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During this tough time where many of us are in self-quarantine to protect ourselves, our families, friends, and community. Being at home for a vast amount of time means we need to make a few modifications to our daily routine and diet. We have to take on the responsibility of social distancing by opting for coffee at home instead of going to our favourite cafe down the block. With little planning, our food and beverage choices can still be tasty and nutritious. 


Here are some must-haves in your kitchen:


Shelf-Stable Milk — Nowadays, there are is a large variety of milk options from ultra-pasteurized cow’s milk and soy milk to almond milk and oat milk. The good thing about shelf-stable milk is that they have a long shelf life and can be used as an ingredient in many home-cooked meals and of course, in your morning coffee.


Whole Grains — According to Boston registered dietitian Elizabeth Ward, she recommends having whole-grain tortillas, whole-grain bread, quinoa and other whole grains in your household. By combining these various grain options with lean proteins such as boneless, skinless chicken breasts, lean ground beef, and lean ground turkey breast you can create a delicious and guilt-free meal.


Long-Life Vegetables and Fruits — Some of the most important food groups we must consume daily are fresh vegetables and fruits. Having one that has a longer shelf life can be beneficial when being on lockdown at home. Vegetables such as carrots and celery can be stored in water, bell peppers, lettuces, and pea pods are great options. Alternatives also include items that can live outside the fridge like apples, lemons, limes, bananas, tomatoes, avocados, potatoes and onions. 


Snacks — Munching isn’t all bad when you have a nutritious snacks. Many dieticians recommend adding a variety of nuts to your daily meals. For example, having pecans, walnuts, almonds, and cashews are extremely valuable to incorporate into your diet as it adds protein and healthy fats.


Source: U.S. Health News

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We were able to distinctively see a full moon on Monday night. It lit up the sky and was exceptionally beautiful as it was seen from anywhere in the city. A common conception of a full moon is the effect it has on human behaviour. According to an article from Farmers’ Almanac, when the Moon reaches a specific phase it also affects ocean tides and the Earth’s crust. So, it would only make sense that with humans being composed of 60% water the Moon would have an effect on us as well. There are various scientific reports arguing for and against the effect of the Moon on human behaviour. Although, detailed analysis showed individuals had heightened mind activity and higher levels of physical and mental distress.



The subtle and intangible effect of the Moon transits frequencies that affect the frequencies of the mind of human beings. In reference to the ‘mind’, we’re referring to one’s feelings, emotions, and desires. We all possess a conscious and unconscious mind and with the Moon’s more subtle frequencies it causes the impressions in our sub-conscious mind to surface to the conscious mind. This may result in us becoming aware of these thoughts and therefore leading us to feel “off” and unlike our normal self.


It’s a fascinating scientific explanation behind how it can impact human behaviour. Along with the daylight savings time change, we may have also felt more tired than usual from losing an hour of sleep.


Does a full moon affect your behaviour? If so, are you aware of them?


Source: Spiritual Research Foundation

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Source: Inc.com



Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms and is encouraging more than 4800 employees internationally to work from home due to coronavirus. Currently, Twitter is the only tech company that has taken intense and proactive measures in response to the outbreak. 


Twitter released a statement in a blog post, “Our goal is to lower the probability of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus for us — and the world around us. We are operating out of an abundance of caution and the utmost dedication to keeping our Tweeps healthy.”


The company is also making it a requirement for employees located in offices in Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea to work from home as it is “due in part to government restrictions”. 


This isn’t a huge change for the company as Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey has been a huge supporter of remote working. 


On another spectrum, employees working from home due to the virus may be a positive aspect for the company as remote employees are actually more productive. According to a survey of 1000 full-time employees, they work an average of 16.8 more days every year from having the ability to work from the comfort of their home or place of choice.


Source: BBC News

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 Source: Hubble Homes


When you think of luxury real estate you automatically think glamorous big cities, beach towns, and popular destinations. Normally, wealthy home buyers think of dropping their investments into real estate in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Dubai or other international cities. According to a recent Coldwell Banker report, “places generating interest form the richest 1% all smaller inland markets.” 


Believe it or not, the top luxury market currently is Boise, Idaho. You may not know where that is because they are better known for their potatoes rather than real estate. Why is there a drastic change in busy cities to smaller towns to buy luxury properties? It’s partially due to wealth migration from higher-tax states to lower-tax states. There is a greater opportunity at a more valued cost for wealthy buyers.


