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By now, you’ve probably received your property tax assessment in the mail. You may have mixed feelings about the large increase we’ve seen in property values lately, so I want to dispel some common misconceptions about property tax assessments.

A lot of people assume any increase in their assessment will equate to the same increase in their property taxes. In other words, if their property’s value goes up by 20% in their assessment, then they’ll see the same 20% jump in their property taxes. That’s not the case, though. How property tax assessments are done is a little more complicated than that.

Assessors also take into…

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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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512 Metcalfe Ave, Kelowna BC

With striking, modern architectural features, 512 Metcalfe Avenue is a stunning home for sale in Lower Mission that was constructed to offer home buyers something truly special in the Kelowna property market. West coast design elements are found throughout this stylish masterpiece, which makes it stand out as one of the more striking homes in the neighbourhood. Just a block or two from the Okanagan Lake and Sarsons Beach Park, and a 15-minute drive from downtown Kelowna, you'll be close enough to enjoy all the amenities in the area, yet far enough away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Modern Design Elements

The interior features of the home need to be seen for you to truly grasp the grandeur of this property. A mix of white walls…

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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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