So many beautiful May blooms pop up in gardens! Creating a classic mixed-flower arrangement doesn’t have to be difficult. Use your intuition (and incorporate a few basic guidelines) to arrange gorgeous bouquets.
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• Begin with the flowers:
Start by arranging the flowers in your hand and placing the larger flowers near the base of the group. Incorporate dark blooms for drama or use flowers in lighter tones for a softer effect.
• Consider the size.
Pay attention to the height and shape of the flowers that you’re using and arrange taller stems near the top and back.
• Work with the stems.
Strip stems of any leaves that would otherwise be standing in water. Choose a vase or container that is appropriate for the height and proportion of your flowers.
• Give it shape.
Lightly bind the stems with twine or floral wire and place in a vase or use moist floral foam in shallow containers to give short stems more stability.
• Add some depth and interest.
Fill in the gaps with smaller blooms. Blue or violet flowers often act as a neutral and can fill out an arrangement without overwhelming your colors scheme.
• Add greenery.
Insert a few leaves of greenery near the bottom to form a casual “rim” for the arrangement.
Once you have your arrangement looking pretty, be sure to put it in a location where you can change the water every day and stop and smell the roses (or peonies or lilacs) along the way.
Think the media is focused on ‘right now’ and less on what’s ‘right?’ You’re not wrong.
Breathless coverage of Vancouver’s real estate ups and downs ignores long-term trends and facts, instead focusing on headlines that create conflict. If you’re a homebuyer, a seller or an investor, it can be difficult to separate what’s fact and what’s fact-free - leading you to make a decision based on feeling and fiction.
To paraphrase Warren Buffet, good investors tune out damning headlines and echo chambers, instead opting to stay focused on the long-haul with clear information.
If you’re a Vancouver real estate buyer or seller wondering where the market is heading, here’s a little information the local news isn’t reporting on:
By Q3 2019, we will see a rejuvenated Vancouver real estate market.
This is the takeaway of ScotiaBank’s latest provincial outlook, which notes that growth will return to Vancouver and BC’s housing market. It won’t be the breakneck year-over-year highs of several years ago, but it will be a moderated, sustained market that more accurately reflects the real state of the provincial economy, instead of a merely being a dumping ground for capital.
We’ve seen the market adjust to 2016’s foreign buyer tax, and we’re seeing it adjust again to new rules and corrections. While the current government intervention isn’t preferable, it is fortunately being balanced out by soaring full-time job numbers in the private sector, with BC slated to lead in job creation through 2019 and 2020.
Is this news to you? Remember! Always read beyond the headlines and soundbites.
So, if you’re thinking of buying a Vancouver home, it may be prudent to accelerate your search now, before prices begin to rise as summer approaches.
An experienced, ethical realtor can help you sift through the misinformation. Before taking the plunge to buy or sell a home on the Vancouver real estate market, consider getting a second opinion from a realtor who knows the industry and puts your interests first.
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Your imagination is the most powerful tool you have to improve the value of your property – and it’s free. Here’s how: Step out of your own shoes and step into your potential buyer’s shoes. Then take a good, realistic look at your house and property, and consider: Is it appealing? Can you imagine yourself living there comfortably? Or do you imagine yourself putting in a lot of work to make the house and property acceptable?
Most buyers are interested in three things about a property they’re considering:
• Visual appeal (landscaping, spaciousness, cleanliness, color, lack of clutter)
• Maintenance (everything in working order, nothing to repair or paint)
• Safety (locks and deadbolts, burglar/fire alarm systems, busyness of the neighborhood)
If a potential buyer can’t form a good mental picture of living in your house – no sale! With this in mind, you’ll want to give your property a good, hard look from the outside in. You want to create a fabulous first impression so everyone will want to come inside.
What to Look For On the Outside:
• Roof and gutters: When buyers look at your house from their car, about 30% of what they see is your roof. Be certain it’s in good repair.
• Landscaping: A well-manicured yard and a smooth, even driveway reassure potential buyers that you care about your property. A yard free of mud and weeds suggests a good sprinkler system and low maintenance.
• Paint and siding: Neutral colors and a clean appearance are important. Consider repainting or power-washing both your house and roof.
• Porch or covered patio: Make sure it’s clean and uncluttered.
• Fence: Fencing should be in good repair.
What to Look For On the Inside:
• Kitchen: Regardless of your kitchen size, you can make it feel spacious. Remove appliances and gadgets from your counter tops and store them. Repair broken or cracked counters. • Bathrooms: Replace faucets, medicine cabinet, and towel racks, if necessary; be certain the bathrooms are spotless and fresh-smelling. • Master Bedroom: Spaciousness and décor are important. Remove and store nonessential furniture. • Flooring: An investment in new carpeting almost always increases the perceived value of a home. Select a neutral color of medium-grade carpeting and padding. Replace cracked and broken tiles. • Wall covering: A fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Always use neutral or soft, warm colors. Avoid wallpaper. • Personal touches: Eclectic personal touches may distract potential buyers.
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Fix what you can see! Cosmetic changes, regardless of the cost, will make a world of difference when it comes time to sell. Whatever you saw when you put on your potential buyer’s shoes, that’s what you do first– from the outside in. Keep in mind that you want the best return on your investment. When you make cosmetic changes, you maximize popular appeal. People will see what looks great, and they’ll picture themselves living there.
