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By Douglas Belcher, RE/MAX, Nanaimo ABR ePRO SRES
(RE/MAX of Nanaimo)
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2 Bedroom 1 bath condo in Pacific View Terraces in the old city quarter. This renovated condo has new maple kitchen cabinets with granite counters, new bathroom vanity with granite counters, ceramic tile bath and entry. It was bought for owners son to attend VIU. Available mid Jan, allows 1 cat, no dogs, no rentals. Fantastic central location close to downtown and VIU. This unit has a large master bedroom and a nice open layout. It is bright because it is an end unit with windows in front and back. There is a glimpse of ocean view and a short walk to the sea wall.View my Condo Listings 
By Douglas Belcher, RE/MAX, Nanaimo ABR ePRO SRES
(RE/MAX of Nanaimo)
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Renovated two bedroom corner unit condo with in-suite laundry laminate floors, updated kitchen and floors and paint. It is in the Willows complex steps to the new Country Grocer, Rexall and many other amenities. No rental restrictions. One dog or cat allowed 15 lbs. The master bedroom features a walk-in closet and cheater ensuite. The strata has undergone many major upgrades in last 6 years, roofing, stairs etc. Kiss your landlord goodbye and no more shared laundry room! Great as an investment, easy to rent! Currently rented for $775.View my condo listings
By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
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New Years Eve in Nanaimo: A Night to Remember (or Not!) Vancouver Island, British Columbia knows how to ring in the New Year properly! There are spectacular events all through the metropolitan area on New Year’s Eve. Whether you want a black tie event or to paint the town red, Nanaimo has something to fill the bill. But if you are a parent who wants your child to enjoy ringing in the New Year without exposing her to the wilder side of the island party scene, consider bringing the whole family to Finale 2012, a family event sponsored by City of Nanaimo Parks Recreation and Culture. Billed as the “Biggest and Best Family New Year’s Eve Party, the fun begins on Monday, December 31 from 5pm to 10 pm at the Beban Park Recreation Centre. What can the children do? More than they can imagine! D...
By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
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  Make Your Holiday Season Memorable in Nanaimo One of the great joys of living in Nanaimo, British Columbia is the rich tapestry of cultures that combine to make Canada a reflection on the world. One of the best times to see those traditions come alive is in winter. The City of Nanaimo is located on Vancouver Island and features one of the most beautiful waterfronts in Canada. Whether you love this city of nearly 84,000 for the ocean, the mountains or the vast outdoor activities, there is something here for nearly everyone! This year you can bring in the holidays with a number of wonderful activities for the entire family. Theatre One is presenting their Winter Wonderland Program that features a barbershop Chorus, an Accapella Trio and Joëlle Rabu. Meanwhile, The Vancouver Island Symph...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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What To Do About Mold in your Nanaimo home Whether you looking to sell a house or buy a house in Nanaimo, one of the things that you’ll want to keep an eye out for is mold. This may sound clichéd, but one of the easiest ways to deal with mold is to prevent it before it even starts or begins to spread too far.   Here are a couple of things that can cause mold inside your home and what you can do to keep the mold from getting out of hand. 1.  Poorly ventilated bathrooms.  Older homes especially may not have an exhaust fan or a window to open in the bathroom.  If you have a bathroom like this and you’re not careful to keep in ventilated, you’ll find mold start to grow in the tub and shower enclosure and in the ceiling corners. 2.  Plumbing leaks.  Over a period of time the shut-off valves ...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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Schools in Nanaimo   When planning to move your family to Nanaimo; an important consideration will be the Schools in Nanaimo.  In most cases you will choose a school first and then determine which neighbourhoods are in those catchment areas.   Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child. Some things to consider when choosing a school in Nanaimo are:   ·         the facilities the school has to support your child’s learning – such as playgrounds, library, home language support, music programs, clubs and sporting teams   the opportunities for parent and family involvement with the school, and how communication between home and the school is managed the school’s size and number of children enrolled the location of the school, cost or difficulty of ...