Boise, has been attracting West Coast buyers for a few years now due to beautiful mountain views and fast-growing tech sector. Although, like everything else, with the constant flow of new residents it has been driving prices up in the once-affordable city in Idaho.


According to realtor.com as of Feb. 1, the median home list price in the metro area of Boise was $375,000. Could you imagine a luxurious and stunning property for that price?!


Source: SFGate

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Source: See Toronto Now


According to the Huffington Post, “Toronto has risen to second place in an annual ranking of the major cities with the highest risk of a housing bubble burst, while the risk of a bubble burst in Vancouver has fallen.”


Last year, Vancouver was in fourth place but is now sitting at sixth place due to the falling house prices in the city resulting in real estate becoming less overvalued. After continuous annual growth rates over a couple of quarters Vancouver’s high valuations and unmeasurable affordability have allowed for the slightest demand shifts due to the market vulnerability.


Although, Toronto hasn’t had this type of bounce back or correction in the real estate market like Vancouver has. 


UBS, a Swiss bank analyzes, ranks and researches 24 major cities and their real estate market.


UBS analysts look at various factors and indicators to measure the risk of a bubble such as the change in the ratio of house prices and rents to incomes in each city, change in the value of mortgages, the value of construction and the economy as a whole.


It seems like Toronto is getting hit with a tough real estate market as Vancouver had gone through in the past year. With technological advances in leading cities, it directly correlates with the increasing demand for housing. As a result, there is a growing number of rich people who is also driving up demand.


Source: Huffington Post

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Valentine’s Day Raw Vegan Crunchy Chocolate Fudge Hearts


A sweet treat… but a healthier version! I love having sweets but I always feel guilty afterward but I found an easy and quick recipe for these delicious raw vegan crunchy chocolate fudge hearts. YES… it tastes just as good as it sounds! Time to treat yourself, a special someone or your friends and family with this yummy treat that you can't get enough of.


Ingredients: 

  • 1/3 cup of chocolate or chocolate chips (vegan)
  • 1/3 cup of tahini (or another nut butter of your choice)
  • 1/3 cup of seeds and/or desiccated coconut
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil – optional
  • Sweetener of your choice - optional
  • Sprinkles for decoration - optional


Directions:

  1. Melt the chocolate as best as possible and add the tahini and mix well. If desired, add the coconut oil, desiccated coconut oil and or seeds of your choice. Mix until completely combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into heart-shaped muffin molds and decorate with all the heart-shaped sprinkles. You can use dried fruit, nuts, seeds, sprinkles or shredded coconut.
  3. Put the molds in the fridge for a few hours until the fudge has hardened.
I hope you try it out and have a wonderful Valentine's day!
 
Recipe and photo source from: My Healthy Dessert 
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Eco-friendly Homemade Cleaning Products and Tips!

Source: New Hampshire Live Free


Many of us are unaware of the harmful ingredients in our every day cleaning products we use daily and how it can impact our health and our homes. By eliminating cleaning products we are stopping ourselves, children and animals from inhaling a lot of chemicals. Not only are cleaning products not very good for our home but neither are the air freshener or wall plug-ins as they have a huge dose of harmful chemicals.


Don't worry, I've compiled some homemade eco-friendly cleaning products that do just as good of a job!



Lemon-based cleaners as a homemade cleaning product work great for many surfaces around your home. Although, countertops made of stone such as granite and marble are porous which may corrode the surface over time from the acidity.


Carpet spills are almost impossible to avoid. This environmentally friendly method of getting rid of those stains include only 3 household ingredients: white vinegar, salt, and lavender essential oil. By mixing 2 cups of water, 1 cup of vinegar, 2 teaspoons of salt, and your desired amount of lavender you have the perfect mix to remove any carpet stain!


A simple recipe of rubbing alcohol, vinegar, corn starch, and warm water will give you a solution to clean your mirror, fixtures, glass and shiny surfaces. Use a microfibre cloth or a newspaper, which is an old trick but seems to work well!


These organic cleaning products are all-natural and cost-efficient! Try them out and make your home smelling fresh and clean!

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DINE OUT VANCOUVER IS BACK!

This festival stemmed from Tourism Vancouver back in 2002 with an idea of having a fixed-price menu deal that Vancouverites could go around trying out various restaurants, wineries, craft breweries and much more! Dine Out Vancouver Festival has become Canada’s largest food and drink festival.


DATES: January 17 - February 2, 2020 


This annual event invites you to try new restaurants and new menu items throughout the city by offering set menus at fixed prices of $18, $28 and $38.


