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CREG Weekly Update January 25-31

CREG Weekly Update January 25-31Posted by Mariah Johnston on January 26, 2021
NEW LISTINGS  51 - 2838 Livingstone Avenue   Brand New Listing!! Almost NEW 1278 sqft 2bd + Den, 2.5bth End Unit Townhouse is Bright, Clean & Beautiful! Great location near Hig...

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CREG Weekly Update January 18-25

CREG Weekly Update January 18-25Posted by Mariah Johnston on January 19, 2021
NEWLY OWNED    29-35298 Marshall Road       Congratulations to my Seller's! Their beautiful townhome didn't last very long on the market and now they can't wait to fin...

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What is the difference between an online vs. a true pre-approval?

What is the difference between an online vs. a true pre-approval? Posted by Mariah Johnston on January 18, 2021
Friends, this is so important to watch!!! I have many clients tell me they are pre-approved but haven't yet even sat down with a broker!    Here are the major differences and why it's key ...

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CREG Update January 11-January 17

CREG Update January 11-January 17Posted by Mariah Johnston on January 12, 2021
NEWLY OWNED  32945 3rd Avenue    Congratulations to my clients on the sale of their beautiful, historic home! I loved getting to see all the memories and what a hidden gem this hom...

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BC Property Assessments: Here's what you need to know!

BC Property Assessments: HerePosted by Mariah Johnston on January 12, 2021
BC Property Assessments have all been sent out...did you get yours in the mail? Many people find it confusing as they see the property value listed but that doesn't always translate (actually almost n...

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CREG Update January 4-11

CREG Update January 4-11Posted by Mariah Johnston on January 5, 2021
NEW LISTING  140 - 20033 70 Avenue, Langley   Desirable Denim complex in Willoughby. This pristine 1225 sqft, 2 bd, 1.5 bth townhouse has updates & looks like new! Bdrms are spaci...

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Why are interest rates higher for Investment Properties?

Why are interest rates higher for Investment Properties? Posted by Mariah Johnston on January 5, 2021
Why are interest rates for mortgages significantly higher on an investment property? Alex and Derek, my mortgage partners from THRIVE mortgage co. Explain in this great video.    ps. Looki...

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Mortgage Update: Rental Income Sources?

Mortgage Update: Rental Income Sources? Posted by Mariah Johnston on December 16, 2020
Buying a new home is often used as an investment. You may be wondering what options are available to you when looking at rental income? Check out this video and if you have more questions reach out to...

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CREG Weekly Update December 14-21

CREG Weekly Update December 14-21Posted by Mariah Johnston on December 16, 2020
NEWLY OWNED    1748 Ackerman Court      YES! Congratulations going out to my seller's! I am so thrilled for the sale of your beautiful custom home..now onto the next ch...

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How to Save $500 a month!

How to Save $500 a month! Posted by Mariah Johnston on December 8, 2020
Do you want to know the one secret to how clients are saving on average $500 per month? Well, it's not really a secret. It's just a matter of renegotiating the terms of their existing mortgage. You se...

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CREG Weekly Update December 7-14

CREG Weekly Update December 7-14Posted by Mariah Johnston on December 8, 2020
NEWLY OWNED  1385 Stromdahl Place     SOLD! After just a few short days on the market, this home is SOLD and ready for possesion day!        This devel...

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CREG Weekly Update

CREG Weekly UpdatePosted by Mariah Johnston on December 4, 2020
NEWLY OWNED 1385 Stromdahl Place After not even making it onto the MLS site this home is SOLD! Very excited for the new buyers!    PRICE ADJUSTMENT 32945 3RD Avenue NOW LISTED FOR $83...

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What programs are available for First Time Home Buyers?

What programs are available for First Time Home Buyers? Posted by Mariah Johnston on December 2, 2020
Wondering what programs you can access as a First Time Home Buyer to help you with the purcahse of your home? There are a number of First Time Home Buyer programs available to you through the governme...

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Getting a Mortgage in November--What you need to know!

Getting a Mortgage in November--What you need to know! Posted by Mariah Johnston on November 25, 2020
An update from our friends at Thrive Mortgage Co on what it looks like to get a mortgage in November!       ...

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CREG Weekly Real Estate Update

CREG Weekly Real Estate Update Posted by Mariah Johnston on November 25, 2020
NEWLY OWNED 403-33545 Rainbow Avenue  Congratulations to my seller's on the sale of their lovely penthouse condo! So happy for you!    2116 Sherwood Crescent    ...

