Mainland BC Prices are Driving People to Buy Homes on Vancouver Island April 10, 2016 - The Vancouver real estate market continues to exhibit craziness in home prices and sales. Many homes coming on the market are there for only a few days and there is a swarm of activity to buy them through processes such as multiple offer situations. Often the home seller gets more than the asking price. This […]
Luxury Homes | Sewerage Systems | Riparian Areas March 29, 2016 - While many luxury homes in the Comox Valley can be found within the urban confines of Courtenay and Comox, many others are located in rural areas nearby the ocean, wetlands or watercourses and where septic systems are often the norm. Changes to BC law can and do affect real estate in the province. Two fairly […]
Wood Fireplaces in Homes and WETT Inspections March 12, 2016 - Most homes purchased in the Comox Valley today do not have wood burning systems (stoves, fireplaces and chimneys) in them anymore. However when they do they are of sufficient concern to warrant additional due diligence on the part of the home buyer. Why is that?   Insurance companies may not insure your home you purchase […]
To Rent or Not to Rent February 24, 2016 - Here is a scenario. You just bought a luxury home and you love it but shortly thereafter you are told by your boss that you are moving. Now what? You can sell that lovely home or you can rent it and hope to come back to the area that you fought so hard to get […]
Why Comox Valley Property Tax Assessments Can be a Bad Measure of Market Value February 11, 2016 - How many times have buyers used the Property Tax Assessed Value of a home as an indicator of its market value? As a realtor I hear this metric used far too frequently by buyers as justification to make a low offer on a property. While the property tax assessed value of a property may come […]
Comox Valley Real Estate Market – The Cairns Report – February 2016 February 4, 2016 - The Comox Valley real estate market is now passed the lows of 2014 and it is gathering strength. Last year we recorded a record number of sales. Year to date sales are brisk and prices are either firming or increasing (depending on the hyper-local area). Over the past 12 months our team was involved in […]
Services Above & Beyond – Leading the Way January 7, 2016 - Most Canadians are employed in the service industries in Canada. As a result most of us provide and rely on many different services during the course of our days and year. We expect that the services that we receive will be dependable, and of a high standard. In reality, some are and some are not. […]
Comox Valley Homes Luxury at Christmas December 13, 2015 - For most people the term luxury is quite relative. A luxurious surrounding to one person may not be to another. There are a number of reasons for this. First, it often depends what one person is used to experiencing relative to another. Second personal taste is often a discriminator. Also having a bearing on the […]
Comox Valley Luxury Homes Options October 8, 2015 - The Comox Valley offers a vast array of luxury homes options. Luxury homes are located in both urban and rural neighbourhoods. Let’s start with the urban areas. The luxury home neighbourhood of Crown Isle located in East Courtenay offers the most luxury homes located in a single area in the Comox Valley. Homes in this […]
Buying Homes the Right Way September 21, 2015 - Many home buyers are adequately prepared for the home buying process but too many are not. Knowing what to do, in what order to do things, and when to do things can help reduce the stresses associated with buying a home. When things are done out of order or not done at all, buyers run […]
Comox Valley Real Estate Market Update September 2015 September 17, 2015 - We are nearing the turnover from summer to fall. As expected, the weather is starting to change and so has the Comox Valley real estate market has changed as predicted at the start of the year. The market has gone from one that favours home buyers to one that is neutral, and in some sectors, […]
Luxury Fairway Homes in the Comox Valley August 23, 2015 - Luxury homes with great views from their yards can be found all over the Comox Valley. This is also true for views of golf courses and the beauty that they share. There are seven golf courses located in and around Courtenay and Comox. Golfers and duffers alike can book times and play a round on […]
Comox Valley Luxury Homes Market Update August 2015 August 12, 2015 - In a nutshell, Comox Valley luxury home sales are up this year as are prices, and inventory is down. While this very general statement does give you a flavour for this terrific market area on Vancouver Island it is too vague to be helpful in individual circumstances. So, let’s dive into a few other statistics […]
Generational Luxury August 5, 2015 - For decades there have been labels placed on groups of people largely based on social generational groupings according to when they were born. Some of the more common ones are: The Silent Generation born between the 1920s and 1940s; The Baby Boomers born between the 1940s and 1960s; Generation X (Gen X) born between the […]
