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The final walk-through on your new home is an exciting event. It means you have successfully maneuvered through negotiations, inspections, and financing approval, and are on the verge of signing your closing papers. Most buyers attend the final walk-through with thoughts of furniture placement and paint colors in their heads. But the walk-through is about more than just making sure your favorite chair will fit by the fireplace. Be sure to do your due diligence to make sure there are no issues that should be resolved before you reach the closing table.  


The purpose of the final walk-through is to ascertain that the home is being conveyed to you in the same condition it was when you agreed to purchase it. Here are a few of the things you should check: 

  1. Make sure no damage has occurred to the home that the sellers are responsible for repairing. Weather conditions or careless movers can cause accidental damage, and old and forgotten damage may be uncovered when the sellers’ belongings are removed.
  2. Check that appliances are still in working order and no new plumbing or electrical issues have popped up. While you aren’t doing a complete home inspection, you can visually check for obvious problems that should be repaired before you move in.
  3. Confirm that items contractually conveying are present. If the sellers agreed to leave particular furniture, décor, or equipment, see that it has not been removed. 
  4. Make certain the sellers have removed all their belongings. You don’t want to arrive with the moving truck only to find out that the sellers left behind an assortment of unwanted furniture or trash. The sellers should be held responsible for removing everything that doesn’t convey with the sale.
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A Record Year For Real Estate

Despite record-low inventory, sales numbers were strong with 11,045 units sold; just shy of the 12,014 and 11,341 unit sales seen in 2016 and 2017. Were there sufficient supply we surely would have seen significantly higher sales across the board.

Inventory remains tight across Vancouver Island as it does in most markets, with supply needing to double in order to balance the market. This statistic has remained stead since 2020 and the Government of BC and Municipalities are attempting to make changes to speed up development approval processes to increase housing stock.

The board-wide benchmark of a single-family home reached $785,300 in December 2021, up 34% from one year ago. Apartments reached $403,800, up 29% year over year. And townhomes reached $609,300, up 35% year over year.
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Buyer demand continues to outweigh supply in the VIREB market and competition for those few precious listings is fierce. Buyers continue to be frustrated with thier home search as inventory numbers reached an all-time low. The BCREA does not see the inventory situation improving until more supply comes on the market later this year. The BCREA and local real estate boards are advocating with policy makers to encourage streamlining the development process so that municipalities can expand supply more quickly to meet the growing demand. 


It is an exciting time to sell your home as the robust market is impacting prices. Single family homes as a 15% increase over February 2020. Last month, we saw a 56% increase in the sales of single family homes since the same period last year with 417 units sold. 


More than ever, it's important for buyers and sellers alike to work with a realtor to help them navigate the ever-changing envorinment. 

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It's not too late to make your New Years Resolutions. What are your resolutions this year?⠀

If one of yours is to prepare to buy a new home, here are some resolutions to add to your list!⠀

• Resolve to pay down existing debt⠀
• Resolve to not make any large purchases on credit (cars, boats, appliances)⠀
• Resolve to save cash for a down payment⠀
• Resolve to not changes jobs⠀
• Resolve to get pre-approved for a mortgage ⠀
• And last but definitely not least, resolve to CALL ME! I can help you prepare to buy your new home!⠀ 

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