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New Year’s Resolutions For Your Home

Here are 10 New Year’s Resolutions for your home to help spruce it up and maintain it. 

  1. Declutter Quarterly: Rather than waiting to do a big Spring clean once a year, declutter every few months to prevent things from accumulating. Decluttering can be overwhelming so tackling it more frequently can make this job less daunting. 

  2. Give Your Fridge and Freezer a Clean Out: Get rid of any expired food and give your fridge a good clean. When washing out your freezer, make sure to wipe it completely dry to prevent ice buildup. 

  3. Clear out your Food Cupboards and Pantry: Toss out all the stale and expired food and restock the staples. Any non-perishables that you no longer want or use, donate to your local food bank.

  4. Schedule Maintenance Jobs: Figure out which jobs are overdue and schedule them. E.g. have your chimney cleaned, get your furnace filter replaced, get the moss removed off your roof and eaves cleared out. 

  5. Finish any Renovation Projects: Complete any unfinished renos that have gone on far too long undone. 

  6. Minor Maintenance: Replace any burnt out light bulbs, fill in small dents or scratches in the walls, and give your home a paint touch-up.

  7. Give the Front of your Home Some Curb Appeal: Spruce up the front of your home by pulling out any dead plants, cleaning off the sidewalk and driveway, putting some planters by your entrance, giving your house siding a wash, and painting your front door.

  8. Create a space that feels like home: Make your house feel like home. Add colourful pillows, house plants, mood lighting, or candles. 

  9. Get Organized: Invest in storage bins to keep things from getting misplaced or left out in the open. 

  10. Go through your wardrobe: Donate or sell any items of clothing that you do not wear anymore.

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The Powell River Real Estate Market - What Happened In The Third Quarter?

The third quarter of 2023 in Powell River, BC took a slight dip compared to the second quarter. Let’s take a look at the numbers.

Property Sales in Powell River compared to the second quarter and the third quarter of 2022.

The average sale price from June 1st to September 30th was $576,167 and the gross amount of sales was 93. The second quarter of 2023 had an average of $654,759 and 119 sales. There was a 12% drop in average sale price from the second quarter to the third quarter and 24% drop in the amount of properties sold. Taking a look at the third quarter of 2022, there were 87 properties sold with an average sale price of $614,418. 

Now let’s compare how quickly homes sold for by looking at how many sold within the first, second, third, and fourth week of the property being listed for sale:

The third quarter of 2022                                                       The second quarter of 2023

 Properties sold in 1 week: 12                                                   Properties sold in 1 week: 4                                     Properties sold in 2 weeks: 16                                                 Properties sold in 2 weeks: 12                               Properties sold in 3 weeks: 13                                                 Properties sold in 3 weeks: 15                                     Properties sold in 4 weeks: 14                                                 Properties sold in 4 weeks: 17

The third quarter of 2023                   

Properties sold in 1 week: 2                                                                                                                                          Properties sold in 2 weeks: 11                                                                                                                                      Properties sold in 3 weeks: 6                                                                                                                                        Properties sold in 4 weeks: 13

Interest rates according to the Bank of Canada

Let’s take a look at how the interest rates have changed compared to the third quarter of 2022 and the second quarter of 2023.

July 2022: 1.50                                   April 2023: 4.50                             July 2023: 4.75

August 2022: 2.50                              May 2023: 4.50                              August 2023: 5.00

September 2022: 3.25                      June 2023: 4.75                             September 2023: 5.00


If you want to stay up to date on sales in Powell River, BC, be sure to follow my Instagram or Facebook: 

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Getting Your Home Ready For This Fall And Winter

   Apart from putting out the pumpkins and putting up the Christmas lights, there are a few things you should do to get your home ready for the Fall and Winter months. Keeping your home maintained will help with the longevity of its systems and structure. 

