ROBBIE JOHAL

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HAZELGROVE PARK UPDATE

September 11th, 2013 by Robbie Johal

If you weren’t able to make it out to the first Public Open House for the Hazelgrove Park Project,  a second public open house and survey will take place in November 2013 to present and gather feedback on the recommended park concept(s) and share how the community’s ideas for the park space design and recreation features are addressed in the recommended concept(s).

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Click here to view further information on the City website

Clayton Heights Houses For Sale as of December 2, 2014

December 2nd, 2014 by Robbie Johal

There are a total of 56 houses for sale as of December 2, 2014 in the Clayton Heights area of Cloverdale. There is 1 new listing for a house for sale in Clayton Heights for the period of November 25, 2014 through December 2, 2014 which is below the 4 new listings last week.

The house added to the market in the past week is 3080 sq ft with 6 bedrooms and the largest is a 3080 square foot, 6 bedroom house and the listing price is $645,000.00.

Price Range of Current Clayton Heights Houses For Sale

0 houses priced between $200,000 and $299,999
1 house priced between $300,000 and $399,999
2 houses priced between $400,000 and $499,999
11 houses priced between $500,000 and $599,999
22 houses priced between $600,000 and $699,999
2 houses priced between $700,000 and $799,999
0 houses priced between $800,000 and $899,999
2 houses priced between $900,000 and $999,999
14 houses priced between $1,000,000 and $1,999,999
1 house priced between $2,000,000 and $2,999,999
0 houses priced between $3,000,000 and $3,999,999
1 house priced between $4,000,000 and $4,999,999
0 houses priced between $5,000,000 and $5,999,999

Number of Bedrooms in Current Clayton Heights Houses For Sale

There are 2 (2) Two bedroom houses
There are 10 (3) Three bedroom houses
There are 16 (4) Four bedroom houses
There are 13 (5) Five bedroom houses
There are 13 (6) Six bedroom houses
There are 2 (7) Seven bedroom houses

Clayton Heights House Listings by Neighbourhood

If you are interested in a specific neighbourhood, following are the neighbourhoods where some of the 1 new listings for Clayton Heights houses for sale are listed. Not all listings report the neighbourhood the listing is located in so there are fewer than 56 houses listed:

There is 1 house for sale in Aloha Estates
There are 2 houses for sale in Clayton Heights
There are 4 houses for sale in Clayton Hills
There are 4 houses for sale in Clayton Village
There is 1 house for sale in Dwell At 72
There are 2 houses for sale in The Gables At Clayton Heights

Month Clayton Heights Houses For Sale Were Listed

January 2014 – 1
February 2014 – 1
April 2014 – 1
May 2014 – 4
June 2014 – 1
July 2014 – 6
August 2014 – 6
September 2014 – 8
October 2014 – 9
November 2014 – 19

Summary of Listings in Clayton Heights
Report Generated: Dec  2 2014 10:07A

Get Your First Mortgage: 6 Tips

August 27th, 2014 by Robbie Johal
Get Your First Mortgage: 6 Tips

Real estate and mortgage professionals are here to help you get your first mortgage.

Whether you are looking for a new home in Clayton, Surrey or anywhere in Canada, the rules for getting the best mortgage possible is the same. A mortgage is often the largest and longest financial arrangement most families make, so you deserve to find the best mortgage for you and your family. There is a lot that you can do to get you there, so here are six tips that will help getting the right mortgage easier.

1. Budget: Get a Solid Plan.

In order for you to know what you can afford, you need to know where your money is going. Once you know that, you can figure out what you can save and how much money you have for repayments. There are tons of great mortgage calculators out there, but you can also have a conversation with a mortgage professional about where you are and what kind of home you can afford.

Additionally, at the same time that you start planning your budget, gather your credit score and go through it. If there are corrections to be made, you’ll have time to get them cleared up with the bureau before you apply for a mortgage. Credit blemishes, like debt, can have an effect on the mortgage options that a lender may offer you.

