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...]

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...]

All candidate Q&A salt spring

All Candidate Q&A on Salt Spring at GISS on May 2, 2013 Video by Scott Simmons. … [Read more...]

BC Home Sales Tick “slightly” Higher in March

BC Home Sales Tick Higher in March Vancouver, BC – April 15, 2013.  The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 5,661 residential sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC during March, up 6.6 per cent from February on a seasonally adjusted basis, but down 17.7 per cent compared to March 2012. Total sales dollar volume was down 18.5 per … [Read more...]

6 million dollar fire hall?

...Update the Salt Spring fire department has lost two referendums on building this massively over designed fire hall. Once in 2007 and once in 2013. The island taxpayer have voted twice and yet the fire board continues down this path to what again another referendum? Maybe it's wishful thinking of third time lucky. Obviously the taxpayers of Salt Spring do not think the fire department needs a … [Read more...]

Does the home get sunlight?

If you’re planning to live on Salt Spring year-round, one of the most important things to consider when buying a property is SUNLIGHT. Do the neighbor’s trees or a mountain block the sun during the winter months?  According to Salt Spring real estate mythology, “If they buy in August, they will list in November and sell in December.”  Unfortunately, this myth is sad, but true.  The long dark … [Read more...]

Real Estate legal update Feb 2013

Number 460, February 2013 A BAD INSPECTION REPORT When a buyer refuses, for a legitimate reason, to remove a subject clause because of a bad inspection report, what is the listing licensee to do with that knowledge? This was the issue in a recent case where the court found the listing licensee liable for $47,000 in damages for failing to fully tell subsequent buyers about problems … [Read more...]

News Release from BCREA

BC Home Sales Remain Subdued but Stable Vancouver, BC – February 18, 2013.  The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 3,410 residential sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC during January, up 1.8 per cent from December on a seasonally adjusted (SA) basis, but down 13.6 per cent compared to January 2012.  Similarly, total sales … [Read more...]

CFSI FM Salt Spring Radio has been SOLD

Updated Feb 13, 2012 CFSI has been sold to a Surrey BC Company.  Satnam Media Group (BC) Ltd. (Satnam BC). Attached is a letter that came from the CRTC regarding the sale. CRTC CFSI Letter Some of the programmers meet with Mr Sukhdev S. Dhillon owner of Satnam Media group on Feb 11, 2013 at the Harbour House hotel on Salt Spring.  The meeting went well.  Mr Dhillon said he hopes to build … [Read more...]

News Release from Victoria Real Estate board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1, 2013                                                                                                                               SALES DOWN BUT PRICES HOLD IN GREATER VICTORIA REAL ESTATE MARKET VICTORIA, BC–A slow start to the year in Victoria’s real estate market is evidence that buyers are continuing to wait for prices to drop. Although January … [Read more...]

VOW, PCS and IDX what are they

What is a VOW and or what is PCS? VOW stands for “Virtual Office Website” A VOW is where the public can enter their contact information, get a password, describe property interest, and then conduct searches of all available Salt Spring Island MLS® listings. Listing display rules are set by the CREA® Canadian Real Estate Association. Once a visitor becomes a bona fide customer / client they … [Read more...]

Moving with Sea Containers

Hi Scott. You were asking if I could write a piece for your blog about our experience of moving across Canada with shipping (sea) containers by train – so here goes. This was a long move – 6000 km from New Brunswick to Salt Spring Island. We wanted a moving option that was going to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and not break the bank. I recall you mentioned that you have had clients … [Read more...]

Home inspection on Salt Spring Island

Home inspection on Salt Spring Island happened yesterday at a 42 year old log home. To accomplish the home inspections the buyer brought in a  Home Inspector, Geo-technical Engineer and a local Salt Spring contractor. Jeff the home inspector tells the story about the bag of Gold he found in an attic; gold story How many people would like to find a bag of gold in an attic? Here … [Read more...]

Salt Spring home face lift

My clients bought this dated salt spring home a month ago and are upgrading it.  The home was built in 1996 and is structurally 100% perfect.  It seams as if the original owner skimped on the finishing.   The main up grade Alex Denny (salt spring master carpenter) will be doing for the owners is re-finishing the oak hardwood floors. Audio clip about home face lift Part 1 Home Face lift Part 2 … [Read more...]

Salt Spring new Indoor Tennis facility

Fernando and all the Salt Spring Tennis Association should be very proud of their new indoor tennis court.  I had no ideal that there are only 32 other indoor tennis facilities in all of Canada.  This was one long build with many sorted details that went on for a 10 year period.  The actual building phase went very fast as to compared to all the other hiccups along the way.   The island is going … [Read more...]