Victoria and Sooke Real Estate Market Outlook Fall 2015

October 28, 2015

Last year at this time we questioned if the Victoria real estate market would move in 2015 from a balance position into a sellers market – a market in which demand outpaces supply. The numbers are in and the answer is a resounding yes.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. has just released their Fall 2015 Housing Outlook for Victoria and notes, “Higher sales levels combined with a declining supply of listings moved the Victoria area resale market into sellers’ conditions through the first eight months of 2015 (Figure 4), particularly in the single-detached home segment, where demand has outpaced supply in some centrally- located municipalities.”

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Sales and Prices are Up, Inventory Down:  This year all areas of Victoria have experienced month after month of home sales figures that have continued to exceed last years numbers by about 25%. Hot markets such as Oak Bay have seen median sale prices increase by over 9% over last year with currently only 3 months supply of listing inventory.  In the West Coast community of  Sooke, home sales exceeded last years total numbers by the middle of September with MLS sales up over 46% year to date and with median home prices increasing by over 7%.  However, unlike some core Victoria communities, Sooke is maintaining a good inventory of new and resale homes for buyers to choose from.  CMHC forecasts a continued increase in average home prices in the 2 – 3 % range over the next two years with sales activity to maintain above the 10 year average.

Sales Activity - Victoria 2015

Housing Starts  and the Economy:   CMHC predicts as many as 1,950 total housing starts in the region for 2015, a 50 percent increase over last years starts.  The agency expects that the housing start pace will maintain this level over the next couple of years supported by demand from new and existing residents.  “Demand for new homes in the Victoria area will be supported through the forecast horizon by modest employment and population growth combined with low mortgage interest rates,” says CMHC.

Housing Starts 2015

Household Formation: Household formation creates housing demand.  It is a function of migration into Victoria and general population growth – new families and babies. CMHC says, “Victoria is forecast to benefit from rising net migration and household formation, providing a solid groundwork for local housing demand. As more people move to the area and the employment prospects of younger demographics improve, an average of 2,050 households are expected to be added to the region each year for the next five years (Figure 2), a notable increase over the average of 1,200 new households in each of the past five years.”

Household Formation

In summary, the CMHC report confirms what the everyone has been hearing in the news and at the coffee shop – the real estate market is hopping and the forecast remains strong for the next couple of years.

Highlights from the CMHC Victoria Housing Outlook

  • „„Housing starts are forecast to total 1,950 units in 2015 to meet growing demand from new residents before stabilizing at 1,900 units in 2016 and 1,875 units in 2017 as mortgage interest rates edge higher.
  • „„MLS® sales are expected to maintain a level of activity above the 10-year average in 2016 and 2017 as the economy and employment improve.
  • „„The rental vacancy rate is expected to fall from 1.4 per cent in 2015 to 1 per cent in 2016, as rental demand is forecast to exceed new additions to supply.As new apartments are completed in 2017, the vacancy rate is expected to rise slightly to 1.2 per cent.
  • „„ Economic fundamentals, including employment and population growth, will support a stable housing market through 2016 and 2017.

Blair Robertson – co-owner Totangi Properties and Realtor® Re/Max Camosun Westside www.VictoriaNewHomes.com

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Celebrating their 47th year in business, Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award-winning property development and land management company established in 1968. In 2014, Totangi was ranked #1 in Canada for Customer Satisfaction by Avid Ratings. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, in the creation of Woodland Creek and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC. A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

The Geothermal Experience at Woodland Creek

Geothermal Drilling at Woodland Creek, Built Green affordable homes in Sooke

As we start construction on the 5 remaining geothermal lots at Woodland Creek in the town of Sooke, a waterfront community close to Victoria BC, we can truly say that the innovative approach we took to new home construction has paid off.  It has paid off for the homeowners, the environment, the community, and our employees and trades.

Homeowners that purchased the first new homes 4 years ago were risk takers.  As early adopters they were willing to try something relatively new. While an established technology elsewhere in the world, individual geothermal or geoexchange systems for single family homes was fairly new to Vancouver Island and definitely a first in Sooke.  These homeowners have now benefited from lower energy consumption (over $1,000 per year) and a cleaner, greener, and healthier living environment.  Their investment in a geothermal home will increase their resale value and will continue to pay financial and environmental dividends into the future.

