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Rowena List of Getting it Together, was one of the speakers at our event this Tuesday evening at the Delbrook Rec Centre. Did you know that the average home contains 330,000 items? Well that's what we found out. So in order to keep all those items in order most of us need help! 

 

Rowena gave some great to tips on how to think about items as you look at them, when trying to pare down your belongings! Do I love it? Do I need it? Is it a just in case item? These questions can help you decide which to keep and which to toss or give away. Speaking of giving things away, Rowena has a vast database of organizations that will take donations of all kinds and she will even sell items on Craigslist for her clients, how great is that?

 

We will be doing another session in September, so if you are interested in attending next time, contact me and get on the mailing list for date and time information!

 

 

 

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The count down is on to my next event!

I'm so excited to be presenting again with Joe Cutura of Origin Mortgages, this time the venue is the beautiful new Delbrook Rec Centre. Joining us for the first time will be Rowena List of Getting it Together. Rowena is a Silver Leaf Member of the Professional Organizers of Canada and professional speaker. She was quite literally ‘born to organize’. Dubbed by her clients and friends alike as “the de-clutter queen", she'll share her best tips to get you ready to move simply and easily.

Joe will bust myths about reverse mortgages and share his expertize on rates and qualifying! It's a must see talk if you are thinking about downsizing or thinking about helping your children or grand children with a home purchase.

Get your free ticket here!

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Long term investors, this is the ultimate passive investment! By now and realize immediate gain and then sit back. No expenses to pay, taxes, insurance, upkeep all paid for buy the current owner. Own this extremely well kept home on a quiet street, close to the local school. A large bright lot in the evolving community of Norgate. Current owner will maintain a Life Estate interest. A unique opportunity! 1281 MCBRIDE STREET NORTH VANCOUVER
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The latest stats show that detached home prices are flat year over year but condo prices keep rising. Perhaps a reverse mortgage to purchase a condo now, for the future is the answer for you.
Joe Cutura of Origin Mortgages will be one of the presenters at our Downsizing Info Session on June 26th! Join us to find out more..... Get your free tickets here!

 

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Our 1st event about Downsizing at the West Vancover Library was a great success. Joe Cutura from Origin Mortages talked about the new mortage rules and how you need to understand them. He also busted myths about reverse mortgages and explained how you can use them to your advantage in lots of situations.

Maryam Badie shared the latest North Shore Real Estate stats with our audience, with examples of what your dollors can buy you in other markets.

My role was the converations and decisions that arise around downsizing and how to navigate them, whether it's you and your spouse or a parent thinking about making the move.

Our little dark chocolate houses from Charlies Chocolate Factory were a great hit and we had two lucky winners in our Everything Wine gift card draw.

Our next event will be 7pm - June 26th at the new Delbrook Community Centre. Hope to see you there! Call 604.837.5048 for more details.

 

 

 

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Are you thinking about Downsizing? Do you have a parent who needs help with the decision?

Join us for a conversation on April 24th at 7pm at the West Vancouver Library

Macdonald Realty & Origin Mortgages present:

Julia Stauffer - A specialist in the emotions of life changes, as a Realtor Julia has researched and written about the intellectual and practical challenges people face when thinking about downsizing.

Joe Cutura - With 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Joe prides himself on making financing decisions as straightforward as possible for this clients.

Maryam Badie - Educator, cultural ambassador & passionate realtor, Maryam brings her unique style to presenting you with current state of the real estate market.

CALL 604.767.7460 - REGISTER NOW TO ENSURE YOUR SEAT APRIL 24TH 7PM - WEST VANCOUVER LIBRARY

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Congratulations to my clients who will be enjoying thier beautiful new home in Horeshoe Bay very soon. The views from every principal room in this house are stunnning. Perched just above the bay on a quiet street, this home looks directly up Howe Sound. So happy for them, it totally fits their lifestyle.

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Last month I wrote about some of the areas in West Vancouver I consider hidden gems. Here are some current listings in those neighbourhoods, call me for more details.

Seascapes

8571 Seascape Lane - A fantastic opportunity for downsizers, amazing views and only a 10 minute drive to Caulfeild Shopping Centre.

 

 

 

 

Pasco Road

8255 Pasco Road - Always dreamed of owning waterfront? This home is for you, hidden away but close to everything you need. Take a look!

 

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The month of August Kicks off in West Vancouver on the 4th, with the opening of the 27th Annual Harmony Arts Festival. Music, art, cool shopping and food all on the Ambleside Waterfront

Movies in John Lawson Park include The Martian & Zootopia. Music from Soulstream and Side One and so many others will fill the air from various stages. Enjoy great food vendors and the wine garden, while you relax and enjoy with friends and family. 


 

Rock Ambleside Park takes place August 18,19 & 20. You can still get tickets for this 70’s & 80’s music explosion. 

Glass Tiger, Platinum Blonde & Honeymoon Suite represent the 80’s in a big way, with fantastic rockers Harlequin and the Headpins taking us back in time. April Wine & Randy Bachman will invoke the sounds of the 70’s. A fun weekend in sunny Ambleside Park.

 

Enjoy music lovers! 