  1. Clean and inspect your fireplace and chimney.

  2. Clean out the gutters and make sure the perimeter drains are not blocked.

  3. Trim tree branches near the house to avoid damage to the roof.

  4. Avoid cold drafts by replacing dry or damaged weather stripping on all doors and windows.

  5. Shut-off and drain outside faucets.

  6. Service your furnace.

  7. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

   Along with your home’s structure and systems, there are also exterior equipment and items that should be prepared for the cold months.

  1. Winterize your pool and/or hot tub.

  2. Store or cover outdoor furniture.

  3. Drain the gas from your lawnmower.

  4. Properly store propane tanks from barbeques and fire pits.

  5. Store any power equipment in your shed or garage.

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How To Know If You’re Ready To Buy A Home

   A common question among many is, “How do I know if I am ready to get into the market?” The first and most obvious answer is, when you are financially ready. So how do you determine if you are financially ready or not? CMHC recommends that your monthly housing costs should be no more than 32% of your average gross (pre-tax) monthly income. Keep in mind, on top of your mortgage payments, you will also have insurance, property taxes, and utility bills. Additionally, you will also need a down payment. A down payment is the amount of money that you put towards the purchase of a home. You’ll want to plan on saving about 5%-20% of the purchase price. For example, if you’re buying a home for $450,000, you’ll need to save up 5% which is $22,500. If you’re buying a home for $700,000, you’ll calculate 5% for the first $500,000, and 10% of the remaining balance to find that you’ll need to save $45,000.

   Once you have figured out that you are financially ready, find out when the right time is. Some factors that may have you looking for a home sooner than later could be that your rental lease is up, job relocation, or an addition to your family. If you are in no rush, a deciding factor may be the market, interest rates, or simply waiting for the right home to come up.  

   If you're waiting for the right time in the market, Winter may be the time for you. There tends to be a lower average list price and less competition. However, there aren't as many options as there are in the Spring. So it really depends on if you’re looking for a fair deal or your dream home. 

   Finally, are you ready for the responsibilities that come with owning a home? You may not have the same financial freedoms as you did before. Not only will you have larger monthly expenses but you will also need to have a reserve fund. If a “big ticket item” needs to be replaced, it could cost you a lot. For example, if your roof needs to be replaced, it can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $40,000. Seasonal responsibilities may include cleaning out your gutters, lawn mowing, and repairs. 

Here is a great site for more information on homeowner responsibilities: https://www.incharge.org/housing/homebuyer-education/homeownership-guide/responsibilities-of-a-new-homeowner/

If you’re thinking about getting into the market for the first time, reach out and I will send you a copy of my Home Buyer’s Guide: kindrebo@460realty.com

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What Has Happened In The Market During The 2nd Quarter?

The second quarter of 2023 has come and gone. Let’s take a look and see how it compares to the first quarter of this year and the second quarter of 2022.

Property sales in Powell River BC compared to last year and the first quarter of 2023

The average sold price from April to June 2023 was $654,759 which is over a $100,000 decrease compared to 2022 which was $762,506. The second quarter of 2022 had 224 listings processed and 153 gross sales. This year, there were 244 listings processed and 119 gross sales. Sales have gone down compared to last year and they didn’t sell as quickly as we can see below.

The second quarter of 2022                                                     The first quarter of 2023

Properties sold in 1 week: 16                                                   Properties sold in 1 week: 4

Properties sold in 2 weeks: 26                                                 Properties sold in 2 weeks: 2

Properties sold in 3 weeks: 16                                                 Properties sold in 3 weeks: 7

Properties sold in 4 weeks: 21                                                 Properties sold in 4 weeks: 8

The second quarter of 2023

Properties sold in 1 week: 4

Properties sold in 2 weeks: 12

Properties sold in 3 weeks: 15

Properties sold in 4 weeks: 17

Interest rates according to the Bank of Canada

Let’s take a look at how the interest rates have changed compared to the second quarter of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023.

