I have sold a property at 1515 FITZGERALD AVE in COURTENAY.
Darling 1357 sq ft renovated rancher on R2 lot in Courtenay City. You will love this 2 bedroom 1953 original cottage restored to 2018 convenience and charm. Fresh new paint, flooring, windows, kitchen cupboards, counters and appliances. Lots of natural light throughout and also a sunroom off of the living area or yoga studio extension! Gas fireplace to keep you warm and master bedroom has cozy sitting area and large walk in closet. Storage/mudroom leads to covered parking area. Walk to downtown shopping areas, on bus route and close to the Airpark. Perfect central location.
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A knowledgeable real estate agent will know how to list your house and put it on the market, but a truly knowledgeable real estate agent knows how homes are built in the first place. Understanding the entire process of building a home is just one more reason why the Courtney & Anglin Real Estate Group stands out from the rest. Let’s start by considering Phase 1 of the building process: the empty lot.

Phase 1: the empty lot

It almost goes without saying that before the home construction process begins, you start with an empty lot. But don’t discount the importance of this phase.


An empty lot can give you a real feel for what your home and property are going to look like. What’s the size of the lot?  What do the surrounding homes and the surrounding area look like? It’s also important to consider the size of your home and how well it’s going to fit on the lot. Will there be enough space for the yard or landscaping you envision? How close will your home be to your neighbors or to the street? Will you have the space for the garage? Chances are you’re planning to be living in your new home for years to come, so you want to be sure you’ve got enough elbow room and some flexibility.

The lot you choose to build on influences the price of your home

It’s important to note that when you’re buying a home, you’re paying for two items: the house of course, as well as the lot itself. Which of these two has more value depends on a few things:


When a plot of land is vacant, it’s considered “unimproved land”. The value will reflect the size of the lot as well as its location. For instance, where is your lot in relation to the developing neighborhood? Is it located further back where it is quieter with less traffic? Is it on a busy corner? Does the lot back up against green space or the fence of a neighbour? How does the size of the backyard compare to other houses in the neighbourhood? A smaller backyard area could mean a reduction in value, while other factors like the proximity to schools could make it more valuable to buyers.


New construction in the Comox Valley Ridge


When you buy a potential home that’s still in the empty lot phase you’re getting in on the ground floor. Right now, ground floor opportunities are available in the booming real estate market at the Comox Valley Ridge. With both ocean and mountain views from these lots, it’s no wonder so many new home buyers are considering The Ridge as the potential location of their new home. The Ridge has several residential communities already underway but there are still some empty lots to choose from. Whether you have a large family and need plenty of living space, or you’re retiring and just want to enjoy the quiet and the view, building lots at The Ridge are well worth investigating. Give Bill and Michele a call to see if one of these empty lots is the potential building site for your dream home.

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When it comes to the big question “How do I choose a Comox Valley REALTOR®?” there’s no need to look further than Courtney & Anglin Real Estate Group. True, there are a lot of REALTORS® in the Comox Valley to choose from. At Courtney & Anglin, 95 percent of all the business we do is through referrals. That should tell you something. When it comes to recommendations, there’s nothing better than word of mouth, and we’re proud to be the name friends recommend!If you don’t have a referral, how do you know you’re choosing the right Comox Valley real estate agent for you? What criteria should you be looking for?

 

 

If you’re buying  a home, our recommendation is to work with someone who knows the local real estate market, has a thorough knowledge of the Comox Valley area, and who has an interest in the community so that they can answer your questions and let you know about the local resources available. If you’re selling your home, you’ll want to work with someone who will provide you with an extraordinary marketing strategy and show case your home exceptionally, guide you through the selling process, and negotiate a price that gets you the best value for your investment in the current market conditions.

 

Start with an internet search and look at the websites you find. A website can often tell you something about the REALTOR®. In the case of Courtney & Anglin Real Estate Group, Michele Courtney was born and raised right here on the coast and has been in the business since 2005. Bill Anglin, an 18-year resident of the valley, is very active in the community. Bill is currently a volunteer and the Vice President of the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation. As a former member of the Canadian Air Force Bill is very familiar with the process and transition of relocating. He is a valuable resource for those posted to or from 19 Wing in Comox.

 

The next step is to give the real estate agent you’re considering a call. Ask questions. Do they come across as professional? Are you comfortable with them? Do they have the right team working with them to meet your needs? Trust your intuition. First impressions can often tell you what you need to know.

