Happy 29th Ron!

Ron is happily celebrating his 29th year serving in the real estate industry.

“Can’t believe how quickly time has gone, how many changes we’ve seen in the workplace and best of all how many great people we’ve had the luck of working with”.

“Retirement isn’t something I think about so hoping for many, more happy, healthy and inspiring years working with all the great people I’ve befriended over the years – especially Peggy – my work partner and  my life partner”.

Parksville/Qualicum Community Events February 2015


Feb 5, 2015 – Comedy Night in Parksville

Time:  7:00 pm

Address: 240 Dogwood St, Parksville

Location:  Quality Resort Bayside

Comedy Night is back! Feb 5th at Quality Resort Bayside. Tickets on sale NOW at Quality Resort Bayside front desk, Soak Essentials Parksville and ReVived Vintage in Qualicum 19+ event.

Doors 7pm Show 8pm. Tickets $20 advance. Host Jared Borland.

John Beuhler
John Beuhler has opened for Zach Galifinakis, Dennis Miller, Joan Rivers, Martin Short, Craig Ferguson, and Brent Butt. John has also performed on CBC’s Just For Laughs Gala. He has been featured on stand up specials on CBC, Just For Laughs Gala, CTV and The Comedy Network. Awards include; Corner Gas Comic Genius Comedy. Competition $10 000 winner, Comedy Network and Just for Laughs Homegrown Contest Winner.

Brett Martin
Brett Martin is rising Canadian Comedy star. Having recently shot his first national television special – ‘Comedy Now’ for CTV & The Comedy Network, and combining that with his relentless touring across Canada.

Feb 7, 2015 Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday

Address: 747 Jones St, Qualicum Beach Civic Centre

Seed swap, seed vendors, plant vendors, Seedy Café, garden products, speakers, Farmers’ Market, ATM available on site, Free gardening advice from Master Gardeners, Shoots With Roots-Family program.

Event runs from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Entry is free but donations welcome

Feb 9, 2015 Coombs Fair Family Day

Address:  1014 Ford Road, Coombs, Coombs Fair Grounds

Coombs Fair Family Day. All events will be indoors, and Free!

Heritage Demos, Crafts & Games for Kids of all Ages. FREE Beef on a Bun, Hot Dogs, Popcorn & Hot Chocolate, Coffee or Tea (while supplies last!) Activities & Displays will include:  Children’s Garden Railway     Maypole Dancing    4H Demos  Kids Games and Crafts   Cow Colouring Contest   Pin the Tail on the Cow    Hula Hoops    Checkers    Juggling  Coombs Museum    E&N Railway  Society  And much, much more!

Feb 14, Coombs Big Dance 4 U

Address: 2601 Alberni Highway, Coombs Rodeo Grounds

Coombs Big Dance 4 U – Dave Gilroy Band Valentines Day Dance. Come celebrate this romantic day and dance your socks off to the top 40/modern rock sounds of this excellent band from Nanaimo.

Doors open at 7pm. Music from 8-midnight. Tickets available at Coombs General Store, Cranky Dog Music in Parksville, Cruisers Grille in Whiskey Creek, Arbutus Music in Nanaimo and Alberni Colour in Port Alberni. Tickets $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Feb 15, 2015 Vintage Fashion Show & Tea

 Address:  740 Jones St., Qualidux Beach Civic Centre

Qualicum Beach & Parksville Seniors Centres sponsor A Vintage Fashion Show & tea hosted by Merlyn Pattern in the Qualicum Civic Centre on Sunday, February 15, 2-4 p.m. Wear a hat and win a prize! Tickets $20 at Fresh Flowers, Cranky Dog, Bosleys and both Senior Centres – 250-752-0420 or 250-248-3200. Proceeds to V.I Compassion Dogs whose mission is to promote mental health and well-being by providing therapy dogs and their training programs to veterans and active service individuals who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Feb 19, 2015 Parksville Uncorked 2015 – Untapped

Address: 1155 Resort Drive, Parksville, Tigh-Na-Mara Resort

Parksville Uncorked 2015. Don’t miss out on your once-a-year opportunity to savour and sip while you mingle, mix and learn from renowned chefs, sommeliers, vintners and restaurateurs from all over British Columbia.

