Transition Year Expected for BC Housing Market

BCREA 2013 Second Quarter Housing Forecast

Vancouver, BC – May 9, 2013. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2013 Second Quarter Housing Forecast today.

BC Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales are forecast to edge up 1.9 per cent to 68,900 units this year, before increasing a further 6.5 per cent to 73,400 units in 2014. The five-year average is 74,600 unit sales, while the ten-year average is 86,800 unit sales. A record 106,300 MLS® residential sales were recorded in 2005.

“Stricter mortgage credit regulation combined with slower economic growth has kept BC home sales at a cyclical low over the past three quarters,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “However, a faster growing economy is expected during the second half of the year and through 2014 which will support a growth trend in provincial housing demand.”

“The BC average home price forecast is revised upward for 2013, from a decline of 1 per cent to remaining unchanged, as a result of stronger than expected market conditions in Vancouver,” added Muir. The average MLS® residential price in BC is forecast at $515,800 this year, before rising 1.7 per cent to $524,500 in 2014.

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Why Dogs Live Less Than Humans

I am coming to the realization that my adorable dog Jazzmine is getting on in her life. She’s 12 years old now and has lots of aches and pains. It’s sad to see her tired and sleeping all the time but one needs to remember how much of an energy ball she was when she was young and realize that even the Energizer Bunny couldn’t have kept up with her.

I read a story about a 6 year old boy who’s dog passed away and he said that the reason why dogs live less than humans is: ”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” ”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Dogs are the best because they:

  • Live simply.
  • Love generously.
  • Care deeply.
  • Speak kindly.
  • Always run to greet their loved ones when they come home.
  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
  • Take naps.
  • Stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp, and play daily.
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch them.
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • Stop to lie on their back in the grass.
  • Drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree on sunny days.
  • Dance around and wag their entire body when happy.
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
  • Are completely loyal.
  • Never pretend to be something they are not.
  • Are tenacious and will search and dig until they find what it is they want.
  • Know when someone is having a bad day, they will be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
  • ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!

If you have a pet story you wish to share please email me at gino(at)vanhomesales.com

Thinking of you Jazzmine!

Jazzmine

Top 10 Personal Safety Tips – How To Keep Yourself Safe

By Constable Anne Longley
Community & Public Affairs Vancouver Police Department

http://vancouver.ca/police/index.html

Everyone knows the sayings, “Don’t walk alone down a dark alley,” or “Be aware of your surroundings,” but how often do you actually think about strategies to keep yourself and your family safe?  In the tradition of Dave Letterman’s Top 10, here are my Top Ten Personal Safety Tips:

10.     If it’s predictable, it’s preventable. 

This is where common sense rules and you should trust your gut or intuition, and change your action to stay out of harm’s way.  If you know something is not a good idea, don’t do it.

9.        Prevention is the key. 

Keep in mind that criminals or predators plan their events, choose their victims and predict their outcomes. A predator needs intent, the means to commit an act and, most importantly, the opportunity.  For the victim, the outcome is uncertain, the event is unplanned and the attack is often a surprise.  Do not create this opportunity by taking unnecessary risks that could be prevented by choosing a different course of action from the outset.

8.        Fail to plan?  Plan to fail. 

If you’re taking a trip or planning an evening out, do you know the route you’re taking ahead of time?  Do you find out whether parking is available or how far away it is?  Know where you’re going and plan your route and details ahead of time, and avoid areas that may be unsafe. Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back.   Another part of planning and preparing for the unexpected is to carry or store both car and home emergency kits.

7.        Think tactically! 

This is a police term, as we like to plan and practice “What would you do if…” to prepare for situations ahead of time.  When you’re driving or walking to work, think about situations that may occur and how you would respond.  What would you do if there was an aggressive panhandler approaching you on the street? How would you deal with an intoxicated person acting out at the bus stop and causing a disturbance?  What would you do if someone tried to snatch your purse, or you were in a bank when it was being robbed?  These scenarios aren’t meant to make you paranoid, but to get you thinking tactically about what you would do and how you would respond if faced with unexpected situations. Discuss situations with your family –- especially children -– about what to do in certain situations. You don’t want to leave it to chance to determine the outcome.

