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Well that was crazy. But now that the madness of Black Friday is finally over, we can all re-focus on the more important things—like all of the local craft fairs popping up around the city right now!


If you’re craving a little more holiday-themed shopping (or if you’re just looking for something to do), then consider checking out one of these events:


1. The 29th Annual Out of Hand Artisan Fair

Out of Hand Craft Fair


This one’s going on all weekend long at the Victoria Conference Center. Now in its 29th year, you’ll be able to find a blend of artisan crafts, fashion, decor, artwork, and most importantly, food. This event has been around a lot longer than Black Friday has, so consider stopping by if you’re tired of all of the retail...

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If you’re looking to purchase a home in the near future, you’ve probably tried using an online search tool to see what’s out there on the market. The problem is that a lot of these web-based tools don’t work so well on your smartphone screen, and the system can be clunky to navigate while you’re on the go.


But no need to worry—now there’s an app for that!

 

There's an App For That 


The Victoria Real Estate Board is supporting a new smartphone app called Go Agent. It’s fast, easy to use, and makes searching for homes on your smartphone super simple. And as a bonus, it also makes it really easy to get in touch with your realtor in the case that you find a home you’re interest in viewing.


We know, you’ve...

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The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation recently released an updated market outlook for Fall 2017, and if you’ve been paying attention to the market at all, their findings will not surprise you! Here are the 7 main takeaways:


1. Additional inventory is needed in order to balance Victoria’s housing market. Despite a high level of construction activity, there haven’t been many completed housing units since demand soared last year. With several thousand completed units expected in 2018 and 2019, these added listings should help to restore some market balance. Even so, demand will remain high and housing prices are unlikely to decline.

 

Big House

Wanted: more listings in Victoria! Source: Flickr


2. With thousands of rental units...

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If you’re currently living somewhere else in Canada or British Columbia, you’ve probably at some point in your life considered moving to Victoria. As it so happens, now might be a great time to do so. Here are a few factors that make Victoria such a great place to buy a house.

 


1. Limited Supply, Increasing Demand

View of Victoria from the Air


Unlike most cities on the mainland, Victoria is surrounded by ocean on all sides and flanked by mountain ranges to the North. This means urban sprawl can’t go on forever—there’s a natural barrier preventing the city’s footprint from expanding indefinitely. At the present time, the Greater Victoria region has essentially reached critical land-mass. Apart from a few new subdivisions going up in...

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If you're a prospective home-buyer, then you'll have a lot to think about before you even start looking for a home. And if you're planning on selling a house or property, you may want to ask yourself a few brief questions—the why’s, when’s, where’s, and how’s of selling a home.


If you’ve gotten this far, then your next step will be one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make: choosing the right realtor. And getting this part right can make all the difference in the long-run. Don't get befuddled by things like this:


Houses for Sale

In a crowded market, you should really do your research! Source: Creative Commons.

 

Although a realtor takes commission from every sale, the amount they receive will most likely be...

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