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Summer Buying Trends

Summer Buying Trends

As seasons change, so does the market!

Spring is always hot with new listings and the time when people get serious about buying a home.

Our market operates in a crazy circle – you see something you fall in love with without even considering all the components of a move, which is why it’s important to ensure your listing is being marketed to the MAXIMUM through social media, websites, emails, AND print ads.
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Beat the Heat in Kamloops

Beat The Heat in Kamloops

It’s getting hot in here! While we have had an unusually wet July thus far (great for the wild fires!) the heat is on its way!  With the sunshine on the horizon I thought I’d give ya a few places to go and tips to help you beat that Summer heat! 

I was at Home Depot the other day and they had butt loads of portable AC units.  If you don’t have central AC then you should sell- KIDDING!!! 😉  But really, head on over and purchase a unit now because when the heat comes, those suckers get snatched up quickly.

Yummy treats are always a great way to keep the kiddos quiet and keep you cool, and of course I’ve also included a few kid-free/date night style establishments. Here are a few of my favourite local spots here in Kamloops:

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Tobiano Living • Kamloops’ Only Lakefront

Ellie Stevens Kamloops Realtor

Current Listings in Tobiano:

Rue Cheval Noir, Tobiano Kamloops BC
196 Rue Cheval Noir

5 Bedroom, 3.5 Bathroom
$999,995
 New Price!


Holloway Drive, Tobiano Kamloops British Columbia
#47-175 Holloway Drive

3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Townhouse
$629,000
New Price!


About Tobiano, Kamloops BC

Have you been out to visit this lakeside community lately?  Not only is it action packed with development, new phases are up for sale, lots are ready and the lake is absolute perfection.  Situated on Kamloops Lake, Tobiano is Kamloops’ only lakefront living. 
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Investing in Kamloops, British Columbia

 

Kamloops Realtor Ellie Stevens

During the past few months, I’ve had a few different clients asking about investing in our town, Kamloops. There are quite a few things that makes Kamloops have such an impressive rental and investment market, not to mention how wonderful the community is.  So, I thought what an excellent opportunity to write about the process of buying an investment property.  
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Top 6 Must-Do’s When Selling Your Home

Sell your Home in Kamloops

I am often asked if there are things that actually make a difference when selling your home, and are there things that can have an affect on how long it takes to sell your home?  You bet!

Think about when you were searching for a home and some of the things that stood out to you during your real estate hunting experience.  Of course, everyone is different and everyone as their own standards, but over the years and 1000’s of homes later I’ve got a good idea of a few simple things that can help or hurt a sale.
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Master Certified Negotiation Expert!

 

Ellie Stevens

So this past holiday weekend I took off for three awesome days in Vancouver for the second of three part course towards achieving my “Master” Certified Negotiation Expert.

This two-day course is a 6 hour intensive on the psychology, communication, legalities and an abundant amount of learning methods in negotiating from the buyers perspective. The next set of courses is all about the Sellers side, and I’ve already done a two-day course that covered both.  YAY!!
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Change is GOOD | The Sotheby’s Difference

Ellie Stevens

This month has been an exciting one for me as I made HUGE changes in brokerages.  I made the move to Sotheby’s Realty to bring this brand to Kamloops.

What does this mean for my clients?  Well, listings are going to get more international exposure along with high-end marketing materials, and you will be part of the luxury brand itself.  I’ve always had a high standard for marketing and service to my clients, so it has been such an easy transition for me.

I wanted to show you all what this brand stands for and why I’m honored to be chosen as their Kamloops Rep!
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Is April a Good Month to Sell Your Home?

Realtor Kamloops BC

Oh April, you are one of my favorite months.  The flowers start to bloom, and the calls start to come in and just like that the inventory is on the rise!  I’m still finding a lot of clients wondering if April a more profitable time to list, or perhaps May?  There are a lot of preconceptions about the best time to sell but in all honesty, it is best to have a chat with your Realtor.  I like to remind people that every market is different and it depends on what your timeline is or where your home is located.  This is why I highly recommend having a chat and a visit with my clients way before they plan on actually listing.
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How Spring Cleaning Helps Sell Your Home

How to sell your house fast

I wanted to quickly pop into the blog world, Imma keep it short and sweet:

SPRING CLEANING IS THE BEST WAY TO HELP YOU GET YOUR HOUSE SOLD – for real!  

Just last weekend the sun was shining and I went into 15 different homes.  Those that were clean ones still stand out in my head.  I can tell which ones were cleaner than the others.  Think about that from a buyer’s perspective.  Think about people who have gone to several different homes, that all have similar traits, in similar neighbourhoods.  You bet your booty the clean, bright and good smelling ones are going to stick in their minds.  They WILL be the ones to sell first, guaranteed!

Sell your house with Ellie Stevens

 

So what are the key things to remember?  Here is a quick list:

  • Exteriors make the first impression.  Power wash the driveway, clean up the winter garbage and wash those windows (remember that we can see through them, so do them inside AND out).
  • Snow is melting (yay!) so make sure to really get rid of that salt and winter sludge, even on the road around your house.
  • Have a dog?  Get the backyard all checked for doggie surprises.  If you don’t have the time, there are a few companies that will do it for you!  Just ask me!
  • Cleaning inside is just as important.  You want to carry that impression all the way through the house.  Dust-up those cobwebs (even in the basement), check the ceiling fans, dust/clean the curtains and pull out the pretty spring blankets.  
  • And don’t forget: a few flowers to brighten your space!  This is the quickest and easiest way to add colour and cheer.

Landscaping increases home value

This is the list.  This is the advice.  Give the house a good once over before you sell if want the best price for your home.  It all starts with the cleaning!

Happy Spring Cleaning,
Ellie