Spring has Sprung! APRIL MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Spring has sprung! It’s finally time to get gardening and spruce up your outdoor space! We have included some easy tips on how to raise your front lawn curb appeal in order to increase your property value! As you get creative with your front lawn, make sure to take a look at the April To-Do Home Checklist included just in time for Spring!

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Spring is the best time to put the first fertilizer on your lawn – it is best to choose a slow-release fertilizer to increase nutrient absorption.  If you need any specific areas addressed, your landscaper can test the soil, and provide a suggestion.  Also, if you have compacted soil areas, this is the time to aerate the lawn, and after aerating, if there are areas that need it, some topdressing of soil & seed will help the growth of your lawn.

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Spring has Sprung! APRIL MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Spring has sprung! It’s finally time to get gardening and spruce up your outdoor space! We have included some easy tips on how to raise your front lawn curb appeal in order to increase your property value! As you get creative with your front lawn, make sure to take a look at the April To-Do Home Checklist included just in time for Spring!

1Lawns
Spring is the best time to put the first fertilizer on your lawn – it is best to choose a slow-release fertilizer to increase nutrient absorption.  If you need any specific areas addressed, your landscaper can test the soil, and provide a suggestion.  Also, if you have compacted soil areas, this is the time to aerate the lawn, and after aerating, if there are areas that need it, some topdressing of soil & seed will help the growth of your lawn.

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Spring has Sprung! APRIL MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Spring has sprung! It’s finally time to get gardening and spruce up your outdoor space! We have included some easy tips on how to raise your front lawn curb appeal in order to increase your property value! As you get creative with your front lawn, make sure to take a look at the April To-Do Home Checklist included just in time for Spring!

1Lawns
Spring is the best time to put the first fertilizer on your lawn – it is best to choose a slow-release fertilizer to increase nutrient absorption.  If you need any specific areas addressed, your landscaper can test the soil, and provide a suggestion.  Also, if you have compacted soil areas, this is the time to aerate the lawn, and after aerating, if there are areas that need it, some topdressing of soil & seed will help the growth of your lawn.

Beds
Now is the best time of year to make your planting beds neat and tidy.  This can be utilized with ground covers for open bed areas, such as pachysandra, kinnikinnick or cotoneaster.  Also, it is best time to deep spade edges and then apply 2” of fresh fir back mulch – this will transform your space and increase curb appeal.

Irrigation System
Now is the time to schedule your spring start-up on the irrigation system.  Having your sprinkler system read to go when you need it, avoids last minute panic when the weather suddenly gets hot.  If you use an irrigation company, they can provide this service for you.

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Great tips for raising your front yard curb appeal:

Low-Cost Ways to Raise Your Front Yard Curb Appeal

 

 

 

Tackle these Tasks on Any Day of the Week!

1. Keep mosquitoes at bay. With warmer weather and longer days ahead, this means not only are we entering into Spring but mosquito season as well. Take preventative measures by regularly checking your property for standing water and emptying it. Any open containers (empty flowerpots and saucers, a wheelbarrow) can become mosquito breeding grounds when filled with rainwater, so store items like these upsides down or in a shed.

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2. Inspect paths and driveway. Repeated freezing and thawing can take a toll on asphalt and concrete. Check your driveway and paths for cracks and schedule repairs as needed to avoid further future damage.

3. Clean out trash cans and recycling bins. Take empty cans outside and spray them with a hose to start. Spritz inside and out with the cleaning spray of your choice and let the bins sit for a few minutes before scrubbing them with a stiff-bristle brush. Rinse with the hose and leave them upside down to dry. Make sure to do this as smelly bins can only mean evening visitors who aren’t welcome to stay!

4. Clean and inspect screen doors and windows.  For a quick cleaning, leave screens in place and vacuum with a dusting attachment. For a deeper cleaning, remove screens (mark which is which if cleaning multiple windows) and gently scrub with warm, soapy water. Rinse and let dry. Before putting up window screens and screen doors, inspect each one for holes and rips — even small tears can let in mosquitoes. If you find any holes, repair them with a screen patch kit (available at most hardware stores).

5. Wash windows. Welcome the spring sunshine by clearing dirt and grime from windows inside and out. After cleaning the glass, take an extra moment to wipe the window frame and sill.456. Spruce up the front porch. Clean the porch floor, exterior windows, windowsills and front door. Wipe cobwebs from the ceiling and high corners. Lay down a fresh doormat and plant a pot of flowers. If you have porch furniture, clean it off and wash the cushions.

7. Clean out the garage. Can you park your car in your garage? If not (or if it’s a tight fit), it may be time to make some more space. Clear out the junk, and schedule time to take unused paint, motor oil and other hazardous items to a recycling center that accepts them. (If you’re not sure where to go, search Earth911 to find a center near you.) Once your garage is cleaned out, consider adding wall-mounted storage to keep things neat and off the floor.

8. Wash siding. Using a regular garden hose, attach a siding cleaning kit (available at most home improvement stores) to clear away winter grime from your home’s siding. If your siding could use a really deep cleaning, it can be tempting to use a pressure washer to get the job done quickly. But if you do, use it with care: Consumer Reports advises avoiding any pressure washer that comes with a 0-degree nozzle, because it can be too dangerous (to you and your house) and wider nozzles can get the job done just as well.

