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OPEN HOUSE: Saturday October 21st 2-4pm

 

789 Country Club Drive, Cobble Hill

Now listed at $489,000

MLS#383510

 

Great value at this new price point! Fabulous opportunity to own this no step rancher on a large, private beautifully gardened & treed lot in the ‘Uplands” section of the Arbutus Ridge community! The large deck, living rm, office & Master look thru a tree lined yard to the first tee of the Arbutus Ridge golf course! This impeccably kept home features: an excellent floor plan; a private 2nd bedroom w/ its own ensuite; 2 sided propane fireplace btwn kitchen & liv rm; spacious kitchen w/ island, skylight & breakfast nook; newer vinyl plank flooring; recently refurbished cedar shake roof; lots of large windows that bring the outside in; laundry rm w/ new Samsung W/D; lots of work & storage room in double garage & large walk-in basement/crawlspace. The complex offers a pool, mtg rms, library, workshop, & boat launch! Just steps away to the 1st tee, covered tennis courts, & great dining at the private Golf Club!

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Oct 2, 2017
 
A total of 640 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this September, 18.1 per cent fewer than the 781 properties sold in September last year.  
 
"We can certainly feel the difference in the current market when we compare to last year's record breaking numbers. Last year the pace of the market was intense, there was a lot of pressure on pricing and demand," notes Victoria Real Estate Board President Ara Balabanian. "Now the tempo of the market is trending slowly - very slowly - towards more balanced conditions. Recently we've seen overall price increases level out, which can indicate slightly less demand, and inventory is building."
 
There were 1,976 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of September 2017, an increase of 3.1 per cent compared to the month of August and 4.1 per cent fewer than the 2,061 active listings for sale at the end of September 2016.  
 
The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in September 2016 was $742,200. The benchmark value for the same home in September 2017 has increased by 10.9 per cent to $823,100.  
 
"Simply because we've seen sales drop from last year is not dire or unexpected news for our local real estate market." adds President Balabanian. "The ten year average for sales in September is 573 properties and the month exceeded that average by more than ten per cent, which indicates we're still in an active market. And of course there are neighbourhoods that are still tracking up in terms of value from last year. It's for reasons like these that now more than ever it makes sense to seek the assistance of a local REALTOR® to sell or buy your home."
 
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#204-1485 Garnet Road

Listed at $219,000

MLS#383676


 

YOUR BEST NEXT MOVE! Rosebank Gardens offers a unique model of independent/community retirement living for 55+ residents. Residents manage the entire facility: their suite, the building, its staff & its many services! Suite 204 is a 2 bedroom corner suite with windows on two sides overlooking trees & greenery, offering Corion counter tops, newer carpet, easy-touch lighting, new paint, open concept kitchen; in suite storage; & spacious Master adjoining bathroom with walk-in shower. Monthly strata & service fees (far more affordable than monthly rent at most retirement facilities!) cover a daily chef cooked meal, weekly housekeeping, 24 hour staffing, & all bldg. maintenance. Facilities include large common/dining room, coin-less laundry room on every floor & guest suite. Tucked into a quiet, gardened, urban oasis it’s an easy walk to the Nellie McClung library, grocery stores, medical offices, & University Mall.

 

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#215-1485 Garnet Road

Listed at $239,000

MLS#383640


 

YOUR BEST NEXT MOVE! Rosebank Gardens offers an unique model of independent/community retirement living. Residents manage the entire facility: their suite, the building, its staff & its many services! 215, as one of Rosebank Gardens largest suites & one of just a few 2 bed/2bath units, is ideal for a downsizing couple. 215 offers a full, open concept kitchen; in suite storage; spacious Master with ensuite with walk-in shower. Monthly strata fees (far more affordable than monthly rent at most retirement facilities!) cover a daily chef cooked meal, weekly housekeeping, 24 hour staffing, & all bldg. maintenance. Facilities include large common/dining room, coin-less laundry room on every floor & guest suite. Tucked into a quiet, gardened, urban oasis its an easy walk to the Nellie McClung library, grocery stores, medical offices, & University Mall.

 

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Each Spring, we send out a packet of flower seeds and a letter to our valued clients. This has become somewhat of a tradition, with many of our clients eagerly awaiting their arrival! One such client, Judi M. kindly sent us a great photo of her blooming Zinnia's which she was currently enjoying and had grown from our seeds this year.  

We were so touched Judi wrote to us and shared her pic that we wanted to share it with you too!

