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Exploring Halfmoon Bay

Halfmoon Bay is small community of about 2,800 people that is popular with families and retirees. A lot of the owners in this area are only summer residents as they winter in warmer locations. It is a large scalloped bay protected from the open sea by South Thormanby Island and Vancouver Island. It encompasses a ... Read More »

Seasonal celebrations and selling a “real” haunted house

After toiling in the fields all summer long, we know that a long, cold winter is just around the corner. In my opinion, there’s no better way to reward yourself for all that hard work than by throwing a massive party with food, drink, and family before the snow flies. Coming from Australia, the traditions ... Read More »

Pricing your home in a buyer’s market

The Sunshine Coast real estate market circa October 2019 can be described as follows: If you don’t need to sell right now, don’t. If you MUST sell, price your property sharply to avoid chasing the market further down. Deciding what your property is worth on the open market requires equal parts science and art. The ... Read More »

Bullying tactics

(Re “Real Estate Market Minute, the Local, June 20) Tony Browton used his paid column to launch an unprovoked attack against the O’Shea/Oceanmount neighbourhood.  Browton, the Eagleview Heights realtor, makes untrue statements and unsubstantiated claims that are drawn from the developer’s marketing materials. At a time when our mayor is advocating “a new way forward”, ... Read More »

How to choose a property manager

If you’re considering buying a revenue property, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll at least consider hiring a property manager (PM) to care for your investment. As the title suggests, property managers manage properties. This means your PM will be the one advertising for tenants, screening the applicants, filling out paperwork like leases and ... Read More »

Development in Gibsons: yea or nay?

Last week’s Coast papers were filled with vexed and vexatious letters from the “NIMBY” cohorts and the “open to economic growth” cohorts of Gibsons. I will attest to being a member of the latter. I work in real estate, so a healthy economy and a community that is open and welcoming to new families and ... Read More »

Exploring the tides

One of my favourite parts of living next to the ocean is paying attention to the tidal fluctuations, especially when there are extremes between low and high tides.  Tides are periodic rises and falls of large bodies of water. Tides are caused by the gravitational interaction between the Earth and the Moon. Our tides repeat ... Read More »

Tips to increase your curb appeal

Last year between January and June the Sunshine Coast saw 458 sales, an average house sale price of $736,000 and a median time on market of 29 days. So far in 2019 we have seen 275 sales, an average house price of $690,000 and a median time on market of 42 days. It’s a great ... Read More »

No to knotweed

(Re “Real Estate Market Minute”, the Local, May 23) Kudos to Tony Browton for his timely article on Japanese knotweed: timely because knotweed is just rearing its many heads along ditches and roadways, and in home gardens; timely, too, because knotweed here is not yet the serious problem it has become in the UK and ... Read More »

Gibsons’ Langdale neighbourhood

Langdale is a community on the Sunshine Coast that is popular with young families, commuters and employees of the pulp and paper mill. It is a very nice feeling when you depart the ferry, turn right at the lights and are home before everyone else is at the top of the bypass. The neighbourhood is ... Read More »

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