TGIF – Great show of support for Hawthorne Lodge from our Port Coquitlam community!

It was a day of celebration yesterday as, in the words of Mayor Greg Moor, the “family of Port Coquitlam” came together in an awesome display of support for Hawthorne Lodge. Port Coquitlam Senior Citizens’ Housing Society launched a “Growing Our Care” million dollar capital campaign to extend the lodge, modernise, provide more private rooms, lounge and common space.

We are proud of our Re/max Sabre office – our realtors stepped up and became a lead donor with a contribution of $60,000 to be used for a fireside lounge. The first large donation of more than $100,000 came from Hawthorne Lodge staff and residents themselves, then more came from local businesses, developers & organizations. More than half of the required 1 million dollars was pledged by the launch – quite a feat in this day and age. We must feel so grateful for our community as there is little public funding available for renovating chronic care facilities. And there are few facilities like this one, well run and managed by a non profit society. Mayor Greg Moore is chair of the Campaign Cabinet.

Our Hawthorne & Francis team will hang riders on our ‘for sale’ signs in support of Hawthorne Lodge, hoping that others will become aware and donate. For more information contact manager of the capital campaign, Rita Albano – 604-468-5027 –

* By 2036, almost one in four BC residents will be 65 or older (BC Stats)

Whatever your age, we still have you covered! Sunny forecast for the weekend – enjoy!

Sheila and Michelle.

TGIF – Your weekly recap of Real Estate in the YVR ‘burbs. What you need to know!

Spring break almost over and hopefully, our students have had fun and are ready for school, whether they have been away on holiday or enjoying time at home. We have noticed the difference in both rush hour traffic and smaller number of folk out in the active real estate market. The market is still busy, but definitely followed the annual trend of slowing down somewhat over the break. We still have low inventory which, over the past month, caused a return to fast sales and multiple offers. Our demand still outstripping the number of good homes on the market showing a definite return in public confidence. Quite a different scenario from Fall through January – we have always said that the market turns on a dime, fooling the best pundits. Predictions are very positive now for the rest of our year. Condos are the hot commodity – flying off the shelf. And well priced new buildings selling out before a spade is in the dirt!

Many of our sellers are leaving our area relocating to points east in the Valley, the Okanagan is very popular right now and Vancouver Island. We are happy to discuss the micro-market in your neighborhood and how we can help you maximize your major investment. Similarly, we love those “Buying 101″ meetings with our first-time buyers.
A recent extensive survey of full service real estate brands showed that 46.5% of buyers and sellers questioned replied that Re/max was the first brand that came to mind. We know we work for the most professionally recognized company – love that balloon!

Happy New Year to all our Persian friends – we hear the feasts are still ongoing!

No matter the trends or seasons, we always have you covered.

Have a great weekend!

-Sheila and Michelle

TGIF – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

On this annual holiday, the heritage and culture of the Irish is celebrated all over the world – often with lively festivities, shamrocks, leprechauns, rainbows, Irish stew, and green-tinted everything – yes, even beer! With all of the celebrations and hype, it can be easy to forget the exact origins of this holiday.

Beyond the festivities, our Irish heritage is deeply rooted in our Canadian history. According to Stats Can figures, the last count (2011) had 4,544,870 people claiming Irish origin in Canada! Our Canadian counterparts use this day to honour their Irish ancestors who immigrated here years ago.

Saint Patrick himself was actually born in Britain – not Ireland – but eventually converted thousands of the pagan Irish to Christianity in the northern half of the country.

So where does the shamrock come from?

A leaf of the clover plant, it’s believed that St. Patrick used its three leaves to represent the Holy Trinity to those he preached to. Since, it’s been used as the symbol of Ireland since the 18th century and is a registered trademark of the Republic of Ireland.

There’s no shortage of fun ways to celebrate St. Paddy’s day in Greater Vancouver this weekend. Don’t forget that anything green goes – you can bet that Realtor socks himself is donning a green pair today.

Don’t leave your Real Estate investment up to the chances of a four leaved clover – contact your experienced team for results. We’ve got you covered!

Michelle thanks the team for letting her spend the day on the mountain! (talk about the team advantage!)

TGIF – The Team Advantage

“My model for business was the Beatles; the whole was greater than the sum of the parts.” – Steve Jobs

The market in the YVR ‘burbs is hopping and we are busy, busy, busy! As you know, we’ve seen enormous growth and flux in this ever-changing market; season to season – week to week, even!

It is especially during times like this that we feel so fortunate to have our team in place – every one of us is committed to ensuring our clients have the best real estate experience possible. Consider this the ultimate team advantage! Our involved, experienced team coupled with our tried-and-true systems help us provide you with the efficient, full service experience you have come to know and expect.

Our own team office and full support staff provides a level of efficient administration, client support and marketing support far beyond a single Realtor. That, coupled with our experience gives you a strong ally negotiating hard for your interests.

Our pulse is on the market, and you can count on us to have you covered.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your Real Estate questions – we’re here to help. ☺

Your Real Estate team in the YVR ‘burbs,
Hawthorne & Francis Team

Rotary Club of Coquitlam’s Inaugural Sports Gala Dinner 2017

We live in such an AMAZING community, and last night it was all about giving back! We were thrilled to be invited to The Rotary Club of Coquitlam’s Inaugural Sports Gala Dinner to raise funds for our local Mountainview Park and the Canucks Autism Network.

Proceeds for Mountainview Park will go to the installation of new playground equipment – a desparate need. Like a second home to many of Coquitlam’s most economically disadvantaged children, Mountainview Elementary hosts breakfast, lunch and even weekend backpack programs to ensure that all our our community’s children in need have food on a daily basis.

Especially with government cutbacks, it falls on all of us to help the kids where we can, and the Rotary Clubs are doing some amazing work with these organizations.

In order to make this fundraiser a smashing success, we were treated with many of our local sports legends as special guests! Included were Lai Passaglia, our resident retired BC Lions kicker, retired Canuck heroes Captain Kirk McLean and Jyrki Lumme, and a special guest appearance by Burnaby’s own Robert Gagno – 28 year old Autistic World Pinball Champion! What a lineup!

Proceeds were shared by both worthy causes and the event was a total success!

Many thanks to our friend and colleague Leo Bruneau for the invite and his work as a Rotarian.