Anny Schaefer

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I recently had the joyful experience of working with Leah Wickes, Artistic Director and Instructor of Whitespace Dance, and her wonderful family to sell their existing home and purchase a new one. As part of the DFH-Dance Victoria partnership, we made a donation to vibrant Dance Victoria.

Contact me if you'd like to support this great organization as you buy or sell a home here in Victoria.

Shown below: Anny Schaefer of Anny Schaefer-DFH Real Estate; Stephen White, Executive Producer of Dance Victoria; Leah Wickes of Whitespace Dance with her son.





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The stats are in for March 2015 real estate activity in Victoria, BC and confirm what we all thought--that it's a very active market and listings are in short supply.

The Victoria Real Estate Board just released data showing:

  • Property sales were up 27.7% over March 2014
  • That includes sales of 393 single family detached homes (SFD)--the highest March numbers since 2010 (414)
  • Active listings: 3,679. That's 6.9% lower than March 2014!
  • The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index (HPI) for a SFD home in the Victoria Core rose to $569,700 from $560,500 in March of last year.
  • We're now inching into Sellers Market territory, where the Sales to Active Listings Ratio is nearing 25% overall.
It's a great time to sell because of high demand and low inventories.

It's still a great time to buy because of low interest rates. You need to be prepared to pounce quickly when you find a place that meets your needs. Multiple offer situations are becoming more common.

DAYS TO SELL figures have dropped for the following types of property.
  • SFD has dropped to 51 from 62 (-18%)
  • Condo has dropped to 64 from 78 (-18%)
  • Strata Duplex (Side by Side) has dropped to 38 from 64 (-41%)
Contact me soon if you're thinking of buying or selling in the Victoria area! I work hard to get the best outcomes for my sellers and buyers in a challenging market.

Here's the official release from the VREB:

Victoria Real Estate Market

Another Busy Month for the Victoria Real Estate Market

April 1, 2015, Victoria BC - The Victoria Real Estate Board today released its report on real estate activity in the Victoria area for March 2015. A total of 734 properties sold in the Victoria region this March, a 27.7% increase compared to the 575 properties sold in the same month last year.

"We saw 393 single family homes in the region sell in the month of March. The last time we saw numbers this high in March was in 2010 when 414 single family homes sold," Victoria Real Estate Board President Guy Crozier says. "And though we see sales numbers have increased compared to last year, we see fewer active listings for sale compared to last year."

There were 3,769 active listings for sale on the Multiple Listing Service(r) at the end of March, 6.9% fewer than the 4,050 active listings in March 2014.

The Multiple Listing Service(r) Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core this time last year was $560,500. The benchmark value for the same home this month has increased by 1.64% to $569,700.

"Why the increase in activity? We expect the market to be busy in the spring - real estate has a seasonal trend. Interesting this year was that the momentum we saw in the market over the course of 2014 has continued to increase," President Crozier adds. "Consumer confidence in local real estate appears to be high, and it's likely that buyers are taking advantage of low interest rates."

Victoria Real Estate Board President Guy Crozier is available for comment. More information on the March 2015 report and the Multiple Listing Service(r) Home Price Index is available from the Victoria Real Estate Board,

About VREB - Founded in 1921, the Victoria Real Estate Board is a key player in the development of standards and innovative programs to enhance the professionalism of REALTORS(r). The Victoria Real Estate Board represents approximately 1,200 local REALTORS(r).

View our press release and summary here.
View our complete statistical package here.

Notes for Interpreting Our Statistics

The use of sale price statistics can be useful in establishing trends when applied over a period of time, i.e. six months or longer. The Victoria Real Estate Board cautions, however, that such information does not indicate the actual value of any particular property. Those requiring specific information on property values should contact a REALTOR®.

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Courtesy of the Victoria Real Estate Board


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With more energy than should be legal in one room, Compagnie Käfig Brasil brought Victoria audiences to their feet last night. These gifted young men will be performing again tonight in our town. Make it if you can. Rarely will you see so much exuberance and joie de vivre on one stage!

See a bit of Compagnie Käfig - Käfig Brasil from Dance Victoria on Vimeo.

As I've written about before, DFH sponsors the pre-show chat at Dance Victoria performances. Here's a photo of me last night with Compagnie Käfig's amazing and talented founder/director, Mourad Merzouki of France, and Dr. Allana Lindgren, Chair of the Theatre Department at the University of Victoria.

I'll be there again tonight--stop by and say hi, and enter our contest for tickets to a screening of the Bolshoi Ballet live at Silver City!

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