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Help us Give Back This Year in the Annual Realtor Blanket Drive!

Help us Give Back This Year in the Annual Realtor Blanket Drive! Posted by Mariah Johnston on November 20, 2020
Start giving today! This year’s REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive will be unlike any other. Instead of collecting clothing or blankets, we’re asking our members and their offices to make...

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How much do I need for a Downpayment?

How much do I need for a Downpayment? Posted by Mariah Johnston on November 18, 2020
How much will you need for a downpayment? Let's break it down: 🟠 As a first time buyer the minimum required is 5% up until the first $500,000 🟠 After $500,000 you will pay 10% 🟠 After $...

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CREG Weekly Real Estate Update

CREG Weekly Real Estate Update Posted by Mariah Johnston on November 16, 2020
WOW! Last week was INCREDIABLE! I had 7 deals close on Friday the 13th...Crazy right? Guess 13 might just be my lucky number. Here's a look at what's happened:    NEWLY OWNED   ...

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We've Been Featured in Top Agent Magazine!

WePosted by Mariah Johnston on November 16, 2020
Friends, I've been featured in Top Agent Magazine For November 2020!!    Top Agent Magazine is the premier real estate magazine featuring the foremost real estate agents, mortgage profes...

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Mortgage Update | Commercial Real Estate 101

Mortgage Update | Commercial Real Estate 101Posted by Mariah Johnston on November 12, 2020
Commercial Real Estate and building a successful team: This is what you need to know about commercial real estate from Jamie Schreder! Enjoy and book mark this one!   ...

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CREG Weekly Update for You!

CREG Weekly Update for You! Posted by Mariah Johnston on November 12, 2020
CONGRATULATIONS! NEWLY OWNED!      Congrats going out to my two buyers as they take possession of their homes this week!  Bob & Kathleen take possession of their home in Ha...

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How does a Variable Rate Mortgage Work?

How does a Variable Rate Mortgage Work? Posted by Mariah Johnston on November 4, 2020
A great job by Thrive Mortgage Company explaining just how a Variable Rate Mortgage works (something crucial to understanding as the mortgage rates continue to rise/fall) ...

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CREG Weekly Real Estate Update!

CREG Weekly Real Estate Update! Posted by Mariah Johnston on November 4, 2020
NEW LISTINGS & VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE A NOTE: Due to the second wave of COVID19 here in B.C, the BCREA has made the difficult decision to move all open houses to Virtual/Facebook Live. The BCREA is...

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The Bank of Canada Announcement could change 2020 Real Estate

The Bank of Canada Announcement could change 2020 Real Estate Posted by Mariah Johnston on October 28, 2020
Big News coming From Bank of Canada this week! This is why I wanted to share our Mortgage Partner Thrive Mortgage Co's Breakdown of what this could mean   ...

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CREG Weekly Update!

CREG Weekly Update! Posted by Mariah Johnston on October 28, 2020
NEWLY OWNED  45-32339 7th Avenue    Big congrats to my Seller's!! 45-32339 7th ave went Firm this week after only 2 weeks on the market total!!    PRICE ADJUSTMENT...

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I had to say a big THANK YOU!

Posted by Mariah Johnston on October 23, 2020
Friends, I had to give you all a HUGE thank you for your ongoing support and continued trust. I was named this past month as RE/MAX Little Oak Realty Mission's top listng and selling agent! I was so ...

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Guarantor vs. Co-Signor

Guarantor vs. Co-SignorPosted by Mariah Johnston on October 21, 2020
This week we talk about something that comes up in almost every situation we deal with which is co-signing vs. guarantors. These are two terms that often get confused. During this episode we break dow...

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CREG Weekly Update!

CREG Weekly Update! Posted by Mariah Johnston on October 21, 2020
NEW COMMERCIAL LISTING 2540 MONTROSE AVENUE, ABBOTSFORD An opportunity to lease an 1,800 square foot retail space in Historic Downtown Abbotsford. Located in Bishop Centre, the available space has...

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Thinking about Real Estate Investing? You need to listen in!

Thinking about Real Estate Investing? You need to listen in! Posted by Mariah Johnston on October 14, 2020
A must listen!! Check out this podcast from Thrive Mortgage Co. If you have EVER thought about Real Estate Investing!    ...

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NEW! CREG weekly update for you!

