Extension was a Key Player in Local History

While today a peaceful and sought-after residential area conveniently located just south of Nanaimo, Extension was in its time a crucial part of the industrial development that helped to open up the Central Vancouver Island region.

Reached via the appropriately named Extension Road, the community is located just past the Cinnabar Valley area, about 15 minutes south of the city’s downtown core. Quiet and green, Extension is located in proximity to the Nanaimo River, a number of extensive walking trails a well as popular parks such as Morden Colliery Park, a four hectare Provincial Park that was created to commemorate the region’s coal mining history.

It is to that quite literally ground-breaking industry that Extension owes its existence. Like Nanaimo itself, coal was the lure that first brought Europeans into the area. James Dunsmuir, son of the legendary coal baron Robert Dunsmuir, was an early industrialist and entrepreneur much like his father. Prior to serving as Premier of British Columbia (from 1900 to 1902) he was actively involved in the coal mining industry on Vancouver Island.

In 1895, following extensive exploration of the area, he opened three large coal mines in what is now the Extension area. These properties were in turn sold to Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir) Ltd., who oversaw the daily operation of the mines. Canadian Collieries were a large industrial concern that operated coal mines and other related facilities all across Vancouver Island including in Comox, Cumberland, the Wellington area and Extension.

There’s something of an air of mystery about Dunsmuir and his timely acquisition of the Extension property. The land in question had been in the possession of a black settler named Louis Stark who had adamantly refused to sell, despite having received advances from more than one interested purchaser. Dunsmuir was able to scoop up the land from Stark’s estate after he had mysteriously died from a fall – a death that to this day remains unexplained.

Regardless of how it was acquired, the industrial development of the Extension area continued for more than three decades before Canadian Collieries shuttered the operations for good in 1932. As an interesting historic side-note the final Canadian Collieries mine on Vancouver Island was Cumberland’s No. 8 Mine which moved its last loads of coal in 1953.

At its height the Extension operations involved a number of functioning mines, operations that employed hundreds of people (more than 900 by some accounts), as well as a colliery that featured an electric railroad that ran underground for more than two miles, connecting the three primary Extension mines. Traditional above ground railroads were used to transport the anthracite to waiting ships that in turn transported this local form of black gold to eager markets around the world.

But the global need for coal diminished as the 20th Century wore on and gradually all mining operations on Vancouver Island ceased by the middle of the century. Interestingly enough one of the Extension area mines (referred to as No. 8) was one of the last. The mine had been opened and then operated by Dunsmuir Collieries until 1928 before being temporarily closed. In 1945 it reopened and operated under a number of different owners before being shut down for good in 1966.

Today Extension is a quiet and appealing satellite community of Nanaimo, but in its early days it was anything but quiet or attractive as it formed the center of the largest industrial development the region has ever known. It is today a reflection of the societal evolution that is a hallmark of much of Vancouver Island.

Housing Prices Rise While Sales Flatten

The number of homes sold across Vancouver Island last month was nearly identical to the number that traded hands a year ago, according to the latest information released by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB). During September 345 single family homes were reported sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System. In September 2018 a total of 347 homes were reported sold.

While comparable to last year, the September home sales were actually down 16 percent when compared to August when 413 single family homes were reported sold on the MLS® System. Interestingly the dip in sales was restricted solely to single family homes. The apartment and townhouse categories recorded year-over-year rises in sales, 15 percent and 11 percent respectively for each housing category, indicating an increasing interest in this style of home.

Home purchasers had an expanding pool of properties to choose from last month as well, as the inventory of single family homes rose by 14 percent last month when compared to September 2018. Last month there were 1,466 single family homes on the market compared to the 1,283 that were available for sale at the same time last year.

September also saw an increase in the number of apartments that were on the block, as the supply in this category of homes rose by a whopping 43 percent from a year ago, climbing from 293 to 419 units. The supply of townhouses in comparison actually dipped 18 percent last month from a year ago, going from 171 properties to a total of 140 available for sale.

Despite flat sales and an increasing housing inventory, the price of homes continued to rise across Vancouver Island last month. VIREB uses benchmark pricing to track the value of typical homes in each of its individual zones, with the board-wide benchmark price of a single family home hitting $523,100 in September. This price represents a four percent increase when compared to September 2018, and a two percent rise from August.

