Baby it’s cold outside. Yup, winter is just around the corner, prompting many folks to hold off from listing their homes until the warmer months return. While it’s no big shocker that spring is typically the peak home- buyer season, savvy realtors know that winter is also a great time to sell your house. So, before you take your property off the market this
season, here are some reasons that are sure to warm you up to a winter real estate listing.

 

Less Competition

Because spring is the end-all- be-all for real estate listings for most people, you’ll have less competition. And that’s great news for you. With fewer homes on the market, you’ll have more seller control and more offers, meaning you’ll stand a better chance to get top dollar for your property.

 

Motivated Buyers

Not your average lookie-loos, buyers willing to brave the cold to go house hunting aren’t messing around. Maybe they have been relocated to start a new job or simply haven’t been able to find that perfect home. Whatever their reasons, your real estate listing is a hot commodity for interested buyers. The bottom line, winter time normally means less showings, but the people who do show up are ready to make a move.

 

Interior Appeal

Home staging is a breeze in the winter. After all, the holiday season is the perfect time of year to showcase your warm and cozy abode. Some tasteful decorations, a welcoming wreath, scented candles, and a lit fireplace will add that special “wow factor” that’ll have potential buyers dreaming about celebrating next year’s holidays in your home.

 

Less Landscaping

When it comes to any real estate listing, curb appeal is a must. But in the winter, you won’t have to worry about all those back-breaking landscaping details so much. Think about it. No mowing lawns, arranging flower beds, pruning shrubs, or pulling weeds. Just sweep or shovel the walkway, and you’re good to go.

 

More TLC from Your Realtor

The spring and summer months can be hectic for any realtor. Calendars can fill up pretty quick with real estate listings, showings, closings, and so much more. Putting your home up for sale during the winter allows for more quality time and hands-on attention from your real estate agent—a big bonus for anyone looking to make the home- selling process a little less stressful.

 

There are a host of great benefits to a winter real estate listing. If you’re thinking about taking down that “For Sale” sign before Old Man Winter arrives, don’t. It could be the smartest home-selling move you didn’t take. Need help with your winter real estate listing? Contact me today!

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When preparing your property to show, work your way from the outside in. It is essential that your home possess a certain “drive-up appeal.” Remember, a potential buyer’s first impression of your house is formed while s/he is still sitting in the realtor’s car. So, first you need to view your house from this perspective. Go stand on the opposite curb and observe your property. Compare it to surrounding properties. You will be surprised what you may see.  You will also get ideas on how to improve your homes appeal just by looking at what your neighbours have done.  Get inspired and increase the value of your home with just a few tasks. Concentrate on the following three areas to improve your curb appeal today:


Landscaping:

How does your landscaping measure up compared to the rest of the neighbourhood? If you guess it would rate below-average, make a few adjustments. You might want to consider buying some bushes and planting them around the property. Do not buy trees, however—mature trees are expensive, so you will not see a return on your investment. And immature trees don’t tend to significantly improve the immediate appearance of your home.


If the problem with your yard isn’t a case of too little greenery, but rather too much, get out the pruning shears. The purpose of landscaping is to complement the home, not hide it. Overgrown shrubs should be sheared to a height near the bottom of the windows. Remove any ivy clinging to the side of the house. Tree limbs should be high enough that you’re able to walk beneath. Trim any branches that bar the way.


Your lawn should be freshly cut and watered, and an even colour. If there are brown spots, make sure you begin to remedy this well in advance of putting the house on the market. You may want to re-sod areas, and you need to make sure these spots are given enough time to grow, so they will match the existing lawn. Also, if you decide to use fertilizer, you’ll want to allow enough time for it to take effect. Rake up any leaves or grass cuttings.


Planting a few flowers is an easy way to add colour and vibrancy to your yard, enhancing the first impression of your home. Invest in a full flat of mature, colourful flowers, such as petunias or periwinkles, which last the length of the growing season. Do not buy bulbs or seeds—they won’t necessarily grow enough by the time you begin showing to achieve the desired effect. If you don’t have an area in which to plant flowers, consider purchasing a few flower pots for your porch and planting flowers or blooming plants.

If you have a pool, keep it sparkling and leaf-free.


House Exterior:

When you view your house from across the street, does it appear weathered or faded? If so, it’s probably time to treat it to a fresh coat of paint. This is usually a sound investment; new paint can do wonders to increase a home’s perceived value.


Stay away from unusual or loud colours. The new colour should fit in with surrounding houses, and complement the style and structure of your house.


Examine the roof closely. Old or leaking roofs should be replaced. If there are leaks, you’ll have to disclose this detail to the homebuyer anyway, and they will want it replaced. If there isn’t any apparent damage, however, wait for word from the home inspector before making repairs.


The Front Door and Porch:

The front door and surrounding area should look particularly fresh and welcoming, as this will be the buyer’s first up-close impression as they enter the house. If you paint nothing else, at least give the door a new coat. Replace the doorbell if it is broken and polish the door fixture until it gleams. Wash the mail box. Keep the porch swept and buy a new plush door mat. All of these little things will contribute to the overall effect of a well cared-for and welcoming home.


Ensure the lock works smoothly and the key fits properly. When a homebuyer visits your house, the Realtor will open the front door with a key. You don’t want the buyers’ first experience to be of waiting on the doorstep while the Realtor fumbles with the lock.

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If you are considering looking for a new house, and are a current home-owner, then chances are you’re wondering what your strategy should be: do you wait to find the perfect new home before you put your current home on the market, or do you sell first and then look around? You have a few options. Use the following as a guide to explore what might be the best move for you.