The community of Sooke and environment have benefited from a leading edge residential subdivision with a smaller carbon foot print.  With an average reduction in energy consumption of about 11,000 kilowatts per home, together each year, homeowners in the subdivision have consumed over 300,000 kilowatts hours less in energy and reduced carbon emissions by 210 tonnes.  Imagine that in 10 years the subdivision will have saved 3 million kilowatt hours of energy – that’s 3 megawatts!

Our employees and participating trades have had a long term education in new technology and building green.  By using the geothermal systems and employing Built Green accreditation and Energuide rating along with waste reduction, sorting, and recycling, everyone one has been part of a journey of continual improvement.  We continue to see this with our team as we adopt new building techniques, use new materials, and adapt to the introduction of the new building code.

We took a risk as a developer to invest in an expensive geothermal project, but we think we have achieved a triple bottom line return socially, environmentally, and financially – and that’s made it all the worthwhile.

Here’s a look back at the start of it all….

 

Here are 5 key benefits of a Geothermal System.

Lower Operating Costs – Because geothermal systems operate more efficiently than ordinary heating and air conditioning systems, annual operating costs are in the range of 30% to 60% lower then other heating and cooling systems. Geothermal operating costs are approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of electric baseboard heat.

Environmentally Friendly – Geothermal systems eliminate the combustion of fossil fuels on site and dramatically reduce the need to generate power – thereby lowering emissions of greenhouse gases and the environmental damage associated with non-renewable resource extraction.

Comfort – Because geothermal systems use the relatively stable temperature of the earth as an energy source, you are assured of constant, even heating in winter and better humidity control in the summer. Geothermal systems eliminate the need for exhaust venting, reducing the number of penetrations in the building envelope and improving weather tightness.

Safety – No flame, no flue, no odours, no risk from carbon monoxide. Just safe, reliable operation year after year.

Quiet – The completely self-contained indoor equipment does not need a noisy, unsightly outside condensing unit. Geothermal systems are quiet and discrete. Other than the lower energy bills, you will hardly know they are there

For more information about new Geothermal Homes at Woodland Creek contact us here.

 

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Celebrating their 47th year in business, Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. In 2014 Totangi was ranked #1 in Canada for Customer Satisfaction by Avid Ratings. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, in the creation of Woodland Creek and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC. A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

The Four Bedroom Fir Plan – a perfect family home in Beautiful Sooke, BC

If you have been looking for a new craftsman built Arts and Crafts home with 4 bedrooms, a fully landscaped and fenced yard, featuring the most energy efficient heating system available, professionally designed interiors, and a new home warranty? Look no further, the 4 bedroom Fir plan located in friendly Woodland Creek in beautiful Sooke, British Columbia checks all the boxes.

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The 4 Bedroom Fir Plan at Woodland Creek

The Fir plan ranks as one of our most popular home designs we offer.   The same year Woodland Creek received the Gold Care Award for Best New Subdivision, the 3 bedroom Fir plan received the Silver Care Award for Best Spec Home under 2,500 sf.

The Fir plan offers 4 bedrooms plus den and 3 bathrooms on 2 levels on desirable Callumwood Lane in Woodland Creek.  It provides  2,028 sq ft of exceptional living: Geothermal Heat, A/C & Hot Water means lower energy costs saving you well over $1,100 per year.

A well executed floor-plan that accommodates today’s lifestyle & indulges the need to be connected, an open design main featuring; laminate floors, smart Kitchen design complete with a full appliance allowance and quartz breakfast bar.  Glass french doors open to a den to accommodate an office or media room. The living room with fireplace opens on to a concrete patio and easy care back yard.

4 Bedroom home Victoria British Columbia

Walk upstairs to four bedrooms.  A spacious master bedroom with large walk in closet and 6 piece ensuite with double vanity offer a private space for parents.  Three more good size bedrooms and a 4 piece main bathroom and separate laundry room complete the upstairs.

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The Master Bedroom in the Fir

Located just minutes to shops, next door to Ecole Poirier (K-5) and Journey Middle School (6-8), and adjacent to Woodland Creek park and trails.

The next Fir plan builds will be offered in the upcoming release of the Ridge Lots in the Spring of 2016.

This video tour is of the earlier completed 3 Bedroom Fir plan featuring some optional upgrades.