6.        Practice, practice, practice. 

It’s great to think about what you would do, but you also need to practice. Do some role playing with a family member or friend to see if you are comfortable and capable of “doing” the actions that go along with your tactical thinking. Can you scream loudly for help when you need to?  Are you able to push someone out of the way using a palm heel strike to their chest? If you don’t feel confident about your own abilities, seek out some self defense classes that could give you the confidence and techniques.

5.        Personal preparation – what does your body language say about you?

Do you…

  • walk tall with your head high?
  • look where you’re going?  (no texting!)
  • walk with purpose and confidence and know where you’re going?
  • use eye contact to your advantage to let someone know you’ve seen them?

4.        Use the 3 Ds…defuse, disengage and defend.

Usually, the first line of defense is verbal, and that’s where defuse comes in.  We often call this “verbal judo” and the goal is to let the person know they’ve been heard while trying to keep them calm and defuse the situation. The type of language used is different for everyone, but learn some phrases that work for you.

Here are some examples:

  • “I can understand why you’re upset, but if you can lower your voice I’ll be able to help you with your problem.”
  • “Sir, I’m not ignoring you and want to hear what you have to say, but you’ll need to calm down first.”

If verbally defusing the situation isn’t working, then it’s time to disengage and make sure there is a safe distance between you and them. This is where you want to be giving clear verbal warnings for the person to stay back.

The third D is to defend. Sometimes the 3 Ds can move rapidly, and there isn’t much time to do the first two, so you must be prepared to defend yourself if you are in danger.  

3.        Know your rights.

You are justified in using force to defend yourself (or anyone else under your protection) from assault, by using no more force than is necessary to prevent the assault. In other words, as long as you use only as much force as is necessary to defend yourself, then it is justified.

2.        Fight or flight? 

This is a basic autonomic body response to threats and stressful situations. Do you know what you will do — will you want to turn and run, or stand and fight? With adrenalin coursing through your body, you may experience shallow or rapid breathing, a narrowed field of vision and loss of fine motor control, all of which can impact your ability to react.

1.        Adopt a winning mindset.

If you’re faced with a life-threatening situation, you MUST believe that you will win the fight and survive the attack. This is where your visualization of what you’re going to do and practicing how you will react to situations will help you survive. Never give up!

The Story Of May

May is named after the earth goddess, Maia, and began to be called May in 1430. Before then it was called Maius, Mayes, or Mai. May is the time when grass and crops begin to sprout in even the coldest climates. In fact, the Anglo-Saxon name was Tri-Milchi, in recognition that cows could be milked three times a day because of the lush green grass.

Some cultures have centuries old May-day traditions that include singing around the May-pole, or giving flowers to neighbors. In the modern world, May 1st is a national holiday in more than 80 countries, often associated with International Worker’s Day.

May seems to play large in some old superstitions, too, including:

  • Avoid marrying in May: “Marry in May and you’ll rue the day.”
  • Never wash blankets in May: “Wash a blanket in May/Wash a dear one away.”

Important May Dates:

12 May – Mothers Day

The recent Mothers Day was created through Anna Jarvis as a day for every family to tribute its mother.  Mothers Day is considered modern holiday. Mothers Day was produced at the beginning of 20th century. It should not be puzzled with early pagan and Christian customs honoring mothers, and with 16th century commemoration of Mothering Sunday, which is known as Mothers Day in the UK.

20 May – Victoria Day

The Victoria Day a Canadian statutory holiday is commemorated on last Monday earlier than on 21th May, 2012 in admiration of both Queen Victoria’s birthday and present reigning Canadian sovereign’s birthday.

22 May – World Goth Day

World Goth Day is the only day where Goths get to have a day of their own committed to embrace their outer and inner Goth. It is the day to go get your Goth on! Wear black and unleash your inner Goth for Goth Day and make your Goth presence known to the rest of the world.

28 May – World Hunger Day

World Hunger Day is observed on May 28th 2013 organized by Britain´s the Hunger Project UK. It is a known fact that 870 million people do not have enough food to eat. Even today, 90% majority of deaths occurs only because of hunger and poverty related illness.