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Volume 14 Number 9


As the summer is winding down, you may be turning your thoughts toward the future. Fall is certainly a time of looking forward to see what

might be yet to come. The seasons are shifting and children – and many adults – are returning to school. According to the real estate experts, the fall is actually a great time to sell your home.

While spring and summer usually show a hotter market, people who are looking for a home during the fall are often more motivated to buy. Fall buyers may be looking because of relocation due to a new job or a new school. Plus, buyers most likely want to get into their new home before the winter and the holiday season start. Another perk of selling in the fall is that autumn can make your home feel warm and cozy. If you have trees in your yard that are changing colour, the effect can be quite magical. Keep in mind that potential buyers may want to move quickly, so make sure you have your new residence lined up before you list.

CHICKEN ENCHILADA SOUP Courtesy of www.ehow.com

INGREDIENTS : 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, boneless and skinless 3 cups chicken broth 1 jar (10-ounce) red enchilada sauce 1 can (14.5-ounce) fire-roasted tomatoes 1 can (15-ounce) black beans 2 cups corn kernels

1 can (3.5-ounce) chopped green chilies 1 cup chopped white onions

1 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp chili powder 2 tsp cumin 1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp salt (plus additional to taste) Garnishes: cheese, sour cream, etc.

DIRECTIONS: 1. Add everything (other than the garnishes) to a slow cooker, including the whole chicken breasts. 2. Cook the ingredients on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. 3. Remove the chicken. Shred the chicken using two forks and return it to the slow cooker. 4. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish as desired.


Born in Russia in 1920, Isaac Asimov was an American based writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov was a prolific writer, and wrote or edited more than 500 books. His Laws of Robotics, written in 1940, are well known in the scientific world. These laws state that a robot may not harm a human being, they must obey orders given by a human being unless they conflict with the first law, and they must protect their own existence as long as it doesn’t conflict with law one and two. He died in 1992 at the age of 72.

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster. -Isaac Asimov

STYLISH DESKS THAT WILL HELP YOU GET ORGANIZED Like it or not – September usually means back to a more structured routine. Whether that means kids returning to school after summer vacation, returning to work after a relaxing getaway, or just renewing your commitment to lead a more organized life – these four desks in different design styles will point you in the right direction. • Traditional. If you like classic, timeless furniture, look for a desk in solid wood, with detailing on the legs, as well as several drawers. A traditional desk will have weight to it – not look as if you can pick it up and move it by yourself. • Modern Glam. Like a little bit of sparkle? Bring some fun to your office-space with a white desk that has gold detailing – such as thin gold legs and drawer pulls. What sets modern glam apart from full-out glam is that it ’s more understated, so look for a desk that has clean lines with just a touch of luxury. • Minimalist. If you’re a minimalist at heart, then your workspace should reflect that. Look for a desk with no drawers and thin matte black legs. A desk with no storage space means you’ll have to keep on top of your paperwork, but if you’re a true minimalist this shouldn’t be problem! • Kid-Friendly. While not a design style, kid-friendly definitely has its own look. Find a desk that ’s well made, with lots of drawers, but keep an eye out for a bit of whimsy – such as some interesting detailing or fun hardware.


Too many bathroom sink options getting you down? It’s a common problem. Undermount, drop-in, vessel or pedestal? Rectangular, oval or circular? One sink or two? The answer will largely depend on which bathroom you’re choosing the sink for, who uses the room and the amount of space you have. Here are five common sink types and their pros and cons. • Drop-in. Possibly the most common sink type, a drop- in sink is inserted from the top and has a visible rim. Depending on the style you choose, the rim can be slim or quite visible. Drop-in sinks work with almost every countertop type, but require a bit more elbow grease when cleaning as grime can sometimes get stuck around the rim’s edges. Drop-in sinks are typically oval in shape. • Undermount. An undermount sink sits under the counter and helps create a seamless look that’s easy to clean. However, it’s only a possibility with a solid surface countertop and doesn’t work with laminate. Undermount sinks come in many shapes, with the most popular being rectangular.

• Vessel. If you’re looking for a statement piece, a vessel is the way to go. Sitting entirely on top of the counter, vessel sinks are essentially large bowls and come in many shapes. Make sure a vessel will work with your counter height before installing, as you don’t want it to feel too high when using it. • Pedestal. Pedestal sinks offer a certain classic style that a sink with a vanity doesn’t. If your bathroom leans toward traditional or farmhouse, a pedestal adds simple elegance. It’s also great for small bathrooms as the base takes up less room than a vanity, but beware – you’ll lose out on all the vanity storage. However, a few well-placed baskets can solve that problem. • One sink or two? This will depend on your space and the bathroom in question. Powder rooms often have just one small sink, while master baths often have two. As for style with double sinks, drop-in, undermount and vessel are all common. However two side-by-side pedestal sinks can also work, especially in a master bath with traditional leanings.


Courtesy of www.brainycounty.com

Answers: A rabbit and a duck.



A market of extremes: near record sales in August combined with lowest supply in four decades


$1,336,800 detached UP 31.1% year-over-year


September 2, 2021 – Demand for Fraser Valley real estate remained elevated in August reaching the second highest sales ever for the month against a backdrop of decreasing supply. The Board processed a total of 2,087 property sales on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in August, an increase of 4.0 per cent compared to July and a 2.4 per cent increase compared to the same month last year. Sales remained unusually high for the month; second only to August of 2005. Larry Anderson, President of the Board, said, “Home buyers are facing one of the worst supply shortages in Fraser Valley history. Our sales are over 30 per cent above normal, while our housing stock is at levels last seen in the early 80s. “To put our supply and demand situation in perspective, for every 100 townhomes on the market in August, Fraser Valley REALTORS® sold 94. The single-family detached and condo markets also remained in strong seller’s market territory. Persistent demand and lack of supply continues to put upward pressure on home prices.” In August, the Board received 2,107 new listings, a decrease of 36.3 per cent compared to last year, and a decrease of 13.3 per cent compared to July 2021. The month ended with total active inventory sitting at 4,077, a 16.8 per cent decrease compared to July, and 44.9 per cent fewer than August 2020. - Source: Fraser Valley Real Estate Board


$697,500 townhouse UP 23.7% year-over-year

$498,800 apartment UP 14.1% year-over-year

single family detached NEW LISTINGS townhouse apartment


2,107 4,077


ACTIVE LISTINGS (residential inventory)

Stats are reflective of August 2021 Source: Fraser Valley Real Estate Board

Market values stated are of the average of Langley and surrounding region. Individual home market values will vary and are affected by factors such as location, size, interior and exterior condition. Please call to get an up-to-date evaluation of your home.

NUTRITION HACKS FOR YOUR BUSIEST DAYS Find it hard to consistently eat healthy, nutrition-packed food when you’re living a busy life? You’re not alone! Thankfully, nutritionist Karyn Forsythe Duggan has a few nutrition hacks to help you stay on track – even on your busiest days. Start by focusing on your trickiest meal. If there’s one particular meal that you just aren’t eating your best at, turn your attention to only that one. Skipping breakfast? Make something the night before and store it in the fridge, such as a smoothie or a breakfast burrito. Eating dinner out more than you should? Find a few simple recipes you love to eat and keep the key ingredients always on hand. Speaking of keeping healthy ingredients on hand, stock your fridge with easy to grab snacks like apples, strawberries and carrot sticks. Fill your pantry with healthy grains like quinoa and brown rice, as well as cans of tuna, chickpeas and canned veggies.

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