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Vancouver Island Real Estate BlogWelcome. This section of Just Listed Vancouver Island is meant as an information centre where you will find article written by professional real estate agents with The Fenton Team. 

It is our sincere hope that you will find our articles to be in-depth and useful, and not simply another real estate blog. We will be sharing articles about: the Vancouver Island real estate market; real estate news; community information for cities and towns across Vancouver Island; and information for other real estate agents wanting to learn. 

Please let us know if you have a question about a topic not yet listed in this section, and we’ll be happy to post an in-depth article for you on the topic right away.  

Feb. 10, 2020

Vancouver Island Real Estate Stats - January 2020

At The Fenton Team we believe it is important to provide both investors, and homeowners, useful information about the Vancouver Island real estate markets. This information should serve as a key pillar in any real estate decision making process, whether it be buying or selling. 

Using data provided by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board we have broken down what we believe to be key metrics for good real estate decision making on Vancouver Island. We have separated the information into the communities of Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino, Parksville/Qualicum, Courtenay, Campbell River, Nanaimo, and Duncan . The statistics below are for single family homes only, and cover the month of January 2019 and 2020.  

We believe that Median Sale Price best represents the value of a typical house (rather than Average Sale Price). The average days on the market tells us how quickly homes are typically selling if priced correctly. The Sale : List Price ratio tells us how closely homes are selling to their asking price. Finally, comparing the number of homes listed, and the number of homes sold, gives us a picture of supply and demand, which is critical in understanding where the market is at, and where it might be going. 

The statistics are provided below and key interpretations are provided below. If you would like any further interpretation from The Fenton Team’s CEO Chris Fenton on any given statistic, please comment below and he’ll be more than happy to help.  

Port Alberni:  January was a strong month in Port Alberni for new listings.  Port Alberni Single Family Home Listings went up over double from the amount of new listings in December.  Port Alberni has seen a huge increase in Average List Price and Average Sale price for Single Family Homes with prices over $100,000 more in January 2020 then in January 2019.  

Ucluelet: January was a slow a month in Ucluelet for sales of Single Family Homes. However we are seeing a increase in new listings from the previous 3 months, which is a good sign as we head into the final month of winter.  

Tofino:  January in Tofino was also slow for single family home sales but remains consistent with January of 2019.  There was also a increase in new listings which we hope is a sign that spring is around the corner.  

Parksville/Qualicum: January 2020 was a busy month in the Parksville and Qualicum areas.  There were 60 new single family home listings that came up on the market, which is a increase of 15 new listings from January 2019.  The January 2020 Sale to List Price ration remained the exact same as the January 2019 at a very strong 98.8% this shows that Sellers are getting and accepting offers very close to their asking price.  

Courtenay: Courtenay saw a decline in new single family home listings and sales in January 2020, compared with January 2019.  However the Average List Price and Sale Price has remained strong and the Sale To List Price ratio has remained steady at 98.5% when comparing January 2019, to January 2020.  

Campbell River: In Campbell River the biggest change to note when comparing January 2019 to January 2020 is a slight drop in the Sal to List Price ratio.  Another noteworthy stat in Campbell river is that the average days on market has doubled.  This tells us houses are sitting on market for twice as long as they were last year and sellers are need to accept offers slightly less then their asking prices this January.  

Nanaimo:   January 2020 has continued on a similar trend that we have been seeing in Nanaimo over the past few months.  Last month new single home listings and sales both went down when compared to January 2019.  But while sales are down, average sale price has increased by 5.09%.   

Duncan: In Duncan the sale to list price ratio has taken a big decrease in January 2020 compared to January 2019 dropping 2.5%.  However Average Sale price has increased 17.9% which is a very big increase.     

 

Port Alberni Stats

  2020 2019
New Listings

42

36

Sales 10 18
Median Sale Price

$365,000

$305,000
Average List Price $422,560 $313,550
Average Sale Price

$409,100

$299,473
Sale : List Price 96.8% 95.5%
Average Days on Market  40 60

Ucluelet Stats

  2020 2019
New Listings 4

 4

Sales 0  
Median Sale Price $0 $715,000
Average List Price $0 $707,666
Average Sale Price $0 $686,000
Sale : List Price 0% 96.9%
Average Days on Market  0 253

Tofino Stats

  2020 2019
New Listings  4

 2

Sales  1  2
Median Sale Price $750,000 $125,000
Average List Price $789,000 $1,024,999
Average Sale Price

$750,000

$937,500

Sale : List Price 95.1%  91.5%
Average Days on Market  220  65

Parksville-Qualicum Stats

  2020 2019
New Listings 60

45

Sales

23

27
Median Sale Price $549,900 $530,000
Average List Price $589,200 $594,629
Average Sale Price $581,914 $587,518
Sale : List Price 98.8% 98.8%
Average Days on Market 

