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Free Real Estate Seminar In Sooke: Buying Your First Home

Log Cabin In Sooke

Is 2016 The Year?

Learn all about mortgages, real estate, and how to buy your first home


Coming up Wednesday, January 27, 2016, you can spend a couple of hours with three of Sooke’s real estate and mortgage professionals learning about strategies you can use to get into your first home in 2016. The seminar is free, but you must pre-register, as there’s limited space.  Read more

82% of Sooke Home Sales Unaffected By Federal Mortgage Insurance Rule Changes

6201 Hensbro Place, East Sooke.

Starting February 15, you’ll need a $37,500 down payment to buy this home, instead of $31,250. http://TimAyres.ca/167

This morning, federal finance minister Bill Morneau announced changes that his Liberal government is making to CMHC-backed mortgages in this country. The changes were hinted at by well known Canadian Mortgage Trends blogger Robert McLister back on December 1st. The actual changes aren’t quite what he had predicted, but are pretty close. Read more

Sooke Real Estate Information Night – Come and Learn!

 

Is this the year you buy your first home?

Is this the year you buy your first home?

Get educated about buying and selling real estate.

Hear from three local experts about buying your first home, moving up, and more!

When: Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:00pm

Where: Best Western Premier Prestige Oceanfront Resort, 6929 West Coast Road, Sooke [map street view]

I’ll be joined by Sooke’s dynamic mortgage team, Kerry Reid and Kari Stauble of DLC Modern Mortgage group. Our seminar will be a fun, interactive, and informative evening, arming you with the tools to bring your real estate goals within reach.

Topics covered will include: Read more

A Return to a Seller’s Market in Greater Victoria?

Photo credit: zedzap on Flickr

Photo credit: zedzap on Flickr

Yesterday, the Victoria Real Estate Board released statistics for February 2015. While the rest of the country contended with a seemingly never-ending winter, the cherry blossoms were out early in Victoria and vicinity, and so, apparently, were the buyers.  Read more

SOLD | Natural, Healthy Home in Sooke

Click the picture for complete details on TimAyres.ca

Click the picture for complete details on TimAyres.ca – MLS® 340255

This gorgeous, luxurious home has been built from the ground up using all natural materials to protect the health of the environment, and its inhabitants. Read on to find out more about it, and more about natural homes. Although this home is now sold, you can find out more about the builder and his upcoming projects at KCNaturalHomes.com. Read more

Sooke Real Estate Statistics – August 2013

Waterfront property with dock

49 Seagirt Sold in August 2013

August was much busier this year than in 2012 – not only in Sooke, but all over the Capital Region. Personally, most of the business I did was carried over from July, and was finished by the first week. From there on it was rest and relaxation the rest of the month, while managing the listings I have. One of the most relaxing Augusts I can remember in recent memory. The Thursday before the Labour Day long weekend, my phone, like clockwork, started ringing for appointments for the first week of September. It is those appointments which kept me from posting August stats until now. Let’s have a look at the numbers: Read more

Sooke Real Estate Statistics – July 2013

A living room of a home in Sooke, BC

2220 French Road sold in July, along with 25 other properties in Sooke

Sales activity in Sooke was nearly the same as it was in 2012, with prices remaining fairly flat overall. It is still my opinion that while prices seem flat, they are actually declining. This is to say that although the average and median prices seem to hover in the high $300,000s and low $400,000s, a buyer in 2013 is probably getting a nicer, larger and/or newer home for the same money as in 2012 or 2011. Sales activity continues to be better than last year in most cases, and it is good to see the number of houses for sale continue to decline.

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Sooke Real Estate Statistics – June 2013

Deck Season. From http://TimAyres.ca/113

Deck Season. From http://TimAyres.ca/113

Here we are, a third of the way through July and I’m just getting around to posting the June stats! I’ve been a bit busy lately, with listings and with buyers. The market seems to be ticking along, though no sales records are likely to be broken. The weather in June was the best in recent memory, despite a rainy period mid-month. How did the real estate market stack up? Read on… Read more

Sooke Real Estate Statistics – May 2013

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In May, the sale of the old golf course building completed.

May 2013 overall was a relatively busy month for real estate in the greater Victoria region. While the number of sales for the whole area was exactly tied with May of 2012, Sooke did better than in 2012. Let’s take a look at the numbers! Read more

Sooke Real Estate Statistics – April 2013

The master bedroom of 2407 Poplar - Click to learn more.

The master bedroom of 2407 Poplar – Click to learn more.

April 2013 was my busiest month in quite some time. There were lots of showings, I had buyers coming in from out of town, and I managed to put deals together on two of my listings. Hopefully this is a sign that our sluggish market is picking up. Overall in the greater Victoria region, sales were up 5% over last year’s April sales – the first year-over-year monthly increase this year and the best April since 2010. Let’s dive into the Sooke numbers, shall we? Read more