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Archives May 2015

Heritage Conservation Act Impact On Property Values

Posted by Jack Barker

I have four properties that are impacted by the above Act. There are no notices on title indicating the property is protected under the above Act. If I am involved with any waterfront properties either ocean and lakes, I contact the Archaeological Branch to see if the property is impacted...

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Where Are Buyers Coming From?

Posted by Jack Barker

We constantly hear about International buyers in BC and many people think that the majority of buyers are coming from overseas and other provinces. Let’s check the real facts...

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Underground Oil Tanks

Posted by Jack Barker

If you are thinking of purchasing an older home with oil fired heating it is extremely important you ensure there are no underground oil tanks on the property. It is important that you carry out an independent environmental investigation to ensure there are no underground tanks that may be no longer in use and may have been filled with sand and received upgrade in the past from the Municipality...

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Buying Strata Properties in BC

Posted by Jack Barker

The Strata Property Act of BC will apply to your property. It is government legislation. The Act has seen some major changes over the past three years as you should ensure you receive all the correct information re: the Act before purchasing the property...

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Bear Mountain, Dream Market, Dream Plan.

Posted by Jack Barker

One of North America's most enviable communities, offering highly desirable lifestyle choices, spectacular mountain settings, strategic location, village amenities, and sheer livability . . . At Bear Mountain many high-end homes are purchased by international or out-of-town buyers. Will your home be one of them?...

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Marketing Your Property

Posted by Jack Barker

We are committed to excellence and providing you with results you can count on! Discover our plan of action! We are committed to meeting and exceeding your expectation, not only during the marketing of your home, but after the sale completes too...

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Wondering how to pay for your home renovation?

Posted by Jack Barker

Are you contemplating hardwood floors, a new kitchen or energy efficient solutions for your existing or new home? Are you wondering how to pay for this renovation project? Take a look at these affordable financing solutions to renovate the home of your dreams!...

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Affordable Housing – Attainable Housing

Posted by Jack Barker

Every week on the radio or in the newspaper, I hear our elected officials comment about the need for affordable housing in Greater Victoria. I consider that many comments regarding affordable housing does not explain clearly the definition of affordable housing...

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Home Upgrades? Don't Miss Out on Rebates!

Posted by Jack Barker

If you are contemplating home upgrades this year, don't miss out on the many government and utility rebates available to you. Insulate for a Livesmart BC Rebate: New this month from LiveSmart BC is an insulation and air sealing rebate program providing up to $1200 for wall insulation, $1000 for basement or crawlspace insulation...

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Renovating Your Home

Posted by Jack Barker

Will you require an Environmental Assessment? Work Safe BC and many municipalities in the region are requiring Environmental Assessments to be completed before issuing you a Building Permit. Emphasis is on awareness about asbestos, health and safety hazards but also includes all hazardous materials in the home...

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Strata Property Act Depreciation Report

Posted by Jack Barker

In 2011, the Provincial Government enacted significant changes to the Strata Property Act and in particular the Depreciation Report. In other provinces they are Capital Reserve Funds. After the announcement, the Strata Condominium Owner Association of BC held a number of public information meetings for Strata Owners...

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