It’s Friday the 13th!
Jeez, as if October isn’t spooky enough, now our calendar has thrown the 13th on a Friday. Is it just me, or does this seem a little ill-fated?
With such a beautiful and sunny start to the day, things couldn’t possibly go bad. It’s not like you could cross paths with a black cat, walk under a ladder, or break a mirror all in one day. Um… right?
Let’s all take a moment to ward off the bad luck, knock on wood, throw some salt over your shoulder, or light incense and hope that nothing goes too out of wack before tomorrow comes. We’ve got a few great open house showings on the weekend that nothing from Friday the 13th will be able to keep us away from and you’re not going to want to miss them either.
1738 Myrtle Way, Port Coquitlam
Saturday, October 14, 2017 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Solid 4 bedroom family home in Oxford Heights. It’s a prime location just a few steps away from Irvine Elementary school and very close to transit. More details
20664 W River Road, Maple Ridge
Sunday, October 15, 2017 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Stunning, two level family home with an open concept loft-style floorplan. This home is located in a great family friendly neighbourhood in West Maple Ridge. More details
1830 Foster Avenue, Coquitlam
Saturday, October 14, 2017 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This nicely maintained home is a 1 level rancher style with 3 bedrooms. With a large flat lot in Central Coquitlam, kids have plenty of space to play outdoors or you could even host a barbecue. More details
617 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam
Sunday, October 15, 2017 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
From just stepping into this fully renovated home, the pride of ownership is clear. This home in Central Coquitlam also features a fully fenced back yard oasis with lane access. More details
Also, don’t forget about our Halloween Raffle. You could win a fantastic prize, so stop by our open houses this weekend to put your name in the draw for a chance to win a fantastic prize. Once this creepy day is over, go to any of Team Leo’s open house showings, enter your details, and submit your form into the pumpkin. On October 31, Leo himself will draw one name from the Great Pumpkin and the lucky winner will be delivered the prize.
Don’t let Friday the 13th keep you from leaving your house, after this day is over, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to attend our open houses. We all know Friday the 13th is just a superstition anyways. It’s not like suddenly this day will play out in repeat forever… right?
One thing that we find very important here at Team Leo is building relations and keeping them. Leofest is a great time to get to know new clients and to catch up with old. We are always super excited to see everyone who comes. Buying or selling a house can be stressful. Our aim is to make sure everyone has a good experience. We love making friends and seeing how people have adjusted.
Your Experience with Team Leo
At our September Leofest, we had the chance to chat with some of our old clients. Chandra and Nadine Collett were past clients and we had such a fantastic experience working with them.
We asked them what they thought about working with Team Leo and here’s what they said.
Team Leo is extremely professional, readily available, are happy to answer all questions, and have an impressive online presence.
Thank you for working with us Chandra and Nadine. We can’t wait to see you again at our next Leofest!
Prepare your home for fall
Fall is already here and if you’re anything like me, you’re a little behind on the home upkeep. Yikes! But don’t worry. There’s still plenty of time to make sure your home is fall-proof to withstand the weather.
Here are some smart maintenance tips to make your home ready for fall.
Check for drafts
go around to every door and window in the house and make sure no draft is coming through them. If you feel a draft, be sure to seal around the frame properly. One way to check for drafts is to light a candle and hold it near a window or door. If the flame flickers or goes out, then there is probably a draft.
To seal your frame properly, make sure you dry the area with a clean cloth before applying some caulk around the outside of the window. For further protection, you could also add a heavier curtain around the drafty window to help block air intrusion.
Inspect your furnace
Sure, you’re furnace probably doesn’t need a yearly inspection, but trust me, it’s better safe than sorry. A newer furnace probably only needs to be checked every other year, but a furnace that’s older than 10 years could have complications and should be inspected annually. Hire an HVAC professional to test for leaks or heating inefficiencies. Trust me on this, you don’t want it to reach the middle of winter to find out that there’s something wrong with the furnace, that could lead to a cold few days.
Check your fireplace
Not every home has a fireplace, but if you do, make sure that it is in proper working order. Before using your fireplace, you probably want to make sure no creature has made a home in the fireplace or chimney while it was not in use. You should take a quick look at both the interior and exterior for any damages. Definitely make sure that your gas fireplace is in good condition before use and that there are no leaks. If you suspect a problem, call a professional to take a look. Don’t forget to stock up on wood for wood burning fireplaces.
