I have sold a property at 3607 BEDWELL BAY RD in Belcarra.
Spectacular property with views of Bedwell Bay and Mount Seymour. The existing home is situated on a large lot with a gentle slope, mature trees and plenty of potential; bring your building plans! Peaceful setting, close to Sasamat Lake and Belcarra Regional Park. Village water at lot line. Only 10 minutes to Port Moody for shopping.
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Please visit our Open House at 103 CEDARWOOD DR in Port Moody.
Open House on Saturday, October 19, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Priced to Sell! This home is ready for the summer with recently added A/C. Bright 4 bedroom & 3 bath situated on HUGE lot in Heritage Woods! Formal living room w/ gas F/P overlooks the quiet cul-de-sac. Enjoy Southwest views of Burnaby Mountain from the dining room, kitchen, Mst Bdrm family rm & deck. Huge master suite w/ spacious W/I closet & spa inspired ensuite. 3 other big bdrms & bath complete the upper floor. Basement includes finished rec room, flex room & storage. Unfinished area with lots of potential; possible suite with separate entry, patio & yard - loads of possibilities! Close to all levels of schools; short walk to Heritage Woods Secondary, one of the top rated high schools in the Tri Cities, Aspenwood Elementary & Eagle Mtn Middle. Open House Sat Oct 19, 2-4 pm
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Please visit our Open House at 1184 GLENAYRE DR in Port Moody.
Open House on Sunday, October 20, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Eligible for Laneway Housing on a corner lot! Well kept family home in Port Moody's sought after Glenayre neighbourhood. Main floor with 3 bedrooms, living room w/ fireplace and adjacent dining room. Kitchen with gas stove, new tile flooring, eating area and access to the huge rear deck that is partially covered for your year-round enjoyment. Beautiful re-finished hard wood flooring thru the main. Down is a registered 1 bedroom suite and an extra bedroom and bathroom for upstairs use. Situated on a large corner lot with new retaining wall and fencing. Close to Glenayre elementary, shopping and transit. Open House Sunday Oct 20, 2-4 pm
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Residential resale activity “built on momentum from the summer” with transactions up 24 per cent year over year and average prices on the rise

 

 

Although residential real estate is seeing a stronger resurgence of activity in Greater Vancouver, the sales uptick is being seen throughout the province, according to the latest monthly data from the B.C. Real Estate Association (BCREA).

There were 6,938 home sales on the MLS across B.C. in September, the BCREA reported October 15, which is an increase of 24 per cent compared with September 2018.

 
 BCREA home sales September 2019

The average home sale price in September was also higher than one year previously, up 2.1 per cent to $697,943, which is 1.8 per cent higher than in August.

However, this doesn’t mean a return to the overheated housing markets of 2016, according to the BCREA.

 

“Markets across BC built on momentum from the summer,” said Brendon Ogmundson, BCREA’s chief economist. “While the year-over-year increase in provincial sales was quite strong, home sales in most areas are simply returning to historically average levels.” (See graph above.)

The BCREA said in its report that “overall market conditions remained in a balanced range, with a sales-to-active-listings ratio of about 18 per cent.”

Only two of the 12 individual real estate boards across the province failed to record higher sales in September than one year previously. These were the small market of Powell River, where sale and price percentage changes fluctuate greatly each month, and Vancouver Island, which saw 5.1 per cent fewer sales on an annual basis.

Vancouver Island was also one of four boards to record a lower average home sale price than a year ago — down three per cent. The others to see lower average sale prices in September were Greater Vancouver (-5.9 per cent), Victoria (-6 per cent) and Powell River (-0.3 per cent).

In larger markets, an increase in sales coupled with a decline in average sale price could mean that there are increasing numbers of sales at the lower to mid end of the market — perhaps as buyers take advantage of improved affordability and cheaper mortgage rates. A larger number of lower-priced homes being sold will pull down the average sale price; it does not necessarily mean home prices are declining in those markets, although this could also be true.

Even though the province’s sales and price activity over July through September has been relatively strong compared with the previous year, it was not enough to offset the slow sales of the 2019’s first half and it is certainly possible that 2019 will finish behind even the weak showing of 2018.

Year-to-date, January through September, B.C. residential sales dollar volume was down 12.4 per cent to $39.7 billion, compared with the same period in 2018. Total home sales were 8.9 per cent lower at 57,773 units, and the average MLS resale price across the period was down 3.9 per cent year-to-date at $687,530.nits, and the average MLS resale price across the period was down 3.9 per cent year-to-date at $687,530.

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– It seems it’s still a buyers’ market in Metro Vancouver, but the head of one of Canada’s real estate firms is warning that one-sided election promises could quickly change that.