Sell First:

There are several benefits to selling your current house before searching for your next home. First of all, once you have sold your house, you will know precisely how much money you have to work with. With a concrete price range, you’ll be able to narrow the pool of houses before you begin looking, and negotiate accordingly. This will allow you to immediately make firm offers on houses that you are serious about purchasing. You can be first in line with an unconditional offer you know you can afford, and this will grant even further negotiating leverage as Sellers tend to take unconditional offers more seriously. When they counter or turn down an offer that’s conditional on the sale of a home, they usually think the Buyer will come back with a better and more firm offer once they have sold their current home. However, if you make an unconditional offer, the Seller will usually give you more consideration, as they realize you’re probably looking at other properties and will move on if your offer is rejected. Likewise, if you have already sold you house, you probably do have a wider opportunity to look around, negotiate, and find the best deal and fit for you and your family.


The flip side of this scenario, however, is that if you don’t find the right property before the closing date of the house you’ve already sold, you may have to look for temporary housing until you do find what you’re looking for.


So, before you opt to sell first, you should determine whether you have alternate, temporary options, in case you have to move from your house before you’ve found a new one. How would you and your family deal with living in a transition home for an undetermined period of time?


Buy First:

Buying a new house without having sold your current home may occur if you are interested in a specific property and will only sell your current home if this property comes on the market. It may be a matter of timing—grabbing hold of the home before it’s too late. The same might be said of a property you haven’t had you eye on previously, but that catches your attention due to its uniqueness or unbelievable price. If buying first means you don’t miss out on the real estate opportunity of a lifetime, it may be the best move.


However, be careful. If you buy another property and aren’t able to sell your current home quickly enough, you could end up having to finance both homes and shoulder the extra debt until you sell. You can get a financial appraisal or market evaluation of a home prior to selling, but this doesn’t guarantee the price you’ll ultimately receive for the home after the negotiation process has run its course. Since your selling price will be an unknown, jumping into a purchase could be a gamble, particularly if your budget is tight.


Make sure you’re familiar with all aspects of the financial reality this scenario would create before you purchase another home. You may be faced with owning two homes at once. What type of financial stress would this bring to your life and how would you deal with it? Consider the fact that if your current house doesn’t sell quickly enough, you may be forced to sell it off at a reduced price in order align the closing dates of your two properties. What effect would this have on your financial situation?


Conditional Offer:

An additional option involves making your offer to purchase conditional upon the sale of your current property within a specified period. Conditional offers usually include a clause that allows for the Sellers to keep their property on the market and remain open to other offers while you try to sell your home. If the Sellers receive another attractive offer before you’ve sold your home, they may accept and ask you to either remove your condition and firm up your offer, or to back down from the offer. A conditional offer forms a kind of middle ground, an area of compromise, for those who are afraid to sell or buy first—but doesn’t hold the advantages of the other two options.

One of the drawbacks of the conditional offer is that Sellers tend to take them less seriously. They definitely give stronger consideration to firm offers. This leaves you with less negotiating power. In fact, some Sellers will simply turn down or counter a conditional offer. Other Sellers will believe the Buyer will come back with a more serious offer when their home has sold. So, you may end up having to increase your offer in order to have your conditional offer accepted and keep your foot in the door of your desired house.


Even if your conditional offer is accepted, there is no guarantee another Buyer won’t step in and overthrow your offer before you have sold your current home, which would put you back at the starting line. Also, consider the fact that you cannot withdraw your conditional offer until the end of the period specified in the contract—which means that if a better deal comes along, you will have to wait to jump at it.


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This is a very popular question that I get asked on a regular basis.  It is similar to the riddle "which comes first the chicken or the egg?"


If you are considering looking for a new house, and are a current home-owner, then chances are you’re wondering what your strategy should be: do you wait to find the perfect new home before you put your current home on the market, or do you sell first and then look around? You have a few options. Use the following as a guide to explore what might be the best move for you.

 

Sell First:

There are several benefits to selling your current house before searching for your next home. First of all, once you have sold your house, you will know precisely how much money you have to work with. With a concrete price range, you’ll be able to narrow the pool of houses before you begin looking, and negotiate accordingly. This will allow you to immediately make firm offers on houses that you are serious about purchasing. You can be first in line with an unconditional offer you know you can afford, and this will grant even further negotiating leverage as Sellers tend to take unconditional offers more seriously. When they counter or turn down an offer that’s conditional on the sale of a home, they usually think the Buyer will come back with a better and more firm offer once they have sold their current home. However, if you make an unconditional offer, the Seller will usually give you more consideration, as they realize you’re probably looking at other properties and will move on if your offer is rejected. Likewise, if you have already sold you house, you probably do have a wider opportunity to look around, negotiate, and find the best deal and fit for you and your family.

The flip side of this scenario, however, is that if you don’t find the right property before the closing date of the house you’ve already sold, you may have to look for temporary housing until you do find what you’re looking for.

So, before you opt to sell first, you should determine whether you have alternate, temporary options, in case you have to move from your house before you’ve found a new one. How would you and your family deal with living in a transition home for an undetermined period of time?


 

Buy First:

Buying a new house without having sold your current home may occur if you are interested in a specific property and will only sell your current home if this property comes on the market. It may be a matter of timing—grabbing hold of the home before it’s too late. The same might be said of a property you haven’t had you eye on previously, but that catches your attention due to its uniqueness or unbelievable price. If buying first means you don’t miss out on the real estate opportunity of a lifetime, it may be the best move.

