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New blog site here:https://wingerrealestate.com

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Tips to Improve Your Credit Score Now

One of the important factors in home ownership is understanding things like your credit score.  Some people don’t pay much attention to this metric until they begin the mortgage!

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More inventory means greater opportunity in Victoria real estate market & Happy International Woman’s Day!

More inventory means greater opportunity in Victoria real estate marketMarch 1, 2024  A total of 470 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this February, 2.2 per cent more

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BC announces home-flipping tax, plus aid for first-time buyers, property transfer tax changes and refunds. Market Continues Recovering. New Ferries & More.

Canadian Housing Market Continues to Show Signs of Recovery As homes selling in expensive markets outpace homes selling in more affordable markets, the national average price will appear to,

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Are you a First Time Home Buyer who Purchased in the Past 18 Months? Property Transfer Tax Refunds May Be Available To You

On February 22, 2024, Finance Minister Katrine Conroy introduced the provincial government’s Budget 2024. The budget unveiled several new housing related measures, including the BC Home

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The latest in mortgage news: BC government unveils details of its proposed home-flipping tax

The British Columbia government today unveiled additional details of its proposed house flipping tax that was first introduced in last week’s budget.The government said it plans to introduce

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First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit (HBTC) - Federal Income Taxes

Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/programs/about-canada-revenue-agency-cra/federal-government-budgets/budget-2022-plan-grow-economy-make-life-more-affordable/first-time-home-buyers-tax

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Strata Tip of the Week - Does the strata have to provide general meeting notice packages?

  Source: https://mailchi.mp/condoclear.ca/condo-clear-information-13765005?e=3d30910cc1https://condoclear.ca/  Strata Tip of the Week - Does the strata have to provide general

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CMHC Predicts House Prices to Increase by as Much as 89% by 2030 Across Canada

CMHC Predicts House Prices to Increase by as Much as 89% by 2030 Across Canada Estimating how much housing we’ll need by 2030September 13, 2023 source: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca

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What is the Secondary Suite Incentive Program?

B.C. offers homeowners up to $40K to build secondary suites. Here's what you need to knowThe Secondary Suite Incentive Program will help homeowners create affordable housing in their communities.

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Income needed to buy a home falls nationwide in January. Great News on the Inflation Front. Interest Rates Got You Down?

CURRENT INTEREST RATESDouble Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie!IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...MORE REAL ESTATE NEWSFinancial Post - Housing minister says interest rate cuts will spur building boom 

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Real Estate Seller Information Guide: Navigating the Path to a Successful Sale

Navigating the selling process can be complex, which is why I've included a comprehensive Seller Guide. This guide outlines the step-by-step process of selling a property, providing valuable

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A Balanced Market Means Opportunity for Buyers and Sellers in Victoria. Two Year Extension on Foreign Buyer Ban. 85 Offers On One Home… AGAIN !? Interest Rate Decrease & More.

A balanced market means opportunity for buyers and sellers in VictoriaA total of 341 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this January, 22.7 per cent more than the 278 properties

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Choosing the Perfect Furniture Company and Furnishing Your New Home in Victoria BC Vancouver Island

Choosing the Perfect Furniture Company and Furnishing Your New HomeCongratulations on your new home! Now that you have the keys in hand, it’s time to turn that space into a haven that reflects

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If You are a Renter, Your Inflation Rate is Double. New to Canada? We have Mortgage Programs for That! Bank Rate on Hold.

CURRENT INTEREST RATESStrata Tip of the Week - When Bylaw Packages get Confusing1. Understanding Strata BylawsStrata bylaws are regulations that help govern the management, maintenance, and use

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Rental Links & Property Management Services

Relocation ServicesPH Relocation Services(250) 478-9141 Rental Listing LinksREALTOR.caCraigslistUsed VictoriaKijiji Vacation / Short TermTourism BCAirbnb Property ManagementVictoria

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Rents at a Record High. Inflation is Back. Frozen Housing Market. Speculation and Vacany Tax Deadline Soon

CURRENT INTEREST RATESIN CASE YOU MISSED IT...MORE REAL ESTATE NEWSCanadian rent prices end 2023 at a record high, up 22% in two years (Canadian Mortgage Trends)Inflation crept back up in

