10 reasons to list during the holidays

10 reasons to list during the holidays

  1. Serious buyers have few houses to choose from during the holidays, and less competition means more money for you!

  2. People who look for a home during the holidays are more serious buyers

  3. Houses show better when decorated for the holidays, evoke a lot of love and emotion

  4. Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase I January, there will be less demand for your specific home. Less demand means less money for you.

  5. You can sell now for more money. We can certainly provide an option for a delayed closing or expended occupancy until early next year

  6. Buyers are more emotional during the holidays. So they are more likely to pay your price

  7. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons

  8. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the holidays than they do during the work week

  9. January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since transfers can’t wait until the spring to buy, your house must be on the market now!

  10. Your house can still be on the market, but you’ll have the flexibility to limit showings during the six for seven days during the holidays.

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Enjoy a season’s worth of savings by taking a few steps to protect your home before winter hits:

  • Allow winter’s rain and melting snow to properly drain by removing fall leaves and other debris from your gutters

  • Consider having your furnace professionally cleaned and tuned annually. Replace those furnace filters monthly, if needed.

  • Repair any obvious leaks in the most common drafty areas: recessed lighting, window and door frames and electrical outlets

  • Feeling drafty? Check the attic to make sure you see a minimum of 12 inches of insulation

  • Check the crawl space for flooding after the first long rainfall

  • Check your heating ducts and clean out any abundant dust, animal hair and other debris that can gather and cause respiratory issues

  • Reverse your ceiling fans to force warm air downwards, keeping your home more comfortable. Note to self: As you look up, blades should be turning clockwise during the winter months

  • Make sure you have at least one fire extinguisher on each floor and in the garage

  • If you haven’t checked the operation of your home’s smoke detectors… now is a great time to do so. Check the batteries too!

  • Invest in a carbon monoxide detector, every home house has at least one. They also make great utilitarian holiday gifts!

Happy Holidays


Follow your Butterflies

Follow your Butterflies

When I did my real estate exam back in 2012 I was living in Alberta and did it because I had to for my then current position in retail leasing. I loved my job and was annoyed at the fact that to get my license I also had to go through not just the residential portion of the course but also the rural real estate portion. Have a question about different types of soil or crop varieties? I am your person, which is ironic because I cannot keep a plant alive for the life of me. I always loved residential real estate, buying and selling as an investment and decorating as a hobby, but the idea of becoming a realtor was just not for me. This was for one main reason: the idea of having my face on bus stops, garbage can, or billboard. The idea of this terrified me. This is still a fear of mine, which is why when I decided to switch from commercial real estate to residential real estate I went with Sotheby’s, not because of their brand and what they stand for which I now love, but in my initial research it was because of their strict advertising guidelines.

Fast forward two years into my residential career and my view on what it means to be in my business is completely different. Many see realtors as sales people, but when it comes down to it I feel more like I am in customer service, which I love. The selling part that I struggle with getting used to, is the selling of myself. Although I am backed by one of the most well respected brands in the world, I ultimately am my brand. To me this sounds much easier than it is. I am not an extrovert person, but this is what I learned; In any given moment you have two options, either to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.

My goal this year, as opposed to my previous year goal, is to not spend money on prints ads in all the magazines with my small black and white picture in the bottom corner, hoping people will not recognize me. This year is about getting out there, putting myself front and center, whether in an ad, networking events, or community fundraisers. I force myself to do something uncomfortable every day and by stepping out of my box, I don’t have to settle for who I am, but work towards who I want to become. I cannot tell you what an impact that has had not just on my business, but also my personal life. Being a part of “The Influencers” feature in Boulevard Magazine at the start of this year was a clear example. When first presented with this opportunity I wanted to run for the hills, the whole process was so awkward and outside of anything I had done before. It was edgy, dark, and not the usual clean, bright imagery I love to showcase. The results and the feedback I got from that feature still impact me on a weekly basis. It just goes to show that if you have butterflies in your tummy, follow them. Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.



Spring To Do List

Spring To Do List

Spring is the season most people can’t wait for. It is my favourite season and for us living in Victoria we usually do not have to wait too long. This year has been a bit different, and although the flowers are starting to come out and the cherry blossoms are filling our streets with some much-needed colour, the gloom of winter rain still lingers. My body feels heavy and tired, the rain feels like it will never end, so I have decided to put together a list of things to do once the weather comes around… which I know it will.