2. Get Rid of Debt (as much as you can).

When applying for a mortgage, debt is a huge concern for a lender. Debts are seen as a test of your creditworthiness. If you have too much of it, you’re not worthy. Demonstrate that if you do have debt that you’re managing it well by paying it down—or paying it off completely. Paying your debt down can also show that you can borrow more money than someone who isn’t capable, meaning you may be eligible for more options.

3. Saving Will Save You!

The bigger your down payment is, the better off you will be—in the short term and the long term. Larger down payments allow lenders to offer you a wider variety of options, and they tend to save their best rates for customers with more cash in hand. You will also be able to lower your payments, so save as much as you can.

4. Job Stability and Security: Stick Around.

You might be ready for a big move to a new company or team, but if you choose to do this right before you apply for a mortgage, it could influence your options. It might be best to let the ink dry on your mortgage before you make any jumps. Some lenders suggest at least a half year for your current job.

5. Prove Your Intake: Income

Just like your creditworthiness and debt matter to lenders, so does your income. Some lenders ask for six months of bank statements to review your income and spending, so keep your year-end statements and tax returns.

Things get tougher for small businesses, as most lenders will need to see several years of accounts. Some may go back as far as three years, so it pays to keep good books. Lenders take a stronger position with small businesses, so it’s best to be prepared.

6. Be Willing to Seek Professional Help

A lot of people like to go it alone when diving into new areas, but mortgage and real estate professionals can help you through all aspects of the buying process, from planning to saving to pre-approvals to shopping to close, pros work from their on-hand experience to help you avoid any pitfalls. We can give you the confidence you need to get your first mortgage, and we have the experience to know the right direction. We make it our job to work with you so you can achieve what you dream.

If you have any questions about how a real estate or mortgage professional can help you, give us a call or get in touch with us.

Clayton Heights Homes: How Can I Help?

August 13th, 2014 by Robbie Johal
Clayton Heights Community

In Clayton Heights, it easy to find a sense of belonging and community, especially with the help of a fellow community member.

Clayton Heights is a great place to raise a family. The abundance of parks and schools in the neighbourhood, along with easy access to amenities and shopping make these homes very desirable.

But despite the number of homes available throughout the Clayton neighbourhood , there are a couple of reasons why a family wanting a Clayton Heights home would want to have a conversation with me.

Familiarity with the community.

Sometimes, you just can’t beat learning from the locals! I have served this community for my entire career, bringing families into Clayton homes they can be proud of. Thinking locally means more than just selling a nice home. It’s looking at commuter times, transit availability, arterial road access, church locations, property value trends, and anything remotely related to your family’s lifestyle, culture and specific needs. A REALTOR® can look at all of these areas and talk with you about those priorities. A REALTOR® with local knowledge can give you information on the spot about those priorities, so you have a better understanding of where you are, and the neighbourhood’s potential for being a great option for you.

Familiarity with the people.

Knowing a neighbourhood is more than just knowing the locations of things, it’s also about knowing the people who make the community thrive. I have been blessed with the customers and friends I have gained in Clayton Heights, and so my understanding of this neighbourhood goes much further than the streetside. I might know the people who you will be living next to, and we all know how wonderful it can be when your new neighbours share your excitement for joining their neighbourhood!

Familiarity with the homes.

It can be hard for people to know the complete history of a home they may be eyeing. Whether it’s the age of the house, the upgrades that have taken place or upgrades that may be needed in the future, it helps to have the details you need to make a decision. Having a locally focused professional who understands your home, development and neighbourhood equips you with key information. The devil is sometimes in the details, so more is, well… more!

Choosing your Clayton Heights home doesn’t have to be a hassle. It just requires having a professional REALTOR® with the right level of local knowledge and the passion to help you find the right home for your family.

If you would like to talk more about buying or selling your Clayton home, let’s talk about it.

 

Moving to Clayton? 6 Tips to Keep You and Your Belongings Safe

July 30th, 2014 by Robbie Johal
Moving to Clayton Hills or Heights?

Moving can be made much easier.

