Summer 2012 Edition
Featured Inside: Professional Live-Work Unit >p15
Inspiring Views >p11
Private River Front >p14
Unparalleled Family Estate >p12
Family Perfect >p7 & many more!
ALSO: Are you REALLY ready to buy? >p4 Best Tips Before You List >p8 A Selling Strategy that Works >p15 ...More helpful information throughout.
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Dan Sells Homes. Dan’s marketing approach includes a superior website WWW.DANMORRIS.CA delivers MORE: More real estate photos. More interactive floorplans. More neighbourhood links. More about getting ready to sell. More about where you want to live. More local current events. More market news. More Realtor Service.
Born here in Nanaimo and having spent a majority of my life here, gives me the conﬁdence of knowing this city’s key features, aspects and amenities. With this knowledge I can help market your property, or ﬁnd you a great place to call home. Here is a brief summary of the wide variety of skills that I have used over my working life: - Owned a company chasing seagulls from landﬁlls using trained predatory hawks (Harris Hawks). Through the 5 years that I owned and operated this company I developed skills in negotiation and sales expanding the operation to 3 diﬀerent contracts, eventually brokering a deal selling oﬀ each operation to key employees. - Worked as a Senior Computer Systems Administrator and Automation Programmer for an Internet Service Provider in Vancouver. One of my main accomplishments was designing and building automation software that is still being used 10+ years after it was built. My experience in this ﬁeld has given me a thorough understanding of how the Internet works this understanding is fundamental for marketing your home online. - Owned & operated Morris Media, providing out-of-home advertising services to business professionals. Through this company I have been able to further hone my sales and marketing skills: both of which are the key skills you need in a Realtor to get your home sold. - Realtor with Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty - Started in May of 2010, and with my fresh approach to sales and marketing, I was awarded Rookie of the Year for 2010. In 2011 my hard work and dedication to serving my clients has catapulted me to sales numbers with the top Realtors throughout the city of Nanaimo. - And now ranking with the top Realtors at RE/MAX of Nanaimo – Nanaimo’s largest and most active Real Estate brokerage and home to Nanaimo’s top agents. I’m motivated, personable and I love what I do. I pride myself as a family man -married with 3 young boys and I posess the patience and dedication that goes along with raising a rambunctious family. As a Realtor I’m committed to providing unparalleled service not just listing your home, but going the extra mile to market it.
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Table of Contents:
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>p4-5 Househunting Tips
Selecting an Agent
Listing Agent Strategies
Getting Ready to Sell
Selling Strategies that Work
Recently Sold by Dan Morris
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Source: Vancouver Island Real Estate Board
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#5 1310 Spruston Road, EXTENSION
Buying a home? Make your house-hunting experience positive & rewarding.
1. Location is crucial. How far are you willing to commute? How good are the schools, parks, transportation services or other important amenities? Will your new home be next to a development property? Even a dream home can be a mistake if it's in a location that is undesirable to you. Picking favourite areas before you begin is a good first step.
2. Make a list. Do you know what you need and want from your home? You'll save yourself many hours of shopping if you make a list ahead of time. Focus on features you MUST have, would LIKE to have, definitely don't want and would prefer not to have. Your goal is to find the right home for yourself and your family without falling in love with one that doesn't suit your needs. An easy way to start is by compiling a list of what you like and dislike about your current home.
This home has been very well looked after and is move in ready. Plenty of natural light comes in with its new windows, and fresh paint. Other great features are new cabinets, a new roof, detached shed and updated appliances. Enjoy BBQs on your new covered deck and have peace of mind about kids or pets with a fully fenced back yard. Forest Glade Park oﬀers a secluded, wilderness ambiance but it located just minutes between Nanaimo and Ladysmith. This home is move-in ready. Quick possession possible.
FOR DETAILS VISIT WWW.DANMORRIS.CA/66
1643 Creekside Drive, CENTRAL NANAIMO
Building Type Living Area Lot Bedrooms Bathrooms
Mobile 750 sq ft Mobile Home Park 2 1
3. Do research. Today, information about recent home sales prices, market trends, homes on the market, neighbourhood statistics and the home-buying process are readily available through your Realtor. Go surfing. Ask questions. Get educated. Empower yourself.
