Home Buying

June 20, 2018

BC Housing Market Being Taxed to Death

Here is a look at two taxes that are a hot topic right now in BC. The Speculation Tax and Foreign Buyers Tax.

Speculation Tax

The Speculation Tax was brought in to free up homes that were not being occupied as a full residences in the hope that this will ...

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June 1, 2018

Your Guide to Making An Offer as A First Time Buyer in Victoria!

As Canadians we are constantly moving and resettling with our final goal being able to find a home we can call our own. On the outside looking in it would appear we are obsessed with the idea of owning homes. When you are a first time home buyer you should ...

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Feb. 20, 2018

Is that your final offer?

Is that your final offer?

Your biggest investment you will ever make is most likely your home. With the guidance of a skilled Realtor the negotiation process doesn’t need to be stressful. Being prepared is key to knowing what to expect and how to respond in the negotiation process to ...
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Feb. 8, 2018

Buy a Fixer-Upper or a Renovated Home?

Buy a Fixer-upper or Renovated home?

So you've decided to lay your roots and purchase a place to call "home". After factoring in time constraints, financing, and personal preferences, you're faced with yet another big question: should you purchase a fully renovated home, or a fixer-upper? There are ...

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Feb. 7, 2018

12 DIY Homeowner Plumbing Tips

12 DIY Homeowner Plumbing Tips

Every home owner can benefit from learning the basics of their in house plumbing! Here is a great article, that can save you time, and money. Do you know where your water shut off valve is located? Or how to fix a leaky tap?

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July 3, 2017

Bully Offers

 

Bully Offers In a Competitive Real Estate Market

Have you ever heard of the term "BULLY OFFER" in the world of Real Estate? It is a rare term that has become much more common with the competitiveness of our market this year. With Victoria's real estate inventory levels ...

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Feb. 21, 2017

Working With Your Own Buyer Agent

Advantage of Having Your Own Buyer Agent

Just as there are many risks involved in selling your home yourself (for sale by owner), there are just as many risks with buying a home without the proper representation. Not every REALTOR® works for the Buyer nor has the Buyer's best ...

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Feb. 3, 2017

Top Five Property Types

A look a Freehold, Strata, Leasehold, Co-op and Fractional Ownership

Ownership in land can take on various forms. While some properties are solely for your own purposes, other lands are shared or only available to you for a determined amount time. Let's have a look at the tip 5 ...

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Feb. 3, 2017

Home Inspections

The Home Inspection Clause

Buyers want to stay competitive with their offers and sometimes will forego the home inspection clause when writing an offer. Is this a wise move? Let's look at the different scenarios.

In a busy Seller's market the Buyers are competing however they can to ...

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Feb. 3, 2017

Foreclosures, Banked Owned, Distressed Home and Court Ordered Sales

Foreclosure  Bank Owned  Distressed Home  Court Ordered Sale

Buyers looking for a great deal in Real Estate often start by looking for homes for sale that are being foreclosed on. Foreclosure is the action of taking possession of a mortgaged property when the mortgagor fails to keep up their mortgage ...

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