Buy-More Save-More at Budget Blinds This Month

Posted on Mar 12, 2018

This month, the more you buy, the more you’ll save with Budget Blinds of Central and Northern Vancouver Island, with up to  45% off Signature Series blinds this March.

The Signature Series collection, exclusive to Budget Blinds, is updated with new styles almost every year. Budget Blinds designers can provide a free in-home consultation to guide you through the latest choices and ensure you receive beautiful, on-trend window treatments that suit your style.

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Vancouver Island Housing Prices and Starts Soared in 2017

Posted on Feb 15, 2018

Building Links has recently tabulated the year-to-date construction statistics for the Comox Valley and Campbell River areas for 2017. Construction values in all areas total $217 million, up by $11 million from 2016 to 2017.

Single-family home construction is also up slightly in Comox, Courtenay and Campbell River (6 per cent to 13 per cent) with Cumberland showing the biggest increase of 120 per cent and the CVRD coming in with an increase of 19 per cent.

Secondary suite and carriage home construction has increased significantly by 159 per cent from 2016 to 2017.

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Update Your Home’s Interior With New Shades From Budget Blinds of Northern Vancouver Island

Posted on Feb 10, 2018

Home decorating trends are always changing and can be tough to keep up with. A quick way to change up the style in your home is with new window covering and the designers at Budget Blinds of Central and Northern Vancouver Island can ensure that your window treatments reflect the latest styles.

Window coverings come in an endless variety of options, so help from a professional can ensure that your choices suite your home, lifestyle and decor.

Budget Blinds has adapted to changing styles by offering classic designs, current trends and up-and-coming products. Some trends their designers are seeing for 2018 include drapery side panels that accent other window treatments, and dual shades.

Window panels easily bring a splash of life to a quiet room. Available in a vast selection of colors, patterns, and prints, window panels express your individual style and make a personal statement in any room.

Dual sheer shades offer the privacy benefits of a window shade with the softening view of a sheer. When the vanes are open, the two layers of soft knitted fabric sheers maintain a level of privacy at all times, while allowing diffused natural light to enter the room.

To learn more about what trends will best suit your home and lifestyle, contact Budget Blinds of The Comox Valley, Campbell River and the North Island  at 250.338.8564 today. Request a free in-home consultation online today.


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After Busy December, Home Sales on Vancouver Island Return To Normal in January

Posted on Feb 3, 2018

Sales in the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) area returned to seasonally normal levels in January after experiencing the busiest December on record. The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) has released its monthly sales report, showing sales returning seasonally normal levels in January after the busiest December on record. Higher interest rates and the new mortgage stress test are expected to erode purchasing power for some buyers in 2018.

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) notes that the housing market in B.C. is still thriving due to the province’s strong economy. However, some economic headwinds in the form of higher interest rates and Guideline B-20 – also known as the mortgage stress test – are forecast for 2018. BCREA expects economic growth in the province to slow this year, expanding at a respectable 2.8 percent, but lower than we have seen in some time. Rising interest rates will erode affordability for some home buyers, and Guideline B-20 could reduce the purchasing power of conventional mortgagors by up to 20 percent.

Last month, the benchmark price of a single-family home in the Campbell River area hit $379,600, an increase of 22 percent from the previous January. In the Comox Valley, the benchmark price was $463,700, up 17 percent from last year. Duncan reported a benchmark price of $418,600, an increase of 15 percent compared to January 2017. Nanaimo’s benchmark price rose 19 percent to $514,400 while the ParksvilleQualicum area saw its benchmark price increase by 14 percent to $519,700 from one year ago and dip slightly from December 2017. The cost of a benchmark home in Port Alberni reached $259,100, up 20 percent from one year ago.

Excerpt from VIREB Press Release on Feb. 1, 2018.

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New Year’s Specials on Solar and Cellular Shades at Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island

Posted on Jan 27, 2018

Budget Blinds of Central and Northern Vancouver Island is offering a buy-one-get-one-free special on their Enlightened-Style Roller/Solar and Cellular Shades for the month of January 2018 only! These window coverings are among the most popular that Budget Blinds offers, because of their energy efficiency and variety of fabrics.

Solar and Cellular Shades are excellent at blocking sunlight to cool homes in the summer, and insulating windows to keep heat in in the winter.

Solar Shades  serve to gently filter and diffuse light to create just the right ambience, block UV rays, and reduce room temperatures. They come in a wide range of styles and openness levels.

Cellular Shades come in three popular cell sizes, each of which offer varying degrees of insulation from the heat, cold and sound, enhancing your home’s energy efficiency. Light control options including sheer, light filtering, room darkening, and blackout fabrics provide you with various levels of privacy.

Cellular shades are also an excellent option for any unusually shaped windows. And you can add motorization to open and close those hard to reach blinds.

Contact Budget Blinds of Central and Northern Vancouver Island today at 250.338.8564 to learn more about solar or cellular window shades. Budget Blinds’ Style Consultants are available in Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River and the surrounding areas and can design, measure, order and install your cellular shades for you so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the view! Request a free in-home consultation today.

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Secondary Suite and Carriage Home Construction Sees Major Jump

Posted on Oct 25, 2017

Building Links has recently compiled the building permit and construction values for the Comox Valley and Campbell River areas for the third quarter of 2017. Building Links notes a trend in the increase in the construction of secondary suites and carriage homes.

They reported an overall increase of 238 per cent. Building Links tracks this information when a separate building permit has been taken out for a secondary suite or carriage home. In many municipalities including Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland, specific zoning allows for the construction of a secondary suite in a single-family home without applying for a separate permit. Based on this information they estimate that the increase is actually more like 400 per cent in 2017 compared to 2016.

This means, according to the building permits reported, that there have been approximately 100 secondary suites and or carriage homes built in the past year, compared with approximately 25 built in 2016.

Due to the rising cost of individual lots, the cost of construction and the looming shortage of sub trades, more buyers are looking to subsidize the high cost of a new home by building a secondary suite or a carriage home. According to the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) report for September of 2017, the cost of purchasing a home in the Comox Valley and the Campbell River area has increased by 22 per cent over the same time period last year.

There is a shortage of lots in both the Campbell River and the Comox Valley areas, and this is contributing to the extremely high cost of buying a new home. Many new subdivisions are being proposed in both areas, but it is taking, in some cases, years to get the subdivision approved by the various municipalities.

According to the same report by VIREB in September, strong economic fundamentals are underpinning housing activity in British Columbia, particularly in the southern half of the province. The BC economy has expanded at above-trend growth for more than three years, with 2017 expected to be the fourth consecutive year of economic growth hitting three per cent or higher.

The secret is out about Vancouver Island – its beautiful scenery, the welcoming communities and up to now, the reasonable cost of buying a home. The real estate scene is changing dramatically and quickly and more people are choosing Vancouver Island as their destination to retire or relocate. In my view, the price of real estate will continue to go up due to the demand to live in a piece of paradise, known as Vancouver Island.

Clarice Coty is the editor of Building Links.
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