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November 2017 Issue


Mike Morse

Hi Everyone!

November is a busy month with events in Prince Rupert. Some are fundraising events, and some are Christmas related.  Since the daylight hours are short, it’s great to have options to stay busy. There are a few events at the bottom of this newsletter, but you can find more at https://rupertreigns.com.

In the meantime, our real estate market is still going along at a steady pace; please see the stats section below.

Here are some news articles that will give you an idea of what has been happening in our area this past month.  We included an article about a deer that has been walking around Prince Rupert with a purple hammock on his antlers.  In the case you haven’t already heard about him, people are calling him “Hammy” and he is becoming a local celebrity.  Hopefully within the next few months his antlers will fall off and he can get back to a normal existence.

Wolverine’s first open house

Premier Tours AltaGas Propane Export Terminal

DP World continues strong volume growth

WCMRC grows its fleet and spill response on the North Coast

Less congestion at Fairview, but still a work in progress

VIDEO and story: Rushbrook Trail upgrade trekking along

Train crossings, stormwater and sewage upgrades on schedule

United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union Wants to Address Hot Topics at Upcoming Union Convention

A deer with a hammock on his head is Prince Rupert’s newest celebrity

Defying expectations

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any real estate related questions, or questions about Prince Rupert, in general.

Thank you.

Mike & Nikki Morse, REALTORS®

Mike Cell: 250.600.6620
Nikki Cell: 250.600.4650

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Top 10 House Hunting Tips

When looking for a place to call home, it’s easy to get sidetracked by thinking with your heart rather than your head. Although it takes less than seven seconds to make a first impression, a quick decision could lead to an unavoidable case of buyer’s remorse. In order to avoid this, we have listed a checklist for the top ten house hunting tips you need to know before you attend a viewing.

  1. Location: There are many things that can be changed, upgraded, or improved after you have purchased a home, but the location isn’t one of them. You need to think about the proximity to work, schools, and other attractions you frequently visit and also research any new developments or upcoming changes to the area in the future.
  2. Smells: While air fresheners and open windows can clear out certain scents, it’s important to pay attention in order to sniff out other potential issues. For example, if you notice a damp smell, it could mean the home has poor ventilation or issues with mold.
  3. Even Floors: Noticing a slanted floor is one of the major hints that there could be a large structural issue with the home. If you do notice something, you can ask your Agent to inquire with the owners or make note of it for the home inspection if you decide to go that far in the purchase process.
  4. Lighting: Natural lighting is something that is often overlooked in your house hunt, especially if you are viewing a home at night, or in the middle of winter. Think about how important natural lighting is to you, and plan your viewing times around when the lighting will be optimal.
  5. Shape & Size of Rooms: It is important to take a good look at the layout to make sure not only you but also your furniture can fit comfortably in the space.
  6. Parking: Is there enough space for everyone in your household to park or will this become an added expense? Additionally, if there is parking available, will your vehicle fit?
  7. Laundry: If there is laundry in the home, you need to make sure it is in an accessible location. If there is no laundry, is it in a convenient location you can easily get to with or without a car?
  8. Storage Space: Depending on how creative you can get with your storage, you will want to make sure that there is enough room to store your belongings without things becoming cluttered or unliveable.
  9. It looks perfect, but are you missing something? Professional staging can sometimes fool buyers into thinking a property is perfect while diverting their eyes away from potential issues. Don’t let the professional décor and scent of fresh baked cookies take your attention away from the things that matter.
  10. Assess the Kitchen and Bathrooms: The kitchen and bathroom are two of the most costly rooms in a home. Make sure you pay special attention to these rooms to avoid getting stuck with unwanted repairs or updates after purchasing the home.

While a home inspection will help advise you of any potential issues, it is still a good idea to pay attention to these things in the initial stages of your home search. This will also help ensure you don’t waste money on unnecessary home inspections.

*Courtesy of RE/MAX

WHAT’S OUR MARKET DOING?

October 2017 – Prince Rupert (& Area) Real Estate

From October’s stats, our market is looking very solid, yet again. The average sale price of a house is up from last year and we are still consistent with the number of sales. Things are looking stable, and we’re happy with that!

SALES (all types):
# of sales in Oct 2016 – 16
# of sales in Oct 2017 – 18

YEAR-TO-DATE SALES (all types)
As of Oct 31, 2016 – 181
As of Oct 31, 2017 – 186

TYPES OF PROPERTIES SOLD IN OCTOBER 2017:
1 – Land
3 – Half-duplexes
11- Houses
1 – Manufactured home

NUMBER OF ACTIVE LISTINGS (all types):
As of Oct 31, 2016 – 174
As of Oct 31, 2017 – 168

AVERAGE SALE PRICE OF A HOUSE (YEAR-TO-DATE)
As of Oct 31, 2016 – $ 268,205
As of Oct 31, 2017 – $ 279,348

TOTAL SALES OF ALL TYPES (YEAR-TO-DATE)
As of Oct 31, 2016 – $ 47,445,220
As of Oct 31, 2017 – $ 50,228,750

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 October 31, 2017.

Events

Kaien Island Craft Fair
November 17 & 18
Jim Ciccone Civic Centre

Powder Pig Jig
November 18th at 7:30pm
Fisherman’s Hall

Huu Bac Quintet
November 23rd at 7:3pm
Lester Centre of the Arts

This is not intended to solicit properties currently listed for sale or individuals currently under contract with a brokerage.