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VIEW Corner suite 2 bedroom condo! Sunsets and views of Mount Prevost, City Hall Clock and Law Courts. Whole condo was remodeled 4 years ago. Updated kitchen with new counter tops, backsplash and sink. New flooring and paint throughout, cork throughout except for the bathroom. Newer baseboards, crown molding, light fixtures, hardware on all doors, electrical plates, and electrical updates. High end blinds and...
WONDERFUL FAMILY HOME at an affordable price! Here's a 3 bed, 3 bath home with a huge family room that is awesome for the kiddies (currently used as the 4th bedroom) and a cozy wood-stove, a good sized living room with lots of light, a dining room with french doors leading to one of the two back patio areas and a large level, fully fenced back yard! The home has a built-in vacuum including a dust vacuum in th...
Impressive mountain views from this Shawnigan Station Estates 5 bedroom home. Quality built family home on a quiet cul-de-sac. Main level entry with kitchen, open concept dining and living room. Kitchen has stainless appliances. Living room has corner Natural gas fireplace and patio doors to large deck to enjoy the mountain views. Take in the views while you barbeque on the deck; natural gas hookup. Also on t...
THE HAMPTONS - where living is easy and carefree! One bedroom with den that could work as second bedroom for guests. Vaulted ceilings in the living room enhance the feeling of spaciousness. Living is equipped with natural gas corner fireplace. Patio doors to west facing deck to enjoy the late day sun and container plants. Efficient kitchen, large in-line dining area and living room. The master bedroom is very...
A very unique and interesting property. Charming character home on 0.94 acre located very close to downtown on Sherman Rd. Secluded and private with old established gardens, plantings and trees including nut trees & apple. Lovely creek at corner of property. Features of the home include heat pump, fir flooring, recent bathroom upgrade, fir flooring, sun room. Approved plans & permit in place for 2 car garage ...
Spectacular sunsets, lake and mountain views! Private back yard "Gardeners' paradise" creates a wonderful sanctuary to get away from it all! Executive style home with open concept kitchen and dining room - prefect for entertaining. Modern kitchen with maple cabinets and huge island with casual seating. French doors open up to a sun room off the dining area to capture the views. Versatile second bedroom can be...
Fantastic 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom home on .38 of an acre nestled next to a ravine and in a sought after neighborhood. The main level offers a large tile entry, and a family room that could be used as a bedroom. The large double garage joins to an unfinished basement area that would make an excellent workshop, plus there is plenty of storage in the two massive crawl spaces. Upstairs you will be impressed with the...
ELEGANCE AND GRACE! Living on the main with a huge kitchen with 11 ft barrel vault ceilings, quartz countertops, and wood cabinets with appliance garages. Two decks off kitchen. Custom lighting and sound system, hardwood flooring. Living room has gas fireplace, built in cabinets and floor to ceiling windows. Spacious master bedroom has two decks. Master ensuite is to die for! Heated floors, sound system, his ...
Stunning Lake & Mountain views.Quality rancher w/fully finished lower level in Cliffs over Maple Bay.Custom built for retirement,main floor has a Chef's kitchen w/maple cabinetry, granite,gas stove,wall oven,pantry & large center island.Oversized formal dining room ;spacious open living area w/lots of picture windows under the vaults.Master suite has walkin closet w/his'n her dressers,ensuite w/5-ft shower, d...
TWO STUNNING HOMES on 5 acres! Elegant executive main home custom built. Grand entrance from the covered verandah with 19 ft ceilings and stained glass French doors to den on left the dining room on the right. Den has built in oak wood cherry stained cabinets and double work stations. Spacious and elegant separate dining room. Kitchen with quartz countertops full height wood cabinets and high end SS appliance...
These luxury homes in Arbutus Grove are an example of the award winning craftsmanship that Suncraft construction delivers. The designs showcase main level living at its finest. The kitchen, living and dining spaces flow wonderfully together creating a stunning great room concept. These homes offer the perfect amount of windows to bring in the natural light and deck space to enjoy your views. The master bedroo...
Custom designed rancher in desirable Coronation Hill. Perched atop the neighbourhood, this 3 bed, 2 bath home is bathed in sunlight and offers outstanding valley and mountain views. The floor plan is unique and functional offer a large kitchen with island and eating nook, as well as a formal dining room and separate living room with gas fireplace. The master bedroom with door to rear yard also features walk-i...
Magic Maple Bay southern exposure! Very private and quiet property. Ocean views from all three floors! Main floor has kitchen on main with oak and fir cabinets and new SS appliances. Oak flooring in dining and living rooms. Fir wood accents throughout.Living room has patio doors to deck to enjoy the late sun and views. Dining area has cozy woodstove in a bay window. Bedroom on the main has patio doors to deck...
Consulting a REALTOR®
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
Selling Your Home - Why it Pays to Use a REALTOR®
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
Since 1992, Sandra Carswell has lived and worked in her beloved Cowichan Valley, and is a successful licensed Realtor with Pemberton Holmes.
Sandra’s natural professionalism, integrity, diligence and knowledge of the local area are reputable and highly respected. Since starting her real estate career, Sandra has built an impressive roster of satisfied buyers and sellers due to her commitment to her clients’ needs and attention to detail. Specializing in residential and more recently commercial properties, Sandra’s passion for marketing and finding the right fit for you and your real estate investment is her goal and to that end, her personal hands-on service and marketing acumen are tangible benefits.
As a former restaurateur, Director of the BCRFA, Director of the Duncan Chamber of Commerce, BIA, Fringe Festival Society, and several festival and trade societies, Sandra has been actively involved and volunteered in the community she loves. She believes that today, her qualifications as a realtor have evolved from her years of community service and she prides herself on her commitment to customer service and hospitality that resonates in working with her clients to maximize value.
“When buying or selling your home, whether a first-time buyer, new resident of Cowichan Valley or moving within the area, the process of finding the right house for you and your family is an emotional one. This is why I take such good care of my clients. I understand the need for a smooth transition to a new home. My philosophies of constant communication, researching properties, and providing personal service through and after the move, is how I know I’ve done a good job for my clients and that they will enjoy a good sale of their existing property and many happy years in their new home.”
· Licensed realtor since 2006, part of the team at Osborne Realty
· Ongoing education with professional and real estate courses
· 22 year resident of Maple Bay in Duncan
· Active in sea kayaking, yoga, whiskey club, Fringe Festival, world travel
· Volunteer Food Service Director for the 2005 BC Seniors Games
· Former Director of Business Services at Quw’utsun’ Cultural & Conference Centre in downtown Duncan
· Past owner of “ASTA Pasta” restaurant in Duncan, BCRFA Restaurateur of the Year 1996,
Duncan Chamber 1995 Business Achiever of the Year
· President of Cowichan Valley BCRFA and Director provincial board of the BCREA.
· Very proud mother and grandmother
· Graduated and worked in Alberta as a Medical Laboratory Technician before moving to Duncan in 1992
· REALTOR® for Osborne Realty from 2006 to 2015