We are thrilled to be the title sponsors for the second year in a row for the YANA Valley Vonka and the Hot Chocolate Factory fundraiser. YANA or You Are Note Alone is a local non-profit society that helps families with children under 19 and pregnant mothers receive funding and accommodations when travelling outside of their community for medical care.
YANA was founded in 1986 by Sandra Williams, a mother who faced both emotional and financial devastation while caring for her sick child who needed treatment at BC Children’s Hospital. YANA works to ensure families are supported in their time of need and help provide financial support so the families can stay focused on their child’s wellbeing.
In 2018 we were able to raise $8,000 for YANA, this year we have raised our goal to $10,000 and we’re sure we can reach this goal within our wonderful community! Starting the first week of April there will be 2,000 locally made Hot Chocolate chocolate bars for sale. We have not set a price for the chocolate bars, but if everyone could contribute at least $5, we know we’ll meet our $10,000 goal in no time.
Now here’s the most exciting part… Hidden inside 5 of these chocolate bar wrappers there will be a golden ticket and an amazing prize! Prizes range in value from $700 to $3,500. Prizes include a family pass to Mount Washington, a family spa day at the Old House Resort & Spa followed by dinner at Locals, a family getaway to Black Rock in Ucluelet, a $1,000 gift certificate to the Kingfisher Resort or a two VIP passes to the Landmark Cinema for a year!
We hope you’ll all take part in the Valley Vonka fundraiser this year! Good luck, and thank you to everyone for supporting such an incredible cause with us!
The beautiful Mount Washington Alpine Resort in the Comox Valley is the perfect recreation spot for everyone in the family. The mountain boasts over 3 metres of snow on 1,700 acres of terrain including 505 metres of vertical terrain! The mountain offers activities like ski school, a tube park and even night skiing.
Whether you’re worn out after a long day of outdoor activity or just starting your day, there are plenty of food options available. Start at the Raven Lodge, Alpine Lodge Café or Eagle View Bistro for breakfast and coffee, you can even return in the afternoon for a quick snack or lunch. If you’re looking to spend as much time on the slopes as possible, hit the Marmot Express for a speedy lunch right on the lower level of the Alpine Lodge. When you’re finished for the day and looking to unwind, visit Ted’s Bar & Grill. Ted’s offers craft beer on tap, cocktails and casual pub food. On weekends Ted’s is open late with their house band and DJ keeping everyone entertained and dancing with music starting at 9:30pm.
If you’re in need of some new gear or if you’re staying on the mountain and need some grocery items, there are various shops to ensure you have everything you need to have a comfortable stay. The Corner Store carries all the day-to-day essentials like produce, snacks, frozen foods and of course… beer and wine! If you’re in the market for skiing equipment check out Outdoor Elements or Raven Retail. These retailers offer top of the line gear and accessories!
In addition to downhill skiing and tubing, there are also 55 kilometres of cross-country ski trails, 25 kilometres of snowshoeing trails and even the new Fat Bike… that’s right, bike riding in the snow! Not a fan of the snow? That’s okay! Mount Washington is now operating on a 4-season model. The mountain biking park is being re-vamped, a 2.3 kilometre zip line is being installed and finally, trampoline bungee jumping. We can’t wait to see what summer 2019 brings to Mount Washington Resort!
When working with clients who are searching for the home of their dreams in the Comox Valley we like to set them up for the Private Client Service, most commonly known as the PCS. We’d like to outline the amazing benefits that the PCS offers to clients and realtors alike and show you how this tool could have an immense impact on your home buying experience.
Once a client has expressed interest in buying a home we like to get them set up on the PCS. We take all of our client’s criteria and enter it into the PCS. We can filter through homes based on price, location, size, type of home, etc. We are also able to adjust the criteria as needed throughout the buying process! Now that the client has a profile on the PCS they will start to receive notifications of new listings that fit their exact criteria. Clients can choose to receive an email each time a new home has been listed or they can log in and check on their own terms. They are also able to see every price change, sale (and sale price) and re-listing that fits within their search criteria. By using the PCS you ensure that you are seeing new listings before they are publicly listed on the MLS. This gives our clients an advantage over others who are relying on viewing listings on real estate websites that may be delayed by a day or two.
