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Usually I try to stay out of political topics and hotbeds.  As my good Thai friend would always say during conversation - No Politics, No Religion - Only Good Times...  But the latest debate about smoking in public parks makes me want to break my rule about staying silent on difficult topics.  In short, my view is this - stop wasting energy trying to get smoking out of our parks and put that energy into an initiative to get rid of cigarette butt litter.

First off, I am a non-smoker but I have smoked in my youth. I support most smoke free initiatives.  I have recently listed a condo in a smoke free building and I think this is an excellent concept.  Second, my first career was as a respiratory therapist. I've seen the end result of smoking addiction.   I've seen people incapacitated from a simple common cold due to their chronic lung disease.  I've seen patients in their 40's and 50's with end stage emphysema.  Yet I still don't support banning smoking in our public parks.  People are still going to smoke and if they are outside and away from building entrances, that's good enough for me.  

I can really appreciate how far we have come in the past decades.  Can you remember going to a restaurant and being asked if you want smoking or non-smoking seating?  Like the whole restaurant didn't smell of smoke and the mythical barrier between non-smoking and smoking somehow kept the smoke to one side.  In Canada, we've removed smoking from all indoor public spaces and we even keep it away from our doorways when smokers are outside.  We won't let parents drive and smoke with children in the car.   But, despite these rules, smoking still continues.  Have you ever been to a rock concert?  At almost every concert I've attended, both cigarettes and joints are frequently lit up.  Madonna complained about the pot smoke at her concert and Britney Spears walked off stage for 45 minutes for the same reason.  I'm sure parents are still smoking in their cars with children.  Even if they aren't, smoking at home with children is just as toxic to them.  Is the next law going to make it illegal for parents to smoke in front of their children?  Who is going to enforce that?

Why don't I support any attempts to ban smoking in public parks?  There comes a point when the public has to police themselves.  If you are at the beach and don't like someone smoking then talk to the smoker and ask them to move, do something about it yourself or move away from the offensive smell.  If someone is smoking around a children's play area, tell them it's inappropriate and ask them to move away.  

My friends from Singapore visited last summer and we took them for a picnic at Jericho beach in Vancouver.  They had no idea that the parks had a smoking ban.  I will always remember the image of my two friends walking up to our picnic table, both smoking cigarettes without a care in the world.  They couldn't believe it when we told them that they weren't allowed to smoke in the park.   So they had to go to the curb of the road, with no sidewalk, for each fix.  It's going to be interested to see the lawsuit from the first smoker hit by a car because there are no designated areas within the park for them to light up.  Why are there no designated smoking areas in such a huge park?

My biggest problem with the attempts to ban smoking in public parks is that it is misdirected energy.  In my honest opinion, the next important step in Canada's anti-smoking legislation is to make throwing away cigarette butts illegal.  This initiative is long overdue.  I can't believe we still allow this.  How is a cigarette butt exempt from our littering laws?  The mess from cigarette butts is astounding - look at the thousands of butts picked up each year by the shoreline clean up crews.  Cigarette butts are harmful to our oceans, birds, and other wildlife - and they look disgusting.   In dry months, they cause forest fires but we still haven't made it illegal to throw a burning ember out of your car!  To facilitate this change, each city/municipality will have to provide cigarette disposal bins but the cost would be worth it.  Victoria would look a lot more beautiful without cigarette butts on every street. 

My best friend is a hard core cigarette addict.  I haven't seen him throw away a cigarette butt in years.  He uses the ashtray in his vehicle.  He carries an Altoids tin as his portable ashtray.  He does not smoke around non smokers, he walks away and has one privately.   Smokers can be considerate so maybe we should be considerate of them too.

 

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What can I say?  It happens...

Last night at 6pm, just after dark, I was showing my Clarence House condo to someone I hadn't met before.  The carpets had just been cleaned a couple of days ago.  In walks the handsome couple and the lady's shoe is caked in dog poop.  Somehow she managed to step in this on the brief journey from her car to the condo.  She didn't notice it in the entry, in the elevator, or in the hallway.  But once she stepped onto the pale beige carpet, and started leaving footprints,  it was pretty obvious.