Conversely, if your home looks untended, people will imagine how much work they have to do – again, no sale! The cost of such a project might frighten you; however, think about the cost of not doing it. If it costs $2,000 to repair your roof and gutters and you balk at the price, think again. The same roof repair will probably decrease your asking price by $4,000 when a buyer begins to negotiate. Ask your realtor for guidance OR second opinion.
Most often, a move represents an important step forward for the adults in the family because of a new job, promotion, transfer to a different office, or financial success has allowed them to buy a more comfortable house in a different neighborhood. Moving from one house to another is seldom easy and enjoyable for adults (who chose to move), and can be especially troubling for children (who prefer to stay where they are). But if parents are mindful of their children’s concerns and needs, they can minimize distress and discomfort.
A Move Affects Children and Adults Differently
People typically live in a house for about five years and then move on as their jobs and incomes allow. Five years is a small percentage of an adult’s life, but it’s half the lifetime of a 10-year old: It includes almost all the years he or she can remember. It may be the only home the child’s ever known, and the place s/he feels most safe and comfortable.
A house is much more than a place to live to children. It’s the center of their world, associated with familiar activities, sights, and sounds. A move threatens a child’s security and leaves something unknown in its place. Their friends, and the familiar streets, schools, shops, trees and parks are gone. The new neighborhood is someone else’s world.
The impact of a move on a child starts about the time he or she first hears about it, and often continues until the new house becomes home. It’s not necessary to tell young children about this big change immediately, although they must hear about it from their parents before someone else tells them.
Expect that your children may be even more distressed after the move. The new house will not be comfortable or beautiful the night the moving van leaves, or for months after. The furniture won’t fit the rooms, and the floor will be covered with half-unpacked boxes. The children won’t know anyone at school and, if you move during the summer, they may have little opportunity to meet others their age. They’ll need your help: Plan ahead to support and comfort them and ease the stress of the move.
Easing the Stress of the Move
Young Children Have Special Needs
Describe the move in a truthful, positive way. Tell upbeat stories about the
benefits of the new house and location. Plan together to make the new setting feel like home:
- Ask about their favorite activities (e.g., soccer), and plan to investigate youth programs in the new community.
- Ask what they like best about the present house (e.g., the swimming pool) and assure them that you’ll find a place for them to swim in the new town.
- Ask what they like best about the neighborhood (e.g., their friends), and make plans to invite the children on the block to a Welcome To the Neighborhood Party once you’ve settled in.
- Ask what they like the most about their school (e.g., their teacher), and let them know that you’ll request a tour of their new school and a chance to meet their teacher beforehand.
- Ask what they like most about their community (e.g., the video game parlor), and assure them that those activities will be available in the new location.
- Use children’s literature. Books can help children prepare for and understand difficult situations. Story characters who model successful coping strategies are an excellent resource for children.
- If the new home is too far away for the entire family to visit, show the children pictures of the house, yard, and neighborhood. Videotape it if you can. Include pictures of each child’s new room.
- Ask the children to name the house with an inviting description, like “Oak Hill,” for the big trees and sloping lawn.
• Young children need protection from fear of the unknown. Listen carefully to their concerns and respond quickly to relieve their apprehensions. It’s normal, for instance, for a young child to worry that his or her toy box and shelf of stuffed animals might be left behind. Uncover those anxieties by actively involving your children in the process.
• Don’t just promise to let them decorate their own rooms – take them to the paint store and let them bring home color swatches. Shop together for bedspreads and towels and carpets.
• They must leave old friends behind. Plan a going-away party and let them invite their own guests to bring closure to that parting.
• Take pictures of everyone and make a photo album. If a child is old enough, send him or her out with a roll of film in the camera and the assignment to photograph the scenes he’ll want to remember.
• Give each of them extra screen time so they can keep in touch with people who are important to them.
• Buy a stack of picture postcards that show positive views of your new community and encourage them to write messages to the friends and relatives they left behind.
• Try to pack children’s things last and include them in the packing process.
• Keep security objects such as a favorite teddy bear or blanket close by. Keep your routine as normal as possible. Regular eating and nap times are important.
Encourage children to get outside and get to know the people and the neighborhood. Encourage older children to distribute fliers for babysitting, lawn care, or car washing. Encourage them to participate in school activities that appeal to them. Get them on sports teams and into clubs. Throw a housewarming party for yourselves and invite all the adults and children on the block.
Most teenagers see themselves as adult members of the family, and may feel disrespected if they don’t hear about the move early in the process. Also, they’ll need time to work through the ordeal of leaving their friends.
Ending relationships and saying goodbyes takes time, and is best done before the move. Some relationships will be extremely difficult to bring to an end, and these will require thoughtful, personalized planning. How, for instance, do you move a 17-year-old a thousand miles from her steady boyfriend? Even though teens seem more advanced in their social skills, they may worry a lot about making friends and fitting in. Visit their new school and check out local activities and employment opportunities for young people.
Communities have their own culture and way of doing things, and this is often reflected in the way teens dress. How they look is really important to teens. Before spending money on a new school wardrobe, your teen may want to observe what’s “in.” Purchasing a few new outfits can often help a teen feel more comfortable. It’s particularly important to let teens known that you want to hear about, and respect, their concerns. Blanket assurances may seem to your teen like you’re dismissing his or her feelings. It may help to explain that the move is a type of rehearsal for future changes, like college or a new job.
At any age, get help if emotional problems arise. Ask a teacher for assistance. Consider professional counseling. Don’t let a serious problem slide. Eventually, the strangeness and temporary discomforts should diminish. New friends will become good friends. The new house may become the family gathering place that your grandchildren will visit on holidays. In the long run, everything will work out fine.
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