April 2022: 0.50                          January 2023: 4.25                             April 2023: 4.50

May 2022: 1.00                          February 2023: 4.50                            May 2023: 4.50

June 2022: 1.50                         March 2023: 4.50                                June 2023: 4.75

If you want to stay up to date on sales in Powell River, BC, be sure to follow my Instagram or Facebook: 

https://www.instagram.com/powellriverrealestate/

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Tips On Staging Your Home To Appeal To Buyers

Staging your home is one of many ways to increase your home value. Here are some tips on what you should focus on so your home appeals to buyers.

  1. Curb Appeal: The exterior is usually a buyer’s first impression of a home. Keep it neat and tidy. Put away any lawn equipment and clutter. Give your landscaping some love, get rid of weeds, add some colourful plants, and mow the lawn. Wash or repaint the siding of your home to keep it looking fresh and maintained.

  2. Depersonalize: Remove personal and family photos from sight and tuck away any personal belongings. There are two reasons for doing this. One, to protect the privacy of your family and two, it helps buyers visualize themselves in the home.

  3. Declutter and Deep Clean: Not only should you do a full tidy of your home but also make sure it is cleaned well. If there is any signs of mould in the kitchen or bathrooms that will concern prospective buyers to think that there is a bigger problem

  4. Neutralize: If you are looking to bring in furniture or art to stage your home and get it ready for photos and showings, keep it neutral. Stick to light and earthy tones. Stay away from bright colours and patterns as it can look overwhelming and take away from the space. Dark colours can make a room look small, however, using dark fixtures like taps and cabinet hardware can be nice accents.

  5. Adding to your space: You may be wanting to add to your space to make it more inviting. Plants are a great option. Placing a bouquet on the kitchen counter or some low maintenance tropical plants throughout your home can make a great difference. Having candles or minimal decor are also a good way to add to a space. If you’re looking to bring colour to a room, keep it simple, use throw pillows and smaller items.

  6. Lighting: Lighting will help create a more welcoming, bright, and spacious feeling. Take advantage of the natural light in your home, keep all the blinds and curtains open for when photos and showings take place. Turn on all lamps and lights, even in closets and pantries. 


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The Ultimate Guide To Summer In Powell River

From the ocean to the mountains, there are so many adventures to go on in Powell River and the surrounding areas. I am going to cover everything from outdoor experiences to local businesses.

Let’s start up North in Lund, where Highway 101 ends and the fun begins. For the people looking for outdoor adventure, here are some of the activities you can do:

  • Take a water taxi over to Savary Island.

  • Go on a guided kayak tour of Desolation Sound.

  • Get boated up to Sarah Point where you can begin your hike of the 180 km hut-to-hut Sunshine Coast Trail. This is Canada's longest hut-to-hut hiking trail.

  • Visit Okeover Arm Park or camp overnight 

  • Book a cruise with a charter company to go on a fishing trip, a lunch/dinner cruise, or a boat trip up to see Cassel Falls.

  • Hike around Dinner Rock

For those looking for something else to do:

  • Grab a bite to eat at Nancy's Bakery

  • Go for a fancy meal at Laughing Oyster

  • Book a couple nights at the Desolation Sound Resort

Making our way back into the City limits, there are tons of family friendly activities to do:

  • Visit Willingdon Beach for the water park, trails, a beach day, the playground, and camping

  • Get some fresh homemade ice cream from Fresh Scoop

  • Go for a game of mini golf and end with ice cream at Putters

  • Rent paddle boards from Palli Paddle Boards

  • Walk the Sea Wall

  • Explore the Penticton and Millennium Trails

  • Go to the skate and bike park at the Complex

  • Take a stroll down Marine Avenue and stop into a local shop, cafe, or restaurant

  • Take the ferry over to Texada Island

  • Go to Townsite Brewing and enjoy the outdoor space where kids and dogs are welcome

If you’re wanting to head to the trails and lakes, here just some of the many:

