I have sold a property at 78 Grayhawk Pl in COURTENAY.
Natural cedar accents the entry of this lovely rancher. The great room features a sparkling electric fireplace & is open to the bright dining room & large kitchen which has loads of storage with custom milled cabinetry in a crisp white shaker finish, & quartz counters. Durable vinyl plank floors run throughout the main living areas, & warm neutral color selections make this home feel open and bright. Two good size bedrooms plus a master suite with walk-in closet ensure there's room for all. Large slider leads out to your back patio & perfectly sized yard. Comparable to the low maintenance of a patio home, but with no rules or restrictions (no strata fees!). Also, heat pump ready! The clean modern aesthetic of the street is consistent as Southwind Dev. is building out the entire street - giving this neighbourhood of ranchers close to downtown, walking trails and the Puntledge River, a cohesive look & feel.
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I have listed a new property at 859 Thorpe Ave.
Amazing glacier / mountain views and custom design are featured in this 3yr old home with the option to run a BnB with a generous income or use the whole home for your family. The mid-century modern design features the kitchen with walnut and high gloss cabinets with waterfall quartz counters. A vaulted ceiling with stunning fireplace features a walnut detail and side nook for seasonal decor. Oak plank flooring throughout. The master bedroom has stunning views. Ensuite with dressing room, laundry room & spa bathroom with soaker tub & heated floor. The lower level has a large storage room, TV room, bedroom & 4pc bath. Remaining 850 sqft are set up as an in-law suite but these owners have a busy BnB. With panoramic views and designated parking space, this open concept has its own laundry room, 4pc bath with heated floor & bedroom big enough for a king bed. The house is designed to remove a wall to open up the living space. Large raised veg bed with drip lines & berry plants. Must see!
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I have sold a property at 82 Grayhawk Pl in COURTENAY.
Check out this amazing rancher in the heart of Courtenay close to downtown shops and amenities, with easy access to the trail system of the beautiful Puntledge River. An efficient floor plan, this home has a large open kitchen with Quartz counters, and walk-in/butlers pantry providing plenty of storage. The Great Room is spacious with plenty of windows looking out to the covered patio, perfect for summertime grilling! The sunny backyard offers an elevated, private treed outlook. Hardi-plank exterior and a 40 year warranty asphalt shingle roof make this home a low maintenance option to a patio home. Easy to lock up in the winter & head south! Heat pump ready. A street of quality new construction by Southwind Developments - completion estimated for April 2020. New Home warranty. Room sizes from builders floor plan: Verify if important. GST applicable.
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I have sold a property at 3240 Majestic Dr in COURTENAY.
ON THE 8TH Fairway of the Prestigious Crown Isle Golf Resort this luxurious & meticulous custom rancher is well located with amazing southwest mountain & fairway views. The open concept layout is fantastic for entertaining or just enjoying. 11 ft ceilings accent the great room & separate dining room with stunning feature windows, crown mouldings & stone-faced fireplace. The Gourmet kitchen with skylight has cherry cabinets, large eating bar & prep island, built-in appliances & wine fridge. Bright & airy the main rooms overlook a full-size patio & professionally landscaped gardens with irrigation & views of the 8th Fairway, forest & mountains. The spacious master suite has 4 pc ensuite & walk-in closet. Some of the many added features include security & speaker system, Maple hardwood floors & wonderful vaulted den which must be seen to be appreciated! You could enjoy this wonderful Crown Isle lifestyle with all the nearby amenities & services of both Comox and Courtenay.
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I have sold a property at 1993 Crown Isle Dr in COURTENAY.
Lovely & bright, this Crown Isle rancher is chock full of designer extras such as ship-lap & beams in the entrance, plus oversize windows to let in plenty of light. The kitchen is fantastic with black accents and a unique butlers pantry layout giving you a spacious Quartz Island for prep and entertaining. The Great Room has high ceilings, built in storage flanking the gas fireplace, and additional windows overlooking the nice sized low maintenance yard. South facing for plenty of sun, but with a covered back patio to enjoy all seasons, rain or shine. You will love all the storage in this home, and the room sizes will accommodate even good size furniture needs. The master suite has a spacious walk in closet and a pretty en-suite with freestanding tub and another window for more light. If you aren't quite ready for patio home living, come have a look at this home - it would be a great "lock & go" alternative w/no extra fees or rules! Room sizes fr dvlpr flrpln. Verify if important.