 

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Celebrating their 47th year in business, Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. In 2014 Totangi was ranked #1 in Canada for Customer Satisfaction by Avid Ratings. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, in the creation of Woodland Creek and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC. A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

West Coast Living, Small Town Charm in Sooke’s Award Winning New Home Development – the New Renfrew Plan

The New Renfrew Plan

Gazing out the bedroom window of the new Renfrew plan you might see bald eagles perched high in the tall fir trees, view horses walking the trails, or children running in the playground of Woodland Creek park.  The Renfrew is a new 3 bedroom plus den 1,877 square foot plan located on upscale Callumwood Lane in Woodland Creek directly across from the the park and just steps to the local elementary and middle school in Sooke.  It is the latest new home plan from the award winning developer and builder team of Totangi Properties and SC Smith Building Co.

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The Renfrew Floor Plan

 

The Renfrew, is a spacious 1,877 square foot home offering quality craftsmanship and professionally designed interiors.  Walking in the front door and past the foyer and den,  you are greeted by a sizeable great room that features a large living and dining area, fireplace, and gourmet kitchen. Walk out to a sunny patio and fully fenced and landscaped yard. Upstairs you’ll find a cozy reading nook, a large private master bedroom with 5 piece ensuite bathroom with heated tile floor and walk in closet plus 2 more bedrooms and 4 piece bathroom and side by side laundry room.  A large powder room and mud room are accessed off the great room and garage.  This a great home for families with room to grow.

While this home has been sold, we will have another Renfrew plan built on Lot 25 3C for a August 2016 completion.

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Views from the new Renfrew Plan towards Woodland Creek park and new homes under construction.

 

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Celebrating their 45th year in business, Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. In 2014 Totangi was ranked #1 in Canada for Customer Satisfaction by Avid Ratings. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, in the creation of Woodland Creek and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC. A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

New Sales Centre Opens at Woodland Creek – Sooke, British Columbia

February  11, 2015 – Sooke BC.

We are excited to announce the opening of our new sales centre at Woodland Creek on Sunday, February 15th between 1-4 this coincides with the launch of our new relationship with Re/Max Camosun Westside as our real estate services partner.

The new Sales Centre is located on Callumwood Lane in Woodland Creek  across from Woodland Creek Park and Playground, the new purpose built sales centre is the starting point for your on-site introduction to our award winning new homes.

Let our knowledgeable sales team show you the unique differences that set us apart from the  ‘new home’ crowd.   As a multiple building and development award winner and the 2014 recipient of the Avid Diamond Award #1 in Canada for Customer Experience, we think it is fair to say you owe yourself a visit to Woodland Creek before you make your next home purchase.

New Lots –  In response to market demand we’ve opened up another 26 single family lots adjacent to Woodland Creek Park and next to Ecole Porier and Journey Middle School.  Parkside and mountain view lots are available.

Customize your New Home.  We are excited to be building several homes through our pre-sale program that gives buyers the opportunity to customize their new home with personal selections of building plans, interior finishes, landscape treatments, and custom enhancements and upgrades.  Don’t wait to see what’s on the market when your ready buy — with the pre-sale program you plan ahead and see your new home take shape before your eyes and take occupancy in as little at 6 months.  How does it work? Read this Blog about Kyla and Derek’s Awesome Home Buying Experience. 

We look forward to seeing you soon. Click here for Directions.

Best regards,

Blair Robertson, Bruce MacMillan, and Cecile Bowie- Harland

Contact us for more information.

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About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Celebrating their 45th year in business,  Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. In 2014 Totangi was ranked #1 in Canada for Customer Satisfaction by Avid Ratings.   Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, in the creation of Woodland Creek and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC.  A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

 

 

Is the Victoria Real Estate Market heading towards a Sellers Market? – Victoria Real Estate Market Update – Fall 2014

Victoria Area Housing Market Update Fall 2014 – With a Sooke Footnote

November 26, 2014

It is no secret that the real estate market in the Victoria area has been much more active this year. Homes sales are exceeding last year numbers, and listing inventories have shrunk. These conditions have put us squarely in a Balanced Market territory with sales to active listings ratio in the range of 15 to 20 percent. In a Balanced Market, home prices remain relatively stable and there is a reasonably good supply of homes in the market for buyers to choose from (at least 5 months worth of supply). That being said, with economic, job and immigration forecasts improving for 2015 through 2016, it is reasonable to question whether the Balanced Market may move to a Seller’s Market in the near future.

At a recent Victoria housing conference, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) analysts predicted that current economic forces will support a stable and improving housing market for Victoria, including Sooke and the Westshore. The BC economy is forecast to expand by approximately 3% in each of 2015 & 2016. US economic growth coupled with a lower value Canadian dollar will grow BC exports. Locally Victoria’s economy will also benefit from increased tourism driven by a lower Canadian dollar, higher consumer spending, and regional infrastructure projects. Moderate growth in homes sales, housing prices, and housing starts are expected through 2015 & 2016.

