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Royal LePage Parksville – Qualicum Beach Realty, 314 East Island Highway, Parksville, B.C. V9H 2H1Toll Free: 888 • 954 • 4433joanne@joanneferreiro.com

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Real estate market highlights for informed decision making

Welcome to my new feature – a regular report on market statistics for the Oceanside area. In this blog, I’ll summarize large amounts of detailed statistics published by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board into a more user-friendly narrative that provides a snapshot of market performance over the past month. I’ll also provide some personal…

Happy Holidays!

I love winter here almost as much as summer! There are yard fires about as garden work continues through the seasons and a pleasant smell of smoke is in the air. We don’t let the weather get in our way of keeping active here because it’s just never severe enough to keep you inside. Speaking…

Key Considerations for Your Estate Plan

Estate planning considerations with respect to real estate are an important consideration to ensure your assets, large or small, can be transferred smoothly to heirs. Some advanced planning in this regard can provide peace of mind to you, and ensure favorable tax treatment of the inheritance you leave for your children.  

Happy Halloween

As a child, I lived on many Air Force bases in the UK and I remember when the US forces influence introduced us to Halloween years before most Brits knew what it was. Few were prepared with treats when we showed up at their doors so we got lots of spare change and, not knowing…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving, as it’s intended to do, reminds me of all the things I have to be thankful for. I find on many days my mind drifts away from my list of ‘gifts’ and dwells on my worries instead, so I’m glad when this time of year rolls around. Living on Vancouver Island is something I’m…

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

With all the properties I see in a week, I’m never surprised anymore to find vegetable gardens of all shapes, varieties and sizes on Vancouver Island!  We obviously have the right weather, good soil and a nice long growing season for this activity and many people have something going on, whether it’s in pots on the patio, raised…

Introducing “How To” – Your Home Maintenance and Improvement Resource

I’m pleased to announce yet another step in the evolution of my website. On this occasion, I’m happy to introduce “How To”, a webpage dedicated to supporting you with tips and techniques for your every-day and seasonal needs for home improvement and maintenance. The first three articles deal with the timely fall issue of gutter…

Bear Safety

We are fortunate to live in an environment rich with varied wildlife and bears are an integral element of the ecosystem here on Vancouver Island. I see many bears on my frequent walks in the woods with my dogs and I take serious safety precautions to avoid any of us coming to harm, including me,…

Canton Chinese Restaurant

A group of 40 friends and local entrepreneurs recently came together to experience the excellent and genuine Chinese cuisine offered by the Canton Chinese Restaurant at 125 W. 2nd Avenue, in Qualicum Beach. We had a great time enjoying a nine course meal which contained many fabulous dishes. This event was organized by John Hellum…

Parksville Summer Street Market

Last night I spent a few delightful hours at the Parksville Summer Street Market. Held every Tuesday evening between June and September from 6 and 9 pm on Craig Street, this has become a huge event over the few years since it started with just a few artisan stalls. I was told the quaint shops in…

NEW! Expert's Corner

As part of the continuing development of my website, I’m pleased to introduce Expert’s Corner. This webpage contains real estate news of a more ‘formal’ nature covering financial, legal, tax, structural and related investment information that you typically need a professional to help you with in the process of dealing with your real estate assets….

The fabulous RCMP Musical Ride

The fabulous RCMP Musical Ride performed in Parksville at the Arbutus Arena on August 4 and what a great show it was! As part of their cross-Canada tour, they’ll be performing again in Comox next weekend (August 13 and 14). I get a huge feeling of national pride when I watch this show. The musical…

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