Island Real Estate – US Virgin Islands Real Estate a Dream Deal for International Buyers

14 October, 2011

US Virgin Islands have become popular in the international real estate sector particularly because of endless beaches, white sand, and very friendly local people.

 

There is not much change in the temperatures due to the subtropical climate. Most of the rain takes place during September and November which are the most active months for tourists visiting the US Virgin Islands. Rental prices are at the maximum during these months unlike during other times of the year.

 

The main economic activity of the US Virgin Islands is tourism. They host more than two million visitors from across the world every year. And, it is quite common for holidaymakers to fall in love with the place and look up US Virgin Island real estate listings for a property of their own. If you can locate a good dealer then you can find US Virgin Island real estate sale not of any problem. However, you can also consider US Virgin Island rentals. Some of the world’s richest travelers like to find beautiful spots for short annual holidays.

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Some of the world’s most popular international real estate listings include both commercial and residential property in the US Virgin Islands. You can choose among condominiums, residential homes, villas and even small apartments. Apart from US Virgin Islands international real estate for sale there are several options for international rentals here.

 

International real estate exchange is a great new trend that is catching up across the world. It has put US Virgin Islands among the top destinations people are flocking to.

 

Mortgages are easily available through various international banks and institutions. You would have to pay for the title search, property appraisal, title insurance, attorney fees etc. It is best to look for property through a good property dealer as he would help you calculate the property taxes and manage all the paperwork. The minimum property tax that you would usually be required to pay is 2% of the price of the property. It is recommended that you obtain title insurance when buying property in the US Virgin Islands. Also, you would need to handle transfer tax (stamp tax) when buying real estate in the US Virgin Islands.

 

One very important aspect of real estate in the US Virgin Islands is the highly-recommended windstorm/earthquake insurance.

 

International Real Estate Listings is the worldwide leader in US Virgin Islands real estatefor sale, US Virgin Islands real estate exchanges, and US Virgin Islands rentals. US Virgin Islands real estate owners, agents, and developers are encouraged to create an account, upload an unlimited number of listings, write as much creative property details, include a You Tube property video, and it will be activated as a basic listing for 6 months, free.

 

Land For Sale Vancouver Island Bc – Canada – The Best Place To Live In The World – holprop.com

05 October, 2011

For anyone thinking of moving country, there is often lots that must be considered and certain things that must be ‘given up’ when making the move. Often we move away from family, friends and the familiarity of places we have known for a long time, to find somewhere new that will afford us a better quality of life. It stands to reason that if we are to move away from much that we hold dear, then we would only do that if our new homeland offered up something really special.

Canada is the Shangri-La of the modern world. A new multi cultural country that covers a huge space, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west making it the world’s second largest country. It is a land that was inhabited for thousands of years by Aboriginal people until the early 15th century when the British and the French explored and settled bringing Europeans in their masses and a tug of war between the two super powers ensued for supremacy over the land.

Possibly due to the huge land-mass complete dominance was hard to win and the country was split between English and French speaking colonies. Well publicized arguments over the governing structure and the constant call for autonomy from certain French quarters have run to this day, but thankfully this is no longer an issue that clouds over the country itself. Canada is no longer seen as America’s dorky cousin that cannot unify itself. It has stepped out of the USA’s shadow to become a world leader in quality of living. Defining itself as the most progressive country on earth for sustainability and a genuine love and care for its natural habitat.

It’s hard to imagine the epic scale of the untainted natural beauty of this country until you visit. Voted the best country to live in time and time again, based on affordability, prosperity, health care, crime rates and lifestyle, when you visit Canada you will know why it is held in such high opinion. The country is split into ten provinces; Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador. Each of the provinces varies greatly in terms of weather, cultural dynamics and geography. Traveling through Canada you will find many of the good things the world has to offer within its borders. From the mammoth Rocky Mountains, to great lakes, wilderness that is untouched for hundreds of miles, beaches, wine country, golf, skiing and cities that are rated as the best in the world, all work together to make Canada a first choice when thinking of a great place to relocate.

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One thing that is felt when traveling in Canada is the unusual praise the people have for their own country. The ingrained cynicism of the citizens of the older world is far way. Canada is loved by its people, but not in a mindless flag waving frenzy, but from a genuine happiness with their lives that many attribute to the wonderful place that they live.