 

However, be careful. If you buy another property and aren’t able to sell your current home quickly enough, you could end up having to finance both homes and shoulder the extra debt until you sell. You can get a financial appraisal or market evaluation of a home prior to selling, but this doesn’t guarantee the price you’ll ultimately receive for the home after the negotiation process has run its course. Since your selling price will be an unknown, jumping into a purchase could be a gamble, particular


Make sure you’re familiar with all aspects of the financial reality this scenario would create before you purchase another home. You may be faced with owning two homes at once. What type of financial stress would this bring to your life and how would you deal with it? Consider the fact that if your current house doesn’t sell quickly enough, you may be forced to sell it off at a reduced price in order align the closing dates of your two properties. What effect would this have on your financial situation?


Conditional Offer:

An additional option involves making your offer to purchase conditional upon the sale of your current property within a specified period. Conditional offers usually include a clause that allows for the Sellers to keep their property on the market and remain open to other offers while you try to sell your home. If the Sellers receive another attractive offer before you’ve sold your home, they may accept and ask you to either remove your condition and firm up your offer, or to back down from the offer.


A conditional offer forms a kind of middle ground, an area of compromise, for those who are afraid to sell or buy first—but doesn’t hold the advantages of the other two options.


One of the drawbacks of the conditional offer is that Sellers tend to take them less seriously. They definitely give stronger consideration to firm offers. This leaves you with less negotiating power. In fact, some Sellers will simply turn down or counter a conditional offer. Other Sellers will believe the Buyer will come back with a more serious offer when their home has sold. So, you may end up having to increase your offer in order to have your conditional offer accepted and keep your foot in the door of your desired house.


Even if your conditional offer is accepted, there is no guarantee another Buyer won’t step in and overthrow your offer before you have sold your current home, which would put you back at the starting line. Also, consider the fact that you cannot withdraw your conditional offer until the end of the period specified in the contract—which means that if a better deal comes along, you will have to wait to jump at it.

ly if your budget is tight.


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Setting a realistic price for your home that reflects current market values will help sell your home quickly and for top dollar. When you price your home properly, you increase the chances that the offer you receive will nearly match your asking price, and that there will be competing offers—which may net you even more in the long run.


Your property has the best chance of selling within its first seven weeks on the market. And, studies indicate that the longer a property stays on the market, the less it will ultimately sell for. A property priced 10 % more than its market value is significantly less likely to sell within this window than a property priced close to its actual market value. About three-quarters of homes on the market today are 5-10 % overpriced.


Sellers will usually over-price their homes by this margin if, either, they firmly believe the home is worth more than what the market indicates, or if they want to leave room for negotiation. Either way, if you choose to over-price your home by this amount, you run the risk of increasing the amount of time your home spends on the market, and decreasing the amount of money you’ll ultimately receive.


At the other end of the selling spectrum are houses that are priced below a fair market value. Under-pricing often occurs when the owner is interested in a quick sell. You can bargain on these homes attracting multiple offers and ultimately selling quickly at—or above—the asking price.


The knowledge and skills of an experienced Realtor will be invaluable when determining an appropriate asking price. It is the job of your Realtor to know the current market and market trends inside and out, to be closely connected to the real estate market at large, and to be aware of other properties currently for sale in your particular area. Based on this range of connections and knowledge, your Realtor should counsel you on how to price your home properly in order to attract the highest price possible, in the shortest period of time.


Before approaching this process, you should first do some homework yourself. You’ll need to know the workings of the current market before you even begin to think about setting an asking price. The market will always influence a property’s value, regardless of the state of a home, or its desirability.


Here are the types of market conditions and how they may affect you:

  1. Seller’s Market:

    A Seller’s market is considered a “hot” market. This type of market is created when demand is greater than supply—that is, when the number of Buyers exceeds the number of homes on the market. As a result, these homes usually sell very quickly, and there are often multiple offers. Many homes will sell above the asking price.

  2. Buyer’s Market: A Buyer’s market is a slower market. This type of market occurs when supply is greater than demand, the number of homes exceeding the number of Buyers. Properties are more likely to stay on the market for a longer period of time. Fewer offers will come in, and with less frequency. Prices may even decline during this period. Buyers will have more selection and flexibility in terms of negotiating toward a lower price. Even if your initial offered price is too low, Sellers will be more likely to come back with a counter-offer.

  3. Balanced Market: In a balanced market, supply equals demand, the number of homes on the market roughly equal to the number of Buyers. When a market is balanced there aren’t any concrete rules guiding whether a Buyer should make an offer at the higher end of his/her range, or the lower end. Prices will be stable, and homes will sell within a reasonable period of time. Buyers will have a decent number of homes to choose from, so Sellers may encounter some competition for offers on their home, or none at all.


Remember, a Realtor is trained to provide clients with this information about the market, helping you make the most informed decision possible. The right Realtor will guide you through the ups and downs of the market and keep you up-to-date with the types of changes you might expect.


Evaluate your house in the other main areas that affect market value:


1. Location:

The proximity of your home to amenities, such as schools, parks, public transportation, and stores will affect its status on the market. Also, the quality of neighbourhood planning, and future plans for development and zoning will influence a home’s current market value, as well as the ways in which this value might change.

2. Property:

The age, size, layout, style, and quality of construction of your house will all affect the property’s market value, as well as the size, shape, seclusion and landscaping of the yard.

3. Condition of the Home:

This includes the general condition of your home’s main systems, such as the furnace, central air, electrical system, etc., as well as the appearance and condition of the fixtures, the floor plan of the house, and its first appearances.


4. Comparable Properties:

Ask your Realtor to prepare you a general market analysis of your neighbourhood, so you can determine a range of value for your property. A market analysis will provide you with a market overview and give you a glimpse at what other similar properties have been selling for in the area


5. Market Conditions/ Economy:

The market value of your home is additionally affected by the number of homes currently on the market, the number of people looking to buy property, current mortgage rates, and the condition of the national and local economy.


