I hope you are doing well and enjoying the start to the New Year!
Did you notice that your assessed value was lower than last year? It may have even been lower than the last few years'.
I spoke with Chris Sturrock, a senior appraiser, with BC Assessment and he mentioned that across the board in the residential sector, house prices are back down to 2008-2010 levels.
Chris eluded to the fact that the housing market has corrected and levelled off and this is reflected in house prices and assessments.
You may have noticed little change in your assessment or slight gain if you were in certain areas where there is continual growth.
It is important to realize that housing is a long term investment and should be treated as such as there will be fluctuations in the market in terms of price.
If you are looking to sell your home you would want to have a higher assessed value. This may sound obvious and is. The same is true for those looking to not sell there homes. Lower assessed value would equate to lower property taxes which everyone loves...
If you have any questions, please call me or email me.

Asbestos and YOU!


Asbestos and buildings, how can it affect you? If not handled correctly, people are in danger of inhaling asbestos contaminated air and serious chronic health problems can result.


It is important to have a heighted awareness to asbestos when acquiring, disposing, renovating, and demolishing a property that may have materials that contain asbestos.  It is advisable to have an inspection done on a property to determine if there is asbestos in advance of undertaking any of the above mentioned activities.  Costs to remove asbestos can be very substantial.


WorkSafe BC outlines those buildings older than 1990 have a potential of containing asbestos. Materials that can contain asbestos include but are not limited to, insulations; shingles and felt for roofing; exterior siding; pipe and boiler covering; compounds and cement, such as caulk, putty, roof patching, furnace cement; drywall; texture coat; ceiling tiles; vinyl floor tiles; and wiring.  For more information on this check out WorkSafe BC’s website...





We are now into 2013!! This is the year of change and the year when we make things happen!!


I am working on an exciting NEW HOMEBUYERS course to get those who are looking to buy the information they need! It will be a fun and interactive way to make things happen!!



Stay tuned!


Enjoy this New Year and work hard, train smart and enjoy life!




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