02AugFour Ways to Quickly Save Up a Down Payment
Quickly Save Up a Down Payment for a Home

In today's housing market (especially the Okanagan) saving up for that first down payment can be tough because you still have to pay for everyday life. However there are some things you can do to speed up the process. Warning: these steps will not come easily. They all come with sacrifices but the more you save at the outset the better off you will be.
1. Cut down on transportation costs
With gas prices soaring and insurance premiums higher for youth, having the freedom to drive wherever and whenever you want can take a big chunk out of your potential savings. Find a way to cut those costs: If you have two vehicles sell one. If you drive everywhere, consider transit when you can. Research carpooling opportunities and even consider walking during the three warmer seasons. Read the complete article...

02MarThree Common Mistakes Home Sellers Make
Three Common Mistakes Home Sellers Make

Sometimes homeowners can be their own worst enemy when it comes time to sell their house.

Here are 3 common mistakes homeowners make that can hurt their chances of attracting a potential buyer.
1. Seller won't leave the house during showings
There are few things more awkward than having the owner hanging around while people are looking at the home. This keeps the prospective buyer feeling like they can't freely assess the property and that there may be parts of the house that are off-limits. The last thing any seller wants is for that buyer to feel uncomfortable in the home and have them picturing the seller living there rather than imagining what it would be like to make it their own. Read the complete article...

10FebPlaying Cupid

Taking time this week to pop by and catch up with all my friends and family and drop off a little goodie bag for Valentines.
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02FebInexpensive Tips to Freshen Your Home to Sell
Inexpensive Tips to Freshen Your Home to Sell

These relatively easy tasks can be accomplished in a single day

These 4 tips will help get your home looking, smelling and feeling nice to prospective buyers - without breaking the bank.
1. Deep clean the carpets
You may not think your house has a smell, but anyone new coming in will notice if there is an odour right away. Especially if you have pets, cleaning needs to be done. It's relatively cheap to rent a carpet cleaning machine, or borrow one from a friend and all you have to buy is rug shampoo. Read the complete article...

02Jan2014 Housing Market Continues to Look Bright
2014 Housing Market Continues to Look Bright

All signs point to a healthy housing market on the rise

House sales in the Okanagan continued to climb in 2013 compared to numbers from 2012 and house prices increased as well, in part because of a decreased inventory of houses available.
Sales activity for 2013 was up almost 14% from 2012 and inventory was down almost 7% from the previous year. Single family residential lead the way for number of sales followed by townhomes and condominiums. On a national level, the 2014 prognosis is also good, with the Canadian Real Estate Association predicting an increase in sales of 3.7% and a modest price increase of 2.3% to an average of $391,100. Read the complete article...

02DecFour Great Tips to Save On Your Heating Bill
Four Great Tips to Save On Your Heating Bill

Heating your home this winter doesn't have to freeze your bank account

As winter temperatures settle in to the Okanagan valley, we all look forward to the warmth of home and hearth as a respite from the frosty outdoors. But during the winter months, our utilities bill can give us a chill as our heating systems work overtime to keep out the cold. Here are 4 great, inexpensive tips to reduce your heating costs during this winter:

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12NovGiving back to the community

Taking time out of my busy schedule to meet with fellow Lion Marlene Harker, Global Okanagan's Wesla Wong and the Shaw production crew to pretape a cheque presentation on behalf of the Lake Country - Winfield Lions Club. Our Lions Club presented a cheque for $12000.00 to the Lions Timmy's Easter Seals Christmas Telethon which airs Sunday December 8, 2013 at 4pm on Shaw. This was an incredible opportunity for me. Thanks to all our hard working fellow Lions for making Camp Winfield a wonderful place where special needs kids can have a week of fun.

02NovCommon Mistakes For Home-Buyers
Common Mistakes For Home-Buyers

Inexperience and emotion can short circuit your buying process

When buying a home, it is easy to make mistakes due to inexperience or when emotions are running high. Here are 3 common mistakes to avoid:

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