B.C. SET TO RELAX THE RULES ON SECONDARY RESIDENCES ON ALR

In 2019 the BC Government bought in legislation to limit the size of residences on farm land to halt the building of so-called “Mega Mansions’ Another part of this legislation was the necessity for farmers to get permission from the Agricultural Land Commission to build secondary residences on their land.

The changes propose that secondary residences be allowed on ALR land but they cannot be more than 1000 sq ft. However, there would be more flexibility for use including being able to use the secondary home as rental accommodation. This is great news for farmers!

It is proposed that the maximum size of primary residences will remain at 5,400 but secondary residences will no longer have to be mobile or manufactured homes.

Click on the links below to read more.

VANCOUVER SUN

BC GOV NEWS

If you would like more information call Garry Voigt 604 789 2140 – Your Local Langley Realtor

 


HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED THE BENEFITS OF BUYING VS RENTING?

There is no doubt about it, there are definitely some benefits to renting a home rather than taking the leap to purchase. Your costs can be lower than if you purchase but what about getting a return on that investment?

The article below sets out 5 really good incentives to buy instead of renting.

 

  1. Possible Tax Breaks
  2. Getting help from CMHC to purchase a home
  3. Using your RRSP contributions as leverage
  4. GST New Housing Rebate
  5. Building Equity and Credit

Click Here to read the article recently published in REW.ca

If you are looking to buy your first home and want more information about the benefits of buying a home call Garry Voigt today, email www.garryvoigt.com or call 604 789 2140. We have helped many happy first time buyers navigate their first purchase!

 


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.

VIRTUAL TOUR

 

 


CHECK OUT THE DECEMBER STAPSTATS FOR THE FRASER VALLEY – METRO VANCOUVER AND GREATER VANCOUVER

Check out the SnapStats Markt Speedo Video of the Fraser Valley – December 2019.

We are still in a ‘Sellers Market’ – Sales were up over 50% compared to December 2018 and the median sales price has increased by 6% compared to December 2018.

If you are thinking of selling, don’t wait for the ‘Spring Market’, the time to sell is NOW!

FRASER VALLEY NOVEMBER 2019 

GREATER VANCOUVER NOVEMBER 2019

METRO VANCOUVER NOVEMBER 2019

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. More info at snap-stats.com


CHECK OUT THE NOVEMBER STAPSTATS FOR THE FRASER VALLEY – METRO VANCOUVER AND GREATER VANCOUVER

Check out the latest market stats for the Fraser Valley. See the links under the video for further market stats for The Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver and Greater Vancouver.

For more information on the November 2019 market click on the links below

FRASER VALLEY NOVEMBER 2019 

GREATER VANCOUVER NOVEMBER 2019

METRO VANCOUVER NOVEMBER 2019


LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN TO DO IN LANGLEY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON – THEN CHECK OUT THESE LOCAL EVENTS!

DECEMBER EVENTS IN LANGLEY

Dec 6, 2019

Vancouver Giants Hockey Game

Langley Events Centre, 7:30pm.

 

Dec 7, 2019

Inclusion Langley Breakfast with Santa

Langley Golf & Banquet Centre, 9-2:30pm. Come and enjoy Breakfast with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elf! Tickets required – purchase before event, Eventbrite

 

Magic of Christmas

Downtown Langley. Featuring Breakfast with Santa, live entertainment, crafts for kids, letters to Santa, parade, tree lighting and caroling. Breakfast with Santa: 9-11am, Entertainment and Crafts: 4-6pm, Parade 6-7pm, Tree Lighting and Caroling 7-7:30pm. langleycity.ca

 

Breakfast With Santa

Douglas Recreation Centre, 9am. Join us for some crafts, face painting, a magic show and breakfast! Pre-registration required by Dec 4. langleycity.ca

 

Christmas Through the Decades

Langley Centennial Museum, 10am. Let nostalgia guide you through games, crafts, and photos and toys popular between 1960 and 1999. $10/Family of 4, museum.tol.ca reg code 58228

 

Walnut Grove Artisans Market

A great place to shop local businesses all in one place! From local artists, handmade jewelry and baby products to artisanal foods, home décor, soaps and beauty products, we have it all! With 30+ vendors you can shop for everyone at once and even treat yourself while supporting the WGSS Athletics Department. 9am-5pm. Admission $2 supporting the WGSS Athletics Department.