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ABOUT GREATER VICTORIA BC

Greater Victoria - the trading area of the Victoria Real Estate Board - is an area on southern Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands. We divide the trading area into 5 regions, 15(

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James Bay Condo For Sale, Turning Point in Housing Market, Presale Risk, Recession? Victoria Housing Projects & New Rental Building

CURRENT INTEREST RATES🎉 JUST LISTED 🎉 Check out this awesome condo in #Victoria  that just hit the market in #jamesbay near the ocean at Dallas Road and Downtown. 🛏   1

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Your Guide to Finding the Perfect Mortgage Broker: Key Tips for Homebuyers with Expert Recommendations

Embarking on the journey of homeownership is an exciting endeavor, but the process can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to securing the right mortgage. Choosing the right mortgage broker is

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CURRENT STATISTICS The 2023 Victoria real estate market year in review

January 2, 2024  A total of 329 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this December, 2.8 per cent more than the 320 properties sold in December 2022 and a 16.5 per cent

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Season's Greetings and This Week in the Real Estate News

As the year draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past twelve months. Beyond the world of real estate and mortgages, 2023 has been a year filled with personal milestones,

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The Gift of Another Rate Drop! Holiday Snack Ideas. Time Running Out Contribute Now to Home Savings Account. Have We Seen the Bottom Yet?

CURRENT INTEREST RATESIN CASE YOU MISSED IT...MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS Canadian Housing Markets Bottoming - Dr. Sherry CooperHomebuyers are finally feeling relief now that soaring mortgage

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November Numbers Are In. It’s Time to Make Your Contribution to the First Home Savings Account. The Table is Set for Rate Cuts & Real Estate News

CURRENT INTEREST RATESIN CASE YOU MISSED IT...MORE REAL ESTATE NEWSFirst Home Savings Account (FHSA) Make your contribution before year endFirst-Time Home Buyers' Tax Credit (HBTC)Victoria

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New Homes on the Way, Living Wage & Rents Up, Home Sales Plummet, Buy Now? Assignments & more Real Estate News

DR SHERRY COOPERCURRENT INTEREST RATESHOUSE PRICES TO INCREASE 89%CMHC predicts 89% nominal price increase by 2030.  Read the full report here.NEW SHORT-TERM RENTAL ACCOMODATIONLEGISLATION

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October Numbers are In. Air BNBs are out. CMHC predicts prices to climb 89% by 2030. Rates on Hold. Love the Beach? And more Real Estate News….

Interest rates a large factor in Victoria real estate marketA total of 407 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this October, 15.2 per cent fewer than the 480 properties sold in

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How did this get SOLD so fast in the Gorge Neighbourhood in Victoria?

🎉 #SOLD 🎉 This beautiful property just sold in multiple offers using our creative and effecitive marketing strategies. Congrats to our amazing clients for putting their trust in! 🙏

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Time to renew your Mortgage? We can help!

CURRENT INTEREST RATESFEATURED HOMESTHIS WEEK IN THE REAL ESTATE NEWSHome listing surge and buyer demand cools in Canada’s largest markets (Canadian Mortgage Trends)Financial Post- 

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🍁 Gratitude and Giving Thanks: A Special Thanksgiving Message 🍂

View this email in your browserDear Friends, Family, and Valued Clients,As we gather around the table this Thanksgiving, we find ourselves reflecting on the many reasons to be thankful. It's a time

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While value of homes in Victoria remains stable, the cost to own continues to rise

While value of homes in Victoria remains stable, the cost to own continues to riseA total of 493 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this September, 20.2 per cent morethan the

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Considering Contractor Factors and The Real Estate News

Considering Contractor FactorsAt some point, every home needs to be upgraded to become more functional for the family members who live there – or for resale. However, a major renovation can be

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Navigating the Home Selling Process: What Happens When a Buyer Makes an Offer? This Week in the Victoria Real Estate News.

When a Buyer Makes an Offer, What Happens Next?Imagine you’re selling your home and an offer from a buyer comes in. You’re excited. Your home might soon be sold!What happens next

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Half Price Homes, The Housing and Mortgage Market Review: August 2023 Numbers Are in, Victoria Real Estate Market Needs Better Mix of Housing Supply to Help Restore Balance & The News.

