It’s not often that you come across a home with as many selling features as this one. Located at 4826 Kilmarnock Drive, this home features direct access to the beach via a 30’ panhandle. If that weren’t exciting enough, this 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home sits on a third of an acre with stunning views and many updated features throughout the space. Selling features like these helps attract buyers to your home. Identifying these features can really make a listing stand out. So, what parts of your home classify as selling features?


Selling Features: Kitchen and Bathroom Updates!

If you browse through a couple of listings, you’ll see that many of the selling features include updates. There’s a good reason for that. Properly completed updates send a message to the buyer that they won’t need to do a bunch of maintenance on these areas as soon as they buy it. Some of the most common updates are kitchens and bathrooms, which see a lot of use and require regular upkeep to keep them in good shape. In our new listing, the owners updated the kitchen to include a granite countertop and island. The kitchen also features stainless steel appliances, a luxury to any home cook.


Selling Features: It’s All About Location!

Location is often advertised as a selling feature. This is somewhat buyer dependant, as each person has their own idea of what makes the perfect place for a home. For young families, this could be a home situated close to schools or parks. For a professional couple working long hours, a quiet location might be their preference. Other considerations could include proximity to shopping or a location with a view. In our new listing, the home’s selling features include walk-on access to the beach and beautiful ocean views from many places in the home. Talk about a great location!


Selling Features: Comforts and Luxuries.

If being situated on a beach with a fully updated kitchen isn’t enough for you, there’s more selling features to consider! Many people look for comfort and luxuries in home purchases. This is entirely personal preference, as each person has their own understanding of what luxury or comfort is to them. For some, it’s extra rooms, a large master bedroom, or an ensuite master bathroom. For others, it’s outside entertaining space, hardwood floors, or walk-in closets. Still others value hot tubs and fireplaces as the ultimate in luxury. The possibilities are endless. Our new listing has multiple selling features in this area. It features a natural gas fireplace in the living room and a newer deck that’s accessible from the master bedroom via sliding doors.


Each of these selling features contribute to attracting a buyer. Whether you’ve got a couple of selling features or many, they’ll be a big consideration for any potential buyers looking at your property.  If you’d like to take a look at 4826 Kilmarnock Drive, give us a call! If you’d like to see what your home and its selling features are worth, we’d be delighted to hear from you! Don’t wait, contact us today!

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I have listed a new property at 204 1995 CLIFFE AVE in COURTENAY.
Great location in the Airpark Plaza Strata strip mall. Easy access off of Cliffe Ave. this unit has 655 sq/ft of retail/commercial space perfect for a store front business to move into. Presently this unit has a mix of retail display area and workshop areas. Perfect for a professional office space or artisan work/retail location. Why pay rent when you can own?
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I have listed a new property at 375 WAYNE ROAD in CAMPBELL RIVER.
Stunning Willow Point custom built 3bd/3bth 2500 sqft executive home with large detached 24X24 shop. The level of finishing is evident as you step into the home, from the hand scrapped oak flooring, to the 20ft ceilings in the great room accented by the large stone wrapped natural gas fireplace. On the main floor the well appointed kitchen is a chef's dream, with maple cabinetry, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The dining room is large enough for even the biggest of families when they get together. The open concept great room pulls all of the elements together into a cozy entertaining space. The large main floor master features a well appointed 4 pce ensuite and you will also find a large walk in closet. The den has vaulted ceilings and a lovely murphy bed with built in shelving. The loft area is open to the great room below and is perfect for a quiet reading area or music room. The two upper bedrooms are both generously sized and the main bath is conveniently located for the kids use. The garage is 24X21 great for storing all your toys. The outside spaces are just as inviting, from the pergola area for your hot tub to the covered patio area perfect for summer time BBQ's and entertaining. You will also find lovely landscaped terraced rockery gardens and fish pond. For those looking for additional space the detached 24X24 fully wired shop is currently configured as a terrific man cave complete with wood stove. If projects and hobbies are more your style the space can be easily returned to its roots as a large shop handling any woodworking or auto project you can envision. There is also room to store your RV or boat easily on the large .37 acre lot, all of this just a short stroll to the Seawalk and all the Willow Creek nature trails.
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I have listed a new property at 4185 CHANCELLOR CRES in COURTENAY.
The popular Texada-style 2200 sq/ft rancher plan, offers 3 bdrms and 2bths main floor living with the benefit of a huge 368 sq/ft bonus room above the garage. The open concept great room plan features upgraded quartz counters throughout , a full stone wrap fireplace and tiled shower with rain head in the master ensuite. The large master suite boasts a huge walk thru closet along with a 5pc ensuite. Outside the covered patio, hardi plank siding, double garage along with a heat pump make this the perfect package for empty nesters or families. The Ridge is the place to be for 360 degree neighbourhood views of mountain and sea, and is just minutes away from the ocean and beaches, forest trails, major shopping centres and access to the highway.
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The end of October is a spooky time of year and it’s the perfect opportunity to learn about stigmatized properties! What does that mean? Should you buy stigmatized properties? What if you like haunted houses? These are all great questions. Stigma is hard to define, especially on a property. Preferences are individual too, adding to the complication. While this may seem mysterious, have no fear! We’re going to walk you through it. Let’s start with taking a look at what makes stigmatized properties.


