Category Archives: Homes for Sale

Nanaimo Home for Sale

Nanaimo Home For Sale
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Nanaimo Home for Sale.  Welcome to this near-new immaculately kept 3 Bed and 3 BathNanaimo Home for Sale family home in a vibrant, newer neighbourhood. This 2-year-old West Coast Contemporary detached duplex features a bright open concept on the main with 9-foot ceilings.

The Kitchen features white shaker style cabinets, loads of counter space and a large island with breakfast seating. The appliances are stainless steel with a natural gas stove. The kitchen opens to the Living Room, featuring a cozy natural gas fireplace. A family size Dining Room, with access to your lovely patio and fenced back yard, rounds out this level.

Upstairs you will enter a large Family Room area, with built-in computer station. The Master Bedroom features a walk-in closet and en-suite bath. There are two more spacious bedrooms, a 4-piece Bath and a Laundry area on this level. The fully fenced private back yard is perfect for family fun and entertaining. This home is close to shopping, schools and many city amenities.

For more information or to schedule a viewing call or text Lorne Gait at 250-618-0680 or email at lorne [at] lornegait [dot] com

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If you want to find your way to this property, here is a map from Nanaimo Airport to this beautiful  Nanaimo Home for Sale

Guiding you  . . .  to a beautiful Nanaimo home on Vancouver Island at 523 Steeves Road, Nanaimo BC — A Beautiful Family Home.

 

Lorne Gait and Morgan Fisher are professional realtors who can help you find your perfect Nanaimo Area Home. To start the conversation follow this link — Get in touch.

Ladysmith Creek Front Home

Ladysmith Creek Front Home
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Ladysmith Creek Front Home giving you a luxurious lifestyle.  Enjoy this top floor updated two bed and two bath

310 - 1244 - 4th Ave Ladysmith, BC
Enjoy Vancouver Island Waterfront at this luxury Town home at the Executive at the Creek.

townhome at the Executive at the Creek.

This home is located on the far end of the building and offers a quiet and private area with excellent views of the landscaped lawn area and creek, from the Deck, Master Bedroom and Second Bedroom.

The appliances have been replaced with new washer/dryer and black stainless-steel kitchen appliances. The carpets and the lighting have been upgraded. Fresh paint adorns the walls. This home has a gas fireplace with fan. Gas is included in the strata fee. The bedrooms are large and spacious, and the master has a large walk in closet and en-suite bathroom.

A storage locker and underground parking spot are available for your exclusive use. A bike storage area is shared by the residents. The Complex has some excellent facilities including a resistance pool, a hot tub and a gym. Recent landscaping upgrades have been done to the property and provide great Rock Creek views.

For more information or a viewing, let’s get in touch. Lorne or Morgan at 250-618-0680. Click on the multimedia tab for a slide presentation.

Video of the Home  . . .

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If you want to find your way to this property, here is a map from Nanaimo Airport to this beautiful  Ladysmith Creek Front Town Home  . . .

Guiding you home . . .  to an ocean view home on Vancouver Island at 310 – 1244 – 4th Ave — a Ladysmith Creek Front Home

 

Lorne Gait and Morgan Fisher are professional realtors who can help you find your Vancouver Island Waterfront or Waterview  home. To start the conversation follow this link — Get in touch.

September 2019 Real Estate Market Update

September 2019 Real Estate Market Update 

Realtor and Associate Broker Lorne Gait has just prepared for you this Vancouver Island September 2019 Real Estate Update market update for the central Vancouver Island area. Lorne is a professional working in the mid Vancouver Island are based out of the Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty office in Ladysmith, BC.

VIREB (Real Estate Board) Real Estate Market Update

The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board also has its own Vancouver Island market Update. Check it out: VIREB ANALYSIS

Summary Thoughts

The Vancouver Island Real Estate market is hanging in there.  There are approximately 20% or so less sales this year over last.  This depends on the kind of property and price of the home.  This is likely a result of provincial government rule changes for foreign buyers and for owning secondary properties in the urban areas of Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna and Nanaimo.  As well the Canadian Federal Government ongoing rule changes regarding mortgages for Buyers is continuing to have impact.

In spite of these taxes, there has been so much pent up demand for housing.  Buyers are still wanting reasonably priced homes, condos and town homes.  This is helping to keep prices steady.  Likely affordable homes are at historic highs even to this day.  

