Rod Janz


Abbotsford’s Maan Farms is welcoming guests to their pumpkin patch again this year.

They say Maan Farms is. “a place for families & friends to create magical memories through experiences that focus on Farm, Food & Fun.”

At the farm, you will find several spooky attractions Including a haunted corn maze in a haunted forest. On their website, they also have an attraction called Pitch Black and they say, “ A venture into the unknown and into your worst fears.“

Guests can also learn about farm animals and poop!

The event is open rain or shine. Proof of vaccination is not required under current provincial health orders because the event is held outdoors.

For more see
Location: 790 McKenzie Rd Abbotsford V2S 7N4
Hours: Open from 9am – 6pm everyday

Please visit their website before attending.
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Brinkworth Dungeon presents Revenge of the Mummy plus Silent Hill Asylum.

The Dungeon recently added another 1600 ft.² totaling over 5000 ft.² of handcrafted horror.

Opening Times
“Creepy Tours” Sun. thru. Thurs. 7pm. to 10pm.
 Fri. & Sat. “Monsters come to life”  8pm. – 11pm.

Located at:   22260 48th Ave.  Murrayville, Langley,  B.C.

Admission ……. $14.00 – 13 years and up ….plus ( a non-perishable item for the Food Bank) $6.00 – 6 to 12 years old 5 years and under FREE. Must be accompanied by an adult at all times!

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Welcome the holiday season with a gratitude campaign!

Show friends, family, and neighbours how much they mean to you with the following activities.

Write Letters

  • Write two or three letters per week to share gratitude for those in your life
  • Identify 10-12 people to write to this month.
  • Set calendar reminders to pick up the pen!
  • Mail the letters as you go, so you have less to address and send at a time.

The Formula for All-Star Note Writing

  • Close your eyes and visualize the person.
  • Describe their value in your life.
  • Consider their personal experience and what’s going on for them.
  • Ask yourself, “How can I make this person’s day?”
  • Keep it short and sweet.
  • Send a Gratitude Gift

Say thanks to friends or family members for being in your life with a small appreciation gift, like a:

• Digital gift card for coffee.
• Pie for Thanksgiving.
• Pizza delivery. (One of those delivery companies)
• Batch of fresh-baked cookies.

Have the gift delivered straight to their door (like a pizza or pumpkin pie from your favourite bakery), or drop it off on the porch or mailbox — just make sure to send a heads-up


As part of your gratitude campaign, think about friends or family you haven’t reached out to in a while and reconnect. Here are some activities to help you reach out and stay in touch more regularly!

D.E.A.R. Time This stands for “drop everything and read.” Pick a book or article series for you and a friend to read and schedule time weekly or monthly to chat in-person or via video call to share interesting takeaways.

Watch a Show Start a show you’ve both been meaning to watch, and talk about it over coffee or on a call!

Plan a Trip This is a great one for old friends living in different areas. Identify a destination you’d both like to visit, and start planning an adventure for the new year. You’ll chat regularly and have something to look forward to!

Recipe Swap For friends who like to cook (or want to improve), set up a recipe swap. Hop on a call once a month to catch up and go over what you’ve been cooking. You might even make a meal together over a video call. This works for beverages too!

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Looking for a local pumpkin patch in Fraser Valley, British Columbia? Scroll down and see several that we could find. Visiting these farms is a fun family activity and most of the venues have extra activities like hayrides, corn mazes, petting zoos, baking, and food.

If you know of one that we missed, please let us know! Also, always call or check out the venue’s website before you go to confirm the information.

Pumpkin Patch at Aldor Acres @aldoracres
DESCRIPTION: Come visit Aldor Acres for the Fall Pumpkin Patch & Market!
– Wide variety of Pumpkins of all sorts of different shapes, sizes, & colors
– Farm Market open with fresh produce, preserves, honey, meat, eggs, snacks, & much more
– Open-air animal interactions spread out across 5 acres – pigs, ducks, goats, donkeys, chickens, sheep, bunnies, emus, horses, cows, & much more!
DATE: September 18 – October 31, 2021
TIME: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
VENUE – Aldor Acres Family Farm, 84 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada

2021 Chilliwack Corn Maze
DESCRIPTION: Along with the corn maze they have pumpkins and hayrides
DATE: October 1 – October 31st
TIME: Check website for various times
VENUE: 41905 Yale Rd W, Chilliwack, BC V2R 4J4

Pumpkin Patch at Eagle Acres @eagleacresdairy
DESCRIPTION: Pumpkin Patch? Let’s GO!!
DATES: October 1-31 Excluding – October 4, 12, 18, 25
TIMES: Check website
LOCATION – Eagle Acres Dairy & Pumpkin Patch, 240 Street, Langley, BC, Canada
PHOTO – @eagleacresdairy