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Selling your home is a complex process that can be stressful and time-consuming. An experienced Realtor has the knowledge, skills, and connections to help you through the process every step of the way. Consider the following benefits of working with a realtor.


 

PProfessional Experience:

 

With knowledge and training in marketing strategy, negotiation tactics, and the workings of the current real estate market, a Realtor will be able to guide you through the steps of the home-selling process and be able to explain exactly what to expect. S/he will make you aware of your rights and responsibilities, work with you to strategize the best moves according to your own goals, discuss financing options, and point you in the direction of other specialized professionals who will aid you in different stages of the process.

 

BBest Price:

 

Realtors have their fingers on the pulse of the current real estate market, and will know what comparable properties in your area are selling for. They have the resources and knowledge to establish the best asking price and to attract the highest selling price. With access to their company’s professional marketing resources and connections, they will ensure potential buyers are immediately made aware of your home and market the

property to sell as quickly as possible and for the most money.

 

Showcasing Experience:

 

Your Realtor will know the importance of a property’s first impression. S/he will have experienced first-hand, for example, the impact a property’s “drive-up appeal” has on the rest of a potential Buyer’s experience of your home. Your Realtor will be able to offer you tips and information on how to get your home in the best selling shape possible, in order to sell your property quickly and for top dollar.

 

Access to Qualified Buyers:

 

Realtors save time and effort by dealing only with qualified buyers. They have access to a pool of pre-screened and pre-qualified buyers who are serious about buying a home in your neighbourhood. Realtors work hard to develop this base of qualified buyers which will become an invaluable resource for you.

 

Negotiation Skills:

 

Realtors serve many functions, but perhaps the most important is their role as primary negotiator on your behalf. Your Realtor realizes your goal is to sell your home as quickly as possible, and for the most money possible, and will work closely with you during the negotiation process to facilitate this goal. Realtors bring to the process the knowledge and skills to draw up legally binding contracts, to assist in negotiating offers and counter offers, and to offer counsel and perspective as you work toward your selling goals.


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Learn about the common real estate mistakes can save you money and reduce frustration when you purchase a new home.  Learn from the real estate pros and hopefully save yourself some money when you invest in the real estate market. Kristy Dusdal, an experienced realtor in Abbotsford, has accumulated her expertise and created a PDF for you to help you navigate through the real estate listings. 


Learn now about the 8 mistakes to avoid when buying a home. Simply click on the image to find the PDF report that you can download.

 

 

 

 

 In this insightful real estate PDF you will learn about:

  • the benefits of pre approval
  • the misconceptions of first impressions
  • home inspections
  • making the offer
  • contract rights and obligations
  • neighbourhood choices
  • home insurance
  • negotiations

You will learn the common mistakes that home buyers make and the reasons why these tips could save you lots of money down the road. 

 

Take for example the #1 tip about the difference between pre approval and pre qualification.  When you are aware of the home price that you can afford, you can start looking right away for a house within your terms.  This saves you and your realtor time and allows your realtor to understand the range that you want to work in.

 

When first impressions influence your decision you may be walking into a money pit of a house without even knowing it.This also ties in with the home inspection.  When you understand completely what you are buying there are no surprises. 


Take the time to listen to your realtor and ask all the questions you need to understand your rights and obligations listed in the offer to purchase.  Before you sign the papers understand exactly what you are signing onto so that there are no surprises once you own the property. 


Negotiating the right price can be a bit of a dance. A llittle take and give is sometimes required.  When you negotiate on the asking price you can take advantage of investment deals as well as calculate the fair market value to determine if you are getting a fair price. Learn more great tips and information on the PDF.


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Learn about the variety hobby farms for sale in Abbotsford.

 

When you want to escape from the world or care for animals on a small scale rather than a large agriculture production

aSee the blog  hobby farm is perfect for caring individuals that want to feel the serenity of rural living but not have the enormous lists of cSeehores that normally comes with tending for a large amount of livestock.

 

Dont get me wrong, hobby farms still can provide a large amount of tasks depending on the amount and type of hobby farm you start. It is important to determine off right away the purpose that you want your hobby farm to provide to you. 

 

Is you hobby farm for entertainment purposes for others to come and eat or learn about your agriculture?  Or do you want to raise animals for pets, for resale, for food, or to earn extra money from their efforts?

 

Abbotsford boasts a variety of real estate listings Abbotsford. Viewing Abbotsford real estate listings is the essential first step on your search for the right propery to start your hobby farm. 

 

The most popular and best animals to have on a hobby farms include (in no particular order):

 

  • rabbits
  • ducks
  • chickens
  • goats

Animals can be raised for the production of eggs like chickens provide or to keep grass and weeds at bay like a goat can provide. You can choose the breed for the results that you want to gain from it.  The possibilities are endless but can include: breeding, or for meat, to entertain, or to sell their products like the fine hair from rabbits to add to sweaters or eggs.  See the variety of acreage for sale in Abbotsford and start finding your dream property.

 

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Learn about the neighbourhoods that you will find farms for sale in Abbotsford.


When you enquire about a farm or acreage property it is best to start off with a checklist of what you are looking for in a property.  Abbotsford boasts large acreage and farms lands that can used for diverse needs.  With a list in your hand, you will be able to narrow down to specific properties quickly and get into the bidding process faster. 


Farms for sale in Abbotsford include:

 

Aberdeen borders Langley and is abundant with blueberry fields, hobby farms and mixed agriculture farming community

 

Mt Lehman is on the west side of Abbotsford and has a modern mix of rural vs urban dwellings.