 

Rosemarie, Tom and Charlotte

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789 Country Club Drive, Cobble Hill.

Listed at $529,000

MLS#383510




This Gorgeous 2 bed, 2 bath, no-step rancher is on a large, private, beautifully gardened & treed corner lot in the smaller, gated ‘Uplands’ section of the adult-oriented Arbutus Ridge community. The luxurious large deck and living room look thru a tree lined yard to the first tee of the Arbutus Ridge golf course! This impeccably kept home also features: recently refurbished cedar shake roof, second bedroom with its own 4 pc ensuite, (perfect for guests), 2 sided propane fireplace opening to both kitchen & living room. Kitchen offers a large island w/flat top stove, skylight, spacious breakfast nook, double sink, pot lights, copious cupboards, and new vinyl plank floors. Large bright living room leads to sunroom, private deck & thru French doors to a bright office/den. Also offering laundry room with new Samsung W/D, lots of work & storage space in double garage & large walk-in basement/crawlspace. Attn. sports fans - just steps away to the 1st tee, covered tennis courts, & great dining at the Arbutus Ridge Golf Club! The complex offers a heated pool, meeting rooms, and library, workshop, and boat launch & community activities. 

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2594 Beach Drive, Victoria

Listed at $1,099.000

MLS#383363


 

Gorgeous, bright, updated and lovingly cared for 3 bed, 2 bath, plus study Beach Drive home by Willows Beach! Featuring gleaming fir floors, thermal windows, earthquake brackets, solid wood doors, long-lasting faux-wood deck and porch, new front-load washer and dryer. Kitchen offers a new counter-top stove, black quartz counters with glass tile back-splash, top-of-line easy-clean range hood, new Kenmore fridge and wall mounted stove. Professionally landscaped grounds have deer-fencing, computerized sprinkler system, garden shed, large bright gazebo, and raised beds. Parking spaces in garage, driveway, and back lane. Also features 200 amp service, updated wiring and plumbing, double-key Medeco locks on all external doors, leased ADT security system with motion sensors, fiberglass insulation in walls and roof, lower floor with walk-in side entrance, full bathroom, ample storage and utility/work areas. Enjoy short walks to Estevan Village and Uplands Park and daily ocean-side strolls along Willows Beach!


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Our Sixth Annual Supporters, Friends and Clients Appreciation Party

- September 10th, 2017

Celebrating Canada's 150th Anniversary!
Victoria's Regent Waterfront Hotel


Our Annual Client Appreciation Party, Sunday ( September 10th), in the Penthouse Suite of Victoria's Regent Waterfront Hotel was another resounding success!
We were blessed once again with sunshine and blue skies and enjoyed taking in the fabulous inner harbour views along with watching the ferries, kayakers and float planes come and go about their business. 

 

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There was a celebratory atmosphere throughout the evening with Canada's 150th Anniversary being the theme. Many of our Guests made an effort to dress in Canadian colours and two lucky guests won prizes for their best Canadian Outfits!  As always, we enjoyed live musical performances from our two Guest Artists: Alex Klassen our Cello Soloist and the dynamic duo of Sean Holland's & Suzanne Van Assum's jazzy blues set.

 

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Great fun was had by all, this year we had a successful Fun Photo Booth with a large array of tickle trunk items to dress up in sponsored by Colleen Flynn of Select Mortgage. Many lucky guests received some wonderful Door Prizes sponsored by: Luiz Ambriz of The Office Accounting & Bookeeping Services, Shaun Parke & Associates of World Financial Group, Matt Heath of Proper Measure, Realfoto Media Inc., Homeward Bound Real Estate Team & Charlotte Alcock of Norwex Environmentally Friendly Products. Congratulations to all our winners!. Special Congratulations to the Winner of our Grand Referral Prize who won a 1 Night Stay at the Victoria Regent Hotel in an Oceanfront Executive Suite for up to 4 people with a bottle of Bubbly, Breakfast and free parking included. 

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Good food, tasty beverages, picture identification contests and vibrant conversation made for a wonderful evening of joy and laughter.


 

 

We would like to acknowledge our wonderful Sponsors, along with Rosie, who contributed to the success of our event with numerous valuable door prizes; A top of the range coffee maker, Murchies Tea Gift Sets, Wines, Movie Passes and much, much more.

 

 

The event could not have run smoothly without the help of our three daughters; Alexis, Nicolia and Rhea who seamlessly took care of the food, event preparation and delivery from start to finish. A Big “Thank you” to Paul Meakin - our fabulous Bartender for the night!

