Newsletter

MARKET NEWS

The March statistics will show that many areas and product types are in a sellers’ market; however, the reality of today’s market is significantly different and statistics, while at times informative, can sometimes be misleading. Today’s market has considerable variance dependent on a number of factors: namely location, product type, condition, seller motivation, price point, and inventory levels. As I indicated last month, the market is, at present, a bit of a mixed bag. There are properties that are sitting for lengthy periods of time and others that are selling quite quickly and in multiple offer situations. What is consistent between this market and others is that properties that are sharply priced and well-conditioned will continue to sell. In years previous, agents and sellers could make an error with their list price and the market, because of its rapid rate of increase, would catch up to anything that initially appeared to be overpriced. Pricing correctly is far more critical in this current market and having the expertise and insight of a knowledgeable and skilled full time real estate professional is highly advisable. This remains an excellent time to step into the market and to make that step up the property ladder from a condo or townhouse to a detached home. Should you or anyone you know be considering a move. Please give me a call, text, or email. I’m happy to hear from you, listen to your objectives, share my insight, and provide you with some valuable information to assist in your decision making process. Please click the following link if you’d like to get together for some coffee and conversation: https://caseyduncan.ca/contact-us/

RECENT EVENTS

I had a great time at the Fraser Valley Wedding Festival at Cascades Casino this past weekend. Thank you to everyone who stopped by my table to say hello. It was a pleasure meeting so many happy couples! Congratulations to Joanna C. the recipient of my draw prize: a 1 night stay at Whistler’s gorgeous Nita Lake Lodge with breakfast for 2 at Aura restaurant. Looking forward to next year’s event!

UPCOMING EVENTS

ANNUAL EASTER COLOURING CONTEST From now until Easter Sunday is an opportunity to enter my annual Easter Colouring Contest. If you have a child 14 years of age or younger who loves to colour or know someone who does, they are eligible to submit an entry to win an Easter prize package value at $100. This includes a gift card to 4 Cats Art Studio as well as some Easter candy and art supplies. For complete contest rules and a printable colouring sheet, please email caseyduncan@macrealty.com with the subject line “Easter Colouring Contest.” Happy colouring everyone!

MAY DAY PARADE (FORT LANGLEY)

Looking forward to participating in the annual Fort Langley May Day Parade again this year. My family has opted out of the parade itself, but will have a tent set up in the Fort Langley Community Park from noon to 4 pm. Like last year, we are thrilled to have Lenard Stanga of the wildly popular and entertaining “Stories on Wheels” perform at our tent. Lenard is an incredible children’s story teller and is enjoyable for all ages. Comfortable seating, takeaways, draw prizes, and so much more await, so please, make sure to add this spectacular family event to your “must do” calendar. See you on May 20th!

APPRECIATION EVENT

In recognition of your continued support of my business, my family and I would like to invite you to a summer time event we will be hosting at the Aldergrove Water Park this coming June/July. Admission will be FREE! Details regarding this event are still being worked out and will appear in the May newsletter. Invitations to this event will be sent out shortly after. We hope you’ll be able to attend!

KNOW ANYBODY?

I’m often asked for recommendations for various trades and services such as movers, painters, house cleaners, electricians, plumbers, etc… and while I have a list of many of these individuals already, I’d love to hear from you and find out whether you have someone you know and trust that would benefit from being placed on my updated list of preferred homeowner trades and services. Perhaps this is someone you know personally like a friend or family member or someone whose services you’ve used in the past. I’d love to be able to better support those that I work with and at the same time support your connections as well. So, I’ll be reaching out over the course of the next month to see whether you have any recommendations. This trades and services directory will be emailed out to subscribers in a future newsletter.

BC’s SPECULATION AND VACANCY TAX

If you own property, this is a reminder that BC’s new speculation and vacancy tax has been implemented and home owners are now expected to register their declaration by March 31, 2019 in order to claim their exemption. Letters with declaration codes were recently mailed out to home owners. This code along with some personal identification will be needed to register your declaration. Declarations may be completed by visiting gov.bc.ca/spectax or by calling 1.833.554.2323.