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By Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD
(The Celtic Connection Realty)
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Anthem at Merrill Ranch brings spectacular amenities and a small-town feel where you can truly live, work and play. As a Resident in Anthem at Merrill Ranch you can get to know your neighbors and keep up to date with news and events on your very own community webpage,www.OurAnthemMR.net. I also want to remind you thatPoston Butte Golf Club is operated byTroon Golf, widely regarded as one of the world’s premier golf management companies. The rare combination ofDel Webb, Gary Panks and Troon Golf ensures pristine playing conditions, a challenging layout and impeccable service. Whether playing with your regular foursome or guests, you’ll be proud to say this is your home course. For more information, you can view our website atwww.PostonButteGC.com The Del Webb Community of Anthem is locat...
By Carol Budnyk
(Royal LePage Coast Capital)
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MLS®.ca and Realtor®.ca - the good, the bad, but definitely not ugly! By Carol Budnyk, Royal LePage Coast Capital, November 4, 2010 For months the public has been hearing and reading controversial reports presented by the media regarding negotiations, and the subsequent consent agreement, between the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and the Competition Tribunal.  The issue was alleged discrimination on the part of CREA against "mere postings" being allowed in a Member Board's MLS®.  MY OPINION I welcome this change as a great opportunity for true professionals in the real estate industry to showcase their personal services offered to their clients, over and above the basic posting on REALTOR®.ca.  As a dedicated REALTOR®, recognizing the changing face of real estate services avai...
By Julie Hegyi
(Sutton Group - west coast realty)
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Keats Island is one of Vancouvers best kept secrets.  Affordable, easily accessable from Horseshoe Bay in less than an hour, two hours door to door from downtown Vancouver.This lovely little island boasts the same weather that the Sunshine Coast receives, which is 60% less rain than Vancouver! Just a short boat/ferry/watertaxi away, you will find a number of small communities strung along the shorelines of Keats Island.  Homes and cottages dot the coast and the island also has many great swimming beaches. There is no industry, commercial or retail business and the folks here like it that way. It is just a short trip away to re-stock cupboards and or take a day in Gibsons lower village; filled with restaurants, galleries and parks, as well as a great boardwalk to take you along the shore...
By Kim Dalton
(Curb Appeal Home Staging Co.)
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What an exciting week we've had! Sun, then snow, then more sun. I think it's a sign that spring is on it's way. Yes, there are flowers in my garden already!   I had a great breakfast meeting last week with Tom Navatril, of Royal LePage on Salt Spring Island. We discussed the industry in general, and the market, which has been slow but hopefully will be warming up. Home staging on Salt Spring hasn't totally taken off yet, it seems that the realtors are all aware, and in favor of home staging. However, some of the  homeowners don't seem to be as savvy....yet.  I am planning on doing some information meetings and press releases for the local paper etc... Education, as we all know is very important.  I'm looking forward to more opportunities to save homeowners' money! Plus, it's just so muc...
