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5 Reasons to Replace Your Windows

With the warmer weather here, now is the ideal time to replace your windows, so here are five great reasons why you should:

  1. Boost the “Wow” Factor - Brand-new windows have a huge impact on the overall look of a home, inside and out— an important element when you sell a home. 

  2. Save on Energy Costs - Modern windows are packed with technologies that lower heating and cooling bills. From Low-E Argon, to special spacer bars, to high-insulating construction, these technologies can provide savings and comfort you'll notice (bye-bye drafts), especially if you're replacing very old windows.

  3. Cut the Noise – New windows will reduce noise pollution, allowing a more peaceful and restful living environment. Studies have shown noise pollution to be linked with poor health (i.e., stress-related illness, high blood pressure, speech interference, hearing loss, sleep disruption, and lost productivity).

  4. Dust Defenders – If you replace your windows with ones that have the between-the-glass blinds you won’t have to worry about your window coverings becoming dust collectors.

  5. A More Secure Home – New windows have enhanced security features, such as advanced locking mechanisms and security sensors. 

Will new windows boost the resale value of your home? They might, at least a little. But there's one thing for certain: upgraded windows definitely make your home look more appealing to buyers.

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3 Not-So-Obvious Reasons It's Time to Sell

There are many good reasons to put your property on the market. Some examples include a relocation, the kids leaving the nest, the need to downsize or upsize, and the list goes on.

Beyond the obvious reasons, there may be more subtle signs that the time to sell is near, such as: 

1. Your Property Is No Longer a Good “Fit”

Your home may have been perfect for you when you bought it. But things change. Families grow. Needs evolve. For any number of reasons, your property may no longer be a good fit for you. If that's the case, it makes sense to at least see what's available on the market. Who knows? Your next "perfect" home may be for sale right now — and within your price range!

2. The Neighbourhood Is Changing

You may have been in love with the neighbourhood when you first moved in. But, over time, the characteristics of any area can change. Those changes don’t necessarily mean the neighbourhood is getting worse. It may be changing in a positive way - perhaps becoming more urban. But “more urban” may not be what you want. So, look at the direction your neighbourhood is heading. Ask yourself, "Do I still want to be living here in 2 years?"

3. You're Ready for Your Dream Home

Remember when you purchased your current property? Did it have every feature you wanted? Was it really your dream home? Or did you have to compromise on a few things, such as the size of the kitchen? If you had to make some tough choices back then, it might be time for you to finally get the home of your dreams.

Of course, there are many other reasons it may be time to make a move. If you think now might be that time, call me today.


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Neighbourhood Real Estate has JUST SOLD ANOTHER property at 346 3098 GUILDFORD WAY in Coquitlam

Colin & Greg Thornton, your Neighbourhood Real Estate Group has JUST SOLD ANOTHER property at 346 3098 GUILDFORD WAY in Coquitlam.


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Marlborough House stands as the 1st choice for those 55+! Bright spacious 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom home on the quiet side of the building! With a soaker tub & a large walk-in shower! Cozy living room with gas fireplace and slider to the large balcony overlooking the fountain & Mountains! A ton of amenities, an unbeatable social calendar, & a vibrant community atmosphere, it's unrivaled in both its offerings and its prime location. Unmatched amenities Include indoor pool, hot tub, recreation center, wood shop, rumpus room (Darts, bar, pool table) & more! A prime location near shopping (Walk to Coq Center mall), dining & across from Lafarge Lake. This is resort-style living at its finest. Don't miss out on this unparalleled opportunity! BONUS: 2 Side by Side parking stalls & Storage Locker

 

Colin Thornton PREC* & Greg Thornton With Neighbourhood Real Estate Group at Royal LePage ELITE West Realty Port Coquitlam/Greater Vancouver are top producing Real Estate Experts!

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Neighbourhood Real Estate has JUST SOLD ANOTHER property at 346 3098 GUILDFORD WAY in Coquitlam

Colin & Greg Thornton, your Neighbourhood Real Estate Group has JUST SOLD ANOTHER property at 346 3098 GUILDFORD WAY in Coquitlam.



Marlborough House stands as the 1st choice for those 55+! Bright spacious 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom home on the quiet side of the building! With a soaker tub & a large walk-in shower! Cozy living room with gas fireplace and slider to the large balcony overlooking the fountain & Mountains! A ton of amenities, an unbeatable social calendar, & a vibrant community atmosphere, it's unrivaled in both its offerings and its prime location. Unmatched amenities Include indoor pool, hot tub, recreation center, wood shop, rumpus room (Darts, bar, pool table) & more! A prime location near shopping (Walk to Coq Center mall), dining & across from Lafarge Lake. This is resort-style living at its finest. Don't miss out on this unparalleled opportunity! BONUS: 2 Side by Side parking stalls & Storage Locker
 
Colin Thornton PREC* & Greg Thornton With Neighbourhood Real Estate Group at Royal LePage ELITE West Realty Port Coquitlam/Greater Vancouver are top producing Real Estate Experts!
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Neighbourhood Real Estate has JUST SOLD ANOTHER property at 1853 MARCH WAY in Port Coquitlam

Colin & Greg Thornton, your Neighbourhood Real Estate Group has JUST SOLD ANOTHER property at 1853 MARCH WAY in Port Coquitlam.



