Today I’m sharing how you can improve yourself in the coming decade and how you can help us give to families in need this holiday season.

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Can you believe this will be our last blog of the decade? I was looking back at 2009 and thinking about where I was in my life, business, and relationships, and thinking about how far we’ve come. Have you reflected on how far you’ve come in the past 10 years? They say that people will often overestimate what they can do in a year but will almost always underestimate what they can do in a decade.

If you adopt what’s called a Kaizen approach, which is slow, incremental improvement over time, you can better your situation whether it’s income, net worth,…

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What is an iBuyer and how can Canadians take advantage? Find out here.

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Today we’re going to discuss something you’re going to hear much more about in the coming years: iBuyers. What’s an iBuyer? The “i” stands for institution. iBuyers are institutional buyers that are popping up in the U.S. like Opendoor, Offerpad, and now Zillow Offers. These are publicly traded, Wall Street-backed companies with billions of dollars that are looking to provide a new option to home sellers and hopefully grab market share.

As you can see by the graph at 0:35 in the video above, their growth in the marketplace has been exponential. In 2019, pardon the pun, the numbers have been off the charts! Big…

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The Purchase Plus Improvements Program could help you make improvements to your new home.

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Today I’m discussing a program that I love and one that many people don’t know much about. It’s called the Purchase Plus Improvements Program. It’s offered through CMHC, the government insurance company that insures high ratio mortgages. This is a tremendous product for people who have saved up for a down payment for a home, but if you’ve just drawn your down payment together, that doesn’t leave you with much room to improve the home once you own it. This program especially works for this particular type of buyer.

One thing we regularly find when working with buyers, especially those working with a…

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Here’s what you need to know about the government’s new first-time homebuyer incentive program.

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What do you need to know about the government’s new first-time homebuyer incentive program? Is it something you should take advantage of?

Before I answer that question, I first want to say that I think it’s wonderful that our government is trying to stimulate the first-time homebuyer’s market. This market is critical to the health of our market overall because it’s the start of an important domino effect—entry-level homes need to sell so everything else can sell.

However, in order to qualify for this incentive program, you have to fall within certain parameters.

First, you must be a…

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What kind of market are we in right now? Allow me to explain today by sharing an update on current happenings, as well as a few common terms that will help you better understand what’s going on.

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Have you ever heard a real estate agent use the phrase “absorption rate”? What about the terms “buyer’s market” or “seller’s market”? And if you have, do you know what kind of market we’re in?

Parsing out the meaning behind real estate jargon can be difficult for those who don’t work in this industry, so allow me to give you a quick lesson on these terms and phrases today, followed by an update on what kind of market we’re facing at a local level. Knowing what each of these things mean will make…

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When you talk to most people these days, the prevailing attitude is that our real estate market has shifted from greed to fear. Sellers and developers are fearful that they have missed out on the top of the market. No matter what way you look at it, there is risk involved. If you take your property off the market or refuse to budge on price, you may kick yourself a few months down the road when more homes come on the market to compete with yours. However, there’s always the hope that the market will suddenly turn into last years and you’ll have a chance to realize an amazing sale price. A crystal ball during these times would be helpful, but it’s almost impossible to time things perfectly.

The concerns of sellers are warranted, and buyers are fearful…

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Get the lowdown on Kelowna's 2018 Mid Year Real Estate Update.

Welcome to the 3rd edition of the Vantage Report, Kelowna’s most comprehensive real estate market report. In January, we analyzed the current market conditions and examined 15 different neighborhoods. This time around, we’ve decided on a slightly different layout – The Vantage Report ‘light’ if you will. We’ve compressed the most pertinent information into an easily digestible format that can be read on the fly while you enjoy our beautiful Kelowna summer! In this edition, we’ll show you new data on resale homes and new construction, using updated figures from our friends at KNEW Realty Research. Plus, we’ve acted on your feedback and created a digital version that is more mobile friendly.…

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Should those interested in buying a new home wait until prices drop and interest rates rise? Let’s do some quick math to see how the benefits of purchasing today would compare to waiting another 12 months.

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I’ve been doing a deep dive into recent mortgage calculations lately, and the information I’ve found could help answer a question that has been on many people’s minds lately: Should buyers make their move now or wait?

To get to the bottom of this question, let’s do some quick math. Imagine you’re purchasing a $500,000 home with a 5% down payment, which, in this case, would be $25,000.

Assuming your interest rate is at 3.49%, your monthly mortgage payment in this scenario would be…

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How do you choose the right agent for the job of selling your home? There are 10 key questions you should ask before hiring any real estate professional.

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There are 10 questions you should ask when interviewing a real estate agent for the task of selling your home. Interviewing multiple agents before you choose one to work with on the sale of your home will be critical to your success. Doing so will help you determine who is most worthy of taking your largest asset to market. To learn more, watch the short video at the top of the page. 

"Interviewing agents will help you determine who is most worthy of taking your largest asset to market."

If you have any questions or would like more…

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Many are wondering whether our market boom has passed. Today I would like to get to the bottom of this by taking a critical look at current conditions.

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It seems that everyone has an opinion on the current state of real estate. Today I would like to address one much-disputed question in particular: Is the boom over?

Some say yes, while others say the sky is falling. But what is really going on? Let’s get to the bottom of this.

First, let’s look at how we got here. At the beginning of the year, new lending rules implemented at a federal level diminished the average person’s borrowing power by around 25%. Shortly after that, our new B.C. government unrolled their affordable housing plan.…

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