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Great to See All Candidates Prioritize Housing – Now to the Hard Work

    Editorial & Opinions, Real Estate    October 15, 2018

Over the course of the past 6 months, volunteers from across the Island have been exploring solutions to our affordable housing crisis. Members of our group have held hundreds of meetings and conversations with community leaders, current elected officials, planners, non-profit housing proponents, engineers and water experts, builders and rental suite owners, and those most […]

Salt Spring Makes the Cover of the Vancouver Sun – But Not for a Good Reason

    People & Places, Real Estate    August 8, 2018

Salt Spring makes the cover of the Vancouver Sun – but not for a good reason The severity of Salt Spring’s housing crisis is well known by the many hundreds who are directly affected, and by a few hundred more like me who know people who are. But as of yesterday, tens of thousands across […]

Proposed Speculation Tax Now Excludes Salt Spring and The Gulf Islands

    News & Events, Real Estate    March 26, 2018

To help make housing in overheated markets more affordable and available, the B.C. government is targeting property speculators, while making sure that over 99% of British Columbians will not pay the speculation tax. Carole James, Minister of Finance, made the announcement while releasing details of the new tax on speculators, which was announced in the […]

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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  • 2019 Salt Spring Film Festival – P...

    by on 15 hours ago

    Welcome, one and all, to the 20th Anniversary of the Salt Spring Film Festival! We have a few special things planned for you to mark the occasion, so be sure to take a good look through the program this year. We have added an extra room to allow for more films and more repeat screenings. […]

  • Cancer Scientist: Tuesday’s Forum

    by on February 17, 2019

    Did you know that one in two Canadians is expected to develop cancer during their lifetime, and one out of four Canadians is expected to die from the disease? In fact, cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada, responsible for 30% of all deaths. At the same time, survival rates for cancer are […]

  • Salt Spring Bike Club Announces Merger w...

    by on February 16, 2019

    With great enthusiasm and anticipation, the Salt Spring Bike Club announces its merger with Island Pathways and the creation of the new Island Pathway committee: Cycling Salt Spring Island! The Salt Spring Bike Club formed five years ago to: promote cycling as a healthy, sustainable and fun mode of transportation and recreation; foster a stronger […]

  • Winners! – 2019 Country Grocer Val...

    by on February 14, 2019

    Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Country Grocer Valentine’s ‘Show Us Your Love’ photo contest. The winning participants receives a $150 dinner at Auntie Pestos, two runners up get a $50 Country Grocer gift card and each participating couple receives a one-time Country Grocer voucher for 15% off which expires on March […]

  • Video: Local Love – Conversations ...

    by on February 13, 2019

    I have wanted to do this project for a few years now. I am so curious about relationships. What makes them work and what keeps them good. I had the chance to sit down with 4 Island couples to ask them just about that. This is a very small portion of the question + answer’s […]

  • Concerned About Snow Load on Your Roof?

    by on February 12, 2019

    What are signs of heavy snow load on my roof? If you’re concerned about the weight of snowfall on a roof, look and listen for signs of stress. These signs can include unusual sounds from the roof or supporting walls, visible movement of walls or sagging of ceiling and cracking of drywall or plaster. Other […]

  • Video: Time-Lapse – Watch Ganges T...

    by on February 11, 2019

    Wow. Watch the transformation of Ganges from our Salt Spring Exchange Live Cam at the Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue hall in town. The day started out cold, clear and sunny and transformed in just a few short hours to a snowy wonderland!      

  • 2019 Country Grocer Show Us Your Love! V...

    by on February 8, 2019

    Every season is the season for love. Let’s face it: Love is trending 365 days a year. But Valentine’s Day adds a dash of spice and invokes romance. It reminds some of us to do something different and extra special, perhaps with a bit more flair or creativity, to say, “Thank you for being so […]

  • Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 201...

    by on February 5, 2019

    Incident Report – Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue (SSIFR) responded to a record 183 Incidents in December 2018, ending the year with our highest call volume in history of 816 incidents. These incidents included: Fires: 8 Hydro Fires, 1 Chimney Fire, 1 Mobile Home/Trailer Fire, 1 Vehicle Fire, 2 Brush/Grass Fires, 3 Sightings/Smells of Fire, […]

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