 

West abbotsford borders onto Glen Valley and has a mix of large estate properties, hobby farms and vegetable and agricultural farms.


Matsqui is a mix of agricultural land and estate properties as well.  The abundance of land in Abbotsford will surprise you if you have always been an urban dweller.

 

The variety of farms for sale in Abbotsford is quite diverse.  Whether you wish to start a hobby farm, raise horses, or start your own commercial farm for luxrative produce like raspberries or  blueberries, one of these Abbotsford neighbourhoods is sure to meet your needs.

 

Abbotsford real estate is diverse in the way that it has something for everyone.  If you like walking to the shops and cycling around town then you definitely want to live close to Mill Lake.  

 

If you are the type of person that enjoys the tranquility of rural living but the conveniences of urban life than living on the outer rim of Abbotsford’s city perimeter will please all facets of your lifestyle.


Not all Abbotsford realtors are the same,  Kristy Dusdal has the local insight of all the Abbotsford neighbourhoods.  You want her on your side when you purchase a house in Abbotsford.  Kristy's real estate specializes in acreage for sale in Abbotsford. Kristy is the one to call about farms for sale Abbotsford.


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Abbotsford is an ever evolving city.  It was once known as a trading post because it was close by the river.  Now industrial, city life and agriculture mix to give this city a renewed vibe.

 

Learn about the Abbotsford Neighbourhoods

Clearbrook

Clearbrook is on the west side of Abbotsford and it's population include the mennonite community and a good mix of multi nationlism residents.   Clearbrook is a mix of industrial businesses and residential homes.



Mill Lake

Beautiful and scenic Mill Lake is right in the middle of Abbotsford.  The lake is perfect for short walks on the trails and it has a terrific playground for toddlers.  A great spot to take your family or guests for an enjoyable outing. Fishing, jogging, and walk the floating dock are all popular activities that take place in the Mill Lake neighbourhood. 



McMillian

The McMillan neighbourhood is close to the Abbotsford Recreation Center that boosts a large variety of sporting activities to keep you running, jumping, swimming, skating.


  • Olympic size ice rink
  • Leisure skating pond

  • 25-Metre swimming pool

  • Hot tub, sauna, and tots pool

  • 10,000 sq.ft. weight room

 

Eagle Mountain

A modern residential neighbourhood located in east Abbotsford. Scenic views overlook the picturesque mountains surrounding the Fraser Valley.  Centrally located with easy access to the Hwy #1, shops, the US border and recreational services.Abbotsford is a safe and vibrant community to raise a family in or start a business.  


The growing youth population has the opportunity now to attend a local university and avoid the costs of leaving home to gain an education. Enjoy a sunset view from your Eagle Mountain home.

 

Matsqui

Matsqui merged with Abbotsford to be apart of the new Abbotsford district. Matsqui is part of the the First nations language meaning “stretch of higher ground”. Matsqui is referred to as the small historic village located on Matsqui Prairie, also known as Matsqui Village. First Nations residents live on their land on the west side of Matsqui.

 

Clayburn

Clayburn Village is located at the foot of Sumas Mountain in Abbotsford, British Columbia.  Clayburn was designated for conservation as a Heritage Site in 1996. 

Clayburn offers intimate and scenic heritage buildings that are favourable for weddings and special gatherings.

 

Sumas Mountain

Sumas Mountain offers scenic and intermediate levels of hiking and biking on the local trails.  The Sumas neighbourhood borders onto the US border which offers quick cross border shopping for gas, dairy, poultry, and more. 

 

West Abbotsford

Where rural meets urban life.  The West Abbotsford neighbourhood offers something for everyone whether that is rural living or a larger newer luxury home.  West Abbotsford is close to all the amenities for added convenience.

 

Mt Lehman

The small rural community of Mt. Lehman is nestled between the Matsqui flat plains and Glen Valley agriculture farming community.  Agricultural acreage farms and estate homes are scattered among the fields.  Amenitites are a short drive into Abbotsford.  Mt Lehman still remains the quaint quiet rural living that early settlers first lived on when they settled in Abbotsford. 

 

Aberdeen

Aberdeen an Abbotsford NeighbourhoodOn the west side of Abbotsford verging on Aldergrove and the Langley border, Aberdeen is a quiet rural neighbourhood with agricultural farms bursting with blueberries in the summer. 


This quiet neighbourhood offers amenities that are close by and the closest popular attraction would be the Greater Vancouver  Zoo along the edge of the Langley border.   

 

Central Abbotsford

Central Abbotsford is an older neighbourhood with older homes that are ready for some creative trendy home renovations to rejuvenate these old homes back into vibrant homes again. Central Abbotsford offers a walking score of 76 /100.  Park your car, breath in the fresh mountain rural air and get some exercise as you walk to the shops, restaurants and stroll by the lake. Central Abbotsford is close to the university for students and has a fresh feel from the young population that now lives and learns in this university neighbourhood.

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There are a number of businesses in the lower mainland that provide home services to help homeowners protect, preserve and upgrade their property. Learn about a variety of home services that can help you maintain your property.


Home services help protect your property investment

 

All year long outdoor rodents and pests consistently try to infiltrate foundations and walls looking for warm shelter and a food source.  Rodents can cause a lot of damage to internal walls and become a health hazard. Pest control Surrey services remove rodents and pests from your property. Solutions pest control offers humane and effective ways for pest control too. 

 

Nate Solutions keeps the exterior of your home or business well maintained. Keep up your curb appeal with services from clean window cleaning in north Vancouver, roof washing, house washing to window cleaning in whistler.

