The hottest topic in the Pacific Northwest continues to be the price of housing. Seattle has seen a massive jump in prices, with the median single-family house hitting $700,000, double what it was just five years ago. In fact, Seattle has been the hottest real-estate market in the entire United States in every single month of 2017. Continue reading
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This past Saturday, February 18th was an important day for our neighbors to the north: Hockey Day in Canada! At this annual celebration of Canada’s national winter sport, all seven Canadian NHL teams play nationally-televised games throughout the day (six of the teams play each other, and the seventh plays an American team.) Continue reading
Point Roberts exists along what is known as the Ring of Fire, which encompasses the western coasts of North & South America, through Alaska and down through Japan and the Philippines and out into the South Pacific, off the coast of Australia. Approximately 90% of worldwide earthquakes occur in this ring, with most being fairly small (less than 3.0 magnitude). Continue reading
The price of housing in Vancouver has been making the news a lot recently. In a recent survey Vancouver was ranked one of the 5 most over-priced cities in the world. The city’s first response to the continually-rising home prices is the “foreign ownership tax” that was implemented earlier this year, which put a 15% tax on any purchases of Vancouver real estate by foreign buyers, and which the city hopes will slow home sales and bring down prices. Continue reading
Larry Pynn just has written in the Vancouver Sun about his exploration of the waterways from Point Roberts to Boundary Bay, where the international boundary is only a virtual representation of land divided. Pynn’s series, Water’s Edge, reports on the beauty of Point Roberts area. It also includes an update on the housing market and opportunities to own a little piece of heaven.
March is “Taste Washington” Wine Month, an annual celebration of the wonderful and plentiful wines produced here, culminating in the four-day Taste Washington event (March 31st – April 3rd). To get you in the “spirit”, we’ll take a look at Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington State’s oldest winery.
Declining oil prices have hit not only the regional Albertan economy, but also Canada as a whole. Coupled with surging global interest in investing in the US, the resulting decline in the Canadian dollar’s exchange rate has been making a lot of news, recently dropping to a 10-year low of $1 CAD = $0.69 USD.
There is a new and refreshing way to plan a community. Instead of cutting trees and pouring concrete, neighborhoods are being developed around farms. These communities are aptly named “agrihoods.”