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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


For more Testimonials click here: http://homewardbound.team/testimonials.html

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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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Please read the important information below concerning planning and development of the Fairfield and Gonzales areas. Thank you.

 

For those of you living in the Fairfield or Gonzales neighbourhood areas, and have a future plan or even a current plan for your retirement or life situation, speak up otherwise you may not be able to do what you were hoping for. (Effects Zoning)


 

For more info click here: 

 

http://www.victoria.ca/assets/Departments/Planning~Development/Community~Planning/Local~Area~Planning/Fairfield~Gonzales/Gonzales/Gonzales_NP_DRAFT_15052017.pdf

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Sue Maitland

Speaker, Workshop Leader & ICF Certified
Life & Career Transitions Coach suemaitland@shaw.ca 778-265-6880 www.suemaitland.com


Upcoming Events for MAY 2017

Please NOTE: Seating is limited at these events and PRE-REGISTRATION is required What You Need to Know About Moving to Victoria

FREE

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When: Sat May 20th (1:30pm 3:00pm)

 

Where: Union Club of BC, 805 Gordon St, Victoria


What: This talk will help newcomers to Victoria and those thinking of moving to Victoria, have a better understanding of how this city works. It can make a huge difference in how quickly you are able to embrace the city and take full advantage of all that Victoria has to offer. Learn about the hidden job market and the key differences you’ll notice as a newcomer to this city. Get the inside scoop from a life & career transitions coach who made her move to Victoria over 25 years ago and found Victoria was her “happy place”.

What past participants enjoyed most: A lot of valuable information” “The structured approach & the way the information was delivered” “Well organized” “Friendly atmosphere” “Good use of my time”

Register for May 20th at 1pm at the Union Club of BC here: http://bit.ly/MovingToVicMay20

Networking for Success in Victoria (includes 1-on-1 coaching/support call) $74.50


When: Sat May 20th (10am 12:30pm)


Where: Union Club of BC, 805 Gordon St, Victoria


What: This workshop helps men and women overcome their discomfort with networking and learn to connect with others with more confidence. An essential skill in Victoria, networking will help you uncover the hidden job market in Victoria and make new friends. Get the inside scoop on where to network based on your interests. Enjoy a 15 minute support/laser coaching call with your workshop leader 1 -2 weeks after the session to share your 30 second introduction which you’ll develop based on the template provided as part of this workshop.

What past participants enjoyed most: Open friendly environment” “Concrete resources & info to help me move forward with my networking” “Well organized & presented” “The authenticity of the coach” “Great handouts

Register for May 20th at 10am at the Union Club of BC here: http://bit.ly/NetworkingMay20

Mini Self-Care Retreat (includes buffet supper at Union Club of BC) $74.50

When: Mon May 15th (5:15pm 8:15pm) Where: Union Club of BC, 805 Gordon St, Victoria

What: A great way for busy professional women to enjoy a night off, meet some like-minded professionals and focus on practicing more self-care. Experience Sue’s signature self-care workshop, followed by a delicious buffet supper at the Union Club. Leave with surprise gifts and a commitment to practicing more self-care in the future.

What past participants enjoyed most: Helpful and enlightening” “Loved it” “Gave me lots to think about” “Very engaging workshop leader” “Helped me get present to what I need to do” “The buffet supper was delicious”

Register for May 15th at 5:15pm at the Union Club of BC here: http://bit.ly/SelfCareRetreatMay15

In addition to her workshops and speaking engagements, Sue has an international coaching practice & works with clients in BC and around the world who are experiencing a significant life or career transitions.

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#102-3133 Tillicum Road

Listed at $239,000

MLS# 377634



This bright, beautiful, 2 bedroom corner suite is one of Montague House's finest! Featuring gleaming hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows on east and north sides, private views, new dishwasher, in suite laundry, spacious sunlit dining and living area, double sink under window, and generous counter, cupboard and closet space. Montague House is a well built and maintained 55+ building featuring landscaped grounds, large common room, library/exercise room, and separate storage rooms. Close to Tillicum Mall and all amenities. Small pet welcome!

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#310-1485 Garnet Road

Saanich East

Listed at $209,000

MLS# 377539

 

This TOP FLOOR bright suite offers: a skylight, full kitchen w/ double sink, spacious living/dining room w/ quiet southward views from the private balcony over gardens & trees, a Master w/ walk through closets to ensuite, a bright S facing 2nd bedroom/den & a 2nd bthrm off front hall. Rosebank Gardens, YOUR BEST NEXT MOVE, is a 55+, safe, independent community offering a shared lounge/dining room, guest suite, 24 hour security staff, coin-free laundry on every floor, activity room & First Alert response. The service package, $340/m for singles & $555/m for couples, provides weekly housekeeping and a daily 4 course meal. Enjoy the landscaped grounds in a quiet, convenient setting close to shopping and transportation. An indoor cat welcome!

