Victoria, BC Real Estate News

By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
TOP TEN TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL OPEN HOUSE   Over the years I have found there are some important activities to having a successful Open House. A successful Open House means bringing the current Home Buyers to see your Home or New Listing. A Sale will result if the home is priced competitively and the curb appeal is there   Note: We may only have one chance to make a first impression. This can includes pricing your home competitively. Homebuyers going to Open Houses are comparative shopping for price and curb appeal.   Homeowners 10 tips to preparing for an Open House Discuss with your Realtor the Open House best days and times  in your neighbourhood for Buyers...it maybe not what you are expecting. If you own a single family home, be sure your yard is neat and tidy, Freshly cut your lawn...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
FAIRFIELD ROCKLAND REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT Nov 1, 2014   Wow here it is November already in Fairfield in Victoria, BC and it’s time again for my Fairfield Rockland Homes For Sale Market Report for November 1,2014   If you are searching for a Fairfield or Rockland BC Home you have come to the right place. The Quality of Life in Fairfield & Rockland is always in demand, even if you do not own a Fairfield or Rockland single home, the lifestyle is available to Condo & Townhouse owners too.   Map of Fairfield & Rockland View Fairfield & Rockland Map in a larger map   Fairfield Rockland BC Single Family Homes For Sale in Victoria BC Rockland: 15 Fairfield West: 15 Fairfield East: 10 There are currently 21 Homes For Sale over a Million Dollars in all of these neighbourhoods in Fairfield.   F...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Real Estate-107LIttle House of Horrors You have finally accumulated enough Shekels to place a decent down-payment on your first home. Beware! If you don’t do your homework, the largest purchase you will probably make, if not done correctly, will come back to bite you in the ass!IGNORE the Home Inspection.  It’s a needless expense and besides, everything is probably alright...right? WRONG!!! You’ve just been pre-approved for a $300,000 purchase and you’re going to jeapordise that to “save” $300 on an inspection by a licensed home inspector. Trust me, a licensed guy is probably going to be more thorough than your brother-in-law.  (Besides, the professional wears it if he screws up). Unseen problems lurk behind the walls, in the attic or in the basement. If it looks like recent renos have ...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
FRED…..CAN’T WE ALWAYS LOOK AT OFFERS? LETS LIST HOME FOR MORE THAN YOU RECOMMEND.   All too often we see listings on the market for a long time yet other listings sell quickly.   I’m often asked when I’m listing a house..”Let’s list & ask more for my home” than my recommended asking price....”Can’t we always look at offers”.   I explain to clients....The most activity we’ll see is in the beginning is when a house is first listed for sale. At any one time there maybe be only 20 Buyers looking for a home in their neighbourhood and price range. The Buyers come and look in the first week or so after that we are only relying on only new buyers coming into the market and showing activity slows.Bottom Line Home buyers are comparative shoppers and they know house values in your neighbourhood… ...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
FREE HOME EVAULUATION FOR YOUR SAANICH WEST ROYAL OAK HOME--VICTORIA BCNeed a FREE Home Evaluation of your SAANICH WEST Home,Condo or Townhouse in  Victoria BC ?If you're in need of a Free Home Evaluation of your home or condo in SAANICH  WEST including Royal Oak,  Layritz Park, Marigold, and the Gorge Tillicum in Saanich BC        Call YOUR AREA SPECIALIST Fred Carver Re/Max Camosun at 250-598-2963 or email fredcarver@remax.net    I will provide you with  free complimentary Free Home Evaulation, and there is no obligation to use me. Put my 40 Years Experience Selling Victoria Real Estate to Work For You Today!!I will present you with a complete presentation describing what your home or condo is worth in today's market, and we will provide a complete outline to you of my 24/7 Successful...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Yesterday our weather was over the top for October, 20C(70F). Many mornings I take my Puppy, Mr. Boo down to the Gorge Park waterway for  his first daily walk, he loves it there and every day makes new and old people friends and doggie friends. In between meeting people as we walk I look for Photo opportunities, today was no exception, the skies where blue with fluffy white clouds and the Gorge Water was as smooth as Glass. Here's one of my photos where I captured the refection of the blue skies and clouds on the water which had a sleight shimmer on it. In the Distance is our New Craigflower Road Bridge.
