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    Home By Design magazine weekly article 'A Hearty Meal' - Happy Fall, Thanksgiving & now Halloween!

    Home By Design magazine weekly article Posted by Michele Cummins on October 31, 2014
    I love, love, LOVE this time of year! It's my sisters, Danica Ebners, favorite time. She's jealous of the fact I live in beautiful British Columbia where the weather is much like England (she's in...

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    Real Estate Channel showcases even in China!

    Real Estate Channel showcases even in China! Posted by Michele Cummins on October 21, 2014
    Cummins Real Estate TV showcased listings!   I wanted to share with you part of the charm and success of my marketing the Cummins way using such avenues as The Real Estate Channel which is show...

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    Harrison Highlands is the largest Master Planned River-View community in the Fraser Valley and this weekend we're open for pre-registration!

    Harrison Highlands is the largest Master Planned River-View community in the Fraser Valley and this weekend wePosted by Michele Cummins on August 30, 2014
    There's an amazing Master Planned River - View community unlike any other in all the area coming soon and it's called Harrison Highlands. We are taking pre-registrations this weekend so come on by or ...

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    Ever wanted a Lakefront lot for your RV only an hour away from Vancouver? This is it! NEW LISTING!!

    Ever wanted a Lakefront lot for your RV only an hour away from Vancouver? This is it! NEW LISTING!!Posted by Michele Cummins on August 28, 2014
    Own your piece of paradise right on the shores of the beautiful Harrison River. Buy the best lot in a newer RV park with a 2012, 3650 Big Country 5th wheel trailer. The 5th wheel includes an Island k...

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    Waterfront sites billboard off Hwy 1 between Chilliwack and Hope covered by corn patch!

    Waterfront sites billboard off Hwy 1 between Chilliwack and Hope covered by corn patch! Posted by Michele Cummins on August 27, 2014
    There's just no other oppurtunity to own property for such a reasonable price that's on the water of such a large warm water lake as East Barriere Lake. Expansive views & one of the best lakes aro...

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    CORNER 2 bedroom unit with Greenspace and private views For Sale off MacCallum Rd in Abbotsford, BC.

    CORNER 2 bedroom unit with Greenspace and private views For Sale off MacCallum Rd in Abbotsford, BC.Posted by Michele Cummins on July 14, 2014
    Have you ever wanted to invest your money to see it grow? There's no better investment then Real Estate and especially in the Fraser Valley where there's a low price point but high returns and fast fu...

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    'In your own Backyard' - An article from my Home By Design magazine

    Posted by Michele Cummins on July 13, 2014
    Every once in a while you have to take a break and breath. This is one of the reasons I have a magazine called 'Home By Design' and I share articles every Sunday on my facebook business page. I want ...

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    Real Estate statistics are out and it's the HOTTEST Summer in 4 years for the Fraser Valley!

    Real Estate statistics are out and itPosted by Michele Cummins on July 10, 2014
    I love living in the Fraser Valley and there's not enough creative and beautiful words I can come up with for calling British Columbia my home. It truly is the best place to reside. Selling Real Estat...

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    Save a Horse, Pay it forward in Barriere, BC

    Save a Horse, Pay it forward in Barriere, BC Posted by Michele Cummins on July 9, 2014
    So Richard and I hit the road on the long weekend last. (1st of July & 4th of July independence days for the US and Canada) And as we were on the road headed to our Barriere, BC listings and on ou...

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    Recreational property sales are rising across Canada...and BC is no exception.

    Recreational property sales are rising across Canada...and BC is no exception. Posted by Michele Cummins on June 28, 2014
    I love when this report comes out. I want to share it with my clients and everyone who's interested in Recreational properties. I must say that I do specialize in recreational properties throughout BC...

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    East Barriere Lake Waterfront Sites for sale billboard up off Hwy 1 in Hope, BC - finally!!!