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I have sold a property at PCL A Curtis Rd in COMOX.
Video Tour - Parcel A Curtis Road is a unique 5.5 acre high bank ocean front property offering tranquility, privacy and natural beauty located just minutes away from the vibrant seaside Town of Comox. The property offers magnificent panoramic views of the Strait of Georgia from a hilltop view + / -150 feet above the beach, and has over 500 feet of ocean front. The property is mostly cleared and improved with a durable gravel driveway from the road to the hilltop where there is plenty of space to build a custom home, bed and breakfast business or a number of other possibilities. The RU-8 zoning also allows two single detached dwellings on this property, as it is over 2.5 acres in size. Escape to the privacy and tranquility this stunning piece of property has to offer.
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I have sold a property at LT 2 Seaview Rd in COURTENAY.
Looking for your dream walk on waterfront lot, look no further! The lot is just over .4 of an acre with tree cover so you can pick your homesite and keep the ones you want. Almost 70 ft of waterfront and and over 220 ft deep there are loads of options for your new home location. With piped water to the lot line no well drilling is needed. The R-RU zoning allows for a secondary suite or carriage house if you are looking for a place to have your friends come and visit. Situated in the lovely Miracle Beach area, you are just down the road from one of the islands gem of a Provincial Park. Don't miss out on this great location in a great community.
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I have sold a property at 505/506A 366 Clubhouse Dr in COURTENAY.
1/4 share unit in the beautiful Villas at Crown Isle. Situated on the first fairway of the championship golf course, this upper floor unit comes fully furnished and is a perfect opportunity for home away from home living. With direct flights from Vancouver, Edmonton & Calgary, the Comox Airport is only 5 minutes from the Resort. This unit just finished receiving updates including brand new window coverings, fresh paint and flooring. This unit also comes with a lock-off unit attached to it which allows for numerous options to you as the owner. Live in either unit, or include them in the rental pool to help offset ownership costs. Ownership also comes with golf privileges at the resort.
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I have sold a property at 7511 Howard Rd in MERVILLE.
SOLD! This could be paradise! A wonderful Timber frame 2814 sq ft home, character guest cottage, detached 23x16 ft workshop/garage all on 2 scenic acres in the quiet community of Merville. You will be captivated by the mountain vistas & the many areas to explore and enjoy. Lush gardens, ponds, orchard, all completely deer fenced. Large timbers, edge grain fir doors & mouldings , fir & tile flooring, vaulted ceilings plus beautiful views from the many windows, an open concept kitchen with large pantry, 2 sets of stairs , one leading to a private master area and 2nd bdrm & the other a separate loft . A main floor den/ office & rec room, laundry room with double garage access complete this unique residence. Off the living & dining room is a large covered deck perfect for entertaining or just enjoying. Character abounds in the 1 bdrm plus loft 984 sq ft guest cottage with feature stone fireplace. This unique property must be seen to appreciate the many details.
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I have sold a property at 1877 Birkshire Blvd in COURTENAY.
Beautiful Crown Isle 3 bdrm plus den, rancher with exceptional curb appeal situated in one of Vancouver Island's most popular golf communities. The thoughtful open concept floorplan with spacious entrance foyer opens to the great room, kitchen & dining area. The great room is highlighted with a feature natural gas fireplace & coffered ceilings. The adjoining kitchen has beautiful walnut finished cabinets, quartz counters & a large island. Ceramic tile & maple hardwood floors are throughout the home. The master bdrm optimized for a king size bed has access to the rear patio, a 4-piece ensuite with soaker tub and walk-in closet. There are 2 additional bedrooms and a spacious den. Enter the double garage from the laundry area where you have access to an 7'4" high basement of 1389 sq ft which could be finished for a great recreational area, workshop or used as storage. Located on a quite street, close to the amenities of Courtenay & Comox, beaches, marina, Golf & recreation.
