Langley, BC Real Estate News

By Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
(Royal Pro Real Estate Network)
Wordless Wednesday...Babysitting a Beagle! Our "girls" have a sleepover pal this week - Zeus the Beagle.  Enjoy a few pictures of his exploits in Langley this week...high energy and lots of fun!   Riley is always a gracious hostess, waiting until the guest finishes before licking the bowl clean - do you think Zeus feels any pressure to hurry? Triple trouble... We really are good dogs! If you are seeking a home in Langley or Surrey where your dogs can really run free, please give me a call and I'd be pleased to show you our acreage properties!
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By Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
(Royal Pro Real Estate Network)
Most provinces in Canada are heading into a long weekend as Monday, August 1 is a Civic Holiday.  BC Day is celebrated in our area with many events and activities for all to enjoy!  Here are a few of the fun things to do in Langley and Fort Langley this weekend:   Visit the Langley Demonstration Garden - 4887 221st Street - Get involved and learn about the environment at our own urban oasis! The BC Farm Machinery & Agricultural Museum in historic Fort Langley (BC's first capital) has model trains, miniature horses, and a scavenger hunt amongst other activities Berry picking is still a delicious past-time - Driediger Farms Market and Krause Berry Farms are favorites! The BC Renaissance Festival offers 4 days of "chivalry, heraldry and sword play" - gather yonder at Thunderbird Show Park....
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By Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
(Royal Pro Real Estate Network)
I have a very locally contentious topic to post about on a FEARLESS FRIDAY - and it's also WHAT GETS MY GOAT, too!  We live in a rural area of Langley, part of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), and I have enjoyed living here most of my life - loving the horse farms and wineries that surround us.  Two years ago a large farm in the area was sold and the new owners planted blueberry bushes.  Us neighbors were happy thinking we'd support the farmers and get delicious blueberries right in our area, and the folks on the farm seemed to be diligent, hard workers.  Jump forward to last year, right around the end of June when the first crop started to ripen, and the "audible noise scare devices" (propane cannons) started going off....well, that changed my perspective on blueberry farms and blu...
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By Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
(Royal Pro Real Estate Network)
Was realizing how lucky we are in the Lower Mainland to be free of much of the wrath of Mother Nature that the rest of the country seems to be suffering. We have had a somewhat rainy spring and summer, which has played havoc with the fruit and berry crops, but all-in-all we probably can't complain too much when you compare our weather with the heat that the central and eastern folks are feeling!  The other day a thunderstorm came through Langley and the resulting rainbow was a beautiful reminder of how important it is to be grateful for what we have!  Sometimes life passes so fast we miss the wonders of nature. If you would like to experience the joys of living in the Fraser Valley - Langley, Surrey, White Rock - please let me help in finding you a home!
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By Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
(Royal Pro Real Estate Network)
“Our girls” just enjoying the sunshine in Langley this fine Sunday – and having a little splash!  It was a busy weekend, they had to sleep all day guard the place while their woman and man worked – so it’s time for some fun!   Riley (the Primary Dog) is the jumper.  Haley (the Auxillary Dog) is the blondie.    One last jump from Air Riley - and yes, that's my thumb... It's lovely in Langley and Surrey - and the properties out here were meant for summertime fun!  Please call me if you are considering relocating to this area - or just have questions about your current property situation.        
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By Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
(Royal Pro Real Estate Network)
We’ve had such a cold and rainy spring that we are all very happy to see some sunshine, warmer weather, and those luscious berries!   Although the strawberry plants in our own garden have been sporadically bearing fruit over the past week or so, we haven’t had the sustained sunshine and warmth to ripen the berries and make them as sweet as they usually are. Not any longer – we have some delicious berries now!   If you are heading out Langley way, Krause Berry Farms is one of our favourite places to stop by for a strawberry feast – and they are finally opening to the public this weekend. Although, in their 35+ years of operation, this is the latest the farm has ever opened, it was worth the wait!               Krause’s is one of Langley’s biggest berry farms - strawberries, blueberries, ...
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By Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
(Royal Pro Real Estate Network)
Was out for a walk the other day in our rural area of South Langley and was really taken in by the gorgeous yellow fields of buttercups that are blooming all over the neighbourhood.  Ranunculus are certainly not the most desirable of plants, as any gardener knows – and are a real pain to try to remove from your lawn – but somehow, a whole field of them just looks right!  And my four-legged equine friend seems to love them too!   If you also enjoy the Langley or Surrey areas and are considering relocation, please give me a call – I’d love to help you find a place in our community, or work with you on your transition to a new neighbourhood!
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By Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
(Royal Pro Real Estate Network)
The Royal Canadian Legion, having over 358,000 members, is Canada's largest veteran's organization.  Since its inception in 1926, the non-profit organization works with the Canadian federal government to ensure adequate pensions and benefits for veterans and their dependants. The Legion supports community programs for youth, seniors, long-term care, sports, Cadets, Guides and Scouts. One of the most significant programs each year is the Annual Poppy Campaign, to aid in Remembrance of those that have served and reminding us of the 117,000 Canadians that have given their lives on our behalf. Each year, more than $8 million is raised and distributed to services for those in need. June 25 kicks off Legion Week in Langley with an open house at Legion Hall #21 (20570-56th Ave).  There will be...
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By Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
(Royal Pro Real Estate Network)
It's the 15th year of the Ladner Village Market, Western Canada's largest open air market! Located on 48th Avenue (just west of Arthur Drive) in Delta, and offering everything from farm fresh produce to artisan creations, the market is always an exciting and satisfying annual event! Ladner is about 20 minutes from Vancouver - and is well worth the short drive. Come on down and join the fun!  Alternate Sundays (June 26, July 10 & 24, Aug 14 & 28) from 10am through 4pm, 140 craftsmen and farmers have their wares on display.  Sponsored by the BC Farmer's Markets and the Ladner Business Association.  As well as the fresh produce and baking, other offerings include: Fabric Jewellery Health and Beauty products Plants, Garden Art Wood, Canvas, and Glass Creations Live music, more than 50 food ...
