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Busiest June in 3 Years For Sooke Real Estate – June 2012 Statistics and Half-Yearly Review

This was about as clear as it got in June-uary 2012

I’ve lived in coastal British Columbia my whole life, and June is a fickle beast indeed. It’s often cool and wet, and this year – well – this year was something else altogether. The weather people crunched the numbers and apparently it was the third-least-sunniest June since 1969. We also got about 33% more rain than normal. It didn’t seem to dampen the real estate market in Sooke, however, which was quite busy overall. Let’s have a look, and then check some graphs for the year so far. Read more

Mixed Results In May for Sooke Real Estate – Statistics for May, 2012

I listed a beautiful condo at Mariner's Village in May

May 2012 had mixed results for real estate sales in the Sooke area. While it was quite a bit busier than April, we are still a little behind in terms of sales volume compared to last year. I definitely noticed buyer activity picking up, with plenty of showings, but they did seem to trail off toward the end of the month.

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Sooke Real Estate Statistics – April 2012

Spring has sprung - what about the real estate market in Sooke?

April just flew by, and here we are in the second week of May already and I’m just getting to the stats from last month. It’s pretty slow out there, and if you’re looking to buy, there are definitely deals to be had. If you go by the average and median prices, it would appear that prices are fairly stable, but there has definitely been an increase in sales of cheaper properties.  Read more

Sooke Real Estate Statistics – March 2012

The living room of a listing I took in March (click pic for more info)

March brought us a teachers’ strike and a 2-week Spring Break here in the Sooke School District. I’m not sure if that slowed down market activity but March 2012 was certainly a good bit behind last month and the same month last year in terms of number of sales and the dollar value of those sales. Still, showing activity is strong and there are definitely buyers out there (I’m working with at least 5 buyers looking in Sooke at the moment).  Read more

What Is Your Home Worth?

If you want to start an argument on the Internet, or anywhere else, for that matter, start talking about the pros and cons of owning vs renting your home. It’s guaranteed to get people fired up on either side of the argument. Of course, depending on your level of debate, you might never get invited out with that group of friends again. There are points on both sides that make a lot of sense. Let’s take a look: Read more

Sooke Real Estate Statistics – February 2012

One of 20 Single Family Homes That Sold in Sooke in February 2012

For a short month, February seemed to drag on a bit around the Ayres household – must have been that one extra day. Here is my second instalment of real estate statistics for Sooke, for the month of  February 2012. There is definitely a vibe of increased activity in the local marketplace, with properties being snapped up or at the very least, showing activity increasing. Read more

Sooke Real Estate Sales Statistics – January 2012

Where did January go? A fun start to the new year, a short trip to New York, and a couple of snow days and all of a sudden it was February! I’m going to try to keep track of statistics for Sooke at the end of each month and post them here so you can follow along. Along with the numbers, I’ll give you my opinion of what the vibe is like in the market and what the other REALTORS® are saying. Read more

Upcoming First Time Buyer Real Estate Seminar – Sooke, Victoria, BC

Is this the year you stop paying rent and start paying yourself? If you’re considering buying your first home in 2012, you should make sure that you join me on February 15th (Langford) or February 16th (Sooke) for a free and informative interactive seminar – Buying Your First Home.  Read more

24% Buys A Lot Of Gas

Photo Credit: Mutley *--* on Flickr

One of the things that attracts people to Sooke is the price of housing. My clients are always amazed at what they can afford in Sooke compared to Victoria, or even just 20 minutes down the road in Langford. But have you ever wondered just how much cheaper homes are out here? Read more

*SOLD!* Manufactured/Mobile Home For Sale In Sooke – 4 – 6947 Grant Road (Guardian Park)

SOLD! MLS® 301954 – $54,900

Here’s an opportunity for inexpensive living in a family-friendly park close to transit, schools, and all amenities in Sooke! This nicely updated, Read more