Moving… It’s one of the most dreaded activities of life, but it’s something that we all do at some point. Whether you’re moving to Clayton Hill, or you’re on your way out of BC altogether, there are a few things that can spring up to make your move bumpier than you might want. Here is a quick list of those top 6 things people talk about when a move jumps off track.

1. “I wish I had more time to prepare.”

Every move is hectic, but the difference between a light headache and serious catastrophe often comes down to poor planning. If you decide to take things on yourself, get advice on what works from your friends of from people like me (there’s a reason why I help so many people move successfully each year). And leave yourself enough time to plan out how you will get ready. Prepare lists of materials you plan to take with you as well as what you plan to sell or give away. If you leave yourself enough time, decluttering saves a lot of effort, and your back will thank you for it.

2. “I should have bought boxes.”

You can get boxes from just about every business out there. That’s great for saving money, but it might not save any fragile items should they wriggle their way out of a mover’s hand. Furniture stores are good for gathering new boxes of multiple sides, but leaving yourself time to order boxes online is still the best and cheapest way to acquire good boxes. You can also order the right sized boxes for some of your more fragile items.

3. “I Couldn’t find anything once I got everything moved in!”

Once you’ve got the boxes, and you’re rolling on the packing, it’s a really good idea to label your boxes so that you know what the contents are. It can get pretty frustrating having 27 boxes that say living room, when you need one piece of a specific lamp—and it’s tucked somewhere in that pile of boxes… Don’t put yourself through the trouble. Create a master list that lists the contents of each box specifically, and store it in a safe place (saving in a smartphone or email is a good idea). You don’t want anyone getting any sense of where your valuables are, especially movers.

4. “I didn’t hire good movers.”

One of the busier times for moving companies is the end of the summer. Another is the beginning of the spring. Depending on the city or province you live in, your local moving company might have a busy time of year ahead of them. Make sure you book as early in advance as possible. This will help ensure you have enough time to do background checks on the company, get referrals and plan your move. Also, not-so-great companies might overbook themselves and drop jobs later. Make sure you ask about overbooking and check reviews online to be sure that they’ve never done it to a customer—Google can your friend, but we might know the right movers if you’re moving into a Clayton Home.

5. “I should have shopped around more.”Moving to Clayton can be easy

This is more a secondary rule to number 4, but it’s so important, that we can’t ignore it. Binding estimates are estimates that are legally sound, they detail the costs, and only about 10% more can be added to the cost. If you ask for additional services, they will charge for that, but keeping a binding estimate protects you from nefarious movers who find ways to overcharge you—sometimes in the thousands. Make sure that you get at least 3 estimates and go through the details carefully.

6. “I shouldn’t have packed the heirloom.”

Depending on what you move, your insurance provider might have damage protection over necessities and furniture. but when it comes to expensive pieces or heirlooms, things will get a little more tricky. It’s best to think about your belongings like an insurance company would. Ask yourself how you might minimize the risk to your most valuable possessions, and how can you ensure that they are protected in the case that there is damage. Handing them off to movers doesn’t appear as an option, does it? Keep valuables with you.

There are so many issues that can flare up before, during or after a move. It’s important to have a sense of where the risks are. But the easiest way to better your chances of moving success is planning and preparation time. Give yourself the time to examine your decisions so that you can make the right ones. Moving, whether it’s into or out of Surrey, can be made much more pleasant.

If you want to talk more about moving to Clayton Hill or Clayton Heights, get in touch with us and we can have a conversation.

 

5 Energy-saving Tips for Your Clayton Home

July 16th, 2014 by Robbie Johal

5 Energy-saving Tips for Clayton Homes

There are many ways to make improvements to your home energy use; some cost more than others.

For some people, it might seem strange to talk about energy saving ideas in the middle of summer. When most people think about how to save energy, they’re thinking about things to hold the heat in.

But this is a great time to be checking your home and making changes. Whether you’re in the heart of Clayton Heights or even if you’re on the outskirts of Surrey, our summer temperatures are perfect for working on your home. Here are 5 tips to get you on the energy train to savings:

Start with Your Budget

Before you head anywhere or buy anything, it’s best to look at your budget now. Determine how much money you have to spend, and then use the information from your audit (below) to see where those resources can best be used to yield the best savings. If your plugs and door jambs are letting air out, but your water heater is wasting more energy, it’s a better move to spend your budget where the savings come back. Some Clayton area homes have saved between 15-30% on their energy costs by making upgrades.

