Mike Carson

Your local Sunshine Coast Realtor

Cell 604-740-1841

Office (24 hour pager) (888) 385-3295

Email: info@sunshinecoastland.com

Some tidbits from the 2016 census:  

 

  • In 2016, 17.9% of adults aged 15 and over living in private dwellings lived alone, 61.0% lived in a couple and 4.7% lived as a lone parent.
  • 79.2% of persons living in a couple were married in 2016, while 20.8% were living common law.
  • In 2016, the proportion of young adults aged 20 to 34 living with at least one parent was 34.7% compared to 35.6% in 2011.
  • In 2016, there were 140 same-sex couples.
  • In 2016, among couple census families 68.1% were families without children and 31.9% were families with children.

For the complete report click here:  2016 S.C. Census Data

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I have listed a new property at 8136 CEDARWOOD RD in Halfmoon Bay.
Sweet little starter home with new metal roof and charming lot and location. Easy walk to school and bus stop, store and trails. Solid manufactured home with cozy woodstove and all new baseboard heaters. 3 beds and 2 baths plus an open plan living, dining, kitchen. Basement is a blank canvas, for workshop? or Storage? Nice private yard perfect for veggie garden.
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I have listed a new property at 5902 DEERHORN DR in Sechelt.
Lovely level entry post and beam home that shows a high level of maintenance and care. Self contained suite with private entrance, covered patio and soaker tub adds a special component to this luxury home. surrounded by trees, the spectacular ocean and mountain views form the backdrop to every room, giving a feeling of living in the treetops. Vaulted ceilings and full height windows enhance the experience. Numerous upgrades including all exterior posts replaced, new kitchen remodel, certified wood stove and new hot water tank mean peace of mind for years to come. Enjoy the relaxed lifestyle in this quiet neighbourhood with beach access and world class hiking and kayaking nearby. So easy to come home to....
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The Bank of Canada today raised its target interest rate by .25 percent, citing increased confidence in the Canadian economy.  Mortgage rates will no doubt follow suit very soon.  Read the full press release from the Bank of  Canada here:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/bank-canada-interest-rate-monetary-policy-1.4200814.

 

More in-depth analysis of the economy can be found in their Monetary Policiy Report press conference release, with a link to the report itself:  http://www.bankofcanada.ca/2017/07/opening-statement-120717/

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Condo sales are what is driving the Lower Mainland market now, especially in Vancouver, where prices for single detached homes are still climbing.  The Sunshine Coast is its own unique market, and I will be reporting on that as soon as the statistics come out, but to get a feel fo the overall picture for the Lower Mainland see the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver's press release and report on the June market.  http://www.rebgv.org/sites/default/files/REBGV-Stats-Pkg-June-2017.pdf

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The joint agreement signed by the NDP and Green parties reiterates an election promise both made to take action on real estate speculation and fraud.  


However, real estate is mentioned just once in the agreement in section 4(b), where the parties agree to:

 

    “Make housing more affordable by increasing the supply of affordable housing and take action to deal with the speculation and fraud that is driving up house prices.”

 

There are no further details available yet but we can glean some idea from the party platforms put forward by the parties prior to the election.  Ironically, the Green party has come up with the more draconian measures of the two:


1)  a hike in the property transfer tax for homes assessed at more than $3 million,

2)  a tax on lifetime capital gains more than $750,000 on principal residences,

3)  bumping the foreign buyers tax to 30 per cent and making it provincewide,

4)  progressive property taxes, and

5)  a switch to income-based homeowner grants.

 

For more information on the respective parties' platforms see this article on the Business in Vancouver web site:  https://www.biv.com/article/2017/4/housing-top-priority-ndp-green-platforms/


 

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I have sold a property at 668 HARMONY LANE in Gibsons.
Unsurpassed location, a short stroll to shopping, restaurants, Marina, and great swimming beach, combined with private setting, luxurious landscaping, detached garage and studio, makes this well maintained charmer a "10"! Well updated with gas fireplace and skylights, carefully preserved classic features like high coved ceilings and original hardwood floors, and still room to put your personal touches on this solid home. Easy to show, call Realtor for private showing.
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Now you can always see the latest statistics for Sunshine Coast real estate -- total active number of listings and sales, days on the market, benchmark price, and more -- by going to the "Market Satistics" tab under "Blog" on my web site. These easy-to-read reports are generated by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver on a monthly basis and usually come out at the end of the first week of every month.  Stay in the loop and check here often.

