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how to hire a real estate lawyer

It doesn't matter if you're a first-time buyer or a seasoned property investor, home ownership can be one of your biggest assets in life or the biggest liability. Handling transactions of this magnitude should involve the professional counsel of a lawyer who will make sure your rights are protected, and help you understand all of the legal jargon and paperwork that's involved in the homebuying process.

Here are some easy tips to ensure that you find the best lawyer for your Kelowna real estate transaction.

Do You Need A Real Estate Lawyer/Notary Public to Process Your Home Purchase?

Before we dive into listing what you need to look for when hiring a lawyer or notary public, let's review the reasons why you should hire a professional to

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house flipping in kelowna, bc

Is There Money to be Made in Flipping Property?

So, you're thinking of investing in property to flip? At Vantage West Realty, flipping property is one of our favourite aspects in the real estate business to consult clients on. Since this type of investing is something we have engaged in for over a decade in numerous projects ourselves, we believe we have the necessary "real world" experience to comment on the full gamut of this sort of venture. Acquiring and renovating property can be incredibly rewarding and it's our pleasure to share what we've learned after many successful flips for both ourselves and our clientele.

Let's Get Right Into It - What is a Fixer Upper?

If you are unacquainted with the term, a "fixer upper" is a distressed

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The market it is hot again and just as we saw membership in our profession balloon from 2004 till 2008, we are seeing it again with no slow down in sight. Personally I welcome this new breed of professionals into the industry. It is the new blood that innovates, pushes the industry further and prevents stagnation. As an old battle worn ninja, yet still young enough to relate to the new class of white belts coming entering the business with zero clue what to expect. I give you the class of 2017 these pearls of wisdom all learned the hard way at the world's most expensive yet least prestigious school of hard knocks.

1. Guard your reputation in the industry with your life.

It's not enough to just do right by your clientele. You need to make sure

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Must Do 1: Consult a professional REALTOR®

As I stated in an earlier blog titled “Sellers: 3 Must-Ask Questions for Your Realtor”, if you’re planning on selling and looking at doing some improvements beforehand, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of getting a consultation first. Talk to the pros. Professionals know the market, where it’s heading, what buyers are seeking, and how to help those buyers tick off all the right boxes in the most cost effective ways. The most important strategy is to base your decisions on what buyers are looking for. You must not base your renovation decisions on your own personal tastes – your likes and dislikes. The key is to make those choices based on what the broadest range of buyers are looking for so you can

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Question 1: Where can I invest 2-5k so I can see a return of 10-20k when it sells?

So where are the smartest, most strategic, return-centric places to spend your investment dollars if your exit strategy is a sale – whether a quick flip or a decision to sell? We can’t emphasize this enough - get consultation. Talk to the pros. Professionals know the market, where it’s heading, what buyers are seeking, and how to help those buyers tick off all of the right boxes in the most cost effective ways. The most important strategy is to base your decisions on what buyers are looking for. You must not base your choices on your own personal tastes – your likes and dislikes. A consultant will guide you through that process and keep you focused.

It’s not

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I recently had the privilege of speaking at the mayoral state of the union address. Amidst all of the optimism surrounding our region and the seemingly endless growth and opportunity, I wanted to deliver a dose of practical realism to the group as we move through a predictable cycle. There’s a fortune to be made in real estate if we detach from the emotion, and become strategic and proactive in our approach. This article is an expansion on what I shared with the group. It’s precisely what I am doing inside my own portfolio.


At my firm we are tracking all 17 market drivers and a dozen different market influencers, so that we know exactly where we are in the cycle, and more importantly, what’s coming next. Since the market always moves through 3

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Like clock work, every time the market cycle heats up, the opportunist in us comes out to play.

The slow-and-steady-wins-the-race mentality gets abandoned as people chase the sexier, faster buck.

Great people with admirable intentions to do right by their families look to “invest” some of the freshly minted equity in their home into something that has the potential to pay off big.

The right idea, but lately the conversation has begun to shift from solid, yet agreeably less sexy investments like single-family homes with suites, and duplexes, to this idea of “buying” three units in the latest pre sales condo development. 

The thinking is: I could spread out my $150,000 by putting deposits on three units and then in a year or two, when the

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Hands up! Who Wants to Get Toured Around in a Limo and Shown the Best “Fix for Profit” Properties on the Market in Kelowna? Join us on our monthly Ugly House Tour where we chauffeur you to the 5 best ugly houses with fix for profit potential. It's a no pressure atmosphere, focused on educating you about this incredibly lucrative sector of the Kelowna real estate market. Whether you're an experienced property investor or thinking about taking on your first project, enter your name and email now to pre-register and we will send you our upcoming dates with all the details. There is limited space on the limo so please fill out the form below to reserve your spot today!

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Are You Thinking of Making an Offer on Real Estate in the Okanagan?

Buying real estate in Kelowna is a fun and exciting journey, but it can also be daunting and confusing and if not done properly, not to mention costly. Prior to making an offer on a piece of real estate you have likely done a fair amount of the legwork, including:

  • Researching the best area of town for you and your family to get the most out of your new home.
  • Evaluating your potential options relative to the current market conditions so you’re confident you are not paying too much.
  • Pre-qualifying for financing so you feel confident of how much you can spend to live within your means.
  • Finding the lowest interest rate and most flexible financing option so you aren't locking
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Obtaining a Home Inspection is Really "Buying Peace of Mind" A home inspection is an objective visual examination of a home's structure and systems. This inspection is more than a means to avoid a “money pit”, it also can serve as a ticket for your “peace of mind” that the decision you are making is sound and was found on proper research and due diligence.

All Vantage West Realtors recommend you obtain a home inspection for a number of important reasons:

1. To ensure you are not surprised by costly defects of the home you are looking to purchase.

2. To advise you the state of major elements of the home including structural, heating, and cooling systems, electrical, plumbing, roof, environmental safety and more.

3. To learn how the mechanical

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