 



Here are a few of the restaurants participating:

Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio

Annalena

Bishops

Bistro Sakana

Black + Blue

The Boathouse Restaurant

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Brewhall

Brix & Mortar

Butcher & Bullock

Chamber Restaurant

Cibo Trattoria

Edible Canada

Forage

The French Table

Hook Seabar

Horizons Restaurant

Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House

L’abattoir Restaurant

Miku Restaurant


…and many more of Vancouver’s best restaurants!


For an extensive list of participating restaurants and the dine out menus, head to www.dineoutvancouver.com

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When you think of having a million-dollar home the first thing that comes to mind is a giant mansion with a pool and media room. Unfortunately, these days having a million dollars in hopes of gaining a great home for the value is rare.


Now, this isn’t saying that Vancouver homes within the million-dollar range are all outdated and older. There are quite a few properties that nice and affordable but with ongoing increases in insurance prices, it’d becoming harder and harder to find. Although, having an amazing realtor that will go above and beyond to find the perfect home within your budget is crucial.


Down below are some of the most SHOCKING properties currently on the market being sold for high prices:


Price: $1,250,000

Address: 6791 Main St., Vancouver, BC


This is may not be what you were picturing given the price being offered. This is the perfect example of how crazy Vancouver’s real estate market truly is.



Source: REW / Edward Tong for Sutton Maple Pacific Realty



Price: $1,098,000

Address: 4995 St Catherines St., Vancouver BC

This is a bargain buy! Perfect for a redevelopment opportunity or as an investment property.



Source: Paul Eviston for RE/MAX



Here are a few houses that are within the million dollar range that are affordable in great neighbourhoods”


Price: $1,389,000

Address: 2822 Dundas St.


Located in the Hastings Sunrise area and perfect for a family home.



Source: REW / Sonya Reich and Dan McLennan for Homelife Benchmark Realty (Langley) Corp.



Price: $1,450,000

Address: 2993 Charles St.

This home has been extensively renovated. The photo may look deceiving but this cozy home in the Renfrew area features 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms!


Source: REW / Owen Bigland for Macdonald Realty Westmar



As mentioned previously, with an experienced and knowledgable realtor you can find the right home for you with your style preferences and within your budget.


So, if you or anyone you know is looking to buy and/or sell, contact me and I'd be happy to advise you!

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Whether you're buying a home or renovating your home, here are some of the most popular trends we'll see for this upcoming year!


I've always had a passion for home design so it makes me excited to see that through the world of design there are endless possibilities. I'm not only intrigued myself on these trends but I want home-owners to be informed on what's in style now and whether it'll stay that way or will be passé soon.


INTERIOR HOME TRENDS


1) High-End Materials -- The go-to materials that most people dream of for their home are always stone, marble, quartz, etc. but it is also the time for high-end wood accents to make its debut. For example, fluted wood is making its way back into the popular choice for cabinet doors in the bathroom. On the other hand, for the kitchen, fluted glass doors are the way to go. As for metals and accents, brushed/stained gold accents are trending to give it a cozy and "lived-in" look.


2) Shades and Colours -- Neutrals are always in and will never go out of style. It seems to already be an inspiration for the colours of 2020 which is taken by the beauty of Mother Nature. Earth tones such as beige, terracotta, deep dark greens and deep blues are trending! The lighter shades bring a sense of cleanliness and zen, deep tones portray tranquility and comfort.



3) Bold Lighting -- Lighting choices are the focal points of a room and bring out a different energy and uniqueness to each homeowner's style. The forefront of lighting for 2020 are handmade designs such as those with irregular shapes like lighting created by blown glass.




EXTERIOR HOME TRENDS

1) Siding Material -- Popular siding choice is still wood. Although, there are some negative effects on wood as it is hard to upkeep. There is an alternative which is Maibec and CanExcel that offer the same visual appeal with much less maintenance. In terms of the colour for siding in 2020, it seems that most homeowners will stick to the classic white, black and charcoal.



2) Low Maintenance Plants -- It's true... most people love backyard gardens but it takes true dedication and commitment to landscaping and upkeeping the space. Low maintenance plants such as succulents and grass are trendy choice, along with green walls which are perfect for limited outdoor space while also providing privacy from neighbours.


3) Outdoor Kitchen -- The ongoing trend of being a "foodie" and people trying to transition to a healthier lifestyle for the new year has sparked the return of the outdoor kitchen. 


I hope you got some inspiration from this blog for your home and I wish you all a successful 2020!


