It is true that a front garden, or an array of planters on a porch or balcony, will add to the appeal of your home among potential buyers. Selling a home in the spring months requires more attention to your outdoor spaces. However, there are ways to make short work of your garden chores. 


Here are a few tips on how to create a low-maintenance garden to carry you through the selling season:


1- Easy container gardens. Use planted containers in a variety of shapes and sizes for a charming look in entrance ways or on a balcony. Pot your urns with a variety of tall, medium and trailing plants.


2- Incorporate perennials for easy care. Choose perennials as the backbone of your garden then add colour as needed with a selection of drought-resistant annuals.


3- Drought-tolerant plants....

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You have just purchased your new home or are getting it ready to sell. Either way there are often DIY projects that need doing and taking on a DIY project can be a gratifying experience.


A key factor in DIY project success is careful research and safe execution.


Follow these tips to stay safe:


1 Dress with your safety in mind. Serious injuries can be easily prevented with a few simple precautions. If you have long hair, tie it back. Remove jewelry and loose clothing that could get caught in machinery.


2 Wear a dust mask, respirator and safety goggles. Understand the materials you’re working with and protect yourself against inhaling dust particles or fumes. Similarly, safety goggles reduce the likelihood of sustaining optical injuries.


3 When working with electricity, wear rubber-soled...

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Buying a home can be stressful as prospective homeowners do their best to make a good decision in what will likely be the biggest financial decision of their lives. Here are common mistakes to avoid.


Your deposit is not readily accessible - Manage your banking before you fall in love with your home and don’t forget to account for other funds you may need during the process.


You’ve removed the condition of financing - Pre-approval is not the same as acquiring a mortgage. When buyers omit the financing condition, problems can arise if the lender cancels or reduces the approved amount when the home is appraised at less than what you are paying.


You’ve waived the home inspection - Your dream home may be hiding a leaky roof, major foundation problems or an out-of-date electrical...

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I have listed a new property at 4915 DENFORD PLACE in NANAIMO.
Open House on Sat/Sun (3rd & 4th March) 2-4pm - This large 3,200 sq ft family home is located on a no through road in the desirable Rocky Point area of North Nanaimo & is also close to the picturesque Neck Point Park, Pipers Lagoon & the hiking trails of Linley Valley. The home provides easy access being main level entry with the master bedroom (plus 4 piece en-suite), 2nd bedroom, family bathroom & main living areas being on this level. Downstairs you will find 2 more bedrooms, a large family room, a 4 piece bathroom & an unfinished room that could be used for storage or as a workshop. On the upper level there is a large 5th bedroom that could be kept as a bedroom or would make an ideal craft...
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Please visit our Open House at 4915 DENFORD PLACE in NANAIMO.
Open House on Saturday, March 3, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Open House on Sat/Sun (3rd & 4th March) 2-4pm - This large 3,200 sq ft family home is located on a no through road in the desirable Rocky Point area of North Nanaimo & is also close to the picturesque Neck Point Park, Pipers Lagoon & the hiking trails of Linley Valley. The home provides easy access being main level entry with the master bedroom (plus 4 piece en-suite), 2nd bedroom, family bathroom & main living areas being on this level. Downstairs you will find 2 more bedrooms, a large family room, a 4 piece bathroom & an unfinished room that could be used for storage or as a workshop. On the upper level there is a large 5th bedroom that could be kept as a bedroom...
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Please visit our Open House at 4915 DENFORD PLACE in NANAIMO.
Open House on Sunday, March 4, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Open House on Sat/Sun (3rd & 4th March) 2-4pm - This large 3,200 sq ft family home is located on a no through road in the desirable Rocky Point area of North Nanaimo & is also close to the picturesque Neck Point Park, Pipers Lagoon & the hiking trails of Linley Valley. The home provides easy access being main level entry with the master bedroom (plus 4 piece en-suite), 2nd bedroom, family bathroom & main living areas being on this level. Downstairs you will find 2 more bedrooms, a large family room, a 4 piece bathroom & an unfinished room that could be used for storage or as a workshop. On the upper level there is a large 5th bedroom that could be kept as a bedroom...
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Real Estate Statistics for January 2018
 

  January 2018 December 2017 January 2017
Nanaimo      
Unit Sales: 89 120 56
Average Sale Price: $522,608 $529,766 $512,063
       
Parksville / Qualicum      
Unit Sales: 38 28 35
Average Sale Price: $606,874 $536,034 $506,159
         

Nanaimo home sales increased 59% in January 2018 when compared with January 2017. The average sale price increased 2%. The median house price was $499,900.

Parksville/Qualicum home sales increased 9% in January 2018 when compared with January 2017. The average sale price increased 20%. The median house price was $532,500.
 
Synopsis
In Nanaimo for January 2018 there were 181 active listings of single...

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Real Estate in Nanaimo - What to expect when listing your home!


What to expect

 

1)     The first days and weeks - Your home will be entered into a computer within 24 hours after it 4431 for a new listing, with special features that your home has, then it is possible that your home will be shown within a few days after it has been listed. We use this first week to bring the Property Disclosure and Sellers Disclosure forms to your home, fine tune the showing procedure, get your for sale sign installed and work on the upcoming marketing activities including feature sheets and other promotional materials.


2)     About office tours - Our office tours new listings on Tuesdays, after our sales meeting, generally between 9.30am and 12.30pm.  This is...

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The Anatomy of a Listing

 

You have contacted a realtor (hopefully us!) that you are comfortable with.  This is important as it will be a close working relationship until the home sells. Trust and compatibility is essential.  A market evaluation is done based on previous sales of similar homes, present competition, market trend, location and condition.

 

1)    A partnership is formed. Each party has a job to do – the realtor to market the property and the owner to price it right.  This is very important!  All the best marketing in the world will not sell an over-priced property.  For instance in 2003, 2004 and 2005 (the hottest and most successful period of sales in this area in over 30 years), only 66% of homes actually sold.  In...

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We often get asked questions about the listing and marketing process.  What are the steps involved?  What kind of marketing is done?  What works and what does not? While this is not a comprehensive list, it should give you an idea of the process.


What are the benefits of listing with Ian Hodson?

 

 1)       Strength of the company - Royal LePage is a Canadian owned and operated company that has been going since 1913 and is now the largest Real Estate brokerage on the Island.


2)       Professional Photography


3)       Professionally produced floorplans or immersive 3D walk through (a ‘dolls house’ view)


4)       Professional marketing fl...

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