Monthly Archives: November 2019

Condo insurance rates to surge ’50 to 300%’

B.C. condo owners are bracing for sticker shock amid surging insurance rates for their homes. “Rates are increasing for people in policies now anywhere from 50 to 300 per cent, and deductibles are going from the conventional $10,000 or $25,000 … Continue reading

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3 Bids. Are they always required?

Dear Tony: Is there anything in the Strata Act or legislation that requires a strata council to get 3 bids for projects of a certain value? Our strata council are negotiating with a contractor to replace our siding and our … Continue reading

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Get a written contract/change work order signed

What an annoying place facebook is. Idiots with no experience arguing and stressing out the original poster (and me) on a “professional” landscape site.??? I don’t want to be a mentor there nor help for free any longer argh………any-how, I … Continue reading

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Insurance Deductibles

Condo Smarts November 20, 2019 Insurance Deductibles Our strata corporation renewed our policy in October and as a result of a number of minor claims in the past 3 years our water deductible has been increased to $100,000. All of … Continue reading

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Corporal Bill Smith. Famous Tenor, sang on “Johnny Canuck’s Revue. BBC Radio. WW2. Glad I knew him.

Some-one on my high school’s alumni page was saying, “one of the original Double Mint twins taught at our Senior High. I didn’t know her. But I did know the writer/producer of The Double Mint Gum commercial. Bill Smith was … Continue reading

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Contact us Directly.(e-mail,phone,website) Do Not use Social Media or Advertising sites to contact us, please and thank-you.

Advertising sites and social media can be a problem. Yelp for example….they don’t respond to requests to correct page information. Yelp….some-one reported us out of business and I suspect it was competition. If you land on that page it incorrectly … Continue reading

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Take down Christmas display, because it’s too soon to decorate. Ordered the Strata Council.

How soon is too soon when it comes to putting up the Christmas decorations? A family in San Antonio (Texas) has been told by their neighborhood (strata council) homeowners association to pump the brakes on the holiday cheer after they … Continue reading

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Beware of Bylaws That Limit Actions! Damage Deductible question.

Our strata corporation renewed their insurance policy in October and our deductible was increased from $25,000 to $100,000, and our policy has increased from $69,000 to $121,000. The cost increase will impose an 8% increase in our annual budget, without … Continue reading

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Afternoon fun

In the summer of 1968, I was chosen to take the inaugural go-cart trip down the newly paved Soball Street hill in Coquitlam. From the dead end at the top, at Gislason. Where that huge boulder used to be. All … Continue reading

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RECBC.ca-Real Estate Council of B.C.

Making a Complaint If you have been involved in a trade in real estate in which you believe a real estate licensee may have acted improperly, or you have engaged a brokerage to provide you with rental property management or … Continue reading

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