46

53

Courtenay Stats

  2020 2019
New Listings

43

54

Sales 17 23
Median Sale Price $613,000 $560,000
Average List Price $612,617 $617,239
Average Sale Price $603,647

$608,034

Sale : List Price 98.5% 98.5%
Average Days on Market  66 59

Campbell River Stats

  2020 2019
New Listings 51

58

Sales 13 33
Median Sale Price $445,000 $458,000
Average List Price $499,584 $480,707
Average Sale Price $492,809 $476,162
Sale : List Price 97.6% 99.1%
Average Days on Market  74  23

Nanaimo Stats

  2020 2019
New Listings 123

175

Sales  41 78
Median Sale Price $535,000 $555,000
Average List Price $593,641 $564,196
Average Sale Price $580,361 $552,213
Sale : List Price 97.8% 97.9%
Average Days on Market  44 44

Duncan Stats

  2020 2019
New Listings 23

21

Sales 8 17
Median Sale Price $598,395 $500,000
Average List Price $598,325 $495,100
Average Sale Price $578,099

$490,264

Sale : List Price 96.6% 99%
Average Days on Market  130 48

*The MLS stats are provided by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board and include all single family homes sold on the MLS market in Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino, Parksville Qualicum Courtenay, Nanaimo and Duncan.  

 

Jan. 6, 2020

Vancouver Island Real Estate Stats - December 2019

At The Fenton Team we believe it is important to provide both investors, and homeowners, useful information about the Vancouver Island real estate markets. This information should serve as a key pillar in any real estate decision making process, whether it be buying or selling. 

Using data provided by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board we have broken down what we believe to be key metrics for good real estate decision making on Vancouver Island. We have separated the information into the communities of Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino, Parksville/Qualicum, Courtenay, Campbell River, Nanaimo, and Duncan . The statistics below are for single family homes only, and cover the month of November 2018 and 2019.  

We believe that Median Sale Price best represents the value of a typical house (rather than Average Sale Price). The average days on the market tells us how quickly homes are typically selling if priced correctly. The Sale : List Price ratio tells us how closely homes are selling to their asking price. Finally, comparing the number of homes listed, and the number of homes sold, gives us a picture of supply and demand, which is critical in understanding where the market is at, and where it might be going. 

The statistics are provided below and key interpretations are provided below. If you would like any further interpretation from The Fenton Team’s CEO Chris Fenton on any given statistic, please comment below and he’ll be more than happy to help.  

Port Alberni:  Detached single family home sales dropped by a total of 6 sales this month while the average sale price has increased by 2.17% in compared to December 2018.  The average sale price to list price ratio has dropped 1% compared to last year which can be attributed to the changing market as it continues to transition into a more balanced market.  

Ucluelet: Similar to last December, this December in Ucluelet there was also only 1 single single-family home sold.  With only one sale there is insufficient data to compare any trends with the average price of homes being sold.  Although the sale price to list price ratio has remained the same showing that houses are selling for 96.8 % of the asking price.  

Tofino:  Similar to Ucluelet, Tofino had only 1 sale of single-family detached homes in December of 2019 which sold at 92.3% of the asking price.  

Parksville/Qualicum: Sales remained strong through December 2019 with an increase of 1 sale for detached single family homes compared to 2018.  The average sale price to list price ratio also increased 0.4 percent up to 96.4%  

Courtenay: Sales of detached single-family homes dropped by a total of 7 sales through December 2019 compared to December 2018.  The average sale price to list price ratio also dropped 0.8%.  Courtenay was a very hot real estate market in 2018 and December 2019 has been now different then the rest of the year as the real estate market continues to balance out.     

Campbell River: Campbell River has also seen a decline in total detached single-family home sales from 16 in December 2018 down to 12 this December.  The average sale price to list price ratio dropped by only 0.3% and remains strong at 97.6%.  

Nanaimo:  The most noteworthy change in Nanaimo was a drop of 1.1% for the average sale price to List price ratio.  As the market in Nanaimo continues to balance out sellers are having to accept less to make a deal.  

Duncan:  Last month total sales of detached single-family homes has dropped to half the amount it was in December of 2018 and continuing a trend we have been seeing for the last 3 months.  The good news in Duncan if you are a seller is that the average sale price to list price ratio increased by 1.7% to 98.7%.  

