Eastern Lower Mainland Real Estate News

Dec 3, 2017

CLOTHING & TOY GIVEAWAY

A big thank you to all the hard-working volunteers and friends who donated to the Christmas clothing and...
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Dec 1, 2017

TGIF: December is here!

Lafarge Lake already looks amazing with a Christmas display rivaling Van Dusen Gardens, Rocky Point Pier...
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Nov 17, 2017

TGIF: 'Tis the Season to...

Happy Friday after a short work week for many! Early summer this year, I spent a couple of happy hours...
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Nov 10, 2017

TGIF: Your Weekend Guide to...

Our thoughts are with those who served, and their families, as we head into the Remembrance Day long...
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Nov 3, 2017

TGIF: Why Living in Port...

After our glorious summer of sunshine, it is hard to imagine a wet snowy winter like last year, but the...
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Oct 27, 2017

TGIF: Spooktacular Fun for...

All Hallows Eve... aka Hallowe’en - that strangest of of celebrations which is a mysterious blend of Celtic...
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Oct 20, 2017

TGIF: NOW is the Time for...

As our leaves turn colour and autumn rains begin, so turns our market. The largest difference for buyers is...
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Oct 6, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from the...

A Grateful Heart... After the tragic events of the past week, hot on the heels of hurricanes, tornadoes...
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Sep 15, 2017

TGIF - Settling into September

Even though we're still experiencing mid-summer temperatures, have you noticed the crunching of fallen...
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Aug 11, 2017

TGIF: BC Families Need Our...

This smoky haze we're complaining about right now is nothing compared to what residents and responders...
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Jul 28, 2017

TGIF: Real Estate Talk in...

We don't really need to say "thank goodness it's Friday" at present - this idyllic summer weather makes...
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Jul 21, 2017

Summer in the YVR 'Burbs -...

Summer - the pools & beaches are full of families enjoying the water, the parks are fun gathering places...
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Jun 30, 2017

Celebrate Canada's 150th in...

Canada Day this year is bound to be one for the books! Our ENTIRE country is gearing up to celebrate a...
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Jun 23, 2017

Be Prepared!

Those Boy Scouts & Girl Guides have it right! As words to live by, 'Be Prepared' are equal to the more...
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Jun 16, 2017

PLAID FOR DAD!

No coincidence that thousands of Canadians are wearing plaid today and on Father's Day to help raise...
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Jun 9, 2017

All Eyes Are On Port...

Another Friday is here, and all eyes are on Port Moody’s horizon! With the departure of some industry –...
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May 19, 2017

TGIF - May Long Weekend in...

Closing off another busy week in Real Estate with the May long weekend – how fun! Our adventures won’t stop...
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May 12, 2017

TGIF - Happy Mother's...

This weekend we are honoring our mothers, grandmothers and the wonderful influence of motherhood in...
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May 5, 2017

Make a Difference on...

It may not be perfect, but democracy is the best system we have. Having recently celebrated the powerful...
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May 1, 2017

Fantastic Client Event at...

We had a great time celebrating with our clients of 2016 and 2017 last night! Our team is so grateful for...
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Apr 21, 2017

TGIF: REALTORsaurus? Not...

REALTORsaurus eh? Not us - at least not intentionally! Yesterday we spent a terrifying day studying "Trends...
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Apr 14, 2017

TGIF! Happy Easter from the...

Happy Easter everyone - to those celebrating Good Friday and Easter Sunday and to those enjoying a family...
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Apr 7, 2017

TGIF: Commemorating the...

Lest we forget ..... And Canadians will not forget, as demonstrated by the numbers of young cadets,...
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Mar 31, 2017

TGIF - Great show of...

It was a day of celebration yesterday as, in the words of Mayor Greg Moor, the "family of Port Coquitlam"...
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Mar 24, 2017

TGIF - Your weekly recap of...

Spring break is almost over and hopefully, our students have had fun and are ready for school, whether they...
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Mar 17, 2017

TGIF - Happy St. Patrick's...

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! On this annual holiday, the heritage and culture of the Irish is celebrated all...
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Mar 10, 2017

TGIF - The Team Advantage

"My model for business was the Beatles; the whole was greater than the sum of the parts." - Steve Jobs The...
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Mar 3, 2017

Rotary Club of Coquitlam's...

We live in such an AMAZING community, and last night it was all about giving back! We were thrilled to be...
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Feb 17, 2017

TGIF - We've got you...