She removed her shoes and put them in the hallway but it was hard for her to focus after that.  She was embarrased and kept bringing up her poopy footprints on the carpet.  I told her not to worry, I'd take care of it, it wasn't too bad.  But I don't think she ever recovered enough to really appreciate the spacious condo and it's wonderful views.  Poop can be a bit of a distraction.

So thank you, mystery James Bay dog owner, for leaving your dog's poop in the open for someone to step in.  You may have cost me a sale.  I don't have a dog specifically because I don't want to pick up poop.  Even a litter box for cats is too much for me - my next cat is going to learn to use the toilet.  If you can't pick up your dog poop, don't have a dog.   

Dog comedy 
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Ok.  For those of you that think REALTORS® have it so easy, read on...

A couple of days ago, I had a random call on one my listings.  The young lady on the phone wanted to see the house as soon as possible.  She was calling at 2pm but was unable to view it until 6pm.  I suggested 615pm.  I was fully booked already and was squeezing the viewing in between appointments at 5pm and 7pm.  

My 5pm appointment ran late and, like a fool, I locked my garage access fob in the car (parked in the garage).  At 555pm, I was frantically trying to sneak back into parking so I could get to my car and drive to the appointment.   Success!  I snuck in - thanks to someone not watching the gate as they drove in.  

I'm racing out to the viewing when I get a call at 6:00pm.  This time it's the boyfriend/husband of the random caller.  "Hi, we have an appointment at 6 o'clock.  Just wondering where you are?"  I reminded them that I said 6:15 and I was on my way.  He didn't sound impressed.  I don't think he believed me that 6:15 was the actual booked time.

I'm two minutes away from the house, on time at 6:13pm, when the guy calls back and, quite rudely, says not to bother as they're not interested.  Sigh...  Really?  I just drove a half hour out of my way and now you're not even going to have a peek.  No apologies for wasting my time, wasting the seller's time during dinner hour, nothing.

What does a guy say?  Nothing...  There's no point in getting angry.  Is this because the customer is always right?  No! But sometimes there is just no point.  

This isn't the first time.  At least this couple actually showed up to the house, albeit too early.  A couple of years ago, someone asked me to show a house at Latoria Walk in Colwood at 5pm on a Friday.  This is the worst possible time to travel to Colwood.  I lived in Gordon head and it took me one hour to get there.  He never showed up.  I called him and he said that he forgot about it.   No apologies offered.  Did I say anything?  No.  I just showed it to him on Sunday.  He didn't buy it and wasn't interested in working with an agent. 

I've been getting a lot of calls from buyers not working with REALTORS® lately.  They always want to see the property right away or within a few hours.  I have to drop everything and make it happen.  Of course I will still do it!  I want to sell the property first and foremost, but I also want to find new buying clients to work with.  The problem is most of the self shoppers are REALTOR® haters to begin with, or they just think we do nothing and we're unnecessary.  I'm probably not going to convert these people to future clients.  But there is still a chance they will fall in love with the property...

Here's the thing, if you make an appointment to see a property - show up and view it.  Better yet, drive by first!  Don't waste the time of the sellers and agents by showing up and knowing, without going in, that you don't want it.  There is no excuse.  It's just rude. 

My 7pm appointment was with sellers whose house I had sold in December.  I've been working with them as buyers.  They were so sweet and thankful for all that I had done so far.  It eased the sting.  

 
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This Christmas I went to visit my wife's family in Saskatoon.   The weather was stuck at -20 to -30 degrees, before windchill.  The last Christmas we spent with them in Saskatchewan was in 1996.   There's nothing like a visit to a prairie province in the winter to reinforce how lucky we are to live in Victoria.  I distincly remember my first Christmas here in 2003.  I was walking along Dallas road on Christmas Eve and it was sunny and warm.

My wife and I moved here from Vancouver.  After 10 years in the Big Smoke, we desired a smaller community but didn't know where to go.  So we packed up into storage and went travelling for a year in Southeast Asia.  That year off redefined our lives.  We fell in love with Thailand and Cambodia and have since returned four times for extended visits.  

