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New Mortgage Rules Video - VictoriaHomes.com

Dec 31st Mortgage Overhaul

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Alex Burns from RE/MAX and VictoriaHomes.com speaks with Jason Chapman from Mortgage Architects about the upcoming changes to mortgage lending rules coming up in December.

This major shift will affect over 80% of Canadians. Listen in as Alex and Jason discuss what this means for you, and how you can be ready for the biggest change to lending rules Canada’s history! Continue reading

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How to Save on New Flooring

If this is your first home renovation, you might not realize how quality flooring can transform an ordinary home into a beautiful one. To save on costs, some homeowners try and get away with the old flooring for as long as possible if it isn’t too worn, or try carpeting over the existing flooring to cover it up.

Putting in low maintenance flooring that will last forever is just fine for a rental property– where your goal is to create as few headaches as possible over the years, but when it comes to your home you’re renovating to increase the value of your property and to create a space that a future buyer will love.

Flooring has the potential to transform a space, but it doesn’t have to break the bank either. Here’s a few tips to help you keep your renovation under budget, while wowing potential buyers and maximizing the value from your investment. Continue reading

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Victoria Unemployment Rising, but 1000’s of Job Postings Available?

Job Boom Continues, but Unemployment Rate Rising

2017 is turning out to be a big year for Victoria, as the city continues to see a boom in economic activity trickling down from the tech industry into real estate, construction, and tourism.

This surge in technology and construction has led to an increase in economic activity, causing Victoria’s unemployment rate to drop to 3.8% in March, which at the time was one of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada. Continue reading

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Victoria Ranked as Second Best Small City in the World

When it comes to choosing the perfect place to live, it’s hard to do better than Victoria. Scenic ocean views, world-class gardens, and in the summertime, a bustling inner harbour packed with street musicians, entertainers, and artisans make our city the perfect place for tourists and residents alike.

Travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler recently announced their 2017 list of top cities in the world, and Victoria ranked as the second best small city in the world!

The magazine gave a shout-out to Victoria’s Red Fish Blue Fish as a great place to enjoy classic British fish and chips, and recommended a few local pastimes, such as kayaking in the inner harbour, and taking in the views at the Ogden Point breakwater.

 

Here are Condé Nast Traveler’s top 20 small cities from around the world:

  1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  2. Victoria, Canada
  3. Florence, Italy
  4. Bruges, Belgium
  5. Lucerne, Switzerland
  6. Salzburg, Austria
  7. Nuremberg, Germany
  8. Quebec City, Canada
  9. Cologne, Germany
  10. Lisbon, Portugal
  11. Copenhagen, Denmark
  12. Edinburgh, Scotland
  13. Bergen, Norway
  14. Stockholm, Sweden
  15. Seville, Spain
  16. Prague, Czech Republic
  17. Venice, Italy
  18. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  19. Dublin, Ireland
  20. Jerusalem, Isreal

 

Check out the full list, including their top 20 large cities here.

What are your favourite pastimes in Victoria? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

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Victoria Now #1 Place in Canada to Retire

Victoria has been a hot topic this month, creating national buzz this month as popular Canadian finance magazine Moneysense ranked it as the number one place to retire in 2017!

Well known for its beautiful landscapes, stunning ocean views, and warm weather, Vancouver Island draws people from across the country and around the world. While many people grow up here and raise a family, typically Victoria attracts two main demographics: students, and retirees.

With three major post-secondary schools and a variety of specialty institutions, Victoria has long been the Mecca of university students from across Canada and around the world, drawing in over 30,000 students in a school year. Continue reading

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Vancouver Island Voted Best Island in Canada

Victoria made a splash this week in Travel & Leisure Magazine, where readers voted Vancouver Island the #1 island in Canada in a survey for the magazine’s World’s Best Awards!

The magazine praised our island’s special blend of wilderness and civilization, with an easy transition “from the sophisticated, historic city of Victoria to the feeling of getting away from it all.” Those who live here have experienced this firsthand, with several gorgeous beaches, parks, and rivers within an hour drive from the capital region. One reader put it this way: “Whether you just want to look, or explore the island on foot, kayak, or boat, you will be delighted.” Continue reading

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Saanich Ranked 11th Best Place to Live in Canada

Canada continues to gain international recognition year after year as one of the best countries to live in, for the past two years placing second in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual world ranking survey. Highly regarded in the international community as a country full of friendly people and natural beauty, Canada is second to only Switzerland as the overall best country to live in.

However with a landscape that ranges from rivers and mountains to wide open plains, it can be hard to decide where to live. Continue reading

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Oak Bay Now 3rd Best Place to Live in Canada

Canada continues to gain international recognition year after year as one of the best countries to live in, for the past two years placing second in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual world ranking survey. Highly regarded in the international community as a country full of friendly people and natural beauty, Canada is second to only Switzerland as the overall best country to live in. Continue reading

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Oak Bay Listed as One of Top 6 Places to Live in Canada

Popular Canadian finance magazine Moneysense has recently announced their picks for the “Top 6 best places to live across Canada”, with choices from across the country.

While cities made the list for various reasons including beautiful locales, economic stability, or a unique, small-town vibe, Victoria’s Oak Bay suburb is in a realm of its own, with its unique atmosphere and scenic views making it “such a desirable spot, home prices are rising at a rate of $240 a day”. Today an average home in Oak Bay comes with a price tag a little over one million dollars. Continue reading

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North Saanich Ranked 4th Best Place to Live in Canada

Canada continues to gain international recognition year after year as one of the best countries to live in, for the past two years placing second in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual world ranking survey. Highly regarded in the international community as a country full of friendly people and natural beauty, Canada is second to only Switzerland as the overall best country to live in.

However with a landscape that ranges from rivers and mountains to wide open plains, it can be hard to decide where to live. Continue reading

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