So, to live in the best and most progressive country in the world, the most beautiful and cleanest country in the world, with the most healthy and happiest people in the world, its surely going to cost the earth right? Not so, there are mega bargains to be had all over Canada that would enable even a buyer on a modest budget to buy a slice of heaven.

There are varying price scales to be found throughout the country. The most popular province with the English is undoubtedly British Columbia, known as BC or ‘Bring Cash’ (which speaks for itself), as the awesome climate that enables enjoying the lovely lakeside beaches in the summer to world class skiing in the winter, up the prices around the area. Parts of BC could be mistaken for Florence in Italy in the summer and there is a large booming wine area around Kelowna and Penticton. The main city in BC is Vancouver, and again, looking for property here could empty your wallet, but then what would you expect from a city that has been voted best in the world for the last 10 years.

Still if you don’t mind moving just outside of the city, more affordable properties can be found in Victoria Island, where a 3 bed detached home can be purchased for as low as €200,000. There are bargains to be found in BC but it is important to look outside of the most exclusive places, for often just going ten or twenty miles outside prices drop considerably. However, if it is a bargain that is sought after, then in other provinces such as Alberta, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, it is easy to find highly desirable, detached lakeside properties going for as little as €100,000 and inland properties for as little as €50,000. Where else could you find comparable prices alongside such quality of life? In fact there is so much to choose from in Canada, it really is a buyers market.

If looking for affordable city property, then the city’s of Calgary, Halifax and the French speaking Quebec, would certainly be worth looking at, as these are all cities with their own distinct personalities and lower property prices. Obviously before selecting a preferred place to buy, it is necessary to find out the weather conditions throughout the year, as there are some parts of Canada that can feel unusually cold and even go as far as to shut down much of normal life throughout the winter months. Having said that, Canada knows how to function in extreme cold weather better than anywhere else in the world.

When thinking about buying in Canada, the good news is that it is relatively easy. Most provinces such as New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia have no restrictions on foreign ownership of real estate. However, some do limit the amount of property or land that a non resident can purchase, so it is advisable to check the rules if buying more than one property.

• If you are not attached to one particular area, so much the better as there are incredible bargains to be had within the country that are outside the main tourist destinations. However, as has been previously mentioned, it is important to research chosen area’s well for climate and local infrastructure as they vary greatly.

• Once decided on a place, the first thing to do is find a good local realtor. This is a must as a professional realtor will guide you through all the stages, from finding through to purchasing a dream home.

• Non residents can obtain a Canadian mortgage. A mortgage that can be obtained by local banks, will usually offer a ratio of approximately 65% mortgage and 35% down payment. The qualifying procedure for financing is much the same as any other country, assets and liabilities must be proven as well as employment and income information. Normally an answer can be given within 48 hours.

• Once a mortgage is secured, then an offer is to be made at which point a deposit is to be paid. The deposit will be placed in trust and will go towards the purchase price once building inspections have been agreed and the offer has been accepted by both parties.

• When purchasing a property in Canada, it is important to note that all offers must be made in writing. This is so all aspects of the transaction are properly recorded, protecting both parties.

Canada really is a first rate country to relocate to and the immigration procedure favors families and skilled workers. Moving country is always a challenge, but choosing Canada makes that challenge worthwhile, as once there, those that have made the move will benefit from that amazing Canadian quality of life that has been award winning for many years.

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Cottages For Sale Alberta – Prince Edward Island Cottages

17 September, 2011

SUMMARY
Originally named – Abegweit (‘cradled on the waves) – by the Native American people, Prince Edward Island continues to celebrate with festivals by the sea. Every year, PEI holds more than 30 fun-filled festivals. Find out about Prince Edward Island’ popular festivals by the sea.

Prince Edward Island: Festivals by the Sea

If you visit Prince Edward Island, it is impossible to leave without taking in one of their fabulous and fun festivals by the sea. Prince Edward Island festivals include over 30 fun-filled events from music festivals to drama festivals to food festivals. From sports to comedy to fireworks, there is something for everyone at Prince Edward Island festivals.