 

Home Instead wants to keep your loved ones in their homes as long as possible. Research shows that over 80% of loved ones want to say in the comforts of their homes as long as possible. Senior home care in Vancouver complete light duty household chores like cleaning, duster, and sweeping to maintain a home.

 

A home business can result in increased traffic in your home.  Priority Building Services provide green commercial cleaners that are efficiently trained as office cleaners or for janitorial services in Vancouver. Priority Business Services has been in business for more than 20 years and provide quality checks to maintain your cleaning standards.  


No home office is complete without office equipment.  Whether you have a shredder, photocopier, plotter or printer Columbia Business Systems has an experienced team for office equipment sales and printer repairs in Surrey.  With over 40 + years in business equipment sales, they know office equipment and printer repairs Vancouver.   Let's face it, we all lead busy lives and sometimes we should hire out to experienced home service companies to help us maintain our properties and streamline our tasks.


Feel free to contact Kristy Dusdal, your local Abbotsford realtor, for more information on ways to protect and increase the value of your home or business property.

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HGTV is wants to turn your fixer upper into your dream home on TV. It is looking for interested Home owners that qualify for the TV show requirements.  The new HGTV Canada TV Show is going to be called Worst to First.  HGTV Canada is having a casting call for home owners in the lower mainland that are living in a fixer upper and in need of a renovation.  


View the details below to learn how you can be a part of this show, Worst to First


Are you buying or currently living in a fixer upper in the Greater Vancouver Area? Let our team of experts help you transform it into the home of your dreams! HGTV Canada has an exciting new home renovation series that is currently casting for homeowners on the West Coast.


Are you in the process of buying, planning to buy, or living in a fixer upper home in or around Vancouver - from Abbotsford, South Surrey to Squamish, from Richmond to Chilliwack. click on the link for more details.  http://www.hgtv.ca/castingcall/#calling-all-vancouver-area-home-buyers


 

Good luck!  I am hoping to see your fixer upper turned into the home of your dreams. Contact local Abbotsford realtors like Kristy Dusdal if you have questions on what you can do to renovate your home to improve the investment value of it on your own initiative. View newreal estate listings Abbotsford!







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Abbotsford continues to grow year after year.  The population is to double in the next 20 years and with the abundance of agriculture land available to purchase read the 6 reasons to buy acreage for sale Abbotsford now and start following your dreams of a being a land owner. 


Would your life change if you buy acreage for sale Abbotsford


Quality of Life

Owning acreage entitles you to live or work on your own piece of land.  You can do what you like.  Starting a garden, starting a hobby farm, owning horses, or just creating a beautiful landscape for you to look out the window at.

 

Renovating

If an older building or home is currently on the acreage for sale that you desire.  A renovation is good way to update the look of the building and increase the value of the property. Personalize the home to your own unique design style and enjoy the picturesque views of the Mt. Baker and the mighty Fraser River.

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Growing food

Abbotsford soil is famous for growing harvests. Abbotsford grows 1/4 of the provinces food source.  The rich soils have been used for over 200 years to grow food for local markets. Grow food, like vegetables or tend to live stock to sell to the large populations in the lower mainland. Are you wondering about ast yeilding questions for a particular property? Learn more about Abbotsford real estate.  Hello BC refers to Abbotsford as the Vancouver Bread Basket so chase down your dream of becoming a farmer and start feeding your neighbours. 

 

Remote feeling yet close to amenities

Some regions of Abbotsford could be considered remote to some.  The peaceful and tranquil farmland still makes you feel like you are removed from the hussle and bussel of downtown Abbotsford and Langley yet you are still close enough to the amenitites like grocery stores and gas stations to fulfill your errands easily.

 

Equestrian training

Equestrian lifestyle is a popular reason to look for acreage for sale in Abbotsford.  Many land owners own horses for racing or jumping competitors.

 

Neighbours

Normally rural neighbours come with a helping hand when your really in need.  Neighbours in the country usually try to pull together and help each other when it is necessary.  After all everyone needs a helping hand at some points in their life.  

 

Acreage properties are popular with many different age groups.  Seniors may want to own acreage and enjoy a slower pace in their retirement,  an entrepreneur may want to use the land to build their dream career or a family may want to raise their kids further away from the busy streets. Contact Abbotsford realtor Kristy Dusdal to learn more about acreage for sale in Abbotsford.





 

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Abbotsford is evolving rapidly but just outside the city center it abounds with acreage properties.  These properties include the commercial farms for livestock, residential homes, hobby farms and agriculture farm land where some of the best produce in BC is grown and harvested.

Acreage for sale in Abbotsford offers many options for you

If you are looking for acreage there are so many options for you.  Particularly in blueberry fields, farming agricultural land. sheep, livestock, cows, llamas, chickens, or growing produce.

 

You can buy acres of fertile farming land across Abbotsford. Abbotsford areage for sale have exceptional exposure to all the right elements and boasts the ideal scenic locations. Make your dreams a reality by setting up an agricultural business like a nursery, blueberry farm or any other kind of farming venture and fulfill your dream while convenient situated in Abbotsford.

 

Use this convenient app to search the Google maps for acreage for sale Abbotsford for your dream property.

 

Homes on acreage properties offers luxurious living spaces , guest houses and employee living quaters.  Acreage for sale in Abbotsford provides comfortable living area for the owner and guests alike.. Perfect location for a farm or road side market! Call for more information regarding extra income. Bonus Lease/Royalty Income from property. This property has limitless possibilities.  View luxury homes for sale Abbotsford, acreage for sale Abbotsford, or listing for sale in Abbotsford.

