When the property you are inspecting has a “shallow well” designation you could come across a system as crude as a large open pit dug by a backhoe that captures ground seep and run-off water to a hand-bored sand point with a hand pump or 12-volt solar pump on off-grid properties. Shallow wells are typically 25 feet below the surface of the ground or less and can experience taste and odor issues from mineral content like iron and manganese.
Part 1 of a two-article series on groundwater sources and water systems on rural land.
A clean, year-round, potable water source will always be the most important land attribute you need to sustain life. Understanding the different types of rural property water sources and how you can and cannot access, divert and use them will save you time in vetting rural properties and raw land for both residential and commercial use.
Break up has arrived in the interior of the province, and Right Now! is one of the best times to head north and strap on pair of snowshoes or a pair of rubber boots and go make trails around the properties you are interested in possibly owning.
Walking property during the transition between winter and spring will give you valuable insight into how the geography changes with winter snow accumulation, and more importantly how well the geography deals with snow melt and runoff water. Characteristics you need to know about before you invest in or plan the location of driveways, dwellings, gardens, and outbuildings.
Using the historically high 2021 figures as a benchmark for where market values should aim to be is misleading to potential buyers, investors and home owners. Your home is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, at the time you are ready to sell it. And you should only buy or sell a home or property when it makes sense for you, and not just when the market is at the lowest or highest point. Yes, it is financially advantageous when you can time the purchase or sale of your property to coincide with the beginning or end of a cycle, but the real return on investment in owning your own home is received while you are living in it and still paying for it. Somewhere along the line we have forgotten that.
Savvy buyers and property investors look beyond luxury square footage to first locate a one-of-a-kind, spectacular location before entering into any type of residential or
commercial land purchase, and so should you!
Whether you buy .25 or 500+ acres, a land purchase is an investment in the physical geography in that unique location. Highly sought after geographical attributes like, water frontage, clean air, sunshine hours, fertile soil, mild climate, mature trees & timber, the view, the privacy and clean drinking water, all factor into the locations desirability and increases the richness of both lifestyle and market value.
Many complex and critical steps take place behind the scenes when you enter into a real estate transaction and you should always choose to work with a licensed and reputable conveyancing professional. If you are shopping around for the best mortgage and rate, it now makes sense to shop around for the best deal in conveyancing at the same time.
Many rural and remote acreages are being purchased this year and lots of buyers are discovering that they need the professional services of a surveyor to begin the process of securing the land with gating and fencing and to plan out the location of new dwellings and outbuildings. A boundary survey adds value to your title, it allows the title owner to confidently create a land use plan and develop the acreage to add maximum value using the land in the best possible way.
The competition is getting tough in several regions including 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Prince George, Fort St. John, Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Fort Nelson, Mackenzie and Quesnel all saw incredible sales figures and record prices. Great demand and small supply continues to create multiple offers on medium to lower priced housing. Read More>
“Safety in Numbers” has been a long believed group protection theory that gave us comfort. This adage no longer applies to our post Covid existence. Large Groups or gatherings are now to be avoided, so how does one run a Covid compliant accommodation business that remains profitable? The Tourism & Hospitality Industry, which saw record […]
It is the duty of the buyer to gather all necessary information on actual or potential risks involved in a home or property investment. An experienced realtor will assist you through this process, but It is ultimately your responsibility to examine and confirm that everything you have been provided about a listing actually checks-out to […]
Being the owner operator of an accommodation lodging can offer a very lucrative and rewarding lifestyle that allows you to be your own boss while creating un-forgettable memories for thousands of travellers every year. There are many investment opportunities to become a part of this multi-billions dollar industry as numerous operators are nearing their retirement […]
The 2019 BC Assessment Authority reported a reduction in farm land taxable values for all regions of the province in their January Assessment reports. This can be misinterpreted when you are unaware of how and why B.C. Assessment collects and processes its findings. Only the “land” itself that is approved for farm status is included […]