The entertaining exhibitions and spirited Prince Edward Island events focus on specific PEI themes. Some festivals honor the roots of Prince Edward Island’s people and celebrate Irish and Scottish traditions as well as English and French culture through song and dance. Fiddlers and step dancers can add life to any festival. Other festivals focus on Prince Edward’s Island food – an array of local produce and shellfish.

The PEI International Shellfish Festival (referred to as the Biggest Kitchen Party in Atlantic Canada) is held in Charlottetown in September. In addition, there is the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival. The Island Chocolates Company Chocolate Festival offers some sweet entertainment. Other agricultural festivals focus on Prince Edward Island’s produce including everything from potatoes to wild blueberries.

Prince Edward Island festivals allow island farmers and producers to display their wares. The exhibitions are top-of-the line but PEI festivals include all kinds of activities. Visitors can view the island’s bounty being prepared in time-honored fashion. Everyone can enjoy the dory races or watch a parade wind through town.

PEI festivals have performances, competitions, and pageants. Kids always enjoy a festival – especially a Prince Edward Island festival. Sack races, pony rides, and face painting make for a pleasant afternoon and lasting memories.

Since you are in Prince Edward Island, you cannot have a festival without “Anne of Green Gables!” The red-haired darling of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel is celebrated throughout the island. Check out ‘Anne of Green Gables – the Musical’ in Charlottetown and “Anne & Gilbert the Musical,” (a musical about Anne of Green Gables and her love) at Victoria–By-the-Sea.

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‘Anne’ is not the only one ‘in love’ on Prince Edward Island. Of course, there are the love-struck couples strolling on the beach with the wind in their hair and the starlight showing them the way. Yet everyone falls in love at Prince Edward Island festivals – at least with beautiful PEI.

Prince Edward Island Festivals

Seasonal Events

1. May 14 – September 26
Ceilidh at the Irish Hall, Charlottetown – Music, song and dance in the Irish, Scottish & local traditions

2. May 14 – October
Murray Harbour Drama Club Ceilidhs, Charlottetown – Lunch accompanied by local entertainment

3. June – October
Culinary Boot Camps, Charlottetown – Cooking classes

4. June 17 – October 9
The Charlottetown Festival, Charlottetown – Musical theatre, outdoor performances, gallery exhibitions, dining and hopping.

5. June 23 – September 19
Anne & Gilbert the Musical, Victoria–By-the-Sea – Musical about Anne of Green Gables in love.

6. June 26 – August 21
Summerside Summer Outdoor Concert Series, Summerside – Live outdoor music.

7. June 27 – September 12
New Dominion Ceilidhs, New Dominion – Celtic and traditional music and dance.

8. June 28 – September 13
Kensington Ceilidhs, Kensington – Celtic and folk music & dance.

9. June 28 – September 15
Brackley Beach Ceilidhs with Cynthia MacLeod & Friends, Brackley Beach – Traditional song and dance.

10. June 30 – August 25
Wednesday Evening with L.M. Montgomery, Bideford – Readings from L.M. Montgomery’s writings.

11. July – August
Ceilidh on the Water, Montague – Live entertainment cruise.
The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada, Summerside – Celtic dance, music and song.

12. July – August 26
Eddie May Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Stanley Bridge Country Resort – Entertaining evening meal.

13. July – September
A Down East Tradition – Featuring Lester Stubbert, Georgetown – Musical theatre.
Fiery Faith & Fiddles, Clinton – Irish step dance with traditional fiddlers.

14. July 3 – September 19
Victoria Playhouse Festival, Victoria-by-the-Sea – Live theatre, music, and concerts.

15. July 5 – September 15
The Ross Family Ceilidh – Live Music/Stepdancing Show, Cavendish – Stepdancing and music.

16. July 7 – August 25
Concerts in the Garden, Summerside – Live music.

17. July 8 – September 10
Sketch-22, Charlottetown – Comedy theatre.

18. July 20 – August 28
Anne of Green Gables – the Musical, Charlottetown – Theatrical musical.

And Even More Fun Events

19. 2-8 August
St. Peters Wild Blueberry Festival & Homecoming, St. Peters Bay – Entertaining festival with various events.

20. 4-8 August
Tyne Valley Oyster Festival, Tyne Valley – Food festival focusing on oysters.

