This past weekend at our annual Trafalgar Elementary School Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser Event we raised $2300 with 100% collected going towards cancer research and treatment options (BC Cancer Foundation) and for Trafalgar Elementary School (PAC). Thanks to you and all your neighbours who came out to support this annual event and once again make it a success! The infamous white witch is still alive and kicking, the popular ghoul in a coffin, the popcorn, and healthier treats and toys, all made the patch fun for all!
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This past weekend Adam and I once again had the pleasure of participating in the annual Ride To Conquer Cancer. Over two days we rode from Vancouver to Hope covering 230 km of gorgeous landscape. The new route to Hope is beautiful and winds through quaint country roads, farms, and cute townships. It winds from Cloverdale through Abbotsford to Chilliwack where our overnight camp was situated. Then the next day we crossed over the Fraser River into Agassiz, and onto our final destination in Hope. Overnight accommodations were tiny two-man tents which certainly do the job, as long as you are shorter than 6′ and enjoy a firm sleeping surface. Over 1100 tents filled a field of tired cyclists, we were in the blue tent hahaha (see back side picture). Of course, the ride organizers shipped our mats and sleeping bags to camp for us, thankfully we didn’t need to carry those on our bikes.
Our bikes are stored in a gigantic orange barn, and the fairway at camp is filled with food stops, freebie souvenirs from Ride sponsors, a massage tent (if you get there early enough to sign up), loads of snacks including fresh tomatoes & cucumbers, apples and oranges, and pretty well any refreshment known to man from Pellegrino’s to chilled wines.
The new caterer at camp (Peake Catering) had some great food this year from fabulous Quinoa salads, to Tofu Stir-fry, and tables of desserts. Red Truck Brewing once again supplied the riders with cold lagers and summer ales to quench their thirst at the overnight camp.
Our sincere thanks to all of you that generously supported our fundraising efforts over the past 12 months! Because of you, I am proud to announce, Pospischil Realty Group has now raised over $340,000 in total over the past 11 years of The Ride. This year along with 2200 other riders, we helped raise $9.1 million towards cancer research and treatment options right here in BC. Over the past 11 years the Ride To Conquer Cancer has raised $105.1 million for the BC Cancer Foundation. The monies raised by your donations over the years has led to dozens of breakthroughs in the ongoing battle with cancer and allows BC to lead the world in research and treatments.
As a cancer survivor myself I know the challenges cancer patients and their families face in their journey through diagnoses, treatments, and the roller coaster of emotions towards the finish line. Our annual ride reminds me personally of my past challenges and enables me, and those that joined us through their support, to help push the boundaries of research and treatments to help those on the journey today, and in the future. And perhaps one day we can celebrate a victory in a cure to cancer.
If you would like to support us in next year’s 2020 Ride To Conquer Cancer, we have just setup our donations link on our home page and welcome any online donations. Every dollar makes a difference! Please go the link on our home page and support this great cause.
Even in my 11th and Adam’s 10th year of fundraising for this event, the riders that participate in the event, and how they got to be there is always the most inspirational part.
At camp, Adam and I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah and her mom and sister. We sat across from them at dinner and heard her story. Sarah is a young lady, and is a dancer and a rower. She has just recently undergone two major brain surgeries for cancer treatment, resulting in a 75% loss of vision, and is still in treatment. Sarah rode alongside her mom and sister for the full 230 km! She did this while she battles the disease because she believes in the fight, and has a passion to help others with this disease.
She was so humble, kind, and happy to be participating in the event, and to share her story with us. Adam and I were so touched by her story that we sat teary-eyed and in awe at this young lady’s resilience and determination.
We asked her if we can share her story, as it’s a true beautiful picture of what this event means. If we had half the courage and a fraction of her determination, just think of what we could all accomplish united against this relentless and life changing disease.
