There are numerous reasons why you might need to sell early in the year. Perhaps you even need to sell this month! Whatever your reasons, preparation is key. Make the right moves now and your sale is likely to go smoothly and successfully.


Follow these tips:


1. Make a list of what needs to be done around the property to prepare it for listing. That includes decluttering, cleaning, getting needed repairs done, and so forth.


2. Schedule those tasks. On a calendar or planner, block out ample time to do everything on your list. Give yourself a time buffer because things can often take longer to do than expected.


3. Get help. You don’t need to do everything yourself. Consider hiring a painter, contractor, cleaning service, and other professionals. Outsourcing can reduce a lot of the stress of selling while ensuring your property is prepared in time.


4. Dispose of unwanted items that may have accumulated over the years in the garage, basement, and closets. You can have a yard sale, sell stuff online, donate items to charity, or take them to your local recycling centre.


5. Free up your schedule during the period you expect your property to be on the market. You want your home to be accessible for showings as often as possible, giving prospective buyers a lot of flexibility when scheduling.


The idea is to get your property as “sales-ready” as possible — as early in the year as possible. That way, when it comes time to list your home, you won’t have to scramble to get it ready. The hard work will be done and you’ll be able to focus on selling your property quickly and for the best price.


Want more tips on preparing your home for sale? Call Jay today 778-363-0839.

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Imagine if, for whatever reason, you suddenly needed to find and buy a new home in a hurry.


What if you had just a few weeks?


If you’re like most people, your first instinct might be to panic. Well, there’s nothing wrong with having some apprehension about having to find a new home quickly. But, there are steps you can take that will make the process a lot less stressful and, ultimately, make it more likely that you’ll find a great property you’ll love.


The first thing you need to do is determine your budget. That will give you a price range you can confidently shop within. Your budget should take into account how much your current home will likely sell for, how much you qualify to receive on a new mortgage, as well as any other funds you can put into a new home.


Next, decide on areas or neighbourhoods that have listings within your budget to target in your search. Narrowing your scope will actually help you find the right home, sooner. When viewing properties for sale, be as flexible as you can. You don’t necessarily need to compromise on what you want.


However, if you need to buy in a hurry, it makes sense to consider listings that may be less than perfect, yet still check most of the boxes on your wish list. Keep in mind that if you purchase a property that isn’t exactly what you want, a renovation or other improvement could potentially turn it into your dream home.


Having to find a new home quickly can be challenging. But if you get the right professionals working for you, it’s going to be a lot easier — and achievable.


If you need help to find a home in a hurry, give me a call I'd be happy to help.  Call Jay 778-363-0839

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Winters in Canada can be cold and dark, and just like us, our delicate plants – indoor and outdoor plants alike – need some special attention this time of year. So, show your plants a little TLC this winter by giving them a warm, dry place to wait out the cold weather until spring. 

Follow this list of helpful tips to keep your plants happy and healthy through the winter months.

  • Keep it bright. Expose your plants to as much sunlight as possible by keeping them by a window. Remember, days are shorter in winter so they need all the natural light they can get. If you see your plants struggling, you may need to move them to maximize exposure.
  • Keep them warm. Avoid cold and drafty areas of the house where your plants risk getting frostbite. If it gets too cold overnight, you may need to move your plants away from the window.
  • Avoid extreme heat. If placed near a heater or a fireplace, your plants can dry out. It’s best to keep them in a room where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much. If necessary, run a humidifier to add moisture back into the air. 
  • Cut down on water. Most plants require less hydration in the winter as they enter a hibernation period. The same rule applies for fertilization – feel free to skip the fertilizer for healthy plants, or dilute with water for those that need a little extra help. 
  • Avoid the urge to repotyour plants. They will not be growing much during the winter months, and it’s best to keep them in a stable environment until spring.
  • Clean and prune. Gently wipe down the leaves and trim them back before bringing outdoor plants in for the season.

