Staging Your Home Yourself

Staging your house is incredibly important! After all, you wouldn’t sell your car without making sure it looked its best. So, why wouldn’t you make sure your house is in tip-top shape before you put it on the market? Staging is one of the best ways to add value to your home for very little money. So what should you focus on first? Decluttering! Everywhere. From counters to walls to...

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Recreational Properties in Canada

As real estate prices remain high in Canada's urban centres, young families are looking for unique ways to finance their dreams of recreational property ownership.  In a recent survey conducted by Leger, more than a quarter (28 per cent) of Canadians with children under the age of 18 indicated they would consider selling their primary residence in the city in which they live in order to purchase a...

How the Rise in the BoC Rate Impacts Your Mortgage

By now you may have heard it: The Bank of Canada (BoC) just raised its overnight interest rates by 0.25%. This is the first time the rates have gone up in seven years. What does this mean for those in the South Okanagan who have a mortgage or are hoping to get one soon? Here’s a rundown of different scenarios: If you have a variable-rate mortgage Some 30 percent of Canadians have a mortgage with...

5 Tips for Getting Over “The One That Got Away”

Imagine you finally find the house of your dreams in the South Okanagan. It has everything you hoped for in a home, from the right countertops to the right landscaping. You spend hours envisioning the parties you'll throw in the backyard and the baths you'll take in the gorgeous soaker tub. But fate intervenes. For some unfortunate reason – perhaps a fierce bidding war or a fickle owner who decides to...

Spaghetti with Pinot Grigio

The colors are beautiful, as are the clamshells. There is not a lot of sauce, but the flavor of the wine is present. Spaghetti tossed with clams and shrimp simmered with garlic, onion and sun dried tomato infusing amazing flavor in this lovely Spaghetti with Pinot Grigio and Seafood Italian dish! It is quick and easy and you can have this dinner on your table in less than 30...

Considering a Short Term Rental for Your South Okanagan Home?

Once upon a time, the idea of renting out your home to a stranger while you left for vacation was considered quite odd. Enter changing consumer attitudes, the "sharing economy" and online services such as Airbnb, FlipKey (owned by TripAdvisor) and VRBO (owned by HomeAway, which is now owned by Expedia). Today, renting a room in your house (or the entire house)in the South Okanagan to unknown...

Find a Home with the Perfect Backyard BBQ Spot

Well it looks like summer is finally with us! So, as you tour homes in the South Okangan, do you stop in the backyard and visualize your friends and family fighting over the first burgers off the grill while the dogs play in the yard? If outdoor entertaining is a priority in your new home, here are four things to look for. 1. Space. You may be dreaming of an extensive outdoor kitchen, complete with...

Ruby Blues Red Stiletto

One of Karrie's all time favourites, Red Stiletto is Red blend with a base of Syrah 2013 grown on the winery site. This blend also contains some Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot varieties.  It's full of body, has a smooth finish and is a great crowd pleaser for...

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