The benchmark price of apartments edged up two percent year over year last month to reach $298,900, a price that was slightly lower than what was reported in August. The price of townhouses was up four percent board-wide in September, reaching $411,100, a price that was actually down two percent from August.

Housing price increases were reported in each of VIREB’s individual zones last month. In Nanaimo for example the price of a single family home rose two percent to close the month at $568,200. In the Parksville – Qualicum Beach area the benchmark price of a single family home was up three percent to $591,700, while in the Duncan area the price climbed an identical three percent to $482,100.

In the Comox Valley the price of a single family home climbed five percent to reach $523,900, while further north in Campbell River the price jumped a full 11 percent to end the month at $451,400. In the Alberni Valley the benchmark price of a single family home rose eight percent from September 2018 to reach $327,400.

In a market as volatile and as competitive as the Vancouver Island one has become it’s more important than ever to have a skilled professional on your side. Contact Peter and Kathy today to begin your search for your new home.

Cedar: Country Charms Only Minutes Away

While the City of Nanaimo may be the largest population and service center within the Central Vancouver Island region is certainly isn’t the only one. The area is rich with communities large and small that collectively provide the region with its distinctive charm and character. Located just south of the city, Cedar is one of those very special communities – a part of the city yet separate with its own history and spirit.

Located about eight kilometers south of Nanaimo (or 17 kilometers north east of Ladysmith), Cedar is the perfect blending of rural charms and city conveniences. Home to everything from high end subdivisions and expansive operating farms, to classic churches, century old pubs and a thriving business community, Cedar is in every sense a stand-alone community.

Named after the vicinity’s abundant stands of Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), Cedar has been home to local residents since the late 19th Century, with the earliest European property owners moving to the area in the late 1880’s. Cedar officially became a community on April 1, 1888, when the first Post Office opened for business.

Like much of the Central Vancouver Island region coal mining was the engine that initially powered the area’s development. Coal mines operated in Cedar and in the nearby Extension area well into the 20th Century, providing ready employment for its local residents. The four hectare Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park, home to the last remaining coal tipple on Vancouver Island, is a lasting tribute to this portion of the region’s industrial past and is a popular destination for both locals and visitors.

In addition to coal mining, farming was another of the attractions that drew the first European settlers to the region. Cedar continues to be home to a number of working farms, especially in its lush central area. These operations range from modest hobby farms to full time agricultural ventures. The region is also home two Snuneymuxw First Nation settlements, Nanaimo River Reserve 3 and the Nanaimo River Reserve 4, continuing a legacy of continual habitation that goes back centuries.

But Cedar is more than quaint historic artifacts and rustic rural splendor – it’s also home to a thriving commercial and business sector. The heart of the region’s business community is located along Cedar Road, with the Cedar Village Square shopping complex the primary retail nexus. Grocery stores, banking institutions, restaurants and professional service providers can all be found in the Square’s immediate vicinity. Cedar Road is also lined with everything from public houses and service stations, to lumber yard and houses of worship – all of the ingredients needed for a thriving village to function.

A rustic retreat from the bustle of the city, yet an active and functioning community in its own right, Cedar is popular for locals, visitors or anyone who yearns for something different. Historic, diversified and distinctive, the Cedar region is yet another gem in the crown of the Central Vancouver Island region’s wealth of destinations. Why not take the time and check it out for yourself? You’ll be surprised by all that you will discover.

Housing Inventory & Prices Climb While Sales Decline

While the number of homes currently on the market continues to rise across Vancouver Island, fewer homes were sold last month than during the same period last year. In its latest statistical report the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) stated that 413 single family homes were sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in August – a drop of 11 percent when compared to last year.

In August 2018 463 single family homes changed hands. Last month’s sales figures were also down nine percent from July’s sales tallies when 453 homes were reported sold on the MLS® System. The dip in sales wasn’t restricted to single family homes as both townhouse and apartment sales also dropped year over year, 28 and 25 percent respectively.

Despite the sales dip the actual number of properties currently on the market continues to rise, fueling the already active buyer’s market. Last month there were 1,485 single family homes listed for sale within VIREB’s coverage area, which extends from the Malahat in the south to the northern tip of Vancouver Island. This is an increase of 11 percent from the same month last year when 1,343 homes were on the market.

