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Manure Composting 101: Put that Horse to Work for You!

Anyone living on an acreage with horses knows just how much joy these creatures can bring. They make wonderful friends, are beautiful to look at, and are a great way to get around your property.

Those with horses also know that there is another – much less glamorous – “benefit” of owning these majestic animals…their waste. That’s right, today we’re going to talk about horse manure!

The average horse produces over eight tons of waste a year. Eight tons! But thankfully, horse manure is one of the easiest, most eco-friendly ways to turn your four-legged friends into gardening superheroes. And since you’re going to be cleaning their stalls anyways, why not put that waste to use, and create nutrient-rich manure in the process?

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13 Things Real Estate Experts Look for When Touring Homes & Properties

Touring homes and properties can be incredibly fun and exciting. I mean, who wouldn’t want to mentally furnish and design a new space? This is especially true when touring larger properties and acreages, as there is just so much to look at!

But, as much fun as you have with your daydream designing on property tours, it’s important to remember that there is a lot going on behind the scenes that you need to pay attention to. With the modern real estate market, homes and properties are often gone in the blink of an eye. Meaning that you may only get once chance to tour your potential dream home. That being the case, you should approach every home tour with a dedicated plan of attack, ensuring you not only evaluate the livability of your home, but any major challenges or issues as well.

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Basic First Aid Tips, for the Furry (and Feathered) Friends on Your Farm

Country living has many benefits. Peace and quiet, room to roam, and plenty of space for your furry animal friends and livestock among them. But with these benefits comes added responsibility. Living in a rural area means that access to many services city and suburban dwellers take for granted are actually a whole lot more difficult – or at the very least, further away. Meaning that you need to be prepared to take matters into your own hands.

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How the Mortgage Stress Test is Affecting the B.C. Housing Market

As you may have heard, on January 1st of 2018, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) instituted new policies to help curb what they believed to be a growing crisis of household debt across the country. One of the new rules is a mandatory “Mortgage Stress Test”. Originally, stress tests were reserved for high-ratio mortgages (ones with less than 20% down), or a mortgage term of less than 5 years. However, under the rules that went into effect last January, ALL new mortgage applicants must now complete a stress test before having their mortgage approved.

What Is a Mortgage Stress Test?

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Preparing for a Power Outage on Your Acreage

Like anyone already living the country life knows, owning acreage property means that from time to time, you’re going to have to be self-reliant. This is especially true as spring storms start to roll through, and the chances of power outages increase. While having no power is an inconvenience for any homeowner, if you’re living outside the main city centre, it can make life incredibly difficult.

Thankfully, with a little prep work, you and your family can be ready to take on any power outage. Here’s a look at our proven list of steps for ensuring you’re prepared the next time things go dark.

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Hibernation’s Over: How to Prevent Bears on Your Property

Spring is just around the corner! Like many, you’re probably ready for the thaw, and the chance to get back out enjoying your country lifestyle. You’re not alone. There’s someone else that’s very, very excited for the start of spring: your local, (usually) harmless bears!

That’s right, with spring comes the end of hibernation for the many bears that call British Columbia home. And while bear encounters are relatively rare, and almost all of them end peacefully, it’s important to prepare yourself, your family, and your property for when those bears open their eyes and begin to roam out of the den.

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New ALR Regulations – What You Need to Know

As you may have heard, on February 22, 2019, British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor approved changes to the ALC Act and ALR Regulations, which govern the use of Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) land in British Columbia. For those living on these properties, there are some key changes to the rules that could affect your use and ultimate plans for your property. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what you need to know about the changes.

Why Were These Changes Needed?

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How and Why to KonMari Your Home Before Selling

Though it’s still early in the year, all you TV fans out there know that there is already a frontrunner for the most binge worthy reality TV show of the year: Netflix’s new hit Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

Based on her smash hit books Spark Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, this new series follows storage and organization expert Marie Kondo as she helps families get a grip on their cluttered spaces using her specialized method of organization: KonMari.

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Langley’s Best – Valentine’s Day Edition

We are so lucky to live here in the Fraser Valley for a seemingly infinite number of reasons… but perhaps you haven’t realized that our culinary scene boasts some great options. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, let’s keep it local!

Here are my recommendations to make your Valentine’s Day in Langley as memorable as it is spectacular: