The Amazing Year of the Water Snake!

The upcoming Chinese New Year, The Year of the Snake, starts on February 10th 2013. 

It will be very unique and exceptional year for many reasons. For one, it will be the first time in nine years that all the Lo-Shu chart numbers will return to their own original sectors, and when added together in any direction, they will form the sum of ten. The hidden element in the Snake is fire and for all other mentioned reasons below, this is going to be very powerful year.

This is a great opportunity for all of us to enhance our personal wealth, success and power luck! By placing yearly enhancers in your home and office, you are going to boost your vitality, spirit and personal strength. Get yourself tuned with the Snake Year energies and success will be yours!

The Snake represents virtue and a disciplined life, so do your best to avoid nonsense thinking and non-beneficial activities. The Snake is intelligent, mystical and aloof. It possess exceptional abilities and supports new ventures and exploration, so this is the best year to start a new business, relationship, venture and launch products or services. For example, Apple launched their first, and widely popular ipod during the last year of the snake.

“No Venture, No Gain!” is the Guru Mantra of the Snake Year.

The Snake is also objective in thinking, a risk taker, and can react quickly according to any situation. The snake also favors art, culture and events – so naturally this year you will see growth and favorable atmosphere in the field of entertainment, sales & marketing, public relations and politics.

Every year stars change their position in the universe, and according to yearly Feng Shui guidelines, followers place enhancing elements in their homes and offices to get the benefit of the most auspicious stars. These placements act to deplete the bad energies of unlucky stars. Feng Shui followers are very careful about these good and bad yearly stars – and take every measure to enhance the good luck in their house and suppress bad luck that is being caused by the inauspicious annual star shifts.

In the year of the snake, we can look forward to the lucky star of prosperity #8 moving into the North East. The best way to enhance our good luck is to place earthen vases with a broad open mouth in the NE to receive the most auspicious energy of the year. You can also place a picture of mountain(s) (but not snow covered) in this corner. Having this placement in your home or office will bring you enormous success and wealth luck.

Heavenly Luck star #6 is occupying the North West in 2013. Placing metal bowl full of loonies and toonies in NW is a bright idea to activate your heavenly and helpful friend luck. Your written New Year resolutions and goal chart should be placed in the NW to take the blessings of this Heavenly Luck star. By doing this, you will experience your dreams manifesting more quickly.

In 2013, business, opportunity and the career star #1 is occupying North direction. This black Star can easily be activated by presence of water in the North. An aquarium is the best bait, but you can also place picture of a powerful waterfall like Niagara Falls, or try an image of 9 fishes on your North wall to activate your business and opportunity luck. If you are already successful and worried about competitors, place a brass metal turtle in north to protect your business and career.

The ever-important fame, glamour and reputation star #9 is in the South during 2013. A picture of a Phoenix bird or nine running horses would be a fantastic enhancer of this star. I guarantee you will definitely enjoy great referrals and word of mouth business by enhancing your South Sector. If you are associated with fashion, design or any glamorous industry, South holds the most important place in your career. Always avoid water in South to protect your reputation and fame.

The Peach Blossom Star makes an exciting move into he Southeast in 2013. This star promotes love and romance. The best way to jazz up your romantic life is to place fresh flowers, like red peonies, or colorful agate crystal in the Southeast. Never have a garbage bin, shoes or dirty laundry in this sector.

The sickness star 2 will be residing in SW during 2013. Spend less time in this area. Pregnant women please stay away from SW to avoid miscarriage or any complications. Working or sleeping in this sector may cause you ill-health or misfortune. The best way to suppress this sickness star is to place a heavy metal object (such as a metal sculpture or vase) in the SW.

Also in 2013, the deadly misfortune star Yellow 5 is occupying the center sector – avoidance is best cure, but if this is not possible hang 5 rod metal wind-chime in this sector as a cure. Also avoid banging or loud music or noise in this area to keep this star calm.

Deadly Earth Star 5 is occupying the center force of Ba-Gua in 2013, and may result in more serious earthquakes, eruptions and natural calamities. On the world stage, this year will be one of many dramatic events.

Despite all of the problems we face in our modern life, the Snake Year holds a lot of potential for the human race. There will be major growth in the field of technology, medicine, human achievement and sports. Interestingly, it was in a previous Water Snake Year Sir Edmund Hillary conquered Mount Everest.

By knowing the rules of Feng Shui we can avoid many pitfalls and have better chances to win and succeed. Hence, I shall share more indepth information about 2013 with individual predictions in my upcoming 6 hours seminar on The Year of Water Snake.

This is great opportunity for all of us to enhance our personal wealth, success and power luck! By placing yearly enhancers in your home and office, you are going to boost your vitality, spirit and personal strength.

Get yourself tuned with the Snake Year energies and SUCCESS will be yours!