21. 6-8 August
Caledonian Club of PEI Annual PEI Highland Games, Lord Selkirk Provincial Park – Scottish music, dance, games, and golf.

22. 12-21 August
PEI Provincial Exhibition/Old Home Week, Charlottetown – Exhibition and festival events.

23. 14 August
Prince County Fiddlers in Concert, with Special Guests, Kensington – Fiddlers and step dancing.

24. 20 August
Gold Cup Parade, Charlottetown – Street parade.

25. 27-29 August
Provincial Plowing Match and Agricultural Fair – Dundas, Cardigan – Agricultural fair.

26. 2-5 September
L’Exposition agricole et le festival acadien de la region Evangeline, Wellington –

27. Agricultural festival with Acadian entertainment.

28. 17-19 September
PEI International Shellfish Festival, Charlottetown – Food festival featuring shellfish.

29. 18 September
Island Chocolates Company Chocolate Festival, Victoria-by-the-Sea – Food festival with a chocolate theme.

30. 18-19 September
70-Mile Coastal Yard Sale, Wood Islands – Yard sales along the Wood Island coast.

31. 24 September – 3 October
Fall Flavours – Prince Edward Island, various locations across the island – Island-wide food festival.

32. 15-17 October
BMO Nesbitt Burns Prince Edward Island Marathon, North Shore to Charlottetown – Marathon and events.

Travel is a passion for Richard and he has had the good fortune to travel to over 30 countries, working and living in several of them. This broad experience, coupled with his business adventures as an entrepreneur give Richard a unique perspective on what a region has to offer.
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Long Island Foreclosures – Why 2010 Census Found Fewer Living in NYC and Long Island

16 August, 2011

Many analysts and government officials have been surprised by the lower than expected 2010 census population counts for Long Island and New York City, and indeed, the entire state of New York. In fact, the Census Bureau itself, in its annual Population Estimates program, and the Long Island Power Authority, in its annual Long Island Population Survey, appears to have overestimated the counties’ populations, most likely the result of a steeper than expected increase in the number of residential vacancies, and a steeper than expected decline in the number of illegal/unauthorized residents.  A new Long Island Regional Planning Council report (scroll down to “reports and documents”) makes the following points:

1. In all likelihood, the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates program did not capture the sudden but widespread effect on the region’s housing and immigrant populations of the 2007-2010 economic down turn. That is, an increase in the number of housing vacancies, caused by home foreclosures and the departure of low-skilled, mostly undocumented immigrant laborers from abroad due to job declines, eluded the most commonly used survey and forecasting methods.

2. This led to annual population estimates leading up to the 2010 census that raised anticipated population counts for the region.

3. While the Census Bureau’s decennial census is not perfect and a full count of the nation’s population remains an elusive goal, it is a reliable measure of residential vacancies, and is the only survey that provides door to door canvassing.  

4. For Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk counties) the Census Bureau’s 2009 population estimate of 2,875,904 was 43,022 (1.5%) higher than the actual 2010 census count of 2,832,882. In New York City, the Census Bureau population estimate for 2009 was 8,391,881, or 216,748 (2.7%) higher than the 2010 census count of 8,175,133.

5. In the 2010 census, the Nassau-Suffolk region had a 2 percentage point increase in the proportion of total residential housing units that were vacant compared to 2000. This translates into a 26,054 increase in the number of vacant housing units for Long Island.

6. Using conservative estimates, the 26,054 increase in vacant housing units would result in a loss in the number of residents of approximately 38,556. 

7. The increases in annual foreclosure filings for 2007-20010, using 2006 as the base year, totaled 20,258 on Long Island.

8. Seasonal homes, mostly located on the east end of Long Island, do not appear to account for the increase in housing vacancies. The ten years between 2000 and 2010 saw only 405 more seasonal homes built on Long Island’s east end than the ten years between 1990 and 2000.

9. In New York City, the 2010 census found an increase of 81,954 in the number of vacant housing units since 2000. These additional vacant housing units are estimated to result in approximately 163,908 fewer residents of the city.

10.  The Census Bureau’s Population Estimates program, which doesn’t count housing units, appears to have failed to capture a decline in the  unauthorized immigrant population.