NEW! CREG weekly update for you! Posted by Mariah Johnston on October 14, 2020
NEW LISTINGS + OPEN HOUSES!    1748 ACKERMAN COURT | Open House Saturday from 11-1PM    WOW - Absolutely Stunning designer LUXURY home. A/C & hot water on demand! Open Co...

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Will getting Pre-approved impact my credit score?

Will getting Pre-approved impact my credit score? Posted by Mariah Johnston on October 7, 2020
You may be wondering if doing a pre-approval hurts your credit score?🤔 For the most part, no, it doesn't negatively affect your credit. There are other aspects that might affect it such as 🟠 mis...

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CREG Weekly Real Estate Update

CREG Weekly Real Estate Update Posted by Mariah Johnston on October 7, 2020
NEWLY LEASED  3 Newly leased properties in Mission!        NEWLY OWNED  21265 KETTLE VALLEY, HOPE    Huge congrats to my seller's on the sale of the...

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Amazing Investment Opportunity Alert!

Amazing Investment Opportunity Alert! Posted by Mariah Johnston on October 5, 2020
Excellent Development Opportunity in Brookswood/Fernridge Plan. 2​ .14 Acre corner lot with 211.53m frontage $4,880,000!      The majority of the property ...

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How to Buy Your 2nd Home

How to Buy Your 2nd Home Posted by Mariah Johnston on September 30, 2020
Friends, you know that I am all about real estate investing and maximizing your real estate potential! So when I found this video from Thrive Mortgage Co. I had to share!    ...

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CREG Weekly Real Estate Update!

CREG Weekly Real Estate Update! Posted by Mariah Johnston on September 30, 2020
NEWLY OWNED!  4-3293 Firhill Drive, Abbotsford    Congratulations to my sellers! This was such a qucik sale on this quaint townhome!!        ACCEPTED OFFER ...

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Evolving Expectations in Real Estate

Evolving Expectations in Real Estate Posted by Mariah Johnston on September 23, 2020
Thrive is back this week with an excellent podcast detailing how to handle an evolving and ever chaging real estate market (this one is a much watch!)    ...

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CREG Weekly Update | Here's the latest!

CREG Weekly Update | HerePosted by Mariah Johnston on September 23, 2020
NEWLY OWNED  4-3293 FIRHILL DRIVE, ABBOTSFORD   Congratulations to my sellers on their home being SOLD this week! So great to put the SOLD sign up for you!      33205 ...

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How to Relocate in Real Estate

How to Relocate in Real EstatePosted by Mariah Johnston on September 16, 2020
Today we talk about a hot topic, relocation. We talk investments, personal strategies, why you would want to relocate, and how to relocate so tune in and enjoy!   ps. Check it out--I am mention...

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The Weekly CREG update!

The Weekly CREG update! Posted by Mariah Johnston on September 15, 2020
OPEN HOUSE   1416 HIGHLANDS BOULEVARD OPEN HOUSE: SEPTEMBER 20  1-3PM  Breathtaking views, Beautiful location, Quality Home! 3056 sqft, almost new custom home in Harrison Highland...

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Everything to do With Residential Lending

Everything to do With Residential Lending Posted by Mariah Johnston on September 9, 2020
The team at Thrive has done it again! Great podcast to listen into about income for residential lending. I've got this one bookmarked!       ...

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The Weekly Real Estate Update!

The Weekly Real Estate Update! Posted by Mariah Johnston on September 9, 2020
Check out this week's Latest News!    OPEN HOUSE 1859 FALCON PLACE, AGASSIZ OPEN HOUSE: SEPTEMBER 12 1-3PM    Entertainer's Dream Home on a 15,823sf lot backing onto GREENS...

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Can my first home purchase be an Investment Property?

Posted by Mariah Johnston on September 2, 2020
Can your first home be an investment property? The answer: YES!    ...

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CREG Weekly Real Estate Update!

CREG Weekly Real Estate Update! Posted by Mariah Johnston on September 2, 2020
Check out this week's Latest News!    NEW LISTING + OPEN HOUSE 1859 FALCON PLACE, AGASSIZ OPEN HOUSE: SEPTEMBER 12 1-3PM    Entertainer's Dream Home on a 15,823sf lot backi...

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NEW this week! Check out these HOT listings!

NEW this week! Check out these HOT listings! Posted by Mariah Johnston on August 25, 2020
PRICE ADJUSTMENT     I currently have THE lowest priced attached property listing in Mission! 2-32286 7th Avenue is now priced for  $249,000(only mobile homes are less as of...

