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New property listed in Downtown SQ, Squamish

I have listed a new property at 37872 THIRD AVE in Squamish. See details here

Here's your chance to own a fantastic property featuring a 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom townhouse along with a separate self-contained commercial space, complete with its own full bathroom. These units are generously sized, flooded with natural light, and boast an inviting open-concept layout with a kitchen overlooking the dining and living areas. Plus, a large den on the main level can easily double as a guest bedroom. Upstairs, you'll find two huge bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom for maximum comfort and convenience. Prepare to be amazed by the abundant storage options throughout the property. And with a prime downtown location, you're just a short stroll away from all the shops and restaurants you love. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity! Strata fee covers both units

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New property listed in Garibaldi Estates, Squamish

I have listed a new property at 240 1830 MAMQUAM RD in Squamish. See details here

Welcome to this beautifully updated double-wide manufactured home in Timbertown Park, boasting 1,312 square feet of comfortable living space. Featuring 3 bedrooms plus a flex/office space and 2 updated bathrooms, this home offers a perfect blend of modern amenities and cozy charm. Enjoy the convenience of updated appliances and stylish laminate floors throughout, all within a nice open layout that provides a seamless flow between living areas. Step outside to a front deck on one of the parks largest lots with greenspace, ideal for relaxation and entertaining. Centrally located in Garibaldi Estates, this home is close to shopping, golf, trails, and has a bus stop right at the entrance. Experience the perfect balance of detached home living with the price point of a manufactured home.

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New property listed in Downtown SQ, Squamish

I have listed a new property at 37872 THIRD AVE in Squamish. See details here

Here's your chance to own a fantastic property featuring a 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom townhouse along with a separate self-contained commercial space, complete with its own full bathroom. These units are generously sized, flooded with natural light, and boast an inviting open-concept layout with a kitchen overlooking the dining and living areas. Plus, a large den on the main level can easily double as a guest bedroom. Upstairs, you'll find two huge bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom for maximum comfort and convenience. Prepare to be amazed by the abundant storage options throughout the property. And with a prime downtown location, you're just a short stroll away from all the shops and restaurants you love. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity! Strata fee covers both units

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Empowering Women On and Off the Ice

Recently I had the opportunity to be featured in this article by The Squamish Chief with several other women-led businesses in honour of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month! I’m proud to be part of this community through my two passions: real estate and empowering women through sport.

As the daughter of one of Squamish's pioneering physicians, Dr. Ken Schellenberg, I've always felt a deep connection to this community. It's a place where roots run deep, where every corner holds a story, and where opportunities abound for those with the vision to seize them.

With over 25 years of marketing expertise and an intimate knowledge of the local landscape, I've found my calling as a real estate agent. From the towering peaks of the Stawamus Chief to the tranquil shores of Howe Sound, I've made it my mission to showcase the beauty and potential of Squamish to buyers near and far. Some might say it's in my blood—to sell Squamish is to share a piece of my heart with the world.

But my journey doesn't end with real estate. Far from it. As the founder and owner of the Squamish Women's Hockey Academy, I've embarked on a mission to break down barriers and redefine what it means to be a woman in sport. It's a vision rooted in inclusivity, in creating a space where girls and women of all backgrounds can come together, lace up their skates, and pursue their passion for hockey without fear or judgment.

At the heart of the academy lies a simple yet powerful belief: that every woman has the right to step onto the ice with confidence, regardless of her skill level or previous experience. I've seen it firsthand—the transformation that occurs when women are given the opportunity to push beyond their comfort zones, to challenge themselves in ways they never thought possible. Many of the local women who have joined the academy started with never having worn skates before, and now they're competing against teams from across the Lower Mainland.

Of course, the road hasn't always been easy. I've faced my fair share of skepticism and pushback, especially when it came to establishing the hockey academy here in Squamish. But I refused to let doubt dictate my destiny. Six years have passed since the academy's inception, and the demand only continues to grow. That's why I'm thrilled to announce the upcoming launch of a women's hockey academy in Whistler—a testament to the power of perseverance and the enduring spirit of our community.

Whether you're a budding athlete looking to hone your skills on the ice or a prospective homebuyer eager to explore all that Squamish has to offer, I invite you to join me on this journey of empowerment. Together, let's rewrite the rules, challenge the status quo, and create a world where every woman feels seen, heard, and valued.

Contact me to learn more about the Squamish Women's Hockey Academy or explore the local real estate market, I’m always happy to answer your questions!

