Comox Valley Real Estate News Blog

Oct. 13, 2021

14 Fall Decor Ideas To Make Your Home or Income Property a Seasonal Escape!

 

It's getting into that time of year again! Fall! Leave changing, weather cooling, and days are getting shorter. 

 

Check out these great tips to cozy up up your home or rental for this season! 

 

SURPRISE GUEST WITH MORE BLANKETS 

A little extra cozy blanket in the room or on the bed as a throw never hurts! 

 

PATTERNS

Pumpkins don't always have to be orange. Buy some white pumpkins and use decoupage techniques to get them to match your home interior! 

 

USE TABLE CLOTHS

Get some lovely flannel table covers and cloths to spruce up your dining space this fall season. 

 

USE DISPLAY GOURDS IN YOUR KITCHEN

Use gourds for kitchen displays. Swap your suit bowl for a gourd bowl. 

 

ADD THROW PILLOWS 

Add some lovely flannel throw pillows wherever butts may be planted! 

 

FALL FLOWER DISPLAYS

Use those warm fall flowers as displays wherever you see as fit in your home! 

 

HANG WREATHS

Above mantles, or windows or doors. Wherever you see fit! But try not to overdo it. 

 

 DECK OUT THE FRONT DOOR 

Deck it out with nice fall decor like mums, on pumpkins, and fall foliage. 

 

ADD FOLIAGE TO PUMPKINS 

Add foliage to pumpkins instead of carving pumpkins. Make for beautiful decor. 

 

COZY UP WITH THROWS 

Throws everywhere! Everyone likes to be able to grab a blank and cozy up wherever convenient. 

 

MAKE TREE BRANCH COASTERS 

Find a tree branch that's fallen or been chopped and make some natural wood coasters! 

 

MAKE A COZY OUTDOOR SPACE

Whether it's the patio or a fire pit, cozy it up for those cool nights with blankets, cautions, throw pillows! 

 

HANG SEASONAL PLANTS 

Why not hang them instead of displaying them from the ground? 

 

CHUNKY KNITS

Yes, get those chunky knits out! They never seem to go out of style and certainly will not be out of style this year! 

 

Fall is such a fun time of year, so embrace it!! Enjoy the colours, the cool air and the sunshine! Have fun with decor and embrace all the fun and family time it can bring! 

Posted in Home Tips
Oct. 7, 2021

21 Factors That Affect Your Home Value!

 

Do you want to make sure you are getting top dollar for the sale of your home? Or maybe you are looking to buy a home that needs little to no work and will have a fantastic return on investment as it! Here are a couple of things to look for when upgrading or buying a home today! 

 

#1 Curb Appeal 

 You have probably heard this one before, but we will repeat it. Curb appeal really matters! Spending a little bit of extra cheddar on your landscaping can go a long way to get top dollar for your home. Be sure to invest in some beautiful perennials, and be sure to weed the garden before the photographer is arranged to come! 

 

#2 Energy Efficiency 

 Being on Vancouver Island in the beautiful Comox Valley, we are blessed with the weather we get throughout the year. As a result, we require minimal heating and cooling compared to many of our neighbouring provinces. However, when we do need heating and A/C, is it best when it is efficient. Replace your baseboard heaters with a high-efficiency central air system that heats and cools. It goes a long way when buying and selling! 

 

#3 Local Food & Beverage Amenities 

Yes, that's right, the local scene will affect the value of your home! Do you live near dive bars or five stars? It can affect the value of your home based on the judgement of what kind of neighbourhood it's in.

 

#4 Internet Access

Since the global pandemic in 2020, this factor has become more critical than ever before. People need to have access to 24/7 high-speed internet. So, what kind of internet setup can be crucial to some buyers. 

 

#5 Home Office Space

Internet and home office space goes a bit hand in hand. With the crazy new demand for home office spaces, don't be afraid to stage a spare room as a home office to show potential buyers the opportunity to see its functionality in your area. 

 

#6 Schools 

 Did you know parents are willing to spend larger than the budgeted amount to ensure their children will be in a good area or the required area for top schools? This alone can be a huge seller's advantage and buyer's advantage in the future for their investment. 

 

#7 Water Front or Walking Distance 

As we get closer to the water, the more a value of a home increases. In the Comox Valley, we are surrounded by beautiful beaches and lakes, allowing for many options when buying and selling. 