 

Port Alberni Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings

18

24

Sales

8

14
Median Sale Price

$385,000

$362,000
Average List Price $386,950 $374,078
Average Sale Price

$368,437

$360,635
Sale : List Price 95.2% 96.4%
Average Days on Market  26

41

Ucluelet Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 1

3

Sales 1 1
Median Sale Price $653,000 $735,000
Average List Price $675,000 $759,000
Average Sale Price $653,000 $735,000
Sale : List Price 96.7% 96.8%
Average Days on Market  10

344

Tofino Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 1

1

Sales 1 0
Median Sale Price $830,000 $0
Average List Price $899,000 $0
Average Sale Price

$830,000

$0

Sale : List Price 92.3% 0.0%
Average Days on Market  159 0

Parksville-Qualicum (Oceanside) Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 32

22

Sales 17 16
Median Sale Price $540,000 $580,000
Average List Price $636,211 $643,373
Average Sale Price $613,441 $617,860
Sale : List Price 96.4% 96%
Average Days on Market 

23

64

Courtenay Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings

30

27

Sales 17 25
Median Sale Price $500,000 $509,000
Average List Price $560,941 $533,656
Average Sale Price $547,835 $525,676
Sale : List Price 97.7% 98.5%
Average Days on Market  58 30

Campbell River Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 29

25

Sales 12 16
Median Sale Price $422,500 $420,000
Average List Price $425,666 $469,093
Average Sale Price $415,298 $459,268
Sale : List Price 97.6% 97.9%
Average Days on Market  74 52

Nanaimo Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 103

84

Sales 46 47
Median Sale Price $515,000 $477,500
Average List Price $568,062 $517,456
Average Sale Price $549,949 $5505,508
Sale : List Price 96.8% 97.7%
Average Days on Market  51 45

Duncan Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 9

12

Sales 7 15
Median Sale Price $561,000 $582,000
Average List Price $643,085 $595,220
Average Sale Price $634,535

$577,190

Sale : List Price 98.7% 97%
Average Days on Market  58 45

*The MLS stats are provided by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board and include all single family homes sold on the MLS market in Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino, Parksville Qualicum Courtenay, Nanaimo and Duncan.  

Dec. 3, 2019

Vancouver Island Real Estate Stats - November 2019

At The Fenton Team we believe it is important to provide both investors, and homeowners, useful information about the Vancouver Island real estate markets. This information should serve as a key pillar in any real estate decision making process, whether it be buying or selling. 

Using data provided by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board we have broken down what we believe to be key metrics for good real estate decision making on Vancouver Island. We have separated the information into the communities of Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino, Parksville/Qualicum, Courtenay, Campbell River, Nanaimo, and Duncan . The statistics below are for single family homes only, and cover the month of November 2018 and 2019.  

We believe that Median Sale Price best represents the value of a typical house (rather than Average Sale Price). The average days on the market tells us how quickly homes are typically selling if priced correctly. The Sale : List Price ratio tells us how closely homes are selling to their asking price. Finally, comparing the number of homes listed, and the number of homes sold, gives us a picture of supply and demand, which is critical in understanding where the market is at, and where it might be going. 

The statistics are provided below. If you would like an interpretation from The Fenton Team’s CEO Chris Fenton on any given statistic, please comment below and he’ll be more than happy to help.  

Port Alberni Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 40

26

Sales

10

29
Median Sale Price

$275,000

$320,000
Average List Price $343,559 $376,200
Average Sale Price

$334,200

$362,425
Sale : List Price 97.3% 96.3%
Average Days on Market  56

48

Ucluelet Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 2

2

Sales 1 2
Median Sale Price $515,000 $635,000
Average List Price $534,900 $534,500
Average Sale Price $515,500 $516,250
Sale : List Price 96.4% 96.6%
Average Days on Market  173

89

Tofino Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 0

3

Sales 0 3
Median Sale Price $0 $2,700,000
Average List Price $0 $2,980,000
Average Sale Price $0

$2,700,000

Sale : List Price 0% 90.6%
Average Days on Market  0 254

Parksville-Qualicum (Oceanside) Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 66

84

Sales 31 51
Median Sale Price $565,000 $590,000
Average List Price $684,164 $633,901
Average Sale Price $663,383 $614,591
Sale : List Price 97.0% 97%
Average Days on Market 

44

41

Courtenay Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings

29

57

Sales 17 27
Median Sale Price $500,000 $435,000
Average List Price $600,852 $523,551
Average Sale Price $572,964 $512,792
Sale : List Price 95.4% 97.9%
Average Days on Market  67 35

Campbell River Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 49

38

Sales 22 27
Median Sale Price $505,000 $425,000
Average List Price $496,427 $499,359
Average Sale Price $488,352 $487,117
Sale : List Price 98.4% 97.5%
Average Days on Market  66 45

Nanaimo Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 109

131

Sales 54 85
Median Sale Price $575,000 $534,000
Average List Price $604,496 $577,522
Average Sale Price $586,982 $565,956
Sale : List Price 97.1% 98.0%
Average Days on Market  41 32

Duncan Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 25

26

Sales 13 20
Median Sale Price $642,000 $474,000
Average List Price $587,353 $484,269
Average Sale Price $574,000

$477,339

Sale : List Price 97.7% 98.6%
Average Days on Market  39 29

*The MLS stats are provided by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board and include all single family homes sold on the MLS market in Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino, Parksville Qualicum Courtenay, Nanaimo and Duncan.  

