august Monthly newsletter – ally and dennis


As the warmth of summer reaches its peak, August presents us with a golden opportunity in the real estate market. With the sun shining bright, potential buyers are eager to find their dream homes, and sellers are poised to showcase their properties’ best features. It’s a season of excitement and possibilities, making it the perfect time to explore the market for your buying or selling needs.

With the real estate landscape brimming with activity, we’re here to guide you through this dynamic period. Whether you’re searching for a cozy family home or aiming to sell for the best return, our expert team is dedicated to ensuring your success in this flourishing market.

Let’s embark on this journey together and make the most of the fantastic opportunities August has in store!

Stay well,
ally and dennis

Victoria Real Estate sales reflect summer trends

A total of 595 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this July, 16.7 per cent more than the 510 properties sold in July 2022 and a 15.6 per cent decrease from June 2023. Sales of condominiums were up 16.3 per cent from July 2022 with 200 units sold. Sales of single family homes increased 15.4 per cent from July 2022 with 293 sold.

“We talked about the return to seasonal norms last month,” said Victoria Real Estate Board Chair Graden Sol. “The July numbers reinforce the re-establishment of seasonal patterns with a slow-down in activity as the summer season set in. This dip in activity doesn’t come as a surprise — it aligns with the familiar and expected seasonal patterns that have been observed in our market over the years.”

See the full report HERE.

Creating an inviting front porch can significantly enhance your home’s curb appeal and provide a warm welcome to guests. Here are five tips to achieve a charming and inviting front porch:

  1. Cozy Seating Arrangement: Arrange comfortable and inviting seating on your front porch to encourage relaxation and conversation. Consider adding a porch swing, rocking chairs, or a cozy outdoor sofa. Choose weather-resistant cushions and pillows in warm, welcoming colors to create a cozy and inviting ambiance.
  2. Lush Greenery: Incorporate greenery and plants to add life and freshness to your front porch. Place potted plants and hanging baskets with colorful flowers or lush green foliage. Consider using planters with varying heights and sizes to add depth and visual interest. Just ensure you select plants that thrive in the specific lighting conditions of your porch.
  3. Welcoming Doormat: A charming doormat can instantly set the tone for your front porch. Opt for a doormat with a warm greeting, a stylish pattern, or even a custom monogram to add a personalized touch. Make sure it’s durable and easy to clean to withstand the elements.
  4. Adequate Lighting: Proper lighting can transform the ambiance of your front porch, especially during the evenings. Install outdoor wall sconces or pendant lights to provide ample illumination and enhance the porch’s charm. Consider adding string lights or lanterns for a soft, magical glow.
  5. Decorative Accents: Add character and style to your front porch with carefully chosen decorative accents. Hang a beautiful wreath on the door, place decorative lanterns on the steps, or incorporate art pieces or sculptures that complement the porch’s overall theme. Just be mindful not to overcrowd the space; simplicity often has a powerful impact.

By following these tips, you can create an inviting front porch that not only adds to your home’s curb appeal but also becomes a delightful spot to relax and enjoy the outdoors.