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I have listed a new property at 2137 Aaron Way.
Fantastic Family Home On Quiet Cul-de-sac / 5 Beds / 3 Baths / Bonus Room / 3100 sq ft. This custom-build was the builder’s own home, offering a spacious floor plan, main-level entry, and large yard. Living/dining room w/gas fireplace and oak flooring. Kitchen has granite counters, new fridge/dishwasher, and plenty of cupboards. Family room, laundry, 1 bath and 1 bed round off the main floor. 2 bathrooms upstairs, and 4 large bedrooms, w/master suite, en-suite, walk-in closet, gas fireplace, and peek-a-boo ocean views. Bonus room above the garage is bright and spacious! Yard is fully fenced w/mature fruit trees and in-ground pool-has new pool cover but needs a little TLC before your first pool party! Poolside shower, washroom, pump house and storage shed. Freshly painted, some new fencing, and new carpets upstairs. Gas furnace, gas bbq hook up, central vac and 2 car garage. Floor plan has potential to add a bachelor suite. Central location near shopping, schools, Beban Park and more.
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I have listed a new property at 4919 Denford Pl.
Welcome to your new family home in Rocky Point. 3 bed, 3 bath home has 2000+ sq ft, open concept living space, and maple floors. Bright and spacious living room with vaulted ceilings and plenty of windows to let in the natural light. Kitchen/dining room feature stainless appliances, including a gas cooktop, a new oven, wood cabinetry, breakfast bar, and access to the upper deck. Upstairs are 2 bedrooms including the master with double closets and ensuite; and second bedroom with vaulted ceilings that would be a perfect bonus room or office. 3rd bedroom, family room and storage on the lower floor with access to the patio. You’ll love the fully-fenced back yard with mature fruit trees and plenty of space for kids of all ages! Recently freshened up with a new ensuite, paint, new flooring in two bathrooms, new oven, and landscaping in the backyard. Gas furnace & 2 car garage complete this home. Located in one of Nanaimo’s most desirable areas, minutes from parks, schools, and beaches!
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Home equity…Everybody wants it, but what exactly is it, and how do you get it?


Equity represents the degree of ownership an individual or entity has in an asset after subtracting any debts against the asset. To say someone shares equity in a company means they would share in any assets remaining after all debts are accounted for.


For example, if your business has sold $500,000 worth of product this year, but you have rent, operating expenses, and a business loan payment totaling $400,000 for the year, you have $100,000 of equity in your business. Equity changes as the value of your assets and debts change.


Home equity works the same way. When you take out a mortgage to purchase a home, your home is collateral on the mortgage loan, so the outstanding mortgage principal must be deducted from the value of the home to determine your home equity.


In most cases, you make a down payment when you purchase your home. That down payment is your initial home equity. If you pay a 20% down payment on a $200,000 home, you have $40,000 equity when you close on your purchase.


As time goes on and you continue to pay down your mortgage principal, your equity grows. Usually, the longer your own your home, the more equity you gain because you are paying down your mortgage. However, any debts you take on using your home value as collateral, such as a second mortgage or home equity line of credit (HELOC,) decrease your home equity.


The changing real estate market also influences your equity. If you paid $200,000 for your home, and two years later the homes in your neighborhood start selling in the $400,000 range, your theoretical equity increases. (Theoretical because you don’t realize your home equity until you sell your home and pay off all debts against it.) You can also lose equity if the market takes a dive but be patient and it should recover in time.


Equity also grows if you make improvements on your home that increase its value. Let’s say you add a swimming pool and all new appliances. You have increased the value of the home. Your equity doesn’t increase by the amount your spent on the improvements, but on the value you get upon resale. This is an important point when considering making improvements prior to putting your home on the market, and one that is often misunderstood.


Let’s say Joe spends $50,000 on upgrades to his home. He might tell his neighbor, “I have $50,000 in my home,” but when he goes to sell, the current market dictates how much he will actually get in return. If Joe ends up selling for $40,000 more than he originally paid, his $50,000 investment got him $40,000 in home equity.


Some things you can do to increase your home equity include:


1) Make a large down payment when you purchase your home. The more cash you put down, the more equity you begin with.


2) Make increased or extra payments on your mortgage principal. Adding to the principal portion only on your monthly payments, or making extra payments when you are able, helps chip away at your outstanding debt.


