…of housing, refugees & home…


…”Nothing can stop the Vancouver housing market, even typically slow November”…”Syrian refugees reluctant to resettle in Canada immediately, Ottawa says”…”BC to get 200 private sponsored refugees by year’s end”…

Apparently, November home sales in Vancouver “were 46.2 per cent above the 10-year sales average for the month and the second highest ever for the month.

Detached properties, one of the most sought after commodities in the region’s real estate market, led the way on price increases. Based on the real estate board’s benchmark index, a detached home is now $1,226,300, a 22.6 per cent increase from a year ago.”

An interesting phenomenon, “it appears Canada is finding that many Syrian refugees are reluctant to travel so far afield. Initial efforts in November by the United Nations to find Syrians in refugee camps keen on rapidly relocating thousands of kilometres to Canada as government-sponsored refugees bore relatively little fruit.

Only about 6.3 per cent of refugees contacted indicated they were interested in coming to Canada when the UN got in touch with them between Nov. 18 and 26. This was chiefly in Jordan but also in Lebanon.”

According to a press release, “the British Columbia government expects 217 privately sponsored refugees to arrive in B.C. within the next few weeks. While the vast majority of the refugees will reside within the Lower Mainland, some are headed for different areas of the province, such as Kelowna and Prince George.”


Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration. ~Charles Dickens

Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to. ~John Ed Pearce

Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest.
~Henry Van Dyke

Home is the one place in all this world where hearts are sure of each other. It is the place of confidence. It is the place where we tear off that mask of guarded and suspicious coldness which the world forces us to wear in self-defense, and where we pour out the unreserved communications of full and confiding hearts. It is the spot where expressions of tenderness gush out without any sensation of awkwardness and without any dread of ridicule. ~Frederick W. Robertson

Home is a shelter from storms — all sorts of storms. ~William J. Bennett

Cheers to ‘HomeSweetHome’ kinda days for all!


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