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SWHA: Still Going Strong

We can’t believe it’s been so long since we first started the Squamish Women’s Hockey Academy (SWHA) in 2020!

Evelyn Schellenberg was quoted in this article back in 2021 by The Squamish Chief saying “Women are more comfortable being coached by other women, and the academy is a non-judgemental, welcoming and supportive environment to learn the sport or improve on skills.”

And it’s still true!

To stay in the loop about the SWHA, follow us on Instagram @squamishwomenshockeyacademy !

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New property listed in Garibaldi Estates, Squamish

I have listed a new property at 26 1821 WILLOW CRES in Squamish. See details here

Nestled in the heart of the Garibaldi Estates, Willow Village presents an enticing opportunity for comfortable living in a prime location. This charming end-unit townhouse boasts a perfect blend of convenience, functionality, and modern comfort. Step inside to discover a spacious layout featuring 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms, perfectly suited for families or those seeking ample space. The home is meticulously maintained, with carpets and walls in fantastic shape, The convenience of a double car garage adds to the appeal, providing ample parking space and additional storage options.This charming residence showcases a fully fenced south-facing yard, ideal for soaking up the sun and enjoying outdoor activities in privacy.

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The Squamish giving kind: Locals snap smiles and shoot the puck to support food bank

Thank you to the Squamish Chief for this article! I’m grateful to be featured, and these events made the holidays so fun this year. 


“Local businesses join forces to organize successful community events.”


Read the full article by Jennifer Thuncher here.

“Many locals chipped in with events over the holidays to help those in need in our community this season. 

Evelyn Schellenberg was at the centre of a few of these events. 

The Holly Jolly photos with Santa event on Dec. 2 raised $1,000 for The Market [Squamish Food Bank] and over $400 worth of food, according to Schellenberg.

At the event, photographer Corrie Lindroos took photos with Santa for donations. 

The free event was organized by Evelyn Schellenberg Real Estate, Em Smith Real Estate, Mortgages with Tara and Whistler Fireplace.

Also, the Squamish Women's Hockey Academy Holiday Cup Food drive gathered so much food that two vehicles were needed in order to drop all of it off at the food bank, said Schellenberg, who founded the academy. 

This fundraiser was part of the first women's academy hockey tournament, held Dec. 6, 13, and 20th.

"It was a very close race, but the green team slightly edged out the red team and filled their net, so they got the goal to start the final game, where they ended up winning the cup," Schellenberg added. 

The academy's new programs begin Jan. 3 and sign-up is happening right now at squamish.ca/rec

The spring cup tourney will be coming up and will also be a food bank fundraiser, Schellenberg said.”

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New property listed in Lower Lonsdale, North Vancouver

I have listed a new property at 308 155 3RD ST E in NORTH VANC. See details here

Experience urban living at its best in this immaculate 2-bedroom, 1-bath condo with city and ocean views. South-facing and flooded with natural light, this move-in-ready home boasts upgrades to the kitchen and bathroom. Features include stainless steel appliances, in suite washer & dryer and a gas fire place to keep you cozy and warm. A secure underground parking space and one storage locker included. Monthly condo fees include gas and hot water. Prime location, walking distance to Lonsdale Quay, the sea bus terminal, hospital, restaurants, and parks. Clean, well-maintained building. With modern comforts, breathtaking views, and a central location, this condo offers the perfect blend of style and convenience. Open house Sat. Jan. 6, 12-2 pm & Sunday Jan. 7, 1-3 pm.

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New property listed in Plateau, Squamish

I have listed a new property at 2086 CRUMPIT WOODS DR in Squamish. See details here

Nestled in a tranquil Crumpit Woods cul-de-sac, this one-owner luxury home offers space and comfort. Upstairs: 3 inviting bedrooms, a master suite with an open-concept bathroom and walk-in closet, plus additional bathroom. On main level the modern kitchen features quartz countertops, large stainless appliances, and a walk-in pantry. Additionally a lavishly appointed powder room and an opulent home office await.The spacious 2-car garage adds convenience. Downstairs, a bathroom, rec room, gym flex space, and large storage room are well laid out, Plus, an 800 sq ft legal bright one-bedroom suite with a flexible bonus room, offers potential rental income or versatile living arrangements. Enjoy living the Squamish lifestyle! OPEN HOUSE Saturday Sept 23, 12-2 pm

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Exploring the Lifestyle in Squamish, Furry Creek and Britannia Beach

Nestled amidst the stunning landscapes of British Columbia, Squamish, Furry Creek, and Britannia Beach offer a lifestyle that seamlessly blends urban conveniences with the allure of the great outdoors. These communities, located along the picturesque Sea-to-Sky Highway, are a haven for those seeking adventure, tranquility, and a strong sense of community.

