404 1395 Bear Mountain Pkwy in Bear Mountain, Langford is Sold!

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The single story at 404 1395 Bear Mountain Pkwy has been sold.

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Should You Worry About Competition?

Buying a home is different than purchasing most other “products” in one important respect: agreeing to the price tag doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the property! There may be competing offers.

Fortunately, there is plenty that can be done to increase your chances of getting the home you want.

The most effective strategy is to be proactive. Get alerted to and go to see properties that match your criteria the moment they come on the market. That way, you’ll get a jump on competing buyers. When you find a home you want, go in at the right price. You don’t want to pay too much, but your offer does need to signal to the seller that you’re serious.

Effective offer presentation and negotiation also play vital roles. Having your offer presented with expertise and skill will maximize your chances of getting the deal.

Yes, competing offers can make you anxious. But, if you have the right expert working on your behalf, you can breathe a little easier.

What’s your Home Worth in Today’s Market?

If you own a stock, you can probably go online and quickly look up its current value.

What about your home? That, too, is an important investment and probably your most valuable one. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could “look up” its current value in just a few minutes?

Well, despite all the real estate data available on the internet these days, there is no site that will calculate your home’s true market value – at least not accurately. So, if you were to put your home up for sale tomorrow, how would you determine what it would likely sell for?

Your home’s probable selling price is influenced by the following factors:

  • The type and style of your home.
  • The condition of your home. (Is it “move in” ready?)
  • How well your home shows? (Is it staged?)
  • The desirability of the neighbourhood.
  • Recent selling prices of similar homes in the area.
  • The current demand for a home like yours.


All these factors, especially recent solds in the area, need to be considered in order to come up with the price range within which your property will likely sell.

Why is this information important? If you plan on listing soon, the benefits of knowing the probable selling price is obvious. But even if your plans to move are far down the road, it’s still a good idea to know what your home is worth – today. That information enables you to plan ahead and make better decisions. It’s something worth thinking about.

Contact me if you are thinking of buying or selling 250-744-0775 or briarhillgroup@group.com

121 Paddock Pl in View Royal, Victoria is Sold!

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The single story at 121 Paddock Pl has been sold.

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Make a “Great Things” List

 
What’s great about your home? Is it the spacious foyer and generous main floor closet space? Is it the beautiful washroom? Is it the playground that is only a short walking distance away?
 
Although some properties may look similar at first glance, every home is unique – with features and characteristics that make it special. If you’re considering putting your home on the market, make a list of all the great things about your property that potential buyers will want to know.
 
Start by thinking about the most desirable features of your home. Write down what you really love about the house and the surrounding area.
 
Next, think about what comments friends and other visitors to your home have made. Have you ever heard anyone say something like, “I really love your kitchen!” or, “This is such a quiet street”? Those are indications that potential buyers will like those features and characteristics too.
 
Once you have your list, let’s talk. Together, we’ll review all the great things about your home and area, and decide how to market them effectively.
 
Check out our website for more information!
 

Single Story For Sale in Gorge, Victoria

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•  1008 sqft , 2 bath , 2 bdrm single story FOR SALE  CAD524,900 .
MLS® 869511

Best floor plan and deck in the complex! Rentable & renovated, 2 BED/2 BATH + DEN Corner Suite with Wrap Around Deck! Enjoy sunset views from the living room and deck of this refreshed open concept condo, which is located just a block from Gorge. The kitchen and bathrooms have been completely redone with cabinets, counter tops, backsplash, paint and trim as well new high grade laminate flooring in the living room and kitchen and matching gray carpet in the bedrooms. All new appliances! This condo building is dog and cat friendly and has no age restrictions. It also has underground parking, storage lockers, secure bike parking and a common ROOFTOP PATIO that offers gorgeous views of the Sooke Hills. This condo is ideally located along two bus routes, one to downtown and the other towards Saanich East, Hillside Mall with connector to UVic.

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Make a “Great Things” List

What’s great about your home? Is it the spacious foyer and generous main floor closet space? Is it the beautiful washroom? Is it the playground that is only a short walking distance away?

