Candy Ashdown's Blog Posts

Dealing with Information Overload

If you have a question and search the internet, what happens? Do you struggle to find enough information? Probably not! It’s usually just the opposite! You’re inundated with too much

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Fraser Valley Real Estate Market Update | June 2022

Fraser Valley housing market continues to cool amid slower sales, softer pricesOverall sales in the Fraser Valley fell for the third straight month as prices for all property types continued to

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Time to Sell?

Unless you’re in a situation where you must move — for a work relocation, for example — one of the toughest questions you might be asking yourself right now is, “Should I

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Is the Neighbourhood as Ideal as it Appears?

You’ve probably heard the saying, “First impressions can be deceiving.” That can be true, especially when you’re looking for a new home.If you’re exploring potential

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Fraser Valley Real Estate Market Update | May 2022

Home prices soften as Fraser Valley housing market cools amid lower sales and higher inventoryAs property sales continue to fall in the Fraser Valley and active listings continue to grow, the region

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How to Ensure your Home Sale is "Smooth Sailing"

When you plan to take a journey somewhere, you hope it will be smooth sailing all the way. That simply means the trip will be relatively trouble-free, and without stress or hassles.Well, selling

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Your Spring Yard Sale Checklist

Thinking of having a yard or garage sale? It’s a great way to dispose of unwanted items and other clutter, especially if you’re thinking of moving. In addition, yard sales have a charm

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Kid-Friendly Gardening

Zucchini, Squash and Pumpkin - These vines grow quickly, produce large edible flowers and look like they came from outer space, with clinging tendrils. Zucchini produce all summer long, while squash

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Should You Worry about Competing Listings?

Imagine you've been waiting for the right moment to sell your home and you're finally ready to pull the trigger and list it. But, just as you're about to put up the sign, you notice that a few other

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Get your Spring Cleaning Done in Less Time

Spring cleaning can seem like a great idea until you actually get started. Then it often turns out to be more work than expected!The good news is, there are proven techniques to make the job easier

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Budget Increases when Shopping for a Home

When you set a budget for a new home, you’re expecting and hoping to find the ideal property within that price range. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way.In fact, there

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The Role of Carrying Costs when Buying a New Home

When searching for a new home, many buyers will focus only on the list price and what they may need to offer to get the property. For example, a buyer might think, “We can get this house for

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Selling Later in the Year? Start the Process Now

Imagine you want to take the “trip of a lifetime” this fall. Would you leave it until the summer to start planning, booking dates, and generally getting ready?Probably not. A trip like

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What does my BC Tax Assessment Mean? Will I pay more property taxes? Is that what the market value of my home is?

You have likely received your 2022 BC Property Assessment Notice, and like most of us were quite surprised by the new 2022 Taxable Value increase. I find that there are a lot of misconceptions about

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How to Light your Home for an Evening Viewing

When you’re selling your home, you may find buyers who want to see it later in the evening, when it’s dark outside. In that circumstance, effective home lighting becomes more important

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5 Tips for Preparing for an Early-in-the-Year Sale

There are numerous reasons why you might need to sell early in the year. Perhaps you even need to sell this month! Whatever your reasons, preparation is key. Make the right moves now and your sale

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Getting the “Inside Scoop” on a Listing

Throughout the history of journalism, reporters would pride themselves on getting the “inside scoop” on a story. In fact, that’s where that expression came from.So imagine you;

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Finding and Buying a Great Home in a Hurry

Imagine if, for whatever reason, you suddenly needed to find and buy a new home in a hurry. What if you had just a few weeks?If you’re like most people, your first instinct might be to panic.

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Paperwork to Get Together in Preparation for Selling your Home

When preparing your home for sale, you need to fix things up, declutter, perhaps slap a fresh coat of paint on a few walls. That’s all part of getting your property ready for buyers.But there

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“Non-Market” Reasons Why it Might Be the Ideal Time to Sell

When considering whether or not to sell their home, many people think about market conditions. They consider whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market. They look at trends. They

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4 Reasons Why Buyers Get Turned Off by an Otherwise Ideal Property

When prospective buyers view your property, you hope they will think it’s the perfect fit for them. It might well be. However, there are things that can get in the way of a buyer recognizing

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How to Determine the Best Features of your Home

What is it about your property that stands out? What will buyers like most about it? What are your home’s most enticing features?Answering those questions will help you determine which

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What to Look for when Watching a Walk-Through Video

Walk-through videos are becoming increasingly popular. The seller’s agent simply films a tour of a home, often including commentary, and then makes the video available to prospects.When you

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Should You Accept the Highest Offer for your Home?