3) Be smart when making home improvements. Not all improvements build equity. Some improvements may be personal preferences that don’t necessarily add value for resale. Improvements such as a new HVAC system, new appliances, or a new roof are usually more reliable investments than a fountain in the front yard or surround sound speakers throughout the house.


4) Don’t borrow against your home equity unless you must. Home equity is often a homeowner’s biggest asset, and can help to build your retirement nest egg, but it can also come in handy if life throws you a curve ball and you need to borrow against it for an unforeseen emergency. Be careful not to borrow against your equity for frivolous purposes, so it will be there if you really need it.


5) Sell when the market is favorable. If you are counting on your home equity to help finance your next home, pay for your children’s education, or add to your retirement funds, try to sell during a seller’s market when inventory is needed in your area.

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Market Update: August 2021

Across the board we saw an increase in the benchmark price in all categories with homes up 33% year over year, condos up 27% year over year, and townhomes up 31% year over year.

Inventory was down 50% and sales were down 18% compared to the same time last year. Sales would no doubt be much higher if there was adequate inventory.

We expect prices to continue their upward trend unless demand drops or the number of listings increase.
 
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I have listed a new property at 981 Highview Terr.
Beautiful townhome in adult oriented community. Ocean view townhome in desirable Harbour Heights, located in south Nanaimo. This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhome is over 1300 sq ft and features 180 degree ocean and mountain views. On the first floor you’ll find a generous sized bedroom and 3 piece en-suite. Two more bedrooms on the second floor including the large master bedroom with access to the main bathroom. The third bedroom is perfect to use as a den, office or media room and also provides access to the private patio where you can enjoy the quiet natural setting. On the top floor is the main living space with a bright and spacious living room and attached kitchen. In addition to the ocean views, you'll love the electric fireplace, new heat pump and premium Hunter Douglas cellular shades. Easy access to the highway and conveniently located close to shopping, downtown and amenities. Schedule your showing today!
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I have listed a new property at 5790 Brookwood Dr.
A must-see for buyers and investors! 3 bed, 2 bath half-duplex in desirable Uplands area. 1300+ sq ft ideally appointed with living on the main floor, and bedrooms on the lower floor. Open concept kitchen and living room featuring a gas fireplace and deck off of the dining area. Downstairs, you’ll find three bedrooms including the master bedroom with a walk-through closet to the washroom. Plenty of updates throughout including a new roof and hot water tank and some new flooring. Single garage with storage shelves, plus space for two more vehicles in the driveway. Private back yard is partially fenced, includes a storage shed and access to the deck. Located walking-distance to groceries, transit and all amenities.
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I have listed a new property at 2171 Village Dr.
4 bedroom 3 bathroom home on corner lot with flexible layout. Enjoy a large 4 bed family home, or easily separate the in-law suite from the main home. Car lovers will enjoy the 2-car garage on the main level, and single-car garage on the lower level. Upstairs, you’ll find 2 large bedrooms including the master with a large walk-in closet with built-in shelving, and a beautiful 4 piece ensuite. Open-concept living area is bright and spacious with vaulted ceilings, and a gas fireplace. Kitchen has stainless appliances, quartz countertops, large pantry, and access to the back yard. Laundry area completes the main floor. Downstairs are 2 more bedrooms, 4-piece bath, second laundry area, family room w/ gas fireplace, and second kitchen. Low maintenance yard features fruit trees and private seating or bbq area. This home has many energy-saving features including light-blocking window films, heat pump and high-efficiency gas furnace. On cedar municipal water & sewer.
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I have listed a new property at 1001 Roxboro Pl.
Welcome to 1001 Roxboro Place, located in desirable College Heights. This 2400+ sq ft home is sure to impress with it’s stunning ocean and mountain views, granite countertops, hardwood floors and wrap-around deck and veranda. Upstairs is the main living space where you’ll find an open concept living room and kitchen with plenty of storage. You’ll love the large master suite with two walk-in closets and an ensuite with separate shower, soaker tub, and slate tile throughout. Den and laundry room complete the space. Three more bedrooms downstairs as well as a family room and plenty of storage space. Large two car garage and space for 4 more vehicles (or your boat and RV) in the driveway. Outside has been landscaped and partially fenced providing a lovely private oasis. Shed/hobby shop is fully finished and powered. Electric furnace and heat pump are two years old, and the hot water tank is new. Close to Westwood Lake and easy access to the highway and amenities.
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I have listed a new property at 238 Bayview Ave.
Updated character home with ocean views. This 3 bed, 1 bath home has been tastefully updated while maintaining its original charm. On the main floor, you’ll find a cozy living room with a wood-burning fireplace, master bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen with access to the covered patio. New kitchen with modern amenities includes a stainless steel gas stove and dishwasher, white shaker cabinets and a large island. Updated bathroom/laundry room with stand-up shower and newer stacked washer/dryer. Upstairs, are two more bedrooms perfect for a family, guest room, or a home-office. New vinyl windows, doors, and laminate flooring throughout. Unfinished basement with outside access makes for the perfect home-workshop or use as additional storage. Large lot with R2A zoning allowing for multiple uses including residential, home business, or a coach house (w/restrictions). Additional amenities include gas furnace, covered patio, and partial fenced and landscaped yard. Walking distance to downtown,
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I have listed a new property at 3390 Greyhawk Dr.
Exquisite Stephenson Point Estate's home with stunning ocean views. This 4 bed, 3 bath home has 2600+ sq ft of living space and is sure to impress. You will love the loft ceilings, hardwood floors, and overall craftsmanship. The home chef will love the updated kitchen complete with a gas stove, white cabinetry, quartz countertops, large island and convenient butlers pantry! Main living apace features a gas fireplace, plenty of windows to take in the views, and access to the covered deck with a gas hook up. The office, 3 piece bath and 2 car garage complete the main floor.. Upstairs, you'll find 4 large bedrooms including a gorgeous master suite with 4 piece ensuite, large walk-in closet and private deck with view. You'll enjoy energy savings with a furnace, heat pump and hot water on demand. outside features low maintenance landscaping with an irrigation system and additional deck off of the main entrance. All of this and more located in one of Nanaimo's most desirable areas.
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 Spring Cleaning Bingo Sheet


