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February 2018

Found 8 blog entries for February 2018.

Being a homeowner is a very rewarding experience, but it also requires a lot of dedication and hard work. It’s up to you to ensure that your living quarters are taken care of properly so that both you and your family are safe.

Creating the proper maintenance checklist for your home to identify if any repairs need to be pursued can be tricky. Here are a few tips on what you need to do specifically, catered for different time frames.

Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist

To maintain the proper functioning of your home’s water supply system and adjacent fixtures, drains and faucets need to be cleaned at least once a month. Vinegar is a good inexpensive solution for getting rid of mineral deposits on faucets and shower heads.

Make sure to pour

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There are vacation rental properties and there are awesome vacation rental properties. Yes, there’s a difference! Whether you choose to use your vacation rental or not, you need to do certain tweaks to make it look good. Here are few tips and tricks to add that spice and colour to your vacation rental.

 1. Let’s Paint!

While selecting paints, you need to select colours which will be comforting and also which can set the mood right. If you do not want to re-paint the entire property, focus on key areas which will make your vacation rental stand out from the rest.

 2. Nice and Clean!

You need to have a tidy place. The people coming to stay in vacation rentals will definitely check out the tidiness of the place. There’s nothing worse than

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What Are the Most Important Things to Do Before Buying A House?

 1. Know your credit score.

2. Have a lender pre-approve you before shopping.

3. Shop the lender.

4. Know every expense.

5. Know what you want.

6. Work with a skilled Realtor that knows your area.

7. Understand the actual value of any property you are buying.

8. Buy what you are comfortable paying for.

9. Verify all information in the listing.

10. Try to see yourself in the home.

11. Use a reputable home inspector.

12. Make sure all renovations are up to code.

13. Be sure you understand any Strata that you will be part of.

14. Look for any water-related problems.

15. Have a professional look for the presence of asbestos, mold, and radon.

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1. How Many Times Will You Frequent the Place?

When choosing a place, make sure you want to return to it for vacations so that you are able to get your money’s worth rather than simply letting it stay locked and unoccupied.

 2. Keep an Eye On Your Budget

Under no circumstance should you go overboard with your finances. When calculating the cost of a home, consider the percentage of down payment, the monthly amount you will have to pay on the mortgage, insurance as well as the charges for the home’s upkeep that you will have to spend on. Be sure to understand, the entire cost involved and decide accordingly.

 3. Spend A Little Time There

Once you make a decision on buying a vacation home, you don’t really have the option to change the

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Kelowna’s new future Skyline…..

You can’t create new land, but you can create new real estate by going up. Kelowna will get a total of 404 new homes when the 36-and 29 storey towers of the one Water Street development are complete.

Now is the optimal time to buy and flip real estate. I think we are still in the beginning of a boom, definitely not at the end yet. There is a beginning of a boom-the middle-and the end.

In 2017, the labour market throughout the Central Okanagan grew significantly. While B.C.'s rate of employment was up as a whole by 4%, Kelowna's rate of employment grew by 10%.

The majority of Kelowna's growth was seen in full time jobs in a broad range of industries including, construction, finance, real estate, food,

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If you’re going to be investing in rental properties, you want to make sure you’ve got a system to get good tenants.

There is plenty to talk about when it comes to tenant screening but in this post,  we will be focused on how to weed out bad applicants through the tenant screening process.

It all starts with your listing…

Make Your Criteria Known in Your Listing

Tenant screening is a process of elimination. You want to get a lot of interest in your rental so you can begin to pick away applicants that don’t meet your criteria.

Your listing of your vacant rental is the first opportunity to deter the wrong suitors.

It’s up to you but I’d recommend considering some of the following items in your listings:

  • Smoking policy
  • Pet
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Selling your home is challenging at the best of times. It may be the largest sale you have ever made. Though it may be stressful, there is no reason to make selling your home any more complicated than it has to be. But first, you need to know what to avoid. The mistakes sellers make when selling a home are all too common!

Don’t make these top home seller mistakes when it comes time to place your home up For Sale.

Overpricing The Home

This is a difficult hurdle for many home sellers to get over, especially if it is their first time selling a home. Overpricing your home could prevent potential buyers from even considering it, or it could cause the home to sit on the market for an extended period. The longer your home sits, the more it is

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1. Price the Home Correctly.

Exceptional Real Estate agents avoid giving in to the desire to say what will make sellers happy just to attract business. Top notch Real Estate agents will price each home using their training, understanding of the market and comparable sales.

Understanding how to price a home is one of an agent’s most valuable skills. Smart sellers should be looking for agents who sell homes for close to the original listing price. The best Real Estate agents have a reputation for pricing homes accurately and not telling a seller what they want to hear to get a listing.

2. Market the Heck Out Of The Property.

Marketing is one area where your Real Estate agent should shine. Your agent should be taking great pictures of the

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