Test home safety devices
With all the heating devices, holiday decorations and lit fireplaces or candles, winter and fall are the seasons to be extra cautious. Accidents happen so it’s important to be prepared in case of electrical failures, fires or gas leaks. Go around your home and check the batteries for all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide devices and any other safety features your home has to make sure they are all in proper working order so you can feel safe this fall.
Check your roof
You can do a quick check of your roof from the ground. Use binoculars to see if you can spot any missing or damaged shingles. If you are uncertain, you could try climbing a ladder for a more thorough inspection. However, before you climb up to the roof, ask a friend, neighbor or family member to be a spotter to ensure your safety. Another good way to see if there’s damage to your roof is to check the attic for any leaks or water damage.
Cleaning the gutters is something you can do yourself or hire a service. What you want to do is remove leaves, nests or any other type of debris that has collected in your gutters. You should also inspect for leaks. A clocked gutter can cause leaky roofs or water damage to the interior and exterior of your home so it’s important to regularly clean your gutters.
Check siding for cracks or holes
Maybe a bird or animal has picked a hole in the wall of your attic and made a home, or maybe the wear and tear of weather has left its mark on your home with peeling paint and rotted wood. You won’t know if there’s any damages unless you check. You never really know what could happen to your home so it’s better to find out before it gets too cold to be able to make repairs. Damages to the home can be harder to repair during colder months, so get on top of the maintenance before it gets too cold.
Turn off faucets and store hoses
Something that can easily be forgotten in preparing your home for the fall is properly storing your hoses. Chances are, you won’t be using them until the spring, and even if you do plan on using them during the fall, it’s important to pack them away properly while not in use. The cold weather can damage hoses irreparably. The water inside can freeze which can lead to ruptures in the hose lining, an interior pipe burst, and even mildew growth. Trust me, it’s better to avoid this. So turn off all spigots and nozzles, disconnect and drain your hose, remove attachments, coil the hose then find a warm, dry location on a hanger or shelf to store your hose.
You won’t regret going through this fall home maintenance checklist. Don’t forget to fall-proof your home!
We have a great new listing available that you want to take a look at now!
You need to see the home listed on 1738 Myrtle Way, Port Coquitlam, V3B 2P1. Don’t miss your chance to own this gorgeous 4 bedroom family home. It’s situated in a prime location of Oxford Heights only steps away from Irvine Elementary School.
This new listing has a great backyard!
What every family needs is a good sized yard for their kids to play in. This property doesn’t just have a yard, it has a large one that’s flat. This home has a wrap-around hedge that keeps the space private so you can enjoy a day in the sun without being seen by passer-by’s.
With a lot of space to run around and play in, this is a great yard for kids to play soccer, hide-and-seek, or any outdoor games. You could also host birthday parties, family gatherings, barbecues, and other outdoor parties.
This home is in a great location!
Oxford Heights borders Coast Meridian and has easy access to buses, grocery stores and other shops. This home is only a walk away from Coquitlam River parks and trails, and is also close to Hyde Creek Rec Center and Prairie Avenue shopping. This is a great residential area and a great family-friendly neighborhood.
Open House details
Saturday, October 7, 2017 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Sunday, October 8, 2017 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Wait! Don’t forget about our Halloween draw
For the month of October ONLY, you can enter our raffle by going to any Team Leo open house. Just fill out your contact details on the form and place the form in the pumpkin. Our team members are very friendly, so feel free to ask any of them about the details.
Leo will pick a name from the Great Pumpkin on October 31, 2017 to choose ONE lucky winner.
To enter the draw is free, so make sure you take advantage of this great opportunity.
We have a number of open houses happening in the month of October, so make sure you take a look at all of our new listings so you don’t miss out.
Are you an attached home owner looking to sell?
Apartments and town homes are extremely popular among buyers in Metro Vancouver. Residential sales and prices have been pushed above the “historical average” for the month of September. With a high demand for attached homes, right now would be a great time to consider putting your home on the market.
Are you a buyer looking for a detached home?
Psst, we have something to tell you.
