Laura June and Ari Lahdekorpi RE/MAX Little Oak Realty

It seems as though the wind blew the fall weather in over night. The people I meet on the street walking there dogs in the morning are all wearing their fall jackets. I notice the leaves on the trees have begun turning colours and dropping to the sidewalks and lawns. This is usually the time of year when buyers begin their search in earnest to try and find that perfect property before the bite of winter truly hits the Canadian air.

This fall season is an election year. For some reason activity seems to slump in the market during an election year. It might be the distraction of all of the election news, or it might be the presence of the lawn signs for the candidates. But for whatever reason, things tend to slow a bit as we approach a major election. Up to this point, the year has been very active. Continued low interest rates and high demand on scarce inventory have created a Seller's market. Along with these types of market conditions comes an increase in housing prices, particulary in detached homes in quiet neighbourhoods. The Fraser Valley market has experienced some significant gains in key neighbourhoods. We have some clients who have realized upwards of 100K increase in their housing investment in the course of this past year. Real Estate has continued to prove itself as a major tool in wealth gain in British Columbia. For those who are who are interested, we supply a full market report on a monthly basis upon request. If you would like to follow what the market is doing, just click here and we will add you to our client list to receive our Fraser Valley market report.

This election seems to have the wind of change blowing through it, reflecting the weather conditions, it seems. Whatever the outcome of the voting, Laura and I are confident that our local housing market will continue as a strong investment. We all need the shelter of a roof over our heads, and the warm of four walls around us as we head into the inevitable change into the Canadian winter.

Keep warm...and don't forget to Vote on October 19th.

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Working in the Real Estate Industry is all about working for the best interests of property owners. The role of a REALTOR is to serve the client ahead of one's own personal interests...advising and recommending purchases and sales as they serve the goals and needs of the clients. Basically that means that a good REALTOR is deeply involved in the community and neighbourhood dynamics of the area they serve. Part of that involvement is helping where a need has arisen outside of the purely economic pursuits of the work.

Laura June and I have involved ourselves in a number of initiatives to aid the community in which we live. Of course it's just not possible to help out every worthy cause, so we have selected two that speak to our hearts. The first one is the Children's Miracle Network. We give back a portion of our commissions to the local children's hospitals via the "Miracle Home" program. This program has been responsible for purchasing equipment and services to aid sick kids.

I am personally involved in a charity musical group called, "RE/MAX Rockin All Stars". This musical project is comprised of RE/MAX REALTORS who perform dances and concerts with the proceeds being donaled to the Children's Miracle Network. For example, this November 14th the band will be putting on a fundraiser for the CMN in New Westminster, with the proceeds being donated directly to CMN.

The other cause that we are involved with is Breast Cancer research. Our assistant, Carrie, is a breast cancer survivor, so the initiative is close to our hearts. This September 25th we are sponsoring a fundraising event in sync with the Run for the Cure event. 

Laura June and I feel that giving back in this way is an important part of being part of the community, both as business people and as citizens of this amazing area of Canada.


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