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Backyard Vineyards: Wine and Music with Ryan McAllister

Friday Night Music Series with Ryan McAllister | Feb. 28

On Friday, February, 28th from 6 – 9 pm, enjoy your evening with Backyard Vineyards listening to live music by Ryan McAllister while sipping on Backyard wine.

The Friday Music Series at Backyard Vineyards takes place in their tasting room so seating is limited. They encourage you to grab your tickets in advance. Tickets are $19.95 which includes a tasting flight of their social wines plus music of course!

Wine and beer are available for purchase along with their menu of cheese platters to pair alongside.

If you have any questions, give them a call at (604) 539-9463.

BACKYARD VINEYARDS RYAN MCALLISTER

Ryan McAllister**

“Ryan McAllister is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. Over the last fifteen years, he has played thousands of concerts on five continents with artists ranging from Sam Roberts and Noah Gundersen to Willie Nelson and Carly Rae Jepsen. He’s headed up the bands Dakona and North Country Gentlemen and his music have appeared on Billboard, MTV, Much Music, Top 40 radio, film and TV and has been nominated for Covenant and Dove awards.”
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*This event is only for those aged 19+
** Ryan’s website – https://www.ryanmcallister.com/ryanmcallister
*** Photos – https://www.backyardvineyards.ca

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Market – February 2020

Sales have returned to above-average levels

If you are a homeowner watching the Real Estate market in the Fraser Valley, you may have noticed that 2019 finished strong after a comparatively lackluster year. Early in the year, we were still undergoing the impact of the stress test that was introduced in 2018, but with steady job growth and a stable economy, sales have returned to above-average levels in our region.

January 2020 was active

January was an active month in the local Real Estate market. I even had multiple offer situations. That said, this might be a good time for homeowners to consider selling because of increasing demand and a limited supply of houses for sale. Some homeowners in our region who were thinking about selling have been waiting for prices to rise a little and that time is now!

Lower Interest Rates

There are a few factors at work that are contributing to the potentially lower interest rates and that will impact the market too:
The current pressure on “bond market yields” is an indicator that the banks will continue on a trend to lower interest rates.
Long term rates will likely come down as the banks look to secure long term mortgage lending, as opposed to short term mortgage lending. (see below) Currently, international concerns regarding the Coronavirus are contributing to this downward trend too.

An interesting note regarding long term mortgages

In the past, long term mortgages have been considered to have very restrictive terms of repayment, so people shy away from them. Legitimate concerns about early payout penalties, large upward interest rate shifts, during the mortgage term have made these unpopular choices for buyers.

Changes to longer-term mortgages

Did you know that after five years in any mortgage term lenders can no longer charge the “interest rate differential penalty”? The maximum penalty is a three-month one-time penalty. This is a great new safeguard should you choose a long term rate. Also, you are still able to “portable” your mortgage to your next home in most cases.

Questions

If you want to know more, I can arrange for all your questions to be answered by a trusted mortgage professional.

Regards,

Mike Wilson
Remax Treeland
604-533-3491
mike@fvlifestyle.com

Photo by Francesca Tosolini on Unsplash

Indy Folk Valentine’s Day Playlist with Jon Bryant

Are you starting to think about Valentine’s Day? If you have gone to the grocery store lately or your local florist, you will see that the marketing push has begun!

If you would like some music to get you in the mood (and even if you don’t), we came across this beautiful “Indie Folk Love Playlist for Valentines’ Day 2020.

In the words of Indie Folk Central… “Cuddle up with your loved one and enjoy these dreamy indie-folk love songs. Specially created for Valentine’s Day 2020 | Acoustic, singer-songwriter, Americana | And it might even be a perfect playlist for those who hate Cupid’s favorite day!”

Some of the featured artists include Dustin Tebbutt, Children of Indigo, Lucia Fogale and one of our favorite, sometimes local Vancouver artist Jon Bryant.

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Photo: Pablo Merchan Montes

Fraser Valley Man’s Backyard Ice Rink Makes the News

Jordan Bateman, a Langley resident, made the Canadian national news last week during the Fraser Valley’s unusual deep freeze when they built an ice rink in their backyard. Jordan was watching the weather and could see that freezing temperatures were on the way. His son has only skated outdoors a few times because of the Fraser Valley’s mild winter temperatures.
Jordan went on YouTube to find instructions on how to build an outdoor ice rink. He says he found plenty of helpful information that helped him to put a plan into action
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Watch the news story here:

via ytCropper

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Jordan says he grew up a hockey fan and was inspired by people like Walter Gretzky who built a backyard rink for his famous hockey-playing son Wayne Gretzky.
 
Just before stepping on the ice for the first time Jordan’s son gave him a big hug and said “thank you, dad. This is the coolest thing ever.” Unfortunately, there was heavy snow the next day making the ice rink unuseable. After the snowfall, the weather cooperated and Jordan reported on his Facebook page that the rink was useable for at least 30 hours.
 
Ironically, even though Jordan is a big hockey fan and built this rink in his backyard, he doesn’t know how to skate.
Photo: Jordan Bateman