 Victoria Real Estate Market Needs Better Mix of Housing Supply to Help Restore Balance Victoria real estate market needs better mix of housing supply to help restore balanceA total of 544

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Sellers Return, Master Fall Home Selling with This Comprehensive Checklist, Effective Staging & the Housing Affordability Crisis.

🏠 Master Fall Home Sellingwith This Comprehensive Checklist. 🍁As the warm summer days give way to the crisp and colourful beauty of fall, the real estate market experiences a shift as well. If

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Victoria Real Estate Update July 2023: Sales Reflect Summer Trends & Getting Family Members Enthusiastic about Moving

Victoria Real Estate Update July 2023: Sales Reflect Summer Trends &  Getting Family Members Enthusiastic about MovingGetting Family Members Enthusiastic about MovingYou may be excited

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Charming Home for Sale in Saanich Near Gorge Waterway & Downtown Victoria | Your Dream Home Awaits!

View this email in your browser387 Vincent Ave🏡 Welcome to 387 Vincent Avenue, Saanich Gorge! 🌳🏞️ 🔑 Explore the details and fall in love with this charming home in the serene

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Bank of Canada Raises Key Rate to 5% and Prime Now 7.2%, 10th Rate Hike, Maybe One More? Addressing Mortgage Risk, Job Gains Triple, ExtraOrdinary People, Bikes, Building Permits Down & More

View this email in your browserMonitoring Devices for SeniorsThe 2020s may become known as the decade in which we re-evaluated our homes, and found ways to make them better serve our needs. Part of

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Victoria Real Estate Update July, Affordability Improves, Low Inventory, Strong Demand, 21 Storey Tower Approved, New Terminal, Pride & More

Conclusion of a Strong SpringVictoria Real Estate MarketJuly 4, 2023  A total of 705 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this June, 15.2 per cent more than the 612

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🇨🇦 Happy Canada Day 🇨🇦 Housing Market is Hot Again, Interest Rates & Insolvencies Rising, Air BNB Hosts Fraud Targets Plus So Much More Real Estate News!

 🇨🇦 Things to Do this Canada Day 🇨🇦CREA Canadian Home Sales Continue to Pick up Steam in MayBuying the Faraway HomeShopping for a new home in a distant town, city or

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Electricians Victoria and Vancouver Island BC

Are you looking for a licensed Electrician? It is a good idea to interview at least 3 Electricians to see who you want to build a relationship with and then have their number handy.  If you are

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Down Payment Help For Condo Buyers. Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day & First Day of Summer This Week, Personal Goals When Selling, Housing Market Rebound, 14 Cities with Affordable Housing, 5 Year Property Tax Exemption in Saanich, Plus More Re

National Indigenous Peoples DayThe Role of Personal Goals when Deciding to SellMany people decide to move for practical reasons. For example, some might be required to move due to a work relocation

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Happy Father’s Day! Townhome For Sale, Prime Rate at 22 Year High, Canadian Average Home Prices Up Year Over Year, Housing Starts Down, BC Affordable Housing Solution is Right in Front of Us & More Real Estate News

View this email in your browserHappy Father's Day!Savvy Negotiation Helps Win the DealPurchasing a home is not the same as buying a product off the shelf. You don’t simply pay the price on the

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Downtown Steel & Concrete Live & Work Condo For Sale, Interest Rates Up, Canadian Housing Market Trends, Real Estate Prices and Inventory Putting Sellers on Hold & Real Estate News

🎉 CONDO DOWNTOWN 🎉 Check out this work/live, steel & concrete property for sale in Victoria BC. This incredible property offers:✅  1 Bedroom + Office Nook + 1 Bathroom✅  

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Victoria Area May Market Statistics. Features Buyers Want. More Interest Rate Hikes? Housing Supply Crisis Targets Oak Bay, Saanich. Vacancy Tax Expanded. Construction Slowing & More

Victoria Real Estate Update | June 2023SPRING MARKET BEGINS TO GROWJUST IN TIME FOR SUMMER A total of 775 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this May, 1.8 per cent more

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Buying Frenzy, Federal Housing Programs, Bank of Mom & Dad, Income Properties, Permit Trends, 26 Storey Condo Tower in Esquimalt, Household Debt Among Highest in G7

FREE ONLINE HOME EVALUATION CURRENT INTEREST RATES - DLCREAL ESTATE SEARCHREAL ESTATE NEWSBusiness in Vancouver – Data points: B.C. building permits recover to 12-month average in

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Federal Housing Programs Canada

Federal Housing Programs CREA has been a strong advocate for many programs, lobbying the government to introduce measures that make homeownership more affordable and accessible for all.

