Why Remembrance Day Matters More Than Ever Today…100 Years Later

Why Remembrance Day Matters More Than Ever Today…100 Years Later

Why Remembrance Day Matters More Than Ever Today…100 Years Later “Remembering is painful, it’s difficult, but it can be inspiring and it can give wisdom.”  ― Shannon L. Alder This Remembrance Day will mark 100 years since the official end of World War I, and yet its importance seems more profound than ever before.  War and human suffering continues […]

Landlord Named “Mario” Becomes Video Game Hero

Landlord Named “Mario” Becomes Video Game Hero

How a Landlord Became “Mario” – The Computer Game Character “You can’t pay a landlord in dogma.” – Jodi Picoult With all of the political stories and global tragedies recently making headlines, I thought that it might be fun to share a story about the lighter side of real estate that you can share with your children […]

No Excuse to NOT Vote in Our Civic Election

No Excuse to NOT Vote in Our Civic Election

No Excuse to NOT Vote in Our Civic Election “Bad Politicians Are Elected By Good People Who Don’t Vote” – William Simon Less than 35% of Nanaimo residents voted in the last civic election.   Why are we so apathetic when it comes to municipal politics?  It would seem that Nanaimo is quickly understanding the importance […]

Should You Be Married Before You Own Real Estate?

Should You Be Married Before You Own Real Estate?

Should You Be Married Before You Own Real Estate? “There is something permanent, and something extremely profound, in owning a home.” – Kenny Guinn It is funny how quickly reports and predictions in the media seem to replace a transition to a more balanced real estate market as being a “real estate crash”.  You don’t need to […]

Thanksgiving: A Time To Remember Those Who Are Missed

Thanksgiving: A Time To Remember Those Who Are Missed

Thanksgiving: A Time To Remember Those Who Are Missed  “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ―Marcel Proust Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and celebrate quality time with family and friends.  It is also a moment when we can stop, breathe […]

BUYERS: “Cognitive Bias” That Can Break You in Real Estate

BUYERS: “Cognitive Bias” That Can Break You in Real Estate

BUYERS: “Cognitive Bias” That Can Break You in Real Estate “The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie.” ― Shannon L. Alder There is actually a term to describe the “condition” that many misinformed home buyers can experience that is […]

Smallest House for Sale in Nanaimo & Trump

Smallest House for Sale in Nanaimo & Trump

Smallest House for Sale in Nanaimo …and yes, Donald Trump is still President of the United States “The beauty of me is that I’m very rich.” ― Donald Trump Some of you may recall that I ran a similar headline when Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in 2017.  This article resulted in MORE […]

CAUTIONARY TALE: Do You Know Your Household Debt?

CAUTIONARY TALE: Do You Know Your Household Debt?

CAUTIONARY TALE: Do You Know Your Household Debt? “You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.”  ― Dave Ramsey Canadians have been able to avoid a record high household debt largely due to the increased home values seen across many parts of Canada.  According to the Bank of Canada, for every […]

Home Design Trends That Won’t Last in 2018

Home Design Trends That Won’t Last in 2018

Home Design Trends That Won’t Last in 2018 “For a house to be successful, the objects in it must communicate with one another, respond and balance one another.” – Andre Putman   There are a lot of home design trends in 2018 that are already declining in popularity.  Earlier this year, velvet furniture, two-tone cabinets, open shelving and […]

How the Recession Gave Birth to the “McModern” Home

How the Recession Gave Birth to the “McModern” Home “It is the indulgent, inefficient, and architecturally botched nature of the McMansion that lies beneath the sleek surface of the McModern.” – Kate Wagner Real estate has represented the American dream for generations, as human nature and the desire for property as a notion of success […]