Move To Nanaimo Blog

When you need real information about real estate on Vancouver Island


Nanaimo: a profile

  This blog is about real estate, and as I am a Realtor in Nanaimo, most of the content will have to do with buying and selling real estate in the area but there is also info on what it’s like living...
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Five things You should not do before buying a Home

So you have decided it is time to buy a home. Congratulations, you have made a wise decision. Planning ahead is crucial to buying a home, particularly if you don’t have extensive financial resources. Since mortgage lenders will be sizing...
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The House That Wouldn’t Sell (Part 3).

Here is part three of my series which features a fictional account of a couple who have trouble selling their home. It is based on an amalgamation of some of the most common errors made by people hoping to sell...
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What Draws People to Nanaimo

I’m in the process of reviewing, editing and updating my main website. What I have up on my homepage is something that I have revised a few times over the years and I think it is worth re-posting here. Each...
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The House That Wouldn’t Sell (Part 1)

  This is a story. It is not a story about any particular real life Realtor or any particular real life client. It is however, a common tale that I as a Realtor see regularly in my line of work....
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Tax Assessments are out and they’re not (really) accurate.

Before we dig in, let me point out that this blog has just reached four years of age and is going strong. I had over 32,000 unique visitors to this blog in 2011. My posts have been sparse of late...
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The Most Subjective Term in Real Estate?

Nanaimo is a waterfront town with an elongated shape much of which is built upon hills, ridges and a mountain. This means that we have an awful lot of homes with ocean views in Nanaimo. Today, you can find a...
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Negotiating A Good Price As A Buyer

There is a long list of little tips and tricks that Realtors such as myself use to try and get a better price for our clients while trying to bring a deal together. The following is not such a list...
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Nanaimo’s most useful map

  With photos shared of every other meal, selfies of every get other together and a plethora of emoji to show each and every emotion, life online has gotten to the point where there is more info and notifications than...
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The #1 Question!

“How’s the market?” or some similar variation comes from a friend, acquaintance, or someone I just met after my being introduced as a Realtor. It might just be an ice breaker or maybe they really want to know. If it’s...
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What Creates Value in a Home?

Not “Location, location, location.” Or, not just that at least. Regardless of what I write on this topic, it will only be a summary of general principles. You see, in some ways houses are like people. They are all unique,...
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Retiring in Nanaimo

  Vancouver Island has long been a destination for retirees from across Canada who are looking to find a relaxing setting with mild winters where they can find a more comfortable pace of life for their later years. Nanaimo’s size...
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