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Our Canadian Thanksgiving reminds me of my Mum's Thanksgiving Dinners and her Infamous Pumpkin Chiffon Pie. We are often invited out for Thanksgiving dinner...almost everyone makes Pumpkin Pie, Somehow it's never the same as my Mum's pie..I think everyone thinks like me. I've offered to bring Pumpkin Chiffon Pie and usually get a yawn, or we like the our original family pumpkin pie..Thanks everyone to their own tastes. We're going to my Brother-in laws tomorrow for Roast Turkey Dinner(He loves Turkey and so do I!) and yes pumpkin pie...my sister in-law's pumpkin pie is really good(made from Scratch), except I miss my Mum's Chiffon Pumpkin pie. No Problem...So this Morning I thought, why not make one just for us(me)....I pulled out mum's recipe, oh dear there are two recipes, both say th...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
  I recently listed a great 4 Bedroom Townhouse in Heatherdale Estates here in Victoria in the Royal Oak Neighbourhood. I asked an absolutely fabulous Photographer Yasmin Simpson photography  to help me with my online photo Presentation...Wow Talk about Going over the Top, she not only took some great photos she also created a photo collage to help with my print and online marketing like Facebook...Plus post on her own Facebook time line, she  then created an awesome Video of 5544 Heatherdale Lane...Thanks Yasmin!  Oh Yasmin was referred to me by our own Active Rainer Blogger Carra Riley 554 Heatherdale Lane Video
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Yesterday I headed to Beacon Hill Park in Victoria to Introduce my 6 month old Puppy Mr. Boo to the Park. The Flowers the City of Victoria Parks Dept plants there are over the top, some rare and hard to grow ones and maybe the last good day to see them before the Fall Rains....which started today....Ha! I noticed a clearing under a pine tree with a clear view of the tree trunk, which has had the lower branches removed ....as looked closer I could see several Faces in the tree trunk and I Snapped this photo. How Many faces do you see? Beacon Hill Park I Captured Several Faces
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Watch This If you were in the market for a watch in 1880, would you know where to get one? You would go to the store, right? Well, of course, you could do that, but if you wanted one that was cheaper and a bit better than most watches, you went to the train station! Sound a little strange?   For about 500 towns across the northern United States, that’s where the best watches were found. . Why, (you are probably asking yourself), were the best watches found at the train station? The railroad company wasn’t selling the watches; not at all; the telegraph operator was.   Most of the time the telegraph operator was located in the railroad station because the telegraph lines followed the tracks from town to town. It was usually the shortest distance and the right-of-way had already been secur...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
You'll enjoy living here...554 Heatherdale Lane is a 4 bedroom 3 Bathrooms Luxury Townhouse, located in the popular Royal Oak District of Victoria, BC.   Quite Location, Great Neighbours with three levels of quality living. Two Cars? No problem, this Townhouse has a 25' x 20' Double Car Garage. This Royal Oak Townhouse is located just minutes to the Saanich Commonwealth Pool and Recreation Center, two Major shopping centers. Broadmead and Royal Oak Centre, both only 5 minutes away by car. Easy access to Downtown Victoria and or to the highway to the Victoria International Airport and BC Ferry terminal to The Lower Mainland and Vancouver. Here ae just a few of the benefits of Living at 554 Heatherdale Lane in Heatherdale Estates. Two efficient Natural Gas Fireplace for your enjoyment, on...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Real Estate-104 How Many Paydays Do You Want?   Years ago, when I was new to the business, I had a mentor who was a great realtor. She taught me a lot of lessons on ethics, customer care and especially about client retention. She had a ton of clients and did a lot of business, and most of her business was repeat business. At that time she had been in the business quite some time and had quite an extensive client list and when computers came into play, she transferred her client base from paper to electronic. She had everything about her clients on the data-base; their birthdays, anniversaries, kids names, pet’s name(s); nothing was too trivial. She never failed to send a birthday or anniversary card or a greeting at a holiday.   I ran into her a few years back when I returned from a bus...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Homes Close to Where You Work Victoria Homes For Sale Victoria Real Estate Gordon Head Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Avoid Foreclosure What is Your Home Worth?   Fred Carver Re/Max Camosun 250-744-3301 Questions?Schedule a Showing! MLS#: 339657   Licensed In:BC Information valid for the date of this posting only. Please contact us for the most current information and status of this property. 220-1375 Bear Mountain Parkway Victoria, BC Scan with your smartphone & take me with you. Property VIDEO Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Virtual Tour Print Brochure JUST SOLD!     Bear Mountain Vacation or Retirement Condo $ Click for current price 1 BEDROOMS 1 BATHROOMS ( 1 full ) 731 Square Feet No other name in golf is as legendary as Jack Nic...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