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By Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
(Royal Pro Real Estate Network)
The Langley Christian School, an independent interdenominational Christian school, is seeking short term summer home-stay hosts for middle-school students during the August 3-14 timeframe. Students will be attending classes during the day. Please visit the website, and contact Marlene, if you are able to assist. Remuneration is $30/day per student. The Langley Christian School covers two campuses: the Elementary campus is for students pre-K to grade 5, and the Secondary campus hosts the Middle School and the High School.  LCS is very active in local events and has a particularly strong athletic program. Visit the website for a tour of the campus - or see the LCS FaceBook page.
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By Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
(Royal Pro Real Estate Network)
Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released its forecast for the local and national housing market.  Canadian new housing starts are projected to remain stable, while British Columbia is anticipated to see the greatest increased growth in the resale sector.      Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) sales figures are anticipated to grow by 14% in key areas of Greater Vancouver and Langley.  This will push the average sale price (all housing types) in those areas of Greater Vancouver to $770,000. These areas of Vancouver are projected to remain as Seller’s markets, while other areas of the Lower Mainland, most notably Surrey and the Tri-Cities areas staying more Balanced.  International migration and job growth continue to be key factors affecting resale and new home starts in th...
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Really spectacular movie line-up this week at the Twilight Drive In - Langley BC Monday through Thursday this week the Twilight Drive In in Langley BC will be showing Pirate of the Caribbean and Thor!  Pirates of the Caribbean starts at 9:30 Thor starts at 11:30  Then on Friday and Saturday - they throw a THIRD movie into the mix (the same price) - I Am Number 4 - this one starts at 2:15 am - so if you can stay up for it - go for it!! The prices are great! $12.50 for general admission (you can see all three!) $7.50 for a child - and $9.50 for senior. Also - if you come on Tuesday - general admission is $9.50 - AND if you come on Thursday - a carload *max 5 people* is $25! (that's $5 a head... AWESOME DEAL!) For more information on the Twilight Drive In in Langley BC - visit their websi...
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By Mark Donovan
(HomeLife Benchmark Realty Cloverdale)
Find a Great Deal on a Home in Surrey, Cloverdale or Clayton Hill during the Olympics. There are many people completely focused on the upcoming Olympics here in Vancouver and area. There's talk about the cost of Gold Medal final hockey tickets, and the price we're paying for the truck-loads of snow being brought down from Manning Park to the Cypress Bowl ski area. Something that's going a little bit un-noticed is the up-tick of new real estate listings in the last 6 weeks in the Fraser Valley, Surrey, Cloverdale, and Clayton Hill (to see video). This fact, coupled with the fact that so many people will be putting their home search activities on hold for a few weeks could spell a real opportunity for those buyers who are serious about moving and are willing to put their goals of home-own...
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Langley Real Estate, Homes For Sale...Receive Your Free Market Snapshot Report...           The Latest Technology To Help In Your Search For Your New HomeShort of helping you buy or sell a property, the best service I can provide, especially in today’s shifting economic climate, is a monthly snapshot on your investment! What are home values in your neighbourhood? What’s happening to home values in your neighbourhood? What have your neighbour’s homes sold for lately?     I have a new service to offer and I have set you up to receive a Market Snapshot that will arrive every 4 weeks via email.  If you want, I can follow up with a phone call to explain the details of the Snapshot but in advance I want to point out the following.  The map has several options; road, aerial and bird’s eye view...
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By Darrell Backen, Digital Marketing
(Darrell Backen 1.855.216.6010)
        Post Office       Change accounts and credit card agencies       Friends and Relatives      Subscriptions, book clubs, record clubs (notice requires several weeks in advance)       Bank - transfer funds, arrange for check cashing in new city      Insurance - Notify regarding new location for coverage:  Life, Health, Fire, Auto      Automobile registration - Transfer of auto title is necessary: also driver's license, city windshield sticker and motor club membership      Utility Companies - Gas, electric, water, telephone, cable television, fuel: obtain refund of any deposit made:  arrange for immediate service in new location       Route Persons - Laundry, newspaper delivery, changeover of services       School Records - Ask for copies of the transfer of children's records     ...
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By Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor
                                                   If you or someone you know is thinking of Buying or Selling property in Cultus Lake, Chilliwack, Hope, Abbotsford, Langley or anywhere in the Fraser Valley Area of B.C. - or if you would like more information please give Liz  Moras of Landmark Realty Chilliwack a call at- 604-799-0459 or e-mail at lizmoras@gmail.com.      Copyright © 2009 By Liz Moras, All Rights Reserved. All information provided by this author is only an opinion, it is not guaranteed, may be based on information collected from several sources, and may be time sensitive.  It is not necessarily representative of the opinions of Landmark Realty Chwk. Ltd..                                   
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By Darrell Backen, Digital Marketing
(Darrell Backen 1.855.216.6010)
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By Darrell Backen, Digital Marketing
(Darrell Backen 1.855.216.6010)
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By Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor
 THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT SHIFT IS BACK IN TOWN!  This is one of the best events ever for Realtors - and I'm posting this as a general invitation for Realtors or the General Public in the Port Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack areas............although it would certain be worth the drive from even further!  Looking for a Shift? Come on Down!                                                                                                                               If you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling property in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley or anywhere in the Fraser Valley Area of B.C. - or if you're considering a career in Real Estate or would like more information about Keller Williams please give Liz  Moras a call!  Managing Broker and ...
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