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Seascapes – For Homeowners looking to downsize, this beautiful neighbourhood just north of Horseshoe Bay is a hidden gem! With their amazing views of Howe Sound, these lovely spacious townhomes on the mountainside feel like amazing getaways homes, yet are only a 10 minute drive on the highway from downtown West Vancouver and 5 minutes from Caulfeild Shopping Centre. With prices in the $1.3 to $1.6 range they are amazing value for your downsizing dollar.

 

Pasco Road  - Premium West Vancouver waterfront with fantastic Howe Sound views, just minutes from Horseshoe Bay. This private road leads to an enclave of beautiful oceanside homes. Less well known than other West Vancouver neighbourhoods, this street remains a great value. If waterfront, privacy and amazing sunsets are for you, it’s a must see. 

 

Contact me to tour properties currently available in these areas.

 

 

 




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As many of you may know, my way of giving back is through my volunteering and donating to Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative. I was lucky enough to be able to contribute an article to the Neighbours of Dundarave Magazine this month about my passion for this great organization. If you would like to learn more, here's the article.

 

North Shore M2M Volunteers

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year from my family to yours.

 2016 and all of it's craziness is now behind us and we look forward to a much more balanced 2017. Whether you're thinking of buying, selling or just keeping tabs on the market, there's something for everyone in this month's Macrealty Market Update.

As always if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

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Join me today Saturday November 12th at 1015 Jefferson Avenue, West Vancouver for an Open House.

This home in a lovely quiet neighbourhood is close to Ridgeview Elementary & West Van High School. Lots of options here - enjoy as is, reno or build. Offered at $2,195,000.

Come by and see it for yourself. Open 2-4pm Saturday & Sunday

 

1015 Jefferson Avenue, West Vancouver

 

Kitchen 1015 Jefferson Avenue, West Vancouver

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Foreign buyer tax cuts into September sales, tightening of mortgage insurance rules to further drag on market.

Downward sales pressure continued in September and price levels flattened as the shock of the foreign buyer tax and its impact on confi dence worked its way through Metro Vancouver’s housing market. MLS® sales in the combined Metro Vancouver and Abbotsford-Mission area declined about seven per cent from August on a seasonally adjusted basis to 3,800 units, with unadjusted sales down 30 per cent from a year ago. 

The benchmark price eased slightly from August by 0.3 per cent to $829,400, but was unchanged once seasonal factors were adjusted for. The average home price rebounded after an August drop, suggesting signifi cant variations in recent data due to sales composition. While price levels re showing signs of rolling over, the benchmark value was still 30 per cent higher than a year ago with detached and townhome levels leading the gain. 

Weak momentum is expected to extend through a three-to-six-month period as foreign and domestic buyers digest the tax impact and delay purchasing decisions. However, this week’s announcement of plans to tighten mortgage insurance criteria means the malaise can now be expected to deepen over the next few months and extend into mid-2017. 

The details are outlined later in this note, but the key policy measure for households is that eligibility for mortgage insurance on high loan-to-value loans (less than 20 per cent down payment), requires the buyer to qualify at the posted fi veyear fi xed-term rate, which is typically signifi - cantly higher than actual contract rates. While the foreign buyer tax impacted a relatively small part of the market, higher qualifying rates mark a much broader reach into domestic demand that will slow activity at the entry-level and mid-tier   Some buyers will be priced out of the market and remain in rental accommodation for longer, while others will lower their expectations and purchase lower priced homes. October could see some stability in sales as buyers lock in their purchases under previous rules, but this is temporary, as sales will likely decline further. 

The current sales-to-inventory ratio points to a buyers’ market in the detached market, while ratios for apartments and townhomes have declined but in September were still at levels typically associated with a sellers’ market. Declining trends have reflected fewer sales, rather than a supply uplift, as new listings have shown no signs of rising. Weaker market conditions due to the series of recent policy shocks and associated uncertainty are expected to erode the benchmark price index by about fi ve per cent. Lower Mainland MLS® sales are forecast to decline two per cent this year, despite being up 12 per cent through the first three quarters, followed by an annual decline of 10 per cent in 2017. Annual pricing in 2017 will remain close to 2016 levels as prices will rise by mid-year. 

We expect the market to soften but no substantial correction is forecast due to continuation of strong economic conditions and employment growth. Add in income growth, population gains and desire for homeownership will cushion the shock. Lack of employment losses in the economy mean sellers’ can be patient and sit on the sidelines, suggesting a low sales and flat price environment.

 

Full Report:

https://www.central1.com/sites/default/files/uploads/files/analysis_report/report_file/2240%20BC.pdf

 

Source: B.C. Economic Briefing  Volume 22 • Issue 40 • Week of October 3-7 2016 | ISSN: 1981-35 

Bryan Yu Senior Economist, B.C., Central 1 Credit Union 


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The Harmony Arts Festival 2016 is now on! From today to August 7th, you'll find music and art to please everyone. The Festival has evolved over the last 26 years into an fantastic 10 days on the waterfront! 

Enjoy dinner and drinks at the Millenium Stage every night with amazing bands to watch. Settle in with your blanket & popcorn for great movies on the big screen at John Lawson Park. Cruise along Argyle Avenue and check out all of the artisans selling their fabulous creations. Food Trucks galore, the Beachside Patio, so many options to try .

 

Enjoy!

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