Robbie Johal's Real Estate Blog

Clayton Heights is a great place to raise a family. The abundance of parks and schools in the neighbourhood, along with easy access to amenities and shopping make these homes very desirable.

But despite the number of homes available throughout the Clayton neighbourhood, there are a couple of reasons why a family wanting a Clayton Heights home would want to have a conversation with me.

Familiarity with the community.

Sometimes, you just can’t beat learning from the locals! I have served this community for my entire career, bringing families into Clayton homes they can be proud of. Thinking locally means more than just selling a nice home. It’s looking at commuter times, transit availability, arterial road access, church locations, property value

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Moving… It’s one of the most dreaded activities of life, but it’s something that we all do at some point. Whether you’re moving to Clayton Hill, or you’re on your way out of BC altogether, there are a few things that can spring up to make your move bumpier than you might want. Here is a quick list of those top 6 things people talk about when a move jumps off track.

1. “I wish I had more time to prepare.”

Every move is hectic, but the difference between a light headache and serious catastrophe often comes down to poor planning. If you decide to take things on yourself, get advice on what works from your friends of from people like me (there’s a reason why I help so many people move successfully each year). And leave yourself enough time to plan out

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For some people, it might seem strange to talk about energy saving ideas in the middle of summer. When most people think about how to save energy, they’re thinking about things to hold the heat in.

But this is a great time to be checking your home and making changes. Whether you’re in the heart of Clayton Heights or even if you’re on the outskirts of Surrey, our summer temperatures are perfect for working on your home. Here are 5 tips to get you on the energy train to savings:

Start with Your Budget

Before you head anywhere or buy anything, it’s best to look at your budget now. Determine how much money you have to spend, and then use the information from your audit (below) to see where those resources can best be used to yield the best savings.

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The purchase of a Clayton home is one of the most important investments you will make. Once you’ve purchased your first home and settled comfortably in it, you may begin to wonder how you can pay your mortgage off faster.

I’ve compiled some quick tips to help you pay off your mortgage quickly and efficiently:

1) Increase Your Payment Frequency. There are several financial institutions with a wide range of payment options for first-time homebuyers. Whatever the plan you select, you can save interest by making more frequent payments on top of your regularly scheduled payments.

2) Increase The Amount Of Your Mortgage Payments. Putting any funds from an increased cash flow towards your mortgage payments can shorten the term of your mortgage.

3)

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About Robbie Johal’s Annual Community Garage Sale 2016!

Every summer, Clayton home owners prep their garages and gather their used items to host a garage sale or yard sale and make some extra cash! Now, most homeowners who have ever hosted a Garage Sale will tell you the hardest part is getting exposure. You may have some great items for sale, but if your home doesn’t get enough traffic it won’t sell (sounds a bit like the real estate industry). Well, that’s where the Robbie Johal Annual Community Garage Sale comes in! It’s a massive garage sale in Clayton Heights hosted by homeowners looking to clear out some of their belongings.

Homes that want to participate RSVP to me and I create maps with the locations of homes and their full address. I take

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Entrepreneurship Is About More Than Having Good Grades

Since the beginning of my real estate career, I’ve  had the Philosophy that a successful business is established on giving without expecting anything in return. The same applies to the communities in which we live in. I love living and raising my children in Clayton, attending community events, and even adopting a street. So helping families move here or sell their Clayton homes to another family bring me great joy. I hardly see it as work, but more as something I’m happy doing and as a way to give back to my community.

Four years ago I started the Robbie Johal Entrepreneur Scholarship Award. It’s a $1,000 scholarship in partnership with Clayton Heights Secondary School awarded to a Grade 12

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Find A Home For Sale in Clayton

The Clayton real estate market is exploding with new residential and business developments. We’ll constantly expanding our borders and growing the number of listings on the market. From Clayton coach homes to Clayton Heights Townhomes, there’s always something new to add to our community. Today I want to talk a little bit about four popular developments in the Clayton area and what makes them unique.

Salix

This was a new condo development which was completed in the Winter of 2013. Salix condos offer one, two, and three bedroom floorplans with two different colour themes. These condos were developed by Woodbridge Homes and can be found in a central location, off the Fraser Highway and 200 street.

The

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Living In Clayton? Head To The Surrey Little Theatre!

Although The City of Surrey inherited many of its cultural activities from metropolitan Vancouver, its cultural scene is as diverse as its residents. Of course, the community of Clayton is no exception to this. Clayton’s arts and culture are nourished through our local artistic and cultural events. One of my favourite places to enjoy local art and theatre is at the Surrey Little Theatre. If you’re looking for a taste of arts in Clayton, or just want a night out with friends and family this is the place to be!

Surrey Little Theatre wrapped up their production of “Becky’s New Car” earlier this month and are gearing up for, “The Drawer Boy,” which is scheduled to run from April 17th to May 17th.

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You may not know this if you’re a current resident, but visitors often get mixed up when it comes to Surrey’s wonderful community of Clayton.

“Is it called Clayton Heights, Clayton Hill, East Clayton, or just Clayton?” “Can I buy a newer property here?”

As a real estate agent and current Clayton resident, I feel a strong sense of public responsibility to share my community and area knowledge— in hopes that you’ll make an informed decision when buying or selling. So here it goes…

The original subdivision in the City of Surrey consisted mainly of mature single-family homes and 1 acre real estate properties. This subdivision was known as Clayton Heights and also referred to as Clayton Hill.

Clayton Heights was located east of the community of

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One of the things I love about most living in Surrey is that we’re dedicated to reducing waste and keeping unnecessary items out of the landfill. This should come as no surprise, since British Columbia is one of the highest scoring provinces for environmental progress! As residents, we can also do our part to reduce waste and make our Clayton Heights homes greener. Here are some tips to help you make your property more environmentally-friendly:

  1. Wash clothing items in cold water: There’s laundry detergents out there that can get the job done without the use of hot water. By the way, they can also save you money in your utilities bills.
  2. Forget Plastic Bags: Most grocery stores sell reusable bags for as low as a dollar. These bags can be used more
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