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Existing home sales are expected to increase in 2014 by 8%.

November of this year saw a 38% increase in units sold compared to November 2012, albeit down 11% compared to October of this year in Greater Vancouver. November typically sees the real estate market wind down as we get closer to the holiday season. Total Active Listings are down 8% compared to this time last year.  Year to date, 2013 should finish 12 to 15% above 2012 for total units sold in Greater Vancouver. In their Fall Housing Market Outlook, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) outlined that existing home sales are expected to increase in 2014 by 8% with the market to remain in balanced conditions. This is to be supported with an increase in economic and job growth projected in 2014. Further strengthening in global economies will benefit Vancouver and help sustain economic growth. And of course, pent up demand in our housing market will continue to be a positive factor moving forward.

Greater Vancouver: Total Units Sold in November 2013 was 2,390 – down from 2,698 (11%) in October 2013, up from 1,733 (38%) in November 2012; New Listings in November 2013 were down 25% from October 2013; Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is steady at 6 Months (Balanced Market).

Vancouver Westside Residential: Total Units Sold in November 2013 was 488 – down from 579 (16%) inOctober 2013, up from 358 (36%) in November 2012; New Listings in November 2013 were down 26% from October 2013; Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is steady at 5 Months (Balanced Market).

Vancouver Eastside Residential: Total Units Sold in November 2013 was 282 – down from 288 (2%) inOctober 2013, up from 197 (43%) in November 2012; New Listings in November 2013 were down 26% from October 2013; Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is steady at 4 Months (Bordering on Seller’s Market).

North Vancouver Residential:  Total Units Sold in November 2013 was 197 – down from 221 (11%) in October2013, up from 145 (36%) in November 2012; New Listings in November 2013 were down 34% from October 2013; Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is steady at 4 Months (Bordering on Seller’s Market).

West Vancouver Residential: Total Units Sold in November 2013 was 89 – down from 110 (19%) in October2013, up from 45 (98%) in November 2012; New Listings in November 2013 were down 34% from October 2013; Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is steady at 7 Months (Balanced Market).

Richmond ResidentialTotal Units Sold in November 2013 was 290 – down from 327 (11%) in October 2013, up from 210 (56%) in November 2012; New Listings in November 2013 were down 10% from October 2013; Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is steady at 7 Months (Balanced Market).

    
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Look who is joining me!

Many of you know Paige Kraft and the force that she is. But for those of you who don't…she comes from a serious background of sales and marketing starting at Xerox where she gained recognition for her leadership and quickly became a President's Club member. Her marketing experience most recently at Blast Radius landed her in the boardrooms of global brands such as Disney, Microsoft and Lululemon.  

Friends for years, I recruited her to help with a volunteer school event, I saw how she takes on a project and sprints, not runs or walks, she bolts. We had so many laughs together, the event was a big success and the idea of continuing the laughter and success was infectious. She is a dynamic powerhouse and I am excited to pair our talents and see what fireworks we will make together. Watch out!

     

Set the Scene

Sometimes I love to cook, but more than that - I love to set a table...all fancy! Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or any type of celebration - what is your style and does this make you want to cook or get invited somewhere?
  
 


  

Ballet anyone?

Those words don't usually come from me. But this past month I was exposed and am intrigued. A women's group I am involved in called MCentredinvited Chan Hon Goh of Goh Ballet Academy to speak about her career as a principal ballerina and her experience in taking over the running of her parents successful Goh Ballet school. She has had a fascinating international career and the history of her parents and their ballet fame is like a history lesson about China and Russia and their early dance theories. The Goh Ballet School is hosting the Nutcracker this December and there are 200 ballet students in the cast! Check it out.

And something you can't check out, but maybe you were lucky enough to see it was theFumbling towards Ecstasy featuring music from Sarah McLachlan and the visiting Alberta Ballet. It was breathtaking. The costumes were modern, the music was like taking a walk down memory lane and the dancing was hip, cool even sexy. Loved it.

In the same week that I listened to a ballerina, went to the ballet, one of my favourite blogs directed me to a series called city.ballet. It's a 12-part online documentary series about the New York City Ballet, narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker. Through each 6 minute episode, you hear from soloists who feel stuck in the ranks, principal ballerinas feeling all eyes upon them, apprentices desperately trying to get into the company and those in hoping to stand out. Exhausting, brutal and inspiring. Have no fear the coincidence of all these ballet experiences happening at once, is not inspiring me to don any pointed toe shoes - that would just be exhausting and brutal for all!
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Elixirs, Soup & Healthy Treats

Recently at an event, a number of very cool women who are doing very cool things were introduced to me and to our guests. Among them were four, who are preparing foods that are uber-healthy and delicious. You need to tryNectar Juicery for their magical juicing elixirs soon to be found at YYoga and Cafe Artigiano. VIVLiving Vibrantly is Vital. Be intentional with your food...change the world one bite at a time. These are delicious bars/breads/treats that are nothing but pure healthy goodness. And Beyond Nourished who brought us soups but are known for delivering delicious food, putting on wicked workshops and creating unique dining events with spectacular service

There were so many amazing women doing amazing things at this event. Here is the list - click to find out more about them: Bag O'Swag,Blessed Beyond Measure Coast Modern FilmElana Sigal JewelryInflection ManagementMesaimedesigns Raindrop AcupunctureRedfish Kids ClothingGift a Night at Ronald McDonald HouseSancha Jewelry, ShoK DesignsYoga for Teens

Is anyone out there addicted to Scandal?

I know I am not alone in the binge watching of shows. On my Ipad mini I have lived in the English country side with Downton Abbey, the Pentagon with Homeland and of course in the underground Meth lab of Breaking Bad...but then I wondered what next? Well, that would be Scandal. So I am back in Washington, more often in the White House than the Pentagon and am addicted. Anyone else there with me?
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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.