Article compliments of Royal lePage Canada

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When preparing your home for sale, you need to fix things up, declutter, perhaps slap a fresh coat of paint on a few walls. That’s all part of getting your property ready for buyers. But there’s another type of preparation that you also need to do. And, the sooner you do it, the less stressful your move will be.


You need to get all your paperwork together. Here’s what to gather:


• Property documents such as deeds, easements, surveys, liens, etc.

• Mortgage documents, plus any other loans (i.e., line of credit) that use the property as collateral.

• Maintenance and service agreements that may continue with the new owners.

• Warranties and guarantees that are transferrable to the new owners.

• Recent utility bills, such as water, electricity, etc.

• Rentals (i.e., water heater rental.)

• Home security agreements and codes.

• Contracts for any work done on an ongoing basis. For example, lawn maintenance.


Getting these records together early will ensure you’re not scrambling at the last minute to find them. Some of these documents, such as warranties, also make for attractive selling features.


Ready to list?  Give me a call I'd be happy to help.  Call Jay 778-363-0839

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What is it about your property that stands out? What will buyers like most about it? What are your home’s most enticing features? Answering those questions will help you determine which features to emphasize when selling your home.


After all, you want buyers to notice and appreciate your property’s best characteristics. But here’s the challenge... It can be difficult to determine which features of your home are particularly desirable to buyers. You live there!


So, there might be a fantastic characteristic of your property that you’ve gotten used to. You might not even realize its value. One way to gain perspective is to ask friends, “What is it about our property that you like most? What stands out to you?” Ask them to be candid.


Often, they’ll reveal characteristics about your home that may surprise you. You’ll definitely gain insights that will help you when listing. Another technique is to compare your property to others in the neighbourhood.


Buyers often target neighbourhoods, so realizing how your home stands out can be helpful when marketing it. For example, your property might have a larger backyard than most others on the street, or it might have a lot of recent upgrades.


Another way to discover your home’s most attractive features is to talk to me. I can tell you what buyers will like most about your property.  Call Jay 778-363-0839

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 Walk-through videos are becoming increasingly popular. The seller’s agent simply films a tour of a home, often including commentary, and then makes the video available to prospects.


When you’re shopping for a new home, you want to get the most out of watching this type of video, especially if you’re relying on it to help you decide whether or not to make a viewing appointment. Consider these suggestions:


• Remember, it’s a video. So take advantage of the ability to pause, go back and forth, and take screenshots you can review later.

• When you’re watching, look for everyday items that can give you perspective, such as a lamp, sofa or chair. These items will help you gain a more accurate sense of room sizes.

• Although that previous tip will help, it’s still difficult to judge room size on a video. So, don’t be quick to dismiss a listing because you think the rooms might be too small.

• Pay attention to what is not shown. Did the agent leave the ensuite bathroom out of the video? That may indicate an issue.

• When viewing the main rooms, such as the living room and kitchen, try to get a sense of how your furniture will fit.

• Make a list of features and characteristics you want in your next home. Have that list handy as you watch the video. You can use it as a checklist.

• While you’re watching, jot down any questions you have about the property.


After watching the video, if you like what you see, take the next step. Schedule a viewing appointment.

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After your home has been cleaned from top to bottom, it’s natural to want it to stay that way. Don’t you wish you could just wave a magic wand and the place would clean itself?


Unfortunately, even Harry Potter can’t manage that! However, when you’re preparing your property for sale, you really do need to keep it clean and ready for showings.


There are several ways you can make doing that a bit easier. Try these tips:


1.  The one-minute rule. If a cleaning or tidying task takes you less than a minute, consider doing it right away. For example, keeping the foyer clear of clutter.

2.  One room a day. After you’ve cleaned and tidied your home, maintain it by focusing on just one room a day. That’s manageable for most people.

3.  Prioritize the floors. If you can keep the floors clean, everything else will tend to fall into place. Consider a routine where you do a quick sweep or vacuum of the floors each evening.

