Frank & Wendy Berke 250-208-3075 Wendy@wendyberke.com
Market Report for January, 2022
A total of 653 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this November, 17.9 per cent fewer than the 795 properties sold in November 2020 and 12.3 per cent fewer than the previous month of October. 236 condominiums sold, 5.2 per cent fewer than in the previous month of October. 276 single family homes sold, 18.6 per cent fewer than in the previous month of October.
“Strong demand for housing in our community continues to exceed the ultra-low number of listings of homes available for sale,” said Victoria Real Estate Board President David Langlois. “This demand creates competition and pressure on pricing and we continue to see home values notch up. At this moment in time, there are fewer than 600 residential properties for sale in our market.”
There were 887 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of November 2021, 51.1 per cent fewer properties than the 1,813 available at the end of November 2020 and 14.4 per cent fewer properties than the 1,036 active listings for sale at the end of October 2021.
The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in November 2020 was $903,700. The benchmark value for the same home in November 2021 increased by 24.2 per cent to $1,122,600, a 1.7 per cent increase from the previous month of October. The MLS® HPI benchmark value for a condominium in the Victoria Core in November 2020 was $485,100, while the benchmark value for the same condominium in November 2021 increased by 15.6 per cent to $560,700.
“Only with strong measures around supply will we see a lift in the pressures on our housing market,” added President Langlois. “Governments continue to try to intervene by using demand side measures, such as the province announcing their plan to introduce a ‘cooling off’ period for resale homes. This concept was delivered without industry consultation or supporting data. Introducing measures that add uncertainty to the marketplace fails to address the issues of supply and attainability in our community – and threatens to make the supply situation worse. A cooling off period will not increase consumer protection – in fact many of the unintended consequences of such a policy could decrease protection for both buyers and sellers. The housing market is complex and policy must be evidence-based and designed for all types of markets – not to react to a moment in time. The government needs to sharpen their focus on the issue that has been documented for years – that a consistent delay in the delivery of homes to meet the needs of our growing population has created housing gridlock.”
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We bring a unique approach to each Real Estate transaction and interaction with clients. Offering a deep knowledge of real estate and the local and economic issues shaping Victoria and area. We also have international real estate experience adding to our wealth of knowledge and experience. The goal is to be the most dedicated and responsive realtors our clients have ever met.
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2405 Bevan Ave.
Sidney, BC V8L 0C3
3795 Carey St.
Victoria BC V8Z 6T8
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“Frank and Wendy provided ‘above and beyond’ service in a lengthy house search extending over a year. They proactively kept an eye out for new listings, were able to set up showings on short notice, and gave honest and practical advice regarding options. They often took the time to view a home in advance and provided us with accurate and informed perspectives. They also sent us live videos of the walk-throughs they did which we found very helpful. We strongly recommend Frank and Wendy.”
November 29, 2021
“Everything went very smoothly. It was a time when the market was hot and one had to be very quick to act.”
November 10, 2021
“We were unfamiliar with the Victoria/Sidney area and also were doing our house search from Alaska as we couldn’t travel during Covid. We had to rely heavily on Wendy and Franks knowledge and experience to guide us. Their knowledge, feedback and honesty was beyond helpful and accurate. They would go look at the listings for us made sure to point out all the things we couldn’t see and are not stated in listings. – traffic noise, busy roads, bad location etc – They kept us updated all the time with new listings and information, and we finally purchased in Sidney in July 2021 and they helped us negotiate a great price.”
November 2, 2021
“What a fantastic team:.. Wendy and Frank, went the extra mile for me in every way, offering professional advice, listened to all my requests, and helped me through the selling process start to finish. I would highly recommend them to help you sell or buy, they are the best!!”
November 1, 2021
“Wendy went above and beyond to help us find a place my Dad would love. She was extremely knowledgeable of the properties and neighbourhoods we looked at, very patient, and an amazing negotiator! Both her and Frank put in extra effort to contact the seller for forgotten items and even drove downtown to get us an extra key. I highly recommend both Wendy and Frank.”
