November Connection

Here’s a question for you all.  Which “holiday” is better from a kid’s perspective – Halloween or Christmas?

Halloween at our house is WAY better than Christmas.  Sure, at Christmas, you get lots of presents, but in order for you to get them from Santa, you have to be good for at least a month prior, and Santa comes while you sleep – no participation in the process.

With Halloween, it’s all hands on.  You get to start planning your costume at least a month before the main event.  That means wearing the costume and acting the role at every opportunity, weeks before you take it on the road.  And on Halloween night the kids control how much they’re rewarded for their efforts.  Amount of candy equals number of houses canvassed.  A completely interactive process! 

This year James is into super heroes – Spiderman, Ironman and Wolverine to be precise.  Nothing wrong with Superman or Batman, mind you (his Dad’s favourites when he was a boy).  It’s just that the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader haven’t had nearly as much exposure lately on TV, internet games, toys, toothbrushes, t-shirts, underwear, shoes, toothpaste, pencils, pens, erasers, notebooks, backpacks or meat product snacks as the aforementioned Marvel comic heroes.  And James, who now watches cartoon channels with commercials, is as vulnerable to the constant barrage of product advertising as any other kid his age.

But who cares about crass commercialism, targeting kids for profits or shameless manipulation of a child’s emotions?  Not me, and I’ll give you an example why.

I came home one day from work, about 2 weeks before Halloween, and as I climbed out of my car, a flash of bright blue and red spandex catches my attention in the corner of my eye.  As I walk to the stairs a 4-foot blur jumps out at me and yells, “Boo!”  I’m staring at a midget version of Spiderman, complete with full pull-over mask and muscle padding in the shoulders, arms, chest and 6-pack abs.  From beneath the mask I see a HUGE grin, running ear to ear.  I catch myself in time to stop laughing out loud and adopt a frightened stance apropos to James’ attempt to scare me.

“Aagh!  Who are you?  What are you doing here?  If you don’t leave right away, I’m going to call my son James and he has a light sabre and laser gun.  So you’d better go away now!”

“It’s alright Daddy,” James says, taking off his mask, “It’s me, James!”

“Oh, James!  Thank goodness.  I thought Spiderman had come here to scare us all.”

“No Daddy, it’s alright.  I was just dressed up as Spiderman to play a trick on you.  Were you happy I wasn’t really Spiderman?”

“Oh yes I was.  You had me worried there.”

“Yes, I dressed up as Spiderman to trick you.  Did you really think I was Spiderman?”

“Yes I really thought you were Spiderman.”

Because I dressed up as Spiderman to trick you.  Did you really think I was Spiderman?”

“Yes I did.”

“Did you really think I was Spiderman?  Because I dressed up like him to trick you.  Did I trick you?”

“Yes.”

“So did I trick you?”

“Uh huh.”

“Were you glad I wasn’t really Spiderman/”

“Yah.”

“Because I was….”

And so it went for most of the evening.

After Halloween, costumes were on sale for $1 to $4 each.  James now has a closet full of super hero costumes. Wolverine, Spiderman and Ninja share hanger space with Tigger and a cat costume from an earlier age.  This excessive collection of costumes is admittedly more for the benefit of Carolyn and I, who are reliving our own childhoods vicariously through James, but the costumes are super cheap and James looks way cool in them.  I even got him a Batman costume.  Superman tights and cape are just one summer blockbuster movie away.

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I have exciting business news.  I have joined the Don Miller Group team here at Century 21 Executives.  I work with a team of 3 other Realtors, Don Miller, Jacqui Hughes and Chance Wilson, and our customer service representative, Shannon Hubmann.  Together we provide support to each other in our daily work.  This allows me to be a more effective Realtor, enhancing the level of service I can offer to you, my clients.

To view the Don Miller web site, go to www.donmillergroup.ca.  The web site is waiting to include my information but should be updated soon.

 REAL ESTATE NEWS

October saw sales come off from September’s numbers.  Most notable are the low number of sales of homes over $600,000 – only 4 sales in total and none of those over $800,000.  That said, the number of homes sold in the $201 to $300,000 and $301 to $400,000 ranges have actually risen to the highest levels since May.

Active listings in the greater Vernon area as of November 1 were 928, compared with 1047 active listings October 1, indicating sellers who have not sold their homes have kept them off the market.

With the coming of snow to our valley, people are starting to look to spring as the next best time to list their homes.  December of 2009 though, was a very strong month for sales, despite historical indications to the contrary, so listing now is a plan with a lot of merit.  Even if you’re planning to list in the spring, mid-January typically is the latest date to list in order to catch the spring buying rush.  For more on that, please give me a call.  I love to discuss it at length.

 

Vernon & Area Monthly Home Sales 2010 *

       

 

                                         
 

July

July %

Aug

Aug %

Sep

Sep %

Oct

Oct %

                       

Under $100,000

1

1%

4

5%

3

3%

2

2%

                       

$101 - $200,000

19

27%

12

15%

16

17%

10

12%

                       

$201 - $300,000

13

19%

22

28%

21

22%

24

30%

                       

$301 - $400,000

17

24%

16

20%

21

22%

25

31%

                       

$401 - $500,000

7

10%

17

22%

15

16%

9

11%

                       

$501 - $600,000

3

4%

5

6%

8

8%

7

9%

                       

$601 - $700,000

4

6%

1

1%

3

3%

1

1%

                       

$701 - $800,000

1

1%

1

1%

1

1%

3

4%

                       

$801 - $900,000

2

3%

1

1%

0

0%

0

0%

                       

$901,000 +

3

4%

0

0%

7

7%

0

0%

                       

Totals

70

 

79

 

95

 

81

                         
Ken Dickson

Ken Dickson

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Executives Realty Ltd.
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