May 2016

Found 28 blog entries for May 2016.

Kamloops Home Buyers are onlineThe internet has changed the way we buy and sell our homes.  

If you're ready to sell your home, here are some things you should understand about today's buyers.

Today's Home Buyers are Informed 

The internet has made it easy to access information about the real estate market.  Home Buyers can and will find out what you paid for your home and when you bought it.  They will know what similar homes have sold for.  With so much information at their fingertips, they will avoid your home if you over-price it.     

Don't Rely on Computer Generated Home Values When Pricing Your Home

Why choose a Realtor

Buyers are likely to check the online estimates of your home's value.  Unfortunately, the information they are viewing isn't always accurate, the market changes

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BRitish Columbia House PricesIt’s not just Vancouver residents who are angry and frustrated about increasingly out-of-control housing costs, says an NDP MLA leading the charge on the issue.

The much bigger scope of the problem will be obvious, David Eby says, when people come out to B.C. housing forums he’s organizing for Victoria, Maple Ridge, Surrey and elsewhere that are similar to the one held in Vancouver this week.

“This is a regionwide affordability crisis we’re facing,” said Mr. Eby, whose event for his Vancouver-Point Grey riding Wednesday drew about 600 residents concerned about everything from the lack of rentals to money laundering that is allowing foreign speculators to drive up local housing costs.

“It’s the number one issue in Metro,” he said.

NDP Leader

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Selling your Kamloops homeSelling your home is not only a big decision financially, but also emotionally.

Your home is no longer the bricks, drywall, and hardwood floors you fell in love with when you bought it. You have tackled some of life’s many milestones and made memories inside the house you now call a home. Whether you have simply grown out of the house, are choosing to downsize, or you’re looking for a new location, there are many factors that may influence your decision to sell your house. Currently (1st half 2016) we are in a sellers market, inventory of homes is low and interest rates are as low!

Check your Finances: Do some research to determine the payoff amount of your loan so you can determine what your sales proceeds will be after you have paid off your

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Is your Kamloops home not selling?Why is my home not selling?

After a certain amount of time attempting to sell a home without any luck, one of the questions a seller will often ask themselves is “why is my home not selling”? It is human nature to have this thought running through your head and often times the answer is right in front of you!

The longer your home sits on the market, the more nervous you may become. The last thing you want is for your house to get the dreaded stigma of being un-sellable, undesirable or just seen as a bad deal. You may feel like you have done everything you were supposed to do to move your house effectively yet it still sits there, unsold. While your Realtor (if he or she is experienced) should be able to help you troubleshoot your home and your

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5 Things to avoid when looking at Kamloops PropertyFinding the right Kamloops home to buy is a process.

The typical home buyer looks at around 10 homes before making an offer. If you are on your 30th home and still can’t find something that you like, perhaps you are paying attention to the wrong features when you are viewing homes. Below are a list of things that you SHOULD NOT dwell on when buying a home and what you need to consider instead.

1. Furniture

Never pay attention to the furniture in a home for sale because more than likely, it’ll be leaving with the home sellers! And even if the furniture comes with the home, it can easily be sold at a garage sale or donated to a local charity, many of which offer free pick-up.

2. Paint Color

BAdly Painted housePaint colors, inside and out, can always be changed!

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Kamloops Home InspectionsWhen buying a home, you have the right to complete many different types of inspections of the potential home you’re purchasing.  A home inspection is actually one of the most common subjects from home buyer’s.  Whether you have purchased five homes or you’re going to buying your first home, a home inspection in almost every case, is highly recommended.

Why is the home inspection subject one of the most commonly seen and also highly recommended?  There are actually many reasons why the home inspection

So, what are the reasons why you should have a home inspection when buying a home?  Here are many of the top reasons to have a home inspection when buying a home.

Peace Of Mind

A home is one of the largest purchases and investments that is

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The rental market is booming.

Kamloops Rental PropertyRenters are turning to extended leases as a cost-effective alternative to save for their future home purchases. Plus, with the current crazy increases in property values in Vancouver and Toronto that are creating more and more renters on the market. The high demand for rentals yields increased profits for rental property owners who can charge higher rents. As always a local real estate agent will help you with your decisions and make the search for the right property easier.

Considering entering the property management industry? Use these 10 tips to get started.

Invest Long-Term

View purchasing a rental property as a long-term investment. A short stint in the property management industry is not likely to generate

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Kamloops home for sale as-isWhat is the Purpose of Selling A House As Is

A lot of people are not familiar with selling a house as is. They don’t know what the term means. They don’t know the process behind it. They don’t understand the purpose of it.

Selling a house as is can turn out to be a problem solver. Let’s first define what it means and then discuss a couple of reasons as to why people sell their house as is.

Homeowners usually resort to selling a house as is when they don’t want to deal with the hassles and cost of fixing up a house. Essentially, this lets all buyers know that you are not willing to fix anything or lower the price for repairs.

You might have been given an old house from a relative in their will and don’t want the added stress of taking care of

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Home buyers checklist..Once you decide that you’re ready for home ownership, develop a home buying checklist.

The list should be wants and needs to help your realtor find your dream home. Buying a house brings up many questions and ideas of what’s important.

Which Neighborhood?

Choosing a home isn’t just about selecting or building your dream house, it’s also about finding the right neighborhood for you.

Things to consider when choosing your neighborhood:

  • Do you want to be in a family neighborhood?
  • Do you want to be near a playground?
  • Do you want to be close to your child’s school?
  • Do you want to bike along the lake?
  • Do you want to be close to public transportation?
  • Do you want entertainment within reach?
  • Do you have easy access to loved
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More women are buying their own homesSingle in 21st century is not a stigma; it’s a sign of independence. Women nowadays are their own bosses. They take leading positions and are in control of their own lives. So, why wait for “Mr. Perfect” to come around in order to buy a home? This is a big step that may appear challenging for a single person at the beginning. But it’s not impossible!

Can you buy on your own? Should you? This single woman’s guide to buying a new home will help you determine if you are ready. Here is how smart girls do it.

Planning to buy a home

Buying a home is an overwhelming experience, especially when you do it alone. List all the important issues and activities related to your new purchase. Schedule a time to search for homes, to meet with real estate agents,

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