4.  Declutter as much as possible. Clutter is the enemy of cleaning! When a room is free of clutter, it’s easier to keep it clean, tidy and looking great.

5.  Get extras. Buy an extra mop or broom so other household members can help with the cleaning. Also, be sure to stock up on cleaning supplies so you don’t run short just before a viewing appointment.

6.  Hire a cleaning service. Having a professional cleaning service come once a week—or twice a week when you’re showing your property frequently—can take a lot off your shoulders. Think of it as an investment in selling your home.


Keeping your home looking “guest-ready” makes your home show better and gets more buyers interested. But, the task doesn’t need to be daunting. Try these tips to make it easier!

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Imagine you’re viewing a home for sale. You venture to the basement, check out the furnace room, and notice the water heater. Is it owned or rented?


As a potential buyer, you’d want to know. Now imagine a property you’re viewing has a brand-new gas fireplace. Nice! Is it under warranty? Is that warranty transferrable to you if you buy the home? Again, you’d want to know.


So, when you’re selling, it’s important to pull together all the necessary records you will need in order to answer these types of buyer questions. After all, if a particular warranty transfers to the new owner, that’s a selling point.


Take the time to find receipts, warranty certificates, and other documents related to:

• Renovations (such as a bathroom makeover)

• Major repairs or replacements (such as a new air conditioner)

• Service prepayments (such as a lawncare service paid annually)

• Purchases of major appliances and other items


Keep in mind that you may have purchased extended warranties or maintenance agreements at the time of purchase. Those may transfer to the new owner.


Also note that some guarantees or service agreements transfer automatically while others require the new owner to initiate that transfer. These documents could potentially add a few more benefits to buying your home. So, it’s worth the time it takes to dig them out!

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Imagine you’re viewing a home for sale. You venture to the basement, check out the furnace room, and notice the water heater. Is it owned or rented?As a potential buyer, you’d want to know.


Now imagine a property you’re viewing has a brand-new gas fireplace. Nice! Is it under warranty? Is that warranty transferrable to you if you buy the home? Again, you’d want to know.


So, when you’re selling, it’s important to pull together all the necessary records you will need in order to answer these types of buyer questions. After all, if a particular warranty transfers to the new owner, that’s a selling point.


Take the time to find receipts, warranty certificates, and other documents related to:


• Renovations (such as a bathroom makeover)

• Major repairs or replacements (such as a new air conditioner)

• Service prepayments (such as a lawncare service paid annually)

• Purchases of major appliances and other items


Keep in mind that you may have purchased extended warranties or maintenance agreements at the time of purchase.Those may transfer to the new owner. Also note that some guarantees or service agreements transfer automatically while others require the new owner to initiate that transfer.


These documents could potentially add a few more benefits to buying your home. So, it’s worth the time it takes to dig them out!


Looking to sell your home in the near future?  Give me a call I'd be happy to help with the real estate selling process - we'll also give you a binder to house these important documents to help your sale. 


Call Jay 778-363-0839  Royal lePage Kelowna

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Spring is almost over, which means summer in the Okanagan Valley is just around the corner! But before you head to the beach, you may want to give your home a once over to make sure it’s ready for the hot summer months ahead. To help you prepare, we have made a list with 10 tasks you don’t want to miss out on. Here is your guide to completing indoor and outdoor home maintenance this summer.


Temperatures are rising and the sun shines warmer and longer each and every day, leaving residents excited for the long-awaited Okanagan summer. While you may be eager to begin planning your vacation and spend your time on the beach soaking in as much vitamin D as you can, it is important that homeowners don’t forget about their own homes in the process. Your home is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make. Whether you want to sell or not, maintaining your property is an integral part of maintaining and protecting your own investment; The work and care that you put into its upkeep will help to ensure your home stays looking and feeling it’s best for years to come. Here are the top 10 summer home maintenance tasks for you to complete to ensure your property is getting the TLC it deserves, inside and out.