 11.  The Census Bureau’s Population Estimates program, which like other Census programs, does not ask about the legal status of immigrants, assumed that net international migration remained relatively flat between 2007 and 2009 (2010 data is not available), showing a decline of just 931 for Long Island. For New York City, the estimated annual decline between 2007 and 2009 totaled 8,037.

 12.  Using data supplied by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, though, it is estimated that New York City’s unauthorized population shrank by 69,300 between 2007 and 2009, from 492,800 to 423,500.  For Long Island, the unauthorized population is estimated to have declined by 10,583 between 2007 and 2009, from 91,526 to 80,943.

 13.  The conclusion to be drawn is that the economic down turn of 2007 to 2010 greatly reduced the ability of the most reliable population measures to capture rapid and steep population movements among “hard to count” populations.

 14.  This conclusion is backed by a small but relevant example, the community of Montauk, in East Hampton, Long Island. The decline in total population in Montauk of 16%, or 525 people (3,326 vs. 3851) between 2000 and 2010, is almost precisely equal to the loss of Hispanic residents in Montauk of 537, a 41.3% decline between 2000 and 2010. The majority of low-skilled, possibly unauthorized migrant workers on Long Island’s east end are of Hispanic origin.

 

 

Seth Forman is the author of American Obsession: Race and Conflict in the Age of Obama (2011 Booklocker) and blogs at his web site www.mrformansplanet.com and at www.opinion-forum.com.

 

Hilton Head Mls – Real Estate In Hilton Head Island, SC / Darrell Finch

04 April, 2011

Why Use a Realtor®?

Buying a home is often the largest financial transaction many people experience in their lifetimes. For both buyers and sellers, navigating such an important transaction can be confusing, time-consuming and even more costly than necessary when going it alone. Enlisting the professional assistance of a REALTOR® makes a complicated process simple and a more satisfying experience for everyone involved.

What a REALTOR® Can Do for You.

A REALTOR® is a valuable resource as you make your way through a real estate transaction, but most people are unaware that not all real estate agents or brokers are REALTORS®. While many agents are simply licensed to do business in the state, REALTORS® have made a commitment to subscribe to a strict code of ethics and have a greater knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. These are just a few of the benefits of using the services of a REALTOR®:

A REALTOR® can help you determine how much home you can comfortably afford. He or she can suggest ways to accrue the down payment, refer you to lenders best qualified to meet your needs and provide information on alternative financing methods.

•A REALTOR® can outline what personal and financial information you’ll need to help you prepare for your loan application.

•A REALTOR® is familiar with current real estate values, taxes, utility costs and municipal services and may be aware of local zoning changes that may affect your decision to buy.

•A REALTOR® can advise you as you negotiate your transaction, with information on details such as price, terms, financing, date of possession and the inclusion or exclusion of repairs, furnishings and equipment.

•A REALTOR® can advise you as to which inspections are recommended or required.

•A REALTOR® can provide due diligence during the evaluation of a property, which may include inspections for termites, asbestos, faulty structure and more. In addition,

•A REALTOR® can help you find qualified professionals to perform these inspections and provide you with written reports. A REALTOR® can provide you with an estimate of closing costs and guide you through the closing process.  Watson Realty Corp can make your home buying process easy, we are a full service real estate firm with over 40 years of experience assisting homebuyers in the North East Florida area. With superior market knowledge and a wide range of services, our exceptional agents maximize the efficiency of your home search and serve as a trusted guide before, during, and after your move.  www.realestateinhiltonhead.com

As an award-winning multi-million dollar producer I would love the opportunity to help you find your next dream home and if you are needing to sell your home you have just came to the right place!
 
Looking for real estate in Hilton Head?  I work extensively with buyers, sellers and investors and focusing on luxury properties I specialize in vacation homes for purchase and investment, relocations and first time purchases as well as permanent homes for my buyers. I consider my clients my friends and treat them as such. No matter who I am working with I always exemplify professionalism, integrity and perseverance

In recent years the real estate market has changed drastically and I have changed with it. Embracing technology and also recently learning the ropes of REO, bank owned and foreclosed properties you’ll have a unique advantage over others by working with me whether you’re buying or selling real estate in Hilton Head.    My success is based upon providing the highest degree of professionalism and expertise, and providing quality service and communication. Combining these together creates an unparalleled level of commitment and trust.  

