Mulled Wine to keep you warm and cozy this winter season!

Recipe:

Toast the spices: Add the allspice, cloves, star anise and cinnamon to the bottom of a pot. Toast over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.

  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 3 Star Anise
  • 4 Whole Cloves
  • 4 All Spice Berries

Turn the heat to low. Pour in the wine and brandy and bring to below a simmer, just barely bubbling (don't boil or the alcohol will evaporate). Warm for 1 hour on low heat (don’t let it simmer). 

  • 1 Bottle of Wine: Merlot or Zinfandel (a fruity or full bodied white or red wine)
  • ¼ cup of Brandy (or an orange liqueur or tawny port)

Add the maple syrup or honey. The amount will depend on your sweetness level. Add 1 tablespoon at a time and tasted before adding more.

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of Maple Syrup or Honey

Garnish with orange slices and cranberries, then serve.

  • 2 small Fresh Oranges
  • 1 to 2 handfuls of Cranberries

For a non-alcoholic version of this cozy recipe to share with the whole family, young and old, try substituting apple cider for the wine and brandy.

 

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Ever wish that REALTOR.ca listed the historical sale prices on a home you are interested in, whether it’s because you want to be better informed to prepare for your next real estate transaction or if you just like to 'nerd out' on real estate?

It’s finally happened!

On September 12, 2022, REALTOR.ca started showing historical sales transactions on their website. The home sales history will be displayed on all active listings for every sale associated with that address going back as far as the MLS® data exists, excluding the 12 months immediately preceding the listing date.

Let’s get started!

Go to the REALTOR.ca website: REALTOR.ca

Select your property listing and then look below the Description and Property Summary. You will find the Price History (excluding the preceding 12 months). Not all the information is visible yet and we aren’t sure when it will be there, but it's coming and I think this is a good start.

     

Any questions on this or to view/list your next real estate transaction, contact me. I look forward to sharing my real estate expertise with you!

Best regards, 

Sheldon Coxford

Real Estate Agent at TRG Realty

C: 778 835 5621 | W: www.sheldonhomes.ca

E: sheldoncoxford@gmail.com | Linked In | Facebook | Instagram

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The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) has released its October 2022 housing market analysis and if you’ve been watching the economic news or discussing current events with your neighbours, then you might not be surprised by their comments.

   

It was reported that there was a 45.5 per cent decrease in residential property sales in Metro Vancouver from the previous year and was 33.3 per cent below the 10-year October sales average.

“Inflation and rising interest rates continue to dominate headlines, leading many buyers and sellers to assess how these factors impact their housing options,” Andrew Lis, REBGV’s director, economics and data analytics said. “With sales remaining near historic lows, the number of active listings continues to inch upward, causing home prices to recede from the record highs set in the spring of 2022.”  

“Recent years have been characterized by a frenetic pace of sales amplified by scarce listings on the market to choose from. Today’s market cycle is a marked departure, with a slower pace of sales and more selection to choose from,” Lis said. “This environment provides buyers and sellers more time to conduct home inspections, strata minute reviews, and other due diligence. With the possibly of yet another rate hike by the Bank of Canada this December, it has become even more important to secure financing as early in the process as possible.”

These are substantial changes to today's market.  Let’s discuss this new cycle and how it may benefit you and your neighbours.

For the Full REBGV Report: REBGV Market Watch

Best regards, 

Sheldon Coxford

Real Estate Agent at TRG Realty

C: 778 835 5621 | W: www.sheldonhomes.ca

E: sheldoncoxford@gmail.com | Linked In | Facebook | Instagram

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BC Government amending the Property Law Act to add a cooling off period

As a result of the hot real estate market and to give buyers more time to consider a purchase, the BC Government, in March 2022, announced it will be amending the Property Law Act under Bill 12-2022. 

See Bill 12: https://bit.ly/BILL12

Part of the amendment states “A purchaser of residential property may rescind the contract of purchase and sale for the property by serving written notice of the rescission on the seller within the prescribed number of days after the date that the acceptance of the offer was signed.”

The Home Buyer Rescission Period (HBRP) or 'cooling-off period' will come into effect January 2023. 

The BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) is the provincial regulator that provides real estate licensees with the details they need to understand HBRP and navigate this new process with clients.  Updated regulatory information and resources will be made available on BCFSA's website to help licensees and the general public be mure informed during a sale.

