Alleyne Team 

Call, text or e-mail us.  Happy to help.  We won't stalk you

Friends to Lead, Friends in "Deed"

 

City of Surrey Town Hall meeting The White Rock Chamber of Commerce as hosts, together with the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board as sponsors, are holding a Federal all-candidates forum on October 13. The full details are:


     When:     Tuesday, Oct 13, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

     Where:    South Ridge School, 2656 160th St, South Surrey (Map)
 

     Based on other recent forums, subjects may include:  

                      Plans to support business and industry

                      Crime 

                      Transportation

                      International trade

                      Social Policy

                      Environment

                      Arts

                      Health

On September 20, I posted a blog about how the tree canopy over White Rock and South Surrey homes continues to deteriorate. This is an issue we as a community need to think about. How do we manage development with caring for the environment?

Do you want to know where the candidates stand on the environment? Are you are interested in having your voice heard about trees, new property developments or other issues? If so, October 13 is your chance.

 

Federal candidates from the Conservatives, Greens, Liberals and NDP of all five Surrey ridings will answer questions from the public and business community.

 

 

 

 


Post CommentComments: 0Read Full Story

South Surrey tree canopyAs a South Surrey realtor I can see both sides of the ongoing tree preservation debates. Another windstorm is predicted today and I look outside at the beautiful trees and an inside voice wants to chop down a few troublesome trees in my own yard. Lucky it's not easily permitted in Surrey because in a day or two I'll be back to enjoying their majesty.

 

Long term residents of Grandview Heights, Sunnyside Heights, Royal Heights and adjacent areas are getting calls and door knocks from both South Surrey realtors and developers from other areas. Developers are eyeing the one to five acre parcels, often with old bungalows, with a vision to knock down the existing homestead and much of the landscaping and build townhomes. These developments haven't eased off with the fall market, the buyers are still coming, according to South Surrey realtors.

 

The increasing prices of downtown Vancouver and the ever more unaffordable local single family homes are making townhome living more desirable. These South Surrey townhomes offer more carefree living and also often have positive lifestyle options such as amenities rooms, pools, suites for out of towners, communal gardens, childrens' playgrounds and more. The difficulty is building all these amenities while still allowing for either preservation of existing trees, or the planting of new trees that will not interfere with the use of the property.

Residents of these old homesteads are worried that the "character is being erased" according to Kelly Sinoski of the Vancouver Sun . While many are concerned about the rapidly changing neighbourhoods, others are concerned that the current infrastructure of schools and transit is not sufficient. It's a difficult adjustment to see a townhome complex with minimal landscaping where once were mature gardens and mature. There will also need to be more development to expand the infrastructure. This development must be well planned for the ongoing care of the environment, including air quality?


One of the main problems with this rapid development is the deteriorization of the tree canopy, which has already dropped more than 5% in the last 12 years. It is anticipated to drop another 7% in the next 50 years if the canopy is not properly managed.  An environmentally friendly city should have a recommended tree canopy of 40%. In 50 years the tree canopy could be down to 21% in South Surrey, that's just a smidge better than 50% of what is ideal.

Both Surrey and White Rock are trying to maintain the tree canopies by planting two trees for every one harvested. However; the falling tree canopy percentage, shows that these efforts have not been as successful as hoped. It's a difficult balance says Councillor Bruce Hayne of South Surrey. Although it's nice for people to have 1/4 or 1/2 acres lots, but "it doesn't make a sustainable community", according to Hayne.

Post CommentComments: 0Read Full Story

South Surrey Condo This is a follow up to yesterday's blog in which I showed the correlation between offshore buyers and White Rock and South Surrey's single family housing market.

Today, the Globe and Mail followed up with another article entitled Competition rising for multi-family housing developers in the Lower Mainland. The author, Frances Bula, stated that "fierce competition for a limited number of properties is wreaking havoc in Lower Mainland's single-family-house market".  To every yin there's a yang, and that is so true in real estate. The boom in high end home sales is having a trickle down effect all over the lower mainland.

Bula goes on to state that the competition, that is the buyer(s) losing in the bidding wars, are moving onto the larger, muilti-family sites. Now personally, I'm not seeing the boom in the higher end condo market yet, but as day must follow night, it makes sense.

Although there are approximately the same number of developer property transactions in the Lower Mainland in the first six months of 2015 versus 2014, the value of the purchases is up 63%.  In the Surrey condo market, the purchase of development properties was $34,000,000 for the first half of 2015.  

Kirk Kuester, who is Colliers executive managing director, was quoted extensively in the article. One key statement was “It’s a function of low interest rates and a lot of consumer demand for product,” he said. As single-family-house prices have soared, it’s pushed buyers to the condo, townhouse and rowhouse market in increasing numbers.

If this trend continues, the somewhat stable prices in the South Surrey and White Rock condo market will be on the upswing.

 

Post CommentComments: 0Read Full Story

A week ago the Globe and Mail reported that Greater Vancouver house prices jump 20 per cent to average $1.47 million.

This is just one of a number of aticles on the much debated issue of whether offshore buyers are causing the price of houses to go up in Vancouver and other areas of the Lower Mainland. Many communities are experiencing single family home price increases such as South Surrey and Whtie Rock.

Moving to White RockDarcy McLeod, the president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver was quoted as saying that concerns about offshore buyers are overstated because foreign purchasers focus on higher end detached properties over $3 million. Now, while that is true, it's only part of the picture.  The Globe and Mail also report the day before that article came out that there were 570 homes sold over $3 million in the first seven months of the year, up close to 80%. So, to think that housing prices are not being driven up by this activity is to think that those sellers just vaporize ... oh, I don't know ... move to Toronto or Montreal, my home town. No they don't. Most have lived a lifetime in Vancouver, and this is their home and where they feel comfortable. They will move a little ways to capitalize on their winfall, but they are likely not going far.