 

We are so very grateful to all our clients, it is you that have made this business such a pleasure and success. Many thanks to all of you who attended this year’s event. You made it so special! 

 
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Sept 1, 2017  
 
A total of 736 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this August, 16.6 per cent fewer than the 883 properties sold in August last year.  
 
"I admit to being a little surprised by the August numbers," notes Victoria Real Estate Board President Ara Balabanian. "I expected inventory numbers to be climbing by now, but instead we've seen even lower numbers of listings on the market. This is likely leading to some buyer fatigue along with pressure on pricing in high demand areas."
 
There were 1,917 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of August 2017, a decrease of four properties compared to the month of July, and 8.5 per cent fewer than the 2,094 active listings for sale at the end of August 2016.
The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in August 2016 was $743,200. The benchmark value for the same home in August 2017 has increased by 10.8 per cent to $823,100.  
 
"Though much too early to call a trend, we do see that the August HPI benchmark value for single family homes in the Victoria Core area has decreased by 1.3 per cent when compared to July. This is the first time we've noted a decrease in HPI values since August 2015." adds President Balabanian. "That said, this is not an indicator of a huge change in property values across our region. We've seen a phenomenally busy two years in real estate for our area and we are likely heading towards a period of more balanced activity. Note too, that though the overall HPI value shows a small month over month decrease - specific areas and specific types of product have seen increases. For example, condominiums across the entire region are up by half a percent compared to the previous month and single family homes in North Saanich have increased in benchmark value by almost one per cent. It's for reasons like these that now more than ever it makes sense to seek the assistance of a local REALTOR® to sell or buy your home."
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B101-201 Nursery Hill Drive, View Royal

Listed at $399,000

MLS#382015


Great opportunity to own one of the few 3 bedroom units in this lovely complex! The Aspen, with a beautifully designed exterior, is only seconds from the Galloping Goose Trail and steps to Thetis Lake. What a location! This 3 bed/2 bath suite boasts an open concept living/kitchen space. The Kitchen offers granite counters, stainless steel appliances and eating bar. The private patio off the living room is great for BBQ's. Other features include: electric fireplace in the living room, brand new front end loaders in the suite, a spacious Master with ensuite & walk in closet. The suite looks out over the Garry Oak Meadow Park, which is located right across the street! With pets and rentals allowed, designated underground parking, extra storage and fully equipped exercise facility makes this an ideal place for families to live.

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Aug 1, 2017 - "The activity level in the Victoria real estate market continues to be brisk, though we always expect a slowdown in the summer months," says 2017 Victoria Real Estate Board President Ara Balabanian. "This July, we saw a strong focus on the lower priced end of the market, with condos and townhomes and single family homes listed for under $700,000 in high demand. Many of those properties saw multiple offer situations."

A total of 790 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this July, 18.7 per cent fewer than the 972 properties sold in July last year. 

"The ten year average for sales in July is just over 700 properties," adds President Balabanian. "So the numbers from last month illustrate an ongoing demand for homes in Victoria. We anticipated at the beginning of the year that we would see another busy market - without the record breaking numbers we saw in 2016 - and we are seeing exactly that. The surprise has been the low inventory levels, with listings for sale consistently below 2,000. The good news is that compared to the start of the year we have 26.7 per cent more listings on the market, but that supply is still lower than we expected, which puts pressure on pricing and availability."

There were 1,921 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of July 2017, an increase of 0.3 per cent compared to the month of June, but 11.1 per cent fewer than the 2,161 active listings for sale at the end of July 2016. 

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in July 2016 was $737,800. The benchmark value for the same home in July 2017 has increased by 13.1 per cent to $834,200. 

About the Victoria Real Estate Board - Founded in 1921, the Victoria Real Estate Board is a key player in the development of standards and innovative programs to enhance the professionalism of REALTORS®. The Victoria Real Estate Board represents 1,368 local Realtors. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, connect with your local Realtor for detailed information on the Victoria and area housing market.

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36123 Galleon Way

New Price: Now Listed at $179,000

MLS#374875



Check out our beautiful property situated at 36123 Galleon Way on Pender Island. 


Imagine yourself on a summer's day relaxing on your forested property, maybe doing a spot of fishing or swimming, hearing the birds, enjoying the tranquility in your own piece of paradise...... this could become reality!