Higher priced homes need to be priced competitively.  Look at what has sold and price reasonably in light of past sales.  

If you are selling, we can help you get the best possible price in this market.  If you are Buying, we can help you find a deal for the home of your choosing.

Lorne and Morgan would love to help you with your real estate needs. Let’s get in touch . . . at 250-618-0680.

 

Here are the stats for Nanaimo – Nanaimo Graphstats to the end of August 2019

And here are the stats for Cowichan – Cowichan Valley Graphstats to the end of August 2019

Finally, here is a link to the VIREB Stats:  VIREB

Seasons Greetings from Vancouver Island Real Estate
Happy Fall from Vancouver Island Realtor Lorne Gait and Morgan Fisher.

Real Estate Market Update – June 2019

Mid Year 2019

Realtor and Associate Broker Lorne Gait has just prepared for you this mid year Vancouver Island Real Estate Update market update for the central Vancouver Island area. Lorne is a professional working in the mid Vancouver Island are based out of the Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty office in Ladysmith, BC.

VIREB (Real Estate Board) Real Estate Market Update

The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board also has its own Vancouver Island market Update. Check it out HERE

Summary Thoughts

The gist of the market is that there is still not a piling up of unsold properties. There is still less available properties than Buyers would like. However, the demand has slowed a bit by modest amounts.t

The demand is still active as Buyers find the mid Vancouver Island area fairly affordable compared to Victoria and Vancouver. As a result there is not any huge drop in pricing. Prices are stable, but hot rising like they were in the last number of years. It is still a good time to Sell –though at the prices you have seen — not higher. It is a good time to Buy because there are a few motivated Sellers who want to achieve a sale.

Lorne and Morgan would love to help you with your real estate needs. Let’s get in touch . . . at 250-618-0680.

Here are the stats for Nanaimo – Nanaimo Graph Stats for the end of May 2019

Here are the stats for Cowichan – Cowichan Valley Graph Stats for the end of May 2019

Seasons Greetings from Vancouver Island Real Estate
Seasons Greetings from Vancouver Island Realtor Lorne Gait and Morgan Fisher.

Ocean view Apartments on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island Ocean View Apartments and Commercial Suites
This Brentwood Bay six plex located at 822 Verdier Ave give you water view apartments and commercial suites

822 Verdier, Brentwood Bay, BC.   — NOW SOLD!!!

Ocean view apartments

Attention entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals! Take note of these ocean view apartments and commercial suites. Own your own commercial space, and if desired, live on site or continue with current excellent rentals. This building consists of four strata lots (one commercial). There are 2 – two bedroom apartments, 2 bachelor suites and 2 commercial spaces. Current mortgages are assumable at current rates and conditions. Allowable businesses include retail sales, restaurant (coffee shop type), medical/dental office, business offices and more. This property is located near the Mill Bay Ferry Terminal in an excellent ocean view location. Along with excellent current use opportunities, this property has future value for development to higher and better uses. Call or text Lorne Gait for more information or a viewing at 250-618-0680.

Pictures of these Water View Apartments . . .

Directions to these Ocean View apartments and commercial suites . . .

Vancouver Island Realtor LORNE GAIT and MORGAN FISHER: “If you would like more documents or details . . . lets get in touch at 250-618-0680. If you want to arrange a viewing, we are happy to assist.”

Here is a link to the MLS Listing: 822 Verdier Ave

Ocean View Apartments — Floor Plans

 

Vancouver Island Water View Home

Vancouver Island Ocean View Luxury Home

7 – 626 Farrell Road, Ladysmith, BC.

Luxurious living, wide ocean views, and a private setting can be yours in this gorgeous 3 bed and 3 bath single family home in Vancouver Island’s Premiere Ocean view Town home community – the Gales – in Ladysmith. Enter this custom home through your double garage or through a high-end entry way. Enjoy your beautiful hardwood and tile floors with hardwood cabinets and granite countertops. There is a spacious master bedroom with five-piece en-suite and walk-in closet. A second bedroom on the main could be your office or guest area. Downstairs there is a shop for your projects. There is a large family room for your personal recreation. A third bedroom and bathroom in the lower areas give you lots of room for extra family or company. The views are plentiful from the lower floor and the main floor. The home is in a community of high-end custom ocean view homes. No expense has been spared. From this home you have access to town amenities in Nanaimo and Duncan. Even Victoria is only an hour and fifteen-minute drive. Golf courses and marinas are nearby. Call or text Lorne Gait for more information or a viewing at 250-618-0680.

Check out these pictures and the 3D Walk through Tour

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Vancouver Island Real Estate and New 2018 Canadian Mortgage Rules

Vancouver Island Real Estate and New 2018 Canadian Mortgage Rules

Are you ready for new Canadian Mortgage rules?  If you applied for a new mortgage after January 1, 2018, would you qualify.

Check out this interesting news release . . .  CLICK HERE

Vancouver Island Realtor Lorne Gait can help you with the new 2018 Canadian Mortgage Rules
Vancouver Island Real Estate and the new 2018 Canadian Mortgage Rules

If you have any mortgage questions, Vancouver Island Realtor Lorne Gait or Morgan Fisher can help you.  Further, they can help you find a great Vancouver Island Mortgage Broker who can assist you with your mortgage needs.

In the past the mortgage stress test was used only for those who were putting a small amount of money down on their purchase and as as result needed CMHC financing.  As of January 1, 2018 all Buyers who need a mortgage will need to pass the stress test.  CLICK HERE for more information on the stress test.

 

Prior articles on Mortgages:   A Second Opinion;Take Charge
 

Ladysmith Lifestyle in the Winter

Ladysmith Lifestyle in the Winter

Ladysmith Rainy Winter Day
A Rainy day in Ladysmith, BC.

Ok . . . I know . . . I know, it is a rainy day. How can I enjoy the Ladysmith lifestyle on a day like this?  You can see that from the fence at the back of my yard.   But it is a good day moderate temperature day compared to much of Canada.  And unlike most of Canada we do not have snow.  Therefore, yesterday I decided to travel around my town looking for reasons why someone would want to live here.

For most of my life I have lived on Vancouver Island.  Most winters are quite moderate.  There was almost no snow for the past three winters.  This current winter of 2016-2017 gave us more snow than average.  But it is likely that for every five or six years, there will be at least one winter cooler than others.  But still, we have it better than most every other part of Canada.  Vancouver Island is truly the Hawaii of Canada.  Our Ladysmith Lifestyle is amazing.

Ladysmith Waterfront

So then . . . reasons why I like the Ladysmith lifestyle.  Here are some:  The first is waterfront for all to enjoy.  I enjoy an ocean view from my home.  Many of my clients enjoy waterfront.  But for everyone, there are lots of beaches and water play areas.  Check out Transfer Beach.   This morning which was again overcast, I had opportunity to walk to the beach and back home.  It was great winter time exercise.  These can be your views December through February.

Imagine the Ladysmith Lifestyle | Get in touch with Ladysmith Realtor Lorne Gait for more information
Ladysmith Maritime Society. Can you imagine the Ladysmith lifestyle?

But then there are also other water Ladysmith lifestyle possibilities for you.   Several of my friends own a boat.  Some choose moorage at places like the Ladysmith Maritime Society.  Some choose to keep their boat at home and launch it from time to time.  From Kayaks to Large Sailboats and Motor Yachts.  You can pick your pleasure.

Ladysmith Parks

If you are not into boating . . . how about parks and hikes.  There are some great parks like the Kinsmen Park.  Take the kids if you have them.  Back several years ago,  I used to climb on the park amenities with my children.  They are grown up and gone now.  But recently the park has been upgraded for a new generation of children and parents.  This is a cool family place.

The Holland Creek Trail | Get in touch with Lorne Gait to help you with this kind of Ladysmith Lifestyle
The Holland Creek Trail is a great Ladysmith Lifestyle option

For those who want more exercise out of their Ladysmith lifestyle there is the Holland Creek Trail.  Find a trail starting place and launch out to a morning or afternoon adventure.  You can go for miles and miles.

Can you see yourself on this trail?  This is a good one for taking a friend or your favourite pet.   If you are very adventurous, you can even head up to Heart Lake.  Take hiking polls or you will wish you did.

Ladysmith Amenities

If it is too rainy or if it does happen to snow, there is still something to do.  How about the Frank Jameson Recreation Centre?  Swimming, spinning, yoga, pickleball, free weights, exercise machine and so much more.

The white haired among us, might choose to go to the Seniors Centre.  This is a great place for indoor activities cards, dining, clubs and more.   Beyond that, this Ladysmith Resources Centre building offers great support for folks of many ages and needs.  It is a great town amenity.  It is a great place for volunteers.