4. Get pre-approved. Rather than guessing what you can afford, contact your mortgage broker/lender to give you a full assessment and a preapproval letter stating how much you're qualified to borrow. The true amount may be much more (or much less) than you think. Your preapproval is figured by factoring in your household income, your creditworthiness, current interest rates, how much cash you have for the down payment... among other things. Armed with this knowledge you can decide for yourself what price range you are comfortable looking at.
Centrally located in Millstone Creek oﬀ Bowen Rd this whole complex has the worry free beneﬁt of a 2-10-10 Home Warranty with 7 years remaining. Family Friendly, care-free strata on a quiet no thru-road complete with on-grounds Daycare for busy parents. Vaulted ceilings and as part of Phase I of the development enjoy a deck oﬀ the master bedroom. Garden patio with hot tub (included) and an infrared sauna are additional beneﬁts. Guaranteed to be leaky free complex. Bright and open with a great ﬂoorplan.
FOR DETAILS VISIT WWW.DANMORRIS.CA/64
Year Built Living Area Lot Size Area Bedrooms Bathrooms
1994 1110 sq ft strata 3 2
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LOTS! Ashlee Road, JINGLEPOT
$186,000-$191,000 Two lots either perfect for your new home. Great area close to Vancouver Island University, the Christian school and Westwood Lake Park. Bring your plans and build your dreams. 2291 Ashlee Rd is an easy access, level 8,825 sq ft lot 2287 Ashlee Rd is another easy access lot, 14,961 sq. ft large with small creek running along side (seasonal). Call for availability of adjacent lot 2295 Ashlee Rd (8,075 sq ft) Hydro, water, phone, natural gas and sewer to lot lines. Buyer to verify all measurements and permitted land uses.
2287 Ashlee WWW.DANMORRIS.CA/29 2291 Ashlee WWW.DANMORRIS.CA/27
2150 Yellow Point Road, CEDAR
House-Hunting Tips continued...
5. Use a checklist. Touring multiple homes is an intense experience for most people. Rather than relying on memory, make notes about homes you visit. Turn your priorities into a personalized home-shopping checklist and use it track the features of each home.
6. Be comfortable. House-hunting is better if you can take your time, especially if you're relocating to a distant community and want to see a dozen homes in one day. Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy, easy-to-remove shoes. 7. Look beyond the décor. A property is about location, floor plan and state of repair – it is not about the current occupant’s taste in knickknacks or paint color. Keep in mind the space, flow and function (and how much work you are willing to invest) of a property to base any final decisions on.
8. Be prepared to make an offer. House-hunting can be frustrating if you know you're not really emotionally (or financially) ready to buy a home. If you are ready, know what decisions you'll face when you make an offer. Having already done Step 3, and Step 4 you will know what fair value is and what you can really afford to offer.
9. Relax. Sure, buying a home is a This 2 bed 1 bath modular home is on its own land in located in beautiful Cedar and has the potential for a den or 3rd bedroom. Listen to the soothing rain drops on a rainy night from your metal roof, which is sure to last a long time. Features of this home are a nearly fully fenced yard, with plenty of parking space, and best of all, a 480 sqft detached workshop/single car garage which has been wired and heated. This home screams potential for the right buyer.
FOR DETAILS VISIT WWW.DANMORRIS.CA/62
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Year Built Living Area Lot Size Area Bedrooms Bathrooms
1971 795 sq ft 0.28 acres 2 1
major, life-changing event. So, save time at the end of your house-hunting day to unwind and calm your thoughts. You will be in a better position to make good choices with a calm perspective. With a realtor on your side who is aware of your wants and expectations, the right house will come along.
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Selecting your Realtor
#101 5945 Kaden Place, NORTH NANAIMO
Deciding on a Realtor & what they should be doing for you. When buying your home, you usually use the services of a real estate agent. A referral from a neighbour or family member can help you decide, or through advertising or marketing can influence you. The agent helps you in many ways and can help you find the house of your dreams, make an offer and close the deal. The other side is when you want to sell - then a real estate agent is needed again. Many home sellers, especially those selling their first home, tend to think all agents are similar to the one that helped them buy their home. Although real estate agents can (and do) work with both buyers and sellers, most tend to concentrate more on one than the other. They specialize. When you bought your home, you probably worked with a "buyer’s agent" – an agent that works mostly with buyers. Because of the nature of real estate advertising and marketing, the public’s main image of the real estate profession is that of the selling agent (listing agent). As a result, many homeowners expect their listing agent to do the same things that a buyer’s agent does – find someone to buy their home. After all, they do the things you would expect if they were searching for buyers. A sign goes up in the front yard. Ads are placed in the local newspaper and real estate magazines. Your agent holds an open house on the weekend. Your house is proudly displayed on the Internet. But this is only "surface" marketing. More important activity occurs behind the scenes. After the "for sale" sign goes up and flyers are printed, your agent’s main job is to market your home to other agents, not just to homebuyers.