The competition has eased off from detached houses. That means it is so much easier to now look for the home of your dreams. There is a larger selection available and not as many buyers focusing on detached houses. So make sure you take a look and pick out what you want before the competition picks up. So don’t wait to own your dream house with the basement home theater in that perfect, friendly neighborhood.
Market Sales Stats
If you want the more technical details and stats, make sure to check out the real estate board (link below).
If you love to dance, party and give back to others, then the Columbia Theater is where you want to be this Friday.
Who are the Rockin’ All Stars?
The Rockin’ All Stars are playing live at the Columbia Theater this Friday, October 6, 2017. They play a selection of R&B Rock-n-Roll tunes that will keep your feet tapping to the beat the whole night. The band is made up of a group of full time Re/Max realtors who want to give back to the community by donating all of their proceeds to The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).
Fundraising for Marie Sheppy
Friday’s performance is in support of a friend who has had a heavy involvement with the CMN in the past. One of their own has fallen ill and needs help to get back on her feet. Marie Sheppy runs Re/Max Western Canada in Kelowna and has been instrumental in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for BC Children’s Hospital.
As a single working mother, Marie Sheppy has to work hard to support her family. Stricken by Failed Back Syndrome, Marie is forced to take time off from work to undergo treatment.
To help her out, Remax Rockin’ All Stars are donating everything from this one concert to help her while she is out of work. All proceeds from the concert on October 6th will be given to help Marie.
Don’t forget to come by the Columbia Theater in New Westminster to check out this amazing concert happening on October 6, 2017. For more details, check out Rockin’ All Stars Facebook event page here.
Where: 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
When: Friday, October 6th, 2017
Price: $25 per person
We hope you can make it. We’d love to see you there!
October is coming this weekend and we have a little treat in store for all of you.
As you may know, just about every weekend, Team Leo is busy holding open houses all over! But during the month of October we have something special set up.
Come to any one of our open houses and you could enter to win a prize. Yes, a PRIZE!
It’s our treat to you for being amazing people.
Your trick will be showing up at an open house and submitting your name for a chance to win a fantastic prize.
Fill out your name and contact info on one of the forms. Each open house will have a pumpkin stationed for you to put your form into. At the end of the open house, Team Leo will return to the office to dump all of the contestant forms into the Great Pumpkin.
If you have any questions, anyone from our team would be happy to help.
On October 31, Leo will draw ONE name from the Great Pumpkin.
We have an amazing gift basket full of amazing treats just for you. There’s something inside for the whole family.
This weekend we have a number of great showings that you don’t want to miss.
202664 W River Road, Maple Ridge – Saturday, September 30, 2017 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Sunday, October 1, 2017 1:00PM – 3:00PM
417 Nelson Street, Coquitlam – Sunday, October 1, 2017 2:00PM – 4:00PM
1830 Foster Avenue, Coquitlam – Saturday, September 30, 2017 2:00PM – 4:00PM
5855 Broadway Street, Burnaby – Sunday, October 1, 2017 2:00PM – 4:00PM
617 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam – Sunday, October 1, 2017 2:00PM – 4:00PM
This contest is only running for the month of October, so make sure you stop by.
Happy Halloween season to everyone!
Why have a security camera?
When things go bump in the night, I’m sure you’d want to know whether it’s the dog or a ghost. If you are brave enough to check what it is, but maybe not enough to open the door to take a peak yourself, you could always try to set up a security camera so you could check right on your phone.
Security cameras are becoming increasingly popular in homes to keep families safe. Having one could offer enough assurance to help you sleep at night. You could be aware of who approaches your home and know whether that banging is a burglar or just a bird.
Where to set up your security camera?
Knowing the best location to place a security camera to keep track of your home can be a struggle. Any ground level entry points, such as the front door, back door, windows and garage, are sort of basic areas to install the cameras. But you may also want to consider installing cameras in the basement or on the second level of your home as well, such as on pathways that lead to bedrooms. It’s unlikely that you will get a camera that will point at every entry point of the home, but if your goal is to catch the face of the intruder, then install it on a pathway within your home an intruder is most likely to pass. This allows you to keep track of everything that is going on within your home.
What kind of camera to get? Indoor vs. Outdoor?
Deciding whether to get an indoor or outdoor camera is more based on preference. The biggest distinction between the two is that the outdoor camera can also be used indoors, whereas the indoor camera should NOT be installed outside.
