Are your sidewalks becoming more skating rink than pavement? Before choosing any bag of salt, consider a couple alternatives.


Salt doesn’t just discolour sidewalks, it chews into them, causing pockmarks and divots that ironically become yearlong tripping hazards.


And that corrosiveness is getting onto our shoes, boots and the paws of our pets, as well as into our grass and gardens. 

Magnesium Salt 

If you must use salt, look for products containing Magnesium Chloride, which is significantly less damaging to the environment, paws and sidewalks. 


Avoid Calcium Chloride and Sodium Chloride, as their use will attack concrete, irritate skin and paws, and contaminate plants, grass and soil. 

Ecotraction

Featured on Dragon’s Den, Ecotraction is proudly Canadian and used worldwide in cities and businesses as a salt-free alternative. 


Instead of melting ice, Ecotraction’s volcanic rock digs into ice and snow, instantly creating traction. 


Just one cup of the product can cover 144 square feet, making it easy to apply and cost-effective. And once the snow has melted, the product can be swept into your garden as a nourishing treat for plants and grass!

Nothing Beats The Power of Beets

Go green with the extract of purple beets. Beet extract is a surprisingly effective de-icer, thanks to its water molecule disrupting power. 


Best of all, the smell left by the mixture is often akin to a Tootsie Roll! 

Leave The Salting & Shovelling To Someone Else

Is Vancouver’s weather making you feel salty? Consider downsizing to a condo, and taking off to the tropics where the only salt you need to care about is how much is on your Margarita rim. 


Want to know where to start? Contact Michael Tudorie at 604.910.7777 today!

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For many people, few things can be scarier than buying a home. But it doesn’t have to be!


In anticipation of Halloween, I’ve learned that buying a home is a lot like picking a pumpkin!
If you know the right tricks, your home search will be a treat.


Oh, and once you’re done reading, I have a special treat below for you! 

If you don’t move fast, you’ll lose out. 

Bringing home a sad, mangled pumpkin resembling Freddy Krueger’s face is no treat. If you’re

late to the pumpkin patch party, you’ll have squashed your chances of finding the perfect Jack-O-Lantern. 


For homebuyers, moving quickly and decisively is a must. With the help of a savvy, smart realtor, buyers will have a plan in place before beginning their search.


Remember, the early trick-or-treater gets the gummy worm. 

You’ll get stuck in the muck.  

Didn’t wear boots to the pumpkin patch? 


Without proper footwear, you can forget getting the pumpkin you really want, or end up paying a lot afterwards for one the farmer’s picked out, even though your sneakers are caked in crud. 


Pumpkin hunting’s dirty, and even if you’re careful, it’s not uncommon to get muddy. 


Realtors work hard to avoid deals getting bogged down in the muck of paperwork or legal issues. But no deal is ever hassle-free, and you’ll need to be mentally and financially ready to tackle unexpected scenarios. 


That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced realtor early, preparing to shield you from problems and unforeseen consequences. 


Without planning, you may find yourself in a prolonged deal, costing you thousands in potential fees or taxes. 

You’ll always want a second opinion.

Whether it’s asking your children if the pumpkin’s a little lumpy, or your friends if the design is a spooky enough, you’ll be wanting a second opinion on your Jack-O-Lantern before it hits the porch. 


When searching realtors and evaluating their processes, it’s good to get a second opinion from an experienced realtor, who’ll tell you if something is looking “a little lumpy” too. 


If you’re searching for a haunted house of your own, be sure to check one out at this year’s Kits House Autumn Fair! Admission is free for all entertainment! 


I’m proud to sponsor this organization’s yearly event, complete with food trucks, musicians, a pancake breakfast, and many other family friendly events. 


Of course, if you’re looking for a real haunted house, or something with a fireplace for the autumn evenings, I can help you with that too! Call Michael Tudorie today at 604.919.7777. 


Image Credit: https://www.deviantart.com/spacecadetamy/art/The-Pumpkin-House-183963146

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I have sold a property at Squamish.

Jumar | Your Gateway To Adventure | Pre-Sale Opportunity

Imagine having the best of the mountains and the best of the city all within reach. Check out Jumar, a new condo development just minutes from the downtown Squamish core. 