This friendly, convenient ground-ﬂoor fourplex townhouse is immaculately kept and modern with a lovely warm feeling to it. This lower unit has access to the 5' crawlspace that stretches the size of ﬂoorplan. Thoughtful planning went in the layout & design of this attractive home with a ﬁreplace, quality plank laminate ﬂoors & attractive patio area. The kitchen oﬀers beautiful cabinetry and ample counter space and there are spacious bedrooms with the master bedroom oﬀering a 3 piece ensuite.
Building Type Living Area Bedrooms Bathrooms
Townhome 1205 sq ft 2 + den 2
FOR DETAILS VISIT WWW.DANMORRIS.CA/68
7 Pirates Lane, PROTECTION ISLAND
Rustic Cabin right on the edge of the ocean. With .46 acres and 174’ of accessible oceanfront with a great southern exposure this cabin is awaiting you for a summer get away. All services available at the lot line – city water, city sewer, and hydro – each needs to be pulled down to the home. The cabin is of solid construction and with a timely renovation would make for a great get-a-way escape. Nature lovers will be thrilled to observe the Blue Heron Rookery on the property. Potential building zone or potentially expandable with a renovation at this price there’s nothing like it. Call for full details on this property. FOR DETAILS VISIT WWW.DANMORRIS.CA/15
Ocean Frontage Living Area Lot Size Area Bedrooms
174 ft 625 sq ft 0.46 2
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109 Cory Place, CHASE RIVER
Your Listing Realtor Your listing agent’s main job is to make sure that the other real estate agents know about your house. This is accomplished through listing your house with the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), broker previews and advertising targeted toward other agents.
MLS contains Important information
Level entry home with a walk out basement on a large .25 acre "park like" lot with Richard's Creek ﬂowing along the backyard. Many recent updates including roof, windows, doors, heat pump, ﬂoors, kitchen - the main ﬂoor has had a major interior renovation. Large rooms, open areas, a gorgeous sunroom and a wood burning ﬁreplace make the living quarters warm and inviting. Unauthorized bachelor suite downstairs with a full sized kitchen, 3 piece bathroom and plenty of storage. Immediate possession is available.
FOR DETAILS VISIT WWW.DANMORRIS.CA/61
about your property from general data such as square footage and number of rooms, to such details as property taxes or flooring. There should also be photos, and a short verbal description of what makes your house "special."
Year Built Living Area Lot Size Area Bedrooms Bathrooms
112 Cory Place, CHASE RIVER
Move in now to a well-kept home on a quiet cul-de-sac in a great family location. Excellent value with solid hardwood ﬂoors, custom cabinets and a gorgeous gazebo all make this home feel special. Great storage throughout round out this home’s appeal. Quiet cul-de-sac with nature views, ample parking and easy-care yard and enjoy close proximity to school, nature trails and parks. This property also boasts a decent amount of land above the backyard with spectacular views for future use or leave as-is for maximum privacy.
FOR DETAILS VISIT WWW.DANMORRIS.CA/43
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1983 2106 sq ft 0.25 acres 3 2
Other agents search the MLS database for homes that fit the price range and needs of their clients. They pay special attention to homes that are new on the market, which is one reason you get a lot of attention when your house is first listed.
Broker tour: When your listing agent belongs to a sizable office, an "office preview" will introduce your house to other agents working in the same office. In effect, they get a "head start" on selling your property. Regularly, the offices’ agents will get together, and "caravan" to all of the new listings. They file quickly through your home noting value and looking for anything memorable or different to determine if your house is one they would be proud to show their clients. Then they all move on to the next house on the tour. But some of them come back…with buyers. Promotion:
Year Built Living Area Lot Size Area Bedrooms Bathrooms
1999 1875 sq ft 0.21 acres 3+ 3
Newspapers, real estate magazines, radio ads, social media, local announcements... word of mouth (the best kind) yard sign, flyers, value added events and brochure box all promote awareness of your property listing.
