Whether it’s catching some waves, rays, or whatever adventure is around the next bend, there’s  a beach getaway for every taste.

1. Barbados boasts 60 beaches to choose from. Surf’s up on the east coast whereas true R & R seekers will prefer calmer waters on the west coast. Besides being one of the most sophisticated tropical islands in the Caribbean--dressing up for dinner is an honoured tradition--Barbados offers spelunking and reef diving for thrill-seekers and rum plantation tours for history enthusiasts. There’s also a Food, Wine & Rum Festival mid-November for the foodies. 

2. Tried and true, Hawaii has something new to offer on Oahu’s North Shore. A Courtyard by Marriott has set up shop for easy-access to some of the best stretch of beach on the island. Historically a world-class surfing mecca, the North Shore hosts the world’s premier surfing competitions during peak, winter months. Too much sun (if there’s such a thing), surf, and sand? The Polynesian Cultural Center is close by.  

3. Avoid the bustle of more frequented European beaches for Lanzarote, easternmost of the Spanish Canary Islands, this jewel is steeped in art-based history and known as the Island of Eternal Spring. Host to Europe’s first underwater museum, a perfect homage to artist and architect Cesar Manrique’s birthplace, Lanzarote also features El Diablo; a restaurant atop an active volcano. In case the beach wasn’t hot enough.  

4. Arguably one of Canada’s most famous spots, Long Beach, Vancouver Island is host to pristine beaches, ancient rainforests, abundant wildlife, and indulgent spas. A UNESCO biosphere reserve, Long Beach is also best for storm watching during the winter months; the perfect cozy activity from inside one of the island’s premier resorts, the Wickaninnish Inn.     

5. We’re just heading into peak season at Ngapali Beach, Myanmar. Lasting through March, the “winter” here offers idyllic palm-lined white sand and clear blue water beaches. Off the Bay of Bengal, Myanmar’s premier beach getaway is the get-away-from-it-all spot. Caught between fishing village charm and world-renowned accommodations, Ngapali appeals to sunbathers, peace-seekers, and watersport aficionados alike.


Where’s your best beach getaway spot? Share with us!


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Curb appeal is one of those real estate catch phrases that does, in fact, have some substance to it. Appearance may be the first step in getting potential buyers through your front door. With crisp air and rainier days descending on Vancouver, keeping up those appearances can be difficult.

The first and most important step in winterizing your lawn is knowing if you have cool-season grass or warm-season grass. Cool season grasses will need a winterizing fertilizer that’s higher in potassium to fortify roots in time for cooler temperatures while warm season grasses go dormant in the winter and therefore would have required an earlier dose of fertilizer. Your best bet in deciding how to proceed is taking a soil test for acidity levels as well as checking with your local greenhouse as to what type of lawn you have.

Don’t ditch the rake just yet: giving the lawn a good once-over will remove the last layer of dead turfgrass tissue otherwise known as “thatch”, and allow all-important water and nutrients (and possibly your fertilizer) to reach the grassroots. Raking leaves does this double-duty, while using a leaf-blower may de-clutter your yard, it won’t get down to the nitty-gritty.

Lastly, remove any weeds, cover plant beds with insulating topsoil or burlap, and repot small plants indoors. If you haven’t already, blowing out the irrigation system and removing debris from drains will keep things moving smoothly through the winter, as well as prevent your pipes from freezing.

Gardening may not be your forte, but everyone enjoys a well-groomed one to look at; whether they’re buying or selling. Consult with your local garden center on maintenance crews for hire, or share here if you’ve had a good experience with one.