So are we entering a Seller’s Market? Seller’s Markets are categorized by limited inventory and upward pressure on home prices often experienced when sales to active listing ratio exceeds 20%. Increased MLS sales and reduced inventory this fall have had the Victoria market peaking into Seller’s Market conditions, and the expectation from this writer is that this trend may continue somewhat into the spring market of 2015.  This will be driven primarily by increased housing demand without an equal increase in housing supply in the short term.

With positive economic factors in sight, what might put the housing market in check?  The answer, as always, is affordability and ultimately mortgage rates. Each year we have been told by experts to expect mortgage rates to remain stable but be prepared for increases and this year’s message was no different. Mortgage rates are currently at historic lows, but the average of private sector forecasts predict that rates are expected to increase in the second half of 2015. This rate increase will have a dampening impact on housing demand and affordability. So while we may move into and remain in a Seller’s Market in the short term, mortgage rate increases will likely moderate prices and sales in the longer term leading us back to a Balanced Market.

The Sooke Experience Footnote

Like the rest of Victoria, Sooke has experienced the busiest fall for real estate sales since 2010. At Woodland Creek, we have sold out of our new home inventory and have been working with buyers on pre-sales for delivery in 2015.  Sooke continues to attract buyers that appreciate the lower home prices, but are also attracted by the small town feel on the west coast close to the amenities and shopping of Langford and Victoria.

Our recent experience is that savvy and more experienced buyers in the housing market are recognizing the advantage of ‘pre-purchasing’ a new home that they can move into in about 6 – 9 months. These buyers have taken the risk out of entering a 2015 Seller’s Market and instead of having to choose from what happens to be available in the market, they have locked into the certainty of a fixed price pre-sale. They have ordered exactly what they want in their home from the floor plan, lot location, interior and exterior finishing, and any special extras. In a sense, these buyers have greater control over their housing purchase and achieve a custom home experience without a custom home price.

We are also seeing an up tick in more mature buyers cashing out of condo’s or townhouses in town and moving into single family homes with ‘master on the main’ or one level accessible living.  Many of these buyers started their lives in smaller towns and again are attracted to Sooke as a nice friendly place to retire.

 

Blair Robertson – co-owner Totangi Properties and Realtor® DFH Real Estate www.VictoriaNewHomes.com

 

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Celebrating their 45th year in business, Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award-winning property development and land management company established in 1968. In 2014, Totangi was ranked #1 in Canada for Customer Satisfaction by Avid Ratings. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, in the creation of Woodland Creek and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC. A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

Parkside and Mountain View Lots available now in New 26 Lot Phase at Woodland Creek, Sooke BC.

Well its been an exciting summer for us as hot on the heels of taking the top prize for new home customer service in Canada, and a buoyant real estate market, we are launching our offering of new homes and schemes in our latest phase of 26 homes in Woodland Creek. With a full offering of new lots, early buyers will be able to choose home locations with sunny south facing parkside lots or take advantage of upper road elevation with views of the mountains and valleys.  New homes start at $359,900 net GST included.

We are excited to launch this next phase homes with the completion of our popular Arbutus floor plan complete with new exterior and interior finishing schemes.    As a multiple award wining plan, the Arbutus continues to wow home buyers with its spacious master bedroom suite and den on the main floor plus an additional 3 good size rooms upstairs.

Video Tour of an earlier completed Arbutus Plan

A bright modern kitchen complete with stainless steel appliance package and upgraded quartz counter tops complements the living and dining area with a vaulted ceiling and sliding doors off to the patio and landscaped backyard.  The new Driftwood scheme from Nygaard Design  introduces classic white shaker cabinets to modern tile and quartz combinations. This home has achieved Built Green Gold and a Energuide Rating of 83 with a new mini split ductless heat pump system that quietly delivers heating and air conditioning and while saving homeowners hundred of dollars a year in energy costs. Frankly, it must be heard and seen to be believed.

Join us during our open house times to view our homes and explore the Woodland Creek neighbourhood.  Like many other satisfied buyers you might choose to make the exciting leap to work with our design team in creating your new home. Start now and you could be moving into your new home in only 6 months. Read about how Kyla and Derek’s  removed the mystery and uncertainty of house hunting  by ordering a new home in Woodland Creek.