“Housing has received a tremendous amount of attention in this federal election cycle, and it’s easy to understand why,” says Phil Soper, CEO of Royal LePage. “Today’s first-time home buyers — those in their 20s and 30s — are a very large part of the Canadian population, a bubble of people coming into the age where they make major financial decisions.”

As a consequence, Soper points out there has been plenty of policy focused on helping younger buyers get into the housing market.

“The challenge is that a number of these policies have been what we call ‘demand stimulus’ ideas. They make more people want to buy houses and in our big cities like Vancouver, where we don’t have enough homes for sale to satisfy the current demand, let alone increased demand.”

Soper says the industry would love to see every politician who promises something that will make it easier to buy a house also address how that house will be provided.

“In other words, lower barriers to building, and developing the homes we need to fill the needs of our growing population.”

Otherwise, he argues, a surge in new buyers would cause prices to escalate, erasing any enhanced purchasing power that was promised.

 
 
 


“We need our leaders to shift from focusing on demand-side to supply-side — finding ways to make it more efficient to get adequate volumes of housing into our big cities.”

Meanwhile, Greater Vancouver is still experiencing a decline in home prices.

Royal LePage’s latest Home Price Survey finds the aggregate home price fell 5.2 per cent in the third quarter, compared to the previous year, to $1,194,900.

When broken down by housing type, the median price of a two-storey home and bungalow in Greater Vancouver decreased 4.2 per cent and 7.6 per cent to $1,503,017 and $1,296,447 respectively in the third quarter, compared to the same period in 2018. The median price of a condominium in the region fell 5.9 per cent year-over-year to $646,902.

The only segments of the local market to see increases, year-over-year, were condos in Langley (up 2.2%) and two-storey houses in North Vancouver (up 0.4%).

“Buyers are in control in the detached market. Sellers have had to embrace the new market reality to get deals done,” says Randy Ryalls with Royal LePage Sterling Realty. “As the housing market stabilizes, we’ve seen an increasing number of homebuyers become willing to enter the market.”

Ryalls expects activity to continue to pick up heading toward the end of 2019.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
  2. If stuffing the turkey, do so while the oven is preheating. Spoon stuffing lightly into turkey instead of packing firmly because stuffing expands while cooking. (Allow ½ cup (125 ml) of stuffing per pound (500 g) of turkey.)
  3. Place turkey breast-up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.
  4. Roast uncovered, or loosely covered with foil. If you choose to baste your turkey, limit the number of times you open and close your oven (once per hour is sufficient).
  5. Turkey is cooked when the meat thermometer reads 170°F (77°C) for an unstuffed turkey, or 180°F (82°C) for a stuffed turkey and the juices run clear. Insert meat thermometer in the thickest part of the inner thigh, but not touching the bone.
    This illustration shows you where to place your thermometer to check the temperature of your turkey.
  6. When roasting, any stuffing placed in the cavity of the bird should read and internal temperature of at least 165°F (74°C).  
  7. Remove the turkey from the oven when cooking is completed and let stand 20 minutes to allow the juices to set.

APPROXIMATE TIMETABLE FOR ROASTING A TURKEY AT 350°F (177°C)*

WeightStuffedUnstuffed
8 – 10 lbs
(3.6 – 4.5 kg)
 2 h 40 min – 3 h 30 min  2 h – 2 h 30 min
11 – 13 lbs
(5.0 – 5.9 kg)
 3 h 40 min – 4 h 20 min  2 h 45 min – 3 h 15 min
14 – 16 lbs
(6.4 – 7.3 kg)
 4 h 40 min – 5 h 20 min  3 h 30 min – 4 h
17 – 19 lbs
(7.7 – 8.6 kg)
 5 h 40 min – 6 h 20 min  4 h 15 min – 4 h 45 min
20 – 22 lbs
(9.1 – 10.0 kg)
 6 h 40 min – 7 h 20 min  5 h – 5 h 30 min
23 – 24 lbs
(10.4 – 10.9 kg)
 7 h 40 min – 8 h  5 h 45 min to 6 h

*cooking times approximate at 350°F (177°C).


Cooking times may vary depending on: the temperature of the bird going into the oven, the accuracy of the oven’s thermostat, how many times the oven door is opened during roasting, the type and size of roasting pan used and the size of the turkey in relation to the size of the oven.


 

CONVECTION OVEN

  • The Turkey Farmers of Canada recommend that consumers check with their manufacturer as to how much faster and hotter their oven might be compared to a conventional oven. Generally speaking, convection oven cooking temperatures should be 25-50°F (3.9-10°C) lower than conventional oven temperatures to prevent overbrowning due to surface drying. Convection cooking does typically cause greater moisture loss in turkey.
  • The result of roasting a turkey is the same in conventional or convection ovens in that the turkey is done when the endpoint temperature is reached. Your turkey is done when a meat thermometer inserted into the thigh reads 180°F (82°C) for a stuffed turkey or 170°F (77°C) for an unstuffed turkey. The drumsticks should also move easily in the joints at this point.
  • Avoid overcrowding in the oven when roasting in a convection oven as crowding may inhibit air circulation and slow cooking.