Nov. 1, 2019

Vancouver Island Real Estate Stats - October 2019

At The Fenton Team we believe it is important to provide both investors, and homeowners, useful information about the Vancouver Island real estate markets. This information should serve as a key pillar in any real estate decision making process, whether it be buying or selling. 

Using data provided by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board we have broken down what we believe to be key metrics for good real estate decision making on Vancouver Island. We have separated the information into the communities of Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino, Parksville/Qualicum, Courtenay, Campbell River, Nanaimo, and Duncan . The statistics below are for single family homes only, and cover the month of October 2018 and 2019.  

We believe that Median Sale Price best represents the value of a typical house (rather than Average Sale Price). The average days on the market tells us how quickly homes are typically selling if priced correctly. The Sale : List Price ratio tells us how closely homes are selling to their asking price. Finally, comparing the number of homes listed, and the number of homes sold, gives us a picture of supply and demand, which is critical in understanding where the market is at, and where it might be going. 

The statistics are provided below. If you would like an interpretation from The Fenton Team’s CEO Chris Fenton on any given statistic, please comment below and he’ll be more than happy to help.  

Port Alberni Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 27

47

Sales 12 33
Median Sale Price $280,400 $360,000
Average List Price $349,512 $477,595
Average Sale Price

$337,162

$456,072
Sale : List Price 96.5% 95.5%
Average Days on Market  39

39

Ucluelet Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 2

4

Sales 1 2
Median Sale Price $540,000 $619,000
Average List Price $545,000 $638,943
Average Sale Price $540,000 $617,000
Sale : List Price 99.1% 96.6%
Average Days on Market  12

71

Tofino Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 2

3

Sales 1 3
Median Sale Price $2,395,000 $667,000
Average List Price $2,395,000 $843,000
Average Sale Price $1,900,000

$772,333

Sale : List Price 79.3% 91.6%
Average Days on Market  281 24

Parksville-Qualicum (Oceanside) Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 120

97

Sales 28 65
Median Sale Price $550,000 $590,000
Average List Price $616,703 $729,695
Average Sale Price $603,582 $697,697
Sale : List Price 97.9% 95.6%
Average Days on Market  36

49

Courtenay Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings

45

58

Sales 15 35
Median Sale Price $554,317 $482,000
Average List Price $595,586 $562,894
Average Sale Price $582,741 $552,249
Sale : List Price 97.8% 98.1%
Average Days on Market  51 39

Campbell River Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 52

44

Sales 13 38
Median Sale Price $515,000 $414,000
Average List Price $490,553 $439,507
Average Sale Price $470,184 $431,373
Sale : List Price 95.8% 98.1%
Average Days on Market  63 44

Nanaimo Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 163

199

Sales 58 94
Median Sale Price $542,500 $520,000
Average List Price $587,553 $567,165
Average Sale Price $571,300 $558,558
Sale : List Price 97.2% 98.5%
Average Days on Market  37 33

Duncan Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 26

31

Sales 16 32
Median Sale Price $529,000 $525,000
Average List Price $563,843 $562,815
Average Sale Price $536,762

$553,756

Sale : List Price 95.2% 98.4%
Average Days on Market  51 35

*The MLS stats are provided by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board and include all single family homes sold on the MLS market in Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino, Parksville Qualicum Courtenay, Nanaimo and Duncan.  

Oct. 30, 2019

Vancouver Island Real Estate Stats - September 2019

At The Fenton Team we believe it is important to provide both investors, and homeowners, useful information about the Vancouver Island real estate markets. This information should serve as a key pillar in any real estate decision making process, whether it be buying or selling. 

Using data provided by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board we have broken down what we believe to be key metrics for good real estate decision making on Vancouver Island. We have separated the information into the communities of Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino, Parksville/Qualicum, Courtenay, Campbell River, Nanaimo, and Duncan . The statistics below are for single family homes only, and cover the month of September of 2018 and 2019.  

We believe that Median Sale Price best represents the value of a typical house (rather than Average Sale Price). The average days on the market tells us how quickly homes are typically selling if priced correctly. The Sale : List Price ratio tells us how closely homes are selling to their asking price. Finally, comparing the number of homes listed, and the number of homes sold, gives us a picture of supply and demand, which is critical in understanding where the market is at, and where it might be going. 

