Renting, selling, or buying property can be a complicated and strenuous endeavour, but that is why professional services such as real estate agencies, developers, and property management exist. They take the stress out of the process, and this newsletter will take the stress out of choosing whichever service you require for your property needs. With the Victoria market projected to move to a more balanced state, the time to move house or buy a piece of property could be soon. Dealing with property does not have to be difficult, so let us help you find people and companies that will help you.
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Real Estate Agencies
DFH Real Estate
Serving the Victoria market for over 55 years, DFH Real Estate Ltd. has offices all across this beautiful island. Their mission is to provide exceptional real estate services to their community through supported, innovative and knowledgeable real estate professionals. They are a proud member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and strive to be recognized as an industry leader, setting the benchmark for professionalism, integrity and service.
Contact them at 250-477-7291, visit 3914 Shelbourne Street, or see www.dfh.ca for a real estate firm that helps you understand market conditions and variables, and has expertise in representing and negotiating on your behalf.
Holmes Realty Ltd. was established in 1999 when Michele Holmes branched off from her larger company, Pemberton Holmes Sidney Ltd. Her desire was to operate a smaller, more intimate business with a deep focus on client care. Holmes Realty has since become a leader in Victoria real estate and is recognized for operating with the highest ethical standards. Within their team of real estate professionals there is an agent who matches each unique client’s profile and needs.
Contact them at 250-656-0911, visit them at 2481 Beacon Avenue, or go to www.holmesrealty.com to have a real estate firm that puts the emphasis on you and has a sterling commitment to client service.
JONESco Real Estate
JONESco Real Estate Inc is an independent family owned company in Victoria founded by Helen Jones in 1987. In 2000 she was joined by her son and business partner Roger Jones, and over the years, they have only expanded as more real estate associates have joined the firm. Their area served has expanded from Greater Victoria to other parts of Vancouver Island. Their commitment continues to be to provide their clients with conscientious and competent service.
Contact them at 250-361-9838, visit them at 201 – 648 Herald Street, or online at www.jonescompany.net for a family run real estate company that is devoted to their clients, from residential sales to property management.
Pemberton Holmes Ltd. has been in business serving the Vancouver Island area since 1887, and is still family owned and operated 6 generations later. Their real estate agents can offer you sound real estate advice and professional service. They have over 290 REALTORS® specializing in residential and commercial real estate. They have offices in Victoria, Duncan, Lake Cowichan, Saltspring Island, Sidney, Sooke, Westshore, Oak Bay, Ladysmith, Cobble Hill, Parksville, and Denman Island, all to service your real estate needs on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
Contact them at 250-384-8124, visit them at 150-805 Cloverdale Avenue, or go to www.pembertonholmes.com for a real estate firm that has been successful for over one hundred years.
Victoria Real Estate Board
The Victoria Real Estate Board is an association of approximately 1,300 REALTORS® who work and live in the communities of Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands. The Board provides its members with the tools and education they need to provide the best possible service to their clients. Founded in 1921, VREB has been a key player in the development of standards and innovative programs aimed at enhancing the professionalism and community standing of REALTORS®.
Contact them at 250-385-7766, visit them at 3035 Nanaimo Street, or go to www.vreb.org.
Located in the lush prairies in Saskatchewan is RE/MAX Nipawin. People choose this area to live because prices are reasonable, the country is beautiful and fishing is great. Their relaxing environment offers magnificent northern lights, stunning sunsets, and the peaceful quiet that bird watchers love. They are focused on supplying buyers’ and sellers’ expertise, integrity, and trust to their clients throughout Northeast Saskatchewan, as their clients’ best interests are always of the utmost importance.
Contact them at 306-862-4800, or visit them online at www.nipawinrealty.com if you want the best real estate firm in Nipawin.
If you are ready to buy a home, renew your mortgage, or consolidate your debt, Desiree Palfrey can arrange the mortgage financing on your behalf. She will sort through the confusing maze of mortgage options, jargon, and documentation, and provide you with the mortgage information and details that you need to move forward with your plans.
Contact her at 250-213-3691 or visit her online at www.desireepalfrey.com if you need a mortgage specialist who will tailor a mortgage to meet your financial goals and will provide you with straightforward and reliable information.
Prime Mortgage Works
With over 20 years of experience in the Canadian mortgage industry, Callum Greig of DLC- Prime Mortgage Works has the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the financing process of what is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make in buying Real Estate. As one of the highest rated Mortgage Brokers in Western Canada, his clients truly appreciate the customer centric approach which is exactly why they refer their friends and family at every opportunity.
Contact him directly at 250-708-2063, visit 109-1030 Yates Street, or go to www.primemortgageworks.com.
