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Marc LaCouvee 679 Memorial Avenue Qualicum Beach, BC
Phone: 250-752-6926 Mobile: 250-228-3428 Fax: 250-752-9180 Email Marc

ARTICLES

Look for my article every month in The Beacon Magazine! The Beacon profiles community living from Fanny Bay to Nanoose. For your convenience, past articles are also available below. To view the current issue of The Beacon in full, visit www.eyesonbc.com.


 

5 TOP TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SALE (SEPTEMBER 2011)

As this wonderful sunny season slowly begins to fade and we put away barbecues and beach toys, many will start to think about listing their home to take advantage of the disappearance of buyers’ summer distractions.  A lot of people ask me to offer suggestions for preparing their home to sell. [...]

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CONSIDERATIONS IN BUYING A "FRACTION INTEREST" IN REAL ESTATE (AUGUST 2011)

Last month I wrote about what a fractional interest in real estate is and how the owners’ corporation is typically organized.  In this month’s article, I will touch briefly on leases, subleases, costs and other considerations for buyers. [...]

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WHAT IS A "FRACTIONAL INTEREST" IN REAL ESTATE? (JULY 2011)

I was recently approached by a client who was interested in purchasing a ¼ share ownership stake in a vacation property. He had a number of questions about what he would actually be buying. In this series of articles over the upcoming months, I will attempt to explain the structure of this type of ownership. [...]

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5 WAYS FOR PARKSVILLE-QUALICUM HOME BUYERS TO SAVE MONEY,
PLUS ONE MORE! (JUNE 2011)

Wise real estate decisions are made when you have a clear understanding of your personal financial circumstances. When assessing your situation, it is important to know that there is a broad range of cost-saving programs available to help you. [...]

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BUYING A HOME IN BC: CLOSING COSTS GO BEYOND THE PURCHASE PRICE (APRIL 2011)

You’re shopping for your new home and you’re assessing what you can afford. You take a look at your bank account balances to see how much cash you have available for down payment. But as you’re finalizing your home buying budget, don’t forget these other “end” expenses you’ll encounter before you settle into your new home. [...]

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QR CODE TECHNOLOGY IN PARKSVILLE-QUALICUM REALTY (MARCH 2011)

A QR code is like a bar code and it can be “read” with almost any smart phone! When you scan one of my QR codes, you’ll be taken to a website with more information. Depending on the code I’ve used, it could be more information about me, my listings, the market, our community – the possibilities are endless! Have a smart phone and want to give it a try? It’s very easy! [...]

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RECOGNIZING YOUR HOME'S VALUE - TAX ASSESSMENT vs. CMA (FEBRUARY 2011)

It’s that time of year again - property tax assessments have arrived in the mail.  Most of us have some anticipation for our latest assessment report but also secretly dread what the numbers will be.  Many will wonder how the assessment value of our home relates to its actual value in the market – i.e. what it would sell for today. The assessment number does have value and relevance but this is only a starting point in determining the actual market value of your home. [...]

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PARKSVILLE & QUALICUM BEACH 2011 HOUSING FORECAST (JANUARY 2011)

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2011! I hope the Holiday season treated you all very well. Skiing at Mount Washington was a big part of my family’s festive season and now it is time to get back to school and work. As a REALTOR®, I have been monitoring the market statistics and looking at the economic data for our local region. Thank heavens for Economics 101! Perhaps the most common question I’ve been asked over the Holidays has been “How will our local housing market fare in 2011?” [...]

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FEELING THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS IN OCEANSIDE (DECEMBER 2010)

As we head into the holiday season, I feel blessed to live in the Oceanside community. Most of us have a fridge full of food, the clothes we need and homes to live in. And this Parksville/Qualicum region is so rich in spirit - the young and the old shine in giving to others in many, many ways! With gifts of time and money, local residents rally support where support is needed. We also have fantastic charitable organizations that excel in serving the community every day [...]

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REAL ESTATE: MAKING IT WORK FOR YOU (NOVEMBER 2010)

Stocks, bonds, gold and oil.  As any good advisor will tell you, these can all be part of a balanced investment portfolio. But they are generally intangible and not physically in your possession. That’s just one way real-estate investments are different. Rental property ownership can provide some great tangible benefits in an economic market where hedging your bets is more important that it has ever been [...]

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AGEING IN PLACE - SIMPLE HOME MODIFICATIONS CAN HELP (OCTOBER 2010)

We, as a family, are very proud of our mother. She is in her eighties and still walks most mornings for her exercise, come rain or shine. She loves to travel and has just returned from Haida Gwaii. She is active in the lives of her grandchildren, pursues her volunteer activities in the community and is passionate about her gardening [...]

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