December monthly newsletter – ally and dennis

Cheers to a Cozy December: Your Home Update 

As winter’s embrace wraps around us and the holiday spirit fills the air, we hope this newsletter finds you in good cheer and surrounded by the warmth of family and friends. December is more than the culmination of a year; it’s a time to reflect, express gratitude, and revel in the joy of the season.

Your home, a place where memories are woven and traditions take root, is the heart of this festive season. Whether you’re trimming the tree, sharing laughter by the fireplace, or crafting cherished moments in your kitchen, I hope your home is filled with the magic of the holidays.

Looking back at the year gone by, we’re grateful for the trust you’ve placed in us as your realtors. It’s been a privilege helping you navigate the real estate journey, and we’re excited about the possibilities that the coming year holds.

If your holiday wish-list includes a new home or a fresh real estate adventure in the coming year, we’re here to make those dreams a reality. Let’s explore the possibilities and turn the page to an exciting new chapter in your homeownership journey.

As we bid farewell to 2023, we’re filled with anticipation for the opportunities and experiences that the new year will bring. If you have any real estate aspirations or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out—we’re here to help you take those bold steps into the future.

May your December be filled with moments of joy, peace, and the comforting embrace of home.

Warmest Wishes,
ally and dennis

Slower winter markets can benefit buyers and sellers

December 1, 2023  A total of 394 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this November, a 2.6 per cent increase from the 384 properties sold in November 2022 and a 3.2 per cent decrease from October 2023. Sales of condominiums were down 11.8 per cent from November 2022 with 120 units sold. Sales of single family homes increased by 6 per cent from November 2022 with 193 sold.

“It’s unsurprising to see this slight relaxation of sales in the market,” said Victoria Real Estate Board Chair Graden Sol. “Given the current interest rate environment, our sales numbers are lower than long term averages, but the pattern of seasonality within those lower numbers is what we would expect for this part of the year. We have seen a healthy twenty-five per cent increase in the number of listings on market compared to last year and this is positive news as we recover from that long-term trend of very low inventory.”

See the full report HERE.

Here’s how to care for these beautiful holiday plants and ensure they are healthy and showy during the holidays and even after!

Poinsettia Care Tips:

  1. Light & Placement:
    • Bright, indirect sunlight.
    • Avoid drafts and heat sources.
  2. Temperature:
    • Keep between 65-75°F (18-24°C).
    • Avoid temperatures below 50°F (10°C).
  3. Watering:
    • Water when the soil is dry.
    • Ensure good drainage.
  4. Humidity:
    • Higher humidity is beneficial.
  5. Pruning:
    • Trim faded leaves for new growth.
    • Prune after the holidays.
  6. Avoid Drafts:
    • Shield from drafts and sudden temperature changes.
  7. Fertilization:
    • Minimal during holidays.
    • Use balanced fertilizer if keeping post-holidays.
  8. Post-Holiday Care:
    • Reduce watering after flowering.
    • Prune in spring for new growth.