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Sooke’s Seaview Mobile Home Park Eviction Notice Upheld

A rezoning sign has re-appeared at Seaview as of yesterday.

A rezoning sign has re-appeared at Seaview as of yesterday.

I received a phone call yesterday from one of the residents in the Seaview Mobile Home Park, who, along with his neighbours, had been served eviction notice by landlord Jeff Zigay last fall. It seems that what I was afraid of has come to pass: their challenge of the landlord’s eviction notice has failed, and the eviction notice for October 31st, 2009 has been upheld.

Despite Sooke Council adopting a new mobile home park redevelopment policy, Jeff Zigay’s lawyer has found a loophole in either the new policy, or the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act.

My source in the park said that Zigay’s lawyer mentioned that Mr. Zigay intends to live in the mobile home park in one of the cabins on the property and operate a home-based landscaping business, for which he needs vacant possession of his land. To me, this sounds like a loophole in the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act, rather than Sooke’s Mobile Home Park Redevelopment Policy. It appears similar to the Residential Tenancy Act, which allows for eviction of tenants if the landlord is to undertake major upgrades or renovations, or to need vacant possession of the property for personal use. Vancouver Blogger Miss604 has been covering one such situation in the West End of Vancouver.

The residents of this park need help. If you know anyone who has experience in these matters, please contact me, and I’ll get you in touch with one of the park residents. If you’re a news media person, please do the same.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Drive to Sooke in 2 Minutes! [Video]

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Spotted in Sooke: New Definition of Mobile Home

I was driving home to Sooke last week when I saw this on the side of the road, just at the top of the Sooke-a-hala (the double lanes through Metchosin):

Although it’s quite common, I’d never actually seen a house being moved before. A popular solution to affordable housing, people will often buy a lot in Sooke or another location which is affordable, and then move a home on to a foundation they have built.

These houses come at a pretty good price. Sometimes, they’re even free. When a developer buys a piece of land which has a house on it, often the house is offered up for free to anyone who will come and move it off the property. This is a good way for the developer to save on demolition and removal costs, and for an interested party to get a home for next to nothing.

Anyway, I just thoguht I’d share it with you because it’s not something you see every day. The next day this house was gone, presumably on its way to its new location. Anyone know where it went?

If you have any questions about land in Sooke or the possibility of moving a house on to a lot, I’d be happy to help. E-mail me or give me a call at 250-885-0512

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Sooke Road FSBO (For Sale By Owner) Needs a Reality Check

REALITY CHECK!

In this time of change in the real estate market, the marketing services of a professional REALTOR® are more important than ever. Why would a potential buyer look at your home that you’re selling yourself when he or she can see 15 similar homes in the same neighbourhood with the help and guidance of a REALTOR®. How are buyers going to find your place over the listings on the MLS®? The Internet is a powerful tool, to be sure, but again, when there are so many listings with REALTORS® on MLS.ca, why would a buyer look anywhere else?

That being said, there are plenty of for sale by owner signs around town, both the paid FSBO website type, and the dollar-store-neon-orange-and-black budget models.

I’m low on listings at the moment, so I have been sending out information packages and e-mails to selected FSBOs that I see that would be marketable properties. On my way home to Sooke the other day, I saw a FSBO sign on a house on Sooke Road near Luxton Fair Grounds. I jotted down the number, hoping to give the owner a call. I always try and do a little research before I do, and after a bit of Googling, I came across the house on Used Victoria (I’m not going to link directly to it).

I’m not interested in listing this property – at least not until the owner gives his/her head a shake and realizes there’s no way he/she is going to get $519,000(!) for a home on Sooke Road in the Glen Lake area. Not even close. Not even last year.

The ad says it’s “beautifully renovated,” but seriously. Check out these listings and sales over the past few months nearby. A buyer could have a brand new home on a quiet street for what they’re asking for an older home on a Provincial highway!  Homes along Sooke Road are selling (and currently listed) for over $100,000 less than what they’re asking.

If by chance the owner comes across this post, and would like a realistic market evaluation of the property, I’d be more than happy to provide one, free of charge, and without any obligation to list the property with me. I’ll even include a booklet of tips for owners who want to sell their property themselves. In fact, I always offer all of the above to anyone wanting to sell their own home. Just contact me anytime at 250-885-0512 or Tim@TimAyres.ca

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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