Nicholas News March 13, 2022

CREA, The Canadian Real Estate Association joined many countries around the world this week adding strict sanctions against Russia!  All Realtors in Canada received a list of 328 Russian names who are restricted against buying or selling property within Canada.  We personally have friends from Ukraine who have moved to our area years ago.  They are beautiful people inside and out and we are proud to stand with them as their homeland is bombarded.  Nicholas and I have visited their home, played with their children and enjoyed their homemade treats.  We all need to stand in solidarity with Ukraine asking important questions; is any of our crude oil or other products coming from Russia, are any of our Mama and Papa’s investments tied into any Russian companies, etc.  Our hearts break for the Ukraine people and Mama and Charlie pray to God that the madness ends soon!

On a happy note we’ve changed our clocks ahead which makes Nicholas and I jump for joy.  For the next six months we’ll be enjoying our daily walks after supper.  We look forward everyday to this quiet time with Mama and Papa, meeting up with all our furry friends on the trails.  We’ll really need to bundle up today as the temperature has dropped and the wind is howling!  As a treat Mama and Papa are taking us out for a drive in the country today to enjoy the sunshine even though it’s cold.  It’s okay we know warmer days are coming and before long the lakes and rivers will open up and I’ll be enjoying some nice refreshing swims again!!!  Can’t wait!  (Nicholas won’t swim before June).

This guy says it all!

The real estate market is turned upside down as there are fewer houses on the market than there has ever been in history!  Most current sellers are leaving the province heading to Halifax or Ontario.  It’s difficult for sellers who want to stay here in New Brunswick to find the house they’d want to move to.  Thus the prices are driven even higher as we see the theory of supply and demand at work.

We’re happy to announce we have an accepted offer on 11 Margaret Street in Nauwigewauk.  Nicholas and I personally love this place with it’s large fenced yard, in ground pool and huge covered deck, what a great place to spend the summer.  Mama says she’d never keep me out of the pool and I have to admit I’d be soaking wet most of the time. 🙂

Spirit enjoying the pool at 11 Margaret Street.

Get out there and enjoy the sunshine but bundle up, baby it’s cold outside!  Hope you have a good week and that I see you real soon!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon

Nicholas News March 5/2022

Just the thought of longer days in the near future has me soooo excited.  The birds will be singing, the weather will be warming up (which means Mama will stay out longer) and the days will be longer.  As you can tell I’m not a fan of Daylight Savings and think it’s absurd to turn our clocks back in the fall with darkness coming at suppertime!  Nicholas and I enjoy our leisurely walks with Mama and Papa after supper most of the year but then in the fall we hear Mama starting to complain that the clocks will be turning back soon (moaning like a dove) and then bam, it just seems to happen.  So now we hear a different conversation “and soon we’ll be turning the clocks ahead and it will be light an hour longer!!! (said with a smile).  Sunday March 13th won’t come a day too soon!!!

It’s been a tough week as our dear Auntie Blue passed in her sleep at home last Sunday.  Mama says it’s a blessing and we all should be so lucky to go in our sleep.  Mama was so close with her and our auntie never had children so Mama was like a daughter to her.  She was the one to look after auntie which was a huge responsibility with never a chore.  Mama has decades of beautiful memories of her aunt Mary Lou (Wiggins) Northrup who we affectionately called Auntie Blue.  Mama is planning a reception and celebration of her life on what would have been her 87th birthday this July 14th.  She says Nicholas and I won’t be allowed to attend but she will bring us home a doggy bag.  Auntie Blue loved her toy Pomeranians and owned several over the years, all from the Fox Kennels.  Goodbye Auntie Blue we loved you and knew you loved us with your bright smile and warm hugs.  Your dear little girl Viola is missing you too.  Until we meet again.

Mary Lou Northrup with Myra.

Buddy and Auntie Blue at the camp 2018.

The Bank of Canada raised the interest rate this week 25 basis points.  What does this mean for the home owners with mortgages or those thinking of buying?  About $12 per $100,000. For example, the increase to your mortgage payment per $100,000 is approximately $12-$13 per 0.25% increase in prime on a 25yr amortization.  If you have a fixed-rate, no worries,  you will see no change to your rates.   Remember always good to have a fixed rate locked in as long as you can so that you have no unexpected surprises.  If you’re thinking of buying now is the time as the banks talk of future hikes in the rates over summer!

Wishing you a beautiful relaxing weekend and as the Irish say “May the wind be always on your back”.

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon