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There were 1,910 properties (including lots and acreage) active on the VREB’s MLS® database for the Greater Victoria area (i.e., excluding the Malahat, Up-Island and the Gulf Islands) on July 1, 2018, up +50.3% from 1,271 a year ago. As an additional point of reference, the inventory was 2,796 on July 1, 2015.

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The real estate market in Victoria continues to cool and begins to move towards a more balanced market.

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Home Ownership and Public Policy

For the most part, governments in Canada have pursued polices encouraging home ownership. The rate of home ownership
increased from 60.3% in 1971 to 69.0% in 2011. In the past five years, many urban areas, particularly the Lower Mainland
of BC, the Golden Horseshoe around Toronto, as well as Victoria have experienced a marked appreciation in real estate

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A Scotiabank Group report entitled “Global Real Estate Trends,” released in November 2017, reported the results of a survey of the housing markets in twenty-three countries. This survey found that seventeen countries enjoyed year-over-year (y/y) “real house price increases” (i.e., inflation-adjusted) into the 1st and 2nd Qtrs of 2017.

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Tips for preparing your home for sale

As spring approaches, many people start thinking about putting their home on the market.

Here are few things that you can do to get your home ready for sale:

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New down payment rules & what they mean to you.

Thinking about making a property purchase in 2016? If so, you should know that the minimum down payment will be changing for homes between $500,000 and $1 million. Currently a purchaser must put a minimum down payment of 5% down on a home with a purchase price up to $1 million.

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