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I have sold a property at 3373 Majestic Dr in COURTENAY.
This fantastic Crown Isle home is on the best street in the development and features a gourmet cook's kitchen with high end appliances. With one of the largest, sunniest backyards, this home features big, bright windows allowing plenty of light to flood multiple living areas. Recent upgrades include paint, flooring, and new quartz counters in the bathrooms. The master suite is on the main floor as well as an office, family & living room. Upstairs is an additional bonus area, plus two guest bedrooms & bathroom. Additional storage over the garage. Mature landscaping with a south facing backyard, all in an established quiet area of Crown Isle. Make this home yours!
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I have listed a new property at 78 GRAYHAWK PLACE in COURTENAY.
This sweet rancher has a wide open entry which enlarges the feel of the home as soon as you enter. The great room features a sparkling electric fireplace & is open to the bright dining room & large kitchen which has loads of storage with custom milled cabinetry in a crisp white shaker finish, & quartz counters. Durable vinyl plank floors run throughout the main living areas, & warm neutral color selections make this home feel open and bright. Two good size bedrooms plus a master suite with walk-in closet ensure there's room for all. Large slider leads out to your covered back patio & perfectly sized yard. Comparable to the low maintenance of a patio home, but with no rules or restrictions (no strata fees!). Also, heat pump ready! The clean modern aesthetic of the street is consistent as Southwind Developments is building out the entire street - giving this neighbourhood of ranchers close to downtown, walking trails and the Puntledge River, a coherent look & feel.
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I have listed a new property at 2274 SUSSEX DRIVE in COURTENAY.
The last lot remaining on this quiet cul-de-sac, backing up to the walking path and forest. This lot is on a low traffic street and would be the perfect spot to create your dream home in an area of well established homes. Easy access to Comox or Courtenay, and backing onto the walking path gives you access to the trail system with added privacy of no homes in behind. Plus no GST is an added bonus here!
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I have sold a property at 490 UPLAND AVE in COURTENAY.
Affordable, updated mobile with a shop on it's own land in East Courtenay! Great value here for a centrally located home with plenty of updates such as newer vinyl siding, laminate floors throughout, new hot water tank, new roof in 2016, and has just been certified with a BC Electrical silver sticker. This home has two living spaces, plus two good size bedrooms, and partially renovated bathrooms. The low maintenance yard is a blank canvas for your imagination - keep it simple, or plant the garden of your dreams. The shop is a great space for working on cars, wood working, hobbies, or even just extra storage space. Lots of options here. Disinfected and very easy to show anytime.
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I have sold a property at 27 2727 BRISTOL WAY in COURTENAY.
Somerset Lane is Crown Isle's most convenient patio home complex just steps to shopping & restaurants. This end unit boasts a double garage, private back yard opposite the Thrifty shopping centre and two wall heat pump/air conditioning units on the main and upper floor to give cool air for your summertime comfort. The main floor features a convenient master bedroom with ensuite & additional den/bedroom. Use the huge upper bedroom as a bonus room, art studio or second master bedroom with ensuite. It's hard to beat the amount of storage and counter space in this large kitchen and dining area - room for large table and hutch. The living room has a cozy gas fireplace. Pull both cars into the double garage and still have room for storage in a separate room. Must see!
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COVID-19 has hit 2020 like a wrecking ball, slowly making its way across borders. Social distancing has us all pressing pause, letting go of priorities in favour of time spent indoors, connected only though our screens. Alas, in the real estate market, even amid a global pandemic, there are still sellers who need to sell, and buyers who need to buy.

