New property listed in Na North Nanaimo, Nanaimo

I have listed a new property at 5558 Cliffside Rd in Nanaimo. See details here

In the prestigious Noble Ridge neighbourhood of North Nanaimo, you'll find a captivating corner home that boasts breathtaking ocean and mountain vistas across its three levels. This private sanctuary is surrounded by lush gardens, serene water features, and ample outdoor spaces, perfect for families and pets alike. Adding to its appeal, a charming side-street garage enhances the overall character of the property. For those seeking utmost privacy, each of the three bedrooms is strategically positioned on a different floor. The main level showcases elegant hardwood floors, expansive windows that flood the space with natural light, a cozy fireplace, two inviting balconies, and a well-appointed kitchen featuring granite countertops, modern stainless-steel appliances, and more. The primary bedroom not only includes an ensuite but also offers balcony access for you to enjoy your morning coffee or evening sunsets. Heading upstairs, you'll find another bedroom, a versatile office space, a comfortable family room, and a dedicated media area. A third balcony on this level provides yet more opportunities to soak in the stunning sunset views. Downstairs, the third bedroom, a convenient bathroom, ample storage space, and a spacious rec room await your personal touch – an ideal setup for a home business or additional living space. This home is equipped with modern amenities, including a heat pump, security system, irrigation, a double garage, and RV parking. Situated close to Linley Valley and North Nanaimo's finest amenities, this property offers not only a picturesque setting but also a convenient and comfortable lifestyle.


I have sold a property at 3221 Telescope Terr in Nanaimo

I have sold a property at 3221 Telescope Terr in Nanaimo on Nov 28, 2023. See details here

Welcome to 3221 Telescope Terrace located in Nanaimos' desirable Sherwood Forest area of Departure Bay. This is a main-level entry home with a 1 bedroom unauthorized suite on the lower walkout level. The main floor has 3 good-sized bedrooms and 2 bathrooms including the ensuite. The main floor has been beautifully renovated creating a stunning open concept with westcoast flare. The kitchen is bright & inviting with a large granite counter island and wide plank high-end flooring throughout. A large deck overlooks the backyard and views of Mt Benson creating a great space to entertain. The lower level of the home has a spacious & comfortable private 1 bedroom suite, a large storage area/den, a rec room for that drum set and laundry. The Suite Patio spans the length of the home and has access to the backyard. The private and peaceful setting with a mature backyard leaves room to garden and for kids to play. The suite is tenanted. All measurements approx. verified if relied upon.


New property listed in Na North Nanaimo, Nanaimo

I have listed a new property at 101 5443 Norton Rd in Nanaimo. See details here

Nestled within Ocean View Terraces, this North Nanaimo townhome offers captivating ocean & coastal mountain vistas. The fortunate new owner will relish life in this exceptional neighborhood, complete with underground utilities & raised sidewalks, conveniently situated near parks, bus services, & the beach. Spanning 1,658 sq ft, this townhome features a garage, a cozy natural gas fireplace, on-demand hot water, & charming Hardi plank siding with stone accents. The soaring vaulted ceilings & tall windows frame breathtaking views, while the kitchen boasts granite countertops, upgraded stainless steel appliances, under-cabinet lighting, a tiled backsplash, & a kitchen island with an inviting eating bar. The primary bedroom pampers with a walk-in closet & a lavish glass-tiled step-in shower in the ensuite. A second bedroom with patio access is nearby, & a den plus a family room are located on the ground level. This is an exceptional opportunity not to be missed – take action now!


I have sold a property at 1827 Montana Rd in Nanaimo

I have sold a property at 1827 Montana Rd in Nanaimo on Nov 15, 2023. See details here

This affordable three-bedroom, two-bathroom home offers an attractive legal suite and is ready for immediate possession. Enjoy the stunning panoramic views from this home, which is sure to sell quickly! Nestled in the peaceful Cinnabar Valley, it is within walking distance of school, parks, and bus service. This bright home features many tall windows, a natural gas fireplace, fresh paint, a balcony, and a huge fenced backyard, ideal for kids and pets. If you want to use the entire home, you can easily return a former passageway inside the spacious front foyer. The next lucky owner will also enjoy this neighbourhood's underground utility services and raised sidewalks. You will not find a better-priced listing in Nanaimo and its surroundings. Don't delay; contact your agent now to schedule a viewing before it's too late!


