As spring approaches, so does the ideal home selling season. The period right after the cold starts to wane and before the market starts to pick up is the perfect opportunity to prepare your home for staging, as well as add some value to your property.
Starting on the outside and moving in, I'll help you take a look at the top 8 ways to spruce up your home this spring.
Family Day is coming up quick, and it's time again to start planning those family activities! Organize a family outing and check out the wide variety of free and paid events taking place around Greater Victoria.
In 2016, the Victoria real estate market broke records across the board: over 10,000 transactions took place, the most ever since the Board began tracking the number in 1990. Real estate values for single family homes increased 20% overall, with increases ranging as high as 37% in the Victoria core.
The Canadian Housing Market Association (HMA) has warned of the problems arising from real estate price increases and overbuilding across the country, but predictions are hopeful that the market will slow and stabilize by 2018.
I'll be taking a detailed look at the real estate market forecast for Victoria in 2017, as predicted by a number of leaders in the industry.
This year we've already seen an incredible amount of rainfall in Victoria BC, thanks in part to Hurricane Matthew. Some areas in Sooke even received instructions and supplies for sandbagging their homes against potential floods. When facing conditions like this, it's easy to see that sometimes winterizing your home isn't enough on its own.
How can you ensure the safety of your home and family when mother nature is at its worst? We can't prevent every disaster, but there are things you can do when looking for a new home, or as a home owner readying for the winter, to better your chances.
Halloween is always a big event in Victoria with plenty to do. Check out local kids activities, ghost tours, haunted houses, bonfires, festivals and events taking place during the 2016 season of the pumpkin. And make sure to share your experiences using the hashtag #VictoriaBOO!
Deciding on a new home can be a huge, frustrating project when you're new parents or your family has recently grown. How do you tell when your current home is too small for your kids? What will your kids need in a new home or neighbourhood, and how can you make it fit your budget? How do you tour houses when you have an infant or a toddler and no way to get a babysitter?
Psychologists say that involving kids of any age in the house selection and moving process will help them adjust to their new home better, faster, and happier — but it's not easy. As a real estate agent with children of my own, I've been around the block (literally) on both sides of the issue, and I've learned some tricks over the years that I hope will help other young families searching for a home in Victoria.
Thanks to an unseasonably dry winter and hot summer, berries have been ripening early up and down Vancouver Island — including a local favourite, the wild blackberry. Blackberry picking can be a great activity with friends or family, or solo as you hike a trail or walk your dog in the morning. To help your gathering be the best it can be, I've collected some tips on where, how, and what kind to pick.
This island has everything to offer to enjoy the summer weather. Whether you're looking for events to attend or outdoor activities to enjoy, you're sure to find something new to explore this long weekend.
Canada Day is more than just downtown activities in Greater Victoria. Events are taking place up and down the peninsula, and all the way into Sooke. Make sure to keep this guide on hand while event hopping and you won't have to endure a single dull moment this Friday.
If you're driving or busing on Canada Day, keep in mind that Gorge Road will be closed from Admirals to Tillicum from 7am - 6pm, Belleville Street will be closed from Menzies to Douglas St. from 6am - midnight, and Government Street will be closed from Humboldt to Superior St. from 4pm - midnight. Buses will be running on a Saturday schedule with extra buses assigned to busy routes and times. Day passes are $5 and no alcohol is allowed on board.
Finally, if you spot any non-emergency-but-concerning situations in the Victoria area, the Victoria Police Department will be responding to the #VicPDHelps hashtag on Facebook and Twitter from 4 - 11 PM.
Victoria Day is a great long weekend to spend on the island, whether you're taking an at-home vacation or visiting from out of town. Check out the many events, local arts, and festivals taking place from Friday May 20 to 23, and make sure to catch the Island Farms Victoria Day Parade — the largest parade of the year in Victoria!