 

The Comox Valley REALTOR® Checklist

Once you get a feel for your agent, compiling a good list of questions can also be a helpful tool. Here is a quick Comox Valley REALTOR® checklist, with a few questions to consider:

 

  • Is the agent a licensed real estate agent?
  • Does he or she work as an agent full-time?
  • Do they have testimonials or a list of references?
  • How knowledgeable are they about the Comox valley real estate market?
  • Do they communicate well?
  • Do they specialize in the type of property I’m interested in?
  • How well will they serve their clients? Will they be available for questions and updates?
  • Do they have admin support?
  • What is their sales history?

 

Again, trust your instincts. The more personable your agent, the more attention they will likely lend to your specific needs and the better the fit. Anyone can list a home, but an agent should have both the interpersonal and negotiating skills to get you the best price.

 

According to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trend Reports, 89 percent of all home sellers choose to list their home with an agent rather than selling it themselves. Reasons for this range from getting the best price to being able to close the deal and handle complicated contract negotiations. Whether you’re buying or selling your home, don’t sell yourself short. Let a professional get you the best price for your property.

 

Bill and Michele are happy to meet with you to talk about your real estate needs. Give us a call and find out if we’re the right match for the REALTORS® you’re looking for.

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I have listed a new property at 2550 COPPERFIELD ROAD in COURTENAY.
Rural living, in the City. On this 1/3 acre in popular west Courtenay all the gardens are in place to have truly sustainable living right at your fingertips. This charming mobile has been added on to giving it almost 1200 sq/ft of living space. With 3 bedrooms and 2 baths this home features a large open living room area with vaulted ceilings and a cozy woodstove. The addition allows for two nice sized bedrooms and an additional bath. This would be the perfect starter home for someone looking for a city location but the room to further develop your own little private garden paradise with a green house, water feature and so much more. Nestled in a great neighbourhood, don't miss your chance for country living yet close to all the amenities city has to offer.
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I have listed a new property at 4169 CHANCELLOR CRES in COURTENAY.
The popular Texada-style rancher plan, to be built by Brando Construction, offers a bonus room above the garage and 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Featuring a natural gas fireplace in the great room, covered patio, hardi plank siding, double garage and a heat pump just for starters. The Ridge development is the place to be for those and 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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I have listed a new property at 4173 CHANCELLOR CRES in COURTENAY.
Brando Construction. The Kuper-style plan is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1878 sq.ft rancher featuring a natural gas fireplace in the great room, covered patio, hardi-plank siding, double garage and a heat pump just for starters. The Ridge development is the place to be for those 360 degree views of mountain and ocean, but is just minutes away from the ocean, forest trails, major shopping centres and access to the highway. Estimated completion TBA.
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I have listed a new property at B 222 MITCHELL PLACE in COURTENAY.
Looking for a family home, this freshly updated 3 bedroom 2 bathroom duplex on a quiet street in a highly desired location is just what you need. The kitchen is well designed for the cook in the family and the convenient pass through keeps the living and dining areas connected. . Upstairs has two bedrooms, four piece bathroom and a large linen closet. The generous master has additional closet storage space as well. Downstairs there is two nice sized rooms that can be used as additional living spaces or bedrooms as well as a bath/laundry room. Fully fenced backyard along with garden boxes will be perfect for you gardening needs. Close to Puntledge park and all the benefits of this great neighbourhood community. Come check this one out before it is gone.
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I have listed a new property at 555 BECKTON DRIVE in COMOX.
Looking for a great location in Comox, this 3 bedroom 1 and a half bath home is perfectly situated to take advantage of the large corner lot. The open plan ground floor is perfect for connecting the spaces as you entertain or just enjoy daily living. The large kitchen and dining area are perfect for get togethers. The four season sunroom expands the living space and gives a perfect place to enjoy the outside while under cover. The living room has a great gas fireplace for those chilly nights and a layout that will accommodate any lifestyle. Upstairs the large master bedroom along with the two additional bedrooms and main bath complete the layout. The large garage has a gas heater perfect for those projects that span the seasons. The fully fenced corner lot is extremely private and fully landscaped. Come see all this home has to offer.
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I have listed a new property at 344 5TH STREET in COURTENAY.