APPROXIMATE TIMETABLE FOR ROASTING A TURKEY IN A CONVECTION OVEN 300°F (149°C)

Cooking
Temperature
Weight
Unstuffed
Estimated
Cooking Time
Weight
Stuffed
Estimated
Cooking Time
300ºF 14-18 lbs. 2¼ – 2½ hours 14-18 lbs. 2½ – 3 hours
300ºF 18-22 lbs. 2½ – 3 hours 18-22 lbs. 3 – 3½ hours

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I have listed a new property at 3183 - 3185 SHAUGHNESSY ST in Port Coquitlam.
Perfect holding property for investors!! Side by side duplex zoned in the Official Community Plan for RT - Townhouse Residential. Large lot at 9788 square feet with side lane access. One side currently rented to long term tenants. Roof replaced in 2017. Transit is on your doorstep and close to shopping and parks.
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I have listed a new property at 3982 PANDORA ST in Burnaby.
Exceptional Vancouver Heights neighborhood of immaculate properties for this LOVELY family home. Great curb appeal with wrought iron fenced front yard, split entry & bright basement with a 2 BDRM mortgage helper. Engineered hardwood and tile throughout the main, kitchen with granite counters, center island and open to the adjacent dining room. Huge deck has access from both kitchen and dining room, is partially covered and enjoys southern exposure. 3 BDRMS on the main including a master with ensuite and walk-in closet. Down is rec rm, 2 bdrm suite with separate entry and huge laundry room with sink. DETACHED double GARAGE off the LANE w/ 100 amp service and roughed in plumbing! Bonus attached double with open parking too. Perfect location in THE HEIGHTS, steps to everything!
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I have sold a property at 95 STRONG RD in Anmore.
Stately Craftsman style home on a beautifully manicured acreage. This estate residence, over 3 levels, takes utmost advantage of the mountain views & abundance of natural light. Gated driveway takes you to the quaint entrance with a covered porch & seating area. Main floor great room with soaring 2 storey windows to enjoy the view, floor to ceiling river rock fireplace & French doors to the deck, open to the kitchen with breakfast bar & eating area. Master on the main with WIC & 4 piece ensuite including a decadent claw foot tub! Formal dining rm, den & laundry finish the main. Up - 2 more bdrms & loft area above the garage. Walk out bsmt; recreation room with bar, family room, another bdrm, flex room & tons of storage. Huge level lot, covered patio, water feature & fire pit. RV parking.
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I have listed a new property at 502 607 REGAN AVE in Coquitlam.
LOVELY 1184 SQ.FT. CONDO WITH HUGE PATIO, 2 BEDROOM and DEN. Located steps from the Burquitlam Skytrain Station makes this unit an easy commute to downtown Vancouver, colleges, SFU, entertainment, recreation and shopping throughout the Lower Mainland. A contemporary building with the best floor plan! A common rooftop patio and timeless interior design will be the hallmark of Regan West. You are just a short stroll from parks, shopping and new community amenities. Also comes with 1 parking stall and 1 storage locker. Estimated completion is summer 2020. RENTALS ALLOWED.
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“Perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Success and self-improvement are two different games. They correlate, but only to a certain degree.

When I sleep eight hours, get up early, then follow a morning routine, that’s good for my well-being. It supports my physical health and aligns my day with our natural circadian rhythm. It’s also productive. I can start work earlier and capitalize on my high alertness in the mornings.

But when I then decide to stay up late to finish some of that work, that’s just productive. Not healthy. The former was a move in self-improvement with spillover benefits. The latter was a success play at my well-being’s expense.

The number of win-win moves is limited, so after you’ve made them all, finding the line between the two is important. You can then spend your time becoming ever healthier, fitter, smarter — or you spend it working.

What most of us do, however, is split ourselves straight down the middle. We think we’re optimizing, when, actually, we’re playing different games at different times. One day we leave work early to support a friend, the next we cancel dinner plans to write our novel.

Unless you deliberately take one side, which most of us aren’t ready to, there is no easy solution to this problem. We want to be rich and we want to be good. We want to have it all.

I’m still young and naive, still foolish enough to believe I can. And while I’m never quite sure about which habits to add, I realized I can do something else in the meantime: I can just take some away.

We might never find the perfect balance between success and self-improvement habits, but we can eliminate the ones that hurt both.

