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I have listed a new property at 6 161 SHELLY ROAD in PARKSVILLE.
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I have listed a new property at 4078 OLD SLOPE PLACE in NANAIMO.
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Please visit our Open House at 609 TAYLOR CRES in LADYSMITH.
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday 2-4
This north Ladysmith rancher is an excellent value for buyers looking for a level entry "no stairs" home. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, this well cared for home features 1700 sq ft of living space with a bonus 7' crawlspace area that can be used for a workshop or for storage (with a door access from the side of the house). The interior is newly painted and features a large open kitchen/nook/family room with skylights, plenty of track lighting, a gas range, sliding glass pocket doors, and a gas fireplace; an open living room with a feature bay window and a dining area (with hutch bump out); the oversized master bedroom includes a massive walk-in closet and a 3 piece ensuite. Two more sizeable bedrooms, a laundry room, another bathroom, and an inviting front foyer round out this comfy home. Outside is a private back yard with a deck at the rear; in front includes a patio area and a well manicured front lawn with in-ground sprinkler. Lots of RV/boat parking on right side. NO HST!
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Please visit our Open House at 529 ASTERIA PLACE in NANAIMO.
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday 11-1

Family & pet friendly end-unit townhome located just off of the old city area. Still under limited new-home warranty. Just over 1000 square feet with open kitchen/living room, 2 bedrooms/ 2 bathrooms, large single-car garage, lots of storage, private rear deck and sunny front porch. Perfect for first time home buyers or young families. Pets OK. Kids OK. Walking distance to schools, shopping, cafes, parks, the sea wall, Vancouver Island University, and the Aquatic Centre. Extremely low strata fees. Easy financing available.

Own for as little as $948/month with 5% down. $774/month with 20% down.

Call to view today! **NOT in the Nanaimo area? No problem - call us and we can set up a live video tour/showing via Skype or Facetime on your computer, ipad, or smart phone.

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Please visit our Open House at 6342 SAVARY STREET in NANAIMO.
OPEN HOUSE: SAT 11:30-1:30
Perfect retirement listing! The Terraces is an adult-oriented community located near all north-end amenities. This bright ranch-style townhouse boasts vaulted ceilings in the living room and 10' ceilings elsewhere; an open kitchen/dining/living area; a large master bedroom with his 'n her closets and full ensuite; a second bedroom that is almost the same size as the master; a double garage that can also be used as a workshop or hobby area; a covered rear patio perfect for summer lounging. Lots of storage available in multiple closets, in the garage, and in the 1290 sq ft crawl space. New hot water tank installed April 2012. A gas fire place will keep you cozy in the winter. Perfectly landscaped. Pets OK. Make an appointment to view today!
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Please visit our Open House at 630 CHESTNUT STREET in NANAIMO.
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday 11:30 - 1:30
Here's the perfect house to experience the west coast lifestyle. This character 1940's house has been totally updated with newer roof and windows, stainless steel appliances, refinished original hard wood floors, upgraded bathrooms and much more. Other features include a fully wired garage/ workshop, an oversized basement rec room/ media room, a beautifully landscaped lot, a large 280 sq. ft. patio, slight ocean views, and RV/boat parking. Walking distance to Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, various marinas, fishing areas, kayaking opportunities, pubs and restaurants, the seawall walkway, and both Terminal Park and Brooks Landing shopping plazas. This is the perfect house for retirees wanting a change in lifestyle, young professionals looking to move into a hip older neighborhood, or dog owners looking for a variety of places to walk their 4-legged companions. Make an appointment to view today!
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Please visit our Open House at 5 DURHAM STREET in NANAIMO.
OPEN HOUSE: SAT 2-4 pm
Best value in town for this large renovated home perfectly located between VIU and the downtown area. Features include an massive living room with feature fireplace, coved ceilings, and newer carpets; an updated kitchen retains the charm and character of the original house; an updated bathroom that has been fully tiled; two well-sized bedrooms and a third room that can be used as a den; upstairs can be used as a third bedroom or a rec room (currently a "man cave"). The basement is unfinished but could easily hold extra rooms. Lots of parking at the rear (fully paved). Includes a newer heat pump for cheap winter heating and air conditioning in summer. Close to shopping, bus routes, schools, and recreation facilities.
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Please visit our Open House at 212 CILAIRE DRIVE in NANAIMO.
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday 11-1
*** Reduced by $27,000. This totally renovated home is located in the desirable Cilaire neighbourhood just off of Departure Bay. Updates include: totally new kitchen with brand new cabinets and solid granite counter tops; 3 all-new bathrooms, expanded Master Bedroom; new windows, new light fixtures, new hardwood flooring and carpet; some new exterior siding. Shows like new! Other features include a massive rear deck accessible from the Master Bedroom; a well manicured rear yard with fruit trees; a massive crawl space with easy access for storage; a newer gas furnace; newer roof; RV and boat parking. Newly paved road in front of house (est July 2012) thanks to the City. Walking distance to school, Departure Bay Beach, shopping at Brooks Landing, and bus routes. Perfect home for retirees or young families. This home is move-in ready. NO HST!
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Buyer profile shows 96% of houses in the region purchased for principal residence

The Vancouver Island homebuyer gets good value and relative price stability, compared to his counterpart in the Lower Mainland or Victoria, according to the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board's 2011 Buyer Profile, which provides a snapshot of what buyers were looking for last year

 

The profile is an annual survey used to paint a picture of real estate sales activity and market trends in the VIREB coverage area, which extends from the Malahat to the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

The typical home sold last year had three bedrooms, two bathrooms and listed for $350,000. It's considerably less than a comparable home in either Vancouver or Victoria.