Jumar's exciting mixed-use structure mirrors the rugged shape of Squamish's towering 'Chief' mountain, a favourite of rock climbers and outdoor thrill-seekers, yet retains urban amenities and shops.

Featuring 101 outdoor inspired 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condos, plus a selection of townhomes, this development also contains 18,000 square feet of commercial/retail space and an entrance to the Squamish Elementary School. 

Located halfway between Whister's world-class mountain resort and Vancouver's cosmopolitan downtown, Jumar is a rare opportunity for investors and families, mixing BC's untamed outdoors with West-Coast luxury. 

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Please visit our Open House at 1709 928 BEATTY ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Friday, October 12, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Ensconced between Yaletown and Crosstown, The Max is quintessential Vancouver living. With open views , proximity to the downtown core, transit access and modern on-site amenities. Cleverly packaged and designed for people who love to be out on the town, Suite 1709 is proof you can have big city living, in a cozy, comfortable package. Within Suite 1709’s walls is an opportunity for DIY’ers wanting to roll up their sleeves, and turn this 1 BR/1 BA unit into the trendy downtown pad of their dreams. Featuring a balcony and open concept kitchen/living area, along with its proximity to popular restaurants and clubs, this suite is primed to become the entertainment destination for friends and family. Open House Sat, Oct 13th 2-4, Sun Oct 14, 2-4
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Please visit our Open House at 1709 928 BEATTY ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Ensconced between Yaletown and Crosstown, The Max is quintessential Vancouver living. With open views , proximity to the downtown core, transit access and modern on-site amenities. Cleverly packaged and designed for people who love to be out on the town, Suite 1709 is proof you can have big city living, in a cozy, comfortable package. Within Suite 1709’s walls is an opportunity for DIY’ers wanting to roll up their sleeves, and turn this 1 BR/1 BA unit into the trendy downtown pad of their dreams. Featuring a balcony and open concept kitchen/living area, along with its proximity to popular restaurants and clubs, this suite is primed to become the entertainment destination for friends and family. Open House Sat, Oct 13th 2-4, Sun Oct 14, 2-4
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Please visit our Open House at 1709 928 BEATTY ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Sunday, October 14, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Ensconced between Yaletown and Crosstown, The Max is quintessential Vancouver living. With open views , proximity to the downtown core, transit access and modern on-site amenities. Cleverly packaged and designed for people who love to be out on the town, Suite 1709 is proof you can have big city living, in a cozy, comfortable package. Within Suite 1709’s walls is an opportunity for DIY’ers wanting to roll up their sleeves, and turn this 1 BR/1 BA unit into the trendy downtown pad of their dreams. Featuring a balcony and open concept kitchen/living area, along with its proximity to popular restaurants and clubs, this suite is primed to become the entertainment destination for friends and family. Open House Sat, Oct 13th 2-4, Sun Oct 14, 2-4
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A realtor’s commission doesn’t change whether you hire them a day before you buy a house or a year.

But many people wait. And for good reason! Hiring a realtor until just before you buy or sell a home has a number of benefits. Here’s just a few:

Not having to meet just one reliable, well-regarded contractor.

Instead, you and your partner will spend Sunday morning’s together, gazing at the yellow pages and internet classifieds for potential hires, as well as calling friends and family for referrals.

Then, you’ll meet plenty of new people, letting them and their dirty boots into your home for estimates, often during times you should be at the office or out running errands!

Negotiate On Your Terms

Why not try practicing your negotiating skills with colourful characters?

Everyone loves a bargain. Especially the people on Craigslist who’ll show up to offer five dollars for your ten dollar lamp! When you don’t have a realtor who’s connected with de-cluttering services, your bartering skills get a work out!

Get A Work Out or Work Out Your Issues

Getting a lower-back workout, with items you already own!

Think you need a Bowflex? Think again! All you need to do is say ‘no’ to a realtor with access to reliable movers, and move Grandma’s antique piano by yourself. Get a chest workout moving that chest of drawers out the front door, or work those arms with your armoire down a flight of steps!


Best of all, your significant other will help you combat memory loss by reminding you of all the times you didn't take their side, didn't make the right choice, or didn't take them dancing that one anniversary. 

If you’re in the market for a home and decide you don’t want the above benefits, I can take care of all those things and more. Simply call me at 604-919-7777.

