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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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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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962 Tayberry Terrace - Listed at $489,000 - MLS#376055


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Victoria Real Estate Market Continues Trend of Low Inventory, High Demand

April 2, 2017 - A total of 929 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this March, 17.1 per cent fewer than the 1,121 properties sold in March last year.

"We predicted early in the year that we wouldn't see a continuation of the record sales numbers that we saw in 2016," says 2017 Board President Ara Balabanian. "However, we are still in a very active market, as evidenced by the fact that this is second highest March on record if you remove that record breaking 2016 data. We saw nearly 200 more transactions last month than March 2015, when 734 properties sold."

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in March 2016 was $663,300. The benchmark value for the same home in March 2017 has increased by 19.1 per cent to $790,100.

Inventory levels edged lower, with 1,556 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of March 2017, 40.6 per cent fewer than the 2,618 active listings for sale at the end of March 2016.

"The public and REALTORS® are getting used to the new tempo of the market - with the ongoing historically low inventory levels and high consumer demand - both parties need to be tenacious and have quick reflexes. Sellers need to ensure they have assistance from an experienced local Realtor to help understand current demand and pricing. Even in this market, properties can sit unsold for months without selling because of an inappropriate price," adds President Balabanian. "We do think we will see a more balanced market in the future as more inventory becomes available. Traditionally, people prefer to list their home when gardens and outdoor areas can be shown to their best advantage. Hopefully, as our warmer weather arrives we will see more listings added into the market to offer more choice for buyers."
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Island Parent has a new publication, "Island Parent Biz" - an introduction to "Unique Local Businesses and Services", and we are in it! We are also listed in this month's Island Parent Magazine.


Check out the new magazine and see our ad on page 4 at:

 
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Thank you to my wonderful friends and clients who made this possible, Rosemarie


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#306-1485 Garnet Road

Listed at $164,500

MLS#374938

 

Rosebank Gardens, YOUR BEST NEXT MOVE! - 55+ Independent Living. Suite 306 offers a spacious, sensible floor plan, skylight, in-suite full kitchen with double sink, open eastward views from the private balcony over a schoolyard/field, and a large in-suite storage room. Rosebank Gardens is a safe, independent living, community offering a shared lounge/dining room, guest suite, 24 hour staffing / security, coin-free laundry room across the hall from 306, activity room & First Alert response. The optional 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. Small pets welcome!

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36123 Galleon Way

Listed at $195,000

MLS#374875

 

Leap into the Lake! Here's your opportunity to own a fabulous, elevated, 0.33 acre, lakefront building lot, on the sunny, South side of Buck Lake, Pender Island, BC. Lakefront use is exclusively for property owners around the lake. This is the primary water reservoir for the local area, so the water is clean and clear. There are even some trout to catch! Properties like this seldom come available in the Southern Gulf Islands. Located within walking distance to beach access in beautiful Shingle Bay and spectacular hiking trails in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Municipal connections for sewer, water, hydro & cable available at the lot line! Let the dream begin!
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#313-3133 Tillicum Road

Listed at $189,000

MLS#374854

 

All Measurements need to be verified if important to the Buyer. Independent living in superb location with bus nearby; across from Tillicum Shopping Centre, Silver City Movie Theatre and most amenities. Very lovely, bright unit in a 55+ building with separate storage. Beautifully maintained complex offers a large social area for socializing, reading room, workshop, suite to rent for guests, wide hallways, spacious entrance, wheel chair access., controlled entry. This suite is currently tenanted.

 

 
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