Ladysmith Shopping

Of course, some of us are not into exercise or outdoor recreation.  For those folks, there is the Coronation Mall and the historic downtown First Avenue Business corridor.    Shopping, bakery time, a coffee shop, a restaurant or pub might be the part of the Ladysmith Lifestyle you will enjoy the most.
Occasionally you might want to check out the events in town.  This the Aggie Hall.  Concerts, dances, home shows and much more take place here.  Other gathering places include: The Little Theatre, the Eagles Hall, the Legion and more. You can pic your place to hang out in the late afternoons and evenings.

The Ladysmith lifestyle allows opportunity for all levels of education from Preschool through grade twelve.  The Vancouver Island University is up the road in Nanaimo and is hardly a 25-minute drive.  There are many great educational venues.

If you get enjoying the Ladysmith live with too much exuberance such that an accident happens or if time passes and you have long term health needs.  There are great amenities in the area.  Feel secure because there is the hospital clinic.  Know you can get a ride with the ambulance service.  Trust that there are greater care facilities in Duncan and Nanaimo.

So, there you go.   This is the Ladysmith lifestyle on a rainy Saturday afternoon in the middle of Winter.  Sure, it might be better to be in Mexico or Hawaii.  But if you need to be in Canada.  It is a very good option.

If you want to talk more about the Ladysmith lifestyle or if you are considering a move to Ladysmith.  Let’s get in touch and find a way to help you be here.

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Vancouver Island Real Estate Foreign Buyer Tax

Vancouver Island Real Estate Foreign Buyer Tax — Will she or won’t she?

Will she or won’t she add the dreaded 15% Vancouver Island Real Estate Foreign Buyer Tax for Property Transfers?  This is a question that engages the thoughts of my clients this Spring.  This is especially the case as Buyers and Sellers consider what Premier Christy Clark’s government has done in the Vancouver Real Estate Market.  My thoughts are these:

BC considering increases to the Foreign Buyer Property Transfer Tax
Vancouver Island Real Estate Foreign Buyer Tax. Will She or won’t She?

Not too long ago, the BC Provincial Government changed the Provincial Property Tax for homes purchased in the Greater Vancouver Area.  The tax was 1% on the first $200,000 and 2% on the balance.  Currently the tax is the same if you are a Canadian resident.  However, if you are a foreign Buyer, the tax is now 15% on the whole amount.  This is huge for foreign Buyers.  It reflected a government attempt to regulate price increases through Government regulation, intervention and taxation.   One Vancouver Lawyer told me that if the Provincial Government did not intervene, the coming election would be lost.

Vancouver Island Real Estate Foreign Buyer Tax — The impacts . . .

The obvious result of this regulation, taxation and intervention was an almost immediate price reduction in the price of Vancouver homes.  It is a double digit drop in prices and a substantial slow down in the number of sales.  You can read the details here — THE GLOBE AND MAIL

There has been talk about putting this new tax on Victoria homes and likely on homes across the rest of the Province.  You can read about this in several online articles.  Witness the TIMES COLONIST ARTICLE

However, the issue is both political and economic.  There has been much concern about the decline of the Vancouver Real Estate Market.  The Province is headed into an election and BC home owners concerned about price drops also reflect a huge voter block.  Therefore, Premier Christy Clark’s Government is attempting to walk back the challenging aspects of the new added tax.  Foreign Buyers who buy and who will be working in Vancouver could soon be exempt from the additional Tax.   The Vancouver Sun quotes Christy Clark–VANCOUVER SUN

The Vancouver Sun has further quotes on this from Finance Minister Michael de Jong.  Check it out — VANCOUVER SUN

Vancouver Island Real Estate Foreign Buyer Tax — Conclusions . . .

So, the question remains . . . will there be a Vancouver Island Real Estate Foreign Buyer Tax.  This realtor believes there will be continued pressure to slow the impact of foreign Buyers on our market.   However, at the same time, there will be some refining of the legislation around the matter of who pays the tax and how it is administered.  If a foreign Buyer plans to settle down and work in the area, then tax relief is likely.  If on the other hand, a Buyer buys a home and plans to be absentee, then likely there will be no tax relief.

In the end. . . time will tell.  These are political times.  It is fashionable to let others pay taxes–Especially foreigners.  It is all good until my / your house value drops.

If you want to discuss this further, Associate Broker and Realtor (R) Lorne Gait is happy to discuss this further.  Let’s get in touch.