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January 2019

Found 4 blog entries for January 2019.

Many homeowners are not aware of all the possible ways of creating an energy-efficient home. There is still this misconception that smart and eco-friendly equals expensive and luxurious. But, today you can build an energy-efficient home even if you can’t afford to have one of those glamorous, crazy expensive eco refrigerators or washing machines.

To break this misconception, we came up with seven of the best and affordable investments that will make your Okanagan home more energy-efficient and help you save money in the long run.

1. Add Insulation

Adding insulation is perhaps the most effective way of preventing heat loss. Especially in our cold Okanagan winter climate. Thanks to loft and wall insulation, you will use way less energy for

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So how does a buyer make sure their best interests are being protected? Simple, hire a buyers agent. There are several reasons why it’s extremely important that when you’re buying a house that you hire a buyers agent.

Since a buyers agent is looking out for a buyers best interest, they’ll help ensure the buyer gets the best deal possible. Below are the top 10 reasons to hire a buyers agent when buying a house. Understanding these 10 reasons should make it clear that you need representation when buying a house.

1.) It’s Free To Hire A Buyers Agent

One of the most obvious reasons to hire a buyers agent when buying a house in the Okanagan is that it’s free.

It’s free to hire a buyers agent, it’s an obvious reason why you should hire a

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2018 was a year filled with lots of change in our local real estate market. We have had a significant shift in the market which has changed things from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market. This change has come about mainly from changes to government policy, both federally and provincially. In 2018 we saw: 3 interest rate hikes by the Bank of Canada, stricter “stress test” rules on mortgages, the introduction of the Foreign Buyer’s Tax and new Provincial Speculation Tax.

All these changes were brought forth in a relatively short time span with the full effects of any one of these changes not properly determined before the next policy change was made. My fingers are crossed that the lawmakers haven’t gone too far too fast!

Here are some of the December

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People sometimes feel purchasing a home is out of reach financially, but what if you could buy a home and an investment property at the same time in Kelowna or Vernon?  Have you considered multifamily like a duplex or tri-plex housing as an option?

With multifamily housing, such as a duplex, you rent out part of the building and live in the other part. There are many reasons you should consider buying multifamily housing if you’re looking to purchase your first home or upgrade to something that brings in an income.

As with most things, there are both pros and cons of multifamily homes.

PRO To Buying A Multifamily Home: Pay Your Mortgage

Renting out one side of a duplex may allow you to pay for the entire mortgage and live free. It at least

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