A Hidden Gem in Steveston – 10491 Springwood

September 14th, 2015 by Shafik

ExteriorWhen the owners called me to look at this home. I automatically fell in love. This is house took three years to build and the owners really thought of every detail.

The location is perfect. I love Steveston area, there is so many good places to eat along the waterfront and it has a nice sense of community. The area, could not be more beautiful. This his home is truly a hidden oasis. The house overlooks acres of greenland. There are cows milling around and it has a view of the dyke. This is the type of home you would expect to be on the outskirts of the city.

10491Springwood- outdoor areaThis house has more to offer than just the view. The inside is just as breathtaking as the outside. This five bedroom and three and a half bathroom home is the perfect place to raise a family. It has everything from a two car garage, three decks, two balcony and over 3,400 square foot of living space. This home shows like a show home. I know I say this about a lot of my listings, but when you see this home I am sure that you will completely agree with me. It is something you would see in a House and Home Magazine spread. The attention to detail can be seen throughout this gorgeous home.

living spaces

This is a perfect family home. The living room has high ceilings opening up to the second floor. The natural light in this home is amazing. Every room is perfectly decorated. All the light fixtures, paint colours and furniture fit in perfectly with the home. This house feels like a home the moment you step in the door.

Upstaris bedroomThe master bedroom is just an tranquil and relaxing. Every room is so airy and bright. It is not very often that I come across a home that is so unique and has such wonderful craftsmanship.  I love the light fixture in the master bedroom. I can imagine myself sitting by the window in the reading nook on a Sunday afternoon and watching the world passing me by.

masterbedroom areaI highly recommend popping in and at least doing a walk through of this home. I am certain that you probably won’t want to leave.

Steveston Salmon Festival Parade- Thanks For Coming out

July 3rd, 2015 by Shafik

Canada Day I wanted to take the time and thank everyone who came out to the parade yesterday! It was nice seeing all the familiar faces in the crowd. The Salmon Festival Canada Day Parade is something that I look forward to every single year. I am still ecstatic from all the good vibes yesterday! It is such a fun event, if you have never been I definitely recommend that you go.  There is so many activities that are fun for the whole family. This year we had amazing weather; it was a hot summer day but we had a nice breeze. My team and I handed out 3,000 reusable grocery bags.

I grew up in Richmond and have always considered it to be home. I feel it is very important to be active in my community. Gathering people to celebrate is such a wonderful way to connect with the people in your neighbourhood.  If you couldn’t make it out this year, I hope to see you next year. I just wanted to thank everyone for their support. I also wanted to thank the event organizers for putting on such a wonderful event!

Happy Canada Day everyone! I hope everyone got to enjoy the nice weather that we had. We are definitely blessed to live in such a beautiful city. If there is any ideas you would like to share with me for next year, let me know. I am always open to suggestions!

Canada Day Parade

June 25th, 2015 by Shafik
Photo by KBrandon

Photo by KBrandon

Canada day is fast approaching. It is hard to believe that we will be celebrating our Nation on Wednesday. This year will be the third year that I have participated in the Steveston Salmon Festival Canada Day Parade. The Steveston Salmon Festival is a wonderful outing for the whole family, it is self proclaimed “Canada’s biggest little birthday party”. This is their 70th year and I assume they will have a good turnout as always; it is a very popular event in the Richmond community over 70,000 people attend every year. The main attraction (aside from myself…just kidding) is the famous Salmon Bake; wild sock-eye salmon is cooked over a fire-pit. There is also a range of activities from cultural displays, arts and crafts, live musical performances and car shows.