We can give up what was never our best self anyway.

1. Give Up Reducing Your Dimensions

“Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself.” — Walt Whitman

Every time I say no to one thing, but yes to another that’s roughly the same, my head hurts. It shouldn’t. It’s our brain’s pitiful attempt to build a consistent identity in a world that’s anything but.

There are a million reasons to change your mind from one second to the next, but you don’t need a single one of them. You don’t owe anyone an explanation. Justifying your existence decision by decision is exhausting. It just keeps you from doing what matters right here, right now.

Stop compressing a thousand layers into one. You’re not a diamond. You don’t thrive under pressure. You crumble. Live large. Be multi-dimensional. Explode into one thousand directions.

“I am large, I contain multitudes.” — Walt Whitman

2. Give Up The Imitation Game

“We have more faith in what we imitate than in what we originate.” — Bruce Lee

When you copy, you’re always in good company. You’re never really alone, but, often, you also don’t stand for anything.

When you stand for something, you know. Because your legs are shaking. When’s the last time you chose to do something not because it’s cool or useful or even valuable? When’s the last time you said: “I’m going to do this because it’s me?”

There’s all this talk about reinventing ourselves, but most of us never invented ourselves in the first place. Creating your life is the scariest thing you’ll ever do. But it also breeds confidence. It helps you step up and speak your truth.

Slowly, then surely, until you do it all the time.

3. Give Up Looking In Favor Of Seeing

“Must there be a Superman?” — “There is.” — From Dawn of Justice

When we look, we look for things. When we see, we just see what’s there. Our best self never jumps to conclusions because there’s never enough context to safely land anywhere.

What if you could suspend all your judgments in mid-air? Let them hang there, like laundry on a line. And then, you’d turn back and see. See ideas, opinions, opposites, and superstitions. But you’d always see two sides of one coin. One reality.

And you’d realize truth and knowledge are often subjective. Even your own.

4. Give Up Living In Outcomes

“That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we believe it should be.” — Saul Alinsky

Professional traders don’t know which direction markets will turn. They bet on one side and form a contingency plan. They don’t need the world to be a certain way because they act with what’s given. In the long run, probabilities ensure they win.

Once you stop judging what’s around you and stay flexible yourself, you won’t require life to give you the outcomes you hope for. You’ll just work with whatever outcomes you get.

That doesn’t make you weak or less determined. It grounds you in the present. It makes you strong.

5. Give Up All Happiness Outside Yourself

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”
— Dalai Lama XIV

James Altucher once told a story about Joseph Heller, who wrote Catch-22. Heller was at a fancy party in the Hamptons. Some guy pointed at a young fund manager and said: “He made more money last year than you’ll ever make with all your books combined.” To which Heller replied: “That may be, but I have one thing that man will never have.”

“Oh yeah? What’s that?”

“Enough.”

Creating yourself, non-judgment, living in the present, these are all ways to find contentment in what you do rather than who you are.

At the end of each day, you should look back and be happy about whatever steps you took, even if they’re part of a struggle. Draw strength from how you deal with what you’ve got, rather than how close you get to who you’re not.

When you work only on deserving what you want, all happiness rests inside yourself. You will always have enough.

6. Give Up Waiting

“Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been.””
— Kurt Vonnegut

Regret happens when we stop living — either because no one’s watching or because too many people are. Opinions and loneliness freeze us in time when there’s really no reason to wait. To do what you want to do. To be who you want to be.

The person who should be most excited about everything you do in life is you. And that should always be enough to start.

7. Give Up The Make-Pretend

“You should think of the word depressed as ‘deep rest.’ Deep. Rest. Your body needs to be depressed. It needs deep rest from the character that you’ve been trying to play.” — Jim Carrey

There’s a fine line between behaving like who you want to be and pretending you already are. One is changing into the best version of yourself, the other living out the parts of it you’re jealous of.

Of course, the latter only drives you away from it. It’s a shadow character, breaking out in cold sweat on stage. True liberty is being the guy or girl behind the curtain, putting in real sweat, because you’re not worried about taking the spotlight.

Credit always finds a way to those, who deserve it.

8. Give Up Anything But Loving Yourself

“Love yourself like your life depends on it.” — Kamal Ravikant

Most of our life’s story is dictated by the one we tell ourselves in our head. What we often don’t realize is that when that story gets ugly, we can stop talking. We can wait for kinder words.

What’s more, we can practice finding them. We can work on our self-targeted adjectives because all adjectives are made up anyway. So you might as well love yourself.

The truth about ourselves is what we choose to believe. If you love yourself first, you’ll always build on the right foundation. From there, you can pick whatever belief most serves you right now.

Once you learn to do that without rejecting the limits of physical reality, you’ll have all the agency you ever need to flourish.


Success and self-improvement may not always go hand in hand and perfection is nothing we can ever reach. But your imperfect best self can do more good than a shadow version can imagine in its dreams.

Maybe, that’s what it’s really about. To find out wanting it all isn’t wanting all that much. At least not for who you were always meant to be. Maybe, this is our best source of hope.

Maybe, it’s the only one we need.

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VAUGHAN, Ont. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer laid out a plan this morning he says would make it cheaper for Canadians to buy homes, loosening rules put in place by the former Conservative government during the global financial crisis.

Scheer pledged he'd return to allowing first-time homebuyers to take out 30-year mortgages to help lower monthly payments.

 
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"For millions of Canadians their home is the largest investment they will ever make," Scheer said.

Beginning in 2008, the Harper Conservatives began reducing the maximum mortgage amortization rate for insured mortgages. They started by knocking it down from 40 to 35 years, and in 2011 reduced it to 30 years.

 

Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty reduced the maximum amortization period to 25 years the following year. He said at the time that while monthly payments would be higher, it would result in less interest and help people pay off their mortgages faster.

The move at the time was meant to address the growing debt burden on Canadians. A major factor in the panic that locked up financial markets in the late 2000s was mortgages that owners couldn't pay, on properties that were worth less than the loans taken out against them.

When asked why a new Conservative government would now reverse course, Scheer responded the longer mortgage period would allow more people to buy homes. He added that "it is important that we have strong regulations around the financial sector."

Statistics Canada reported in August that the median mortgage debt of Canadian families that have them almost doubled between 1999 and 2016, rising from $91,900 to $180,000 in 2016 dollars.

Scheer also promised to ease what's known as the stress test on mortgages and remove it altogether from mortgage renewals. The test is meant to make sure people taking out mortgages could still afford the payments if interest rates were to rise.

The Liberals brought in the policy last year and it has been criticized by the construction and real-estate industries. Both the Canadian Home Builders' Association and the Canadian Real Estate Association welcomed Scheer's promises Monday.

A Conservative government would also make surplus federal real estate available for development to increase housing supply, and launch an inquiry into money laundering in the real estate sector, Scheer said.

"Justin Trudeau has put the dream of home ownership further out of reach for so many, especially young Canadians," Scheer said. "As prime minister, I will fix his bad policies and work to get more homes on the market to lower the price of housing."

Scheer is campaigning today in the Toronto-area suburb of Vaughan and then moves on to St. Catharines, Ont.

King-Vaughn, which was a new riding in 2015, was won by Liberal Deb Schulte by just over 1,700 votes last election.

Scheer said he is not concerned with polling that shows the Conservatives and Liberals neck and neck in key ridings despite recent controversies around photos and videos of Justin Trudeau wearing black- and brownface.

"We've got campaigns all across the country where two or three years ago people were writing us off," Scheer said.

"We are going to win those seats."

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I have listed a new property at 3607 BEDWELL BAY RD in Belcarra.
Spectacular property with views of Bedwell Bay and Mount Seymour. The existing home is situated on a large lot with a gentle slope, mature trees and plenty of potential; bring your building plans! Peaceful setting, close to Sasamat Lake and Belcarra Regional Park. Village water at lot line. Only 10 minutes to Port Moody for shopping.
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I have sold a property at 203 2285 61ST AVE E in Vancouver.
Perfect home for downsizers! This top floor unit enjoys a large floor plan with plenty of windows and skylights overlooking Bobolink Park. Freshly painted with new carpeting, this 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom home has radiant in floor heating and a sundrenched room off of the kitchen to use as an eating area, den or sunroom. Large living room with gas fireplace & access to the covered balcony. Two good sized bedrooms including the master with 4 piece ensuite. Central location, close to transit and to Fraserview Golf course. 19+ complex with no rentals.
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How to Patch Scratches and Small Holes in Hardwood Floors

 
 

Every type of flooring takes a beating from shoes, kids, pets, and moving furniture. At some point, even hardwood floors show signs of wear and tear. Scratches and small holes in hardwood floors draw in the eye and might be causing you stress too. It’s spendy to bring in a professional for small repairs, though, so consider doing the work yourself to fix those scratches.

It doesn't matter whether your hardwood floor is maplewalnutmahoganybamboo, or oak. The process for patching is the same, and typically includes using a filler of some sort.

 
 

Step 1 - Investigate the Scratch

First, take a closer look and and make sure the imperfection is really a scratch. Sometimes a mark can look worse than it really is. If you can, figure out whether the scratch is just on the finish or goes into the wood itself.

Step 2 - Fix Scratches

Superficial scratches can typically be buffed out. Try some furniture cleaner or wood restore oil.