By Douglas Belcher, RE/MAX, Nanaimo ABR ePRO SRES
(RE/MAX of Nanaimo)
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Sales of real estate in Nanaimo in Sepember. Lots sold 3Single family homes sold 96Condos sold 18Town Homes sold 19 Active ListingsLots  82Single Family Homes 642Condos 188Town Homes 31 Prices seem to have come back to the 2007 levels on everything except condos and town homes. Conos and town homes have fallen in price about $20,000. There are not as many lots selling as compared to 2007 but the inventory is also about half of the 2007 level as well. The number of homes listed Sept 2011 was 642 compared to 528 in 2007. When inventory falls prices start to go up again. A four month supply of homes in inventory is concidered a balanced market. Condos still have a 10 month supply (a buyers market) which is why prices have dropped on condos and gone up for homes.   Douglas BelcherRE/MAX Nan...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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Yesterday was our weekly Realtor tour.  One of the properties on tour was what I consider to be, a unique investment property in Nanaimo.  This property is situated at 1924 Northfield Road; in what is considered a commercial area of Nanaimo.  The property has both a house and a huge, 2000 sq. foot, detached concrete block shop.  The shop is well lit and has 12 foot ceilings, an over height Bay door, gas forced air heat and 3 phase power.  The shop also has a separate, 600 sq. foot; air conditioned office or showroom attached.  The shop has got lane access which makes it very accessible. In addition to the huge shop/office the property also comes with a home.  The home is a 4 bedroom 2 bath, older home.  It has a huge sundeck with new decking, a heat pump and a sprinkler system. I really...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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Nanaimo real estate statistics- July 2011 The numbers are in for July. VIREB recently released the Nanaimo real estate statistics from July 2011.  According to the stats it appears that there are still fewer buyers than sellers.  In other words the market is still favouring buyers. The Cumulative Residential Average Single Family Sale Price is 7% lower than July 2010.  The average sale price was $354,077in July 2011 compared to $382,672. In July 2010. The following are the single family market changes for July 2011 compared with July 2010 -  There was exactly the same number of units listed this June as in June 2010. -  18% fewer units were sold this July compared to July 2010 -  The average sale price per unit for July 2011 was 7% lower than July 2010 -  The average days to sell in Jul...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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Moving with kids –  It can be fun Summer is often a time when families move in Nanaimo.  It is important to get settled into a new home before the school year begins.  Moving with kids can be stressful, but perhaps,  it can be fun too. I was reading an article by Realty Times on making moving with kids fun.  They offered ten tips on making moving fun.  Here are a few of the best ones: 1. Movie night: Watching one of your family's favorite movies can make your new house feel familiar. Order pizza and have root beer floats! Forget about the day's stresses and enjoy each other's company, along with a meal that is easy to clean up.   2. Indoor camping: Turn a negative into a positive. When beds are still packed, camp out on your living room floor. This can be a great adventure for the kids....
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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Nanaimo home buyer profile VIREB (Vancouver Island Real Estate Board) recently completed and released the Nanaimo home buyer profile.  This Nanaimo home buyer profile is a Report containing results of a survey completed by Buyers of residential property, in Nanaimo, in 2010. As a Nanaimo Realtor I found the results of this Buyer Profile to be quite enlightening.  The statistic that I found to be the most interesting was the Buyer origin.  For Buyers of residential property, the primary Nanaimo home buyer's origin was as follows: •1  50% coming from the same area ( in other words already living in the Nanaimo area) •2  When added together, all origins from within BC totalled 83% •3  and from Vancouver Island totalled 66%. The Buyer origin profile has changed dramatically from a few years...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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Nanaimo garage sales In Nanaimo garage sales are held every weekend in the spring, summer and fall.  Most of them are successful but some are extremely successful.  Why is one garage sale more successful than another?  I think it has to do with planning. It most certainly takes a lot of work to hold a garage sale.  But, if well planned, the profits you can earn on your old items make it all worthwhile. Based on my own experience with garage sales and by talking with other people I have listed five tips to a successful, garage sale Five tips to a profitable garage sale in Nanaimo: •1. Start your sale at 7 a.m. - Forget the 9:00 o'clock start.  Most serious garage sale shoppers get there early.  If you open early you will receive the eager shoppers. •2.  Advertise and sign- Pay for an ad ...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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Nanaimo Summer Camps Today is the last day of school in Nanaimo.  I just sang my own rendition of Alice Cooper's "Schools out for summer" as my son walked out the door.  His departure got me thinking about Nanaimo summer camps and Nanaimo kids activities this summer. Summer can be a stressful time for parents if they work.  We all want our kids to have an enjoyable summer but we may be limited by the amount of time we can spend with them.  With this in mind I decided to have a look at what type of summer camps and activities are available to parents this year. Free Nanaimo kids activities this summer: Playground Program - Available at Harewood Mining Community Water Park, Mansfield Park, Deverill Park And Pawson Park.  Games, arts & Crafts and/or sports.  Hours are 10-4 Monday to Friday...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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Cameron Island Condos in Nanaimo Nanaimo has a beautiful, busy harbour.  For me the crowning glory is the Cameron Island condos development, on Cameron Island. The Cameron Island condos are surrounded by stunning marinas, walkways, and an abundance of shopping.  The Development was built by Nat Bosa of Vancouver.  The success of Cameron Island has spawned a revitalization of downtown Nanaimo that includes a new theatre, public library, waterfront plaza and other residential developments. The condos on Cameron Island offer stunning ocean and city vistas.  There is always something going on in the harbour: float planes landing, Gabriola Ferry loading and unloading and many lovely boats and yachts at anchor year round.  Now that cruise ships ply the waters you can also watch as the beautif...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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Home selling tips - Top seven things that need fixing Here are seven home selling tips that you don't want to ignore if you want to sell your Nanaimo home. I've included a list below of the most common homebuyer turn-offs.  These fix-ups can really make a difference in the length of time a house is on the market.  Most of the home selling tips below are low-budget, fix-ups.  However, don't underestimate their importance.  Home selling tips - Top seven things that need fixing •1.   Chipping or Peeling Paint - Peeling paint can make a place look shabby.  Take an afternoon to sand down chips and touch them up with matching paint. •2.   An Unkempt Lawn - Another inexpensive improvement.  Curb appeal is so important.  The first thing a prospective buyer sees is the outside of your home.  The...
