As Victoria & Vancouver Island is a very popular place to live, I receive a lot of inquiries from home buyers on the daily. From the beginning to end, including a few misconceptions, I’ve decided to put together a brief crash course on the steps to buy a home.
When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most of your basic projects.
In case you haven’t heard already, British Columbia’s Finance minister Carole James of the NDP dropped bombs a few weeks ago during the budget announcement. A new “Speculation Tax” has been proposed and will be introduced later this year. What is the BC speculation tax you may ask? How does the BC Speculation tax apply to homeownership in British Columbia? Thoughtlessly, that’s how. It’s as if they just came up with this tax “with the best intentions” but not thinking for more than 45 seconds on the topic.
Moving into a new home is certainly an exciting time! After all that hard work, from the beginning of the search to the last moving box, you’re probably day-dreaming about decor, paint schemes & new furniture at this point. But before you get to the fun stuff there are some basics you should cover first.
Spring seems to taunt us over here on Vancouver Island. We’re blessed with warm weather, then begrudgingly dig our winter coats quickly out of the closet only moments later. We’re quite rudely reminded that it’s still January here in Victoria – the stormy season is still afoot here.
With the impending cold season still afoot, don’t resign yourself to cold and bland days before the spring.
Breathe life into your remaining winter months by introducing a little hygge into your life. What is hygge you might ask? An expression used by the Danes, Hygge (pronounced ‘hooga’) roughly translated means the “art of intimacy (or coziness)”.
Living with hygge means to enjoy the good life with wonderful food and friends.
In 1887 when Joseph Pemberton embarked on his new real estate business, he would never have guessed that his earnest business philosophy would inspire four additional generations to carry on in his foot steps and build one of the largest independently owned and operated real estate firms on Vancouver Island.