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What colour would you paint your front door?

This is a great time to do some quick updates to your home. Painting your front door can make such a huge difference! What colour would you paint your door?

Theres all sorts of meanings for door colours. Read some of them below!

1. White

By universal standards, white is associated with cleanliness. A white entry could mean a simple but organized interior design. If you like things neat, this neutral could send the right message about you.

2. Red

Red is a bold pick for those who don’t mind standing out like a sore thumb. Historically, most people find it welcoming, a friendly sign of hospitality.

3. Blue

Many studies have found out that the calmness of blue is the favorite of homeowners. Front doors in blue tend to speak of serenity. If you consider your home as a place of refuge and an escape from the demanding world, blue is for you.

4. Green

Same with blue, green is a popular color because it stands for health, tranquility, and safety. It could also signify ambition, as it is the color of money.

5. Gray

A mix of black and white, gray symbolizes neutrality. And if you’re a firm believer of feng shui, the color of metal is an excellent pick for a west-facing front door.

6. Pink

The people living behind pink doors are usually hopeless romantics. Modern society also interprets pink as the hue for nurturing and affection as well as youthful fun, cheerfulness, and generosity.

7. Black

In front door symbology, black is synonymous with authority, power, and strength. A person owning a black door communicates that the home is a serious place and that they’re a person of substance and sophistication.

8. Wood

The neutrality of wood conveys warmth and stability. However, a dark stain expresses a hint of privacy or a desire for seclusion.

Open House in Jubilee, Victoria

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We invite everyone to visit our open house at 1615 Belcher Ave on 25 Apr 2020, 04:00 PM

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Open House in South Oak Bay

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We invite everyone to visit our open house at 1175 Newport Ave on 25 Apr 2020, 02:30 PM

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Single Story For Sale in South Oak Bay

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•  1359 sqft , 2 bath , 2 bdrm single story FOR SALE  CAD660,000 .
MLS® 423462

Park views from this spacious 2 bedroom, 2 full bathroom condo with 2 parking spaces! This well laid out condo that feels like a house, sits in the middle of the building, and was designed with an open concept kitchen before it’s time. A short entryway greets you as you enter the condo and opens up into a very large living with fireplace and dining room, with sliders to the deck and views to the park. The kitchen is designed with loads of cupboards, counterspace and room for an island or breakfast bar. Down the hall are two large bedrooms each overlooking the deck, and two 4-piece bathrooms. The bedrooms are well appointed for and have double closets. The bathrooms have their vintage fixtures and are in great shape. There is also a separate laundry room in the unit, plus ample storage in the garage and two parking spaces. All this within walking distance to Oak Bay Marina and Beach Drive. Just a short jaunt to Oak Bay Village. Watch the tour to see it virtually.

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2 Storey For Sale in Metchosin, Metchosin

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•  2798 sqft , 2 bath , 1 half bath , 4 bdrm 2 storey FOR SALE  CAD999,000 .
MLS® 423197

Attention Car/Shop lovers!! Renovated Metchosin Home at 1074 Glen Forest Way, with double shop attached to the house plus a separate double car garage on .95 acres. The home is located on a private and fairly flat lot in the heart of Metchosin. Easily suite-able, this 2738 sq ft home has 5 bed/ 3 baths and has been completely renovated with open concept great room, newly faced fireplace and renovated kitchen and baths. There are three large bedrooms upstairs, large 4 piece bathroom and beautiful 3 piece ensuite bathroom. Downstairs are two bedrooms, 3 piece bathroom and room for a kitchen. Seller has kept some of the 70’s feel with some light fixtures, front door and paint colours. Other work is blown in insulation, new soffits, downspouts, special leaf protector gutters, new back patio and landscaping throughout the yard. There is also easy access to the awesome shop in the main house plus walkout to the double car garage and large patio overlooking flat backyard.

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Moisture on Windows


You’re standing by your window admiring the view. Then you notice it. Moisture has built up around the edges of the glass. Should you worry?
It all depends on the reason for the build up.

Assuming you have traditional double-pane glass in your windows, there are a few things to look for if you notice moisture.

