Yarrow, BC Real Estate News

By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
Well, I missed daylight savings time and had an extra hour to kill. It was a sunny day, but cool-winter is in the air. Gave the grass the last cut of the year, sharpened and clean the lawn mover and weeded and took down the sunflowers. We're good to go now. Unless we get an "Indian summer", then I start this process all over again. Next week I guess, I'll be putting up Christmas lights. I waited too long last year and we had unprecedented snow, so I was up on a ladder in 2 feet of snow hanging these damn lights. Not this year!
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By Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor
Yarrow is a village, for some reason it's classified as that - although don't really call it a Village - it's just a distinct 'in the country' part of chiliwack.  Located 90 kilometres east of Vancouver and 12 km southwest of downtown Chilliwack. The fertile upper Fraser Valley supports the growth of many varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs. Yarrow's economy is mostly agricultural and includes dairy farms and field crops (blueberries, corn & hay). The area of Yarrow was first owned by Volkert Vedder, who alienated it from Crown Land in 1858. In 1910, the B.C. Electric Railway constructed a line from Vanouver to nearby Chilliwack and skirted around Sumas Lake. One of the stations along this line was named Yarrow. The townsite was built on land reclaimed, in part, from Sumas Lake. In...
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
This is a true story. A case currently wending its way through the Canadian justice system has caused outrage. Here are the facts: Anthony Bennett, 51, and a crack addict, has a criminal record spanning 33 years. One of Bennett's tricks was to ride his bicycle from store to store stealing things for re-sale to support his habit. One particular day, he returned to the Lucky Moose Market to help himself to expensive plants. This was his second visit on the same day. David Chen, owner of the market, had had enough. He and 3 of his employees, gave chase, caught the thief, hog-tied him and locked him in a van. They then called the police. The upshot of this whole scenario was this. Bennett, pleaded out in August. It should be pointed out that this was a mere 3 months after a previous arrest...
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
August 20th; I'm scheduled to leave on a trip to Alberta and Saskatchewan. If it wasn't for my partner Bob, I wouldn't have been going anywhere. Subject removals and addendums were due just after I left, and three new requests for market evaluations came in at the 11th hour. Add to that some complications  that arose on two of our recent deals. Where I was, there was no internet, and to complicate matters even more, I dropped my cell phone in the lake. So basically, I was totally out of touch. Bob came through and handled everything on his own. I owe him big time! Like I said, thank God for partners!
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
Two old guys, Bill and Sam, met at the park every day to feed the pigeons, watch the squirrels and solve the world's problems. One day, Bill didn't show up. Sam didn't think much of it and figured Bill had a cold or something. But after a week or so, with Bill being a no-show, Sam was getting worried. Since they had always met at the park, Sam had no idea where Bill lived so he wasn't able to go and check on him. A month passed and Sam figured he had seen the last of his old friend. But one day Sam approached the park, and, lo and behold there sat Bill! Sam was very excited and glad to see him and told him so. He said, "For crying out loud Bill. Where have you been?" Bill replied. "I've been in jail!" "Jail? What in the world for?" "Well, you know that cute blond waitress that works in ...
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
June 27 will mark the 150th birthday celebration of Mildred Hill, but you couldn't afford to sing "Happy Birthday to her! In 1893, she wrote a short ditty called "Good Morning To All". Long after Mildred was dead, the song was registered with new             birthday lyrics. (To this day, the author is unknown).                         Warner Music Group who owns the rights, requires a fee of $20,000 for using using even one of the 4 lines in the song. In 2008 alone, the song was used in 10 movies and the licensing fees were paid. The next time you go into a restaurant, and the staff starts singing "Happy Birthday" to a patron, remember to leave a large tip. Legally, they could be on the hook for $20,000. Believe me, I don't make this stuff up.
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
May 14th, 2009, was my youngest daughter's birthday... and, it was also the day of the funeral. It was a grey day, raining and cold... ...fitting really for the drama that was playing out.  The last Chevy Silverado rolled off the line in Oshawa under sombre skies. Since 1965, several generations made a good living here, and now, it was over for good. For Oshawa, the auto capital of Canada,      this was devastating and the human cost is great.                        Nothing less than a modern day tradegy.                                                                                               Fast track down to Chatanooga, Tenn, where Volkswagon is unveiling a new $1 Billion assembly plant, or, down to West Point Georgia where KIA is  putting the finishing touches on their new plan...
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
All over the world, from New York to Australia, and from England to Germany, groups of "terrorists", usually under the cover of darkness, are sneaking around planting things! Usually they pick abandoned properties, or mis-used urban settings. Sometimes they "do" traffic boulevards, but mostly on other people's property. And it's illegal! And nobody complains!                                                      Sometimes they will use a little subterfuge such as getting one of the group                         to distract authorities while they go about their task.                    It must work; they've been at it for 35 years!                                                  BEFORE                                                                                                        ...
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
31,025 Sunrises, or 85 years. This, say the experts, is the average life expectancy of a typical North American. A fleeting time in the big scheme. I got to thinking about this the other day only because I've done 23,275 of them. What kind of a legacy am I leaving behind? In the final reckoning, I think it's not so much about how much money you've managed to accumulate or how powerful you got to be. I have 2 daughters, both wise beyond their years; and we've actually had this conversation. My eldest, Catherine once told me, "You made mistakes; everyone does, but on balance, you are a great Dad and an awesome grandfather".   At the end of the day, I can't ask for much more than that.
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By Terry Chenier
(Homelife Glenayre Realty)
  An interesting article in the news today: The Mojave "boneyards" is doing a roaring business. With the current economic crisis and the resulting drop in passenger traffic, more and more commercial air liners are taken out of service. A properly sealed aircraft can spend years at one of these facilities without adverse effects in the dry desert air.                                                                                 Last year, 1,167 aircraft were parked around the globe making 2008 the worst year for groundings. Air Canada has parked all of its gas-guzzling 767-200's. More that 11% of operational jet liners, or almost 2,300 sit idle waiting the market to turn around. Once it does, these aircraft can quickly re-enter service. Flight Test Assocaiates Inc., (a major storage fa...
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By Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor
Just a few minute drive from Chilliwack and a couple of miles down the road from Cultus Lake....is the little village of Yarrow.  With a beautiful picturesque setting it set amids a backdrop of panoramic mountains and Valley views.                                    Yarrow was founded mostly by Dutch-Prussian-Russian-Mennonites on land reclaimed in part from Sumas Lake, after the provincial government built dykes to channel the Vedder River through the Vedder Canal to the Fraser River. Completed in 1924, this dyking project opened 12,000 acres of land for agriculture just west of Yarrow. By 1928, a new Mennonite Colony was established. The village of Yarrow nestles between Vedder Mountain to the south and the Vedder River to the north.                                 Yarrow Station - Co...
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