Audit: Find Your Problem Areas

The most important part of upgrading your home for energy savings is to know how much energy is being lost by conducting an audit. There are two ways to get an energy audit:

Professional Audit: A professional audit provides exact information on where your energy is being lost, and the ways you can overcome them. Any Clayton electrical utility provider will have ways to conduct an audit.

DIY Audit: Doing an audit yourself will not give you the same precision you might get from a professional audit, but it will help you target those most critical areas to upgrade. There are great resources online to get you started.

Audits reveal things that homeowners wouldn’t have considered energy wasters. Once you’ve uncovered them, it’s best to go back to your budget and look at what can be done based on the size of the lost energy and cost to upgrade. Right now, you have several months to save for upgrades before the winter season hits, so you can plan a future budget to get on track in time for that cooler BC weather.

Make the (Up)grade

Once it’s time to get started, determine who you need and gather quotes from contractors. If you have

the training to do your own work, go for it. But if you think that because you can do an audit yourself, that you should be able to do electrical, too, stop that thought right there. I would bet that putting power bars near your TV and media centre is easy enough for you to do, and that’s great. But let professionals work on the areas you’re less comfortable with, especially those that pose any risk.

Plan and Stick to It

Sometimes, little upgrade items will fall down the list once the big stuff gets done. Don’t let that happen! Go back to your list of priorities and develop a plan for how and when you want to tackle these items. Insulating the hot water pipe from your water heater is an easy enough task to be pushed back by your fall backyard/basement cleanup list, but that insulation will continue to save you money in the future. Every energy-saving act you do will save you money for as long as you live in your home. Now, that’s a very reassuring thought!

If you have any questions about energy savings for your Clayton home, or if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Surrey or Cloverdale area, let’s talk about it.

Happy Canada Day!

June 25th, 2014 by Robbie Johal

Happy Canada Day

I wish all of my past and current clients an awesome Canada Day! I hop you’re among great company and enjoying the beautiful Surrey weather. If you want to spend your next Canada Day long weekend hosting BBQ in your new Clayton home— give me a call!

Cheers,

Robbie

Oh by the way…I’m never too busy for your referrals!!!

Clayton Homes: Tips To Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster

June 11th, 2014 by Robbie Johal

Get A Mortgage-Free Clayton Home

Clayton Homes | MortgagesThe purchase of a Clayton real estate home is one of the most important investments you will make. Once you’ve purchased your first home and settled comfortably in it, you may begin to wonder how you can pay your mortgage off faster.

I’ve compiled some quick tips below to help you pay off your mortgage quickly and efficiently:

1) Increase Your Payment Frequency. There are several financial institutions with a wide range of payment options for first-time homebuyers. Whatever the plan you select, you can save interest by making more frequent payments on top of your regularly scheduled payments.

2) Increase The Amount Of Your Mortgage Payments. Putting any funds from an increased cash flow towards your mortgage payments can shorten the term of your mortgage.

3) Round Up Your Mortgage Payments. Let’s say your mortgage is $443…rather than paying that exact amount, pay $500 instead.

Setting your budget is an important first step if you’re thinking of buying a Clayton home for sale. As a professional and experienced real estate agent, I can help you find the best Clayton home which fits your lifestyle and budget. We do this by working together to determine your needs and wants through a complimentary Home Buyers Consultation.

Contact me today and ask how I help Clayton home buyers! Alternatively, you can begin searching for Clayton homes currently on the market.

Clayton Community Garage Sale 2016

May 28th, 2014 by Robbie Johal

About Robbie Johal’s Annual Community Garage Sale 2016!

Every Summer, Clayton homeowners 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 Robbie Johal Annual Community Garage Sale comes in! It’s a massive garage sale in Clayton Heights hosted by homeowners looking to clear out some of their belongings.

