Thomas & Wanda

"Mr. & Mrs. Fraser Valley"

We'd love it if you would pop in to say "HI" to us at our Open House at 310 16085 83 AVE in Surrey.
Open House on Sunday, May 31, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
YOUR WAIT IS OVER!! "FAIRFIELD HOUSE" Corner Penthouse! 1239 sq. ft! 2 Bedrooms & Den! This is an incredible home and shows "pride of ownership" throughout! Spacious Living Room with Gas Fireplace & walk-out to the lovely corner south balcony! "Open Plan" Dining - makes it perfect for Entertaining! Lovely Kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, white cabinetry and eat-in area! Bonus Open Plan Den! The Master Retreat with spacious walk-in closet & luxurious 5pce Ensuite! 2nd bedroom also a good size! New Flooring in Kitchen & Bathrooms! In suite Laundry! Upgraded Fixtures! Situated in one of Fleetwood's Most Sought After Complexes! Don't Wait! You'll LOVE IT!!
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Check out our clients' lovely home!    We have listed a new property at 310 16085 83 AVE in Surrey.
YOUR WAIT IS OVER!! "FAIRFIELD HOUSE" Corner Penthouse! 1235 sq. ft! 2 Bedrooms & Den! This is an incredible home and shows "pride of ownership" throughout! Spacious Living Room with Gas Fireplace & walk-out to the lovely corner south balcony! "Open Plan" Dining - makes it perfect for Entertaining! Lovely Kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, white cabinetry and eat-in area! Bonus Open Plan Den! The Master Retreat with spacious walk-in closet & luxurious 5pce Ensuite! 2nd bedroom also a good size! New Flooring in Kitchen & Bathrooms! Upgraded Fixtures! Situated in one of Fleetwood's Most Sought After Complexes! Don't Wait! You'll LOVE IT!!
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Navigating an extensive wine list or cocktail menu should be a journey in experimentation to find your favorite flavors - and never a daunting feat at the table. With a few basics and simple tips, you can ensure that you enjoy your meal to the fullest.
 
"Whether you're dining out or cooking at home, the trick to a satisfying pairing comes from understanding the fundamentals and understanding your personal palate," says Leigh Merritt, director of bar innovation for Bonefish Grill restaurants. "Keep in mind that pairing isn't an exact science, and personal preference is always most important. When you drink what you enjoy, the entire meal comes together."
 
Here are Merritt's top tips to consider when creating a great pairing:
Understand wine flavors
 
Three factors influence the taste of wines: the type of grape, where that grape is grown, and how the wine is processed and handled will affect the flavor notes. The same species of grape grown in California will have different characteristics than one grown in Chile. Grapes fermented in oak will differ from wine in stainless steel. Don't be afraid to ask questions when purchasing spirits or ordering drinks at a restaurant, and enjoy learning about the flavors you like.
 
Assess the whole dish
In general, light-styled wines do pair better with lighter styles of food such as shrimp or scallops, as their delicate flavors harmonize better. However, it's important to pay attention to all the ingredients on the plate. For instance, grilled shrimp may have a subtle flavor by itself, but when served with the bold flavors of a Chimichurri sauce, the dish takes on a different profile that can taste great with a richer, deeper wine.
 
Why care about the pair?
A good wine and food pairing will work together to bring out the best flavors in each. The wine shouldn't overpower the food, nor should the food overpower the wine. This delicate balance can be achieved by using either complementary or contrasting flavors. 
Complementary flavors
 
Some pairs come naturally, like fresh seafood and lemon, or fresh sashimi and wasabi. The similar flavors work together to create a classic duo. When dealing with libations, complementary flavors similarly yield a symbiotic, balanced result. This strategy brings wines together with dishes that share similar notes, such as an earthy pinot noir and robust Chicken Marsala or Fontina Chop. The combination of tastes has a lot of synergy and smooth transition from food to drink.
 
Contrasting flavors
Wine can also have a cleansing effect on your palate, and using contrasting flavors can make a meal very exciting. To create a good contrast, remember that opposites attract, and pair foods and wines that have divergent traits, such as a crisp sauvignon blanc and a fresh Grilled Grouper with a Lemon Butter sauce. The crisp acidity of the wine cuts through the creaminess of the sauce and gives a different, refreshing sensation for the palate. Another example of this contrast effect would be a sweet wine, like gewürztraminer with fiery Bang Bang Shrimp or Diablo Shrimp Fettuccine.
 
Several restaurants will even let you sample wines or explore half-pours to expand your oenophile experiences. Remember to have fun and experiment with your food and drink pairings to find your own personal preference. You may be surprised by the different flavors of food and wines that work well for your palate, creating a great experience every time.
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  First impressions are everything when it comes to selling a home, and peeling paint, stained carpets and unpleasant odors can be an instant turn-off for buyers. Fortunately, you can take simple and inexpensive steps to prep your home for a quick, top-dollar sale.