Shane’s pulling up his realtor socks - it’s going to be a busy weekend here for Real Estate! Our week...
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Feb 10, 2017

TGIF – Love is in the air!...

It’s official – they’ve got a holiday for everything now, don’t they? This year’s Family Day is on Monday,...
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Feb 3, 2017

TGIF - It's not always...

There are moments when we go to visit seniors who feel that, financially, they have no option except to...
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Jan 27, 2017

Red is IN this Year! Happy...

Gong hei fat choy Gong xi fa cai Happy New Year! We wish all our Chinese friends and clients a prosperous,...
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Jan 20, 2017

TGIF - Clients are invited...

It's that time again - time to say Hi to many of our clients and their families as they take to the ice...
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Jan 13, 2017

Permits - What Homeowners...

Permits - the necessary evil! BEWARE of the gas fitter, the contractor, electrician etc. doing professional...
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Jan 6, 2017

TGIF - BC's property...

Well we know we're well and truly into 2017 when the BC assessments hit our mailboxes! And...our phone is...
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Dec 29, 2016

TGIF - Happy New Year from...

"The more you praise and celebrate your life the more there is in life to celebrate." Words of wisdom from...
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Dec 23, 2016

Happy Holidays from the...

Merry Christmas to all our friends, colleagues and clients. We wish you the joy this season brings along...
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Dec 16, 2016

Home for the Holidays in...

First time buyers received an early Christmas gift yesterday with the Christy Clark announcement that the...
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Dec 2, 2016

TGIF - Big Day for the...

Today is the BIG DAY and we are soooo excited - finally the Tri-Cities is connected! Yes, the Evergreen...
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Nov 18, 2016

TGIF! Interest rates are on...

Well - now we know...interest rates are on the rise. Baby steps right now, but nevertheless this will be...
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Nov 5, 2016

George Derby Care Society's...

Our thoughts today are with our veterans as we prepare for Remembrance Day next Friday. Our local George...
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Oct 28, 2016

TGIF: We're Not Scared -...

We discovered some quiet good news this week. If you buy a brand new condo under $750,000, property...
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Oct 21, 2016

TGIF - Talking...

In this neck of the woods, we are always accused of being obsessed with real estate (and the weather!) just...
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Oct 5, 2016

Sheila's Letter from New York

Yes - it's not even Friday, but this blog is coming from New York. Here's our TGIF news update, so we'll...
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Sep 23, 2016

Attention Students!

RE/MAX of Western Canada annually awards $16,000 in bursaries of $1,000 each to graduating students through...
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Sep 16, 2016

The New Industry Buzzword -...

"Deleverage" - it's the new buzz word in banking and financial circles. It seems to mean, what happens...
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Sep 10, 2016

Not Playing Ball

Changing the goalposts part way through the game seems to be par for the course these days. Just enough to...
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Sep 2, 2016

TGIF: Happy Labour Day Long...

Here it is - the last long weekend of the summer and everyone says the same thing - it flew by! This means...
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Aug 26, 2016

Heat Waves and Brain Waves

We bet the sales of fans & air conditioners have risen sharply over the past week - wouldn't be surprised...
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Aug 19, 2016

This Week in B.C. Real...

Fallout from the Provincial decision to make the 15% additional foreign buyer tax retroactive to include...
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Aug 12, 2016

Miracle Treat Day! Sweet...

We hope there were record sales for 'Blizzards' at all the Dairy Queens yesterday! The proceeds from these...
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Aug 5, 2016

This Week's News on the 15%...

What a blessing to live in a safe country! Vancouver's tourism is up substantially this year contributing...
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Jul 29, 2016

SUMMER SWINGS IT, B.C....

Happy August long weekend! Enjoy it wherever you are - summer is in full swing. Last weekend seemed like...
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Jul 22, 2016

Dance like everyone is...

We are in the service & sales industry - if we don't work, we don't get paid - if we don't treat our...
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Jul 15, 2016

TGIF

It's not your imagination - tis the season for construction projects happening all through our Cities....
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Jul 13, 2016

Has there ever been this...

Even for Vancouverites, we have hit a new high. Foreign ownership & unaffordability aside, the other big...
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Jun 30, 2016

TGIF and Happy Canada Day!

Interesting data from a recent CIBC survey of Canadian households - each household will spend around...
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Jun 22, 2016

Family Morning at the Movies

Our first annual movie morning for our younger clients at Silver City Saturday was a big hit! Disney’s...
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Jun 17, 2016

Congratulations Dads and...

