Robert Nixon

Campbell River Real Estate
Residential Real Estate – Commercial real estate - waterfront
Opening the Door to possibilities in Campbell river

East Coast Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Contact Robert Nixon

Campbell River Real Estate Agent
Royal LePage Advance Realty
Campbell River, Vancouver Island
British Columbia, Canada

Cell: 250-287-6200

Office: 250-286-3293

Robert@RobertNixonRealEstate.com

Finding an Honest Home Improvement Contractor

You can’t call yourself a dentist unless you have specific hard-earned credentials. Just about anyone, however, can hang a shingle and call himself a home improvement contractor. That’s why choosing a reputable one is so difficult. Here are some tips:

  • Find out if he or she is truly in business full-time. A part-time or occasional contractor may not have the experience necessary to do a great job.
  • Ask about licenses and other credentials. Some contractors have accreditations from professional and trade associations.
  • Review his or her project portfolio. A reputable contractor will have photos and other evidence of work completed for similar clients.
  • Check online for reviews. If there are more than five poor reviews within the past three years — that’s a red flag.
  • Ask for references. Then, call at least one.

Finally, the best contractors are those that get recommended by people you trust.

Looking for a contractor recommendation? Call today.

 

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How Much Time Should You Spend Viewing Homes?

     

   Figuring out how much time you should spend viewing properties for sale is a little like asking, “How long should I spend trying on shoes?” The answer seems obvious: As long as it takes to make a decision! Buying a home is significantly more complex than purchasing shoes – and the stakes are higher too! You need to make sure you have all the information necessary to confidently make the best decision. There are basically three stages to viewing a property: 1. Macro 2. Micro 3. Professional When you view a home on a macro basis, you’re looking at it from an overall perspective. For example, you may do a general walk-through to get a first impression and determine if the property has the basic features you need, such as the number of bedrooms and the size of the backyard. Macro viewing is often the fastest stage in the viewing process and can sometimes take just a few minutes. If you like what you see, then it’s onto the micro stage. At this stage you take a closer look at the details of the property. You might, for example, spend extra time in the master bedroom imagining how your furniture would look and fit. The micro stage takes longer simply because the home is now on your shortlist. You’re interested and are considering making an offer. Finally, the professional stage involves getting a qualified home inspector to go over the property with a fine tooth comb. That typically occurs after you’ve made an offer. As your REALTOR®, I will guide you through a viewing so you’ll know what to look for and can make a smart, informed decision. Call today.

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Despite white elephants, Island city's economy thunders on with tourism and mining plays

BY WI STAFF

Campbell RiverWhite elephants - a shuttered pulp mill and a failed cruise ship terminal - bookmark the Vancouver Island city of Campbell River, but mining and hydro upgrades mean the economy keeps thundering on.

Last month, a scrap-metal contractor and potential businesspeople were picking over the bones of the former Elk Falls pulp mill, once a major employer that was permanently shut down by Catalyst Corp. On the downtown waterfront all that remains of a $16 million publicly funded cruise-ship terminal built for the Campbell River Indian Band in 2007 is an empty dock and an abandoned market. The last cruise ship to visit was in 2009, the only ship to arrive that year.

The Elk Falls pulp mill was temporarily closed in 2008 and shut down two years later. Richmond-based Catalyst sought creditor protection this January after its creditors rejected a plan to cover its $645 million debt. Among those sifting through the mill site was a group hoping to salvage large water tanks for use in an aquaculture play.

Still, this city of 31,000, long known as the "Salmon Capital of the World," is far from an economic basket case. Last month, crews were demolishing old downtown stores to make way for a low-rise office building for Seymour Pacific and Broadstreet Properties. Just south of town, a new 36-unit oceanview condominium development is underway, and local realtors say the sluggish resale housing market has suddenly come to life.

At an average price of $280,000, Campbell River house prices are lower than in the Comox Valley ($344,000) or Nanaimo ($349,800) and are down about 20 per cent from the peak three years ago. March home sales in Campbell River were up a startling 31 per cent from a year earlier, reports the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board.

The reason for the sharp sales spike could be a return of consumer confidence. Fuelling this is a $1.35 billion BC Hydro replacement of the local 65-year-old Jim Hart Generating Station.

Coal mine and more BC Hydro expects to award a construction contract by next summer and have the first new generating unit running by 2017, with the project complete in 2018. Construction would create 400 jobs annually for five years and Campbell River Mayor Walter Jakeway says they are needed in a community with an estimated unemployment rate of more than 12 per cent.

More jobs could be generated after the controversial Quinsam coal mine, just 20 kilometres from downtown Campbell River, had an extension of its mining operations approved in January. The project, which has seen protests from local environmentalists, could still face a review from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency pending completion of a review by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The original mine's been in operation since 1986.

David Turnbull, CEO of Hillborough Resources, which operates the mine, pledged the company would "exceed all regulatory requirements and protect key local environmental values." The only underground coal mine in B.C., Quinsam has reserves of about 40 million tonnes of coal and employs more than 140 people.

Meanwhile, the Myra Falls copper-gold-silver mine, owned by Swiss-based giant Nyrstar, is running full tilt in a provincial park about 90 kilometres from Campbell River. In operation for 45 years, the mine employs 282 people.

In all, the fortunes of Campbell River are looking up, said veteran realtor Roy Grant of Coast Realty Ltd., adding the salmon fishing is still world-class and the city, close to Mount Washington's ski slopes, offers excellent golf and boating. "It is just a beautiful place to live."


from Western Investor May 2012

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Cool

I am Excited to announce that as of February 9th 2016 I am Licensed to sell Real Property in the province of British Columbia!

 

Today I am in the office getting everything setup and learning some of the new systems I have to work with to guide me through my new endeveour. Feel free to stop in and I will be more than happy to help you on your Real Estate Journey or just say hi, grab a card and come back when you are ready.

 

Have a great day everyone...

 

Robert Nixon 

 

Robert@RobertNixonRealEstate.com

 

(250) 287-6200

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Spending a few minutes editing and playing with my new website which has a ton to be done. Getting close to the start of my new career in the Real Estate industry as a sales Representative serving Campbell River and surrounding areas. February 9th will be the kick off and time to get to work. Super excited for a new challenge and to see my efforts rewarded by hard work.

R.Nixon

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