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Gorgeous 2 bed, 1 den, 3 bath townhome in popular Summer Place Complex. The den could be used as a 3rd bedroom. This townhome features a layout that flows nicely with a grand entry and staircase, a gourmet kitchen, and two patio areas great for morning coffee or relaxing at the end of the day. The front patio is located directly off the kitchen, perfect for entertaining and BBQ’s. The second level has a spaci...Listed by RE/MAX CAMOSUN
This bright top-floor condo is located just minutes from the heart of Cook Street village. Take a 10-minute walk to the Dallas Road waterfront or stroll downtown in 15 minutes. Boasting approximately 1000 sqft of living space, this unit features a walk-through kitchen that opens onto the dining area, and then flows nicely into the large living room. Its location on the quiet side of the building affords some ...
New Home under construction in beautiful Malahat Forest Estates. Experience the lifestyle surrounded by nature and the calm of this community with forest, trails, hiking and biking. Enjoy one level living in this 3 bedroom 2 bath home featuring a vaulted ceiling in the great room with fireplace. Shaker style cabinets in the kitchen with island, quartz counter tops, and laminate flooring throughout. Bonus room...Listed by JKS REALTY & PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
I pride myself on taking the time to get to know my clients and establishing a strong working relationship.I would be happy to discuss your real estate needs and wants with you.
Some of my clients have taken the time to share about our experience together:
From my first meeting with James until the closing of the purchase of our townhouse, it was an absolute pleasure having James guide us through the process.
My wife and I never felt pressured to ‘settle’, in fact he was committed to helping us find a home we would be really happy with. And we are! - D & E
We met James about four years before we actually started working together. He stayed in contact with us and took the time to build a relationship with us that made it easy for my wife and me to feel like we knew him and that we could trust him. At no time did he ever try to pressure us into getting started with our home search, but instead connected us to his property database and customized it to email us every time there was a property matching what we thought would be our price point. This alone was a huge help for us in that it gave us a picture of what we could expect in the market, having never purchased here before.
As I said before, it took us about four years to actually be in a position to begin a serious house search. Not only was James safely available to help us begin the process in the middle of a pandemic, he helped us narrow our search down, he helped us see multiple locations safely and in a very timely manner, and did a wonderful job of helping us examine each property carefully which helped us quickly find the one place we fell in love with.
On top of all that, James also put us in touch with some wonderful folks who helped us with getting our financing in order, and when the process was nearing completion he connected us with a lawyer who seemed to fit us and our style like a glove!
It was an absolute pleasure to work with James, and we will do so again without hesitation. If you are looking for a real estate agent you can trust, please look no further. James is an excellent choice! – Aaron & Anna
We recently placed our Colwood condo on the market and asked James to manage our sales campaign. We chose James because he had been a resident in our community, indeed of our building, so he was extremely knowledgeable about our unit and the Westshore amenities. He had current knowledge of the value of our property in a rapidly evolving market. James had also represented buyers and sellers in our complex and was highly recommended by others.
The early summer property market of 2020 was characterized by uncertainty due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and related buyer hesitance. James mounted a professional campaign involving a top-quality virtual tour which guaranteed a broad buyer awareness and focused actual property inspections to genuinely interested and qualified purchasers. Covid-19 risk mitigation remains an essential element of the real estate marketplace and will do so into the foreseeable future.
We greatly appreciated James' discretion during our campaign. Sales of other units in our complex were either pending or imminent. James was able to negotiate means to represent various clients to best advantage without creating competition among his clients. We are confident that James was able to represent us without compromising our privacy. We received weekly market statistics for our municipality and the entire Capital Regional District, which guided our pricing and sales strategy. We were in frequent communication with James and maintained a comfortable dialog during the entire process.
A brief campaign resulted in simultaneous purchase offers. We were pleased with the outcome which exceeded our expectations. The entire procedure demonstrated excellent professional ethics, timeliness and respect for both our aspirations as well of those of the purchasers.