Please visit our Open House at 1479 DOGWOOD AVE in Vancouver.
Open House on Sunday, November 15, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
A home you will be proud to call your own. Custom built by present owners pride of ownership shows here. This 4 bdrm S Granville home is move-in ready. Gorgeous renovated kitchen and master ensuite just 2 years ago. The layout is ideal and the room sizes are generous. Loads of natural light throughout this home. Skylites, high ceilings in entry foyer. A lovely private lot with mature sculptured trees at front and an intimate rear yard and patio ideal for entertaining. Situated on a generous 50 x 140 ft lot just minutes to Vanc. Airport, Downtown and Oakridge shopping. School Catch. is Sir William Osler Elem & Churchill Sec. Open House Sun Nov 15th, 2-4

Please visit our Open House at 13529 18 AVE in Surrey.
Open House on Sunday, November 8, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open house Sun Nov 8th, 2-4pm. Wonderful opt to purchase this 1/3 acre property in a prime S. Surrey n'hood. One owner well main. home is very liveable but the value is in the land. Build your dream home on this desire lot. Existing home has 3 bedrooms up, sunken living room on the main and sunken family room off the kitchen. Beautiful landscaped back yard opens of the family room w covered outdoor hot tub. The yard is so private its like living in a park. A fabulous family oriented n'hood.

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Selling a home? MLS reported 3,646 sales; a 19.3% increase compared to October 2014 (3,057), and a 9% increase to September sales of this year (3,345). That’s 36.2% above the 10-year sales average for the month of October.


Buying a home? Patience, deep pockets, and the right realtor that knows the market and how to make an acceptable offer will ensure you a spot in the game. Darcy McLeod, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver’s president, said that “Home sales are more than one-third above what’s typical for this time of year, yet the supply of homes for sale is the lowest we’ve seen in five years.” That also indicates that when you do find the home of your dreams, having your financing lined-up and limited conditions can make all the difference.


The market at a glance:

October 2015 Active listings: 4,126
8% decline from the reported 4,487 active listings in October 2014

Total number of properties for sale: 9,569
30% decline from October 2014, and an 11.4% decline from September 2015

Sales-to-Active-Listings ratio: 38.1%
Benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is $736,000

15.3% increase from October 2014

Benchmark price for a detached property is $1,197,600
20.1% increase from October 2014

Detached property sales totaled 1,437
13.1% increase from October 2014’s 1,271 sales

Benchmark price for an apartment property is $425,800
11.4% increase from October 2014

Apartment property sales totaled 1,543
21.7% increase from October 2014’s 1,268 sales

Benchmark price for an attached unit is $526,700
9.3% increase from October 2014


Attached property sales totaled 666
28.6% increase from October 2014’s 518 sales

The Greater Vancouver Area’s market is in the home seller's favour as residential property sales numbers continue their steady climb. For a complete comparison, visit Want to sell, buy, or require a consultation? Call us at 604-657-7936 or email Andrew at!

*REBGV Editor’s Note: Areas covered by Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver include: Whistler, Sunshine Coast, Squamish, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, and South Delta.

(Photo: Jennifer C.)


Please visit our Open House at 5975 CHANCELLOR BLVD in Vancouver.
Open House on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Prime UBC property. Priced at Land Value this 110 x 136 ft property is ideal for those looking to build there dream home. The existing home is very livable and will also make an ideal holding property until you are ready to build. Steps to UBC this property boasts nice views towards Burrard Inlet and N.S Mountains. 1st viewings will be Sunday Nov 1st from 1-3pm, open house.

Please visit our Open House at 1926 MATTHEWS AVE in Vancouver.
Open House on Saturday, November 7, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wonderful oppty awaits in prime First Shaughnessy. Beautifully maint. 1930's Georgian style 5 bdrm home on gorgeous 98 x 147 ( 14,412 sq. ft ) park like property. This elegant home has been meticulously maint by present owners and it shows. Circular front driveway and lane access too. Existing home has 4 spacious bedrooms up plus a large sitting room off the master. The main level has an ideal floor plan with gorgeous outlook from every room. Fabulous sunny kitchen area opens to south facing sun drenched patio and beautifully landscaped grounds. Truly a very special property in one of Vancouver's most sough after n'hoods. Viewings are by appt only. Public Open House Sun Nov 1st, 2-4pm
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