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 The Province newspaper, the Vancouver SUN, the Leader, the Now, the Cloverdale Reporter, Craigslist, Kijii, and my website. Then, on the morning of the Garage Sale, I set up at Hazelgrove Elementary and pass the maps on to buyers! I also put directional arrows throughout the neighbourhoods drawing people to your house.

Over 50homes participated in 2015 Clayton Community Garage Sale, so if you want to participate simply contact me with your address and I’ll put it on the map. The heart of a community can be measured by the involvement of its residents. So I think its awesome that Clayton residents can unite through local events, fundraisers, and a community garage sale!

2016 Robbie Johal Annual Community Garage Sale

Clayton Community Garage Sale

Keep an eye out for these signs throughout Clayton on June 14th

Saturday, June 11, 2016
9AM – 12PM
RSVP by June 5th

Click the link Below to sign up.

or e-mail me at: [email protected]

For more information
on the Robbie Johal
Annual Community Garage Sale

Oh by the way…I’m never too busy for your referrals!!!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

About The Robbie Johal Entrepreneur Scholarship Award

May 14th, 2014 by Robbie Johal

Entrepreneurship Is About More Than Having Good Grades

Robbie Award

Since the beginning of my real estate career, I’ve  had the Philosophy that a successful business is established on giving without expecting anything in return. The same applies to the communities in which we live in. I love living and raising my children in Clayton, attending community events, and even adopting a street. So helping families move here or sell their Clayton homes to another family bring me great joy. I hardly see it as work, but more as something I’m happy doing and as a way to give back to my community.

Four years ago I started the Robbie Johal Entrepreneur Scholarship Award. It’s a $1000 scholarship in partnership with Clayton Heights Secondary School awarded to a Grade 12 student who displays salesmanship or entrepreneurship through a form of employment or self-started small business.

One of the things that sets the Robbie Johal Entrepreneurship award from other scholarships is this award does not take into consideration academic achievements or GPA’s.

That’s because I strongly believe innovative ideas, dedication, and a business mindset can come from individuals or students who don’t have a strong academic background.

To me, a successful entrepreneur possesses some of these aspects:

1) A proactive and self-starter mindset.
2) A good vision with continuous motivation.
3) A persistent attitude.

This year’s recipient will be announced on May 20th at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey. Congratulations to the class of 2014, I wish you all the best in your future endeavours!

Oh by the way…I’m never too busy for your referrals!!!

Clayton Homes- New Residential Developments

April 30th, 2014 by Robbie Johal

Find A Home For Sale in Clayton

The Clayton area is exploding with new residential and business developments. We’ll constantly expanding our borders and growing the number of listings on the market. From Clayton coach homes to Clayton Heights Townhomes— there’s always something new to add to our community. Today I want to talk a little bit about four popular developments in the Clayton area and what makes them unique.

Clayton Homes Salix
This was a new condo development which was completed in the Winter of 2013. Salix condos offer one, two, and three bedroom floorplans with two different colour themes. These condos were developed by Woodbridge Homes and can be found in a central location, off the Fraser Highway and 200 street.

The Grove Townhomes by Timeline

If you’re looking for the perfect place to raise a family, look no further! Located at 194 A street and 68 A avenue, this development enjoys breathtaking mountain and city views. The Grove will feature 2 and 3 bedroom townhomes and will be located near elementary and secondary schools!

Sun at 72 

Developed by Solterra, these townhomes are built for people who enjoy style, elegance and luxury.  The development is located at 19477 72a Avenue and will feature 89 units with two, three and four bedroom plans.

Clayton Heights

This is Legendary Development’s master-planned community of townhomes, carriage homes, and duplex style row homes. They’re located at 72 Ave and 192 Street and are minutes away from everything.

These are just a few of the many developments occurring in our community. There’s many more underway north of 72 Ave and soon there will be some to the west of 184 Street! If you’re thinking about buying, selling, or investing in Clayton real estate— give me a call. As a true Clayton area expert I would love to help you in your real estate endeavour.

Oh by the way…I’m never too busy for your referrals!!!

Robbie Johal

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