If Sarah can do this grueling event after what she has gone through, then don’t we owe it to her and the thousands of other patients now undergoing treatments to support them and the growing alliance to beat this disease!
Donate now by clicking on the gold button on our home page
The real estate market in Vancouver continues to chug along at a consistent moderate pace with the odd spits and spats of activity.
Through our 38+ Point Marketing Plan, we have been successful in generating a high turnout and multiple offers on most of our listings resulting in well above market sales. The attached product is very active now with 1, 2, and 3 bedroom condos, townhomes, and half duplexes making up the vast majority of sales in our current market.
Our upgrade buyers are sitting pretty as they are in a super strong position selling their hotter entry to mid-level product and upgrading into the higher end detached product (houses) which is relatively quiet. Listing agents are rolling out the red carpet and making us lattes when we show their listings. It’s easy to setup tours, they are friendly, and accommodating and are hoping we choose their home to offer on. What a great market to buy a house in (see recent House article).
Our biggest challenge today is not necessarily the low activity stats, the numerous government tax programs, or the difficult loan qualification process (although these are not helping) but rather that the consumer confidence is down. Most buyers are playing the waiting game. If everyone waits, nothing happens. The market stays soft and prices flatline. . . . . It’s the perfect time to buy!
Once that big announcement in the media comes through that our market is recovering, prices are already well on their way up and those waiting buyers have missed the bottom end of the market cycle. At that point buyers begin climbing over each other to buy and prices climb faster than anyone anticipates.
So, if you are planning to make an upgrade, there is no better time than right now. Don’t miss this window as it will not last.
Best Options: 1. Do an equity take out on your current home and invest in an entry level detached house in East Vancouver. 2. Sell your condo/townhouse/duplex and buy your first house in the smallest marginal upgrade market cost we have seen in years. 3. Purchase with a friend or family member with a 3-5 year plan to cash out when the market decompresses and potentially earn 50 times more than what you are earning now in your investments. 4. Etc. etc.
The Bank of Canada announced that they will be holding the overnight rate as is, citing a slower than expected 2019 economic outlook; which will keep the prime rate as is. Posted fixed rates should also remain stable. However, lenders’ cost to underwrite a mortgage have increased substantially over the past few years due to legislative changes. It now costs on average $1500-2000 to underwrite a mortgage application due to increased scrutiny and reporting required. The lenders feel that the current climate is a race to the bottom, leaving very little profit margin for your average mortgage. At some point lenders will feel that they can no longer offer the same rate sales, meaning we could see some effective mortgage rates rise slightly while the Bank of Canada Rate and Bank Posted rates remains unchanged.
The Bank of Canada will likely try to increase the overnight rate in 2020.
Every year Adam and I and Team Pospischil Realty join the Ride To Conquer Cancer to raise funds in our community for the BC Cancer Foundation. The funds raised annually go directly into cancer research and treatment options right here in BC. Thanks to your continued support over the past 10 years Team Pospischil Realty has raised over $325,000 in this fight against cancer.
This year’s route of 200+ km will run from Vancouver To Hope (100% Canadian!) and will take place over the August 24th/25th weekend.
This year for the 2019 Ride, we are pleased to announce that in partnership with our friends at West Point Cycle, we promise to have our most supported and successful ride ever!
As a cancer survivor myself I know the challenges cancer patients and their families face in their journey through diagnoses, treatments, and the roller coaster of emotions towards the finish line. I have travelled the cancer road 3 times in my lifetime, my brother Rudy has had cancer twice, and both my parents have battled cancer. My quest is personal and so may be yours as everyone is touched by this disease.
Our annual ride reminds me personally of my past challenges and enables me, and those that joined us through their support, to help push the boundaries of research and treatments to help those on the journey today, and in the future. And perhaps one day we can celebrate a victory in a cure to cancer.
We thank you for your continued support in our campaign. With your help cancer can be beaten within our lifetime. Join us in our fight against cancer and support our ride by simply clicking the link below: