Housing Market Brightens in the USA

News reports generated from CNN regarding the housing market were more favorable than seen in some time with some experts going as far as to say that “a housing boom could be coming”.  While some might think this a little optimistic foreclosures did fall to a 5-year low with foreclosure filings in September down more than 16% from a year earlier according to Realty Trac. If reports are correct  this can only bode well for the Canadian economy in general.

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Give Thanks for the Little Things. 

Best Ever Bread Stuffing With Fresh Herbs and Dried Fruit 

I’ve been asked for this recipe dozens of times – now it’s yours to share with family and friends and they will definitely give thanks that you did – Peggy.

  • 1 cup dried cranberries or blueberries or combination
  • 12 cups sourdough bread cubes (use day-old bread)
  • 1 cup pistachios, toasted (see note)
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage (plus dried sage to taste if you like a stronger sage dressing)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 5 or 6 tablespoons stock (or water)

Soak cranberries for 3 minutes in enough boiling water to cover; drain well. In large frying pan, heat butter over medium heat and saute onions until transparent. Add enough bread cubes to soak up all the butter. Transfer to large bowl and add all remaining ingredients.

Makes about 12 cups, enough for a 16 pound turkey. Cook any remaining stuffing separately in covered pan/dish at 350 F for about 45 min. and mix together with stuffing from bird. **To toast pistachios, place on baking sheet and bake at 350 F for 5 to 7 minutes.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING From Vancouver Island!



VIREB Stats for September 2012

Although overall sales declined in the month of September, Parksville/Qualicum (which also  includes Nanoose Bay, Fairwinds, French Creek, Bowser and Deep Bay) faired better than most with an actual increase in average price sale of 1%.

“The general cooling of sales activity over the summer months in Victoria and across Vancouver Island will likely continue this fall,” explained Cameron Muir, Chief Economist with the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA). “Moderate sales activity is largely the result of tighter credit conditions and a more tepid economic growth. However I do expect some increase in consumer demand in the 2013 corresponding with stronger labour market conditions.”

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