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Since I first posted about the plight of the residents of the Seaview Mobile Home Park in Sooke, I’ve had quite the response from residents of the park and observers of the situation. I even had a comment the other day that was so defamatory that I was afraid to post it and I deleted it. Libel and slander are not why I started a blog.
It’s understandable – this is human drama in the purest form. A disadvantaged group of tenants at the mercy of a landlord. These struggles have gone on for centuries and always cause emotions to run high. I am honoured that the residents are choosing my blog as a forum to express their comments, and I thank the two residents of the park that have taken the time to e-mail me to update the situation.
Ever since I wrote last week about Sooke Council passing the mobile home park resident protection bylaw, I wondered how it would affect Seaview, since they were given the eviction notice before the bylaw was passed. I feared that if the eviction notice was lawful, the residents would be forced to leave.
I got an e-mail yesterday from a resident of the park who informed me that the residents are disputing the eviction on the grounds that it was illegally served. This person further stated that even if the eviction notice is valid, that the landlord will have to relocate or buy up the units at fair market value. It would appear then that the District of Sooke’s new policy will apply to the residents, which is some good news.
I will keep updating as I get more information.
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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.
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.
Due to MLS® advertising rules, I’ve decided that I can’t offer the tour summary any longer. I thought about this all last week, and came to the conclusion it could come across as advertising other agents’ listings, which is not allowed under our Rules of Cooperation. 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 contact me at 250-885-0512and 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!
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!
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This blog is administered and written by Tim Ayres. Tim Ayres is a licensed REALTOR® with Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty. Tim can be reached at 250-885-0512 or 250-642-6361. Questions? Suggestions? Visit the Contact Page and let me know.