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New property listed in Na Uplands, Nanaimo

I have listed a new property at 304 4810 Cedar Ridge Pl in Nanaimo. See details here

Brand New 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo in Bravo Building located in the beautiful Lakeview Terrace complex off of Long Lake. This spacious and modern unit boasts an open floor plan with a private balcony, perfect for enjoying a morning coffee or an evening drink. The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, and ample cabinetry, making it ideal for cooking and entertaining. The bedroom is complete with plush carpeting and a spacious closet. The strata amenities include a fitness and activity center, perfect for keeping active and healthy. The Condo is located steps away from all the necessary amenities such as grocery stores, restaurants, and shopping centers. No rental or age restrictions, and pets are allowed! This condo is the perfect starter home or investment property, with luxury finishes and a prime location, it won't last long!

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New property listed in Na Uplands, Nanaimo

I have listed a new property at 405 4830 Cedar Ridge Pl in Nanaimo. See details here

Beautiful top floor with Spectacular Lake Views; with 2 parking spots ready for immediate possession. Bask in the sun on your large south facing deck over looking Long Lake. Welcome to Lakeview Terrace, a new condo community near Nanaimo’s famous Long Lake. Constructed to be BUILT GREEN®, this community is built highly-efficiently and sustainably. Triple-pane windows and energy recovery ventilation in every home. Luxury vinyl plank flooring, quartz counters, LED lighting, soft close cabinetry, and large rooms. Building amenities include fitness centre, community lounge, bike storage, and so much more. Don't hesitate as this one won't last. Price includes GST

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I have sold a property at 310 2823 Jacklin Rd in Langford

I have sold a property at 310 2823 Jacklin Rd in Langford. See details here

METRO PARK PLAZA. 9 ft Ceilings, West exposure. LARGE 2 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS. Enjoy Mountain VIEWS from this 3th floor unit. Open concept kitchen with ceramic tile in Kitchen, Entry and Hallway. Extra pantry storage with a great layout for entertaining. Spacious Master with Ensuite & large 2nd bedroom. Both bedrooms have screened doors to the sunny balcony with West Views! In -suite laundry, storage & 1 parking spot included. Well run strata with great contingency fund. Families, rentals & pet allowed. Centrally located minutes to all of Langford’s amenities.

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Buyer Tip

Visit the home multiple times before making your final decision

Don't be that buyer that looks at a home once and makes their decision on the spot. Visit a potential home several times at different times of day to gain a different perspective. This is the place you intend on spending many years in, so you should feel comfortable saying it's right for you.

Buying a home in Victoria’s real estate market can be exciting, but don’t get too caught up in the excitement. To give yourself the best chance of avoiding buyer’s remorse, take your time to make your final decision on buying a home.

If you're thinking of buying and would like some tips or assistance, reach out to us!

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Will you pick up? 

Make 2023 your year to find your dream home.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us because we would love the opportunity to talk real estate with you!

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It’s that time of the year again! As of January 1st you could’ve found out your 2023 BC property tax assessment. Many of you will probably find the numbers a bit inflated.

“Homeowners across Vancouver Island can generally expect about a 10% to 20% rise in assessment values with a few exceptions," says Vancouver Island Deputy Assessor Jodie MacLennan. While the current real estate market has been trending downwards, it is important to consider that 2023 assessments are based on what your home could have sold for as of July 1, 2022, when the market was performing higher.

WHAT IS ASSESSED VALUE? The assessment authority provides values that are determined in July of 2022. Its sole purpose is to help the municipality determine the amount of property taxes homeowners will have to pay during the year. A common misconception is that a big jump in your home’s assessment directly translates into higher property taxes. If your property’s assessment change is similar to the average change for your property class, your property taxes will likely remain the same.

WHAT IS MARKET VALUE?  A realtor will pull recent comparable sales in order to determine the market value of your property. Ultimately, a market value is determined by what a buyer is willing to pay for your home, and what the seller is willing to accept.

 

If you’re curious about what your home could sell for in the current market or want a recommendation for a listing price, then reach out for a FREE market evaluation, no pressure and no obligation.