    East Barriere Lake Waterfront Sites for sale billboard up off Hwy 1 in Hope, BC - finally!!!Posted by Michele Cummins on June 27, 2014
    It seems like its been a LONG time waiting but finally my billboard sign is up! As your heading East on Hwy 1 right before Hope you'll see East Barriere Lake's billboard sign. Only 19 sites left of wh...

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    1027 Gatensbury Port Moody for sale with Mnt. & water (Burrard Inlet) VIEWS

    1027 Gatensbury Port Moody for sale with Mnt. & water (Burrard Inlet) VIEWS Posted by Michele Cummins on June 25, 2014
    Have you ever dreamed of living only 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver with amazing Views of the Ocean through the Burrard Inlet? This is it! I LOVE the proximity to the new rail they're putting in a...

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    Hot off the press - Mortgage rates dipped!

    Hot off the press - Mortgage rates dipped! Posted by Michele Cummins on June 20, 2014
    Can you believe it?! Just when we all thought mortgage rates were going to slowly rise we get another "welcoming into the Real Estate market surprise"  with a dip in the rate! Fixed mortgage rate...

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    Lot #83 8400 Shook Rd in Everglades Resort on Hatzic Lake in Mission, BC

    Lot #83 8400 Shook Rd in Everglades Resort on Hatzic Lake in Mission, BCPosted by Michele Cummins on June 17, 2014
    I just love living in the Fraser Valley and Mission,BC has so much to offer with the mountains, lakes, streams & rivers! Hike, bike, ATV, swim, fish or just take a toodle. I am proud to offer up...

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    MARKET STRENGTH SOLIDIFIES IN THE FRASER VALLEY

    Posted by Michele Cummins on June 3, 2014
    News Release: June 3, 2014     DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT   (Surrey, BC) – May’s property sales in the Fraser Valley reached the highest they’ve been in seven years with...

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    Countdown to a hassle-free move

    Countdown to a hassle-free movePosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    It’s never too soon to start planning. Start doing small stuff a couple of months before you move. If you continue to do a little bit every week, you’ll be surprised at how smoothly everyt...

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    First time sellers homestaging 101

    First time sellers homestaging 101Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    There are thousands of home-staging consultants in business for good reason: staged homes sell faster. Why? Successful home staging enables a buyer to see themselves in your home, and not how you&rsqu...

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    First-time buyers plan

    First-time buyers plan Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    Navigating the world of Canadian home buying   Step 1: Figure out how much you can afford. Falling in love with a house you can’t afford can be heartbreaking. Avoid disappointment by fig...

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    Signing a Listing Agreement

    Signing a Listing Agreement Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    The first formal step in selling your property is entering into a Listing Agreement with your Royal LePage agent. The Listing Agreement is a contract in which Royal LePage commits to actively market y...

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    Getting your home ready to show

    Getting your home ready to show Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    If you’re planning an open house, or are expecting buyers to be looking at your home, make sure their first impression is a good one. Here are few hints for making your house look great to poten...

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    Preparing your home for an inspection

    Preparing your home for an inspectionPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    If you’re selling your home, be prepared for a visit from a home inspector, who will be checking out the property on behalf of possible purchasers. Take a look through your home using these step...

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    Pricing your property right

    Pricing your property right Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    If you price your property too low, it may sell quickly, but you’ll lose out on money. If you price it too high, it may not sell at all. Your agent can help you figure out the best asking price ...

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    Why use a Broker?

    Why use a Broker?Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    Selling a home takes more than just putting a "for sale" sign out front. You need an agent with experience and training to help you determine the right price, come up with an effective marketing strat...

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    The elements of an offer

    The elements of an offer Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    Here’s a quick reference to everything you need to know about accepting on offer on your home.1. Price Depends on the market and the buyers, but generally, the price offered is different fr...

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    Renovating for resale

    Renovating for resale Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    Renovations don’t have to be expensive or extensive to offer you a good rate of return. In fact, a quick coat of paint can go a long way to boosting your selling price. Just make sure your new d...

