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2016 Best Christmas Lights in Metro Vancouver

If you’re looking to make your festive season truly merry and bright, look no further than these locations where Christmas lights are the main attraction in Metro Vancouver. With Metro Vancouver’s many trees, green spaces and natural setting, lighting up for the holidays is must-do. Stop by for a spectacular photo-op and even some pretty amazing light shows across the region!!!

Vancouver
Burnaby & New Westminster
Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam & Port Moody the Tri-Cities
- Pitt Meadows & Maple Ridge

Fraser Valley
Surrey & Delta
- Langley

2016 Best Christmas Lights in Burnaby & New Westminster

If you’re looking to make your festive season truly merry and bright, look no further than these locations where Christmas lights are the main attraction. With Burnaby & New Westminster lighting up for the holidays is must-do. Stop by for a spectacular photo-op and even some pretty amazing light shows.
Burnaby
4187 William St, Burnaby, BC V5C 3J5 - Snowmen, wreaths, Christmas trees, Santa and his reindeer and more are all lit up with thousands of twinkling lights.
4990 Belleville Ave, Burnaby, BC V5G 2S6 - For the past 15 years the Dube’s have been lighting up their home for the holidays. Enjoy thousands of twinkling lights, festive displays and lawn ornaments including giant snowmen, Santa and much more. Accepting donations for Variety – the Children’s Charity.
6728 Grant Pl, Burnaby, BC V5B 4X2 - For the past 25 years this home has been decked out for the holidays, becoming one of North Burnaby’s longest standing Christmas light displays. Accepting donations for BC Children’s Hospi…

2016 Best Christmas Lights in Surrey & Delta

If you’re looking to make your festive season truly merry and bright, look no further than these locations where Christmas lights are the main attraction in the Surrey & Delta area of the Fraser Valley.
Surrey
11376 154A St, Surrey, BC V3R 2V7 - More than 15,000 lights plus a large assortment of displays, inflatables, and more.
15097 90A Ave, Surrey, BC V3R 6Y6 - Walk through or drive by to enjoy this decorated home – there are more than 10,000 lights to see! Bring the kids to see the North Pole and take in the Nativity scene. Enjoy a visit from Santa and Frosty, plus candy canes for the kids and coffee for the grown ups. Lights are on nightly from 6 - 10 pm, til January 1, 2017.
2513 141 St, Surrey, BC V4P 2E5 - Log home with 50,000 lights, plus many reindeer, huge ornaments, candy canes along driveway, a huge blowup snowman display, a nativity scene, laser lights, icicle lights on trees/shrubs and a bear train display. • Lights are on from 5-10 p.m.
6116 163A St, Surrey, BC V3S - Tu…

2016 Best Christmas Lights in Vancouver

If you’re looking to make your festive season truly merry and bright, look no further than these locations where Christmas lights are the main attraction. With Vancouver’s many trees and green spaces, lighting up for the holidays is must-do. Stop by for a spectacular photo-op and even some pretty amazing light shows.
Vancouver
Vancouver Winter Wonderland2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K - Located at the Pacific National Exhibition grounds.

Lights of Hope at St Paul’s Hospital1081 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6 - A longstanding annual tradition at St. Paul’s Hospital is back: Over 100,000 light bulbs, spanning a length of more than 10 kilometres, will be turned on for the Christmas-time Lights of Hope charity campaign supporting the hospital’s initiatives. St. Paul’s Hospital’s spectacular display of holiday lights will remain on for the holiday season. This event raises funds for St. Paul’s greatest needs. Light display is up throughout December.
Bright Nights Christmas Train…

2016 Best Christmas Lights in the Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam & Port Moody, the Tri-Cities

If you’re looking to make your festive season truly merry and bright, look no further than these locations where Christmas lights are the main attraction in the Tri-Cities. In Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam & Port Moody you get a natural setting with many trees and green spaces, lighting up for the holidays is must-do. Stop by for a spectacular photo-op and even some pretty amazing light shows.
Tri-Cities
Coquitlam Lafarge Lake1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 4S1 - With more than 60,000 lights and a number of unique illuminated features, ​this is one of the largest free seasonal displays in the Lower Mainland.
Dangville: The Miniature Christmas Village: 2638 Brewster Dr, Coquitlam, BC V3B 6L4 - This miniature Christmas village is set up in a double garage and features more than 500 pieces. Peer inside the windows and see the North Pole complete with Santa and his elves, merchants selling their wares, Chinatown, Christmas at the City Zoo and much more. Tuesdays and Sundays, 6:30-9 p…

