Blog by Betsy Carstairs

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Green floor cleaning tips

March 29th, 2009

This was a article I read in the Pillar to Post news letter & found it very useful.....



You lie on them, your kids play on them, but floors are one of your home's dirtiest surfaces. These three green ideas are the ones experts say work best (without harsh chemicals) – so you can save on cleaning products and save the planet.

Just have your famil ...

Clean it Up!

March 25th, 2009

Oprah's guests are saying it's possible! Yes, for even the most disorganized and messiest households!! I've watched her makeovers, read the books and NOW this week it was time for me to take action!!!

Friday last I had a colleague take my phone calls and hired a friend to come over and keep me on track. I was amazed at what we accomplished!! Kitchen was cleaned, 1 hour of gardening transf ...

Celebrating International Women's Day

March 19th, 2009

Last Friday I attended the West Coast Leaf's 22nd Annual Equality Breakfast in celebration of International Women's Day. It is one of my favorite events. Approximately 1000 women (and some men) attended this fundraiser at 7:00 YES! AM!! to network and power coffee with some very interesting women.

This year's keynote speaker was Mary Walsh who created the award-winning series "This Hour Ha ...

Burke Mountain New Development

March 19th, 2009

Yesterday I went to preview a new home developement in Coquitlam's Burke Mountain neighborhood. Belmont Walk in the foothills is a Polygon development. The attached homes start in the mid $400,000 range for 1750 square feet on up to the 2600 square foot homes in the mid $500's. The detached homes are 3000+ square feet with prices starting in the mid $600's. These are very beautiful homes wi ...

Hidden costs in home purchase

March 19th, 2009

I read this article in the Canada Realty News & thought it worth bringing to new home buyer's attention. I remember the 1st home we purchased had many extra costs that we had not budgeted for. Christmas that year was a new baby in a cardboard apple box bed & tree reduced to $5.00 on Christmas Eve. $5.00 was all we had extra that month so we felt fortunate to have our tree. So be prepared.

Bu ...

Hockaday Open House!

March 18th, 2009

We are proud to announce that this Sunday, March 22, 2009, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM we will be hosting an Open House at 1352 El Camino Dr in Hockaday, Coquitlam. This is an opportunity to visit this excellent 2 storey for sale in beautiful Hockaday.

Please come with any questions you may have. In the meantime you can take a virtual tour of this Hockaday 2 storey ...

Jericho Beach

March 12th, 2009

Vancouver is such a beautiful city when the sun shines!

Yes, and so often we are on the inside of the window on these magical days. Well, yesterday was one of those days - sunny, cold (yes, very cold) and crisp ... so, it was out of the office and off to the beach!!

I needed to have a catch up visit with my brother Bill in between his latest visit to Buenos Aires, and his next trip to the ...

home renovation Tax Credit

March 11th, 2009

Here is a great savings for home owners who have been wanting to renovate, install new windows or, like me put on a new roof. Delaying doing my leaking roof just saved me over $1,000!!!!!!! & the new  quote ( due to the down turn in the economy) is down 15% over this time last year so even more savings.  Hurrah.

 Here is the information on this new government tax credit that came out January ...

Property Tax options for 55+

March 9th, 2009


Property Tax - Deferment Program
If you or a family member are disabled, a widower or over the age of 55 you may be able to reduce your monthly housing costs with this government program.

Homeowners aged 55 years and over may defer the payment of annual property taxes on their principal residence. The Property Tax Deferment Program is a low interest loan program that assists qu ...

Real Estate investing for your kids

March 6th, 2009

I read this is in a news letter from a mortgage broker Pauline Tonkin  & thought it would be a good idea to put in place so moving the kids out of the nest would be a softer transition.

Mortgage Strategies - Making Money for You and Your Kids!
What would you do if you knew you could help your children get into the real estate market and make money for your own retirement at the ...

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