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Vancouver Island Best Place to Buy, Private Entrance Condo in Dockside Green Now For Sale! Inflation and Interest Rates Increase, Canada’s Housing Market ‘surprisingly resilient,” Lack of Listings and more

🎉 JUST LISTED 🎉 Check out this beautiful home in Victoria that just hit the market.  Waterfront LEED platinum building Dockside Green is near Trails & Downtown Victoria. Unit

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Happy Mother’s Day. Modern Townhome Open Sat. Dockside Green Building On the Water Coming Next Week. Improving Curb Appeal. Sellers Market and the News

Elvis Presley - Return To Sender Cleaning Tips for Instantly Improving Curb AppealAs you may know, curb appeal refers to how your property looks from the street, where potential buyers first

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Latest Stats Numbers: Not Enough Growth in Inventory Means Spring Market Sales Slow. Changes to Strata’s with 55 plus Age Restrictions. Economic Insights & the Latest in Real Estate News.

Not enough growth in inventory means spring market sales slow A total of 637 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this April, 22.7 per cent fewer than the 824 properties

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Modern Townhome Coming Soon, Tips for Mortgage Renewals, Luxury Market Heating Up, Slow Spring Market, Coast to Coast Housing Market Review

Central Location Modern Townhome w/ Garage 3BR 3BA Extra Parking Award Winning Builder, Pets OK!Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks Is this your Year to Get Gardening?Whether you have a large

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Happy Easter! When to Consider Buying a “Diamond in the Rough,” Will Rates Hold Steady This Week? Housing & Immigration At Odds

Outrageously Good Spinach Artichoke DipWhen to Consider Buying a “Diamond in the Rough”Let’s face it. When you visit a home during a scheduled viewing or open house, you’re

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Housing Stats, Growing Demand, BC Homes for People, Understanding Market Value, Spring Market, Rates are Falling….Time to Lock in?

Understanding Market ValueWhen you decide to put your house up for sale, we will start by working together to determine the market value of your property. That’s important to know because if

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Speculation Tax Declaration Deadline is Today, Interest Rates Down, Planning Your Income Suite Renovation, Federal Budget, Changes to Foreign Buyer Ban, First Time Home Buyer Savings Account & More

QUARTERFLASH - Harden My Heart (1982)Worried about Finding a Home if You Sell First?There are many reasons why selling your current home before buying another one may be a good idea. But, once you

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Rental Housing Crisis, Inflation Down, Credit Squeeze & How to Inspect Your House and Property, New Condo Listing, Open Houses and More

 JUST LISTED Check out this beautiful condo in Victoria BC that just hit the market.This incredible property: 1 Bedroom + Office Nook + 1 Bathroom Steel & Concrete 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Green Recipes, What Buyers Want, Home Sales Inched Up, Housing Market Optimism on the Rise, Saanich Taxes Up and More!

What Buyers Want to See when They Walk into a RoomWhen buyers view your property, they’re likely to visit each room and look around. Their imagination is turned on high. Often, within just a

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Winter Real Estate Market Wraps With Improved Consumer Confidence And More Stable Prices

READ MORENotable, Quotable, Quotes!“Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”Napoleon HillImagine you’re chatting with your neighbours,

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Happy Valentines’s Day! Should You Get a Major Improvement Done before Selling? Canada home sales where will they go next? The most affordable Canadian cities for single-income buyers

View this email in your browserSeriously Delicious Marinated TofuShould You Get a Major Improvement Done before Selling?There’s no doubt about it. The more “move in” ready your

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Should You Get a Major Improvement Done before Selling? Canada home sales where will they go next? The most affordable Canadian cities for single-income buyers