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So many fun things to do this holiday season with your friends and family! Check out some of my favourites:

Canyon of Lights | Capilano Suspension Bridge


It's an annual winter festival that's held from November 22, 2019 to January 26, 2019. The suspension bridge, Treetop Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon is transformed into a beautiful light display. It also features a Snowy Owl Prowl, kids activities, and sing-along carols.


Festival of Lights | VanDusen Botanical Garden


Another amazing outdoor visual enchantment... but this one even has a light show! I held my annual Holiday event there earlier this month and it was a hit with everyone! Festival of Lights is amazing with small activities set up for the kids, food trucks, hot chocolate, and much more. Definitely a must-see activity during the holiday season!


Aurora Winter Festival


Canada's Largest Winter Festival is in Vancouver! They have a cute village that features a skating rink, tube park, Christmas Market, amusement rides, food gardens and of course, light displays all throughout the festival! They have special offers and kids ride free from December 14-23, check out their website for more details!

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Stuck on ideas on what to do this weekend in Vancouver? Well, here's some fun events that are happening this weekend that you can bring your friends, and family to! 


Check it out: 


Abbotsford International Airshow

When: August 9-11, 2019

Where: Abbotsford International Airport (30440 Liberator Avenue, Abbotsford)


The Abbotsford International Airshow is happening again this year! Go with your friends and family to enjoy spectacular routines performed by professional pilots, tour jets/planes on display and enjoy food from all the different food trucks there! Don't forget to buy your tickets online ahead of time!


Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

When: Saturday August 10, 2019

Where: Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam)


Enjoy Indie music while sippng on craft beers and munching on delicious dishes from local food trucks at Town Centre Park this weekend! There are also different arts/crafts activities you can do with your family. Also, did we mention that it's FREE?!


Vancouver's Largest Water Fight

When: Saturday August 10, 2019

Where: Lumberman's Arch- Stanley Park, Vancouver 


Who doesn't love a good water fight?! 


16th Annual New West Cultural Crawl

When: August 10-11, 2019

Where: All around the city of New West 


You don't want to miss these 2-days filled with fun arts and cultural events/activities! Create your own art, engage with local artists, purchase hand-made jewelry and more! 



Hope we gave you some ideas on what to do this weekend!

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Now that the kids are out of school, and the sun is out, maybe it's time to make a few changes around the house! Here's some ideas on what you can do over the summer (maybe even with the help of your kids) to spruce up the home a little!


Gardening and Landscaping

Let's start off with someting easy. The best way to spice up your house is to plant some new flowers, or trim that old tree in your back yard! Maybe you can eventually turn your back yard into a beautiful garden when you become an expert! 

Backyard Renovations

Now that the sun's out, you're going to be spending a lot more time outside, so it's a good idea to transform that backyard into a place that you want to be! Maybe add that fire pit, or install that swimming pool that you've always wanted! Now is the time to do so! 

Pressure Wash

This is probably one of the easiest things you can do to freshen up the look of your home! You can also do this easily without the help of a professional. Just take a day to do so, and I guarantee you that your home will look as good as new!

Paint the Exterior

Applying a fresh coat of paint to the exterior may not seem like much, but you will be surprised at how much it can do for the appearance of your home!


Let us know which one of these ideas you did, and how it went! We would love to see the before and after pictures! 

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Nowadays, more and more people are starting to work from home. Making sure that you have a perfectly designed home office can help increase your productivity, while letting you work from the comfort of your own home. 


Here's some of our tips on perfecting your home office!


Designate a Room as Your Home Office

Although you may think that your dining table is the perfect spot to set up your laptop and start working, it really isn't! Designating a room to act as your home office helps create a better work/life balance. It prevents any personal distractions in your home from disrupting your work time, and allows you to be more productive. Make sure the room is located in a quiet area of your home (no loud noises outside), has a door (to prevent from distractions), and a window (to help brighten up the room). 


Comfortable Chair

Sitting at a desk is definitely not the best for your posture, so make sure you have a comfortable chair with good back support!


Good Lighting

Make sure your room has good natural lighting (hence why a room with a window is important). Sunshine can help boost your energy and mood while working. Investing in a good desk lamp is also a good idea for those late-night work sessions.

Decorate

Sitting in a room with 4 plain white walls can be quite boring and sad. Hang some motivational quotes on the wall, create a vision board, or anything that will help motivate you in your work! Don't forget to add some greenery in your office as well, like a cactus or succulent. 

Keep It Organized

Buy filing cabinets, hanging cabinets, or a large desk to help keep your work space clean and organized. Create a organizational system that works for YOU! There's nothing worse than a cluttered work space! 


