Perfect day for a hike

I have been planning to hike both Mt Tuam trails for a while and since I had to drive my son to work for 8am I thought today would be the day.  The weather this winter has been so mild that I knew there would be little to no snow up on top of Mt Tuam.  Here is the trail map I downloaded for the trip;  Mt Tuam.  By the time I found the trail head it was 9am.  Glad I left home early, with one little … [Read more...]

Unsubdivide-able land On Salt Spring

Last year there was a group of cabins for sale on the Salt Spring MLS.   Some of you might remember them.  I was just shocked when they were first listed.  I sent a letter to the managing broker of the company that had them listed and explained the land is in the ALR and that what they were doing was actually leasing the buildings without and interest in the land.  They changed their listing info … [Read more...]

Salt Spring’s new SSIWPA PAC

If you live on Salt Spring you have to get used to all the acronyms.  If you have not heard of SSIWPA it's because it's new.   SSIWPA stands for Salt Spring Island WaterShed Protection Authority.  Today  was the first meeting of the SSIWPA PAC (Public Advisory Committee). The ideal behind SSIWPA is that it will coordinate gov agencies in the protection of the watershed and lakes of Salt … [Read more...]

Salt Spring Riparian Area bylaw

RIPARIAN AREAS RAR Salt Spring Island DPA 7 This is the second go around for this land use bylaw. The first time it was proposed as an island wide bylaw covering most of the watersheds. There was a massive push back from the residents of Salt Spring. This time around the Island Trust has mapped all of the steams/creaks/lakes. Here is the map that of the island with the new DPA 7 (Development … [Read more...]

Salt Spring local election news

Salt Spring will be having a local election on the 15 of November 2014.  There will be 2 trustees for the island trust elected and one CRD director.   If you would like to know the lay out of local government here is an excellent organization chart. Salt Spring Island Local Governance  Basically the Island Trust does local zoning and land use via bylaws and the CRD handles water, sewer and … [Read more...]

Salt Spring Island CEDC

Tonight the Salt Spring Island CEDC (Community Economic Development Commission), which is a sub committee of the CRD (Capitol Regional District),  put on an information night on what they have been doing for the last 3 years or so.  This pdf will explain local Salt Spring local government organizations; Salt Spring Island Local Governance Below is a recording of the main presentation.  The first … [Read more...]

What to do?

As lots of you know I like to find out about ever thing pertaining to Salt Spring real estate. Especially if it's for sale. I have been working on putting up a few new web site pages up on some of the various developments on Salt Spring over the last few weeks. Maybe you have checked out one of the pages like this one Bishops Walk Salt Spring. What I have been doing is visiting the developments … [Read more...]

I took the day off

It was so nice to get a day off.  No cell phone (I did have my tablet with maps loaded), no text not even an email.  I went exploring. Out for a hike on Salt Spring Island. It was a no trail off track ramble.  I have wanted to go and check out the rock grinder of Salt Spring.  It's the spot were the 60 million year old Nanaimo glacial till (cretaceous) meets the 200 million year old … [Read more...]

Buying a new Salt Spring home

It's not as if there are hundreds of new Salt Spring homes on the market but every year there are 10 or so.  Some are build as spec home and some are owner built homes. In BC all builder who build new homes must be licensed with the Homeowner Protection Office and all new homes must have 3rd party warranty insurance. Here is a brochure about the mandatory 2-5-10 home warranty … [Read more...]

5 steps of selling a home

5  steps of selling a home.  Can you tell which step the sellers on? As a Realtor that works mostly with buyers knowing the motivation of the sellers is one of the main keys to getting a deal for my buyers.  If I can figure out which step of the 5 steps the sellers are in I will have a better chance of getting the deal done. What are the 5 steps of home selling;  Denial, Anger, … [Read more...]

Archeological excavations – important notes

Article contributed by Doug Glaum, Manager Archaeology Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The September 3, 2014, Times Colonist article Homeowners no longer face bills for archeological excavations - Local - Times Colonist concerning archaeological research and private property has caused some confusion with property owners.  Property owners should be aware of the … [Read more...]

Salt Spring Island Industrial Advisory Planning Commission report

Salt Spring Island Industrial Advisory Planning Commission draft final report is out.  Here is a copy of the report.  iapc-draft-report-july-15 All in it's an excellent report that was put together by a stellar group of Salt Spring volunteers. The basic recommendations are to change the current industrial / commercial zoning into 5 zones; 1. General Employment Zone 1 2. General … [Read more...]

Could Ganges grow up?

In Response to the August 20th Driftwood article “More Planning crucial for a healthy economy” As John Tylee, chair of the Salt Spring Community Economic Development Commission, states in last week’s Driftwood; “The last decades have seen tremendous advances in understanding how to create exciting places. Encouraging downtown living to maximize after hour activities, making the most of … [Read more...]

Salt Spring B&B info

So you want to own and operate a B&B.  June and I ran our Salt Spring B&B for two years it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.  I'm not an expert but did learned a few things running ours.  Here are my top 10 B&B owner/operator tips; 1. Minimum two night stay - twice the money for half the work - one night stays are not worth it. 2. Offer a discount if they do not want … [Read more...]

add a stairlift

As a REALTOR® I know first hand the difficulty of selling and moving. It might be easier to reno your home than to move to a one level living home. If your steps have become a major challenge it might be time to think about a stairlift. I had always wanted to see one first hand and Patrick has just installed a state of the art stairlift system on Salt Spring. For more info call Patrick … [Read more...]

Is there GST on the Sale of this Salt Spring ____ ?

Is GST applicable on the sale of this property? I get asked all the time and do not usually know the answer.  GST can be complicated.   Here is an article from BCREA bulletin. REALTORS® should be aware of the pitfalls involved in whether Goods and Services Tax (GST) is payable in a real estate transaction. Unless a REALTOR® is absolutely certain—and willing to take the risk, if … [Read more...]

Pender Island Real Estate news

Pender Island Real Estate news from the Real Estate Council of BC web site.  Please note all information below is in the public domain. Dockside Realty Ltd., Sherrie Lynn Boyte and Sandra (Sandy) Karen Mundy, Pender Island Published 2013/11/06 REAL ESTATE COUNCIL OF BRITISH COLUMBIA DISCIPLINE DECISION In the matter of the Real Estate Services Act   S.B.C. 2004 ch. 42 AND in the … [Read more...]

Salt Spring Island Industrial Land Needs Assessment Report

Salt Spring Island Industrial Land Needs Assessment Report. To be a consultant and write reports, that's the life. There seems to be so many reports and so little action ever. It is an interesting report prepared for the Island Trust. The recommendations from the report make perfect sense, basically stream line the complex zoning, I wish I had thought of that (maybe I did … [Read more...]

TV show Realty Reality on Salt Spring

So glad shooting for the new Real Estate TV show "Realty Reality" is over. It was a lot of work. It all looks so easy on TV but in reality it was not easy. I think they were waiting for the "moment" to happen. You know the big fall down the steps or fall of the dock. I think they did shoot a few moments hopefully they will end up on the cutting room floor. The worst part was actually getting all … [Read more...]

Transition Year Expected for BC Housing Market

Transition Year Expected for BC Housing Market BCREA 2013 Second Quarter Housing Forecast Vancouver, BC – May 9, 2013. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2013 Second Quarter Housing Forecast today. BC Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales are forecast to edge up 1.9 per cent to 68,900 units this year, before increasing a further 6.5 per cent … [Read more...]