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What You Need to Know About Watercourses

I believe most anyone would agree that one of the main reasons British Columbia is such a wonderful place to call home is its vast collection of natural beauty. From the lowland forests to the highest hills and mountains, the entire province is a seemingly endless collection of natural wonders just waiting to be explored.

This of course includes all the wonderful bodies of water that dot the landscape. Our pristine streams, lakes, and rivers only add to the amazing beauty that surrounds us. But it’s important to remember that these bodies of water are not just there to look at. Many also perform incredibly important functions in our ecosystem, serving as a home to various plants and animals, and well as acting as a watershed.
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Sponsorships & Community Support

Supporting Our Community

As a longtime Langley Realtor and resident, I am incredibly proud to have the opportunity to work with and sponsor many wonderful local causes and organizations. I truly believe that a community is only as strong as the support its members give each other, which is why my team and I strive to provide as much assistance as we can to these wonderful groups around Langley:

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August Events In Langley, BC

Your Guide to What’s Happening in Langley this August

While it may seem like summer has just kicked into full gear, it’s already that time of year where we start to think about sending the kids back to school, and the arrival of crisp fall days. Thankfully, there are still many ways to enjoy the warm weather while it lasts here in Langley.

Looking for something fun for you and the family to do this August? Well you’re in luck. We’ve scoured the newspapers and the web, and have put together a comprehensive list of some of Langley’s best upcoming events this month. Here are some of our favourites!

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What You Need to Know About Heritage Livestock

Acreage living has incredible benefits. Privacy. Space. Fresh air. And of course, plenty of room for all sorts of animals.

But not all farm animals are created equal. In fact, much of the livestock you will find today on commercial farms has actually been finely tuned over many generations to be of a specific genetic makeup. Often, these adaptations were encouraged by farmers to maximize their yield, be it eggs, meat, dairy, or offspring.
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Top 10 Trail Rides in the Fraser Valley

The Fraser Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the entire country. I know, I know – you may think this is a bit biased coming from someone who has called this place home for so many years. But having traveled far and wide, I can tell you without a doubt that the scenery across the valley is second to none.

Thankfully, you don’t just have to read about Fraser Valley’s beauty – it’s easy to get out there and see if for yourself! One of the best ways to explore this great area of the country is by horse.

If you’re looking for some quality time with two and four-legged friends and family, and want to explore Fraser Valley for yourself, we’ve got just the list for you. Below we’ve outlined our Top 10 Favourite Trail Rides in Fraser Valley. So pick a route and get riding!

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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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