These 5 Rooms Are Key to Family Buyers

Do you have a home for sale in a great family neighbourhood? With reputable schools, plenty of greenspace and friendly neighbours nearby, you might be tempted to market it to young or growing families. These five rooms, however, are what will really sway buyers with a babe (or two!).

Kitchen
A kitchen that’s functional, durable and open-concept (so parents can keep an eye on the kids while they’re busy prepping dinner) is key.

Bathroom
Another room that gets a lot of use from families, your main bathroom should have up-to-date plumbing and be free of water damage. After all, it will have to endure a lot. If you’re thinking of renovating, keep in mind that a bath tub is essential for most families with small children, so think twice before swapping it out for a standalone shower.

Basement
All kids need a place to blow off some steam, and in Canada, when it’s freezing outside, that usually ends up being the basement. A finished basement can go a long way to encouraging family buyers, even if it’s pretty basic.

Laundry
With kids, the laundry can pile up. If you have the space, consider adding some elements that make the laundry room as welcoming as it is utilitarian. This could include front-loading machines with a butcher block across the top for folding space, lots of closed storage, even heated floors if you feel like splurging.

Mudroom
As any parent knows, getting kids ready in the morning can be a struggle at worst, or just a mess at best. Outfitting your mudroom with plenty of storage, durable flooring that’s easy to clean and maybe even a sink if you have room, can be a lifesaver for young families.

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The Best Tips for Downsizing Into a Smaller Home

In today’s real estate market, plenty of buyers find themselves moving into a smaller space. Whether you’re a mature couple selling the family home and investing in a more manageable space or a single buyer moving into an urban core to be closer to work, you might just find yourself wondering how you’re going to fit all your belongings into your new space, and how to get rid of the things you don’t need. To start, try these tips:

Start with clothing. If you’re moving into a smaller space, it’s almost certain to have less closet space. This means that culling your clothing can be a natural place to start downsizing. Not to mention, almost everyone has clothing that either doesn’t fit or isn’t a style they wear any longer. Start by sorting through your out-of-season clothing, as you won’t need that on a day-to-day basis.

Go digital. Feel like you have endless books, CDs or DVDs to pack? Take the opportunity to transfer music or movies into a digital format and think about selling or donating some of your old books. Going forward, e-readers are a great way to save space if you read a lot. You can purchase and download digital books or use an app like OneDrive to access library books from all over the world.

Eliminate old products. Take stock of products in your bathroom or kitchen you haven’t used in over a year. Most cosmetics or body products expire after this time anyway, so if you haven’t used that organic face scrub in who knows how long, toss it. The same goes for products in your pantry. Bought that juicer on Boxing Day two years ago and haven’t even opened it? Time to go!

Swap furniture for multifunction. If you’re feeling like you need to get rid of some of your larger pieces, think about replacing them with furniture that does double duty. This could be a storage bed, a console table that stores out-of-season clothing in the hallway or a filing cabinet that serves as a side table.

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What You Can Learn at an Open House

Open houses can be a treasure trove of information. Here’s what you can learn.

How to stage and design. Use the space as inspiration. Check out how the sellers decorated their home.

What your price point is. Open houses can be a reality check. If the homes you’re seeing just don’t fit the bill, consider increasing your budget.

What doesn’t work. You can also see what styles clash and what clutter does to a home’s appeal.

There are all types of homes in Canada. Open houses can give you an idea of what works, what doesnt and what you want out of a home.

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Tips for Buying a Home With Kids in Tow

There’s no doubt that having children can change your perspective on what is important in a home. When it comes to looking for a property, you want a home that not only appeals to your aesthetics, but grows and adapts with your family. Here are some of the ways your home search may change with kids in tow.

You’ll want to evaluate the neighbourhood, as well as its future. If you’re house hunting with very young children, you might be looking for a neighbourhood with things like parks and homes with fenced backyards. But you’ll also want to think of your family as it grows, and whether those neighbourhoods have good schools, especially if you’re looking for private, and proximity to recreational options.

You might be less willing to compromise. When looking for a property by yourself or as a couple without children, you might be more flexible with some “must-have” items on your list. Do you really need five full bathrooms? Maybe you’re willing to look at luxury townhomes as well as fully detached houses? With children in the picture, however, many of these things become non-negotiable.

