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Commuting Costs are an Important Home Buying Factor

When buying a home in a Fraser Valley city like North Delta, Langley, Surrey, Abbotsford, Mission or Chilliwack, commuting costs are an important consideration. Buyers of detached houses, townhouses or condos should consider more than just the purchase price of their prospective home. Future homeowners should also factor in the location of their workplace, in relation to a home they are thinking of buying.

There are at least a few things that I encourage my buyer clients to think about:

1) how far is your workplace from your home?

2) how often do you have to travel to your workplace?

3) how much time is the typical commute from your home to work, when aligned with your normal working schedule?

4) if you're fortunate enough to, how often, if ever, do you get to work from home?

5) what is the fuel efficiency of your vehicle like?

The costs of commuting from a Fraser Valley community to a workplace outside of the immediate area (i.e. to Vancouver or Burnaby), can be significant. These commuting costs can be broken out into at least 3 categories.

COST OF GAS

We are notorious for paying some of the highest prices for gasoline in North America, here in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. High taxation on fuel, that is ever-increasing, doesn't help. We have suffered from price shocks in the form of extreme gas prices more than a few times in recent years. Gas prices are unfortunately expensive. They can form a big part of your monthly expenses and quickly eat into your precious earnings. 

COST OF TIME

Many people rightfully view time in a vehicle commuting as an opportunity cost. Every minute driving to/from work is time away from other people and/or activities. Your commuting time is lost time away from loved ones like your family, children or friends. Your drive time might cost you precious minutes that you could otherwise use for exercise or walking your pet. Perhaps it would've been hours used for a hobby, education or simply reading a book. Time is the most precious commodity we have; wasting it by sitting in traffic could become regrettable.

HEALTH

A long commute to and from work can take a toll on a commuter's physical and mental health. Driving in heavy traffic or on a busy route like Highway 1 (the Trans-Canada Highway) can be very stressful. It can often take a lot of mental focus and concentration navigating a busy highway prone to accidents, construction delays or aggressive drivers. Physically, being in a car for a long drive day- after-day can really become harmful (i.e. think back, neck, shoulder and joint pain). Speaking from my own experience, the physical toll is even worse for people who are in desk or office jobs. Not only do these workers sit all day, they then would have to sit for an even longer time in their vehicle. Such a sedentary lifestyle or routine might make one prone to greater risk for disease.

LOCATION MATTERS

Considering the categories of commuting costs that I have outlined above, it is really important for working people and homebuyers in the Fraser Valley to carefully consider the location of their next home purchase. Your next house, townhouse or condo would ideally be within a reasonable range and have good connectivity to your job site. Picking a location or neighbourhood is critical to your overall quality of life as it relates to commuting.

I have extensive experience and knowledge of the different neighbourhoods and communities of the Fraser Valley. I would be happy to connect with you to discuss options, if you are in need of a buyer's agent and looking to buy a home. Whether it is Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford or Chilliwack, I can help guide your choice of location. My service and knowledge can save you a lot of time and money.

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Fraser Valley Homes are a Great Place for Remote Workers

If you are one of the fortunate remote workers that has the ability and opportunity to work from home, buying a home in the Fraser Valley real estate market is a great option. There are at least a few good reasons why remote or hybrid workers might want to consider purchasing a home in the Fraser Valley.  Relative affordability, good value and convenient commuting options make places like Surrey, Langley, North Delta, Abbotsford and Mission worth a look.


RELATIVE AFFORDABILITY

Compared to core Metro Vancouver real estate markets like Vancouver or Burnaby, the cities of the Fraser Valley provide relatively good affordability.  They are usually cheaper than the central markets of Metro Vancouver. In general, you typically get more bang for your buck in the suburban Fraser Valley real estate markets. 


BETTER VALUE

Dollar for dollar, the Fraser Valley usually provides more home size (square footage) and property size (i.e. land for detached properties) than the urban core areas like Vancouver.

You can stretch your home buying dollar further here. 

Remote workers often look for and need a separate workspace at home. More often than not, they are seeking a home office that they can work out of in peace and quiet, without distractions. Larger townhomes, condos and detached houses in the Fraser Valley give home buyers good choices, with regards to more square footage and room/s for home office set-ups. 

Fraser Valley home office


CONVENIENT COMMUTING LINKS

Traveling into the core cities of Metro Vancouver for work, from the Fraser Valley, can be done easily and conveniently. If planned properly, getting to Vancouver, Burnaby or New Westminster from say North Delta, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford or Mission isn’t as hard as one might think.  The community profiles links on this website gives you detailed commuting comments, but below are some examples of ways it is easy to get from the suburbs to the urban centre.


North Delta to: Richmond, Vancouver, New Westminster or Burnaby

By car: Highway 91, George Massey Tunnel, Alex Fraser Bridge, Patullo Bridge

By transit: Scott Road Skytrain station


Surrey to: Richmond, Vancouver, New Westminster or Burnaby

By car: Highway 91, George Massey Tunnel, Alex Fraser Bridge, Patullo Bridge

By transit: Skytrain stations like Scott Road, King George, Surrey Central, Gateway


Langley to: Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows

By car: Golden Ears Bridge, Highway 1 and the Port Mann Bridge

By transit: use the transit exchange at 86 Ave near 200 street. PLUS, FUTURE SKYTRAIN EXTENSION connecting Surrey to Langley. Expected operation date is 2028.


Abbotsford to: Metro Vancouver

By car: Highway 1 and the Port Mann Bridge


Mission to: Metro Vancouver

By car: Highway 7 (Lougheed Highway)

By transit: take the West Coast Express commuter train


MAKING THE MOVE MAKES SENSE

If you are a remote worker, whether full-time, part-time or hybrid, and you work in urban Metro Vancouver, consider a move to the Fraser Valley if you’re in the market to buy a home. You will have more affordable, larger and better valued housing options in cities like North Delta, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford and Mission. When you get to work from home, living further out from Vancouver can make a lot of sense for financial reasons.

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