McCullough Marketing has moved to RE/MAX of Nanaimo

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Sep
18
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The mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson, is now considering jumping on the same bandwagon as his opponent...when it comes to absent property owners. In 2013, a Vancouver housing researcher, Andre Yan, sparked a firestorm of controversy when he stated that at least 25% of downtown Vancouver condos were either not occupied or occupied by non-residents for a fraction of the year. Meena Wong introduced this "tax concept" during her mayoral campaign. Vancouver is not alone in contemplating this "surcharge" as Britain has permitted councils to impose up to 150% of the tax rate for an owner leaving a property empty for more than two years. The Guardian newspaper reports that 70% of housing in central London is being purchased by foreign investors currently.
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Sep
11
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Why is it that when you are unpacking after a move, the very essential items that you need on a daily basis (such as your box of belts) seem to get moved to impossible to reach location? You may see me sporting some sweaters during this warm summer-like weather, and it is for good reason. I don't have a belt to keep my suit pants up, and I would much rather be a bit warm than have my pants fall down while meeting with a client! I think that this situation is much like the sock monster that seems to lurk in every family's dryer. You are positive that a full set of socks were washed and dried, only to begin folding laundry and find one sock without a mate. I truly believe that there is a Sock Monster who hides inside the dryer and grabs one sock when it least expects it and survives solely on the cotton diet known as the "white tube sock", while a fancier sock, such as a dress sock is considered a delicacy. I really began buying into the idea that a long-lost cousin of the Sock Monster might be the Moving Menace who moves the very item you need to the farthest recesses of your storage locker or pile of boxes. I could not find the Latin name or visual description of either of these well-known terrors, but I stumbled upon an article that seems to dispute the notion that my missing sock...is in fact, even missing!
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Sep
04
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Recently, I read a fascinating study by Residential Energy Consumption that looked at annual household income and the comparison between tv and computer ownership within the home. CNN Money asked the question, “Are you poor if you own a flat screen tv?” A study found that 62% of American households earning less than $20,000 (categorized in this study as “low income”) owned 2-4 tvs. In fact, about 1/3 of low income families who owned a tv had either a plasma or flat screen tv. This is comparable to households who earned $120,000 or more in which the study found that 68% owned 2-4 tvs. An interesting side note is that by 1960, 75% of American families owned one television set. Much of this consumer spending in the 60’s was done on credit, with bank loans, installment buying, and credit cards (which were introduced in 1950).
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