While the August townhouse inventory was virtually unchanged from a year ago the number of apartments on the market climbed by a full 23 percent, with 369 homes of this type available on the MLS® System. In August 2018 there were 299 apartments listed for sale.

VIREB reported that housing prices continued to rise all across the Island last month. The Real Estate Board uses benchmark pricing to track the value of typical homes in each of its individual zones, with the board-wide benchmark price of single family homes climbing three percent from a year ago to hit $515,400. Board-wide apartment prices also rose three percent to reach $302,800, while townhouse prices climbed five percent year over year to hit $417,300.

Price increases were reported in each of VIREB’s separate zones during August. In Nanaimo for example the benchmark price edged up slightly to close the month at $560,200. In the nearby Parksville / Qualicum Beach area the benchmark price rose three percent from last year to reach $590,000.

Further north in the Comox Valley, the benchmark price rose by two percent from August 2018 to reach $518,200, while in Campbell River the benchmark price jumped a full 10 percent to end August at $445,100. In the Cowichan Valley the benchmark price climbed four percent to $474,400 while in the Alberni Valley home prices rose five percent from last year to hit $318,200.

With the exception of last month, each month of 2019 has reported a decrease in actual sales activity when compared to last year, despite rising prices and an increasing housing inventory. This is a trend that is expected to continue and one that has created a very dynamic real estate marketplace. Now more than ever both buyers and sellers need the aid of real estate sales professionals when entering the market. Call Peter and Kathy today to begin your real estate journey.

August: a Busy Month for Gardeners

August may be the hottest month of the year, a time when many think of cool drinks and picnics at the beach, but for gardeners August is a time of plenty – of rewards and work. Despite the muggy and sultry days of summer, this is a great time to get out into the yard and garden. Here are just a few tips to help make your summertime gardening efforts successful and plentiful.

Plan for Tomorrow: August is the month to plant crops to enjoy in the fall. Peas and spinach for example should be planted now to ensure a health supply in the coming weeks. The crops you’ve previously planted will need regular tending at this time as well. Many vegetable species and flowers will continue to produce if you routinely harvest them, especially if you carefully remove dead material and spent flowers.

The Herb Garden: If you have a kitchen herb garden August is a great time to pick your favorites, either to use fresh in your culinary treats, or to dry for future use. Many herbs actually have a better flavor if picked prior to flowering, so keep an eye on your crops and do a little research to determine when it’s the best time to do a little herbal gleaning.

Mulch Health: A thick and rich layer of mulch can help a garden in many ways – from adding nutrients to the soil to choking out weeds that would compete with more welcome plants. But mulch isn’t a ‘pile and forget’ type of material – it should be regularly turned and checked to ensure it is decomposing properly. Add more if available and necessary at this time.

Manure / Compost: In a related August duty, if you are lucky enough to have a composter, this is the month to spread a mid-season layer of the nutrient-rich material on your garden. This can be enhanced with manure which can be readily purchased at any of the city’s garden centers. The energy boost will be appreciated by your plants and flowers – but don’t forget to water them regularly as well to aid with the material’s decomposition.

Hearty Perennials: Some gardeners enjoy the longevity that comes from perennial plants, species that return year after year without having to replant. Various flowering plants such as peonies and day lilies are good examples, as are vegetables such as asparagus, kale and garlic. August is the time to allow perennials to self-seed, but be watchful as some species, such as raspberries can run riot if not carefully controlled.

Keep it Clean: The sunny days of August are also the perfect time to clear away those things that have died or have become diseased. Carefully remove anything that is diseased so as to not contaminate the rest of the garden when removing autumn leaves. Now is also the time to prune your summer flowering shrubs once their flowers have faded. This step will help to energize the leaves and roots of the plants and to prevent them from setting seed.

These are just a few general suggestions for your garden – as each yard requires its own specific care. You can carry out some online research yourself or you can confer with any of the many resources available in the community, from garden centers to the public library. Summer is a time for fun, and for gardeners that fun can happen right in their own back yard.