October 9, 2021
“Frank and Wendy helped us buy a condo in Victoria remotely from Vancouver during a crazy sellers market, by scheduling viewings and taking videos for us of each place we were serious on. After a few offers on a few different places we were finally successful and able to buy a condo in a great location with a well run strata. Would use them again if we needed! Greg and Jess”
August 6, 2021
“Attentive to my needs, accommodating, easy going and great strategic thinker are qualities you want to have on your side in a real estate transaction and surely Frank offered it all and above. Recommended!”
May 12, 2021
“If you are looking for a realtor that will go above and beyond, exceeding your expectations, you will have found it with Wendy Berke. She is very knowledgeable, personable and extremely helpful. I have had Wendy as my realtor both as a buyer and most recently, as a seller. I must say both experiences were equally easy, stressfree and enjoyable. If you want a realtor that spends the time and works for you with your best interests in mind, I can’t recommend a more competent realtor. Anyone that is looking to purchase or sell property, I highly recommend giving Wendy Berke a call, you will not be disappointed.”
May 12, 2021
“Frank and Wendy were amazing, they went above and beyond on everything. Selling was super smooth and the kept us informed along the processes, answered all our questions, and advised us. Everything was clear as far as expectations, what was next, etc. They are super fast in responding, whether it’s email, text or call. If they were not going to be reachable at any time they would let us know. Overall communication was excellent which is very important in house buying and selling. Thank you! “
March 7, 2021
“Frank & Wendy did a fantastic job selling my parent’s house (estate sale). They were great at keeping me informed along the way and providing advice during the process. This was particularly important due to the COVID19 isolation restrictions and my not living locally. I had great confidence in their ability to handle the numerous showings and multiple offers that resulted from their efforts. I highly recommend them both. “
March 3, 2021
“Frank and Wendy were a great resource and very comfortable to work with. Frank’s negotiating skills resulted in a selling price well beyond my expectations.”
February 18, 2021
Frank responded promptly to any questions we had, communicating with the other realtor and getting back to us with useful answers in a very timely manner. He also had an extensive network and was able to give us several recommendations for professionals in the other fields related to our purchase. This meant that we received a truly “wrap around” experience, making our move to this area smooth and as stress-free as possible. Frank and Wendy are friendly as well as professional so helped us feel welcome to the area. Their prompt and courteous answers also made us feel like all our questions were considered important. We would recommend this team in a heart beat for any real estate related transactions.”
November 13, 2020
“Thank you to Frank and Wendy, your hard work and negotiating skills enabled us to find our home ! Moving from another province to an extremely tight real estate market in Victoria ;where homes sell immediately is difficult. Frank and Wendy showed us the different areas, over a weekend luckily we found one we wanted and deal made before we returned home. Highly recommended , this whole process has been efficient and their knowledge of the market and relocation is superb.”
November 6, 2020
“Frank provided us with outstanding service. He is professional, knowledgeable and informed and responded to phone calls and texts immediately.He listened to what we were looking for and sent us daily updates of possible suitable properties. He was fast to respond and and often arranged showings the same day we asked. When we found a suitable place he followed up with the documents etc in a timely manner so that the sale proceeded smoothly. “
November 5, 2020
We are quite happy to have Franke and Wendy as our agents. They are knowledgeable, professional and experienced in the estate area. We learned a lot from them which gave us confidence in them and trust them. We appreciate for their assistant effort for the sale of our property. They have been instrumental in helping us with getting the best offer. Thank you so much for everything you did for us.”
September 25, 2020
“Wendy was a great asset to the purchase of our property, she was extremely knowledgeable, helped us find a property that met all our needs and ensured we were looked after throughout the whole process. As first time home buyers Wendy was sure to keep us informed with everything that was going on, what to expect and how to proceed. We felt Wendy was always looking out for our best interests and wouldn’t hesitate for a second to recommend her to anyone looking for a wonderful realtor. “
May 29, 2020
“Frank and Wendy have been outstanding realtors for us, and all of our friends! We continue to refer them and all of our friends keep saying how great their experience was with them. They really take communication to another level! Which is key. They have great knowledge of all areas and really understand construction and issues that could arise with older properties. They offer a really customized, wonderful service, and it is definitely in your best interest to take advantage of their expertise! It is UNPARALLELED! “
May 27, 2020
Simply put, Wendy made the process seamless. She kept us informed of the ever changing situation, provided sound and timely advice and more importantly…she sincerely cared. She could see the big picture and because of that, could create solutions in real time. I will definitely use her services again. I suggest you do as well!”
