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Properties Up Close: 6463 Willowpark Way, Sunriver Estates, Sooke

6463 Willowpark Way, Sunriver Estates, Sooke

Welcome to a new series on What The Sooke!? Each week, I’m going to profile one of my current listings. If you’ve ever checked out my listings before, you know that I’m pretty descriptive and I do my utmost to tell a story about the property I am representing. However, there’s only so much I can do to tell you about my listings, since I don’t live in them! So, I’ve sent out a short questionnaire to the sellers, who’ll tell me in their own words why their property is special.  Read more

SOLD! 2 Houses on 2.7 Ocean View Acres For Sale in Sooke – 8530 West Coast Road

Amazing views from both homes on this property

THIS PROPERTY IS NOW SOLD! To get Tim working for you, call 250-885-0512 or email Tim@TimAyres.ca

Just 7 minutes from the centre of Sooke along the scenic West Coast Road is this outstanding opportunity to own two houses on one 2.76 acre ocean view property. Hear the waves crashing on the rocky shore below – you’re so close it feels like waterfront property!

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SOLD – Langford Condo – Huge 1 Bedroom 1 Bath – Ground Level – 102 – 908 Brock Ave

$229,900 SOLD!

Rarely does such a large one bedroom unit become available! At over 840 square feet, this stylish and conveniently located townhouse-style condo is hard to beat. Perfect for couples of all ages, especially retirees, this stair-free unit exemplifies one-level living at its finest. With a large, sunny Read more

SOLD! House With Suite For Sale In Sooke – 4 Bedrooms 2 Baths – 7047 West Coast Road

SOLD! To get Tim working for you, call 250-885-0512 or email Tim@TimAyres.ca

Step inside this wonderfully updated and maintained family home with over 2400 square feet of space. This home is located just a short stroll from Whiffen Spit Park, a very popular seaside stroll in the town of Sooke. Inside, you’ll love the gleaming hardwood floors and updated kitchen, Read more

Wild Coast Cottages Port Renfrew, West of Sooke

Wild Coast Cottages, Port Renfrew

Today, instead of our usual Sooke REALTOR® tour where we go around to the new listings in Sooke, we had a bus take us out to Port Renfrew for a tour of Three Point Properties‘ new Wild Coast Cottages development. The roughly one hour drive along Highway 14 is entirely different when you’re not driving – lots more time to look around at the absolutely stunning scenery around you: creeks, waterfalls, tall trees, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Olympic Mountains in the background. We even saw three black bears along the roadside.

Arriving on site we found a hub of activity – excavators, builders, trucks, and other workers getting the site ready. Title registration for the first purchasers should be coming in the middle of August. There are already two cottages at the site, one of each floor plan that they’re offering at the moment.

Wild Coast Cottages is more that your average cottage country development. With the usually high cost of recreational property, Three Point is trying to do something different – to keep these architecturally designed west-coast style cottages within reach of the average buyer. To do this has taken innovation for sure. Port Renfrew is pretty remote, and only has a population of about 200 residents. There are no hardware stores, building supply outfits, or large construction companies. So, instead of building the cottages on site, they are framed, built and completely finished, right down to the designer paint colours, 70 kilometres away in Sooke, and trucked up to Renfrew on a flatbed. This enables the builder to save on travel costs, and allows some economies of scale to be realized by “mass-producing” these cottages all in one place.

A breezeway connects the bedroom (pictured) with the living space

The current phase has 24 lots out of the 40 planned, and Three Point has more property in the area that they plan to develop similarly. The property is waterfront, and the cottage owners will have access to a boardwalk and a marina.

The cottages are small – around 400 sq ft, one bedroom and one bathroom. Furnished properly, they will easily sleep a family or group of 4. The two designs they had on site were lovely. One features a breezeway type covered deck joining the living space and the sleeping space and bathroom, and the other was a more traditional layout with everything together and a large deck out front. Finishing is impressive with natural-stained cedar, hardi-board type siding, pitched 50-year metal roofs, and high-end long-lasting composite decking material. These solid units are built to last, and built to withstand the bumpy ride from Sooke to Port Renfrew! The builder boasted that not even a crack in the finished drywall was evident after the transport of the finished cottage to the site.

Small, but ample living spaces define the Wild Coast Cottages

Pull out couch, full kitchen and living/dining space

Wild Coast Cottages sits on gorgeous high-bank waterfront

Overall, I was impressed. I was curious about this project since I first heard about it. Starting at $130,000 and ranging to $160,000 I think the price point is right on. There’s no way you could have a cottage built on a lot for that price, and certainly not a fully serviced (underground wiring, city water, common sewage disposal) lot on a waterfront development.