By Salt Spring Island real estate agent Scott Simmons
(One Percent Realty Vancouver Island)
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I really think things are looking up for Salt Spring Island real estate. It seems as if the worst of the worst might be behind us. We have had lots of buyers out looking and hope to see the first deal of the year soon. My new forum on my web site http://www.escapetosaltspring.com has been a big sucsess with lots of new comments from buyers and sellers. The buyers seem to be waiting for a 25% reduction in asking prices and the sellers are just holding on and saying make me an offer.   CheersScott
By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
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Ocean Views from 2 Decks • 971 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm 2 story - MLS® $299,900 CAD - Priced to Sell Pender Island, Southern Gulf Islands - Priced-right recreational property or starter home on 0.45 acres with ocean views from two west facing decks! Recently renovated 2 BR 2 BA home includes most of the furnishings and features underfloor heating in kitchen, large windows and skylights, carport, and new 8x6 storage shed. Bright and airy on quiet no -thru road, this one is a must see! Please visit HomesOnPender.com for more Property information  Best Regards, Howard Sanders  
By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
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AWARD WINNING HERITAGE HOME**. Fantastic B+B Potential. This 4BR 6 Bath home sits on 2.44 acres with Great Ocean Views. Boat Launch and an Amazing walk on beach minutes away. Property adjoins future potential water front development (currently for sale) that could add great value to the subject property. The Driftwood Centre, Pender Islands 'down town hub' in walking distance. Excellent location! Pender Island is situated between world class cities of Vancouver & Victoria. Asking $995,000. For more information, see the listing page on www.HomesOnPender.com ** 2006 President's Award-Hallmark Society Victoria, BC
By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
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Come join all of Pender Island at the fall fair this Saturday! There are tons of activities for the kids, food, a beer garden and dancing...if you're going to be on Pender this weekend, you don't want to miss it... The Farmers' Market opens at 10am Fall Fair gates also open at 10am The Parade is at 10:30am Opening Ceremonies at 11am Beer Garden opens at 12 noon The BBQ dinner is at 5pm Dance to "Big House Voodoo" at 6:30pm The Pender Islands Fall Fair is still a volunteer-run, non-commercial, agricultural fair. And best of all, it's fun! For more information, check out the Farmers' Institute website.
By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
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This gorgeous high bank waterfront home on Pender Island is priced to sell. A great family home or vacation property that has B&B potential. Live your dream in BC's Gulf Islands! View the floor plans here. For more about Pender Island real estate, visit Howard Sanders online @ www.HomesOnPender.com  Contact info: • Email: Howard@HomesOnPender.com • Cell: (250) 222-HOME (4663) • Toll-free: (866) 629-3166 Best Regards, Howard on Pender
By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
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Pender Island Home for Sale -- 38227 Schooner Way Floor Plans for this beautiful Gulf Island waterfront home are now available online. View them here. To see all of my Pender Island real estate listings, visit www.HomesOnPender.com Contact info: • Email: Howard@HomesOnPender.com • Cell: (250) 222-HOME (4663) • Toll-free: (866) 629-3166 Best Regards, Howard on Pender
By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
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The BC Day long weekend is approaching fast, and we expect to have an island full of visitors (we hope!) to enjoy a little fun in the sun here on Pender. If you are planning to come over for a stay, please note that the ferries have been overloaded for the past few weekends, so please make sure to make a reservation if you haven't already. We have some great events this weekend that islanders and visitors alike will love:   Saturday, August 2 9:30am - Farmer's Market - come wander among the tables offering island produce, crafts, baking and preserves. At the Community Hall until 1:00 10:00am - Art Society's Annual August Show and Sale at the Anglican Hall until 5pm. Also on Sunday from 1-4pm. 10:00am - Clay in the Woods Art Show presented by Wendy Dunnet. At the Button Lady's Gallery, 3...
By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
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 It's here -- one of the busiest summer weekends here on Pender. The ferry lineups are long, it's hard to find a parking space down at the Driftwood Centre, and the grocery store will run out of bread by Sunday afternoon. But, all is well...most residents are happy to share Pender's wealth with our summertime visitors. After all, the quiet winter months are not far away, and there will be lots of time for winter walks in the woods with no one else around, and long evenings spent around the woodstove reading and playing cards. But enough about winter. You're here because you want to find out what's happening this Canada Day Looong Weekend. So I'll stop my ramblings and get on with it: Friday, June 27 10:00 - 4:00 - Nu-To-Yu (Pender's thrift store) is having their famous stuff-a-bag day. ...