Indoor cameras can be great for keeping track of all the activity within the walls of your home. You could check up on kids to see if they’re doing their homework, make sure the dog doesn’t jump on the furniture, or see if the nanny remembered to pick up the kids on time. These cameras are also great for seeing if there are any intruders who stop by without an invitation and make themselves at home.
Some people prefer not to go for an indoor camera because they can feel exposed within their own homes. In that case, an outdoor camera may be more to their preference. Outdoor cameras are great for monitoring any activity on your property. These cameras are designed with a strong body to withstand different elements and weather conditions
What can a security camera do?
Security cameras have a lot of other uses besides monitoring the perimeter of your house. You could set up a camera to watch plants grow or the pattern of animals on your property. You could set up a camera near a bird’s nest and watch little birds hatch from their eggs and take their first flight. The best part about setting up a security camera is that you can monitor everything directly from your phone.
Do you NEED a security camera?
No, not necessarily. If you live in a good neighborhood and don’t think you need a security camera, then don’t get one. It’s not for everyone. It can certainly help to have one, but it’s not a necessity.
Where to buy a security camera?
A huge part of the home-buying process is figuring out exactly what is right for you. This means deciding what kind of home you want, whether it be a condo in a city or a single-family house in the suburbs. The most important thing is that you are happy with your choice and prioritize your well-being.
Buying a house comes with quite a bit of responsibility. As a house owner, it is your duty to pay all of the expenses related to owning and maintaining your property. However, because it is your house and you own the property, as a house owner, you are completely in control of the decorating and style components of your home. You are able to take advantage of both the exterior and interior space. If you decide to paint your house a green and yellow, there’s no one to stop you from fulfilling all of your home-improvement dreams.
Another great part about having a house is that it gives you complete privacy. You have your space to use freely with no need to worry about others.
See the houses we have listed:
- 20664 W River Road, Maple Ridge
- 1830 Foster Avenue, Coquitlam
- 617 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam
- 955 Walls Avenue, Coquitlam
- 7375 Newcombe Street, Burnaby
With busier life schedules and a need for convenience, condos are becoming a more popular purchase among home owners. Condo living allows for a low-maintenance lifestyle as the monthly strata fees you would have to pay would cover the exterior and structure expenses. However, owning a condo means owning the interior space of your unit. Any structural changes would require approval from the strata council. In condo living, you are restricted by the by-laws of the building. While you may enjoy the amenities of the building, they are shared among the other members of the building. Unfortunately, even on the ground floor with a large patio, you probably won’t be able to build your dream zen garden, however, you could still enjoy a maintenance-free outdoor space.
See the condos we have listed:
This Sunday we are celebrating the 108th anniversary of francophone in Maillardville. Maillardville is a small french community within the city of Coquitlam where the first french Canadians settled when they crossed Canada from Quebec to work the logging operations in B.C.
108 years is a long time and Team Leo is excited to be a part of this amazing event to celebrate the community’s history. If you do attend the festival, make sure you look out for the Team Leo smart car, and also make sure to stop by the Team Leo tent to say hi to Jasmine. She would love to see you.
This event is family friendly and features a lot of great games, music and so much more. From what we hear, there’s going to be a lot of cool things set up for you. Here are a few of the things we’re most looking forward to:
If you love supporting local artists and seeing concerts in person, then make sure to check out Alouest, Maillardville’s very own band. They bring their own West Coast charm and flair to French Canadian music. They have a lot of great songs which we love.
Along with the well-loved bean bag toss, we also hear that there will be a number of other games for you to enjoy. A game of Petanque will be set up for your enjoyment.
An Osteofit workshop is scheduled to help educate everyone about health and fitness. The instructors will help you learn about safe and gentle exercises to keep you comfortable during your workout.
A great selection of awesome music paired with a mixture of dance and aerobic movements, is there a better workout out there? I think not. Who doesn’t love to move their body to the beat of some great music? Make sure to find the Zumba initiation and join in on the fun.
Wow, with all the cool things happening, this event is promising to be great. We hope you have fun celebrating at this festival!
If you have any questions regarding real estate, or you just want to check in to say hi, feel free to call Team Leo at 604-936-1111 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.