West Isle Mortgages
In 2008 Roger Levesque branched off from Rochar Mortgages whom he founded with Charmain Scherk in 2005, and started Rochar Financial under Dominion Lending Centres. In 2012 he began to do business as West Isle Mortgages, and they are now composed of an expert well-rounded and knowledgeable team. With Roger sitting on the Mortgage Brokers Association of BC Board of Directors and the Chairman of the Ethics Committee, you can rest assured knowing that all business conducted will be in an ethical and professional manner. Their best interest is to get you the best mortgage to fit your specific needs. West Isle Mortgages know that providing you with exceptional service and professionalism is the key to continual success.
Contact them at 250-405-4350, visit them at 119-2745 Veterans Memorial Parkway, or go to www.westislemortgages.com for mortgage professionals that will work for you – not the lenders – to ensure you receive the best rates and products available in today’s marketplace.
Mills Appraisal Group
Mills Appraisal Group offers real estate appraisal services for selling, purchasing, matrimonial, taxation and insurance purposes, in Victoria and the Gulf Islands for both commercial and residential properties. They give expert advice for the top improvements to make in your home to achieve a higher value and better sale price. Their greatest asset is the knowledge of the local market and the valuation techniques necessary for the wide variety of real estate in Victoria and the surrounding areas.
Contact them at 250-727-0222, visit them at 114-1537 Hillside Avenue, or online at www.millsappraisals.ca for an appraisal that will help protect your investment in your property.
Property Management and Rentals
Apartments R Us
With over 20 years of hands-on experience, Apartments R Us take enormous pride in offering a great selection of apartments for rent in Victoria. Being locally owned and operated they specialize in well-located, high-end apartments that offer a condo-type lifestyle for a much lower monthly rent. Choose from pet-free or pet-friendly buildings, executive furnished rental, or even a short-term vacation rental! They offer excellent service and a maintenance team that is readily available to deal with emergencies, in a timely and professional manner.
Contact them at 250-686-7600, or go to www.apartmentsrus.ca to see their latest high-end rental offerings.
Executive Rentals Pemberton Holmes
Pemberton Holmes Ltd. is a family owned company that has been managing properties in the Greater Victoria area since 1887, and in fact, goes back to the arrival of British Columbia’s first surveyor general J.D. Pemberton to the then-colony of Vancouver Island in 1851. Their tradition of knowledgeable service continues to the present, keeping pace with both the growth in the capital area, the changing needs of property owners and today’s technology. However, some things always remain part of their business philosophy: they are selective about the properties they contract to manage, so as not to jeopardize their service to you.
Contact them at 250-478-9141, or go to www.executivehomesforrentvictoriabc.ca for a company that has a proven track record in maintaining properties to increase their long-term value, while ensuring their efficiency on a day-to-day basis.
Brown Bros. Agencies Ltd. is a leader in Property Management in Greater Victoria with the management of over 5,500 units. Their services include the management of apartments, condominiums, residential and commercial properties, supplying maintenance to properties, hiring staff and arranging contracts. For over nine decades they have provided solid, reliable service in meeting the insurance and property management needs of Victorians.
Contact them at 250-385-8771, visit them at 1125 Blanshard Street, or online at www.brownbros.com for a company that will take care of all the troublesome details that consume valuable time and energy on the part of the owner.
Loreto Bay Homes – Mexico
Nestled below the dramatic Sierra de la Giganta, with the warm, clear waters of the Sea of Cortez at the doorstep, is Loreto Bay Homes, in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Loreto is a historic town and is protected as a World Heritage marine site, where you can enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling, scuba, golf, hiking, deep-sea sport fishing, or just relax by one of the many pools and beaches. Whether it’s a short-term rental or your new vacation home, visit Loreto for stunning views and a great environment.
Contact Nellie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or see www.loretobayhomes.com to see how you can experience first-hand the natural beauty of the area, the friendliness of the people, and the safe, clean environment
Newport Property Management
Newport Property Management is a local company that provides high quality residential and commercial rental management in the Greater Victoria area. Their portfolio of properties under management includes single family homes, individual condominium units, multi-family rental buildings, and commercial rental buildings. It is their mandate to provide careful management and to maintain their properties well. Newport has aimed to provide personal service on a team basis and has been highly successful in achieving this since their establishment in 1994.
Contact them at 250-598-2220, visit them at 1608 Fort Street, or go to www.newportrentals.ca for a company that has 24-hour on-call maintenance contractors and always ensures quality of services.
Pemberton Holmes Property Management
Pemberton Holmes continues to be a hands-on management firm. Their managers purposely oversee smaller portfolios than is considered industry standards so they can ensure closer attention to details, so those details are not lost in a maze of sheer numbers and related paperwork. Their goal is to facilitate your primary needs: the preservation and protection of your greatest single financial investment. This they will do while providing you with a source of revenue equal to your expectations.
