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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

Victoria Symphony Splash2014.jpg

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 ...

Victoria Real Estate Update - June 2014

July 25th, 2014

Victoria Real Estate Market Update for June 2014

Thanks to Ubertor, my web provider.  This month an infographic was created to help understand the Victoria Real Estate Board statistics.  Below you will notice that 680 properties were sold in the region for the month of June compared to 664 in June 2013 so an increase of 2.4 percent.  A balanced market.  Pricing is more stable and predictable ...

Oak Bay Willows Beach Park Music Night

July 15th, 2014

Oak Bay Willows Beach July 2014


Wednesday evening The O'Brien Family will be performing at Willows Beach park starting at 6:30pm.  Originally from England the family have established themselves as one of the most exciting and fresh volcal and instrumental groups on Vancouver Island.  What a treat this will be! Bring a blanket and watch the sunset...enjoy it all here in Oak Bay.  Let's go... ...

Victoria Real Estate Update - June 2014

June 23rd, 2014

Victoria Real Estate Update - June 2014

'Welcome to Oak Bay' A Flower Centerpiece located at the corner of Foul Bay Road and Oak Bay Avenue

Welcome To Oak Bay

There has been an increase in the number of sales from April to May which is pretty normal.  Year over year there was an increase of over 8 percent in properties sold in the region.

June 14 VREB President Quote

This year in May the benchmark home value reached $498,500. A mo ...

Oak Bay Tea Party June 2014

June 7th, 2014

Oak Bay Tea Party - June 2014


Great weather, fun activites all weekend in Oak Bay.  Start with the Mad Hatter Fun run at 10:15 am. Parade at 10:30 down Oak Bay Avenue finishing off at Willows Beach located in the Estevan area of Oak Bay.  Lots of entertainment starting at noon today featuring 'Groove Kitchen'.  Enjoy kayak rides and Yoga.

Sunday June 8th Entertainmnet starts at noon all d ...

Oak Bay Real Estate Update

January 15th, 2013

Oak Bay Real Estate Update - January 2013

Victoria Parliament Building at Christmas

You may have seen this already on the Victoria Market Update page but I thought this time it was important to review it here as well. The Victoria Real Estate Board provides a few graphs that are helpful to understand sales vs. listings.

01-2013 Victoria Active Listings and Sales Graph

Graph Showing Oak Bay Home Sales By Price Range

A total of 207 Oak Bay home sales for 2012.  Topping off wit ...

Oak Bay Real Estate Update

November 2nd, 2012

Oak Bay Real Estate Update - November 2012

For the month of October Oak Bay had 17 Single Family Sales, 175 Year To Date. Below is a chart reporting sales by price range from the Victoria Real Estate Board.  If you are interested in reviewing Chief Economist Cameron Muir Outlook that was presented to the Victoria Real Estate Board last month please click on Housing Market Snapshot.


11-2012 Victoria Home Sales By Price Range 

Be ...

Victoria BC Real Estate Update

June 21st, 2012

Rules for Government Backed Insured Mortgages
Victoria Parlement Buildings 

The Victoria Real Estate Board has provided this new inforamtion about this mornings announcement from the Minister of Finance announcing changes to the standards governing government-backed insured mortgages:

  • the maximum amortization period was reduced from 30 years to 25 years;
  • the maximum amount Canadians can withdraw in refinancing their ...

Oak Bay Real Estate Update

April 26th, 2012

Oak Bay Real Estate Update - April 2012

Oak Bay had a total of 41 home sales year-to-date with 14 of those sales during the month of March.  Below is a great graph that I like to view every month from the Victoria Real Estate Board showing the Victoria and Oak Bay area sales by 'price range' for Single Family Dwellings. 

04-11 Oak Bay and Victoria House Sales

Condominium Sales - March 2012 By Price Range

04-11 Condominium Real Estate Stats

I hope this inform ...

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