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Housing sales within the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) for the first half of March were not affected deeply by the COVID-19 virus. However; the second half of March produced fewer housing sales throughout the province, including the VIREB region.  Undoubtedly, the global pandemic will have an effect upon the 2020 BC housing market.  Nanaimo and area have certainly experienced declining housing sales activity, however, home prices locally have not slipped.  This is wonderful news for persons living on Vancouver Island.   Unfortunately; Canada’s largest cities (Vancouver and Toronto) have experienced both activity and price declines since the onset of COVID-19.


A symbol representing the VIREB housing stats.

The VIREB region produced 333 single family home sales in March 2020.  This is up from the 259 single family home sales in February 2020.  It was ramping up to be a much better year versus 2019 and the later half of 2018.


The March 2020 VIREB region benchmark price was 4% higher...

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Hello; it was the link from the newsletter that brought you to this blog post.  You may be the winner of a $50 gift card.  Your chances of winning are great and it’s very easy too!  All newsletter draw entrants, per Canadian legislation, must be 19+ years of age and correctly answer a VERY simple question.  That is correct…  just complete the section below and include the correct answer within the comments section.  It will take less than a minute and I am certain you will answer the question correctly.


Please select which of the following statements is correct:


  • Chris Martin is a Hall of Fame Realtor with RE/MAX of Nanaimo.
  • Chris Martin is a professional baseball player for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Furthermore, as per Canadian legislation regarding this random draw, I must also state that the winning entrant must reside within British Columbia.  (A Canadian province.)  Please also note that this newsletter draw is open to all persons subject...

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Realtors are showing homes with COVID-19 protocols.  We are also becoming very good at marketing ourselves and our listings on Facebook, Instagram and You Tube.  Just like many others we now have more free time on our hands than ever before.  Showing activity of homes in Nanaimo during this COVID-19 pandemic is down more than 70 percent.  The good news, however, is that the list prices have not declined nor has the difference between the list price and the sale price grown.


The services provided by REALTORS have been deemed essential, but, it is not business as usual.  In fact, Canadian REALTORS are now working from their homes.  The RE/MAX of Nanaimo owners have done an excellent job repositioning the support staff to the safety of their homes.  It was an organized and professional transition.  These staff persons are effectively supporting the brokerage from their homes.  Thank you RE/MAX of Nanaimo!  The following are many COVID-19 protocols...

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Real estate services have been deemed essential.  Real estate and COVID-19 combined have caused the creation of many new industry protocols.  COVID-19 stands for coronavirus disease of 2019.  It is an acute respiratory syndrome that has genetic similarities of the 2002 SARS coronavirus.  Those infected with COVID-19 may have symptoms ranging from very mild to hospitalization and death.  This disease is very serious and you do not want to become infected or inadvertently pass it to others.


The essential businesses working during this global pandemic have greatly increased their safety protocols to protect themselves and the public from COVID-19.  RE/MAX of Nanaimo Realtors are now working from their home offices with support from the Brokerage staff persons also working from their home offices.  Real estate services may have been deemed essential, but, it is not business as usual.  There are several COVID-19 protocols that must be followed before any...

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Meet Chris Martin:

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Hello and welcome to my first blog post ever.  (Yikes!)  My name is Chris Martin and I am an award winning Realtor with RE/MAX of Nanaimo.  I’ve received the RE/MAX Hall of Fame and the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement awards.  I am very proud of these awards because they represent over 1000 satisfied clients since 2004.  Nanaimo has been my home since 1983 and you couldn’t force me to leave this wonderful city.  In 1996 I married a third generation Nanaimo beauty and today our son (fourth generation) attends the Vancouver Island University.

Where Do I help Buyers & Sellers?

I am licensed to assist real estate buyers and sellers throughout British Columbia and Vancouver Island, but, choose to remain within the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) region and more specifically Nanaimo and its surrounding areas including the Town of Ladysmith.  I am a residential property, strata property and recreation property expert....

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