JUNE 15 IS A BIG DAY FOR THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY IN BC! June 15th is a very important date for Realtors and you if you are planning on doing Real Estate. After that date Realtors will no longer be able to
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The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has released guidelines for the mortgage industry that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. What does this mean for buyers and sellers? Recent previous changes meant insured borrowers (those putting less than 20% of the value
This Summer I became part of a group of dedicated individuals from right here in the Cowichan Valley who pulled together to form a troupe, or “crew” I guess you’d say, of fundraising “Privateers”. Now, Privateers are not Pirates. Privateers are authorized to loot and
Real Estate markets change and market specific strategies should be employed for the market that you are in. While some might say that we are approaching a balanced market I can say that we are still very much in a Buyer’s Market. In a Buyer’s
Did you know, if you are thinking of purchasing a new residential home for the purpose of using it as a secondary or recreational residence you may be eligible to receive a grant? This grant will be equivalent to the amount of the PST portion of the
Did you know, if you are thinking of purchasing a newly constructed home as your primary residence as a first time home buyer, you may be eligible to qualify for the first-time new home buyers' bonus? This bonus is a one-time refundable personal income tax
A short while ago I wrote my annual Spring Newsletter which I mailed out to all my clients. Yes, in this age of emails, e-cards and the like I still believe that a printed Real Estate Update from your Realtor is a nice way to
Regular maintenance of your home is key. A regular schedule of seasonal maintenance can put a stop to the most common – and costly – problems before they occur. While most maintenance is year round, here are a few important tasks to take care of
Many people look at purchasing a foreclosure because the price is right. If you are thinking of buying one, here are some things you should know; Once a property is listed as a foreclosure on the MLS it has gone to a court ordered sale.
What’s the deal with the HST anyway? Good question and one that I am getting asked all the time in my new home open houses. Will the HST be repealed? If so, and I pay HST, will I get it back? (not likely). I don’t