2017 Franchise Times 200 Rankings, RE:MAX #1 in Real Estate

RE/MAX Leading Real Estate Franchise

RE/MAX was once again a top 10 franchise and the leading real estate franchise for the 9th consecutive year in the annual Franchise Times Top 200+® survey. This put RE/MAX at the same level of other household names as a top real estate brand with companies such as:

RE/MAX Leading Real Estate Franchise

RE/MAX was no. 8 overall, the closest competitors not very close at all, with Keller Williams Realty at no. 17 and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at no. 51.

  • RE/MAX ranked No. 2 for total SALES volume growth
  • RE/MAX ranked No. 8 for UNIT growth

The average sales growth of the top 10 companies was 2.8 percent – RE/MAX grew by 11.8 percent!


Original source: http://abovemag.remax.com/top-10-franchise-times

Data source: http://www.franchisetimes.com/Top-200?cp=1&si=0&so=asc&sort=url 

Sept 2017, Market Stats, Nanaimo Real Estate

September 2017 Nanaimo Market Update

The September 2017 Nanaimo Market Update shows 511 single-family properties sold on the MLS® System compared to 527 last September, a decrease of three per cent. Sales declined by five per cent from August, which saw 540 single-family homes change hands.

Nanaimo Market Update September 2017

However, as in previous months, we attribute these slight decreases to inventory shortages rather than a cooling market.

There were only 1,233 single-family homes for sale in September 2017, down by three per cent from last year.

What to type of Market is it?

With a sales-to-active-listings ratio of around 32 per cent, the VIREB market is firmly in sellers’ territory.

Last month, the benchmark price of a single-family home in the VIREB area rose to $462,500, up 18 per cent from one year ago. Apartments and townhouses also saw rising benchmark prices board-wide in September, up 30 per cent and 23 per cent respectively from the previous year.

Additional details are provided in our comprehensive stats package, available here. You may also find our September 2017 infographic helpful if you’re looking for a visual snapshot of sales highlights for our board area.

Market Update Summerized

Nanaimo’s Real Estate Market Update summarized what’s happening the the real estate market in your area.

Monthly Nanaimo real estate market stats that analyze the Vancouver Island real estate market north of the Malahat. These Nanaimo real estate market stats can be useful in establishing trends when applied over a period of time. Keep in mind that the information does not indicate the actual value of any particular property.


Find out what your home may be worth in today’s market.

If you require specific information on property values please contact one of our REALTORS® or call (250) 751-1223.

Sept 2017, Market Stats, Nanaimo Real Estate

Sept 2017 Market Stats

Real Estate Market Stats, Nanaimo, Real Estate, Homes Sold In Nanaimo

Nanaimo Real Estate Market Update August 2017

Nanaimo’s Real Estate Market Update summarized what’s happening the the real estate market in your area.

Monthly Nanaimo real estate market stats that analyze the Vancouver Island real estate market north of the Malahat. These Nanaimo real estate market stats can be useful in establishing trends when applied over a period of time. Keep in mind that the information does not indicate the actual value of any particular property.

Find out what your home may be worth in today’s market.

If you require specific information on property values please contact one of our REALTORS®.Real Estate Market Stats, Nanaimo, Real Estate, Homes Sold In Nanaimo

Disclaimer: This representation is based in whole or in part on data generated by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) which assumes no responsibility for its accuracy.

4 Homework stations for kids, Back To School

4 Homework Stations For Kids

School will soon be back in full swing, and the kids loaded down with homework each night. But do they have a dedicated space to get it done? Here are 4 homework stations for kids, Learn how to create a space the kids will be able to use to get the homework done, with a minimum of fuss.

Homework Stations For Kids

  1. Kitchen desk. Does your kitchen already have an area like a “phone desk”, or a spot where your countertops extend far enough to create a desk work space? This is ideal if you want to keep an eye on what they are doing. You’re also nearby to offer assistance if they get stuck on a math problem.
  2. Loft beds. These look like a typical bunkbed, except the bottom bunk is a dedicated work space to get the homework done all in one place. Work down below, sleep up top, and use the rest of the bedroom for whatever activity your child enjoys. Check out places like Staples, Home Depot or Ikea for the bed best suited for your child.
  3. Flip-down, wall mounted units. Are exactly what they sound like. These are compact units designed to fold up when not in use, making the most of a small space. They keep the kids organized, but are safely out of the way when you don’t need them.
  4. Modifying a kitchen island. Install a narrow shelf below the overhang if you are planning a renovation anytime soon that includes an island. Use a hidden power source and a place to store laptops and other homework essentials. The clutter stays hidden and the kids can do their homework in the kitchen.

Are you a handyman?

Other ideas for the handyman in the family include:

  • Converting a small closet into a work space.
  • Using chalkboards as a desktop (these are great for doing math problems).
  • Re-furbishing an old crib into a work station.

