are posted online.

 
Creating great curb appeal starts with a good cleaning. That includes decluttering the yard of neglected toys, furniture and decorative implements that may have seen better days. Clean all the windows and consider renting a power washer to scrub grime from your home’s exterior. If needed, touch up trim like shutters, doors and railings with a coat of new paint. A little pop of colour can go a long way to making a home look fresh.
Once the yard is clean, make it neat by cutting and weeding the lawn, trimming trees and hedges and taming gardens. Plant fresh flowers.
Look up. A home’s great curb appeal can be ruined by a dilapidated roof. That’s a red flag to prospective buyers that expensive repairs or replacement could be in their future. So clean off fallen foliage and stray frisbees. Repair loose or missing shingles and eaves. If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, consider getting an assessment by a roofing professional, then attending to their recommendations.
Turn the lights on. Replace exterior bulbs that have burned out. Repair or replace broken fixtures, maybe even add some new ones to brighten your home’s curb appeal at dusk or night. While potential buyers may never see your home at night, attention to small details sends a message that a home has been well cared-for.

Other ideas to improve your home’s curb appeal

  •  Replace outdated hardware on doors and windows.
  •  Replace your old mailbox, or give it a fresh coat of paint.
  •  Paint the front door. A pop of colour on your front door can completely transform your home’s curb appeal, make it more eye-catching.
  •  Refinish decks and porches.
  •  Repave, or at least reseal, the driveway.

A great looking patio will help a home's curb appeal
Creating curb appeal extends to every outdoor space at a home.

 

Curb appeal for strata homes

Of course, if you live in a strata condo or townhouse, much of your home’s curb appeal is out of your control. But paying close attention to detail at the outdoor areas you do control, like your patio or balcony can have a significant impact on your home’s appeal to potential buyers.

Curb appeal includes a great balcony or patio
Even if you live in a condo, you can create great curb appeal by making your balcony look great.

 
According to the Meriam-Webster Dictionary, Realtors have been pitching a home’s exterior appearance as its curb appeal since about 1975. Investing in your home’s first impression doesn’t have to be expensive; it might just involve time and toil. But it will pay off.

More useful blogs if you’re selling your home

10 Great Questions to Ask a Realtor When Selling Your Home
10 Reasons to Hire a Realtor
How Realtors Price a Home
Best Time of Year to Sell a Home
Getting Ready for an Open House
Get Buyers to Fall in Love With Your Home
7 Tips to Help Your Home Look Great in Photos

SOLD! #502 14 E Royal Ave, New Westminster (Victoria Hill) James Garbutt


WHEN ONLY THE BEST WILL DO! Gorgeous Unobstructed River & Mountain views from this outstanding,QUIET, bright, Rainscreened, Top floor 3 bed+2 ENSUITE bath 1237 sq. ft. suite. Offered FURNISHED w/aprox $50K of designer pieces from Scan Design & Inspiration, upgraded Top of the line S/S appliances, gas stove.Vaulted ceilings,crown moulding, high quality laminate throughout, $2400 Titan 3M window films. $20K owner built in air cond/heat/dehumidifiers,upgraded paint & blinds. 3 Parking Stalls + Locker.Only lowrise in Victoria Hill-ONNI’s Master Planned Community-in house amenities incl. Guest Suite/exercise/party room+.LOW maint fees. Great Central location close to Queens Park, C.G Pool, schools, transit,shopping. Sure to impress!

8113 12th Ave, Burnaby (East Burnaby)


Impressive 6 bedroom, 4 bathroom home built in 2008. Prime location on a quiet street in a great Burnaby EasT neighborhood close to schools & parks. This home features 3 bdrms & 2 bathrooms UP, 3 bdrms & 2 bathrooms DOWN (potential for 2 suites). Home features 9′ ceilings, crown mouldings, spacious kitchen (with granite counters, maple cabinets & SS appliances), open high ceiling entry, hot water radiant heat, detached 2 car garage at lane, fully fenced backyard, & the remainder of the 2-5-10 warranty. Must see!

7360 11th Ave, Burnaby

August 9, 2010 – Video Blog of 7360 11th Ave

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I’m proud to present this excellent home on a nice and quiet street . This very well kept 5 bedroom home (3 Bed up, 2bed down) features hardwood floors on the main living/dining/halls/stairs, Laminate in bedrooms, large updated kitchen with beautiful wood cabinets and tile flooring, montgage helper down, HUGE 280sq ft balcony over looking large backyard with grape vines, pear, plum & fig trees. Great space for entertaining guests! Brand new high efficiency furnace, newer hot water tank (2yrs) Centrally located close to schools, public transportation, shops and restaurants.

