Diwali Celebrations in Surrey by Jain Centre of BC

Jain Centre of BC celebrating Diwali 2021 at Grand Taj Banquet Hall in Surrey on October 30, 2021. I am proud to support this community event. I believe in giving back to the society and always support community based events like JCBC Diwali Gala 2021.

Neeraj Kumar is a Platinum Sponsor for JCBC Diwali Gala 2021

This is going to be a diverse community event where all the community members are invited. The event will include DJ Music, Singing, Cultural Show, Indian Buffet Dinner, Raffle prizes & Photo Booth.

Consul General Mr. Manish from Consulate General of India, Vancouver will be one of the chief guests of the event.


Neeraj Kumar is a Real Estate Business owner who operates in Metro Vancouver. He is a Yoga Enthusiast and actively involved in the community. Visit his Real Estate page if you have any Real Estate needs. 

What Determines the Property Value? Know your facts!

What Determines the Property Value? Know your facts!

Determining property value is not limited to when you want to sell. With the ever-changing Vancouver real estate market, it is important to stay on top of what your property is worth. There are several factors that will affect and change property value.

Here are the top 4 things that will affect your property in the lower mainland:

1. Current Real estate Market

Current market trends in lower mainland are fluctuating faster than you can blink. Weather you have a condo or a detached home, the recent pandemic had adversely affected the pricing in 2020 and has shown a drastic upward trend in 2021. According to a real estate forecast article by Mortgage Sandbox, apartment and detached home pricing in lower mainland are increasing again1.

New home sales are driven up by the amount of new development happening in regions like Langley, South surrey, White rock, Fleetwood, Cloverdale and Maple ridge. An established popular area like Surrey has also seen a boom of new construction projects which has driven the pre-sales up than ever before.

2. Location

Location is one of the top priorities when looking for a home. Property value will drive up if your home is near a SkyTrain station versus a residential suburb with very low connectivity. Property value is closely related to the amenities surrounding the land. The location parameter also went under scrutiny during 2020 when there was a shift from office work to work from home jobs.

A recent CIBC survey found that more than 20% of people currently working from home will be returning to the office. As well, we expect the vast majority of students to return to their schools full-time. This points to a possible bounce back to the migration to the outer suburbs, exurbs, and cottage country1.

3. Age and state of the property

How old is your home? The phrase, “old is gold” is indeed true in the current Vancouver real estate market. 2021 is your year if you are a seller. If you have a well- maintained property with added new renovations, the property value drives up versus a dilapidated home with workable fixtures. Staging is an important aspect in home selling, and it will drive your market value up.

4. Size/Area of the property

The square feet area of the property and type of property is an important factor in determining property value. In an older CBC article from 2019, single family home pricing were expected to drop in 2020.2 Contrary to this predictions, property sales and value jumped 20% in 2020 breaking some sales records on the way. 3

Talk to a realtor today and understand what your current property value and when would it be a good time to sell. Keeping a check on these trends is important so that you don’t sell yourself short. A home is an investment that needs to be fruitful even when you are done living in it.

Interested in knowing the Value of your home? Visit https://neerajkumar.exprealty.com/sell.php to determine the value of of your home today.


References:

  1. https://www.mortgagesandbox.com/vancouver-real-estate-forecast
  2. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/2020-bc-property-assessment-forecast-1.5389749
  3. https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-assessment-quietly-updates-2020-valuations-showing-big-increases-for-property-owners
How to incorporate Yoga at work

How to incorporate Yoga at work

Companies have now started to realize that their human work force needs something extra to keep them at their optimal capacity. Work stress and deadlines can have a negative impact on health. Studies have shown a steady decline in performance and poor quality of work if the health of the professional is affected due to working conditions.

A study by Cahl´ıkova, Cingl and Levely talks about how stress and competitive work environment across gender affects performances at work. Since work performance affect career trajectories and promotions, it was concluded that men and women are affected by stress at work more or less equally based on various categories and it affects their overall health.

Organizations are now hiring Yoga professionals or Wellness consultants to provide breaks and ergonomic relaxation techniques to keep their workforce performing to their best capacity. A 10 Minute Yoga session between work hours has proven to relieve stress and provide a sense of calmness during and after work.

When you think of yoga, you might be apprehensive of the intimidating poses and stretches you may have seen on tv or videos. But Yoga is as simple as it can be when you are guided by the right professional. Calming the mind during work hours can be a challenge. Here are some things you can do to incorporate a relaxing session in your workday:

Let the calendar take care of you:

  • A 10-minute break to yourself may seem impossible at first, but try to schedule it in your calendar to let yourself relax and also let others know to not disturb you during the session.

Make HR your Yoga Buddy:

  • Talk to your superior or HR about the benefits of adding a Yoga break at work. With them on board and by communicating with your colleagues, a group session will work as a motivation for you to get some tranquility in your busy day.
  • Discuss with your HR to hire a wellness professional or Yoga Instructor. This will provide a professional consultant to make sure there are no injuries or issues during the sessions. If some Yoga positions are difficult for some people based on their health and limitation, a professional will help your group customize an exercise plan and optimize the time your company allots for these activities.

Know your team better with Yoga:

  • Yoga at work can be a team building activity. Many people struggle with health ailments and may find some peace with knowing that their employer cares about them and will be able to find a common ground with health discussions.

As a working professional, I have realized that giving yourself a break in the day will not only make you calm and provide better health benefits, but it can also inspire and help others around you. Yoga has variety of benefits when added to your life, weather its at work or home. In a stressful work environment, try these above tips and make your professional space a better place to be.

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Baisakhi or Vaisakhi – Hindu & Sikh Festival

Baisakhi or Vaisakhi – Hindu & Sikh Festival

Happy Baisakhi to everyone who celebrates it!

Vaisakhi or Baisakhi Festival is celebrated by both Hindus & Sikhs

Picture Credit: @PeelSchools

Baisakhi or Vaisakhi is celebrated by both Hindus & Sikhs. Baisakhi is one of the holiest Sikh festivals. It was on this day that their tenth and last Guru – Guru Gobind Singh – formed the Khalsa panth in 1699.

Vaisakhi or Baisakhi is also an ancient festival of Hindus celebrated on April 13th or 14th, marking the Solar New Year based on the Hindu Vikram Samvat calendar and also celebrating the spring harvest.


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Meditation For Beginners | Short Guided Meditation

Meditation For Beginners | Short Guided Meditation

If you are a beginner and looking for easy and short meditation, try following short meditation for beginners given at the end of this post.

“When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place” — Bhagwad Gita

Some of the benefits of the meditation are:

  • Increases your focus & attention span
  • Improves functioning of your brain
  • Reduces stress
  • Relaxes & rejuvenates your body
  • Meditation can unfold the powers of mind

 

Short 5 Minutes Meditation:


15 Minutes Guided Vipasana Meditation: