Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | July 5, 2016

Escape the Big City Rush

915 Woodhaven – French Beach – $410,000

Here is your opportunity to purchase a 3 bedroom (possible 4) 2000+ sq. ft. home on a forested 0.97 acres of land within an easy commute of the Village of Sooke, a scenic drive from the City of Victoria.

Beautifully laid out with an open living, dining floor plan and sliders onto a large deck off the master bedroom or the dining area into the rear yard. The living room features a delightful wood burning fireplace as well as the master bedroom. The master boasts of a deluxe ensuite with Jacuzzi soaker tub and dual sinks. The kitchen has more than enough room to entertain with a spacious breakfast bar for those quick snakes and a full array of appliances.

You will be wanting nothing in your new home yet the grounds invite you to colour it with your own tastes in landscaping.

Don’t delay in the hot market. Book your private viewing now before it’s gone.

Daryl Ashby, 250 478 9141


Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | December 2, 2015

Being a Snowbird has Benefits

Have you pondered retirement and considered what that might look like.

There are excellent opportunities right now south of the border and especially in Arizona where the sun shines over 300 days of the year. Yuma Arizona boasts of an average 3.21 inches of rain a year; the equivalent of a wet day in Victoria (34.5 inches per year).

Consider this Resort Home in the Cocopah RV & Golf Resort at $78,000 for instance. It offers a single bedroom with a queen sized bed, plus two pull outs to sleep a total of six. With more than average finished square footage for a Resort model, it has seen numerous upgrades inclusive of a new deck, fridge, microwave, smart flat-screen TV, light fixtures and much more.

As for the Resort; you will enjoy an 18 hole golf course, 2 putting greens, driving range, the best equipped pro shop in Yuma, tennis courts, pickle ball, pool and spa, shuffle board, horse shoes, a cantina, Restaurant, live entertainment, ballroom, crafts, boat launch, plus six miles of walking / running paths. Situated just beyond the city limits and along side the Colorado River, you would be hard pressed to find a quieter, more serene setting.

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Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | December 2, 2015

November in Review

Inventory is low, but there is still a great variety of properties for buyers in the Victoria Real Estate Market 

December 1, 2015, Victoria BC – Victoria Real Estate Board confirms that November was another busy month for the Victoria real estate market. Holding true to the theme we’ve seen throughout the year, the Victoria market had another great month of sales, with numbers exceeding those from the same time last year.

A total of 573 properties sold via the Victoria Real Estate Board this November, an increase of 23.2% compared to the 465 properties sold in the same month last year.

There were 2,952 active listings for sale at the end of November, 18.7% fewer than the 3,631 active listings at the end of November 2014.

Prospective sellers may want to take advantage of the current market conditions. One thing for certain; the market right now has lower inventory levels, making it the best time in the past ten years to list a house. Demand from buyers in most areas is up, but inventory continues to decrease on a year over year basis. The good news for buyers is that pricing remains competitive as new listings coming onto the market every day.

Buyers and sellers need to keep in mind as the year comes to a close that there are real estate microclimates in Victoria. Different areas have different levels of demand and ability to meet that demand. Though properties are selling everywhere, what to expect in terms of value and time to sell may differ depending on your area and the type of property.

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core last year in November was $558,600. The benchmark value for the same home in November 2015 has increased by 9% to $608,600.

Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | July 8, 2015

What’s Up

Real estate activity in Greater Victoria for June 2015 saw 910 properties sold via the MLS network; a 33.8% increase compared to the 680 properties sold in the same month last year.

Simply put: it’s another big month – and we continue to see consistent year over year sales growth, What’s driving this you ask; continued low interest rate along with the diverse mix of properties and price points available. It may also in part be due to pent up demand from the past six or seven years. The market cooled off around 2008, and with the US markets improving and our local economy showing strength, consumer confidence is improving. Those that may have been hesitant to move over the last few years are making a change now.

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core this time last year was $568,600. The benchmark value for the same home this month has increased by 4.61% to $594,800.

There were 4,003 active listings for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® at the end of June, 14.7% fewer than the 4,695 active listings in June 2014.

We saw 48 single family homes sell for over one million dollars this month, and we saw 74 single family homes sell for under $400,000.

Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | June 18, 2015

Let’s Get it Right

I was approached the other day by a past client who stated that she had heard from a good source (another realtor) that prices were still dropping and hence our former client had decided to not move from their current residence.

To set the record straight; the June report from the Victoria Real Estate Board recorded the following:

“May’s volume of sales were 26.8% greater than the same time last year with 905 sales vs 714 a year ago.” This is the greatest number of sales since May of 2007 when there were 963 properties changing hands.

As for sale values; “the benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core this time last year was $570,500 vs $593,200 this past May; an increase of 3.98%.”

One reason for this increase is there were 13.5% fewer listings out there for buyers to chose from; but the primary reason is the increased confidence in the marketplace by those buyers on the move.

Now if that is a declining market; I definitely need to go back to school.

Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | June 17, 2015

Another Foul Ball hit into the bleachers by Saanich politicians

Were you aware that Saanich’s political intellects intend to create a Environmental Development Permit Area that will protect all sensitive areas within their municipality from owner inflicted changes inclusive of:

* alteration of land, subdivision & construction will be prohibited within an environmental development permit area unless an exemption applies or a development permit is issued.
Now that doesn’t sound too disturbing; does it?

However if you read further in their proposal you will find the definition for ‘alteration’ includes:
* Mowing of lawns
* The placement of Patio Furniture
* Plus the maintenance of existing landscaping

Now if this hits you where it hurts you need to attend the Open House at Saanich Municipal Hall on today June 17 between 3 – 8 pm and register your feelings.

Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | June 9, 2015

Staying On Top Doesn’t Come Easy

PH on top photo 1000REP Magazine (Real Estate Professional Magazine) has included Pemberton Holmes in their compilation of Canada’s Top 60 Real Estate offices, published in their most recent issue!

A screen shot of the magazine and Pemberton Holmes’ mention with a photo Mike Holmes and Richard Holmes is below. Photo credit: Kelly McClure.

You may wish to view the entire publication online via this link:

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Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | May 22, 2015

Welcome to 401 – 350 Belmont Rd

This condo is the most affordable unit currently available in the Westshore area and not by a small margin; it is $25,000 less than its closest rival. That says a lot when you consider the asking price is only $145,000.
If you have thought of picking up a rental or simply downsizing and putting all that equity you have from your large home to better use; this should be first on your list for viewing.
This home comes with two bedrooms, a west facing deck, a view of the water and mountains, plus it overlooks the Hatley Castle historical site.
There are no rental or pet restrictions making this a safe choice for your IMG_0141

Brand new Apliances and Cabinets

Brand new Apliances and Cabinets

New Laminate Flooring

New Laminate Flooring

Ocean Views from Living room and Deck

Ocean Views from Living room and Deck

Fully updated bathroom

Fully updated bathroom


Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | May 12, 2015

So They Say

There is an old saying “Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, but cash is reality”.

Now you may ask the question; “How does this saying apply to us in the Real Estate industry?”
The answer is quite simple:

* While we strive for turnover and may encourage our clients to display a sense of vanity over our successes; ‘turnover’ is what our clients are hiring us to achieve; hence if it allows our clients to display a wee bit of vanity over achieving their goals; then all the better.

* ‘Profit’ is sanity’; for what individual would endeavour to see no positive gain on their greatest capital investment. Our job is to do everything within our power to achieve their goal and to see their equity grow.

* ‘Cash is Reality’, for if we were to deliver unrealistic objectives; whether it be suggesting values for a home that are unachievable or presenting offers that simply will not survive the test of scrutiny, then we have failed our clients bitterly.

So now the decision is yours. Call us today and see if we can ‘turnover’ your investment with as much ‘profit’ the current market will allow, so that you can take your ‘cash’ and reinvest it wisely.

Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | May 11, 2015

Listings Needed

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While the Victoria Real Estate Board reports the current market to have “modest increases”, we have experience full price and multiple offers in this past week. Consequently we have only one property left which we are actively marketing.
This is an excellent time for you to consider taking that first step into the market, upgrading or downsizing, whichever is right for you.
Feel free to drop us an e-mail or give us a call at 250 478 9141 to see how we might be able to assist you.

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