TGIF: A Weekend of Eating and Enjoying Ribfest and Our Local Craft Breweries!

Friday, July 20, 2018

This will be a lively weekend locally as one of our largest community events gets underway - yes - Ribfest! Three days of delicious barbecue, live music, craft breweries & family entertainment hosted by Port Moody Rotary Club and the City of Port Moody in Rocky Point Park between July 20th and 22nd. New this year is the VIP Zone sponsored by Lexus - this for those who want personal service, no line-ups along with an expanded craft beer and wine menu.

For this luxury you can you can purchase tickets and book reservations online. Bonus is, that this spot gives a great view of the live bands. You are encouraged to take public transit and there is the free summertime shuttle bus service for residents and visitors Friday thru Sunday which links Inlet Centre with Rocky Point Park & Moody Centre. This is a 1 way loop leaving the Park approximately every 30 minutes during operating hours. For those with cars, there is parking available along the Evergreen Line at Moody station, Coquitlam Central station, Lincoln & Lafarge Lake - Douglas Station. There is also car parking “by donation” at Port Moody soccer fields east of Rocky Point Park. For those who are going by bike, there is complimentary bike valet service in the park. This is an event driven and manned/womaned by volunteers, so when you are hot & tired, still be grateful!

Just time to recover before heading downtown next week for the start of ‘Celebration of Light’ fireworks displays from all over the world. Here are the top cost effective (FREE) places to watch the fireworks:- English Bay, Sunset Beach, Vanier Park, Kits Beach, Jericho Beach, Locarno Beach & Stanley Park’s Second Beach (where the festival’s main daytime entertainment takes place). Other options are Granville Island, Burrard St.Bridge and of course from a boat on the water (not such a free choice unless it’s your boat!).

So....no reason not to have summer fun over the next week or so! See you in the ‘hood.

REAL ESTATE Note:- The new more stringent mortgage rules are taking our clients by surprise - the focus on employment income rather than equity or even rental income is making obtaining a mortgage more difficult than ever. If you are considering buying for the first time, or selling your home to buy another, you need a preapproval already in place, so there are no surprises after you have set your heart on a home. With quietly increasing interest rates, a preapproval also gives you a cap on your interest rate good for the next 3 months. The government rules that you will also have to qualify at a rate 2% higher than your actual agreed rate. There will be paperwork for you to supply - so much easier ahead of time with no panic. Remember that experienced mortgage brokers work realtor hours and can meet with you at your convenience - these are the specialists who can walk you through the process and find the best fit for you. This is the time for experts. If you have questions about this, please ask. We are still here ready to keep you covered - even with summer fun!

Continuing in that tradition of trust and caring, we are your Generations Real Estate Partners -
Michelle Hawthorne, Scott Johnson, Sheila Francis, Ray Harris & Shane Goutsis


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