Indoor Summer Maintenance


Check Your Air Conditioning: Whether you have window air conditioning or a central air conditioner, yearly checks and maintenance are always needed. Install your window air conditioners early, book a service for your central cooling system, and change out any old filters to ensure you’re not left without a temperature controlled environment on a hot summer’s day.


Clean Your Windows: Inside and out, your windows should be clean to let the sun shine in and keep your home bright throughout the long days of the summer months. Remember to check your screens to make sure they are intact and won’t act as a welcoming spot for bugs into your home.


Ceiling Fans: Check your ceiling fans; if you change the direction of the blades in the winter months, now is the time to change them back! Also, make sure to give them a good clean before running them this summer. Dust of your blades regularly to minimize the amount of dust particles floating around your home.


Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: It is important to test and change the batteries of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year. This is an essential part of home maintenance that could be a life saving measure.


Duct Cleaning: Ensure the air quality of your home is at its best by getting your ducts cleaned routinely. While this isn’t essential to be done each year, you should check to make sure it’s completed every 2-3 years to reduce any repairs and health problems from occurring.


Outdoor Summer Maintenance


Reseal The Deck: Your deck may need some attention this summer, but before resealing or staining, make sure to replace any boards that may be rotting and hammer down any loose nails for best results.


Check For Leaks: Check any outdoor spouts or hoses for leaks. If you are losing water through these imperfections, it will cost you money in water bills and potential repairs in the long run. Replace your hoses or give them a quick fix with electrical tape to ensure you aren’t wasting too much water. For leaking faucets, you may want to call in reinforcements to ensure it is fixed and sealed properly.


Inspect Windows and Doors: Ensure to give a good inspection to your windows and doors this summer, to keep bugs and maintain temperature control indoors. You may want to refresh the caulking to avoid any leaks and gaps in the framing.


Clean Out Gutters: Gutters and downspouts should be cleaned at least once or twice a year, depending on if you have a lot of trees around your home. Routine maintenance can help prevent damage to your roof, exterior, and foundation.

Get Your Roof Inspected: No one wants to replace their roof in the winter. Look into getting your roof inspected to ensure it’s strong enough to withstand the rain and weather damage it could incur when conditioners are not so favourable.

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Kelowna is British Columbia’s new hot-spot for home-buyers. With an unprecedented number of sales to kick off the spring season in March, and many people relocating from all across the country to enjoy the hillside views and life on the water, preparing buyers for the market is essential. Here is everything you need to know about buying a home in Kelowna in this new era.


What Can A Buyer Expect when buying a home in Kelowna

Spring is in full swing in Kelowna BC, and a busy season in Real Estate awaits, with eager buyers looking to settle into their new homes in the Okanagan Valley. As a result of homeowners and renters re-prioritizing housing and living standards, Kelowna is already seeing an unprecedented influx in sales.


Many buyers are looking to abandon big city living to enjoy the space, the views, and the small town life that Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley have to offer. It is easy to see why the interest exists; Kelowna is an attractive destination for tourists with desirable climate, lakeside location, plenty of wineries and both summer and winter sports to enjoy in this historical centre in southern British Columbia, so why not make it your place to call home?

In any market, when it comes to finding a home that suits your needs, the process can feel time consuming and overwhelming. There is a lot of work to be done to secure the home of your dreams and with the growing demand in Kelowna for single family and townhomes, being prepared is your best bet. Here is what you need to know as a Kelowna-bound buyer in 2021.


Low Inventory or High Demand?

With how competitive the market is today, many buyers are experiencing tremendous frustration. The high demand for single family homes, condos, and townhouses without the inventory to support it is leading to a “buyer’s fatigue”. While it may seem like there is a low inventory, the true story is that the demand for homes in Kelowna is the highest it’s been at in over ten years.


Although homes are being sold quickly, it is important to note that not every home is getting multiple offers or seeing bidding wars. It is because of dynamic situations like this that makes it all the more important to approach buying a house with a certified REALTOR ® who has experience navigating the market. Being prepared will have you putting your best foot forward, and working with your agent will take some of the stress off of you and your family when buying in these market conditions.