Upick Pumpkin Patch at Krause Berry Farms @krauseberryfarms
DESCRIPTION: Find and pick your own pumpkins or select them from our pre-picked pumpkins.
DATES & TIMES: Open Wednesday to Sunday 930-5 pm right up to Christmas. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays including Thanksgiving Monday
LOCATION: 6179  248th Street, Langley, BC, V4W 1C3

Laity Pumpkin Patch @laitypumpkinpatch
DESCRIPTION:  We will be open for the 2021 season from September 30 to October 31, 2021 at each of our TWO locations. New attractions for 2021 have been added to each location. We look forward to seeing you!
DATE: September 1 – October 31
TIME: Check website
VENUE 1 – 21145 128 Ave, Maple Ridge, BC V4R 2R9
VENUE 2 – 12725 Laity St, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 5B4
PHOTO CREDIT – @laitypumpkinpatch

PUMPKIN PATCHPumpkin Patch at Loft Country Farms @loftcountry
DESCRIPTION: Loft Country Farms is excited to be opening its doors as a pumpkin patch for the first time this October! They will have beautiful acres of pumpkin patches, horse-drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo, an Old Western Town, live entertainment and so much more! It is the perfect family fun day in the fall.
DATE: October 1 – 31, 2021
TIME: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
LOCATION – Loft Country, 248 Street, Langley, BC, Canada
PHOTO CREDIT – @loftcountry

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Looking for something to do in October? We’ve got you covered especially if you are looking for pumpkins! See all of the great pumpkin-related events below along with many other wonderful and interesting things to do.

See events in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley, Surrey, and Maple Ridge below.


DESCRIPTION: Abbotsford’s longest-running farmers’ market featuring the best local vendors and fresh, real food.
DATE: May 1 (Saturday) 9:00 am – October 30 (Saturday) 12:00 pm
TIME: Every Saturday from 9 am – NOON
LOCATION – Jubilee Park, 2552 McCallum Road, on the edge of Downtown Abbotsford.

DESCRIPTION: The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! is not just for “girls”. It’s the world’s largest FREE gender diversity outreach event of its kind in Aviation, Aerospace, Marine and Defence. This event features interactive aircraft displays, hands-on activities related to aviation, and a treasure hunt for all participants. There will be free helicopter flights for female first-time fliers! Everyone is welcome regardless of age, gender or citizenship and no registration is required. All event participants aged 12 and up, display partners and volunteers will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated to gain entry to our free event – without exception.
DATE: October 2 and 3, 2021
VENUE – Abbotsford Airport 1625 Townline Road

DESCRIPTION: We are so excited to announce that a local artist, Victoria Carpenter, is opening a store for her fused glass art! Victoria has been creating fused glass art for the past 15 years and teaching in her studio in Abbotsford and at the Mission and Abbotsford Art Councils for the past 6 years. She has transformed her studio to include a store, and will now sell her beautiful glass creations as well as supplies for her students and glass artists.

Learn more about Victoria and Dragonflies Ceilidh at her website (and photo credit), or on Instagram (@dragonfliesceilidh) and join her Grand Opening on the 2 & 3 of October.

DESCRIPTION: On the WE’RE NOT FOR EVERYONE TOUR, fans can expect to hear the band’s six GRAMMY-nominated singles including No. 1 Platinum-Certified hit “Stay A Little Longer,” rowdy Top 10 Platinum-Certified hit “It Ain’t My Fault,” the reminiscent Top 25 hit “21 Summer,” as well as Top 40 hits “Shoot Me Straight,” “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You),” and “All Night.”
DATE: October 21
TIME: (Thursday) 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
LOCATION – Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Road

DESCRIPTION: Abbotsford’s home opener is set for Friday, Oct. 22 vs the Henderson Silver Knights. The Canucks will play 34 home games this season, with 25 of those games taking place on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. All Sunday home games will start at 4:00 pm PT, providing a great opportunity for the whole family to see their Abbotsford Canucks live in action.
DATE: October 22, 2021
TIME: (Friday) 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
LOCATION – Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Road


2021 Chilliwack Corn Maze
DATE: October 1 – October 31st
TIME: Check website for various times
VENUE: 41905 Yale Rd W, Chilliwack, BC V2R 4J4

DATE: October 2, 2021
TIME: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
LOCATION: BC Urban Kitchen & Wine Bar, #101A 43869 Progress Way

DATE: October 30, 2021
TIME: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
VENUE – Vedder River Trail


All Dressed In White Bridal Show
DESCRIPTION: Welcome to All Dressed in White Bridal Show, home of the most beautiful bridal shows in the BC Lower Mainland as well as an incredible wedding planning directory. Plan your dream wedding in just one day at an All Dressed in White Bridal Show. All Dressed in White Bridal Shows let you gather ideas for the biggest day of your life while meeting the best wedding vendors all under one roof!. Plan your dream wedding in just one day at All Dressed in White Bridal Show with the best wedding vendors in the lower mainland all under one roof!.
DATE: October 3, 2021
VENUE – Eaglequest Golf, Surrey

Clayton’s Sunday Market
DATE and TIME: Sun., Oct. 3, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION – 7003-188 Street, Surrey

Surrey’s Heritage Railway Halloween Train-Sullivan Haunted Station
DESCRIPTION: We’re back! We will be running the Halloween Train this year! Four trips a day – Saturday, Oct. 16, and Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021.

