Vancouver Island Real Estate News from TeamW - Rudi Widdershoven April 2013   

Hi Paul,

                      GRATITUDE CELEBRATION! 
                                 MAY 1st 11;00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
                                              at our home in Madrona Point
                              1478 Madrona Dr., Nanoose Bay

We are celebrating 30 years in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area!  We invite you to drop by for a coffee and nibbles or beer and a bun later in the day and reminisce about the past 30 years or plan for the next 30!

We are so grateful for this amazing community we call home, and we want to say Thank-you so much for your continued faith and support!

If you can let us know if you plan to stop in Trish would appreciate a potential heads up, however not critical, email team@teamw.ca

Thanks for checking out this month's newsletter.  Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments regarding the articles, or real estate in general -- it'd be great to hear from you!

Warmest Regards,
Rudi W.

In this issue...
Spring Home Maintenance Tips 
Spring has sprung so it's time to take a good look around your home in order to target some preventative maintenance jobs.  Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Inspect your attic and crawlspace for leaks and rodent or insect infestation.
  • Check seals around windows and doors and fix any damaged screens.
  • Check the paint work outside to see if there has been any winter damage.
  • Check and repair fences, posts, steps, decks, railings and outdoor furniture.
  • Clean your gutters and make sure downspouts drain away from your foundation. Please be careful if you go up on a ladder!
  • Get your roof and the condition of the flashings around your chimney and flue pipes inspected. Please hire someone to go on the roof, we aren't as young and agile as we used to be!

Your home is your biggest investment so it's important to perform regular maintenance tune-ups in order to keep it in tip-top shape.  If you set aside a couple of days now, you'll be able to sit back and enjoy the amazing weather that's right around the corner!

Stable Housing Market on Vancouver Island 
Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) sales summary data for March released by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) shows housing sales activity in the month of March continue with the trend of increased sales volume for 2013 over 2012.  The number of single family homes that sold in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area in March was 43, and increase of 7 sales or 19%.  To date 2013 is up 16% over the same 3 months of 2012.  The expectation is that with increased sales volumes we will see price stabilization.  For a review of the Graph Stats visit http://www.teamw-parksvillequalicumbeachrealestate.com/wp-content/uploads/Graphstats-Parksville-Qualicum-Beach-March.pdf

Activity in April continues to be promising as well.
“We've experienced increased levels of month over month activity through the first quarter of 2013 which should translate into increased unit sales as we move into the Spring,” explained VIREB President Gary Gray, “With stable pricing, reasonably strong inventory levels and historically low mortgage rates, buyers are realizing that this is a good time to buy a home.  As each area is unique it’s important to contact your local REALTOR® to better understand market conditions in your area.”

“We are returning to more normal levels of activity, and there seems to be some pent up demand in the marketplace,” said VIREB President-Elect Blair Herbert.  “The later part of March was very busy and it looks like April will show pretty strong statistically speaking.”

In terms of unit sales year to year there continued to be a wide disparity between the different zones last month.  The Port Alberni / West Coast region recorded a 20 per cent increase in unit sales while Campbell River unit sales were off 29 per cent compared to March 2012.  Parksville / Qualicum recorded a 19 per cent increase in unit sales on a year to year basis, Nanaimo sales were down 14 per cent, Cowichan Valley sales declined seven per cent while the Comox Valley’s sales activity was down six per cent from a year ago.

If you would like more detailed statistics for specific areas or different styles of real estate contact me and I would be glad to provide and discuss.

Beware of Buyer Turnoffs! To dos, to help your home sell! 
When you put your home on the market, you want it to appeal to a large cross section of buyers in order to create a frenzy of activity!

Buying a home is such an emotional decision that even a seemingly small issue can create a bad impression that will turn a buyer off.  Here are six home buyer turn offs you need to be aware of:

Go Away! - Make yourself scarce during showings as nothing turns buyers off more than a stalking seller.

Fido & Fluffy - Pets and their associated smells and mess will put many buyers off.  Make sure odours are gone! Put away pet dishes, toys, beds, etc. before a showing, and if possible, get the animals away from home.

Killer Clutter - Buyers want to imagine themselves living in your home but most can’t look past other people's clutter.  This includes spaces behind closed doors such as closets and cupboards.

Problems Down Below - You want to show that your unfinished basement has potential so investigate any signs of moisture and paint the floor white as it'll give it a much roomier feel.

Forgo the Fish Fry - It's best not to cook fish or spicy foods while your home's on the market.  Air your home out by opening the windows rather than covering smells with artificial scents.

Grubby Grout - It's imperative your entire home is thoroughly cleaned including the inside of the microwave, stove and fridge.  Neglected personal spaces like bathrooms will have them running for the door!
When you sell your home, it's important to get the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time.  Sometimes the best way to do that is by taking care of the small stuff.  It's definitely worth the effort and the good news is that depersonalising, decluttering and thoroughly cleaning your home doesn't cost a fortune.

Provincial Election May 14th!! 
Please remember to exercise you civic duty and vote on May 14th or before, there are advance polls and you can even mail in your vote!

We belive it is critical for the Province to to be strong and consistent in order to maintain the economic recovery.

No Vote, No Voice!  You can find details about the election, the cadidates, and how to vote on elections bc website at 
http://elections.bc.ca/ge2013 .  

 You can register to vote if you:
  • are a Canadian citizen
  • are at least 18 years old, and
  • have lived in B.C. for the past six months.

*All voters must prove their identity and residential address in order to receive a ballot or to register when they go to vote. A list of acceptable forms of identification can be found on the website.  The election turn out has been awful in the last few elections with less than 52 % of eligable voters voting in the last provincial election, so we encourage you to please vote and have your voice heard.



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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