Multi-Unit Properties

As Kelowna becomes more and more recognized as a top choice for homeowners and first time buyers looking to relocate or settle down, the trend of multi-unit properties is increasing as well. Multi-units or multifamily properties are an excellent way to invest in Real Estate. Two to four unit properties are a great way for investors to make a safe purchase that could have tenants paying down their own mortgage, especially in an owner-occupied situation, all the while building towards greater financial freedom. When buying a multi-unit property, owners can decide to have as much or as little involvement as they please; They can choose to be an active landlord on the premises, or contract out a company to fill vacancies as they come. With families looking to indulge fully in the Okanagan Valley lifestyle, and AirBnB’s as a popular solution for travellers looking to avoid hotel stays, no matter how you market your multifamily property, retaining occupants for a stable investment can be done easily.


First Time Home-Buyers

While experienced home-buyers may have more capital to use when relocating to Kelowna, first time home-buyers might feel that they are being priced out of the market. It is important to know that there are programs offered in British Columbia to support first time home buyers. Qualified first time home buyers who are applying to this program can receive land transfer tax exemptions, allowing them to budget more money for the downpayment and less for these administrative fees. For more information on benefits you can receive as a first-time buyer, talk to your agent today.


Pre-emptive and Bully Offers

You may have heard of bully-offers when looking to buy a house, and though some people stray from allowing these types of offers, it is a strategy that just might work with today’s market conditions. Presenting a seller with a pre-emptive or bully offer is essentially a way of getting your offer reviewed before its official list date. This tactic allows a buyer to potentially beat out the competition who are waiting for the presentation date before making their move. While these types of offers can give some people an unfair advantage, many who have dealt with disheartening losses, multiple offer situations, or for buyers that are just eager to purchase the specific property, resorting to this strategy and presenting the seller with an offer that has few to no conditions, is usually above asking price, with a pre-approval for financing or cash offers just might be the solution they are looking for.

Not every seller will entertain pre-emptive offers, and buyers have to be sure they want to take the risk that it presents. When submitting this type of offer without conditions or pre-inspections, you may end up taking a financial loss that you were not expecting. It is important to know the pros and cons of this tactic and proceed cautiously with the help of your REALTOR ® in any situation.


Come Prepared, Leave Happy.

Lastly, the best thing any buyer can do in the market we are seeing today is to come prepared. Do your research. By this, we mean have a list of wants and needs, desired neighbourhoods, amenities you are looking for, bedrooms, bathrooms, and anything else that may affect your house hunt. Additionally, ensure to get pre-approval from a lender, as this will play a big role in your quest to buy a home. For any questions, concerns, or for help moving forward, call your Royal LePage agent today. We know that buying a house is a big thing, and we are here to help you navigate this journey to find and enjoy your future home in Kelowna, B.C.

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Is there a neighbourhood you drive through occasionally and think, “Wow. I’d love to live here. What a fantastic area”?


Why don’t you take that thought any further? Maybe you think getting into that neighbourhood just isn’t doable – at least, not right now. Perhaps you’re worried about the home prices or the current lack of homes for sale in that area. Maybe there’s some other reason, such as the possibility of higher mortgage payments. Of course, those are all valid concerns.


But why not find out whether or not they would genuinely hold you back? For example, if you’re wondering whether you can afford a home in that neighbourhood, you can find that out with a reasonable degree of certainty.

You can:


• Get a current market value assessment so you know, approximately, what you’d likely get for your home.

• Find out the average selling price of homes in the target neighbourhood.

• Calculate what you’d be able to put down on a new home.

• Find out how much mortgage you’ll need and what your payments would be.


Once you’ve taken a closer look at the actual numbers, you might discover that a nice home in your desired neighbourhood is within reach.


So, get the facts you need instead of assuming you can’t get into the neighbourhood you want. The fact might be, you can!