  • Mowat Bay > Dock, beach, playground, boat ramp, trails, swimming

  • Haywire Bay > Campground, beach, boat ramp, grilling pit, trails, swimming

  • Inland Lake > Campground, dock, boat ramp, trails, swimming

  • Haslam Lake > Trails, swimming

  • West Lake > Trails, swimming

  • Edgehill Loop > 4.7km, moderate 

  • Gallagher Hill > 5.1km, easy

  • Mud Lake Loop > 6.1km, easy

  • Blue Trail to Hammil Lake Loop > 12.1km, moderate

  • Hammil Lake Hill > 3.5km, moderate

  • Valentine Mountain > 1.4km, easy

  • Malaspina Switchback Trail > 6.9km, easy

  • Scout Mountain > 4.7km, moderate

  • Blackwater Creek Trail > 4.2km, easy

  • Cable Trail Loop > 7.2km, moderate

  • Mount Troubridge > 12.7km, hard

  • Tin Hat Mountain > 9.6km, moderate

  • Mount Mahoney Trail > 21.9km, hard

  • Rainy Day Lake > 8.2km, easy

  • Manzanita Hut > 10.3km, moderate

  • Stillwater Bluffs > 3.1km, easy

Finally, let’s head South of the City towards Saltery Bay:

  • Go golfing at Myrtle Point Golf Club

  • Visit and walk around the Lang Creek Fish Hatchery

  • Swim at Eagle River Waterfall

  • Spend the day at a beach: Mahoods, Donkersley, or Palm Beach

  • Go on a private farm tour at Three Chicken Farm

There are so many possible summer activities to do in Powell River that they won’t all fit into this one blog post. The trails are endless, we have 32 lakes to explore, and so many fantastic local businesses.

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What Has Happened In Real Estate So Far In 2023?

2023 has brought a lot of change to real estate. If you want to know about prices, interest rates, new regulations, and housing trends, then this article is for you.

Property sales in Powell River BC compared to last year

The first quarter of this year has been significantly slower compared to last year. From January to March of 2022, there were 171 listings processed and 144 total sales. This year, there were 143 listings processed and only 74 total sales. That is a 48.6% drop in sales compared to last year

We can also see how much slower the market is this year by comparing how quickly properties sold.

The first quarter of 2022:                                                        The first quarter of 2023:

Properties sold in 1 week - 19                                                Properties sold in 1 week - 4

Properties sold in 2 weeks - 40                                              Properties sold in 2 weeks - 2

Properties sold in 3 weeks - 10                                              Properties sold in 3 weeks - 7

Properties sold in 4 weeks - 16                                              Properties sold in 4 weeks - 8

Last year there was an average sale price of $620,532 and this year, there was an average sale price of $592,950.

Interest rates according to the Bank of Canada

The increase of interest rates in the past year has been the highest they have been since 2007. While this isn’t the highest interest rates have risen, it certainly has created some stir.

January 2022: 0.25                                                                                  January 2023: 4.25

February 2022: 0.25                                                                                February 2023: 4.50

March 2022: 0.25                                                                                    March 2023: 4.50

New regulations introduced to real estate 

January 1st: Foreign Buyer Ban

January 3rd: Home Buyer Rescission Period

For information on these, take a look at my previous blogs.

2023 housing trends

Exterior:

  • Indoor-outdoor flow: Bring the furniture and rugs out!

  • Earth tones: Brick work, wood accents, and earthy paint colours.

  • Sustainable materials: Solar panels and long lasting housing materials.

Interior: 

  • Bold statement stone: Use quartz or marble as countertops to make a statement.

  • Moody jewel tones: Accents of emerald green or sapphire blue give a rich feel.

  • Mixing wood tones: Mix up the wood for accent walls and furniture.

Decor:

  • Sustainable materials: Wooden pieces and stone bowls.

  • Statement rugs: Fun coloured and patterned rugged used as functional art.

  • Black fixtures and details: Lights, door knobs, taps, and more!

Keep up to date with housing trends by following my Instagram or Facebook.