Whichever way works best for your family, be sure there’s storage space to keep supplies nearby and a trash can for any garbage the kids create. Also, make sure the desk or furniture are at a height the child won’t grow out of in the next year. You don’t want to be rebuilding the wall unit every year and it’s much easier to adjust a chair height as they grow.

Browse homework station ideas on Pinterest.

If you simply don’t have enough space to create a dedicated homework station and need to move to a bigger home, call one of our expert agents today at RE/MAX of Nanaimo at (250) 751-1223.

Introducing the new RE/MAX brand refresh! RE/MAX introduces the new RE/MAX brand refresh. A fresh look after 44 years and ready for digital platforms.

The RE/MAX real estate network is getting even stronger. Today in San Francisco, RE/MAX Co-CEOs, Dave Liniger and Adam Contos, revealed a refreshed RE/MAX brand, including the world famous balloon logo and wordmark, to hundreds of franchise owners at the annual RE/MAX Broker Owner Conference.
“Our new look better represents the enthusiastic entrepreneurs who comprise our network … great brands evolve and RE/MAX is no different. We believe the updated balloon and wordmark will help our agents grow their business and give them an even bigger competitive advantage in digital, social media and mobile marketing.” – Adam Contos

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RE/MAX Brand Refresh

Nanaimo’s Real Estate Market Update summarized what’s happening the the real estate market in your area. Find out what your home may be worth in today’s market.Nanaimo Real Estate Market Update July 2017

For more information about the Nanaimo Real Estate Market or to connect with an experienced Real Estate Agent, call us at 250-751-1223

Stats source: VIREB

5 reasons to live in Nanaimo, Nanaimo, Real Esate

5 Reasons To Live In Nanaimo

If you’re thinking of moving to Nanaimo, here are 5 reasons to live in Nanaimo.

5 Reasons to live in Nanaimo.

  1. Small city feel with big city amenities.

Nanaimo offers all of the amenities, events, festivals, arts, sporting activities, and shopping. There is so much more without the headache of big city traffic. If you want art exhibits, the theater or other cultural activities and events, Nanaimo has them. If you want an active outdoor lifestyle, Nanaimo has everything you could ever want. Try paddle boarding, to sailing, hiking, camping, sports or anything else you can think of. The City of Nanaimo website has a calendar of events that lets you easily find events or activities for you and your family. Go to nanaimo.ca/calendar to see what’s happening throughout the year.

  1. Cost of living.

Housing prices in the Nanaimo and mid-island area are on the rise but it’s still a great time to buy a home in the area. There are homes available to suite almost any budget and every lifestyle. With a small community feel, Nanaimo is a wonderful place to raise your kids. Or if you think you want to retire here, now is a perfect time to buy an investment property to move into later.

  1. Moderate climate.

Summers are typically warm and sunny, perfect for doing all the outdoor activities you love. Winters are moderate. Nanaimo doesn’t generally drop much below freezing and for the most part, doesn’t get a lot of snow (occasional exceptions apply).

  1. Well-regarded education system.

Starting with pre-school and kindergarten, and continuing through University, Nanaimo has a wonderful school system. Private, public and French immersion schools can all be found in Nanaimo and Vancouver Island University, home to a large number of international, as well as local students, offers first-rate programs for those interested in furthering their education, no matter what their age.

  1. Medical services.

In Nanaimo, there is no shortage of excellent medical care. Doctors are drawn here from all over the world. For a lot of the reasons we’ve already looked at and Nanaimo residents benefit from their world experiences and care. Nanaimo Regional General Hospital is easily accessible and offers top-notch medical assistance to those who need it.


While there are many more reasons why Nanaimo is a terrific place to live, these are a few to get you started. When you’re ready to make the jump to island life, call one of our expert agents at RE/MAX of Nanaimo at (250) 751-1223.

RE/MAX, Real Estate Agent Market Your Home, Nanaimo Real Estate

How Will Your RE/MAX Real Estate Agent Market Your Home?

When you’re thinking of selling your home, your real estate agent will provide a marketing plan that shows you exactly how they plan to market your home to the public. In today’s electronic age, what does it mean exactly? How will a Real Estate Agent market your home?

Real Estate Agent market your home.

Multiple Listing Services (MLS).

Unless you’ve signed an exclusive listing agreement, your home will be posted on the multiple listing service website. Anyone with a computer can access these listings and view your home on-line to decide if they want to come and take a look. They’ll see a map of the location, find all the pertinent details about its’ size and features, and also be able to view photographs of the inside.

Agent and Brokerage websites.

Real estate agents have their own websites which feature their own listings. This ensures your property is prominently showcased on their page and highlights the best aspects of the home. Buyers can decide whether or not your home might meet their needs before ever setting foot on the property, so you’ll usually only get serious buyers coming through your home.

Social Media. Facebook and Twitter.

Most real estate agents use Facebook to get the word out about their listings. They can link their website to the post which increases the exposure your property will receive and hopefully translates into a quick sale. A lot of agents also use Twitter to feature your home. While Twitter only allows a short description of the property, the right words can grab a buyers’ attention and stimulate their curiousity enough to want to take a look at your home.