Popular European style cafe turnkey operation ready for your own ideas. Great, heart of the downtown location with established clientele and significant leasehold improvements. Cappuccino Grande Cafe is available for the entrepreneur looking to take this business to the next level. Strong growth with an passionate customer base and a stellar reputation with room for tremendous potential growth make this an extremely savvy buy for any entrepreneur. Established lease with excellent assumable terms in place. Sellers relocating to Europe to explore a new opportunity.
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I have sold a property at 1179 CUMBERLAND ROAD in COURTENAY.
Filled with charm and character and move in ready. Located in central Courtenay within walking distance to all the amenities of downtown including parks, shopping and schools. This main entry home has a fully finished underheight basement and offers 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, a den, beautiful original refinished hardwood floors, thermal windows, fiberglass roof, & newly built sunroom with French doors off of the living room. An extra large yard is fenced, backs onto private lane, and boasts lovely willow trees, a water feature, & hot tub area. Enclosed carport offers lots of storage space.
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I have sold a property at 361 URQUHART AVE in COURTENAY.
Wonderful 2550 sq ft 4 bedroom 2 bath family home located in a fabulous neighbourhood close to the Puntledge River and downtown Courtenay. This home has been lovingly maintained and showcases an exposed post and beam wooden ceiling, an efficient wood insert with chimney masonry and liner redone in 2015, large master bedroom with renovated ensuite in 2018, nicely updated kitchen with maple cabinets with newer flooring and so much more. The interior of the home has been freshly painted throughout. Enjoy the main floor living room with sliding glass doors leading to a newer large deck and stairs down to a fully fenced private back yard with a great play scape & swing set for the kids and a veggie garden. Bonus room downstairs is an excellent family room space or an awesome media room. In house workshop and storage area is a bonus. This lovely home is waiting to welcome a new family.
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I have sold a property at 4163 CHANCELLOR CRES in COURTENAY.
Another quality build by Brando Construction located in the popular Ridge subdivision. The popular "Sonora" plan boasts almost 2100sq/ft of family living space with 3Bdr/3Bth and a den/office or fourth bedroom. The main floor living spaces feature an open floor plan great room configuration with spacious kitchen with large island and quartz counters. The living room focal point is the floor to ceiling tile wrapped fireplace. Upstairs the generously sized master suite has a large walk-in closet and tastefully appointed ensuite with tiled shower and quartz counters. The two upper bedrooms are separated by the master bath. The interior attention to finishings is carried through to the exterior featuring hardiplank siding and a large covered veranda to take in the afternoon sunshine. Everything a family is looking for in one tidy package.Bring the family to this great neighbourhood.
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I have listed a new property at 4167 CHANCELLOR CRES in COURTENAY.
Another quality build home from Brando Construction at The Ridge. This home is almost 1600 sq ft of one level living with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and a double car garage. Featuring Hardi plank siding with cultured stone accents, heat pump, natural gas fireplace, open kitchen & dining with 11' ceilings in the great room, and quartz counter tops throughout, walk in tiled shower in ensuite,and more. Estimated completion August 15th, this lovely rancher is sure to please.
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Considering rural living?  
If you are buying a home in Southwestern Canada, the right way to find the piece of property you’ve been looking for is via effective rural marketing techniques. It isn’t always easy in the big picture of rural real estate for clients to actually view the property. That’s why the real estate team of Michele Courtney and Bill Anglin reach prospective buyers with 3D tours, virtual tours, as well as personal on-site tours.



Virtual Reality Tours 
A perfect example of this is when a potential buyer can’t view the inside of the house because of distance, a showing is in progress, or maybe even because of bad weather. Michele Courtney and Bill Anglin make use of virtual reality tours so prospective buyers can feel what it’s actually like to stand in the home and walk through each room at their leisure and without distractions. It’s an amazing way to view Comox Valley real estate, even if you aren’t located in proximity to the property.


Access to Floorplans

With a virtual tour and a visual tour, there is also access to measured floorplans which allow for potential buyers to envision living there with their family. There is no better way to get a feel for a home, than by using these modern marketing techniques.


Considerations for Rural Living

Rural living is different than traditional urban homes as required services such as water and sewer systems are not necessarily supplied by a municipality or regional district. Before buying a rural home, a property inspection will make sure all water wells and septic systems are functioning properly. In this video, Michele Courtney and Bill Anglin discuss what a prospective buyer may encounter when switching from an urban setting to rural living.



