Do You Know the Basics of Home Security?
Most people feel confident about the basics of home security. For example:
Keep all doors locked. Have a light on in the house while away. Never hide
a key outside in an obvious place, like under the mat.
• Yet, almost a million and a half properties get burglarized in
North America each year. So how can you prevent that from
happening to your home? Here are a few less known home
security basics:
• Actually, never hide a key outside. Thieves know all the hiding
places. Instead, make sure all family members have a key.
• Two-thirds of home burglaries occur during the day. So be
extra vigilant about making sure doors and windows are
locked while you're away during the day.
• Surprisingly, most thieves are not daring. They are 2.7 times
more likely to target a home without an alarm system.
• Thieves will attempt to force entry through sliding-style doors
and windows first. So make sure these have a locking bar or
extra bolt lock.
• Surprising, 40% of household burglaries do not involve forced
entry. The thief is able to slip in through an unlocked window
or door.
• Don't show off possessions! An imported racing bike parked
next to the garage, or expensive audio equipment clearly seen
through a window, is an invitation to burglars.
• Take a look at the lighting and landscaping around your
property. Are there spots where a thief could easily hide? If so,
make some changes.
• When planning a trip, have a trusted neighbour pick up
newspapers, flyers and anything else that may accumulate at
your door.
Your local police department may have more tips and special programs for
keeping your home secure. Give them a call.

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One day I hopped into a taxi and we took off for the airport.  We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a car backed out of a parking space right in front of us.  My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!  The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.  My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy.


He was really friendly.  So I asked,  "Why did you just do that?  This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!"

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck."


 He explained that many people are like garbage trucks.  They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.  As their garbage piles up, the need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you.


Don't take it personally.  Just smile and wave, wish them well, and move on.  Don't take their garage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.


The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.  Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so...

Love the people who treat you right.  Bless the ones who don't.  Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!


Have a blessed, garbage free day !!

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November 2011  SALES  were down by 5.9% form November 2010, but up 1.9% from October 2011

NEW LISTINGS were fewer by 26.4% from last month, but up  6.3% from November 2010

The total number of properties currently listed is 9% less than is was in October 2011, but 13% more than a year ago.

 The peak of the price index was in June of 2011, and this November our prices are 1.4% below  that mark  but we are still showing an increase in prices of 7.2% from November 2010 in all residential housing in Greater Vancouver.


In more detail, houses decreased in sales by 12.8% from one year ago in November, but the price went up by 11.4% during that same time.


Apartment sales decreased by 4.9% from one year ago in November, but prices also went up by 2.7% during that same time.


Townhouse sales were a bit different, they did increase by 9.1% from November 2010 and also their prices went up by 4.5% during the same time.


In a nutshell,  fewer properties were sold during November 2011 than in November of 2010, but the prices overall have gone up.     


Call me if you want more specific details on YOUR neighbourhood!  

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I just made a movie with my Windows Movie Maker (first time)--- and then posted it to  You Tube, and Facebook---  of a great condo on Saba Road in Richmond,  #1812  - 8033 Saba Road to be exact.  I made the video by compiling still photos and it is not perfect, but not bad for my first try.  I hate slow videos, so maybe I made this one move too fast....but if you look at it, then let me know what you think.  It is also a silent movie,  one thing at a time.   I am trying to figure out how to get it onto the MLS as a link, but ...  my You Tube name is  wannanewhome,  so go there.  the video is called Imagine Living Here.  The seller is very flexible and would entertain rent-to-own  and/or  has an assumable mortgage for a qualified buyer.   Man, real estate is about so much more than knowing houses, who ever thought I'd be making a movie too!! lol,  an expert would not call it a movie, but life is all about learning, isn't it?   Open House  Nov 26 3 - 5;    Nov 27 2- 4   Price  $559 000  size  921 sq ft, built  2010  2 bed/2 bath and den! 

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Recently I took a listing for a small apartment building built in 1956 in Vancouver, west side.  The owner said he had the oil tank removed and papers to show that the site had no contamination.  Getting together all the documents, I discovered that the owner had only received a handwritten, one page sheet from the City of Vancouver permit had been issued,  proper process had been disregarded.  Therein began the lengthy and costly adventure of trying to right  a serious environmental wrong for the property owner of an 8 unit apartment building in Vancouver's west side. The site had to be opened and tested ....the findings were shocking.  There was oil that had leaked from the tank and therefore, had to be removed.  Eight truck loads of contaminated soil were sent to a special site, soil testing at various stages, and mounting expenses continued on for weeks. Soil too close to the foundation had to be bio-remediated.    Because the owner is 90 years old, English is his second language,  and he suffers hearing loss, as his REALTOR, I tried to co ordinate and help him through this unexpected turn of events. Every day I picked him up and drove him to the site to observe and try to understand the process. And it is not over yet.  For most home owners, dealing with an oil tank buried in their yard is an event that they likely only encounter at most once in a lifetime.  The process of remediation, inspection, and removal is not something that one inherently would know.  The home owner would quite logically rely upon the contractor who makes his living doing this type of work.  To be so badly betrayed and misled by a professional contractor is not only shocking, but also seems to shout for justice.  But there is none.   
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