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July 2018

Found 6 blog entries for July 2018.

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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For users of recreational cannabis in Canada, “4/20” may no longer be the most celebrated date. October 17th, 2018 has been declared the official date that use of marijuana for non-medicinal purposes becomes officially legal, essentially the last hurdle to the complete legalization of pot throughout Canada. While “10/17” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, marijuana users will be breathing a sigh of relief nonetheless. But do property owners feel the same joy, especially when it comes to the issue of pot cultivation on their properties, whether in the past or in the future?

The Risks of Selling or Buying a Former Grow-op Property

The Risks for Sellers

Canada initiated the process of decriminalizing marijuana in 2016 in part to abolish

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Need to Paint Your Home? Do a Pro JobWhether or not a homeowner is living in or planning to list a home, a professional paint job can make a home look more attractive. Homeowners do not need to shell out money to contract out the work when they use the following tips to get the job done right. There are some ways a homeowner can professionally paint their home.

1. Use High Quality Primer

Spend money wisely and do not cut corners. Many homeowners may choose to buy the least expensive primer. However, a poor quality primer can ruin a paint job. For a professional look that lasts, use a quality primer.

2. Repair Walls Before Painting

Take the time to repair flaws in walls and properly prep the walls to ensure a smooth and even appearance. Do you own an older home? Or are you

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The Pros and Cons of Buying a CondoFrom the amenities to the sense of community, owning a condo is an attractive option for many people. However, there are many factors a homeowner should consider before deciding whether a single-family home or a condo is right for them. Just like the decision as to rent or to buy, it's a personal decision. And as with any decision, there are advantages and disadvantages to living in a Canadian condo.

Condo Pricing and Budgeting

The prices for a condo will almost certainly look appealing to the budget-conscious home buyer because they can usually get the same amount of space as a single-family for less money. They're usually best for those who are looking for homes on the smaller side though, as condos offer less in square footage than

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Market update, July 2018As our summer weather has heated up our Victoria real estate market has cooled off. The trend of increasing number of available listings and fewer sales has continued since the beginning of the year transitioning us to a more balanced market with more choice for buyers and fewer properties selling immediately with competing offers. In some parts of the market the supply and demand ratio has shifted to a buyer's market.   There were a total of 708 properties sold in Greater Victoria in June, a decrease of 30% from the 1,008 sold in June of 2017 and 6% fewer than May 2018. The decrease came more from single family home sales which decreased by a third (34.7%) from 2017 while condo sales declined by a quarter (25.1%).   The number of active…
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How to Make the Decision of Whether to Buy or Rent a HomeThere are a lot of opinions out there about renting vs. buying, but many of which are on the antiquated side. With the economy as it is, the question of buying or renting isn't exactly as obvious as it may seem. And believe it or not, it may have less to do with a person's financial situation and more to do with their lifestyle. While renting may not give a person very much equity, it's also a safer decision for many. See which elements to consider if you're on the fence about buying or renting a Central Saanich home.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Changing Hands

Jobs today aren't exactly forever, with the majority of people changing jobs around

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