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Monday, April 15, 2024   /   by Janine Thomson

What are Strata Fees and how do they work?

Strata fees, also known as strata maintenance fees or condo fees, are regular payments made by owners of units within a strata development in British Columbia, Canada. These fees are essential for covering the costs associated with the maintenance and management of the common property and shared services in the strata corporation.
How Strata Fees Work:


Calculation and Collection:
Strata fees are typically calculated based on the unit entitlement of each strata lot relative to the total unit entitlement of all the lots in the strata corporation. Unit entitlement is often proportional to the size or value of each unit.

Fees are usually collected monthly and are determined by the strata council’s annual budget, which estimates the total cost of upkeep and services for the common areas.

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Strata fees are typically calculated based on the unit entitlement of each strata lot relative to the total unit entitlement of all the lots in the strata corporation. U. ...

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Thursday, April 4, 2024   /   by Janine Thomson

Supply still key to Victoria's housing market

April 2 2024
A total of 588 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this March, 0.3 per cent fewer than the 590 properties sold in March 2023 but a 25.1 per cent increase from February 2024. Sales of condominiums were down 10.2 per cent from March 2023 with 177 units sold. Sales of single family homes increased 1.8 per cent from March 2023 with 286 sold.
"We've concluded a rather quiet first quarter and are transitioning into the spring market," said 2024 Victoria Real Estate Board Chair Laurie Lidstone. "Many of our local REALTOR® members are noting that more shoppers are coming into the market - but this has not necessarily translated into sales numbers. This may change as we move into what is historically the busiest market of the year."
There were 2,647 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of March 2024, an increase of 12 per cent compared to the previous month of February and a 34.4 per cent inc ...

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Monday, February 5, 2024   /   by Janine Thomson

A balanced market means opportunity for buyers and sellers in Victoria

Feb 1 2024 News Release 
A total of 341 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this January, 22.7 per cent more than the 278 properties sold in January 2023 and a 3.6 per cent increase from December 2023. Sales of condominiums were up 10.9 per cent from January 2023 with 112 units sold. Sales of single family homes increased 35 per cent from January 2023 with 162 sold.
"Our housing market eased into the new year with a renewed sense of balance," said 2024 Victoria Real Estate Board Chair Laurie Lidstone. "Sales were up slightly based off last year's very low numbers, and overall, we saw the stabilization that we observed in late 2023 continue into 2024. Mortgage rates have levelled out, inventory is slowly creeping back up, and we are no longer in that highly pressurized market of recent years which created complicated and sometimes stressful conditions for buyers and sellers."
There were 2,140 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multipl) ...

Tuesday, December 13, 2022   /   by Janine Thomson

November 2022 MLS Victoria Stats

 
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. Sales of condominiums were down 42.4 per cent from November 2021 with 136 units sold. Sales of single family homes decreased 34.1 per cent from November 2021 with 182 sold.
"November saw a significant decrease from last year in the number of home sales recorded, but this was expected as the market continues to settle after the record setting pace of 2021," says Victoria Real Estate Board President Karen Dinnie-Smyth. "With a small month over month decrease in price, the autumn market has returned to its traditional rhythm as we approach the holiday season. Inventory levels dipped slightly but remain well above this time last year, which is providing buyers with more options."
There were 2,111 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® ate ...

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Sunday, May 8, 2022   /   by Janine Thomson

Victoria’s market sees a change!

A total of 824 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this April, 26.2 per cent fewer than the 1,116 properties sold in April 2021 and a 1.1 per cent decrease from March 2022. Sales of condominiums were down 20.8 per cent from April 2021 with 262 units sold. Sales of single family homes decreased 28.5 per cent from April 2021 with 403 sold.
"The past month concluded with notably lower sales when compared to April of last year," said 2022 Victoria Real Estate Board President Karen Dinnie-Smyth. "This tells an interesting story because activity traditionally peaks over the course of the spring, and this year we have seen a gradual softening of the market. As we have reported many times in the past years, the market hinges on supply and demand. Rising interest rates and inflationary pressures on top of higher prices throughout the region have combined to introduce new market dynamics because of waning demand that consumers and their REALTORS® are now navigating. Our. ...

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