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ALR IN POWELL RIVER BC

ALR stands for Agricultural Land Reserve and is a type of zoning that is found in rural areas. The intent of ALR is to encourage land protection for agricultural production. Only 5% of land in BC is preserved for agricultural use.

What are the restrictions?

Some parcels of ALR may have exceptions to certain prohibited activities and uses but here are some that are usually restricted:

  • Subdividing the land

  • Secondary suites: You may only have one

  • Multiple dwellings: You may have one secondary residence as long as it is under 968 sqft

  • Certain commercial business

Another thing to keep in mind is that there may be additional restrictions registered on the title. Some examples are covenants, easements, and riparian areas. It’s a good idea to ask your real estate agent to review the title if they haven’t already.

Who oversees ALR?

The Agricultural Land Commission makes decisions based on the provincial legislation, the Agricultural Land Commission Act, and associated regulations. In Powell River, we have 4 districts outside of the City limits that help govern ALR. These are the qathet Regional Districts A, B, C, and D.

What is permitted in ALR?

Keep in mind that while these are permitted by the ALC, the local government may restrict certain activities.

  • Agroforestry

  • Grapes

  • Mushrooms

  • Berries

  • Tree Fruits

  • Vegetables (field, greenhouse)

  • Nuts

  • Grains and oilseeds

  • Forage crops

  • Ornamentals (floriculture, horticultural, nursery crops)

  • Green housing

  • Wineries & Cideries

  • Storage, packing & processing of farm products

  • Timber production, harvesting and silviculture

  • Equestrian facilities

  • Application of soil amendments

  • Farm retail sales

  • Temporary or seasonal agri-tourism activities

  • Agroforestry

  • Production of compost with conditions

  • Land development works for farm purposes

This information is not to be relied on, it is to be used as general guidelines. It’s always recommended to double check the restrictions for each property as they are not always the same.

This information was gathered from:

www.alc.gov.bc.ca

www.bclaws.gov.bc.ca

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Common Misconceptions of REALTORS®

Here are the most common misconceptions of real estate agents:

They only care about selling you a home

We go above and beyond for our clients. It’s about the process leading up to the transaction. Getting to know you, your timeline, and what’s important to you. We strive to achieve the results you want while protecting your interests along the way by being fully transparent, avoiding conflicts, and most importantly, keeping all your information protected.

Once the transaction is complete, you won’t hear from your agent again

Your agent spent the time getting to know you and helping you through the process, they may not connect with you as frequently but you are not forgotten! You may even get perks like client appreciation events and quarterly or yearly updates of market changes. 

Real estate agents will do anything to make a sale

While some agents may have this reputation, many are incentivized to hold themselves to a certain ethical standard with their clients. Agents build their brand on their reputation and hope to obtain referrals through their past and current clients. 

All agents are the same

Real estate agents have unfortunately gotten put under the umbrella of greedy sales people. The media definitely likes to gravitate towards the disgraceful stories that make it seem all agents are untrustworthy or sly. Even though there are agents out there who do fall under that umbrella, we are not all the same! Times have changed and so have REALTORS®.


It’s understandable that when someone has had one or multiple bad experiences with a real estate agent that they won’t want to deal with another one. If this is the case, it doesn’t hurt to have a conversation with a few different agents to find one that works best for you. Buying or selling is a big decision and you want to make sure you are taken care of throughout the whole process.

If you are looking to buy or sell in Powell River, feel free to reach out and let’s have a chat about the market and your next move.

kindrebo@460realty.com


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Buying Rural Property in BC

Here is what you should know when purchasing property outside of city limits.

Septic and well

A major aspect of owning property in rural areas is that you are not part of the City services. This includes sewage and water. You will either have your own independent septic and well system or you will share these with surrounding properties. Mobile home parks outside of the City often have co-operative water and sewage systems. You do not have to maintain them, however, you will need to pay a fee to the park owner for maintenance and repairs. If you are not a part of a co-operative system, you will be in charge of the upkeep of your septic tank and well. It’s a good idea to have your septic tank pumped at least every five years. For water quality, testing for bacteria should be done once a year and a more thorough test (which tests for heavy metals, chloride, pH levels, and more) every three to five years.