What are stigmatized properties?


Stigmatized properties are properties that have psychological events surrounding them. Sound spooky? For some people it can be! One example of events that have stigmatized properties include tragic events like a sudden death or homicide on the property. Other examples could be criminal in nature. For instance, the home could have suspected ties to a member of organized crime, or perhaps it has been the previous target of a break-and-enter or vandalism. This idea can also include sexual offenders living in the vicinity. And, maybe you guessed it, this also includes reports of a property being haunted.


Can I tell what listings are stigmatized properties?


Disclosure of stigmatized properties is not required in British Columbia. Since stigma isn’t considered a defect on the property legally, these types of situations rely on the idea of “buyer beware”. This simply means that buyers are responsible for making sure the property is suitable for what they’d like to use it for.  Sellers have the option to either answer questions about potentially stigmatized properties directly, or they can refuse to answer and get the buyer to do their own research.  The good news is that if you feel uncomfortable with any of these events, your Realtor® can help out! They can look into what happened to a property you are interested in.


Should I buy stigmatized properties?


This can all seem very spooky and choosing to buy stigmatized properties is something only you can decide. There’s a few things to consider before you make your decision though. These events can make you feel differently depending on how old you are, your gender, your religion, and your family. There can also be more to the story. For instance, a death on the property could refer to something tragic, but it could also refer to a loved one passing on with family nearby. It could have happened recently, or a long time ago. These questions might change the way you feel about an event on stigmatized properties you’re looking at.


In the end, stigma is really a matter of perspective. The best thing you can do is think carefully about what would bother you and what wouldn’t. Make sure to define your concerns as specifically as possible. As you’ve seen, the concern of a death on the property gets more complicated when you start asking questions, and for many people, some of the answers to those questions can actually reduce the stigma surrounding the event. Whatever you decide, talk to your Realtor® about any concerns, as they can find out what has happened to a property you are looking at. They can also steer you to different properties if there are known events surrounding specific properties ahead of time. If you’re looking to buy a home in the Comox Valley, whether you want a haunted, spooky home or a regular one, give us a call! If you want to know what your home is worth in this busy market, we do that too. Contact us today!

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I have listed a new property at 4226 CHANCELLOR CRES in COURTENAY.
Check out this 2100 sq/ft Hudson plan home by Brando Construction at the The Ridge. This plan boasts a great family friendly 3bd+den layout. Situated on a great lot, the endless views. The home comes with 9ft ceilings on both floors and a 20 ft vaulted entry. Quartz countertops throughout the home. The master ensuite has a free standing soaker tub and glass and tile shower to wash away those stressful days. For the hobbyist the garage has a full double car garage up front with an additional 12X21 workshop area at the back.
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In our last post, we talked condo insurance, and this time, we’re discussing home insurance. With fall in the air, many people heading down south for the winter. We took the opportunity to visit Neesja again to discuss the impact an extended vacation has on your home insurance. Many people want to know what an extended vacation does to their home insurance policy while they’re away. What do you need to do for your coverage to be valid? We have some answers.