Surrey Nights: Robert Silverman plays Bach
DESCRIPTION: A master of the international stage, Vancouver’s own Robert Silverman brings an intimate performance of Bach to the Chan Centre at UBC and Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey.
DATE: October 24, 2021
TIME: 7:00 PM
VENUE – Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250 144 St, Surrey, BC

4th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Market
DESCRIPTION: Spooktacular Halloween Market is a family-friendly event with both artisan vendors and kids’ activities. Money raised is donated to the Surrey Hospitals Foundation. Admission is by donation.
DATE and TIME: Sat., Oct. 16, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
VENUE: Shannon Hall, 6050 176 St, Surrey, BC

Market Sunday & Mini-Oktoberfest
DATE: Sun., Oct. 17, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION – Clayton Community Farmer’s Market, 7003 188 St, Surrey, BC

Pumpkin Patch at Aldor Acres
DESCRIPTION: Come visit Aldor Acres for the Fall Pumpkin Patch & Market!
– Wide variety of Pumpkins of all sorts of different shapes, sizes, & colors
– Farm Market open with fresh produce, preserves, honey, meat, eggs, snacks, & much more
– Open-air animal interactions spread out across 5 acres – pigs, ducks, goats, donkeys, chickens, sheep, bunnies, emus, horses, cows, & much more!
DATE: September 18 – October 31, 2021
TIME: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
VENUE – Aldor Acres Family Farm, 84 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada

Pumpkin Patch at Eagle Acres
Pumpkin Patch? Let’s GO!!
DATES: October 1-31 Excluding – October 4, 12, 18, 25
TIMES: Check website
LOCATION – Eagle Acres Dairy & Pumpkin Patch, 240 Street, Langley, BC, Canada

Pumpkin Patch at Loft Country Farms
DESCRIPTION: Loft Country Farms is excited to be opening its doors as a pumpkin patch for the first time this October! They will have beautiful acres of pumpkin patches, horse-drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo, an Old Western Town, live entertainment and so much more! It is the perfect family fun day in the fall.
DATE: October 1 – 31, 2021
TIME: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
LOCATION – Loft Country, 248 Street, Langley, BC, Canada

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off
DESCRIPTION: Giant Pumpkin Growers from British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest will converge on Saturday, October 2, 2021, to enter BC’s Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off Event! Contestants will weigh their Gargantuan Gourds, as well as other giant fruits and veggies, in front of a large crowd of enthusiastic spectators, fellow growers, and the media!
DATE: October 2, 2021
TIME: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
VENUE: Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery, 248 Street, Langley Township, BC, Canada

Fort Langley Night Market
DESCRIPTION: Come check out the Fort Langley Night Market happening every Friday Night until October 8th featuring a stage with live, local music, beer market, vendor market of local artisans and BC sourced goods, lawn games, food trucks and more!
DATE: October 1, 2021
TIME: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
VENUE – 9166 Glover Road, Langley, BC, Canada

Fort Langley Field Days
DESCRIPTION:  Looking for something fun to do with the family? Come check out Fort Langley Field Days happening every Saturday afternoon until October 9th featuring a stage with live, local music, beer market, lawn games, food trucks and more!
DATE: October 2, 2021
TIME – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
VENUE – 9166 Glover Road, Langley, BC, Canada

Fort Langley Fall Beer & Food Festival
DESCRIPTION:  After a year and a half of no events, festivals, and concerts, we are so excited to be BACK! Celebrate & enjoy the best of the Fraser Valley on Saturday, October 2 with live music, 30+ craft breweries, local food vendors, cideries, wineries, and more! Your ticket includes admission, a 4oz sampling glass (that you get to keep!), 3 tokens, live music & a full day of fun with friends! The event is rain or shine, sorry no refunds! 19+ (two pieces of ID required, no babies). We recommend carpooling or taking transit as parking is limited. Please don’t drink or drive!
DATE: October 2, 2021
TIME: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
VENUE – Fort Langley Park, Nash Street, Langley, BC, Canada

