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We are thrilled to say we have just SOLD a property at 19617 68 AVE in Langley.
BEST PRICE IN THE AREA... $599,900. Affordable 3394 sq.ft home with fully finished basement. 6 Bedrooms, Hardwood floors, great room concept ideal for entertaining, large kitchen with granite counters, s/s appliances, gas stove, center island, large pantry, plus a good sized den on the main floor. Upstairs 4 bedrooms with large Master bedroom, bright ensuite with shower and soaker tub, plus large walk-in closet. 2 gas fireplaces, High efficient Heat pump with A/C. Hot Tub and fully fenced yard. Stunning home minutes to Langley Meadows or RC Garnett Elementary Schools and RE Mountain Secondary
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If you've ever had to listen to children, pets or household members making a lot of noise when all you wanted was peace and quiet, you already know the importance of soundproofing floors. If you have an older home, you probably deal with this regularly. In years past, people weren't as concerned with soundproofing as they are now. Lucky for today's homeowners, there are now many different options and methods for soundproofing floors.

Changing the Flooring Itself

It's no secret that carpet is much quieter than tile or hardwood. However, since hardwood floors are the most infamous floors for causing annoying echoes and heavy footsteps, here we'll focus on hardwood floors.

Installing a new hardwood floor is the best time to think about soundproofing floors. Ask your retailer or contractor about the sound ratings of different species of wood and different manufactured wood flooring materials. Soundproofing floors is much easier if you take it into consideration from the very beginning.

Blocking the Noise

Soundproofing floors is not a complicated idea. You just need something between the hard flooring and the rest of the house to absorb noise. There are many different options for materials to place between the floor and the sub-floor to accomplish this.

Cork is very good at absorbing noise, and it's being looked at with new interest lately as a more environmentally friendly form of soundproofing your office and home floors. You'll only need a very thin layer, since cork is a very dense substance. This thin layer will be laid first, and then you will install the sub-floor and finally the hardwood.

If you've ever been in a school, office building or hospital, you're already familiar with acoustic tiles. These panels were designed to dull echoes, and this is why they're popular in large, open spaces. However, they also make an excellent for soundproofing floors! Simply install them as you would cork, making allowances for the differences in thickness.

You may have noticed, in real life or on television, the odd-looking panels which line the walls of professional recording studios. Generally known as sound-deadening panels, these panels do just that...deaden almost all noise. For this reason, they are very adaptable for soundproof flooring. They are generally thicker then acoustic tiles, but if you plan accordingly, you can create an almost entirely soundproofed floor with minimal effort.

When New Floors Aren't an Option

If you rent and can't redo your floors, or if it's just not an option for you financially, there are still steps you can take for soundproofing your floors. If you value quiet over the look of hardwood, consider putting down carpet. Many families have a "no shoes" policy in their homes. Area rugs offer the same sound-deadening benefits of carpet with the added bonus of being moveable.

There are many different options for soundproofing floors, with something for every taste and budget. Do your research, and decide which options is right for you. Once the work is done, you'll get to enjoy a beautiful floor without the constant annoyance of excess noise.
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(NC) The province's chicken, turkey, dairy, and egg farmers now account for nearly half of all agriculture output and jobs, says a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Historically, the dairy and poultry sectors have represented about a quarter of all farm output and jobs in B.C.

Total employment in B.C. agriculture fell by 9,400 jobs. In the meantime, dairy and poultry farmers created more than 3,350 jobs during that span, to 31,726, or 45 per cent of total agriculture employment, says the PwC's study "Economic impact of British Columbia's dairy, chicken, turkey, hatching egg, and table egg industries."

The key differentiator is the system of supply management, which oversees all of Canada's poultry and dairy production. Farmers across the provinces work with government and industry to set output levels to prevent boom-bust price swings and ensure farmers receive fair returns.

"Farming is a tough business because it doesn't take much over-production to send producer prices crashing, so bumper crops are not always good news," says Dave Eto, a spokesperson for the B.C. Dairy, Egg, and Poultry Industries. "For more than 40 years, supply management has created a stable environment for farmers, and as the PwC report shows, it has allowed them to invest in jobs while other farming sectors face uncertainty."

Overall, the dairy and poultry sectors add $1.6 billion directly to B.C.'s GDP and underpin $5.6 billion in total economic activity.

Attention editors: This article is for distribution in British Columbia only.