It might take you longer to find that perfect home. According to a study by real estate company Zillow, only 52 per cent of buyers with children ended up purchasing the first home they put an offer on, compared to 62.7 per cent for buyers without. This might be due to the aforementioned unwillingness to compromise, or it might be that families with children are less inclined to get into a bidding war.

Think about how you want to spend quality family time. In the chaos and glamour of house hunting, it can be easy to get swept up with things like chef’s kitchens and expansive home offices. It’s still important, however, to think about how your family spends quality time together, or wants to. Whether that’s on the tennis court after dinner or cuddled up in a cozy home cinema, make sure the home’s features will compliment your family time, not overshadow it.

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How to Move Without Losing It

Moving is all about perspective. Canadians are pretty laid back, and most of us would rather focus on the excitement of moving into what might be our first home or stepping up into a larger home or downsizing into a smaller home, condo or apartment. We can make it an adventure or a tedious chore.

Heres a timetable you might want to incorporate into your moving plans:

Sixty to 30 days before: Get all your boxes and reserve your movers. Its a good idea to schedule your move in the middle of the month since youll be able to save a sizeable chunk of cash in doing so"about 30 per cent. Avoiding the end of the month peak time is to your advantage.

Thirty days before: Declutter your home. Why move those items that you havent been using? You can give them away or donate them to charity. A good rule of thumb? If you havent used it or seen it in a year, its time for it to go. Maybe your Aunt Mary needs that rice cooker thats been collecting dust.

Two to three weeks before: Make the climb to the attic if you have one. You probably will have forgotten whats up there. The attic may be the place you store your holiday decorations or your now grown kids toys. The attic and basement are the first places you should clean out before beginning your packing. These are the things that you wont miss if theyre sitting a box for a few weeks.

Two weeks before: Work on a kit that you will be able to take with you from place to place (if your move is local). It can include things like cleaning items, toilet paper, scissors or an X-Acto knife. If you have kids, create a kit for them, as well, since they may find the move stressful. Fill it with books, puzzles and smaller toys.

One week before: Think about unloading when youre packing. Make sure you write the contents of each box on the upside. Newspaper makes great packing paper, so forget about spending all that money on bubble wrap.

Move-in day: Set up your beds first, because by the end of the day, youre going to need them. Unpack some essential kitchen items next, then move out to the less used areas like hallways. You dont need the chaos of unpacking everything at once. Take it easy and enjoy your new home.

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Local Residential Real Estate Market Heading In The Right Direction

KELOWNA, B.C. – June 2nd, 2020. Residential sales across the region of Revelstoke to Peachland increased 95% totaling 446 units sold in May compared to April’s 299 unit yet remained down 42% from this time last year reports the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB).


New residential listings also saw an uptick totaling 1,198, an increase of 49% compared to last month’s new listings. Overall active listings increased 9% over April’s inventory of 3,467 yet remained 16% lower than April 2019’s
inventory of 4,490.


“While we are still in the midst of a global pandemic it is encouraging to see that residential sales are moving at an upward trajectory,” says OMREB President Kim Heizmann, adding that “we are starting to see a return to real estate activity which looks promising for the future, however we remain cautious about predicting future outcomes as many economic factors will have impacts.”


“Virtual tours and alternative technological solutions have ensured that real estate transactions can continue to transpire responsibly.”


The average number of days to sell a home increased from 83 days to 91 days. It is important to note that OMREB reports on all market statistics for the entire Board region and that the indicators will vary depending on home type and sub-region.


Whether you are a buyer or a seller, it’s always a good idea to work with a REALTOR® who will protect your interests on such a significant financial transaction.


More info on the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board Here

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Thanks to Long Creations who created this amazing quarantine keepsake, we know that most of you are on stay-at-home orders, it’s hard to deny that we are living at a very unique time in history, and one that your kids, friends kids, nieces, nephews and neighbour kids will probably reference this throughout their lives. Enjoy this unique keepsake and feel free to pass on and we hope it helps the kids you know out.


Click here to download a copy of the time capsule.

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Winter can do some harm to our homes! With the skies clearing up for more sun (hopefully sooner), here are some tips you can use to get your home ready for Spring and in perfect shape in no time!


