Mission, BC Real Estate News

By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
For the first time ever, Swiss bank UBS is allowing U.S. regulators an inside peek into is vaults to examine the bank accounts of U.S. citizens who are squirreling away their money. Some regulators are estimating about $18 Billion dollars. Not to be outdone, Revenue Canada, (the IRS equivilant, is doing the same thing). As we speak, many are running to their lawyers looking for options. Poor babies! I wish I had this problem!
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
Any suggestions on  this little beauty? We're nor quite sure how to market this little prize.   We listed another one the other day. Could be a  "humdinger" with a splash of paint and a little staightening out. We're still trying to figure out marketing strategies on this one; any suggestions?  
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
  Some people just don't listen. I recently sold a rather large home here in Mission and the vendors are relocating to either Tuscon or Phoenix. And they aren't looking for a small, inexpensive home; it will               end up being in the 800K-900K bracket.  Now, here's the thing I don't get. They told their agents(s) in Tuscon and Phoenix that their house was on the market and when it sold, they wanted to fly down and look at properties to buy. I find out at presentation of the offer on the sale of their home, that both these  agents are looking at foreclosures and short sales and auctions!!! The owners of the house I sold had a stack of listings 4" high. The properties were all over the map, literally. Styles were different, price ranges were all over the place, some were in bad a...
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
WAKY NEWS is a weekly feature from THE BLOGGING GUY. Now here's a story that's REALLY wacked... Inventor Le Trung has developed a line of androids...  ...BABY androids. They're called "Reborns" and are very life-like. Apparently, there's a lot of women who are buying these things when their own kids have grown up and left the family nest. Some women get depressed when their kids go, and this android fills some gap I guess. They go as far as walking this "thing" in a stroller, buying it outfits- everything you would do with a normal baby. Price of this therapy? $4,000. (Comes with pacifier). Cute? Or creepy?   This is a true story fron THE BLOGGING GUY.
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
WAKY NEWS is a weekly feature from the "BLOGGING GUY". Some genius at Schippol airport in Amsterdam came up with an idea to reduce clean-up in the men's room. It would appear, that if you embed a "fly" in the porcelain of a urinal, it acts as a target and guys concentrate a little more trying to hit said target, thus reducing clean-up on the floor.   Small things fascinate small minds I guess. (Similar to playing battleships). This is a true story from "THE BLOGGING GUY". Posted Aug. 26
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village, and a tourist complimented the fishermen on their catch. He asked how long it took them to catch them.   "Not very long", they answered in unison. "But why didn't you stay out longer and catch more fish?" asked the tourist. The fishermen explained that the catches were adequate to meet their needs and those of their families. "But, what do you do with the rest of your time", asked the tourist. "We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children and take siestas with our wives". In the evenings, we go to the village and see our friends, have a few beers, play the guitar and sing a few songs. We have a full life".   The tourist wasn't having it. He said, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day....
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
 Muffy, a cross terrier in Australia decided to go "walkies" on his own and somehow, managed to get about 1,250 miles from home. He was finally spotted by a concerned homeowner who phoned the RSPCA. The dog was filthy, flea bitten and had a bad case of dermititus. He was identified by an implanted chip and finally reunited with his owners. NINE years after he took off!
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
 In the interest of going "green", most car manufacturers are rolling out their version of the "Smart Car".  Chevy has plans for the "SMORVETTE".                     Germany, not to be outdone have unveiled the new SMAUDI A3 AWD!  And, the ever-popular SMORCHE. Other high-end European models include the SMAMBORGHINI and the SMERRARI! And last but not least, Ford is introducing everybody's favorite...                              The SMUSTANG!
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
More and more, I'm running into this phenomenon. It became really evident the other day when I was "introduced" to a colleague. She's got a fairly high profile out there, with her picture plastered on everything from bus benches to bubble gum wrappers. Now here's the issue I have. When I was introduced to her, she looked nothing like her picture. As a matter of fact, I did a double-take. Her ads, flyers and all other media were using a photo that had to be 20 years old. She looked NOTHING like the image put out there for public consumption. Personally, I update my photo every two years.                                                              What's your take on this?
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
         The Alberta Government recently was proposing an alternative to Alberta ranchers for controlling the coyote population. It seems that after years of the ranchers using the tried and true methods of either shooting and/or trapping the predators, the tree huggers had a more "humane" solution. What they proposed is for the animals to be trapped alive.  The males would be castrated and let loose again. Therefore the population would be controlled. This was actually proposed to the Alberta Ranching Associaton by the Alberta Government and the Forest Service. It was actually looking pretty good for about 10 seconds, then one old cowboy took the microphone and said... "Sonny, I don't think you understand our problem here. These coyotes aren't screwing our sheep-they're eating them". T...
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
Three bozos from Saskatchewan, (previously from Ontario), were convicted in court recently of shooting game birds out of season. They thought it would make great fun to shoot, (literally, sitting ducks), unable to yet fly. To compound their stupidity, they filmed the entire thing, including their faces, and posted it on Youtube. Of course, it didn't take long before authorities had hundreds of tips which led to their arrest. Collectively, these three winners received $16,000 in fines. Idiots with too much time on their hands.