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We are thrilled to say we have just SOLD a property at 3782 MCKINLEY DR in Abbotsford.
BE SURE THIS HOME IS ON YOUR LIST! This is an Awesome Home with a "Whistler" feel! Great Room design with stunning corner Fireplace and Vaulted Ceilings! Funky Kitchen layout with granite counters, oversized Breakfast Bar 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 newer deck & private fenced yard! PLUS Formal Dining (or extra Family Room up) with vaulted ceilings! Spacious Master with 5pc Ensuite & walk-in Closet! 2 more good sized Bdrms! Downstairs has professionally finished 2bdrm Suite with awesome Kitchen with lots of cabinetry & its own laundry! There's a bonus Den (for upstairs use) in Basement! Quality finish throughout with 9ft ceiling on both floors plus vaulted ceilings up! Built by Ellwood Homes one of Eagle Mountain's preferred builders! This is a MUST SEE! BE FAST!! WOW!
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We are thrilled to say we have just SOLD a property at 22 3902 LATIMER ST in Abbotsford.
Spacious, clean and bright, this end unit townhouse is sure to please the fussiest buyer. 4 bedrooms (2 up, 2 down), 3 full baths and a large double garage guarantee you will have enough space for the whole family. Freshly painted one yearago, with larger renovations completed two years ago including new flooring, new stainless steel applainces, kitchen countertops and new light fixtures. Close to all levels of schools, and walking distance to Bateman Park. Two pets allowed, no rentals allowed. Call today for your personal viewing!
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We are thrilled to say we have just SOLD a property at 16 18199 70TH AVE in Surrey.
AUGUSTA! Don't Miss this AWESOME 1900+ sq.ft Townhouse with Side-by-Side Garage! It feels' like a "house" with an Entrance & fenced patio area from the front (off the street)! Living Room with lovely Fireplace and Picture Window! Dining is open to Living - making it PERFECT for Entertaining! Modern Kitchen with lovely Breakfast Bar and spacious Eat-in Area! There's also room for an Office or extra family Room! Good Sized Bedrooms Up! Master with Walk-in Closet with Organizers & Lovely Ensuite! Room for a perfect Office or sitting area! Basement finished with Perfect Media or "Man Cave"! Situated in a great complex! Walking distance to shopping, recreation, schools, parks & more! Shows BE FAST ON THIS ONE! You'll LOVE IT!
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We are thrilled to say we have just SOLD a property at 6521 CRESTVIEW DR in Delta.
This ONE-OF-A-KIND West Coast Contemporary Home is a MUST SEE! It even has it's own SPECTACULAR Indoor Pool with sweeping vaulted ceilings & skylights! Living Room with Soaring Floor to Ceiling Double Fireplace! Separate Formal Dining Room! Spacious Kitchen with Walk-out to Pool and Private Yard! Open Plan Family Room with Fireplace & Wet Bar - make it Perfect for Entertaining! Bonus Den (or 5th Bdrm) on Main! Upstairs - Spacious Master Retreat with 4 pce Ensuite! plus 3 more bedrooms & Open Den Up! This is an INCREDIBLE Family Home! Numerous Updates include Newer 50 year Roof! Newer Furnace & Heat Pump! 17 New Skylights! Same owner since 1988! This is a MUST SEE! You won't find another Indoor Pool Conservatory Area quite like this! It's more than 1400sq.ft with 3 pce Bathroom & Change Area! WOW! This is truly an INCREDIBLE home on one of Sunshine Hills most sought after cul-de-sacs! BE FAST ON THIS ONE! You'll LOVE IT!
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When considering your home's plumbing, you might be thinking of that old adage "why fix something if it ain't broke?" But did you know that old and inefficient plumbing might actually mean that you are literally pouring your money down the drain every month? A call to your plumber might really save you money in the end if you upgrade the plumbing in your home.

When were your current plumbing fixtures installed? Did they come with the house when you bought it? Old toilets use up a lot of water with each flush, which is bad for both the environment and for your wallet. Are you putting off having that leaky faucet repaired because you just don't want to spend the money right now? The average faucet leak can waste hundreds of gallons of water per year. If it's a hot water faucet that's leaking, you are losing money both with the wasted water and with the wasted electricity or gas that is heating that water. 

Or what if your problem is slow drains? You might decide to take the easy step of pouring liquid corrosives down the drain to clear out the blockage. This is actually a bad idea. The corrosive chemicals in drain cleaner will harm your sewer pipes, perhaps necessitating an extremely expensive repair in the future. In addition, the environmental impact of pouring such chemicals down the drain and into the water supply can have serious ramifications for the future of our planet.

If you've been putting off plumbing repairs or upgrades, you really might want to consider having a professional technician visit your home. Plumbers can let you know if repairs are needed or if there are upgrades available to your current plumbing that can actually save you money. There are many options, such as low flow or dual flush toilets that can help you stop wasting water and upgrade your home.

Having your new toilet installed by a plumber will ensure that your system is up to code and works efficiently and properly. A plumber can also help you to repair your leaky faucets, or assist you by installing water saving devices such as low flow faucets or aerators on your sinks. They can also help by providing professional sewer cleaning that will fix your slow drains without causing serious corrosion to the pipes in your home and damage to the environment.

These days, everyone is looking to save money where they can. By having a professional plumber inspect your pipes and see what upgrades and repairs can be done in your home, you can save yourself money on wasted water and utility bills. In addition you'll be adding to the value of one of your most important investments, your home.

by: Nick Messe 
http://www.articlecity.com/articles/home_improvement/article_6553.shtml
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(NC) Whether you're starting your first job or approaching the end of a rewarding work life, it's never too early to start thinking about how to live comfortably in retirement.

To maintain your standard of living, financial experts suggest that for every year that you're retired you will need about 70 percent of your average annual net income earned in your last three years of employment. Of course, this could vary based on your own personal retirement plans.