 

Many buyers are attracted to Nanaimo by the climate, location and housing affordability, compared to other coastal cities.

 

The survey is based on voluntary submissions from respondents. Of 6,034 surveys sent out, 1,587, or 26.3%, were filled out and returned.

 

The average selling price closely reflects the Nanaimo market, where $358,00 was the average selling price in June, compared to $198,000 in Port Alberni, or about $400,000 in Parksville.

 

The buyer profile paints a picture of market stability since 96% of homes sold last year were bought by buyers interested in buying for a principal residence.

 

Just 17% of those purchasers were first-time buyers.

 

And 42% of homes were for retirement properties. Only 13% of buyers used RRSPs for a down payment.

 

The VIREB region is "not as volatile" as the Lower Mainland, said Darrell Paysen, VIREB member services manager.

 

No matter where buyers come from, they come to this region for affordable prices, compared to the Lower Mainland or the provincial capital.

 

The Buyer Profile identifies the Vancouver Island buyer as typically mature and often a retiree.

"Vancouver Island is clearly both an economic engine and a retirement village," said Cameron Muir, chief economist of the British Columbia Real Estate Association, in a press release.

 

"The survey confirms that little speculation is occurring in the Vancouver Island housing market with just 3% of home sales to investors."

 

Two out of five Island home-buyers buy a retirement home and nearly 40% come from off the Island.

 

The profile can be used as a resource to learn more about specific market areas in the region.

 

"It's just a compilation of a whole bunch of information that makes you scratch your head and say: 'Wow,'" said Jim Stewart, VIREB past president.

 

Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Darrell Bellaart, Daily News

http://www2.canada.com/nanaimodailynews/news/story.html?id=db20520e-3a97-47f7-be7e-c64ea7ea5c50

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Please visit our Open House at 3204 UPLANDS DRIVE in NANAIMO.
OPEN HOUSE: SUNDAY 1- 3 PM
Amazing value can be found in this renovated Departure Bay area home. This bright and sunny house includes original hard wood floors, a spacious living room with feature fireplace, new thermal windows, a newer metal roof, updated bathrooms, 2 massive decks, a large rec room with additional fireplace, and semi-detached workshop. Absolutely stunning private yard includes spaces for summer entertaining: a sizeable two-level deck, central patio area perfect for barbeques, a separate covered deck attached to a multi-lockered detached storage shed, lots of mature fruit trees, and gated access to park your large toys if you want. Lots of room for parking (and RV's and boats) on side of house or at front semi-circled driveway. Could be suited. Located within easy walking distance to both Wellington High School and Rock City Elementary School. Easy access to major bus routes. No HST. Make an appointment to view today!
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Please visit our Open House at 630 CHESTNUT STREET in NANAIMO.
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday (7/08) 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Here's the perfect house to experience the west coast lifestyle. This character 1940's house has been totally updated with newer roof and windows, stainless steel appliances, refinished original hard wood floors, upgraded bathrooms and much more. Other features include a fully wired garage/ workshop, an oversized basement rec room/ media room, a beautifully landscaped lot, a large 280 sq. ft. patio, slight ocean views, and RV/boat parking. Walking distance to Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, various marinas, fishing areas, kayaking opportunities, pubs and restaurants, the seawall walkway, and both Terminal Park and Brooks Landing shopping plazas. This is the perfect house for retirees wanting a change in lifestyle, young professionals looking to move into a hip older neighborhood, or dog owners looking for a variety of places to walk their 4-legged companions. Make an appointment to view today!
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Please visit our Open House at 11 1347 FIELDING ROAD in NANAIMO.
OPEN HOUSE: SUNDAY 3-5 pm
Here's an ideal rural mobile home: on a large pad with city water and sewer; in a small quiet mobile home park; only 2 minutes to South Nanaimo shopping. Very close to B.C. Ferries' Duke Point Terminal and the Nanaimo airport. Pets OK. Fully renovated with newer bathroom, new roof, new kitchen appliances, thermal windows, newer fuel tank. Very low taxes. Ideally suited to a single person or for use as a holiday home! Unit's rarely come up in this mobile home park - don't miss your chance to scoop this amazing deal! Make an appointment to view today! No HST!
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160 June Avenue (Nanaimo):

 

7777 Superior Drive (Lantzville)

 

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Can you believe that Canada is 145 years old? Makes me feel young!

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