It comprises 0.33 of an acre of lakefront real estate. This building lot faces south west on pristine Buck Lake,  the preferred lake on Pender, initimate and tranquil. It is also the primary water reservoir for the local area, so the water is wonderfully clean and clear.

 
Contact us now for more info and to arrange your showing!
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OPEN HOUSE: July 9th 1-3pm

2745 Heald Road, Shawnigan Lake

Listed at $439,000

MLS#378897

 


 


This great home on a .42 acre corner lot, is just yards from Shawnigan Lake; a block to the Village, near a boat launch & regional park & just 10 min. to Mill Bay. Features: a huge kitchen w/ skylights, large windows and great lake views; private courtyard; spacious living room w/ vaulted ceiling, laminate floors & a certified fireplace! Recent updates include:New Septic system in 2017 ($23K); New perimeter drains in 2016 ($8.6K); new shower, new dry walling and paint; updated to-code electrical; large garage/workshop; separate 16x12 utility shed w/own breaker & outlets; & parking for 3+ vehicles! Just cross the unused E&N rail line to enjoy Shawnigan Lake-side pleasures without paying a Shawnigan Lake-front price!

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July 4, 2017 - "This year may feel a bit steady and less exciting when compared to last year's record-breaking market. People are getting used to this new tempo of brisk sales," says 2017 Victoria Real Estate Board President Ara Balabanian. "However, when we look at the longer term numbers, we're in a very active market. This June we counted over one thousand properties sold, while the ten year average for sales in the month of June is 798. If we remove 2016 sales, this June would have been the record breaker."

A total of 1,008 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this June, 14.1 per cent fewer than the 1,174 properties sold in June last year.

There were 1,915 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of June 2017, an increase of one per cent compared to the month of May, but 16.3 per cent fewer than the 2,289 active listings for sale at the end of June 2016.

"The good news for buyers is that inventory is slowly starting to build," adds President Balabanian. "But buyers can still anticipate multiple offer scenarios in certain high demand neighbourhoods where inventory is being bought at a more rapid pace. It's never been a better time to be a seller, with MLS® Home Price Index prices at a record high for the Victoria Core."

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in June 2016 was $721,000. The benchmark value for the same home in June 2017 has increased by 15.1 per cent to $829,600.

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On Friday morning once a month, from 7 to 8am, I join a group of good hearted real estate colleagues serving a nutritious meal at the Our Place Society facility:

(www.ourplacesociety.com) on Pandora Street.

We call ourselves The Breakfast Club.


I have been part of this group for a couple of years and, while it feels good to participate,

this experience definitely takes me out of my comfort zone. It can feel like, first arriving there, that I’m crossing a line to ‘the other side.’

Many of those who come for breakfast aren’t homeless but all in some way are, or likely feel that they are, at the margins of our affluent city.


When I started doing this I expected to encounter a lot of anger and grief amongst those we served. There are smatterings of that. But mostly our breakfast patrons are friendly, warm, smiling, and grateful. They come in all adult varieties; old, young, male, female, drug-addled, wheel chair bound, wise, confused, well dressed, and ragged.


While there I never feel that I’m on ‘the other side’ of any great social divide.

Rather, I feel comradery and belonging.

We are all just humans after all; doing our best with what today offers.


Tom Oak

 

 

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30 Hartland Avenue, Saanich West

Listed at $849,900

MLS#379954

 

 

 

First time on the market in 40 years! This is an amazing opportunity to buy a secluded 11 acre parcel of quiet, natural paradise on the Saanich peninsula less than half an hour from downtown! Follow the road through the property to this one level Winnipeg Bungalow home that offers panoramic views over the Saanich hills, cleared area for gardens & leisure. It is beautiful to see green vista views and/or woodlands from every window. Enjoy seeing birds & other wildlife! Spacious living room w/ certified woodstove! A den/library on the way to an extension built for a Master! Updated kitchen w/ SS appliances, granite counters & ceramic tile flrs! Recently inspected septic system! Zoned to allow one or two more in law homes to be built on land.

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The following testimonial was written by one of our happy sellers and buyers. They have been kind enough to give us permission to show you their correspondence. Their words are very gratifying. It seems that our down-to-earth and honest approach has earned us many friends - we think that's fantastic!

 


"I found both Rosemarie and her partner Tom to not just practice ethically, which is a challenge in this crazy housing market, but went far beyond what other real estate agents are doing these days".


