Charlie Veaudry

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Moving can be stressful for every family member – including the four-legged ones. The tough part is you can’t explain to your dogs and cats what’s happening. Every animal reacts differently to new living quarters, and temperament has a lot to do with it. Some pets take a move in stride, while others exhibit anxiety or insecurity for days or weeks.

Here are some things to consider as the big move approaches and after you’re in your new home:


1. A little help from the vet
Ask your veterinarian for recommendations on easing the transition. If your pet is generally anxious or high-strung, perhaps it’s worth asking whether a mild calming medication might be right for your pet for the first few days after the move. It’s not uncommon for vets to prescribe gentle stress relief for travel. Your veterinarian may also suggest additional vaccinations depending on the area and climate you’re moving to.


2. A pre-move home tour
If possible, take your pet to the new home for a visit before the official moving day. That way, it will be familiar with the house, yard and even new smells when you actually move in.


3. Time to explore
After you move in, give your pet time to explore the house gradually, rather than letting it loose immediately to roam at will. Limit it to one area – perhaps the kitchen – for a few hours until it calms down. Show the pet where you’ve placed its familiar items like the food dish, water bowl and bed. You might want to keep a dog on a leash when first allowing it to tour the greater part of the house. If you have a fenced yard, avoid letting pets out unsupervised for several days until you’re sure they can’t climb or dig out from under the fence.


4. The benefit of pet walks
Take your dog for walks and good sniffing around the entire neighborhood. While you acclimate to your new location primarily by visual cues, dogs depend on their olfactory sense. Leave and enter the new home by different doors during the early walks, so your dog develops a good sense of direction and knows exactly where home is.


5. How cats handle moves
Territorial by nature, cats often experience more issues with moving than their canine counterparts. Keep your cat safe in its carrier upon arrival, placing it in a quiet area. When the hubbub dies down, let it out in an enclosed room away from main traffic areas. Provide your cat with familiar objects, such as a bed, litter box and toys. Spend lots of time with it and encourage it to explore the room, perhaps by strategically placing cat treats. Outgoing, friendly cats might be ready for further exploration within a day or two after arrival, while shy cats might take much longer.


6. Additional supervision
While you have a million things to do after moving into a new house, try to have at least one family member home at all times during the first week or so. Have meals at home and establish a routine for your furry friends as soon as possible. Feed pets and take the dog for walks at the same time as you did at your old home.


7. Update pet IDs
Because accidents happen, update your pet’s identification information before you move. Your new municipality might require licensing within a certain time frame, but you need updated tags from day one of your move. If your pets are microchipped, contact the registration company and give them the new information. This way, if Fluffy or Fido slip out the door, anyone who finds them can easily return them to their new home.


Article courtesy of Above: The RE/MAX Magazine

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I shared with you some information about the wealth of Farmers Markets we have in the Vernon area last July, and I am happy to announce that as of April 16th, we will be able to start enjoying this local resource once again!

The Vernon Farmer's Market will be available at the Kal Tire Place Parking Lot as of April 16th on Mondays & Thursdays.


3445 43rd Ave, Vernon from 8:00am to 1:00 pm.


Make sure to stop by and take a look at the:


Fresh In Season produce,








Gourmet Foods



& Lots More!


You can learn more about the Vernon Farmer's Market at their website

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Back in January, I shared some information with your regarding the RE/MAX of Western Canada's Quest for Excellence Bursary Program. We have the results back!  


The Quest for Excellence program is a bursary program for grade 12 students in Western Canada.

It was established by RE/MAX of Western Canada to recognize the success and ongoing pursuits of Western Canadian students in regards to leadership and community contribution initiatives.


Over 900 essays were received in the 2015 Quest for Excellence program. RE/MAX of Western Canada is pleased to award 16 deserving students a $1,000 bursary each to help further their education.

RE/MAX of Western Canada would like to thank all applicants for their submissions and wish each and every one of them continued success in their own Quest for Excellence®.


To view the winning essays, click here



Previous Quest for Excellence® Bursary Winners


2014 Winners, click here


2013 Winners, click here

If you know of a student who is eligible for 2016, the application information can be found below:


RE/MAX 2016 Quest for Excellence program will open for submission on September 14th, 2015 until March 14th, 2016 

For Quest for Excellence 2016 Information Flyer, click here

For Quest for Excellence 2016 School Poster, click here

For questions regarding this program, please email


Note: All entries become the property of RE/MAX of Western Canada and photos and names of winners may be used in print publications and media.

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March took another dip as sales for the month dropped 30% over March last year. Our local real estate market appears to struggle under the cloud of uncertainty as fallen oil prices continue to put Alberta Buyers on hold. Up until the third quarter of 2014, Alberta Buyers made up 18.8% of the Okanagan Buyers. Lower interest rates forecast for most of this year will keep local Buyers in the market but will there be enough of them to make up for the lack of Alberta Buyers? Read on for more details.

Sales - The total sales for the 12 months ending March 2015 was at 993, still up 28% from the 12 months ending March 2014. Although the recovering market appears to be loosing some steam, this is still the highest volume of sales in the last 7 years since 2007 and at par with last month’s 28% increase.

Inventory - The average monthly inventory of single family homes dropped 13% to 536 for the last 12 months ending in March 2015, again, the lowest average inventory we have seen in the last 7 years. Inventory has not been this low since 2007, the year before the start of the recession triggered by the US banking crisis. The 12 month average dropped again, slightly less than last month’s 14%. Are Sellers thinking this could be the year to sell their home even though we have fewer Buyers at the moment?

Prices - Average median prices are still flat right now. At $344,627, average median prices for the last 12 months ending in March 2015 are virtually unchanged (up 1%) from 12 months ending in March 2014. This is another indication that the market appears to be stagnating. I will continue to watch the statistics over the next 3 months with great interest.

Using an HPI (Home Price Index) is still the best way to determine the value of your home. The HPI considers all the sales of a typical house in a certain area and compares them to the same type of houses sold in the previous years. We find when we do an HPI that house prices are still doing different things in different areas and in different price ranges. I would be happy to do an HPI evaluation on any property you have or want to buy. Simply give me a call or send me an email.

Absorption Rate - The rate at which our inventory is being absorbed by sales dropped slightly compared to last month. The average absorption rate of 14.97% over the 12 month period ending March 2015, is still the highest in the last 7 years but down from last month’s 15.36%. At the end of March 2015, there was 9 months of inventory available on the market, down from last month’s 12. This is considered more of a balanced market favouring neither Buyers or Sellers as the market continues to waffle.

From these numbers, it will be interesting to continue to watch how the spring market unfolds. The federal bank’s decision to cut interest rates was a direct attempt to stimulate the economy and we will see how that works over the coming months. I spoke with Tanis Yawney, a mortgage specialist at RBC who said that when the interest rate cut was announced, her phone started ringing and has not stopped.

At this point we still expect that the market over the next 6 to 18 months will be characterized by increasing sales and lower inventory moving towards a market that favours Sellers with more competition from Buyers and slowly rising prices. Prices will rise when consumer confidence gathers momentum and brings with it more Buyers.

If you have any questions about the market, please feel free to contact me at any time. You can go to my stats page here to view the graphs and full detailed data. 

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