To fix deeper scratches, you'll need to fill them in following the directions for fixing holes below. The easiest first line of defense is a wax repair stick made specifically for this task. Look for a color that matches your wood. If the paste wax won’t stick to your finish, you’ll have to move on to another tactic.

When fillers are required, make sure you locate the right one for the job. Latex fillers are common, but they don't hold stains, so they're primarily for deep but very narrow holes such as small gaps or nail holes.

Epoxy filler is another option that's a little more work, as it requires mixing together two ingredients to create the compound. It's shrink and crack resistant, so it makes a good choice for filling cracks. Like latex, epoxy fillers don’t work well with stain, so make sure you choose a color that matches your flooring. For the best match, use sawdust from your flooring and mix it with glue to make your own filler.

For areas with large scratches, use a sander to bring the surface down to the existing flooring. Start with 100-grit and finish with 150-grit or 200-grit. Always sand in the direction of the wood grain and feather out the edges slightly to blend in with the surrounding floor. For safety, always wear a dust mask, gloves, and a pair of goggles when sanding.

When you're done, you'll need to refinish that section of flooring, which is perhaps the most difficult part of hardwood flooring repair. If your repair spot is large, you may want to wait until you're refinishing the entire floor to make your repairs, or call in a professional that can match both your stain color and finish style. To do it yourself, you’ll want to know whether your finish is urethane or wax so you can match it with your repair.

sanding a wood floor

Step 3 - Sand the Holes

Hardwood flooring can start wearing away as time passes, and you may start to notice small holes in the wood. Clean these indents with a folded piece of sandpaper. Fold the sandpaper so it has a pointed edge.

It’s important to smooth the edges so the repair materials stick to raw wood rather than a finish on the flooring. Use a hair dryer or burst of air from a compressor to blow dust out of the hole or task a shop vac with the job.

Step 4 - Apply Wood Putty

Choose a wood filler that matches the color of your hardwood floor. Use a putty knife to put the putty into the holes in small quantities, and press it down so it fills the holes completely. Apply a bit of extra putty over the hole so you have a small mound.

Check and read the manufacturer’s instructions to see how long you should wait for the putty to dry thoroughly. It usually takes about 24 hours. Use sandpaper to smooth the bump down until it's level with the surrounding floor.

applying wood putty to a floor

Step 5 - Stain the Floor

For those fillers that accept stain, use a sponge brush to apply it to the area where you filled the hole. Let the stain dry thoroughly for a day, then apply two coats of polyurethane gloss.

Use the sponge brush again and allow the gloss to dry overnight. Sand the area lightly after the first coat dries, creating a shine on the restored hardwood floor. Keep the spot blocked off for two days so the floor cures thoroughly before you use it again.

Step 6 - If the Damage Is Too Bad, Replace the Board

When the damage is too extensive for an easy repair, it’s better to remove and replace the damaged wood. To do this, use a hammer and chisel to create a straight line cut across the board. Using a circular or other saw, cut a few relief lines along the length of the board so you can remove the pieces of board.

Clean out the empty section and ensure your end cuts are straight so the new piece sits flush on both ends. Remove the lower edge of the groove portion on the new board so it can lower into place. Make sure you cut your new board so the tongue fits into the groove of the installed flooring. Then install your new board and finish it with stain and sealer to match your existing floor.

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Canadian real estate sales were busier than last year, but fell from peak 2019 growth. Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) numbers show a large climb in sales for August. Falling mortgage rates, and anticipation of policy drive market growth were behind some of the country’s largest rises.

Canadian Real Estate Sales Rise Over 5%

Canadian real estate sales weren’t quite back to the highs seen a few years ago, but volumes are rising. There were 43,478 unadjusted sales process through CREA, down 9.0% from the month before. This represents a 5.7% increase compared to the same month last year. The monthly decline is seasonal, but it was larger than expected.

Canadian Real Estate Sales

The unadjusted sales for all home types, as reported through the Canadian MLS.

