The Nanaimo Real Estate Blog

***spoiler alert - PIZZA is involved!***

Your decision is final – you’ve narrowed down your list of potential homes, and you’ll be moving soon. So how do you plan the move and break the news to your kids?

Whether you’re moving up the street, or relocating to another province, there’s no doubt that moving is a momentous life change. Although some stress during a move can be inevitable, here are our suggestions to help reduce the amount of anxiety associated with the move.

The Doan family during their move

Order Pizza – Call a family meeting and gather around the kitchen table to inform your kids of your moving plans. Encourage them to ask questions and express their feelings about the move. After all, better out than in, right? This gives

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October statistics just released from the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) demonstrate that home sale prices continue to rise. 

The benchmark price of a single-family home in the VIREB area was 393,700 in October 2016, up 16% from this time in 2015, with Nanaimo averaging an increase of 19%! Apartments rose in price approximately 18% across the board, and townhomes saw an increase of about 12% in the VIREB area.

What is contributing to these increases? BCREA's Chief Economist, Cameron Muir attributes a few factors; population growth being one (with over 8,000 people migrating to B.C. from other parts of Canada in the second quarter of this year!) B.C.'s GDP and employment growth having been above 3% for three years with GDP tracking at

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If you're even thinking of becoming a landlord, this article is a must-read! It's no secret that the Vancouver Island housing market continues to be affordable compared to the Lower Mainland and Victoria - and as a result, we're seeing savvy investors (both local and out-of-town) wisely snapping up investment properties in the Nanaimo area. 

We've shared this article from with you below. if you're even thinking of becoming a landlord, it's worth a read!

How to Become a Landlord - Do you have what it takes?

Cathie Ericson, 

In today’s hot housing market, rents are on the rise, which may have you wondering whether it’s time to consider becoming a landlord. After all, who doesn’t like the idea of raking in rent checks

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It’s considered common knowledge that the best time to sell your home is in spring. However, what many don’t realize, is that early-mid fall is considered by experts to be the second best time to put your home on the market.

Here are some of your direct advantages to listing your Nanaimo home this fall. 

Less Competition: In fall, we see far less competition from other sellers. Having less inventory on the market provides less choice for buyers; giving you the opportunity to have a quicker, profitable, and relaxed sale! 

Motivated Buyers: Our fall buyers are motivated. Busy with back to school and work schedules, they don’t have time to waste. Needless to say, they’re much less likely to waste yours! As well, they feel time ticking with the

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Buy Real Estate with No Money Down! Is this a true statement? Yes, it is!

Just recently, I was sitting and listening to a speaker at a Keyspire convention in Toronto. They were talking about Joint Venture partnerships, talking about how everyone has assets. Someone's asset might be time, experience and management abilities, another might be construction, or of course, finances. 

Now, this isn't new news to me. I've learned it over and over at Real Estate Action Group meetings in Vancouver, but have never truly taken action.

I'm sitting there thinking... "Hey! I have an asset! I have loads of experience being a landlord, and I have plenty of knowledge and experience working with several investors. Why not me? I could build an empire of Real Estate

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by Chris Bush - Nanaimo News Bulletin
posted Jul 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Secondary suites are now the norm, not the exception, in new home construction as Nanaimo’s building boom continues through 2016.

The city recently reported a year-to-date figure of nearly $100 million in new construction permits taken out for the first half of 2016, a 12-per cent jump over the same period last year.

The dollar values of individual construction permits and their combined yearly totals have been rising since 2013.

Year-to-date residential single family dwelling permits account for more than $52 million, compared with just over $46 million for 2015, in spite of a slightly fewer single-family home starts: 156 this year versus 161 in 2015.

“Part of that is due

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The thought of selling your home over the winter doesn’t have to dampen your holiday spirit! In fact, there are many advantages to selling this time of year – and especially in Nanaimo right now, when we currently find ourselves in a sellers market. Our inventory is very low, and the majority of buyers are motivated, qualified - and plentiful. 

According to the just-released statistics package from The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board…

“November sales activity in the VIREB area dipped slightly from October, but rose significantly from one year ago, with the board on target to reach its forecasted sales for 2015. Last month, 351 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) compared to 299 in November 2014, an increase of 17

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We were asked to contribute a guest blog post for Alair Homes in Nanaimo on the most crucial rooms to consider while building. Read our guest blog post as featured on their website below: 

As a leading custom home builder, Alair Homes Nanaimo is always tapped into the Nanaimo community and stays on the cusp of the latest trends in home building. Homes are also investment pieces, so we asked Karen Ayou to give us her opinion on what rooms should be carefully considered when building a custom home to best maximize your return. Karen Ayou is a second generation Realtor living in Nanaimo on beautiful Vancouver Island, and her keen passion for investment drives her to find the best properties for her clients.

Building your own home will be one of the

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As a leading custom home builder, Alair Homes Nanaimo is always tapped into the Nanaimo community and stays on the cusp of the latest trends in home building. Homes are also investment pieces, so we thought we would ask these local experts for their input on realtor involvement when building a custom home.

Realtor involvement can be highly advantageous to the new homeowner custom building their own home, so it is important to look into your options. There are several factors that make it beneficial to have a realtor included in the process, but the overriding reason is that a realtor would be a very knowledgeable person to have on your side, representing your best interests from start to finish.

Photo via Alair Homes

Benefits to realtor

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Sales in the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) area continued to rise in May, contributing to the strongest spring market since 2007! 

Cameron Muir, British Columbia Real Estate Association’s Chief Economist, declared that the demand for housing is on an upward trajectory throughout BC (with the exception of Northern BC) and that Canadians are out spending in a big way – demonstrating high consumer confidence. 

Local Real Estate Stats of Interest via VIREB

  • The benchmark price for a single-family home in the VIREB area in May 2015 increased about 5% from 2014, averaging about $332,600.

  • A single-family home's benchmark price is Nanaimo during May 2015 rose 3.90 per cent to 351,600.

  • Unit sales of single-family

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