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Own Sweet Home

Forced to sell our house, we'd thought of downsizing at some point, but suddenly we had no choice. Opting to move to Vancouver Island, which we had always hankered after, we settled on a rundown house in Port Alberni, custom-built for its original owners in 1973. Read more...


The Lure of a Private Retreat

By David Adimora on Aug 3, 2010

Whether for summer, winter or year-round use, a vacation property you can call your own is a dream shared by many Canadians. Whatever your reasons, it's important to consider the financial implications of owning a second property. Read more...


Searching for Senior Housing Options?

Are you or a senior member of your family thinking about future housing options? If you are considering anything from a supportive living residence to an apartment or strata complex that is senior-oriented, you may find the right housing option for you on Senior Living's newly launched online senior housing directory for British Columbia. Read more...


The Upside to Downsizing

By Dr. Patricia Tway on Feb 1, 2010

People spend the first half of their lives acquiring possessions, and the last half getting rid of them. Downsizing is often seen as a negative because people fear change and cannot let go, but change can keep a person young and allow him or her to move on. Downsizing is necessary when moving to a smaller home or an apartment, a retirement facility or to live with a relative. Read more...


The Float Home

By Nadine Jones on Jan 29, 2010

I wouldn't say it was moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, but it was a tremendous leap from a 5,000-square-foot log home in the northern B.C. forest to a 900-square-foot houseboat in the city. Read more...


Senior Housing Buying Trends for 2010

Fueled by the large boomer demographic, not only are seniors the fastest growing segment of Canada's population, but this is a consumer group in high transition when it comes to housing. In a recent Senior Living survey, about 42% of respondents said they would be buying property, selling or doing both, in the next five years. Read more...


Our Dream Home in the Forest

By Nadine Jones on Oct 2, 2009

My first challenge when we built our log house in northern B.C. was standing at the base of a 70-foot [21.3 m] cedar tree, peering up to its crown, and trying to decide whether it would look better in the living room or kitchen. Read more...


Somewhere to Sleep

By Nadine Jones on Jul 29, 2009

The issue of access to quality care in our senior years touches all of us, sooner or later. Unfortunately, increasing costs and decreasing government funding have made beds in both private and subsidized not-for-profit care facilities harder to pay for and harder to find for seniors needing these services in B.C. Read more...


Senior-Focused Realtors

Many financial planners, insurance professionals, and other business people are now obtaining special designations that speak to their ability to deal with seniors' issues. Realtors are also taking courses to better understand the senior market. Read more...


Understanding Subsidized Care in BC

By Barbara Risto on Jun 5, 2009

Whether you're in need of basic assistance while performing daily activities such as bathing, grooming or taking medication (i.e. Assisted Living), or whether you require 24-hour professional medical care (i.e. Complex Care), regional Health Authorities provide subsidized services you may be eligible to access. Read more...


Understanding Reverse Mortgages

By Starr Munro on Jun 5, 2009

For many seniors the answer to being cash strapped is what is called a "reverse" mortgage. A reverse mortgage is a loan against your home that you do not pay back for as long as you live in the house. Reverse mortgages allow you to turn the equity of your home into cash, without having to move or to repay the loan each month. Read more...


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