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Making Your Kitchen More Attractive to Buyers

ADVICE | SELLING Author: Lee Ivans

What's one of the most important rooms in your home? When it comes to selling your property quickly, and for the best price, the answer is clearly the kitchen. In fact, one of the most common exp ...

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Kelowna Real Estate Stats - Buyers Survey (October 2013)

RESOURCE | SELLING Author: Lee Ivans

Every month the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) does a survey to get a better understanding of buyers. Below is a summary of the survey that shows what types of properties are be ...

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How Long Does it Take to Find a New Kelowna Home?

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Lee Ivans

If you're planning to look for a new home sometime in the future, you may be wondering how long the process will take. How much time should you set aside for viewings? How many of the listed home ...

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Kelowna Real Estate Stats

RESOURCE | SELLING Author: Lee Ivans

Every month the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) does a survey to get a better understanding of buyers. Below is a summary of the survey that shows what types of properties are be ...

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Some say, they're going too far?

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Mark Fidgett

My client & the realtor who referred them,were super surprised when I told them this.This may come as a surprise to you...Go ahead and watch

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How a Home Inspection Helps You

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Lee Ivans

Whether you're considering buying a particular home, selling your current property – or both – a home inspection can help.

A home inspection is an inspection by a qualified professio ...

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Okanagan Buyers Survey - August 2013

RESOURCE | SELLING Author: Lee Ivans

AUGUST SURVEY SUMMARYProperty Type:25.4% of purchases were by Move-Up Buyers  (up from 22.8% in July)*17.3% by First Time Buyers  (down from 17.9%) 13.5% moving from Single Family Home ...

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Bank of Canada Interest Rate Decision - September 4, 2013

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Lee Ivans

The Bank of Canada announced this morning that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. In its accompanying statement, the Bank highlighted that an uncertain global economy i ...

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Take a Walk on the Boardwalk (or Sidewalk)

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Lee Ivans

If you've played the game Monopoly then you've probably picked up the Chance card that reads, "Take a walk on the Boardwalk. If you pass Go..."

 That's good advice when shopping f ...

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Construction loans

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Caroline Lennox

Lately I've been working on a project  called Elkington Forest.  This is a trend-setting development in the Victoria Area, just south of Shawnigan Lake and about 15 minutes further out ...

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Okanagan Buyers Survey - June 2013

RESOURCE | SELLING Author: Lee Ivans

Property Type:23.7% of purchases were by Move-Up Buyers  (down from 24.5% in May) 17.5% by First Time Buyers  (same as May)17.1% moving from Single Family Home to Strata Unit  (up ...

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How to Be a Savvy Home Viewer

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Lee Ivans

If you're planning on finding your next dream home, then you're probably going to view several homes on the market that meet your criteria.

You will want to make the right purchasing decisi ...

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5 Tips for Selling Your Home Quickly

ADVICE | SELLING Author: Lee Ivans

There are several reasons why you may need to sell your home quickly. For example, a job change may require a speedy relocation to another city, or you may have purchased another property and don' ...

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Home Viewing Checklist

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Lee Ivans

GENERAL UPKEEP Home is clean and uncluttered Lawns are cut Walls are clean and free of chipping Paintjob on walls is in good shape SIGNS OF WATER DAMAGE Ceilings and walls are free of stai ... read more

Can you avoid capital gains tax?

ADVICE | LEGAL Author: Mark Fidgett

When you purchase real estate in Vancouver, you’d expect that, as time goes on, the value appreciates.

If you sell that property and the sale price is more than you paid, you have received a ga ...

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What's happening with mortgage rates?

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Caroline Lennox

Question:  Are mortgage rates going to go up? If so, when?

Answer:   History speaks for itself.In 1982, Pac-man was all the rage, and mortgage rates were 19%.  The average from 19 ...

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Okanagan Buyers Survey - May 2013

RESOURCE | SELLING Author: Lee Ivans

Property Type:24.5% of purchases were by Move-Up Buyers  (up from 18.6% in April)* 17.5% by First Time Buyers  (down from 25.9%)15.0% moving from Single Family Home to Strata Unit  ...

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Preparing Your Family For A Move

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Lee Ivans

There are a lot of preparations that need to be made when you are buying and selling a home. You have to arrange for financing, prepare your property so that it’s as attractive as possible to po ...

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Build your credit AND save for a home? Even in bankruptcy?

HOW-TO | MORTGAGES Author: Caroline Lennox

Time and time again I talk to people who want to accomplish a goal that involves financing, but they don't  have the credit to make it happen. Know any of the following people?  They pr ...

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Want to move in time for the start of next school year?

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Kevin Henry Group Group

If you want to move and have children in school, you will want to be settled before the start of the next school year. So now would be a good time to consider this four bedroom, three and one half bat ...

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Central Okanagan Buyers Survey - April

RESOURCE | SELLING Author: Lee Ivans

Property Type:25.9% by First Time Buyers  (up from 16.2 in March)*18.6% of purchases were by Move-Up Buyers  (down from 24.6% )11.8% buying Revenue/Investment Property  (up from 10.6%)* ...

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Getting a Handle on Real Estate Lingo

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Lee Ivans

Even if you’ve purchased a home before, you may still find the terms and acronyms used in the real estate industry a little baffling. What in the world does “4B/2B” mean anyway? Here ...

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Poor service, but thank you anyway...

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Mark Fidgett

As a Vancouver mortgage broker, I’ve made it my practice to get the best price I can. I strive for fairness – that’s why I was so disappointed when my cellular phone provider Fido to ...

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Get Reno Financing when you buy your home

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Caroline Lennox

For buyers/owners with a home that they know needs some work done, take a look at what a  PURCHASE PLUS IMPROVEMENT OR REFI  PLUS IMPROVEMENTS loan could do.

This is the “IN” pr ...

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How to tell if a neighbourhood is improving

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Lee Ivans

When you’re looking for a new home, you want to find one in a great neighbourhood – or, at least, in a neighbourhood that is on the upswing. How can you tell if a particular area is improv ...

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Okanagan Buyers Survey - March 2013

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Lee Ivans

Property Type:

24.6% of purchases were by Move-Up Buyers  (up from 21.3% in February)*16.2% by First Time Buyers  (down from 19.7%)10.6% moving from Single Family Home to Strata Unit  ...

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CMHC spring update

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Caroline Lennox

Good and Bad News from CMHC

The Good News:CMHC predicted our economy and real estate market will pick up in the last half of 2013, despite the first 6 months being slower, 'average' prices ...

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Recognizing potential major expenses in a new home

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Lee Ivans

When you see a new home you like on the market, it's easy to get distracted by all the features you love – the wrap-around backyard deck or the spacious rec room with plenty of space for en ...

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There's no short cut!

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Caroline Lennox

Recently I was contacted by someone who had a question about how to get out of debt sooner.  They wanted to buy a house and apply some of the mortgage funds to their debts.  In essence, they ...

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Not All Doom And Gloom For B.C. Real Estate?

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Caroline Lennox

BC Real Estate To Rebound In 2014: CREA

"The provincial market is expected to jump 9.5 per cent to 72,300 units in 2014 - up from an estimated 66,000 units in 2013 and more than any other province, ... read more