Call today if you’d like to explore that possibility. I can help you get the facts you need.

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Like most homeowners, you probably don’t think of your property as just a building with rooms and a backyard.


To you, it’s much more than that. It’s a home. When you walk into your dining room, for example, you don’t merely see the table and chairs. You see memories. You recall laughter with family and friends. It’s emotional.

That’s what a home is all about.


However, buyers don’t want to buy your “home”. What they really want to buy is a property that has the potential to become their home. While you see memories of family dinners, they see room dimensions and what the dining room may look like with their furniture in it. That’s why, when you’re selling your property, you need to keep emotions at bay as much as possible. In fact, the best mindset is to think of your property as a product.


The more attractively you present that product to prospective buyers, the more likely you are to get good offers. That’s why cleaning, depersonalizing, and staging are so important. It’s also why setting a price that aligns with your home’s current market value is important. You may have put your heart and soul — and many weekends — into landscaping the backyard to make it a summer oasis.


It may, in fact, be a strong selling point of your property. But that improvement will only add to the selling price an amount that the market, not your emotions, dictates. So keep emotions out of the selling process as much as possible. Save that energy for turning your next property into your dream home.


Want more tips on selling your property for the best price possible? Call today and I'd be happy to help. 

Call Jay 778-363-0839

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If you're thinking of listing your property, one thing that might be holding you back is concern about preparing your home for sale.


You may be wondering how much work there will be. Is it going to take a couple of months? A couple of weeks? A few days? That, of course, depends on the state of your property. However, regardless of how close your home is to “show time” ready, there is plenty you can do to reduce how long that preparation takes.


Consider these ideas:


• Sell stuff online. The less cluttered your home seems to buyers, the better it will show. So, make a list of items you want to sell, and then list them on one of the many local online market websites. Price items fairly and, chances are, you'll get rid of everything in a day or two.


• Have a repair day. Go through your home and make a list of everything that needs to be fixed. Then, schedule repair people to all come on the same day. Voila! In one day, all needed repairs (or, at least, most of them) are done.


• Get staging advice. Instead of guessing at what changes you need to make around your home to make it look its best, get expert staging advice. You’ll find out exactly what the experts suggest you do, and you'll save a lot of time and money. (By the way, I can provide you with that advice too.)


• Ask before making big improvements. Are you planning to convert a wood burning fireplace into a gas unit to help sell your home? Before doing any big improvements or renovations like that, talk to me. You don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on an unnecessary project.


• Hire help. You don't have to do everything on your own. Get the help you need. For example, hire a painter, a cleaner, and/or a junk removal service. Those will significantly shorten the time it takes to prepare your home for sale and save you a lot of work. Also, the costs of those professionals may be off-set by the increase in the sale price of your home.


Bottomline: Preparing your home doesn't need to be overwhelming and timeconsuming. Contact me for more ideas to help get your home ready for sale,  Call Jay 778-363-0839

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Strong Start to New Year for Local Residential Real Estate Market

KELOWNA, B.C. – February 3rd, 2021. Residential real estate sales once again hit a record high in the first month of 2021 across the region from Revelstoke to Eastgate Manning Park and into the South Peace River region, reports the Association of Interior REALTORS®.

The total number of sales in January was up 60% with 796 units sold compared to January 2020’s sales of 497. In the Shuswap and Revelstoke region property sales where up 50% from 40 units in 2020 to 60 in January 2021. The South Okanagan region, stretching from Summerland to Eastgate Manning Park saw the highest increase of dollar volume with a 136% hike compared to the same time last year.

“Hikes in sale dollar volume is another impact of COVID-19 as buyers are seeking out larger spaces to improve their living conditions,” says the Association of Interior REALTORS® President Kim Heizmann, adding that “larger homes naturally also come with a larger price tag. However, we are still seeing an upward pressure on pricing driven by a shortage of inventory that is unable to meet consumer demand.”