Comox Valley Ripples Near the Ocean July 17, 2015 - Relocating to the Comox Valley from other areas of the province and country is about much more than just searching for and purchasing a residence in a new location. For many people, especially for those living in larger urban centres, it is about a change in lifestyle. Large Canadian cities have a lot to offer […]
A Higher Standard of Living or Quality of Life? July 3, 2015 - A commonly help perception is that if you improve your standard of living your quality of life will also increase. Not so fast. More times than not the exact opposite can be true. Why is that? One’s standard of living is often measured against success in terms of money, power, or influence. Most often people […]
Staging Your Luxury Home to Sell June 22, 2015 - So you have just decided to sell your luxury home but does it present well? Does it appear up to date? Is it in good condition? Do the home’s best features stand out? Does the home have an inviting appeal and does it generate a positive impression and great first impression when viewed through the […]
Luxury Multi-generational Homes June 13, 2015 - For many people luxury homes are a dream but not a realty. This may be the case for any number of reasons. As people age, however, their needs, tastes, and means often change. Later in life when people have the means to buy these types of homes they may no longer want them. While this […]
Real Estate Commissions – Mystery and Myth May 27, 2015 - Real estate companies, like any other company, have expenses that they must pay to stay in business. For example, rent, utilities, insurance, and salaries to office staff (but not to real estate agents who get paid on a commission basis when they make a sale). One of the problems with how fees are structured is […]
The 2015 Comox Valley Luxury Real Estate Market May 22, 2015 - We are getting near the ½ way point in the 2015 Comox Valley luxury real estate market. So how have we fared. What is going well and what is not? Oceanfront homes Comox Valley oceanfront homes sales are often used as a benchmark for the luxury homes real estate market. As of the writing of […]
Luxury Lifestyles of the not so rich and famous May 17, 2015 - When you are thinking of your next move to a location that offers great quality of life without all of the added stress consider a move to the Comox Valley. This part of Vancouver Island can offer you a luxurious lifestyle at a fraction of the physical and emotional cost when compared to most major […]
What does a Comox Valley luxury home for sale SOLD sign actually mean April 19, 2015 - All too often when people view a SOLD sign on a Comox Valley luxury property they assume that the home was sold by the agent whose name appears on the sign. In most instances this is not the case. Why you ask? Luxury home sales are very different from the transactions that occur between vendors […]
Comox Valley Luxury Home Affordability April 13, 2015 - When most people heard the words luxury homes they immediately think “one million dollars” and up. By many standards in many cities around the world this is a fairly reasonable expectation but this is not the case in the Comox Valley. Prices in this part of Vancouver Island peaked in the 2006-2007 time frame. Since […]
Luxury Homes Features Touches Spaces Feeling and Impact April 5, 2015 - More often than not people who live luxury lifestyles also live in luxury homes. Routinely the focal point of their lives is a home that leaves an immediate positive impact when compared to most others. This “wow factor” can be generated by high end finishing, features and thoughtful personal touches. While money is certainly required […]
Luxury Homes are part of the Mosaic of the Comox Valley April 2, 2015 - Luxury homes are a part of the mosaic of the Comox Valley. They dot the landscape and border the seascape. Some offer million dollar views and others afford tranquil seclusion. Each residence is very different and often customized to meet the needs of the owners. When they are offered up for sale they present opportunities […]
What are Some of the Considerations for Buying a Comox Valley Oceanfront Home March 24, 2015 - When asked about dream locations for a home, many people will think of oceanfront. Some of the scenes in these types of settings that trigger the imagination include: Sitting out on your back deck and observing whales, eagles, and even cruise ships sail by. Sipping your favorite beverage from the comfort of your hot tub […]
How You Can Live a Luxury Lifestyle in the Comox Valley March 20, 2015 - Living a luxury lifestyle is more about living your dream than extravagant spending or lavish purchases. What motivates and drives you and what makes you happy are key elements of how you will spend your life. Taking advantage of the many opportunities to enjoy what you do and where you live can make a huge […]
Why You Should Consider Buying a Comox Valley Luxury Home March 18, 2015 - Luxury homes are located in many parts of Canada and especially in large urban areas. The Comox Valley is not a large urban area but it does offer most things that larger areas offer without the traffic, long commutes, and stress of every day life in cities like Vancouver and Calgary. When you do want […]