10 WAYS IN WHICH WE ARE HELPING OUR CLIENTS SAFELY BUY AND SELL HOMES

Thinking of putting your home on the market? You’re not alone. As of May 25th, new listings in the Fraser Valley have increased by over 46 per cent compared to the same period in April.

And last month, even though transactions were down significantly compared to April of last year, on average on a daily basis, 23 families in the Fraser Valley relied on the guidance and advice from their REALTOR® and purchased a new home, while on average, 47 sellers per day listed their home.

Chris Shields is the President of the FVREB. “Housing needs do not stop during a pandemic. It’s why we were declared an essential service early on and why the real estate industry was included in BC’s phased reopening for businesses.”

“We have been working hard since the beginning of the lockdown to serve our clients in innovative and effective ways that limit personal interaction yet showcase homes and facilitate sales,” added Shields.

If you are currently considering buying or selling a home, here are the top ten actions REALTORS® are taking to meet WorkSafeBC’s new guidelines to serve the public:

  1. DIGITAL COMMUNICATION
    Your Realtor will communicate with you through telephone, email, or video/teleconference. During this period, Realtors have been connecting virtually with their clients more than ever through FaceTime, Zoom and other videoconferencing technologies.
  2. DOUBLING THE VOLUME OF LISTING PHOTOS ON REALTOR.CA
    As you search Canada’s most-viewed real estate website, you’ll notice that Fraser Valley listings may display up to 40 photos now, up from a previous maximum of 20. This allows your Realtor to provide more visual depth and detail for your listing.
  3. VIRTUAL HOME TOURS
    In April, Realtor.ca introduced a new feature that allows Realtors to showcase listings by integrating video and 3D tours from multiple popular services. Since mid-April, traffic to Realtor.ca has increased by 14 per cent and inquiries to Realtors have increased by 25 per cent.
  4. LIVE STREAMING OPEN HOUSES
    Realtors are now scheduling and promoting live stream open houses using popular platforms such as Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom and YouTube. They walk through the home videoing each room describing while you watch live and in real time. “What’s behind that door?” They’ll show you.
  5. E-TRANSACTIONS
    No sharing of pens and much more efficient. For many years, Fraser Valley Realtors have guided their clients through the completion of MLS® contracts electronically using PDF and e-signature technology.
  6. E-DOCUMENTS
    If you haven’t sold your home in a while, you may not be aware that strata documents, land title documents, floor plans and others are available digitally. Your Realtor will email them to you.
  7. SAFE IN-PERSON VIEWINGS
    When a client is serious about a purchase, they (and their home inspector) must see the home. Per WorkSafeBC’s reopening guidelines, Realtors are working with their buyers and sellers to ensure that in-person viewings adhere to stringent safety protocols including physical distancing; handwashing and sanitizing; the use of masks, gloves and shoe covers; viewings by appointment only; limiting the number of viewers and allowing time to disinfect between viewings.
  8. DISINFECTING REALTOR/CLIENT HIGH-TOUCH SURFACES
    When appropriate, Realtors are taking extra precautions to ensure that high-touch areas such as keys, lockboxes, doorknobs, handrails, elevator buttons, etc. are cleaned and disinfected.
  9. ENSURING REAL ESTATE OFFICES ARE SAFE TO VISIT
    Like many businesses, numerous local real estate brokerages are in the process of reopening and are aware of the government’s stringent public safety guidelines including physical distancing policies, personal protective measures, and disinfection protocols.
  10. NEW PROVINCIAL REAL ESTATE STANDARD FORMS TO PROTECT CLIENTS
    A new Notice & Acknowledgement form is available for use by your Realtor during the COVID-19 pandemic. It alerts clients of changes to the real estate practice and supports your safety by helping you make informed decisions.

For more information about how the FVREB and its 3,671 members are working to keep real estate transactions safe during the pandemic, see our dedicated page at www.fvreb.bc.ca/about/covid-19-update/

In addition, the province’s real estate licensing body, the Real Estate Council of BC has a COVID-19 page devoted to consumers.


MORE THAN 10,000 PEOPLE SIGN A PETITION TO KEEP LANGLEY’S DRIVE IN THEATRE OPEN

More than 10,500 people have now signed an online petition asking the health authority to allow the Langley drive-in theatre to continue after it had it’s allowable capacity cut from 200 to only 50 vehicles.

CLICK HERE to sign the online petition.

There is some confusion as to whether the movie theatre is designated as a ‘drive in event’ (which has a maximum capacity of 50 vehicles) or a ‘drive in theatre’. The theatre previously hosted 200 vehicles with a distance of 20 feet apart. The health authority are also claiming that the theatre’s take out food license is not valid even though it was used all through phase 1 of the pandemic.

To read more, check out the article in the LANGLEY TIMES

 


CHECK OUT THE LATEST SNAPSTATS VIDEO FOR APRIL IN THE FRASER VALLEY

Check out the latest SnapStats video for the Fraser Valley. Due to the pandemic we are not seeing the typical number of sales we would see at this time of year. However there has been almost no change in benchmark prices in either condos, townhomes or single family home. In fact prices are slight up over last month and also up over this time last year. The SnapStats indicate that we are currently in a ‘balanced market’

 

 


SOLD – 206 36688 KING ROAD ABBOTSFORD

Congratulations to our sellers on the sale of your condo! Thank you for putting your trust in us and congratulations on the purchase of your new home!!