Before figuring out what needs to be done, we need to distinguish two important terms in home insurance. The first is the term unoccupied. With home insurance, unoccupied refers to a home that is empty for an extended period of time, and where there is intention to return. In simple terms, that means the occupants have gone on an extended holiday, but they’ll be back. The second term is vacant. Home insurance policies consider vacant as a reference to an empty home where there is no intention to return. For example, a home can be considered vacant when the owner of the house no longer lives there, but the next occupants haven’t moved in yet. These two home insurance terms are important, because your trip south renders your house unoccupied, not vacant. Unoccupied properties have different requirements in your home insurance policy than vacant ones, so it’s a good idea to check your home insurance and make sure you’ve done what’s needed for coverage while you’re away.


What needs to be done while you’re away? Are you covered during the winter? How long can you be gone? Each of these questions have answers that are unique to your policy. The best way to make sure you have the facts is by talking with your insurance broker. Different home insurance policies will have different requirements on things like turning off the heat or shutting off the water. If you haven’t discussed extended vacations with your broker, many insurance providers also offer specific coverage on home insurance for extended holidays, so make sure your policy is up to date.


One of the biggest issues for unoccupied homes is the increased risk of damage or theft. More specifically, damages from things like broken water pipes can go on for several weeks before discovery, increasing your risk of significant damage. Once your policy is up to date and you’ve looked after the details needed to keep your home insurance policy current, you should ensure that someone is checking your property during your time away. This will help to reduce your risk of damage, as well as making sure that your home looks occupied. Some of the things this person should look after are yard maintenance, such as lawn mowing, and collecting your mail. If you receive the newspaper, you can request to be excluded from deliveries for a specified period of time. This will keep things from piling up on your doorstep. If you don’t have anyone close by who can do these things for you, the Comox Valley is home to Valley Home Check, a company that offers regular monitoring for homes that are unoccupied. They offer multiple services, including indoor pet care, and will email you regular reports while you’re away.


When it’s time to head south, make sure you check with your broker about what’s required for your home insurance. In any case, you should make sure that someone stops by your home regularly to make certain your home is in good condition while you’re gone, and to prevent theft. If you’re thinking of calling the Comox Valley home for all of the year, or part of it, we’d love to chat with you! If you’re curious about what your Comox Valley home is worth, give us a call today!

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We recently visited with Neesja at Waypoint Insurance in Courtenay to discuss the differences between strata and condo insurance policies. During our visit, we found out why it’s necessary to carry condo insurance in addition to strata insurance. Strata insurance and condo insurance policies each cover separate things, so you actually need both to be covered in an emergency. There’s also a few things you should be aware of if you are renting in a strata building or if you own a duplex.


Strata insurance policies are half of the equation. By law, strata corporations are required to maintain a minimum level of insurance. However, there are several conditions that aren’t part of the minimum coverage requirements, like earthquakes or overland flooding. Check your strata’s insurance information to find out what’s in their individual policy. Overall, strata insurance policies cover the exterior of the building, as well as the interior of your condo with its original finishes. This includes anything physically attached to the building, such as countertops and toilets, but excludes things like stoves and dishwashers. It also means that any upgrades, such as adding hardwood flooring or installing new countertops, will not be covered. Additionally, strata insurance policies do not cover your belongings, so you’ll need separate coverage to handle this, in the form of a condo insurance policy.


Seeing that there are many gaps in coverage without it, the condo insurance policy is worth adding in. Condo insurance covers what strata insurance does not. Holding a condo insurance policy means that betterments and improvements made to your property are covered in an emergency. This policy also covers the contents of your unit, as well as liability. The condo insurance policy actually has a lot of customization available to it, as well. You can talk to your insurance broker about additional coverage above the strata’s policy or adding insurance for significant upgrades beyond betterments. You can also be eligible for coverage regarding situations where you may be responsible for damage to another unit or earthquake coverage. Before you discuss condo insurance or earthquake coverage, be sure to check the cost of the deductible for your strata corporation and what’s in the strata’s policy, so you can get the right coverage for your unit.