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Summer’s last gasps are giving way to Autumn breezes, and as the temperature drops, so do the leaves!


While many people look forward to digging out their shovels and jumping in piles of leaves, for many of us, raking can be a dangerous affair. 


Raking and piling up Vancouver’s wet leaves can leave our backs feeling sore the next morning. At their worst, they can exacerbate heart and health issues, even potentially sending us to the emergency room.


If you’re sick and tired of the leaves covering the lawn of your property, wouldn’t it be nice knowing if someone else took care of it for you? 


Luckily, if you downsize your home, someone will! And, there’s a few other benefits too!


So before you reach for the ol’ rake, here’s three things downsizing lets you rake instead of leaves. 


  • Rake in the equity you’ve built for yourself, kicking up your feet for a worry-free retirement and doing things like
  • Raking in the poker chips during a warm, Vegas getaway vacation. 
  • Raking the sand in a Japanese rock garden on a month’s-long trip to find your Zen. 


Instead of piling leaves, put a pile of money towards your grandchildren’s education or your children’s new home purchase. 


If you’ve had it with leaves, why not leave me an email or a phone call at 604-910-7777 today! I can help you find a condo or townhome that you'll fall in love with!

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With a 20% Inventory vs Sale ratio, Vancouver’s real estate market is finding its zen, after years of rocketing highs and some media lows. 


For home buyers, this means more selection and less competitive bidding, meaning they can feel comfortable searching for a home that feels right, instead of right now. 


And that feeling can be found by using a little feng shui in your home search. 


Feng shui is channelling positive energy or qi into a person’s life, through proper arrangement of living spaces. Its origins are as old as Chinese civilization, and an expression of how the ancient Chinese saw their relationship with the universe. 


4,000 years ago, Chinese capitals aligned themselves along a north-south axis and today, this continues, evidenced by Beijing’s grid layout. 

Achieve Home Buying Zen  

For homebuyers, the location, area or neighbourhood of a potential home — called sectors — can harness feng shui, enhancing their careers and livelihoods. 


Though often thought of in terms of interior design, feng shui also applies to a home’s physical location. 


Vancouver’s unique landscape and neighbourhoods make it easy for buyers to find their little piece of zen. 


Vancouver-based Feng Shui expert Marlyna Los breaks down different sectors thusly:


SW – anything to do with property investments, insurance and real estate.

South – technology, beauty, metaphysics, life transformation, optician, telecommunications

SE – gardening, fashion, architecture, academic and scholarly pursuits, education, coaching

East – sports, physical related work, agriculture, physical movement

NE – conventional healing, well being, fitness, body or mind improvements

North – consulting, trading, logistics, aquatics

NW – accounting, finance, legal, military, anything to do with regulations


If you’re an accountant or lawyer, a house located within northwest Vancouver’s neighbourhoods such as Dunbar or Point Grey — or a northwest corner of your favourite city block — will enhance your concentration and career pursuits. 


Naturally, many people within these professions have gravitated to these areas. It makes you wonder, doesn’t it?


East Vancouver’s demographics appeal to vibrant, active homebuyers, as well as those young at heart. As Los says, East represents sports and physical movement, hence a large number of cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts who hike, kayak and ski/snowboard. 


Also, East Vancouver is home to burgeoning urban agricultural initiatives, where many homeowners use their property to cultivate vegetables for donation to the less fortunate, teaching their children the value of taking care of the Earth. 


If you’re looking for a little zen in your home buying experience, I provide a no-hassle approach that lets you go with the flow! Call Michael Tudorie today!

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I have sold a property at 2307 938 SMITHE ST in Vancouver.
BOSA built: "Electric Avenue" This unique, two-level condo style puts you in the centre of everything downtown has to offer. Steps to Robson-Alberni shopping district, Zagat rated restaurants, Scotia Bank theatre for your entertainment. Enjoy fitness centre, meeting rooms & fireplace lounge, & 24 hr concierge. This home's functional layout leaves no wasted space – 2 bedrooms and DEN with plenty of closets. Private rooftop access as well as large terrace from your bedrooms to enjoy sunsets or morning coffee. P.S. Unit comes with 2 side by side parking spaces. Watch 3D virtual tour and contact for private viewing.This is the perfect Vancouver condo you been waiting for! Open House Friday 11-1 pm and Sat 2-4.
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