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New Feature: Sooke New Listings MLS Tour Summary #1

One of the advantages of using your local Sooke REALTOR® when it comes time to sell your home is the tight-knit sense of community among local real estate professionals. Every Thursday, the three main real estate offices in Sooke hold our weekly MLS Tour, where each REALTOR® in town tours through all the new MLS listings in a two-hour caravan-style tour.

In many other communities in Victoria, tours are poorly attended and disorganized. The tour in Sooke is very well attended (I’d say 85% of the REALTORS® here attend), and is the highlight of the week for many agents, myself included. Besides socializing with my peers, I get an opportunity to view most of the houses for sale. It helps me price my listings, and also is a great tool for pre-viewing new listings for my out-of-town clients, or for buyers that are looking for something very specific. If I see it, I can let them know. I learn more about the market in two hours on MLS tour than I could in a whole day of research on the MLS.

In this weekly (assuming I can attend tour) feature, I’m going to comment on the listings on tour. Which are hot buys, what’s unique about each one. For further information about any of the listings here, contact me.

[Update May 2nd 2008] Due to MLS® advertising rules I’ve decided that I can’t offer the tour summary any longer. I thought about this all week, and came to the conclusion it could come across as advertising other agents’ listings, which is not allowed under our Rules of Co-operation. I’d rather stop doing it voluntarily than be told I’m in violation. Rest assured, if you have any questions about any new listings in Sooke, you can give me a call at 885-0512 and I’ll probably have already been through on our weekly tour. If you’re in Sooke and want your house included on the tour, let me know!

Tim Ayres


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