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Friday, December 4, 2020   /   by Janine Thomson

Victoria Real Estate Stats for December 2020

Victoria's Market still in low supply but a strong demand for Buyers
Dec 2 2020
A total of 795 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this November, 37.8 per cent more than the 577 properties sold in November 2019 but 19.7 per cent fewer than the previous month of October 2020. Sales of condominiums were up 62.7 per cent from November 2019 with 262 units sold. Sales of single family homes were up 21.8 per cent from November 2019 with 375 sold.

"Once again, we've tracked an unexpectedly busy month for the Victoria area real estate market," said Victoria Real Estate Board President Sandi-Jo Ayers. "With near 800 total sales last month, we came close to the record for sales in a November - which was 892 sales in 1989."
There were 1,813 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of November 2020, 24.4 per cent fewer properties than the total available at the end of November 2019 and a 14.6 per cent decreasy ...

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Friday, November 6, 2020   /   by Janine Thomson

Victoria's November Market Stats

Victoria Real Estate Market Out Performs 
As stated by the VREB November 2 2020, a total of 990 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this October, 59.9 per cent more than the 619 properties sold in October 2019 and 0.1 per cent more than the previous month of September 2020. Sales of condominiums were up 70.8 per cent from October 2019 with 304 units sold. Sales of single family homes were up 53.1 per cent from October 2019 with 487 sold.
"Once again, another month concluded with numbers that surprised many of us," said Victoria Real Estate Board President Sandi-Jo Ayers. "Sales for October broke the record for the month and inventory continues to be snapped up quickly. Due to this high demand, low supply environment, we are seeing many multiple offer situations. Condos and single family homes both continue to be popular choices for buyers."There were 2,122 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end os ...

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Friday, November 6, 2020   /   by Janine Thomson

Temporary End to Open Houses in BC

photo courtesy of realtylink.org
With Covid cases on the rise here in BC, recently today, November 6 2020, the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) has strongly advised real estate agents to temporarily discontinue open houses and limit face to face interactions. 
In lieu, agents are allowed to continue private showings, by following the guidance from the Public Health Organization and to urge clients to use virtual tools to show the properties of interest. We continue to assist our clients with face to face interactions via phone, zoom, Whatspp, Facebook messenger and can do live showing through these virtual resources.In our private showings, we continue to administer the protocols of safety by wearing masks, gloves & handling all lights and doors during a home tour and to ensure sanitization stays in effect between all showings. 
On October 30th, the BC Public Health Officer issued orders to restrict the number of people that may attend a p; ...

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Saturday, October 17, 2020   /   by Janine Thomson

October 2020 Real Estate Statistics

Consumer interest in homeownership in Victoria unwavering over course of pandemic


A total of 989 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this September, 60.6 per cent more than the 616 properties sold in September 2019 and 1 per cent more than the previous month of August 2020. Sales of condominiums were up 26.7 per cent from September 2019 with 280 units sold. Sales of single family homes were 91.9 per cent from September 2019 with 539 sold.
“Another month has passed where we have seen surprisingly high sales numbers – which included quite a few higher end properties,” says Victoria Real Estate Board President Sandi-Jo Ayers. “I don’t think that anyone who was trying to predict market outcomes in our area over the course of the pandemic expected that the pent up demand from dampened sales in April and May would result in this level of market activity. There’s no doubt that buyers are extremely motivated and this increase ...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016   /   by Janine Thomson

Cozy Bedroom Designs to Cuddle Up To

We all love to live in comfort and the one thing I just love is a cozy bedroom. It's not so much a room filled with expensive furnishings and modern technology. Its not the cost that counts, its the comfort! 

 It's all about the design, the view from your bed or just simple cozy linens, that makes things easy to cuddle up to. Here are a few of my favourite designs for bedroom interiors and the simple schemes and layouts that make an atmosphere so cozy. Time to cuddle up!

 Soft lights - The contrast between chocolate brown and beige have been incorporated in the bedding and wallpaper. Soft lights illuminate above the bed and align along the wooden floors.


 Rustic Room Highlighted with Cheerful Colours - This is one of my favourites! A rustic old wall that doesn't give much colour to the room, but then throw in a bright floral design comforter and the room becomes much more brighter.  


 Dynamic Headboards - This bed I love! The headt ...

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