How much are you willing to do for your kids?

How much are you willing to do for your kids?

“Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.” – Plato Are you a helicopter parent or a lawn mower parent?  Believe it or not, these are actual terms to describe child raising these days.  When I was a kid, parents didn’t help you with your homework.  Instead, they watched over you […]

The Strange & Bizarre Reality of Real Estate

The Strange & Bizarre Reality of Real Estate

“It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” –Thomas Sowell Real estate seems simple and straight forward to most people, but there is definitely another side that borders on the strange and hard to believe. Sometimes you have ask yourself what people were thinking… One eccentric individual was Paul Phillips, […]

Real Estate Ads & Glimpse Into the Past

Real Estate Ads & Glimpse Into the Past

“HOME is where the heart is, but today, the PHONE is where the Heart is!” – Rachitha Cabral Every once in a while, friends and associates will send me old photos of individuals in the real estate industry (which includes myself which I am embarrassed to admit).  It is interesting to see how we all have changed, […]

Lantzville’s Fascinating History

Lantzville’s Fascinating History

“Without the coal Lantzville wouldn’t be here. We’d be just a bunch of farming communities.” – Lynn Reeve   Lantzville is located just north of Nanaimo, but we often don’t discuss the interesting history of this area.  Did you know that Lantzville was originally part of Nanoose and was widely known as Grant’s Mine?  According to […]

Tale of a New Neighbour From Hell

Tale of a New Neighbour From Hell

Having a new neighbour move into the home beside you an be a very stressful situation.  Do they have children?  Do they party?  Will they cut their grass or do they view dandelions as a natural landscaping alternative?  I recall driving past a home in Nanaimo that had sold and it looked very impressive from […]

Peasants, Breakfast Cereal & Sanitariums

Peasants, Breakfast Cereal & Sanitariums

Real estate is a result of a transformation of our society.  The earliest records of real estate date back to the first monarchies whereby royal families shared their wealth to increase their power, by signing away titles and deeds to lands to their powerful friends, allowing the holder to collect rent (I know the original […]

The “Butterfly Effect” in Real Estate

The “Butterfly Effect” in Real Estate

The “Butterfly Effect” In Real Estate “Never underestimate the power of a butterfly’s wing.” – Brian McCullough Monarch butterflies are considered some of the most beautiful creatures in the world, with their large size and vibrant orange, black and white markings.  Each Fall, Monarch butterflies travel from southern California to Mexico, and then in the spring, they […]

The Beauty of Nanaimo – Behind the Scenes & Stories

The Beauty of Nanaimo – Behind the Scenes & Stories

  With the upcoming election in Nanaimo, residents have become passionate about their vision for the future of our city.  Nanaimo’s growth has not been without some bumps along the way, but its resiliency is something no one can argue.  Why do I love Nanaimo?  Each day that Myles and I have the opportunity to help a […]

What Your Property Assessment Really Means.

What Your Property Assessment Really Means.

What Your Property Assessment Really Means. “If you would like to know the value of money, try to borrow some.”  – Benjamin Franklin Well…it seems that we have barely survived the massive windstorm a few weeks ago that left many Nanaimo residents without power for days, and now we have just received the dreaded envelope from BC […]