Lucky for us, in this age of technological glory, real estate agents have access to some great solutions to ensure that processes remain safe, and transactions can continue to take place. This too will pass, and in the meantime, we can all use a little creativity to ensure that our brief pauses don’t turn into a full stop.

 

Great News for Buyers

Finally, a silver lining to COVID-19 mark on the markets: if financially possible, it can be a great time to buy a home with interest rates being the lowest we have seen.

In response to the viral outbreak, banks worldwide have been cutting interest rates. The Bank of Canada cut the interest rate for Canadians by a full percentage point earlier this month. As a result, prospective home buyers looking to get a mortgage can now expect to borrow at a decreased rate. With fixed term mortgage rates also on the decline, home buyers have the flexibility to borrow more and aim for a higher home price or get a better mortgage rate and have less expensive mortgage payments.

So, with buyers in a good position to buy, how are real estate agents helping to make home sales happen, particularly in the wake of temporary social distancing?

Leverage Technology for Real Estate!

Big advances in technology have ignited a fundamental shift in the real estate industry, and it is now easier than ever to gain a wealth of knowledge about a home, condo, townhouse or any listing from the online listing alone.

Floor plans, detailed descriptions, panoramic pictures, and video tours allow the buyer to get a good feel for a home, before ever setting foot within the property.

With a greater segment of the population glued to their screens during isolation measures, there could be a marked increase in recreational and serious buyers browsing the online marketplace. Agents will be ensuring more than ever that their online listings are as detailed and alluring as possible.

These tools will help the real estate market move online, at least until isolation measures have passed:

  • 360 Virtual Video Tours

More agents are working with photographers specializing in 360 home video tours as a way to create an immersive experience for the home buyer.

By helping to bring the property listing to life, buyers like that they can get a feel for the space without being there. A good virtual video tour is navigable, interactive, and controlled by the viewer. The resolution should be high, and the control tools should be intuitive.

The ultimate goal is to replicate the experience of walking through each room, in person. During COVID-19, 360-home tours are a recommended alternative to an open house.

  • Ditching the Paperwork

We may be hoarding toilet paper supplies, but we can a least give the printer paper a rest by moving to electronic signing methods once you’re ready to sign on the bottom line.

There are a number of downloadable apps available, allowing signatories to sign a PDF or word document directly through your phone or tablet. Many of which real estate agents are already using to facilitate real estate deals.

Limited contact, limited paper. Online signing methods can be encrypted with a tamper-evident seal and audit trail. This ensures the legality of the signed documents and allows you and your agent to view what was signed, and when.

  • Screen-to-Screen Selling

While face-to-face contact is challenged during the period of social distancing, there are other ways to maintain a personal connection with your agent. Video calling tools such as FaceTime and WhatsApp, can help mimic a meeting with your agent more effectively than a phone call, and can also prove to be useful if you wish to view aspects of a property not shown through the listing.

 

Above all, it’s important that you’re taking precautions to ensure your personal safety, and the safety of others during your home search. And remember that “necessity is the mother of invention”; perhaps some of these temporary adjustments will prove to be viable long-term solutions for the real estate industry.  In the meantime, with a little bit of creativity, real estate agents can maintain their commitments to their clients, in a way that keeps all of our communities safe.  

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I have sold a property at 3240 MAJESTIC DRIVE.
ON THE 8TH Fairway of the Prestigious Crown Isle Golf Resort this luxurious & meticulous custom rancher is well located with amazing southwest mountain & fairway views. The open concept layout is fantastic for entertaining or just enjoying. 11 ft ceilings accent the great room & separate dining room with stunning feature windows, crown mouldings & stone-faced fireplace. The Gourmet kitchen with skylight has cherry cabinets, large eating bar & prep island, built-in appliances & wine fridge. Bright & airy the main rooms overlook a full-size patio & professionally landscaped gardens with irrigation & views of the 8th Fairway, forest & mountains. The spacious master suite has 4 pc ensuite & walk-in closet. Some of the many added features include security & speaker system, Maple hardwood floors & wonderful vaulted den which must be seen to be appreciated! You could enjoy this wonderful Crown Isle lifestyle with all the nearby amenities & services of both Comox and Courtenay.
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I have sold a property at 27 2727 BRISTOL WAY.
Somerset Lane is Crown Isle's most convenient patio home complex just steps to shopping & restaurants. This end unit boasts a double garage, private back yard opposite the Thrifty shopping centre and two wall heat pump/air conditioning units on the main and upper floor to give cool air for your summertime comfort. The main floor features a convenient master bedroom with ensuite & additional den/bedroom. Use the huge upper bedroom as a bonus room, art studio or second master bedroom with ensuite. It's hard to beat the amount of storage and counter space in this large kitchen and dining area - room for large table and hutch. The living room has a cozy gas fireplace. Pull both cars into the double garage and still have room for storage in a separate room. Must see!
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