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I have listed a new property at 2825 Peatt RD in VICTORIA.
This 3 Bdrm Starter Home situated in Langford Core is perfect for a first time home buyer. Lovely private and fully fenced yard it has potential to become a gardeners paradise. Separate Workshop W/220 Wiring - Cozy Well Cared For Home - Huge Bathroom With Antique Tub - Approximate Age Of Home - 1940's - Lots Of Mature Growth & Very Nicely Landscaped - Lots Of Parking. Suitable for commercial office space, hold for future mixed use development.
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I have listed a new property at 6138 Llanilar RD in SOOKE.
Amazing opportunity to own an acre in picturesque East Sooke. With views of Sooke harbour this property is ideal for someone looking for a quieter lifestyle with easy access to town. East Sooke is a nature lovers paradise with the provincial park, a small town feel and distance between neighbours. All the perks of country living with the convenience of being able to get into Sooke and Victoria with ease. Don't miss out on the chance to live the life you have always wanted. Book a viewing today.
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I have sold a property at 306 3240 GLASGOW AVE.
Opportunity knocks with this south facing quiet 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom rentable condo with no age restrictions .Close to Mayfair mall, bus stops,restaurants and only a 5 minute drive to downtown. Quaint kitchen and baseboard heating.In 2012-new windows, sliding doors,balcony,railings, exterior paint,trim. In 2016- Lobby was renovated with new lights,flooring,furniture and mailboxes.One parking spot plus underground parking available for a small fee.Storage locker, shared coin operated laundry and cats are allowed. Unit beside this one just sold after being renovated for $294,900. This unit is priced to sell.
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I have listed a new property at 206 2647 Graham ST in VICTORIA.
Spacious and bright 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo in a remediated building that is centrally located! Interior features include freshly painted walls, laminate flooring, updated light fixtures, large kitchen with stainless steel appliances and double sink. Enjoy in-suite laundry and a master bedroom that fits a king size bed with a walk in closet. Relax on your North East facing balcony which allows BBQ's. Building allows rentals, pets, all ages and it is non smoking. One underground parking space and storage locker included. Located in the trendy Quadra Village area, walking distance to all amenities, major bus routes and a short distance from downtown.
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I have sold a property at 3365 Browning ST in VICTORIA.
Nicely updated and ready to move into. Classic well built 50 bungalows with coved ceilings, oak hardwood flooring, and a great Cedar Hill location. Updated kitchen and bathroom on the main level along with 3 bedrooms, vinyl windows and a large sunny deck off the dining room. Spacious additional accommodation below, with a high ceiling, and updated kitchen and bathroom plus an extra undeveloped area. Sunny 9000 S.F. level property, single garage, great storage or work shop under the deck and close to Cedar Hill Golf Course and steps to "Browning Gyro Park."
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I have listed a new property at 799 Stellys Cross RD in BRENTWOOD BAY.
Welcome to this light and airy new home in Brentwood Bay. Interior features: open concept high end kitchen with quartz counter tops and stainless steel appliances; spacious living room with gas fireplace overlooking the South facing backyard; large dining space, excellent for entertaining; vaulted ceilings, wide plank laminate floors and large windows allowing light to pour in; master with 5 piece ensuite, walk in closet and deck with water glimpses. The versatile layout includes 3 bedrooms up with an additional master on the main level for those who want to age in place. Exterior features 5243 sq ft lot, single car garage and storage shed. Less than a 4 min walk to beach access, local pub and spa and Brentwood Bay ferry terminal.
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I have listed a new property at 1004 788 Humboldt ST in VICTORIA.
Prepare to be mesmerized the moment you walk into this 2 bedroom, 2 full bathroom corner unit with panoramic views of Craigdarroch Castle, the Olympic mountains, Beacon Hill Park, St Anne's Academy and the ocean. Interior features include custom cabinetry, granite countertops, modern fireplace, teak flooring and an abundance of natural SE/SW light. Open concept; great for entertaining and superior layout with separated bedrooms. Enjoy morning coffee or a romantic night in on your cozy balcony. The Belvedere is a luxury steel and concrete building offering a gym, workshop, bike storage & large common room for private functions. Rentals, BBQ's and no size restrictions for dogs! Live on one of the most beautiful streets in downtown Victoria!
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Let's face it, buying and selling real estate can be a stressful process. Having recently sold my own investment property, I have a new found understanding for what my clients go through! Despite how many homes I’ve bought and sold with clients, it’s not the same when you’re going through it yourself. I want to share with you some advice and lessons I learned along the way, the top things I did to prepare the condo for sale, and what I would have done differently.