Now, celebrating its 7th year, Parksville Uncorked continues to grow into one of Vancouver Islands most popular signature events. The 2015 event will be another spectacular line up of succulent culinary offerings and glamorous grape galas.

Tickets may be purchased individually, or combined with accommodations for the ultimate Parksville Uncorked experience.

Parksville Untapped – Thursday February 19, 2015 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort. Parksville Untapped 2015 will showcase regional breweries and feature beer paired with delicious regional cuisine. Tickets are $55 per person + applicable taxes and include an exclusive take home “Parksville Untapped” beer glass.






Consumer Demand in 2014 Strongest in Five Years

Consumer Demand in 2014 Strongest in Five Years

Vancouver, BC – January 13, 2015. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 84,049 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in 2014, up 15.2 per cent from 2013. After lagging for several years, BC home sales eclipsed the ten-year average of 82,000 units and the 15-year average of 83,600 units. Total sales dollar volume was $47.8 billion, an increase of 21.9 per cent from 2013. The average MLS® residential price in the province rose to $568,405, up 5.8 per cent from the previous year.

“BC experienced a significant increase in housing demand last year,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “Not since the post-recession rebound of 2009 has the market posted such a turn around.”

Prior to 2009, one would need to look back to the 2001-2002 period to find a stronger year-over-year percentage gain in BC home sales.

Home buyers were out in force in nearly every region of the province, with unit sales climbing 8 to 25 per cent in all BC real estate boards, except Kamloops where the number of transactions dipped nearly 5 per cent. “Stronger consumer demand not only pulled down the inventory of homes for sale, but also firmed market conditions throughout the province,” added Muir.

In December, BC residential sales dollar volume was up 18.2 per cent to $2.97 billion, compared to the same month last year. Residential unit sales were up 14.7 per cent to 4,426 units, while the average MLS® residential price was up 3 per cent at $585,718.

Vancouver Island Housing Market Finishes Year on a High Note


NANAIMO, BC – Sales activity across Vancouver Island finished on a high note in December, capping off a year that saw consistent monthly gains. Yearly sales were somewhat stronger than anticipated at the outset of 2014, reflecting the renewed consumer confidence observed in the retail sector. Overall, the housing market remains balanced, which continues to be good news for buyers and sellers.
The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) reports that 4,335 single-family homes sold in its area on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in 2014. This signifies a 10 per cent increase over the 3,940 sales recorded in 2013. The average sale price in 2014 was $345,108, up five per cent from 2013’s average sale price of $329,144.
BCREA’s chief economist, Cameron Muir, is optimistic heading into 2015, commenting that consumer demand is up, with five per cent retail growth year over year. Housing prices continue to reflect that confidence, as well as an inflation rate of approximately two per cent.
“The spirit of renewed consumer confidence, combined with lower housing inventory levels, is placing upward pressure on house prices,” says Muir. “We anticipate that we’ll continue to see slow and steady growth throughout 2015.”
Blair Herbert, VIREB President, notes that the yearly figures mirror what REALTORS® have observed on the ground for the past several months.
“We’ve seen continued improvement in monthly sales throughout the year, which is an encouraging trend heading into 2015,” says Herbert. “However, as always, individual markets can vary considerably, so it is important to consult a local REALTOR® for the best pricing picture in your neighbourhood.”
A total of 257 single-family homes sold in the VIREB coverage area in December 2014, a 22% increase over the 210 sales recorded in December 2013, and a 14% drop from last month.
In December 2014, the benchmark price for a single-family home in the VIREB coverage area was $313,800, up 1.94% from 2013. Benchmark pricing tracks the value of a typical home in the reported area. The average price of a single-family home was $355,600 compared to $314,367 in December 2013.
The benchmark price of a single-family home in the Campbell River area was $267,200, up slightly from December 2013. In the Comox Valley, the benchmark price was $319,400, marking an increase of 1.79% over last year. Duncan reports a benchmark price of $280,800, an increase of 1.05% over the same month in 2013, while Nanaimo’s benchmark price was $338,300, up 3.28% compared to last year. The Parksville-Qualicum area posted a benchmark price of $359,400, which is a 4.60% increase over last year. The price for a benchmark home in Port Alberni was $175,800, down slightly from December 2013.