Ladysmith Has a Rich and Colorful History

Distinctive, historic and only minutes away, the Town of Ladysmith is a unique part of the central Vancouver Island region. With a population today of more than 8,500 Ladysmith is located within the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) and is one of the main service and shopping centers of the area.

While permanent European settlement of the community began late in the 19th Century, the area (originally known as Oyster Harbour) has been home to the people of the Stz’uminus First Nation for thousands of years. Archeological evidence shows that the First Nations peoples recognized the bountiful resources of present day Ladysmith harbor as a rich source of shellfish (hence its original name), and other marine species.

Native peoples established several fishing camps in and around the harbor area where they used traditional food-gathering methods. Losing much of their traditional territory upon the arrival of the Europeans, the Stz’uminus people presently reside in four separate reserves in the region – two of which border the community’s harbor.

The Town of Ladysmith as we know it today came into being thanks to the Victorian era’s insatiable demand for coal. In 1884 the legendary coal Baron James Dunsmuir, who at the time was the owner of the Wellington Colliery Company, was given authority by the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Grant to privatize much of the Stz’uminus First Nation lands and resources within the region.

The owner / operator of numerous coal mines and other facilities throughout the central Vancouver Island area, Dunsmuir founded (in 1904) a small company town on the shores of Oyster Harbour to provide a home base for miners working at his nearby Extension colliery operation.

As a historic coincidence the Boer War was raging at that same time in South Africa, with the celebrated ‘Siege of Ladysmith’ dominating international news. As a patriotic gesture Dunsmuir elected to honor the defenders of that far away town by christening his fledgling community Ladysmith.

Thanks to the strong demand for coal to help fuel the thriving British Empire the community grew quickly and by 1911 the town had a population of more than 3,000. In the early decades of the 20th Century coal was truly king, but as technology and markets changed the allure of the black mineral began to diminish. Labor disruptions, catastrophic mining disasters (such as the Extension mine explosion that killed 32 miners in 1909) and decreasing profitability saw the last of the region’s coal mines permanently shuttered in 1931, at the height of the Great Depression.

Down but by no means out, the Town of Ladysmith slowly reinvented itself over the decades – first with an economy driven by the forest industry to today’s multi-tiered economy powered by everything from tourism and hospitality to government services, banking and an expansive service sector.

Constructed on a series of rolling hills that provide views of the busy harbor that inspired its founding, today’s Town of Ladysmith with its iconic main street (which was named the best street in Canada by the Canadian Institute of Planners in 2017), is a unique and vibrant part of the central Island area. If you haven’t already visited it, why not discover the community for yourself?

Housing Sales, Prices & Inventory All On the Rise

In what may be the start of a more positive trend, the sale of single family homes across Vancouver Island rose last month when compared to a year ago – the first increase of its kind recorded in months.

According to the latest statistics released by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB), board-wide housing sales in July were three percent higher than they were last year, and 12 percent higher than what was recorded in June. Last month 453 homes were sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System, while in July 2018 438 single family homes were reported sold.

July’s sales stats easily eclipsed those recorded in June when only 406 single family homes changed hands. The number of townhouses sold last month was even more impressive, with sales of this type of property up a full 22 percent year-over-year. Interestingly however apartment sales actually dropped by 14 percent when compared to the sales figures recorded during July 2018.

The increasingly buyer-focussed regional marketplace became even more robust last month as the Vancouver Island housing inventory rose by nine percent when compared to a year ago. During July there were 1,552 single family homes available for purchase within VIREB’s coverage area, which extends from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Malahat in the south. In July 2018 there were 1,419 single family homes listed for sale.

The wealth of home purchasing options available across Vancouver Island last month wasn’t restricted solely to single family homes. During July the inventory of apartments on the market rose by a full 30 percent year-over-year, climbing from 292 to 381 individual properties. The townhouse inventory actually shrank last month, dipping 10 percent from a year ago – from 217 to 195.

Rising average prices completed the VIREB trifecta during July, with the board-wide benchmark price of single family homes climbing three percent to close the month at $513,700. The real estate board uses benchmark pricing to track the value of typical homes in each of its individual zones. While the July benchmark price was higher than it was a year ago it was actually slightly lower than what was reported during June.

