The 42 Annual Realtor Food Drive!
The 42 Annual Realtor Food Drive was a HUGE success and has filled the shelves at the Salvation Army Food Bank in Vernon! On the night of Wednesday, December 4th, realtors from all the different brokerages in the Vernon area descended en masse to the city streets. Homeowners were encouraged to leave what they could on their front doorstep and in turn make a donation to the Food Bank. Early tallies show that just OVER 30,000 lbs of non-perishable food was gathered during this long-running and hugely successful event!
The Salvation Army Food Bank was grateful for all the volunteers and the generosity of the people of Vernon. The Salvation Army House of Hope has been an active contributor to Vernon's social fabric for over 25 years. More than 1100 people are being assisted through the Food Bank's programs each month and 32% of those assisted are youth and children under 18.
Thank You Vernon for your amazing generosity and we look forward to next year!
10 Things You Should Do Before You Sell Your House
1. Welcome buyers
Make your front door visible and accessible to buyers. Paint the door, clear debris and clutter from the walkway and yard, mow the lawn and prune hedges. Pot or plant colorful annuals and perennials to attract attention from the street. Fix broken screens, doorbells, roof tiles, shingles, and outdoor lighting, and replace your doormat. Exterior defects can make a poor first impression on buyers.
2. Make it sparkle
Cleanliness implies a home has been well taken care of, so deep cleaning can win points with buyers. Buyers scrutinize homes, especially kitchens and bathrooms. Recaulk and repaint to give these grime-prone rooms a fresh and clean look. Clean rugs and carpets to eliminate unsightly stains or dinginess and eliminate odors. Tidy each room, including cabinets, closets and the garage, before showing. And if it seems daunting to do all that cleaning yourself, consider hiring a professional cleaning company to take care of all of it for you.
3. Start packing
Cramped and cluttered rooms turn buyers off and make your house look smaller. A home packed with your personal belongings also makes it difficult for others to envision living there. Start by storing away excess furniture, toys and personal decorations, such as family photos. Pack up things you don’t use on a daily basis, and put them in storage or ask a friend to hold onto them. Decluttering your house also gives you a head start on your move.
4. Paint wisely
A well-done, no-frills paint job is all you need. Put a fresh coat of paint on white or beige walls, and repaint walls that have eccentric or unconventional colors. Nature- and spa-inspired neutral colors, such as taupe and subtle gray, are the best choices. Definitely don’t forget the trim and molding either. And a fresh paint job on outdated or worn cabinetry goes a long way, too.
5. Fix the small stuff
Repair or replace broken or outdated hardware throughout your home. You can install new door handles, faucets, towel bars and curtain rods – fixtures that are readily visible to homebuyers – rather inexpensively. New hardware in the bathroom, kitchen and on windows and doors also improves the functionality and safety of these components.
6. Update lighting
Replace decorative light fixtures that no longer fit your home’s cleaner, fresher look. Install new bulbs with the appropriate lighting for specific areas of your home. For example, ambient, low-key lighting fills a room, whereas directional or task lighting works better in areas like a reading nook. Use accent lighting to highlight focal points in a room, such as the artwork above a mantle, to draw buyers’ attention to certain selling points.
7. Frame windows
Ensure you have the right window treatments, which enhance natural brightness and boost the appearance of a home. Window treatments also can impact a room’s temperature because they reduce or increase the amount of light entering the space. Adjust window treatments appropriately when showing your home in the mornings, afternoon and evenings.
8. Set the table
Fresh, decorative flowers in the kitchen or on the dining room table are always a nice touch. Also, keep place settings handy for your tables so you can quickly set them out right before showings or an open house. Pull out all the formal stops for a dining room, and keep the table casual in the kitchen.
9. Hide unsightly everyday items
Don’t leave children’s toys and pet belongings out in the open during showings and open houses. Move litter boxes, pet dishes, toys, animal crates and kids’ entertainment to less conspicuous areas of the home, such as an outdoor storage unit or garage before each showing or open house. Also, think about where you can store things like dirty laundry and dirty kitchen sponges.
