Vancouver Island Real Estate News from Rudi Widdershoven - teamW August 2012   

Hi Paul,

We hope you are enjoying the great summer weather, my goodness we live in 'paradise'.  No lack of events to partake in let alone boating, kayaking, fishing, golfing, sandcastle building, cycling or beach activity that we are able to enjoy right at home - why go anywhere else?  We have been in the ocean swimming several times since May.

This month we have decided to share information on health care planning that we have learned about recently and feel that everyone should at least be aware of.  I have actually completed the exercise and have shared the results with my family.  The information is so important that it encompasses the majority of this edition and actually makes this edition longer than normal.  We encourage you to take the time and review the information.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Thanks so much for checking out this month's newsletter and please contact us if you have any questions in regards to the content or real estate in general.

Warmest Regards,
Rudi W.

In this issue...
Parksville - Qualicum Beach Real Estate Update 

Activity in the local real estate market continues to get a little stronger as the year progresses.  Though overall single family sales are down 16% from the same time frame in 2011 it is much better than the 30% earlier this year.

It remains a great time to move up or invest in real estate as there are some great opportunities.  Mortgage rates continue to be at record lows and there is great selction to choose from.  With selection and fewer sales there are lots of some great options for you to choose from.

Give us a call to discuss what possibilities there may be for you or if you know of anyone who would like to explore their opportunities.


Advance Health Care Planning 
Have you ever seen the show Saving Hope?  Trish and I watch it on occasion and ask ourselves what medical care would we like to have / or not have under certain circumstances.  We have recently been made aware of new regulations by the BC Government put into effect September 2011 in regards to health planning and designating representative(s) that can make decisions for you when you are incapable.  It is important for everyone to be aware of the opportunities and to do your planning.  It is not only for those of us that are getting older but for everyone, regardless of our health or age, as we never know what may happen to us.  We personally know that under certain circumstances we may not wish to have life support put into effect.  I have completed the exercise and even though one of our family members would not make the same choice they have a clear picture as to my wishes and have stated they will ensure that ‘my’ wishes are carried out.  This also gave us the opportunity to have a frank discussion between ourselves and our family.


The following is an excerpt from the Introduction of “My Voice, Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment, Advance Care Planning Guide”:

“Having a voice in decisions about your health care treatment is important.  There may come a time when, due to illness or injury, you are incapable of expressing your treatment wishes to health care providers.  By planning in advance, you can be sure that your family, friends and / or health care providers know your wishes, and can ensure these wishes are followed.

 

New incapacity (or personal) planning legislation came into force in B.C. on September 1, 2011, providing adults with more options for expressing their wishes about future health care decisions.  The legislation allows capable adults to put plans into place that outline the health care treatments they consent to or refuse based on their beliefs, values and wishes.  If no decision / plan is in place, B.C.’s health care consent legislation gives regulated health care providers specific direction regarding who they must choose to make decisions on a person’s behalf.

 

This guide and workbook pages in the second half of this booklet will help you complete an advance care plan that outlines your wishes about health care decisions in the event you are unable to do so.  It will help you consider what is important to you, help you document your beliefs and wishes, and help you develop the advance care plan that best suits you.”


The guide / work book, called My Voice, can be found on the internet at:
http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2012/MyVoice-AdvanceCarePlanningGuide.pdf

The guide will explain all of your options and includes the applicable forms.  Some of the options are:

1)  designate a representative(s) that can make health decisions on your behalf but does not include life support decisions;

2)  designate a representative(s) that can make health decisions on your behalf including life support decisions;

3)  your own Advance Directive where you can document specific actions you want taken, or actions you don’t want taken, when you are unable to make decisions;

The below is taken from the following web site: http://www.seniorsbc.ca/features/livingwill_acp.html

If you created a ‘living will’ or another type of advance care planning document in B.C. prior to September 1, 2011, the document may be deemed a valid Advance Directive ONLY if it meets all of the requirements for Advance Directives as set out in the updated Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act. If the document you created prior to September 1, 2011, is not deemed an Advance Directive in B.C., it may still be used as your basic advance care plan with an expression of your wishes to inform your substitute decision maker if they are asked to make a health care decision for you.
Another resource site that Trish found helpful is: http://www.dyingwithdignity.ca/

This is also an great opportunity to discuss whether organ donation is something you want to do.

We encourage everyone to review the process and options and then complete the appropriate documents for you.

Thinking Big & Living Large 

Living in a small space may be practical but you still want your home to appear as large as possible.  The following tips will help transform your cramped quarters into something much more spacious:

  1. Cut a Rug - Avoid area rugs as using the same type of flooring throughout adjoining rooms creates a feeling of spaciousness.

  2. Is That a Door In Your Pocket? - Installing pocket doors is an easy and inexpensive way to create loads of extra useable space.

  3. Mirror Mirror - Strategically place mirrors throughout your home for the illusion of added space and also to reflect light to adjoining rooms.

  4. 'Tis the Season - Divide your clutter into seasons.  By displaying just one box each season, you’ll reduce clutter, change scenery and keep every last item that you can't bear to part with.

  5. Hide & Seek - Maximize every bit of hidden space you have such as using shelving pockets on the backs of doors or bed risers for that all important under the bed storage.

  6. Open Up - Arrange your furniture so you can see as much of the floor as possible.  Moving furniture away from entrances will make a space appear larger as rooms with blocked views can feel cramped.

  7. Lighten Up - Painting walls a soft shade and the ceiling bright white will give the illusion of added height.  Letting in plenty of natural sunlight also helps a space appear larger so keep window areas clear of heavy drapes.

Whether you're getting ready to put your home on the market or you just want to create more space for yourself, the easy and inexpensive tips above will help give you a bit more breathing room.  By thinking big and getting creative, you can comfortably live large in even the smallest of spaces.
P.S.  Trish is an accredited staging professional and would be happy to give you a hand!



PS Oh by the way, I am never too busy for any of your introductions.  If you know of anyone that may benefit from my help please contact me with their name and number and let them know that I will be in touch.  I would be priveleged to assist them!

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