After the first trip, we were in culture shock returning to our own country.  Vancouver seemed as big as Bangkok and we knew we could never return there.  A friend in Victoria was babysitting our cat so we decided to come here for a month to end our year off.  We fell in love immediately.  I'd never fallen in love with a Canadian city before so I knew we had to stay.  Island people are some of the friendliest and quirkiest people you will ever meet.  This island is the size of Holland but the people here still have the low-key, laissez-faire attitude that I saw in the most remote islands of Thailand.  We were hooked.

Our first year was spent at Portage Inlet.  This is a fantastic area, a tidal inlet just 10 minutes from downtown.  It's also a federal bird sanctuary and we saw wildlife daily.  Every night the same flock of ducks came to our backyard.  Swans had a nest on the other side of the inlet and visited regularly.  Salmon spawned around us in the fall.  I saw a bald eagle swooping down and attacking a duck.  Herons stalked the low waters for fish or perched in the trees like caped vampires.  There is nothing to compare with a good water view and, luckily, we have many of these properties in Victoria.

Victoria is 20 minutes from heaven in any direction.  No matter where you live, there will be something spectacular from your home that is just 20 minutes away by foot, bike, or car.  When I lived in Gordon Head, I had Mt. Doug (bike), Arbutus Cove/Hollydene park (foot), and Swan Lake/Christmas Hill (car).  Now I've moved to James Bay and I have to compile a new list of 20 min faves.  Dallas road is the obvious foot contender.  I've only been in the neighborhood a couple of days but I love it already - such a friendly community.  

I maintain a fan page for Victoria on Facebook, www.facebook.com/welovevictoria.  (Here's a link: #mce_temp_url#).  Please "like" the page.  I do not use it for any commercial purposes and will not allow commercial posts on the page.   I've found some great photographers who use Victoria as their muse and I frequently share their photos on the page.  My challenge to newcombers is to identify your 20 minutes to heaven from your doorstep and post a photo on the Facebook page.

This is an incredible city.  Don't take it for granted.   