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Nowadays, real estate is a hot topic with so much to cover. Everything from the state of the housing market, to tips for first-time home buyers, and trends in home design are covered in REAL TIME podcasts. Queue up, or tune in and listen to the experts in all things real estate share real advice, in real time.


1. Episode 7- Buying and Designing: Lessons Learned in Real Estate with Sarah Richardsonn. This infotaining chat with designer, author, and TV icon Sarah Richardson. The Canadian design expert imparts knowledge from the real estate lessons she’s learned throughout her career as a designer, business owner, and homeowner.


2. Episode 20- The Positive Effects of Universal Design: Brad McCannell discusses the importance of design that accommodates people of all ages and abilities.You’ll discover simple ways to adopt universal design that will not only make your space more accessible, but can help add value to your home.


3. A Conversation About Homelessness in Canada, with Jesse Thistle. Jesse joined REAL TIME in November of 2020 to share his personal experience with homelessness and how Canadians can help prevent it on a local and national scale.


4. Episode 13- Wellness by DesignTiffany Pratt discusses creating a Home that Brings Joy. If you feel you need a creative spark and motivation to make changes in your space to really express who you are, this episode is for you.


5. Episode 18- The Evolution of Canadian Vacation Properties. Heather Bayerdraws from her 20 years of experience to share best practices for investing in a vacation property, affordability, and the pros and cons of short-term rentals. Get a sense of which buyer bucket you fit into, and how it can affect your plans to purchase a vacation home or turn your existing getaway property into a short-term rental.

If you're thinking of buying and would like some tips or assistance, reach out to us. We'd love to discuss anything realestate with you!

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We ranked #2 Top 100 Month to Date (December) Team Residential for Western Canada! 

On behalf of RE/MAX of Western Canada, Island Homes group ranked in at #2 

An outstanding team performance on completed transactions for the month of December 2022(based on paid out commissions in the month). 

We are so very grateful for this huge accomplishment. Thank you to all of our loyal clients, friends and family for the continuous support
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I have sold a property at 13 199 Atkins Rd in View Royal

I have sold a property at 13 199 Atkins Rd in View Royal. See details here

Located in a quiet subdivision, overlooking Millstream Creek it offers a tranquil serenity with the beautiful views and sounds of the creek, the sights and sounds of nature in your backyard. In minutes you can be walking the trails around Thetis Lake park or jump on the galloping goose and get you shopping done minutes from the home. The home is centrally located and has great access to all the mayor thoroughfares. The main level living is open and roomy perfect for entertaining, outfitted with a gas range and a big island for the chef in the family. The living room has a nice gas fireplace ideal for those cold winter nights. From there you can walk onto your private deck and take in all that nature has to offer. The upper level has all the bedrooms, so all the kids can be on the same level. The primary bedroom overlooks the creek and has a nice walk in closet and a gorgeous ensuite bathroom. The home has been lovingly cared for and is now ready for the next family. Floorplans online!

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Open House. Open House on Saturday, January 21, 2023 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Come see this gorgeous home!

Please visit our Open House at 2664 Dunlevy St in Oak Bay. See details here

Open House on Saturday, January 21, 2023 12:00PM - 1:30PM Come see this gorgeous home!

Centrally located minutes walk from the desirable and charming Estevan Village, where you can find quaint shops and delightful restaurants or take your lunch to go and hang out at Willows beach before you take a dip in the ocean. Character and beauty are evident throughout the home complete with stained glass, original hardwood floors, coved ceilings and more. Complementing the home's classic appeal, the living room is spacious and bright with massive vinyl windows and a new gas fireplace, ideal for those cool winter nights. The kitchen boasts gorgeous cabinetry and Soapstone countertops and stainless steel appliances. From here you have access to the large, private, west facing, backyard perfect for the pets and little ones to play with the added safety of a fully fenced yard. Downstairs you will find 2 more bedrooms, a full bathroom and a massive family room with no step access to the rear yard. The home has had many recent updates including a new heat pump and so much more.

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