Price increases were reported in all housing categories last month, with the board wide apartment category for example rising five percent year-over-year to $302,600. As with single family homes this figure is actually slightly lower than the June benchmark price. In the townhouse category the July benchmark price edged up two percent to $410,600, identical to June’s board-wide benchmark price.

Price increases were reported in each of VIREB’s zones last month, with Nanaimo’s benchmark price rising three percent to reach $556,400. In the Parksville / Qualicum Beach area the benchmark price increased two percent during July to $588,500, while in the Comox Valley the benchmark price rose an identical two percent to hit $516,200.

In the Cowichan Valley the benchmark price of a single family home increased two percent from July 2018 to reach $472,000 while in the Alberni Valley the benchmark price climbed an impressive 11 percent from last year to end the month at $322,500. The Port Alberni area has been experiencing a marked increase in real estate sales activity throughout much of 2019.

In a marketplace as robust and dynamic as Vancouver Island’s it is more important than ever to work with a sales professional when making the most valuable purchase of your life. Give Peter and Kathy a call today to begin the search for your new dream home.

Sundecks Enhance a Home’s Enjoyment & Value

Big or small, complex or basic, a sundeck is one addition to a home that can pay true dividends – both in terms of personal enjoyment, and as a means of adding to a home’s potential resale value.

Depending on the size of the home and the shape of the yard, a sundeck offers a unique way to add space, character and improved functionality to a property. A deck can be anything from a simple open space to host a family barbecue, to an elaborate covered ‘party central’ for hot tubs and large scale festivities.

A sundeck can dramatically expand a home’s living space at a relatively low cost per square foot. In the easy, breezy days of summer a spacious sundeck becomes a true focal point of a home. In essence a sundeck is the addition of a new room to a property, accessible to all of the resources found within, while allowing quick access to the great outdoors.

As distinctive and personalized as the persons who own them, sundecks can be constructed of any material, but nothing compares to the character and warmth of a deck constructed of natural wood. Red Cedar for example is the ideal material for deck construction. One of the most durable woods native to North America, Red Cedar is naturally resistant to both rot and insect predation which makes it the ideal choice for any outdoor application.

A secret to Red Cedars longevity is thujaplicins which is a form of natural preservative that is part of the woods makeup. These same organic chemical compounds are also responsible for cedar’s unique, aromatic scent. That rich natural aroma has helped to make the wood the perfect building material for saunas and other applications where the lush scent can be appreciated.

Red Cedar is also noted for its longevity. With proper finishing Red Cedar lumber will last for decades, requiring little to no maintenance, even under the harshest of weather conditions. The even grain and relatively consistent density of Red Cedar also means the wood is far less likely to swell, warp, cup or twist than other species of softwood and even many species of hardwood.

As a result of these attributes it will retain a distinguished appearance that lends a mark of quality to any home. Free of the pitch and resins found in other softwoods Red Cedar can take a wide range of finishes. From untouched natural to lightly-toned clear solutions to two-coat solid colors Cedar (ideally locally sourced) is known for its ability to accept and maintain a finish for the long term.

The addition of a well-designed and constructed sundeck can be much more than convenient entertainment venue. A sundeck can also be a genuine selling feature should you choose to put your home on the market. A professionally crafted sundeck can add distinctive architectural interest to any home or backyard, and can be part of an overall outdoor upgrade that could include such functional elements as gazebos, trellises, planters, ponds and other water features and more.

A Look at the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Probably one of the most iconic West Coast destinations, for visitors from around the province and across the globe, the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is one of Vancouver Island’s greatest natural treasures. Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the Pacific Rim Park is reached along Highway 4, which links the region to the City of Port Alberni and all points east.

Bounded at its northern end by the Village of Tofino, and at its southern by the Village of Ucluelet, the Park is 197 square miles of the most majestic and breathtaking scenery found anywhere in British Columbia. The Park itself is comprised of three distinct regions which include the expansive Long Beach (a Mecca for surfers from around the world), the Broken Group Islands which are famed for sea-kayaking and wildlife watching and the rustic splendor of the West Coast Trail.

The rugged landscaped, butted as it is along the Pacific Coast Mountains, consists of temperate rainforest that includes extensive stands of western hemlock, Sitka spruce and western red-cedar. The area is rich in wildlife, ranging from terrestrial species such as deer, elk and Vancouver Island wolves, to a host of marine species including humpback whales and orcas.

