Li's Blog: More mid-January thoughts from Salt Spring Island...

More mid-January thoughts from Salt Spring Island...

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January, on the Pacific Northwest Coast, holds both Winter and Spring in its grasp.

Some days show a Winter face and others foretell Spring.

Check out the gardens for those crocus, snowdrop, and daffodil bulbs...tiny shoots are already poking up.

Seedy Saturday events are underway. Every day is just a little lighter.

Usually, January can be a slow month in real estate sales...not the case this year. That almost 9 year downturn is long gone. Inventory has been steadily clearing out. Buyers are back and seeking secondary home opportunities.

Low inventory combined with strong buyer interest means seller's market conditions...and price increases in the offing. Perhaps this is why it remains busy in entry level priced properties at this usually quieter time of year.

January also brings tax assessment notices to owners. It appears that tax assessments are up between 9 & 20%. This is the government's concept of property valuations...actual annual property taxes (paid on July 1) may not go up that much. The rise in assessed values shows that the government recognizes the uptick in real estate sales.

So: January meanders its way through our coastal winter...fog, rain, cloud, bursts of sun, mild, cold...the usual mix.

Needing colour? Check out the local Ganges Village feeds the soul. Be inspired by the artistic visions of this special island.

Compile gourmet soup recipes. Watch old movies with a comedy flair. Read a very long book (how about War and Peace? Tolstoy's thoughts are worth dropping into).

Keep your eye on February....



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Comment balloon 6 commentsLi Read • January 17 2018 07:55PM



I have made soups for the freezer for those times we just don't feel like cooking.  I am looking forward to having a normal lifestyle again.  The latest disasters have been tough to bear.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 1 year ago

Li, Wow you already have spring flower shoots poking up out of the ground in January!! I am jealous.  We have to wait a few more months at least for that. Thanks for giving an account of what things are like on the PNW Coast!

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) over 1 year ago

Li, it does seem very early to be seeing bulbs popping up, and glad to hear you are busy.   

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 1 year ago

Ha, more hope for making it through January. Thanks Li. We will see some Spring bulbs soon too. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 1 year ago

You sure know how to make us want to visit the area.

Have an outstanding week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 1 year ago

Li, what a lovely synopsis of...well, everything happening in your area! Since we often experience somewhat of the same ilk (weather-wise, vacation home owners, etc.) I feel inspired to think about what you're sharing with folks. 

AND, I am watching more humorous programs in our early dark nights AND doing some wonderful reading! (Tolstoy--too heavy for me). 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 1 year ago