Vancouver: known for being Hollywood’s second home, that hockey team, the 2010 Winter Olympics, and, of course, the rain. Or so everyone who lives anywhere else thinks. As Vancouverites know, and this crazy dry spell over the past while has proven, Vancouver actually has one of the mildest climates in Canada and--wait for it--is prone to moderate drought conditions in the summer months. Read on for more wacky weather facts that might surprise you:


1. Sure the Lower Mainland receives on average a 165 days of rain a year, but that varies greatly from one neighbourhood to the next. North Vancouver receives double the precipitation than Richmond! And 165 days may sound like a lot, but hey, how else would Vancouver stay so beautifully lush and vibrant?

2. The mild climate allows for a 221 (on average) day-long “growing season”. Meaning that botanically, horticulturally, and agriculturally, things just have a longer, better chance of growing than any other major city center in Canada.


3. Olympic organizers for the 2010 Winter Games expected mild, but that didn’t prepare them for the warmest stretch of winter in the region’s 114-year history. 9,000 cubic meters of snow had to be brought in by 300 workers to make the Games possible.

4. Environment Canada ranked Vancouver 3rd out of 100 Canadian cities for “Lowest Snowfall”, but 59th for “Most Huge Snowfall Days”; beating out notoriously snowy Calgary and Toronto. Huh.

5. In July 2013, there was no rain in sight for the entire month. So this whole reputation for rain is based on a lovely annual average temperature of 10.4 degrees Celsius; one of the warmest climates in Canada. Also securing Vancouver the title of second driest city in Canada. Thank goodness for that beautiful ocean to gaze at during those gloriously sunny days.


Love it or hate it, the weather is here to stay and makes Vancouver the jewel it is. Let us know your thoughts on Vancouver’s wild weather!

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Recently a client approached me to sell their condo in Kerrisdale. The suite was a well laid out, 2 bdrm plus den, offering over 1500 square feet of living overlooking Elm Park. The building was a beautifully built and well maintained concrete low rise. My first impression was that this would be a fairly straight forward sale as the condo was located in a sought after building in a great location.


The suite was in immaculate well maintained condition. The only issue I could see that buyers might have would be the ability to look beyond the poorly appointed furniture relative to the layout. The dining room area had no dining table and was made small looking by a large oversized wood hutch. The master bedroom had no bed in it. The living room was arranged so that it looked very narrow and difficult to furnish.


We decided to go to market without making any changes to the furniture. After 2 weeks on the market and 15 showings, we finally attracted just 1 offer which was on the very low end of where I suggested it might sell. This offer was accepted with a subject period of 2 weeks. On the 14th day the buyer backed out and the sale did not go through. At this point the seller was feeling a little frustrated.


It was my suggestion that staging the home would solve all the buyer concerns about the lack of dining area, the narrow living room, and the uninviting master bedroom. I felt that if the condo was correctly staged, we could attract a buyer quickly, and at a much better price than the previously accepted offer.


The seller was concerned that paying $4,500 for staging might not pay off. I felt otherwise.


The Outcome:

3 days after the staging went in, we sold the condo at a price $50,000 above the previously accepted offer. The staging cost the homeowner $4,500 so the net result was a gain of $ 44,500.00! Staging your home does work.


If you have any questions about home staging or would like a consultation, please call Andrew at 604-657-7936.




With the internationally acclaimed Calgary Stampede just over for another year, horses are on the mind. Fortunately, the West Coast is home to an array of stables and ranches that offer both English and Western styles of horseback riding.

Whether you’re new to the Coast or simply looking to take up an outdoor activity that boasts both tradition and limitless mental and physical benefits, we’ve found five BC ranches you might like. Keen to saddle up but don’t have any previous riding experience? Most places offer lessons and a one-on-one experience.


1. Glen Valley Stables, Langley

Only 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Glen Valley Stables offers some of the best trail horses in the Vancouver area and experienced guides to lead you through Campbell Valley Park. Glenn Valley makes sure to match up horse and riders of similar temperament and riding style so their guests can feel safe. Rides range from 1 - 2 hours, and are available in small groups; the more, the merrier!


2. Hylee Training & Trail Rides, Mission
A lesson and training ranch located in Mission, BC, Hylee Training has something for everyone from clinics, off-site rides, to show and theory lessons in a relaxed, fun environment. Their stables have horses for all levels of riders, including competition stock.


3. Copper Cayuse Outfitters, Ltd., Pemberton
A little further out is Copper Cayuse Outfitters. One of the premiere guided backcountry horseback outfitters in the area, they offer several versions of the mountain horseback trail rides, from one hour rides in the Pemberton Valley to 1/2 day, full day, and 3 day rides. Overnight adventurers will sleep in comfortable platform tents for a true outdoor experience. Their Li-lik-hel Mine Ride has recently been recognized as a Canadian Signature Experience!


4. Sundance Guest Ranch, Ashcroft
Looking for a weekend getaway? Sundance is a four hour drive from Vancouver and easily accessible via three different scenic routes, making the journey itself worth it. The ranch is located in central BC, making it one of the warmest and sunniest spots to take in a beautiful view of the Thompson River Valley. With over thousands of acres of land, it’s the perfect place to explore on horseback, or simply watch the horses gallop free. 


5. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Tofino
How about a full-on vacation in a remote Canadian wilderness resort with five-star cuisine, spa, tents with fluffy duvets and antiques, and other enticing outdoor activities in addition to horseback riding? The resort’s team will personalize your daily adventures based on your interests, experience level, even weather conditions and animal sightings; and they offer a range of highly experienced horses for all levels of riders. Yup, sounds like a dream!

Found another great ranch or stable on your search we don’t have listed here? Went on your very first horseback ride and documented it with an awesome picture? Share it with us! And Happy Trails.


Please visit our Open House at TH18 6063 IONA DR in Vancouver.
Open House on Saturday, July 11, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lovely upgraded unit at Coast. Built by Bastion Dev quality blt concrete low rise this suite is primarily west facing towards serene quiet inner courtyard. No traffic noise at all. Spacious principal rooms to accom house sized furniture. Upgraded HW floors, high ceilings and top of the line kitchen and finishings. Miele & Sub Zero Appliances. Large covered patio ideal for outdoor living. Quiet loc close to UBC, Pacific Spirit Park and the Chan Centre.

The June 2015 numbers from The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver are record-setting. It was the highest selling June on record.

The month saw residential property sales exceed 4,300, which is a whopping 28% more than that of June 2014. These numbers surpassed those seen in May. June 2015 also hit another high: four straight months with more than 4,000 sales per month.

These numbers signal a lot of positives for sellers. Many people believe that summer isn’t the best time to sell, but because most people take their property off the market, inventory becomes scarce and sellers can often see multiple offers and a quick sale. we are seeing some great inventory right now.

It’s also the ideal time to prepare for the fall market. We are available to consult with potential sellers and offer suggestions for staging, repairs or other issues a seller might not have considered. We have a list of pros to help get any place into top selling shape.

We also understand the additional pressure buyers struggle with in a competitive market. Many buyers feel the need to make major decisions in a rush, and that can be problematic. The current high demand for housing is further extended by the recent cut in interest rates, along with an expanding population base and a decrease in supply of detached homes.

We’re great at handling such complex scenarios to help potential buyers understand what they need to know in a stressful, often rapid-fire situation. We use our deep insight into the local market, dexterity with MLS listings and expertise in buying strategies to ensure your success.

At Andrew Hasman and Associates, buying or selling your home in Vancouver's Westside doesn't get any better than this. Reach out to us at 604-657-7936 or email

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