SalesJan 2015Mar 2015May 2015Jul 2015Sep 2015Nov 2015Jan 2016Mar 2016May 2016Jul 2016Sep 2016Nov 2016Jan 2017Mar 2017May 2017Jul 2017Sep 2017Nov 2017Jan 2018Mar 2018May 2018Jul 2018Sep 2018Nov 2018Jan 2019Mar 2019May 2019Jul 2019010,00020,00030,00040,00050,00060,00070,000Sales
MonthSales
Jan 2015 23,289
Feb 2015 32,898
Mar 2015 45,527
Apr 2015 52,982
May 2015 56,545
Jun 2015 57,380
Jul 2015 50,036
Aug 2015 43,103
Sep 2015 42,615
Oct 2015 41,981
Nov 2015 36,846
Dec 2015 27,488
Jan 2016 25,292
Feb 2016 38,856
Mar 2016 50,773
Apr 2016 58,106
May 2016 61,412
Jun 2016 60,132
Jul 2016 48,577
Aug 2016 47,419
Sep 2016 44,332
Oct 2016 42,537
Nov 2016 37,178
Dec 2016 26,158
Jan 2017 25,534
Feb 2017 37,754
Mar 2017 54,290
Apr 2017 53,796
May 2017 60,594
Jun 2017 53,344
Jul 2017 42,599
Aug 2017 42,769
Sep 2017 39,446
Oct 2017 40,691
Nov 2017 38,095
Dec 2017 27,206
Jan 2018 24,977
Feb 2018 31,356
Mar 2018 41,983
Apr 2018 46,344
May 2018 51,181
Jun 2018 47,613
Jul 2018 41,872
Aug 2018 41,151
Sep 2018 35,939
Oct 2018 39,313
Nov 2018 33,318
Dec 2018 21,909
Jan 2019 23,968
Feb 2019 29,974
Mar 2019 40,039
Apr 2019 48,461
May 2019 54,599
Jun 2019 47,755
Jul 2019 47,793
Aug 2019 43,478
 


Sales made an unusually large seasonal drop, but were still up on the year. The 9.0% monthly decline seen last month, is 50% larger than the 10-year median for August. The market managed to squeeze out a 12 month increase. However, this follows two years of declines for August sales. The annual pace of growth also fell from peak growth for 2019, reached last month. Growth hasn’t moved long enough in any direction this year to give a clear picture of which way it’s heading.

Canadian Real Estate Sales Change

The annual percent chage of unadjusted sales for all home types, as reported through the Canadian MLS.

UnadjustedJan 2008May 2008Sep 2008Jan 2009May 2009Sep 2009Jan 2010May 2010Sep 2010Jan 2011May 2011Sep 2011Jan 2012May 2012Sep 2012Jan 2013May 2013Sep 2013Jan 2014May 2014Sep 2014Jan 2015May 2015Sep 2015Jan 2016May 2016Sep 2016Jan 2017May 2017Sep 2017Jan 2018May 2018Sep 2018Jan 2019May 2019-60-40-20020406080Percent Change
MonthUnadjusted
Jan 2008 -8.57
Feb 2008 -8.78
Mar 2008 -18.94
Apr 2008 -7.04
May 2008 -17.41
Jun 2008 -15.35
Jul 2008 -12.25
Aug 2008 -20.83
Sep 2008 -3.49
Oct 2008 -27.27
Nov 2008 -42.32
Dec 2008 -32.86
Jan 2009 -40.51
Feb 2009 -31.47
Mar 2009 -13.97
Apr 2009 -11.58
May 2009 -0.86
Jun 2009 17.67
Jul 2009 18.69
Aug 2009 18.69
Sep 2009 17.31
Oct 2009 41.73
Nov 2009 72.75
Dec 2009 72.65
Jan 2010 56.26
Feb 2010 44.22
Mar 2010 40.3
Apr 2010 20.4
May 2010 -4.63
Jun 2010 -19.88
Jul 2010 -29.98
Aug 2010 -19.85
Sep 2010 -19.97
Oct 2010 -21.62
Nov 2010 -9.66
Dec 2010 -14.63
Jan 2011 -6.21
Feb 2011 -5.53
Mar 2011 -6.41
Apr 2011 -14.69
May 2011 2.72
Jun 2011 11.2
Jul 2011 12.66
Aug 2011 16.12
Sep 2011 11.73
Oct 2011 9.03
Nov 2011 5.52
Dec 2011 4.76
Jan 2012 4
Feb 2012 8.66
Mar 2012 1.34
Apr 2012 10.99
May 2012 8.72
Jun 2012 -4.71
Jul 2012 2.43
Aug 2012 -8.87
Sep 2012 -15.13
Oct 2012 -0.86
Nov 2012 -12.08
Dec 2012 -17.59
Jan 2013 -6.09
Feb 2013 -16.81
Mar 2013 -15.11
Apr 2013 -3.36
May 2013 -2.61
Jun 2013 -0.55
Jul 2013 9.59
Aug 2013 11.35
Sep 2013 17.74
Oct 2013 8.09
Nov 2013 5.83
Dec 2013 12.27
Jan 2014 0.64
Feb 2014 3.2
Mar 2014 4.88
Apr 2014 0.35
May 2014 5.46
Jun 2014 11.53
Jul 2014 8.1
Aug 2014 2.32
Sep 2014 11.13
Oct 2014 7.57
Nov 2014 3.12
Dec 2014 8.61
Jan 2015 -1.97
Feb 2015 2.67
Mar 2015 9.14
Apr 2015 9.9
May 2015 3.36
Jun 2015 10.96
Jul 2015 3.56
Aug 2015 3.93
Sep 2015 0.31
Oct 2015 0.33
Nov 2015 10.38
Dec 2015 10.26
Jan 2016 8.6
Feb 2016 18.11
Mar 2016 11.52
Apr 2016 9.67
May 2016 8.61
Jun 2016 4.8
Jul 2016 -2.92
Aug 2016 10.01
Sep 2016 4.03
Oct 2016 1.32
Nov 2016 0.9
Dec 2016 -4.84
Jan 2017 0.96
Feb 2017 -2.84
Mar 2017 6.93
Apr 2017 -7.42
May 2017 -1.33
Jun 2017 -11.29
Jul 2017 -12.31
Aug 2017 -9.81
Sep 2017 -11.02
Oct 2017 -4.34
Nov 2017 2.47
Dec 2017 4.01
Jan 2018 -2.36
Feb 2018 -16.95
Mar 2018 -22.67
Apr 2018 -13.85
May 2018 -16.43
Jun 2018 -10.74
Jul 2018 -1.71
Aug 2018 -3.78
Sep 2018 -8.89
Oct 2018 -3.38
Nov 2018 -12.54
Dec 2018 -19.47
Jan 2019 -4.03
Feb 2019 -4.41
Mar 2019 -4.59
Apr 2019 4.2
May 2019 6.7
Jun 2019 0.3
Jul 2019 12.6
Aug 2019 5
 