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    Title insurance explained

    Title insurance explainedPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    What is title insurance? Do you need it? Here’s some information that can help you make an informed decision.What does "title to property" mean? Title is the legal term for ownership of pro...

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    Types of home ownership

    Types of home ownershipPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    What type of home is right for you? There are three categories of home ownership: freehold, condominium and cooperative. Each has its benefits and drawbacks - speak to your Royal LePage agent to ...

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    Figuring out classified ads

    Figuring out classified adsPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    Are you mystified by some of the abbreviations and terms that you see in newspaper real estate ads? Take a quick look at the list below, and you’ll sail through the classifieds.air conditioning ...

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    Understanding market conditions

    Understanding market conditions Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    The real estate market is always changing, and it helps to understand how market conditions can affect your position as a buyer. Your agent can provide you with info on current conditions and explain ...

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    Understanding land transfer taxes

    Understanding land transfer taxesPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    If you’re buying a home in a large Canadian centre, you’ll need to add land transfer taxes to your list of closing costs. Unless you live in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or rural Nova Scoti...

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    Making an offer

    Making an offerPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    When it comes time to make an offer, your Royal LePage Real Estate Professional will provide current market information and help you draft a suitable offer. He or she will then communicate the offer t...

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    Protect your home with insurance

    Protect your home with insurancePosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    When you purchase a home, you have several insurance options that will protect your investment in different ways. Homeowners’ Insurance Most mortgage lenders insist on fire insurance c...

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    Determine what you can afford

    Determine what you can affordPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    Buying a home involves both one-time costs and more regular monthly expenses. It’s important that you take both into account when you’re figuring out how much you can spend on a home. ...

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    Options for empty nesters and retirees

    Options for empty nesters and retireesPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    The kids have grown and retirement is just around the corner. You’ve decided it’s time to move to a smaller home with lower costs and less maintenance.Figure out what you need You hav...

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    Credit checks explained

    Credit checks explainedPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    A credit check is a routine part of qualifying for a mortgage. If you don’t have a good credit history, getting financing for your home can be a challenge. Here’s how a credit check w...

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    8 things to look for when you buy

    8 things to look for when you buyPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    When you fall in love with a home, the things you like about it can blind you to its problems. Next time you go to an open house or tour a property with an agent, keep your eyes open with these top ti...

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    Protect yourself with a home inspection

    Protect yourself with a home inspection Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    That gorgeous house on the corner lot may look great, but it could be hiding all sorts of expensive, annoying problems, from a leaky roof to faulty wiring to a mouldy basement.Make sure your home is s...

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    Choosing a neighbourhood

    Choosing a neighbourhood Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    You’re not just buying a home - you’re buying a location. And even the most perfect house won’t feel right if you’re in the wrong neighbourhood. Educate yourself about the area...

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    We Make It Easy!

    We Make It Easy!Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    Great listings by Cummins Real Estate Group are only a few clicks away when you search online!  Grab a coffee, pull out your laptop or tablet, and head over to www.michelecummins.ca to get t...

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    Qualifying for a mortgage

    Qualifying for a mortgage Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    Your Royal LePage agent can arrange to have you pre-qualified for a mortgage before you start shopping for a home. It’s easy, and you’ll avoid possible disappointments down the road if you...

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    The Elements of an offer

    The Elements of an offer Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    Here’s a quick reference to everything you need to know about making an on offer on a property.1. Price Depends on the market and the buyers, but generally, the price offered is different f...

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    Real Estate Show-Vacation Properties [VIDEO]

    Real Estate Show-Vacation Properties [VIDEO]Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    Michele Cummins invites you on a special trip to navigate succesfully and voyage through the rules on how to buy a vacation property. "Ready, let's sail!"    Award Winning Royal Lepage R...

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    Finding the right agent

    Finding the right agentPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
    You want to find the right home, in the right location, at the right price - and you want to do it quickly, with minimum hassle. The best way to do that is to work with a professional realtor who ...

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