New President predicts strong real estate market Continued from a by bigpoppamust


									2                                                FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      THE DAILY GLEANER

New: President predicts strong real estate market
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                                                                                                                        a record phase for so long that it may slow                                                 ination,” Atkinson said.                                                                                            Atkinson said that real estate has always
father’s firm, Fredericton Realty, where he                                                                              down somewhat but Fredericton has a very                                                       For 2008, Fredericton city’s develop-                                                                        been a good long-term investment.
managed and sold real estate.                                                                                           stable economy so far, being the base of                                                    ment committee is expecting strong ac-                                                                              “Real estate is much like driving up along
   As he takes over the helm of the board,                                                                              government and being a university town,”                                                    tivity in the government and institutional                                                                      towards the top of the mountain. You may
Atkinson said that he would like to see the                                                                             Atkinson said.                                                                              sector with construction set to begin on the                                                                    hit a plateau along the way, you may even
organization continue its mission of giving                                                                                He pointed out that as people move out                                                   south side sports and leisure complex and                                                                       hit a little valley, but in the long run you’re
back to the community through charitable                                                                                of rural communities for reasons such as                                                    the downtown conference centre. It is also                                                                      continuously going upgrade. So it never
donations.                                                                                                              mill closures or the general economy, and                                                   forecasting strong commercial activity.                                                                         matters when you buy in, if you’re looking
   “I’d like to see that continue. As far as                                                                            move to larger centres, the real estate in-                                                    Carten also painted a rosy picture of the                                                                    at real estate as an investment on the long
what charities (that the board will sup-                                                                                dustry will see some changes in the new                                                     general state of the industry. “Real estate                                                                     term, anytime is a good time to buy real es-
port), that will really be up to the board and                                                                          construction of single-family units.                                                        right now shows no sign of levelling off. The                                                                    tate,” Atkinson said.
the committee,” Atkinson said.                                                                                             “I do think that we will see some slow                                                   Toronto market, which is the leading indi-                                                                          “If you’re looking at it on the short term,
   Looking ahead to 2008, Atkinson shared                                                                               down in the new construction of single-                                                     cator of cross-Canada, is already up by sev-                                                                    there may be times that one wants to be a
his predictions on Fredericton’s real estate                                                                            family units but I also believe that the mar-                                               en per cent in the first month of this year.”                                                                    little more cautious but on the long term, if
industry.                                                                                                               ket is generally going to be strong. It may                                                    “With all the snow storms . . . with all the                                                                 you look historically, real estate has gone
   “I do expect that there may be somewhat                                                                              not be as strong as some of the record years                                                dirty weather, people are still buying. And                                                                     up and just like if you’re climbing a moun-
of a slowdown in the single-family new                                                                                  we’ve had but it’s not going to be what one                                                 today there’s much more buyers than there                                                                       tain, you’re going up. You may level off for
construction. We’ve been running at such                                                                                would call weak by any stretch of the imag-                                                 is sellers.”                                                                                                    awhile, but you’re always going up.”

The whole family helps make over teenager’s bedroom
By JAMES CAREY                                                                                                                                        pink, but nothing too stark. She settled on a dusty rose for                                                                                                  painter’s tape.
For The Associated Press                                                                                                                              the walls and a candy apple red for the coffered ceiling at                                                                                                       I wanted my kids to learn from me what I had learned
                                                                                                                                                      the perimeter of the room. She couldn’t wait to get home.                                                                                                     from my dad; 70 per cent of a good paint job is in the prepa-
   In anticipation of her 16th birthday, our daughter Jamie                                                                                              What began as a dad-and-daughter event soon became                                                                                                         ration.
decided that her bedroom needed a new look. The light                                                                                                 a family affair, with mom and Jamie’s eight-year-old broth-                                                                                                       While the three of us were busy prepping, mom was off
purple walls and deep lime trim were suitable during her                                                                                              er’s help.                                                                                                                                                    in the garage with her staple gun and red fabric, recovering
middle school years, but now a sophomore in high school,                                                                                                 The first step was to remove everything — furniture, pic-                                                                                                   the headboard and bench that made its home at the foot of
she had visions of something new.                                                                                                                     tures, posters, more pictures, more posters — you get the                                                                                                     the bed. She also used a can of red spray paint to transform
   Jamie found her inspiration during a visit to her aunt’s                                                                                           idea.                                                                                                                                                         the tired, old bedside table and make it a special part of the
home, where she fell in love with a white cotton comforter                                                                                               Armed with a screwdriver, Jamie began removing switch                                                                                                      new look.
overflowing with pink hearts. Her aunt made that the first                                                                                              and outlet covers and applying blue painter’s tape over the                                                                                                      With the prep work complete, it was time to paint. I vol-
contribution to the bedroom makeover.                                                                                                                 remaining switches and outlets. Though her little brother                                                                                                     unteered to work up high and paint the coffered ceiling.
   We decided that this would be a weekend project, with                                                                                              was ready to begin painting and wanted nothing to do with                                                                                                     Jamie would cut in the corners with a brush while her little
prep and painting on the first day and cleanup, touch up                                                                                               the prep work, he reluctantly agreed to spackle nail holes                                                                                                    brother was chomping at the bit to begin rolling paint on
and putting things back on the second day. Ambitious yes;                                                                                             and dings and dents in need of repair.                                                                                                                        the walls.
impossible no.                                                                                                                                           Being intimately familiar with the devastating conse-                                                                                                         Being the perfectionist that I am, I wasn’t so sure that I
   First was a trip to the local paint store to select wall and                                                                                       quences of paint spatters and spills, it was my job to me-                                                                                                    liked the idea of having a couple of inexperienced young-
trim paint that would complement the comforter.                                                                                                       ticulously cover the carpet, baseboard, built-in furniture                                                                                                    sters making a mess of things. Boy was I wrong! What I
   Jamie decided that she wanted her walls to be a shade of                                                                                           and trim using plastic drop cloths and lots and lots of blue                                                                                                  feared would be a nightmare turned out to be what has be-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    come one of my most memorable family experiences.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I marvelled at the great care that the children took in ap-
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    plying the paint. By the end of a very long day, the painting
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    was complete and Jamie’s room had taken on an entirely
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                                                                                   TIV                                       FR                          RRA                                                                                                                                                        new look. She grinned from ear-to-ear with approval.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    drop cloths and painter’s tape. Jamie reinstalled the switch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and outlet covers while the rest of us began replacing the
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                                                                        room, heated ceramic floors in bath, large master w/walk-    garage. Features fabulous views from deck/living room,           concept w/cathedral ceilings, birch kitchen w/roll out pantry &
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                                                  DAVID                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             — being careful not to mar our new paint job. Jamie used
                                                                                   E   D                                                             S                                                                                                                                                              the makeover as an opportunity to get rid of a lot of clutter.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              6,5                                                                                                   We helped by replacing her TV and computer monitor with
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jamie’s room looks great, but it can’t even begin to com-
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