Have you been to Golden Ears Cheesecrafters?

If you haven’t had a chance to venture out to Cheesecrafters – Fraser Valleys newest Artisan Cheese and local food shop, it’s definitely worth a trip. Offering an array of fresh cheeses, cultured butters and delicious sandwiches, salads and soups, Cheesecrafters also offers dinner classes and afternoon Tea every Wednesday by reservation only. For more information about their products or hours of operation please visit their website.

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Don’t miss out on the Albion Easter Egg Hunt

Don’t miss out on the 2nd Annual Albion Easter Egg Hunt! Over 5,000 Easter Eggs have been hidden and there will be free goodie bags, lots of prizes, games, raffles and even a special guest appearance! Sign in starts at 10am on Saturday March 26th and the Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 11:15am. Admission for children over 2 years of age is $5.00 while admission for children under 2 years is free. RSVP at albioneasteregghut@gmail.com to receive your first egg at the door.

For more information, please visit the website.

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To Do’s…Your March Home Checklist

With Spring quickly approaching, it’s time to do some de-cluttering and start the season off fresh. Rather than overwhelming yourself with endless lists of tasks that feel difficult to complete, check out this Houzz article that offers a straightforward approach to getting your Springtime cleaning finished with the least amount of stress. Find the article here.

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Exciting News

The winners of the Georgie Awards will be announced March 11th and we are honoured to be a Finalist in 8 categories! The judging occurs over a three day span and judges from across Canada and the United States gather in Vancouver to judge the submissions. At the end of the three days, up to five finalists are chosen for each category with one of them being the Georgie Awards winner!
We are very excited to be competing in the following categories:

· Customer Choice Award powered by Avid
· Best Single Family Detached Home over 2,000 Sq. Ft. For the Sparrow floorplan
· Best Single Family Detached Home over 2,000 Sq. Ft. For the Siskin floorplan
· Best interior Design Display Suite Single Family for the Hummingbird floorplan
· Best Project Identity for Nelson Peak
· Best Corporate Website
· Best Environmental Initiative
· Grand Georgie Awards – Single Family Production Home Builder of the Year

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Help support your local seniors

Haney Farmers Market, Golden Ears FEAST and MRPM Seniors Network are working together to support local seniors by having a pub night to raise funds for the HFM Nutrition Coupon program. This organization helps to provide low-income families and seniors with coupons to purchase farm fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy at the Haney Farmers Market. The goal of this pub nite is to raise enough money to sponsor 10 seniors. Tickets are $20 dollars and include a delicious dinner and a complementary drink. Tickets must be purchased before February 5th and can be purchased at Community Services at 11907 228 Street, Maple Ridge. For more information please click here.

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Looking for something fun for the kids to do? How about a late night ice skate…

Looking for something fun that the kids can do? Head to Greg Moore Youth Centre on February 6th at 10pm for a fun night skate! Kids can play a friendly game of hockey or simply skate the night away at the Maple Ridge Planet ice. The Late Night Ice Skate will continue every Saturday in February, so if you can’t make it on February 6th, stop by another time. For fees and skate rental details please visit the website36248-planet-ice-logo_jpg_original_jpg_large.

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Portrait Homes: Finalist in the Customer Choice Awards

We are very excited to announce that Portrait Homes had been named a finalist in the Customer Choice Award in this year’s Georgie Awards! There is nothing that makes us more proud than Awards that are based on our customer’s feedback and satisfaction. This Award, for us, is all about fulfilling our vision; We are going to be the World Champions of the Homeowner Care Experience because we are passionate about “doing things right” and “doing the right thing”. To find a complete list of all of the Georgie Finalists visit the Georgie Awards websiteGeorgie Awards 2.

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Buy Now …Because Down Payment Rules are Changing

As of February 16th, 2016 the minimum down payment requirement for purchasers could increase by as much as 1/3 or more. As of now, the minimum deposit requirement is 5% of the purchase price of a home, but with these new changes purchasers will be required to pay another 10% on the remaining balance over $500,000. However, these rules will not apply to purchasers spending less than $500,000 on a home.

For full details on the new rules and how they will affect you please click here.