May 5, 2020
Wendy is very professional, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She was quick to respond to all communication and organized showings and produced documentation on properties efficiently. She recommended mortgage brokers, lawyers and insurance companies, all of which we used to assist in the purchasing process. Wendy went over and above to negotiate an issue which was hindering the financial process, resulting in a solution that enabled us to complete the purchase. I would not hesitate to recommend her.”
May 5, 2020
Terrific Realtor. Frank really goes the extra mile when it came to purchasing a home through him. He even arranged for a visit to our new home from Santa for our kids months after the purchase.
He was diligent in our search and had our best interest in mind when negotiating a price. I would recommend Frank to anyone and would definitely use him again for buying or selling property.”
March 24, 2020
“Frank made us feel very cared for and supported during this process. His ability to be honest and clear, paired with his experience, made for great support and guidance through the purchase of the home. Peter and I would highly recommend Frank because he was able to understand our values, desires, and needs, while not only helping us to satisfy them, but find a home that encompassed and fit them, that was a sensible decision. Not only did Frank and Wendy do that, but they made this journey not only painless, but pleasant! What a great team to have the opportunity to work with. Thank you, deeply, Frank and Wendy for all you continued support, guidance and information; we could not have made this happen without you! Jaime & Pete “
February 13, 2020
“Frank was always available day or night and weekends. Great experience. Very happy with the home. Will be using him again on any future purchases.”
February 11, 2020
“Frank went above and beyond , and made us feel comfortable and in control of every decision. He has a lot of connections, and gave us recommendations on who to use. He even brought a work associate to help with our three young children during the house inspection, and set up a visit with Santa months after we moved into our new home. I would recommend Frank and Wendy to any one looking ro buy and sell. “
January 2, 2020
“Selling my home of 41 years, packing, moving and purchasing a new home in a community I’d never even visited before was no easy task. But thankfully Frank was with me every step of the way, going well beyond any expectations I had of what a realtor did. I started working with Frank before my house was even listed. He sent me daily listings of suitable properties in Langford and suggested I compile a shortlist to visit when I came to the island. When my house was ready for listing he told me the qualities to look for in a realtor and gave me the names of the top selling realtors in my area to interview. When I came down to view the shortlist Frank met me at the airport, coffee in hand, took me on a short tour of Langford and then onto viewings. From all our previous conversations it was clear that Frank understood what I wanted and worked very hard to find me suitable properties. He succeeded. He also walked me step by step through the legal processes of both selling and buying, even helping me to get both movers and a lawyer in Victoria. He was available to answer questions or give advice at all times. He lowered my stress level and calmed my nerves. He is a terrific advocate for his clients with a great knowledge of the local housing market and a great network of connections. He is everything you NEED in a realtor and I can’t recommend him highly enough. Thank you, Frank!”
October 2, 2019
“My experience with Frank and Wendy was outstanding. They are an extremely professional, knowledgeable, and efficient team. They provided me expert resources and guided me through the process of finding the perfect house. They made the whole process feel as easy as possible. I feel like I have not only gained a valuable connection in the real estate industry, but also I have gained two friends. I would not hesitant to recommend Frank and Wendy to my friends and family, and I would choose them in a heartbeat to be my realtors in the future. “
September 28, 2019
“Wendy worked with us for quite a while in selecting areas and homes in these areas to view and ultimately to purchase the home we selected. It should be noted that we were out of town for most of the process, but Wendy was always available and worked for us here staying in contact the whole time. She established our needs and wants and worked very hard to get these for us. Wendy was very helpful getting all kinds of information and worked hard to negotiate a good deal . It was a pleasure to work with Wendy and we would not hesitate to recommend her to any one looking for an outstanding agent.”