Treasure the time with your Dads - whether that's in person or, if they are further away, via all those...
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Jun 15, 2016

CURRENT MARKET UPDATE

We are barreling towards the longest day of the year - where has the year gone?! Used to be that summer was...
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May 23, 2016

Happy Victoria Day!

It's the first long weekend of the season, and whether sunshine or clouds, it's the official kickoff of...
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Mar 25, 2016

Happy Easter Weekend!

Whether or not you share the religious holiday, we wish you and your family a healthy happy Easter long...
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Mar 18, 2016

We're The Lucky Agents,...

Hope you all enjoyed the luck of the Irish this week - it was certainly a beautiful day for the wearing of...
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Mar 17, 2016

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

It's March 17th and we wish you all the best for this Saint Patrick's Day! Of course, even if you have the...
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Mar 12, 2016

The Market Springs Ahead

Another week when some of the real estate happenings have occurred predictably and others have proved to be...
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Feb 26, 2016

TGIF: Boomers Making...

Baby Boomers are the first retiring generation considering lifestyle choices - often well before they...
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Feb 23, 2016

#PINKSHIRTDAY FEB 24: Stand...

On February 24, 2016 we encourage everyone to practice kindness, and wear a CKNW Orphans’ Fund Official...
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Feb 19, 2016

TGIF - DENSIFICATION

"Densification" is the current planning buzz word - and we see it all around us. But the significance comes...
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Feb 12, 2016

FREE TICKETS: We've Got...

The BC Home + Garden Show is coming to Canada Place FEB 17-21. This is the perfect place to get in the know...
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Feb 12, 2016

Love is in the air...

...and in the card shops, florists & any place chocolate is sold! February 14 is the day we celebrate...
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Feb 6, 2016

Gong Hey Fat Choy! Happy...

Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Hey Fat Choy...or Gong xi fa cai if you're speaking Mandarin! Clean the house...
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Dec 11, 2015

TGIF: 'Twas Two Fridays...

The federal Department of Finance is making serious statements about increasing the mandatory downpayment...
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Nov 23, 2015

TGIF - WINTER IS COMING

The lower mainland's longest running blanket drive is in full swing as we head into some colder weather....
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Nov 13, 2015

Remembrance Day in Port Moody

It was a glorious Remembrance Day in Port Moody – with packed streets for the parade and service. Sooo...
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Oct 9, 2015

TGIF - Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone - the perfect time to count our blessings. As a team, we are so grateful for...
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Sep 11, 2015

TGIF- FALL IS IN THE AIR

Welcome back to the real world of Fall with school, night classes, clubs & activities all starting up for...
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Aug 21, 2015

TGIF - SUMMER STRETCHES ON

Summer stretches on..... So dry that the leaves on the ground seem like an early Fall except for the...
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Feb 21, 2015

WAY TO GO VICKY!!!

"Everyone wants to belong, to feel included, and sometimes all a child needs is something extra to enable...
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Feb 20, 2015

TGIF - LOVE IS IN THE AIR

What a week - last Friday, Valentine's Day, this Thursday Lunar New Year. The power of love and the power...
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Feb 6, 2015

TGIF - FAMILY DAY LONG WEEKEND

Not only is it Friday, but also the start of a long weekend. Whether you're skiing at Whistler or cosily...
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Jan 12, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Happy New Year - may 2015 be healthy, happy and prosperous. As we plan our business year once more, we...
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Dec 4, 2014

BC REGIMENT LUNCHEON

Best Lunch of the Year!! Supporting the Troops and Local Charities at the BC Regiment with Honorary Colonel...
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Nov 28, 2014

TGIF - SEASON OF GIVING

We hear strains of "Santa Claus is coming to town" and see the glittering decorations in the public places...
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Nov 22, 2014

Realtors Care Blanket Drive

Now is the moment our programs to keep the homeless safe from the weather overnight are well underway. And...
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Nov 14, 2014

TGIF - MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS...

All the political campaigning will be over by tomorrow evening, signs will be down and new councillors and...
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Nov 7, 2014

TGIF - REMEMBRANCE DAY

"We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we...
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Oct 31, 2014

TGIF - HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM...

Today is a day kids love, so please watch out for them this evening. Because Hallowe'en falls on a Friday...
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Oct 28, 2014

Francis Hawthorne,...

A fantastic evening of fun with gourmet meal, fine paired wines and great guests. Chef Chris Beall (Eden...
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Oct 24, 2014

TGIF- THE GALLERY BISTRO

The Arts really are alive and well in Port Moody, much of it happening at Gallery Bistro, 2411 Clarke St....
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Oct 21, 2014

THE SPOOKIEST HOUSE IN TOWN!!!