Rainbows at Portage Inlet 
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Ok.  Here goes.  My resolution is to blog more this year.   My other resolution is to improve my grammar.  But you will have to stick with the poor grammar for now and it will improve as the year progresses and I tackle the second resolution.  I blame my deteriorating grammar on years of charting in acute health care.   When you only have a minute or two to write an assessment on one of your room full of patients, grammar goes out the window.   That's my excuse anyway.  Sad thing is I'm actually an accomplished writer.  I sold a bible for a TV series in 2003.  It died a slow death in pre-production hell but that wasn't my fault.  They hired another writer to tackle the pilot.  Gave him $80k to write something completely unfilmable.  They should have stuck with me, the guy with the great ideas and excessive commas.
But let's talk about real estate for a moment.  It's time to reflect on 2012.   I had a couple of career first time events.  
First time for me, hopefully not the last - a buyer walked into a listing and offered full price (inspection was the only condition).  The sellers and I were absolutely gob smacked.  The house had been on the market for over a year with several price reductions.  The sellers had switched agents and came to me looking for a deal on the listing commission as they were dropping their price again and needed to save as much as they could.   One month later, a buyer was on the doorstep and loved the house so much she offered full price.  The sellers did very well with commission savings on this sale.  With my listings, I offer the standard rate of $3% of the 1st 100k & 1.5% balance for commission to the buyers agents to keep my listings competitive with all the other listings on the market.  If I represent the buyer, this amount drops to 1%.  So the sellers ended up saving on both the listing and buying ends of the commission, plus a full price offer.  Perhaps the strangest component of this scenario is the buyer had no Internet and found the listing through one of my paper ads.  Print ads account for about 2% of real estate sales and a lot of agents don't like to put the cash out for ads with such a poor return.  I have to admit that I was also having trouble paying the expensive fees for print ads ($12k spent in 2011 advertising my listings only).  Needless to say, I will be continuing with print ads for my listings.  
Second, I had my own house on the market.  This is the first time since I became a REALTOR in 2006 that I've sold a property.  I chose to list with Bruce McCalla instead of listing my own house.  Bruce and I do a lot of work together and it felt right.  My insurance won't cover me if I list my own house anyway.  It was an exhausting process.  I started preparing the house in May.  I painted the house inside and out, cleared out truck loads of stuff we didn't need anymore, and staged a couple of rooms that needed help.  I spent two and a half months just getting the house ready and looking it's finest.  We listed in July and our 2 bedroom, 1200 sq.ft. house in Gordon Head hit the market for $510k.  We had offers almost immediately but the price never exceeded $460k.  We dropped our price to $499, $489k, and finally to $484,900.  Our assessed value was $493k.  I'd put $30k into the house over 5 years.  It was immaculate.  But, after five offers, the best we could get was $465k.   
It took us 115 days to sell.  Gordon Head is one of our strongholds in Victoria.  The area has a reputations of holding its value and properties usually sell quickly there.  I knew the market was bad but the repeated low offers really drove the point home.   Many of my clients didn't even get the low offers last year so maybe Gordon Head is still strong after all.  My wife and I are house sitting for the next four months in James Bay.  This will give us a good period of time to watch the market before we make our next move.  Economists aren't exactly painting a rosy picture of what's ahead.   Sad state of affairs when the "hot" property on the block is fielding offers $40-50k below listing price.  
By the way, I have the same complaints that anyone else has while their property is on the market.  Agents were often late for scheduled appointments, someone dropped something on my kitchen floor and chipped the laminate floor, someone eating potato chips left a pile of broken chips behind my couch (who eats while viewing?), the inspector went one hour over his allotted time, my signs disappeared - you name it!  I hear the complaints all the time.  I get it.  Trust me.  Some people are just disorganized.  
For my business in 2013, I remain optimistic.  I'm getting another MLS award for 2012, the third year in a row.  I know I'm doing the right things.  I represent my properties very well and my advertising system is working.  I continue to sell even in these slow markets.  I own a branch of Fair Realty at 1564 Fort St and I really enjoy having a professional area to meet with clients and agents.  I'm at a point of my career where I can have a partner and will start interviewing candidates for this soon.  In March, I'm writing the managing broker exam.  I've completed the course already but didn't have time to write during the process of getting my house sold.   
I'm eager to get started.   
Ok.  Here goes.  My resolution is to blog more this year.   My other resolution is to improve my grammar.  But you will have to put up with the poor grammar for now and it will improve as the year progresses and I tackle the second resolution.  I blame my deteriorating grammar on years of working as a respiratory therapist in acute health care.   When you only have a minute or two to write an assessment on one of your room full of patients, grammar goes out the window.   That's my excuse anyway.  Sad thing is I'm actually an accomplished writer.  I sold a bible for a TV series in 2003.  It died a slow death in pre-production hell but that wasn't my fault.  They hired another writer to tackle the pilot.  Gave him $80k to write something completely unfilmable.  They should have stuck with me, the guy with the great ideas and excessive commas.

But let's talk about real estate for a moment.  It's time to reflect on 2012.   I had a couple of career first time events.  

First time for me, hopefully not the last, a buyer walked into a listing and offered full price (inspection was the only condition).  The sellers and I were absolutely gob smacked.  The house had been on the market for over a year with several price reductions.  The sellers had switched agents and came to me looking for a deal on the listing commission as they were dropping their price again and needed to save as much as they could.   One month later, a buyer was on the doorstep and loved the house so much she offered full price.  The sellers did very well with commission savings on this sale.  With my listings, I offer the standard rate of $3% of the 1st 100k & 1.5% balance for commission to the buyers agents to keep my listings competitive with all the other listings on the market.  If I represent the buyer, this amount drops to 1%.  So the sellers ended up saving on both the listing and buying ends of the commission, plus a full price offer.

