Home Selling

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Sales of single-family homes in February board wide dipped by 28 per cent year over year but were up 10 per cent from January. Last month, 228 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System compared to 315 in February 2018 and 208 the previous month. In the apartment and townhouse categories, sales dropped by 20 per cent and 21 per cent, respectively.

Inventory of single-family homes in February rose by 23 per cent from one year ago (812 to 999) while active listings of apartments climbed by 17 per cent (224 to 261) year over year and townhouses by 28 per cent (127 to 163). In its 2019 First-Quarter Housing Market Update, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) expects residential sales in the province to increase

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Has the time come to buy a home for your family? If you have little ones, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind before buying, as not all homes and neighbourhoods are family-friendly.

 Layout of Bedrooms

Taking into consideration where the bedrooms are located is a great suggestion - especially if the kids are very young or headed into their adolescent years. In some cases, you’ll want their bedrooms right next to yours, while if the kids are older, you might even want a floor in between to provide a buffer for noise and privacy.

Number of Bathrooms

If it’s not already a priority, the importance of this factor will become very evident during those chaotic weekday mornings! Having ample bathroom space (or even just Jack and

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Sales of single-family homes in December dropped by 48 per cent from one year ago and were 44 per cent lower than in November.

Last month, 170 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System compared to 304 in November and 328 one year ago. Apartment sales in December were 65 per cent lower than in December 2017, while the number of townhouses sold in December dropped by two per cent from one year ago. Annual sales of single-family homes in 2018 totalled 4,543, a 19 per cent drop from 2017. However, this reduction reflects the market returning to more normal levels after the robust housing markets witnessed in 2016 and 2017.

Inventory of single-family homes last month rose by 23 per cent from one year ago (941 to 761) but

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Via the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board 

Sales of single-family homes in October were 11 per cent higher than in September but dipped by 16 per cent from October 2017. Last month, 385 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System compared to 347 in September and 458 one year ago. The number of apartments and townhouses changing hands last month dropped by eight and 21 per cent, respectively.

This year's housing market is behaving as expected, moderating after the record-setting pace set in 2016 and 2017. Government policy-side measures introduced to cool the market, such as the mortgage stress test (Guideline B-20) and higher interest rates, are taking their toll on housing sales throughout the country.

On the

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What better activity is there to do on a perfect Autumn day than go for a drive? And if you love Real Estate the way we do, you'll understand the joy of checking out the newest developments along the way!

The sun was shining, the kids were still in school, and it's not often we all have a spare moment together in the office, so we seized the opportunity to head out for a short cruise to check out the newest phase of the Uplands subdivision; called Uplands II.  

It's a short drive from the office, yet a beautiful one. Perched high overlooking the Alberni Valley, the new development sits at the top of the town; overlooking some of our community's newest homes. 

Offering stunning mountainous vistas from the streetscapes, and bordered on two

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Fall is just around the corner - the kids are back to school, and we’re squeezing out the last few weeks of quality “dock” time at the lake! With the holidays still far away on the distant horizon, it’s a busy, yet peaceful time for families here in the Alberni Valley.

Because we’ve still got a couple of months until a cold snap hits - and the holiday chaos takes over - now is considered an idea time to buy or sell Real Estate on Vancouver Island.

Thanks to our magnificent autumn weather and overall mild climate, fall is considered an excellent time to properly price and move property. In fact, it’s even known as the ‘second spring’ in Western Canadian Real Estate!

Come September, serious buyers will be feeling the pressure to make their

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Finally - you’re on the final stretch of the selling process!

You’ve accepted an offer from a prospective buyer, and the next step is the home inspection - or perhaps you’re preparing one prior to. Because many deals are contingent upon the success of a home inspection, your buyers can use this as a basis on which to further negotiate with you. For those reasons, it’s in the best interest of your sale (and for your pockets!) if we take this step seriously.

When time is off the essence, you might feel pressure to take the first home inspector you meet, but it’s of utmost importance that you find a qualified, experienced professional.

When it comes time for your inspection, it's ideal to have a firm grip on all of the nuances, nooks, and

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Spring has sprung here on Vancouver Island!

Flowers are in bloom, the days are getting longer, and the sun is shining down on our beautiful island. In the real estate world, spring is known as one of the best time of year to sell your home.

Selling your home isn’t as simple as throwing up a for sale sign up in your front yard. There are some key actions you can take to help your home stand out in the market, appeal to buyers and sell quickly.

Spring Cleaning

Boy, doesn’t it feel good to purge? Basements, junk drawers and spare bedrooms have all collected knick-knacks, old clothes and well...things you really don’t need. Taking a day (or two) to tackle the chore of a deep spring clean will leave you feeling good and your house looking even better.

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Simple repairs

Let's face it, sometimes time can get away from us! When selling a home, we don't always get around to redoing that bathroom, or replacing those cabinets, or any of the other ideas that passed fleetingly as ways to increase the resale value. Now showings are starting to line up and between picking up the kids from school, or reaching that deadline at work (or both!) it's a wonder we have had any time to get the place tidied up for a viewing.

But this is where taking an afternoon, or a weekend, and getting the whole family involved can be well worth the effort. Decluttering your home is just one way that it can shine for potential buyers and help move your family through the process quickly and smoothly.

Here are a few quick fixes that can help…
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