Spring is here! That means it’s time to stop hemmin' and hawin' and get after some home maintenance projects. A few ideas to get you started:⁣

Indoors: ⁣

• Get down and dirty by scrubbing those baseboards, trim, doors, walls, and handles.⁣
• Scared to look at those air filters after the long winter? Take a deep breath and swap them out with fresh new ones.⁣
• Clean the blinds slate-by-slate (yes, it’s a PAIN) and wash, or easier yet, dry-clean window treatments.⁣
• Get the grime and slime off kitchen cabinets with a top-to-bottom wipe down.⁣
• Flip mattresses and, while you’re at it, wash ALL your bed linens (mattress pads and pillow shams included).⁣

Outdoors:⁣

• Have a look at your gutters and downspouts for winter damage and debris. (You'll def want a buddy to hold the ladder.)⁣
• Inspect wooden decks, railings, windowsills, and steps for damage or rot.⁣
• Pressure wash patios, decks, driveway, and outdoor furniture. (Pressure washing is awesome. Seriously. You’ve gotta try it.)⁣
• Tune-up any lawn maintenance equipment.⁣
• Clear the front entryway of bugs and cobwebs. Go on and throw up a colorful spring wreath and welcome mat, too!⁣

Whip your home into shape ASAP so you’ll be ready to kick up your feet when that to-die-for spring weather comes a' knockin'!

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Buyer demand continues to outweigh supply in the VIREB market and competition for those few precious listings is fierce. Buyers continue to be frustrated with thier home search as inventory numbers reached an all-time low. The BCREA does not see the inventory situation improving until more supply comes on the market later this year. The BCREA and local real estate boards are advocating with policy makers to encourage streamlining the development process so that municipalities can expand supply more quickly to meet the growing demand. 


It is an exciting time to sell your home as the robust market is impacting prices. Single family homes as a 15% increase over February 2020. Last month, we saw a 56% increase in the sales of single family homes since the same period last year with 417 units sold. 


More than ever, it's important for buyers and sellers alike to work with a realtor to help them navigate the ever-changing envorinment. 

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We all want people to love our home as much as we do, but especially when you are trying to sell it! While it’s impossible to please every buyers’ taste, there are several easy things you can do to make your home more appealing without spending a lot of money. Try some of these tricks and see if your showings cause buyers to swoon.