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We have been blessed with spectacular weather for the past two years, so I hope that this year is no exception.  The festival takes place all day, beginning at 6:30 AM and ending at 5:00 PM. At 6:30 AM, it kicks off with a tasty pancake breakfast. The parade itself starts at 10:00 AM. My team and I will be handing out my Shafik reusable shopping bags, so be sure to watch out for me and my team in the precession.  There will be 100 other floats, a marching band and local celebrities. The main stage host many different performances,  Jodo Shin Taiko, Stone Poets, RichCity Idol 2015 Hannah Goertz, Steveston Drum Circle, and Urban Myth. To see a more detailed schedule of the events please click the link below. Otherwise I hope to see you all decked out in Red and White celebrating our wonderful country. Fingers crossed for amazing weather again this year!

Salmon Festival

 

 

Home Safety Tips

June 11th, 2015 by Shafik

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A good friend of mine was recently broken into and it made me very aware that I need to ensure that my home is as safe as possible or I could be next. It is a very uncomfortable experience to know that a stranger has raided through your home. I started to do some research on the matter and found some helpful information to help deter intruders. I also visit the City of Richmond to find out more information on how to make my home safer. They also have a helpful alert system which I signed up to. It is called block watch, they send you alerts for any incidents that occur in your neighbourhood. Ensuring that your home is safer requires simple changes; Just doing a few tittle things differently can make a difference, such as not posting vacation plans on social media, getting to know your neighbours or turning down your ringer for your phone when you are not home.

General Tips

  • Use a high quality deadbolt with a 1 inch throw
  • Get a 180 degree peep-hole viewer
  • Add an anti-lift guard to sliding doors
  • Take an inventory of your home and have photos for if you do have to file an insurance claim

Home Safety - Keys by Amy

House Owners

  • Store values in your children’s room,a thieve is less likely to search a children’s dresser or closet
  • The keypad for the alarm should not be visible from the outside. If they can see it from the outside they will know if it is set or not
  • Install motion detector lights outside your home
  • Always park your car in the garage with the garage door closed, if it is always closed it will be hard to tell the times you are home and when you are out
  • Opt for a mail box as opposed to a mail slot; a mail slot weakens the integrity of the door
  • Keep car keys by your bed, if a burglary is to occur, press the alarm button to deter an intruder
  •  Always lock the door from the garage  to the main house

Condominium Owners

  • Ensure that you only let people in the building that you know live in the building
  • Know locations of all fire exits and stairwells in the building
  • When entering the parking garage ensure that the garage door closes behind you, before going down the ramp
  • Keep door locked at all times, even when you are home and be sure to use the peep-hole with all visitors
  • If you live on a low floor, do not leave valuable items on display
  • Let management know of any burnt out light bulbs in the building, a well lit area will deter theft

If you are curious about crime in the Richmond area check out the criminal activity map

Click here for the Home Security Check-list from the City of Richmond

Hope this tips are helpful and I would love to hear if you have your own tips or tricks to keep your families safe!

Richmond Review – Reader’s Choice 2015

June 1st, 2015 by Shafik
Best of Richmond 2015 Cover - Richmond Review Photo by Richard Lam

Best of Richmond 2015 Cover – Richmond Review
Photo by Richard Lam

Every year The Richmond Review releases the Reader’s Choice Awards. Readers are asked to vote for the best local businesses and services. I look forward to this issue of The Richmond Review every year; I use it as a guide when I want to check out new places to eat or as a reference for who to go to when I need a service done. I am sure I am not the only one that uses this as a resource for the Best of Richmond, BC.  The top spots are badges of honour for all the businesses that are mentioned.

For the past couple years I have been fortunate to be one of the finalist for Best Realtor in Richmond. 2015, is another successful year for me, I have again been awarded one of the spots for the Reader’s Choice 2015 Best Realtors. This is such a coveted position, I am so blessed to be amongst such good company. I truly enjoy what I do and it is so rewarding to have the support of the community. I want to take the time to thank everyone who completed the survey. My team and I genuinely care for and appreciate our clients while treating them like family. Buying and selling a home is an important decision so we took it with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail.  I am glad that our efforts do not go unnoticed. Thank you for the continued support! We will keep up the good work.