September 22, 2019
“Buying a home in a completely new city is daunting to say the least. Having no knowledge of the area, nuances of daily life, and duties required during such a move is no easy task. Thankfully we had the guidance of Frank and Wendy to expertly navigate this rewarding, yet highly stressful experience. They accommodated our needs, were open to communication at all hours of the day, and really provided us with a sense of security when we looked to purchase our home on the island. It truly felt like being part of a family as we were able to float any questions their way and receive a response almost immediately every time. Would we recommend Frank and Wendy again? That’s an easy question as we already have recommended them to family and friends who have chosen to make Victoria their future home. Frank and Wendy welcomed my mother as a client and have gone above and beyond what we expected from our real estate agents. We have nothing but praise for their level of professionalism, dedication, and genuine kindness in helping us with the purchase of our home. I will be sure to continue recommending the Berke team as agents to anyone I know who wishes to either move to Victoria or move to another area of the island.”
July 16, 2019
“We’re originally from the lower mainland and had been considering an eventual move to Vancouver Island. When we first met Frank & Wendy at a marina in Sidney BC, it was quite by luck. This chance encounter turned out to be our good fortune as Frank & Wendy ended up leading us to find our waterfront dream home in North Saanich. Frank & Wendy are incredibly professional, they’re hardworking and make a wonderful real estate team to work with. They guided us through every step of the way; including the search for listings, the showings, writing and presenting the offer, subsequent negotiations, closing and finally the possession of our new home. They were amazing throughout the entire process. We recommend them with the highest level of regard and confidence. But the best part in meeting Frank & Wendy was becoming great friends with them through the process. If you’re looking for a solid listing agent and/or a great team to represent you in a new home purchase, look no further than Frank & Wendy Berke.”
Andrew & Sandi Mowatt
July 16, 2019
“We dealt exclusively with Frank and were extremely satisfied with the experience. He was friendly but professional, available for us when we had questions and extremely helpful with the process of purchasing a home in Westhills. We would certainly recommend him to friends and family should the occasion arise. Bill & Mikki Brown”
Michele and John Brown
October 19, 2018
“Wendy and Frank went above and beyond to sell our condo and find us the home of our dreams! As we were new to the selling process, Wendy and Frank were amazing at being available day and night to answer any questions we had. They both went above and beyond in giving us market information and proving us with knowledge of the neighborhoods we were interested in buying in. Wendy ensured we went through as many homes as possible so we knew exactly what we wanted before settling on our dream home. They are extremely hard working, knowledgeable, professional, personable and trustworthy. Would recommend Wendy and Frank to anyone we know! “
August 31, 2018
Frank and Wendy are extremely professional and very personable. They have great knowledge of the market and used different medias for marketing our property. They were readily available, answering all our questions in a prompt and efficient time frame. We had a wonderful experience. We highly recommend the Berkes.”
April 4, 2018
Wendy is a very friendly and supportive person that I was privileged to get to know and work with. She was highly professional in all her dealing with me. I was very comfortable and had no hesitation in putting my trust on her during contract negotiations.She managed to secure an excellent sale for my property in 3 days. I have no hesitation whatsoever to recommend Wendy to both potential buyers and sellers, as I do have a very high respect for her friendly personality and professionalism.”
April 4, 2018
Exceptional level of service and care delivered professionally for a tight deadline for purchase of new home and sale of our old home. Due to market conditions, we purchased our new home first then listed our existing home for sale. The staging and marketing of our home allowed us to sell very quickly with a possession date that aligned perfectly with possession of the new house.”
April 4, 2018
“We were very pleased with Frank and Wendy Berke, they provide a great service, made us feel confident, and trust to our real estate agent. Certainly, we will refer family and friends to Frank and Wendy Berke. “
H. Van Marchand
March 5, 2018
Frank and Wendy are a real team. Wendy can do details like no tomorrow. Frank is pure marketing and neighbourhood intelligence.
I my case they knew the rental value was way below market and the most significant upside was deep water moorage.They were excellent in being my eyes on the ground. I bought sight unseen.You need very good realtors to do that.
These two are the real deal. I would not hesitate to recommend them to investors or people who simply want to buy value in Victoria.
March 5, 2018
“Frank and Wendy are very helpful for us to find our new home in Victoria. They are knowledgeable and friendly with a lot of patience. “
March 2, 2018