16July2014

A Nanaimo kitchen that is literally made of money.

Posted by Ryan Coffey under: Just For Fun; Nanaimo Real Estate Market; Uncategorized.

Nanaimo penniesFinally, a use for that mountain of pennies you don’t know what to do with anymore. There are so many amazing ideas that are shared via the internet and one that you may or may not have seen in recent years is a method of turning those piles of pennies so many of us have into flooring as a substitute for something like tiles. The trick of course is sticking them to the floor, filling the gaps and making sure they are even and coated with a lasting protection.

Nanaimoites, Patrick and Anja Rhomberg created their own variation of this kind of flooring by covering the walls in their kitchen. They had seen the floor online and had planned on doing the same, but ultimately went with a different floor when renovating their kitchen. They modified the plan to cover the walls instead. They glued the pennies onto copper colored sheet metal. Patrick, who is a sheet metal worker framed everything in, like a picture frame, then they used industrial clear drying glue to affix them pennies and then sprayed clear lacqeur on top.

So yeah… a bit more work than just slapping some paint and a few tiles for a backsplash but the effect is rather interesting and attractive. In the near future these pennies will be an item of nostalgia. I can imagine people having future get togethers in this kitchen where they tell their kids about these basically worthless things we carried around for so long but now we have a nice use for them.

What I’m wondering though is just how many pennies it took….

Ryan Coffey

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30June2014

School Catchment areas in Nanaimo

Posted by Ryan Coffey under: Buying; Nanaimo Profile and Events; Uncategorized.

nanaimo schoolA fairly common question I get from Buyers is about which school catchment area a given property is in. People often assume that the closest school is the one but it’s not quite that simple. This is why  School District 68 has this nifty school locator which you can access via the link.

Just enter the address in question and the website will do the rest.

As for advice on which school is best for your children to go to, I have to say that although I do have certain views on the matter, they are my personal views and not professional ones so I won’t be putting them on my blog.

Ryan Coffey

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9June2014

Move to Nanaimo and Port Alberni too

Posted by Ryan Coffey under: Uncategorized.

If you’ve driven through Port Alberni recently you may have noticed that there is some lady who is copying my name and my industry. That’s not just some lady, that’s my mom.

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After 34 years working at CIBC in financial planning, mortgage and other lending, Eleanor Coffey retired. Sort of.
She retired from banking but a few months later she started to fulfill her longtime dream of becoming a Realtor in her (our) hometown of Port Alberni.

She too is working at Coast Realty, but in the Port Alberni office, and we have teamed up.

If you are from Port Alberni, my bet is that you probably know her and even if you don’t your best friend/sister/neighbour certainly does. I can tell you from personal experience it’s impossible to join her for a brief outing in public without her finding fifteen friends she has known for decades. If you’re in Port Alberni you will be seeing her name on signs for real estate that is for sale or already sold very soon. If you want either of those kinds of signs on a property you own or would like to own you will get the benefit of both her knowledge, connections, and experience as well as mine if you contact us.

You can find her by clicking here and me by clicking on my name below.

 

Ryan Coffey

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16May2014

‘Purchase Plus Improvements’ or ‘How You Can Get a Newly Renovated House for Cheap’

Posted by Ryan Coffey under: Buying; Financial; Nanaimo Real Estate Market; Uncategorized.

nanaimo real estateI jokingly call some of the things Mortgage Brokers do “financial voodoo” because they have some really intelligent methods of making financing work that can seem a bit mysterious to those of us who are… well… not a Mortgage Broker. One of my favourite bits of financial voodoo is called “Purchase Plus Improvements”. It’s nothing new but I don’t see Buyers thinking about it often. Essentially, the idea is that if you buy a home, you can tag the cost of renovations onto the mortgage.

‘So what?’ you say? Well, let me tell you…

So, when you walk into that house that you really like overall but hate one or two details this makes for an easy and affordable fix. Maybe you love the house but hate the flooring, maybe you want to add a suite to make the home more affordable in the long run, maybe you want to (or have to) redo the kitchen/bathroom but don’t have the cash, or maybe the windows are old and starting to get a regular mould around the edges, this will remedy that. You don’t have to put it on your credit card or try to figure out how you are going to pay that big bill when you just put your life savings into the down payment.

Yes, you are still footing the bill long term because like I said, it is going on your mortgage but considering how insanely low mortgage interest rates are these days especially when compared to unsecured debts like credit cards and lines of credit this is really quite attractive.

But financing details aside, here’s why I, as a Realtor, think it’s such a good thing to keep in mind when buying:
Not that long ago, I wrote this post where I talked about how a great way to get a good property for cheap is to look at the bones and ignore the decor, flooring, paint and so on. To be able to visualize change. (Go on, read it. This is the kind of stuff that will help you save/make money and not that fluff that shows up in the newspaper every day.) The pattern I see so often is that houses that are shiny and new looking sell for more than houses that aren’t. This won’t surprise anyone but the interesting part is the price difference between two similar properties where one has had some contemporary finishing done versus the one that hasn’t. I frequently see people paying more for a cheaply renovated home that will probably cost them money in a few years when the cheap materials and results of quick labour start to wear out. I hate seeing people waste their money like that.  This pattern goes to the point where the price difference is usually more than it costs to have the work done so providing that the ugly duckling has good bones and adequate potential, you’re farther ahead getting that one in a financial sense. Providing you make intelligent choices about what work needs to be done and what doesn’t.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that you’ll get to choose the style, colours, type and quality of the work done to the home. That’s a big thing because your tastes and ideas of what changes should be made are likely to differ from anyone else who puts the finishing touches on a property. Plus, if the previous owner only did that work in hopes of selling the property it’s almost a given that the quality won’t be as good as when an owner who intends to stay has the work done so they can enjoy it for years to come.

CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance can help you to obtain financing for up to 95% of the appraised value after renovations with only 5% down payment for both the purchase of your home and the renovations.

The details:

  • Available for conventional and insured mortgages.
  • Work must normally be completed within 90 days or the funds will be recalled and applied back to the mortgage.
  • A detailed list of improvements, including a copy of contracts outlining the scope of the work and cost estimates, is required.
  • An appraisal with two separate values will be required: current value of the property “as is” and the estimated value of the property once the improvements are completed.
  • Lender will lend based on the improved value as confirmed by the appraiser.
  • The entire committed amount of the mortgage will be advanced to the solicitor and the solicitor will be instructed to hold back the  cost of the improvements.
  • Once an inspection from an appraiser confirms ALL work is complete and a copy of the building permit (if    applicable) has been received, the balance will be released.

EXAMPLE:
Purchase price: $300,000
Improvements: $20,000
Total lending value: $320,000
Total approved mortgage: $304K (95% of lending value)

Initial advance on closing date is – $285K (not taking into account insurance premium)

Advance upon completion of renovation – $19K
Thank you to Brad Rembold of Universal Mortgage Architects for sharing this info with me and for proofreading my ramblings. You can reach him at 250-758-5524 ext 4 or brad@thenowikteam.com

Ryan Coffey

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8May2014

3D Printed Houses

Posted by Ryan Coffey under: Just For Fun.

Every so often a new technology comes along that drastically changes society. One that can be used for such a wide variety of purposes that nearly every corner of society is changed either directly or indirectly. We’ve seen this recently with computers, the internet and wireless technology and not so long ago with television, radio, records, cars, planes and telephones. It’s starting to look like 3D printers are going to be the next big thing.

I’ve been fascinated with them since I first heard about them about four or five years ago but for some reason it was only recently that I first heard about 3D printed houses. A bit of time on the search engines will show you various methods that are in the works. All of them still in a crude and not market ready stage but the concept is so full of potential that I would be surprised if it hasn’t refined itself and started to catch on in 20 years. Time will tell.

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, here are some videos on the topic.

Ryan Coffey

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30April2014

Great Neighbourhoods in Nanaimo Part 2: Cilaire

Posted by Ryan Coffey under: Nanaimo Profile and Events; Nanaimo's Neighbourhoods; Uncategorized.

For an intro to this series, please see the first post of the series, here.

On the very southern end of what the Nanaimo MLS map refers to as the “Departure Bay” area, is an ocean side neighbourhood known to locals as ‘Cilaire’. Word among longtime Realtors is that when Cilaire was developed in the sixties, it was the fanciest part of town. This area has some of the finest examples of west coast contemporary homes in Nanaimo as well as a variety of other well built homes of that era. Of course, there is lots of ocean view as these properties are all on a gently sloping hill over the water. I do think though, that the elementary school has views that rival any fancy home in Nanaimo.

The shape of the streets in this subdivision make it fairly easy to distinguish the contours of the neighbourhood. Cilaire Drive is a loop that goes around the most central parts and there are a few roads that jut off it mostly along the waterfront or to wards Departure Bay Rd.  As traffic going through those streets isn’t really on the way to or from anywhere that isn’t a property in the neighbourhood, the streets are pretty quiet and the traffic doesn’t fly by like they do on a straight road full of commuters.

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This doesn’t mean that Cilaire is isolated. In fact it’s a easy walk to a nearby mall known as Brooks Landing. You can walk down Departure Bay Road in either direction and find access to beaches and walking trails. You could even walk or bike to the ferry terminal if youwanted to and go to the mainland as a foot passenger which everyone out here knows is much cheaper thank taking a car.

Nearby parks include Beach Estates park, which is pretty much a Nanaimo secret. It’s a path that goes down a gulley behind Cilaire Elementary and makes its way down to a spot of beach next to the ferry dock. The whole time walking down there you can’t believe you are in the middle of town. Old growth trees and very few buildings can be glimpsed all the way down and then suddenly your at a beach and there’s those giant boats that are so familiar to anyone from Vancouver Island. Walking the other way, North along Departure Bay Road, is  what most would refer to as Departure Bay beach. Lots of space for taking yourself, your dog  or your kids for a run. However, if you live in Cilaire you don’t necessarily need to bother with going all the way up Departure Bay Road they way the other Nanaimoites do. There are two access points to the beach from withing Cilaire itself. Regardless of which way you get down to Departure Bay beach, there are quite a few parks there to choose from as well.

 

Ryan Coffey

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18April2014

Homeowners Event and Seminar

Posted by Ryan Coffey under: Uncategorized.

I’m excited about this upcoming “Home Owner Fair” my company is holding on April 26th. It’s one of those events where there is something for everybody. I know that sounds like a recycled sales line, but it’s true. Read on and find out why.

This is more than an open house, or a viewing of a property. More than a chat with a Mortgage Broker. More than advice from a renovation company, a Landscaper or an Interior Designer. It’s a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. You can pick the brain of each of the professionals and find out useful info that will make ownership, maintenance, improvement and market value of your home more affordable and easy. Every professional involved, myself included, will have a variety of tips and tricks to share and you can speak with them in person so that you can make sure that the info is a custom fit for your wants and needs.

Those who RSVP will be given directions and we’ll put out directional signs to help them find the house on the day of the event. I am making efforts to contact past clients about this because I am hoping to add value to my services even after the time of working with them has passed but I am also of course always looking to meet new people. Please contact me at rcoffey@coastrealty.com to be added to the list.

Come learn about something you didn’t know that you didn’t know.

Ryan Coffey

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7April2014

The Spring Market: What is it?

Posted by Ryan Coffey under: Buying; Nanaimo Real Estate Market; Selling; Uncategorized; When to Buy and Sell.