Prince George, BC Real Estate News

By Melissa Santos
(RE/MAX Centre City)
Purchasing a foreclosure can offer excellent and unique opportunity to earn money in a long or short term investment.  Currently in Prince George, there are 33 foreclosure listings. If you would like a copy of the current list, please contact me at melissasantos@remax.net or by phone at (250) 649-8110.
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
Please visit me at the Prince George Chateau on Saturday, January 22 from 10 -4 for their Open House Event. I'll be there to answer any questions you may have in regard to downsizing, selling your home and current market conditions.I've worked for many years with Senior Citizens and extensively with seniors housing so I'm sensitive to the concerns and challenges of moving when older.  
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By Melissa Santos
(RE/MAX Centre City)
WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW, PUT IT ASIDE AND READ THIS BOOK!!!! "GO FOR NO"..... I READ IT IN ONE SITTING IN UNDER ONE HOUR! AS A PROFESSIONAL WE SET GOALS EACH DAY AND EACH WEEK. GENERALLY THESE GOALS ARE SET OUT TO GENERATE SUCCESS AND PREVENT FAILURE. THIS BOOK WILL SHOW YOU A DIFFERENT MODEL ON HOW TO REACH SUCCESS.... SAY THIS WEEK YOUR GOAL IS TO CLOSE ONE DEAL AND GET ONE NEW LISTING. WHAT TYPES OF THINGS MIGHT YOU DO TO GET THE BUSINESS....COLD CALL, CONTACT YOUR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE, EXPIREDS, FSBO'S....WHATEVER IT IS YOU MAY DO....CHANCES ARE YOU ARE GOING TO FACE SOME SORT OF REJECTION TRYING TO GET THE BUSINESS AND IT IS EASY TO GET DISCOURAGED..... ....ITS NOW THURSDAY MORNING, YOU DONT HAVE THAT LISTINGS...YOU HAVENT CLOSED THAT SALE, IT LUNCH TIME...AND YOU DECIDE YO...
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By Melissa Santos
(RE/MAX Centre City)
As most of you probably came across this morning in the globe and mail or some other new source, there will be a few changes to Canadian mortgage rules.  I find people generally tend to react negatively to change in these types of systems, however I personally feel this could be a positive change. First off, in case werent aware of the changes that will commence in 60 days from now, here they are: -The minimum amortization periods will now be 30 years as opposed to 35 years -The maximum amount you can borrow in refinancing your home will be 85% from 90% -Ottawa will withdraw government insurance backing on line of credits secured by homes How do you think buyers will react to these changes? Will we have a sudden rush of buyers in the next 60 days?  Will homeowners take advantage of the ...
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
I am very cautious about making notes on listing sheets as I show homes to my buyers.  I try to note items in the home that are attached, appliances, sheds, or anything else that I feel may be noteworthy should the viewing lead to an offer. Last year I ran into a tricky item which both the seller's agent and myself overlooked until my buyer mentioned it to me.  It is an item that is usually hidden from view and no thought ever given to it. What could such an item be?  None other than the flat screen television mount on the wall. To the buyer this means if the mount is not included in the sale, a provision has to be made in the offer that the wall be repaired and repainted. If left behind as an afixed item and not wanted by the buyer then he will end up being responsible to repair the wa...
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
Uta Marshall leverages technology to help her listings sell more quickly, broadcast them to a wider market, and to give her clients better customer service.
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
You'll be surprised and impressed with this lovely 3 bdrm older mobile. The home is bright, clean and very well cared for and features newer flooring, roof and deck. As a bonus the property also features a huge 960 sf metal clad shop with 10 ft doors which is insulated, wired and heated. The lot is very private yet only a few minutes drive from downtown. Buyer to verify measurements if important.  See a virtual tour here:  http://www.visualtour.com/show.asp?t=2031542&prt=10003
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
I noticed today that the interest rates have jumped up a little bit in Canada. Yesterday's rate for a 5 year term was 3.54% and today I saw it at 3.79% (from Canequity.com).   I am hearing rumblings/rumours that it may go up to 4% or more next week. If you are planning on purchasing a home in the very near future, you may want to see your banker or mortgage broker for a mortgage preapproval before the interest rates go up.
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
This 4 bedroom 2 bath home is bright and clean. Includes fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer, dryer and freezer.  It features a 2+ car garage, RV parking, sundecks  and large fenced yard.   A perfect family home close to all levels of schools (including French Immersion), ski hill and shopping.   Non-smoking, one pet allowed.  References required.  $1400 per month plus utilities.  Available July 1/09   Please contact Uta Marshall at 250-981-5580 to view.         Please do not contact me in regard to any other rental properties.  This is my own rental home and otherwise I do not handle rental properties.    I can refer you to property managers that may be able to assist you. 
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
Beautiful rancher with basement in Westgate. Perfect for the growing family with 3 bedrooms up, 2 down (1 unfinished), 3 bathrooms and located on a cul-de-sac. Sliding glass doors lead to the partially covered sundeck off the open kitchen/dining room. The master bedroom features a garden door leading onto the deck and a soaker tub in the ensuite. Laundry on the main, built in vacuum and appliances are included. $289,900
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
Don't miss out on this gorgeous home - plus a yard to die for! This family home has 4 bdrms and 2 baths and is close to elementary school and shopping. It features a newer kitchen and dining room addition with tile floors. Gas fireplaces compliment the living and family rooms. Newer roof, HWT, windows, high efficiency furnace and too many other features to list. Beautiful wrought iron security gate leads to the backyard where you'll find a 36x22 double garage, concrete driveway and patio area. You will see the quality and pride of ownership in this home. All appliances are included.  
