Free Real Estate Seminar In Sooke: Buying Your First Home

Is 2016 The Year? Learn all about mortgages, real estate, and how to buy your first home Coming up Wednesday, January 27, 2016, you can spend a couple of hours with three of Sooke’s real estate and mortgage professionals learning about strategies you can use to get into your first home in 2016. The seminar isContinue reading “Free Real Estate Seminar In Sooke: Buying Your First Home”

Rural Living In Sooke: Heating With Wood

When I bought my house in Sooke – in the Otter Point area, one of the things that attracted me to it was its cozy Pacific Energy wood stove. Having never heated with wood in the past, it was a bit of a learning curve to figure it out. I learned that a modern woodContinue reading “Rural Living In Sooke: Heating With Wood”

Manufactured/Mobile Homes and CSA/Electrical Safety Stickers

In British Columbia, you cannot legally sell a manufactured/mobile home (sometimes known as a trailer) without either a CSA (Canadian Standards Association) or BC Electrical Safety Authority (BCESA) certification. When a trailer is manufactured in Canada, its manufacturer applies a decal, usually on the exterior near the front door, with its CSA number, and sometimesContinue reading “Manufactured/Mobile Homes and CSA/Electrical Safety Stickers”

Upcoming First Time Buyer Real Estate Seminar – Sooke, Victoria, BC

Is this the year you stop paying rent and start paying yourself? If you’re considering buying your first home in 2012, you should make sure that you join me on February 15th (Langford) or February 16th (Sooke) for a free and informative interactive seminar – Buying Your First Home. 

Rural Living In Sooke – Protect Your Well From Freezing

All this snowy weather got me to thinking – just because we live in one of the mildest climates in Canada, doesn’t make us immune from freezing temperatures every now and again. Where I live in the Otter Point area of Sooke, we have a well. We’re also several hundred metres above sea level andContinue reading “Rural Living In Sooke – Protect Your Well From Freezing”

Disputing Your 2012 BC Assessment Value

It’s the end of the first week of January, and by now you should have received your 2012 BC Assessment notice in the mail, or checked online to see what the provincial assessment authority values your property at. Most people simply open it, read it, and file it away with their other house documents. ItContinue reading “Disputing Your 2012 BC Assessment Value”

How Do Property Taxes Work, And When Are They Due In 2011?

First, the easy part: your 2011 property taxes are due July 4, 2011. If your property is in the District of Sooke, you can pay in myriad different ways. There is a drop box for your cheque at municipal hall, or you can visit and pay in person. You can pay in person or onlineContinue reading “How Do Property Taxes Work, And When Are They Due In 2011?”

What Does Net HST Included Mean?

  Here’s a question from a reader of the blog: I saw on a listing for a new house “Net HST Included.” What does this mean? New homes in British Columbia are subject to the HST of 12%. However, to lessen the impact, there is also a rebate from the Provincial government on a slidingContinue reading “What Does Net HST Included Mean?”

Foreclosure in BC – Part 3 – Closing and Possession

      The Court Approved Your Offer – Great! Now What? In Part 1, I went over how to pursue an offer on a foreclosure or court ordered sale. In Part 2, I detailed how things go down in court. In this post, I’ll go through the ups and downs of closing on aContinue reading “Foreclosure in BC – Part 3 – Closing and Possession”

Feb 15, 2011: Free Victoria Real Estate Seminar: Buying Your First Home

      Is this the year you buy your first home? There are plenty of great properties on the market, and prices are more attractive than in recent months. Interest rates are still low, but expected to rise this year. How much do you need and how can you save for a down payment?Continue reading “Feb 15, 2011: Free Victoria Real Estate Seminar: Buying Your First Home”