DATE: Saturday, October 23, 2021
VENUE – Chief Sepass Theatre

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop
DESCRIPTION:  We have had so many requests to offer this class again due to how fun the last one was! Imagine an enjoyable afternoon at our family-run flower farm and create a beautiful and unique “garden gathered” bouquet that will adorn your table for Thanksgiving weekend. You will get your choice of pumpkins and gourds to create the perfect vessels that will hold your flowers.
DATE: October 9, 2021
TIME: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
VENUE – Early Bird Family Farm, 256 Street, Langley, BC, Canada

Grave Tales
DESCRIPTION:  Grave Tales is back! Join expert storytellers for a two- or three-hour program of spine-chilling stories, as you walk through the Fort Langley village at night.
DATE: October 15-17, 2021
TIME: 6:00 pm to 12:00 am
VENUE – Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, Mavis Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada

Vintage in the Barn
DESCRIPTION:  Come check out everything vintage at Red Door Barn and pick up some treasures from the following vendors:

  • Red Door Barn
  • Basement Creations
  • Copper Reata
  • Forest Knolls Vintage
  • Nostalgic Nest

DATE: October 16, 2021
TIME: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
VENUE – 22025 26 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada

Fort Langley Cranberry Festival
VENUE: 9160 Glover Rd, Langley Twp, BC V1M, Canada


Haney Farmers Market
TIME: 9 am – 2 pm
VENUE – Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge, BC

Laity Pumpkin Patch
DESCRIPTION:  We will be open for the 2021 season from September 30 to October 31, 2021 at each of our TWO locations. New attractions for 2021 have been added to each location. We look forward to seeing you!
DATE: September 1 – October 31
TIME: Check website
VENUE 1 – 21145 128 Ave, Maple Ridge, BC V4R 2R9
VENUE 2 – 12725 Laity St, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 5B4
PHOTO CREDIT – @laitypumpkinpatch

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From a fine art show at the Glass House Winery in Langley to a Country Music show at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey, here are several Fraser Valley events you may want to check out in September 2021.


FOREV CIRCUS SHOW: Join our adventures in life on stage
Date: Sat., Sep. 25, 7:30 p.m. – Sun., Sep. 26, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Circus Lab, 19840 96 Avenue, Langley City, Canada
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BC8s Event: WrenchFest
Date: Sat., Sep. 18
Location: 19950 46 Ave, Langley, BC
They say: Meet other E31 owners and discuss common problems. Come to work on your car, help someone work on their car
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Fall Finale: TBIRD (BC)
Date: Wed., Sep. 22 – Sun., Sep. 26
Location: Thunderbird Show Park – 24550 72 Ave, Langley, BC

The West Fine Art Show
Date: Open Times: Friday, September 17 – 5-9 pm, Saturday, September 18 – 11 am -7 pm, Sunday, September 19 – 11 am -5 pm
Location: Glass House Estate Winery, 0 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada
They say: “Presenting our the twelfth-annual Late-Summer edition of the West Fine Art Show. This spectacular destination-art-show, with free admission, will amaze you. We feature 18 exceptional artists in a three-day exhibition making it a perfect weekend adventure. The show also features John Gilliat performing on guitar. Hosted at Glass House Estate Winery at 23449 0 Avenue in beautiful South Langley, B.C., our show is in partnership with the Langley Hospice Society. Partial proceeds of all art sales at the show will be donated by the artists to the Langley Hospice Society.
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Community Heritage Day
Date: Sat., Sep. 25, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Alder Grove Heritage Society – 3190 271 St, Aldergrove, BC
They say: Aldergrove Community Heritage Day is a chance for residents to come to the museum, learn about the area’s history and see many items that aren’t usually on display. This year we have a special…
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Grand Opening of Mojitos Pub with Sonora Dinamita
Date: Sat., Sep. 18, 9:00 p.m. – Sun., Sep. 19, 2:00 a.m.
Location: Mojitos Pub – 12411 King George Blvd, Surrey, BC
Grand Opening of Mojitos Pub y Fiesta de Independencia with Sonora Dinamita!

Aaron Halliday Light’em Up Tour
Date: Fri., Sep. 10, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 6- 17567 57 Ave, Surrey, BC
They say: Aaron Halliday returns with the release of his new Album Light’em Up! Aaron together with the full band is returning to one of their favorite venues in BC.


Abbotsford Farm and Country Market
Date: Sat, Sep 4 2021, 9am – 12pm
Location: Weekly on Saturday at 9:00 am until Sat, Oct 30, 2021
They say: Visit the Farmers Market every Saturday from May 1 to October 30, featuring local vendors and fresh, real food.
Located in Jubilee Park, 2552 McCallum Road, on the edge of Downtown Abbotsford.
Photo: Photo by Earl Wilcox on Unsplash

MCC Festival for World Relief – 2021
Date: Sat., Sep. 18, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Tradex – 1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford, BC
They say: Let’s change lives together this September! Join MCC, September 17 & 18 at the Tradex in Abbotsford for the MCC Festival for World Relief.