Government of Canada New Mortgage Rules

Government of Canada New Mortgage Rules - October 2016
Buyers with less than a 20% down payment: As of October 17th, all mortgages regardless of the term will need to be qualified at 4.64%Why? The government wants to allow lending up to what a client can afford if rates were at 4.64% – even if they are only paying 2.39% for their mortgage.As an example, a client of mine with 10% down was pre-approved for a  5 year fixed rate at 2.39% for a mortgage amount of $400,000. With the new change, this same client will keep his rate of 2.39% but can only qualify for $320,000 based on a rate of 4.64%. That is a 20% decrease in what they can afford! Prior to the news the client was able to qualify at their approval rate of 2.39% on a 5 year fixed term.1-4 year terms, and variable rate terms have always qualified at 4.64%, now we add in the 5 year term that most buyers with less than 20% down take.Clients who already have accepted offers with a firm mortgage approval prior to Oct 17th are exempt f…

Meadow Brook, Coquitlam - 970 Birchbrook Place

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970 Birchbrook Place, Coquitlam

First time buyer's own your own home. This 3 bedroom home comes with a beautiful fully fenced garden, spacious living room with French doors to your Patio. Completely renovated, with new flooring, lighting, kitchen, appliances and newer furnace. Centrally located within walking distance to the new TranslinkEvergreen Line Station, Westcoast Express, Coquitlam Centre, Shopping, Douglas College, Recreation, Etc... Call today for your personal showing! Open House on October 9th from 2 - 4 pm! Virtual Tour: 



Meadow Brook, Coquitlam - 970 Birchbrook Place

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970 Birchbrook Place, Coquitlam

First time buyer's own your own home. This 3 bedroom home comes with a beautiful fully fenced garden, spacious living room with French doors to your Patio. Completely renovated, with new flooring, lighting, kitchen, appliances and newer furnace. Centrally located within walking distance to the new TranslinkEvergreen Line Station, Westcoast Express, Coquitlam Centre, Shopping, Douglas College, Recreation, Etc... Call today for your personal showing! Open House on October 9th from 2 - 4 pm! Virtual Tour: 



Additional Property Transfer Tax on Residential Property Transfers to Foreign Entities in the Greater Vancouver Regional District

Additional Property Transfer Tax on Residential Property Transfers to Foreign Entities in the Greater Vancouver Regional District
An additional property transfer tax applies to residential property transfers to foreign entities in the Greater Vancouver Regional District. The Greater Vancouver Regional District includes Anmore, Belcarra, Bowen Island, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley City and Township, Lion’s Bay, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver City and District, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver, White Rock and Electoral Area A. The additional tax does not apply to properties located on Tsawwassen First Nation lands.
Foreign Entities

Foreign entities are transferees that are foreign nationals, foreign corporations or taxable trustees.

Foreign nationals are transferees who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents, including stateless persons. Additional Property Transfer Tax on Residential Property Transfers…

Riverwood Community Garage Sale 2016

About Aman Brah’s Community Garage Sale 2016!
Every Summer, Riverwood residents in Port Coquitlam prep their garages and gather their used items to host a garage sale or yard sale and make some extra cash! Now, most homeowners who have ever hosted a Garage Sale will tell you the hardest part is getting exposure. You may have some great items for sale but if your home doesn’t get enough traffic it won’t sell (sounds a bit like the real estate industry!) Well that’s where the Aman Brah Community Garage Sale comes in! The community of Riverwood in Port Coquitlam’s garage sale is coming up on September 17, 2016, hosted by homeowners/residents, giving them a chance to declutter, make some cash and find a new home for reusable items.
Homes that want to participate RSVP to me and I create maps with the locations of homes and their full address. I take care of all the advertising for the event - which includes placing ads in newspapers, online marketing, on Social Media and on my website. Then,…

North Coquitlam, Coquitlam | 3001 - 2980 Atlantic Avenue

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3001 - 2980 Atlantic Avenue, Coquitlam BC
Levo Sub-Penthouse unit located in the heart of Coquitlam, unobstructed city & mountain views to the west, north & east. Floor to ceiling windows throughout, with a bright and spacious feel, 2 bedrooms & 2 full baths. Laminated floor throughout with carpeted bedrooms, large balcony, granite counter tops, Bosch stainless steel appliances, whirlpool washer/dryer. Steps to Coquitlam Centre, shopping, restaurants, library, recreation, the Aquatic Centre, Lafarge Lake and all the Tri-Cities has to offer, all levels of school, Douglas Collage and the new Evergreen Line, the perfect unit for investors and anyone seeking the Condo life. Call today for your personal showing! 
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Abbotsford West, Abbotsford | 3423 Wagner Drive

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A great family home with room to grow located in Abbotsford West, Abbotsford! You don't want to miss out on this one, call today for your personal showing! Open House on March 27th from 2 - 4 pm.
Contact me for more information! www.AmanBrah.com

Property Transfer Tax

Understand the British Columbia Property Transfer Tax
You are charged property transfer tax in British Columbia when you make changes to a property'stitle, including: acquiring a registered interest in the propertygaining an additional registered interest in the propertybecoming the registered holder of a lease, life estate, or right to purchase for the property

The amount of tax you pay is based on the fair market value of the land and improvements (e.g. buildings) on the date of registration unless you purchase a pre-sold strata unit. The tax is charged at a rate of: 1% on the first $200,000,2% on the portion of the fair market value greater than $200,000 and up to and including $2,000,000, and3% on the portion of the fair market value greater than $2,000,000.