679. Clean gutters and downspouts. Having your home’s gutters and downspouts cleaned (and repaired if necessary) is one of the first important tasks to schedule this season. Clogged gutters during a rainy spring can cause water to pool, potentially damaging the roof and siding.

10. Keep an eye out for termites. From now through May or June, be on the lookout for these winged insects. “Termites swarm in the spring,” says Victor Sedinger, certified home inspector and owner of House Exam Inspection and Consulting. “If there’s a bunch of winged insects flying out of a hole in the woodwork, that’s probably termites.” If you notice any, call a licensed professional pest-control company.

811. Maintain wood decks and fences. Keep outdoor woodwork in top shape by staining or resealing it each spring. Check gates, fencing, decks, railings, pergolas and other outdoor structures, and make repairs as needed.

 

 

 

 

Spring has Sprung! APRIL MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Spring has sprung! It’s finally time to get gardening and spruce up your outdoor space! We have included some easy tips on how to raise your front lawn curb appeal in order to increase your property value! As you get creative with your front lawn, make sure to take a look at the April To-Do Home Checklist included just in time for Spring!

1Lawns
Spring is the best time to put the first fertilizer on your lawn – it is best to choose a slow-release fertilizer to increase nutrient absorption.  If you need any specific areas addressed, your landscaper can test the soil, and provide a suggestion.  Also, if you have compacted soil areas, this is the time to aerate the lawn, and after aerating, if there are areas that need it, some topdressing of soil & seed will help the growth of your lawn.

Beds
Now is the best time of year to make your planting beds neat and tidy.  This can be utilized with ground covers for open bed areas, such as pachysandra, kinnikinnick or cotoneaster.  Also, it is best time to deep spade edges and then apply 2” of fresh fir back mulch – this will transform your space and increase curb appeal.

Irrigation System
Now is the time to schedule your spring start-up on the irrigation system.  Having your sprinkler system read to go when you need it, avoids last minute panic when the weather suddenly gets hot.  If you use an irrigation company, they can provide this service for you.

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Great tips for raising your front yard curb appeal:

Low-Cost Ways to Raise Your Front Yard Curb Appeal

 

 

 

Tackle these Tasks on Any Day of the Week!

1. Keep mosquitoes at bay. With warmer weather and longer days ahead, this means not only are we entering into Spring but mosquito season as well. Take preventative measures by regularly checking your property for standing water and emptying it. Any open containers (empty flowerpots and saucers, a wheelbarrow) can become mosquito breeding grounds when filled with rainwater, so store items like these upsides down or in a shed.

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2. Inspect paths and driveway. Repeated freezing and thawing can take a toll on asphalt and concrete. Check your driveway and paths for cracks and schedule repairs as needed to avoid further future damage.

3. Clean out trash cans and recycling bins. Take empty cans outside and spray them with a hose to start. Spritz inside and out with the cleaning spray of your choice and let the bins sit for a few minutes before scrubbing them with a stiff-bristle brush. Rinse with the hose and leave them upside down to dry. Make sure to do this as smelly bins can only mean evening visitors who aren’t welcome to stay!

4. Clean and inspect screen doors and windows.  For a quick cleaning, leave screens in place and vacuum with a dusting attachment. For a deeper cleaning, remove screens (mark which is which if cleaning multiple windows) and gently scrub with warm, soapy water. Rinse and let dry. Before putting up window screens and screen doors, inspect each one for holes and rips — even small tears can let in mosquitoes. If you find any holes, repair them with a screen patch kit (available at most hardware stores).

5. Wash windows. Welcome the spring sunshine by clearing dirt and grime from windows inside and out. After cleaning the glass, take an extra moment to wipe the window frame and sill.456. Spruce up the front porch. Clean the porch floor, exterior windows, windowsills and front door. Wipe cobwebs from the ceiling and high corners. Lay down a fresh doormat and plant a pot of flowers. If you have porch furniture, clean it off and wash the cushions.

7. Clean out the garage. Can you park your car in your garage? If not (or if it’s a tight fit), it may be time to make some more space. Clear out the junk, and schedule time to take unused paint, motor oil and other hazardous items to a recycling center that accepts them. (If you’re not sure where to go, search Earth911 to find a center near you.) Once your garage is cleaned out, consider adding wall-mounted storage to keep things neat and off the floor.

8. Wash siding. Using a regular garden hose, attach a siding cleaning kit (available at most home improvement stores) to clear away winter grime from your home’s siding. If your siding could use a really deep cleaning, it can be tempting to use a pressure washer to get the job done quickly. But if you do, use it with care: Consumer Reports advises avoiding any pressure washer that comes with a 0-degree nozzle, because it can be too dangerous (to you and your house) and wider nozzles can get the job done just as well.

679. Clean gutters and downspouts. Having your home’s gutters and downspouts cleaned (and repaired if necessary) is one of the first important tasks to schedule this season. Clogged gutters during a rainy spring can cause water to pool, potentially damaging the roof and siding.