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Getting the House Ready to Sell
1691 Fawcett Rd, CEDAR BY THE SEA
Make Your Home "anonymous" Give your place "personality" - but no person. If there is a new home sales tract (show home) near you, go visit. It doesn't matter what the price point is. What you will find are some wonderfully (but sparsely) furnished homes that anyone could live in -with the emphasis on "anyone." They are anonymous. There may be a baseball glove in the boy's room, but no family photos on the walls. The reason you want to make your home "anonymous" is because you want buyers to view it as their potential home. When a potential homebuyer sees your family photos hanging on the wall, it puts your intimate stamp on the home and momentarily shatters their illusions about living in the house themselves. Put away family photos, sports trophies, collectible items, knick-knacks, and souvenirs. Put them in a box. Rent a storage area for a few months and put the box in the storage unit. Do not just put the box in the attic, basement, garage or a closet.
First time on the market, this home sits on one of the nicest properties available. Established landscaping and a creek with your own walking bridge. Large corner lot in peaceful Cedar by the Sea with ocean views and only a short walk to the water. Bright open kitchen that has already been renovated! Add your personal touches with updating the ďŹ‚ooring. Also recently replaced was both the furnace and oil tank. Outside you'll ďŹ nd a convenient round about driveway, an outbuilding shed and a grape arbour.
FOR DETAILS VISIT WWW.DANMORRIS.CA/71
1024 Station Street, COOMBS
Year Built Living Area Lot Size Area Bedrooms Bathrooms
1970 2351 sq ft .37 acres 4 2
Part of preparing a house for sale is to remove "clutter," and that is the next step in preparing your house for sale.
A gorgeous level yard compliments the Westcoast contemporary style of this newly listed home. Explore your culinary technique in the newly renovated kitchen, then relax in the fantastic great room. Outside there are opportunities in the detatched Finished 14x24 Studio. Try your green thumb in the fully serviced greenhouse (electric, water) and lush gardens with many fruit & nut trees. Other percs to this private rural property are wood storage, brand new septic system, new roof, new water treatment system and a secondary well for irrigation. Located minutes from Coombs Market.
FOR DETAILS VISIT WWW.DANMORRIS.CA/69
Property Type Living Area Lot Size Area Bedrooms Bathrooms
Acreage 2689 sq ft 0.73 acres 4 2
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3771 South Oyster School Road, SALTAIR
Getting the House Ready to Sell Uncluttering for the best first impression
This is hard for most people to do of emotional attachments to everything in our homes. After years of living in the same home, things collect in such a way that may not be evident to the homeowner. However, it does affect the way buyers see the home, even if you do not realize it.
Acreage with a view! The ocean is only a short walk away and you will enjoy the ocean view from the kitchen window and decks of this custom designed, split entry home. Generously proportioned home with the main ﬂoor oﬀering an enormous living room, formal dining room, kitchen family room and 3 large bedrooms. Two wood burning ﬁreplaces will keep you cozy. On the lower ﬂoor you will ﬁnd the 4th bedroom, great storage, a massive rec room with an adjoining den and more. This property is one of only a few left in the area of its size.
FOR DETAILS VISIT WWW.DANMORRIS.CA/45
565 Nanaimo River Road, EXTENSION
Ocean View Living Area Lot Size Area Bedrooms Bathrooms
Acreage 2855 sq ft 1.0 acres 4 3
You want as much open, clear space as possible, so every extra little thing needs to be cleared away. Take a step back and pretend you are a buyer. Let a friend help point out areas of clutter, as long as you can accept their views without getting defensive. Another trick is to take a photo of the space to help you see it objectively. Let your agent help you, too.
The kitchen is a great place to start. First, get EVERYTHING off the counters. Only put back what “sets the scene” for an inviting workspace. Store the excess out of sight. Of course, you may not have cabinet space to put everything away. Clean the cabinets and drawers out too. Anything that rarely gets used should be put in storage (you will have to pack them when you sell anyway). You see, serious homebuyers will open all your closets, cabinets and drawers, especially in the kitchen. They want to be sure there is enough room for their “stuff.”