Chilliwack Sunflower Festival 2021
Date: Sat., Sep. 4, 3:00 p.m. – Sun., Sep. 5, 2:00 a.m.
Location: 41310 Yale Rd, Chilliwack, BC
They say: Chilliwack Sunflower Festival brought to you by the creators of Chilliwack Tulip Festival on September 4, 2021
Photo: @jennihunterphotography

City-Wide Garage Sale
Date: Sat., Sep. 25
Location: 8550 Young Rd, Chilliwack, BC
They say:  The City-Wide Garage Sale is a unique opportunity for residents to promote the reuse of materials. There are two City-Wide Garage Sales held each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
Photo by Donatella D’Anniballe on Unsplash


28th Annual Ridge Meadows Rivers Day
Date: Sun., Sep. 26, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Allco Park 13255 Alouette Rd, Maple Ridge, BC
They say: This year ARMS is celebrating the 28th Annual Ridge Meadows Rivers Day on September 26th, 2021. The Annual Ridge Meadows Event will be held at ALLCO Park this year.

Bard on the Bandstand
Date: Fri., Sep. 10, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Memorial Peace Park 22407 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge, BC
They say: Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12, from 7pm nightly, come see live theatre on the Bandstand at the Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge. The show is free, as always.

Main Photo: @bernicephoto
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Conversation Transcript

Here’s a rough transcript of our conversation about the upcoming 2021 Fraser Valley real estate market.

Rod: Hi everybody. Thanks for joining us. We’re getting a little (real estate) market update from Mike Wilson who is the publisher of Fraser Valley Lifestyle, but he also spends more of his time as a realtor in the Fraser Valley.

It’s crystal ball time. We do this a few times a year.

We get together online and try and ask you to look into your crystal ball. And look ahead as I, if I could just sum up my observation from the year, it sounds like, like from January, almost until May or June, it was a, it was a hot market and there were multiple offers and all that kind of stuff.

And then it just, it just died going into the summer, like just in terms of. Activity and you weren’t getting those multiple offer situations. So just looking back, is that a fair summation of the year? So far?


[00:01:02] Mike: I think it really is. I mean, if you look at, and I’m going to, I have some statistical stuff, I’m just going to give some basic statistical.

So from January of 2018 through to July of 2021, we’ve had a 23% rise in actual listings. So there’s a big listing boost. What did that mean? Well, we started out that super hypermarket. We got into COVID after about six months, we didn’t have the supply. And so what happened is you, you had a huge disparity, you had far more pent-up energy.

That’s where the multiple offers came in. It had a little less supply, a lot more activity that we didn’t anticipate in before you knew you were at a, you know, we were at a depleted resource or the depleted listings what’s happening now. That happened through till to this point, right now we hit sort of the summertime.

So BC, historically, if you’re going to have a softer market, it’s going to be sort of the end of June through the end of August. And that’s a, I would draw a parallel. It doesn’t work that way through Canada, but with BC in particular, most people, you know, schools out, we have beautiful weather, beautiful scenery, lots of things to do in BC.

People do tend to take that time. So we do see a trend of that. If you’re going to see it. And we did see that this year, probably for some different reasons to add to the normal reasons, obviously COVID has presented challenges, as far as travel goes, we saw people still buying recreation vehicles and traveling within BC.

So there still was some travel which kept them going. The other thing that happened is we just simply had a marketplace where the prices were simply skyrocketing. People were in multiple offers. They weren’t getting in property, but now we’ve seen in the July markets where the balance of listings to sale ratio is balanced out much more.

What, what that did, was it allowed people to look at properties? A couple of times you’re still seeing great sales, but you had an opportunity to write on a property that you may have seen two or three times where previously during COVID. With the spike in the market. You, you know, you had to write an offer immediately and you were in a multiple scenarios now, are there still some multiple offers?

Yes, there are because we’re not getting a huge supply in all sectors. And so there are still the occasional multiple offers coming in on property, but for the most part, it’s settled in and certain components of the market. There’s more supply so there’s less of that happening. And that’s the summer market.

So a little bit more traditional. We have a little softening, although the market’s been strong enough, it certainly wasn’t comparable to the hyperinflated market that we had in the previous year. And I think that’s, that’s much healthier, obviously, you know, as a buyer, it’s a much healthier market as a seller.

You know, everybody wants to win the lottery. The reality though, is that when you’re selling and buying, there’s relativity that comes into play. So unless you are actually selling out of the market and not reinvesting this is a better market for you in that previous market. Yes. You would sell for a windfall, but you’d be back in the.