10. Don’t forget the back
Keep your backyard looking spacious and functional. Plant or pot colorful flowers and keep the landscaping trimmed and neat. Consistently pick up after your pets so buyers feel comfortable touring the yard.
Mortgage Rate Forecast
"Canadian mortgage rates continued to decline in the third quarter as rising trade tensions between the United States and China fed growing fears of a global economic slowdown. Those fears pulled long-term Canadian interest rates low enough to invert the Canadian yield curve, a frequent—though not infallible—pre cursor to recession." Brendon Ogmundson, Deputy Chief Economist BCREA
Read the FULL Rate Forecast here
North Okanagan Real Estate Market Update April 2019
“While spring is usually hustle and bustle, we were curious about what would happen in the market this year, given the relatively slow lead-up and government measures to cool demand,” comments OMREB President Michael Loewen, adding “April’s indicators suggest our market may not be dampening as much as markets elsewhere.”
North Okanagan Stats:
Units Listed - 443
Units Sold - 208
Days to Sell - 101
Active Listings - 1,033
Condo - $221,450
Townhouse - $344,237
Lots - $231,563
Residential - $533,300
Read the full news release for the Okanagan here
North Okanagan Real Estate Market Update March 2019
"Despite steady increases in new listings over the past several months, housing supply is light as we head into the spring market, which is concerning and points to a problem we've been stressing for a while: a generalized lack of housing supply."
-Marv Beer OMREB President
North Okanagan Stats:
Units Listed - 347
Units Sold - 157
Days to Sell - 103
Active Listings - 1,237
Condos - $196,632
Townhouse - $358,192
Lots - $282,717
Residential - $546,022
Read the full news release for the Okanagan here
The OMREB reports:
“Despite a cold snowy February, the market behaved true to form for the time of year, picking up from the last couple of months,” comments OMREB President Marv Beer. Other indicators further signifying a shift away from the strong sellers’ market of the past several years include an increase in new listings, a growing inventory of homes for sale and lower average pricing.
Condos - $221,707
Townhouse - $395,629
Lots - $400,571
Residential = $495,833
Read the full OMREB media release here
North Okanagan Real Estate Market Update December 2018
“Looking to 2019, we can expect that the market will continue to moderate, as compared to recent years, with all signs pointing to more balanced conditions where buyers and sellers are benefitted more equally. Demand is dampening as a result of government policies that erode affordability and purchasing power, yet these effects are continuing to be offset by relatively strong economic performance”
Marv Beer OMREB President
North Okanagan Stats
Units Listed= 121
Units Sold =111
Days to Sell = 116
Average Prices Sold:
Condo = $22,875
Townhouse = $348,484
Single Family = $477,904
Read Full OMREB Media Release here
April 2018 North Okanagan and Shuswap Real Estate Update
Residential sales for the region of Peachland to Revelstoke tallied 746, 19% more than March, but 9% down from this time last year, reports the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB).
“Markets are cyclical and what we hope for are smaller peaks and valleys, but it’s difficult to know if that’s what we will get, given the volume of tinkering occurring in the form of Federal mortgage tightening rules and higher interest rates and now a proposed Provincial speculation tax.” - OMREB President Marv Beer
In the North Okanagan there were 391 units listed and 190 units sold in April. The average prices of properties SOLD were as follows: Condo = $197,911 Townhouse = $322,840 Lots = $196,450 Residential = $510,372
In the Shuswap areas there were 298 units listed and 117 units sold in April. The average prices of properties SOLS were as follows: Condo = $322,400 Townhouse = $319,057 Lots = $127,531 Residential = $430,918
Need help navigating the market in the North Okanagan or Shuswap? Contact us today at 250-260-4711 for dedicated, professional, award winning service!