 

 

 Kristy Dusdal is an experience Abbotsford realtor ready to meet your real estate needs and desires.

 

Kristy has lived in Abbotsford her whole life and knows the best neighbourhoods for you that will fit your future needs.

 

 

 Contact Kristy Dusdal now!

 

 

 

 

 

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Counting down the top 4 reasons why Abbotsford real estate is getting more popular than ever before.

#4-Abbotsford has that small town feeling you crave

Abbotsford still has that small town feeling.  A variety of Abbotsford real estate properties give off the positive small town feeling that you desire in your neighbourhood. When you are out in the community people still talk to you, open doors for you, and generously offer you a smile of goodwill.

 

Parks, trails, and trees are still abundant. Trees still line the roads and access to the trails and scenic parks are just minutes away waiting to be explored.  Unlike the concrete urban cities, local parks and trees provide the psychological warmth that your soul may desire. 

 

Raising a family in a small community allows for stability and life long friendships to grow. It may be time to consider the choices available to you among the Abbotsford real estate properties as you consider where to put down your family roots.   

#3- Relax in you own back yard

Abbotsford properties still have back yards.  If you grew up in a home that had a back yard you likely reveal in the fond memories of playing in that yard.  Most families want a back yard for their children to roam around in as a safe refuge from the outside world and to create fond memories of their own.

#2- More land for your money

According to the Aldergrove Star, land values continue to show positive signs of increase.  According to the Fraser Valley Real Estate board buyers are interested in real estate that involve purchasing land with a dwelling on it. 

 

It is interesting to note that the value of single value homes in the Fraser Valley is soaring compared to condominiums and townhomes.  Housing in general in the Fraser Valley offers larger square footage on properties. Larger square footage in your homes means more liveable areas for you and your family to grow up in.  

#1- Affordable opportunities to purchase land in Abbotford real estate

Affordability is foremost in the minds of buyers looking at Abbotsford real estate options.  Owning Vancouver real estate is out of reach for many potential home buyers now. The Fraser Valley continues to offer real estate options that allow the buyer to buy a home that is a good investment property to make a profit off of in years to come.  Is it time for your to establish family roots in a quiet community? Learn about affordable Abbotsford real estate properties where you can grow strong social connections in safe and scenic neighbourhoods.

 

Connect with Kristy Dusdal, a Abbotsford realtor, to learn more about the potential to buy your own home in Abbotsford.  View current Abbotsford real estate listings.

 

 

 

 

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Landscape your yard

Landscaping your property can take your yard from zero to hero in a matter of hours. With the use of a disposal bin rental, the bin rental will act as the perfect accessory for a large landscaping or renovation project. Organize your waste materials into a minibins and schedule a pick up when the bin is full. This task will get your hands dirty but it leaves a lasting impression and can increase the value of your home.

 

De clutter

De cluttering your home can make or break a sale.  Create the right mood and allow potential buyers in your home be able to see themselves living in your home. Most people know that when you update your kitchen or bathroom it will add value to your home. A simple way to update your kitchen or bathroom  is to replace the cupboard doors with new doors, change the hardware to a modern style and add pull out kitchen drawers that you can install yourself.


Once you look organized your home will look cleaner and more liveable to others. Help it sell easier and save on the cost of custom made roll out drawers.  Kitchen organization should be a top priority when you declutter your home.  You can conveniently buy roll out drawers online here. 

 

Pest control

Pest control is important to a well maintained home. Jason,  from Solutions Pest Control, says to seal up small holes around the house particularly the small ones. Also properly maintain the roof shingles to ensure their are no leaks or cracks for small critters to get it. Once an animal is in wall or roof of your home, it can be very difficult to remove it. Keeping your home well maintained reduced the risk of internal damage or health concerns.

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Kristy Dusdal states that "keeping your home looking up to date is essential to having an easy to sell home.  Buyers are interested in a home that has been well cared for when they decide whether to purchase it as their new home. Be sure to keep up with the maintenance of your home" See the current real estate listing Abbotsford.

 

 

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Abbotsford acreage for sale has something to meet all your interests.  Abbotsford residents have very diverse interests. Don’t be surprised to see a pack of llamas, a local vineyard along with commercial farm, and then rows of corn for as far as you can see.  

 

Some acreage properties are perfect to raise horses. Some acreage are perfect for livestock like cows, chickens or sheep.  Abbotsford acreage for sale has a lot to offer residents with different interests or hobbies beyond the norm.

 

There is an abundance of commercial farming and livestock farms on the north and south ends of Abbotsford. With water supplies coming from the main rivers that flow through.

 

Raise horses, start a hobby farm, own acreage, plant your own garden, or invest in a commercial business and benefit from the local resources and experience that is abundant in Abbotsford.


Abbotsford acreage for sale offers something for everyone

 

If you have not guessed it yet, the reason why everyone love acreage for sale is that you can fulfill your dream and create what you want from it.  It could be as simple as your own garden to feed your family with, or build a guest house for when company comes to visit, or go as complex and creative with your ideas as you would like.

 

There is no greater feeling than having your own piece of land to do with it as you want.  


Speak to Kristy Dusdal about the acreage for sale Abbotsford.  View the farms for sale in Abbotsford listings.  Kristy grew up in Abbotsford and has the first hand knowledge and expertise to find you the right property that you desire.


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As you enter the Fraser Valley the suburbs slowly turn into larger acreage properties and farms start to become more apparent.  In the distance, the presence of Mt. Baker stands tall and majestic across the distance towards where the farmland meets the mountain range.

 

At this point, you are likely in Abbotsford, BC.  To the south is sprawling farmland and to the north is Sumas mountain in the heart of central Abbotsford.


