The Night Before Christmas Approaches

It’s almost upon us (again!) as we near 2013’s closing curtain. A good production or an indifferent presentation? For my wife and I, it has been a momentous year with huge organisational change and new opportunities, capped by the acquisition (completing in early 2014) of our next abode. Yes, Realtors do participate in the “rehoming” exercise too! It’s important to remain in touch with the excitement (and stress?) of the game ;). On the N.S. the general Real Estate market has been slowly but steadily strengthening as buyers again realize that they should make the important decisions, move on with life and acquire the home for their upcoming phase. Those who bought earlier in the year will be comfortable in the knowledge that they did indeed pay less than those who waited for the stats to prove that buying decisions were dramatically increasing over last year.

A big ‘thank you’ for the numerous calls, e-mails and comments regarding the HomesOfProvenance.com boutique model/website. This specialized market segment, here and in Greater Vancouver generally, is certainly growing in significance. We are especially grateful to those who gave suggestions for improvement and ideas as to what you’d like to see. The kind comments regarding the quality have been passed on and are most appreciated by the ‘partners’. Those who haven’t visited should do so – the Leaders in Luxury conference (North America) commented favourably on the content (and unique concept).

So much for the Fairmont’s and Trump’s of the new landscape; existing detached and condo homes also require appropriate presentation by specialists. Remember that the partners are pleased to answer any queries you may have or call me directly at 604-626-2526. N.B. North Shore clientele should have no fear that I am moving on and I urge you to contact me with all North Shore enquiries!

All that remains now is to wish you and yours an outstanding and meaningful Festive Season. Meaningful, as it applies to the kindness and charity that we share with others around us, specifically those not as fortunate as we – then we’ll experience ‘outstanding’ and the true majesty of humanity!

‘SnapStats’ (what price ranges are selling and which are not) is being very well received. I’m now forwarding the past 12 month trend for not only N and W/Van but ALL available metro neighbourhoods, as many requested. If any locations are not of interest, please ignore those areas.

So, visit my website to see and “hear” the new developments.  I continue my commitment to keep you… www.OnTopOfTheMarket.ca – the “go to” site for N/S R/Estate analysis and jump-off point for FULL market information.

Join those wishing to get the e-mail version of the “update” and SnapStats  – send a request to alanskinner@shaw.ca; phone (604) 988-7368 or visit www.OnTopOfTheMarket.ca and you’ll be added.

 

December Podcast 2013

North Shore Real Estate Radio

On an ongoing basis I pledge both my continued personalized service and a commitment to my reduced  business ecological “footprint”. A significant part is the radio (podcast) library which I’m continually creating.

All North Vancouver Real Estate “Updates”, reports and information articles, checklists etc. will be archived on my website and available for download or desktop listening 24/7. You can access the information you seek when the spirit moves and not when someone pushes yet another flyer into your mailbox. I am most excited about these developments. Input as to the topics for “programming” you feel would be of interest is strongly sought. Please e-mail. This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call me 604 988-7368 and 1-800-665-1455.

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North Vancouver Real Estate

December 2013 Numbers

Again to our ‘Year to Date’ figures for 2013. We now have 11 months of results (almost a full house) comparing 2013 with 2012. North Van detached homes sold are up 16% from last year, attached (t/hses) up from last year by 18% and apartments almost identical to 2012. The detached average price almost unchanged and inventory now down by 16% from 2012. Average prices down 2% (t/hses) and up 3% for (apts). Inventory (t/hses) 116 vs. 151 (down 23%) from Nov. 30th 2012 and (apt) unchanged from last year for the same date.

In West Van, detached number of sales YTD for 2013 is now up by 23% from Nov. 30th 2012. Average price of what has sold is almost identical to last year and inventory now down by 10% from Nov. 30th 2012. On the condo side – attached (t/hses) sold 2013 are now up by 30% from 2012 at 82 vs. 63 units with a 5% drop in average price. Active listings are down year over year from Nov. 30th 2012 by 13% (44 vs. 51). Apartments reflect 146 sold in 2013 vs. 151 (down 3%) from Nov. 30th 2012; with average price up 7% from Nov. 30th 2012 and active listings now almost identical Nov. 30th 2012.

West Vancouver and North Vancouver continue with solid sales performance in all price ranges and we do see this progressing for the rest of this year and beyond.

Twas The Night Before Christmas

Instead of a “helpful” tip, I’m adding a poem that epitomizes the Christmas ethos – let the thespian in the family print this out and present it to the group on Christmas Eve. Hope this raises the spirit (or spirits – no pun intended) within the family group! ….and to all a good night!

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.
And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the roof there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
tore open the shutter, and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
gave the lustre of midday to objects below,
when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came,
and he whistled and shouted and called them by name:

“Now Dasher! Now Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky
so up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head and was turning around,
down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
and filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”