This well cared for Rancher with basement is loaded with character! Situated in the sought-after neighbourhood of Oxford Heights on one of the most sought after streets. This neighbourhood is on the Coquitlam/ Port Coquitlam border with quick access to David! The main floor features 3 bedrooms, hardwood flooring throughout living area & a wood burning fireplace & a nice 4 piece bathroom. The spacious kitchen has access to the large sundeck overlooking the private park-like North facing backyard. The basement is partially finished with separate entrance, so bring your ideas! Basement features full recreation room, laundry & possible additional bedroom once finished. Plenty of parking with covered carport. Quiet street, peaceful setting, close to parks, trails, and French Immersion school.
 
Colin Thornton PREC* & Greg Thornton With Neighbourhood Real Estate Group at Royal LePage ELITE West Realty Port Coquitlam/Greater Vancouver are top producing Real Estate Experts!
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Open House Open House on Saturday, June 15, 2024 12:00PM - 2:00PM

Please visit our Open House at 346 3098 GUILDFORD WAY in Coquitlam.
Open House on Saturday, June 15, 2024 12:00PM - 2:00PM
 
Marlborough House stands as the 1st choice for those 55+! Bright spacious 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom home on the quiet side of the building! With a soaker tub & a large walk-in shower! Cozy living room with gas fireplace and slider to the large balcony overlooking the fountain & Mountains! A ton of amenities, an unbeatable social calendar, & a vibrant community atmosphere, it's unrivaled in both its offerings and its prime location. Unmatched amenities Include indoor pool, hot tub, recreation center, wood shop, rumpus room (Darts, bar, pool table) & more! A prime location near shopping (Walk to Coq Center mall), dining & across from Lafarge Lake. This is resort-style living at its finest. Don't miss out on this unparalleled opportunity! BONUS: 2 Side by Side parking stalls & Storage Locker
 
Colin Thornton PREC* & Greg Thornton with Neighbourhood Real Estate Group at Royal LePage ELITE West Realty Port Coquitlam/Greater Vancouver are top producing Real Estate Experts!
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Open House Open House on Saturday, June 15, 2024 12:00PM - 2:00PM

Please visit our Open House at 1853 MARCH WAY in Port Coquitlam.
Open House on Saturday, June 15, 2024 12:00PM - 2:00PM
 
This well cared for Rancher with basement is loaded with character! Situated in the sought-after neighbourhood of Oxford Heights on one of the most sought after streets. This neighbourhood is on the Coquitlam/ Port Coquitlam border with quick access to David! The main floor features 3 bedrooms, hardwood flooring throughout living area & a wood burning fireplace & a nice 4 piece bathroom. The spacious kitchen has access to the large sundeck overlooking the private park-like North facing backyard. The basement is partially finished with separate entrance, so bring your ideas! Basement features full recreation room, laundry & possible additional bedroom once finished. Plenty of parking with covered carport. Quiet street, peaceful setting, close to parks, trails, and French Immersion school.
 
Colin Thornton PREC* & Greg Thornton with Neighbourhood Real Estate Group at Royal LePage ELITE West Realty Port Coquitlam/Greater Vancouver are top producing Real Estate Experts!
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Neighbourhood Real Estate has JUST SOLD ANOTHER property at 23824 ZERON AVE in Maple Ridge

Colin & Greg Thornton, your Neighbourhood Real Estate Group has JUST SOLD ANOTHER property at 23824 ZERON AVE in Maple Ridge.

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Luxurious 7-bedroom home, offering potential for a 1 or 2-bedroom suite with own laundry possible, ideal for multigenerational living or rental income. Inside, find updated interiors with new high-end vinyl plank flooring & new plush carpeting. The gourmet chefs inspired kitchen features stone countertops, gas stove, large pantry, & breakfast bar. Entertain in the separate eating area, family room, or formal dining & living rooms with cozy fireplaces. Step onto the deck for year-round BBQs overlooking the private backyard oasis with a serene water feature. Retreat to the modern spa-inspired ensuite in the master bedroom with walk-in closet, while six additional bedrooms in the home accommodate guests. BONUS: New furnace, AC, Roof, & Refinished exterior stairs from the garage.

Colin Thornton PREC* & Greg Thornton With Neighbourhood Real Estate Group at Royal LePage ELITE West Realty Port Coquitlam/Greater Vancouver are top producing Real Estate Experts!

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Neighbourhood Real Estate has just listed ANOTHER home in North Coquitlam, Coquitlam

Colin and Greg Thornton, your Neighbourhood Real Estate Group has just listed ANOTHER new property at 346 3098 GUILDFORD WAY in Coquitlam.