I contacted Rosemarie Colterman last summer through Royal LePage as she was recommended by a friend who stages homes. I was looking for a go getter who was ethical in her practice. I found both Rosemarie and her partner Tom to not just practice ethically, which is a challenge in this crazy housing market, but went far beyond what other real estate agents are doing these days. They gave me a binder full of information to assist me in selling and buying. Though my townhouse sold the first weekend on the market Rosemarie and Tom spent much time and money preparing to put it on the market. They had a photographer come in to take stills, another professional to create 3D scale drawings of the whole house and a videographer to video the home. At the open house there were beautiful signs painted advertising in 3 locations and one of the nicest color information brochures I have seen. It really was a class act and has made me aware of how little some agents are doing in this market. 

 

Based on my experiences with this team selling my home following a very negative experience up island I sought out their help again in purchasing a new home looking all the way from Sooke to Ladysmith. Given the state of the market buying a home is far more challenging than selling a home. This team have been patient, responsive, and informative throughout the process and have helped guide me to other competent professionals I have needed. They both have strong communication skills which are essential in negotiating a purchase. Following an experience of losing my up island home, just before closing, I needed to have agents that I could trust and this team is one of the most trustworthy ones I have experienced. They are skilled, enthusiastic and fun, which goes a long way in this market. 

 

Adrien Brown, 2017


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2745 Heald Road, Shawnigan Lake

Listed at $439,000

MLS# 378897


OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, JUNE 4TH 2-4PM!

 


 


Your rare opportunity to own an affordable, peaceful 3 bed/2 bath Shawnigan Lake home! This .42 acre corner lot, on a quiet street, is just 40 yards from the lake; a block to Shawnigan Lake Village shops; steps to a boat launch & Regional Park, and just 10 mins. to Mill Bay! Features include: a huge, bright, kitchen/dining room w/ skylights, large windows & great lake views; municipal water; a private courtyard perfect for BBQ’s and entertaining; spacious living room w/ vaulted ceiling, laminate floors & a certified fireplace; games room; large garage/workshop; separate 16x12 utility shed w/ own breaker & outlets; & parking for 3+ vehicles! Recent updates include: New 1660 gall. Septic system in 2017, ($23K); New perimeter drains in 2016, ($8.6K); new back deck in 2016; brand new shower, dry walling and painting; updated to-code electrical; Just cross the street to enjoy Shawnigan Lake-side pleasures without paying Shawnigan Lake-front prices!


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June 1, 2017 -  "This month we have seen an increase in inventory - which means that buyers have more choice - and it means that now in some areas sellers are competing for buyers," says 2017 Victoria Real Estate Board President Ara Balabanian.

There were 1,896 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of May 2017, an increase of 12.2 per cent compared to the month of April, but 21.2 per cent fewer than the 2,406 active listings for sale at the end of May 2016. 

A total of 1,006 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this May, 22 per cent fewer than the 1,289 properties sold in May last year. The ten year average for sales in May is 815 properties. 

"There are many different market conditions in Victoria, because we have so many different neighbourhoods and different levels of demand for those neighbourhoods," adds President Balabanian. "The market won't change immediately, but we can track a shift as more inventory enters the market to meet the demand from buyers. Overall, pressure on pricing is easing because of the increase in inventory and the rate of increase of price is normalizing. As we have predicted, we are seeing the beginning of a gradual return to a balanced market in the Victoria area. In conditions such as the ones we see now, it's more important than ever to have an expert REALTOR® on your side whether you are buying or selling a property."

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in May 2016 was $706,500. The benchmark value for the same home in May 2017 has increased by 16.8 per cent to $825,500. 

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36123 Galleon Way

Listed at $195,000

MLS#374875



Check out our beautiful property situated at 36123 Galleon Way on Pender Island. 


Imagine yourself on a summer's day relaxing on your forested property, maybe doing a spot of fishing or swimming, hearing the birds, enjoying the tranquility in your own piece of paradise...... this could become reality!



It comprises 0.33 of an acre of lakefront real estate. This building lot faces south west on pristine Buck Lake,  the preferred lake on Pender, initimate and tranquil. It is also the primary water reservoir for the local area, so the water is wonderfully clean and clear.

 
 

* It is located close to the beaches of Shingle Bay and spectacular hiking trails.

 

* The land has municipal connections for sewer, water, hydro and cable at the lot line. 


* This is a rare opportunity to acquire this land as they do not come up for sale often.

 

Live the dream!...


More information: http://homewardbound.team/mylistings.html/details-64093833

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http://bit.ly/14O2v5 Victoria Real Estate Market at a Standoff as Prices Remain Steady