One Website, Two Themes

This is a real estate website with lots of information and an MLS® search.

It is also a photo album full of amazing pictures of the places and things to do in the Comox Valley. Instead of a bunch of generic cute pictures about real estate and homes you won't be buying or selling (you will see lots of pictures of homes when searching), I though you might like to see a bit about the valley you are thinking of coming to. For those of you that live here, I think you will be amazed and will get some great ideas for what to do on the weekend or with company. Enjoy.

"Komoux" as named by the First Nations people stands for "land of plenty". Today, that is still an accurate description.

Kayaks resting on the Comox Bay.  Kayaking in both fresh and salt water is popular in the valley.



Buying, Selling or Browsing

Comox Lake

 

Whether you’re buying, selling, or just browsing, this website is designed to assist you in your journey for information and answers about the real estate market. You will find a fair amount of detail on the pages, though if you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Buying or selling a home is a major decision, and spending a little time getting to know the market, your options, and the process can go a long way to ensure you make the best decision.

For information on what the markets are doing, see Market Update.

Questions, need more information, would like a free home evaluation? Please contact me.

Looking for more? See the quick Guide.



Starting your Real Estate Journey

Get to know the market

 

A good first step is getting to know the market, what is available and current prices. Viewing current listings is a great way to get to know the market, and it's not surprising that today online is the number one source for viewing listings. In 2016 over 62% of buyers found the home they bought on PCS (30.2%), the MLS site (23%) and other internet sites such as this one (9.3%). Listings are basically searched in three categories online:

 1. Use Search EnginesA search will yield a great number of sites (that is likely how you found this site). Some will be Realtor sites and some will be third party sites that gather MLS®  listings with the goal to sell advertising or charge Realtors by referring you to them. Some have good search capability and information, with access to many listings, and some are not so user-friendly and have a limited number of listings. Unfortunately these third party sites do not have 100% of the listings, but are pretty close. To search for homes on this site see MLS® Search.

 2. Go Directly to the Source. The country-wide public MLS® website, www.realtor.ca, allows you to search all listings by area, price and type of home, and provides a good quality and quantity of information. The search feature has improved over the years and you get unbiased information without unwanted advertising.  100% of the listings are available on this site.

A Trumpeter Swan landing near Sieffert's Farm. (Swans and geese winter in the Comox Valley.)   

3. Have the Source come to you through PCS.

There are couple of reasons why PCS (Private Client Services) is the number one source for viewing listings--convenience and completeness of information.

PCS monitors the new MLS® listings and sends you an email when there is a listing, or a price change, that matches your personal search criteria. It does the work for you and stores your listings in your own personal folder and has access to 100% of the listings.

PCS has more information than the MLS® site, such as more detailed search options and additional information including price history, sold price, days on the market and price changes. Listings also hit your PCS search faster than the MLS® site. See PCS How it Works for more on the search service, or Get PCS to start searching.

The graph to the left shows that PCS and the MLS® website are where over 50% of buyers found the home they bought.



Only PCS and the MLS® have 100% of the listings. Searches on third party sites like this website and other websites do not have 100% of the listings. Realtors and Brokerages need to agree to allow their listings to appear on other sites, and not all do. If you are just browsing to get to know the market, the MLS® search here will work fine. If you are looking to buy, or compare for selling, I would recommend PCS. (There is no obligation and you can unsubscribe at anytime.)

  



Looking for more?  Quick Guide to this Website.

The  Home Buying, and Home Selling, pages have a summary on these topics with additional pages for more detail if required.

The Choosing a Realtor has information on a Realtor's duty to you and outlines what you can expect from a realtor.

For stats on the markets for Vancouver Island as well as what the markets are doing see Market Update.

The Financial and Legal pages cover different types of ownership (condo or freehold) and mortgage information.

There is a MLS® search and information on a PCS search.

I also have a Client Feedback page for you to see the feedback I have received.

The Comox Valley page has some information on the valley with numerous links to local groups.

If foreclosures interest you, I have a website dedicated to foreclosure sales.

See our new Pemberton Holmes Commercial.

Other friendly inhabitants of the Comox Valley. (In Comox the road signs do not say "Watch for Deer" they say "Expect Deer".)


GERRY, YOU'RE THE BEST! How could we sell our home without you? You are the ultimate real estate professional who never gives up, even in the most challenging markets. You are there for us day and night. You look after our property as if it were your own. Gerry, you’re the best! Lorraine and Neville Kirchmann  See Client Feedback for more client comments.

     About Gerry

Information and Interpretation
Selling or buying real estate is a major financial endeavour with many factors to consider. While you have a wealth of information available to you on the internet, interpreting that information is another matter.

This is where I come in. Not only do I research and provide you the information you need, I take it to the next level and analyze and interpret that  information for you. I will tell you what I think, what we do is up to you.


As a client, your Realtor works for you, and this is a principle I hold dear.  I see my job as providing you with information, interpretation, services and guidance, not to push you on a course of action.

Unparalleled Service
I have a simple code, I don't sell, I service. I assume my clients are perfectly able to make their own decision once they have the information they need. I spend my time providing information, guiding people through the process, and making sure all the bases are covered, not in high pressure sales.

Over the years I have received very complementary feedback from clients. See Client Feedback.

Integrity
Integrity, simply defined, is being honest and fair. This is further enhanced by one of a Realtor's prime duties, which is not to put anyone's interest above their clients, including their own.  This a duty I take very seriously. My personal outlook after over 30 years in business, is that whenever I experience high pressure sales I start to question the integrity of the person selling me.  Are they looking after my best interest or theirs?

Gerry Chwelos, REALTOR®

PEMBERTON HOLMES LTD.

Tel: 250-8975465

All images on this website are copyright protected. Most photos provided by Boomer Jerritt.

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