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Annette represented me and my wife last year with the purchase of our new property. My wife and I have bought and sold several homes over the years and this was by far the most challenging purchase we’ve ever made. The seller made the negotiations very difficult and I believe most agents would have walked away, not Annette! After several weeks we managed to finally get a deal and we couldn’t be happier. Annette really went above and beyond for us and we’re grateful for all of her efforts.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019 by Justin Farquhar

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Moving can be stress free and efficient in the Okanagan by following a few easy tips that will make your move more streamlined. 

Plan Ahead:

Give yourself at the very least, a 2 month window prior to your move so you can pace yourself and not be stressed. Planning ahead will help you stay organized, and give you the time you need to tackle your move one step at a time. When you plan your move ahead of time, it will help you move smarter, faster and cheaper.  

Downsize and Donate:

Go through one room at a time. Sort through your closets, drawers, cupboards, attic, basement and garage. As you go through each room, sort your belongings into 3 sections. The first section is for belongings that you're going to keep and bring with you on your

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You want to list your home in Kelowna, Lake Country or Vernon?

First impressions are everything when selling a home, so it’s imperative your home is “show ready” when you list it for sale. Some home sellers will hire a professional stager or decorator to help them with staging while others will go at it alone. Below are 6 ugly staging mistakes that seller’s often make along with advice on how to avoid them.

Remember Annette has great knowledge and will help you with home staging free of charge when listing your home.

  1. Old  Furniture

If you have outdated or beat up furniture your best option is to replace it or remove it all together. Occasionally a slipcover may look good over a couch, but oftentimes slipcovers, blankets or an

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Annette Denk of Move Okanagan Real Estate is number 66 of all of Western Canada!!

So proud… and thanks to all my clients!

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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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As this year is coming to an end we often reflect on the past year, what have we accomplished, did we meet our personal goals, what will the next year bring, what will your achievements be for next year?

Reflecting back, the real estate industry had a very busy year with the market now cooling off a bit, which is also normal for the winter season.

We had 24% fewer sales than this time last year. Last month, we waited to see how the market would react to the Bank of Canada’s latest interest rate hike and the BC government’s speculation tax and while the market traditionally slows this time of year, we are also likely seeing the effects of these actions.

Influencing market demand can be tricky and with two levels of government continuing to tinker independent

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