Welcome to COLLEGE PARK PLACE. This 2 bed 2 bath open plan unit is light and bright & Benefits from southern exposure. The great layout has bedrooms separated by the living space for max privacy & has 2 full bathrooms. Stylish laminate flooring throughout, crown molding & updated pot lights in living room. Tons of storage, BONUS, 2 large pantries & laundry/storage room, side by side washer dryer & cabinets. Master bedroom could fit a king bed & has walkthrough his and hers closets. Spend winter in front of the cozy gas fireplace (gas included) or sun filled summer days on the south facing deck. 2 parking spaces. Excellent CENTRAL location, minutes to highway 1, walking & biking trails, shopping, restaurants, Abbotsford Events Centre and the University Of Fraser Valley.


Check out the March 2020 SnapStats for the Fraser Valley.

The typical ‘Spring Market’ made a great start in March but the need for social distancing meant we had to make some big changes on how we do business and that was bound to have an impact on sales. Take a look at the SnapStats Video for the Fraser Valley – March 2020.

For more information on how we have adapted our business and the current market, call or email Garry Voigt – 604 789 2140, info@garryvoigt.com.

 


CHECK OUT THE LATEST SNAPSTATS FOR THE FRASER VALLEY FOR FEBRUARY 2020

Check out the latest SnapStats for the Fraser Valley for February 2020. Sales are up and there has been a slight increase in sales prices indicating that we are in a ‘Sellers Market’. We are once again seeing multiple offer situations not only in condos and townhomes but also single family homes. Inventory is low and there are a lot of buyers out there!!

Contact Garry Voigt today for more information 604 789 2140 or info@garryvoigt.com

 

This report data was captured on March 2, 2020 from the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board MLS® . Refer to our YTD reports for sustained periods of the Sales Ratio % . The accuracy and completeness of the information is not guaranteed. In providing this information SnapStats® or Garry Voigt do not assume any responsibility or liability. More info at snap-stats.com .


JUST LISTED – 2 BED- 2 BATH TOWNHOME IN LANGLEY CITY

 

Welcome to THE COURTYARDS. This light, bright 2 bed, 2 bath has some great upgrades & designer features. The kitchen & dining room, with gorgeous wood effect floor tile, open onto a sunny SOUTH facing deck, overlooking the QUIET courtyard. Modern dining room light fitting plus crown molding on the main floor. The large living room features a cozy fireplace with slate stone surround & large wood mantel. Upstairs you’ll find a huge laundry closet. The large master has a wainscoting feature & mirrored closets + organizers. Another designer touch – reclaimed wood feature wall in 2nd bed.  BONUS 3 parking! 1 on pad out front and 2 covered in tandem garage, fenced south facing patio off garage. Tons of street parking 5 mins walk to Linwood Park & Nicomekl  Elementary. O/H Sat/Sun Feb 15/16 2-4PM


INVENTORY IS LOW – IF YOU ARE THINKING OF LISTING – GET AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION AND DO IT NOW!

The end of 2019 showed no let up in Real Estate sales and the market was extremely strong! We are in what is considered a ‘Sellers Market’** with some homes going into multiple offers due to low inventory and strong demand from buyers.

**For example, the inventory for Langley Condos was down 30% from November to December 2019 but sale price was up 1%. Sales price per sq ft was up 8%.

Inventory for Langley detached homes was down 35% compared to November and sales prices remained unchanged.

Don’t wait for the ‘Spring Market’! In this sellers market, it pays to get ahead of the competition! If you are considering selling your home in Langley, Cloverdale or in the Fraser Valley, let the Garry Voigt Real Estate Team help.

Gall Garry Voigt today 604 789 2140 or email info@garryvoigt.com.

**© 2010-2020 SnapStats® Publishing Co. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, copied, posted on the internet or forwarded in any printed or electronic form at without written permission. This report data was captured on January 2, 2020 from the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board M LS® . Refer to our YTD reports for sustained periods of the Sales Ratio % . The accuracy and completeness of the information is not guaranteed. In providing this information SnapStats® or Garry Voigt do not assume any responsibility or liability. M ore info at snap-stats.com .


YOUR BC ASSESSMENT IS IN – LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

If you live in BC, you may have already received your new BC Assessment. Understanding why your Assessment has increased or decreased compared to the previous year can be extremely confusing.
One of the most important things to understand is that the Assessment is actually based on the market value of your house as of July 1st the previous year, and not the market value in January when the Assessment is mailed. The Assessment also does not necessarily have any bearing on the actual Market Value of your home and this can lead to even more confusion.
For a more accurate, up to date valuation your Realtor can create a Comparable Market Analysis. Contact Garry Voigt and let his expertise help you understand your home’s market value.
There is a lot of information contained with the BC Assessment website that tries to help clarify
the Assessment process. Click on the video and link below for more.
If you disagree with you Assessment you can appeal but you have to do this before the January 31st deadline!!


NEWLY LISTED – ONE OF THE MOST STUNNING AND UNIQUE HOME IN BC!

The future of sustainable building is here! One of the most unique homes on a 5 acre farm is situated at the end of a NO THROUGH ROAD in a quiet rural setting. The farm is currently organically growing over 80 varieties of crops & features multiple outbuildings including, large storage units, 2 greenhouses, 110 x 90 fruit cage, 1100 sq ft treehouse for guests & a 30 x 20 heated barn for events. CUSTOM BUILT, architecturally stunning, unique home that has been featured in many publications due to its negative carbon footprint Hempcrete structure. There is also an opportunity for a lucrative turnkey business. This is a must see!! Just too much to list for this property!. Please don’t go on property without an appt. More info www.garryvoigt.com Hemp House.

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