Purchasing a Home in Victoria

Greater Victoria is an absolutely wonderful place to live, work, retire, or just holiday!

Many people staying at our short and mid term rentals come to Victoria to check out the city and its diverse employment opportunities, or to find that ideal place to raise their families, or to find a peaceful place to enjoy their senior years. Victoria offers the best climate in Canada and we have little snow over the winter, golfing year round, and cherry blossoms in the billions in March/April every year. See our photo site  www.beautifulvictoriaviews.ca for our own seasonal pictures taken around Victoria.

Greater Victoria is located in British Columbia, Canada, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The Greater Victoria region has a combined population of 367,770 according to the 2016 Canadian census. The region comprises two of the fifteen most populous municipalities in British Columbia (Saanich, at number seven, and Victoria at number thirteen). The Canadian Census ranks Greater Victoria as the 15th largest metropolitan area in Canada, by population (from Wikipedia).

What does "Greater” include?  Greater Victoria is composed of thirteen municipalities of the Capital Regional District (CRD).

These include:

Core

City of Victoria (85,792)
The Township of Esquimalt (17,655)
District Municipality of Saanich (114,148)
District Municipality of Oak Bay (18,094)

West Shore

City of Colwood (16,859)
City of Langford (35,342)
The Town of View Royal (10,408)
District Municipality of Highlands (2,225)
District Municipality of Metchosin (4,708)
District Municipality of Sooke (13,001)

Saanich Peninsula

District Municipality of Central Saanich (16,814)
District Municipality of North Saanich (11,249)
Town of Sidney (11,672)

Other

Juan de Fuca Electoral Area (4,860)
Indian Reserves (6,150)

 Where Do I Start?

You will notice that there are a lot of very diverse areas in Greater Victoria, all which have different population sizes, characteristics, houses and building types, municipal governments, police forces and fire departments.

How does someone wade through all this and know where they might want to live? The best answer, of course, is to get help and the best help is a qualified Realtor with extensive knowledge of the Greater Victoria area.

Rosemary Tulett is a licensed Realtor with DFH Real Estate Ltd. She specializes in working with buyers and brings a breadth of knowledge of the Victoria real estate market. She also has recently attained her designation as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES).

Her motto is “I love people, and I love homes!”

At no charge to you, she will be happy to help you navigate the multitude of municipalities in the Greater Victoria area. After careful analysis of your wants and desires for your new home (or investment property) she will carefully select those properties that best meet your requirements. She is also happy to take you around to the various areas of special interest to you to give you a good orientation of the various neighbourhoods. In addition, she can put you on an automatic email system sending you listings that match your criteria immediately after they are posted on the MLS System. In this fast market of multiple offers you have to move quickly.

Can you do it by yourself? Sure, with a lot of hard work, time, and in this sellers’ market a lot of frustration. Multiple offers on many homes are common and it is extremely difficult on your own to figure out the best offer price and strategies to be successful in purchasing your new home.

Let Rosemary ease this pain and assist you to be successful in your purchase of your Victoria property. Let her help you put together a team of recommended professionals such as mortgage brokers, real estate lawyers, and property inspectors.

Rosemary’s website, contact info and great property search and comparable options are available at www.rosemarytulett.com

And if you need a place to stay while looking for that perfect home we would be pleased to host you in one of our short or mid term rentals listed on this site.


Gary Sims

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