Perhaps the strangest component of this scenario is the buyer had no Internet and found the listing through one of my paper ads.  Print ads account for about 2% of real estate sales and a lot of agents don't like to put the cash out for ads with such a poor return.  I have to admit that I wasn't happy paying the expensive fees for print ads ($12k spent in 2011, print advertising for my listings only).  Needless to say, I will be continuing with print ads for my listings because you just never know which advertising method will reach the customer.

Second, I had my own house on the market.  This is the first time since I became a REALTOR in 2006 that I've sold my own property.  I chose to list with Bruce McCalla instead of listing my own house.  Bruce and I do a lot of work together and it felt right.  My insurance won't cover me if I list my own house anyway.  It was an exhausting process.  I started preparing the house in May.  I painted the house inside and out, cleared out truck loads of stuff we didn't need anymore, and staged a couple of rooms that needed help.  I spent two and a half months just getting the house ready and looking it's finest.  We listed in July and our 2 bedroom, 1200 sq.ft. house in Gordon Head hit the market for $510k.  We had offers almost immediately but the offered price never exceeded $460k.  We dropped our listing price to $499k, $489k, and finally to $484,900.  Our assessed value was $493k.  I'd put $30k into the house over 5 years.  It was immaculate.  But, after five offers, the best we could get was $465k.   

It took us 115 days to sell.  Gordon Head is one of our strongholds in Victoria.  The area has a reputation of holding its value and properties usually sell quickly.  I knew the market was bad but the repeated low offers really drove the point home.   Many of my clients didn't even get the low offers last year so maybe Gordon Head is still strong after all.  My wife and I are house sitting for the next four months in James Bay.  This will give us a good period of time to watch the market before we make our next move.  Economists aren't exactly painting a rosy picture of what's ahead.   Sad state of affairs when the "hot" property on the block is fielding offers $40-50k below listing price.  

By the way, I have the same complaints that my clients have while their property is on the market.  Agents were often late for scheduled appointments, someone dropped something on my kitchen floor and chipped the laminate floor, someone eating potato chips left a pile of broken chips behind my couch (who eats while viewing?), the inspector went one hour over his allotted time, my signs disappeared - you name it!  I hear the complaints all the time.  I get it.  Trust me.  Some people are just disorganized and others are plain ignorant. 

For my business in 2013, I remain optimistic.  I'm getting another MLS award for 2012, the third year in a row.  I know I'm doing the right things.  I represent my properties very well and my advertising system is working.  I continue to sell even in these slow markets.  I own a branch of Fair Realty at 1564 Fort St and I really enjoy having a professional area to meet with clients and agents.  I'm at a point in my career where I can have a partner and will start interviewing candidates for this soon.  In March, I'm writing the managing broker exam.  I've completed the course already but didn't have time to write the exam during the process of getting my house sold.   I really want to recruit more agents to Fair Realty.  I think it's a great deal and I really enjoy working for this brokerage.

Happy New Year!  Stay positive!  Stay focused!  Don't worry!  Be Happy!  :)

All the best,


 
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Another weekend of prepping my sweet home for sale.  We've decided to expedite our listing, hitting the market a week earlier to try and beat out the mortgage changes coming July9th.  I'm hoping to have everything ready by next Monday.

But, I have to admit, I already miss my house.   The photo below captures several things that I must give up to move into a condo.  1.) My hammocks!  I redid the entire backyard with hammocks in mind.  I have a pergola with two hammock locations.  Mind you, I'm almost always too busy to rest in them.  Hopefully, once in a condo, I can spend more time in Thailand, the ultimate hammock rest spot.  2.) The hot tub...  There is no bad time of day for a soak.  Easily the hardest thing we have to give up.  There is a puny tub in the condo we plan to buy.  Hopefully, we can remove it and put in a big soaker.  Still researching this with the strata council.  3.) My veggie gardens...  Is there anything better than fresh picked strawberries, potatoes, green beans, or kale from your backyard garden.  Nope.  