 

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May 1, 2017 - "The numbers we saw in April are a further indication that the market is gradually moving towards a more balanced state compared to the record setting pace of 2016." says 2017 Board President Ara Balabanian.

A total of 885 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this April, 31.2 per cent fewer than the 1,286 properties sold in April last year. The ten year average for sales in April is 772 properties.

"We are starting to see hints of a more traditional spring market. Local agricultural production has been delayed due to the late spring, and so has the local real estate market," adds President Balabanian, "More sellers listed their homes for sale over the month of April compared to the month previous."

There were 1,690 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of April 2017, an increase of 8.6 per cent compared to the month of March, but 34.8 per cent fewer than the 2,594 active listings for sale at the end of April 2016.

"Inventory is still low, which means that buyers may encounter multiple offer situations in some of the high demand areas - there is still more demand than supply," adds President Balabanian.

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in April 2016 was $684,900. The benchmark value for the same home in April 2017 has increased by 17.6 per cent to $805,100.

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OPEN HOUSE Saturday April 29th 2-4pm 

175 Petworth Drive, Prospect Lake

Listed at $1, 275,000

MLS# 377061





175 Petworth Drive feels like a beautiful country estate and is just a 20 minute drive from Downtown Victoria! One enters the property on a graveled circle driveway around a grand curving arbutus. Roughly an acre of this 5 acre lot has been lovingly landscaped by the current owners with manicured lawns, gardens, blossoming trees, and an electric in-ground sprinkler system. Running the length of the property from the home, through brush-cleared woodlands, is a drivable road leading to a peaceful pond; an extraordinarily secluded retreat where nature provides the only sounds and sights!

            The 2600 square foot, 4 bed room home features thermal pane windows on all sides looking out onto the beautiful surrounding grounds. The large, bright, open living / dining /kitchen has cathedral ceilings, gleaming wood floors, in floor radiant heating, a gas fireplace and French doors leading to an entertainment size deck overlooking the beautiful grounds and woodlands and a side deck perfect for sipping coffee in the morning! Also on the main floor is the Master bedroom, main bathroom with soaker tub, cheater door to Master, second bedroom and bright laundry room.

            Walk up to the loft floor, overlooking the living-dining area, to a large family room with Vista views and a 3rd private bedroom tucked in the back with attic storage.

The finished lower floor has great in- law suite potential! There is a room plumbed and perfect for a kitchen /dining area, a large bedroom that can be divided to make both a living room and  bedroom, a laundry room plumbed and ready for appliances, laminate flooring, in floor radiant heating, separate private entrance and patio.

            The deep well on this property provides an unlimited supply of drinkable water – making possible year round grounds irrigation. The septic system boasts a 1200 gallon tank. The pump was replaced two years ago!

            Other notable features of this beautiful home include central vacuum new hot water tank, new dishwasher, new side-by-side washer-dryer, fresh paint throughout, 200 amp service, pot lights, and a large single garage with a separate cold storage room.


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36123 Galleon Way

Listed at $195,000

MLS#374875


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!



Our gorgeous new listing on Pender Island comprises 0.33 of an acre of lakefront real estate. This building lot faces south west on pristine Buck Lake, which is 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 spectauclar 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.  



 

Let the dream begin!...

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962 Tayberry Terrace

Listed at $489,000

MLS#376055

 

OPEN HOUSE Sat 8th & Sun 9th 1-3pm


 

SAT & SUN 1-3PM! Come see this beautiful 'better than new' open concept family home. It was the original show-home - "Dogwood" plan, built in 2009. This home hosts a remarkable list of upgrades & features including: a welcoming cathedral entrance; bright living, dining, kitchen area w/ 9ft ceilings; stainless appliances; granite eating bar; glass backsplash; built in speakers; crown moulding; electric fireplace & premium laminate wood flooring. Upstairs boasts: Master suite w/walk in closet & full ensuite; 2 other generous bdrms, laundry rm & main bath. Private backyard with patio and irrigated gardens! This home has an energy efficiency rating of 80! Located in Langford's Happy Valley area & steps to G.G. Trail & Happy Valley School!

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