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Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

 

Congratulations to those of you who are spending Christmas in your new home for the first time. My wish is that your season will be filled with joy, frivolity, and fun! I give my sincere thanks for your continued trust in me as your realtor.

After 28 years in the business, my life is filled with appreciation for the friends and clients I’ve connected with in this “crazy” but exciting business called Real Estate. Throughout the years, I’ve seen market trends swing up and down and back and forth but the developments of late have been some of the most interesting yet. I predict real estate will be easier to contend with as things level off. Well, until the next unexpected wave comes along.

I’d like to take this opportunity to extend my very best wishes to you and your families. May your home be filled with the smells of fresh baking and pine trees and your New Year be filled with all the success you deserve.

Capital region’s real estate slowdown turns around in May with strong sales

The capital region real estate market’s slow start to 2019 appears to be a thing of the past, according to numbers released Monday by the Victoria Real Estate Board.

Last month, the number of sales and the number of listings both jumped significantly compared with last month and last year.
There were 848 sales last month in the region, up from 696 in April and the 755 recorded in May last year. There were 3,019 active listings at the end of May, a 9.7 per cent increase over April’s 2,751 and a 26.1 per cent increase over the 2,394 listings at the end of May 2018.

Cheryl Woolley, president of the board, said it’s hard to say what was behind the slow start or the improved May numbers.

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April 2019
Deedrie Ballard,
Remax Camosun

Dear Deedrie,

We want to thank you very much on the sale of our home. You listed and sold within a month at a time when the market is very difficult for sellers.

As you know, we tried to sell our house ourselves. We got an MLS listing and held open houses. We had interest at the open houses, many people came and many said they really liked the house, the price and the location, but none of that interest turned into a sale.

Even though we had over 50 groups of people look at our home during the open houses we held, you still had over another 30 at your first open house, plus 8 individual showings in the first week! It appears that the reach of professional realtors is greater than what a private homeowner can do. Thank you!

I believe that people really feel they must have a professional to guide them and let them know the pros and cons of the process of buying a home. A realtor is both trustworthy and independent. They have no underlying interest in the home… and also know which professional to go to for questions if the buyer has any. It is a big expenditure- the biggest the buyer will ever make! And, not one done very often.

We appreciate the help you gave us.
Best regards, G.M. AND M.H. Previous Oak Bay homeowners!