So, I will tell you what many of them are doing. They are being smart, taking their money and running ... and running where do you ask. They are running south and buying White Rock and South Surrey homes, a beautiful seaside community.  Smart move I'd say. 

Post CommentComments: 0Read Full Story

White Rock Condo Sale proponedA White Rock condo resident’s court challenge that his rights were infringed by his strata council was dismissed in BC Supreme Court on August 25, 2015.  The basis of the court's decision was that Canadian Charter of Rights infringement only applies to government bodies and a strata council is neither a government body nor an extension of a government body.

So, Justice Trevor Armstrong dismissed strata owner Roderick Louis’s petition against the strata council for the Kent Heritage Condo located at Martin and Thrift in White Rock.  

This dismissal does not quite bring closure to the long standing disagreements. The judge also ordered the strata to provide Mr. Louis with Strata Meeting Minutes and Notices of Strata Meetings.  The judge also stayed the sale of the White Rock condo that Mr. Louis resides in until there is a vote and three quarters of the owners vote in favour of continuing the petition for the sale of the Martin Street condo.  

The disagreements have been longstanding between Mr. Louis and the strata.  The Peace Arch News previously reported on a incident in which another resident of the condo feared for her safety and a peace bond was imposed.

Mr. Louis e-mailed Peace Arch News to state that “Today’s court decision unfortunately falls far short of what I strongly feel is required to remedy the many blatant defects in B.C.’s strata property act,” Louis said.

 

 

Post CommentComments: 0Read Full Story

Woke up to an absolutely beautiful day and decided to head down to White Rock for eggs benedict at Jan's on the Beach and take a video of White Rock Beach and Pier.  It's very windy, so the audio is a very difficult to hear but the beach and ocean views are spectacular.  White Rock is a wonderful community to live in.   If you would like to know more about the community or about South Surrey real estate or White Rock homes for sale, I'd be happy to help you.   Please call me, Mike Alleyne, at 604-785-7066.

Post CommentComments: 0Read Full Story

Are you currently on the lookout for a new home? If you can’t decide on whether to live in South Surrey or in White Rock, BC, then let my checklist help you in making up your mind.   Both White Rock real estate properties and Surrey real estate properties are highly sought after even in slower markets.   Real estate decisions are long term.   Take the time to do your research.

South Surrey

If you ever tried looking up “things to do in South Surrey”, you will be presented with an overflowing amount of suggestions! Whether it’s related to the outdoors or something that leans towards local dining, there’s one thing for sure, you will never get bored here!   The City of Surrey is a good place to start and they provide a multitude of leisure suggestions at www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/1915.aspx

The benefits

Remember, I do live in Surrey, so I have a good idea of what you can expect from this location. Let’s start with my favorite things to do in my spare time – outdoor fun!

In South Surrey, you will be able to have many outdoor experiences. You are only one hour to the mossy rainforests of Mount Baker, WA. Beautiful mountains, scenic coastlines and parks have made this location very popular. If you are the type who enjoys camping or you want to introduce your family to this fun outdoor activity, then you won’t have to drive far once you move to South Surrey! Having easy access to nature, you can now expose your children to learning about their environment and help them appreciate it more. 

Another outdoor activity that is popular in Surrey is golf, something that I can definitely relate to. Having learned to play golf in recent years, it’s definitely a very challenging sport but also a lot of fun. Visit Campbell River beach area for off-leash dog walking or just having a picnic on the vast sandy beach when the tide’s out. Other outdoor activities include biking, hiking, fishing or sitting on the dock of the bay. A visit to Crescent Beach is also a must if you want to enjoy some peace and quiet or Softball City to engage in some more fun family-oriented activities. 

Visiting the Surrey Arts Center or the Bell Centre for Performing Arts offers live theatre and shows. 

If you just want to wine, dine, and relax, South Surrey also offers a great range of activities that you and your family can enjoy. There are spas where you can indulge in some well-deserved pampering as well as a great wealth of restaurants and wineries wherein you can sink your teeth into some local delicacies.

Life in South Surrey is definitely never boring!

White Rock 

If you and your family enjoy the water, then living in White Rock, BC might seem to be a very tempting option!   The City of White Rock also has a very informative website about activities in their city at www.whiterockcity.ca/EN/main/community/leisure.html

The benefits

With the beautiful Semiahmoo Bay as your backdrop, you can definitely expect picturesque scenery waiting for you at White Rock Beach. The White Rock Pier is a great start to enjoying your time in White Rock and an activity that I highly recommend is fishing and crabbing! Make the effort to get up early and try your luck at getting some fresh catch!

For some local history, do pay a visit to the White Rock Museum and Archives, which aim to preserve and promote local history and culture. This local attraction is located in the equally historic White Rock Train Station, so if you’re planning to move to White Rock with your kids, here’s another place that you can enjoy visiting with them.

There are also three libraries located in White Rock which are White Rock, Semiahmoo and Ocean Park Library, if you and your family love reading books then there definitely won’t be any shortage of that here! 

For outdoorsy folks, there’s also the White Rock Beach and Promenade as well as the Centennial Park for you to enjoy fun walks, a bit of biking, a fun family barbecue, even a game of soccer. You will never run out of things to enjoy here!

So what will it be? South Surrey or White Rock? No matter which one you decide on, I can easily help you out in finding great properties for you to look at in these two popular locations!   My name is Mike Alleyne from Homelife Benchmark  www.homelifetitus.com

Post CommentComments: 0Read Full Story