Winnipeg, Vancouver, And Quebec Real Estate Lead In Growth

The fastest growing real estate markets are Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Quebec City. Winnipeg reported 1,161 sales in August, up 16.1% from the same month last year. Vancouver followed with 1,961 sales, up 15.0% from last year. Quebec City was the third fastest with 453 sales, up 13.5% from last year. Winnipeg and Quebec follow two consecutive years of growth, but are small markets. Vancouver is seeing a big jump, but that follows August 2018’s unusually slow sales.

Canadian Real Estate Sales By Market

Canadian real estate sales in markets with more than 400 sales in 2018.

Aug 2017Aug 2018Aug 201902,0004,0006,0008,000TorontoVancouverMontrealCalgaryEdmontonFraser ValleyOttawaWinnipegHamiltonLondonVictoriaWindsor-EssexNiagaraHalifax-DartmouthKitchener-WaterlooQuebecSaskatoon
RegionAug 2017Aug 2018Aug 2019
Toronto 6,357 6,839 7,711
Vancouver 3,097 1,961 2,256
Montreal 2,972 3,201 3,527
Calgary 2,059 1,925 2,029
Edmonton 1,857 1,894 1,811
Fraser Valley 1,822 1,102 1,245
Ottawa 1,556 1,613 1,759
Winnipeg 1,207 1,161 1,348
Hamilton 1,015 1,070 1,067
London 899 917 912
Victoria 692 570 630
Windsor-Essex 661 694 667
Niagara 544 522 570
Halifax-Dartmouth 541 564 581
Kitchener-Waterloo 533 510 441
Quebec 448 453 514
Saskatoon 433 436 418
 


Kitchener, Edmonton, And Saskatoon Real Estate Lead Lower

The fastest shrinking markets are Kitchener, Edmonton, and Saskatoon. Kitchener made the biggest drop, with just 510 sales in August, down 13.5% from last year. Edmonton follows with 1,894 sales, down 4.4% from the month before. Saskatoon has the third biggest drop with 436 sales, down 4.1% from last year. Western Canada and big city suburbs seem to be where slowing sales are concentrated.

Canadian Real Estate Sales Change By Market

The percent change in Canadian real estate sales, in markets with more than 400 sales in 2018.

Change-15-10-505101520WinnipegVancouverQuebecFraser ValleyTorontoVictoriaMontrealNiagaraOttawaCalgaryCanadaHalifaxHamiltonLondonWindsor-EssexSaskatoonEdmontonKitchenerPercent
RegionChange
Winnipeg 16.1
Vancouver 15
Quebec 13.5
Fraser Valley 13
Toronto 12.8
Victoria 10.5
Montreal 10.2
Niagara 9.2
Ottawa 9.1
Calgary 5.4
Canada 5
Halifax 3
Hamilton -0.3
London -0.5
Windsor-Essex -3.9
Saskatoon -4.1
Edmonton -4.4
Kitchener -13.5
 


Canadian real estate sales made a big climb, just not quite as big as the month before. Sales normally slow towards the end of the summer, but they’ve picked up this year. Falling mortgage rates and policy-based stimulus are believed to be behind the boost

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