See Guidelines: https://bit.ly/HBRPGuidelines

These changes could potentially put sellers at a greater disadvantage by giving buyers the ability to make extremely high offers without having to commit to following through with the purchase, while also allowing them to tie up the property for a period of time.

If you want more information on this or any of your real estate investment needs, please contact me.

Best regards,

Sheldon Coxford

Real Estate Agent at TRG Realty 

C: 778 835 5621 | W: www.sheldonhomes.ca

E: sheldoncoxford@gmail.com | Linked In | Facebook | Instagram

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Spooky Vancouver Fun

It’s almost Halloween and I’m excited to share some spooky Vancouver attractions that I found. Let’s get out there and enjoy our beautiful city and all it has to offer!


Love your beach clean this Halloween

English Bay   October 29 (10am to 1pm)

What better excuse to dress up for Halloween do you need this year? A beach clean-up of English Bay. 

Join Surfrider Vancouver for a beach clean where they will run a costume contest for the best costume (by popular vote/loudest beach cheers) so please feel free to go crazy.

More fun details to be unveiled leading up to the clean. RSVP so we can log down your good work in helping us stay data driven at all our beach cleans! 

Tickets: vancouver.surfrider.org/events/halloween-beach-clean


 

Vancouver Halloween Mystery Nights 2022

Gastown         October 13-31 

If you are looking for a spooky outdoor adventure, join Vancouver Mysteries for their outdoor Halloween Mystery Nights, it’s also a unique way to explore the city. 

You choose the game, date and time and then watch for an email with further instructions and the secret start location where you meet a Game Operator in character as a detective, spy or Agent X. They start your story and provide you with everything you need to solve your mystery, including a map, clues, artifacts and tools. 

Visit Event Page: halloween-downtown-vancouver-mystery-nights

Cost approx.. $35


 

 

Halloween Family Magic Show

The Brush & Wand Studio  Sunday, October 30 

This Halloween join Magician Jeff Orr co-owner of The Brush & Wand Studio for amazing close-up magic that will leave you shocked and smiling. Fun for the whole family!

Cost $15.00: halloween-family-magic


 

 

Halloween Howler – FlyOver Canada

Friday, October 21

Join Biker Mama the witch on a spirited Halloween ride for the whole family. HowlOver Canada lets you soar from coast to coast with a band of spooky sidekicks on your way to an out-of-this-world music festival.

Cost: $25.00: flyovercanada.com

The complete HowlOver experience includes:

- A breathtaking 8-minute flight ride; an original HowlOver Canada pre-show; Halloween specials and spine-tingling decorations; Costumes are welcome and encouraged for all ages 

Balloon Art or Face Painting from 12 to 3 p.m.

- October 8 & 9; October 15 & 16; October 22 & 2; October 29 & 30 

Say “Trick or Treat!” for a Sweet Surprise:

- October 31

 


Fright Nights at Playland

This October, prepare to SCREAM YOUR FACE OFF, because Playland once again will transform into a terrifying Halloween-themed experience with seven haunted houses, 15+ rides, creepy décor, roaming monsters and live performances.

New this year: an opening “scaremony”, new haunted house props, an early admission pass, and new spooky season food items.

Tickets: https://frightnights.ca/admission/


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The federal government has announced, in budget 2022, it will try to make the real estate market fairer for Canadians by putting a ban on the purchase of homes for non-Canadians starting January 1, 2023 for a two-year period.

The finance minister says the ban is needed to curb housing prices in Canada, prevent housing prices from rising so high as to push working class and young Canadians out of the real estate market and to make the market fair for Canadians.  

Exemptions for this are Canadians, permanent residence, and temporary residence, which include temporary workers and international students.

The government is still working on the final policy elements. For more information and more on budget 2022 go to www.budget.gc.ca.

How does this affect you?

That depends on whether you’re a foreigner, have families that are foreigners and want to buy here, or a young Canadian family trying to find an affordable home in Canada. 

Call me and let’s chat about what this means for your situation. Coffee is on me!

 

Best regards, 

Sheldon Coxford

Real Estate Agent at TRG Realty

C: 778 835 5621 | W: www.sheldonhomes.ca

E: sheldoncoxford@gmail.com | Linked In | Facebook | Instagram

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