Desirable neighbourhood of Fairfield on a beautiful and quiet tree-lined street just a couple of blocks to Oak Bay Village and all amenities. This 2bed, 1bath property is situated on a private lot and features a bright living room w/fireplace, formal dining, functional kitchen & overtones of character. French doors from kitchen, dining room to the large patio, all part of a private landscaped backyard that catches the sun in the afternoon & evening. Some of the highlights – new backyard fence, oil furnace replaced with gas in 1999, gas line to living room fireplace, gas hot water tank, sump pump in the basement. This home has been in the family for over twenty years, now ready for new updates – Excellent value for first time buyers, someone wanting to downsize or simply an investment! First Open House Sat and Sun 1:00-3:00pm
MLS® No: 379510
List Price: $259,900
This spacious 2bed, 2bath corner suite is part of a well managed complex in the desirable Quadra/McKenzie area. Modern kitchen, baths, floors, light fixtures, closet organizers. Master bedroom with walk-in closet and 1/2 bath ensuite. Functional layout on the main floor with 2 garden patios. Shared amenities include pool, hot tub, billiard room, exercise room, workshop and library. Strata fees include heat & hot water. Laundry room & storage on the same floor. The short walk to shopping plazas and other amenities as well as a 15min drive to Downtown Victoria & the University of Victoria makes this home an excellent choice.
MLS® No: 378447
List Price: $885,000
Days on Market: 6
Sold Price: $996,000
Exceptional 3-bed/3-bath character home on private, landscaped half-acre lot with east-facing ocean views! Meticulously restored & updated, this charming 3-level home will appeal. The brick & wood exterior features Cape Cod dormers, attached 2-car barn-style garage & beautiful deck with gas BBQ hook-up. Inside, the home impresses with gleaming hardwood and character trim & features throughout. The bright updated kitchen features a gas stove, concrete countertops & bar seating from which to enjoy sunrise & island views. Finished loft above garage could be a perfect studio or office space & full-height basement offers additional space for workshop/storage or easy suite conversion.
MLS® No: 378191
List Price: $925,000
Days on Market: 6
Sold Price: $900,000
Cook Street Village luxury townhome steps to Dallas Road oceanfront & Beacon Hill Park. There is no better location to call home! Entertaining is a dream with the stunning gourmet kitchen w/ floor to ceiling custom cabinetry, Sub Zero fridge, Wolf gas range & Wolf double wall ovens, ceramic double Villeroy & Boch sink, granite counters & coffered ceilings in the living/dining areas. In-floor radiant hot water heating, beautiful fir flooring, doors & low E windows. 3 beds, 3 full baths with marble counters & luxury soaker tubs. South facing private deck w/ gas hookup.A quiet, private location with stunning patio garden to enjoy garden to table dining under a beautiful pergola draped with kiwi vines. Garage & storage room.
Two Months Before
Sort and purge
- Go through every room of your house and decide what you’d like to keep and what you can get rid of. Think about whether any items will require special packing or extra insurance coverage.
- Start investigating moving company options. Do not rely on a quote over the phone; request an on-site estimate. Get an estimate in writing from each company.
Create a moving binder
- Use this binder to keep track of everything – all your estimates, your receipts, and an inventory of all the items you’re moving.
Organize school records
- Go to your children’s school and arrange for their records to be transferred to their new school district.
Six Weeks Before
- Order boxes and other supplies such as tape, bubble wrap, and permanent markers. Don’t forget to order speciality containers, such as dish barrels or wardrobe boxes.
Use it or lose it
- Start using up things that you don’t want to move, like frozen or perishable foods and cleaning supplies.
- Check room dimensions at your new home, if possible, and make sure larger pieces of furniture will fit through the door.
One Month Before
Book your mover and confirm the arrangements
- Select a company and get written confirmation of your moving date, costs, and other details.
- Start packing the things that you use most infrequently, such as the Christmas decorations and off-season clothing. While packing, note items of special vale that might require additional insurance from your moving company. Make sure to declare, in writing, any items valued over $100 per pound such as a computer.
- Clearly label and number each box with its content and the room it’s destined for. This will help you to keep an inventory of your belongings. Pack and label “essentials” boxes of items you’ll need right away.
- Add items such as jewelry and important files to a safe box that you’ll personally transport to your new home. Make sure to put the mover’s estimate in this box. You’ll need it for reference on moving day.
Do a change of address –canadapost.ca
- Go to your local post office and fill out a change of address form, or do it online at canadapost.ca. In case there are stragglers, it’s always wise to ask a close neighbour to look out for mail after you’ve moved. Check in with them two weeks after the move, and again two weeks after that.
Notify important parties
- Alert the following of your move: banks, brokerage firms, doctor, dentist, other health professionals, employer, credit cards, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, insurance, and utilities companies.
Two weeks before
Arrange to be off work on moving day
- Notify your office that you plan to supervise the move and therefore need the day off.
Clean out your safe-deposit box
- If you’ll be changing banks, remove the contents of your safe-deposit box and put them in the safe box that you’ll take with you on moving day.
Contact the moving company
- Reconfirm the arrangements.
Transfer Your Utilities
- Contact the customer service departments of the gas, electric, phone and cable companies at least 2 weeks prior to the move. Arrange to have the utility services up and running at your new residence at least a day before you move in. Here are links to the most common Victoria, BC utility and service companies:
- TIP: Have your utility company (hydro, gas, water) do a final reading of the gas, electric and water meters. Make sure to get and keep a copy of your bill or report.
- TIP: Pay any outstanding bills, but also collect any refunds or utility deposits.