Did you know? Duplexes are treated the same way as condos for insurance purposes. Duplexes require a separate insurance policy for the building, as well as a condo insurance policy for the contents, just like a strata unit. Another good thing to know about condo insurance is that insurance carried by a landlord or a strata does not cover renters. This means that tenants renting in a strata building need to carry their own insurance as well to be compensated in the event of an emergency.


Insurance in a strata is different than a regular house and you should definitely purchase condo insurance to make sure you’re properly covered in an emergency. Be sure to bring your questions, as well as information about your strata’s coverage, to meetings with your insurance broker. This will help to prevent you from missing important details and get you the right coverage. If you’re thinking of buying a strata unit, or if you’re curious about what your home might be worth in this market, give us a call!

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I have listed a new property at 532 BAMBRICK PLACE in COMOX.
Charming 3 bedroom/2 bath rancher located in a quiet, kid friendly neighbourhood on a no-thru road in Comox. Enjoy the cozy wood stove in the bright, spacious great room during the winter months and have fun entertaining in the large, private back yard with stamped concrete patio throughout the summer. There is a lovely big living room with electric fireplace that leads into the country kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Other highlights include three sets of lovely French doors leading into the centre great room from the living room, foyer and master bedroom, updated bathroom and ensuite, new pergola over entrance way and a garage with workshop. All this tucked away in a great family neighbourhood close to all amenities.
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Please visit our Open House at 4161 CHANCELLOR CRES in COURTENAY.
Open House on Saturday, October 20, 2018 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Open House Saturdays 12 to 2pm at the Ridge. Come and view the latest show home from Brando Construction! The Denman plan is an outstanding 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, 2159 sq/ft two story family home, located in the popular Ridge subdivision. This main floor master layout is sure to please mom and dad and still has two bedrooms up for the kids and a huge family room for them to play! Open concept living spaces downstairs ensures family time is easy to have. The counters in the home are quartz though out showing attention to the finishing detail. The main floor master is perfectly sized and features a walk in closet and ensuite with tiled shower. The Living room Dining room spaces are generously proportioned and the focal wall features a lovely tiled fireplace. Upstairs the two bedrooms share the main bath and there is a large family room perfect for the kids and all their games. Bring the family to this great neighbourhood.
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I have listed a new property at 4161 CHANCELLOR CRES in COURTENAY.
Open House Saturdays 12 to 2pm at the Ridge. Come and view the latest show home from Brando Construction! The Denman plan is an outstanding 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, 2159 sq/ft two story family home, located in the popular Ridge subdivision. This main floor master layout is sure to please mom and dad and still has two bedrooms up for the kids and a huge family room for them to play! Open concept living spaces downstairs ensures family time is easy to have. The counters in the home are quartz though out showing attention to the finishing detail. The main floor master is perfectly sized and features a walk in closet and ensuite with tiled shower. The Living room Dining room spaces are generously proportioned and the focal wall features a lovely tiled fireplace. Upstairs the two bedrooms share the main bath and there is a large family room perfect for the kids and all their games. Bring the family to this great neighbourhood.
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Please visit our Open House at 4161 CHANCELLOR CRES in COURTENAY.
Open House on Saturday, October 13, 2018 12:00PM - 2:00PM Come and view the latest Brando Show Home and see what's in store for Phase 2 at the Ridge!
Open House Saturdays 12 to 2pm at the Ridge. Come and view the latest show home from Brando Construction! The Denman plan is an outstanding 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, 2159 sq/ft two story family home, located in the popular Ridge subdivision. This main floor master layout is sure to please mom and dad and still has two bedrooms up for the kids and a huge family room for them to play! Open concept living spaces downstairs ensures family time is easy to have. The counters in the home are quartz though out showing attention to the finishing detail. The main floor master is perfectly sized and features a walk in closet and ensuite with tiled shower. The Living room Dining room spaces are generously proportioned and the focal wall features a lovely tiled fireplace. Upstairs the two bedrooms share the main bath and there is a large family room perfect for the kids and all their games. Bring the family to this great neighbourhood.
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An accessory building, also known as your dream shop, can be valuable when it’s done properly. Now that you’ve finally received permission to build it, there’s a few things you need to be aware of before you start!


