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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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DEER IN YOUR YARD.... TOO?This Works!I found the following tip to keep Deer out of my Flowers from a Book I bought “Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden”, 2nd Edition. By “Rhona Massingham Hart”.I found Lots of great suggestions in her book. One that I found worked for me….. How do I know my Neighbours said they watched Deer bypass my yard and not their yards? Several Neighbours asked me what I was doing to keep Deer out of my Flower beds?Easy read in her Book on page  109….HAIRHuman hair is saturated with our scent which proves to be an effective deterrent against wild Deer. Rhona says in this chapter more-Urbanized Deer are far too sophisticated to be put off by Human hair and generally a waste of time.Hair from Predators, when available, works well. No need to shave a Cougar or Lion : Dog...
By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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BC ASSESSMENT HAVE BEEN MAILED OUT ARE THEY UP TO-DATE IN TODAY'S CRAZING MARKET.If you are wondering if your BC Assessment reflect a true market Value of your home. If You Have Questions Lets Talk. In the Meantime take a moment to watch my YOUTUBE VIdeo below.BC ASSESSMENT HAVE BEEN MAILED OUT
By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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5 Easy Things to do Before Putting Your Home on the Market https://youtu.be/iN0zef20GbI  Have a pre-sale home inspection. Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin.   Organize and clean. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine.   Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn our or will need to...
By Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you!
(Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring))
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January has a grey palette in the great Pacific Northwest Coast.  Pearl, charcoal, silver, pewter...but grey... in cloud, in sea, in bare tree branches poking out of shadowed forests.   In our minds, though, we can see the summer-summer frame.  Always good to do a little daydreaming, to remember the pleasures of a beach, the sparkle of the sea in July.  It reminds us that nothing stays the same.  After the grey comes that special summer blue.  In the middle of change, where all the usual and relied upon anchors have been uprooted, it's good to think about past happinesses, to replace the grey with the blue.  It's our choice, always.  Isn't that what all the great philosophies teach?  Attitude is the thing.Do  we choose the sparkle palette or the grey?   Hmmm.....   There are lots of doo...
By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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The 2020 Victoria Real Estate Market Year in Review  A total of 631 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this December, 57 per cent more than the 402 properties sold in December 2019 and a 20.6 percent decrease from November 2020. Sales of condominiums were up 61.2 percent from December 2019 with 195 units sold. Sales of single family homes increased 58.6 percent from December 2019 with 314 sold. A grand total of 8,497 properties sold over the course of 2020, 17.1 percent more than the 7,255 that sold in 2019. 2020 sales came in close to one thousand sales over the ten-year average of 7,329 properties. “This has been an unexpected year on many levels,” says 2020 Victoria Real Estate Board President Sandi-Jo Ayers. “The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March and Apri...
By Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you!
(Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring))
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So, is there anything at all that hasn't changed?   Hmmm....it all seems new new new.    In my tiny island home, we are experiencing the other side of turning to an online world.  With another closure underway (the provincial government says: no travel unless you have to...in an effort to flatten the curve of phase 2 covid outbreaks), we are seeing businesses decide to close for good.   All tourism economy regions are hard hit.   Although in that first phase of the virus, around March 12th, retail stores that could do so did work to become online savvy, not all were able to do this.  The flip side of marketing that they can be reached online is that this digital world puts everyone in a global marketplace.  That means someone here is in competition with something similar in Paris, in Se...
By Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you!
(Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring))
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More closures?   More invitations not to visit?   In my small rural island, with a tourism based economy, the closures earlier this year brought many small businesses to near extinction.  The openings over the summer season, throughout this province, allowed many to "hang on".   Now we are in our traditional wet coast moment (yes, the great Pacific Northwest Coast is a rainy area), and it's not possible to sit out in patio dining spaces or coffee stops.   What will the restaurants and coffee places do, between now and March?   What about those tourism based businesses?  Everyone can't pivot to the online platforms.    Everyone can't work from home.Some very beautiful (but very small) areas on the wild west coast are asking city dwellers not to visit right now.  Lots of online think tank...
By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN TO FALL BACK NOVEMBER 1/2020 How Time Travels...It's Time Again to Turn Your Clocks Back an Hour at 2 AM Nov 1....Good News we all get an Extra Hours Slept. Replace the Batteries in your Smoke Detectors Adjust Clocks on Electronic Devices such as STOVES, DVD'S, VCR'S, and CAR CLOCKS Plus Microwaves and Coffee Pots Adjust clocks on timed lighting,  automatic sprinklers and thermostats     
By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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New garage doors nearly pay for themselves! Wondering which other upgrades retain the most value when you sell? Send me a message to find out more!. fred@fredcarver.com or text me 250-413-7042Source: New Garage Doors Nearly Pay for Themselves!  
By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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FUNNY FRIDAYS TGIFF-I'M TRYING TO MAKE THE HOUSE PRESENTABLE FOR BUYERS......COULD GO FISHING FOR A DAY? As we prepare for our weekend , I chuckled at this Cartoon.  Have a fun and successful weekend :O) TGIFF Thank God it’s Funny Friday’s Source: VictoriaHomesAndProperties.
