Sutton Showplace Realty (2015) Chilliwack

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Annual REALTORS Care Blanket Drive

21 October 2019
Sutton Showplace Realty Chilliwack

The cold weather is approaching and we're collecting gently used items to distribute to the homeless, women and children in need, and persons living in supportive housing. If you cannot drop off your donation, send us a private message and we'll come pick them up.

We will gladly accept donations of gently used:

Blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothing, coats, hoodies, hats, gloves, scarves, new socks and new underwear.

Here's a list of Lower Mainland charities who receive donations from the Blanket Drive.

The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive story

Way back in 1994, some caring REALTORS® in Vancouver observed the homeless situation in the city’s East side and said to themselves, we’ve got to do something.

They put out an appeal to their colleagues for warm blankets and coats and collected enough donations to help 3,000 of Vancouver’s homeless in the downtown core.

That single act of kindness has blossomed into one of the largest annual collections of warm clothing and blankets, helping homeless people and the working poor in every single community in the Lower Mainland.

Since then, thousands of REALTORS® from Whistler to Hope have collected enough donations to help more than 385,000 people in need. Each year, more than 75 dedicated members pick-up and deliver all the donations, and well over 100 real estate offices in the Lower Mainland act as collection depots.

The REALTORS Care® Drive now collects an astonishing amount of warm, winter items on behalf of dozens of local charities to help about 35,000 people each year.


Buying Foreclosures: Keep These Tips in Mind

10 September 2019
Sutton Showplace Realty Chilliwack

Many buyers associate buying a foreclosure with getting a great deal on the purchase price, usually with a quick closing date. While this can be true, there are some important things to keep in mind.

The process for purchasing a home in foreclosure is different than a typical purchase. There must first be a firm unconditional contract agreed upon between a Buyer and the Seller. A court date will be set and the contract will be presented to a judge. At this time, other interested parties (who are now aware of the current purchase price) are welcome to attend court and present their best offer as well. The judge, at his/her discretion, then determines which offer to accept. All potential Buyers must have their deposit cheques ready, and be willing to commit to the purchase with zero conditions, and accepting the home and property "as-is, where-is".

The pros and cons differ depending on what stage of foreclosure the home is in. If you're aware of some of the pitfalls, it will help you to be more prepared during the purchase process. Hiring a Licensed Realtor, a Professional Home Inspector, and obtaining advise from a Legal Representative and Financial Lenders, are all important tasks to complete during this process.

A few things to be aware of:

  • If the Seller accepts your offer, you're not guaranteed to purchase the home because the contract will ultimately be, "Subject to Court Approval."
  • The Seller may not be able to negotiate a price that's lower than the outstanding balance of the seller’s mortgage(s).
  • It can be difficult to obtain a mortgage on a foreclosure; buying with all cash is a frequent occurrence. Make sure you have spoken with your lender prior to writing an offer. It's important to know your budget and to stay within in it, especially when there's an opportunity for other interested parties to present offers on the property as well. Discuss this with your Realtor and determine what your best offer will be so they can present it to the court on your behalf.
  • Foreclosures are sold "as-is, where-is", so it's not very likely that the Seller will complete any repairs prior to completion. Also, the Sellers /tenants may not leave the home in great condition, so be prepared to hire cleaners and potentially purchase new appliances, etc.
  • Keep in mind that being foreclosed on is a devastating and stressful time for the sellers, and they may still be living in the home during the process. Be respectful when viewing the home, and save your conversations for when they're not in your presence.
  • When the Seller is the Bank, they cannot provide disclosures as to property history/condition issues. It's very important to have the property inspected prior to committing to the purchase. Read the Home Inspectors report and have funds set aside to renovate or remediate any signs of mould, electrical issues, etc.

While the process of purchasing a foreclosure may seem daunting, consider hiring a Licensed Realtor to represent you and take some of that stress off your shoulders. They will walk you through the process and represent you with your best interests in mind. If a Seller is motivated to achieve a quick sale, that may also result in purchasing the home for below market value. Who doesn't want a great deal!

If you'd like to speak with one of our experienced Sutton Agents, please contact our office and we'll be pleased to introduce you. 604-858-1800


OPEN HOUSES

12 July 2019
Sutton Showplace Realty Chilliwack

We advertise our list of OPEN HOUSES every week on our Facebook Page.

Check it out to see what lovely homes our agents will have available to view.


Happy Canada Day!

01 July 2019
Sutton Showplace Realty Chilliwack


Don't forget to claim your Home Owner Grant

03 June 2019
Sutton Showplace Realty Chilliwack

Friendly reminder that if you've received your Property Tax Notice, now's the time to claim your Homeowner Grant.


