More good info from our MLA, Pat Bell.


Hi All

Sorry I'm really late this week with my Top 10. I had a very busy weekend in Mackenzie with the annual Chamber of Commerce Spring Exposition. This year’s Exposition was very well attended and the mood was positive with everyone looking forward to the re-opening of the Paper Excellence pulp mill and the Conifix sawmills. In addition, I was able to announce a new funding model for the payment of Physicians in Mackenzie. This new salaried model is based on a pilot that has worked very well in Fraser Lake. The stability that has been seen in Fraser Lake will really help support Mackenzie’s long term health care goals.

In addition, last week I attended the "Site C" announcement and what a great day it was. The project has the potential to add significantly to the economic outlook of both Prince George and Mackenzie. This week I will focus the Top 10 on some of the details of Site C.

Have a great week!...


I just listed this great revenue property here in Prince George. Updated and clean 3 bedroom home with a 2 bedroom suite down. Very large private fenced yard with room to build a shop or garage. CLICK HERE for details.

Best regards
Dean Birks

Royal LePage Prince George
Direct Phone: 250-612-1709
Private Fax: 1-888-870-4132

Rental Scam - Just a heads up to those or someone you may know that may be looking to rent a home.

I had a call today for a stranger that said they were looking for rentals and noticed a home I had listed was offered for rent and that the monthly rent was "too good to be true". ($950/mth on a $400,000 home). I said this home is not for rent. Who is offering it? She said some guy named _____ _____ (not the name of the owner) has an ad online and says that the owners were out of country and did not want to sell their home any longer and now wish to rent it and if she sent this guy the deposit he will arrange the rent papers etc.

I told the stranger that I would double check with my client and I then called the owner to make sure he in fact was not renting it out and he confirmed he had nothing to do with any renting. I called the stranger back to confirm her suspicions were true and this was a scam.

So be aware or heads up if your looking to rent. Just make sure you do your home...

With all the missinformation out there I thought I would forward this email I got from Pat Bell our MLA for Prince George North.


Hi All

I thought that even though I may be stirring up a Hornets nest that I needed to get some of the facts out there on HST. This has been a very controversial issue over the last number of months and it’s been difficult to penetrate the controversy and have people look critically at the policy decision for what it is, sound economic development policy. With the HST in place our big job creating industries (Forestry, Mining, Energy and Construction) become far more competitive and able to withstand economic downturns. This in turn protects jobs and creates economic stability. With that in mind this week’s Top 10 will provide you with some information that you probably have not seen before.

Some more great news for Mackenzie this week with the purchase of the closed Pulp Mill by ‘Paper Excellence” (Sinar Mas)....


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Canada's great recession wasn't that bad after all: Statistics Canada

OTTAWA - It's been called the Great Recession by many around the globe. 

But Statistics Canada says the economic meltdown that devastated the economies of dozens of countries large and small in 2008 and 2009 left Canada relatively unscathed. 

According to the federal agency, Canada did suffer through a technical recession - a 3.3 per cent drop in gross domestic product over three quarters between the fall of 2008 and the summer of 2009. 

But that was shorter and milder than Canada's previous two recessions. For example, the 1981-82 slump saw GDP fall 4.9 per cent over six quarters, while the 1991-92 downturn resulted in a 3.4 per cent fall-off in output over four quarters. 

Recessions are mostly felt by those...


The 1st quarter of 2010 turned out much better than this time last year. Home prices are basically stable with good, clean, updated home fetching more attention than the rest. With the mortgage rates still low most buyers have a low appetite to fix anything up and would just rather buy a home done as the extra monthly payment to get what they want is less than spending hard earned after tax savings on renovations.

Click Here to access the latest BC Real Estate Associations 1st Quarter Report.


Dean Birks
Prince George Real Estate


Last week there was a radio talk show on CBC in Vancouver where the callers called in commenting on the high 'Average Price' of homes in the Vancouver area almost reaching one million dollars. Many said where can we live and asked the DJ for suggestions with no mention of any particular city in BC.

Well let me promote Prince George BC. We are the best deal in Western Canada and if you make a check list of all our amenities, opportunities, wages, resources and not to mention direct West Jet flights to Mexico and the average home price at only $240,000 range!

So if a good wage, good community, 15 minute drive max to anywhere you need to drive the kids or work, cost of living and very friendly people then Prince George is very worth looking at.

To learn about Prince George visit my website and click on 'Local News, Info' tab.

Have a great weekend.
Dean Birks - Full Time REALTOR


  1. Lumber prices continue to escalate as well with the “Composite Index” at $342 this past week compared to $202 a year ago. This has led to a reduction in the border tax as of May 1 from 15% to 10%. I really believe we will start seeing some mills re-open and shifts being added back. In addition I would expect a significant increase in logging activity this summer.
  2. The real driver behind price increases was seen in January 2010 when B.C.’s total softwood lumber exports increased by 22% over January 2009. This includes a four-fold increase in the exports to China, a six per cent increase in exports to the U.S. and an 11 per cent increase in exports to Japan.
  3. In February 2010, B.C.'s average weekly wage was $813, fourth highest in Canada. The average weekly wage has risen by $165 - or more than 25 per cent - since 2001, when it was $648.
  4. Consumer confidence in British Columbia rose by a record 25.9 points in March and now sits at 121.1 points. The Conference Board of Canada...

Government Committee Working on Wood Innovation Centre

By 250 News  Tuesday, April 06, 2010 10:37 AM

Prince George, B.C.- The Wood Innovation Centre for Prince George is in the planning stages says Finance Minister Colin Hansen.
Speaking on the Meisner program on CFISFM this morning, Minister Hansen said the project is definitely “on the books” and the money has been set aside for it. “There is a committee within government that is working specifically on that” says Hansen, who adds “The Premier has assigned one of the senior deputy Ministers to this. Her top priority is to pull all of that together.”   Hansen say there are still a lot of details to be worked out but there has been enough money put aside to ensure the project gets going.
The Wood Innovation Centre is considered to be the cornerstone of a major development for downtown Prince George. It   has been proposed that it be linked with a satellite campus of UNBC which...

By 250 News Thursday, April 08, 2010 04:07 AM

Prince George, B.C. - The B.C. Northern real Estate Board is reporting a very healthy first quarter.

In the first quarter of 2010 sales of properties of all types through the Multiple Listing Service of the BC Northern Real Estate Board (BCNREB) were significantly higher than a year ago.

To the end of March, 887 properties with a value of $180.8 million changed hands in the area served by the members of the BCNREB, compared to 589 properties worth $117 million in the first 3 months of 2009.

As of March 31st, 2010 there were 4347 properties of all types available for purchase through the MLS®, compared to 4018 at this time last year.

President Claudia Holland is optimistic, “The overall market is picking up tentatively with more homes being listed and more buyers purchasing as spring comes upon us. With the first quarter of 2009 being a time most people would like to forget, the statistics are showing a cautious recovery. With expanded...
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