New property listed in Na North Nanaimo, Nanaimo

I have listed a new property at 6138 Glacier Way in Nanaimo. See details here

Congratulations, you just found your new home, and it will be ready before the holidays! This four-bedroom and three-bathroom home, which includes a one-bedroom suite with a private entry, is now ready for its next lucky owner. Nestled in the coveted Parkwood subdivision, a favourite among families in North Nanaimo, it boasts a delightful community park, underground utilities, raised sidewalks, and homes of like quality. Moreover, Parkwood offers the convenience of being just a short stroll away from schools, bus service and shopping. The home has an open floor plan with large rooms, tall windows, a vaulted ceiling, a natural gas fireplace and updates throughout. There is a dining room, a living room and a family room. A spacious kitchen provides never-ending countertops, abundant cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and access to a large covered balcony with stairs to a fully fenced yard. The chef will also enjoy dual skylights, a modern composite sink, under-cabinet lighting, a stylish subway tile backsplash, and elegant tile flooring. Not to be overlooked is a practical workstation and a breakfast bar. The main level is also home to two large bedrooms, a refreshed main bathroom, and an expansive primary bedroom with a walk-in closet and a renovated ensuite; both bathrooms feature granite countertops. You'll find a large family room downstairs, adjacent to the roomy foyer. A one-bedroom suite is accessible through a shared laundry room. Additional noteworthy attributes of this home include a double garage, a heat pump for year-round comfort, RV parking, and easy-care mature landscaping. Contact your agent now to arrange a viewing of this outstanding property before the opportunity slips away. The main portion of the home will be vacant on December 01, 2023. All data and measurements should be confirmed.


35 Tips to Furnish Your New Home for Less

Buying a new home is one of the most exciting experiences in life. And if you’re like most homebuyers, you’ll be planning your furniture placement and decor before the ink dries on your offer letter.

But before you run to the nearest home goods store, take a deep breath. First, you’ll need to delay any major purchases before you close on your new home. A large outlay or additional line of credit could affect your credit rating and, thus, impact your mortgage terms.1 Second, moving and closing costs can add up quickly, so it’s important to be strategic with your remaining budget.

But don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to save on home essentials, and we’ve rounded up some of our favourites to share with you. 


According to the nonprofit Furniture Bank, you could spend around $8,300 to outfit a one-bedroom apartment with the essentials, and the costs only go up from there for larger homes and higher-end items.2 That’s why we recommend starting with a thorough assessment of what you already have and what you actually need to start life in your new place. Here are some steps to help you prioritize your purchases and keep spending in check. 

  • Make a list of everything you need. Going room by room could help you brainstorm—for example, you might list items ranging from a mattress to blackout curtains for your new primary bedroom. 
  • Inventory what you already have. Cross the big (dining table) to the small (kitchen knives) off your list as you go. 
  • Divide the remaining items into three groups: things you need right away (a mattress), items you’d like to have in the near future (a coffee table for your living room), and pieces that can wait (an area rug). 
  • Calculate your budget. Figure out how much money you’ll have available for immediate purchases after the sale has closed, and start researching the items on your priority list to understand how they’ll fit into your budget.
  • Don’t rush the process. Bringing older items to your new space doesn’t mean you need to keep them forever. Consider hanging onto pieces that can tide you over for a year or two until your bank account has recovered from the costs of a home purchase. 

Before you start shopping, make sure you know which appliances and fixtures are included with your home purchase. We can inform you of the standard contract terms when you’re making an initial offer and note any additional items that you would like to request.


Did you know that some home items predictably go on sale at certain times of the year? If you can wait to buy these pieces when prices are lower, you could save significantly. Here are some of the best times to buy household essentials:3

  • Carpeting: January
  • Indoor furniture: January and July
  • Linens: January
  • TVs and home theatres: February and November
  • Appliances: May and September
  • Office furniture: May
  • Mattresses: May 
  • Tools: June
  • Flatware and dishes: June
  • Outdoor furniture: September
  • Electronics: November 

Generally speaking, holiday weekends (as well as Black Friday and Cyber Monday) tend to be great times to find deals. If the item you’re looking for is seasonal—like patio furniture or holiday decorations—waiting until the end of that season usually pays off.


Can’t wait for a sale? It’s time to think outside of the box (the big-box stores, that is). There are plenty of surprising places to find great furniture and houseware deals. 