By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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HOW TO AVOID WATER DAMAGE CLAIMS WHEN BUYING A CONDO AS THE SAYING GOES ….WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND.. Back in the early 70’s when Condos started to show in the real estate market as new affordable housing. Many Victoria Builders and Developers started building condos. Some of these Builders had years of building multifamily rental apartment buildings. They soon discovered the New Condos needed more than what an Apartment suite style Condominium offered.  Suite sizes,needed to be larger that a rental building as many Condo buyers were downsizing  from a Single family home Insuite Laundry was soon offered but with hesitation due to added costs and worry of adding a water appliance into a multi story building.  Hot Water Tanks were finally added in these New Condo units, as central hot...
By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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CHECK OUT MY VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE TOUR AND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD NEARBYIn Today's real estate market, showing homes can be sensitive with Buyers and Sellers alike. Due to the risks of catching the very contagious Coronavirus, home Sellers are worried about strangers coming into their home.For many years I have done a walk through video tour showing a Home or Condo without the need of being there. Home Buying Consumers love it, especially out of town home buyers. Taking a Video Walk Through for a Video Open House Tour My Home sellers today ask me to do a Video Open House Tour to send to possible home buyers of a Video Tour of their home. I place the Virtual Open House Tour on  our MLS and my online presence on Social Media and my Websites and Blogs.Check one of my latest Video Open House of a ...
By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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FUNNY FRIDAYS TGIFF-HE'S RIGHT-WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT-DO WE REALLY NEED INDOOR PLUMBING? As we prepare for our weekend , I chuckled at this Cartoon.  Have a fun and successful weekend :O) TGIFF Thank God it’s Funny Friday’s Source: VictoriaHomesAndProperties.com
By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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QUITE TOP FLOOR FAIRFIELD 2 BED 2 BATH CONDO $399,000 Excellent quiet location, #402-1031 Burdett Ave  Southwest facing condo in move in condition.  Wood flooring in the entrance and dining room and new carpets in living room and bedrooms, efficient galley kitchen. Naturally bright home with 2 skylights and a spacious enclosed balcony. Lots of storage room.  Corner Heatilator fireplace in living room. Generous master bedroom that will easily accommodate 2 twin beds or a king size Good sized second bedroom with a space saving Murphy bed.   Easy walk to the popular Cook Street Village shopping, downtown Victoria and the Victoria Waterfront.  The building includes a common laundry, secure bike storage, and meeting room. The condo includes a parking space. Pets allowed and no age restrictio...
By Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you!
(Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring))
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Who knew that the ten week closures in my province would unleash a storm of real estate activity?   Who knew that happy techies and millenials and retirees, thinking that a city lifestyle, walking distance to every lovely little thing to enjoy, might turn out to be a negative?  Who knew that the online world would be so quick to be put in place?   Well, all sudden shifts only seem that way when sudden change hits.   Often, the changes were subtly there, earlier.   The rise of the rural area as a lifestyle choice seems to be a solid one.   When they sell, those city mice are off to find their forever home in a country mouse setting.   The trouble?   Lack of inventory, and we all know what that means...rising prices.   With the ability for everyone to consider a work-from-home lifestyle, ...
By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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Oak Bay Real Estate | Market Review August 19, 2020 Oak Bay Real Estate.. Activity-Indicates heading to a Sellers Market in Oak Bay. Find Photos and Details Here on Current Oak Bay Homes For Sale.Oak Bay Real Estate... August 19, 2020 Single Family Home Stats:Total Oak Bay Single Family Home Sales = 15 Average Oak Bay Home Pending Selling Price in August was $ 1,383,777.Total Oak Bay Single Family Home SALES & Pending Sales January 1 to August 19 = 150This report may not indicate a market trend in the coming months in Oak Bay BC, however it should give you an idea of the current Oak Bay Real Estate activity with Oak Bay single family homes,  (since January). Number of Single Family Homes Currently For Sale on August 19/20in Oak Bay Total = 89 Average Asking Price = $2,146,023 (83 homes ...
By Darrell Backen, Digital Marketing
(Darrell Backen 1.855.216.6010)
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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PART 2-CALCULATING CAP RATE FOR VICTORIA BC APARTMENT INVESTMENTSEE- Part 1- CALCULATING CAP RATE FOR APARTMENT BC INVESTMENT Using Cap Rates In Victoria Wisely1 Calculating CAP rates to quickly compare similar Victoria Apartment investment opportunities. The cap rate basically represents the estimated percent return an investor might make on an all-cash purchase of the property. Because of this, cap rate is a good statistic to use when comparing a potential acquisition to other investment opportunities of a similar nature. Cap rates allow quick, rough comparisons of the earning potential of investment properties and can help you narrow down your list of choices.[6]For example, let's say that we're considering buying two pieces of property in the same neighborhood. One has a cap rate of...
By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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Part 1- How To Calculate CAP Rate for Victoria BC Apartment Investment Real estate investors rely upon a variety of types of information when negotiating for income producing properties - for instance, the desirability of the property's current location and/or any prospective changes in the neighborhood are two common factors. One crucial piece of information that helps investors make their decision is called the capitalization rate (or "cap rate"). The cap rate (expressed as the ratio of the property's net income to its purchase price) allows investors to compare properties by evaluating a rate of return on the investment made in the property.[1][2] If you are considering an investment property, then you may want to calculate the cap rate first and then use it to help you make your dec...

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