JOIN TRENSETTA at their Feng Shui for LIFE! Vancouver Seminar and learn how you can personally tap into the auspicious power of the snake year, and use the new energy that will be available to your benefit! 

Feng Shui for LIFE!

Learn Life Empowerment Techniques / Ancient Secrets Revealed!

Immerse yourself in the philosophy of Feng Shui as well as its specific applications in the home, office, and garden – or wherever you spend time. Become familiar with Feng Shui theories, objects and symbols to turn good luck in your favor and trouble shoot problems before they arise. Learn authentic knowledge that takes the guesswork out of Feng Shui.

Learn to apply life empowerment techniques in three different modules, concepts are taught with interactive charts, diagrams and step-by-step instructions, that will help you personalize apply Feng Shui to your life.

Remember, whether it’s love, business or well being, Feng Shui holds the keys to unlock whatever blocks your path! FENG SHUI is first and foremost a living skill.  

This is a three part class! We highly recommend attending all, in order for the maximum the benefit. 

Part One is FEB 18th 2013  ~   Part Two is FEB 19th 2013    ~   Part Two is FEB 20th 2013


Success Indicator Chart

Thanks To Jared Dryer from the Dryer Group for this.

The Success Factor Indicator was created after MaryEllen Tribby – Accomplished US CEO – worked with some of the smartest, most successful enraptures in the US.  After observing and interviewing them for many years, she compiled a list of characteristics, traits and behaviours of successful vs. unsuccessful people.

Life is not static, and none of us are perfect but these kinds of reminders help us all identify where we need to improve and strive for better relationships, quality of life and success in business. I hope you enjoy it!

The Success Factor Indicator

Successful People 

  • Have a sense of  gratitude
  • Forgive others
  • Accept responsibility for their failures
  • Compliment
  • Read everyday
  • Keep a journal
  • Talk about ideas
  • Want others to succeed
  • Share information and data
  • Keep a “to-be” list
  • Exude joy
  • Keep a “to-do/project” list
  • Set goals and develop life plans
  • Embrace change
  • Give other people credit for their victories
  • Operate from a transformational perspective

Unsuccessful People

  • Have a sense of entitlement
  • Hold a grudge
  • Blame others for their failures
  • Criticize
  • Watch TV everyday
  • Say they keep a journal but really don’t
  • Talk about people
  • Secretly hope others fail
  • Horde information and data
  • Don’t know what they want to be
  • Exude anger
  • Fly by their seat of their pants
  • Never set goals
  • Think they know it all
  • Fear change
  • Take all the credit of their victories
  • Operate from a transactional perspective

Find out more about MaryEllen Tribby

Most Expensive Real Estate Markets In The World

AVERAGE PRICES Q 4 2011 (Chart)

Prices are generally expressed as US$ per sq m, All currency exchange calculations are based on the rate prevailing on 31 December 2011.

For comparison the most expesive places in Vancouver wouldn’t even be in the top 50:
Average All Homes sold as at January 2013:

Entire Real Estate Board Of Greater Vancouver – $4682 Sq M or $435 Sq ft 
Just Shaughnessy – $8159 Sq M or $758 Sq Ft 
Just Yaletown – $7676 Sq M or $741 Sq Ft 
Just Vancouver West – $7244 Sq M or $673 Sq Ft 
Just West Vancouver – $6673 Sq M or $620 Sq Ft 
Just Vancouver – $6458 Sq M or $600 Sq Ft 
Just Burnaby – $4197 Sq M or $390 Sq Ft 
Just Richmond – $4164 Sq M or $386 Sq Ft 


Location$ per Sq M$ per Sq Ft






Cap Ferrat








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Difference Between a Real Estate Agent & REALTOR®?

“REALTOR®” and “real estate agent” are not interchangeable, although some real estate agents might like them to be. The term REALTOR® is a registered certification mark that identifies the quality of services rendered by licensed real estate agents who are members of The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). All real estate agents are not REALTORS®, but all REALTOR® members are real estate agents. REALTOR® members are committed to a strict code of ethics known as the REALTOR® Code, and are the only ones who have the right to list your property on the MLS® Systems of their local real estate boards. To correctly be referred to as a REALTOR®, a real estate agent must be a member of CREA.

What makes me different from your traditional Real Estate Agent & REALTOR®?