The statistics are provided below. If you would like an interpretation from The Fenton Team’s CEO Chris Fenton on any given statistic, please comment below and he’ll be more than happy to help.  

Port Alberni Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 41

33

Sales 22 26
Median Sale Price $372,000 $280,000
Average List Price $516,513 $342,831
Average Sale Price $487,704 $330,724
Sale : List Price 94.4% 96.5%
Average Days on Market  55 58

Ucluelet Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 8

0

Sales 4 3
Median Sale Price $849,000 $610,000
Average List Price $913,250 $761,000
Average Sale Price $860,125 $685,666
Sale : List Price 94.2% 90.1%
Average Days on Market  56

148

Tofino Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 0

1

Sales 1 0
Median Sale Price $927,500 $0
Average List Price $999,999 $0
Average Sale Price $927,500 $0
Sale : List Price 92.8% 0%
Average Days on Market  42 0

Parksville-Qualicum (Oceanside) Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 127

117

Sales 66 64
Median Sale Price $565,000 $598,000
Average List Price $638,051 $735,787
Average Sale Price $619,319 $716,771
Sale : List Price 97.1% 97.4%
Average Days on Market  40

34

Courtenay Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 59

52

Sales 31 37
Median Sale Price $580,000 $533,400
Average List Price $669,983 $576,059
Average Sale Price $658,605 $568,975
Sale : List Price 98.3% 98.8%
Average Days on Market  50 41

Campbell River Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 76

48

Sales 46 47
Median Sale Price $480,000 $425,000
Average List Price $503,473 $460,204
Average Sale Price $499,599 $454,456
Sale : List Price 99.2% 98.8%
Average Days on Market  39 40

Nanaimo Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 195

196

Sales 99 115
Median Sale Price $524,500 $527,000
Average List Price $565,153 $586,362
Average Sale Price $552,119 $578,787
Sale : List Price 97.7% 98.7%
Average Days on Market  32 29

Duncan Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 32

41

Sales 23 19
Median Sale Price $539,000 $489,000
Average List Price $553,555 $517,536
Average Sale Price $543,676 $505,078
Sale : List Price 98.2% 97.6%
Average Days on Market  49 26

*The MLS stats are provided by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board and include all single family homes sold on the MLS market in Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino, Parksville Qualicum Courtenay, Nanaimo and Duncan.  

Oct. 10, 2019

What I Will Experience During the Sahara Desert Challenge

On Tuesday November 19th, I'll be flying off Vancouver Island via the Comox International Airport at 10:00am in the morning, to begin my trip to the Sahara Desert, through Morocco in Northern Africa.  While in Northern Africa I will be undertaking a 100 km trek through the Sahara Desert and surrounding region in order to raise money and awareness for the cause of domestic violence prevention in Port Alberni and across Canada.  This incredible fundraiser has been organised by the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.

Bahia Palace

(Photo: Bahia Palace)

Along with my colleagues, I will be beyond the Saghro region known for jagged peaks, impressive gorges and beautiful oases. This is the land of the famous Ait Atta tribe, a warrior people who migrate to the area from the High Atlas Mountains during the fall and winter. 

After leaving Comox I will arrive in Morocco the following day at about 12:30 pm local time.  That evening I will spend at a hotel in the ancient city of Marrakesh, with my colleagues Royal LePage brokerages across Canada. 

The next day will largely be spent adjusting to both the climate, which will be important for the 100 km hike, and the culture.  That day I will join a small group of Royal LePage real estate agents and we will be visiting Koutoubia Mosque, Saadien Tombs and Bahia Palace. We’ll round out the day with a visit to the Souks and the famous Djemaa El Fna square.

Koutoubia Mosque

(Photo: Koutoubia Mosque)

Saadien Tombs

(Photo: Saadien Tombs)

Souks

(Photo: Souks)

Djemaa El Fna square

(Photo: Djemaa El Fna Square)

On Day 4, we will be driving for about 5 hours to Ouarzazate where we will overnight in a hotel. 

Ouarzazate

(Photo: Ouarzazate)

Day 5 will have us leaving Ouarzazate by off road vehicle for the trip to Achbarou, known as the “Door to the Desert”, via the Tizi n’Tinifift Pass. Continuing along the Draa Valley, we’ll reach Tansikht. During the next leg of the trip we’ll enjoy viewing the volcanic massif known as Jebel Saghro. At this point we’ll begin the trek, with a 2 hour hike to our first camp.

Tizi n’Tinifift Pass

(Photo: Tizi n’Tinifift Pass)

Jebel Saghro

(Photo: Jebel Saghro)

On the morning of Day 6, we will begin our first hike past sand dunes and tamarisk trees, as we traverse the Maider El Kbir plateau. It is here that we may first see the first nomadic people in the area. These nomadic peoples move to the area, with their animals, from the High Atlas mountains during the fall when the first snows appear. After a long lunch, to avoid the hottest part of the day, we will hike across an ancient lake bed. 