Freshen up:
Paint is an easy, cost-effective way to improve any interior, and a new coat can make all the difference in selling your home. Cracked or peeling paint will repel potential buyers, and faded or boring walls can create a lackluster overall appearance.

Make your home stand out with a fresh coat in a vibrant color, such as those found in Dutch Boy's Crayola palette. Perfect for showcasing a finished basement, kids' room or accent wall anywhere in the home, these bright shades will make any space pop. With 96 colors to choose from - from Marshmallow and Ice Pop, to Wild Strawberry and Inch Worm - you're sure to find a shade to help make your home memorable. And as you are updating walls with new color, use a paint that not only adds beauty but also reduces odors. Along with the exceptional coverage Dutch Boy is known for, Refresh features Arm & Hammer Odor Eliminating Technology to rid your home of unwanted odors, leaving your home smelling clean and inviting. Available for walls, trim and ceilings, use Refresh throughout the home to create a pleasant walk-through experience. Add a few scented candles or potpourri to make the home even more appealing to buyers' noses.

Little fixes:
The little things can make a big difference when it comes to the appearance of your home. Many buyers are looking to make as few improvements as possible, and even tiny cosmetic repairs can seem like a huge project. The more move-in-ready your house appears, the faster it will sell, and more likely buyers will be willing to pay the asking price. Some easy fixes include replacing broken counter and floor tiles, patching holes in any surfaces, making sure all lights work properly and doors open and close smoothly.

Organize and de-personalize:
To give your home a spacious showroom feel, take time to remove any superfluous stuff. Show off your kitchen countertops by storing unnecessary appliances, clear the sink and dishwashing machine, and organize refrigerator contents. Keep the bathroom vanity clear of personal items, neatly fold or hang clean towels, and clear or cover clothing hampers. Organize your cupboards, closets and drawers to maximize the appearance of your home's storage capabilities.

Clearing your home of visible clutter will not only make it seem more spacious but also make it easier for potential buyers to picture it as their own. Minimize family photos and personal items to help visitors more easily see themselves - and their things - in your home.

Curb appeal:
First impressions can make a world of difference, so don't neglect your home's exterior as you prepare to sell. The mailbox should be in good condition and the house number easily visible from the street. Keep exterior doors, including garage doors, free of flaking or fading paint and freshen the trim around windows and shutters. A fresh coat of paint on the front door can add to your home's curb appeal and affixing a seasonal display of flowers or a festive wreath on the front door also makes a warm, welcoming statement.

A few simple projects can vastly improve your home's overall appearance, and with these tips, your home will be sold in no time.
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(NC)-According to a survey from Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, almost half (42 per cent) of Canadians say they are not prepared for a catastrophe, even though 86 per cent of those surveyed say they understand the importance of preparation.
 

"Even the safest Canadian communities are at risk of severe weather like heavy winds and thunderstorms that can cause power outages and water damage, especially in the spring," says Rich Zamperin, vice-president of claims at Allstate Canada. The resulting damage to a home can be devastating.
 

Zamperin says there are many ways homeowners can be proactive against severe weather. "Emergency preparedness goes beyond stocking the emergency kit. Advance preparation can help protect your family and reduce damage to your home and property," he says.
 

To help fortify your home before severe weather hits, take a look at these valuable ideas from allstate.ca:
 

• Disconnect the downspout, add a backflow valve - To help prevent wastewater from backing up into the home during a heavy rainstorm, cut the downspout 23 cm from the sewer connection, cap the sewer standpipe and connect a spout extension to run water away from the house. Also, install a backflow valve where the sewer exits the home to protect it from water backup.
 

• Backup electricity - If you live in an area prone to power outages, invest in a home generator. A back-up generator can only be connected through an approved transfer panel switch installed by an electrician. Keep an extra cell phone charged as well.
 

• Reinforce and protect the roof - Strengthen the exterior of a home by installing shingles that are rated high for wind impact and resistance. Check that HVAC units, skylights and pipes are secured tightly and won't blow off. Replace an untreated wood shake roof with fire resilient materials like metal, tile, asphalt and treated shakes.

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We are thrilled to say we have just SOLD a property at 20915 71A AVE in Langley.
BE SURE THIS IS ON YOUR LIST! This is an Awesome Home! Great Room design with stunning windows and lovely brick Fireplace! Funky Kitchen layout with granite counters, oversized Island plus corner walk in pantry! The Eat In Area is open to Great Room -- making it perfect for entertaining! Walk out from the Eat in Area to patio & private fenced yard backing lovely Green-Way and trees! PLUS Formal Den (or extra Family Room up) with vaulted ceilings! Spacious Master with 5pc ensuite, Vaulted ceilings & walk-in Closet! 3 more good sized Bdrms! Downstairs is 70% finished - drywall, plumbing, electrics, 4 pce bath! Roughed in for 2bdrm suite plus separate laundry! Top notch finishing in basement including foam insulation & extra soundproofing! BE FAST! WOW!
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It goes without saying that the kitchen is one of the hardest-working rooms in the home. For most, it's the heart of family life and usually the one room where everyone gathers together. With so much hustle and bustle, it's no wonder that the kitchen runs the risk of looking overworked.