Squamish: The Outdoor Enthusiast's Paradise

Known as the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada," Squamish lives up to its reputation with a plethora of outdoor activities for residents and visitors alike. Whether you're an avid rock climber, hiker, kayaker, or mountain biker, Squamish has it all.

  • Rock Climbing: The sheer granite walls of the Stawamus Chief Mountain are a mecca for climbers from around the world. The Squamish Climbing Magazine even named it one of the top ten climbing areas globally.

  • Hiking: Miles of hiking trails offer breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and the Howe Sound. The Sea-to-Summit trail is a popular choice, rewarding hikers with panoramic views from the summit.

  • Mountain Biking: The network of trails caters to riders of all skill levels. From gentle cruises to thrilling downhill runs, Squamish has something for everyone.

  • Water Sports: The stunning Howe Sound provides opportunities for kayaking, paddleboarding, and even windsurfing.

Beyond the outdoor adventures, Squamish boasts a vibrant cultural scene, with a bustling arts community, music festivals, and a local farmers' market that showcases the best in regional produce.

Furry Creek: A Hidden Gem by the Sea

Just a short drive south of Squamish lies Furry Creek, a small coastal community that offers a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Furry Creek is known for its stunning golf course, which winds its way through lush forests and hugs the shoreline, providing golfers with breathtaking views at every turn.

Furry Creek's tranquil atmosphere and stunning oceanfront homes make it a haven for those seeking a quieter lifestyle. Residents here relish in the beauty of the sea and the serenity of nature, often spending their days exploring the coastline or enjoying leisurely rounds of golf.

Britannia Beach: Where History Meets Natural Beauty

Just a stone's throw away from Squamish, Britannia Beach offers a unique blend of history and natural beauty. The Britannia Mine Museum takes visitors on a journey through the region's rich mining history, allowing them to explore the underground tunnels and learn about the mining heritage that shaped the area.

The Britannia Beach area is also known for its beautiful beaches and hiking trails, where residents can enjoy serene walks along the shore or challenging hikes through old-growth forests.

Conclusion: A Lifestyle Rooted in Nature

Squamish, Furry Creek, and Britannia Beach each offer a unique lifestyle that revolves around the natural beauty that surrounds them. Whether you're drawn to the outdoor adventures of Squamish, the peaceful tranquility of Furry Creek, or the historical charm of Britannia Beach, this region has something for everyone. It's a place where you can truly embrace the best of both worlds—urban amenities and the serenity of nature—all within a short drive along the breathtaking Sea-to-Sky Highway.

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What Fees Are Involved in Selling a House in Canada?

Are you listing your home for sale? Then you’re likely wondering what fees are involved in selling a house in Canada.

Listing your home in the Canadian real estate market involves much more than the transaction itself. Many fees, rules and participants are involved, some of which you may not be aware of. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know when selling a house in Canada.

What You Need to Know About Selling a House in Canada

First, it is crucial to know that when fees are involved in selling a home, the funds are distributed by the seller’s attorney on the closing date. They consist of the commission, the lawyer’s fees, and costs associated with the transaction’s closing, such as land transfer taxes.

But what other costs should you factor in to pay?

Mortgage Pre-Payment Penalties

Do you still have a mortgage on your property? If you plan to sell your home before the maturity date of the mortgage term, you will likely face pre-payment penalties. Now, the penalty amount will depend on the mortgage contract. However, penalties are estimated to consist of three months of interest or the interest rate difference (IRD). The latter is calculated on the difference between your present mortgage rate and the new mortgage offered by your lender.

Legal Fees and Realtor Commissions

As previously noted, there will be legal fees and real estate agent commissions. But how much are they? Generally, the legal fees can range between $500 and $2,500, while real estate agent commissions vary depending on a number of factors. Remember that these expenses will incur GST/HST, potentially adding a couple of thousand dollars to your closing costs.

And yes, it is recommended that you hire a real estate attorney and work with a real estate agent.

Home Inspection Fees

In a buyer’s market, homebuyers will generally request a home inspection before purchasing your home. In certain circumstances, you might be responsible for covering the costs of a home inspection, which can be as high as $500 to $1,000. However, this is usually the buyer’s responsibility. To create an air of transparency and make potential buyers feel more confident about making an offer, some sellers will complete a home inspection before listing the house for sale and make the report available to potential buyers.