Regular upkeep of your home can help extend the life of its components and save you thousands of dollars over time. The following preventative measure is relatively inexpensive and usually only needs to be addressed once or twice a year. Many of them are simple enough that you may want to do them yourself! You can always call a professional whenever you need more help or don't exactly know how to get some of these things done.


Roof: Fall and Spring are good times to conduct routine maintenance on the roof, including replacement of missing or damaged shingles or times and checking for signs of blistering or damage that can lead to leaks. Clear all debris from the roof and gutters, especially the valleys where it can accumulate and cause water to puddle.


Siding: Clean your home's exterior with a garden hose sprayer and mild detergent or a power washer after winter passes. Tighten loose trim and add caulk to areas with cracks to keep the elements from intruding and causing further damage to the structure.


Irrigation: Check the sprinkler system thoroughly to spot and fix leaks and make sure water is not spraying against your home's foundation or siding.


Basement: Watch for signs of moisture intrusion and find the source of any leaks that can lead to serious mould or fungus problems if left unaddressed.


Kitchen/Baths: Replace damages caulking around tubs, showers, sinks, and toilets to avoid water-related damage to the walls, floors, and cabinets.


Dryer: Remove accumulated lint from the exhaust duct at the back of the dryer. Use a long-handled brush to clear the vent that leads outside. Blockages not only impact performance, but they can also be a fire hazard.


Refrigerator: To keep your fridge working well, clean dirt and lint from its condenser coils once or twice a year. Access the coils on the back of the unit or behind the front grill and use a vacuum attachment or coil brush to clean the debris. Failing to remove the build-up can stress the condenser and cause expensive and premature damage to the unit.


Please forward this to any of your friends, family, and colleagues to help them get an early start on repairs!

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Do you have plans from February 22 to March 1? If not, here's a treat if you're a wine lover!

With all the various events happening this love month, it’s a shame if you can’t attend one! You know how much I love wine! So, why not go out and join in on one of Canada’s oldest events of its kind in the world.

2020 marks the 42nd year of the Annual Vancouver International Wine Festival. Can you believe it? The wine selection is fantastic and the participants have been carefully chosen. With over 775+ wines available for sampling, you won’t go out empty-handed! Get to understand different cultures by the flavour of their wine. Move from one country/region simply by moving from one tasting room to another.

Oh and if you don't have a date for Valentine’s Day, this may be a chance to meet someone special over a glass of wine! Don’t wait any longer! Visit www.VanWineFest.ca and grab a ticket.

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Celebrating its 20th wonderful season this 2020, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is almost here. Have you ever been?


The festival features more than 100 performances at more than 20 venues beginning January 21st thru February 9th.

Be ready to be awed by talents from acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists. The festival features innovative performances from theatre, dance, music and other interdisciplinary fields. The event is said to be a place of adventure that will excite your senses.


Click here to find out more: www.PushFestival.ca

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The newest attraction this Holiday season has finally set foot in Vancouver again! It only showed up in 2017 so every year is bigger and better! It is open NOW!


Experience a family-friendly indoor wonderland as you celebrate the magic of Christmas and help elves uncover Santa's lost presents! Enjoy interactive light gardens, illuminated structures, delicious food, festive drinks, and daily live entertainment all under the twinkle of a million lights. Laugh, stroll, and play under the twinkle of a million lights as you explore Glow's light gardens and illuminated structures. There's a playground to entertain your kids for hours while you enjoy seasonal beverages, delicious food, and live music at their licensed bar.


There's certainly something for everyone at Glow!


Come visit with the entire family until January 5, 2019, at the Harbour Convention Centre, 760 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V6B 5E7. More information by clicking here.


Happy Holidays everyone!

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If you live in Vancouver, you must know how vibrant the city becomes when the holiday season is almost here. Get your coat on and get out and going to the Christmas Market!


Beginning November 20th until Christmas eve, the Vancouver Christmas Market will be open to fulfill your holiday shopping needs, great treats, stunning views and anything related to the words holiday, Christmas and happy! From handcrafted items to live seasonal entertainment, every day is pretty magical.


Find out what's in store for you this year, visit www.VancouverChristmasMarket.com. Who knows we might bump into each other there, right? Don't forget to say hi ​if you see us there!

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