A visit with FV Lifestyle owner Mike Wilson on the state of real estate in the Fraser Valley. What’s happening to house prices and interest rates? What will happen to the economy and our lives? What is the biggest priority when preparing your home for sale?
We are noticing Fraser Valley businesses are getting creative so that they can continue to serve their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, we invite you to continue to shop local!
One Fraser Valley business that caught our eye is the Twilight Drive-In. They are currently open and showing the movie Trolls World Tour and Dolittle. It sounds like a family night at the Drive-In! The only thing we would advise is to stay in your car if you can. See http://twilightdrivein.net/
The Passionate Home
Carrie Thachuk, owner of The Passionate Home in Langley City is responding to her customer’s requests with a “Show Your Love DIY Heart Project Pack.” As you may have seen local residents are displaying hearts in their windows to show support for health care workers and first responders and all those working on the front lines during the pandemic. The packs include a raw wood heart (18″ x 15″), a 4oz. Chalk Paint™ colour of your choice, and a free brush!
Carrie and The Passionate Home are providing safe curbside pick-up for all online orders from 11-3 weekdays and 10-2 on Saturdays. Once you’ve placed your order they will contact you to arrange pick-up.
Well Seasoned: A Gourmet Food Store
One of our most engaged with Facebook posts so far this month (April 2020) is about Well Seasoned owner Angie Quaale delivering food to the Langley Hospital. Well Seasoned is open 9 to 5 Monday to Friday and 10-4 Saturday and Sunday. On their website, they say they are “well-stocked and doing deliveries.” They also have ready-made meals for pick-up and delivery. See https://wellseasoned.ca/
Home-based business owners are getting creative, and why not? Many home-based businesses were online before the pandemic and set-up for online ordering and delivery.
Abbotsford resident and Epicure representative Becca Toews held and “Epic Quarantine Cooking Class” where she posted videos and recipes on Facebook and Instagram. She said, “With everything going on in the world I’m feeling extra anxious these days. Trying to take care of myself with good food and self-care. Becca listed products that she was adding to her meals to hopefully boost her immune system and keep her and her husband healthy while spending more time than usual at home. See https://www.facebook.com/groups/162588968180880/
Fun and Games
Local businesses like the Abbotsford’s Boardwalk Cafe and Games have had to quickly reinvent themselves because of the crisis. Normally a popular place to hang out with friends, play games and have some coffee and snacks, Boardwalk Cafe and Games had to close their doors to drop-in customers because of the pandemic. Owners Darin and Gabby Graham immediately started promoting their online store and selling board games with free delivery to Abbotsford residents. See https://squareup.com/store/boardwalk-cafe
Realtors are having to adjust how they are showing homes and doing business along with other business owners. To see how FV Lifestyle owner Mike Wilson is making adjustments to how he is showing homes see Showing a Home During COVID-19
For advice on how to shop safely during the COVID-19 shutdown see “How to safely shop for groceries during COVID-19 pandemic” from The Globe and Mail.
If you would like us to give your business a shout out in future articles and social media posts, contact Mike Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ari is a onemanband // foodenthusiast // poet // artist // creator // As a way of saying “thank you” and supporting Ari please buy his music! Most of Ari’s concerts have been canceled and we want to support him during this time of social distancing. See https://arineufeld.bandcamp.com
Surrey Food Bank
We want to encourage you to donate to the Surrey Food Bank who is in desperate need of support right now. Donations over $20 will get a tax receipt. They are getting lots of calls from people who have lost their jobs and business owners whose businesses have dried up. Special link for this event tba.
There’s no escaping news about COVID-19 is there? People have very legitimate concerns as the virus spreads around the world. As a Realtor people are even asking me how I think the virus will affect Fraser Valley Real Estate and the consensus among my colleagues and other experts is for the time being COVID-19 shouldn’t have too dramatic of an impact on the local Real Estate market unless there is a real downturn in the economy.
Coinciding with the spread of the virus is the news that interest rates have dropped and this is usually helpful to the Real Estate market because it makes it easier for people to get home loans.
Also, as I mentioned in my Real Estate update last month, earlier in the year we were undergoing the impact of the stress test that was introduced in 2018 and I believe the impact of that is lessening helping sales to return to above-average levels in our region over the last couple of months.
Real Estate is one of those sectors that can sometimes get a pass when other sectors take a hit because housing is an essential need and it’s more of a singular activity. As we see concerts and public events being canceled, that doesn’t necessarily impact an activity like buying or selling your home.
All that said, we’ll see what happens regarding COVID-19 and its impact on the real estate in the Fraser Valley. This is quite an unusual circumstance as the virus moves to a worldwide pandemic level. One thing we can say about the Real Estate market is that it is often impacted by bad economic news, and as the media hype machine continues at a full-throttle pace creating fear and distress we’ll just have to see what happens.
Wishing YOU all the best!
If you want to know more, I’m here to answer your real estate questions and help you with your real estate buying and selling needs. Please feel free to contact me.
Here are seven+ things you might consider doing while in historic Fort Langley…
Fort Langley has become a popular place to go and have a meal because of fabulous restaurants like Beatnix Bistro, The Little Donkey, Trading Post Brewery and Eatery and the Rail and River River Bistro just to name several of our favorites. As far as reviews and ratings go, according to Trip Advisor Beatnix Bistro is ranked no. 1 with Wendell’s at no. 2 (see “Drink coffee” below), and The Little Donkey at no.3.
