Nanaimo Real Estate Blog
With Thanksgiving only a few days away, I thought about old traditions that seem to continue each year, and thought about the importance of the pumpkin during the month of October. I find it ironic to think that we consume pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving as a holiday treat, and only a few weeks later, we carve faces and spooky cats into its flesh and stick it outside our home with a light inside. What other fruit or vegetable can you think of that is held indoors in reverence, only to be cast outside as a holiday ornament later that same month? I thought that I would do a little research into the beloved pumpkin and share it with you. Feel free to share these pumpkin tidbits with your friends and family during Thanksgiving dinner!
I thought that it might be of interest to release for our McCullough Team's own “Nanaimo Real Estate Awards” for our area. Have you ever wondered what the biggest house for sale is, or the smallest house for that matter? Our team has combed through the MLS carefully and thought that we would share some of our own “awards” that we have created with you. We hope that you enjoy these “Nanaimo Real Estate Awards” listed below! Maybe one might be perfect as your next home. AWARD FOR “CHEAPEST HOUSE CURRENTLY LISTED FOR SALE”: This 712 sq ft home doesn't get as much attention as the 1.22 acre lot it includes and the listing agent advertises the home as " as is, where is" and is listed for sale for $229,900 at 1559 Hill Avenue.
June Saruwatari, author of “Behind the Clutter” believes that there are many factors behind our rationale to keep those college text books from 1993, the sombrero that you bought in Mexico as a child, or the box of 102 CDs containing music that you already have downloaded onto your Iphone. Saruwatari says that we hang onto objects that we do not need based on hope. The dress that you wore to a friend’s wedding that no longer zips up is kept because you may hope that one day lose some weight and once again fit the dress (even though it may not even be in fashion now). We also can justify holding onto to “things” longer because we tell ourselves that we might one day use them again. The sombrero is a good example of this theory as it was brought to a Mexican-themed party after sitting gathering dust for 25+ years this summer, only to be so uncomfortable that no one at the party would wear it. We stash things in closets, totes, storage rooms and try to ignore that these items may no longer serve a purpose in our lives. We literally are paralyzed by fear or indecisiveness as to what the loss of this item might represent in our life – for no good reason.
Have you ever wondered what it must feel like to be a cat or dog when selling your home? In the mind of a cat, it might go something like this…I awaken to faces peering at me as I try and catch some much deserved rest after protecting the house from any rodents and other cats who are lurking near my house. These weird people talk about “resale value” and “updated” and how small my bedroom seems to them. As a cat, the room is sufficient and they are simply being greedy. They continue to natter back and forth. “Oh…don’t you just love the drapes – they would match our bedroom set”. They try to pet me (I am NOT a mid-morning pet kind of cat) and then try to figure out the background of my parents. Why does it matter if my mom was a manx and my dad was a calico?
“Tiny” and “micro” homes have garnered a lot of media attention, but “micro condos” are becoming a hot new trend as well. Our McCullough Team is marketing a new commercial and residential mix complex on Dufferin Road that offers a wide range of options for home owners and investors. The condos vary in size from a micro unit, 1 bedroom units and a 2 bedroom unit. Many buyers are a bit taken back when introduced to the notion of a 410 square foot condo that offers all of the amenities such as stainless steel appliances and stacking washer/dryer, with less space than a traditional condo. Micro condos are often referred to as “micro apartments”, bachelor condos. For big-city dwellers, smaller living spaces are very common. In San Francisco you can live in a condo as small as 220 square feet. In Vancouver, one developer is marketing a development of “nano-lofts” which will be between 175 and 275 square feet. To those homeowners, 410 square feet would seem extremely spacious! Why a micro-condo? Tiny homes and smaller living spaces seem to be a social movement in which people choose to downsize for a variety of reasons. Some believe that these types of homes create a smaller carbon footprint, while others want the financial freedom of owning a home, but not having a large mortgage to pay each month.
Many of us refer to Labour Day as “the weekend before kids return to school” and this is the case this year for BC families. The tradition of celebrating Labour Day weekend continues as many hotels on the island are already fully booked After Labour Day, trailers and boats are parked back beside houses and lakeside cottages are once again empty. However, most of us do not know the origin of the Labor Day and I thought that I would share it with you.
There are simply no words to aptly describe the shock and grief that I felt this past week as hateful demonstrations and attacks on innocent civilians throughout the world seemed to fill the news. I watched and listened to a president of a country equate racists who spewed hateful slogans while carrying torches and promising violence, to people who stood up against hate and preached tolerance. There are simply no words to explain how someone could possibly put blame onto "both sides". Because of the violent action of one of theses hatemongers, a young woman died and several other innocent people were seriously injured.
TOMORROW! Starlight Movie Night 2! Come watch a FREE outdoor playing of Disney's movie "Moana" tomorrow night under the meteor shower at Country Club parking lot. We are anticipating one of the brightest meteor showers ever seen that will be happening while we project Moana onto a 44' tall movie screen. Our McCullough Team is proud to be one of the sponsors for this event being hosted by Oceanvale Mortgage & Finance. Come early for the live entertainment (entry begins at 6:30PM) as we will be having "The Eggmen" playing and there will be lots of fun activities. Our McCullough Team will be offering FREE cotton candy for all of the kids as we are one of many proud sponsors of this event! We will have complimentary Pepsi products, freezies, popcorn, and some BBQ snacks for the kids prepared by Montana’s Cookhouse! Entry is FREE and starts at 6:30pm with the movie beginning at dusk – approximately 9:00pm this year. Every attendee gets a raffle ticket and we will be giving away prizes throughout the evening before the show starts.
I recently read an article on some other social media outlets what the worst jobs people have ever had. When I began asking friends and family what their horrible previous jobs have been, the responses were overwhelming and I could not resist sharing them with you. I truly love assisting clients with their real estate needs and am passionate about what I do, so being a realtor has never been something that I woke up regretting my choice of career or thought of as a “job”. However, some of the stories that were personally shared with me show that many people have not felt this way once or twice in their lifetime.
Did you like my headline? If you watch the news, you are likely inundated with so many mixed messages about the real estate market. One day, the news reports that foreign ownership is the villain behind a busier real estate market. The next day, a news headline announces that it is low interest rates and first time home buyers who are responsible for this seemingly out of control market. How do you make sense of such fear-filled news reports and filter out the sensationalized headlines in an effort to be an informed home seller or buyer? There are 5 critical steps in order to achieve a positive real estate result.