 

Although some properties may look similar at first glance, every home is unique – with features and characteristics that make it special. If you’re considering putting your home on the market, make a list of all the great things about your property that potential buyers will want to know.

Start by thinking about the most desirable features of your home. Write down what you really love about the house and the surrounding area.

Next, think about what comments friends and other visitors to your home have made. Have you ever heard anyone say something like, “I really love your kitchen!” or, “This is such a quiet street”? Those are indications that potential buyers will like those features and characteristics too.

Once you have your list, let’s talk. Together, we’ll review all the great things about your home and area, and decide how to market them effectively.

What to Do When Closing Dates Don’t Match

If you want to sell your current property and purchase your next dream home, you might be wondering whether the closing dates need to be on the same day.
You might even be worried that you’ll lose a property if the closing dates overlap, or you’ll be put out on the street if the dates are far apart!
For the most part, these concerns are unfounded. Thousands of properties change hands every day and usually everything works out just fine. In fact, it’s amazing how often closing dates actually do match!
But, what happens if the closing date of the home you want to buy is days or weeks earlier than the closing date of your own property?
Most lenders anticipate this situation and offer something called “Bridge Financing.” It is a special loan that allows you to purchase the property with the earlier closing date. When your current property closes, the bridge financing ends and your new mortgage – if you need one – begins on the new home.
Alternatively, if the home you want has a later closing date, we will work together to explore options, such as a short-term rental.
Contact me for more information. Jane 250-744-0775 or briarhillgroup@gmail.com

Picking the Ideal Neighbourhood for your Next Home

Imagine moving to a neighbourhood that has something you really want, like a nearby golf course, more wooded areas and walking trails, or a faster commute to work. How would that impact your lifestyle?
Chances are, it would have a big impact! In fact, your choice of neighbourhood plays a huge role in your overall enjoyment of your home.
Of course, you might love living where you are right now, but if you’re looking for a change, here are some tips for finding a new area that fits your desired lifestyle:
Make a list. Write down all the things you want in a neighbourhood. For example, you might want to live in a bustling urban setting with nearby access to public transit, theatre, and shopping. Or, you might want just the opposite! The point is to clearly define your ideal neighbourhood.
Go on weekend scouting missions. Check out neighbourhoods that closely fit your criteria. Go for a walk. Check out the local amenities (parks, shopping, nearby golf course, etc.) Look at the types of homes in the area.
Talk to the neighbours. When visiting a targeted neighbourhood, try to chat with a few of the residents. If you see someone walking a dog, for example, say hello. Strike up a conversation. Get an idea of what it’s like to live in the area.
Get the facts. There is a lot of data available on neighbourhoods, including crime statistics, demographics, and more.
Check affordability. There’s no sense trying to get into an area where the homes are priced way beyond what you’re willing to spend. Conversely, you might be surprised by the type of neighbourhood you can afford. Find out.
Finally, the best way to find a home in the neighbourhood of your dreams is to contact me. I can help you find what you are looking for. Jane 250-744-0775 or email briarhillgroup@gmail.com

Single Story For Sale in James Bay, Victoria

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•  457 sqft , 1 bath single story FOR SALE  CAD265,000 .
MLS® 866619

Buy 1 condo or all 3: Polo Pacific Investor/Renovation Alert – 3 exceptionally priced studio condos WITH PARKING and STORAGE. These unique studios could potentially be transformed into one bed condos with addition of wall. Located in the quiet corner of the complex, these units are one above each other and face the private courtyard. They feature an open concept layout with two large picture windows. There is a kitchenette complete with stove, range hood and small fridge – and no dishwasher. Adjacent to the kitchen is a large 4 piece bathroom. The rentable units are located in a building just a few blocks from the Parliament Building, Inner Harbour, Downtown, as well as the popular walkways along Dallas Road, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Ogden Point. The unit comes complete with one underground parking stall, separate storage locker. Polo Pacific allows rentals, pets (including one dog or one cat with no weight restriction), and kids. Perfect for an investor to own a piece of iconic Victoria. No washer/dryer or dishwasher.

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