 

Fall 2014 Open House Launch

The Driftwood Interior Scheme used in the new Arbutus Plan

REGISTER HERE TO STAY INFORMED ABOUT NEW OFFERINGS AND DEALS

 

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Celebrating their 45th year in business,  Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. In 2014 Totangi was ranked #1 in Canada for Customer Satisfaction by Avid Ratings.   Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, in the creation of Woodland Creek and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC.  A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

Totangi Properties ranked number one Canadian Home Builder for customer satisfaction

 For Immediate Release:

June 5, 2014, Sooke, BC – Victoria-based real estate development company Totangi Properties has taken top prize nationally in the custom builder – small volume category for customer satisfaction in the building industry for their homes at Woodland Creek in Sooke. Regarded as a benchmark of customer service performance, the Avid Awards are given out throughout North America to builders who have set the highest standards for home quality and customer service. This is the first time a Vancouver Island company has received this prestigious recognition.

“We are excited and honoured to receive this recognition from Avid,” said Blair Robertson, co-owner of Totangi Properties Ltd. “It’s a validation of the great work that our skilled building and sales team provides and of the positive lasting relationships we are able to build with our customers.”

In North America, Avid Ratings has long been at the forefront of the industry in bringing transparency of builder performance to consumers since 1992. Purchasers of homes at Woodland Creek are given a voluntary independent survey 30 days after move-in and again one year later. The surveys tracked their satisfaction with their homes and experience of working with the builder.

“Totangi has been phenomenal for their customer service and as home builders,” said Kala Souter,homeowner at Woodland Creek. “The surveys gave us the opportunity to give our feedback, which in our case was very positive – in fact we even recommended Totangi to our friends who are building a house.”

Through the Avid Award system, each home buyer survey in the database is analyzed to determine each builder’s Avid Index Score which is a combination of the total home buying experience, the willingness to refer and the actual number of recommendations a buyer has made. Builders with the highest Avid Index Score in each category are presented with awards.

“This award is an honour because it means we are doing the most important part of our job well – satisfying our customers,” said Steve Smith, SC Smith Building Company, the builder at Woodland Creek. “We take great pride in the homes we build and it is nice to know we are doing a good job of listening to our homeowners.”

Totangi Properties established the residential neighbourhood of Woodland Creek in 2004. The community now has more than 100 new homes and townhomes built and occupied. In addition to the recent Avid Award, Woodland Creek has won multiple awards including at CARE Award in 2013 for best new subdivision. Homes at Woodland Creek include the Built Green designation and the latest in energy efficient heating and cooling.

 

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated property development and land management company established in 1968. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson worked closely with a talented team of local professionals and the District of Sooke in the creation of Woodland Creek and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties with lasting homeowner value. For more information, visit www.totangi.ca

About Avid Ratings Canada

Founded in 2003, Avid Ratings Canada is a full-service customer loyalty management firm, providing customer loyalty research, reputation management, organizational consulting and innovative marketing solutions that drive home building success. Serving more than 2,750 home builders throughout Canada and the United States. Avid maintains North America’s largest database of homebuyer satisfaction to benchmark its clients. To learn more about the award winning Avid 3.0 suite of services (GoSurvey®, GoSocial®, and GoTour®), visit www.avidratings.ca.

 

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The Totally Awesome Home Buying Experience – or what it takes to create a happy homeowner.

It always makes our day when we hear back from our customers – in this case our new homeowners Kyla and Derek O’Rourke who built a semi-custom home with us.  Here is what they had to say:

“Words cannot express how happy we are with our home in Woodland Creek. You will not find better quality. The support we received before, during, and after construction was outstanding. They took the time to explain everything in detail and were more than willing to accommodate any and all of our requests. We felt the whole team wanted us to love our house and went the extra mile to make sure it happened.”

Our relationship with Kyla and Derek started when they visited our showhome and met our wonderful hostess Cecile.  Cecile introduced them to our homes, plans, amenities, and different finishing options.  Working together with our design team, Kyla and Derek created their new home complete with all the finishing details, paint colours, cabinets, flooring and room modifications they wanted.  Using our “Bedroom Plus” program they added an additional 4th bedroom to the 3 bedroom Fir plan .  From their initial design meeting with us to the occupancy of their new home, the entire process took about 6 months.

How does this ‘pre-sale’ / custom home process work?

In Kyla and Derek’s case, construction of their new home started about a month after the contract was signed.  The building plans are drafted to incorporate any customer modifications and the building permit application is made.  As construction progressed we stayed in touch with Kyla and Derek and often saw them visiting the site, excited to see their new home take shape.