  JUST LISTED Royal Oak 4 Bedroom Townhouse. View Anytime 24/7 with my Virtual Tour http://www.1-victoria-real-estate.com/Listing/VirtualTour.ashx?ListingID=134647298 Come and Enjoy living in this upscale 4 Bed quality built Townhouse at Heatherdale Estates.Shopping is just few minutes away at Broadmead Village,Royal Oak Mall & enjoy the Commonwealth recreation center.2200 sq ft town home has very spacious rooms, Modern open plan, Living room fireplace and Family room fireplace, lots of storage areas and a modern open plan Kitchen, family room and breakfast nook.Two large Balcony.Large MSB with walk in closet & luxury 5 piece en-suite.Beautiful gleaming hardwood floors and quality broadloom throughout.  Very bright home with lots of windows bringing in good natural light. 22 x 20 double...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Open House: September 20, Saturday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Schedule a Showing/Request Info Homes Close to Where You Work Homes Near Cook Street Village Homes Under $500,000 in Victoria BC Search All Homes For Sale New Listings in Victoria BC Victoria Homes For Sale Gordon Head Homes For Sale What is Your Home Worth?   Fred Carver Re/Max Camosun 250-744-3301 Questions?Schedule a Showing! MLS#: 342408   Licensed In:BC Information valid for the date of this posting only. Please contact us for the most current information and status of this property. 554 Heatherdale Lane Victoria, BC Scan with your smartphone & take me with you. Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Virtual Tour Print Brochure JUST LISTED     Royal Oak 4 Bedroom Townhouse $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS 3 BATHROOMS ( 3 fu...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
FUNNY FRIDAY’S TGIFF “OF COURSE THE NEIGHBOURHOOD’S CHANGING”   As we prepare for our weekend , TGIFF. I chuckled at this Cartoon.   The Wife says to her Husband "Of Course the Neighbourhood’s Changing ..You Nitwit.. We live in a Mobile Home " Notice the distant look in his face…..ha   Have a fun and successful weekend :O) TGIFF (Thank God it’s Funny Friday’s)   FRIDAY’S TGIFF Of COURSE THE NEIGHBOURHOOD’S CHANGING”
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
FAIRFIELD ROCKLAND VICTORIA BC | REAL ESTATE MARKET SEPT 1, 2014  Wow.. How time flys here it is September already in Fairfield and Rockland in Victoria, BC and it’s time again for my Fairfield Rockland Housing Market Report for September 1, 2014  If you are searching for a Fairfield or Rockland BC V8S Home you have come to the right place. The Quality of Life in Fairfield is always in demand, even if you do not own a Fairfield or Rockland single home, the life style is available to Condo & Townhouse owners too.  Chandler street in Fairfield Fairfield Rockland BC Single Family Homes For Sale in Victoria BC Rockland: 14 Fairfield West: 13 Fairfield East: 14 There are currently 18 Homes For Sale over a Million Dollars in all of these neighbourhoods in Fairfield.  See My Google Map of Fair...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Wordless Sunday takes us on a trip through Goldstream Park in Victoria, BC Goldstream Provincial Park is a provincial park in British Columbia,Canada. It is known for the annual fall salmon runs in the Goldstream River, and the large numbers of bald eagles that congregate to feed at that time. The total size of the park is 3.79 square kilometres.   Yesterday Morning I took my 5 month (Sept 10)Puppy Mr. Boo on his first walk through Goldstream Park, located about 15 minutes from of our home by car. Every day I walk Boo somewhere different to help him learn new sights and sounds, Plus to meet people and other Dogs. Yesterday didn't meet any other dogs. Here's my YouTube slideshow of photos I've taken of Goldstream Park.
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
How Are You?.. Last night I received email message from a Realtor broker planing on retiring in Victoria after sending him a one of my automated follow up's as follows.. "How Are You Wayne...If I can ever help you with your real estate search in any way, please let me know. As you can see from the service we offer, I am by no means a high pressure sales type. I pride myself in offering real estate service that is second to none. I look forward to talking with you at your convenience."   Wayne's Reply.. "Hi Fred. We are still at least one and one half years away from our planned retirement. In the meantime, Calgary real estate is still booming.  It is shaping up to be one of our best years in a long time! Wayne Thomas, broker."   And my response to Wayne...was a basically a market update...
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By Ted Tyrrell, Selling Homes in Beautiful Victoria
(RE/MAXCamosun (Chatterton))
Welcome to Partridge Hills on Willis Point!  Imagine youself living high up on top of a hill with sweeping views of the hills and waters surrounding the Saanich Peninsula just 25 minutes from Victoria!  These building lots are 30 to 42 acres in size and are pristine virgin forested land parcels.  The properties are currently zoned for single family residence.  Electricity, cable and telephone are at the lot line.  This Development is adjacent to the 300+ acre Gowlland Tod Provincial Park and is close to Brentwood Bay Village for shopping, pubs and restaurants.  Close to ferries plying the waters between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia as well as Washington State.  A stone's throw away from world famous Butchart Gardens. These properties may one day in the not-too-distant ...
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