The position is a buyer was telling me when they were buying your home, you’d be in multiple scenarios. So much more level market in the summertime, I think for most places. And I’ve been in negotiating and we’ll see where the fall goes for supply. That will be interesting. Yeah.


[00:04:23] Rod: So looking ahead, I know it’s impossible to know, especially with what’s going on in the world and we have an election happening and all kinds of stuff.

What, what are you seeing for the Fall (2021)?

[00:04:36] Mike: Well, you know, what, how do I come up with a, what am I, you know, how do I come up with my crystal ball? There are a few factors that I sort of throw into them. Some of them are intangible, so they’re not really trackable. Other things that we can do is we can look at CMHC reports and see where they’re trending as far as you know, more tracking.

So some of the things that CMHC is watching. We’re starting to see a little bit of a tickling up of the fixed, very fixed mortgage rates. So fixed mortgage rates have a direct bearing as far as affordability. And you know, a lot of buyers that are gotten into the market now have never been able to, they’ve never had to say the word 4%, you know, interest rate wise.

So you start to see interest rates climbing, which they could at some point. And that will have a direct bearing on the buying ability or the budget that’s available. The other thing that’s happened is with CMHC, with the affordability aspect, is there increased, they’ve increased the test, the stress test for buyers.

So that continues to be a bit of a challenge. So you’re sitting at over 5% stress test. So not everybody’s going to qualify for those funds. Now, when we talk about stress, it’s a whole other conversation. It’s a, it’s a test that you take. It doesn’t mean you have to take a 5% interest. But it is trying to slow down buyers from getting in over there.

And the other thing, that’s the component that is going to be interesting. There’s a couple of things that were coming. We were anticipating more foreign investments, so that could, you know, money coming out of the Asian markets. If it eases up with COVID with the rules that are in place, that’s one thing.


But the counterbalance to that now, And again, you mentioned we’re in an election month or whatever it is, you know, the Liberal government is proposing that they actually have more penalties and more restrictions on investment for non-residential primary residential. So what is that going to do? There keep the key theory is obviously is to make housing affordable for people who are actual residents.

So if the Liberal government gets in, we have that to consider, that’s going to shift the market a little. You’re going to take a buyer out of the market that would have been there. So, you know, there’s a number of variables. What’s the fourth wave you’re going to do. That’s a challenge to know. I think the fourth wave you know, it’s gonna be less of a challenge in the first three.

My hope is that I think we’ve gone a long way to getting protected from that. So that’s the hope. I would suggest that the. The other thing that comes in, which is always part of this is supply. So when we see some of these other things happening, the government protection, the interest rates will we see enough supply to satisfy the demand? Right now it’s a pretty balanced market. You’re almost 50 50 on listings to sales. Again, pretty healthy are people waiting for the fall market to put their property on? That’ll be the next question and whether or not we’re going to see. That much pent-up demand for buying is the other thing.

So, you know, again, are we going to see listings? If we don’t see a lot of listings in that it naturally will drive the market to be hot because there’s going to be enough buyers. But if we see enough listings, I think you may see the buyers soften and the 2023 analysis or the anticipated market is for it to soften.


So I think fall could be pretty brisk. I think going into the spring market, we may see it still. Somewhat active, good market. I think we get to this time next year or the summertime next year, you’re probably gonna see it soften again. And we may not see a strong market in the fall based on what the interest rates are doing.


So I don’t see any major falls. Real estate is always a great investment. And in today’s day and age, we’ve seen it. You know, people have this vision, that real estate isn’t going to continue to go. I think that it’s proven itself through some tough times, real estate is a great investment for people.

And I think it’ll continue to rise. I think people are shifting their mindset to lifestyle a little bit more. So they’re going to spend the money on a monthly basis. They want to be in the lifestyle that they want. So I think that’s where the market will continue to drive it. And we work really hard to pay our bills.

So why not live where we want to live. And I think that’s what’s happened and will continue


[00:08:43] Rod:  Good to know. Well, Mike, how do people get in touch with you these days? And we’ll put notes in our show notes and links and all that sort of stuff, but what’s, what’s the best way to reach you?

[00:08:53] Mike: Well, we have obviously we’ve got a fantastic website at and we would love to hear from you through there.

We have various links to what’s happening in our community. It’s a big part of what we’re trying to promote is our community and businesses. You can reach me directly at 6 0 4 8 8 9 7 6 5 3. And that can be done by text, or you can give me a call. Sometimes I have to return the calls. So texting sometimes is best.

My office is Royal LePage. I have a number 6 0 4 5 3 8 2 1 2 5. You know, it’s, we’ve almost stepped away from the office calls. We’ve almost gone to direct calls. And so, you know, it’s interesting too, that number is still out there, but it’s rare that I get a call. And then the last would be my email direct email, which is

So if you have questions, you can always send them my way. The website’s a great forum for us because it obviously allows you to ask some questions and get some information for yourself rather than feeling like you’re being chased by a real estate agent right away. So feel free to drop into our website and check out what we’re doing.

