Wednesday, November 26, 2008


It Is Called the Rocking Cube. Looks Cool, It's Comfortable & I Want One.

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BRIDGELAND - WHERE would you like to EAT?

Featured in this month's WHERE magazine is a page dedicated to eateries in Bridgeland. I spent the weekend in the area and definitely will be back to sample more from this great list. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO READ AND SAMPLE A TASTE OF THIS GREAT COMMUNITY.

WHERE to Eat: Bridgeland

Active Bridgeland Property:

MLS# C3350611
List Price: $684,900

Monday, November 24, 2008

Optimists Rule

Optimists still rule on real estate
Canwest News Service Published: Saturday, November 22, 2008

Canadians are still in a mood to mortgage. Nearly four in 10 Canadians still think that now is a good time to buy a house, even though the proportion who expect home prices to fall further has soared, according to a recent survey by the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals. Attitudes toward local conditions in the mid-October survey have shifted only slightly, with 38% of Canadians believing now is a good time to purchase a house -- still outweighing the 32% who believe it is a bad time. Meanwhile, only 0.28% of mortgages are in arrears, a proportion that is not only low but also steady, the organization said. Still, the proportion expecting home prices to fall has more than doubled from last fall to 35%. That's especially the case in British Columbia, where 48% expect prices to fall. Jim Murphy, association president, notes that anticipated mortgage credit growth would slow, but remain relatively strong.


Your home: hot or not?
Financial Post Published: Saturday, November 22, 2008

Can your home weather the financial storm? Don R. Campbell, a real estate analyst and author of Real Estate Investing in Canada, gives a dozen ways to analyze your property's exposure to a downturn.
First, it's vital to remember that property markets are not national; they are regional, local and even vary widely from neighbourhood to neighbourhood in the same city.
That being said, there will always be hot real estate markets and others that are cold, but national and provincial figures are too generalized to be used by Canadian homeowners and investors to make sound decisions on their most important asset.
The 12 questions below will help you decide if your area and personal property are poised to go up, stay flat or collapse.
The more "yes" answers you get, the better the market will perform.
But overall, to dramatically reduce your risk, the most important thing to remember is: Don't fall in love with your property.
1 Is your area's average income increasing faster than the provincial average? 2 Is your area's population growing faster than the provincial average?
3 Is your area creating jobs faster than the provincial average?
4 Does your area have more than one major employer? 5 Is real estate booming in the surrounding region more than where you're looking?
6 Will the property values benefit from a major new development nearby?
7 Has the local and provincial political leadership created a growth atmosphere?
8 Is the region's economic development office helpful and proactive?
9 Is the neighbourhood located in an area of renewal or gentrification?
10 Is there a major transportation improvement occurring nearby?
11 Is the area attractive to Baby Boomers?
12 Is there a short-term perceived problem (negative stories, short-term layoffs) that will disappear?
In fact, there are 13 major influences on the long-term value of property. Underlying the local analysis of your property market you need to consider the outlook for Canada generally.
The Canadian economy and real estate are relatively well-positioned to withstand the economic storms that are buffeting property values in many other countries.