 

Dream Christmas Market

It will be a Christmas Market unlike any other! Shop for the perfect gift from a lineup of handpicked vendors; take part in a wreathe making workshop; enjoy a little Christmas cheer by sampling cocktails; peruse the silent auction and spend a day with beautiful friends soaking up the festive spirit. Entry by donation. All proceeds will benefit The City Dream Centre, a local non-profit working with under-privileged children, teens and families in our community. 1:30-6pm, Fort Langley Community Hall

 

Dec 8, 2019

Vancouver Giants Hockey Game

Langley Events Centre, 4pm.

 

Dec 11, 2019

Woodpeckers & Waterfowl on the Wing Wander

Aldergrove Regional Park, 10-noon. A walk through a restricted-access wetland to find woodpeckers and waterfowl. $3/person.  Adult-only. Registration code 7853 metrovancouveronline.org Call: 604-432-6359

Langley Field Naturalists

Visit Blaine and Drayton Harbour 9am. This area is an important over-wintering area for shorebirds and waterfowl. Will also visit Semiahmoo Park. Don’t forget your passports. 604-576-6831 for information or to attend.

Questions To Ask Your Accountant
Whether you are just starting your business, been in business for years, or looking to sell your business; taxes are a major part of the management of your business. Join us as our speaker will walk through how to pay yourself, the impact of recent tax legislation, and how to plan for selling your business in the future or handing it to the next generation. 7:30pm in Fort Langley. Free. Register langley-business-events.com/upcoming-business-seminars.html

Dec 13, 2019

The Langley Meals on Wheels – Food & Friends Christmas Luncheon. Church in the Valley – 23589 Old Yale Road. 11:30am-3pm. Please call 604-533-1679 for details.

ACTS Seminaries Christmas Tea Open House

Open House Open House + Story Sharing. 9-11:30am. ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University, 7600 Glover Road. actsseminaries.com/openhouse

Dec 13-15, 2019

Christmas in the Village Festival Market
Fort Langley Community Hall,10-6pm daily. Free entry by donation. Traditional Christmas foods and gifts, Christmas Music, Christmas Kids Zone, Santa and his Elves will be there!

Dec 14, 2019

Opus One Women’s Choir

Immanuel Christian Reform Church, 7pm. There is something for all audience members in our program. Tickets opusonewomenschoir@gmail.com, facebook.com/events

Holiday Chaos

Timms Community Centre, 1-4pm. Free family fun! Join us for holiday themed crafts, face painting, bouncy castles and more! langleycity.ca

Christmas by Candlelight

Fort Langley NHS, 6pm. Experience the natural beauty of Fort Langley by night and join costumed interpreters for a guided, holiday-themed tour. Rain, snow or shine! pc.gc.ca

Dec 17, 2019

Vancouver Giants Hockey Game

Langley Events Centre, 7pm.

 

Dec 21-23, 2019

Dec 27-30, 2019

Heritage Holidays at the Fort

Fort Langley NHS. Hear stories by the fire, taste a roasted chestnut, and join costumed interpreters for a guided, holiday-themed tour. pc.gc.ca

Dec 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

Dec 28, 2019

Vancouver Giants Hockey Game

Langley Events Centre, 7pm.

 

Dec 29, 2019

Christmas Bird Count for Kids & Youth

Brydon Lagoon, 9am. This event couples hands on science for older kids and a fun outing to look at birds for younger kids. Binoculars provided. Ages 2+. Register learn@explorescienceclub.com

 


NEW LISTING VARSITY – LANGLEY – 2 BED 2 BATH CONDO

201 20062 Fraser Highway Check out this great new listing situated in Varsity. The best location in Central Langley! More information on the Garry Voigt Real Estate Website.

 

 

Welcome to VARSITY one of the best locations in Langley. This 2 bed 2 bath home has a bright open plan layout with BRAND NEW FLOORS throughout the main living area. The great size kitchen has elegant shaker cabinets, stainless steel appliances, gas range and quartz counters. Lots of storage and counter space. The kitchen also benefits from an eat up breakfast bar. The living/dining room leads out onto the balcony with BONUS gas hook up for the BBQ! Master bedroom has great size WALK IN CLOSET with custom built in organizers. This gated community is Centrally located in downtown Langley, close to schools, transit, parks and much more! Open House Sat and Sun August 10th and 11th 2 – 4pm.