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Victoria & Vancouver Island Real Estate Blog

Should You DIY or Hire a Pro?Many homeowners like to save money on their home improvements by performing the work themselves. In addition, many homeowners enjoy performing DIY home improvements because they appreciate the feeling of satisfaction they get from caring for their own property. Still, some home improvement projects are best not left to the homeowner. Some home improvement projects can involve safety risks or are simply too easy to mess up. Homeowners who want to take care of their property and avoid problems when they sell must be aware of the differences.

Best DIY Projects

The best DIY projects are those that are easy to perform, involve little risk to the homeowner and are unlikely to result in serious damage to the property if they're performed

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Paul Kane

Executive West Coast Custom Built Home!

Simply Stunning Custom Built Executive Home on a quiet street close to the shops in Sooke village.

This 2016 West Coast Arts and Crafts style home is impressive throughout. Walk in to an impressive foyer with soaring 16' ceiling and an abundance of natural light.

An open concept main floor is perfect for entertaining and showcases an old growth fir feature wall in the great room.

Upstairs master suite features 15' vaulted ceiling and 2 large secondary bedrooms. Double attached garage with workbench and fully fenced, lighted and irrigated landscaped yard complete this home.

This home is ready to impress and welcome you! 

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Updated Downtown condo in a concrete building!

Updated downtown condo in a steel and concrete building.

Bright corner unit at the Sandpiper where you can bring your small pets, kids and barbecue.

Looking for an investment?

This building is within walking distance to all that Downtown Victoria has to offer and easy access to many transit lines making this an ideal location for Uvic students, or anyone looking to downsize.

The building offers an onsite caretaker, common area with an outdoor patio, shared laundry, fitness room and steam room.

Tastefully appointed with beautiful wood floors, new appliances, updated bathrooms and kitchen and a private balcony with city views to enjoy those summer nights

 

 

 

 

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August statsWhile the summer weather has heated up the real estate market is generally cooling off.  In July the trend of increasing listings available for sale and fewer sales continued with just 651 properties sold a decline of 17.6% from the 790 sold in July 2017. The number of listings available for sale was up to 2,607 at the end of July from 1,921 at the end of July last year.

 

Overall the proportion of listings available for sale relative to the number selling represents a balanced market with four month supply. Looking a little closer at specific property types, neighbourhoods and price ranges quickly reveals that there are significant differences in various parts of the market. For example under $750,000 in Victoria's core there are currently only 347

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A 'How to Sell Your Home' GuideA home seller can take a number of different approaches to attract home buyers and get the offers they want. However, sellers need to understand how the process works before they start trying to add in their own special touches. Keep the main stages in mind to have a better idea of where to start and how to navigate your home sale without the hassle.

Declare a Budget

From staging and advertising to closing costs, home sellers need to hammer out their finances before deciding who to hire and how to list. Canadian buyers are usually required to hire a lawyer to ensure their paperwork is air-tight, so sellers should start researching average fees in their area as soon as possible. If sellers still have an active mortgage, they'll likely need to

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A Short Guide to Home BuyingHome buying may be specific to the type of home a buyer chooses and the neighborhood they hope to live in, but there are several stages that are common to all home buyers. Before delving into the details of each stage, learn more about how the process works as a whole to get a better sense of where to start.

Find a Price Range

Before a homeowner asks themselves if they want an adjustable or fixed-rate mortgage, they need to know more about the kinds of homes they can afford. Many buyers are surprised at just how much they're able to afford, regardless of their credit or financial standing. While the general rule is to keep a mortgage at about a third of the homeowner's monthly income, this is not always possible with the rising rates of home

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Funky Studio In The Mozaic!

Funky studio in the Mozaic building on a trendy antique row in downtown Victoria!

This bright live/work condo has floor to ceiling windows, laminate flooring, deck space with city views and an efficiently designed corner kitchen with fridge, stove and a small dishwasher.

Relax and enjoy the convenience of a warm gas fireplace and the use of a raised sleeping area in this cleverly designed unit.

There's a four piece bathroom with subway tile as well as in-suite laundry for added convenience. 

Rentals and pets are permitted, bike storage and storage are included.

All of this in a stylish seismically upgraded steel and concrete building in a fantastic downtown location next to shops, transit and all

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Darling on Darwin!

Darling on Darwin, this might be the cutest house on the street.

Restored two bedrooms one bath 1922 bungalow with fir floors, forced air heat pump, sun-drenched patio and so much charm.

Just starting out or thinking of downsizing everything you could want or need in one package on a generous 6000 square foot lot with a separate detached garage.

Quaint with so much character, you will feel the warmth the moment you see it.

Minutes to the new Uptown shopping centre and major bus routes Properties like this don't come along often.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big Benefits of Buying New ConstructionThere are a number of advantages of buying new which may the reason why almost 1 in 4 homes purchased every year are new construction. New homeowners in particular may appreciate the convenience of moving into a new construction home that is designed to meet their specific lifestyle requirements and aesthetic tastes from day one.

Explore the advantages of buying new construction today.

Go Green with New Home Construction

Homeowners may get paid to go green and improve their new home's energy-efficiency. Investigate the new home construction incentives that pay homeowners for achieving specified performance ratings, such as Save On Energy for homeowners in Ontario. There are a range of Canadian programs available that can pay homeowners to

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Charming West Coast Rancher!

Charming West Coast Rancher on a huge flat lot with road access on either side for future subdivision potential.

This home must be viewed to take in all the sellers have done to make every space feel special.

Very open floor plan sprawling across one level with 3 bedrooms, a spacious kitchen, formal dining room and large addition creating a huge family room.

Step out from the family room to take in the picturesque back deck and yard with mature gardens, hot tub, and fountain, the perfect place for a morning coffee or glass of Chardonnay after a day of visiting the local markets.

On a quiet street close to quaint Sooke town center with a relaxed small town vibe world renown for its fishing, hiking

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