New property listed in Co Lagoon, Colwood
I have listed a new property at 292 Perimeter Pl in Colwood.
Nestled between Royal Bay and the picturesque Esquimalt Lagoon this upscale neighborhood stands above the rest with its high caliber homes and walkability to the trails and beaches. This custom home was built to take advantage of the lot and the surrounding views. The home features a modern open concept layout. The main level is complete with bamboo floors, large windows, and a gas fireplace, perfect for relaxing and ambiance. The bedrooms on the upper level have expansive views, ideal for relaxing. The lower level has an extremely flexible floorplan, and an additional one-bedroom suite as well that is a great mortgage helper or perfect for the extended family or nanny. The beautiful tiered yard is fully landscaped with mature flower beds and an irrigation system. The home has been wonderfully looked after and loved, it's now ready for the next family. Floorplans online, don't delay.

New property listed in Sk Broomhill, Sooke
I have listed a new property at 6985 A Larkspur Rd in Sooke.
Located minutes from the heart of Sooke and many local walking trails and family parks, this 3 bed 3 bathroom home has been masterfully appointed to maximize space. The open concept layout and access to the yard makes this an easy home to entertain in. The lower level is bright and sunny with big windows leading to a massive yard perfect for kids to play in or the dogs to run around. The upper level has 3 bedrooms with massive closets and 2 full bathrooms. Dont delay floorplans online!

Open House Etiquette

Let’s talk about open houses. We love hosting them, but sometimes we see buyers that just don't know what to do to get the most out of their showings. Or they feel awkward because they don't know some of the common etiquettes of touring someone else's home.

So here’s how you can put your best foot forward at your next open house visit!

1. Open houses are for you to go and attend without having to schedule an appointment. Just show up and view at your own pace.

2. Gauge the competition. Take note of how many other buyers are there. If it's busy, you may have some competition.

3. Redefine your non-negotiables. Seeing homes in person may give you a better sense of what your real needs and wants are in a home.

And make sure to follow these etiquette rules:


- Focus on listings that fit your criteria for budget and location.

- Walk in, unless a sign is posted that tells you to knock or ring the bell

- Ask if you can take photos or a video

- Take notes on your phone


- Bring anything messy. Yes, this includes food, drink, pets, and children.

- Use the bathroom—they're not public!!!

- Touch things. You wouldn’t want someone touching your stuff while you’re away, right?

- Criticize the owner’s style. You never know who is listening, so take photos and save it for the car

And remember, if you like this house, you can always schedule another showing with your agent where you get to investigate in depth.

Don’t forget these tips for your next open house!

Island Homes Group

David Silletta *PREC | Agustin Torres *PREC

☎️ David: 250.888.6924 | Agustin: 250.886.8520⁠


Buyer Tip: Review Property Taxes

Don’t let these sneak up on you! You may think you have a good idea of what it will cost to own a home. You’ve been pre-approved and have budgeted for repairs and maintenance... but have you checked on property taxes? We can assure you that you don’t want to let these surprise you!

Each year, you have to pay a tax on the assessed value of your home, which can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands. But here’s the kicker: the percentage you’re taxed totally depends on where you live!

Your buyer agent will be able to give you the low-down on all things property tax, so make sure you get their expert knowledge. And always ask if you have questions about property taxes on a particular home.

Contact us today to learn more!

Island Homes Group

David Silletta *PREC | Agustin Torres *PREC

☎️ David: 250.888.6924 | Agustin: 250.886.8520⁠


New property listed in PA Alberni Valley, Port Alberni
I have listed a new property at 6390 Fayette Rd in Port Alberni.
Modern custom built 2020 rancher is in like new condition! Located on 0.78 acre flat and sunny lot with an unbelievable 30x40 detached dream shop perfect for all your toys, business or hobbies. Entering the front door you will notice the grand great room featuring 11 ft ceilings, kitchen and eating island with quartz countertops, dining area with wet bar, living area with gas fireplace, built in cabinets, and access to the covered patio just steps away. The master bedroom boasts a big walk in closet and amazing 5 piece ensuite featuring heated porcelain floors, double vanity, tiled shower, and soaker tub. There are 2 more bedrooms, 4 piece main bathroom, and huge laundry/mud room. The fully fenced yard is ready to create your dream oasis. Perfect for entertaining and tons of space for the kids to play. Don’t delay as this one won’t last.