One Week Before
Pack your bags
- Finish your general packing a few days before your moving date. Then pack suitcases for everyone in the family with enough clothes to wear for a few days.
A Few Days Before
Defrost the Freezer
- If your refrigerator is moving with you, make sure to empty, clean and defrost it at least 24 hours before moving day.
Double-check the details
- Reconfirm the moving company’s arrival time and other specifics and make sure you have prepared exact, written directions to your new home for the moving team. Include contact information, such as your cell number
Plan for the payment
- If you haven’t already arranged to pay your mover with a credit card, get a money order, cashier’s cheque, or cash for payment and tip. If the staff has done a good job, 10 to 15 percent of the total fee is a good tip. If your move was especially difficult, you might tip each mover up to $100. Don’t forget that refreshments are always appreciated.
- Make sure that the moving truck that shows up is from the company you hired.
- Before the movers leave, sign the bill of lading/inventory list and keep a copy.
Garbage, Compost and Recycling Bins
- You will need to pick up new blue boxes & recycling bins after you move in, if they are not at your new house. Depending on whether you are in Victoria, Oak Bay or other CRD neighbourhood, the information can be found online. You will need proof of residency in your new neighbourhood.
Changing your ID
- You are able to change your address on your driver’s license and heath card online, click on the following link to get started: Change Address Online.
Other places to Change your Address
The list of businesses, friends and families is endless when it comes to changing your address. Here are a few that come to mind:
- Family Doctor
- Banking Institutions
- Insurance Companies
- Credit Card companies
- Cell Phone Providers
- Place of Employment
- Fitness Clubs
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Thank you, Victoria. I am so pleased to once again be listed in Royal LePage’s Top 25 Producers for November 2016. I will continue to work hard, connecting clients to their perfect property. If you are buying or selling your home in Victoria, BC, or relocating with your job or the military, please call me. I would love to help you realize your real estate dreams. CALL ME 250-812-4209 or EMAIL ME via the contact page.
It doesn’t look like there will be any break this year in the heated residential real estate market in Greater Victoria. If you are thinking about putting your home on the market, contact myself so I can assist you on getting the highest and best price for you with my expertise of over 20 years in the industry.
The B.C. Real Estate Association predicts in its latest forecast Thursday that the region’s home prices will rise by 15.4 per cent this year from 2015 and by another 6.2 per cent in 2017.
The forecast puts additional pressure on buyers already facing stiff competition for homes in popular areas where prices have been climbing amid shrinking listing numbers.
Concerns have been raised about affordability in the southern half of B.C., where prices are marching upward and the number of sales have broken records for three straight months.
The average price of a single-family house in Greater Victoria reached $763,517 in May.
Higher prices and strong demand in B.C. are being fuelled by a strong economy, consumer confidence, job growth, higher retail sales, and out-of-province buyers, including Albertans, the forecast said. Net interprovincial migration was close to 17,000 people last year, the highest in almost 20 years.
This year is expected to see the average B.C. home price through the Multiple Listing Service increase by 20.4 per cent to $766,600, the association said. Next year should see prices move up at a slower rate, by 3.4 per cent.
Vancouver-area buyers are facing a price increase of between 22 and 25 per cent this year.
A single-family house in the Lower Mainland is now often considered to be a luxury product, as average prices top $1 million.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver said Thursday May was another record-breaking month. It said homes are selling at an unprecedented rate in communities across the region stretching from Whistler to South Delta.
Sales last month were 35 per cent above the 10-year sales average for May and rank as the highest sales total on record for that month. The board said the benchmark price for detached properties increased to over $1.5 million, a 37 per cent jump from May 2015.
By year end, a record 115,000 housing units are expected to be sold within the province, the provincial association’s forecast said. That is 38 per cent higher than the 10-year average of 83,000. Next year, B.C. sales are expected to reach 105,600 units.
In Greater Victoria, the association predicts that the average price, for all types of housing, including condominiums and townhouses, will reach $602,000 this year, and $618,000 in 2017.
This year, a record 8,960 homes are expected to change hands in the capital region, beating the previous record of 8,403 set in the 2007, prior to the recession.
“The nearly 14 per cent increase year-over-year is the fourth consecutive year of sales growth,” the association said.
As sales numbers jump, inventory drops, driving up prices, the report said.
Homebuilders constructing units will help meet demand, but more construction will be needed in the capital region to keep price increases from accelerating even more, it said.
Greater Victoria is home to many high-end properties, a segment that Sotheby’s International Realty Canada anticipates will remain strong.
The first five months of this year saw 388 single-family homes sold for $1 million or higher in the capital region, the firm said in new report. That’s an increase of 240 per cent from the 114 homes sold in the same months last year.
In the $4-million-and-up category, a total of eight houses have sold so far this year, compared to none in that range for those months last year, Sotheby’s said.
“We expect the intensity experienced in the first few months of 2016 to remain into the foreseeable future,” said Tom Stratton, managing broker for Sotheby’s in Victoria and Kelowna.
There are currently 18 residential properties for sale at $4 million and higher through the Victoria Real Estate Board.
The highest is 529 Swanwick Rd. in Metchosin at $28.8 million, followed by 3195 Humber Rd. in Oak Bay at $14.9 million, 6342 Old East Rd. on the Saanich Peninsula for $12 million, and 9344 Ardmore Dr. for $11.8 million.
Sotheby’s said luxury homes sales are propelled by economic optimism, strong employment, Vancouver and Alberta buyers, and increased awareness of Victoria as an investment opportunity among Chinese buyers.
FROM Times Colonist
Thank you, Victoria. I am so pleased to once again be listed in Royal LePage’s Top 25 Producers for December 2015. I will continue to work hard, connecting clients to their dream property.
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