Active residential listings for January from Revelstoke to Peachland remained on par with December 2020’s listings but remained short 37% compared to January 2020’s inventory of 2,806. In the South Okanagan region overall listings remained low as decreases were noted in all housing categories. Inventory for condominiums remains low in the South Peace River region with a 27% decrease compared to the same period last year.

“A chronic shortage of new condominium developments in areas such as the South Peace River region or Revelstoke makes it even harder for inventory to meet demand, particularly when such areas are driven by recreational property purchases,” says Heizmann.

The benchmark price for single-family homes in the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan and Shuswap/Revelstoke regions saw increases in year-over-year comparisons with the most notable increase being in 14% in the single-family category.

In the South Okanagan, where benchmark pricing is not yet available, average sales prices showed double- digit increases year-over-year, while average sale prices for condominiums in the South Peace River are rose 69% in comparison to January 2020 prices.

The Association of Interior REALTORS® was formerly formed on January 1, 2021 through the amalgamation of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board and the South Okanagan Real Estate Board.

The Association is a member-based professional organization serving approximately 1,600 REALTORS® who live and work in communities across the interior of British Columbia from Revelstoke south to the US border, east to Rock Creek, west to Eastgate Manning Park to communities in the South Peace River region.

Contact your local REALTOR® to find out more about the real estate market and how they can help you achieve your real estate goals.

For more information, please contact:
Board-wide statistical information:
Email media@interiorrealtors.com
Province-wide statistical information:
BCREA Chief Economist, Brendon Ogmundson, bogmundson@bcrea.ca

Posted: February 3, 2021

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When you’re shopping for a home, you may become interested in a property for sale that someone else is also considering. In fact, there may be several other buyers entertaining the idea of making an offer. In such a competitive situation, what should you do if you really love that home?


Obviously, you’ll need to move quickly and make some fast decisions. Start by making certain the property fits within your price range. The last thing you want is to have an offer accepted and find out it is beyond your budget. That’s why it’s a good idea to arrange for financing before you go home shopping.


Next, you want to make an offer that is so enticing to the sellers that they’ll put your offer at the top of the pile, if not close to it. So, what makes an offer enticing? Obviously, price is a big factor. You want to go in at a price that’s attractive to the sellers, without overpaying. Imagine finding out later that the nearest offer to yours was $15,000 less. Ouch! Chances are your offer price will need to be at or slightly above asking. Find out what similar homes in the area recently sold for — what real estate agents call “comparables” — and use those as a guide. It’s also important that your offer contains few, if any, issues that may be concerning to the sellers.


The ideal offer will feature: • No conditions. • A closing date that’s convenient for the seller. • A deposit amount that shows you’re a serious buyer. • Acceptance of any of the buyer’s “exclusions”. (For example, they want to take the fridge and stove with them.) • Evidence you can get financing. (Many lenders offer a “Mortgage Preapproval Certificate”.)


Although a “no conditions” offer is the most attractive, including a condition on passing a professional home inspection is usually not a problem, so long as the inspection is done quickly. Avoid adding other conditions, such as “subject to financing approval” or “subject to the sale of buyer’s existing property”.


If you want to increase the likelihood that you’ll find — and, more importantly, get — your next dream home, call today.

Jay 778-363-0839

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Imagine you're looking for a new home.


You have a list of all the features you want, just like you would have a grocery shopping list. However, when you explore the homes currently on the market, none meets all your criteria. What do you do? You have a few good options.


First, you can take a second look at your list. Does your new home need every single feature on it? Are there one or two features you can do without? For example, can you settle for a smaller kitchen assuming the property has everything else you want? Often, buying a home that's close to perfect is perfect enough.


Second, consider what features you might be able to add to a home later, by way of a renovation or other improvement.  If a property doesn't have a finished basement, for example, you might be able to get that done down the road. Indeed, there are probably many features you can add later to an otherwise desirable property.


