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The bathroom of your dreams

What began as a utilitarian space for personal sanitation has, in modern times, transformed into one of the most coveted rooms in the house. Bathrooms have become a place to relax and unwind, and new bathrooms are on the tops of many homeowners’ wishlists. Bathrooms can be as lavish as budgets allow. Wish lists can ... Read More »

A fresh look for spring

Spring is a season of rejuvenation, and that spirit of renewal can take hold inside a home. Warm weather and longer hours of daylight make spring a perfect time to imagine a home’s interior design in a new light. The following are a handful of decor ideas: • Wallpaper: Wallpaper fell out of favor years ... Read More »

The benefits of hiring a property manager for your investment property

This week I have been dealing with squatters at one of the properties I have listed. The landlord moved out of town and didn’t know that the tenants on the lease had “sub-let” the property to their friends. These tenants then moved out and the “friends” were now living in the property alone. Rent stopped ... Read More »

Steps to buying your first home – continued

Read part one here: Now you have a pre-approval in hand and have selected the realtor you want to use as your buyer’s agent, it’s time to start looking at homes. At this stage, you should have been set-up on what is generally referred to as a “drip feed”.  The drip feed will automatically ... Read More »

Property owner’s survey

The District of Sechelt housing advisory committee is conducting a survey to better understand the needs of property owners wishing to build rental housing on their properties.  This survey is intended for property owners who may be able to build freestanding rental suites on their property. (A more-broad survey for renters and others in need ... Read More »

Steps to buying your first home

With all indicators being that that the Sunshine Coast real estate market will be moving to more balanced conditions over the next 12 months, many first-time home buyers are busy saving their down payments in the hopes of getting into the market. The first step in buying your first home is to get pre-approved for ... Read More »

Cherry blossoms explained

Spring is coming, with the assistance of the Gibsons Garden Club. On Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30pm at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons, Douglas Justice, of UBC, will discuss the vast variety of ornamental cherries in Vancouver, in time for the Ornamental Cherry Blossom Festival this spring. Douglas Justice is an indispensable guide to ornamental ... Read More »

Killing knotweed without chemicals

A paradigm-changing way of managing knotweed is entering its fifth year in Roberts Creek without breaking ground, showing how long-term community commitment and avoiding the use the use of herbacides can create a healthier environment for all. In April 2014, the Official Community Planning Committee (OCPC) in Roberts Creek researched best practices for knotweed removal ... Read More »

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on the Sunshine Coast

The original mid-February celebration of love was a fertility festival which honoured the Roman god of agriculture. Like many of our modern holidays, this pagan merrymaking was later rebranded, and is now referred to as Valentine’s Day. Named after not one but TWO saints called Valentinus, the re-imagined celebration was more “pope-y” than “love-y” until ... Read More »

February a good month to list

February finds the Sunshine Coast still in a Buyers’ Market but there are indications that we will be moving towards a balanced situation before the end of the year. Sellers seem to have accepted the new reality with regard to pricing their homes to sell and there are less overpriced listings on the market. Traditionally, ... Read More »

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