A recreational delight year round, the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve offers visitors a wealth of camping opportunities as well as such uniquely West Coast pursuits as surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, windsurfing and even storm watching in the winter. One distinctive attraction of the Park is the West Coast Trail, which is a 47 mile multi-day backpacking challenge that appeals to the hardiest of adventurers. Bisecting the Park, the Trail is a section of the ancient paths and paddling routes used for trade and travel by the Island’s First Nations peoples.

Hikers willing to take on the challenge will find themselves climbing more than 100 ladders, weighed down by their heavy packs as they trudge through deep mud, push their way through rough foliage and wade through mountain-fed rivers in fast-flowing hip-deep waters – all while enduring some of the most severe weather Vancouver Island can muster. A government website describes the challenge of the West Coast Trail best when it states:

“It is an experience that can bring even the most experienced hikers to their knees. Those who are well prepared physically, mentally, and equipment-wise, come away with tales of grit.”

Today’s Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is the end result of a concerted and highly dedicated preservation effort, carried out by all levels of government and that of local citizens, that saw several smaller regional parks merged into one spectacular whole. The Park as we know it today was officially opened in 1971 but was not formally included in the National Parks Act until 2000.

The Park offers something for every taste and skill level, and has become part of many visitor’s ‘to do’ lists when travelling to Vancouver Island. Why not make touring it part of yours this summer? It may be a fairly long drive, but it’s an experience you’re bound to cherish for a lifetime.

Island Home Sales Decline as Inventory Rises

An ongoing trend that sees housing sales across Vancouver Island slump, while prices and the overall housing inventory rise, continued last month – according to the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB). In its latest statistical announcement VIREB reported the sale of single family homes across the Island dropped seven percent last month when compared to June 2018, while being 11 percent lower than the sales activity recorded during May.

Last month a total 408 homes traded hands within VIREB’s coverage area, which extends from the Malahat in the south to the northernmost tip of the Island. Last June 437 homes were reported sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System. During May of this year 458 homes were sold on the MLS® System, which is 11 percent more than the number sold during June.

The sales decline wasn’t restricted to single family homes alone. The VIREB June report indicated that apartment sales dipped by a full 29 percent when compared to a year ago, while townhome sales plummeted by 32 percent from the number reported sold during June 2018.

VIREB also reported that the number of homes listed for sale across the Island continued to rise during June, which is a marketplace situation that firmly favors buyers. The inventory of single family homes within the VIREB coverage area climbed by 20 percent year-over-year last month. At the end of June there were 1,597 single family homes listed for sale, up from the 1,334 on the MLS® System last year.

Additionally there were 352 apartments listed for sale in June, an increase of 14 percent from June 2018 when only 308 apartments were on the market. One interesting feature of the VIREB report is that slightly fewer townhomes are on the market presently than a year ago. During June there were 191 townhomes listed for sale, a three percent decline from last year when 196 properties of this type were on the market.

Despite slumping sales and increasing supply, rising home prices showed no sign of slowing down last month. VIREB uses benchmark pricing to track the value of typical homes in each of its individual coverage regions. Board wide the benchmark price of a single family home rose four percent from a year ago to close out the month at $514,400. During June the board wide benchmark price in the apartment category climbed six percent from a year ago to $304,300 (up slightly from May’s price) while the townhome benchmark price was also up six percent from June 2018 hitting $446,800.

Price increases were reported throughout VIREB’s separate regions. In Nanaimo for example the benchmark price rose three percent to reach $559,300 while in the Oceanside area the June benchmark price hit $589,500, a rise of three percent year over year. In Duncan the benchmark price rose two percent to finish the month at $471,400.

In the Comox Valley the benchmark price was also up three percent year over year to $518,200, while further north in Campbell River the benchmark price rose four percent in June from a year ago to close the month at $434,900. Finally, in the Alberni Valley the benchmark price climbed an impressive nine percent from a year ago to reach $318,300.

As always, in a real estate market as dynamic and changing as Vancouver Island’s, it is more important than ever to rely on the services of a Real Estate Sales Professional when entering the marketplace. Give Peter and Kathy a call today to begin your journey toward home ownership.