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NAI COMMERCIAL (VICTORIA) INC.
200 - 569 Johnson St
Victoria
V8W 1M2
140 Government St Bed: 5 Bath: 5 Price: $1,800,000

One of the oldest homes in the city & among the first architect-designed homes in Victoria. The architectural firm, Wright and Sanders, was responsible for shaping many commercial buildings downtown, along with very esteemed residences, including the Emily Carr house. Known as "Woodlands", this charming abode was originally crafted in 1861 for James Bissett, who owned the home until 1889. For the next 98 year...

3291 Merlin Rd Bed: 4 Bath: 3 Price: $645,000 PENDING

Offer collapsed, now back on the market! If you a looking for a turnkey, recently constructed and affordable home with 4 bedrooms on one floor, look no further. Extremely well-kept family home, constructed in 2013. The main floor is 850sqft of open concept living. The impressive great room is perfect for any family and especially a family that enjoys company and entertaining. The kitchen has loads of countert...

108-250 Douglas St Bed: 1 Bath: 1 Price: $399,900

Welcome to Bickerton Court, a 96-unit complex in one of the most sought after locations in Victoria. Across the street from Beacon Hill park and steps to the ocean, James Bay village and downtown. This spacious unit measures 715sqft and is in immaculate condition. The generous great room can accommodate any size furniture and is naturally lit by brand new floor to ceiling windows. An extremely functional kitc...

317 Bessborough Close Bed: 3 Bath: 3 Price: $1,180,000

Oceanfront executive living! Private 3 bedroom 3 bath custom built home on the shore of Esquimalt Harbour in View Royal. 2275sq' over three floors facing directly west towards Price Bay. Level entry to the living, dining and kitchen level with views from every room. The kitchen and all bathrooms have been tastefully updated including new cabinets, granite counters, soaker tub and more. There are multiple dec...

303 Vancouver St Bed: 4 Bath: 4 Price: $999,000 SOLD

UNBEATABLE LOCATION with many income/design & layout options for this beautiful 1910 3 story home. 4500sq' corner lot with rear lane access a block from Cook Street village & steps to Beacon Hill park and Clover point on the Dallas Rd waterfront. 2076sq' on the main and top floor with an additional 1164sq' in the unfinished basement. Upgrades to electrical, plumbing, perimeter drains & roof in recent years. M...

201-760 Johnson St Bed: 1 Bath: 1 Price: $408,900 SOLD

Welcome to the Juliet, one of few buildings in the City of Victoria that allows SHORT TERM rentals. Steel and concrete, professionally decorated 1 bedroom condo is one of only a few like it in the building with huge rounded South East facing windows. Many bonuses include - option to keep furniture for turnkey operation, big storage locker on the same floor as the condo, bike room, rooftop patio with BBQ area ...

305-613 Herald St Bed: 1 Bath: 1 Price: $419,900 SOLD

Enjoy modern downtown living in this unique 1 bedroom suite in the 2018-completed Cityzen building. Strategically located in the heart of China Town, steps to Victoria's best shops and restaurants, and in one of only a select few buildings that permit LEGAL short term vacation rentals. On the desired sunny & quiet south side and uniquely without a residence above! Bright, open-concept floorplan is complimente...

303-280 Douglas St Bed: 2 Bath: 2 Price: $449,900 SOLD

Rare opportunity to live "On the Park". Large 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo overlooking Victoria's famous Beacon Hill Park. Generous floor plan and amazing location make this a special and unique home. Massive living room, with access to the 161 sqft covered patio. Large bedrooms; master has walk in closet, 4pc ensuite, and access to the patio. Kitchen offers ample storage and countertop space, with adjoining laund...

Consulting a REALTOR®

REALTORS® are members of The Canadian Real Estate Association who subscribe to a Code of Ethics and Standards of Business Practice. Members of the Victoria Real Estate Board are members of both the British Columbia and Canadian Real Estate Associations.

The following is a list of services you can expect to receive from a REALTOR® when you buy a home:
  • A REALTOR® will fully explain the details of your working relationship (called "agency") so that you are clear as to when a REALTOR® is working for you or for the seller.
  • A REALTOR® has access to hundreds of current listings of homes for sale because of a co- operative system called the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®).
  • A REALTOR® can provide you with a customized list of homes that best meet your needs -- size, style, features, location, proximity to schools, shopping, etc. - and then make arrangements for you to view those homes that appeal to you the most.
  • A REALTOR® will help you determine how big a home you can afford.
  • REALTORs® are familiar with the local lending market and can offer helpful advice.
  • A REALTOR® has no emotional ties to any type or style of home and can be objective in pointing out the merits of one home over another.
  • A REALTOR® will have information on zoning changes, taxes, utility costs and school and recreation services that could affect your decision to buy a home in a specific area.
  • A REALTOR® will assist you in negotiating the terms of your purchase, which can be a nerve- wracking process for someone who is not experienced in negotiating.
  • A REALTOR® will advise you of the legal process required in obtaining title and taking possession of your property; the costs associated with buying a home such as insurance, mortgage registration and legal fees will be explained in detail.

Source: Victoria Real Estate Board 2015

Selling Your Home - Why it Pays to Use a REALTOR®

Before selling your home, you will need a clear understanding of the legal issues and potential pitfalls. One wrong action could result in a lot of cost and frustration, which is why it is essential to have a REALTOR® working with you, as he or she will make the sale of your home a successful and satisfying experience.

Greater exposure

REALTORS® use the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) to give your home maximum exposure. MLS® is a computer-based system that relays valuable information about your home to hundreds of REALTORS® and potential homebuyers.

Setting a price

Setting a price for your home is an important but difficult process. Again, this is where the services of a REALTOR® prove invaluable. REALTORS® have the experience to help you understand how the market works and decide upon a realistic price that meets your goals. REALTORS® also pre-screen potential buyers to make sure only those who are serious and financially qualified view your home.

REALTORS® will also develop a marketing plan to help your property receive maximum exposure. This will likely include placing your home on the MLS® system and placing a "For Sale" sign on the front lawn. The plan will likely also include arranging open houses for other REALTORS® and potential buyers, and developing advertisements and feature sheets/mailers to market your home.

Once you have accepted an offer to buy your home, your REALTOR® will help ensure that all the proper paperwork is completed. He or she will also make sure that both parties meet the necessary conditions outlined in the agreement.

Why working with a REALTOR® makes sense

When you work with a REALTOR® you will likely get a better price for your home than if you try to sell it yourself. Apart from the financial benefits, however, there is an extra measure of comfort and security that comes from having a REALTOR® on your side. Remember that REALTORS® are governed by a code of ethics and standards of business practice. They have also been trained and licensed under the provincial Real Estate Services Act to assist in transactions involving real property. When it comes to buying or selling property, using a REALTOR® just makes sense.


Source: Victoria Real Estate Board 2015

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