1. It costs time and money to prepare a property for sale!

On average, you should expect to spend a minimum of 1% of the list price to get it ready for sale. This number will vary depending on how much you can do yourself and what you hire out. Ask us for a pre-listing checklist or better yet, invite us over and ask what improvments will yield the highest return! Don’t wait until a week before you list to call us, use our knowledge and expertise to your advantage. Try and be realistic about how much time it will take you. I budgeted about 2 weeks to complete our projects, and it took us a solid 4 weeks to get everything done. We focused on a couple upgrades: the bathrooms (new vanties, mirrors, shelving, hardware and lighting), paint everywhere and tile work in the kitchen and bathroom. 

2. Paint, paint everything!

This is by far, the most cost affective way to spruce a place up. Walls, doors and trim should be patched, painted or touched up. When we worked on the condo, we painted every wall, we also did the enclosed balcony floor (see below) which made a huge difference. We went with light neutral colours throughout and a more modern grey in the master bedroom which hid a dark teal wall. As much as you love a dark feature wall, it’s not ideal when you’re selling a home. What I wish I had done differently was secured a painter weeks before the condo was going to be vacant. The preparation for painting the walls was very time consuming, and I wish I had spent the money to hire a pro who would have done a better job and way more efficiently.

 

3. Staging and lighting!

A beautifully staged home not only looks good, but it helps buyers emotionally connect with a home. This is a MUST, but it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. We always pay for a staging consultation when you work with us, and they will provide a detailed to-do list of everything you need to do. In the situation with my condo, I borrowed furniture from my own home and my parents to stage and spent a few hundred dollars on new white towels and other staging items I could use again. There are also great services for renting furniture (Freedom Rent to Own and Easy Home) if you need. As for lighting, replace all the light bulbs with soft white (not bright white) and this will make a big difference to your ambiance.

4. It’s stressful, so have a REALTOR® to lean on for support!

When you list your home for sale, there’s a lot that is out of your control: what the market is doing, who views your property, what people will say and who will want to offer on it. It’s normal to have feelings of doubt and panic, especially right before you list. I also found it very challenging to decide on a pricing strategy because I was very attached to the outcome and kept second guessing myself. Having a REALTOR® who was unbiased and objective was so important through the process. Tasha helped me weigh the pros and cons of various strategies and she was always there to tell me everything was going to be fine, when I was stressing out!


I’m happy to say the condo was successfully sold to a couple who will move in this Spring!