By Douglas Belcher, RE/MAX, Nanaimo ABR ePRO SRES
(RE/MAX of Nanaimo)
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Sunset Cinema, Free Outdoor Movie, Nanaimo, BC July 7th and 28th Beban Park Nanaimo. Donations accepted for " Success by 6 " Success by 6 is a early childhood development initative dedicated to providing all children with a good start in life. Movie starts at dusk, bring the whole family...and a blanket. Three storey inflatable screen. Sponsored by RE/MAX of Nanaimo.   Douglas Belcher RE/MAX of NanaimoYour Nanaimo Real Estate Headquarters"All offices independently owned and operated"  
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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What is the next, up-and-coming Nanaimo neighbourhood? Are you a real estate investor? Or, just a family looking to make a wise real estate purchase in Nanaimo?  If so, you may have wondered what  the next, up-and-coming Nanaimo neighbourhood is going to be. Up-and-coming neighbourhoods that are on the verge of being the next, hot real estate market often start out as ugly, rundown areas.  Take Yaletown in Vancouver as an example. Before Yaletown became the trendy neighbourhood it is now; it was an area of rundown buildings and warehouses.  Who'd have thought?? I was reading an article on how to tell what neighbourhood is on the cusp of expanding into a hot area.  Toronto realtor Steve Arruda began suggesting his clients look to Starbucks as a barometer for a neighbourhood's upward evol...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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Deerwood Place Estates in Nanaimo - a wonderful place to call home Deerwood Place Estates is a manufactured home park in Nanaimo that caters to the 55+ age group.  It is a gated community located just off Jinglepot Road and very handy to the parkway. I had heard of Deerwood Place Estates but had never visited until a couple of months ago.  I was working with some buyers who were looking for a patio home in a 55+ community.  We decided to go and have a look at Deerwood Estates.  I have to say that we were most impressed. The manufactured homes at Deerwood all look like pretty ranchers.  They range in size up to approximately 1500 sq. feet.   The wonderful part is that all the homes have a small garden area and most of the yards seem to be very private.  I was impressed by the fact that e...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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 I've been working with a family who are looking to buy a condo in Nanaimo.  They have a dog who is part of their family.  Yesterday, we broke our tour up and went for a cold drink.  As we were sitting around the table we were musing on how frustrating it is as a pet owner to find a condo that allows pets.  My client pulled out her cell phone and did a search to see how many pet owners there are in the country.  We discovered that according to Statistics Canada, there are approximately 3.5 million dogs and 4.5 million cats in the country. About half of all households have at least one pet, and pet owners are spending an average of US$296 per year on their pets.  Wow!  This conversation made me wonder just how many strata's in Nanaimo do allow pets .  I decided to do some research.  As o...
By Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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Real Estate in Nanaimo -  Absorbtion rates I've spent some time this morning looking at current trends in real estate in Nanaimo. It's been a while since I calculated the absorption rates. This information helps me understand the real estate market in Nanaimo and where it is headed. The definition of absorption rates is the number of weeks it takes to sell the current real estate inventory in Nanaimo at the present rate of sales. The market has been a little slow for this time of the year so I thought it would be interesting to calculate the absorbtion rate to see how it compares to this time last year.  Every month VIREB (Vancouver Island Real Estate Board) supplies members with statistics on the past months activity in real estate in Nanaimo.  I will use the numbers I have received fr...

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