February 2014 - Posts

Lot 32 Lakeview Park Rd - Don't miss your opportunity to own a piece of Lakefront property!
We are proud to present another individualized website for our beautiful lakefront lot listing on Lakeview Park Rd. Please click the following link to visit the website: Lot32LakeviewPark.remaxlakecowichan.com Sandy Stinson sandystinson@remax.net www.remaxlakecowichan.com Read More...
446 Mountain View Rd., The Slopes - Lake Cowichan. A piece of the premier subdivision in the Cowichan valley can be yours!
We have just launched another new website for an individual listing. This one is fantastic, located in what's quickly becoming the most sought after subdivison the Cowichan Valley has to offer, The Slopes. Scoop it up before it's too late! Visit Read More...
Even The Birds Are Friendly in Beautiful British Columbia
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Buying a house in BC in the Winter
This is the best possible time to purchase your home and land on our beautiful Vancouver Island. You may have heard it rains a little here! Actually this year we have been crying for a little more rain, our Salmon and Trees need it. We have enjoyed some Read More...
Shop Local
I have always liked to shop local, as a Realtor it is just good business, what goes around comes around, but it is more than that. There is something about knowing the people who grow your food. I love eating seasonal produce, it just plain tastes better! Read More...
Lake Cowichan Doctors
Well 2014 is looking up! Last year we were doctor less f or a portion of the year due to a series of u nfortunate events. Now...we have the Brookside Clinic back as w ell as a drop in clinic and now Kaatza Health Center has also found some Out of country Read More...
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2014
I just received a Xmas card that d epicts so many attitudes Right now! I t was a picture of a Nutcracker y elling at a bunch of squirrels who were running a round in circles, "Grab your nuts and RUN' it said!! This confusion a nd fear are hurting Read More...
96 Joel Road - The Perfect Rental Property
We are proud to announce another independent listing website for a potential rental property on Joel Road. The following url will take you there: 96joel.remaxlakecowichan.com Sandy Stinson 250-749-6000 www.remaxlakecowichan.com Read More...
9596 Creekside Drive - Youbou
Please visit the new website for our new beautiful Lakefront listing in Youbou. 9596creekside.remaxlakecowichan.com Sandy Stinson http://www.remaxlakecowichan.com Read More...
146 Wavell Road - A Beautiful Riverfront Home
We are proud to present another listing website for a beautiful Riverfront home on Wavell Road. Please click the link below to view the website for the listing: 146wavell.remaxlakecowichan.com Sandy Stinson www.remaxlakecowichan.com (250) 749-6000 Read More...
169 South Shore Road - Building and/or Business Opportunity in Lake Cowichan
We've just launched another property site for one of our new listings. This is a commercially zoned property/building available as either just the building or also the business that goes with it. This is a great opportunity for those who have always Read More...
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY FOR RUNNING OUR HOMES
The cost of energy is rising every year forcing households to look for cheaper sources of energy. At the same time, a number of environmentally aware people are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. But the traditional sources of energy, Read More...
Sustainable Lifestyle
Until recently, mankind plundered Mother Earth as if there was no tomorrow. The wholesale exploitation of natural resources still continues, but the growing awareness about the need to reduce our carbon footprint is bringing about a paradigm shift in Read More...
Round About
I would love to see a beautiful big carving of a Salmon, it is in line with the Bears and Cougar and the Dawn Coe Jones carvings that we have , so we have a theme already. We could incorporate Gus's heron stone carving in there as well , maybe a little Read More...
Nanaimo's new four Diamond Hotel
Nanaimo is approving a new Hotel for thier downtown. It is being built by a Chinese tourist company and is planned to open in the spring of 2016. They expect approximately 15 thousand people a year to come through, that will be a great economic benefit Read More...
Nanaimo Airport
Mike Cooper CEO of Nanaimo airport came and spoke to us at a recent meeting and I was happy to hear that they are experiencing the West Jet effect! I was aware that the Courtney area had changed drastically since West Jet went there and apparently we Read More...
Youbou has perfect Feng Shui
Or so I have been told, I am struggling to figure out the essence of this ancient Chinese Philosophy as I have had a glimpse of how powerful and influential this is in peoples lives via their homes. My girlfriend and I were looking for 'something' Read More...
Tubing Cowichan River
93 South Shore Rd. I personally have a lovely little, old character home for sale, it is situated down town Lake Cowichan at the head of the historic Cowichan River. You can fish for trout off the dock and when you are in the downstairs suite all you Read More...
Summer 2013
Well this first day of September makes me reflect on how quickly summer has gone. Each year I promise myself that I will take off a month and really enjoy this place I call home. Vancouver Island has so many great retreats of all kinds that I have not Read More...