What kind of information should I request when I am interested in a property that has a septic and well system?

  • How deep the well is

  • If the current owners have had any issues with the well running dry

  • How many GPM the well pumps

  • The most recent water records

  • Where the well is located on the property

  • Where the septic field is located

  • When the last time the septic tank was pumped

  • Any records the current owners may have of septic and well repairs and/or installations

  • What is the monthly cost if the well and/or septic are shared

Zoning

There are three common zoning types that you may encounter when browsing for property in rural areas. These include rural residential, rural mixed use, and agricultural land reserve (ALR). There are certain uses and guidelines with every type of zoning so be sure to ask your REALTOR® if you are unsure. Keep an eye out for my future blog post dedicated to information on agricultural land reserves.

Charges on title

Whether it is property within the City limits or in the rural areas, always ask about charges on title. Certain charges may restrict or limit what you can do with or on your land. For example, a covenant may obligate you to not subdivide the land. Along with covenants, easements and right of ways may also be found on title. If you are unsure about the specifics or the nature of a charge, it’s always a good idea to ask your lawyer. 

Riparian Areas

If there is a stream, pond, lake, river, creek, ditch, wetland, or brook located on a property, it may be affected by the Riparian Areas Protection Act. This could have a significant effect on the value and potential use or development of the property because of building/development setbacks and other requirements protecting riparian areas. Riparian areas are not usually mentioned on the title so it’s always a good idea to ask your REALTOR® to see if a property is affected by this.


Overall, buying property outside of City limits is usually less restrictive and you have more freedom to do what you would like with your land. Plus, there are many more options for large acreage properties compared to City lots. With any area, whether in town or on the outskirts, always be cautious of potential limitations. If you have any more questions about buying rural property, feel free to post it in the comments or send me a private message.


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Should I Use a REALTOR®?

Should I Use a REALTOR®?

Yes! Whether you are looking to buy or sell, having a real estate agent is very beneficial. 

Did you know that using a real estate agent to help you purchase a home doesn’t cost you? You do not pay your REALTOR® when buying a property. The seller’s agent splits their commission with the buying agent.

Having an agent is valuable for helping you scout out the right properties for you. They have the tools and resources to gain access for viewings, property documents, and more.

If you are hesitant on using a real estate agent to list your property due to the cost, consider that you may end up selling your property for more by using a REALTOR®. It can be hard for owners to properly price their homes in consideration to the market. Real estate agents have access to comparables that have recently been listed and sold which they use to help determine what your property could be listed at.Listing your home for sale by owner also may not get the exposure that it would compared to if you used an agent. More exposure may lead to a quicker sale and multiple offers. If there are multiple offers, it is likely that your property will sell for over asking. Agents use their own money to advertise your property. It will be seen across social media platforms, Realtor.ca, and personal websites. Plus, they will put up a for sale sign in your yard to help create roadside attention. When an offer comes in on your property, they can advise you on what your best move is. 

Having an agent will also help you avoid any legal pitfalls. There is a lot of paperwork involved in a real estate transaction.It is important to fill out the documents and disclosures with care. Real estate agents are educated to guide you in the right direction so you can avoid being held liable for fraud, negligence, or breach of contract. Agents are also continually upgrading their education on legal updates, ethical situations, and other optional courses. There are many different types of situations that may arise in a transaction and there is a good chance that your REALTOR®, or one of their mentors, has been in that situation and knows how to navigate you through it. It is worth using an agent solely to protect yourself against legalities. 

If you don’t want to use a REALTOR® due to a past experience, that’s okay but not all agents are the same. Find an agent that works best for you. Talk to a few different ones to get a feeling of who you could envision working with throughout the transaction. Our job is to act in your best interest and achieve the results you want.

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