First, what is an accessory building? It’s defined as ancillary and subordinate to a permitted principal use or building on the same lot. That basically means that they’re an accessory to the main building on the lot and are not meant to be another principal building. Examples of an accessory building can include a shop, greenhouse, shed, boathouse, storage building, or a private studio, among others. Any of these structures will have a specific set of guidelines to adhere to, as an accessory building. Now that you know what your dream shop really is, it’s time to go to city hall to start the permit process. In the Comox Valley, you’ll need to head to the CVRD Planning Department.


During the planning and permit process, you’ll find out the limits on your new building. Accessory buildings are limited to specific heights. In the Comox Valley, an accessory building are generally limited to 6m, measured from the average natural grade of the peak of the roof, depending on where the building is located on the land. An accessory building is also limited by setbacks on property lines. Property setbacks for the Comox Valley area can be found by using the CVRD’s iMap2.1 tool. You should then confirm the property setbacks with the planning department. You’ll also find out about your maximum lot coverage, which is a percentage stated on your zoning bylaw. Maximum lot coverage is basically just a measure of how much impervious space you can have on your lot. All of these restrictions will be important when submitting the paperwork for your accessory building, so make sure you’ve done your research and have planned accordingly. Be thorough! You don’t want your permit to be denied because of a technicality. If you need clarification, contact the planning department to confirm.


Once you’ve got the details sorted out and you’ve submitted your paperwork, you can expect approximately 3 – 5 weeks before your plan may be approved. Then you can put your plan in action and start building that shop! Accessory buildings can add really add value to your property when you sell, especially when they’re done right and permitted properly. They can also be something to consider when you’re buying too! If you aren’t buying a home with an accessory building already in place, all of these limits should be questions to think about. It will be important later if you decide to build. If you do want to construct a shop or other building on the lot later, all this information can be found during the buying process. Having this info ahead of time will prevent you from ending up with an accessory building the size of a doghouse when you do go to build it.


Have fun building your dream shop! If you are thinking about buying real estate in the Comox Valley, and you’d like to build on the lot in the future, we can help you get the information you need. If you’d like to know what your property is worth and you’re thinking of selling, we can help with that too! Contact us today!

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The E&N Railway line is an important piece of Comox Valley’s history and it is also a surprising part of Comox Valley real estate. Originally called the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway, the line was built in 1884. The name is apt, as the original line was intended to go between Esquimalt and Nanaimo.  A couple of years later, in 1886, Sir John A. MacDonald drove the last spike at Cliffside, near Shawnigan Lake. One of the most notable things about this particular line though, is that it was an integral part of the agreement that brought BC into Canada. Intercolonial railways were already part of the Constitution Act of 1867. When Canada was looking to bring British Columbia into the country, BC was promised a part of this railway in exchange for joining the rest of Canada. In this particular time, that meant significant growth potential, since railways represented import and export of important resources.


On the Island, the original line wasn’t extended as far north as the Comox Valley until 1914, when Courtenay was added. With railways still providing a boost to trade, this allowed the Comox Valley to bring its vast array of natural resources into the global marketplace. While the line is no longer active ,it still lives on as a multi-use path called the Rotary Trail. Instead of train cars, the path hosts a variety of pedestrians, from bikers and runners to pups and families.


“Tying” It In To Comox Valley Real Estate


What does this have to do with Comox Valley real estate? Land titles for many homes in Comox Valley real estate still hold the E&N notation on them, all the way from the year 1899! Historically, this notation on the title allowed E&N to come into the land and further develop the railway as they needed to. This notation gave them access to lumber and other resources on land, as well as affording them the opportunity to build on the land in other ways, such as workshops. Now, with the land being developed for residential use, this notation doesn’t have the same relevance in Comox Valley real estate as it once did. However, it does make a good case for reviewing your title.

Notations like these are just one of several things you can find on your land title. It’s important to read and review your title so you know what’s going on with your property. Aside from notations, land titles give a clear picture of who owns the land and has the rights to it. In the event of any questions of ownership, this document is legal proof of the owner, so it’s especially important to make sure it’s up to date. Making sure your title is registered and current also allows for an easier transfer of ownership when you’re selling your property to someone else or buying another person’s property. This is important to consider if you’re planning on getting into the Comox Valley real estate market, as this will save you time!


