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The advantages of downsizing

The collective consciousness of home sellers isn’t fully up to speed on the current reality of the Sunshine Coast real estate market. Our market has slowed considerably over the last year and what your home would have sold for 18 months ago isn’t what it’ll sell for today. Sellers can expect to see lots of ... Read More »

Get your home ready for listing in spring

Spring is one of the most popular times to buy and sell properties on BC’s Sunshine Coast. Flowers are in bloom, the weather starts to warm up and potential buyers are looking for their new home to move into before the new school year. It may still be winter, but if you’re considering putting your ... Read More »

Snow removal in the Town of Gibsons

In the Town of Gibsons, the public works department is responsible for snow removal and ice control on streets and roads in accordance with the “snow and ice control policy”. This policy provides for the safe passage of vehicles and pedestrians by ensuring that snow and ice control operations are carried out in a timely ... Read More »

Cell service and electric vehicles on the Sunshine Coast

Despite paying some of the highest wireless rates in the world, 70 per cent of Canadians have a smartphone. How can you make sure you’re getting the best cell service on BC’s Sunshine Coast? A Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services (CCTS) report shows that Bell received the most customer complaints followed by Rogers. Of ... Read More »

How much is your home worth?

BC Homeowners have now received their 2019 Property Assessments, but most do not know how they relate to the actual current value of their home. BC Assessment is a provincial Crown corporation that classifies and values all real property in British Columbia. Each year, BC Assessment sends property owners a Property Assessment Notice telling them ... Read More »

Tips for selling your home in a flooded market

Here are some tips for selling in a market with lots of inventory and not many buyers: 1. Price it right: If you’re going to sell your home, you may have to be willing to make some concessions on price. Do your research as to what comparable homes are selling for, and price slightly below ... Read More »

Conscientious driving on the Coast

Zipper Merge & Road Rage  The zipper merge is the standard in many parts of the world and has been proven to be safer, faster, and fairer than the wait-in-a-long-line method favoured by Canadian drivers. The well-known politeness of Canadians is actually detrimental to a smooth transition through a bottleneck. A 2004 study by the ... Read More »

January market update and the importance of CO detectors

January Market Update  2018 saw tighter mortgage qualification rules, higher mortgage rates, and a foreign buyers’ tax that DOES NOT apply to the Sunshine Coast. What can we expect for 2019? Predictions vary from a flat Vancouver market for the rest of the year to prices continuing to fall for the foreseeable future. As the ... Read More »

Tsunami preparedness on the Sunshine Coast

According to the U.S. National Weather Service, there are an average of two tsunamis each year that cause damage near their source. This means that unlike hurricanes or tornados or forest fires, tsunamis are a much rarer occurrence. This fact alone means the risk of a tsunami hitting the Sunshine Coast is very low. But ... Read More »

Consider selling in spring and electric car chargers for your home

December sees an excess of inventory along BC’s Sunshine Coast which in turn means lower prices. If you’re wanting to sell, consider waiting until the second quarter of 2019 before listing your home. The spring real estate market is traditionally the busiest time of year and waiting could mean more money in your pocket. Demand ... Read More »

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