10. Keep an eye out for termites. From now through May or June, be on the lookout for these winged insects. “Termites swarm in the spring,” says Victor Sedinger, certified home inspector and owner of House Exam Inspection and Consulting. “If there’s a bunch of winged insects flying out of a hole in the woodwork, that’s probably termites.” If you notice any, call a licensed professional pest-control company.

811. Maintain wood decks and fences. Keep outdoor woodwork in top shape by staining or resealing it each spring. Check gates, fencing, decks, railings, pergolas and other outdoor structures, and make repairs as needed.

 

 

 

 

Okanagan Real Estate Market Statistics – April 2018

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on Okanagan listings and sales in April 2018.

Central Okanagan: Kelowna and Lake Country

There were 225 sales, 919 active listings, and a $726,926 average sale price for detached homes in the Central Okanagan market, including Kelowna and Lake Country. The average days on market were 50.

The condo market featured 129 sales and 464 active listings at the end of the month. The average sale price was $362,600 with 41 average days on market.

Townhome sales were 76, active listings were 268, average sale price was $492,929, and the average days on market were 58.

MarketHotSheet_April2018_CentralOkanagan

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Squamish, Whistler and Sunshine Coast Real Estate Market Statistics – April 2018

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on Squamish, Whistler, and Sunshine Coast listings and sales in April 2018.

Squamish

In April 2018, there were 24 sales of detached homes and 125 active listings in Squamish. The benchmark sale price was $1,024,900 with an average days on market of 36.

The Condo market had 12 sales and 51 active listings at the end of the month.  The benchmark sale price was $544,400 with an average days on market of 31.

Townhome sales were 16 sales, active listings were 21. The benchmark sale price was $937,800 and the average days on market were 18.

It’s a seller’s market for townhomes.

MarketHotSheet_April2018_Squamish

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Greater Vancouver Real Estate Market Statistics – April 2018

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on the Greater Vancouver listings and sales in April 2018.

Vancouver-West

In the Vancouver Westside, there were 71 sales of detached homes and 874 active listings at the end of the month. The benchmark sale price was $3,404,200, with average days on market of 50. The hottest markets for sales were Point Grey and Dunbar with 10 and 11 sales respectively.

In comparison, the condo market had 351 sales, 928 active listings and a benchmark sale price of $841,700 with an average of 19 days on market. The hottest market for sales was Downtown VW, 72 sales.

Townhome sales were 42, active listings were 169. The benchmark sale price was $1,302,200 with an average days on market of 21. Kitsilano with 12 sales was the hottest market of the month.

It’s a seller’s market for condos and townhomes in Vancouver-West.

MarketHotSheet_April2018_VancouverWest

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North Delta, Surrey, Langley and Fraser Valley Real Estate Market Statistics – April 2018

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on North Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, and Fraser Valley listings and sales in April 2018.

North Delta

In the North Delta market, the benchmark sale price was $944,800 for detached homes. At the end of the month, there were 160 active listings and 36 sales.

The condo market had 8 sales and 15 active listings. The benchmark sale price was $424,500.

Townhomes featured 10 sales, 12 active listings and a $604,800 benchmark sale price.

It’s a seller’s market for condos and townhomes in North Delta.

MarketHotSheet_April2018_NorthDelta

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Greater Victoria, Parksville and Nanaimo Real Estate Market Statistics – April 2018

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on Greater Victoria, Parksville/Qualicum, and Nanaimo listings and sales in April 2018.

Greater Victoria

In April 2018, there were 348 sales of single family homes and 654 active listings in the Greater Victoria. The benchmark sale price was $732,600 with an average days on market of 24. The hottest markets for sales were Saanich East and Sooke with 69 and 50 sales respectively. There were also 28 sales and 47 active listings at the end of the month for waterfront homes.

In comparison, the Condo market had 225 sales, 377 active listings at the end of the month.  The benchmark sale price was $485,000 with an average days on market of 21. The hottest market for sales was Victoria, 89 sales.

Townhome sales were 74, active listings were 119 and the benchmark sale price was $575,600. The average days on market were 32, and the hottest market was Langford with 22 sales.

It’s a seller’s market in Victoria.

MarketHotSheet_April2018_Victoria

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Greater Victoria, Parksville and Nanaimo Real Estate Market Statistics – April 2018

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on Greater Victoria, Parksville/Qualicum, and Nanaimo listings and sales in April 2018.

Greater Victoria

In April 2018, there were 348 sales of single family homes and 654 active listings in the Greater Victoria. The benchmark sale price was $732,600 with an average days on market of 24. The hottest markets for sales were Saanich East and Sooke with 69 and 50 sales respectively. There were also 28 sales and 47 active listings at the end of the month for waterfront homes.

In comparison, the Condo market had 225 sales, 377 active listings at the end of the month.  The benchmark sale price was $485,000 with an average days on market of 21. The hottest market for sales was Victoria, 89 sales.

Townhome sales were 74, active listings were 119 and the benchmark sale price was $575,600. The average days on market were 32, and the hottest market was Langford with 22 sales.

It’s a seller’s market in Victoria.

MarketHotSheet_April2018_Victoria

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