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Swiftsure Races in Victoria BC Canada

May 27th, 2017

Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2017

What a gorgeous day to watch the yachts set sail at the 74th annual event that runs all weekend finishing Monday May 29th at 6 am.  This year was a little different than past years...Four Long Courses, a tactical race testing knowledge, sharp skill, and endurance. These racing yachts are also very technical.  Approxiamtely two hundred yachts register ...

Oak Bay Artists' Studio Tour 2017

April 21st, 2017

Oak Bay Artists' Studio Spring Tour 2017

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This year there are 26 local Artists in this self guided free event, Saturday and Sunday April 22 -23 2017 from noon - 4:30pm.  The artists will be opening their home studios to the public showing paintings in watercolour, acrylic, oil as well as jewelry, art cards, ceramics, photograhy, paper castings, woodcuts and more. Come and walk, drive or rid ...

Canada Immigration Foreign Student Gain

July 11th, 2016

The Coming Foreign Student Explosion

 
This evening, I received this information from one of our top BC Immigration lawyers and wanted to share it with you...
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There are only two ways that any country can increase its population – one by a positive birthrate or secondly by immigration.
 
Demographic studies that show that by 2030 Canada’s birthrate will have declined to such a ...

Victoria Real Estate Market Update - March 2016

March 27th, 2016

Victoria Real Estate Market Update - 2016

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Above Photo is of Taipei 101- Observation Deck on 89th Floor - Total 508 m 

Just returning from an AREAA Trade Mission to Taiwan.  Travelled with approximately 37 other agents from the USA as well as mortgage lenders and lawyers. It was an intense, fast paced trip visiting three cities, touring luxury properties, meeting real estate officials an ...

Oak Bay Real Estate Update

December 25th, 2015

Oak Bay Real Estate Update December 2015

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The above photo was taken on the corner of Oak Bay Avenue and Foul Bay Road showing off this beautiful Christmas light display... 'Welcome to Oak Bay'!

The whole Avenue is lit up and is a nice place to stroll during the holiday season and stop for bite along the way.  Come and experience the resturants.

The real estate activity this past year has ...

Oak Bay Real Estate Update

August 17th, 2015

Oak Bay Real Estate Update August 2015

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The market and the summer remain hot!  Positive market conditions such as the low interest rate along with the diverse mix of properties and price points available have likely helped support this increase in interest in Victoria/Oak Bay real estate.  Year to date in Oak Bay there have been 202 home sales. Two sales over $4 Million which is interesting ...

Oak Bay Real Estate Update

June 5th, 2015

OAK BAY REAL ESTATE UPDATE - MAY 2015

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Oak Bay's spring market is hot and a little weird!  Seller's are feeling confident, Buyer's are worried they may not find the home they hoped for and accepted offers are falling apart due to financing.  During May there had been 34 sales with a total of 132 year to date.  40 sales priced from $1 Million plus.  The President of the Real Estate Board com ...

God made a REALTOR

August 30th, 2014

Being a Professional REALTOR® - August 2014

To the REALTOR® in all of us... below is a two minute video that presents it brilliantly.  I wanted to laugh and cry.  I know in every profession there are a few that don't conduct their business like this but all one can do is hope that most do their best and are professional.  On a personal note, I started with Century 21 in 1990. Hung my license ...

Home Staging when Selling Real Estate in Victoria is Helpful

August 12th, 2014

I was featured recently in the Oak Bay News. The article was about the importance of decluttering when downsizing a home after decades. If you are selling a home in Victoria I mentioned in the article below how an hour's consultation with a professional home stager can dramatically improve a home's appeal by decluttering and rearranging furniture to best show off the home's attributes. Someti ...

Victoria Symphony Splash August 2014

August 3rd, 2014

Victoria Symphony Splash Tonight - August 2014

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The event has started at the Inner Harbour.  Performace starts this evening at 7:30pm.  After 3pm chairs can be placed on the upper and lower causeways.  A Twenty Five year celebration for The Splash and is now the largest annual symphony event in North America!

Each year a young soloist is chosen to perform with the Victoria Symphony a tradi ...

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