I'm feeling optimistic that the next 12 months will be a stronger year in real estate. The local economy shows strength as Teck Metals Ltd. continues to hire new employees. The Wanneta dam expansion is a 3-5 year project that is expected to employ up to 500 people. For more information, please see the following link…. www.columbiapower.org/projects/wanetaexpansion.asp . We have also noticed an increase in inquiries from people that are employed at the Trail hospital and are looking to move to the area. All positive attributes that I hope will have a positive impact on the housing market!!