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Mortgage Minute: Offset vs. Adback

Mortgage Minute: Offset vs. Adback Posted by Mariah Johnston on August 25, 2020
Wondering what the difference is between an offset and an Adback? Check out this one minute video from my mortgage partner THRIVE to find out!       ...

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Wren + Raven - Your next home!

Wren + Raven - Your next home! Posted by Mariah Johnston on August 21, 2020
  Wren+Raven is an exciting new development in Mission that embodies the best of West Coast living. It is a place where modern luxury, city convenience and access to nature come together to cr...

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What does the Stress Test Change Mean for Me?

What does the Stress Test Change Mean for Me? Posted by Mariah Johnston on August 19, 2020
What does the new stress test rate drop mean for you? I grabbed a great video from my friends at Thrive Mortgage company to give you the scoop!    ...

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Open House, Coming Soon Listings + more!

Open House, Coming Soon Listings + more! Posted by Mariah Johnston on August 19, 2020
OPEN HOUSE   2174 DOLPHIN CRESCENT  I have two open houses taking place at this fantastic East Abby home this weekend! Stop by 2174 Dolphin Crescent listed for a fantastic price at $...

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Mortgage Update | How long does a pre-approval last?

Posted by Mariah Johnston on August 12, 2020
A thank you to the team at Thrive Mortgage Co. For this great video explaining how long a pre-approval lasts!    ...

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What's Happening This Week!

WhatPosted by Mariah Johnston on August 12, 2020
ACCEPTED OFFERS   33545-33545 2 Avenue, Mission This 4-plex in Mission was only on the market for a few days and we already have an accepted offer on it (Subject removal August 26)! We are s...

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Inviting All Realtors & Investors!!

Inviting All Realtors & Investors!! Posted by Mariah Johnston on August 5, 2020
I'd like to personally invite all of my Realtor and Investor Friends to join me this coming Wednesday, August 12 and Thursday, August 13 for TWO fabulous special events    On Wednesday I w...

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Is now the best time to refinance investment properties?

Is now the best time to refinance investment properties? Posted by Mariah Johnston on August 5, 2020
Another topic coming around lately is interest rates. When interest rates drop we get questions about refinancing and restructuring. This leads us to today's topic. We look at refinancing and restruct...

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New Listings, Newly Owned & Much More!

New Listings, Newly Owned & Much More! Posted by Mariah Johnston on July 28, 2020
NEW LISTINGS Brand New Listing! I was so excited when this listing officially hit the market this week! 34831 Millstone Court in Abbotsford is a beautiful, spacious home that backs right onto gr...

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What's Making Headlines in the Mortgage World?

WhatPosted by Mariah Johnston on July 28, 2020
  OK! So, you know things are MOVING, Rates are LOW and CMHC made a change...so what does it all mean??? watch the video ABOVE ☝️and head on over to THRIVE's website if you have any questi...

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Can I get a Mortgage with 5% Down?

Posted by Mariah Johnston on July 23, 2020
It's a question I get asked often as a realtor: Can I purchase a home with only 5% down? It's a simple question, but with all the stress-testing rules, mortgage changes and more it can be really confu...

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Open Houses, Solds and MORE

Posted by Mariah Johnston on July 21, 2020
OPEN HOUSES    I have two open houses taking place at this BRAND NEW LISTING this weekend! Stop by 2174 Dolphin Crescent listed for a fantastic price at $889,999! Here are a few details:&n...

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Solds, New Listings and more this week!

Solds, New Listings and more this week! Posted by Mariah Johnston on July 16, 2020
It's been another great week in the Real Estate World! I've got a few congratulations to give to clients + I have a brand new listing that just hit the market and one coming very soon!    ...

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Three Ways to Make Money in Real Estate

Three Ways to Make Money in Real EstatePosted by Mariah Johnston on July 15, 2020
One of my new favourite videos from my friends at Thrive Mortgage Company! They are sharing 3 excellent ways to make money in real estate (something y'all know I am passionate about!)    C...

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What's the best payment type for my mortgage?

WhatPosted by Mariah Johnston on July 7, 2020
Do you know about the different payment types? 🤔 There's bi-weekly, monthly, weekly, accelerated, or more... Which is best for you? Our mortgage partners at Thrive Mortgage company share with you t...

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You are Invited to My Open Houses This Weekend!