Seriously Delicious Marinated TofuShould You Get a Major Improvement Done before Selling?There’s no doubt about it. The more “move in” ready your property is, the more attractive

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Victoria Market Statistics Update, Sell Your Home Faster, High Borrowing Costs, Pitfalls of New Builds, Kitchen Renos, Limited Supply & More

A slow start to the year may not foretell the future for the Victoria housing marketFebruary 1, 2023  A total of 278 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this January,

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Good Reasons to Consider Selling your Home, Rental Costs Rising, Another Interest Rate Hike, 2 Downtown Condo Listings Just Hit the Market & Development Acreage Opportunity in Cowichan Bay

View this email in your browserBe Prepared for Power FailuresWe are all vulnerable to unexpected power disruptions, but with a few advance preparations, potential inconveniences and dangers can be

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2023 Housing Prices Looking Better, Short-Term Mortgages, Stress Test, Cell Service Coming to Sooke & Port Renfrew, Fire Safety and Getting an Early Start on Selling Your Home.

View this email in your browserFire Safety Checks You Should Do at Least Once a YearChances are, you know that you should change the batteries in your smoke detectors at least once a year —

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Rate Decrease, Federal Foreign Buyers Ban is in Effect, Housing Market, Parking Minimums, Kitchen Trends, Lighting Matters & Repairs Before Listing?

Listing Before a Repair or Fix-Up is Done?If you’re thinking of selling your home, you may have walked through it and discovered that you’ve been ignoring work that needs to be done to

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Happy New Year! What to expect from inflation, interest rates and the housing market in 2023. Does your Home Still Match your Lifestyle? Synthetic and Composite Countertops & More

The 2022 Victoria Real Estate Market Year in ReviewJanuary 3, 2023  A total of 320 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this December, 26.9 per cent fewer than the 438

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Helping Homeowners and Buyers Navigate New Federal Tax Changes, What Consumers Need to Know Video, Re-energize, Showcase and Leverage.

View this email in your browser5 Ways to Re-Energize in Just 5 MinutesDecember tends to be a busy month for most people. It’s all-too-easy to feel drained and even burned-out. Unfortunately,

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Interest Rates Up Again, Strata Rental Restrictions, The Psychology of Clutter and Take Advantage of Year-End Savings Opportunities

The Psychology of ClutterThere’s an interesting psychological characteristic of clutter. We tend to notice it more in other people’s homes than in our own. In fact, we may not even

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BC Government Removes Age and Rental Restrictions to Strata Title Properties, Balanced Market and Listings, Sales and Avg. Prices are down

A total of 384 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this November, 41.2 per cent fewer than the 653 properties sold in November 2021 and 20 per cent fewer than in October 2022.

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BC Home Buyer Rescission Period, BC Housing Ministry, Anti-Flipping Rules & more

One Hour Ideas for Boosting Curb AppealYou’ve heard of the term “curb appeal”. It refers to the initial impression buyers get when they first see your property from the street. If

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Housing Starts Slowed, Rent going up, Questions to Ask Buying a Condo, Beginning of the End for Canada’s Housing Correction

Finding the List Price “Tipping Points” Setting the right list price for a home is a mystery for many sellers. How do you begin to determine what buyers are likely to pay for your

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🌺 Remembering Those Who Served, Strong Employment, More Rate Hikes, Planning your Income Suite Renovation & More.

Getting Family Members on the Same PageRemember the last time you had a family discussion about what to have for dinner? Chances are, there were some disagreements! In fact, it might have been

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Victoria Real Estate Market update, Ban on Foreign Investment, Secrets for Selling your Home, Ban on Off-Market Listings

A slight uptick in sales and inventory, but Victoria market still requires commitment to homesNovember 1, 2022  A total of 480 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this

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Closing Day, Renos Yay or Nay? Interest Rate Rise & More...

Should You Buy a Home that Needs Work?Imagine you find a home on the market that checks all the boxes. There’s only one issue. It needs work. Perhaps the paint has faded, or the kitchen is,

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Victoria's summer real estate market conditions push into September

Victoria Real Estate Board MLS® StatisticsVictoria's summer real estate market conditions push into SeptemberOctober 3, 2022  A total of 410 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate

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