Well, obviously Rod you’re integral to that, working with that. So and then I just welcome any calls and questions, obviously. Lots of questions coming up for everybody at this time in the market. So don’t hesitate to reach out.

[00:10:12] Rod: Yeah. So just in case, people miss that it’s Mike at F V as in Victor I had someone confused about that the other day, thinking V’s can sound like B’s, you know? Excellent. Thanks, Mike.

[00:10:24] Mike: Hey Rod. Thanks very much. Nice chatting with you. And I wish everybody luck out there and then fall market it’ll be exciting times ahead.


Mike Wilson
Royal LePage North Star Realty
Phone: 604-889-7653

Mike brings several decades of real estate experience and strong marketing background to the FV housing scene. Whether you’re looking for help finding your perfect home at your perfect price, or you need professional support and friendly expertise to sell your home in an ever-changing market, Mike comes to the table with a true passion for helping you make the best possible move.


Our publisher Mike Wilson was at the White Rock Market recently and was impressed by the Whisky he tasted from a local Fraser Valley distillery, Mainland Whisky (see more below). That got us wondering about other local distilleries and we discovered that the Fraser Valley is a host to a number of older and newer distilleries that sell a variety of high-quality Spirits including…

Central City Brewers and Distillers have been around for a number of years and are quite well known for their Red Racer Craft Beer, but did you know that they also make Lohin McKinnon Whisky, Sparrow Premium Rum, and Queensborough Japanese Style Gin? Link: Central City

Crows Nest Distillery in Abbotsford makes Vodka, Rum, and Spiced Rum. The Crows Nest Distillery was started by Stefano Paolone way back in the early 1900s. He brought his winemaking and spirits making skills with him from the old country. Fast forward to today and Daniel Paolone and his friend Ian Jarvis are rekindling the family tradition and combining years of family knowledge to make a variety of spirits using local ingredients found in British Columbia.1 Link: Crows Nest Distillery in Abbotsford

Dragon Mist Distillery is in Surrey and they make vodka gin and a number of different liqueurs. They say, “We are proud to distill some of the finest quality spirits made in British Columbia. We follow the craft distillers’ code of conduct when creating all our products. Whether it’s our flagship Baijiu Vodka or Gin or any of our delicious liqueurs we’re confident you’ll find something to delight your palate.” 2 Link: Dragon Mist Distillery

Goodridge and Williams Distillery and Cocktails Company is one of the craft spirits and crafted cocktail leaders in the industry in Canada. They make an array of interesting tasty spirits and drinks. Their brands include NUTRL Vodka, Tempo Gin, Goodridge and Williams Canadian Whisky, Sid The Handcrafted Vodka, Yes Guy Hard Iced Tea, and Still Maker Old Fashioned. Link:: Goodridge and Williams Distillery and Cocktails Co.

Lucid Spirits uses only BC-grown products to make their base alcohols. They do all of their fermentation and distillation on-site to create their ultra-premium products such as Vodka, Vodka Pina Colada, two types of Gin, and a variety of liqueurs, Rye, and a Spirit called Cinnamon Kiss. Link: Lucid Spirits

Mainland Whisky says their craft American-style Whiskey and Whiskey liqueurs are influenced by American Moonshine recipes. Their small-batch corn Whiskey and Whiskey liqueurs are made in a hybrid reflux still with organic ingredients in Surrey BC. There are no additives, they are non-chill filtered and they are a craft distillery.

If you want to stop by and have a tasting, you can! At the Mainland Whiskey Cocktail Lounge and Whiskey Shop. They take private bookings for their tasting lounge that has a 15-foot bar and 125-inch projector screen. They have a new cocktail list each month and small snacks are available. They are also open Wednesday to Sunday during the afternoon and evening. Call them at 604-372-4424 for more information or see their website. 3 Link: Mainland Whisky Photo: @mainlandwhisky

New Wave Distilling is in the heart of the Fraser Valley tucked into a garden oasis. At their tasting room in Abbotsford BC, they offer cocktails, beer, and wine by the glass and wine and spirit tasting flights. They also have charcuterie and bistro snacks, a heated patio, and a grassy picnic area. They say, “our product line is inspired by our love for the Fraser Valley and the surrounding mountains.” They are a locally owned and operated family business. Many of their spirits are made from organic blueberries grown and picked on their family farm. Link: New Wave Distilling

NorthWest Distilling Co. makes handcrafted Spirits made with British Columbia ingredients. They are owned and operated by “young people” from British Columbia. Their company focuses on a small-batch approach to distilling. They say, “by diligence on quality we aim to create products as beautiful as the scenery we make it in.“ they make Northwest Extra Smooth Vodka that is distilled 10 times before mixing it with “world-famous BC mountain freshwater“. This Maple Ridge company has a lounge coming soon. 4 Link: NorthWest Distilling Co.