Often, moisture at the bottom of your windows is simply caused by too much humidity in your indoor air. If that’s the case, simply adjust your humidifier.

If the moisture is on the outside of the window, typically there’s also no problem with the window itself. It may have rained recently, or the outside humidity may have spiked causing the accumulation. Generally, there’s no reason for concern.

However, if the moisture is in between the two panes of glass, the seal has broken and surrounding air – along with its water content – has made its way in. This disrupts the thermal barrier of the window, reducing its energy efficiency. In fact, the glass might feel noticeably colder than your other windows on chilly days. In that case, you’ll need to replace the pane.

Similarly, if the moisture is coming in through only one spot – the bottom right corner for example – then you might have a leak. If you have a wood frame or sill, you may also notice a growing water stain. It’s important to get leaks fixed quickly. There may be water damage occurring within the frame that you cannot see. If you need a recommendation for a professional to fix your windows let me know!

Single Story For Sale in Wishart South, Colwood

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•  2550 sqft , 2 bath , 1 half bath , 5 bdrm single story FOR SALE  CAD749,000 .
MLS® 421768

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Victoria real estate market shakes off winter doldrums

A total of 563 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this February, 33.7 per cent more than the 421 properties sold in February 2019 and 37 per cent more than in January 2020. Sales of condominiums were up 35.7 per cent from February 2019 with 175 units sold. Sales of single family homes increased 23.7 per cent from January 2020 with 271 sold.
“February brought the bloom of an early spring market,” says Victoria Real Estate Board President Sandi-Jo Ayers. “Sales numbers are up substantially from last year, which in part indicates that our spring market may have arrived a bit earlier than a lot of our local blossoms. Additionally, we need to consider that last year’s sales activity was quite weak until April and May. Despite a thirty plus percent increase in total sales over last year, our ten-year average for total sales in February is 537, so we are within less than five per cent of our long-term average for the month.”
There were 2,127 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of February 2020, 4 properties fewer than the total available at the end of February 2019 and an 8.6 per cent increase from the 1,958 active listings for sale at the end of January 2020.
“One of the most prominent aspects of our market right now is this continued low inventory,” adds Ayers. “Our ten-year average active listings for the month of February is 3,007. We concluded this month with just over 2,000 active listings, which means a lot less choice for consumers, more pressure on pricing and multiple offers.”
The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in February 2019 was $838,800. The benchmark value for the same home in February 2020 increased by 3.5 per cent to $868,100, 1.1 per cent more than January’s value of $858,500. The MLS® HPI benchmark value for a condominium in the Victoria Core area in February 2019 was $503,600 while the benchmark value for the same condominium in February 2020 increased by 4.7 per cent to $527,400, 1.2 per cent more than the January value of $521,000.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me 250-744-0775 or briarhillgroup@gmail.com


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Should You Worry About Market Fluctuations?


You turn on the television and watch a news story about housing prices going down. Then you read an article about the housing market on the upswing again.
It’s a little like being on a roller-coaster ride!

Unfortunately, the ride isn’t much fun if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home. In fact, it can be very confusing and frustrating. You just don’t know if “now” is the right time to make a move.

In reality, the housing market has been fluctuating for decades. Yet, people sell their homes every day for good prices, and just as many people get into their next dream home affordably.

When you hear news of market fluctuations, there are two important things to consider.

First, a lot of media information about the housing market is national, or at least regional. If the housing market is trending up or down nationally, remember that it doesn’t necessarily mean that your LOCAL market is doing the same. In fact, it’s entirely possible for housing prices to be rising in your neighbourhood, while they are falling nationally, and vice versa.

Second, if you’re selling your current property while buying another home, then the net effect of market fluctuations may cancel out. Say, for example, that the local market is on the upswing. You’ll probably be able to sell your current home for a good price. However, the home you purchase will likely also be priced to reflect the upswing. The same holds true when the market is down.

All that being said, there are some circumstances in which you need to consider market fluctuations when deciding whether or not to make a move. Call or email me and I can chat with you about the current real estate market as well as strategy.

250-744-0775 or briarhillgroup@gmail.com