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
 This is Patrick Kane, up and coming hockey star with the Hawks. I wasn't sure whether to put this story under "Waky News" or file it now. I'll file it now, there's already been too much wacked news to blog about. Apparenty, Kane and his cousin, after a night on the town, paid a cab driver a fare of $13.80 with $15.00. The driver gave them back a dollar but said he didn't have the other 20 cents. Kane then apparently grabbed the $15 back and both proceded to beat and choke the elderly cab driver and broke his glasses. Both have been charged with various offensives. Kane, who apparently made $4 million last year, of course, pleaded not guilty. Normally, I'm not a proponent of the enormous settlements paid out in the States for law suits, but in this case, I hope the cabbie gets every dim...
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
 Your remember Joe Araio? He's the sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, and he keeps getting re-elected year after year; last year with 83% approval rating. Maricopa County was spending about $18 million a year on animal control. The Sheriff offered to take the program over and let the inmates run it. The animal shelters are run by the prisoners now. They feed and care for the strays and walk the dogs twice a day. He now has prisoners that are experts in animal nutrition and behaviour. They give classes for anyone who adopts an animal. The best part? His budget for the entire program is under $3 million. The prisoners get the benefit of working for 28 cents an hour, but most would do this for free, just to be out of their cells. He also runs a huge farm, where they grow their own vege...
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
"WAKY NEWS is a weekly feature of THE BLOGGING GUY. The Royal's brief 3 hour trip to the Hampshire town of Romsy has caused a bit of a stink. Seems the royal officials demanded a new toilet lavatory for the visit. The brief trip is already costing the small town about $120,000 and the updated "Loo" will add another $10,000 to the bill.  Of course renting a "Johnny-on-the-spot" just won't do, only the finest facilities for  the royal derierre. The expensive royal make-over is costing the tiny village about a third of their annual budget. As one local pundit put it... ...and to paraphrase Queen Vicroria, "We are not amused".     This is a true story from "THE BLOGGING GUY".
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
  Ever wonder where your old computer, keyboard and other periphials go when you discard them? I've watched several documentaries on this subject; it was an eye-opener. Investigative reporters interviewed, or in some case, "tried to interview",  owners of several recycling plants that dealt in E-waste. They all said the same thing. The process was done safely and within regulations. American firms insisted the stuff was being shipped to Canada; Canadian firms insisted the waste was being shipped to the States. Everyone was lying through their collective teeth. The reporters traced several containers, and they all ended up in the same place. Click on the link below to see where your stuff ends up. http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2009/03/photo-series-villages-full-of-e-waste/ In some village...
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
Ships plying their trans-oceanic trade take on sea water to act as ballast on the high seas. When they enter the Great Lakes, they dump that ballast, and in that discarded sea water are species of sea life not indigenous to the area. It's like tourists having a really good time that don't want to go home after the holiday's over. One of the worst manifestations is the Zebra Mussel. This little bugger is native to Asia and obviously got into the Great Lakes from freighters. And it's really established itself now and taking over everything. Like any foreign organism it's screwing up the eco-system, and there's no easy solution. New legislation is underway to require ships to dump their ballast 200 miles off-shore, flush and repeat, but it may be too little too late. Me? I don't have any a...
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
It would appear someone else has gone and done it. A grandfather with his grandson intending to fly to Sidney, Australia landed 28,000 kilometers from their destination. Upon landing, they were amazed at the lack of kangaroos, didgerydoos, billabongs and koala bears. What they had done was mistakingly booked a flight to Sydney, Nova Scotia. Nice place, but not quite the same as the other Sydney. The locals were friendly though, putting them up in a hotel for two days. They were scheduled to fly back to Amsterdam to re-book and try again. This is not the first time this has happened either. Two other hapless voyagers have pulled the same stunt.
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
Woohoo! The latest stats are in from the board. In our area, sales for July are up over 62.3% over last July. This is the highest increase since 2005. Contributers? Interest rates are at an all time low, house values are down 6% from last year and first time buyers are finally coming out to play! Bob and I have just done several deals and we're on the look-out for more. Should be a good year. It's about bloody time-it's been a drought.
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
You know those annoying phone calls you get right at dinner time? The dreaded telemarketer? Instead of losing it, try this. Say "Hold on please". And walk away. When you hear the phone company's "beep-beep-beep", you know they've hung up and they've wasted a lot of time waiting. Their boiler-room soon grinds to a halt. Do you get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end of the call? This is a telemerketing technique where a machine makes the calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone. This technique is used to determine the best time for a "real" person to call back and get someone at home. When you get these type of calls, immediately hit the # button 6 or 7 times as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine that dialed you and kicks your numb...
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
WAKY NEWS is a weekly feature from THE BLOGGGING GUY. An overly amorous type from Wausau, Wis. was lured to a motel room by one of his many lovers, tied up and blindfolded under the pretext of having some "fun and games". When he was secured, the rest of his harem was summoned, including his wife. When they arrived from the next room, they cut off his shorts and "crazy-glued" his naughty bits to his stomach. And we ain't talking hard hat. Now the 4 women, all in their 40's face several charges including sexual assault and could face  several years in prison. The women are all free on bail at press time.  Hell hath no fury like...       This is a true story from 'THE BLOGGING GUY".
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