A semi-rural paradise with a new kitchen, stainless appliances, a new roof and skylights, an eﬃcient heat pump and bright open ﬂoorplan. This home also has an in-law suite with its own heat and laundry. This home has the its own generator backup system for those rare occasions when the power goes out and the deep 220’ well provides for excellent drinking water. This property has a double garage, and a massive overheight workshop (220V) and ample parking for all the toys you can acquire. Beautiful landscaping oﬀers mature fruit gardens and privacy.
FOR DETAILS VISIT WWW.DANMORRIS.CA/47
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Beneath the sink is critical, make sure the area is as empty as possible, and scrub the area clean.
Semi-Rural Living Area Lot Size Area Bedrooms Bathrooms
Suite 2658 sq ft 0.50 4 3
You want to promote an image of plentiful storage. The best way to do that is to have storage no more than 2/3 full.
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Getting the House Ready to Sell: Interior
5784 Bradbury Road, NORTH NANAIMO
Ceilings, Walls, & Paint
Check all the ceilings for water stains. Whether a leak is caused by plumbing or a faulty roof, Find the leak, repair it and make sure a proper job is done. Nothing irritates a buyer more than finding out - after the fact - about water damage. If a water stain is left after something you have already repaired, do the cosmetic work necessary to improve the desirability of your home. That means painting. Painting makes a home look fresh and new on the inside and never fails to impress. If dirt has accumulated in spots or you have an outdated color scheme, painting can be your best investment when selling your home. It is not a very expensive operation and often you can do it yourself. Do not choose colors based on your own preferences, but based on what would appeal to the widest possible number of buyers. Get advice for which colours help your rooms appear bright and spacious.
Ocean view home in a great neighbourhood with many ﬁne features. Modern colors, vaulted ceilings in the main areas and large windows and make this an attractive home. The kitchen has ample cupboards, as well as a breakfast island. A den is conveniently situated just oﬀ the entrance. The lower ﬂoor has 2 more bedrooms and a massive bright open area with large windows and high ceilings. With a private entrance there is suite-potential with an area already prepared for a kitchen.
Year Built Living Area Lot Size Area Bedrooms Bathrooms
2006 2994 sq ft 0.15 acre 4 3
FOR DETAILS VISIT WWW.DANMORRIS.CA/65
188 Captain Morgans Blvd, PROTECTION ISLAND
Carpet and Flooring
Unless your carpet appears old and worn, or it is definitely an outdated style or color, you probably should do nothing more than hire a good carpet cleaner. If you do choose to replace it, do so with something in a fairly neutral color. Repair or replace broken floor tiles and floorboards. Finish the details that a potential buyer might notice.
For those who smoke, it is best to move smoking outside. You could also purchase an ozone spray that helps to remove odors without creating a masking odor. Pets come with odors. You may have become used to them, but they are immediately noticeable to others.
Walk-on oceanfront on the unique community of Protection Island! This 2 Bedroom, 2 bathroom Historic Home has loads of character waiting for the right handyman to ﬁnish the details. Already the property has had plumbing updated and electrical updates. There is a detached second building and a tree house on this private, treed, usable lot. Quaint, unique and gorgeous home ready for anyone looking for exclusive waterfront access and the small island lifestyle.
FOR DETAILS VISIT WWW.DANMORRIS.CA/70
Property Type Living Area Lot Size Area Bedrooms Bathrooms
Oceanfront 1218 sq ft 0.28 acres 2 2
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8343 Bayview Park Drive, LANTZVILLE
$698,000 Addtl Accom. Year Built Living Area Lot Size Area Bedrooms Bathrooms
Views 1996 3750 sq ft 0.46 acres 4 4
For interactive floor plans & additional information on this property visit www.danmorris.ca/50
As you drive up to this stunning home you'll quickly discover that this isn't your typical Log Home bright, attractive and modern are the 3 words that best describe this gorgeous home. Located just north of Nanaimo by Upper Lanztville; upon entering the property, you'll appreciate the spacious decks and spectacular views of Nanoose Bay. This home was built to entertain with a grand open kitchen. Thick plank stairs take you up to the loft area. On the main ﬂoor there are 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a conveniently placed laundry room. On the lower ﬂoor there are an additional 2 bedrooms ideally setup for an in-law suite with a kitchen and living room. Also on the lower ﬂoor there is a large games room large enough for a billiard table or for a movie room. Other great features of this home include a double car garage, RV parking, covered deck, long paved estate style driveway, gorgeous wellmaintained yard with green grass, ﬂowers, shrubs, roses, fruit trees and gorgeous rock work will have this home sticking in your memory as somewhere special. In the past this unique home has operated as a Bed & Breakfast and is ideally setup for one.