I won’t be surprised when Three Point sells this phase out.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Upcoming Free Victoria BC Real Estate Seminar: Buying A Home

House for Sale in Sooke

Ah… springtime… when a young person’s thoughts turn to… buying a home, of course! The spring market is here, and many first-time buyers are taking advantage of record low interest rates and making the jump into their own homes.

How much do you need and how can you save for a down payment? What’s the best type of mortgage for you? What homes are available and what sorts of programs are out there to help a first-time buyer?

How will the upcoming mortgage rule changes affect my affordability? Will the HST spoil my dream of home ownership?

All these questions and more will be answered at a fun, free, interactive seminar I’m putting on next month with two other professionals.

A Certified Financial Planner will talk about how to save for that ever-important down payment, and government programs to assist home buyers. Find out the details of how to borrow from your RRSP tax-free to help you buy a house, and other tricks of the trade.

Robert Boyd, Mortgage Expert with Dominion Lending will present on the various types of mortgages that are available, how to apply, and how to get the best rate possible to save you money. Learn about mortgages and rates, amortization and prepayment and take the mystery out of mortgages

Tim Ayres (that’s me!), REALTOR® with Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty will walk you through the home-buying process – how we search for a home together, showings, offers, negotiation and finally, getting the keys to your new home. Find out what to look for, how to ensure you get what you need, and how having an experienced REALTOR® on your side can help.

When: Tuesday, March 30th, 2010, 7PM.

Where: Investors Group Westshore office, 201 – 630 Goldstream [map] – [street view]

The seminar is free, but we have limited space, so please phone me at 250-885-0512, fill in the form below or visit TimAyres.ca/seminars for more information.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Upcoming Free Victoria BC Real Estate Seminar: Buying A Home

House for Sale in Sooke

Is 2010 the year you decide to stop paying rent and invest in your future in the form of your very own home? How much do you need and how can you save for a down payment? What’s the best type of mortgage for you? What homes are available and what sorts of programs are out there to help a first-time buyer?

All these questions and more will be answered at a fun, free, interactive seminar I’m putting on next month with two other professionals.

A Certified Financial Planner will talk about how to save for that ever-important down payment, and government programs to assist home buyers. Find out the details of how to borrow from your RRSP tax-free to help you buy a house, and other tricks of the trade.

Robert Boyd, Mortgage Expert with Dominion Lending will present on the various types of mortgages that are available, how to apply, and how to get the best rate possible to save you money. Learn about mortgages and rates, amortization and prepayment and take the mystery out of mortgages

Tim Ayres (that’s me!), REALTOR® with Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty will walk you through the home-buying process – how we search for a home together, showings, offers, negotiation and finally, getting the keys to your new home. Find out what to look for, how to ensure you get what you need, and how having an experienced REALTOR® on your side can help.

When: February 9th, 2010, 7PM.

Where: Investors Group Westshore office, 201 – 630 Goldstream [map] – [street view]

The seminar is free, but we have limited space, so please phone me at 250-885-0512, fill in the form below or visit TimAyres.ca/seminars for more information.

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Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Real Estate Prices Victoria BC vs Sooke

I’ve been working with quite a few first-time buyers in Victoria lately. It’s become somewhat an exercise in frustration, as the homes that are available in their price ranges (typically under $400,000 without a rental suite/apartment, or under $500,000 with one) have been mostly disappointing, sometimes very much so. In one case, in a beat up currently rented place near Mayfair Mall, the smell in the basement was so unbearable, we left through the side door.

You’ll find the odd gem, but then you’ll often be competing with other buyers when it comes time to make an offer. This is very stressful for first time buyers, and often it pushes the price beyond where they’re comfortable.

My solution: move to Sooke. It’s not that far, yet prices are much friendlier, and the selection of homes is greater. Of course it won’t work for everyone – the couple I was out with this evening both work in Victoria, and she’ll be going back to school to UVic, and he often bikes to work, which are both a bit of a trek from Sooke. Plus they really enjoy the in-town lifestyle, so it just won’t work for them to buy in Sooke. Not that they aren’t tempted!

And for good reason. Let’s compare a couple of houses currently on the market:

House for Sale in Victoria

House for Sale in Victoria

$385,000 – Built in 1948, 3 beds, 1 bath, 950 sqft, 6800 sqft lot in Saanich West. Hard to tell from the pictures, but it looks OK, needing a few updates, and probably a roof too.