Spring not only signifies new beginnings, it also happens to be the busiest time of year in the real estate market. Last year was crazy, I did not get much done other than work, work, work. This year I have decided to make time for myself and make sure I don’t miss out on all the things I love about spring in Victoria. This time of year, the city truly does come alive. My Husband and I started doing these seasonal lists a couple years ago. We each pick 3 things we would like to do together, or with friends, and make a point of scheduling it into our busy lives. I always like to include a good mix of activities that range in price.  

Spring to do list:

1)    High tea at the Empress. Spring is a great time to get dressed up with your girlfriends or family and spend the afternoon being treated like a queen at Victoria’s most historic and iconic building. The updated renovations make it that much better.

2)    Check out the cherry blossoms in James Bay, Fairfield and Beacon Hill Park. Cherry blossoms are something we always brag about when the rest of the country is still under 2 feet of snow. There is always that time of year (now) when every other Facebook or Instagram post is of these beautiful blossoms.

3)    Pick up a pre-packed gourmet picnic basket from Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry in Cadboro Bay, or pack your own, and head out for a picnic. Cattle Point is my favourite spot to have a picnic.

4)    Pick fresh flowers and fruit. I Love the variety of farms that allow you to enjoy the experience of picking it yourself. Here is a link to last years farms. 2017 has not been posted. http://www.islandfarmfresh.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/UPick2016.pdf

5)    Drive West Saanich Road, and pick up fresh veggies from all the farm stands where everything is fresh, organic, and straight from the field.

6)    Brunch at Vis a Vis in Oak Bay… sit in the back room, it’s an indoor patio with white brick walls and a beautiful European feel. Not to mention the brunch menu is amazing.

7)    Have an afternoon fire and cookout at Goldstream Park. This is not just a summer thing, we actually did this in December just before the holidays with a group of friends. It’s such a great way to enjoy the day with friends and family.

8)    Night Golf at Henderson. Now the course is not open at night but if you’re feeling like a rebel grab a couple glow in the dark balls from your local sports store (Golf Town in Millstream Village usually has stock), some glow sticks to put in the holes, and a nine iron, then head out.

9)    Drive, bike, or walk Dallas Road. My husband and I try to do this every few weeks, it’s so breath taking. A fun way that I would like to try this spring would be to rent scooters and go all the way from James Bay to Cordova Bay.

These are the things on my list… What are some of the ones on yours?

Xo Kate

ten things you probably don’t know about me

ten things you probably don’t know about me

As one of my professional goals for 2017 I decided to set up a blog on my website. I want to have an avenue where I can tie in everything I am passionate about. Because I am so passionate about my career, as my family and friends know all too well, they will get to hear less and you will get to hear more of those hot topics throughout the year. I will also include some Lifestyle: I honestly do not see myself as a sales person but more like a match maker. That sounds corny I know, but what my day involves is introducing people to different homes until they find the one they love. That’s the home that they can picture their life in, the one that gives them the lifestyle they are looking for… I know that’s why I picked my own house.

After you find your perfect match… I then become the wedding planner. This analogy is too funny because all through high school I dreamt of becoming a wedding planner until the day I had to plan my own. No longer something I would ever want to do again. Negotiating and closing deals on a house… I could do all day! The last thing I will include in this blog is, Design: over the years it has turned into such a passion and hobby of mine that whenever I get asked questions about a project I have done I love sharing the details, and this is the perfect place to do that. I thought since it was my first entry I would start with something light and fun.  So here are 10 things you probably don’t know about me;

1)    I have lived and had a driver’s licenses in a total of 4 provinces – BC, NS, ON, AB… back to BC

2)    I have camped in the Amazon jungle. Not in a tent, in a hammock tied between 2 trees.

3)    We originally named our first dog “Baxter” but changed it after a week because we could not stop quoting Anchorman and it got annoying.

4)    One of my favourite things to do in the summer is go crabbing, drop the trap before work, and pick it up on my way home. I could eat fresh crab every night for the rest of my life.

5)    I do not have a green thumb… I can kill everything from succulents, to cactuses, to air plants

6)    My grandmother won the lottery twice, I feel like this makes my chances less likely, but I buy a ticket every time I fall in love with a house that is out of my price range.

7)    One of my first jobs out of university was as a fake patient for Med school exams

8)    I planned my own wedding twice… see above… I do not like planning weddings

9)    One of my biggest dreams is to host a lip-sync battle... I struggle with the song selection of what I would perform if I ever follow through; it’s a toss-up between Def Leopard and Celine Dion

10) My husband was a rodeo cowboy for 6 years in Alberta until he retired and we moved back home to Victoria.

XO Kate