We would strongly recommend James to anyone considering buying or selling a property throughout the Southern Tip of Vancouver Island. – Jerry & Laurie
We consider ourselves very fortunate to have had James as our real estate agent. A friend of ours recommended James and we were very happy with our experience. We live in Ontario and wanted to buy a condo in Victoria as an investment property with plans to eventually retire in this area. James was incredibly helpful, honest, knowledgeable, and really great to work with. We appreciated his easy going nature and the fact that we never felt pressured or rushed into any decision. The transaction went very smoothly despite the fact that we were out of province. We would definitely not hesitate to recommend James and would work with him again in a heartbeat. Thank you James for making our experience fun and easy! - Shawn and Miki
Working with James to buy my new condo was the best decision I could have made! He never pressured me towards sales, was always honest about the units we were looking at, and handled everything with total professionalism. He got a good idea of my style with condos very quickly, which ended up with me finding my dream home within a month. I couldn’t recommend him more, he’s absolutely incredible to work with. – Robin
We took James as our realtor just by chance while we were looking at an open house, but the process and result were amazing, it was our luck to work with James. As our agent, his initiative was not only to help us buy a condo, instead all his mind was to find one we would be happy with and would not have any regret. At the end we became friends. We were his first success since he started his career being a realtor, this makes us think that a good personality is the primary asset for a realtor to help his clients. It took us half a year to get our dream condo in the hot real estate market of last year, he was persistent and courageous. Without him we might have given up. Thank you, James! - Jiao family
REALTORS® are members of The Canadian Real Estate Association who subscribe to a Code of Ethics and Standards of Business Practice. Members of the Victoria Real Estate Board are members of both the British Columbia and Canadian Real Estate Associations.The following is a list of services you can expect to receive from a REALTOR® when you buy a home:
- A REALTOR® will fully explain the details of your working relationship (called "agency") so that you are clear as to when a REALTOR® is working for you or for the seller.
- A REALTOR® has access to hundreds of current listings of homes for sale because of a co- operative system called the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®).
- A REALTOR® can provide you with a customized list of homes that best meet your needs -- size, style, features, location, proximity to schools, shopping, etc. - and then make arrangements for you to view those homes that appeal to you the most.
- A REALTOR® will help you determine how big a home you can afford. REALTORs® are familiar with the local lending market and can offer helpful advice.
- A REALTOR® has no emotional ties to any type or style of home and can be objective in pointing out the merits of one home over another.
- A REALTOR® will have information on zoning changes, taxes, utility costs and school and recreation services that could affect your decision to buy a home in a specific area.
- A REALTOR® will assist you in negotiating the terms of your purchase, which can be a nerve- wracking process for someone who is not experienced in negotiating.
- A REALTOR® will advise you of the legal process required in obtaining title and taking possession of your property; the costs associated with buying a home such as insurance, mortgage registration and legal fees will be explained in detail.
Source: Victoria Real Estate Board 2015
Before selling your home, you will need a clear understanding of the legal issues and potential pitfalls. One wrong action could result in a lot of cost and frustration, which is why it is essential to have a REALTOR® working with you, as he or she will make the sale of your home a successful and satisfying experience.Greater exposure
REALTORS® use the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) to give your home maximum exposure. MLS® is a computer-based system that relays valuable information about your home to hundreds of REALTORS® and potential homebuyers.Setting a price
Setting a price for your home is an important but difficult process. Again, this is where the services of a REALTOR® prove invaluable. REALTORS® have the experience to help you understand how the market works and decide upon a realistic price that meets your goals. REALTORS® also pre-screen potential buyers to make sure only those who are serious and financially qualified view your home.
REALTORS® will also develop a marketing plan to help your property receive maximum exposure. This will likely include placing your home on the MLS® system and placing a "For Sale" sign on the front lawn. The plan will likely also include arranging open houses for other REALTORS® and potential buyers, and developing advertisements and feature sheets/mailers to market your home.
Once you have accepted an offer to buy your home, your REALTOR® will help ensure that all the proper paperwork is completed. He or she will also make sure that both parties meet the necessary conditions outlined in the agreement.Why working with a REALTOR® makes sense
When you work with a REALTOR® you will likely get a better price for your home than if you try to sell it yourself. Apart from the financial benefits, however, there is an extra measure of comfort and security that comes from having a REALTOR® on your side. Remember that REALTORS® are governed by a code of ethics and standards of business practice. They have also been trained and licensed under the provincial Real Estate Services Act to assist in transactions involving real property. When it comes to buying or selling property, using a REALTOR® just makes sense.
Source: Victoria Real Estate Board 2015
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My professional experience includes more than twenty years of employment as a teacher, principal and manager in educational settings from kindergarten to post-secondary. I worked for the Calgary Board of Education for more than 16 years, and then I moved to B.C. where I worked as an educational program manager at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. These experiences have provided me with exceptional skills in creating opportunities for successful outcomes in a wide variety of circumstances.
My passion for real estate is long-standing with extensive personal experience buying and selling homes in Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria. When I moved to Vancouver Island, I turned that passion into a new and exciting career.
Having moved many times over the years I understand and appreciate the ups and downs of finding that “perfect home”. Sometimes, something that we think is essential slips away or changes as we start exploring possibilities. Aligning our needs and wants with our dreams can be a daunting task. However, there is nothing more satisfying than that feeling you get when you open the door and you just know “this is the one”. Let me help you find that feeling…let me help you Find Home.
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