Talon Thompson

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Many people who purchase condos think of them as starter units. A condo is less expensive than a house and lets new families buy a place without breaking the bank. However, there's a common perception in BC and the rest of the country that, once a family can afford a home, they will likely sell their condo and buy a house. Then, once they've moved into a house, people are sometimes reluctant to sell it because a condo feels like a "downgrade."

However, in reality, many people enjoy condos and prefer them to a detached home. Here are three reasons why condos might make sense for you, even in the long term!

Lower Cost Of Ownership

While condo residents do have to pay monthly maintenance fees, the total cost of ownership for a condo is often much less than that of a house. In the right area, a Victoria condo can be nearly half that of a home. You save on property taxes, while still having equity in your place. There is a lot that can go wrong with a home. Every time something goes wrong,...

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"One hundred seventy years ago, this beautiful peninsula area was one of the most sought-after pieces of land in the Victoria region, and many years later, it still is today!"


When looking for homes in Victoria, people often inquire about the best neighbourhoods in which to live. Fortunately, with Victoria, that's an easy answer. Most regions in the Greater Victoria Area are lovely places to live, work, and raise a family. They're lower on crime than the average Canadian city, and Victoria is home to an excellent school system. People living in this city have a high quality of life in general.


With that said, though, one of my favourite neighbourhoods within this city is James Bay. Situated just on the outskirts of the downtown area, James Bay is a particularly beautiful place to live. One of the fascinating aspects of this neighbourhood is its rich history.

James Bay: Deeply Canadian Roots

The neighbourhood that is now known as James Bay has deeply Canadian roots. What we now...

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Like most of the world right now, British Columbia is battling the coronavirus. The province has enacted measures such as social distancing, restrictions on gatherings, and the closing of non-essential businesses to try to slow down the spread and flatten the curve. While there is some evidence that these initial measures are having an impact, it appears as though this virus will affect our daily lives for the foreseeable future.

Many people were involved in real estate transactions when this outbreak hit. Some people were planning to move, or they are wondering if they can still buy or sell a house in the era of coronavirus. Given the general uncertainty around real estate, it seemed fitting to do a post on the status of BC real estate and what professionals, such as myself, are doing in this crisis to keep everyone safe.

The BC Real Estate Market Is Safe And Open

The provincial government declared that real estate agents are an essential service. This declaration means that real estate...

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If you're looking to prepare your Victoria, BC home to put on the market, your agent will eventually need to take photos. These photos will entice would-be buyers to come and look at your property, so they need to look fantastic. Some sellers believe that they need to go all out and hire a staging company for maximum effect. Others might think that taking photos of the house "as-is" will suffice. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. While a staging company doesn't hurt, you can often make your home significantly more attractive by doing small, little things before the photoshoot. 


Here are five ways you can showcase your home in the best possible light for the photoshoot.


Reduce Clutter


One of the least appealing things in a photo is clutter. People are instantly turned off by it. If you have clothes lying around the house or hanging on the back of doors, you should put those away. Similarly, you're going to want to clear off countertops and put items away neatly. Your goal is to...

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Imagine living in this large 2 bd, 2 bth unit centrally located in the most sought after area in Victoria - James Bay. Enjoy coffee on your huge balcony then take a short walk to the Dallas waterfront, stroll over to beautiful Beacon Hill Park, head along to pick up groceries at James Bay Square with the 24hr Thriftys, finish off with another coffee at Starbucks. You can also walk to DT to enjoy everything that DT Victoria has to offer - no need to worry about parking. A very spacious layout with huge living room that features a wood burning fireplace and opens to a west facing balcony with peek-a-boo views of the cruise ships. Adjoining the living room you'll find a generous dining area for family gatherings. New In-suite laundry. New Samsung Fridge, newer water tank. Master bedroom with full ensuite, storage unit as well., bicycle storage, and one secured underground parking. The common area includes a small workshop for those who are handy. 
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