The Best of Richmond addition is truly the ultimate guide to Richmond, BC, if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, I recommend you pick up a copy or view it online. To check out the complete Best of Richmond Readers poll click here. 

Open Houses This Weekend – May 2 -3, 2015

May 1st, 2015 by Shafik

The weather is getting nice and the marketing is really heating up. This weekend is filled with open houses. I can’t believe theses properties are still available, they are worth viewing.

#608-9373 Hemlock Drive

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This two bedroom two bathroom condo is one of the nicest apartments I have ever been to. This penthouse is decorated by a Feng Shui master. Most of the furniture is custom designed for this unit It has been barley lived in. The owners used the unit as a vacation home. This building has an indoor swimming, gym, sauna, and steam room. It has a large patio which is wonderful for entertaining. Stop in between 2:00 – 4:00 on Saturday to check out this open house. There are more photos on my website.

5660 Forsyth

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Forsyth is in the popular Riverdale area. The house has undergone extensive renovations. Over $300,000 was spent on upgrades, brand new roof, energy efficient furnace, hardwood floor, kitchen appliances, counter tops and lighting. The yard is perfect for pool parties. The deck is over 1,500 square feet, surrounding with palm trees and a huge swimming pool. The house is close to top elementary and secondary schools in Richmond; it is minutes away from the dyke. Another must see, we are hosting an open house there between 2:00 – 4:00 on Saturday. For more photos visit our website.

5695 Cornwall Place

Kitchen

This four bedroom West Richmond home has been tastefully updated. There is a built in book case in the family room, hardwood floors, top of the line miele appliances and new granite counter tops in the kitchen.  The roof was updated in 2007, a high efficiency hot water heater tank was added in 2010 and new counter-tops and faucets in the bathrooms in 2013. This home is move in ready. Stop by on Sunday to take a look between 2:00 -4:00. More photos are on my website.

#213-8300 Bennett Road

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This one bedroom, one and a half bath is the perfect bachelor pad in the Maple Court building. $7,000 were spent on renovations, new floors, new cabinets and stainless steel appliances. For a one bedroom this unit is very spacious 1,005 square feet. View this unit for yourself on Sunday between 2:00 – 4:00. To check out this beautiful unit visit my website.

Just Listed #113-5471 Arcadia Road

April 14th, 2015 by Shafik

Front EntryJust listed a two bedroom one bathroom apartment in the Steeplechase building. The building is in a nice location close to the Canada Line, Kwantlen University and Lansdowne mall. It also has an outdoor swimming pool and balcony. The unit comes with one underground parking spot.

Living AreaI listed this apartment at $268,000. The seller has spent over $21,000 on renovations. They put in new laminate flooring, new paint and replaced all the light switches.

Dining RoomThe strata maintenance fees are $260 a month and it includes the cost of heat and hot water.

Kitchen

The kitchen has undergone a complete overhaul. The cabinets are brand new, along with the counter-top and back-splash, they also put in updated appliances.  The building has had updating as well.  The hallway and lobby has been updated. The building has been re-piped and the exterior was repainted.

Bedroom (1)All  952 square feet of this apartment is move in ready. This is the perfect spot for a first time home buyer with a room-mate or a start up apartment for a small family.

Bathroom

 

 

 

Just Listed – Luxury Home in Popular Riverdale Subdivision

January 27th, 2015 by Shafik

This is a brand new listing that I am co-listing with my colleague Rav Bains. It has just hit the market and the response has already been so positive. I grew up in Riverdale, I have been there for over forty years and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. The location is perfect to raise a family. The Terra Nova dyke is so close by to go for walks or bike rides. It is close to the Richmond Olympic Oval and a short drive to the airport. My children have access to all levels of education from elementary to post secondary.

