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Thinking of Buying a Character Home?

Ryan Coffey

A character home can be a money pit or a gold mine and knowing how to discern the two is not easy. In my experience people will lean towards either being too afraid of having to do any work at all or…

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Are Strata Fees Worth It?

Ryan Coffey

First off, you may be wondering what a strata fee actually is. This is one of those points where I could give a very long an technical, jargon filled answer on but I won’t. The short of it is that the monthly fee you pay when you live in a townhome or condo for example. The money is generally used for maintenance of the shared parts of the complex (called “common property”) and management.

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Listing Tip #3

Ryan Coffey

This tip, like so many others, is simple yet frequently overlooked. It’s about space and clutter. Usually, when I enter a home that is for sale, the owners have done a good job of keeping it clean and moving everything…

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How much does it snow in Nanaimo?

Ryan Coffey

An excerpt from a post I wrote in the last few days of March, 2008: “The craziest thing happened in Nanaimo yesterday. It snowed! This is unheard of at this time of year. Snowing at all is a bit of a…

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Thinking of living in a rural location?

Ryan Coffey

Beyond the common dichotomy of condos versus houses, there is rural property. They’re  typically more quiet, spacious and more out of the way.  Depending on the person these may be appealing details or unappealing details. Beyond that, it is still…

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Tom Brokaw Explains Canada To Americans

Ryan Coffey

This is from a NBC newscast 2010 during the olympics. It highlights the ongoing relationship between the US and Canada as well as helps explain some of our country’s key points to those south of the 49th parallel. Americans considering…

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Real Estate Terms: Property Disclosure Statement (PDS)

Ryan Coffey

If you’re buying or selling real estate in British Columbia, you’ve most likely encountered a Property Disclosure Statement (PDS). It’s an important document for everyone. It is one of the steps of the property selling process that is designed to keep…

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Listing Tip #2 Look at your home through Fresh Eyes (that aren’t yours)

Ryan Coffey

The colour of the walls and carpet, the texture of the stucco, or the elaborate garden are common examples of things that may be loved by some and put off by others. You may love your pink carpet or your…

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Listing Tip #1 Price it right and make more money (Part 2)

Ryan Coffey

Should You Start Out with a HIGH Listing Price? It’s important to challenge a long-standing “myth” of real estate. “The initial listing price isn’t that important because the price can always be adjusted down later.” Many homeowners believe this. It is a myth. It’s…

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Boldly home, where no home has gone before.

Ryan Coffey

Something on the lighter side of real estate. I once happened upon this odd story from England of renos gone wrong. The story seems to have been taken down on most sites but I find it interesting enough to keep…

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