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
Though there is still LOTS of snow in my yard - at least a good two feet still, I am getting anxious for spring to arrive and the gardening season to begin. As I was out and about the other day I came across a flyer advertising Prince George's 100 Foot Diet. It is a seminar being held for people wanting to learn how to plan, plant and grown their own vegetables. The seminar is being held at Cedars Christian School  (701 North Nechako Road) on Saturday, April 4 from 9:30 am to Noon.  The suggested Donation is $5 per person. Two of the presenters are graduates fo the local master Gardening program.
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
Newly updated 3 bdrm home is perfect for investment or the first time buyer. Lots of updates including new mid efficiency furnace, HWT, doors, lighting, flooring, bathroom with soaker tub, and the new windows are waiting for installation. Potential rent for this half duplex is $1000 - $1100 or more.  Seller is willing to manage the property if investor is not local (Prince George, BC). ONLY $97,500!    
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
Horse lovers and hobby farmers - here is the home you have been waiting for!  A very spacious home with extra large rooms and an attached double garage on 5 acres. The 20x30 barn contains 3 pens and 2 stalls and an upper hay loft.  The property is fenced and has several outbuildings including a tack shed.  The 4 large bedrooms and 4 bathrooms plus familyroom with fireplace and wide hallways make this a great home for a growing family.  Lots of space and storage in this home, plus an outside basement entry.  Hotwater heat keeps this home at an even temperature in the winter. Only $299,900     
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
The provincial government released its Budget and Fiscal plan this month, outlining its plans to manage through difficult global economic times. The budget is a measured approach to managing the province's finances as government faces a tough balancing act to maintain hard-won improvements in provincial public finances. The province's debt to GDP ratio - the main indicator of the government's overall fiscal health - declined over the past decade from a high of 21.3% in 2002/03 to 13.8% in 2008/09. The government's debt to GDP ratio will increase to 15.8% by 2011/12 to accommodate additional capital spending of $2.0 billion and an operating deficit of $495 million in fiscal year 2009/10 and $245 million in 2010/11. The increased capital spending is expected to lever an additional $1.0 bi...
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
I appear to be working with a lot of first time home buyers since the beginning of the year.  There seems to be surge of new homeowners for 2009. I found some news articles that show that young adults and renters the ones who will spark the up surge in home sales this year. The Royal Bank of Canada conducted a survey and found that the under 35 crowd are 48% likely to purchase a home this year, which is up from 36% last year.Renters are also likely to buy - 38% planning on becoming homeowners within the next 2 years. They don't want to put some equity in their own pocket instead of paying someone else's rent.Most new home buyers are saying it makes sense to buy now; low interest rates, an increase in listings, coupled with a fall in prices make 2009 an ideal time to purchase. Though you...
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
Morgan Ridge Estates - the most desirable park in PG! Immaculate 3 bedroom mobile in desirable Morgan Ridge. This home features vaulted ceilings in living room, kitchen and master bedroom. It sports new living room carpet and a very open design. Beautiful yard also comes with an 8x10 shed and 4x8 garden shed. Lots of extra features! Perfect for a retired couple or young family. Call Uta at 250-981-5580 to book your viewing today!    
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
Seedy Saturday at Exploration PlaceSaturday February 21, 2009 From 10am - 3pmSee information and displays of local garden clubs and non-profit groups, buy organic and heritage seeds, see displays about xeriscaping, naturescaping, beneficial insects and more.Master Gardeners to answer your questions. The public is encouraged to bring their saved seeds to donate and/or trade. Seeds should be cleaned, and labelled. Seedy Saturday Presentations include:10:30 a.m. Saving for a Rainy Day with Master Gardener in Training, Dave Rempel The Importance of saving seeds and a bit about Canada's Seeds of Diversity11:00 a.m. When the Well Runs Dry with Master Gardener in Training, Grace Morrice Incorporating water conservation techniques into your landscape11:45 a.m. Beneficial Insects with Master Gar...
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
Today is February 12, 2009... let's fast forward exactly one year ahead.  Today will be the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC. I recently had the question of "Will the Olympics affect our housing market?"   In my opinion I don't feel that Prince George will feel any effect of this special event on our real estate market.  I believe we are too far away from the lower mainland (700km) to feel any impact here. That doesn't mean we won't see any benefit from the Olympics.  I think visitors which come from other countries they will take some extra time to explore not only Vancouver, but the rest of the province as well.  This will help to boost our tourism economy and hopefully influence visitor's friends and family to visit in the future. One of the Olympic legac...
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By Uta Marshall, REALTOR at Royal LePage Prince George, BC
(Royal LePage)
  Nice flat 5 acres which has been cleared and is located in Pineview. Build your new home or place a mobile. New homes and mobiles in the vicinity.  Buyer to confirm water and septic.  Unfortunately Pineview water system does not service the property. Only minutes from town, this will be a great place to raise a family and keep animals.This lot can be purchased together with Lot 1.$49,900! It's priced for a quick sale!Call Uta for details - 250-981-5580
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