Imagine a kid running a lemonade stand. He’s selling his product for 25 cents a cup. He’s doing okay. Sales are good. Then someone comes up to his stand and says, “I’ll give

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Pulling Together the Records you Need when Selling

Imagine you’re viewing a home for sale. You venture to the basement, check out the furnace room, and notice the water heater. Is it owned or rented? As a potential buyer, you’d want to

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Easy Ways to Keep your Home “Show Ready” when Selling

After your home has been cleaned from top to bottom, it’s natural to want it to stay that way. Don’t you wish you could just wave a magic wand and the place would clean itself?

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When You Can’t Paint Them All: Prioritizing Rooms

As you may know, a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way to make your home look great to buyers. But, what if you don’t have time to paint the entire place? Here are three areas you should

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Will You Need to Lower your Price to Sell your Home Quickly?

If you want to sell an item quickly—say, a couch—you can post it online, stick a super-low price tag on it and, chances are, it will be gone by the end of the day.So it’s

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Kitchen Improvements for under $100

Is it really possible to improve your kitchen’s look for about the cost of a takeout gourmet dinner with the family?Obviously you’re not going to be able to do anything major, such as

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How Important are Good Listing Photos?

There are two trends impacting real estate photography that you should know about if you’re thinking of selling this year.First, more than ever before, buyers are relying on pictures to decide

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Keeping Mice Out of your Home

There’s no doubt about it. Preventing mice from entering your home is much easier than evicting them once they’ve moved in. If you take just a few simple precautions, you can avoid the

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Is Getting into your “Dream” Neighbourhood Doable?

Is there a neighbourhood you drive through occasionally and think, “Wow. I’d love to live here. What a fantastic area”?Why don’t you take that thought any further? Maybe you

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How to Improve WIFI Speed in your Home

These days, just about everyone relies on the internet for work, school, entertainment, shopping, networking, you name it. So, speed and connectivity have become big issues.Ideally, you want a fast,

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How Emotions Can Get in the Way of Selling

Like most homeowners, you probably don’t think of your property as just a building with rooms and a backyard. To you, it’s much more than that. It’s a home.When you walk into your

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Making your Main Floor Show Well

Where do buyers form the most lasting impression of a home for sale that they visit? On the main floor!When buyers view a property, they often spend a lot of time on the main floor, thinking and

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Should You Sell in a Slow Season?

A slow real estate season is defined as a period of time that has less activity — fewer listings, fewer transactions, etc. — than other times of the year. In many areas, the slow season

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Is Home Staging Worth the Effort?

Staging is all about dressing up your home so that it looks its best to buyers. This can involve anything from rearranging furniture and doing some home improvements, to painting and redecorating,

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Buying the Home Everybody Wants

When you’re shopping for a home, you may become interested in a property for sale that someone else is also considering. In fact, there may be several other buyers entertaining the idea of

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Front Walkway Improvements that Boost Curb Appeal

Your front walkway is one of the first sections of real estate a buyer will set foot on when coming to see your home. So, it makes sense to make that pathway to your front door as appealing as

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5 Ways to Add Fun to the Selling Process

When you think about selling your property, do you dwell on the possible work and stress involved? You're not alone. Many homeowners share the same concerns. But it doesn't have to be that way.

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Start the Home Selling Process this Month

If you’re thinking about selling in the spring, don’t wait until the new year to start planning. In fact, you’ll save yourself a lot of work and get ahead of the game if you start

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Selling when You're Going to be Out-of-Town

If you’re going to be out-of-town but need to sell you home, you might be concerned about listing your property while you’re away. After all, you won’t be around to show your

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