Link for Chilliwack: https://bit.ly/2JWpXAb
Link for Abbotsford: https://bit.ly/2W77tOX
Link for Mission: https://bit.ly/2QE2jsm


OPEN HOUSES

24 May 2019
Sutton Showplace Realty Chilliwack

If you're interested what OPEN HOUSES our Agent's are hosting, we advertise weekly on our Facebook Page.
Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/suttonshowplacerealty/


Easter House - Office Closure

19 April 2019
Sutton Showplace Realty Chilliwack

Happy Easter Everyone. Enjoy the long weekend and some valid time with your friends and family.


2019 Sutton Showplace Realty - Realtor Awards

29 March 2019
Sutton Showplace Realty Chilliwack

This morning was our Annual Sutton Awards breakfast to to celebrate the achievements of our amazing Agents!

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to reach their milestones this year!!

  

 

 

 

 


B.C. speculation tax changed to exempt Gulf Islands properties

27 March 2019
Sutton Showplace Realty Chilliwack

The changes include limiting the geographic areas of the tax to Nanaimo and Greater Victoria, exempting Parksville, Qualicum Beach, the Gulf Islands and Juan de Fuca areas that had originally fallen under the regional districts in both areas that were to be subject to the new tax.

Metro Vancouver’s scope is tightened too, with the original Fraser Valley location being reduced to Mission, Abbotsford and Chilliwack, meaning Kent, Hope and Harrison Hot Springs are now exempt. Bowen Island is also exempt. Whistler, which is suffering a rental crisis, was not included in the tax. However, the municipalities of Kelowna and West Kelowna remain part of the tax, despite a request to government to be exempted

“Over 99 per cent of British Columbians will not pay the tax,” said James. “Only those who hold multiple properties and leave them empty in our province’s major cities will be asked to contribute.

“People with cottages at the lake, or cabins, or on the islands, will not pay this tax. People with second homes outside of high cost urban areas will not pay the tax. We’re going after those who are clearly taking advantage of the market and driving up prices. We’re ensuring housing stock in our major cities is available for people who work hard and live in those cities.”

The government unveiled three rate structures for the tax as well. The full rate of two per cent will be reserved for foreign property owners, a middle rate of one per cent for out-of-province owners and the lowest rate of 0.5 per cent for British Columbians who own multiple properties but don’t rent them at least six months of the year. 

“Properties that are used as qualifying long-term rentals are exempt from the tax,” read a government background document. “Homes will need to be rented out for at least three months to qualify for an exemption in 2018. Starting in 2019, homes will need to be rented out for at least six months, in increments of 30 days or more, to qualify for an exemption.”

The rate redesign comes with a change to how the speculation tax would be administered.

At first, it was proposed to be paid up front and then offset by a non-refundable income tax credit to be applied in that fiscal year, potentially months later. That’s still the case for foreign and out-of-province owners. But B.C. residents will be given an upfront tax credit program that will give them the bill, if any, without having to go through the income tax system. The credit will be up to $2,000, said James, but only applicable to one extra property.

Also, properties valued at below $400,000 in urban areas such as Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria will be exempt if owned by a British Columbian. People who own properties in condos where strata corporations don’t allow rentals will be temporarily grandfathered into the program, said James, but with a caution that government won’t allow stratas to try to change their rental rules now to avoid the tax. And there will be “special exemptions” for cases in which a senior goes into long-term care or there is a death in a family, said James.

Article sourced from The Vancouver News: https://bit.ly/30MhTH5


BC Speculation Tax

22 March 2019
Sutton Showplace Realty Chilliwack

Are you on the title of your parent or child's property?
The deadline for claiming your exemption from this new tax is March 31, 2019. The online form isn't as clear as it could be about claiming this exemption.
The following information is referred from the Government website.

Individuals Exemptions for Speculation and Vacancy Tax

 

People who own residential property within designated taxable regions of B.C. may be eligible for an exemption from the speculation and vacancy tax.

Shared Ownership

When more than one owner is on title for a residence in a taxable region, each owner claims their relevant exemption as an individual. Different eligibility requirements may apply to different owners.

Example: If a parent co-owns a home with their adult child and the adult child lives in the home and the parent lives elsewhere, then the following exemptions will apply:  

  • The child claims the principal residence exemption
  • The parents claim the tenancy exemption for family or other non-arm's-length persons

Example: An elderly parent adds their adult child on title to the parent’s condo in Vancouver for end of life planning. The parent still lives in the condo and the child lives in Prince George. The exemptions will apply as follows:

  • The parent claims the principal residence exemption
  • The child claims the tenancy exemption for family or other non-arm's-length persons

Click here for a list ofExemptions: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/property-taxes/speculation-and-vacancy-tax/exemptions-speculation-and-vacancy-tax/individuals