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Real Estate Report: What’s The Market Like?

    Real Estate    April 5, 2017

As a Realtor, when I meet someone on the  street, in a restaurant, in the bar, wherever, it’s a toss up whether the first question is “ How are you?” or “How about this weather” or “ What’s the market like?” The two most common points of interest are the weather and the real estate […]

2016 Was a Record Year for Real Estate on Salt Spring Island

    Real Estate    January 16, 2017

The total number of Real Estate sales in 2016 on Salt Spring Island was 364 sales – that is pretty well 1 sale each day! This is a record breaking number, the previous highest number of sales was in 2003 with 316 sales. The 17 year average is 239 sales annually. Between 2008 and 2013 […]

Former Vancouver Residents Making Home on the Island

    Real Estate    October 25, 2016

What would you have done if your modest Vancouver bungalow could suddenly make you a millionaire? Take the cash and run? That’s exactly what a number of Vancouver homeowners started doing at the end of 2015. Feeling as though they won the lottery, these homeowners cashed out and got out of the mind-blowing―or mindboggling, depending […]

Real Estate Report: What’s enough information?

    Real Estate    August 16, 2016

It has always been my belief that you can never have too much information about a subject. On the other hand, there is a point where you have enough to make an informed move. This applies to Real Estate and is very relevant in todays fast market. Buying property is one of he biggest decisions […]

Real Estate Report: Don’t Hold Your Breath

    Real Estate    March 8, 2016

‘The Times They Are A-changin’ – Bob Dylan – I still get emails from people saying they expect prices to start going down. I hope they aren’t holding their breath. As a realtor, making an announcement that demand is high, supply of listings is low and that will generally equate to higher prices is a […]

Real Estate Views: In Deference to the Experts

    Real Estate    June 9, 2015

I recently had a client that was about to put in an offer on a property and was feeling me out about what price they should put on the offer. This gets to be a very complex question depending on both the buyer and the seller. In my mind the main focus should be on […]

Real Estate Report: Where do the buyers come from?

    Real Estate    May 4, 2015

It has long been a standard question, “ Are the American buyers coming back?”. Just to put it in perspective, if we go back to the heady days in 2007 when there were 234 residential sales in that year as compared to 2014’s 183 sales, only 4.2% of the buyers were from the US. In […]

Real Estate Report: How’s the Market?

    Real Estate    March 12, 2015

The daily question for a Realtor® again has to be answered with qualifications and take into consideration that when you are dealing with small sample of data one or two anomalies can through all the ratios out the window. The attached stats are for residential sales only for this period of time. What does it […]

Real Estate Report: Improving Trend?

    Real Estate    January 13, 2015

The Real Estate year of 2014 finished decidedly on a higher note. For the first time since the price peaking years of 2007/8, the number of sales exceeded 200, representing a 17% increase from the last 5 year average of 183 sales per year. A total of 214 properties exchanged hands on the island in […]

Real Estate Report: Market on Target

    Real Estate    January 13, 2015

One of the things about being a Realtor is that the common greeting I receive is “ Hi John, how’s the market?”. It has been said that Canadians are obsessed with the weather and watch the weather reports like the stock market. They also seem to be obsessed with the real estate market in the […]

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  • Incorporation: Email to a Friend

    by on 20 hours ago - Comments

    I don’t think there are meaningful answers to the questions you have raised. I think the actual vision for Salt Spring is still best articulated in the Islands Trust object: “to preserve and protect the environment and amenities of the Gulf Islands for all British Columbians.” I haven’t heard any articulation of another vision for […]

  • Incorporation: Development Pressure Inhe...

    by on 23 hours ago - Comments

    First, please just grab a coffee and sit on a bench in centennial park, or have a seat at Barb’s or T’J’s or in your own kitchen, and hear me out.. actually, in this case, read me out. Let’s put the “fearmongering” accusation aside for just a moment and explore the factual relationship of development […]

  • Incorporation: A Chance to Express Who W...

    by on 23 hours ago - Comments

    What an opportunity we have before us! We have a chance to truly express who we are, our past and importantly, our values as they relate to our future. Now we have the opportunity to dispel the undeserved title: C.A.V.E. dwellers (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) by spearheading the measured and exciting change that will propel […]

  • Incorporation: Order Vs. Chaos

    by on August 17, 2017 - Comments

    For me the Sept 9th referendum is a vote of order-vs-chaos. Salt Spring’s quaint hodge-podge of electoral and improvement districts represents anything but order, in my opinion. It’s a creature with many tentacles but no brain. Just look around: No acceptable traffic plan in Fulford village; inadequately marked walking trails; none of the roads leading […]

  • Incorporation: Harold Swierenga is Votin...

    by on August 17, 2017 - Comments

    Listen to the wisdom of our elders: Harold Swierenga, has been a Co-op Farm Director, Commercial Farmer, Economics Professor, and has a ton experience in local governance. 8 years experience as municipal councillor and reeve of municipality in Ontario. Served as Warden (head) of Lanark County Council. Served as a director of Federation of Canadian […]

  • Incorporation: The More Beautiful Our He...

    by on August 17, 2017 - Comments

    In The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible, Charles Eisenstein very clearly distinguishes that we are in the process of transitioning from an Old Economy, that ensures our demise, to a New Economy that is essential, not optional, if we are to survive as a species. (He is very clear that the transition […]

  • Incorporation: Where Is the Larger Voice...

    by on August 17, 2017 - Comments

    Salt Spring is in the midst of an incorporation campaign as everyone on our island knows. But who else knows? I love all our Gulf Islands and want to protect them all from over and inappropriate development. I have a hard time abiding views of others who can only see what is good for them […]

  • Incorporation: The Facts About Our Roads...

    by on August 17, 2017 - Comments

    The Final Incorporation Study Report repeats, at least eight times, that Salt Spring taxpayers put pay $90,000 more per year into the in Provincial Rural Taxes than they get back in road works. How accurate is this? The report estimates that an average of $1,360,000 was spent annually in routine maintenance in recent years, or […]

  • Incorporation: Response to Open Letter t...

    by on August 16, 2017 - Comments

    A group of ex-Fire Board Trustees have written a letter to the current trustees chastising them for not coming out in favour of incorporation after an attempt was made to strong arm them to do so. Our current trustees sensibly waited to hear what the “no” folks had to say. That group didn’t ask the […]