10 questions to ask when hiring a REALTOR®

Home owners should interview a few potential REALTORS® before deciding on one to sell their home. Here are some smart questions to ask: 

  1. How long have you been in the business? A freshly-licensed REALTOR® can do a wonderful job and will have up-to-date training; those in the business longer bring more practical experience to the table.
  2. What is your average list-to-sales-price ratio? A listing REALTOR® should hold a track record for negotiating sales prices that are very close to list prices.
  3. How will your marketing plan meet my needs? Specifically, how will you sell my home? Where and how often do you advertise? Will you show me a sample flier? How do you market online?
  4. Will you provide references? Ask if any of the references are related to the REALTOR®. Ask if you can call their references with additional questions.
  5. What separates you from your competition? Key phrases to listen for: assertive, available by phone or e-mail, analytical, able to maintain a good sense of humour under trying circumstances.
  6. May I review documents that I will be asked to sign? A good REALTOR® makes forms available to you before you are required to sign them. Ask to see agency disclosure, listing agreement, seller disclosure.
  7. Can you help me find other professionals? Your REALTOR® may be able to provide a list of service providers who can help with things such as home inspection, staging, renovations, legal and financial advice. Get an explanation if you see the term “affiliated”. It could mean the REALTOR® is getting compensation from vendors.
  8. How much do you charge? Real estate fees or commission are negotiable and may vary from broker to broker. Always make sure you negotiate your best deal with your REALTOR®.
  9. What if I’m unhappy with the service? If you sign a listing agreement with the REALTOR® and later find that you are unhappy with the arrangement, will the REALTOR® let you cancel the agreement?
  10. What haven’t I asked you that I need to know? Pay close attention to how the REALTOR® answers this question, because there is always something you need to know – always.

Q: Why should I hire a REALTOR®?

You’re trusting a REALTOR® with your most valuable possession, your home. REALTORS® take this responsibility very seriously. Here’s what we promise you:

  1. Your REALTOR® is a trained professional

    REALTORS® take extensive pre-licensing courses in order to obtain credentials for practicing in real estate.

  2. Your REALTOR® is continuously trained

    REALTORS® keep pace with the times by taking continuing education courses to upgrade their knowledge on a broad range of real estate related issues in order to be able to continue to provide consumers with current advice.

  3. Your REALTOR® does everything by the book

    A REALTOR® must be registered under provincial laws that govern exactly how real estate can and cannot be traded. These regulations are your legal guarantee of professional behavior.

  4. Your REALTOR® is an ethical businessperson

    REALTORS® must adhere to the extensive Code of Ethics of the Canadian Real Estate Association. Several provinces have additional codes of ethics governing real estate professionals. Your interests must always be put first.

  5. Opportunity for recourse

    Should you have concerns about the professional behavior of a REALTOR®, provincial regulators and your local real estate board or association take these matters very seriously and work quickly to resolve any issues.

  6. Your REALTOR® has access to a local Board’s MLS® System

    A Board’s MLS® system is the single most powerful tool for buying and selling a home. Your REALTOR® can provide you with exclusive features of the Board’s MLS® System, such as immediate notification when new properties are listed. You don’t have to wait for it to be posted on a web site.

    What makes me different from your traditional Real Estate Agent & REALTOR®?

Clock Ticking on the BC First-Time New Home Buyers’ Bonus

The Provincial Government First-Time New Home Buyers’ Bonus Expires on March 31, 2013.

The B.C. First-Time New Home Buyers’ Bonus is a one-time payment worth up to $10,000.
B.C. residents who are first-time home buyers and who purchase an eligible new home on or after February 21, 2012 and before April 1, 2013 may be eligible for this bonus.

A first-time home buyer is an individual who has never previously owned a primary residence anywhere in the world.

A primary residence is generally a house that you own, jointly or otherwise, and that you intend to live in on a permanent basis. You may have more than one place of residence, but you are considered to have only one primary residence.


You may qualify for the bonus if you meet all of the following criteria:
  • You purchase or build an eligible new home in B.C.
  • You and your spouse or common-law law partner are first-time home buyers
  • In the case of multiple buyers of a home, each buyer is a
    first-time home buyer
  • You file a 2011 B.C. resident personal income tax return or, if you move to B.C. after December 31, 2011, you file a 2012 B.C. resident personal tax return (you are not eligible for the bonus if you move to B.C. after December 31, 2012)
  • You are eligible for the B.C. HST New Housing Rebate
  • You intend to live in the home as your primary residence
  • No one else has claimed a bonus for the home

Eligible New Homes

Eligible new homes include:

  • new homes (i.e. newly constructed and substantially renovated homes) that are purchased from a builder
  • owner-built homes

A substantially renovated home is one where all, or substantially all, of the interior of the building has been removed or replaced. Generally, 90% or more of the interior must be renovated to qualify.

Eligible homes include detached houses, semi-detached houses, duplexes and townhouses, residential condominium units, mobile homes and floating homes, and residential units in a cooperative housing corporation.

Newly constructed and substantially renovated homes

The bonus is available for newly constructed and substantially renovated homes in B.C. purchased from a builder, where:

  • a written agreement of purchase and sale is entered into on or after February 21, 2012 and before April 1, 2013,
  • HST is payable on the purchase, and
  • ownership or possession of the home is transferred before
    April 1, 2013.