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Great Decorating Ideas for Kids Rooms

With the start of a new year, it’s the perfect time to make some fresh new changes. Why not start by revamping your kid’s room with some simply DIY projects. Houzz released an article called “10 Hug-Worthy Ideas for Kids’ with some great suggestions on how to make your kids room more fun! Some of the creative ideas include designing a book nook for kids who love to read or building a fun tepee for a permanent campsite all year round. Sometimes it can be something as simple as painting a chalk board wall, to check out more ideas click here for the article.

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Need a Laugh after the Holidays?

On Friday January 29th at 8:00pm, the ACT Main Stage Theatre will be putting on a comedy show that both Mom and Dad can relate to. “Suddenly Mommy”, performed by Anne Marie Scheffler describes every mother’s experience of good times, bad advice and trying to do it all. For the Dad’s out there, Chris Gibbs show “Like Father, Like Son? Sorry” playfully explores the fears, worries and surprises of being a new father and the absolute terror of wanting to be a good one. Click here for more info!

 

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Check out this easy Clutter-Cleaning Plan for 2016!

You don’t have to wait until spring time to do some serious cleaning and de-cluttering. In fact, you can make things a little bit easier on yourself by creating a simple and effective plan to start tackling

your home projects by setting monthly goals so that the tasks are don’t feel as overwhelming. Houzz came out with a wonderful article called “Your Clutter-Clearing Plan for the New Year” and author Laura Gaskill discusses a month by month plan to de-clutter your home. Click here to read this article.

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Understanding Strata Minutes

When you’re in the market to purchase a condo or town home that has a strata, it’s critical to read the strata minutes. But even then it can be difficult to decipher what they really mean. Real Estate Weekly rolled out an excellent article offering tips on how to understand strata minutes, and broke it down into 4 simple steps.

  1. Read the minutes from oldest to most recent
  2. Be sure to read correspondence closely
  3. Request a copy of all current bylaws and rules
  4. Request copies of reports

To read the full article and detailed explanation of each of the steps above, click here.

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Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year with hope that 2016 will have many blessings in the year to come!

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Portrait Homes’ 2015 Christmas Party!

We had a great time wrapping up 2015 with a celebratory lunch for all of our staff. We have had so much to be thankful for this year and we thought it would be great to give back to the community. We asked each staff member to bring a food donation and Portrait Homes would match the donation in monetary value. Everyone surpassed our goals and we were thrilled to be able to donate over $400 to the Friends In Need Food Bank in Maple Ridge! Thank you to everyone who participated and we are definitely looking forward to doing it again next year.

 

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We have had such an amazing year and we’re very excited to see what 2016 brings. We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Inspirational News!

Portrait Homes was proud to participate in the GVHBA annual Coats for Kids campaign again this year with two drop off points, our head office in Richmond and our Nelson Peak community in Maple Ridge, where coats could be donated.

 We were thrilled when we were contacted by the RPC Daycare and told that a bunch of the kids had worked together to collect as many coats as they could for the Coats for Kids campaign. I am sure the parents and staff at RPC have done a great job in fostering the idea of community and giving to those less fortunate. The RPC kids had set a goal to collect as many as 20 coats to help those in need and it was a success! They visited our head office as a group to present us with the coats and we weren’t the only ones floored by their generosity. Bob de Witt, CEO of GVHBA, decided to come down and personally thank all of the kids for such an amazing act of kindness. Thank you to the RPC Daycare for being such great role models in the community!

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Operation Rednose

With the holidays approaching, there are often more parties to attend and more reasons to visit with friends and family. Getting home safe should be on the top of everyone’s wish list and thanks to the wonderful campaign Operation Rednose you can! Operation Rednose provides a safe ride home service to motorists who have consumed alcohol or don’t feel fit to drive. The service is provided entirely by volunteers and is an original way of getting home in one’s own vehicle without actually having to get behind the wheel. The service runs from 9pm to 3am for information about which dates specifically call 604-515-NOSE.

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Maple Ridge Christmas Festival and Santa Parade

Don’t miss out on all of the fun things that are happening in Maple Ridge over the holidays. December 5th marks the date of the annual Christmas Festival and Santa Parade in Memorial Peace Park from 4:00-8:00pm. There will be cookies, popcorn and hot chocolate including crafts waiting to be made and beautiful decorations to see….even Santa will be dropping by!maxresdefault

 

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