November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada (itpaystoknow.gc.ca/flm) and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) is inviting everyone at any stage of life to increase our money management skills and to map out a retirement plan.

Take the time to review how much income you can rely on receiving from public or private pensions, and consider what type of lifestyle you want in retirement and your life expectancy. The effect of inflation on your savings, how prepared will you be to cover the costs of unexpected emergencies, and the age at which you would like to retire are other important points to factor in.

Working through these questions will help you calculate how much money you will need to save in order to achieve your retirement goals. Your Financial Toolkit is a resource developed by FCAC, the Investor Education Fund and the Autorité des marchés financiers to help Canadians determine what steps to take to ensure adequate retirement income and to decide whether they're financially ready to retire. Available at itpaystoknow.gc.ca, this toolkit includes worksheets that help make the planning easy and successful.

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From simple upgrades to meticulous landscaping projects and replacing an outdated roof, there are dozens of options to enhance the appearance of your home's exterior. Improvements don't need to break the bank or take a year to complete. By focusing on three simple areas, you can change the entire look of your home that you'll appreciate every time you pull into your driveway.

1. Landscaping

The key to curb appeal is balancing what makes you happy with what works in your community. Take a moment to observe the types of trees, plants and flowers in your surroundings and look for ways to incorporate them into your yard.

Planting flowers is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to make an impact. Flowers along the sidewalk, in front of the house, inside flower boxes, pouring out of hanging baskets, or even in berms and raised garden beds, provide a giant boost to your curb appeal. Exercise your creativity by combining plants of different height, texture and color in the same container. By sticking to perennial plants native to your environment, you will not have to worry about replanting every year.

2. Roofing

Redesigning the style and color of your roof is a dramatic and effective strategy for improving curb appeal.

"Your roof accounts for 50 percent of your home's exterior," says Stephen McNally, vice president of sales and marketing for TAMKO Building Product, Inc. "Updating the shingles on your roof is going to make a huge impact on the overall appearance of your home - take advantage of it."

Start by evaluating roofing choices for compatibility with your existing siding as well as the style of your home. If your home has a busy exterior with more than one contrasting color, try adding a classic, rustic color like TAMKO's weathered wood. The shingle's subtle blends of color and wood-like appearance complements nearly any exterior paint color.

If your home's exterior is a more neutral shade, try adding a vibrant colored shingle to stand out in your neighborhood. TAMKO has a large selection of classic and vibrant shingle colors and styles to meet any need. To learn more visit www.tamko.com.

3. Paint

Whether you're updating your color scheme or applying a fresh coat, painting is an easy way to update your home's look from the street in a big way. Depending on your budget, this project can be big or small. To make the most significant impact, consider painting the entire house. This will bring new life to paint that has lost its luster or possibly a new palette of color to incorporate into your yard. Although this project can call for a larger investment, the result will pay off in the end.

If your budget is more limited, focus on the areas that catch the eye. Give shutters and trim a fresh coat of paint, or paint the front door a bright shade of red or blue.

You don't have to make a large investment to make a large impact. Focusing on key areas of your home's exterior will refresh the entire appearance of the home and provide a facelift that's within your reach.
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We'd love it if you would pop in to say "HI" to us at our Open House at 201 16483 64 AVE in Surrey.
Open House on Sunday, November 9, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ST. ANDREWS! Don't Miss this AWESOME 2 Bedroom plus Den! 1381 Sq.ft! Awesome OPEN PLAN layout! Incredible Kitchen with lovely cabinetry, granite counters & huge Island! Spacious Great Room with attractive Stone Fireplace & Walk-out to the over-sized Patio! Patio overlooks courtyard and on QUIET side of building! Dining Area is OPEN to Great Room -- making it PERFECT for Entertaining! Bonus Den! Master Bedroom with luxurious 5pce Ensuite and Walk-in Closet with organizers! 2nd Bedroom (opposite side) for extra privacy and access to the Main 4pce Bath! 9 Ft Ceilings! Situated in a great gated complex .... with Resort-Like Clubhouse with Pool, Spectacular Games Room, Party Room, Hot-Tub, Library ... the list goes on! Treat Yourself! You'll LOVE IT! BE FAST ON THIS ONE!
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We'd love it if you would pop in to say "HI" to us at our Open House at 3782 MCKINLEY DR in Abbotsford.
Open House on Saturday, November 8, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
BE SURE THIS HOME IS ON YOUR LIST! This is an Awesome Home with a "Whistler" feel! Great Room design with stunning corner Fireplace and Vaulted Ceilings! Funky Kitchen layout with granite counters, oversized Breakfast Bar 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 newer deck & private fenced yard! PLUS Formal Dining (or extra Family Room up) with vaulted ceilings! Spacious Master with 5pc Ensuite & walk-in Closet! 2 more good sized Bdrms! Downstairs has professionally finished 2bdrm Suite with awesome Kitchen with lots of cabinetry & its own laundry! There's a bonus Den (for upstairs use) in Basement! Quality finish throughout with 9ft ceiling on both floors plus vaulted ceilings up! Built by Ellwood Homes one of Eagle Mountain's preferred builders! This is a MUST SEE! BE FAST!! WOW!
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