April 15/17 – Mike and Nikki’s April Newsletter


April 2017 Issue

Mike Morse


You may be recovering from an overdose of Easter chocolate by the time you receive this newsletter. We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday weekend!

The most significant news at the time of writing this newsletter is that the City of Prince Rupert and a company called Pembina Pipelines have recently entered into a letter of intent to explore the construction of a liquid propane facility on Watson Island.

Here’s an informative read:

City inks deal with Pembina for Watson Island propane terminal 

Port of Prince Rupert News:

Since our last newsletter, there has been more positive news related to our Port, which is continually evolving and expanding.

Cruise ships to bring 17,000 tourists to Prince Rupert this season

Prince Rupert expansion to handle crop containers

Cursed by history no more

LNG News:

Aurora LNG puts its environmental review process on hold

Although Aurora LNG has put its environmental review process on hold, we see more news about Petronas considering moving the Pacific NorthWest LNG location to Ridley Island. Ridley Island was Shell’s proposed location before they nixed their LNG project in our region.

Petronas said to be looking at moving Pacific NorthWest LNG to Ridley Island 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of us.

Have a good week!

Mike & Nikki Morse, REALTORS®

Mike Cell: 250.600.6620
Nikki Cell: 250.600.4650

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MARCH 2017

Prince Rupert (& Area) Real Estate

March was a decent month in real estate in our area; we saw a steady number of listings and sales.There were 11 more sales than last year at this time, which is significant. It should be noted that at this point in the year, the average sale price of a house is down compared to last year. This indicates that more expensive homes sold last year by March 31, than this year. It will be interesting to see what the average house price does as the year progresses.

SALES (all types):

# of sales in March 2016 – 23

# of sales in March 2017 – 27

YEAR-TO-DATE SALES (all types)

As of March 31, 2016 – 47

As of March 31, 2017 – 58


2- Land

1- Multi-family

1 – Apartment unit

1 – House on more than an acre

18 – Houses

3 – Manufactured homes on a pad

1 – Retail


As of March 31, 2016 – 157

As of March 31, 2017 – 170


As of March 31, 2016 – $ 293,181

As of March 31, 2017 – $ 271,873


As of March 31, 2016 – $ 14,663,970

As of March 31, 2017 – $ 14,755,950

The stats are based in whole or in part on information supplied by the BC Northern Real Estate Board for the period January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017.

The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Check List

We all look forward to spring, when the weather gets warmer and the days get longer. Along with that, spring also brings… spring cleaning!

While it might not be the most exciting task, doing a really thorough clean and clear-out will leave you feeling ready for the rest of a busy year.

Use this checklist to make sure everything gets done:

1. Vacuum Cleaner – Giving your vacuum cleaner some attention before you put it to work. Replace the bag, wash the filter and clean the dust cup. When it’s ready, use the different attachments to really get into every little corner.
2. Doormats – Shake them out and beat them with a broom to get rid of all the accumulated dust and dirt that has been tramped over them through the winter.
3. Lights and ceiling fans – Clean these early so that you aren’t knocking dirt onto previously cleaned surfaces. Use the soft vacuum nozzle followed by a damp cloth. For glass or crystal light fixture, you should also use some polish.
4. Shelves – Empty and wipe down all shelves.
5. Carpets – Carpet will also have a winter’s worth of dirt in them. Either shampoo them or rent a carpet cleaner. Either way, practice somewhere out of sight to make sure you don’t accidentally spoil the carpet. Use wax paper to protect your furniture.
6. Wood, laminate or tiled floors – After giving them a good mopping, apply wax or sealer to protect your floor for the year ahead. On a side note, you should actually avoid mopping wood floors too often. Stick to every two or three months and spot-clean in between.
7. Walls, cabinets, skirting boards and other woodwork – Even if they’re not obviously dirty, dust can stick to vertical surfaces. Clean them with a sponge or cloth and dishwashing detergent in hot water. Top tip: use a separate bucket to squeeze out the dirty water from your cloth.
8. Old food – Go through your fridge, freezer and cupboards, throwing out any food that has been hanging around for too long.
9. Fridge – Empty your fridge and wipe down all the shelves.
10. Fridge coil – Built-up dust can make your fridge work overtime and eventually break down. Pull your fridge out, and vacuum all over the back of it. Then, vacuum the floor where it usually stands.
11. Oven – Chip off baked-on food, then use baking soda and white vinegar to loosen what’s left before wiping it away with a sponge.
12. Oven hood – Take out and wash the filter in hot, soapy water. Clean the rest of the hood to remove grease.
13. Microwave – Put one cup of water and a sliced lemon in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave it until the window steams up. Let things cool down and then wipe down the inside of the microwave.
14. Coffee maker – Use a half-and-half mixture of vinegar and water to descale your coffee maker. “Brew” the mixture, stopping half way. Let it sit for half an hour and then finish the cycle.
15. Stainless steel appliances – Make them sparkle again with a wax-based spray.
16. Dishwasher – Make sure all leftover bits of food are removed from the dishwasher and then run a cleaning cycle with a cleanser product (two cups of vinegar will also do the trick).
17. Washing machine – Use distilled white vinegar and baking soda to clean out your machine. Remember to run another cycle afterwards to make sure everything is washed out. Lastly, wipe it dry.
18. Windows – Make sure to clean both the inside and the outside of your windows. It’s best to wash your windows on a cloudy (but not rainy) day so that the windows will dry more slowly — giving you time to wipe off the cleaner before streaks appear.
19. Mattress – Flip your mattress and vacuum the underside. Use upholstery cleaner on any stains.
20. Wardrobe and drawers – Empty and dust. As you are doing this, it’s a great time to be ruthlessly honest about which clothes you actually wear. Donate those that don’t make the cut.

Local Events

North Coast Riding – All Candidates Debate
Lester Centre of the Arts, Prince Rupert, BC
Monday, April 24th at 7pm
White and Teal Women of Steel Loonie Auction
Crest Hotel, Prince Rupert, BC
Friday, April 28th, 6:30pm to 11pm