Grow Your Garden’s Appeal with a Splendid Shed

shed_thumbGrow Your Garden’s Appeal with a Splendid Shed

Garden sheds are no longer just a dumping place for tools and flower pots. They have become a focal point of the garden itself. These days a shed can help beautify your garden, become an attractive place to relax, and bring a little “backyard appeal” to your home. So whether you plan to add a shed or upgrade your present one, here are some steps to assist you:

Plan Ahead for Your Shed
When considering where to place a new shed, there are three criteria: location, location, location. Make sure it’s not going to block plants from the sun, it isn’t in a spot that collects a lot of water, it’s not intruding on any high traffic areas of the yard, and its situated in an area that maximizes privacy.

The size of your shed will be based on what you’ll use it for. Are you going to use it to store large items like a ride-on mower or swimming pool pump? If so, ensure your shed is adequately sized, with double doors and ramp for easy access. Check with your municipality to ensure that the size and position of your shed meets all regulations.

Shed the Drab, Go for Fab
Even the most ordinary garden shed can be transformed with a little paint and simple decor. No matter what your shed is made of, get a rustic look by painting it in a muted earth tone, and adding barn door hinges. If quaint and cozy is more your cup of tea, paint the shed in a light colour, complemented with darker shutters and window boxes. Go bold for the door with a dramatic colour like red or violet.

Create a fancier, Victorian style shed with an octagonal window or arched glass insert in the door and complete the look with a little gingerbread trim. (MUST visit this site: Fairytale Abodes) Or, let your garden shed reflect your hobbies, such as sailing or fishing, with Cape Cod colours complemented with hanging fishing nets, oars, or lobster traps.

Accessorize for Added Intrigue and Comfort
The final touches to your shed should make it more appealing to look at, and relax by. Create a stone pathway to the front door of your shed and spray-paint an old chair to sit out front. For added comfort, include a bench with cushions or a rocking chair for the days you want to sit in your garden and enjoy a good book.

Bring out your personality with artwork, both inside and out, that stamps the shed as uniquely yours. Top it off with a metal rooster or weathervane, and it’ll be like a little home away from home. A garden shed adds charm and character to your outdoor space, a good reflection on you!

Other Shed Articles/Blogs:

Choosing a Garden Shed

The Garden of Eaden

FairyTale Abodes

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BC Housing Market Recovering From 2012 Slowdown

(Get the FULL BCREA Stats package here)

Vancouver, BC – June 14, 2013. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 7,664 residential sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC during May, down 0.7 per cent from May of 2012. Total sales dollar volume was 2 per cent higher at $4.1 billion. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $534,013, up 2.7 per cent from a year ago.

“BC home sales continued to trend higher in May,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “In contrast to slowing demand and moderating prices in 2012, the BC housing market is turning around.” Rising consumer demand combined with inventory levels that remain in check has moved the province’s largest markets into balanced territory. “Home prices have edged higher over the past three months in BC’s large Lower Mainland market,” added Muir. The MLS® Home Price Composite Index for the Lower Mainland was up 0.2 per cent over the past month, and 1.4 per cent over the past three months.

Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume was down 12.2 per cent to $14.9 billion, compared to the same period last year. Residential unit sales were down 10.7 per cent to 28,140 units, while the average MLS® residential price was down 1.7 per cent at $530,936.


For more information, please contact:
Cameron Muir Damian Stathonikos
Chief Economist Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Direct: 604.742.2780 Direct: 604.742.2793
Mobile: 778.229.1884 Mobile: 778.990.1320
Email: Email:

BCREA represents 11 member real estate boards and their approximately 18,000 REALTORS® on all provincial issues, providing an extensive communications network, standard forms, economic research and analysis, government relations, applied practice courses and continuing professional education (cpe).

To demonstrate the profession’s commitment to improving Quality of Life in BC communities, BCREA supports policies that help ensure economic vitality, provide housing opportunities, preserve the environment, protect property owners and build better communities with good schools and safe neighbourhoods.