I am a member and avid supporter of the LGBT, Children with Cancer Organization, Holy Family Catholic Church and Habitat for Humanity.  When I have free time I love enjoying all that Hilton Head Island has to offer. The area is blessed with superb weather, amazing beaches and waterways for boating and jet skiing, premier golf courses, luxury shopping, unique dining, and posh nightlife. Let me be your neighborhood guide and show you what the area has to offer!  Call me today to see what Real Estate in Hilton Head has to offer!  Check out this site for more information about REAL ESTATE IN HILTON HEAD! www.realestateinhiltonhead.com

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Acreage For Sale Vancouver Island – Waterfront Vancouver Island – Why Investing In Vancouver Island Oceanfront Is A Smart Decision

13 March, 2011

British Columbia is one of the most picturesque places in all of Canada. Not only is it a great place to spend some time on a vacation, it is also a wonderful place to live, invest in property, and conduct business. Vancouver Island offers all this and more, in a setting that is steeped in rich history that can be traced back as far as the ice age period, a friendly environment, and magnificent landscapes displays.

Located in the Straits of Georgia and a short hour and forty minute ferry ride from British Columbia’s mainland, Vancouver Island is a three hundred and fifty mile long paradise.

The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria, is located here as well, and has proudly called the area home since 1850, when the days of the gold rush brought prospectors and their families to the island.

Today, the breathtaking sites, the climate, and the Vancouver Island oceanfront call to vacationers as well as those looking to relocate for a fresh beginning. The area is easy to navigate, distances to food, shopping, and accommodations are short, and the standards of quality are quite high.

In fact, Vancouver Island has been rated as one of the best places to live in the entire world.

By making the decision to purchase a Vancouver Island property for sale, you will be making an investment in your future, as well as gain the ability to build upon your home’s equity because of the unique settings located on the ocean, a lake, a river, or on private rolling acres.

There are almost endless possibilities to choose from when buying Vancouver Island properties.

Maybe you are looking to acquire a beachfront home that is just steps from gentle rolling surf where you can retire and enjoy walks on the beach and peaceful sunsets from your back patio. This area has all of that and more, at prices that are truly affordable for a variety of budgets.

If you are looking for easy family living, with safe neighborhoods, excellent school systems, nearby shopping and other fun recreation areas, you will be amazed at the options of properties for sale Vancouver Island has to offer. No matter if you are looking for a small, rural way of life, or if you prefer to have a big city experience, there is surely something for everyone in this area.

By many accounts, it is the very diversity of the area that is what is so appealing.

Where else can you enjoy swimming in the ocean, surfing, hiking, camping, biking, visits to historical sites, lush botanical gardens, skiing, sailing, fishing, world class spa treatments, wild life, and top notch dining, all with Pacific Ocean views?

There are also some of the best farmer’s markets, seafood markets, breweries, wineries, and cider mills located on Vancouver Island as well.

 

The oceanfront real estate opportunities that present themselves here abound. The wide variety of homes and locations to choose from make Vancouver Island waterfront a very worthwhile investment.

Visit WaterfrontVancouverIsland.net to discover the world of opportunity that awaits you in this Canadian island paradise.

 

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Halifax – Five Island Lake Homes For Sale – Halifax – Five Island Lake Real Estate Foreclosures

14 January, 2011

View virtual tour at www.myvisuallistings.com Address: 5 Beech Tree Run, Halifax, B3T 2E5, Nova Scotia Presented by Keller Williams Realty rosebrine@ns.sympatico.ca 902-471-2934 office 902-407-7373 Rose Brine REALTOR� rosebrine@ns.sympatico.ca Wonderful 2 storey with built-in garage. 3 Bedrooms and 4 baths make this home perfect for growing families. The large eat in kitchen feature a custom centre island & breakfast bar. The large living room has plenty of space to relax with it gleaming hardwood floors you’ll find cleaning a breeze. The master bedroom features a walk-in closet & ensuite & is large enough for a king size bed. The lower level features the walk out to the garage, half bath, a family room currnetly used as a home gym. you also have the laundry room with almost new front load washer and dryer, central vac is also included. Close to all amenities with view of the lake. Fenced back yard with a convenient deck for your BBQ’s. Paved double dri

Halifax – Five Island Lake Real Estate