 

#8 Community & Culture 

Living close to sports centers, the downtown, parks, community centers, etc., can significantly affect the price! Community matters and what communities offer are essential to people in a community. So, the culture will make a massive difference in the value of the communities you are starting your home search in. 

#9 Weeds

Weeds can significantly decrease the value of your home. In short, the more work someone else has to do when moving in, the less valuable your home is. On the other hand, spending an afternoon weeding before the photographer comes can add a lot of value to your house quickly. 

 

#10 Unpleasant History & Crime

Bad history such as murders, robberies, and hauntings can put a buyer off purchasing. A high amount of crime in a neighbourhood can too. 

 

#11 Security Systems 

Due to #10, security systems add lots of value to your home! Whether you are on a pleasant side of town or not-so-friendly side of town, buyers always appreciate feeling safe in their new home, and sellers can have the peace of mind that someone is willing to pay more for a security system. 

 

#12 Nuisance Neighbours 

 Yes, your noisy, messy, loud neighbours can significantly affect the value of your home, especially during a showing. 

 

#13 Air & Noise Pollution 

Busy streets, railways, and airports can add noise and unwanted air pollution, lowering your home's value. 

 

#14 Improvements Without Permission 

"Improvements" made to the property without the town's permission can actually be hindering instead of helping! Make sure sellers; you are getting permits and all the documentation in doing so to add value to your home. No paperwork = a lot less money. Buyers, make sure to ask for the paperwork before you end up on the line for the previous owner's neglect. 

 

#15 Niche Improvements 

 Niche improvements such as a gothic theme, or a superman cave, or a 70's throwback, can significantly affect the sale of a home and its asking price! Therefore, it is essential to stay current with home trends and ensure you are styling your home so that others will find it attractive when buying and that you love. 

 

#16 Structural or Water Damage 

Cracks, leaks and any other structural damage on a property can put buyers off from buying.

 

#17 Poor Property Maintenance and Clutter 

Ever heard someone decides whether they like you or not in the first 10 seconds of meeting you? It's the same with a house and takes about 10 seconds for someone to decide whether they like the look of your home. If it is dirty, full of mess, has bad smells, has too many personal items, and is poorly maintained, it can very quickly put a buyer off. 

 

#18 Demographics 

 The types of buyers currently in or interested in a neighbourhood can affect the selling price. 

 

#19 Street Trees 

 Let's be honest; we all love a nicely landscaped neighbourhood with lovely trees. It definitely helps with neighbourhood appeal. 

 

#20 Public Transport & Bike Access 

 Public transport can be a significant determining factor in house purchase. So can the ability to ride a bike around town. 

 

 

#21 Storage Space

Storage is huge. Being able to store things efficiently can be a huge selling point in a home. Pay the extra little bit for closet organizers, pantry organization, laundry room shelves, and the home's value will go way up! If you can't visually see how a storage space can be organized, hire a professional organizer! They will get the job done right! Or Pinterest, because who doesn't love a good DIY. 

 

 

 

There are many more factors that can affect the value of your home. But don't stress!!! Each buyer is different, and something on this list that may matter a lot to you may not to someone else! During your homeownership time, it is crucial to understand how to preserve and grow your home value, but don't go overboard. Not everything on this list matters to everyone. Pick five that you can make a change in and make it happen before listing your home. The value-added will be beyond worth it! 

Posted in Home Tips
Sept. 29, 2021

5 Ways To Make Your Home Office Space Work! (Even If It’s Not an Office!)

In today’s day and age, there is a lot of us who are working from home, and not all of us are fortunate enough to have a new room to dedicate to an office space. Here are some tips to make your any-space a decent home office space! 

 

  1. Lighting

    Lighting is really important in a home office space. For more reasons than one. It can greatly affect your mood and attitude in your working environment, it can affect how productive you are, how much people trust you and how “professional” it makes you look on a zoom call, etc. There is a lot that light alone can affect! So if you are in a dark space, get on Amazon and buy a ring or studio light to go behind your laptop or desktop so customers and employers can see you better! Get some night lighting for around you as well! Or if you do have natural light, make sure you are facing it. It will improve your mood and light up your work meeting! Literally!!!

  2. Commit To Your Space

    Don’t move office spaces every day. Pick one, make it functional, have an easy setup/tear down (if needed). Committing to your space ensures proper lighting, proper working routine (mentally and physically), comfortable seating, etc. It is better for your mental well-being to be in a similar “working” spot daily.