You are Invited to My Open Houses This Weekend! Posted by Mariah Johnston on July 7, 2020
Open House Saturday July 11 & 12 from 12-2PM Tibor will be showing off this beautiful property this weekend. Stop by on Saturday (June 27) from 12-2PM or Sunday (June 28)...

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Happy July 4th Weekend!

Happy July 4th Weekend! Posted by Mariah Johnston on July 2, 2020
Just wanted to wish all of my American Friends and Family a very happy 4th of July Weekend!!    “I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportun...

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Can You Buy a Property With Rental Income?

Posted by Mariah Johnston on July 2, 2020
Friends, I am a BIG fan of real estate investing and the freedom it can allow you! My friends at Thrive Mortgage Co. Put together a great video detailing how you can purchase a home using rental incom...

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Open Houses + One Sold + an Accepted Offer!

Open Houses + One Sold + an Accepted Offer! Posted by Mariah Johnston on July 2, 2020
Open House Saturday July 4 & 5 from 12-2PM Tibor will be showing off this beautiful property this weekend. Stop by on Saturday (June 27) from 12-2PM or Sunday (June 28) f...

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Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day! Posted by Mariah Johnston on June 24, 2020
HAPPY CANADA DAY!  IN CANADA THE TIME IS RIGHT,  TO SMILE AT THE WORLD TODAY FOR CANADIANS ALL LOVE TO DANCE AND SING AND WORK AND PLAY.  CANADA SO LARGE AND BOLD WITH GREEN PASTU...

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How to get pre-approved for a mortgage

Posted by Mariah Johnston on June 24, 2020
Our mortgage partners from Thrive Mortgage Co. give you a detailed look at what you need to do to get a pre-approval secured (this is especially important right now with the CMHC changes coming into e...

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Open Houses this weekend (June 27-28)

Open Houses this weekend (June 27-28) Posted by Mariah Johnston on June 24, 2020
Friends, I have a PACKED schedule this weekend filled with some fantastic open houses. I am really excited to have you come and view these homes…you won’t want to miss it!  F...

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Realtors, Join me for appetizers, drinks and a giveaway!

Realtors, Join me for appetizers, drinks and a giveaway! Posted by Mariah Johnston on June 19, 2020
I'd like to personally invite all of my Realtor Friends to join me this coming Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25 for TWO fabulous Open Houses!    On Wednesday I will be hosting a pu...

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Happy Father's Day!

Happy FatherPosted by Mariah Johnston on June 19, 2020
  Happy Father's Day to each and every one of the wonderful Dad's out there!!!    'A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light wh...

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It's Been a Busy Week in Real Estate!

Posted by Mariah Johnston on June 18, 2020
Friends, it's been a busy week over here at Cummins Real Estate Group! We have quite a few things to celebrate and congratulate our clients on this week.    SOLDS  This RE/MAX collec...

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What do I do with my Property Taxes this year?

What do I do with my Property Taxes this year? Posted by Mariah Johnston on June 16, 2020
My Mortgage Partners from THRIVE MORTGAGE CO. Share some insightful advice on what you need to do with your property tax notice!       ...

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Mortgage Market Update for You!

Mortgage Market Update for You! Posted by Mariah Johnston on June 10, 2020
NEW FROM OUR MORTGAGE PARTNER THRIVE MORTGAGE COMPANY CMHC does it AGAIN!! Here is the latest news on what changes CMHC made this past week....     WHAT DO THESE CMHC CHANGES MEAN FO...

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Open Houses This Weekend (June 13-14)

Open Houses This Weekend (June 13-14) Posted by Mariah Johnston on June 10, 2020
Open House at 24002 McClure Drive (Maple Ridge) on Saturday June 13 & Sunday June 14 from 12-2PM    *Up to 4 people allowed through at one time.  The Ultimate Home, Lot & SHO...

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Are you a First Time Home Buyer? You need to read this!

Are you a First Time Home Buyer? You need to read this! Posted by Mariah Johnston on June 4, 2020
WHAT INCENTIVES DO YOU GET AS A FIRST TIME HOME BUYER?  Are you a first-time homebuyer?? Then you need to watch this video!  Alex McFadyen from Thrive Mortgage Company explains some of the ...

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Stop by my Open Houses this weekend [June 6-June 7]

Stop by my Open Houses this weekend [June 6-June 7] Posted by Mariah Johnston on June 3, 2020
Join me this weekend as I showcase 3 beautiful homes located here in the Fraser Valley!    Open House at 22-14550 Harrison Mills on Saturday June 6 from 11-1PM.   *Up to 4 people al...

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