Well, whatever one’s personal frame of mind, we can probably agree that the outlook of the majority does likely influence outcomes. To believe that the “world economy” happens and we just have to accept it as inevitably our lot, in my mind would negate the existence of the spirit of the citizenry of this, the planet’s most phenomenal nation. Grandiose or what? Yes, I acknowledge that it is totally Canadian to apologize for, or clarify what one has just proposed and also, that the hyperbole evident above is bordering on sacrilege ;). No, I don’t espouse blindly moving forward despite any external realities or implications but we can by our attitude, modify the impact of the elements we don’t like and soften an assumed inevitability. The alternative would be akin to giving up each time we don’t get our own way or throwing in every hand we are dealt that is not a Royal Flush.
By way of illustration I mention a prevalent Mayan calendar prompted pseudo-scientific “movement” which postulates possible problems (alliteration!) for “civilization as we know it” toward the latter part of this year (including likely demise!) This triumph of crackpot astrology over astronomy equates with the more lunatic fringes of the Y2K calamity and absorbs human energy which should more positively be devoted to the betterment of our communal existence. Whatever one’s calendar preference, Mayan, Gregorian, Julian or “social”, I do believe that our sense of perspective, humor and balance promotes a uniquely Canadian ability to avoid bigoted and selfish solutions and a strong inclination to bring about a better future for ourselves and our fellow citizens.
2011 Real Estate on the N/Shore emerged from the gate as a confident and vibrant interaction of buyers and sellers. This saw a modification around mid year as sales decreased with inventory building up in most sub sections; the main exception being West Van detached homes which experienced a notably strong year. Offshore demand (which the Vancouver Westside saw in spades) being the main contributor. 2012 – who knows at what pace the tides/cycles may change; but one thing is certain, they will change. I remain optimistic that our N/Shore will return to the stability we have come to value but we will not see anything like the rampant real estate market of the past while. Roll on 2012, the first stage in a stabilizing future.
And now my chance to convey to you my wishes for the year which has just begun – may all find a new level of peace and the necessary prosperity we seek to enable us to continue the nurturing of our families and provide some help to fellow citizens in need. A toast to an increased confidence in the future and more smiles given by us and evident on the faces of those whose lot we are attempting to improve. Whatever the secret we must strive to attain it.