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Many first-time home buyers are surprised to discover just how many ways you can mess up a home purchase. You may have got your pre-approval, found a home you loved and made an offer. But if you want to avoid messing up the transaction, you will need to be extremely careful until the sale has closed.

Use the following tips to protect yourself and your home purchase.

1. Don’t miss loan payments.

You must keep your payments current on all your loan accounts, including credit cards and car loans. The lender will look at your credit again before finalizing your mortgage, and if you have missed any payments, it may lead to you losing the loan.

Many buyers mistakenly believe that once the lender issues their loan commitment, they are golden.

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Whether you’re thinking about selling your home or not, home maintenance is crucial.  If you’re planning on listing your home for sale in the near future, deferred maintenance is one of the top reasons why home buyers are scared away from a home, so it’s important you don’t neglect your home.

Below are 10 of the most important tips for preparing your home for the fall!

1- Care For Your Trees, Bushes & Shrubs

2- Rake Your Leaves

3- Feed & Seed Your Lawn

4- Clear & Clean Your Gutters & Downspouts

5- Inspect Your Roof

6- Put Away Your Outdoor Furniture

7- Stow Your Hoses

8- Have Your Fireplace Serviced

9- Check Your HVAC System

10- Get Your Winter Supplies Ready

Final Thoughts

These 10 fall home maintenance tips

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The predictable cycle of real estate is that markets don’t rise forever and that is happening after an extended period of rising sales and prices. The good news is, things are very different today than they were in 2008 when everything came crashing down. In 2008, in our area, prices dropped 20% or more and sales volume dropped similarly. The differences today are, our national and provincial economies remain strong, the banking industry remains strong and people are not looking over their shoulder to see if they are the next one to be laid off. This current slowdown is politically, and policy driven. While we will likely see some initial price drops and sales declines, my assessment is that by Spring 2019 people will have gotten used to the new reality

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One of the biggest steps to start your own vacation rental business is completing the process of purchasing a home. Having said that, there are various aspects which you need to keep in mind before buying a vacation home. Let us discuss a few pointers which will help you in making the process of purchase less overwhelming.

1. Have you thought of the location?

Before you start looking for homes, you need to think why exactly you want to have this second home. You can either buy the property for yourself for weekend getaways or give it out for rental. If you want the property to be a relaxing place for your friends and family then you’ll need to look for an area that is easily accessible for everyone and also has plenty of activities to do.


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Savvy home sellers are aware that they need to present their home in it’s absolutely best condition to get top dollar. This holds true for any real estate market, whether it’s a buyer’s market or a seller’s market. Sellers often ask us which improvements to tackle first. Equally important – There are some home improvements sellers should avoid when selling a house. Which home improvements don’t bring the return on investment as well as others?

As far as the most important updates, focus on Kitchens and Baths. They are what often sells a home. A typical buyer will go for the home with an updated kitchen and updated bathrooms, because those rooms are more expensive to renovate.

But, when making improvements, a home owner can go overboard. There

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No matter how perfectly designed your indoor space is, guests will be delighted by seeing a relaxing outdoor space.

The outdoors should be set-up in a way that it can be a fun spot in any season. Also, the outdoors should be designed in a way that one can use it as a dining area or just grab a book or coffee and enjoy the happiness.

Here are a few tips which will help you in creating the perfect outdoor space for your vacation rental.






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Annette Denk
Move Okanagan Real Estate

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Summer has arrived ! So nice to have the hot weather finally here.

As you probably know there have been a few things implemented by the Federal and Provincial governments in the past 6 months aiming to cool down the Canadian and B.C real estate markets. I get asked all the time if we are seeing any effect of these initiatives. I feel that we are starting to see the effects of these policies. I have seen a clear shift from a seller’s market to more of a balanced market at this time. The first indicators we see are sales volumes drop. In the month of June we saw a 22% drop in sales compared to June 2017 and a drop of 19% year-to-date compared to 2017. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Days on market has decreased by 2% to 42 days in June.
  • The number
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It is a very exciting time for a home buyer to begin their home search, and there are some considerations that need to be taken into account, and to help the buyer understand the home buying process. There are home buying rules and etiquette which need to be followed and adhered to when searching for a home. Whether you have scheduled appointments with your agent or open houses, these are important rules to follow when going through the home buying process!

Love Your Realtor – Don’t Call Other Agents

If a buyer has obtained their own representation, then that Realtor needs to be the contact person for the buyer. It is very easy in today’s times to search the internet and find a home. And then that buyer might think they are being helpful by

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As the temperatures continue to heat up this summer and many people are busy enjoying summertime vacations, it’s important that homeowners don’t neglect their homes.

Whether you’re thinking about selling a home during the summertime or not, it’s vital to your homes “health” that you complete certain tasks during the summer months.

Below you’re going to find out some very important tasks that you should complete around your home this summer.  

1.) Wash Exterior Windows

2.) Inspect & Clean Window Screens

3.) Check & Clean Your Homes Exterior

4.) Inspect & Clean Your Ceiling Fans

5.) Check Your Deck and/or Patio

7.) Focus On Your Gardens

8.) Check Your Fence

10.) Check Your Gutters

Final Thoughts

Summer home

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1. Widely Market Online with High Resolution Pictures

With the number of internet users increasing exponentially, the internet is the perfect place to market your vacation rental. Launch your own website providing detailed information about the property, along with great visuals. Provide descriptive information about all the facilities provided, things to do and places to see in the area.

Attach the pictures of rooms, kitchenette, pool (if there is one), garden, terrace, etc. taken professionally on a high-resolution camera to give an impactful first impression. Use social media to broadcast various offers on your property, particularly during off-season.

 2. Highlight Your Unique Selling Point

Once you have identified the market you are

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