Contact them at 250-478-9141, visit them at 101 – 891 Attree Avenue, or see www.thepropertymanagers.ca for a firm that has a proven track record in maintaining properties to increase their long-term value, while ensuring their efficiency on a day-to-day basis.
Richmond Property Group
After over 38 years’ experience in commercial real estate, Jean McKay founded Richmond Property Group Ltd. in 1993. They remain a locally owned and operated property management specialist licensed under the Real Estate Act of British Columbia, offering an unparalleled level of excellence of real estate services for their clientele. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, RPG provides the very best in proactive management, from commercial property management, strata management, facilities management, and property maintenance.
Contact them at 250-388-9920, visit them at 201-1537 Hillside Avenue, or go to www.richmondproperty.ca for a firm that offers individual, flexible and customized packages of services meeting the highest standards of care, experience, and attention to detail.
South Island Property Management
A family enterprise, Robert Pearson established South Island Property Management Ltd. through Boorman’s in 1985, and bought the company in 2015. Through their 32+ years in operation they have made their mark in Victoria by consistently providing quality customer service in every facet of business. They provide full management services for residential, commercial and mixed-use strata corporations. They recognize that the selection of a property management company is a very important decision for existing and prospective clients. Earning and maintaining client trust and confidence is their number one priority.
Contact them at 250-595-6680, visit them at 2045 Cadboro Bay Road, or go to www.sipmltd.com for a management company that prioritizes timely communication, ethics, and integrity.
Wessex Project Management
At Wessex, their aim is to provide their clients with a one-stop, comprehensive project management service. They assemble a team of highly skilled consultants chosen to suit each project, then manage the project from concept to completion. The Wessex team proactively identifies and mitigates the project risks and liabilities associated with real estate development projects. Their project managers expertly coordinate projects, relying on collaboration and their wealth of experience to make to make accurate decisions for you.
Contact them at 250-419-4701, visit them at 240 – 645 Tyee Road, or online at www.wessexmanagement.com for a full-service highly skilled firm devoted to the real estate development community.
Victoria Housing and Property Developers
Turner Lane Development
Established in 1999, Turner Lane Development Corporation is one of Vancouver Island’s leading land development and management firms. With extensive management capability in long-term project sustainability and profitability, they have become a successful developer and adviser in the regional real estate market. Among their services are land development and re-development strategies, concept and master planning, site servicing and construction planning, and marketing.
Contact them at 250-474-0893, visit them at 100-650 Goldstream Avenue, or see www.turnerlane.com for a highly successful company that has a trusted network of local consultants and contractors.
Joe Newell Architect
Joe Newell Architect Inc. provides superior design solutions tailored to the specific needs and aspirations of their clients. Their process of project delivery engages the client as the key member of the design team. They believe that the solution to a client’s building program ideally includes not only the design of the building, but also of the environment in which it is situated. Joe Newell works closely with planners, landscape architects, civil engineers and community groups to ensure each project is fully integrated into its surroundings.
Call them at 250-382-4240, visit them at 612 Yates Street, or at www.joenewellarchitect.com – let them help you make your ideas for new architectural projects into a reality.
Totangi Properties Ltd. is founded in their family’s long history on Vancouver Island in BC’s forestry and fishing industries. With a company history of managing land and forests, they maintain a close connection to the community by applying a careful long-term approach to the work they undertake in their development and home building projects. Totangi is committed to working with their clients, communities, and the land to create outstanding projects and homes with lasting value.
Contact them at 250-478-6434, or visit them online at www.totangi.ca for a company who has been managing land and property development since 1968.
For over 35 years Cam Hayward, owner of Windcrest Developments Ltd., has been building quality homes in the Victoria area. With extraordinary high standards of construction and customer service, Cam has a track record to be proud of, with steadfast, loyal homeowners who continue to move from one Windcrest Developments’ home to another. With unmatched dependability, they would value the opportunity to turn your dream of a new home into a reality.
Contact them at 250-883-9419 or go online at www.windcrestdevelopments.com for a company renowned for incorporating innovation and affordability in everything that they do.
Vancouver Island Property Developers
For over 35 years, the Parhar Group has been one of Vancouver Islands most trusted home builders. They are a family owned and operated business committed to the uncompromising principles of the company founder Balbir Parhar. They are successful because every member of the Parhar Group team shares a strong concern for their community, a dedication to ethical business practices and a passion for excellence.
Contact them at 250-748-9622, visit them at 320 Festubert Street in Duncan, or online at www.parhargroup.com for a business that specializes in market-driven real estate development and consultation, and has established a reputation for providing valued expertise on land use.