Railways do have ties to Comox Valley real estate and the E&N railway is a special piece of history for our beautiful region. Looking to sell your property or thinking of buying in the Comox Valley real estate market? Have a question about land titles or the transfer of ownership during a sale of real estate? We can help and we’d love to hear from you. Contact us today!  

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I have listed a new property at 4826 KILMARNOCK DRIVE in COURTENAY.
Seeking your own little piece of waterfront paradise? This lovely walk on oceanfront home in desirable Kilmarnock area is just what you are looking for. This renovated open plan two level home with main floor living has panoramic ocean views of Denman & Tree Islands, the Bay and the majestic Coastal Mountains. The main level has been lovingly renovated and boasts an expansive kitchen with large island with an eating bar and pantry. The open concept dining and living room maximize the views of the natural wonders just outside your windows. The master bedroom has a well appointed renovated ensuite with walk in shower, large closets and access to the upper level deck. You will also find a generous sized bedroom on this level or the perfect spot for your home office. Downstairs there is a large media/workout room along with a oversized laundry room perfect for your craft or sewing room or even a great spot to make your wine. The third bedroom is also on this level along with a three-piece bath for those overnight guests. Outside the large glassed deck provides the perfect vista for your summertime entertaining along with a covered portion that will provide shelter for those occasional rain showers. The grounds have mature fruit trees and are lovingly landscaped. At the waters edge there is a large deck for waterside entertaining and easy access to launch your paddle board or kayak into pristine waters of the Sound. Come see all the features that will make this home your waterfront paradise.
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With so many realtors available to sell your house, why choose us? We’re glad you asked. We love our work, and nothing makes us more excited than seeing your property sell. One of our beliefs is that details make the difference, so we have carefully organized our selling process to help you sell your house. So, how do we do it?


We Sell Your House With Experienced Staging.


A consistent image is a must have if you want to sell your house. To do this, we offer you experienced staging to maximize a potential buyer’s experience with your property. When buyers envision themselves in the space, it helps to cement a positive impression of your property. By offering experienced staging as part of the selling process, we help enable prospective buyers to view your home with its best potential. This makes the difference when they’re narrowing down a property to place an offer on.


We Sell Your House With Professional Photos And High Quality Listings.


In today’s digital world, online perception is an incredibly important part of the selling process. First impressions for online listings are key to attracting potential buyers to your property. Quality is a distinguishing factor when it comes to online listings, making a difference when you want to sell your house.. Sharp, high resolution images and in-depth, detailed descriptions stand out and attract attention, while easy-to-navigate listings allow users to linger and discover what makes your property so special. This is why we offer professional photos and high quality listings as part of our selling process. When you list with us, we make sure that your property makes the right first impression so you can sell your house.



We Sell Your House By Pricing For The Market.


With the housing market so competitive in the Comox Valley, putting the right price on your property is really important. Pricing too high will result in potential buyers taking other opportunities, and pricing too low can be costly for you as the seller. That’s why we offer competitive listing prices as part of our selling process. We have plenty of experience in selling, and we know the market, which allows us to put the right competitive price on your property. This works to get you the most value when you sell your house, and helps to attract a greater number of potential buyers.


Our selling process is all about the details. When you list with us, you can count on a high quality online impression, competitive pricing, and experienced staging to help you sell your house. Thinking of listing your property? We’d love to help! If you want to know what your property is worth in today’s market, contact us today!

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I have listed a new property at 1751 BEAUFORT AVE in COMOX.
Prime walk on waterfront Comox location with just over a .25 acre! Looking for a great location for your dream home with an income stream until you are ready to build? Look no further than this great downtown Comox property. Situated just up the street from the Blackfin Pub, this ideal location is perfect for redevelopment. The original home was built in 1941 and has seen many additions over the years. With over 2100sq/ft of living space this 3bd 1bth home will generate a great return until you are ready to start construction. The main floor has an open kitchen/dining area, and living room along with the master bedroom and two additional bedrooms. Downstairs there is a large family room and storage area. Come take a look at the site and start planning your waterfront escape.
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