Category Archive for "General"

Real Estate Terms: Having your listing “on tour”

Ryan Coffey

Around here we call it “tour” and in some other parts of North America I’ve heard it referred to as “caravan”. Regardless of terminology it is practiced widely across North America and for all I know beyond those borders as…

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Rent To Own Real Estate

Ryan Coffey

Once in a while, someone asks me about my thoughts on the concept of rent to own properties. It’s not something you see often and you may or may not have even heard of it before. Us Realtors can and on occasion do list and sell rent to own properties. Although the specifics of rent to own is not part of a Realtor’s regular routine it is mostly the same logic, advertising, knowledge, and paperwork that we normally do.

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Online property information from the the City of Nanaimo map

Ryan Coffey

There is lots of information in an MLS listing, and there is more that us Realtors can figure out by asking a few of the right questions to the owner or listing agent. There is a lot more we can…

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Space is Money. Maximize it.

Ryan Coffey

Having space, whether actual or just a sense of it, is a big component of what attracts people to a property.  If you are selling, the game is to use these concepts to your advantage by creating as much sense…

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Nanaimo’s Royal LePage and Coast Realty Merge

Ryan Coffey

It was announced this morning that Coast Realty has been bought by Royal LePage and that myself and whichever other Realtors who wish to stay will be flying the red and white banner of  Royal Lepage instead of the blue…

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Move to Nanaimo and Port Alberni too

Ryan Coffey

If you’ve driven through Port Alberni recently you may have noticed that there is some lady who is copying my name and my industry. That’s not just some lady, that’s my mom. After 34 years working at CIBC in financial…

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Homeowners Event and Seminar

Ryan Coffey

I’m excited about this upcoming “Home Owner Fair” my company is holding on April 26th. It’s one of those events where there is something for everybody. I know that sounds like a recycled sales line, but it’s true. Read on…

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First time Buyer on a Budget?

Ryan Coffey

Many of us have grown up with the idea that our first home will be a modest house that needs a little TLC. For a first time buyer, this turns out to be especially true and as populations increase, so do…

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My Hot Water Tank is a Bit Older but Seems Fine – Why would I Replace It?

Ryan Coffey

Here is a guest post from local plumbing company, Torry and Sons. Ryan Coffey When your Hot Water Tank is pushing 10 or 12 years – there are some risk factors that you may want to consider. If the operation…

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B.C.’s $10,000 tax credit for first time buyers

Ryan Coffey

Here’s some good news for those of you who have been considering buying your first property, but it’s as they say “only for a limited time”. It was only announced yesterday as part of the provincial government’s budget so we…

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