A remodeled kitchen not only reinvigorates the space, but the home overall. This isn't always easy to accomplish though, as a full-blown renovation can be quite expensive and time-consuming. However, even on a tight budget, there are plenty of ways to spruce up the room without breaking the bank. 
 
As dirt and grease build up over time, appliances around the kitchen can appear old and dull. The easiest way to rejuvenate those appliances without spending a fortune on new ones is by giving them a thorough cleaning. Since the stove is often used most, it's a good place to start. Clean the entire surface inside and out using a product that is safe for all surfaces. Try Goo Gone Foaming Kitchen Grease Cleaner to cut through the baked-on grease and stuck-on grime clinging to your stove without needing to scrub. Get into every nook and cranny until it sparkles.
 
After the stove is clean, repeat the process for the microwave, backsplash, oven hood, sink and countertops. All of your kitchen appliances will begin to look like new again, and your kitchen won't seem so worn and outdated. 
 
Once finished with the kitchen surfaces, consider some other affordable updates that can make a huge impact:
Paint the cabinets - A lackluster room can quickly become re-energized with a vibrant new color. Repaint the cabinets a lively hue to brighten the space or freshen the existing paint color with a new coat. 
 
Update fixtures - Don't expect that the faucet handles you installed more than 10 years ago will last another 10. In addition to being practical, kitchen fixtures can add style and enhance overall design. Look for fixtures that fit your kitchen motif, whether it's modern and sleek or shabby chic. 
 
Change existing hardware - Think of hardware as jewelry for the kitchen. Add new glass or metal knobs, or bars to highlight cabinets and enhance the overall style of the room. If using metal hardware, choose one type and stick to it for a clean, uniform look.
Create shelving - Removing cabinet doors to create shelving can provide a sense of openness and additional space. Simply remove cabinet doors and fill in holes with wood filler. Then, sand until smooth and paint as desired. You can also paint the inside of the newly open cabinets as a decorative treatment.
 
Introduce new fabric - Are your cushions looking dingy and outdated? Re-cover chairs or stools with bright, patterned fabric that reflects your personality. Also consider framing the space with new curtains that liven up your "new" kitchen.
 
Find your green thumb - Instead of buying fresh herbs at the grocery store or farmers market, plant them in pots in your kitchen. They will help add freshness to both the atmosphere and your food (while saving you money).
 
Don't forget about the floor - Update floors without the significant cost associated with new flooring by simply adding a rug. Find a rug that's durable to high foot traffic, but also complements your kitchen style.
 
Complete all the updates, or pick and choose to make a difference even on the smallest budget. This process will certainly work on other areas of the home as well. Just as with the kitchen, always start with a good cleaning to instantly revitalize the items in your home. To save time and money, use products designed to clean multiple surfaces - including carpeting, upholstery, hard surfaces and more. Then, look around to see what can be updated without a complete renovation. Your home will have a fresh appeal in no time. 
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Tired of that old run down looking house you've been living in? Why not upgrade your home to a new look and increase the value of your home in the process. You can have the home of your dreams and it's not as hard as you think. Your old home may be run down and the paint may be thirty years old and peeling off, but you can have the best looking house in your neighborhood.

How? Just give it a new face lift with colorful and easy to maintain vinyl siding. Vinyl siding comes in a variety of colors and you can choose the one that's right for you. Your 100 year old house can look new again and the cost won't burn a hole in your pocket.

Vinyl siding can be applied over brick structures and it can also be applied over wood and concrete structures. Vinyl siding looks great and its insulation qualities wrap the entire home in warmth and comfort. The entire project will be completed in a short amount of time if done by a reputable contractor of your choosing.

You can have your old home looking brand new and bright and shiny with new siding. Your entire home will match with the same bold colors you select and your window and door trim will match also. The value of your old home will sky rocket and if you ever decide to sell your home, you'll receive higher offers for it.

You may be wondering why you'll want to put up new vinyl siding as compared to aluminum siding. There are a lot of good reasons to choose vinyl, but the final decision is yours. There are a lot of differences between aluminum siding and vinyl. Vinyl siding is manufactured from a continuous formed plastic material and usually has a thickness between .040 to.046 inches. Aluminum siding is a continuous formed material that is usually around .019 inches thick.