Beatnix Bistro – http://beatniksbistro.com/
The Little Donkey – https://www.littledonkey.ca/
Trading Post Brewery and Eatery – https://tradingpostbrewing.com/
Rail and River River Bistro – http://railandriverbistro.com/
2. Drink coffee (and eat)
Fort Langley has been a coffee shop destination for many years because of the famous Wendell’s Coffee Shop and Bakery. Wendell’s continues to be popular and some new fantastic cafes have arrived on the scene in recent years such as the Blacksmith Bakery (good food), The Lelam Arts and Cultural Café (nice location) and the Saba Café and Bistro (good food and coffee) just to name a few. Forget rankings for this category. We’ve had coffee and food at all of these cafes and they are all wonderful.
Wendell’s Coffee Shop and Bakery – http://wendelsonline.com
Blacksmith Bakery – http://www.blacksmithbakery.ca
The Lelam Arts and Cultural Café – https://lelem.ca
Saba Café and Bistro – http://sabacafe.ca
3. Go for a walk
You have so many choices for excellent walks in and around Fort Langley. The Fort to Fort Trail, Derby Reach Park, Houston Trail Head, and Brae Island Regional Park all have to be some of the nicest places to walk or ride in the Fraser Valley. Houston Trail Head has a few challenging hills, but other than that all of these trails are quite easy to walk.
Fort to Fort Trail – https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/fort-to-fort
Brae Island Regional Park –http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/brae-island-regional-park
Derby Reach and Houston Trail Head – https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/derby-reach-regional-park
4. Ride Your Bike
Fort Langley has become a favorite place for people to ride their bikes. With plenty of relatively quiet country roads, beautiful views and plenty of coffee shops and restaurants to greet you when your ride is over, it’s easy to see why Fort Langley has become such a popular cycling destination.
Fort Langley has plenty of interesting shops to choose from including Fort Langley Village Antiques Mall. Located in the heart of Fort Langley, Village Antiques Mall is a 10,000 square foot mall with 60 independent dealers.
Fort Langley Village Antiques Mall – https://villageantiquesmall.com
6. Learn About History
If you want to expose your family to BC’s history, Fort Langley is certainly the place to go. Here are several venues you may want to check out…
The Fort Langley National Historic Site – Yes there is a fort in Fort Langley and it is the place where BC was proclaimed a British colony in 1858. At the Fort you can:
- Explore the fort that was built by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1827
- Watch blacksmithing, barrel-making or historic weapons demonstrations
- Pan for gold and laugh along with an interpretive program.
Parking is free and the Fort is within walking distance to Fort Langley village.
The Langley Centennial Museum – The Langley Centennial Museum has a collection of over 8000 archival photographs, 9000 objects and 500 works of art. This collection spans hundreds of years and is a window on the past and present life of Langley and surrounding areas. 1
BC Farm Museum – If you don’t live on a farm or in a farming community, it’s easy to lose touch with our agricultural history. “The BC Farm Museum has the province’s largest collection of pioneer and agricultural artifacts.” 2 If you want your family to get back in touch with that history, the BC Farm Museum is an excellent place to do that.
CN Station – “The CN Station is one of the few remaining stations like it in western Canada, and the only surviving station from this era in the Langley region.” 3 Watch this interesting video from one of the children of the last station keepers. CN Station Interview
Links to museums and historical sites:
The Fort Langley National Historic Site – http://bit.ly/3cuGpm0
1The Langley Centennial Museum – https://museum.tol.ca/museum/Portal/default.aspx
2 BC Farm Museum – http://bcfma.com/
3 CN Station – https://www.langleyheritage.ca/cn-station
7. Live Here!
There is an abundance of fun and enjoyable activities in Fort Langley. Fort Langley has a wonderful village feel along with an interesting and rich history. There is an elementary school along with a full-service grocery store. Also, we forgot to mention above that there are plenty of good golf courses in the area. If you enjoy walking and riding your bike, Fort Langley is one of the premier places to live in the Fraser Valley.
For more information contact real estate specialist Mike Wilson.
(Harrison Hot Springs, BC) — Harrison is overflowing with Christmas cheer this year, from a Christmas Tree Trail and Whoville-themed Village to a Cabin Style New Year’s celebration and a new winter light festival called Lights on the Lake. Unlike other light festivals that are illustrated with classic Christmas scenes, Lights on the Lake is a Sasquatch-themed festival, sharing Harrison’s favourite ways to spend time outdoors. Feature light displays include the legendary, mythical creature hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, fishing, camping, wind surfing, and wishing visitors a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
But what is a PPAH?
I used to call myself the pre-parent type of a-hole (bonus points if you count how many times I use that phrase in this piece) aka the PPAH (pre-parent-a**-hole). Let’s paint a picture of who this person was, seven years ago. I had an opinion on everything parenting. Vaccines? Circumcision? Organic foods? Yep. But it wasn’t these things that led me to self diagnose myself as an PPAH..it was the fact that I did the following that really pushed me over the edge…
I just took a look at the calendar and I was surprised to see that it’s August.
Do you know what that means?
Summer is basically over.
So in case you’ve been riding out this heatwave hiding indoors with air conditioning, here are 5 fun things to do at Cultus Lake with your fam jam in August so you don’t feel like you wasted your summer.
Carols in the air, holiday cups full of eggnog, and sparkling lights making their way into every neighborhood – it’s official; the season of merriment and cheer is here!
Looking for somewhere to take the kids or your friends for a full day of FREE entertainment and magical activities to get you all in the Christmas spirit? A good, ole tree lighting might be just the thing.
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