Dan St. Yves: A 2021 real estate wish list

I’d like for one dream to be able to stop prefacing all these columns with a passing reference to COVID-19. Aside from wishing away that intrusion into life as we know it, I’ll offer up a few real estate specific New Year’s desires.
The spirit of giving was alive and well among members of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) this holiday season.

Dan St. Yves: The clothespin ornament

Gathering the fragments of the poor little figurine onto the kitchen table, Andy prayed that the particular brand of Krazy Glue he had in the workshop drawer worked.

Dan St. Yves: Making fibre fun!

Farewell, salads! Arrivederci, apples! Hit the road, hay and bran – I’ve got myself a new friend with fibre.

After 20 years of columns, the well maintains moisture

With the REM monthly column I’ve long outlived my own real estate career (11 years), and I’m still finding things I can write about that I hope currently active Realtors can relate to and will hopefully give them a chuckle.

Dream home, then and now

It is a curious thing what a couple can collect after 30+ years together, such as an old book that I had packed into a box: How To Build Your Dream Home For Less Than $3,500.

Handyman chronicles, Episode VII

My glaring inability to have any natural abilities with arts and crafts translates into even less skill sets when applied to home repair.

Dropping those nasty COVID-15s

I hope that many of you and your families have only been affected by one of the less worrisome affectations – COVID-15. That’s the common term adopted for gaining all that extra weight while staying home.

Dan St. Yves: Modern recreational listings

As we are smack-dab into cottage and cabin season, I thought I might offer up a few feature sheet lines, or ad copy for newer recreational property listings.

Dan’s Isolation Journal

Well, turns out I need to self-isolate for 14 days? Piece of cake! I’ve got plenty of groceries, dozens of TV channels and a loooong list of things to do around the house – seriously, a total piece of cake!

For the moment, a change of pace

It’s a pretty sure bet that as I sit down to write this month’s column, the COVID-19 pandemic will still be affecting our daily lives by the time this feature is shared with you. It seemed insensitive or somewhat tone-deaf to simply put forward the usual submission I provide and ignore that reality.