We hope that you found some of these tips helpful, and that you can create YOUR perfect home office! 

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If you're somewhat familiar with real estate, then you must have heard of the term "assignments". But, do you know what that term means in the real estate world (No, they're not what your teacher assigns you in school). 


Assignment Definition

An assignment is a transaction between the assignor (the original buyer of the property) and the assignee (the new buyer of the property). The assignor and assignee enter a contract in which the assignee will take over the rights & obligations of the contract of purchase and sale. All this happens before the completion date of the intial sale. 


This is a legal, and legitimate practice in real estate. 


Despite this being a legal practice, the RECBC has developed requirements that must be followed to avoid abuse of assignment contracts. These requirements include: 

  • The contract must not be assigned without the written consent of the original seller 
  • The seller is entitled to any profit resulting from an assignment of the contract by the buyer or any subsequent assignee


Important Assignment Terms To Know

Lift: The lift is the balance of the assignment amount (Typically a positive number because property values appreciate over time). Essentially, it's what the assignor is getting paid by selling this assignment to the assignee. 


Assignment Fee: The developer commonly charges an assignment fee. This can be found in your original contract. You should also be aware that you may need developer approval before being able to assign your property. 


In conclusion, selling an assignment can be confusing, and is quite different from selling a regular property. This is why it's important to do your research before! 


As always, feel free to contact us if you're interested in buying/selling an assignment! We are here to help make your real estate journey as smooth as possible! 



Resources:

https://www.recbc.ca/licensee/contract-assignment-faq-2.html


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In the recent years, there has been a lot of talk about how Surrey is growing rapidly, and will soon have a larger population than the City of Vancouver!


According to recent statistics, the largest city in British Columbia is still Vancouver with approximately 672,963 followed by Surrey with 569,065 who is just ahead of Burnaby at 248,476. Surrey is also projected to introduce over 185,000 new jobs, and 400,00 new residents, along with their neighbour, Langley. 


Here's some reasons why Surrey is going to surpass Vancouver as the largest city in BC, and why you should (maybe) move there:


Skytrain Extension

Translink's new Surrey-Langley Skytrain Project (An extension of the Expo Line) stretches a total of 16km. The line is set to extend from Surrey's King George Station along the Fraser Highway and ending on 203 Street in Langley. 


With the new skytrain extension, it'll significantly reduce commute times for residents of Surrey & Langley, making those cities much more desirable places to live! 


Image Source: Translink


Major Residential Development

Surrey is undergoing major development in terms of residential buildings. From townhomes to sky-high condos, there's tons of new homes being built. Some current pre-sales include: Centra, The Holland, One Central, Townsend, and more! 


Image Source: VancouverPresales.com


Family Friendly

The Surrey School District has the largest student enrolment in BC, and is continuing to grow. It currently has 101 elementary schools, 20 secondary schools, 4 learning centres, and 3 adult education centres. Simon Fraser University (SFU) also has a Surrey campus, located right near Surrey Central Skytrain station.



Image Source: Surrey Schools


What do you think about Surrey? Would you make the move there? Let us know!


Resources:

https://surreylangleyskytrain.ca/

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/georgetown-surrey-bc-largest-city

https://vancouverpresales.com/property-location/surrey/

https://www.surreyschools.ca/K-12Schools/AlphabeticalSchoolList/Pages/default.aspx



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Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday, so we wanted to show you a few Yaletown restaurants that you should visit!


Homer Street Café

Address: 898 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2W5


This classic comfort food restaurant is serving up a Mother's Day brunch special: Butter poached halibut, poached hen’s egg, hollandaise, grilled asparagus, and pickled fennel.



Wildtale Yaletown

Address: 1079 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P9


Wildtale is serving up a special Mother's Day lunch only at the Yaletown location! If you're a seafood fan, this is a must-try!


Provence Marinaside

Address: 1177 Marinaside Cres, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2Y3


This waterfront spot never fails to dissapoint with their extensive brunch, lunch, and dinner menu! 

Minami

Address: 1118 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2T9


This popular Japanese eatery (Known for their Aburi) is offering a Mother's Day dinner. The entreé is a Free Range Chicken Ballotine & Pan Seared Scallops, paired with a Kiku Cocktail, and ending off with a Manjari Chocolate Paris Brest for dessert.


Hope you found this helpful, and always feel free to message us for recommendations in Yaletown!

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Spring has been upon us for a while now, with Summer approaching in about a month, maybe it's time to finally start on that Spring cleaning you promised yourself! 