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I have sold a property at 4777 FIR RD in Sechelt.
Sweeping southerly views of the Strait of Georgia focus your gaze from this immaculate Davis Bay home. Nothing to do but move in and enjoy the fresh paint, new kitchen and appliances, cozy fireplaces, hardwood floors and new carpets. Master bedroom on main floor and 2 bedrooms plus bathroom downstairs with separate entry so easily suite-able. Great location, blocks to the Beach and Boardwalk. This is a great turnkey package. Call for a private viewing.
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I have listed a new property at 8034 DOGWOOD DR in Halfmoon Bay.
Beautiful family home with loads of upgrades and character. Fenced yard with lots of sun for growing veggies, boat storage, RV, etc. excellent in-law suite to help with mortgage helper has 2 beds, an open kitchen/living room, and in-suite laundry. Upstairs boasts many renovations and a huge sunny deck for BBQ all year round. Choice Welcome Woods has miles of trails in Sergeants Bay Park, and is in the Halfmoon Bay elementary catchment area.
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I have sold a property at 4953 ARBUTUS RD in Sechelt.
Arbutus Road is the top of the hill in Davis Bay and the views are beyond comparison. Georgia Strait views of sunsets and cruise ships with an all day sunny backyard are the bonus features to this level entry rancher with walkout basement. Enjoy gardening with this huge yard or entertaining with the bocce ball court and south facing decks. Modern conveniences throughout this extremely well-maintained 4 bed, 4 bath home with new roof and gas fireplaces. Easy to view, call listing agent for immediate showing.
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I have listed a new property at 4777 FIR RD in Sechelt.
Sweeping southerly views of the Strait of Georgia focus your gaze from this immaculate Davis Bay home. Nothing to do but move in and enjoy the fresh paint, new kitchen and appliances, cozy fireplaces, hardwood floors and new carpets. Master bedroom on main floor and 2 bedrooms plus bathroom downstairs with separate entry so easily suite-able. Great location, blocks to the Beach and Boardwalk. This is a great turnkey package. Call for a private viewing.
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I have sold a property at 5398 WAKEFIELD LANE in Sechelt.
Carefree luxury waterfront townhouse in the exclusive Wakefield Beach. Spectacular ocean and sunset views from this desirable end unit. Features granite counters, slate and maple floors, fir cabinets. Possibly the only unit with a self-contained nanny suite on the ground floor. You will enjoy the true West Coast experience from the master bedroom area to the gourmet kitchen, and the spacious south-facing sundeck. Call for appointment now!
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I have sold a property at 3 5471 SECRET COVE RD in Halfmoon Bay.
Sun drenched south facing home, short walking distance to Secret Cove Marina. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1982 sqft with 2 single garages plus a carport. Beautiful ocean views from nearly every room. Lots of storage for your boat stuff. Bare land strata = $300/year strata fee and these units seldom come available, so come by to see this Sunshine Coast experience, and fall in love with the sunsets, peace, and quiet. BONUS!!! Free moorage; Owner will assign private mooring buoy to new owners! Presently holding a Hughs 29'.
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I have listed a new property at 5398 WAKEFIELD LANE in Sechelt.
Carefree luxury waterfront townhouse in the exclusive Wakefield Beach. Spectacular ocean and sunset views from this desirable end unit. Features granite counters, slate and maple floors, fir cabinets. Possibly the only unit with a self-contained nanny suite on the ground floor. You will enjoy the true West Coast experience from the master bedroom area to the gourmet kitchen, and the spacious south-facing sundeck. Cal for appointment now!
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