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I have listed a new property at 1180 Clovelly TERR in VICTORIA.
Move in and enjoy this fully updated character home. Set on a private lot perched high above the street with views from the large picture windows. You'll be charmed by the character features throughout including high coved ceilings, built in storage and gorgeous oak and fir floors. Entertain in the modern kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite counter tops and bar stools. Cozy up to the wood burning stove in the spacious living room, or pass through the formal dining room to the incredibly private, fully fenced backyard and back patio, perfect for BBQing and relaxing outdoors. Move in this Spring and watch the garden bloom. Located in popular Maplewood neighborhood, walking distance to groceries & walking trails and easy access to Victoria
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I have sold a property at 9 974 Dunford AVE in VICTORIA.
COURT DATE January 18th. Current AO is $160,00. This 1 bed 1 bath Townhome is ready for you to put your stamp on it. Do you dream of creating a space unique to just you? This is the home for you! Perfect for a retiree with a green thumb or first time home buyers. This home has a fenced yard with garden shed. Very private location, set well back from the road in a small, quiet complex. With strata approval, the upper level could be developed for more space, currently used for storage. Close to shopping, restaurants, bus route, schools theatre as well as nearby lakes & parks and the new YMCA. Come and see this place today and start your creativity flowing.
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I have sold a property at 6576 Goodmere RD.
COURT DATE January 18th. Current AO is $332,000 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom townhouse in picturesque Sooke. Laid out over four levels, this home is ideal for families. Enjoy open concept living on the first level. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances and granite countertops with access to your dining room on one side and your cozy living room on the other. Level 3 has 2 bedrooms with a full bathroom. Master suite is on the top floor with a five piece ensuite that boasts a fireplace and views. With balconies and patio spaces on multiple levels this home is built to entertain. There's space for two cars in your garage, ample storage area and great for outdoor enthusiasts. Pet friendly and BBQ's allowed.
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I have sold a property at 306 320 Menzies ST in VICTORIA.
INVESTOR ONLY!!! Fantastic location in the heart of James Bay. This bright & cheerful 2 bdrm, 2 bath SW Corner suite has it all. With 970 square feet of open living it offers great bedroom separation & is in superb shape. Feat: 3 balconies for year round enjoyment, fresh paint, in suite laundry, cozy gas fireplace, secured underground parking; separate storage & bike storage. Strata fees include hot water & gas. Pets, kids & RENTALS allowed. Great investment in an amazing location with minutes to Beacon Hill Park, The Legislature, Downtown, The Inner Harbour & James Bay Village. Call today!
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I have sold a property at 201 2647 Graham ST in VICTORIA.
You'll feel at home in this updated, bright and tranquil 1 bedroom 1 bathroom condo in the city. Interior features: engineered oak floors; nearly new washer and dryer, beautifully updated kitchen with custom cabinetry and pull out drawers providing ample storage space; and spacious master bedroom with walk in closet. Bring your BBQ and enjoy the sunny south west facing balcony overlooking the tree lined street. This non smoking building is fully remediated and the condo comes with one parking space and separate storage. Finally, a building that allows rentals, pets of any size, and residents of all ages. Leave your car at home because this home has a walk score of 90! Easy access to Quadra Village and bus routes to downtown or UVic.
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I have listed a new property at 1617 Rockland AVE in VICTORIA.
What a great opportunity to own a 1905 Samuel Maclure revenue 4plex in the heart of Rockland. Situated on a private half acre, this property has three 2 bedroom suites and a spacious 3 bedroom suite on the main level. The top two units boast gorgeous ocean and mountain views. Enjoy character features throughout including fireplaces in each suite, high ceilings and spacious rooms. Various units have upgrades throughout. Building updates include: gas boiler system, perimeter drain work, windows and outside painting. The building features storage lockers, laundry room and plenty of parking. All tenancies are month to month and total gross revenue is $90k (some rents below market value). Potential to subdivide. Request the info package today!
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I have listed a new property at 403 1026 Johnson ST in VICTORIA.
Finally, a condo that has everything you've been looking for! Move in and enjoy this bright updated 2 bed 2 bath SE corner unit with views of Craigdarroch Castle and the Olympic mountains. Interior features laminate and tile flooring, in-suite laundry, spacious master with updated closet doors, modern master ensuite, and new light fixtures throughout. The enclosed balcony offers additional living space & storage room. This steel and concrete building is getting a makeover this year with new paint and concrete repair, paid for by the seller! It is all ages, allows rentals & small pets, and includes 1 parking space! Walk score of 98, you're steps of grocery stores, coffee shops and everything downtown has to offer! Some furniture negotiable.
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I have listed a new property at 14 525 Head ST in VICTORIA.
Experience life on the water from the comfort of your own home! This updated 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom float home is located in the gated community of Sailer's Cove in West Bay Marina. Great alternative to condo living or a unique office space, the "Whoop Sea" is sure to awe you with its 360 degree vistas and friendly marine community. You will find laminate flooring, stainless steel appliances, in-suite laundry, updated bathroom and built-in storage; enjoy entertaining or relaxing on your rooftop patio. Close to all amenities, this home offers a rare combination of marine & city living. Stroll along the Westsong Walkway to downtown or kayak from your front door. Pets allowed! Let your dreams of living on the water become a reality!
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I have listed a new property at 979 Easter RD in VICTORIA.
Welcome to your light filled 3 bed + den, 2 bath home in Maplewood. Thoughtfully updated throughout, this home is an oasis in the city. Updates include 200 amp service, 9 year old roof, & newer deck. Interior features: 2 bed up, updated kitchen with gas stove & quartz countertop, separate dining space and kitchen nook where you can start your day overlooking your picturesque yard and enjoy birds chirping from the nearby Swan Lake. The basement provides storage, 3rd bedroom, zen room ideal for meditation, art or an office, and sitting area with french doors that open to the front yard. The backyard is a gardener's dream with raised beds, a green house, and garden shed. This home is close to amenities & transportation. Book a showing today!
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I have listed a new property at 2092 Byron ST in VICTORIA.
This charming 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home is full of light and character. Located moments from Oak Bay Village this home boasts an updated kitchen with a gas range, a 5 piece bathroom with radiant floors and a new metal roof. Full of surprises, there is a workshop in the ground floor basement, studio and plenty of storage that is currently used as an office. The master bedroom has a three piece ensuite, there is an eating nook and a patio over looking the elaborate backyard with spiral ramp, making it wheelchair friendly. Close to schools, shops and transportation, this home is looking for its new owner! Book an appointment today.
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It’s a brand new year and usually we use this as an excuse to change something in our lives whether it’s our routine, finances or happiness. Why? Each year we get older and we are always thinking about how we can improve our life on a daily basis. January 1st is the easiest day to say “I am going to… starting now.”

