Blog by Betsy Carstairs

Strata councils

October 27th, 2010
I am a member of a strata council & am well aware of the frustrations & hours of volunteer time it takes to get through meetings effectively. When I read this article in The Vancouver Sun I just had to post

Imagine the 'bully president' seeking peace between the 'spendthrift' and the 'cheapskate'



One-person plays can be ...

Mortgage options

October 25th, 2010
Here is a great article from Gail Vaz-Oxlade on a "new product" a collateral mortgage option offered by the TD Bank. Do not think I will opt for this. Know it gets confusing. Just when you finally find the house of your dreams you think you are home free. This article points out the pit falls of not doing your homework with getting a mortgage that works in your favour not the bank's

The New ...

Kayaking @ Indian Arm North Vancouver

October 19th, 2010
Kayaking on The Indian Arm is a fun sport for me & for some of my friends. One friend in particular Julie Blue decided to have me start her birthday on a kayaking adventure. I picked her up @ 7:00am & as the water was calm as glass off we headed for a paddle up the North Vancouver side of The Arm up past Cascades to just before Brighton Beach when the wind decided to blow up so we headed back ...

Vendor Take back Mortgages

October 18th, 2010
When we bought our 1st home in the late '70's the only way we were able to get into the market was with the seller giving us a mortgage. We were fresh out of university & savings were @ a minimum so this worked very well for us as well as for the seller so I thought this article would be of interest. Excerpt from CTV's News website

Should you be someone else's mortgage lender?

Preet Banerje ...

Coquitlam Realestate

October 13th, 2010

Up down or sideways.........where is our market going? Last week I was working with clients who looked at a 3 level house in Coquitlam's Riverview Heights neighbourhood listed in the mid 700's. I was a bit surprised when I heard that it was getting multiple offers & accepted a offer over the asking price. When you read the newspaper it indicates a softening of the realestate market. When I lo ...

Indian Arm North Vancouver seals

October 13th, 2010
seals on logs bermudabetsy seals 2.jpgI love to kayaking up the Indian Arm. My favorite time to go paddling is 1st thing in the morning when the water is calm as glass & the residents are foraging for their breakfast. It was most interesting for me as this summer I also kayaked up in Seachelt. The seal, otter, & eagle life unfolding around me on The Indian Arm I took as normal waters edge activity. I was surprised in Seachelt @ a ...