Atlas Mountain Nomadic People Camp

(Photo: High Atlas Mountain Nomads Camp at Caves)

It sounds like Day 7 will be the hardest day of trekking as we traverse Jebel Lamrakeb, with beautiful views of the multi coloured rock formations, and out into the desert landscape. We will finish the day walking down the O’Hare Gorges to camp in the Palm groves. 

Day 8, will see us walking across some of the largest sand dunes in the area, passing Tizi n’Iguidou to join the dry Rhris River. On this evening we will be camping at the base of the sand dunes!

Camping at Base of Sahara Desert Sand Dunes

(Photo: Camping at the Base of Sahara Sand Dunes)

On Day 9, we will leave the sand dunes and trek across the open desert plateau, passing through a number of nomadic and Berber villages throughout the day. When we arrive at camp this evening we will have completed out 100km odyssey.

The following day we will make the 4x4 trip back to Ouarzazate along the Tafilalet Road via the Tineghir and Kasbah trail. Day 11 will have us arriving back in Marrakech. On Day 12 I will be leaving Northern Africa and arriving in Paris, where I will sleep in the airport (which should be a breeze after getting used to sleeping in the desert), before beginning my flight across the Atlantic Ocean and North America to land back on Vancouver Island. 

When it’s all said and done, I will be so happy to be back home to my wife and kids. I expect this journey to be one that I will never forget, and I’m so happy that the Royal LePage Sheter Foundation has given me the opportunity to make a small difference in our community!

The Fenton Team is paying 100% of my travel costs, and the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is paying 100% of the charitable administrative costs, so if you feel that you can sponsor me in this trek you can know that 100% of your donation will go to the cause. You will also be issued a receipt or income tax purposes. To support my trek in Morocco, please visit:

SUPPORT CHRIS' SAHARA TREK FOR SHELTER

Sept. 12, 2019

Why We Must Speak Up Against Domestic Violence

As I continue to get ready for the Sahara Desert Challenge for Shelter, I wanted to continue to write about the journey. In this article, I wanted to touch on why the cause is so very important. 

Stop Domestic Violence in Port Alberni

Domestic violence is such an important issue in the Alberni Valley and across Canada. Over the years I've been involved in a number of charity events to support the local Alberni Community and Woman's Services Society.  In that time I've had the opportunity to speak with some of the amazing people who run this Society, and I have learned that domestic violence is extraordinary prevalent in Port Alberni, and across every social and economic segment of our society.  Essentially every one of us knows somebody who has been deeply affected by this issue and/or is a perpetrator of domestic violence.  Unfortunately it's an issue that too often gets ignored.

I want to share with you some imporant facts:

Half the women in Canada, over the age of 16, have experienced an incident of sexual or physical violence.

Every year in Canada an estimated 362,000 children witness or experience Family Violence.

On any given day in our country 3,600 women, along with 2,200 children, are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence.

Sadly approximately 300 women seeking help at a shelter in Canada are turned down every day because the shelters are full.

According to police, Canadian men and women are equally at risk of violence victimization. However men are more likely to be assaulted by a stranger, while women are more likely to be assaulted by someone they know.

As you can see, this important issue is massive in scale, and devastating on the short and long-term lives of those victimized.  People sometimes wonder why women stay in abusive relationships.  I'm told that women often stay because the abuser has threatened to kill them, themselves, or their children if the woman leaves. 

Simply put, this is an issue that we can no longer ignore and we must speak up about as a people (and perhaps especially men). The Royal LePage shelter Foundation Sahara Desert challenge for shelter is one great Canadian companies attempt to do their part. I'm proud to be a small part of this endeavour,  and to say that collectively we have raised $724,000 year-to-date!  80% of these funds will be donated to the local communities’ women shelters, in which the money was raised.  20% of these funds will go to fund educational program for Canadian school children nationwide.

If you would like to support this important cause, and sponsor my trek through the Sahara Desert,  please follow the link below.  Thank you so very much.

HELP STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Sept. 2, 2019

Why I Chose to Take on the Sahara Desert Challenge

In 79 days I'm going to be landing in the North African country of Morocco, to take on a 100 kilometre trek through the Sahara Desert, in support of victims of domestic violence in Port Alberni and nationwide.  If I'm totally honest with you, I have to admit that I'm a little bit nervous about this trek. I'm going to be away from my wife and small kids for longer than I ever have before, immersed in a culture that I’m completely unfamiliar with, and hiking in conditions that I’ve never experience before. You see, I'm a west coast boy through and through, and while I’ve hiked the West Coast Trail, the North Coast Trail, and Della Falls, making me very familiar with multi-day trips, I've never hike through the desert in my life.  I was built for cold rainy conditions, so the Sahara Desert is going to be an incredible challenge for me personally.