We are here to provide you with some of our TOP TIPS when it comes to cleaning your home, and making sure it stays clean.


Declutter

Before you even think about cleaning your home, you should start off by de-cluterring. Throwing out things that no longer spark joy (as Marie Kondo says) can cut down the time you need to spend cleaning. So throw out those clothes sitting in the back of your closet, and that box of old junk in your garage! 

Have a Plan

Now that you've decluttered your home, it's (almost) time to start cleaning. Before you get started, make a plan of how you're going to go about cleaning. Focus on one room at a time, and start/finish in the same area to make sure that you've cleaned every single corner of the room. Also, be sure to prioritize certain rooms/areas that you need to clean right away, and others that can wait another day. Once you've established a plan, and get into the routine, it'll make cleaning extremely fast and easy!

Keep Your Cleaning Supplies in Their Appropriate Spots

Storing your toilet cleaner under the kitchen sink, or your stovetop cleaner in your bedroom closet will only waste time, and discourage you from cleaning because you don't know where anything is. So, always keep the appropriate cleaning tools in the appropriate rooms to ensure maximum efficiency!

Establish A Daily Cleaning Routine

Now, cleaning everyday may sound scary, but just listen first. Doing some light cleaning everyday for ~15-20 minutes can cut down on the time and effort needed to do deep cleans. It can be as simple as scrubbing the toilet, wiping down some counters, or making sure your clothes are in the closet (and not all over the floor). 

Blast the Music & Have Fun

Now, we all know cleaning sucks, but it's also inevitable, so might as well make the most of it! Turn on your favourite playlist, put on your favourite pair of sweats and enjoy the time you spend cleaning rather than dreading it!

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There has been talk of a new ski resort project planned just North of Squamish on Brohm Ridge. Currently, the project is named Garibaldi at Squamish (GAS), but is yet to be renamed. 


"One Main Village is proposed, with hotels, restaurants and commercial spaces that will serve visitors and residents alike. Our priority is to ensure the needs of local families and businesses are considered during the design process"

- Rod MacLeod, Vice President Planning (GAS)

This $3.5 billion project recently released their master plan, which includes details regarding many environmental and economic issues that citizens may have. This project is set to promote long-term economic growth in Squamish, by creating 4029 new jobs for local citizens in the area. With this project in place, it'll accumulate tax revenues, and year-round tourism that further contribute to Squamish's economy. GAS will also be the only ski resort in British Columbia that attains an Enviromental Assessment Certificate to be one of the most environmentally-friendly resort. 


As of right now, the project still requires consultation from the District of Squamish on extending their jurisdictional boundaries, and also the provincial government's Mountain Resorts Branch to approve the use of public land for this project. This agreement stage is expected to last until 2020, which is then followed by preliminary planning/designs until 2022, and finally complete by 2025. 

A Resort Like Whistler?

The resort size is expected to be somewhere in the middle of North Shore ski hills, and Whistler Blackcomb, but at a much more affordable price than Whistler. They wish to achieve 1635 acres of skiable terrain, 131 trails, 21 lifts, 17,538 visitor capacity, and around 22,000 beds for accomodation by the year 2040. They wish to keep 80% of the land dedicated to green-space, leaving them undisturbed, or transformed into natural trails. 


As stated, they are currently still in the negotiation/discussion stage, where they really need the voices of BC residents heard. You can voice your opinion on this new project on their website by filling out their survey. 


Resources:

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/garibaldi-at-squamish-ski-resort-february-2019-project-update

https://www.garibaldiatsquamish.ca/

https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/2019/02/12/ski-resort-garibaldi-squamish-five-years/

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The Canadian Federal government just announced their new Federal budget incentive that could help first-time homebuyers with their mortgage. This new incentive is to try to help the housing affordability crisis in many cities in Canada, such as Vancouver and Toronto. 


Home-buyers are still required to have at least 5% down payment for the home, but they would have a 10% incentive provided by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) if it's a new home, or 5% if it's a resale. 


Homeowners need to pay back the incentive from the CMHC, most likely when they decide to sell their home or sooner if desired. Details on repayment are still unclear.


Here's an example from Global News in regards to how the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive would work on a price of $400,000:


Let's hope that this new incentive can help provide first-time home buyers with some relief.


Resources:

https://globalnews.ca/news/5069183/budget-2019-canada-housing-affordability/

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/federal-budget-2019-offers-first-time-home-buyers-a-break-with-1-25-billion-in-mortgage-relief

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