Not in this photo, but equally missed, are my back deck and BBQ!  No BBQ'a allowed at the condo.  What?!  I BBQ all year round.  Not sure how I'm going to cope with this.  I guess it's a healthy move, less charred food.  Sigh...

backyardsmall

This week is the final push to get everything ready.  Expect to see my very own sweet home for sale on this site next week. K
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I've been meaning to start this blog for a long time now.  It's hard to commit to writing when every day is working at my business, then working at improving my house.  Preparing my property for sale has been a long, arduous process.  I always felt sympathy for my clients with big projects to do before selling, now I am experiencing it firsthand.  Expect even more sympathy for me now...
For almost two months, I've been prepping my Gordon Head home for sale.  My wife and I plan to move into a condo on Pandora, close to my realty office on Fort st., in the Stadacona Center.  I really look forward to walking out of my condo and across the street to my office.  I'm always jealous during Bike To Work week as I can never join in.  It's not like a REALTOR® can hop on a bicycle and go to viewing appointments in Victoria, then Langford, then Highlands, etc...  Soon I will be downtown and biking everywhere in my off time.  Off time, what was that again? (It's coming back, just sell your house!)
I am a detail oriented person.  I am somewhat anal about presentation and having everything right.  I could have put my house on the market as is, two months ago, but it wouldn't be me.  So I've painted almost everything, inside and outside, every ceiling and piece of trim, plus there's new flooring in the basement, new light fixtures, new landscaping, updated the attic insulation, and more.  I'm almost there.  Just some closet organizers and a bathroom to paint.  But I'm sure I will find more to do.  I want my house to look its best.  The outdoor painting was an unexpected addition to the task list.  My wife pointed out some flaking paint on the wood siding and we decided to deal with it.  A lot of work, 9 hours straight for me and a buddy..  Never hesitate to paint when you are about to sell, it makes everything look so clean and sharp, just keep the colors neutral.
This is our first house.  We actually moved from Vancouver to Victoria in 2003 so we could afford a house and we do love it.  But I'm on duty almost every waking hour of every day and I don't want to have to do yard work on my precious free time. And I hate paying people to do things that I can do myself – paying for landscaping is not an option.  So it's condo life for us.  This condo doesn't even have a storage locker!  Talk about extreme downsizing!  Every rake, hose, wheelbarrow, shovel, etc., will have to go in a garage sale.  Luckily, I have buyers (they won in a multiple offer situation last night) moving into their first house in August.  I've already told them they have to come to my garage sale.  
If you are downsizing and need to get rid of something, before you throw it out, try putting it for FREE on usedvictoria.com.  I have got rid of so many things this way in the past months.  Scrap wood, an old cat condo, old electronics, even empty CD cases, all gone for free on usedvictoria.com.  I put it out in the driveway, post an ad, and the “junk” is gone within hours.  Love it!  
Our house will be ready for sale in July.  This is the first time I've sold my own property as a REALTOR®.  I think my house will sell fast, given all the work I've put into it in the recent weeks and past years.  But you never know what the market will do.  I will keep blogging as our process continues, whenever I can finally put down the paint brush.
I've been meaning to start this blog for a long time now.  It's hard to commit to writing when every day is working at my business, then working at improving my house.  Preparing my property for sale has been a long, arduous process.  I always felt sympathy for my clients with big projects to do before selling, now I am experiencing it firsthand.  Expect even more sympathy for me now...

For almost two months, I've been prepping my Gordon Head home for sale.  My wife and I plan to move into a condo on Pandora, close to my realty office on Fort st., in the Stadacona Center.  I really look forward to walking out of my condo and across the street to my office.  I'm always jealous during Bike To Work week as I can never join in.  It's not like a REALTOR® can hop on a bicycle and go to viewing appointments in Victoria, then Langford, then Highlands, etc...  Soon I will be downtown and biking everywhere in my off time.  Off time, what was that again? (It's coming back, just sell your house!)

I am a detail oriented person.  I am somewhat anal about presentation and having everything right.  I could have put my house on the market as is, two months ago, but it wouldn't be me.  So I've painted almost everything, inside and outside, every ceiling and piece of trim, plus there's new flooring in the basement, new light fixtures, new landscaping, updated the attic insulation, and more.  I'm almost there.  Just some closet organizers and a bathroom to paint.  But I'm sure I will find more to do.  I want my house to look its best.  The outdoor painting was an unexpected addition to the task list.  My wife pointed out some flaking paint on the wood siding and we decided to deal with it.  A lot of work, 9 hours straight for me and a buddy..  Never hesitate to paint when you are about to sell, it makes everything look so clean and sharp, just keep the colors neutral.

