In less than 20 days we’ll be into a new decade. No more teen years. On January 1st, the world, your world will kick into 2020. The beginning of the fabulous twenties. A decade of promise. Your chance to shine. The question is how have you been preparing for new decade ? OR Hope for lucky year or have you been living like a bamboo? What do you mean? That’s a good thing… keep on reading. Nothing happens by chance or luck (even though you need to be lucky  sometimes.)

In my real estate practice my role is to Guide-Lead-Protect client(s) interests who are ready to make a leap into new lifestyle weather it means downsizing, rightsizing, first time home buyer or investor.  Those clients are in different stages of their life some planted seeds 5 years or long time ago, some are in the process of growing their bamboo and others are planning for the future. Contact me for a consultation to guide you with your future real estate goals.

Here is the story of the bamboo and hope we all could learn from moral of the story.

A man got frustrated with life. Despite all the hard work and effort, failure was all that he learnt. Feeling defeated with life, he left everything and exiled himself in the woods. There he met Jon. The disappointed man shared his failure with the Jon; Give me one good reason not to quit?

Look, Jon said, pointing towards two plants. “Do you see that fern and bamboo there?

“Yes”, the man nodded.

When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them water, light and fertilizer. Within a short period of time the fern quickly grew from the earth”, Jon continued.

But despite the Bamboo seed being watered and nurtured for years, it did not outwardly grow as much as an inch. In fact, nothing at all happened in the first year. There was no sign of growth.  But, I did not give up on the Bamboo seed and continued to water and nurture it.  By the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. And within six months, the tree grew a hundred feet tall.

So, did the bamboo tree lie dormant for four years only to grow exponentially in the fifth?” Jon asked.  Baffled by the question the man kept quiet.  The answer is quite obvious. The little tree was growing underground, developing a root system strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond. Had the tree not developed a strong foundation, it would not have sustained its life as it grew.

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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.

If you’re feeling uncertain about Vancouver real estate, I’ll be happy to bring some clarity to your decision making at 604.910.7777 or

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