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New year, new mindset; it’s no surprise that January is the most popular month for homeowners to review their monthly costs, making conscious efforts to conserve spending and increase their savings contributions. Many of us have started the year off with a shift in our financial awareness that has us evaluating whether we’re adequately covered and on budget each month. It’s the season for Courtenay real estate owners to review their cable and utility costs, household budgets as well as insurance policy coverages. What better time than now to review your own property insurance policies with your insurer to confirm the details are up-to-date and accurate. 

Depending on your geographical location and the insurance provider you’re insured with, you may be

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A new decade is upon us, and with it comes excitement and optimism. New opportunity, new goals and the potential for new investments. With all the new year brings, will 2020 be your year to purchase Comox Valley Real Estate?

If a property purchase is on your 2020 goal list, you’ll want to be prepared for all that the home buying adventure throws your way. Hiring professionals in the industry, weighing all the features of a home or neighbourhood and structuring a sound offer for purchase are key factors to navigate during the real estate transaction. With the world wide web at your fingertips, it may be appealing to start your 2020 home hunt alone, but there are many reasons to work with a professional Realtor® to ensure you obtain the property of your

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Opening your doors to friends and family during the holiday season will be a ton of fun, but you may find yourself overwhelmed with the thought of organizing all the moving parts of your event. While the holiday season isn’t ideal for major home renovations, we think it’s a great time for a “functionality review” to prepare your house to look and flow it’s best. 

Take the time to focus on the areas you’ll spend the most time in such as the kitchen, living areas and guest spaces. Whether you’ll be hosting for your first time, or as the go-to host space each year, consider our Top 10 Tips for getting your home ready to host for the holidays. 

 

 Lighting

‘tis the season in the Comox Valley for the very early setting of the sun; greet your

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Have you been watching the active Comox Valley Real Estate market wondering how you can invest in the current market? While you’re setting yourself up for investment success, your route will depend on some important factors; for starters, how much money do you have to invest, how hands-on would you like to be, and what is your personal risk tolerance? Have a look at 4 popular real estate investing opportunities to see which route may be the best for you.

 

Buy a Rental Property

Sounds straight-forward enough, right? Rental properties are a great way to create a steady stream of income; with the right tenants and a well-maintained property you could reap the rewards as a landlord for many years. Before you set out on your rental property hunt,

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A glistening blanket of snow will soon be upon the Comox Valley; and with those long-lost low temperatures returning, we can quickly fall victim to increased utility bills. Running the furnace, lazing by the gas fireplace and dark setting in earlier all contribute to higher monthly utility costs. What better time to lend these tips to save on not only on your winter heating, but on your monthly utility costs as a whole? 

 

Programable Thermostat

Is there any better feeling than hitting the ground running in the morning on a warm floor and returning from a hard day’s work to a cozy home to boot? Keeping comfortable temperatures while you are home is a must; but while you venture out for the day, set your baseline temperature a few degrees lower.

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The road to first-time homeownership is an eventful journey during which you’ll want to have the best professionals in your corner; a lawyer, a home inspector and your trusted Comox Valley Real Estate agent, Bryce Hansen. As a new homebuyer, you’ll likely have many questions about the purchasing process. We’ve put together a few preliminary things to consider before embarking on purchasing your first property.

 

Mortgage Pre-Approval

Establish your affordability by meeting with your mortgage professional prior to beginning the shopping process. A pre-approval will help you to establish your purchasing budget, down payment figures, and what basic monthly homeownership obligations will cost. Be sure to ask your mortgage broker the details of your

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Kelsey Cragg is a born and raised Comox Valley woman and supporting local is true to her heart. Kelsey has high energy and her enthusiasm for life is contagious. A proud mom, Kelsey enjoys spending her spare time with her family and is often found at the hockey rink or exploring the vast outdoors that the Comox Valley has to offer.  Her knowledge of the Real Estate market paired with her approachable personality and ability to connect with people makes her a natural at negotiations. Kelsey is a friendly, approachable person who thrives on meeting new people and is truly invested in the Comox Valley region. Kelsey is committed to delivering exceptional service and believes in building strong, long-lasting relationships with everyone she works with and

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In our last blog post, we talked about ways to prepare your home for the fall real estate market here in the Comox Valley. One of our important tips was about minor home improvements, so we thought we’d elaborate on that as it can make a big difference to the listing and selling price of your home.

Preparing to sell your home is an exciting and opportunistic time. Potential buyers of your property will be walking through each room of your home; reviewing cupboard space, checking views and even measuring nooks while dreaming of their own homeownership future.

Taking time prior to listing to improve your property will maximize your revenue and reduce possible counter-offers with these real estate pre-sale update suggestions;

 

Curb Appeal;

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As a rule of thumb, spend as little money as possible when preparing your home to hit the local Comox Valley real estate market. Although buyers will be impressed by the extras, such as a new roof, you aren't likely to recoup the money spent on it. Save your money for home improvement projects for your new home!

With that said, it does make a big difference to invest a little money into updating your Comox Valley home and getting it ready for the market. Minor touch ups may range from putting new knobs on cabinets to painting some rooms. Here are a few tips for getting your house in the Comox Valley ready to sell:

Depersonalize Your Home

The first step in selling your home is to depersonalize it. This involves removing personal items such as

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It's back on the market today. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to own this beautiful Comox Valley home, Located right in the heart of Comox. Within walking distance to the Comox Marina, Comox Mall, downtown boutique shopping of Comox, and all the amazing restaurants and local breweries, Comox has to offer. Courtenay is less than a five-minute drive away. This home was built in 2016 and is only 3 years old, its 3225 square feet. This home has 12’ vaulted ceilings, room for a suite with the plumbing in the walls, kitchen ready. This house is extremely well priced, you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity, to make this home yours. Be sure to check back in, to see this listing today!

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