Minutes away is a quick US border crossing where you can purchase gas, food or travel to the states in a timely manner compared to the other 3 local land borders to the USA.     

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Abbotsford real estate offers stunning acreage rural views                                                      

The houses propped on Sumas mountain enjoy scenic sunset and mountain views. To the south you see the Vedder mountain range and majestic Mt. Baker that commands your respect and leaves you in awe of its enormous beauty on a daily basis.

 

To the North, the Gold Ears Peaks mountain range envelopes the lower mainland providing stunning views to all residents. Along the north side of Abbotsford, the Fraser river divides Abbotsford from Maple Rigde, Pitt Meadows and Mission.


Abbotsford real estate abounds with recreational activities

Hiking-  Hiking trails are abundant.  Take your dog for a walk or stroll the local trails for exercise and fresh mountain air. Along Sumas mountain is a section of the larger trail, Centennial Trail. View the Abbotsford district trails map for more information.


Fishing- There is easy access to the many rivers and lakes around the Abbotsford real estate properties. Popular fish to be caught are steelhead, coho salmon, rainbow lake trout, dolly varden, and Cutthroat. You will see the fisherman on the banks of the rivers close to half the year fishing for their favourite fish during its individual fishing season.


Back country activities- Whether you like back country mountain biking, river rafting, hiking, camping, dirt biking, or snowmobiling, Abbotsford real estate offers easy back country access.


Kristy Dusdal has grown up in the Abbotsford.  She has seen the growth that has happened to the region over the past decade.  Kristy's expert knowledge of the Abbotsford real estate market will have you finding your dream home quickly.  Speak to Kristy about Abbotsford acreage real estate properties, homes for sale in Abbotsford and the best place for you to live in Abbotsford that will meet your future needs. 


Abbotsford has a lower cost of living compared to Vancouver and metro Vancouver and the properties are larger.  In Abbotsford you can afford to have a house with a back yard for your kids to play in and get around town easily without much traffic to deal it.


Abbotsford has alot to offer families, college students, and seniors looking for an affordable place to live in the lower mainland.


Speak to Kristy Dusdal about your Abbotsford real estate property questions.







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You have likely herad that curb appeal is important to selling your home easier.  Learn the most effective ways to improve your curb appeal in order to sell your home easier and possible quicker.  Curb appeal is the first step towards allowing a potential sellers to start off feeling like they can imagine themselves living in your home.


As a professional Abbotsford realtor, Kristy Dusdal states, “We all know first impressions are very important. The exterior of your home is the first thing buyers see and the appearance of your home will help them decide whether they want to explore further.”

 

Can an old roof really affect curb appeal?

We went straight to the local roofers at, Landmark Roofing Company, to hear why an old roof can affect your curb appeal.  After all, these roofers have the most experience with roof's and the impact that your roof tells about your home. 

 

A roof needing to be replaced may have a negative impact on a prospective homebuyer as the perception of an old, tired roof equates to a liability in the decision making process. Roof replacement  can give the exterior of your home a facelift and improve the curb appeal to attract buyers, not to mention in most cases you can pass on a substantial warranty.

 

Declutter your exterior yard equipment

declutter abbotsford real estateWith the use of a mobile storage unit, from Axcess mobile storage company, you can declutter your yard and leave your property exterior to speak for itself.  


Request a mobile storage unit to be delivered to your home so you can store sports equipment, personal items, expensive valuables, or recreational vehicles that will be protected from theft and neatly organized in a container area.


Easy landscaping ideas will improve your curb appeal


abbotsford real estate curb appeal ideasCedar hedging offers an impressive border along an older fence to create a living wall or border for added privacy from neighbours.

Fraser Valley Cedars has a variety of cedar trees and cedar hedging ideas that will instantly boost your curb appeal and yard appearance.


Speak to Kristy Dusdal to learn more tips on how to improve your curb appeal on your property.  Positive curb appeal will increase the value of your home and appeal to a wider audience.  Talk to me about a walk through of your home.  I will offer you ideas on how to improve your curb appeal for selling purposes.


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Home investors are a savy breed.  They are able to visualize and revitalize an old Abbotsford real estate property into something special and unique again. 

 

invest real estata langleyReal estate trading as known as "flipping a house" is a common term that you may have heard of.  With all the older homes in the Fraser Valley, this can be a viable option for those home investors that are able to maximize the profits while keeping a handle on the expenses of a renovation or home improvement project.

 

The buy and hold real estate investor normally rents out a newly renovated property and collects the rent acting as a landlord.  This home investor is the patient type that waits for the real estate property value to increase over time and pay off the mortgage in order to collect the rental fees free from debt.

 

 

Abbotsford has many different communities would be attractive to a home investor for the purposes to either remodel or as an investment property.  Heritage communites include Abbotsford West, Central Abbotsford, Matsqui, Sumas which boast older style homes.  Sumas Mountain has newer houses in the their neighbourhood. Abbotsford borders the township of Langley and Mission.

 

Abbotsford real estate is appealing to home owners because the divisity of the properties match the diversity of the Abbotsford population.  Some may want acreage and a farm house other may want a urban lifestyle to walk to local shops and amenities.

 

Kristy Dusdal can help you find the perfect investment property for sale in Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack to meet your needs.  Her experience and Abbotsford real estate knowledge finds the gems in this diverse market.

 

Turn something old into something luxurious looking to appeal to a wide range in the Langley real estate market.  No matter whether you are remodeling an older home, a townhouse or a run down looking apartment your imagination can be free to design and inspire others. 

 

Connect with Kristy Dusdal and speak with her about Abbotsford real estate listings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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