Getting the House Ready to Sell: Indoors & Out Windows and Doors
Check all of your windows to make sure they open and close easily. Cracked or broken windowpanes send red-flags to buyers, so have them repaired before you begin showing your home. The front door should be clean, well maintained and easy to access as it is the entryway into the house. Make sure the lock works smoothly - when a homebuyer comes to visit your home, if the lock sticks while everyone stands around, this sends a negative first impression. Inside be sure doorknobs turn easily, and are clean. As buyers go from room to room, each door is opened and you want to do everything necessary to keep a positive impression.
A homebuyer’s decision to come inside is often based on his or her view of the house from the car. They call that first impression “curb appeal.” So take a walk across the street and look at your house. Look at nearby houses, too, and see how yours compares.
Is your landscaping at least average for the neighbourhood? Buy mature colourful flowers to add a splash of vibrancy for a favourable first impression. Your lawn should be cut, watered, and free of brown spots. You want your lawn to be attractive, not a distraction. The back yard should be tidy. If you have a pool or spa, keep it freshly cleaned. For those that have dogs, be sure to dilligently keep the area “scooped.” You want your back yard to appear as spacious as possible, so decluttering is as important here as it is inside.
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What paperwork do I need to have together to sell? When buyers consider purchasing a home there are certain facts they need to know. Some of this information Realtors cover such as size of the home, zoning, room measurements, property taxes, assessment data, etc. Other information that is also useful:
Utility bills – buyers want to
know how much your home costs to operate. Having copies of your bills in both seasons will answer the buyers inquires early in the process
Site Survey – not all buyers will
care about a site survey but their lender most certainly will. A site survey is a legal document that shows where the foundation of the house lies in relation to the property lines. It also shows if neighboring foundations encroach on the sellers property. So, if you have a site survey, provide your Realtor with a copy of it.
Mortgage Payoff amounts – if
8225 Southwind Drive, LANTZVILLE
$749,900 Acreage Year Built Lot Size Area Living Area Bedrooms Bathrooms
Ocean Views 1993 2.50 acres 3075 sq.ft 4 3
Go to www.danmorris.ca/58 for a floorplan tour and more details or call Dan today at 250-667-4585 Immaculate ocean + mountain views from almost any spot of this gorgeous home and acreage, whether it be from the patio facing Johnstone Strait, soaking in the tub in your spacious new master en suite, or even making supper in your updated kitchen, open to the family room. This 4 bedroom home features a huge master with deluxe en suite and private deck upstairs. On the same ﬂoor there are 2 bedrooms. Other great features of this home include 2 woodstoves to curl up by, a double car garage, 2.5 acres of land cleared, and in the basement, a huge storage/laundry area and a giant rec room. This home has undergone improvements: new gutters, interior and exterior lighting, carpets, 3 full bathroom renos, interior paint, and a new heat pump. Everything has already been done inside this home, bring your green thumb and create something you would be proud to show oﬀ in the recently excavated and cleared land. If you love amazing views, privacy, updates and a beautiful, large property with loads of potential then this home is deﬁnitely worth a look. Located just North of Nanaimo; you'll enjoy an inviting atmosphere and be only minutes away from the city.
you have a mortgage you’ll need to determine what your current payoff amount is and if there are any penalties for paying out early. If you have plans to transfer (port) your mortgage to the next home you buy talk to your mortgage company to ensure that this can be done.
List any issues (current or repaired) with the home -
there is a huge responsibility to be completely upfront and honest about the home that is being sold. Even if there are problems that are not visually evident, you are best off to repair them and document how they were repaired (and by whom) or disclose the issues to the buyer and set the price accordingly. The alternative is to be hauled into court at a later date with a very angry buyer. When in doubt – disclose.
Having these documents and this information together will assist in the gathering of information phase.