Rental Costs

It might not be that common, but rental contracts could be connected to your home. For example, this might be a rented furnace or air conditioning system. It is common for buyers to assume a water heater rental contract when purchasing a home. However, most buyers are loathe to take on the monthly payment of an HVAC system and will usually insist they be paid out in full as a condition of purchase.

Staging Your Home

Back in the day, it might have been enough to paint your walls and tidy up. Today, however, you should do a little bit more, whether it is substituting your furniture or hanging paintings on the wall. This is known as home staging.

Is this necessary? No. But industry experts say that home staging can add thousands of dollars to your price tag since this component can place your home in the best possible light.

“The cost for staging your house can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars. The cost will depend on how much fixing up your place needs. You may be able to save by doing the staging yourself. But prepare to pay for things like storage space potentially. Some real estate agents provide staging as part of their services,” Sunlife Financial said in a report.

Of course, if this is not something you want to do, you can always spend a couple of dollars on garbage bags, paper towels, window cleaners, Lysol wipes, and room fresheners to make the place look and smell nice and declutter spaces.

Buying and Selling a Home in Canada is Expensive

Buying and selling in the Canadian real estate market is already an expensive endeavour. For many households, it can be costly, from accumulating a down payment to covering mortgage costs. That said, buyers and sellers need to be aware of a long list of expenses, such as mortgage pre-payment penalties and real estate agent commissions. Before you start your journey to selling your property or achieving the dream of homeownership, it is first vital to become acquainted with what you are spending and then make a budget to ensure that you won’t be surprised by these additional expenses.

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What the Bank of Canada’s Interest Rate Hikes Mean for Homeowners

The Bank of Canada (BoC) has been raising interest rates at the fastest and most significant pace since 1998. Here’s what the Bank of Canada’s interest rate hikes mean for homeowners.

The central bank started an aggressive campaign of interest rate increases in 2022, with the objective of cooling the inflation rate. While inflation has eased from its peak last summer, still sits above the Bank’s two-per-cent target, driven by a wide range of factors, from expansionary pandemic-era fiscal policy to surging commodity prices. Costs remain elevated across the board, from food and household goods to services. Can the institution achieve its objective of busting inflation and navigating the economy to a soft landing? Time will tell.

What is becoming evident, however, is that higher interest rates are weighing on the Canadian real estate market, impacting demand volumes and moderating price growth.

What the Bank of Canada’s Interest Rate Hikes Mean for Homeowners

In a survey of Canadians about the 2023 housing market, 45 per cent said they are concerned that interest rate increases will impact their ability to buy or sell a home this year.

Suffice it to say, borrowers are being affected by higher interest rates.

Indeed, a rising-rate environment reduces the purchasing power of prospective homeowners and increases the financial burden of current homeowners who have a mortgage. Add to this more stringent mortgage stress tests, and the number of homebuyers in the marketplace drops.

At the same time, homeowners who may have bought a home might have entered into a fixed-rate mortgage, which means they may not need to worry until about rising rates until their mortgage comes up for renewal in a few years.

“Homebuyers can often negotiate the interest rate for mortgage financing based on their creditworthiness and the degree to which they do other banking business with the mortgage lender,” the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) wrote.

It is estimated that a one-per-cent hike in rates will add hundreds of dollars to mortgage payments each month. However, for a considerable number of Canadians who are contending with soaring inflation and a slowing economy, even an extra $150 a month in mortgage payments can be unaffordable and affect their overall personal finances.

And this could have been the unintended consequence of near-zero interest rates that allowed homebuyers to borrow more than they could afford down the road.

“Some Canadians made decisions to take their mortgages out based on what they could be approved for and maybe didn’t get some financial advice to say, well, ‘I know I can get approved for a mortgage at this particular level, but what can I actually afford?’” said Lysa Fitzgerald, vice-president of sales at Manulife, in an interview with CBC.

Put simply, rising interest rates will impact mortgages across the country and weigh on the Canadian real estate market.

How Might Canadians Respond?

Many trends could form with anticipated interest rate increases.

The first is that homeowners may rush to sell their residential properties because they can no longer afford to carry the debt, especially if they were purchased at or near the top of the pandemic-era housing boom.

The second is that homeowners may be forced to refinance their mortgages.

Lastly, it could also lead to broader consequences for household budgets, such as spending less on groceries, leisure and entertainment, or the requirement to increase or supplement their income to help cover the higher mortgage costs.

If you’re planning to engage in the housing market, connect with a RE/MAX agent to help guide you through the ups, downs and uncertainties of the market.

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