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august 2013 newsletter

Have you got your eye on what the market is doing this summer?

The summer sizzle was on, not only was it a record breaking month for fantastic weather, but the real estate in Vancouver was also quite hot. July proved to be the highest month for sales in Greater Vancouver in 2013 with 2,986 units sold, compared 2,668 in June 2013 and up 41% compared to July 2012 at 2,135. In fact, it was the highest amount of sales in the month of July since 2009. Richmond saw the biggest gain year over year, up 88% in July 2013 compared to July 2012. Pent up demand seems to have brought buyers to the market with activity strong through the month. What a difference a year can make!


Greater Vancouver: Total Units Sold in July 2013 was 2,986 – up from 2,668 in June 2013, up from 2,135 in July 2012; New Listings in July 2013 were even with June 2013; Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is down to 6 Months (Balanced Market).


Vancouver Westside Residential: Total Units Sold in July 2013 was 572 – down from 595 in June 2013, up from 406 in July 2012; New Listings in July 2013 were slightly up from June 2013; Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is even at 5 Months (Balanced to Seller’s Market).


Vancouver Eastside Residential: Total Units Sold in July 2013 was 326 – up from 279 in June 2013, up from 240 in July 2012; New Listings in July 2013 were even with June 2013; Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is down to 4 Months (Seller’s Market).
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From the Financial Post: 
In the Vancouver market, the local real estate board said July sales came in 40.4% ahead of a year ago and were 0.1% above the 10-year average. “Demand has strengthened in our market in the last few months, which can, in part, be attributed to pent-up demand from the slowdown in sales activity we saw at the end of last year,” said Sandra Wyant, president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, in a release.

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How do you feel about what is happening to Vancouver?

While other countries and states are having major financial issues, Vancouver is seen as a place to invest in. Not only a place to bring a brand to, but big name architects, big name developers: Nordstroms, Target, the Bay acquiring Saks and Trump Tower Vancouver. We are a changing city...a changing skyline with more shopping opportunities. What do we think? Is it good? We know the iconic ugly Eatons/Sears building change will be good. Do you find when the American brand that you loved to shop at in the U.S., once is comes to us, it is no longer as attractive or novel? Anthropologie, West Elm, Williams & Sonoma to name a few. I haven't even made the trek to a Target yet because I am convinced it is just Zellers with a new red logo. Trader Joe's would be nice, at the American price point...Pirate Joe's on 4th (also called irate Joe's) will have to do for now.       
$1,248,0001920 Cypress St. 
An amazing 3 bed townhouse 
with over 2200 sq ft!$519,900#1506 1088 Richards St.
17 sq ft 1 bed & den

Have you…

been to Homer St. Cafe & Bar? Mmmmmm, it's delicious and you should be seeking it out before it is so impossibly hard to get in. And hate to say it, you might be too late! You must try the fried chickpea dip OMG. Housed in two of Vancouver’s most iconic buildings, Homer St Cafe and Bar is a contemporary restaurant set in the historic Homer Building and new Beasley building in Vancouver’s Yaletown district. Classic comfort cooking takes centre stage thanks to a fire engine red rotisserie that roasts all manner of proteins. It’s chicken that’s the star here: served in quarter, half or whole portions, accompanied by classic sides basted in jus. A decidedly adventurous wine and cocktail list rounds out the menu. The restaurant features two spaces that consist of an open concept kitchen “Chef’s Bar” where one can get up close and personal with the culinary team, a private dining room with reclaimed factory windows, and bespoke seating complemented by antique tiling.

Speaking of cocktails...

Do you follow Vancouver Magazine's Barfly? Recently a friend told me bartenders do not take you seriously if you order a vodka drink. It is not a true cocktail with vodka, which rules out most drinks I like, mostly because it masks the alcohol for me - ha ha! Well if you really want to remain on top of what is cool and classic you should check out Neal McLennan, Travel & Food Editor of Western Living. Recently, Neal went to the Shameful Tiki Room on Main St. for 3 types of the classic Mai Tai. McLennan asks "how did the Mai Tai go from cultural pillar to a drink ordered by people who think the Riviera is in Mexico? Maybe because "serious" cocktails like the daiquiri and margarita were corrupted over time but the Mai Tai has always been ready to party. That doesn't mean break out the blender or slushy machine. Restraint, like that practised by Oakland's Trader Vic Bergeron or L.A.'s Don the Beachcomber, both of whom claim to have invented the drink, will yield a powerful concoction that's balanced and refreshing, and has just the right amount of kitsch." I think one Mai Tai can knock me over, but I am willing to go for a Trader Vic's version at the Shameful Tiki Room for the cool glass! Move over vodka, I am going to get more adventurous - a Knickerbocker or the Bees Knees, here I come.  Mai Tai distinctions click here.

Learn more about Rum from Neal below.


Just back from a short trip to Santa Barbara...so beautiful. I saw these there. They are towers of lettuce! Or whatever type of plant, herb, vegetable you would like to grow in them. These Tower Gardens are amazing. They are a vertical aeroponic growing system. It’s perfect for rooftops, patios, balconies, terraces—wouldn't it be perfect outside an organic restaurant? They could pick the herbs right in front of you! Not only does it look like a sculpture in your garden, it gurgles away with water flow so it adds that element to your outdoor space too. There is no soil, so there are no weeds. This type of technology actually uses less than 10% of the water needed if the plants were in soil. I want one.

The Little Green Notebook - one of the many (too many) blogs I follow...Jenny is a design blogger and decorator who recently moved from New York City to Arizona. She started her blog, Little Green Notebook, and her interior design business, Jenny Komenda Interiors, in 2007. Her work has been recognized by editors at Elle Decor, Better Homes and Gardens, Vogue, House Beautiful and the Wall Street Journal, among others. Jenny’s first love will always be smart and chic DIY projects. A close second place is hunting for unique fabrics and vintage furniture. She used to work and live in a Brooklyn Heights brownstone with her husband and their three young daughters and in her blog show us cool changes she would make to her tiny space. Now she has purchased an enormous home in Arizona and she is renovating room by room. She is way more DIY than I, but I am loving watching the cookie-cutter Arizona home transform.

Here's some of the fabulous groups we work with:

Dunbar Little League


Vancouver United Soccer


Thunderbirds hockey


Hawks Field hockey


Pacific Autism Family Network Golf Tournament Sponsor


Ride to Conquer Cancer


Avalon Recovery Society


St. James Music Academy


Jewish Federation


WISH Drop-In Centre Society


Local dance, theatre, and ski clubs

Our current passion projects

They’re fun, and you’re all invited!


Pillow Talk – this event gathers women and leaders in the community for a salon-style information sharing from experts in our community.


Swaps – Invented by Ruthie in 2008, this bi-annual event draws over a hundred women to “swap” their gently used clothes. Attendees get a refresh of their wardrobe with fantastic finds without spending money, with remaining clothing donated to women’s charities.