The 2018 Telus Vancouver Santa Claus Parade returns on Sunday to the delight of children and big kids alike.  More than 300,000 people will see the parade as it starts at noon at Georgia and Broughton streets and travels east on Geogia to Howe. It will then turn on Howe and finish at Howe and Davie streets.

Before the parade there is a Breakfast with Santa at the Fairmont Hotel on Geogia Street. There will be a breakfast buffet and meet and greet with Santa before the parade. This event will cost $40 per adult and $20 per child..and you'll need to make reservations by calling 604-647-0517.

There will also be some free family activities as well. From 10am to noon you can visit Christmas Square at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street. Activities include face painting, kids crafts and a 'letters to Santa' station. 

If you have small children, you may want to avoid the area around the Art Gallery to watch the parade. The crowds tend to be heaviest there because of the events at Christmas Square. 

It should be a great day. Have fun!!

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How about taking all that sound of a G.M. LS-based V8 corvette engine and replacing it with some pure electric fun instead?

If you were to buy an electric powerhouse like a Tesla Model S P100D, you would get a car with a single gear ratio. That's why, although it's the 'king of the quarter mile', the Tesla falls short of setting any speed records.  So why not pump all that power through a 7 speed transmission, making use of all 800 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of instantaneous torque. By doing this the electrified Corvette was able to set a speed record of 209 miles per hour, which is somewhere between a Porche 959 and the Ruf CTR.

Sprinting from 0  to 60 mph takes less than 3 seconds, which is 3.5 seconds quicker that it take the C7 Corvette Grand Sport.

Interested? For $750,000 USD, less a $250,00 USD initial deposit, one of these 75 Genovation GXEs could be on its way to you in 2019. For that money, hopefully you'll feel a bit of satisfaction knowing that you have one of the few electric cars with a manual transmission, and one that few people would suspect. Click here for 'test drive' video.  Have fun!

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Our Real Estate may be slowing in growth, but it's still the most expensive market in the country. Greater Vancouver's benchmark reached $1,602,100 in October, up 1.03% from the same time last year. The Fraser Valley's benchmark in October was $853,600 up a whopping 6.84% from this time last year. and up 87.84% over the past 5 years.  What is also worth noting is the B.C. real estate markets are seeing huge declines in sales right now. 

If you are looking to sell in today's market, being successful isn't that challenging. Just don't do what almost everybody else is doing by trying to sell for what their home would have been worth at the peak. Be reasonable with your asking price, and you will likely sell for more than what your home was worth this time last year. It's still a great market to sell a home!


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