Sahara Desert Challenge For Shelter 2019

I've decided to begin blogging about my journey preparing for the Sahara Desert Trek, and what I go through both physically and mentally. I thought it would start by telling you why this is so important to me.  I guess there are two reasons this is important to me, one is personal and the other is professional.  On a personal level I'll simply say the domestic abuse is something that has affected my life as both a child and an adult. I'm not going to go into the stories as to what that means out of respect for those who the stories belong to. And to avoid any misunderstanding I must say that both my sister and I grew up in a great home with two amazing parents. Domestic violence and domestic abuse were not present in our home. 

Since joining Royal LePage, I've become more educated about the problem of domestic abuse in Port Alberni. What I have learned is that this is a problem that affects, waaaaay more people than most people realize, and that those affected come from every possible walk of life. While it is not talked about much in our society, it is an incredibly important issue in every community across Canada, including our own. 

On a professional level this trek is also very important to me.  When I joined Royal LePage, I began a business undertaking that had never been attempted before in the Alberni Valley - to build a true real estate Team. The core concept of this team was specialization of roles and a dedication to excellence.  To be perfectly honest with you, most, if not all, the people I talked to about my plan told me that the type of team I wanted to build could not be done in the Alberni Valley.  The market was simply too small they said. Well, we poured ourselves in to the pursuit, and quickly proved them wrong! In 2017 The Fenton Team was inducted into the Royal LePage Chairman's Club as the top 1% real estate agents in Canada. The following year we were again inducted into the Chairman's Club, this time with a ranking of 44 out of 18,300 agents across the country in units sold. What has always drawn me to business is the challenge of business itself. Having now reached the mountaintop, I felt a little bit of a letdown. After working so hard, for so many years, I wasn't really sure what to do next. It was in this exact time of uncertainty that an email hit my inbox, stating that the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation were accepting applications for a 100km trek through the Sahara Desert, in support of those rebuilding their lives due to domestic abuse. It was one of those rare moments in life when something just clicked! Immediately I knew that I could use our marketing platform to do something truly good for our community. These are the reasons this overweight businessman took on the Sahara Desert challenge.

On December 10th, 2018 I announced via social media my intention to undertake this challenge and my goal to raise $5,000 for the Royal LePage shelter Foundation. 80% of the funds raised would stay in the Alberni Valley and be donated to the Alberni Community and Women Services Society to help provde refuge for women and children escaping domestic violence here in my community. The other 20% of the fund would be donated to educate school children across Canada about domestic violence. I was to pay 100% of my travel costs to Africa, and Royal LePage would pay 100% of the charitable administrative cost, meaning every dollar I raised would make a meaningful impact in someone's life. I was so excited to get started! 

So 2019 came around and I was excited to be in business and I was excited about the trek. Our business began to grow at a rate that we had really not foreseen. I also took on the added responsibility of becoming an owner of Royal LePage Port Alberni-Pacific Rim Realty. I probably ended up working too much and put myself under too much stress. In early 2019 I became sick with pneumonia, followed shortly by a bout of shingles (which was one of the most painful experiences of my life). When I finally got better from both of these illnesses, I was hit with the flu that was going around town. Before I knew it, it was summertime and I was not in shape to hike the Sahara Desert...

With summer coming to an end and fall right around the corner, I find myself with a condensed time frame to get in shape, and raise the funds that I promised a raise. It's time to really get started! With a hundred days to go until I landed in Northern Africa, I began running three times a week and lifting weights twice a week. On the weekend I plan to do longer hikes including hills, and whenever possible sand. I'm also changing my diet to clean it up and ensure that I can lose the weight I need to be ready to take on this challenge. In the days ahead I'm going to be blogging about my preparation, about my fundraising and about this worthwhile cause.

Chris Fenton Sahara Desert Trek

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this first blog about my journey.  If you find that you're able to help financially sponsor me, I will be eternally grateful, as will the people who utilize from the local women's shelter. To learn more about this trek, and how you can support it, please click on the link below:

Sponsor Me

Thank you! ~Chris Fenton

April 20, 2019

Vancouver Island Real Estate Stats - April 2019

At The Fenton Team we believe it is important to provide both investors, and homeowners, useful information about the Vancouver Island real estate markets. This information should serve as a key pillar in any real estate decision making process, whether it be buying or selling. 

