This past May, Coldwell Banker Gary Baverstock Realty participated in the annual One4Another’s virtual 5 km run/walk, otherwise known as Run4Another. With your help, our Team raised almost $3,000. Those donations were used to pay for Junior’s surgeries. Let us introduce you to Junior:
Junior is a 2-year-old boy who was born with an anal malformation. He will require two surgeries the first of which will happen in July. The second one will be several months after the first. He was born with no anal opening. He was given an ostomy at birth to save his life but his mom can’t afford to get this defect corrected. He needs an anal opening created. Once it heals he will need a colostomy reversal after which he will be able to pass stool normally. These surgeries will significantly improve the quality of his life. Life in Uganda is hard enough let alone living with an ostomy. These kids suffer a great deal both physically and socially as they often become outcasts due to the mess and smell. Each of Junior’s surgeries will cost $1,000. $2,000 of the donations raised were put towards Junior’s surgeries.
Here is the last update on Junior that we received from One 4 Another International. Junior, who had to get his Hb levels up, was finally ready to have an operation to create an anal opening (he was born with no anal opening and was given a colostomy at birth). He is now recovering well and his mom will manage his healing with sitz baths and dilation to prevent a reduction in size. Once he has healed he will be ready for the final operation to correct his condition which is a colostomy reversal so that he can relieve himself normally. We could not help these children with your generous support. These operations change almost everything for these kids and bring so much joy and relief to the parents.
Thank you again for all your support for this worthwhile organization!!
Making a home more energy-efficient doesn’t have to be difficult – you can get started with something as simple as using less water and adjusting your room temperature. If you want to take it to the next level, consider water conserving bathroom fixtures and a programmable thermostat. Did you know that Energy Star-certified appliances use 10-15% less energy compared to standard appliances? Perhaps its time to think about an upgrade.
If you want more home-related tips, or have any real estate questions, let’s talk today!
Canadian home sales to ease pace next year
According to MLS® forecasts from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national housing sales will reach a record this year, but the pace of sales will ease toward the latter half of this year and into 2022. The national average home price is forecast to rise by 19.3% on an annual basis to just over $677,775 in 2021. Sales are forecast to continue trending back towards more typical levels through the latter half of the year and into 2022, due to limited supply and higher prices.
Of course, that’s just the big picture on a national scale. House prices can vary dramatically from city to city, between neighbourhoods, and even on different streets. If you’d like more detailed information about your local market, contact me and let’s talk real estate.
Plan your next stay-cation!
While travel restrictions are easing in most areas, there are still many good reasons to plan your next family vacation close to home. Many Canadians are choosing a stay-cation, keeping safe and reducing their travel expenses with short drives to nearby attractions or day trips returning home each night. Whether it’s hiking a new trail, visiting a historical site, or learning a new outdoor sport, the options are almost endless.
Some even choose to re-invest the savings realized from a stay-cation into an entertaining home upgrade, such as a hot tub or media room, that can also add to your home’s value. That’s a win-win for everyone!