Feb 15, 2011: Free Victoria Real Estate Seminar: Buying Your First Home

      Is this the year you buy your first home? There are plenty of great properties on the market, and prices are more attractive than in recent months. Interest rates are still low, but expected to rise this year. How much do you need and how can you save for a down payment?Continue reading “Feb 15, 2011: Free Victoria Real Estate Seminar: Buying Your First Home”

Upcoming Free Victoria Real Estate Seminar: Buying Your First Home

Sure, it’s getting close to Christmas, and no one wants to move, but why not get educated so you can plan for your first home purchase in 2011! There are plenty of great properties on the market, and prices are more attractive than in recent months. Interest rates are experiencing a double-dip with near record-lowContinue reading “Upcoming Free Victoria Real Estate Seminar: Buying Your First Home”

Ocean, Lake, and Other View Properties in Sooke and Victoria – Something to Keep In Mind [Video]

If you’re reading this in a feed reader, you may have to click through to the post to view the video below: http://www.viddler.com/player/ab9386a/ I was out for a run the other day in a 15-or-20 year old subdivision in Sooke. Running up Henlyn Road in the John Muir neighbourhood of Sooke which has amazing, sweepingContinue reading “Ocean, Lake, and Other View Properties in Sooke and Victoria – Something to Keep In Mind [Video]”

Free Real Estate Seminars

I will be co-hosting a series of real estate seminars on Thursday, June 11th at the Juan de Fuca Library, beside the rec centre on the Island Highway. Joining  me are Alexis Mills, a mortgage broker, and Jeremy Kimm, a financial planner, for three different perspectives about buying and selling real estate. We have twoContinue reading “Free Real Estate Seminars”

First Time Buyer Friday #10 – How Does Rent To Own Work?

In my continuing series, First-Time-Buyer Fridays, I answer a common question from a first-time buyer. If you have a question to submit, first-time-buyer or experienced investor, put one in the comments below, or fire me an e-mail at Tim@TimAyres.ca. Q. I’ve heard about people being able to rent-to-own a home? Is this legit? How doesContinue reading “First Time Buyer Friday #10 – How Does Rent To Own Work?”

First-Time-Buyer Friday #2 – Needs vs Wants

Q. There are lots of potential homes in my price range. How can I narrow down the field so I don’t waste time viewing homes I really have no interest in buying? A. Many first time buyers are hit with this problem. Often, because they’re just starting out and want to make sure they don’tContinue reading “First-Time-Buyer Friday #2 – Needs vs Wants”

Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #253

November 12th, 2008 Effort, people! How much extra effort would it have taken the REALTOR® who took this picture to turn off the TV and computer monitor, move the TV tray-table, rolled up carpet, dumbbells, and shoo the cat away? Not much, but it would have improved this picture immensely! See all the usual suspectsContinue reading “Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #253”

Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #252

November 11th, 2008 It’s great that the fan works. The REALTOR® has proven that with this motion-blurred shot. But what does the room look like? It’s all about context. This picture doesn’t tell the buyer anything about the listing. See all the usual suspects here. –Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional Your comments areContinue reading “Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #252”

Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #249, #250 and #251

Triple Feature! Something went screwy with the scheduled posts function on my blog this weekend, and Saturday and Sunday’s photos disappeared. I was without internet access this weekend and was unaware that the problem existed until this morning. November 8th, 2008 It’s great that the REALTOR® turned on the lamp, but unfortunately it’s become theContinue reading “Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #249, #250 and #251”

Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #248

November 7th, 2008 This room is pretty small, so it’s hard to take a photo of it without a wide-angle lens. It’s a family home, so there is bound to be a few kids’ toys hanging around, and they’re rather organized in this shot. The blind should be open, though, to let in some naturalContinue reading “Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #248”