#302 11 E Royal Ave, New Westminster – VICTORIA HILL

August 9, 2010 – Video Blog of #302 11 E Royal Ave

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VICTORIA HILL! OUTSTANDING Spacious 1110 sqft 2 bed/2 bath + den condo in New Westminister’s 2007 Award Winning built by Onni & still under remainder of warranty. Outstanding finishing including granite counters, floor to ceiling windows, wood floors, stainless appliances. Spa like master bath ensuite with large sonker tub, separate shower stall and 2 sinks, 2 PARKING SPACES, 1 locker & pet friendly. Enjoy the fantastic amenities including: exercise room, swimming pool & more. Relax on your private balcony surrounded by lush greenery. Walk to Douglas College, close to Safeway, shops, Starbucks, Schools, public transit, Canada Games Pool and steps to Queen’s Park. Call today to view.

#304 707 Gloucester St., New Westminster

Aug 6, 2010 – Video Blog Tour of #304 707 Gloucester St

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Impressively updated TOP floor CORNER, suite in the New Westminster Uptown Area, Enjoy the large wrap-around balcony overlooking 7th St, but privately surrounded by trees. this suite features new hardwood, tile & carpet flooring throughout,updated gas fireplace in the living room, granite counters in the kitchen,completely updated bathroom with new tub, vanity tile flooring, fixtures & faucets. Located on the Southeast corner of the building, lots of natural light, open and spacious living/dining room area. 1Parking & Storage locker included. NEW ROOF (2010) NEW BOILER to be installed (paid by Seller) MAINTENANCE FEE INCLUDES HEAT & GAS! Pets allowed with some restrictions. Call for your private viewing today!!

718 Gloucester St., New Westminster

July 15, 2010 – Video Blog Tour of 718 Gloucester St, New Westminster

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CHARMING CHARACTER HOME very cozy & well kept! Main floor features: 2 bdrms, new laminate floors, updated bathroom with new vanity, new front load washer & dryer, updated kitchen & stainless steel appliances and a nice spacious living room great for entertaining. Upstairs features: 2 bdrms, 1 kitchenette, 1 bath (could be used as separate suite). Other updates: newer roof (2006), new hot water tank (2008). This home has an excellent layout & lots of character. The backyard is fully fenced, spacious & peaceful. Central location, close to: Douglas College, skytrain, shopping & restaurants. Great home for investors & first time buyers. Must see!

Home listings rise to start the spring season

VANCOUVER, B.C. – April 6, 2010 – A steady influx of new listings has helped create a balanced ‘typical spring’ housing market in the Greater Vancouver region.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that new listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 7,004 in March 2010. This represents a 60 per cent increase compared to March 2009 when 4,385 new units were listed, and a 52.1 per cent increase compared to February 2010 when 4,606 properties were listed on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®).
At 13,538, the total number of property listings on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) increased 19 percent in March compared to last month, but remains 7.6 per cent below this time last year.
“The total number of homes listed for sale on our MLS® is at its highest level in 10 months, which translates into more options and variety for those looking to buy during the traditionally busy spring period,” Jake Moldowan,
REBGV president said.
Residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 3,137 in March 2010, a 38.5 per cent increase compared to March 2009, a 4.7 per cent increase over March 2008, and a 12.4 per cent decrease compared to March 2007. The current figure also represents a 26.8 per cent increase compared to the 2,473 sales recorded in February 2010.
“With a sales-to-listing ratio of 23 per cent, we see a healthy balance between buyer demand and seller supply in the marketplace,” Moldowan said.
Over the last 12 months, the MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI) benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver increased 20.3 per cent to $584,435 from $485,845 in March 2009. This price is 2.8 per cent above the previous high point in the market in May 2008 when the residential benchmark price sat at $568,411.
Sales of detached properties in March 2010 reached 1,336, an increase of 49 per cent from the 897 detached sales recorded in March 2009 and a 19.7 per cent increase from the 1,116 units sold in March 2008. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 23.3 per cent from March 2009 to $800,341, but declined 0.6 per cent compared to last month when the benchmark price was $800,796.
Sales of apartment properties in March 2010 reached 1,252, an increase of 28.3 per cent compared to the 976 sales in March 2009 and a decline of 8.6 per cent compared to the 1,370 sales in March 2008.The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 17.3 per cent from March 2009 to $395,507 and is up 1.2 per cent compared to last month when the benchmark price was $390,899.
FOR THE COMPLETE STATS PACKAGE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:
rebgv_stats_package2c_march_2010_pdf
*Source: REBGV Stats Package April 6, 2010