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Politics and Real Estate

May 22nd, 2013

Last weeks election was a barnburner. As you all know, Christy Clark and the Liberals pulled out the upset victory that no polls predicted and secured another majority government. This was very good news for Dawson Creek real estate for a few reasons.

The first and most important reason this is good news is psychological. Our local economy is currently driven by the energy industry. It ...

Investing in Dawson Creek Real Estate - Part 2 of 3

February 8th, 2012

Last week we looked at the different ways that real estate offers a return on your investment. This week I’m going to take a look at the current state of the Dawson Creek rental market. What is available, what rents look like, different levels of risk, and return available to real estate investors in my hometown.

First, some facts: The vacancy rate in Dawson Creek is 1.4% according to t ...

Investing in Dawson Creek Real Estate - Part 1 of 3

February 8th, 2012

Real estate in Dawson Creek is a fascinating investment vehicle these days. The question is, is investing in Dawson Creek real estate right for you at this time? Part one of this series will discuss real estate as an investment vehicle in general terms. Next week I will discuss the current state of the Dawson Creek rental market in particular. The week after that, I will discuss the risk ...

What's going on out there?

July 15th, 2011

What’s going on out there?

The second quarter of 2011 was a very strange period in Dawson Creek real estate. Supply is high, demand is tepid, yet the median price of a home in the area is up to record levels. So what exactly is going on out there?  

At the end of the quarter the number of homes on the market was up 23% compared with last year to 224 homes in and around the region. The ...

Is Now Your Time to Buy A Home?

June 29th, 2011

In my daily newspaper readings I stumbled on a great article in the Globe and Mail from June 28th titled “6 signs it’s time to buy a house.” By Janet Fowler.  Obviously I like it. It is in my best interests and the interests of the selling clients that I represent to have everybody in the mood to buy a house! However, when reality kicks in, it is clearly not always the right move for e ...

Renovating for Profit

June 10th, 2011

Home renovations have become as commonplace as getting new shoes. Everyone you know who owns their home is in the middle of some sort of renovation project. It could be something as simple as painting the guest bedroom or as complex as gutting and redoing the kitchen. Everybody is in on it.

Sometimes people are renovating because they want to increase their enjoyment of their home. For ...

15 Tips for Home Buyers in Dawson Creek

May 12th, 2011

We are one month into the second quarter of 2011. The second quarter is typically one of the busiest times of year for real estate. Buyers who have been taking the winter off are making their move. Here’s a quick refresher for home buyers – first timers to seasoned vets.


15 things to remember if you’re buying a home this fall

  1. An exclusive buyer’s agent costs you nothing. You might ...

Buying a Brand New Home

May 12th, 2011

There are an infinite number of variables that will impact your decisions to buy a particular home. This column makes the case for buying a brand new home. In the name of full disclosure, I am currently marketing several brand new single family homes so I am somewhat biased. I also live in a home that was brand new when my wife and I moved in. I‘m not going to lie – it’s pretty sweet. I ...

First quarter market update

April 12th, 2011

First Quarter Market Update

All data used in this column was collected on April 12, 2011 from the MLS. The data was collected and compiled independently by the author. There are private sales that are not accounted for in this data. If you have any questions about this data contact the author at 250.719.3538 or by email at kevink@kevink.ca

In the first quarter of this year the Norther ...

Confirmation of my Last Post

March 25th, 2011
Another company steps up and proposes ANOTHER LNG terminal in Kitimat. If you want to know the significance of this, check out my last post. 

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