Vinyl siding is manufactured with a solid color, while aluminum siding is manufactured with a baked on enamel paint finish. Since vinyl siding has a manufactured solid color, the color will remain solid even when scratched.

Not so however with aluminum siding. The paint is baked on so if aluminum siding is scratched; the paint peels off and leaves a shiny bare metal finish exposed. The choice is yours; however, your home will look newer and have a higher value when it is finished. You'll love the added warmth and comfort that your new siding will bring you.

Your neighbors won't believe the big difference they'll see in your home and you'll have a hard time believing that is the same house yourself. Energy efficient, stylish and modern, your new siding will give your home that personal touch and feel it had when you first purchased it. You have everything to gain with new siding and the new look it gives your home and property is amazing.

 
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We are thrilled to say we have just SOLD a property at 50 7292 ELM RD in Agassiz.
Retirement looks very good when you can move into this home in Maplewood Village in Agassiz. There is 1535 sq.ft. of living space and you won't have to sell the dining room suite. Lovely and spacious living room with gas fireplace plus there is a family room off the kitchen/eating area. The master bedroom can easily fit a king size bed and the huge walk in closet should hold all of Momma's clothes. The 2nd bedroom can be your office or a guest room. Good sized 2 car garage and parking on the driveway as well....come on over to Agassiz and make this your new home.
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We are thrilled to say we have just SOLD a property at 35790 CANTERBURY AVE in Abbotsford.
Dazzling rancher w/loft on professionally landscaped 8160 sf lot. The extra-large windows overlook the 180 degree view to Mt. Baker and the valley. Fabulous Great Room w/gas f/pl, custom built-in shelving, island w/granite countertops, newbacksplash, s/s appliances. 3 bdrms & 2 full baths on main, plus 2nd master w/ensuite on upper level. 2 year old fiberglass roof, NASCOR insulation, 2 skylights, large south-facing deck. Extras include built-in vacuum, disposal, trash compactor, gas/electric stove, truck garage, heat exchanger and tons of storage. A rare find!
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(BPT) - Your home's front door is more than a portal for family and friends - it makes a statement about your own personal style. Home designers often list the entry door as one of the most cost effective ways to dress up the front of your home for "wow" curb appeal.

"This Old House" magazine notes that since the front door is the first and last thing we touch when entering and leaving our homes, "it's easy to understand why many of us still like our doors to be made of wood - nothing else matches the material's warmth and satisfying heft."

"People choose wood entry doors first and foremost for their beauty; it's a fine piece of furniture on the front of your home," says Brad Loveless of Simpson Door Company.

For homeowners who enjoy the beauty of wood entry doors, options are now available to stand up to the harshest climates - from the wind-driven rains of Nantucket Island to the desert Southwest. Following are three ways to have the wood door you want and to ensure it will look great for years, no matter what the climate throws at it.

Bring your dreams to life

With doors available in hundreds of wood species, and numerous designs and glass options, it can be hard to envision how a particular door will look like on your home. Short of hiring an architect to make a sketch, most people have had to rely on their imaginations. Recently, easy-to-use, free online tools have become available to simplify the door selection process. For example, Simpson's "Test Drive a Door" enables people to upload a photo of their home and view different door options on it. This allows a homeowner to be sure before they buy.

Go for performance

People are used to looking for high performance when shopping for new cars or computers, but might not realize the same approach can apply to doors. Manufacturers have developed high-performance wood doors with superior weather resistance that last in the most demanding exposures, including coastal homes with no porch or roof overhang to protect the door.

One high-performance option to consider is choosing wood species that perform best in moist conditions, as this varies among wood types. Species that have been shown in laboratory testing to have natural moisture resistance include Douglas Fir, Black Locust, Nootka Cypress and Sapele Mahogany, among others. In recognition of the use of such species and advanced joinery techniques, "Window & Door" magazine selected Nantucket Collection doors from Simpson as its "Most Innovative Door."

Another performance option some manufacturers offer in their wood doors is water-resistant composite blocks within the bottom of the door, where water can infiltrate. Doors also are available with full exterior cladding to protect them from rain and sun, while retaining the beauty of wood inside the home.

A strong finish

With any door, whether made of wood, steel or fiberglass, it is crucial to finish it for long-lasting protection from the elements. Doors are sold either factory finished or unfinished. If unfinished, the door must be finished by the door dealer, a contractor or the homeowner. Manufacturers provide step-by-step instructions for best results from finishing, and those steps typically must be followed to ensure warranty requirements. Chief among these are to finish all six sides - front, back and all edges. As no wood surface should be left unfinished, finish should also be applied to the cut-outs for the handle and lock set, as well as any other openings, such as for mail slots or pet doors.

If the door is exposed to sun, it is generally better to use lighter color paints or stains as those absorb less heat from damaging UV rays.
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