July Connection

We are not a “Hockey” family.

Even before I got married, I would seldom watch an NHL game unless I was hoisting a few with some buddies at the sports bar and even then I would take the chair facing away from the screen.

Nowadays, with my young, impressionable boys who already exhibit a propensity toward violent play, Carolyn and I decided it was best to shield them from the wanton violence that is NHL Hockey.

 

But the Canucks were going to the finals!  Everywhere you looked, there were Canuck flags; Canuck clothes; Canuck colours of blue, green and white.  How could we help but be swept up in the mania of the moment?  Carolyn bought a Canuck flag for the van and matching Canuck t-shirts for the boys.  Bedtimes were extended until after the games with Don Cherry delivering the bedtime story.

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At almost two years of age, Charlie quickly learned the etiquette of watching hockey – either sit and cheer with the rest of us, or go play quietly by yourself.  Five year-old James opted to join the grownups and kept his questions to a minimum (“Which colour is Vancouver tonight?  Weren’t they white last time?”)

 

Cut to game seven of the Stanley Cup Final.  The atmosphere in the Dickson household is electric.  Carolyn has made hamburgers to eat picnic-style on the floor in front of the TV.  To mark the occasion, I drink not one, but 2 bottles of beer in the course of the game.  It’s truly amazing how a family that has never so much as discussed the game of hockey up until a month ago is now a died-in-the-wool, stone cold family of hockey nuts!

 

We’re now in the second period.  Charlie has long ago lost interest and starts whining to be put to bed.

James asks an infuriatingly poignant question – “Why are we cheering for Vancouver when Boston is going to win?”

 

Third period and the house is uncomfortably quiet.  Charlie has gone to bed, Mommy is busying herself with other tasks and James and I are alone at the TV, wondering why we continue to watch a foregone conclusion.

Then it’s all over and we watch the victorious Bruins hoist the Cup in front of the Vancouver fans, most of whom politely acknowledge the better team.

So that’s it.  The fun’s all over.  Time to brush our teeth and go to bed.  We’ll be back in 2018.

 

But wait, what’s this I see on TV?  Rioting in the streets!  The hockey game isn’t over, it’s just continuing off the ice! 

Joining in the excitement, I pick a fight with Carolyn while James flips over his motorized jeep and sets it on fire.  I get out our ski masks and James and I pose for photos with the burning hulk of the jeep behind us.  Carolyn films us as I throw a beer bottle through the garden shed window and James steals our weed-eater.  We scatter toys all over the lawn then run away when Mommy starts toward us with the broom.

NOW, it’s time for bed.

 

God, I love being a sports fan!

 

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REAL ESTATE NEWS

 

It’s picking up out there!  Anecdotally, we’re dealing with a lot more qualified buyers, ready to make home purchases.

And the statistics bear this out.  Overall sales to date for 2011 are not as high as 2010 (581 units Year to Date for 2011 versus 720 units YTD for 2010) but we’re seeing a steady increase in the monthly sales numbers for 2011, indicating a gradual but improving sales market.

And for the first time, monthly sales in June 2011 (126 units) were greater than sales in June 2010 (109 units). 

 

Now, these statistics don’t point to increasing prices any time soon, nor do they indicate that anything but a carefully priced property has any real chance of selling.   What they do show is that there are motivated buyers out there making purchases, so that if you do price your home to sell, then you have a much better chance of selling it and thus moving on to your next home purchase.

 

North Okanagan Monthly Home Sales 2011 *

               
                             
 

Jan

Jan %

Feb

Feb %

March

March %

April

April %

May

May %

June

June %

TOTAL

TOTAL %

Under $100,000

2

3%

2

3%

6

6%

3

3%

1

1%

6

5%

20

3%

$101 - $200,000

14

21%

26

34%

21

21%

10

11%

16

14%

17

13%

104

18%

$201 - $300,000

18

27%

21

27%

16

16%

29

31%

26

23%

41

33%

151

26%

$301 - $400,000

17

25%

16

21%

35

35%

29

31%

34

30%

35

28%

166

29%

$401 - $500,000

10

15%

6

8%

12

12%

9

9%

18

16%

13

10%

68

12%

$501 - $600,000

2

3%

4

5%

5

5%

8

8%

6

5%

6

5%

31

5%

$601 - $700,000

2

3%

1

1%

3

3%

5

5%

6

5%

4

3%

21

4%

$701 - $800,000

1

1%

1

1%

1

1%

1

1%

4

3%

2

2%

10

2%

$801 - $900,000

0

0%

0

0%

0

0%

0

0%

0

0%

0

0%

0

0%

$901,000 +

1

1%

0

0%

2

2%

1

1%

4

3%

2

2%

10

2%

Totals 2011

67

 

77

 

101

 

95

 

115

 

126

 

581

 

2010 Totals

71

 

86

 

130

 

173

 

151

 

109

 

720

 

* Statistics are gathered from Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) and subject to verification.

Details of Sales search parameters are available from Ken Dickson.

 

                               

 

Ken Dickson

Ken Dickson

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Executives Realty Ltd.
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