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1363 Marina Way, NANOOSE BAY
$839,000 South Facing Waterfront Living Area 2575 sq ft Lot Size Area 0.39 acre Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3
For interactive floorplans & additional information on this property visit www.danmorris.ca/8 This rare ocean front home in beautiful Nanoose Bay unique from other waterfront homes you may ﬁnd. Driving by this home reveals very little about what you will ﬁnd inside. As you walk through the front doors you’ll be captivated by the breathtaking view of the ocean. This home has a private ground level basement that is suite-ready (plumbed and 220 wired, just add a kitchen) or just extra space to use for yourself. On this low bank waterfront, there is a small staircase for easy access to the water. The property has deep water moorage, park your boat and apply for a dock. The home is renovated with hardwood ﬂoors, Jacuzzi tub, ﬁreplace and a large cedar deck for entertaining or sitting peacefully. A gentle climb down the bank to one of the features of this property. A wide rock ledge that stretches the length of the property and is only a couple feet above the high tide mark. You will ﬁnd that the home has been well cared for and has had regular updates. The hot water tank is new, the roof is 9 years old and there is space to build a garage. The chef of the family will appreciate the abundance of counter space and the open layout of the kitchen – imagine glancing out at the passing sailboats and soaring eagles as you prepare your morning coﬀee. Could this be your new vacation property? This magniﬁcent Nanoose Bay property awaits.
Paperwork to list my home for sale:
Once you have picked a Realtor to go to work for you there are a couple of forms that need to be filled out. 1.Working with a Realtor – this document explains the legal agency relationship between you and your Realtor. 2.Multiple Listing Contract – this form is the where you agree to pay for Real Estate services at the time of completion out of the sale proceeds. This document is also used to set the term for how long your Realtor will have to get the job done and lists the services that your Realtor will perform for you. 3.Data Entry Form – used to gather all the information about your home to be loaded into MLS. Working together with you, your Realtor will fill this out so that potential buyers can search MLS for your home based on its characteristics. 4.Property Disclosure Statement– this is a critical document that gives you the opportunity to disclose any issues that may be with your home. All information is to be true and correct as best as you knew at the time of listing. 5.FINTRAC Identification - As the sale of homes is considered such a massive financial undertaking the government requires anyone selling or buying a home to fill this out. It requires your full legal name, address, property you are buying and sighted identification.
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Paperwork Needed To Sell My Home: Once a buyer is found for your home they will work with their Realtor to fill out a Contract of Purchase and Sale which will be presented to you by your Realtor. It will have: 1.How much the buyer is willing to pay
971 Nanaimo River Road, EXTENSION
$849,900 River Front Year Built Lot Size Area Living Area Bedrooms Bathrooms
Shop 1983 8.38 acres 2400 sq.ft 2 4
2.How much deposit they are agreeing to put up 3.Items expected to be included with the home – ie appliances 4.Date of Completion and Possession – when you get your money and when they move in 5.Subjects to be cleared before the sale is consider certain, typically: a.Subject to Financing b.Subject to Inspection of Title – ensuring that there aren’t covenants easements or restrictions on the property that could prevent the buyer from using the home the way they would like to use it. c.Subject to Insurability – the buyers need to ensure that they can obtain property insurance
For interactive floorplans & additional information on this property visit www.danmorris.ca/51
The current owners custom built this home on this gorgeous property with 580 feet (178 m) of accessible, crystal clear river frontage on the Nanaimo River. As you head down the private 1,000 ft (300 m) long driveway you'll enter an extremely private wilderness retreat only a short 15 minute drive from Nanaimo's amenities. The home has been built at a safe elevation above the river yet there is easy access down to the water. As you walk into this carefully designed and skillfully built home you'll notice a rustic, yet elegant, comfortable feeling. Vaulted ceilings in the living room, dining room and both bedrooms add to the grandeur. Enjoy sharing with your guests in the open kitchen with alder cupboards before you head out onto the cascading decks that wrap around the back of the house surrounded by nature and the ever soothing sound of the river as it ﬂows over and around the rocks and deep pools. This property also has a massive 48' x 26' shop with high ceilings, 220V power a 2 piece bathroom and a woodstove. The property has 2 addresses registered - 971 and 981 - there is ample room to build a 2nd home once approved by the RDN. When you come to see this property make sure you book enough time and bring some good shoes. Pictures and video are nearly impossible to truly capture what this home and property is really like.
d.Subject to Building Inspection – the buyer will want to have the home inspected to ensure that the home is as good as it looks. e.Subject to reviewing the Property Disclosure Statement. f.If there is septic there will be a subject to sewage system test g.If there is a well there will be a subject to testing quantity and quality of the water. Any subjects other than these “standard” subjects should be reviewed carefully to insure that your best interests are being protected. Your Realtor will ensure that you understand all the terms and conditions and will advise you on how to proceed.