7020 Cowichan Lake Rd - 12 Acres
7020 Cowichan Lake Rd 12 Acres $419,000 I have a property listed that is half wetland and half high and dry and over the past 8 years it has remained the same. However people are either afraid that it will get wetter or think it is useless land. I have Read More...
Beijing China Trade Show - Blog #2
I am staying at the Shangri La hotel in Beijing . Heady stuff for a country girl like me. All around me people are casually making huge deals. I innocently overheard what is likely to be the birth of a billion dollar film industry relationship between Read More...
Have homes in Canada become a business?
Home (s) in Canada have become a business, I am personally grateful for the past five years of slow sales to help me realize the importance and relevancy of my 'Home', it is a place to feel protected, a place to beautify just for the sake of making Read More...
West Jet daily Nanaimo flights take off June 24, 2013.
Well if this has the same impact on the Cowichan Valley as it did no the Comox valley hang on for a ride. So many people working in Alberta have decided that in their off time they would much rather come to the Island than stay in Edmonton or Calgary Read More...
2013 Beijing International Property and Investment Expo
My name is Sandy Stinson and I own a Remax in Lake Cowichan, on Vancouver Island. I have been invited to the Beijing Investment Expo to share a booth with Remax China. I am very excited this is the first time Remax has had a franchise inside China and Read More...
Long Term Passive Income
If you want to see long term passive income with little risk look into investing in small well built condo's in cities like Victoria, BC. a place where you can command high rent and good tenants who have jobs. If you where to buy a condo that comes Read More...
Remax "40th" in Las Vegas
I was pleased to be a part of this conference with 7 thousand other Remax Realtors, I know Realtors don't have the best reputation especially in bad times, I hear all we do is put up our signs and collect our cheques. But I am hear to tell you that Read More...
RENT TO OWN
In this slow market a rent to own or a Vendor take back or a agreement for sale, all variations on the same theme, might be worth looking at. These sales contracts can be structured to meet both parties needs. It is generally accepted to be a better investment Read More...
Transition Provisions Relating to HST and GST/PST
The Government of BC had published info about transitiong from the HST to PST check out the link at www.hstinbc.ca/buying goods/buying a home/new home purchases The New Housing Transition TAx and Rebate Act covering the teimporary housing transition tax Read More...
Property Assessments
I was just reading a news article written by Elodie Adams of the Lake Cowichan Gazzette with comments by Wendy Klyne and Sharon Kelly, local Lake Cowichan Realtors, they both agreed that property assessments are still quite skewered and do not necessarily Read More...
BC First-Time New Home Buyers' Bonus
About the BC First-Time New Home Buyers' Bonus The BC First-Time New Home Buyers' Bonus is a one-time bonus payment worth up to $10,000 for first-time new home buyers in BC. Applicants can receive a cheque of up to $10,000, if they qualify, and Read More...
Home Energy Grants
British Columbia Rebates Get up to $7,000 and more in tax - free LiveSmart BC government rebates for new gas furnaces, windows, insulation, hot water tanks, heat pumps, geothermal heating, solar, tankless hot water heater s , HRV, air conditioning, low Read More...
Putting the market into perspective for Buyers
First time home buyers can play a critical role and be a catalyst in real estate sales. By purchasing the entry-level or lower priced homes, it gives sellers the opportunity to upsize or upgrade. With fewer first time buyers in the market, sales are slowing Read More...
Ottawa tightening mortgage rules; No more 30 year amortizations
Ottawa tightening mortgage rules; no more 30-year amortizations BILL CURRY, GRANT ROBERTSON AND TARA PERKINS OTTAWA AND TORONTO — The Globe and Mail Published Wednesday, Jun. 20 2012, 9:25 PM EDT Last updated Thursday, Jun. 21 2012, 7:53 AM EDT Read More...
2012 RE/MAX Canada Upper End Report Shows Strong Appetite for Luxury
Download the report Demand for upscale homes is sweeping much of the country, with upper-end sales in the first quarter of 2012 well ahead of 2011 figures for the same period, according to the RE/MAX Upper End Report. The annual report found that 81 per Read More...
Thoughtrons
In the beginning was the Word (cosmic vibration, the creative life energy or vibratory thoughts of God) and the Word was with God and the word was God. Man's body of gross mater consist of tissues, constructed of molecules. Molecules are made of atoms: Read More...
Energy Efficiency Bulletin
City Green Solutions - Energy Efficiency Bullentin www.citygreen.ca August 12, 2011 In this Issue: · Provincial AND Federal Grants Available to Sellers and Buyers for a Limited Time · Business Energy Efficiency Grants - Upgrade Your Office Read More...
MORTGAGE RULES CHANGE March 18, 2011
The rules change again, hopefully for the last time, it is hoped that this latest tightening of the belt will suffice to hinder the possibilities of a Canadian mortgage meltdown. This further 5% decrease of your mortgage monies buying power rounds out Read More...