I have sold a property at 3184 Millgrove St in Saanich
I have sold a property at 3184 Millgrove St in Saanich.
Centrally located home with 4 bedroom and 2 full bathrooms. This recently updated family home is turn key and ready to be occupied. You will be impressed with the open living concept on the main floor with over height 9-11 foot ceilings, large windows and french doors leading out to the backyard. An entertainment size deck and private yard is perfect for kids and pets. Recent updates include: Heat pump, roof, deck, entry porch including a spa inspired bath, designer kitchen and much much more. Don't hesitate as this one won't last!

New property listed in Vi Downtown, Victoria
I have listed a new property at 232 770 Fisgard St in Victoria.
Welcome to this bright and spacious condo located in Downtown Victoria’s historic Hudson building! Completed in 2010, with 1190 sq ft of living space, this 2 bedroom 2 bathroom corner unit will be sure to please! Prepare to be impressed by top quality appliances, quartz countertops, engineered oak hardwood floors, geothermal heating/cooling, oversized windows throughout, and an open living concept that flows out to a 550 sq ft balcony perfect for entertaining friend and family! This unit is complete with in-suite laundry, a larger sized den, underground parking, and separate storage. Resting above the Victoria Public Market, enjoy door step access a mix of artisan shops and services including coffee, restaurants, banking, transit and a yoga studio! Head up to the rooftop patio to experience all the location has to offer with breathtaking views of the city, the ocean, and the inner harbour. PETS and RENTALS WELCOME!

I have listed a new property at 27A 920 Whittaker Rd in Malahat.
Surrounded by nature and sitting on a gorgeous sunny and private spot. This spacious 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home is complete with a nicely appointed kitchen and bathroom, gorgeous vinyl floors and more. The front yard is fenced to accommodate the kids or the pets. The rear yard is sunny and spacious, perfect for a get together or playing in the sun. Located just minutes away from Spectacle lake provincial park an ideal spot for fishing or cooling off in the summer heat. Nature surrounds this park and adventure awaits! dont delay floorplans online.

I have sold a property at 117 St. Lawrence St in Victoria
I have sold a property at 117 St. Lawrence St in Victoria.
Situated in a quiet corner of James Bay, this modern spacious 2010 built half-duplex offers 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and additional private office space (perfect for those working from home). This property offers it all, and you’ll be impressed by the large, bright living room (with 10’ ceilings) which opens to the sunny back yard (with entertaining deck, fruit trees, and space for your pets,). Up the stairs is the expansive eat-in kitchen, which has an extended island, newer SS appliances, peekaboo ocean/mountain views, and room for your dining room table. All 3 bedrooms provide total privacy, and the sizeable primary suite has vaulted ceilings, walk-through closet, and attached ensuite. Make your way to the top where you’ll find the bonus (20’X13’) roof top patio, perfect for catching some sun all summer long. This unique property is close to Fisherman’s Warf, the Breakwater, and walkable to the downtown core. If you’re looking for the quintessential James Bay lifestyle – this is it.


5 common myths about selling your house...⁠

  1. Overpricing will give more room for negotiations and get a better price. Overpricing your home often leads to the home sitting and not receiving much interest. If a home is priced competitively from the beginning, the chances of attracting optimal traffic from the beginning greatly increases. 

  1. All Agents Are The Same, Charge Too Much & Will Get You The Same Results. Although the general process of buying or selling and the ensuing chain of events are similar, no two agents are the same, nor is their approach to real estate. Successful real estate agents are committed to excellence, devote endless amounts of time and energy into working with buyers and sellers and are highly adept problem solvers.

  1. The First Buyer to Make an Offer Will Always Lowball You. Low offers can be insulting to sellers and are generally not a good way to open up a transaction. If you really want the home and it is priced reasonably, offer close-to or at list price. In some markets, you may even want to offer over list price to secure the home of your dreams. This is where a great agent will help you come up with a winning offer-strategy.

  1. Home improvements will pay for themselves. Don’t expect to see 100% return on your remodeling investment in your home. The return rate averages just 64% of your initial outlay. That said, some upgrades can add significant value to the price of your home. The most recent analysis by the National Association of Realtors cited door replacements such as upgraded garage doors, mid-range wood window replacement and steel outer doors as the only items returning 100% of their cost. Minor kitchen remodels offered the highest rate of return at 79.3% of remodeling costs.

  1. A home doesn’t need to be prepped for sale. The real estate myth that homes don’t need to be prepared for a sale can cost a seller thousands of dollars.  Properly preparing a home for sale can be the difference between it selling in a relatively quick amount of time or it sitting on the market and developing a negative stigma.  It’s very important that you don’t list your home before it’s ready.

If you are thinking of selling and want to know more about the process, get in touch!⁠

David Silletta *PREC | Agustin Torres *PREC

Island Homes Group

Victoria, BC⁠

David: 250.888.6924 | Agustin: 250.886.8520⁠

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