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Jan 31, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
“Crown Isle Resort and Community has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property,” said Jim Sluiter, Staff Ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs.
For more information on golf and the environment, visit www.golfandenvironment.org.
Jan 26, 2011
Construction on the first phase of Vancouver Island vacation homes The Maples at Sproat Lake is now complete, and the foundation has been poured for Phase 2 of this new real estate development. Located west of Port Alberni on Sproat Lake, The Maples vacation homes will eventually be a Vancouver Island waterfront community comprised of 24 new strata homes on five lakefront acres. Featuring a large sandy beach and a 2100 square foot dock, the development is ideal for families. Each unit will be designed to take advantage of the views and the forested surroundings, and will feature West Coast contemporary style architecture. For more information about the project visit their website.
Jan 24, 2011
A sold out audience attended the 2011 1stView Vancouver Island Real Estate Forecasting Forum at Courtenay’s Filberg Centre on Jan. 20.
Presentations from leading industry experts informed the audience about upcoming real estate and construction trends, as well as Comox Valley development news.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort President Peter Gibson presented updates from the ski resort and Lee Rome of the BC Construction Association spoke about the future of the industry and the demand for trades people.
The CMHC’s Travis Archibald presented a housing market update, and Coast Realty’s Marty Douglas detailed Comox Valley and Campbell River real estate numbers.
Keynote Speaker Cameron Muir, chief economist of the BC Real Estate Association, addressed the BC Housing outlook, with a focus on Vancouver Island.
All of the presentations are now available for viewing at www.1stView.ca
Jan 12, 2011
Housing starts slid to 1,034 in 2009, but surged to 2,118 by the end of 2010, beating the 10-year average of 1,800, Travis Archibald, senior market analyst for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp, told the Victoria Times Colonist.
This year and next are expected to deliver new Vancouver Island homes in the form of multi-family projects, many in Victoria’s Western Communities. Potential buyers are often local, seeking a lower price point, Archibald said.
Langford has been a magnet for development, largely because of lower land prices. Developers tuned into the housing market are putting up single-family homes on small lots, creating a product that is more affordable than in some other parts of the region.
Kettle Creek Station in Langford has been a very popular example of smaller homes and lower price points. Nestled between Langford Lake and Goldstream Provincial Park, at Kettle Creek Station, new custom homes are available starting from $269,000. Prices include net HST, appliance packages, granite countertops and no strata fees. Kettle Creek Station offers 8 different floor plans with 6 plans under $400,000.
Jan 11, 2011
Building Links and 1stView are hosting their 5th annual Economic Forecasting Forum Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 at Courtenay’s Florence Filberg Centre. This year the perennially sold out event will feature keynote speaker Cameron Muir, Chief Economist of the BC Real Estate Association.
“We are excited to bring high profile industry experts to the Comox Valley,” said host Clarice Coty. “With construction and real estate in the region on the upswing, it is an opportunity for attendees to get the inside scoop on trends in residential development for 2011.”
Discussing the “Outlook for Real Estate in BC in 2011,” Muir and his fellow speakers will review data and supply new forecasts for the real estate and construction industries.
Other guest speakers include Travis Archibald, the Senior Market Analyst at Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Peter Gibson, president of Mount Washington Alpine Resort, and Marty Douglas, Managing Broker of Coast Realty Group (Comox Valley) Ltd.
The Forum will be held Thursday Jan. 20, 2011. Networking time is offered from 3:30-5:30, dinner from 5:45-6:45, followed by presentations from 6:45-9:15. Tickets are $59 incl. HST, and are available online at www.1stView.ca.
This event has sold out in its first four years, so purchase your tickets early reserve your place at this exciting and informative event.
For more information call 250-338-5466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan 11, 2011