Home Sales Climb 8% in 2011
BCREA Housing Forecast Update - First Quarter 2011 Vancouver, BC – February 23, 2011 The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its Housing Forecast for the first quarter of 2011 today. BC Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) Read More...
Consider Staging Your House
You decorate to make your home a reflectionof yourself. You stage your house to present it in a waythat appeals to potential buyers, in order to SELL! Statisticsshow : Vacant properties stay on the market longer than occupied (furnished) properties. 90% Read More...
SOME TINY TIPS TO HELP YOU THROUGH THIS TOUGH ECONOMY
When you are going through Hell, Keep Going! Winston Churchill SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY ATTACH YOURSELF TO A CAUSE THAT YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER IF YOU HAVE A BUSINESS DO SOMETHING CREATIVE TO HELP YOU STAND OUT IN THIS DEPRESSED Read More...
Alternative Housing - Straw Bale Homes
When you think of building with green materials, straw should be very near the top of the list. It grows so fast and often, if not used for animal bedding or garden mulch, becomes a waste material. Building homes with straw was first seen in the Nebraska Read More...
Livability
In order to stay alive inside we need to stay active. If you research Stats Canada for best areas of livability, in Canada, according to days when a normal person would go outside I came up with four hotspots: Vancouver Island, Vancouver, Southern Ontario Read More...
Alternative Housing - Cob Homes
Probably the greenest way of building is using the materials at hand. One very old method that has made somewhat of a comeback is making a mixture of clay, sand, straw and water. and "sculpting" a house. The mixture is called cob and was very Read More...
TEN TOP SELLING TIPS FOR AUGUST OF 2010
1. Price it correctly, go over the solds in your area and discuss them with your Realtor who has likely seen the inside of them, do a drive by for a first impression of the curb appeal and compare it to your home, and know that in this market many people Read More...
Development of Solar Panels
The science of storing and using the sun's energy is still developing. The first photovoltaic cell was made by Alexandre Becquerel. It was able to absorb the rays from the sun and emit electrons. Really, the first solar panel on a small scale. After Read More...
Our Sun: A Powerful Source of Energy (Part I)
Throughout history, the Sun has been revered for its warmth, power and ability to support all living things on the planet. The construction of the Pyramids in Egypt and Mexico, Stonehenge in England and many other ancient monuments were based on following Read More...
Grey Water
Grey water comprises 50-80% ofresidential waste water! It is water that has been used for bathing,showers, dishwashing, and laundry (It excludes sewage) A grey water system is especiallyimportant in drought areas. The added bonus is that muchless water Read More...
Rain Gardens
For those of us with a low lying spot on their property, a Rain Garden can be a great benefit. Most homes have gutter systems which divert run-off water in times of heavy rain. It ends up going through a storm drain where it can pick up all kinds of pollutants Read More...
Lighting Your Home: Change Those Bulbs!
The sooner you replace your incandescent (regular) light bulbs with compact fluorescents (CFL's) the sooner you start to save money on your hydro costs. One CFL bulb usually costs $2-3 and lasts around 10,000 hours. During its lifetime, it uses only Read More...
Efficient Home Hot Water Heating
If your home still has an older hot water heating system, there are a few things you can do to conserve energy and cost. Turn down the temperature to warm setting (120degrees). Insulate the water tank and as much of the lines as possible so that they Read More...
Making Your Home Greener
Think of your house as a system. To improve its energy efficiency, tackle the outer shell of the building first. This would include attics, outerwalls, windows, doors, then try to make improvements on your heating or cooling systems, lighting, hot water Read More...
Sightseeing by Houseboat
Lake Cowichan is one of the largest bodies of fresh water on Vancouver Island. It's long narrow shape make it perfect for cruising on a houseboat. You'll float by green rollinghills, sandy beaches and cottagers enjoying a swim. Drop anchor any Read More...
A Diamond In The Rough
Sometimes you run across an unexpected deal while you're looking for a home. Not every place will be thoroughly de-cluttered, cleaned and staged for the market.The home owner may live far away, or has lost interest in his place and wants to sell as Read More...
Life On The Lake
If you're not from the area, you might appreciate living at Cowichan Lake even more than someone who was born here. You may come to the lake for a visit, then go home and you can't help but start making comparisons. There are so few places left Read More...
Small Town Sentiments
You can concentrate on all the things that aren't available when you live in a small town. It's true, that everything you're used to in city life won't be at your fingertips in a small community. But the things that really count are all Read More...
Rain Barrels - A Great Idea!
Installing a rainbarrel at your home will give all kinds of benefits. It is an emergencywater supply when the hydro is out. It provides manygallons of chlorine-free, oxygen rich water which will benefit your garden andhouse plants. Watering with warm Read More...