Real Estate Qualicum Beach Parksville & Area to Nanoose Bay Newsletter November 2012

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  • Parksville Qualicum Beach REALTOR®
  • Published: Nov 19th, 2012 at 4:25 pm




This newsletter focuses on home renovation. Sometimes we're quick to tear down and rebuild, however, it may make more sense to renovate a home. The BC government has incentives in place until March 1, 2013. These incentives are intended to encourage homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient. So far, the government hasn't said whether these financial incentives will be extended beyond the spring of 2013. For that reason, I thought it might be a good time to remind people about this.

LiveSmart BC Incentive

Energy Tips

Here is a presentation from a Green Building seminar that I recently attended, on making your home more energy efficient.

RDN Green Building Seminar

First-Time New Home Buyers' Bonus Details

The BC First-Time New Home Buyers' Bonus is a new measure designed to provide relief during the transition period back to the PST for families and individuals who are buying their first home. It will also help the residential construction industry by encouraging purchases of newly built homes.

The British Columbia First-Time New Home Buyers' Bonus

Return to PST

April 1, 2013 we see the end of the HST in BC. Here are the transitional guidelines.

Return to PST

Rooms For Improvement

At times, people consider renovating a home for a quick resale. Here are some useful points to consider in the buy and flip scenario. Tackling a fixer-upper can be a very rewarding experience, but it's not for everyone. Is it for you? To help you decide, below are some pros and cons of buying a house that needs work.

Rooms For Improvement

Sprucing Up Instead Of Trading Up

Vancouver Sun, Oct 27, 2012

This article is relevant regardless of where you live. With the housing market in a bit of a lull in Greater Vancouver but prices staying stubbornly high, people may be considering staying in their homes rather than moving. Staying put longer often means renovating - sprucing up the kitchen or bathroom, painting or redecorating, or even adding a basement suite.

Sprucing Up

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October 2012 Market Trends October 2012 Monthly Sales


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