Finally, consider the current level of activity in the local real estate market. Is it likely that a lot of new homes will be coming on the market soon? If so, your perfect home may come up on the market within the next few weeks. Maybe even tomorrow! In that situation, make sure you arrange to get immediate alerts for newly listed homes that meet your criteria. You'll want to jump on each new opportunity before other buyers learn of the listing.


The good news is, in most cases you should be able to find and buy a great home, with most — if not all — of the features you want.  


Give me a call I'd be happy to help you with your home search.  Jay 778-363-0839

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Your front walkway is one of the first sections of real estate a buyer will set foot on when coming to see your home. So, it makes sense to make that pathway to your front door as appealing as possible.


The obvious way is to make it as clean and clear as you can. Ensure there are no obstacles in the way, such as overhanging branches, kid's toys, or potted plants. What you want is a clear, unobstructed and pleasant walk to your main entranceway.


If your walkway needs deeper cleaning, consider a powerwash. There are special detergents available that are designed specifically for stone, asphalt or cement walkways and other outdoor surfaces.


A deep cleaning isn't a major project. In most cases, the job can be done within an hour. Yet, the result can be stunning. If you're selling in the spring or summer, another way to make your walkway look better is to add flowers or other plants along the sides.


Don't overdo it. You only need a few flowers or a couple of shrubs to make a big difference. The great thing about adding a few flowers or shrubs is the impact they can have on your entire frontage making it more attractive, and adding to your home's overall curb appeal. Making your walkway look better may seem minor, but keep in mind that when buyers make their way to your front door, they're forming their first and often most important impression of your property.


The walkway plays a small but important role in making it a good one. Want more ideas for making your home show better, so it sells quicker and for a higher price? Call me.  Jay 778-363-0839

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KELOWNA, B.C. – January 5, 2021. High demand drove the real estate market to finish the last month of 2020 on a high note with unexpected and exceptional sales volumes across the region from Revelstoke to Eastgate Manning Park and into the South Peace River region, reports the Association of Interior REALTORS®.


Residential sales for December in the region of Revelstoke to Peachland increased 65% compared to December 2019’s residential sales, coming in at 661. The South Okanagan region, stretching from Summerland to Eastgate Manning Park also saw an unexpected jump of 201 units sold of overall property sales compared to the previous year’s 107, while property sales in the South Peace River region was up 11% from 18 units in 2019 to 20 in December 2020.


“Last year was a very unusual year, after an initial slowdown due to stay-at home orders from the provincial government we saw a high demand in the real estate market, once orders were lifted that did not wane even in the typically slower months,” says the Association of Interior REALTORS® President Kim Heizmann, adding that “despite unusually high demand, inventory of active listings consistently remained low as buyers snapped up homes almost as soon as they were listed. Particularly in the family-sized homes category.”


Active residential listings for December from Revelstoke to Peachland fell short 35% compared to December 2019’s 2,715, while in the South Okanagan region overall listings saw a slight increase of 11% compared to the previous year’s 158 properties. The South Peace River region had a greater uptick compared to December 2019, jumping up 24% to 34 units listed.


“Shortage of supply continues to put upward pressure on pricing as inventory cannot meet the demand. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues in the coming months and into the usually busy Spring season,” says Heizmann.


The benchmark price for single-family homes in the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan and Shuswap/Revelstoke regions clocked in double-digit percentage increases in year-over-year comparisons.


In the South Okanagan and the South Peace River region where benchmark pricing is not yet available, the average sales price for single-family homes surged 37% and 15% year-over-year respectively.


The Association of Interior REALTORS® was formerly formed on January 1, 2021 through the amalgamation of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board and the South Okanagan Real Estate Board.


The Association is a member-based professional organization serving approximately 1,600 REALTORS® who live and work in communities across the interior of British Columbia from Revelstoke south to the US border, east to Rock Creek, west to Eastgate Manning Park to communities in the South Peace River region.


Contact your local REALTOR® to find out more about the real estate market and how they can help you achieve your real estate goals. 

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