House for Sale in Sooke

House for Sale in Sooke

$379,900 – Built in 2007, 3 beds, 2 baths, 1660 sqft, 7300 sqft lot in Sunriver Estates. Essentially a brand-new home, with garage, warranty, gas fireplace, and all sorts of other modern features, in a new subdivision in Sooke.

Searching Sooke, there are 46 other single family homes on the market under $400,000 – ranging from older homes with suites, to brand new homes yet to be built, to rural acreages. This compares with 20 for sale under $400,000 in Victoria (6) Saanich East (7) and Saanich West (7) – which in total is a larger and more dense geographical area than Sooke.

If you don’t mind the drive to work, or if you happen to be self-employed, you really should check out the value for your dollar in Sooke.

That being said, there are still good houses in the first-time buyer price ranges in Victoria proper, and I know I’m going to find this couple the right home. It just so happens that there are more options in Sooke.

If you’re looking for an experienced, dedicated agent to help you buy or sell a home in Sooke, Langford, Colwood, or Victoria, I’d love an interview! Call me any time at 250-885-0512, email Tim@TimAyres.ca or fill in my contact form.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Strata Mondays #7 – Fractional Ownership vs Timeshare

In my continuing series about strata property, Strata Mondays, I answer a different question about condos, townhouses and other strata property in Victoria, Sooke, and British Columbia. Make sure you subscribe via RSS or E-mail to get each new post.

Sooke Harbour Resort and Marina - Fractional Ownership Available

Sooke Harbour Resort and Marina - Fractional Ownership Available

Q. What’s the difference between fractional ownership and timeshare?

A. When most people think of timeshares, they immediately conjure up images of being hauled into a room full of other unsuspecting tourists for a 90-minute hard-sell presentation in exchange for a free dinner or some other activity. Timeshares are popular in many resort destinations around the world, giving people an option to stay in a resort property for several days out of the year. With timeshare, you don’t actually own anything other than a right to occupy the property. Selling a timeshare can be difficult, and prices may not be related to the general market price of similar properties. Rules for selling timeshares are different than that of selling real estate, so engaging a real estate agent to market the timeshare may be impossible.

Fractional ownership is just that. You own a fraction of the property, independent of and along with other owners. Unlike timeshare, your name is registered on title, and you can freely sell your property just like any other piece of real estate in British Columbia. For recreational property, this makes great sense, since you’ll likely only use the property a few weeks out of the year. Why pay the big price and then have it sit empty the rest of the year?

Use of the property is governed by an  agreement between the owners which specifies which owners will have use of the property for which weeks of the year. Often, there is a rotation system in place, which ensures that no single owner will have exclusive rights to the peak season weeks. There is typically a management company and staff on site to handle the upkeep and maintenance of the property on behalf of the owners. In many cases, you can rent out your property if you won’t use all of the weeks of your share.

As with any real estate purchase, it would be well worth your while to engage an experienced REALTOR® to guide you through the process, as well as having a qualified real estate lawyer go over the legal details of the fractional ownership arrangement.

I currently hold the listing for a full ownership unit at Sooke Harbour Resort and Marina – and can also arrange quarter and eighth shares, too.

If you have any questions about strata property that you’d like me to answer, call me at 250-885-0512, send me an email at tim@timayres.ca or fill in my contact form. I’d be happy to help!

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Sooke Real Estate Under $300,000

First Time Buyer? Investor? Looking to stop renting?

There are currently 21 properties as of today (October 20th, 2008) for sale in Sooke under $300,000. And we’re not talking tiny, cramped condos or bachelor pads. The type of properties available for this price range varies from spacious condos and townhouses in waterfront complexes in the Sasseenos area, a small acreage in the Otter Point area, half duplexes in the town core, and even some under-construction brand-new townhouses. The best buy might be the 0.39 acre parcel on Church Road which will be ripe for redevelopment in the future. There are also lots of mobile/manufactured homes in Sooke for between $75,000 – $200,000.

Sooke MLS Real Estate Listings under $300,000

The link above is updated live, so feel free to bookmark it! If you have any questions about how you can get into your own home for under $300,000, give me a call at 250-885-0512 or send me an e-mail to Tim@TimAyres.ca

For your information, a $300,000 property would cost you approximately $1400 per month if you put 5% down and took out a 30-year mortgage, according to RBC’s mortgage calculator, based on a rate of 5.0%. I know several excellent mortgage brokers who can get you pre-qualified with the best rates, saving you thousands of dollars in interest.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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