Ravens Distillery is a new venture from Ravens Brewing in Abbotsford BC. They say “after the success of our beer we thought we could contribute something fresh to the world of spirits. The first of which is our flagship Vodka.” They also make Gin. If you want to try them out, you can visit their tasting room in Abbotsford. Link: Ravens Distilling Photo: @ravensdistillery

Roots and Wings Distillery makes artisan spirits. They are homegrown and handcrafted at their farm in Langley, British Columbia. You can also visit the distillery for tastings and craft cocktails. Roots and Wings Distillery is Langley‘s first craft distillery. They are located in Fort Langley and they welcome visitors to sample and purchase their fine spirits in their tasting room. You can also browse in their vintage bar gift shop. The products include Vodka, Whiskey, Gin, and Absinthe. Link: Roots and Wings Distillery

SR Winery and Distillery makes locally handcrafted rice wine and barley spirit in the Korean tradition. They are a small company founded by Master Distiller Yoo and his family who have been supplying restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver for over 10 years with unpasteurized Makgeolli (Korean cloudy rice wine). With changes in legislation in 2013, it became feasible for craft distilleries to start producing local spirits and master Yoo and his family started to produce better quality Soju (Korean spirit) with local ingredients. “The company’s intention is to help people rediscover the original taste and tradition of High-quality Soju and Makgeolli.” 5 Link: SR Winery and Distillery

Do you have a favorite Fraser Valley distillery? Let us know in the comments below or comment on our Instagram or Facebook page.

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1 Crows Nest Distillery in Abbotsford

2 Dragon Mist Distillery

3 Mainland Whisky 

4 North West Distilling Co.

5 SR Winery and Distillery

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When Working from Home

When working remotely, it’s important to stick to the same cyber safety guidelines as though you were in the office. With the FBI reporting an uptick in cybercrime related to coronavirus,1 it’s important to stay vigilant while connected at home.

Use Strong Passwords
Passwords for WiFi and work accounts should be unique and tough to crack. Start with a special phrase that is at least 12 characters. Incorporate uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Avoid including personal information, and don’t use the same password for everything.

Updates Matter
Install the latest updates for all devices, programs, and apps, which typically include improved security measures. Where possible, opt for automatic updates.

Double Up on Security
Multi-factor authentication gives your work accounts an extra layer of security. This feature requires you to confirm your identity by way of another device when logging in somewhere new. Also, consider requiring a password for online video conference calls.

Consider a VPN
If your company does not use a Virtual Private Network (VPN), consider investing in your own. This software secures your network to reduce your risk of a hack. Popular services include NordVPN and ExpressVPN.

Watch Out for Fake Emails!!!

Hackers often target individuals first with personalized fake emails or phishing emails. Before you act:

Review the Sender’s Email Address:
It may look like a message from your bank or a colleague, but a misspelled or incorrect email address indicates it’s fake.

Hover, Not Click:
Place your cursor over the link to read the URL. An unrecognizable site is a big red flag, so don’t click it.

Check the Tone:
Urgent, fearful messages requiring immediate action and a deadline are typically fake — even if they look like they’re from a co-worker.

Report It:
Notify your IT department immediately of the message following company protocol.

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

With schools moving to virtual learning and limits on outdoor activities, kids are spending a lot more time online. Here are some tips to help make sure they use their devices safely.

Know What Your Kid Are Up To
Understand your kids’ Internet habits. Know what sites they visit for school and for fun, and talk to them if you see something unusual.

For the little ones, try installing YouTube Kids instead of normal YouTube on their devices.

Block Dangerous Websites
Talk to your Internet provider if you want to block certain websites from your network.

Set the Ground Rules
Consider asking your kids to stay nearby when they’re using their devices and setting rules for what sites they can visit and when — i.e. YouTube allowed after school hours only.

Keep kids safe online

Have a Conversation with Your Kids

  • Outline the rules and set expectations for responsible online behavior.
  • Educate kids on cyber safety so they understand for themselves the risks of unfamiliar websites, mysterious downloads, and conversations with strangers on the web.
  • Share tips on creating strong passwords, protecting personal information, and using social media safely — especially relevant for teens and tweens.

Download a pdf of this article: Cyber Security PDF 8-9-21

Concerned about privacy online? Click here for an excellent article on The Social Dilemma – 10 Ways to Improve Your Privacy Online.

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1. FBI, “FBI Sees Rise in Fraud Schemes Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic,” March 20, 2020. 2. AVG Survey, 2018