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A Visit to Enderby Cliffs

 

I have been lucky enough to enjoy a few weeks in Vernon as my husband and I transition from Montreal to Vancouver. Having lived away from the Okanagan for 7 years, it is easy to appreciate the community, beautiful surroundings and fantastic weather. (Not to mention the fantastic hospitality of my parents!) We have had no shortage of things to do, but one highlight for me was hiking the Enderby Cliffs yesterday - something I have never done before!

 

It was a challenging hike, but we (myself, Jon and my mom) were able to reach the top in about 2.5 hours and get down again in 1.5 hours, making the whole hike 4 hours.

This time of year was perfect because of the cool weather, amazing sunshine and a few colourful leaves to add to the charm. Our legs are a little stiff today, but everyone agreed that it was a reasonable and rewarding challange. The views make it all worthwhile! 

 

We found the best information on how to get there was from the Provincial Park Website, and there is a full parking lot, washrooms and hike maps and park info at the base. There is a good spot to take in the views to the south at the 800m / 3km mark, and then even more amazing views to the north at the 1150m / 6.3km mark. That was as far as we made it, but I would do it again in a heartbeat and perhaps try to explore further.

 

I hope you enjoy the photos and take the time to experience one of the gems of the Okanagan. Happy Hiking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cindy and I regularly travel to Mexico during the winters, and it goes without saying that we enjoy partaking of the local drinks, tequila being the preferred choice. So, you can imagine my delight when I saw this article last night offering the bennefits of tequila! Who would have thought?!

1. It Can Lower Blood Sugar 

A major sugar produced by the agave plant named agavins, could trick your body into thinking it’s eating sugar. Agavins aren’t digested by our bodies so we taste sugar without it actually entering our blood streams. More research is needed, but this new research presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society could prove to be huge in the diabetes world.

2. Cold Remedy 

In between blowing your nose and downing orange juice like it’s your job, consider throwing back a shot of tequila. Agave contains a chemical called saponin which has been shown to increase immune response in your body. Shooting some ‘quila right before you get sick may help ward off any potential colds in your future. Party over here.

3. It Aids in Weight Loss

Well that’s a new one—an alcohol that can actually help you lose weight. Say it ain’t so, but science is here to shut you up. Lab mice fed a diet including agavins showed to lose weight and stay full longer. Even better, tequila shots also cut down on the calories. Since it’s often enjoyed with salt and lime, you don’t need that sugary chaser handy.

4. Sleep Aid

This is a no brainer right? 1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila, floor. But actually tequila has a relaxing affect on our neurological system. This doesn’t mean ripping shots until you black out, but a shot or two before bed wouldn’t hurt every so often. Plus, how badass would it be to tell someone you take a shot of tequila before going to bed, amirite?

5. Helps Prevent Dementia 

You drink a bunch of tequila and then don’t remember you did actually dance with that cougar at the bar last night. However a study out at Wake Forest University tells us that drinking tequila could actually help reduce our risk of getting dementia by 37 percent. So while it may not help find where you left your ATM card last night, in the long run you’ll be covered.

 

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September sales of single family residential homes continue to decline dropping by 8.7% (down 8 single

family residential units to 84) compared to September last year (92 units) and down 5 units from last month’s 89 units. The North Okanagan real estate market although healthy, continues to stagnate while we are seeing some much better numbers in the Shuswap to the north and Central Okanagan to the south. Year to date sales in the North Okanagan continue to trend down 9% from 826 last year to 752 this year. With the federal election in it’s final week, we will likely see continued reduced activity in the real estate market followed by a possible rebound after the election.

 

Sales  - The total sales for the 12 months ending September 2015 was at 947, down 6% from the 1008 for the 12 months ending September 2014. The recovering market seems to be taking a break, although this is still the 2nd highest volume of sales in the last 8 years since 2008. This is the second month in 2015 that sales showed a decrease over last year, another factor that shows a stalling recovery that will likely continue until after this month’s federal election.

 

Inventory  - The average monthly inventory of single family homes dropped 5% to 545 for the last 12 months ending in September 2015, now the lowest average inventory we have seen in the last 8 years. Inventory has not been this low since 2007, before the start of the recession triggered by the US banking crisis. With more Buyers out there looking for reasonably priced homes Sellers can finally make that

move.

 

Prices  - Prices continue to edge up more slowly due to slower sales though we are seeing continued (but weakening) slight upward pressure on average median prices. At $349,089, average median prices for the last 12 months ending in September 2015 edged up slightly by 1.7% from 12 months ending in September 2014 and up 4.9% from 2012 when we reached the lowest average median price of the last 8 years. If more Buyers enter the market and the inventory continues to tighten, we will see more upward pressure on prices, otherwise expect stagnation to continue and prices may even drop slightly.

 

Absorption Rate  - The rate at which our inventory is being absorbed by sales dropped slightly again compared to last month. The average absorption rate of 14.12% over the 12 month period ending September 2015 dropped below last year’s figure for the first time this year. At the end of September 2015, the inventory remained at 7 months of available homes on the market, the same as last month. This is still considered a balanced market and favouring neither Buyers or Sellers.

 

Real estate markets tend to slow down during the period leading up to an election. For example, during Edmonton’s provincial election in May 2015, Edmonton real estate experienced the lowest sales in 20 years. In the next month after the election, sales rebounded and prices even edged up. We can expect to see something similar in our market until October 19 and then expect business as usual after that.

 

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

 

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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