For detailed statistical information, contact your local real estate board. MLS® is a cooperative marketing system used only by Canada’s real estate boards to ensure maximum exposure of properties listed for sale.


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Dundarave West Vancouver June 2013

Dundarave Seawall 2013

Seawall near the Pier at the Beach House Restaurant

Dundarave is a popular area where my office is located (Royal LePage Northshore), It runs along the water/beach area near Marine Drive. The Dundarave neighbourhood spans from 21st Street, West to 28th Street, and from the water’s edge, North to Palmerston Avenue. Did you know the Streets in West Vancouver run in Alphabetical order? Starting near the water with Argyle, Bellevue, and so on. North of Dundarave is a little area called Queens which buffers Dundarave from Hwy #1. Some of the things people like about Dundarave are the quiet well-kept neighborhoods, the beautiful character of homes both new & old, the easy access to the beautiful beaches, and the community spirit.


Dundarave is composed of mostly houses. Currently there are 33 listed between a price range of $1,500,000 – $14,800,000. We also have an assortment of Apartments, mainly concrete built. Right now there are 31 Apartment listings in Dundarave priced between $355,000 to $6,685,000 – Yes! There are only a few Townhouses: currently only 3, and they are priced around $1,400,000 – $2,000,000. 

Behnaz Toossi

Behnaz Toosi
Now Open!

There is a little town center consisting of a strip along Marine Drive, with boutique style restaurants, shops, bakeries etc. All popular places like the Dundarave Bake shop, they make the most delicious Irish Soda bread! There is a grocery store and pharmacy as well. A brand new store that has just opened up this month is called, Behnaz Toossi, named after the owner. It showcases women’s clothing from the US and Europe and will soon display some of the owners own designs.

Let’s not forget the magnificent Reccenter packed with amenities like yoga, spin class, an amazing aquatic center, and seniors activities. To view what the community of Dundarave has to offer your family please visit the Dundrave Village Website. You won’t be disappointed! If you want more in formation on available Real Estate in the Dundarave neighbourhood, contact me!


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North Vancouver will experience growth over the next few years with new developments

Attached is an article just out, by Glen Korstrom, about one of several new developments to come to North Vancouver. Although some developments have been in the works for a long time, they are starting to come to the fore front now. Areas you might have seen in passing: Lynnmour South near Seymour Creek -North of the Second Narrows Bridge, Lower Lonsdale near the Quay, Central Lonsdale, and Capilano/Marine just off Fullerton Ave. These are just some of the areas to experience major building. Some people are in favor of the changes, bringing in various new housing types, and maybe some affordability, but others are not so sure of the traffic this will bring to the area and the ‘not yet seen’ consequences. The only thing for sure…. is that growth and development is coming!

In Glen Korstrom’s recent article is a quote from John Conicella, president of British Pacific Properties, saying that – ‘It’s going to feel a lot like growth but it’s not. It’s change,” he said.’ – Said when John Conicella was taking about a proposed 320 unit condo project in West Vancouver/Park Royal where the White Spot currently sits. (from another Glen Korstrom Article in April this year) What do you think? Change or Growth? Or both? How do you weigh in on the “changes” in North Vancouver? I welcome your comments and input!

Both Articles are good to read:

Glen Korstrom’s Articles:

Major residential development launches in North Vancouver

Development deluge to remake face of Northshore

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Spring months bring balance to Greater Vancouver housing market

While the number of home sales in Greater Vancouver continued to trend below the 10-year average in May, the balance of sales and listings meant continued market stability this spring.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 2,882 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in May 2013. This represents a one per cent increase compared to the 2,853 sales recorded in May 2012, and a 9.7 per cent increase compared to the 2,627 sales in April 2013.

Last month’s sales were 19.4 per cent below the 10-year sales average for the month, while new listings for the month were 7.4 percent below the 10-year average.

“We’ve seen some steadying trends over the last three months,” Sandra Wyant, REBGV president said. “The number of homes listed for sale has been keeping pace with the number of property sales, leading to a balanced sales-to-listings ratio. This is having a stabilizing influence on home price activity.”

