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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Remembering...Least we Forget those that gave their livesIn Flanders Fieldsby Major Dr. John McCrae, May 1915In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,That mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,Loved and were loved, and now we lieIn Flanders fields.Take up our quarrel with the foe:To you from failing hands we throwThe torch; be yours to hold it high.If ye break faith with us who dieWe shall not sleep,though poppies growIn Flanders fields. On 2 May, 1915, in the second week of fighting during the Second Battle of Ypres Lieutenant Alexis Helmer was killed by a German artillery shell. He was a friend of the Canadian military doctor Majo...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Love this time of year in Victoria. Nature is so close by. I love to take my Mini Poodle for a walk in the Goldstream River Provincial Park. The Photos ops are everywhere, I love go here to capture the river and Salmon spawning...On my way to the Goldstream River I walk down an old road into the campground with some great foliage scenes with the Fall season changes arriving.
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS SUNDAY SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK 1 HOUROfficially Daylight Savings Ends in Victoria BC at 2 Am Sunday Morning. Most of us will turn our Clocks and Watches back one hour when we go to bed Saturday Evening. Computer items Such as iPhones, iPads,LapTops & DeskTop Computers, Etc will automatically adjust themselves back one hour.THE GOOD NEWS WE ALL GET AN EXTRA HOURS SLEEP SUNDAYThis is also a good time to change the batteries in your Smoke and CO2 detectors! Or if you do not have any you can buy one at London Drugs, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Home Hardware, Rona and most Hardware or Electrical supply stores.Have a fun weekend!
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By Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you!
(Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring))
We've all experienced covid lockdowns...the first one in my area lasted for ten weeks, in 2020.   Many media projections were calling for gloom and doom for real estate post-pandemic.   Well, just goes to show that experts never know what's what.   As soon as restrictions lifted, then the secondary  home/rural regions erupted in busyness.    I love my island home...and it has seen its share of buyers seeking what it offers.   What we have ended up experiencing is that there is no post-pandemic, and real estate has arrived at few listings and many buyers.   I call it the flight to rural.    There is a cap on growth in my region, as the beauties of these islands are protected by the government.    Couple that with a real estate market in love with small communities and you know what's com...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
OUR REAL ESTATE MARKET IN VICTORIA IS HOT!! The Single Family market in Victoria BC is HOT, So Values have Changed in most neighbourhoods in Victoria. Maybe it’s time to find out what your home is worth. A shortage of homes for sales is creating a Hot market for home sellers, meaning homes sell very quickly and usually for more money than they are listed for. With so many Buyers competing to buy a home often we have been seeing many Buyers Bidding the asking price up. Often at over $100,000 of the asking price...Well that was the case earlier this Spring. Home owners hearing about homes selling at crazing prices are throwing their homes on the market at maybe unreal asking prices. Many Victoria Home Buyers are now saying Whoa!! I’ll wait this one out, I lost out on trying to buy the las...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Oak Bay Real Estate | Market Review JULY 22, 2021 Oak Bay Real Estate.. Activity-Indicates we're still a Sellers Market in the municipality of Oak Bay. Find Photos and more Details: Here's a Current Oak Bay Homes For Sale.Oak Bay Real Estate... July 22, 2021 Single Family Home Stats:Total Oak Bay Single Family Home Pending Sales = 52 Average Oak Bay Home Pending Selling Price in JULY was $1,998,309.Total Oak Bay Single Family Home SALES & Pending Sales January 1/21 to July 21/21 = 154This 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 July 22/21in Oak Bay Total = 38 Average Askin...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
VICTORIA REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT FOR JUNE Low Inventory and Strong Demand Continue in Victoria Real Estate Market A total of 942 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this June, 16.6 per cent more than the 808 properties sold in June 2020, but 10.2 percent fewer than the previous month of May.  Condominium sales were up 61.7 per cent from June 2020 with 338 units sold. 4 per cent more condominiums sold in June 2021 than in the previous month of May.  Sales of Single Family homes were down 4.3 per cent from June 2020 with 440 sold. 18.1 percent fewer single family homes sold in June 2021 than in the previous month of May. “We are at a point now where we can look at yearly comparisons with a new lens,” said Victoria Real Estate Board President David Langlois.  “In rec...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Victoria Multifamily Apartment Investing can show you a great investment return.Did you know an Apartment Building Investments offers three streams of income, such as rental income, mortgage reduction and appreciation in Victoria, BC.If you would like to learn more about Multifamily Apartment Investing, give me Fred Carver Personnal.Real.Estate.Corporation.  with RE/MAX Camosun a call at 250-413-7042 or email me at Fred@FredCarver.com for Victoria Multifamily Apartment Building Investing.Multifamily Apartment real estate makes a great Investment. Victoria investment real estate near Langford Costco just outside Victoria, BC.Visit many current Listings of  Multifamily Real Estate in Victoria and Vancouver Island.Fred Carver Personal Real Estate CorporationTop-Shelf Service, Top-Notch Res...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Join me with my Live Northridge Video Tour through the Northridge neighbourhood near me in Victoria, BC.It’s a great Saanich neighbourhood in Victoria BC called Northridge in and around Copley Park and the end of Carey Rd around Northridge Elementary School and Panama Flats.There are currently 5 Pending home sales in Northridge with an average home selling price of $995,080. Currently there are No Homes For Sale in the Northridge Neighbourhood!!Watch for New Listings of Northridge Homes For Sale Here:  VictoriaHomesandProperties.com
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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...
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By Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you!
(Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring))
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...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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...
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By Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you!
(Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring))
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...
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By Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you!
(Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring))
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...
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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     
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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!  
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By Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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.
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