Social media plays a large and important role in exposing real estate to the public. And while one person might not be in the market for a new home, they may know someone who is and can share the link or the post with their friends, who can share it with their friends, and so on.

In Nanaimo, where homes are selling almost as quickly as they become available, that’s an invaluable resource. Spotlighting your home on social media and on-line increases the odds of securing a sale in a timely manner and lets sellers and buyers alike move on to their next new home adventure.


When you’re ready to sell your home, call an experienced agent at RE/MAX of Nanaimo. They can be reached anytime at (250) 751-1223.

's Day, Nanaimo

Father’s Day in Nanaimo

Let’s admit it up front – we’ve all given Dad an ugly tie for Father’s Day and expected him to actually wear it. If you want this year to stand out in Dad’s mind, here are a few ideas to get you started and ways to celebrate Father’s Day in Nanaimo.

Father’s Day in Nanaimo

Sporting event.

If Dad has a favorite baseball team, or soccer, or hockey team, get him tickets to go see them. If it means going out of town for a weekend, that’s even better and your Dad is sure to love getting out to see a game.

Ride for Dad.

The annual Motor Cycle Ride for Dad takes place on June 17, 2017. Starting in Nanaimo at 7:30 a.m, the day includes a scenic ride to Cumberland, lunch, prizes, poker and more. This ride is to raise awareness of prostate cancer, so it’s not just a fun event to take part it, but it also raises money to support this terrific cause. Go to www.Ridefordad.ca for more information about how you can join in.

Taste of Nanaimo.

This tour around Nanaimo is designed to showcase some amazing local food, estate winery and craft beverages. Dad can spend the afternoon sampling and discover which local treasures he loves the most. More information can be found at www.nanaimo.ca.

Monster Trucks.

Saratoga Racing in Black Creek, north of Courtenay is open every Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 4 p.m. Race around the track in a go-kart, or take a ride in a monster truck. All equipment is supplied, so you just need to bring Dad. Spend the day hanging out at the track and then treat Dad to dinner on the way home. www.saratogaracing.ca can give you more information and pricing.

Landscaping.

Generally it’s Dad who mows the lawn and does the heavy lifting in the yard. To give him a break this Father’s Day, think about hiring a gardening company to come out and take care of business. You can have a one-time service, or spring for a few services to free up Dad to spend more time with the family.

Whatever you decide would be the best gift for Dad this year, he’ll appreciate the thought and consideration you put into choosing the perfect item.


If you or someone you know is looking for a new home, or wants to sell the one they’re in, call RE/MAX of Nanaimo today at (250) 751-1223 and one of our agents will be happy to help.

Your House Is Dated

6 Features That May Say Your House Is Dated!

Are you considering selling your home and are worried your house is dated? Below are some of the features that date your home, along with some tips for how to improve them.

Your house is dated if …

  1. You have popcorn or textured ceilings.

Not many things age a house more than popcorn ceilings. It’s a huge job to remove them on your own so talk to a painting contractor to see how they can help you. If you can’t afford to have them removed by a professional, a fresh coat of white paint will remove the yellowish look they often get with age.

  1. Your countertops are tiled.

If your counter tops are made up of tiles with a lot of grout lines, you know how hard it is to keep them clean. This can turn off a buyer very quickly. Installing new countertops doesn’t have to break the bank and gives the room a sleek new look. Places like Home Depot or Lowe’s sell pre-made countertops for bathrooms relatively inexpensively and they also have a great selection of kitchen counters which can often be professionally installed by them.

     TIP: To take it to the next level consider a solid surface stone countertop. 

  1. Any of you rooms have wallpaper borders.

Get rid of wallpapered boarders if you want to take 20 years off the appearance of your home and modernize the look.

     TIP: Wallpaper can add texture and a modern element to a room or feature wall. 

  1. You have brass fixtures.

While these may have been popular in the 1980’s or 90’s, todays buyers want a more neutral appearance. Brushed nickel, stainless or even black fixtures can be installed to give the area a fresh look and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Brass is making a come back though! Take a look at some of the modern brass finishes. Not quite those brass faucets we’ve seen in the past.

     TIP: Incorporate a eclectic vintage chair or brass accent into your modern decor. 

  1. Your home has wall to wall carpets.

A lot of buyers today tend to want hardwood floors. If you’re carpets are not in great shape, are badly stained or have an awful pattern on them you might want to think about getting new flooring installed. At the very least, remove any carpets in the bathrooms because that’s a sure-fire turn off for any potential buyer.

  1. Your appliances are old, worn out or strange colours.

A lot of us probably remember the old “harvest gold” or “avocado green” appliances. These age your home quickly so if you can afford to upgrade to new appliances, do it before you list the home.


This is not a complete list of things dating your home, but it’s a great starting point. Call RE/MAX of Nanaimo if you’re thinking about selling your home (even if you thing your house is dated) and one of our well qualified agents will be happy to do a home evaluation to see what your home is worth. Call (250) 751-1223 today.