  • Check out overstock and liquidation stores. These stores purchase items other retailers haven’t sold and offer them at a steep discount. The inventory can be hit or miss, but you can often get a great deal if you find what you’re looking for.4
  • Try private membership/warehouse stores. These retailers often have great deals on home goods. If you’re not already a member, ask family or friends if they are willing to take you to look around before you commit.
  • Consider open-box items.  When buyers return items like furniture or electronics, retailers can’t always sell them as new, even if they haven’t truly been used. Look online for open-box deals from retailers like Wayfair and Amazon Warehouse or visit local retailers to see what they have in stock.
  • Give scratch-and-dent appliances a chance. These appliances are brand new but sold at deep discounts because their external packaging was damaged. Typically, this means that flaws are purely cosmetic—but it’s always possible that the merchandise has suffered more serious damage. So, be sure to check out the appliances carefully and ask about included warranties.5
  • Expand your window treatment search. Window treatments can be surprisingly expensive, but it’s often possible to save by buying off-the-shelf offerings in standard sizes. If you need a custom size or material, consider ordering online from a discount supplier and installing them yourself. 
  • Shop secondhand. In addition to thrift stores and garage sales, Facebook Marketplace, NextDoor, and Kijiji are all great places to find deals in your area. 

Are alternative shopping sources still a stretch for your budget? Check out local Freecycle or “Buy Nothing” groups, which are often hosted on Facebook. Participants offer big and small items they no longer need—everything from furniture to clothing hangers—for free to other members.6,7


Many people don’t realize that prices for home goods, from furniture to appliances, are often negotiable. While asking for a discount can be intimidating, it’s common practice in many industries, although more so at independently-owned stores than chains. Here are a few tips:8,9

  • Comparison shop before you walk into a store. If you can find a lower price for the same item elsewhere, many retailers will match it.
  • Ask the store associate or manager for the best price available. They may be able to offer additional discounts or coupons. 
  • If you can pay in cash, ask if you can get a discount for doing so. The seller may be happy to offer a small price reduction to avoid paying processor fees. 
  • Call ahead to ask about applicable discounts. Some retailers offer price reductions for active military, veterans, teachers, first responders, or senior citizens on certain days or times of the year.
  • Point out scratches or dings to the sales associate. They may be willing to offer a discount to compensate for the imperfection. 
  • Ask about floor models. Many stores offer these pieces at a lower price, even if they’re in like-new condition. 

After you’ve negotiated a killer deal, don’t forget to ask for free or discounted delivery! Sometimes furniture and appliance stores will offer complimentary delivery or installation if you spend a certain amount or purchase multiple items.


Every penny counts when you’re on a budget—and spending a little extra time maximizing reward programs and discounts is usually worthwhile.

  • Make sure you never miss a sale. Sign up for your favourite retailers’ email lists and follow them on social media for discounts and sale alerts.
  • Take advantage of loyalty programs. If you’re making a big purchase or getting multiple items from one store, ask about free loyalty programs. Signing up often comes with an introductory coupon.
  • Consider store credit cards (carefully). Store credit cards can offer significant discounts—but only charge items you can pay off right away to avoid interest, and never open new lines of credit until your home purchase is complete, since it can affect your credit score.
  • Enroll in coupon and cashback programs. When you’re shopping online, programs like Rakuten and Great Canadian Rebates can help you find coupon codes and give you cash back on purchases.

While you’re at it, why not set up a housewarming registry?10  You can share the link with family and friends if they ask what you need—and you can also use it to score discounts. Many stores offer a percentage off to help you buy unpurchased items on your registry. 


If you want to avoid a cookie-cutter home aesthetic—and save a few bucks—try reimagining your existing furniture and how it could fit into your new space. Here are a few of our favourite strategies. 

  • Repurpose what you have. Instead of buying a new item to fit a specific purpose, ask yourself if you can use what you have in a different way. For example, repurpose an old dresser as a television stand or use a mismatched dining chair in your home office.
  • Upgrade existing items. Sometimes, a new coat of paint or varnish, or simply swapping out drawer pulls and handles, can lend a new lease on life to an old piece of furniture. You can also keep this strategy in mind if you see second-hand items that would be just right if they were a different colour or had nicer fixtures.
  • Reupholster instead of buying new. If you have a tired-looking sofa or chair that’s still comfortable and stable, think about getting it reupholstered in new fabric instead of replacing it.
  • Get handy. Building furniture is certainly not for everyone, but with some basic tools and help from the internet, you may find that simple items like headboards are well within your grasp. You might also be able to repair pieces you already have and avoid shopping altogether. 

Do-it-yourself projects can be fun, but they aren’t for everyone. If you’d like some professional help, reach out for a list of our recommended service providers.


We know budgeting for a new home can be overwhelming, and we want to make the process easier for you. If you’re considering a home purchase, we can advise you on a realistic budget and help you review your options. We can also offer insights on other financial considerations and programs and incentives that can help make homeownership more attainable. Reach out for a free consultation. 

The above references an opinion and is for informational purposes only.  It is not intended to be financial, legal, or tax advice. Consult the appropriate professionals for advice regarding your individual needs.


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