 

This year, let’s have fun making our resolutions and put a positive spin on them instead of the boring “go to the gym” or “give up bad habits”. These days our lives are full of distractions and technology beeping in our face, let’s take it back to basics with these top 5 unusual New Year’s Resolutions that we feel will enhance your lives or take you out of your comfort zone this year!

 

Take a photo of yourself in a new or interesting place each month!

 

This doesn’t mean you have to travel, spend some time in your own city and take a fun photo in a new spot each month. Let the creative juices flow for 30 minutes one Sunday each month. Collect all 12 photos and on December 31st you will feel you got out of your comfort zone and decided to see 12 new places that year.

 

Do something nice for someone each day.

 

Woah! This sounds like you have to do 365 things this year but just try it! This could be opening the door for someone, picking up that pencil your colleague dropped or giving a compliment. It feels good, it puts a smile on someone’s face which is very contagious and makes you think about how you treat others on a daily basis.

 

Sort out ONE financial worry this year.

 

Start the year off right and think about how you can reach your goal whether it’s small or big. Perhaps you’re spending a lot of money on take out or you want to save a small rainy day savings account? Think of some solutions to help you feel less stressed like bringing your own lunch to work or putting away $50 a month towards savings.

 

Make the usual unusual.

 

January usually means getting back into our normal routines with work and life in general. This year, spice it up a little and do one small thing differently in your normal routine each week. Run a different route in the morning, try a new type of tea or coffee or maybe you find an engaging article to read once a week that makes you happy.


Indulge in the small things!


Don’t postpone your happiness for that “special moment”. Do you have a candle you won’t burn because it’s too special? Or that expensive bottle of red wine or scotch that’s been sitting in your cupboard for a year because you’re waiting for a special moment to open it? Enjoy it now! Once a month enjoy something you may already have in your home that you think is special and live in the moment, you deserve it!

 

Have a great year everyone and we can't wait to see what it has in store for you!

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I have listed a new property at 3595 James HTS in VICTORIA.
A truly magical 3 bedroom 2 bathroom property overlooking the Cedar Hill nature sanctuary. The property is over 11,000 sq ft, sits high on a rock with sunrises and glorious sunsets . First time on the market in 35 years, this well maintained, open plan home features hard wood floors, coved ceilings expansive decks and a hot tub. It is light and bright with its multiple windows that bring the beauty of the yard into your home. Newer roof, heat pump and oil furnace for back up. Two bedrooms up, family room or third bedroom on first floor with wood burning fireplace . Potting shed, deer proof garden, attached carport are just a few of the additional perks to this property. Don't miss out, come and see it today!
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