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Marlborough House stands as the 1st choice for those 55+! Bright spacious 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom home on the quiet side of the building! With a soaker tub & a large walk-in shower! Cozy living room with gas fireplace and slider to the large balcony overlooking the fountain & Mountains! A ton of amenities, an unbeatable social calendar, & a vibrant community atmosphere, it's unrivaled in both its offerings and its prime location. Unmatched amenities Include indoor pool, hot tub, recreation center, wood shop, rumpus room (Darts, bar, pool table) & more! A prime location near shopping (Walk to Coq Center mall), dining & across from Lafarge Lake. This is resort-style living at its finest. Don't miss out on this unparalleled opportunity! BONUS: 2 Side by Side parking stalls & Storage Locker

Colin Thornton PREC* & Greg Thornton With Neighbourhood Real Estate Group at Royal LePage ELITE West Realty Port Coquitlam/Greater Vancouver are top producing Real Estate Experts!

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Should You Buy a Resale or a New Build?

If you're thinking about moving, you may be weighing purchasing a new build versus a resale.  For a rundown of the pros and cons of each, read on.

New Build Pros

  • Brand-new condition

  • Can customize features

  • Most are covered under warranty for the first few years

  • Often built with the latest energy-efficient features, saving you money on utility bills

  • Typically pay less in maintenance fees

New Build Cons

  • Lot, floorplan, and views can change during construction

  • Construction delays are common, leaving you at the mercy of whatever the interest rates are when construction is complete and your move-in date in limbo

  • The amenities, school, and sense of community can be unknown for some time after construction is complete since housing takes priority in new neighbourhoods

  • With no market history, it’s more of a gamble on what will happen with your investment

Resale Pros

  • What you see is what you get (you can get a sense of the neighbourhood, the amenities, and schools before you buy)

  • Closing date is fixed

  • You know your mortgage rate before you buy

  • You can research how the property has appreciated over time, giving a better sense of how your investment will do

Resale Cons

  • Not brand-new

  • Have to renovate if you want specific features

  • Not usually covered under warranty, unless it’s a newer resale home with existing coverage

  • Usually less energy-efficient

  • Typically higher maintenance costs

Ultimately, the decision between buying a new build or resale home will come down to your needs and wants, your risk tolerance, and of course your budget.

 

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Stay or Move? 5 Questions to Help You Decide

It can be tough to make the decision to sell. In fact, for many homeowners, it’s overwhelming. If you’re considering making a move and struggling with the decision, here are five helpful questions to ask yourself:

1. “What is your practical reason for selling?”

This question refers to what you’ll get by moving to a new home. The reasons could include a bigger backyard, a shorter commute to work, an extra bedroom, a more desirable neighbourhood, etc.

2. “What are your emotional reasons for selling?”

This question refers to how you’ll feel about living in a new home. For example, you might feel safer, less cramped, less worried (because the local schools are better), or happier (because the shorter commute means more time with your family).

3. “What type of new home can you afford?”

This question involves finding out how much you’ll likely get when you sell your existing home and how much of a mortgage you qualify to receive. With that information, you’ll have a price range within which you can comfortably shop, plus a clear idea of what your mortgage payments will be. 

4. “In what ways will your lifestyle be better in a new home?”

This ties in closely with emotional reasons for selling. It relates to what your life will be like in a new home. Try to paint a picture in your mind. For example, you might want to be able to spend Saturday afternoons relaxing in your bigger backyard or Sunday nights entertaining friends and family in your larger living room.

5. “What else do you need to know before you decide to sell and move?”

Sometimes people are hesitant about selling simply because they have unanswered questions. So, if there’s any part of the selling and buying process that’s not clear, be sure to ask me.

Does thinking about these questions help make the decision easier? If you need more help or want to talk about your decision, call today!
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Neighbourhood Real Estate has JUST SOLD ANOTHER property at 2 19270 119 AVE in Pitt Meadows

Colin & Greg Thornton, your Neighbourhood Real Estate Group has JUST SOLD ANOTHER property at 2 19270 119 AVE in Pitt Meadows.



Discover luxury living in McMyn Estates with this meticulously updated 3-bedroom townhome! This residence offers a functional open floor plan, private yard & patio, along with a cozy gas fireplace. The master suite boasts a walk-in closet, make-up nook, & updated full spa inspire luxury ensuite. Recent renovations include new luxury vinyl plank flooring, beautiful wainscoting, LED pot lights, updated bathrooms, state-of-the-art chefs inspired kitchen with GAS STOVE, Stainless steel appliances, maple cabinets, quartz countertops, & marble backsplash. Fall in love with the Quartz waterfall edge breakfast/Cocktail bar! Everything is done, just move in! Don't miss this opportunity to own a truly exceptional home. BONUS: This home has 3 parking spots!
 
Colin Thornton PREC* & Greg Thornton With Neighbourhood Real Estate Group at Royal LePage ELITE West Realty Port Coquitlam/Greater Vancouver are top producing Real Estate Experts!
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