It seems that the times of historic-low interest rates are behind us – for the foreseeable future anyway. So what happens if your mortgage is due for renewal in 2023? Maybe you are one of the lucky ones to lock in a 5-year rate at 2.0% or less over the last two years, and youContinue reading “What Do I Do If I Can’t Afford To Renew My Mortgage?”
Author Archives: Tim Ayres
5 Reasons To Go See Camelot This Weekend and Next
Hello (again) world. It’s been a long time since I posted anything on this blog, despite having it completely redesigned many months ago. What better reason to write than to promote the upcoming Sooke Harbour Players production of Camelot The Pantomime! Tickets are just $22 for adults, and $16 for seniors (65+) and youth (6-17).Continue reading “5 Reasons To Go See Camelot This Weekend and Next”
Free Real Estate Seminar In Sooke: Buying Your First Home
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 isContinue reading “Free Real Estate Seminar In Sooke: Buying Your First Home”
Sooke Real Estate In Review 2015
Overall, 2015 was a great year for real estate in Sooke. Sales were up markedly, and prices also increased across the region. I’ve compiled a few statistics, and also the top five most-and-least expensive single family homes in Sooke this year. Finally, I’ll talk about predictions for 2016. Read on…
Sooke Christmas Lights Map 2015
Last night, I piled the family in the car and went out in search of the best Christmas lights displays in Sooke. While I didn’t have time to drive every street in Sooke, I think I covered a lot of ground, from up Otter Point Road, over to Broomhill, down Whiffen Spit, and Sunriver Estates. I’dContinue reading “Sooke Christmas Lights Map 2015”
82% of Sooke Home Sales Unaffected By Federal Mortgage Insurance Rule Changes
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.
Hallowe’en 2015 In Sooke
Happy October, and Happy Hallowe’en! The big night is almost here, and it’s nice that it is on a weekend so we can all enjoy it. I’m not sure the weather is going to cooperate for the little ghouls and ghosts trick-or-treating, but there are still lots of fun family activities going on. Read on…Continue reading “Hallowe’en 2015 In Sooke”
Sooke Real Estate Update – Fall 2015
Sales up, listings down. Prices…? It has been a busy spring and summer market for real estate in Sooke and all over the greater Victoria region. In the overall Victoria Real Estate Board trading area, sales as of August 31 showed a 21.7% increase in number of sales for August 2015 over August 2014, andContinue reading “Sooke Real Estate Update – Fall 2015”
Sooke Real Estate Information Night – Come and Learn!
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, KerryContinue reading “Sooke Real Estate Information Night – Come and Learn!”
A Return to a Seller’s Market in Greater Victoria?
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.