For example, if the fair market value of a property is $850,000, the tax paid is $15,000.
Estimate Tax Payable with Fair Market Value: $850,000.00
1% on $200,000 or less:   $2000 2% of remaining balance up to and including $2…

Property Transfer Tax

Understand the British Columbia Property Transfer Tax
You are charged property transfer tax in British Columbia when you make changes to a property'stitle, including: acquiring a registered interest in the propertygaining an additional registered interest in the propertybecoming the registered holder of a lease, life estate, or right to purchase for the property

The amount of tax you pay is based on the fair market value of the land and improvements (e.g. buildings) on the date of registration unless you purchase a pre-sold strata unit. The tax is charged at a rate of: 1% on the first $200,000,2% on the portion of the fair market value greater than $200,000 and up to and including $2,000,000, and3% on the portion of the fair market value greater than $2,000,000.

For example, if the fair market value of a property is $850,000, the tax paid is $15,000.
Estimate Tax Payable with Fair Market Value: $850,000.00
1% on $200,000 or less:   $2000 2% of remaining balance up to and including $2…

Northeast BC Outlook, Fort St. John & Dawson Creek

On my recent visit to Northeast BC I was exposed to cities that are preparing for something bigger. Obviously going from Metro Vancouver or if you're coming from Calgary or Edmonton both cities don't measure up but what you do notice, is a lot construction, Highway improvements and you sense that most people are doing well financially. You see somewhat big name brands starting to establish a presence in the area, from new Hotels such as Best Western Plus being constructed and scheduled to be ready for November 2016, to Restaurants like Brown's Socialhouse, Original Joe's and Bosa Properties renovating the Dawson Creek Mall and so the list goes on. 
The announcements made over the last few months continue to grow and prove that it’s a matter of WHEN and not IF. The year 2016 will be an important time for the BC LNG industry as it's no surprise the current state of the oil and gas industry is weak, so I wanted to share some facts surrounding these projects.
There ar…

Kitsilano, Vancouver | 2773 W 15th Avenue, Vancouver BC

Brand New Custom Home in Kitsilano, Vancouver! 2773 West 15th Avenue, Vancouver BC
This Exquisitely finished custom built home in Kitsilano, Vancouver will feature a true family residence with an exceptional open floor plan full of luxury details throughout. The home will boast nearly 2900 sq.ft of spacious & functional living on a 33 x 122 sq.ft lot. Beautiful workmanship coupled with the highest quality material will make this home perfect for any selective buyer. Luxurious features of the home include surround sound, central vacuum, radiant floor heating, cedar siding & detached 2 car garage with access from the back lane and a potential rooftop garden. This 5 bedroom house features an amazing functional layout: 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms on the upper floor with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms on the lower levels. Main floor will feature 10’ ceilings throughout with open concept from the Living Room, Dining Room and the Family Room which lead’s to a Chef’s dream gourmet kitchen …

Brookswood Fernridge, Langley | 20820 36th Avenue

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Over 1 Acre in Brookswood Fernridge, Langley awaiting your idea's. Great future potential, wait for development as the OCP is updated with a new Community plan for the Brookswood/Fernridge area or build your dream home. OCP proposal for 2014 had 4 UPA for this area. Wonderful opportunity for developer, builder and investors, with the future development for this beautiful flat property on a quiet street, with no creeks, easement, or right of ways. Located walking distance to Brookswood Secondary & Noel Booth Elementary School and close to Kwantlen Polytechnic University, entertainment, shopping, Willowbrook Shopping Centre, restaurants, parks, public transportation, with easy access to Highway 1 & Highway 10, the US Border and to the proposed Light Rail Transit system.  Contact for more information!

2016 Real Estate Market Outlook

As well documented in the media, 2015 was a year of massive real estate market activity, with prices and home sales skyrocketing well over industry expectations. We saw the price gap between Detached and Attached Properties widen even more this past year. So will 2016 see a cooling-off in activity, or will the recent gains continue without any hiccups? Here’s a round-up of industry forecasts…
BC and Lower Mainland Market
After a year in which home sales across BC rose more than 21 per cent compared with 2014, according to Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) projections issued mid-December, the province’s housing market activity is forecast by the association to moderate in 2016. This is largely based on the British Columbia Real EstateAssociation (BCREA) predictions that sales across the province will fall by around seven per cent, from more than 100,000 in 2015 to 93,700 units in 2016 – a level described as “remaining elevated” by the BCREA.This could be caused by a cooling-off i…