This is our first house.  We actually moved from Vancouver to Victoria in 2003 so we could afford a house and we do love it.  But I'm on duty almost every waking hour of every day and I don't want to have to do yard work on my precious free time. And I hate paying people to do things that I can do myself – paying for landscaping is not an option.  So it's condo life for us.  This condo doesn't even have a storage locker!  Talk about extreme downsizing!  Every rake, hose, wheelbarrow, shovel, etc., will have to go in a garage sale.  Luckily, I have buyers (they won in a multiple offer situation last night) moving into their first house in August.  I've already told them they have to come to my garage sale.  

If you are downsizing and need to get rid of something, before you throw it out, try putting it for FREE on usedvictoria.com. I have got rid of so many things in the past months.  Scrap wood, an old cat condo, old electronics, even empty CD cases, all gone for free on usedvictoria.com.  I put it out in the driveway, post an ad, and the “junk” is gone within hours.  Love it!  

Our house will be ready for sale in July.  This is the first time I've sold my own property as a REALTOR®.  I think my house will sell fast, given all the work I've put into it in the recent weeks and past years.  But you never know what the market will do.  I will keep blogging as our process continues, whenever I can finally put down the paint brush.
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We are proud to announce that this Jun 24th, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM we will be hosting an Open House at 126 Hallowell in The Gardens at Aldersmith , View Royal. This is an opportunity to visit this excellent Townhouse for sale in beautiful .

Please come with any questions you may have. In the meantime you can take a virtual tour of this Townhouse for sale.

As always please do not hesitate to give me a call at #250-217-5091 if I can answer any questions before the open house, or if you would like to book a private showing.

Kevin Ramsay
Fair Realty

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We are proud to announce that this Jun 23rd, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM we will be hosting an Open House at 1121 Bearspaw Plateau in the Bear Mountain neighborhood, Victoria. This is an opportunity to visit this excellent Single family home for sale in beautiful Bear Mountain.

Please come with any questions you may have. In the meantime you can take a virtual tour of this Bear Mountain Single family home for sale.

As always please do not hesitate to give me a call at #250-217-5091 if I can answer any questions before the open house, or if you would like to book a private showing.

Kevin Ramsay
Fair Realty

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I just finished uploading this Townhouse for sale, 7 126 Hallowell, View Royal, BC

This ranch-style home is just steps to the very popular Admirals Walk. A quiet location tucked away in quality development with beautiful gardens, gazebo & even some ocean views. Main level living includes a master bedroom, full bathroom, large second bedroom plus laundry. Nice open plan with an updated kitchen, light pipes, living room with gas fireplace and new flooring, attached garage, security system, and built-in vac. Upstairs is ideal for out-of-town guests with a large bedroom and full bathroom. Private patio has been extended by sellers - surrounded by beautiful gardens. Pets ok. No rentals and no age restriction.

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I just finished uploading this House for sale, 100 Dorothy Lane, Victoria, BC

** Please be patient while the slideshow downloads ** This beautiful detached family home has had over 40K in recent upgrades. Great location in a quiet cul-de-sac, surrounded by nature on a large 0.34 acre lot. A sunny, south-east facing, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house with a single car garage and plenty of extra parking. Interior highlights include vaulted ceilings, bright and cozy sunroom, propane fireplace, gleaming hardwood floors in the living areas, newer carpets in bedrooms, newer bathrooms (one ensuite, main bathroom with soaker tub), and an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a bright skylight. Exterior highlights include the privacy of the low maintenance yard featuring a rock and brush landscape, vegetable garden, and a large back deck. Located close to Victoria General Hospital, Galloping Goose Trail, Thetis Lake and only a 10-15 minute drive from downtown. Viewings by appointment only. Contact Kevin Ramsay of Fair Realty at 250-217-5091.

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