  3. Declutter & Re-organize

    Yes that’s right, you’ve probably thought it, but here is your sign to ACTUALLY do it! Get rid of all that sh*t you don’t need. All those silly papers you’ve been holding onto. All those stray pens put them in a decorative cup. Tape all your cords down. Etc, etc, etc. You will feel so much better, and your day will be so much more productive!

  4. Check What Your Background Looks Like

    Those dirty wine glasses and the bowl of dog food behind you takes away from your professionalism in team meetings or when dealing with clients. Make sure what’s behind you is not a big bright window (because people won’t be able to see you), and that it is nicely staged! Pinterest can be your absolute best friend when looking at home office staging. Get some pin-spo-ration for your home office space today!

  5. Set Up Your Space… for You!

    When we all used to work at offices, our meetings and workspaces were always set up with the client primarily in mind. Now you have the chance to cater it to you! Set up some scented candles or some aromatherapy, to create an enjoyable workspace for yourself! Have your soda stream nearby with your favourite flavouring, and your favourite coffee pre-ground and ready to go! Get a piece of art you don’t mind staring at behind your computer all day and invest in a comfortable chair! Get some mood-lifting greengage nearby, you do you and build your happiest home office space. 

 

The moral of the story, make our space comfortable, functional, and personal! Have fun with it and enjoy making a space your own with no one to tell you what you can and can’t do! Only what you should do! 

Posted in Home Tips
Sept. 22, 2021

How To Actually Afford to Buy a Home in Canada

Buying a home today faces new challenges than ever before. Housing prices are higher than ever, living costs are crazy, and rentals payments are as large as mortgage payments nowadays. 

So how does one afford to buy a home? 

 

Here is what you need to know about actually affording a home in Canada today. 

 

What Are Your Options? 

 

First thing is first. You need to find out from a mortgage professional what you can afford. Don't ballpark it, don't guesstimate, get pre-approved. This will determine whether or not a lender will consider you as a potential lendee because they may not depend on several of your financial factors. 

 

If you are a first-time homebuyer, there are many other options for you. So make sure the first thing you do is talk to a mortgage professional and a realtor to help get you on the right path. 

 

 

What's Your Credit Score?

 

Yes, your credit score affects what you get a mortgage for and the rate you can get. Talk to a professional on how to keep your credit score high. Talk to a professional about what you can do personally to raise your score. 

 

 

 

Make Enough Money to Save

 

Making enough to save for a home can be difficult. After all the expenses, and let's be honest, some funny money, it isn't easy to have room to save unless you are a two-income home. With high living expenses, too, it can make it even more challenging. 

For saving tips and our first-time homebuyer guide, please email us at brycehansenremax@gmail.com for your free guide. 

Ensure you have enough saved up for closing costs, the down payment, and six months' living expenses before buying a home. 

 

 

 

20% is Not Necessary 

 

"Brain Blows Up"… What? Really? Yes really. Although it is preferred, it is not required. When you do not put above 20% down, you do end up paying mortgage insurance. Witch is something you may need to do in order to get into the market. Once you are in the market, it only becomes easier. So if you need to pay a bit extra for mortgage insurance, so be it. 

 

 

 

Know Your Needs and Deal Breakers, But Remain Adaptable 

 

You may need to downsize, and you may need to locate further away from work and commute, you may need to move closer to the south side of town, etc. Know what your boundaries are and where you might be accepting to save a buck or two. 

All in all, be flexible. You might not get exactly what you want, but you can always work for it. 

 

 

As mentioned above, buying a home today, whether you are already in the market or not, can be challenging. Talk to your realtor or moorage professional to make plans to work towards your dream home or even just a home to meet your financial needs. 

Posted in Buying a Home
Sept. 15, 2021

How to Save & Plan for Renovations

 

Renovations are a great way to add value to your home and let's be real - who doesn’t want a shiny new kitchen?

 

But when it comes to home improvements, they can be pricy… 

 

Here is what you need to know about saving and planning for home renovations.

 

Every home project will almost always cost you more than you thought and take longer than you thought. So always keep that in mind and budget accordingly. A great way of planning for a home renovation is to take 10%-15% of whatever the total of your renovation is and add that into the budget.