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October 2012

Found 3 blog entries for October 2012.

REALTOR Ron Neal, left, and developer Glen Wilson at the cleared site of the proposed Midtown Parkproject.
Photograph by: Bruce Stotesbury, Times Colonist

A Saanich property once labelled a neighbourhood embarrassment is being cleaned up for a new five-storey condominium building.

An excavator started work this week moving ground on the 42-unit wood-frame condo project with underground parking on a pie-shaped parcel at Cloverdale Avenue and Inverness Road. The project is expected to transform the site, which has been an irritant to nearby residents for years. Neighbours had complained to Saanich city hall about boarded-up, derelict houses, which attracted squatters, on overgrown lots. One house had been burned out in a fire. In 2005, a local

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Ron’s candid thoughts on today’s market in Victoria: Following is our Victoria Real Estate Board News Release which in my opinion gives a sugar coated outlook of reality. The market is anything but steady with sales numbers down significantly and prices too, driven down buy distressed sellers competing for the few predatory buyers who are seizing the opportunity. Statistics are misleading and the 64 average days on market does not include the prior listings of the same properties or those that have not sold. By my estimate the average days on market is closer to 180 days including just the successful sales. Furthermore, the average sale price reported as 96% of list is based on the final listing price, not reflecting the original price or prior listing…
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The total value of monthly home sales through the Greater Victoria Real Estate Board dropped below $200 million in September for the first time since January. At the same time, the number of sales and the average price for a single-family house also declined.Greater Victoria's results reflect what's been happening across the province, according to the B.C. Real Estate Association, which noted the dollar volume of B.C. homes decreased 25.4 per cent to $2.6 billion in August compared with the same month last year.Consumer demand also weakened in August and tighter mortgage rules in July affected the "already tentative market," the association said. Between January and August, home sales in B.C. declined by 17.5 per cent to $26.2 billion, compared to the

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