Riverdale

This brand new home is a beautiful addition to the Riverdale Subarea. This home has all the attention to detail and all the high end appliances that you would expect from a luxury home. The high ceilings allow for lots of natural light and an open concept feel.

dining area and den

Entertaining is a dream in this house. The formal dining room has an elegant chandelier and there is wainscoting throughout the main floor.  The den can be used an a guest bedroom or as an office space or children’s play room.

Riverdale KitchenThe house is equipped with both a wok kitchen and a regular kitchen. The kitchen has top of the line appliances,tile backsplash and granite counter tops.

living areas - riverdale

All the luxuries you would expect from a modern home are in this property. All four of the bedrooms upstairs have en-suite bathrooms. I am sure that most of us can agree that having a media room is always an added bonus. The walk-in closet in this house is a dream. This builder took into consideration all the details that are needed when designing a home and it definitely shows throughout the house. To find out more information about this listing for schedule a showing please visit my website. 

 

 

BC Assessment 2015

January 14th, 2015 by Shafik

Vancouver

As you have probably already noticed the BC Assessments for 2015 have been released. My sellers have been messaging me non-stop trying to gain further clarification on why their assessments have gone up and what does this mean for the sale of their home. I have taken the time to explain the factors that affect the BC Assessment values and how the data is taken.

Overall the total assessed value of homes in Vancouver is up 9.5%. The Richmond/Delta area specifically is up 5.7%. However, when looking over your BC Assessment there are a few factors to take into consideration. This notice reflects the value effective last July 1, 2014, physical condition and permitted use effective October 31, 2014; therefore the information is already more than 6 months out of date once you have received it. Of course the assessor is generally unaware and your notice does not take into account any significant improvements, additions (without permit), mechanical, structural or other problems or deferred maintenance (i.e. leaky roof. Strata issues including Special Assessments (arising with increasing frequency from depreciation reports) are also not typically accounted for. Factoring in condition variables, the assessed value can be a helpful guide in part to determining actual market value. In my experience actual property values are mostly within 10% over or under the reported value when it’s received in January.

If you are curious about any assessed values of properties in BC or you have yet to received your 2015 assessment, you can find more information at http://evaluebc.bcassessment.ca/. If you suspect that your tax assessment is reporting a value higher than it’s true value and you would like to lower the assessed value so you pay less property tax it contesting your assessment is fairly easy. All that is required is that you request a review by filing an appeal by January 31st, it’s FREE and can be done online at http://bcassessment.ca/Pages/default.aspx, by mail or fax. You can also try to contact BC assessment over the phone at 1-866-825-8322.

 

Just Listed – #1503- 388 Drake St

January 7th, 2015 by Shafik
View of False Creek

View of False Creek

Deciding the right place to live in Vancouver is a difficult decision, there are so many amazing communities with their own unique features. Yaletown is one these sub-areas; previously it was a warehouse district but it has now been transformed into a trendy metropolitan area with a thriving night-life. There is access to boutique shops, local restaurants and exercise studios. Yaletown hosts an assortment of community events,  including Dine Out Vancouver, Breakfast With Santa, CandyTown, Farmers Market and much more. It is also fairly easy to get around, all the essentials are within walking distance, as well as all public transit services. The Aquabus and False Creek Ferries transport throughout the creek to Granville Island and Science World. The Canada Line also has a stop at Yaletown Round-House.

My new listings on #1503-388 Drake is right in the midst of this wonderful community. The condo is located in the Governor’s Tower, close to David Lam Park and the Seawall. The building has 24 hour security and concierge service. Governor’s Tower has all the amenities you would expect from a Yaletown apartment, in suite laundry, fitness centre, indoor pool, hot tub and sauna.

This two bedroom, two bathroom condo is 1,277 square feet.  It has top of the line finishes, granite counter tops and tile back-splash in the kitchen and bathroom,  engineer hardwood floors and a view of False Creek. Custom Berlani Kitchen with Miele Stainless Steel appliances, pot lighting and millwork throughout. An added bonus, pets and rentals are allowed in the building. Currently the apartment is being rented out month-to-month for $3,050.