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THE BEST HAUNTED HOUSE IN TOWN, CREEP BY THE 443 DRAYCOTT, COQUITLAM HAUNTED HOUSE....
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Aug 14, 2014

Canada's Best Real Estate...

Real Estate Canada's Top Teams by Volume (2013). Thanks to our clients for putting us on the list!!!...
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Jul 2, 2014

Grants for Home Buyers

If you are wondering about potential grants for upcoming projects or purchases. Have a look at the link...
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May 28, 2014

INSPECTOR INSIGHTS:...

A crawlspace in a home is a portion that resides under the living area of a property.   There can be many...
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May 7, 2014

INSPECTOR INSIGHTS: PLANTS...

Living in the lower mainland, there are a lot of trees and shrubs in most places.  They can make a house...
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May 6, 2014

LAURA'S SPRING INSPIRED TIPS

It is time to put away the scarves, mitts and boots, and bring out the pastels and sunglasses!! BLOSSOM and...
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May 5, 2014

MORTGAGE MONDAYS WITH...

The cost to break your mortgage   Most homeowners should expect to pay a penalty if they want to break...
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Apr 25, 2014

TGIF - SHOW HOMES IN...

Showhomes in developments are so cleverly and temptingly put together that it is just too easy to be...
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Apr 21, 2014

MORTGAGE MONDAYS WITH...

With today’s historically low rates, many homeowners are looking for advice as to whether they should move...
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Apr 16, 2014

INSPECTOR INSIGHTS: ROOFING...

 Many times during inspections people will ask me how long their roof will last.  This can be a difficult...
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Apr 14, 2014

MORTGAGE MONDAYS WITH...

Cheapest isn’t always best!   Strangely, we know that’s true when we’re shopping for anything else, but we...
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Mar 12, 2014

INSPECTOR INSIGHTS: MOLD IN...

Attic spaces are a critical part of a home.  They help support the roof over our head which keeps the...
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Feb 19, 2014

INSPECTOR INSIGHTS: NEW...

New Construction   I always get asked the question that should someone get an inspection for a property...
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Feb 1, 2014

TGIF - KUNG HEI FAT CHOY

Kung Hei Fat Choy. Happy lunar new year to all our Asian clients, colleagues and friends.  The Year of the...
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Jan 15, 2014

INSPECTOR INSIGHTS: HOT...

Hot water heaters are an essential piece of our households. They deliver us hot water when we need it. But...
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Jan 13, 2014

BACK TO WORK

We're back to the TGIF blog after the holidays!  Happy New Year to all our friends and clients - wishing...
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Dec 13, 2013

TGIF - CHRISTMAS TIME

When did we ever have a week when forgiveness, reconciliation and peace were at the top of every newscast...
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Dec 9, 2013

SALVATION ARMY KETTLES

Ring the bells!  Ma and Pa Kettle -aka Sheila and Terry - collecting for the Salvation Army Christmas...
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Nov 15, 2013

TGIF - DONATIONS NEEDED

What a week for tragic headlines!  The death and chaos following this fierce typhoon are unimaginable....
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Nov 8, 2013

TGIF - REMEMBERANCE DAY

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" - Winston Churchill. Monday...
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Nov 7, 2013

INSPECTOR INSIGHTS: POLY B...

One of the most common plumbing pipe materials used from the late 1970’s to the late 1990’s was Poly...
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Nov 1, 2013

TGIF - MIRACLE RUN

     Hope everyone had a safe and spooky Hallowe'en - don't eal all those candies at once! An interesting...
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Oct 31, 2013

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

  THE FRANCIS & HAWTHORNE TEAM WOULD LIKE TO WISH EVERYONE A HAPPY AND SAFE ASWELL AS SPOOKY...
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Oct 30, 2013

INSPECTOR INSIGHTS:...

Improper functioning gutters and leader system can contribute to water and ice backing up against fascia...
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Oct 28, 2013

MORTGAGE MONDAYS WITH...

Most people do not realize just how important their credit bureau score is when applying for mortgages. It...
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Oct 25, 2013

TGIF - HOME MAINTENANCE

The afternoon sunshine this week made up for the fog unless you were catching an am flight!  Or...doing a...
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Oct 23, 2013

INSPECTOR INSIGHTS:...

