TENANT INSURANCE: REST ASSURED?

As the number one property management firm in Victoria, we at Duttons have many properties to oversee. Managing properties is assuming the responsibility of a landlord: ensuring everything is in good working order for the tenants, including dealing with scenarios that affect the property beyond the suites themselves. Here we share such a story, its

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE…

“It takes a village to…,” and situated in Victoria’s Fairfield neighbourhood you will find the perfect village! Cook Street Village is a relaxed niche community where you’ll find historical charm, a retro vibe and a fresh, cool, urban beat. Spanning a mere five blocks, this area is packed with picturesque curb appeal that is home

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Living In The Hub Of It All

Exciting times are taking shape for Victoria’s downtown core! With a surplus in the current condo market and demand at a peak for rental properties, developers have embraced this urban movement and shifted their focus to those looking to rent, not buy. With this shift comes new developments – projects that open up fresh investment

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The Depreciation Report: What, Why, How?

What is a Depreciation Report? Depreciation reports ensure that Condominium Strata Councils establish ongoing building maintenance and renewals, while providing the opportunity to financially plan for associated costs. It was legislated that Condo buildings needed to have Depreciation reports completed by December 2013, or to at least have hired a firm to complete the report.

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Home Come True

Becky and Chris began looking for their dream home about a year ago when they asked Ole Schmidt to help guide them in their search. Although they had a fairly large spectrum of possibilities, the young family had a few specific “needs” for their prospective home. The number one item on their list was location.

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Deep Roots

Located at the corner of Moss and Fairfield, the Duttons buildings represent a deep-rooted connection to the Fairfield Community. In the early 1900s, the intersection, also known as “5 Points”, was the centre of the Fairfield neighbourhood. As Victoria’s real estate market grew, so did the developments around this landmark intersection. Soon this area included

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Typical Costs Associated With Buying Real Estate

Most buyers are so concerned with coming up with the down payment for a new home that they overlook the cash they will need to cover closing costs. Purchasers need to be prepared to pay for last-minute costs such as taxes, legal fees, appraisal fees, moving expenses and home insurance before they are ever sitting

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Fire Safety In Your Home

The best way to keep safe from fires is to prevent them from occurring.  Statistics show that the number of casualties due to fires has dropped over the last few decades, but injuries and deaths still do occur. Make an emergency fire plan for your whole family and practice the plan every few months.  Make

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Strata Insurance News

Strata insurance premiums began to rise at the beginning of 2013 on Vancouver Island.  Prior to this Victoria had enjoyed relatively low strata insurance rates when compared to other neighboring markets like Vancouver and Seattle.  We’re no longer flying under the radar. Strata building insurance holders can expect increases ranging from 15% to 50%.  This

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Do I Really Need Tenant’s Insurance?

The short answer to this question is an emphatic ‘yes’.  Drivers and homeowners wouldn’t consider going without car and home insurance yet tenants often overlook the importance of insurance against loss and accidental damage.  Tenant insurance is overlooked by half of all renters and many have learned through misfortune that this can be a costly

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