By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
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Within the Pender Island Guide on my website, you will find a link to the CRD Natural Area Atlas, an interactive map that you can use to get more details about property boundaries, vegetation, water sources, elevation anywhere in the Capital Regional District, including Pender Island and the other Southern Gulf Islands, as well as Victoria and surrounding area. Use it to create satellite-type photos of specific properties, which you can use to view building locations on surrounding properties, community infrastructure, and other features. For more about Pender Island real estate, visit Howard Sanders online @ www.HomesOnPender.com Contact info: • Email: Howard@HomesOnPender.com • Cell: (250) 222-HOME (4663) • Toll-free: (866) 629-3166   Best Regards, Howard on Pender
By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
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As of this month, I have been selling real estate on Pender Island, BC for one year.  I've had a very successful 12 months, with a total of 11 closed or pending transactions.  Please visit my Sales & Testimonials page for more information and photos. Are you considering making a move to, on, or from Pender?  Please consider allowing me to help with your real estate transaction.   I enjoy showing potential new residents around our beautiful island, and introducing them to our unique, vibrant community.  I also find it gratifying to help residents sell their homes so that they can move on to the next stage of their life, whether that is on-island or off.    To find out more about me and my unique blend of traditional and online real estate strategies, browse through my Pender Island Real...
By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
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A quick invitation to visit my site and take my Virtual Tour of Pender Island.  It gives you an idea of where we're located, what the island looks like, the wildlife that live here, and our unique and vibrant community.  Hooked?  Want a piece of Pender Island to call your own?  Come, bring some friends, and kick back on the beach! For more about Pender Island real estate, visit Howard Sanders online @ www.HomesOnPender.com Contact info: •           Email:  Howard@HomesOnPender.com •           Cell:  (250) 222-HOME (4663) •           Toll-free:  (866) 629-3166 Best Regards, Howard on Pender
By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
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Well, the weatherman says that the sun is coming...it's still a bit gray over here on Pender, but it's definitely warmer than yesterday.  Yesterday, we actually had a fire in our woodstove.  A fire in May! That's the first time I've been able to say that in the five years since we moved here.  Hardly a big deal given the weather related events in other parts of the world, but my wife is getting a bit impatient for the warmer weather -- she has tomatoes and sunflowers bursting out of their seedling pots and ready to go into the garden.  Get it together weather! We have been promised a hot sunny weekend, along with the rest of southern BC, though, so you may want to gather the family together for a weekend of springtime camping here on Pender.  As always, there's lots of stuff to do.  Wal...
By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
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If the last 2 days are any indication, it appears as though "normal" spring weather patterns are reasserting themselves here on Pender.  Our mediterranean climate pretty much abandoned us for the past 2 weeks, but we're tough!  We can handle snow in April!  (As long as there's some promise of sun on the horizon...) If you are planning to make your way over to Pender this weekend, you may be interested in what's on over the next few days.  Here's the schedule: Thursday, April 24 7:30pm - Film Night at the Hall presents Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney & Marisa Tomei.  When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelery store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their fat...
By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
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27 properties sold on Pender Island from January to March 2008.  Of those, the Dockside Realty team sold 16, making us the top selling office on Pender to date this year.  I was involved in 4 of those sales, putting me near the top of all agents on Pender Island in terms of sales.(Source:  Victoria Real Estate Board) Residential home sales are stronger than bare lot sales so far this year, however, the 2 bare lots that sold went for close to, or at, list price.Looking to buy on Pender Island?  Please view my listings, as well as those listed by my office, Dockside Realty.  Then call or email me to book an appointment to view or for more information.  I love showing our beautiful island off to prospective new residents or investors!If you are considering selling your Pender Island proper...
By Howard Sanders, Pender Island Real Estate
(Dockside Realty Ltd)
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As you may know it is Earth Day this Saturday, so why not make a plan for a weekend getaway to Pender Island?  While you are here you can take some time to enjoy a walk on one of our many forest trails, or public access beaches.  For a map and some local tips, please drop by my office at Dockside Realty in Hope Bay.  While you're there, you can also visit the Artist Gallery, have some lunch at Hope Bay Cafe, and do some souvenir shopping!Here's the rundown on the events scheduled for Earth Day:Saturday, April 199:30am - Pender Island Farmers' Market - The market continues with locally grown/made food and crafts every Saturday until 1pm.10:00am - Beach Cleanup - Join the Beach Buddy group and help with the BC Coastal Cleanup's 20th year.  Meet at 10am at the Driftwood overflow parking lo...

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