Solid Aluminum Wiring conductors were commonly used for Residential wiring between 1969 and 1976.  Stranded...
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Oct 18, 2013

TGIF - NOW IS YOUR MOMENT

Another fabulous sunny, warm Friday!  And...our phones have been ringing off the hook with sellers wanting...
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Oct 16, 2013

MORTGAGE TALK WEDNESDAY...

It pays to use a mortgage broker.  Not exactly sure what we do? Once you read this, you will probably ask...
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Oct 11, 2013

TGIF - DAY OF THE GIRL

Today, October 11 is designated the Day of the Girl.  Wanting our girls to be smart, have fun, make wise...
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Oct 9, 2013

INSPECTOR INSIGHTS: FALL...

With the onset of fall weather and the rain and storms, maintenance on the exterior areas of the home...
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Oct 7, 2013

MORTGAGE MONDAYS WITH...

Get ready for it, stricter debt ratio standards are on the way!  When CMHC tightened mortgage rules last...
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Oct 4, 2013

TGIF - OCTOBER REAL ESTATE...

     While much of the rest of the world gears down for a recreational weekend, we in the real estate...
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Sep 26, 2013

5 Tips for choosing the...

1.) The best place to purchase a pumpkin is at a pumpkin patch, as that way you're assured that the pumpkin...
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Jul 3, 2013

SUMMER IS HERE...

Coquitlam Farmer's Market: Sundays 9am-1pm Port Moody Farmer's Market: Fridays 3pm-7pm Port Coquitlam...
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Feb 16, 2013

EAT YOUR HEART OUT!

Sink your teeth into a great cause for 2 Weeks of Dining at 6 Tri-Cities Restaurants in Support of our...
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Jan 17, 2013

Enter to Win Canucks...

O.K. Hockey Fans….The wait is over and regardless of how we feel about the lockout, who plans on watching...
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Jan 3, 2013

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT...

If your home is over 30 years old, your insurance company may require you to upgrade the plumbing,...
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Nov 21, 2012

BIKES 4 KIDS DRIVE

Most of us remember learning to ride that first bike?  Was it a Banana bike? A ten speed?  A mountain...
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Nov 9, 2012

Francis & Hawthorne invites...

Team Francis & Hawthorne invites you to Unwrapped 2012 - A Charitable Night of Shopping.  Tuesday, November...
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Nov 6, 2012

IN MEMORY...

IN MEMORY OF ALL OUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR OUR FREEDOM IN FLANDERS FIELDS POEM The...
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Aug 3, 2012

Congratulations to Port...

Olympic News:  Congratulations to Port Moody's very own Krista Guloien and the Womens 8 Rowing Team on...
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Jul 25, 2012

Miracle Treat Day

Miracle Treat Day takes place on Thursday, July 26th! Why not use this great cause as an excuse to go out...
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Jun 22, 2012

Evergreen Line will finally...

Evergreen Line will finally become a reality. But are you aware that there is no slated Skytrain station...
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Jun 15, 2012

Real Estate Board Annual...

Shane and Michelle participated in the Real Estate Board annual softball tournament.
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Oct 10, 2011

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL EVENT!

Our team had a great turnout at our 2nd Annual “Parking Lot Sale” with $1000 raised for the Eagleridge...
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Jun 4, 2010

Look for our new bus ads!

Our new Francis & Hawthorne Team ads are now on the buses in the Tri-Cities. Because just like a bus,...
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Jun 2, 2010

HST (Harmonized Sales Tax)...

On July 1st the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) will be eliminated. On that date, you’ll see the 7% B.C. rate...
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Apr 23, 2010

Sheila Francis won Real...

Port Moody realtor Sheila Francis won the Real Estate Board's Professional Excellence Award for her...
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Feb 28, 2010

Re/max of Western Canada...

We were thrilled that our small but mighty team placed #33 in Western Canada – with Sheila achieving...
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Nov 17, 2009

Team Sheila Francis has...

We are changing our name, but our mission remains unchanged: to enjoy our work; to treat our clients as we...
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Aug 18, 2009

Sheila Francis elected to...

Sheila Francis has been elected to a two year term at the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation which began in...
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Aug 17, 2009

Maillarville turns 100!

If you are thinking of moving to Coquitlam, you should explore one of BC's most unique areas:...
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May 8, 2009

Check out our back cover in...

In this week's REW, we're on the back cover with 55 Reasons to hire Francis & Hawthorne Team -- the 55...
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May 7, 2009

Coquitlam's Bike To Work...

Even if you can only do it one day of the week, don't let that stop you! Every commute that is greener than...
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