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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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Community News

  • 2018 Salt Spring Chamber Salty Award Win...

    by on November 9, 2018

    The Salt Spring community came out last night for a beautiful evening to celebrate local businesses, people, places and the many charms of Salt Spring Island. After numerous years of experimenting with the format for honouring local businesses and people, the Salt Spring Chamber really seems to have struck a nice rhythm of creating a […]

  • Thoughts on My Trial

    by on November 7, 2018

    This last March 23rd, I was arrested protesting in front of Kinder Morgan’s gate in Burnaby — now Trans Mountain Corporation, bought by all Canadians in August for $4.5-billion. I wrote an Exchange piece, published on March 29th, called  “Thoughts on My Arrest”. Time for an update. In Vancouver’s B.C. Supreme Court last week, I […]

  • Forum: From Ferries to Floatplanes

    by on November 7, 2018

    With many new pipeline projects stalled & existing ones running at capacity, oil patch producers are turning increasingly to rail to transport their product. How safe is this? Should we be concerned? What about ferries and floatplanes? Ferry accidents claim thousands of lives in other countries, but not in Canada. Floatplanes are one of the […]

  • Salt Spring’s Firefighters – Lieut...

    by on November 6, 2018

    Raised on Salt Spring by a family that supported the community through a variety of volunteer roles, it was only natural for me to follow that same path of volunteerism. In high school, I was a member of the Youth Coast Guard in Mill Bay. I was a member of the local Land Search and […]

  • Poll: Pro Rep Referendum Vote Mail In Pa...

    by on November 4, 2018

    Local proportional representation advocates gathered this past Saturday to share their support for changing our provincial voting system to a proportional system from our current first past the post system (FPTP). British Columbia is having a referendum on what voting system we should use for provincial elections. The referendum is being held by mail from […]

  • Forum: 2017 Massey Lecturer

    by on November 2, 2018

    The “us versus them” rhetoric increasingly employed by politicians is endangering human rights around the world. What are some of the major human rights struggles of our times, and what we can do about them? Payam Akhavan – renowned human rights scholar, former UN prosecutor at The Hague, and 2017 CBC Massey Lecturer – has […]

  • Leaf Mulch, Clean Bees and Cutworms

    by on November 1, 2018

    Here is my usual seasonal reminder to collect fallen leaves for garden mulching while they are all around us and to be had for free. Do collect enough to mulch the garden for the winter and also to stockpile for mulching next summer. I store leaves for summer use in bags or covered bins, keeping […]

  • How Safe is Your Lovely Roaring Fire?

    by on October 29, 2018

    Did you know that chimney fires are the most common fire emergencies  this time of the year?  – As our weather cools, and you begin enjoying your roaring fire, there are important safety tips you should know. Each year, Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue (SSIFR) is called to between 7 and 15 chimney fires. As these fires […]

  • VIDEO: Understanding PR & Electoral ...

    by on October 29, 2018

    In the lead up to the provincial referendum in British Columbia on proportional representation (happening now), the Salt Spring Forum hosted University of British Columbia Professor Max Cameron, a world-leading expert on democratic theory and electoral design. Professor Cameron teaches comparative politics, constitutionalism, and democratization at UBC, where he also directs the Centre for the […]

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