TGIF - Settling into September

Friday, September 15, 2017

Even though we're still experiencing mid-summer temperatures, have you noticed the crunching of fallen leaves lately along with cool nights and shorter days? Yes, it's my favorite time of the year, both weatherwise and that return to "normal" after the lazy, hazy summer days - school, regular activities, most people back at work and that feeling of being recharged & refreshed - new opportunities in a new season.

For us in real estate, it's that new season of sellers who spent the summer dreaming about moving and the buyers gearing up to take that first step on the real estate ladder. Always an exciting time of new beginnings with Christmas as the timeline. We love it!

The bounty of living in this province in this country is evident at all the farmers markets, in all the fruit and vegetable stores and in the fish markets. What a harvest - so simple to eat and cook locally and seasonally at this time of year - at home or in our local restaurants. We truly appreciate our community and support our local businesses - it's so easy with the quality of local stores and markets. Here are just a couple you can check out:

Poirier Street Market
Every Sunday, 9am – 1pm
May – October
Dogwood Pavilion (Poirier and Winslow)

Port Coquitlam Farmers Markets
Thursday: 3pm - 7pm
June 1 - Sept 28,
2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam (next to City Hall)

As Thanksgiving approaches, it is definitely easy to be grateful and easy to forget that not everyone can afford to access this natural bounty -- please consider a gift to Share and the local Foodbank at this expensive time of year for young families trying to fund back to school expenses from their already stretched budget.

Our real estate market is, as always, adjusting to changes, mostly brought about by new mortgage rules, rising interest rates and government intervention. However, we still have historically low interest rates and buyers should be cautious about waiting for house prices to drop as interest rates rise. Long term, interest rates play a much bigger role in the monthly payments than a drop in price. For buyers wanting to move up to a detached home, the differential between your condo or townhouse and that detached house is shrinking - now is your turn. Want to know how this can work for you? - Please call us. Every market benefits some people more than others and we're always happy to have a realistic discussion about your goals and aspirations.

Let us know how we can help you at this interesting time of year. Rain or shine - we have you covered.
Michelle, Sheila and Shane.

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