Well Water Quality
 
Many rural homes for sale in Comox Valley rely on well water. Rural property buyers will encounter one of two types – a shallow well or a drilled well. You will want to make sure that both water quantity and water quality concerns are addressed. Rural living can feel very luxurious, especially when you’re all settled in your brand-new home nestled in the Comox Valley.


Septic System Conditions
 
Whenever you are making a major purchase, especially real estate, a thorough assessment of the property is part of doing due diligence. With septic systems, a qualified property inspector should be able to come out to any of the rural homes for sale in the Comox Valley. There are two types of septic systems, either a gravity or a protract system and a qualified inspector will check for any sludge, buildup, or aging. Knowing the current condition of the septic system is important as upgrades and repairs could be part of your price negotiations.

 

Thinking About Moving?

For anyone thinking about moving to a rural lifestyle on Vancouver Island, homes for sale in the Comox Valley should not be overlooked. Potential buyers won’t need to wait for their next trip to visit a house, they can simply login and take a virtual tour. In addition, Michele Courtney and Bill Anglin can help to assure you that both water and septic systems of the property you’re interested in are inspected before purchasing.

 

Take an online tour or reach out to Michele Courtney or Bill Anglin if you are interested in making your move to the Comox Valley. There are gorgeous, amenity-filled houses just waiting for you and your family to make yourselves at home. Our team is waiting with your virtual tour!

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I have listed a new property at 361 URQUHART AVE in COURTENAY.
Wonderful 2550 sq ft 4 bedroom 2 bath family home located in a fabulous neighbourhood close to the Puntledge River and downtown Courtenay. This home has been lovingly maintained and showcases an exposed post and beam wooden ceiling, an efficient wood insert with chimney masonry and liner redone in 2015, large master bedroom with renovated ensuite in 2018, nicely updated kitchen with maple cabinets with newer flooring and so much more. The interior of the home has been freshly painted throughout. Enjoy the main floor living room with sliding glass doors leading to a newer large deck and stairs down to a fully fenced private back yard with a great play scape & swing set for the kids and a veggie garden. Bonus room downstairs is an excellent family room space or an awesome media room. In house workshop and storage area is a bonus. This lovely home is waiting to welcome a new family.
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I have sold a property at 1889 SUSSEX DRIVE in COURTENAY.
Looking for a perfect sized rancher in Crown Isle? This 1700+ sq/ft 3bd 2bth with bonus room rancher is just what you are looking for. The open concept living spaces bring all the key elements into focus. From the ledgestone fireplace to the hardwood floors to the cedar trim the attention to detail in this west coast styled design is clearly evident. The kitchen has lovely maple cabinetry and quartz counters with eating bar along with a breakfast nook perfect for your morning coffee. The open plan living room with tray ceiling and dining room provide an lovely space for entertaining. The large master bedroom with 5pc ensuite with tiled shower and soaker tub, along with walk in closet is separated from the other bedrooms for a private personal space to retreat to. The other two bedrooms and the main bath along with the generously sized laundry are found on the west side of the home. Additionally there is a large bonus room perfect for a media room or mancave above the garage. The patio provides a lovely outdoor space for entertaining and the garden shed in the backyard is perfect for storing all your lawn and garden equipment. This elegantly styled home is perfect for retirees or families, located within Crown Isle close to shopping and amenities and all the community has to offer.
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I have sold a property at 519 12TH STREET in COURTENAY.
Looking for a Courtenay character home close to downtown, but you want the convenience of modern day living? This Craftsman styled home has all the bells and whistles and is waiting for your Downtown living experience. This old world styled charmer is brand new with over 1800 sq/ft and has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. The main floor master with walk in closet and 3pc ensuite is definitely something you didn't see in these type of homes. You will also find the open concept great room concept living areas allow for perfect entertaining and living space. The kitchen has all the provisions for modern living with great cabinetry and eating bar.The large laundry cloakroom entry from the rear yard is a perfect combo. Upstairs the two large bedrooms flank the home with a large family rom study area with vaulted ceilings and the 4pc main bath. The metal roof and hardi plank exterior is as low maintenance as you can get. There is also a fully wired workshop out back for all you project needs. You will find a natural gas forced air furnace to keep you toasty, LED lighting making this an energy efficient environmentally friendly home. The fir flooring and trim work harkens back to the days of old world craftsmanship. The backyard is fenced and will be ready for your summer outdoor entertaining! Don't miss this great little package, walking distance to all downtown has to offer.
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