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Jay Agassiz

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In This Edition:  Add a Little Exercise to Your Family's Week  Shuswap Market Update  Household Hints: Helpful Rainy Day Activities  Rustic Red Skinned Potato Salad  Just a Note...

Spring Training Four Ways to Add Exercise to Your Family's Week Spring is in the air! And with the warming weather (and the threat of swimsuit season ahead) comes an opportunity to get outside and add a little stretch and exercise into your family’s weekly routine. This month, let's take a look at four great ways to get fit and have fun as a family! 

Go for a walk: Whether you add a nightly walk with your kids before or after dinner or add a new local park or trail to explore on the weekends or once a month, venture into the great outdoors and let Mother Nature treat you to the sights, sounds and smells of an awakening spring! Look online for some fun scavenger hunt ideas for your walk and you’ll find your family laughing and learning all while getting in shape! Now that’s a win-win-win! Put Your Pedal Down: Break out the bikes, put air in the tires and hit the trail! New bike paths are popping up everywhere as commuters find new fuel-efficient ways of getting from point A to B. Biking as a family is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, discover new places and make new memories. Check out for biking & hiking trails in our area. If it’s been a while since you’ve biked, be sure to warm up first and review bike safety rules with your children before hitting the road! Outdoor Chores: Yikes! Come on — it’s good for you and good for the wallet! Rake those leaves, weed those flower beds, plant a spring garden, re-mulch, mow the lawn and trim the bushes! When done as a family, you put the old adage “many hands make light work” to the test, grab yourself some great “curb appeal” and hopefully have some fun while staying in shape! Short sports: For many families, there’s just not enough time to dive headlong into an organized sport. That shouldn’t stop you from finding a local park at least once a month where you can toss a Frisbee with each other, hit a tennis ball, throw a football around, place catch, kick a soccer ball or just get out and moving with some form of sport. Even if it’s a rousing game of kickball, you can laugh it up while raising your heart rate, learning a new skill, and enjoying a little friendly competition!

So get moving this spring! Get outside and invite a little exercise into your life! It’s good for your body, your mind and your family!

Shuswap Market Update: The Shuswap Zone of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) reported March 2011 sales activity of all MLS® property types picked up compared to this time last year and last month as the housing market begins to stabilize and show more balance moving into Spring. Total residential sales increased 19.51% over last March (49 from 41 units) with sales volumes up 20.86% ($14.7 million from $12.2 million), and residential sales rose 48.48% over the 33 units sold in February. Although new listings dropped 22.22% compared to March 2010 (to 252 from 324), and inventory at the end of March dipped by 9.56% over 2010 (to 1,381 from 1,527), listings rose by 48.24% over last month’s 170 units. The average price for a single family home is lower than in March 2010 (down 16% at $309,580 compared to $368,782 in 2010), as is the median price (down 9.7% at $302,500 from $335,000 last year).

Household Hints Rainy Day Activities April showers can bring May flowers but sometimes they can make adults and children alike a little stir crazy! Here’s some great rainy day resources for your family! 

Check out the fun at these great kid-friendly websites:,, You’ll find memory making projects, learning opportunities and seasonal activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Picture this: Sometimes when it’s too wet to go out and there are a few minutes to spare—having fun with family photos is a creative way to pass the time! Try the free photo editing site for a simple way to edit, save and share your favorite family pictures!

Hit the road: Planning on hitting the road this spring or summer for a much-needed vacation or holiday trip? The folks over at BCAA have been helping people plan ahead and stay safe on the road since 1902! Check out their helpful links, fun destinations, and safety tools at

Join me next month for more handy household hints!

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Rustic Red Skinned Potato Salad        

2 pounds clean, scrubbed new red potatoes 6 eggs 1 pound bacon 1 onion, finely diced 1 stalk celery, finely chopped 1 cup mayonnaise 1 cup sour cream salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and set in the refrigerator to cool then place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. Next, chop the cooled potatoes, leaving skin on. Add to a large bowl, along with the eggs, bacon, onion and celery. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, salt and pepper to taste. Chill for at least one hour before serving.

Just A Note... April is such a fun time of year. With spring in the air, the summer months ahead, and the earth waking up from the winter from coast to coast, it’s a great time to shake off the cold and put a spring in your step! I enjoy working with clients at any time of year, but I really enjoy the buzz and the busy market changes that we often see in the spring. We’ll see lots of foot traffic through open houses, relocating families moving in and out from other areas looking for just the right place to set down roots, and buyers and investors taking smart advantage of good prices and great interest rates. There’s much to learn and much to know about buying and selling property, and certainly the shifts in our economy are just the trigger for lots of questions about real estate and financial futures. That’s what I’m here for. If you have questions or real estate needs—or just want to know which houses around you are springing up for sale and how much they are worth—I have the answers you’re looking for. You know you can always turn to me as a professional who specializes in your neighborhood to give you the best possible decision making information for your family. I wish you joy and peace this season—and remember that if you need me I'm just a phone call away.

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Jay Agassiz REALTOR®/Co-owner Homelife Salmon Arm 404-251 Trans Canada Hwy NW Salmon Arm, BC V1E 3B8 Cell 250.833.8284 Work 250.832.7871

Jay's April 2011 Shuswap Community Newsletter  
Jay's April 2011 Shuswap Community Newsletter  

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