Webb World Developments
Webb World Developments Inc. offers land development solutions that maximizes the natural assets available to end purchasers by methods designed to protect the environment and assist landowners in achieving their financial goals. Their homes offer controlled developments, excellent building, detailed exteriors, as well as full warranties.
Contact them at 250-715-3740, or go to www.webbworld.ca where you can be confident that your project will be optimized for the wisest choice of materials, environmental considerations and profitability.
Cadillac Homes Inc. has earned a reputation as a renowned and respected local builder of neighbourhoods on southern Vancouver Island. They have been the recipient of multiple GOLD CARE awards (Construction Achievement and Renovation Excellence), as well as recognized for environmental and municipal excellence. Although these awards are prestigious and an honour to receive, the reward Cadillac Homes cherishes most and is most often received is expanding the business and good will by providing great value in charming, safe and well-built neighbourhoods.
Go to www.itsacadillac.com for a company that has a reputation for building relationships and unique working partnerships with exceptional tradespeople and suppliers, most of whom have worked with Cadillac Homes for over two decades.
British Columbia Property Developments
Ambleside Projects Ltd. is a privately held company with over 20 years of residential and commercial development experience across Western Canada. They are currently developing Ambleside Park in Smithers, BC – a community that is in a beautiful setting encompassed by green space, creeks, wetlands and stunning views of Hudson Bay Mountain. Ambleside Park is a multi-phase development offering a total of 105 single family building lots when completely built out. Land lots are generous in size and designed to accommodate a variety of housing types. In every direction, there are views from the tree lines to the very top of the mountains.
Contact Leo Lubbers at 250-847-5999, or go to www.amblesidepark.ca to learn more and see where you can start building your dream home today.
Arrow Lake Waterfront Properties
The Waterfront at Arrow Lakes offers luxury lakefront living in British Columbia. Their chalet-style condo living is steps away from the water and is completed by a modern marina. This high-quality development is ideally positioned for a wide range of leisure activities including: boating, fishing, windsurfing, canoeing, water skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, golf and skiing. The site is 15 minutes from Castlegar and only 10 minutes from Syringa Creek Provincial Park, close to everything you need, yet far enough away to provide the tranquillity and solitude you crave.
Contact them at 250-365-8388 or go to www.thewaterfrontatarrowlakes.com and see how achievable lakefront living can be.
The Mews Over Osborne Bay
Mortel Development Co. Ltd. Is the developer of The Mews over Osborne Bay, a luxury condo building located on Osborne Bay in Crofton. The Mews provides an opportunity to experience a unique lifestyle close to nature, and yet it is only minutes from all the amenities of modern life; it provides the opportunity for residents to experience a lifestyle that is truly a dream come true.
Contact 250-360-6333, or go to www.croftonbccondos.com to see how you could get your piece of Vancouver Island paradise.
Cherish at Central Park
Opening November 2017 Cherish Community Living is dedicated to creating inclusive communities for people who wish to age successfully. They change the way we age by offering the tools and technology, support and stimulation for a complete balanced living: they make it easy to be good to yourself. Their resort style communities are known as good places offering healthy choices, inspired living, and friendly caring people. In November 2017 Victoria’s premier community living residence known as Cherish at Central Park will open, directly across from the new Belmont Market and West Shore Town Centre Mall.
Contact them at 250-478-4431, visit them at 2234 Sooke Road, go to www.cherishvictoria.ca if you want quality housing options and supportive services.
Legion Manor Victoria
Legion Manor Victoria is a not-for-profit retirement residence located on the beautiful Saanich Peninsula. Open to all individuals 55 years of age and up, they offer independent, supported and assisted living with great dining, fun activities, a fantastic location, all close to amenities and all at a reasonable price. Their residents enjoy a wide variety of on-site amenities, including a hair salon, fitness room, library, crafts room, sun room, community dining room and a private dining room. As well their Activities Coordinator has a wide range of fun and interesting activities on the go, including entertainment and outings.
Contact them at 250-652-3261, visit them at 7601 East Saanich Road, or online at www.legionmanorvictoria.ca for retirement living where your comfort is their goal.
Rest Haven Lodge
Rest Haven Lodge is a Long-Term Care facility located in Sidney providing health care services in partnership with Island Health, for up to 73 seniors. Their core values are compassion, alignment, respect, and excellence, and these values provide a framework for all strategy and decision-making. They are the standards that determine how they provide care to the people they serve, work with each other, and interact with the community.
Contact them at 250-656-0717, visit them at 2281 Mills Road in Sidney, or go to www.resthavenlodge.ca for a facility that believes in providing a supportive and caring atmosphere to nurture the whole person – physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.
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