Using data provided by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board we have broken down what we believe to be key metrics for good real estate decision making on Vancouver Island. We have separated the information into the communities of Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino, Parksville/Qualicum, Courtenay, Campbell River, Nanaimo, and Duncan . The statistics below are for single family homes only, excluding waterfront home sales, and compare year to date 2019 (January 1-April 15) to the same time frame last year.

We believe that Median Sale Price best represents the value of a typical house (rather than Average Sale Price). The average days on the market tells us how quickly homes are typically selling if priced correctly. The Sale : List Price ratio tells us how closely homes are selling to their asking price. Finally, comparing the number of homes listed, and the number of homes sold, gives us a picture of supply and demand, which is critical in understanding where the market is at, and where it might be going. 

The statistics are provided below. If you would like an interpretation from The Fenton Team’s CEO Chris Fenton on any given statistic, please comment below and he’ll be more than happy to help.  

Port Alberni Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 133 138
Sales 68 104
Median Sale Price $305,000 $306,000
Average Sale Price $321,776 $345,281
Sale : List Price 97.5% 97.5%
Average Days on Market  48 44

Ucluelet Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 10 14
Sales 7 10
Median Sale Price $645,000 $510,000
Average Sale Price $603,357 $471,850
Sale : List Price 93.0% 84.6%
Average Days on Market  114 36

Tofino Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 6 7
Sales 2 3
Median Sale Price $1,250,000 $940,500
Average Sale Price $1,250,000 $940,500
Sale : List Price 89.3% 98.1%
Average Days on Market  93 11

Parksville/Qualicum Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 353 342
Sales 161 214
Median Sale Price $550,000 $570,100
Average Sale Price $632,164 $636,759
Sale : List Price 98.2% 99.5%
Average Days on Market  41 29

Courtenay/Comox Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 346 338
Sales 157 264
Median Sale Price $572,000 $510,000
Average Sale Price $608,754 $538,894
Sale : List Price 98.4% 99.0%
Average Days on Market  48 37

Campbell River Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 216 176
Sales 120 144
Median Sale Price $449,000 $418,000
Average Sale Price $469,733 $435,277
Sale : List Price 98.7% 99.1%
Average Days on Market  27 40

Nanaimo Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 655 648
Sales 296 401
Median Sale Price $539,000 $530,000
Average Sale Price $565,687 $552,692
Sale : List Price 98.6% 99.8%
Average Days on Market  33 23

Duncan Stats

  2019 2018
New Listings 360 396
Sales 190 304
Median Sale Price $520,000 $505,000
Average Sale Price $537,700 $539,545
Sale : List Price 99.1% 99.8%
Average Days on Market  47 35

*The MLS stats are provided by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board and include all single family homes sold on the MLS market in Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino, Parksville Qualicum Courtenay, Nanaimo and Duncan.  

Jan. 9, 2019

Vancouver Island Property Tax Information

Well, it's that time of year again - the time of year when the dreaded tax assessments have arrived in the mail. This year's assessments have been a bit of shock to most of us homeowners. To say they went up a little, would be like saying the Titanic hit an ice cube! 

The silver lining is that there is no reason to panic. Just because the assessed value of your home has gone up, does not necessarily mean that your property taxes will go up. I'll explain why. 

Your Property Taxes are calculated according to the following formula:

BC Property Tax Equation

ASSESSED VALUE X PROPERTY TAX RATE = PROPERTY TAXES

There are two ways your Property Taxes can increase:

1. If your property's Assessed Value increases MORE than the average property; or

2. The Property Tax Rate is increased by your Taxing Authority.

The average home in Port Alberni had an increase in Assessed Value of 18% according to the Mayor of Port Alberni. 

While the Assessed Value is an important part of the equation, you can see that the Tax Rate is also important. Last year, the City of Port Alberni increased the Tax Rate by 3%. At the time they indicated a plan to do the same in 2019. However, we have a new Major and City Council this year, so we'll have to wait and see.

Let's look at an example - If you live in Port Alberni property's Assessed Value increased by 18%, and the average increase for Port Alberni was 18%, than your Property Taxes won't increase (unless the City of Port Alberni increases the Tax Rate).

Now that we have looked at how taxes are calculated, and hopefully taken away some of our original knee jerk reaction, let's look at when and how to appeal. A property's Assessed Value is based on what the property was worth in July of the previous year. If you believe that the 2019 Assessed Value does not reflect the true value of your property in July 2018, you should absolutely appeal. The deadline to appeal your 2019 Assessed Value is January 31, 2019. The BC Assessment authority outlines how the appeal process works. We have helped a number of Clients win appeals over the years, by providing comparable sales data. They key is to enter the processed prepared. If you are a client of The Fenton Team, and you think you should appeal your Property Assessment, please don't hesitate to reach out to us for help with real estate information. 

 

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