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PROFESSIONAL LIVE-WORK UNIT IN HAWTHORNE CORNER #17 & #18 - 1406 Jingle Pot Road, UNIVERSITY DISTRICT
Live-Work separate title property in a development resembling a resort village has a main level workspace ideal for a professional or service related business. When your work day is done close up your shop, lock the doors and head up to your home above through the secure adjoining doors to the residence which also has its own separated exterior access. The development includes a coﬀee shop, other services and is only a short stroll from Vancouver Island University, Aquatic Center and Nanaimo’s twin Ice Rinks. Have a look and work at setting up shop in this one of a kind development with a mix of commercial and residential properties.
WORK UNIT - #17 $174,900 1st Level 573 sqft +Part Bathroom +Coﬀee Room +Reception +Open Oﬃce +Front Patio Area +Finished with Laminate Flooring Estimated Rent $20/sqft + Triple Net LIVE-IN UNIT - #18 $214,900 2nd/3rd Levels 848 sqft 2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom +Balcony +Loft Rentable $1050-1150/month (est.)
Why Dan Morris Sells Homes.
He sells homes because he has a strategy that works.
Here’s what to expect when hiring Dan to sell your home: • Professional Photography capturing the beauty of your home and property • Videos showing your home and property posted on YouTube and Facebook • Interactive Floorplan of home and property • Print Advertising • “Just listed” rack card mailout to targeted areas • Listed on at least 12 different websites • Live Chat on www.danmorris.ca actively answering potential buyers questions as they look at your home online. • Tweeted about as part of strategic social media marketing and contests • Included in a monthly e-newsletter with a distribution of approx. 900 contacts including top Realtors in every city across Canada
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Dan keeps you constantly up to date with: • Weekly Market Comparison Update –
The first working day of each week you will receive an email comparing your home to all comparable listings that are active, sold and expired. This shows you how you compare on a weekly basis to competing homes on the market. • Showing Suite – All showings are booked via Showing Suite – this application solicits feedback from showing Realtors and relays feedback directly to you so that you know how showings went. Having the opportunity to act on Feedback gives the option to adjust our marketing strategy. • Accessibility – Dan is always only a text, email or phone call away. Dan’s full time unlicensed assistant is available Mon – Fri from 9am – 5pm and able to connect you and inbound property inquires to Dan to answer any questions you may have.
It Works. “In a slower market Dan had our home sold in less than 2 months. The variety of marketing and selling strategies had a steady flow of viewers coming to see the home, and ultimately GOT IT SOLD! I would not hesitate to recommend Dan to anyone wanting to sell their home.” - R & L Dodds “Dan Morris is a very professional, hard working, and caring realtor. He takes the time to explain everything to you. Dan has a multitude of selling strategies. Dan doesn’t just list your home, he does his honest best to sell it. If you want your home just listed, list with anyone. If you want your home sold, list with Dan Morris. Pardon the pun, but I feel Dan’s the man!” - L & M Gartner “Thanks again for all your hard work in getting us an accepted offer on our home. It was a challenging time and we appreciate your efforts and dedication in selling our property. Your marketing was the best I’ve seen! Our house was everywhere, people would say to me all the time, hey I saw your house listed in the Real Estate Weekly, on websites, local classified, everywhere. It was a great feeling knowing that my interests were put above anything else. You understood our situation and worked within our needs to get the job done. You did the little things that set you apart as a professional in the industry and in the community. I would, and have recommended you to anyone who is serious about selling their home.” - K & K Jepson “Our experience with Dan Morris was great. If ever I am selling or buy a house again, he will be our first call. His marketing skills are exceptional, our house was on magazine covers, bus benches, brochures, and all over internet. It was the marketing and beautiful photographs & video that drew in the right buyers to our home. Whether is was day or night, we could call Dan with any questions we had and he would get us the answer. Great communication and work ethic.” - The Watson’s
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IS YOUR HOME NEXT?
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Published on Jun 30, 2012
Buyers guide and Nanaimo Real Estate Listing publication. Realtor Dan Morris of RE/MAX of Nanaimo showcases his listings in this e-publicati...