1. Check your curb appeal. Take an honest look from the curbside. What are buyers seeing first? If your home needs to be painted or pressure washed, consider making that investment. Clean up landscaping by trimming trees and bushes, planting some fresh annuals and laying new mulch. Clean windows, repair sagging soffit, or porch railings, and have any trip hazards on your driveway or front walk repaired. Finally, consider some attractive, yet subtle decorations for your front porch.


2. Create an inviting entryway. When buyers step inside your front door, you want them to feel welcomed. If you have a foyer or front hall, it is easier to make an attractive entryway, but even if your front door opens right into your living room, you can create the feel of an entryway with a couple of simple tricks. Clear the area of clutter things that tend to pile up at the front door, like backpacks, dog leashes, or shoes. Place a small table or bench beside the door with plants, candles, or other simple décor. A small area rug can help define the space as the entryway.


3. Let the light shine in. Take advantage of natural light as much as you can. Trimming any bushes or trees outside your windows can help immensely. Wash your windows inside and out and replace or remove any worn screens. Make sure to open blinds or curtains before all showings.


4. Add some fresh color. Painting is an easy and inexpensive way to make an older home look new and is especially important if your current wall color is dark or outdated. Choose a light neutral color like a warm grey or light beige and use the same color throughout the house. If your home tends to be dark, this will help brighten it up.


5. Let storage spaces speak for themselves. Many sellers make the mistake of waiting until they have a contract to start cleaning out closets. Cleaning out clutter is part of getting ready to show, not just getting ready to move. You want buyers to perceive that there is ample storage in the home, and this doesn’t work if every drawer, cabinet, and closet is stuffed to the gills.


6. Eliminate distractions. Streamline your decorating so your buyers see the house and not your personal belongings. Go ahead and pack up collectibles and family photos and keep decorative touches to the minimum. Too many plants, magazines, or toys distract the buyers from seeing the home as their own.


7. Entice them with outdoor space. The back yard shouldn’t be an empty space of infinite possibility, nor should it be a storage area for neglected toys. Get rid of any eyesores you’ve been avoiding dealing with, spruce up your landscaping, repair irrigation or pool issues, and create an entertaining space with a patio set, or a backyard oasis with some potted plants and a hammock.


8. Make it easy for them. Taking care of minor repairs is another step you can take to help buyers see your home as an easy and comfortable move. You want them to be mentally arranging their furniture as they walk through, not making a list of nicked woodwork, torn window screens, and leaky faucets. The less work involved, the easier it is to fall in love.

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I have listed a new property at 73 Ranchview Dr.
4 bed + den, 3 bath family home in Cinnabar Valley. Quiet setting backing onto greenbelt where you can enjoy trails and boardwalks through Richards Marsh. Upstairs features an open concept kitchen/living room with gas fireplace & access to newly refinished vinyl deck. Laundry room has front load washer and dryer and lots of space for storage. New laminate flooring in all 3 bedrooms upstairs. Master bedroom features ensuite, walk in closet and sliding door with access to the deck. Finished basement has 4th bedroom, washroom, den and family room with pellet stove. Downstairs has separate breaker panel & could easily be turned into a suite, or provide additional space for a growing family! Energy efficient heat pump, gas furnace & hot water on demand. Backyard is fully fenced with new cedar fencing, and has several large fruit trees. 2 car garage and additional RV parking for all of your vehicles and toys! 5 min walk to school, trails and transit.
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Most people cringe at the thought of buying a home in December. Only the Grinch would want to pack up and moving during the holiday season! But hold on Cindy Lou Hoo, there are several reasons December can be a great time to buy.


1. Sellers are highly motivated. People who are listing their homes in December are usually on a timeline. They may be relocating for work, wanting to move over the school break, or need to sell their home before the end of the year.

2. You have less competition. Listings do go down in December, but many buyers also take a break during the holiday season. So while the overall number of homes available might be lower, you also have less competition looking.

3. You can get a better price. Motivated sellers and fewer lookers means you can make a better deal. If your seller needs to make a move before the end of the year, they will be willing to work with you on all other terms besides closing date.

4. Rates are staying low. Mortgage rates are forecast to remain low through the end of this year, and into 2021, so it’s a good time to buy.

5. Take advantage of tax benefitsIf you close on your home purchase by December 31st, you can take tax deductions for mortgage interest, loan points, and property taxes.

6. Schedules are more flexible. You might think December is too busy a month for moving, but most people tend to have more flexible schedules in December. Children’s activities are suspended, work schedules are more lax, for both you, your sellers, as well as your lender, home inspector, and moving companies, so scheduling all the parts of your transaction and move may actually become easier.