We encourage our clients to sort the properties they have viewed on the PCS so we can be aware of which homes are of interest to them. Clients can sort the listings into “favourites” or “removed” folders on the PCS. This allows us to see which homes you have interest in so we can arrange showings, look for similar homes or just keep our ears open for any updates that we may hear regarding that property. Once we have found you your dream home you will likely have no interest in viewing properties that fit your search criteria any longer. If that is the case all you have to do to remove yourself from receiving PCS updates is hit “unsubscribe”.
It really is a no-brainer; the PCS is an incredible tool to use throughout your home buying experience. And for extra peace of mind, you can be assured that all of your personal information and search criteria is kept 100% confidential. We hope this has helped you gain a better understanding of the benefits of the Private Client Service. If you’d like to begin your home buying journey with us, give us a call! We’d love to help you find your new home in the Comox Valley.
Crown Isle is an 831-acre residential golf community in Courtenay on Vancouver Island. This resort and golf community was established in the early 1990’s and offers a family-friendly environment and year round outdoor enjoyment. The community is built around an 18-hole championship golf course that is open year round for golfers of every skill level. Crown Isle has something for everyone, offering condominiums, patio homes, single family ranchers and fairway estates. In addition to residential properties, Crown Isle is home to commercial complexes including Costco and the Thrifty’s Shopping Plaza. The Crown Isle community is conveniently located near all the amenities that Comox Valley has to offer, such as kayaking, fishing, hiking and skiing – just to name a few.
On top of the variety of new turn-key and re-sale homes on the property, there are now over 150 new residential real estate lots available, both on and off the fairway. Homes by Crown Isle is a premier home builder in the area. Their team can design and construct new homes as well as manage renovation projects at your existing home. The West Coast style building guidelines of the community ensures consistency and quality while keeping within the overall Crown Isle vision and maintaining property values. Furthermore, the resort facility offers an array of amenities including an 88-room hotel, The Pro Shop, a fitness centre, The Timber Room Bar & Grill, as well as banquet rooms and meeting spaces.
On top of providing an incredible environment for retirees and young families alike, Crown Isle is committed to having a positive impact on their community. The Resort has contributed to many local organizations with in-kind donations and charity events. These organizations include Comox Valley Food Bank, PGA Golfathon for ALG and Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation, for a full list of organizations click here.
Are you interested in living in this picturesque resort community? We would love to help you pursue your dreams and find you that perfect plot of land or the home you’ve always wanted at Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community. Give us a call or send us an email if you’d like to discuss buying or selling, or if you’d like more information on this stunning resort community.
Many buyers are interested in obtaining a property with a suite so they can take advantage of the rental income potential. Though it may seem like a no-brainer, there are some factors to consider before purchasing a home with an income-producing suite. We had the pleasure of sitting down with John Hudey, a mortgage specialist with RBC. John was able to answer some of our questions surrounding rental suites, allowing us to better assist our clients.
An advantage of purchasing a home that has potential to produce rental income is you can often use that rental suite income to offset the cost of qualifying for the property. A maximum of 50% of the suite income can be used to help clients offset the additional costs of the home. In order to include the rental income in your mortgage approval, the bank will require a full appraisal so they can verify the rental value that will be used in the calculation of the offset. Another important thing to consider when seeking out a home with a rental suite is that the suite must be legal in order to use the rental income in your mortgage application. Having an illegal suite in your home can cause issues down the road. If bylaw officials are notified of an illegal suite they can have your suite decommissioned, leaving you without the additional income that was used to acquire your mortgage.
On top of rental income and mortgage applications, we recommend that our clients consider the other implications of becoming a landlord in British Columbia. There are many rules and regulations put in place for landlords to follow. If these rules are not abided by you could end up having to compensate your tenants for up to 12 months of rent. In order to avoid any potential issues, we encourage you to read through the BC Tenancy Laws and Rental Agreements. This will help you understand the full scope of what being a landlord in British Columbia entails.
If you are looking to purchase an income-producing property or are still weighing out your options – give us a call! We’d love to assist in this exciting new endeavour in your life.