Customer Experience — It’s important for us that the home buyer is part of the realization of the design and construction process.  We are not ones to take the deposit and say “see you 6 months when the house is complete”.   Once the framing is complete and all the doors and windows are installed (what’s call “lock up” in the industry), homebuyers are invited to conduct a walk through to confirm the location of electrical switches and media / internet connections and make any last minute changes.  Throughout the entire building process the buyer is connected through a cloud base construction management system that allows the buyer to stay up to date on progress with their own personal website portal that includes recent photos, change orders, and direct contact with the construction manager.

Prior to occupancy, in this case just 5 months after the start of construction, an inspection and familiarity tour of the new home is conducted.   We check in with the new homeowner shortly after occupancy as well, to ensure that everything in the home is functioning as it should.  Every new homeowner receives a binder with all relevant new home information and we have a Homeowner Web Portal that contains warranty, operation, and special deal information.  And we don’t stop there!

We believe in continual improvement and the importance of customer feedback so we subscribe to a 3rd party Customer Experience rating system called AVID Ratings. 30 days after occupancy, AVID ratings conducts an independent Customer Experience survey to get the homeowners feedback on everything from the sales process, to the new home features, and after occupancy service. They conduct this process once more at the 1 year mark. We also follow up before the 1 year mark to review any issue that are covered under the new home warranty and  we have a handy Service Request  form on our site should you have any issues in your new home that we are responsible for.

So as you can see, we believe there is a lot more to a new home purchase than just handing over the keys.   Customer Service  is the key to our success and we are honoured to be ranked #1 in Canada by Avid in 2014  for customer satisfaction in the Custom Build / Small Volume category in the residential building industry.

Thanks again to Kyla and Derek for their kinds words – you made our day!

Blair Robertson – co-owner Totangi Properties.

 

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Celebrating their 45th year in business,  Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. In 2014 Totangi was ranked #1 in Canada for Customer Satisfaction by Avid Ratings.   Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, in the creation of Woodland Creek and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC.  A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .

 

 

 

The Juniper – simply a great family home – stylish, affordable, & energy efficient.

The Juniper might just be the best NEW home value for you on the market today – this completed home is offered for immediate occupancy at $359,900 net GST included.  Awarded the Built Green Gold label and achieving an Energuide rating of 83, it provides heating and air conditioning through a state of the art geo-exchange heat pump & forced air system (valued at $20,000).  This home is green, healthy, and easy on the pocket book with annual energy savings over a $1,000.  Three good sized bedrooms and  3 baths on 2 well thought out levels in 1,600 square feet.

Here’s one home you’ll find that really does have it all – A main level that gives you a great room with gleaming floors & featuring Breakfast bar in a modern kitchen, complete appliance package, adjacent dining & spacious living room with gas fireplace & slider to rear patio & private fenced and landscaped yard. It even has a natural gas BBQ box so you never run out.

A fabulous upstairs -3 bedrooms include a roomy master retreat with large walk-in closet and attractive 4 piece ensuite.  Good size 2nd & 3rd bedrooms with separate main 4 piece bathroom.  Step on up to Callumwood Lane in desireable Woodland Creek – 2012 Gold CARE Award Winner for Best New Subdivision and Built Green Builder of the Year.

View Floor Plan Here:  http://www.woodlandcreek.ca/pdf/floorplans/plan_Juniper.pdf

Contact: Blair Robertson at Sooke’s Home Team for more information: http://www.woodlandcreek.ca/contact

 

We look forward to seeing your during our Open House times  or by appointment with our sales team.

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Open House Times:   Friday — Sunday Noon – 4pm.

About Totangi Properties Ltd. and Woodland Creek

Celebrating their 45th year in business,  Totangi Properties is a locally-owned and operated award winning property development and land management company established in 1968. Brothers Warren and Blair Robertson and their team work closely with the 2012 Built Green Builder of the Year, SC Smith Building Company, in the creation of Woodland Creek and are committed to creating affordable, high-quality residential properties with lasting homeowner value.

2012 Gold CARE Award winner for Best New Subdivision, Woodland Creek is a residential neighbourhood of new homes in the heart of Sooke, British Columbia – a waterfront community near Victoria BC.  A planned residential community, Woodland Creek was designed with the objective of providing a wide range of new housing opportunities for the community; close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer.

For more information, visit www.totangi.ca .