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 5,656 in May. This represents an 18.3 per cent decline compared to the 6,927 new listings reported in May 2012 and a 3.7 per cent decline from the 5,876 new listings in April of this year.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® in Greater Vancouver is 17,222, a 3.4 per cent decrease compared to May 2012 and a 2.9 per cent increase compared to April 2013.

The sales-to-active-listings ratio currently sits at 17 per cent in Greater Vancouver. This is the third straight month that this ratio has been above 15 per cent. Previous to this, May 2012 was the last time this ratio was above 15 per cent.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver is currently $598,400. This represents a decline of 4.3 per cent compared to this time last year and an increase of 1.8 per cent compared to January 2013.

Sales of detached properties reached 1,212 in May 2013, an increase of 2.7 per cent from the 1,180 detached sales recorded in May 2012, and a 22.8 per cent decrease from the 1,570 units sold in May 2011. The benchmark price for detached properties decreased 5.2 per cent from May 2012 to $917,200.

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,136 in May 2013, a decline of 1.7 per cent compared to the 1,156 sales in May 2012, and a decrease of 7.5 per cent compared to the 1,228 sales in May 2011. The benchmark price of an apartment property decreased 3.7 per cent from May 2012 to $365,600.

Attached property sales in May 2013 totalled 534, an increase of 3.3 per cent compared to the 517 sales in May 2012, and a 7.8 per cent decrease from the 579 attached properties sold in May 2011. The benchmark price of an attached unit decreased 3.2 per cent between May 2012 and 2013 to $454,900.

LINK TO the FULL Vancouver Market Statistics package

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BC Commercial Leading Indicator Points to Stability in Second half of 2013.

BC Commercial Leading Indicator Points to Stability in Second
Half of 2013
Vancouver, BC – May 28, 2013.

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) Commercial Leading Indicator (CLI) bounced back in the first quarter of 2013, rising 0.4 points and partially offsetting the decline in the fourth quarter of 2012. The index is currently sitting at 112.2. On a year – over – year basis, the CLI is 0.2 per cent above the first quarter of 2012.

The increase in the index was the result of stronger economic activity, particularly in the manufacturing sector due to a large increase in wood products output. Momentum in Canadian real estate investment trusts (REIT) returns and narrower risk spreads translated to a positive contribution in the index’s financial component.

The employment component of the index, however,  continues to lag due to a sharp slowdown in manufacturing employment. “The increase in the CLI following last quarter’s decline has meant an overall flattening in the index’s underlying trend,” said Brendon Ogmundson, BCREA Economist. “This indicates that the slowdown signaled previously for the first half of this year will likely give way to modest growth in the second half of 2013.

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Buying or selling Real Estate without help?

When is a Real Estate Deal Legal? For-sale-by-owners… and unrepresented Buyers,…. Beware. Are you selling or buying a property without the help of a licensed Realtor? A recent court case study revealed a situation where two parties (buyer and seller) made email exchanges regarding the sale and purchase of a property. Both met online through Kijiji. I’m sure with good intentions the emails were just conversation, getting the process going. The parties never met and the property never viewed. At one point, one of the parties changed their mind about the sale, and the other party sued, saying the email exchanges constituted a written agreement and electronic signature.

In BC, the sale of Real Property must be in writing to be enforceable. And must have the required elements necessary to a contract.

A lower court found that the exchanges did constitute a deal between the two, but a higher court recognized different. Without going into details of why, the bottom line here is…. These folks had to go through a court process to resolve the issue! A process that I’m sure cost them money. Do you know what you are doing? These people could have saved themselves the hassle and stress of a court battle by seeking out professionals in the industry for advice. Lesson, know what you’re doing when it comes to the sale and purchase of Real Estate, it could be more sophisticated than you realize. Remember there is always risk.

Don’t let the Judge’s gavel fall on you! If you have any Real Estate Questions, drop me a line.

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