6 Secrets For Sellers In The Spring Market


Each year, the spring seems to set the tone for the rest for the year.  Whether it is a buyers market with lots of selection (as we saw from 2008 to 2012) or if its a sellers market with little selection and bidding wars (like Kelowna saw in 2004-2008, and Calgary is seeing right now).  The question is, what will this spring hold and how can sellers capitalize on it? Here are 6 market insights for sellers to get started When Is A Great Time To Sell? Right Now! It sounds like a cliché, especially coming from a REALTOR®.  "Yes,…

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8 Tips for Selling your Home over Christmas in Kelowna


1. CREATE INVITING CURB APPEAL Decorate the outside of the house with some Christmas decorations including lights, especially since it gets dark so early this time of year, adding a timer is a good idea. Although, daytime showings are preferred, turning on all of the lights inside will make the house “glow” during the darker hours as they approach. 2. KEEP DRIVEWAY AND SIDEWALKS CLEAR This is a must. Make sure that the sidewalk and pathway to the house are scraped and salted. Nothing will turn your home into a terrible experience faster than the buyer falling on the ice before they…

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What does it take to legalize a suite in Kelowna?


Recently, the City of Kelowna has sped up the process of legalizing suites. In the past, it was a long and somewhat a painful process to acquire permits, have hearings etc. Permits are now much faster to obtain. I spoke to a client last week, who received his permit immediately the day after he applied. I was impressed to see the City of Kelowna’s speed and efficiency of the process, and so was he! Legalizing a suite is a great idea for the safety of the tenants and homeowners, as it requires many safety issues to be put in place.…

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How to be Good Landlords and have Happy Tenants


Yesterday I was speaking to a friend in Kelowna who has 3 rental properties and was complaining about his tenants on how everything gets destroyed and that he is constantly doing repairs. Having about 6 years of experience ourselves, we have never really run into those situations and I was able to share our “secrets” with him. One of the things we do, is to list the rent just below market value. This will create more interest and will allow you to interview and pick and choose the tenant that you prefer. Getting $100 less every month is better than…

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