I’d love to help you find your next home. Let’s make your holiday wishes come true!

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Christmas looks a little different this year but there are still a few family-friendly events around town this month that’ll help keep everyone sane AND socially-distanced? Good news! I’ve got just the list.⁣ ⁣

Here are several not-to-miss happenings:⁣ ⁣

  • Ladysmith Light Up: Although the parade and festivities didn't happen this year, you can still take a drive through town and enjoy the festive lights.
  • Lantzville Santa Drive-By: Happening TONIGHT, Santa and the Lantzville Fire Rescue Team will be playing Christmas carols as they drive through town. Check out the official schedule here:  https://www.lantzville.ca/cms/wpattachments/wpID430atID5445.pdf
  • U-Cut Christmas Trees: Nothing says Christmas like searching for that perfect tree. Check out Gogo's or Lantzville .
Did I miss one of your family’s fave things to do this time of year? Share the details in the comments.
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The cold season has already arrived in many parts of the country. Here in Nanaimo, it's not only cold...it's wet!


It’s important to prepare your home for the colder weather coming. Taking a little bit of time to winterize your home can save you a lot of time, and money, later on. Check out these tips for preparing your home for the fall and winter.


1. Check window and door weather stripping for damage.

2. Disconnect water hoses and turn off outdoor water supply lines and irrigation system.

3. Wrap exterior water pipes or hose bibs with heating tape.

4. Clean your gutters.

5. Check your roof for damage or leaks.

6. Fill cracks in your driveway and foundation.

7. Check attic insulation for pest damage.

8. Have your furnace serviced.

9. Check your chimney for obstructions and make sure your damper is working.

10. Clean and store your lawnmower.

11. Aerate and fertilize your lawn.

12. Change the air filters in your HVAC system.

13. Change smoke detector batteries.

14. Clean and store outdoor furniture.

15. Have landscaping pruned and put fresh mulch down.

16. Bring potted plants inside.

17. Change your ceiling fan direction.

18. Clean humidifiers before using.

19. Check the condition of your pool cover.

20. Make sure snow equipment is working.

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I have listed a new property at 525 Steeves Rd.
Beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home for sale in growing south Nanaimo neighbourhood. Kitchen features modern white cabinetry with plenty of storage and stainless appliances. Downstairs has an open concept living space with an attractive gas fireplace and access to the patio. Sunny backyard is fully fenced, has new landscaping and concrete patio and is excellent for entertaining and summer bbqs. Single garage provides plenty of space for your vehicles, toys, tools and storage. Upstairs, you'll enjoy the large multipurpose space with a built - in desk perfect for a home office, play room, den or guests. Three bedrooms upstairs including the master bedroom with large walk - in closet and gorgeous 3 piece en suite. Two more bedrooms, 4 piece bathroom and laundry area complete the upper floor. This is a perfect home for first time buyers or a young family. Close to shopping, amenities and all levels of schools.
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I have listed a new property at 336 Myrtle Cres.
Beautifully updated mobile home in a family-friendly community - Meadow Ridge Estates. With over 900sq ft of living space, this home features a lovely open concept kitchen/living room with bay window, skylight, brand new vinyl flooring, stainless appliances, and fresh paint throughout. Two large bedrooms have ample space for storage. 4 piece bathroom has been updated with new flooring and vanity. Gas furnace provides affordable and comfortable heat and has been recently serviced. Private yard is fully fenced with a garden shed. Located in a quiet neighborhood just a short drive from amenities, shopping and the parkway. 2 small pets allowed, no rentals.
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I have listed a new property at 117 Cowling Pl.
Immaculate 1400+ sqft rancher in desirable Chase River. Main living area has an open concept floor plan that is perfect for entertaining, vaulted ceilings, and large windows to bring in the natural light. Kitchen features newer countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Large pantry with custom wooden doors provides ample storage. Large master suite with 3 -piece ensuite. Owners have made many updates including: new lighting, toilets, tile flooring in bathrooms, and fresh paint throughout. Fully fenced yard has established gardens and landscaping with private backyard, low-maintenance landscaping and irrigation system. Double garage is heated and has additional lighting, perfect to use as a home workshop. Parking for 4 cars. Family friendly neighbourhood close to elementary school, parks, walking trails and all amenities. Home warranty still available.
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