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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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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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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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Preparing for the Spring Market…NOW

Sell your home on the spring market

What a wonderful couple of days we’ve been having so I thought it is only fitting to chat about the Spring Market and how YOU can get ready for it NOW!

Do we know when the Spring Market is going to officially start? No, but if the past few months are any indication then it is going to be busy one – especially with the current stock!  I bet once those flowers start to push through and bloom (and the snow disappears), we will see an increase in inventory…will you be one of the new listings?

Kamloops Real Estate Market

So why get ready now, especially when you’re not planning to list until April, or perhaps even May?

SSSHHH…I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  You may think you’re ready, but when the time comes, there will ALWAYS be a few things you were “waiting” to do.

It is important to make that to-do list, and get it done now!

Your dream house could appear on the market ANY day, and with the current low inventory, things are going fast OR in multiple offers.  It’s just insane!  When it does come up and you’re home is all ready for the For Sale sign, it will alleviate A LOT OF PRESSURE.

Waterfront Property in Kamloops BC

You can go into the deal with more confidence, a clearer head, and be able to make the RIGHT decision, instead of a hasty one in a panic.

Another secret?  We already know sunshine makes people happy, but it can also add more value to your home.  Seriously!  Better weather gives your home the ability to shine!

Getting it ready sooner rather than later allows you the opportunity to de-clutter, clean up, patch the walls, fix anything that needs repair and perhaps paint!  You will show your home the way it should be shown, in it’s best shape!  Not to mention, you can enjoy a little of this fresh, newly fixed up home in the meantime which is always a plus (wink)!

Ready to get started?  Or want/need to know how to increase the value of your home?  Check out this post where I get into the details of how you can add more value to your home, and give me a call, I would love to help you!  Finding the right home for you is what I do!  If you are considering listing your home for sale, head over here and find out what it’s worth on todays market!

Ellie

 

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List Before Finding a Home? The Big Debate!

List your home to sell

Let’s be real here.  We’ve been dealing with this viscous cycle over the last year or so; not enough inventory to encourage people to list their home. They’re nervous potentially selling their home before finding a NEW home.  This is SO totally understandable, but if we keep going on like this then where are we going to end up?

In my experience, once you list your home then the right home comes up.  It might be a psychological thing – you can’t identify or choose until you HAVE to, know what I mean?  Looking at a million photos online can be overwhelming, confusing and leave you feeling unstable to list.

Here are some ways I like to help my clients feel ready.

  • Establish your priorities.  The reason behind the move and what is biggest problem you’re wanting to solve with this.
  • Get out and let’s go see some homes!  You’d be surprised how much things can change from the beginning to the end of the search.  I had clients start their search for a fixer upper in a rural area, 30 minutes outside of town.  Needles to say, they ended up with in Rose Hill in a brand new home!  Looking at the homes in person gives you a different perspective.  Sometimes you don’t know it’s home until you feel it in person.
  • Get your home all ready by finishing the projects around the house.  Declutter and be prepared to list in case you find the dream home on the second showing!
  • Have a date set to List.  Having a goal in mind gives your mind time to get into it and feel confident in the process.  Let’s get the price established and find way to get the most out of the sale!
  • Take a chance.  List it and have faith that it will work out.  It usually does but remember that it takes a couple months to get the deal accepted to move-out date.  It’s not a super-fast process so you have time.
  • Let’s meet and get educated on the current market situation.  Go over comparable, what you are willing to do around the house and how to achieve the best end result.  This February has been off to a super busy start.  Lots of buyers and still a lower inventory BUT they just put out an article stating that we’re going to see a jump in our market!!  It’s never usually predictable but I always believe that KNOWLEDGE is power.

Chat soon,
E.

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Year-Round Waterfront Living in Kamloops, BC

Waterfront Real Estate in Kamloops

Have you ever thought about living in Paradise year-round? Located just 35 min from Kamloops is the Village of Chase, where you will find waterfront homes, picturesque views and all the amenities you’ll need on Little Shuswap Lake.

This small community of about 2,500 people features the most beautiful parks.  There is even one with a water park & skate park for the kids.  Another park is located on the lake, a perfect place to enjoy the beach!  Did I mention that they’re legally allowed to drive golf carts around?  How much more of a vacation life can one live! 😉  And not to mention there is the boat launch.

Downtown you’ll find the amazing Craig’s Bakery offering homemade bread, cinnamon buns and sausage rolls.  Coffee shops, little boutique stores and of course the pharmacies, health center and grocery store.

Did I mention the golf courses yet?  Sunshore Golf is right by the lake.  Close by is Talking Rock Golf.

Chase also is home to one of the most famous farms around, Pete Murray’s Corn farm.  Take a tractor ride, get the best corn EVER, go through the maze or perhaps come in October to the Pumpkin Patch.

Enjoy lower house prices and walk to the lake when you live in Chase!  There is a school, health center, first responders, fire and local eats.  It just doesn’t get any better.

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Preparing your home for Photos

Sell your home with professional staging and photography

So you’re listing your home and getting it all ready, but what does it mean when the photographer is coming??  What do you do to get your home all ready? Well, I’m here to give ya a few tips.  It may seem stressful, but let me tell ya I’m here to make it a smooth home staging experience.

Professional photos can be one of the most effective ways to present your home to potential buyers – open houses are on the decline and listing agents can no longer represent potential buyers of your home, so they are working to get it out there in other ways. Professional PHOTOS 100% make a difference if you’re trying to get a bit more value for your home, but I don’t mean those photos that are so over-done, you don’t even recognize the house when we get there  (ya’ll know what I mean!)

I believe if you understand the importance of photos, then these few tips will completely agree with you!  After doing tons of photo shoots, I really wanted to find a way to make this easier on my clients since they were spending time on things that were maybe important for a showing, but weren’t really necessary for photos.

  •  This may sound weird remove everything and put a couple things back one.
    • For example, add a bowel of lemons and a cook book.
  • In the bedrooms, adding bed skirt on an exposed boxspring can make a huge difference
  • Get some baskets, they’re great for holding shoes, hats, gloves, etc.
  • Bring in the flowers! Fresh or fake, having a pop of colour in the background is KILLER!
  • Ensure all light bulbs work!
  • Create warmth: Drape a blanket over the bed, add some books to the coffee table, fluff couch pillows..
  • Turn OFF the TV.
  • Hide recycling
  • Stash that dog bed in the closet.
  • And of course a good clean!

Put some fruit out in a bowl.  Do the little things like that and we’ll handle the rest.  We’ve been known to bring a few pillows and I may or may not have a basket always in my vehicle with candles, throws, vases, etc.

 

Everyone I listen to wants honest, bright, natural professional photos that are not overdone.  You don’t want to waste time prepping for a showing, all to have them not like it because it was so different than the photos.

Take a moment… when you were house shopping, did you love a house online only to find it completely different in person?  How often did that happen?!   Too often if you ask me.

I’ll do it right, make it look amazing and put in the extra effort that gets it SOLD.  There’s nothing more important to me than exceeding the expectations of the people I work with.

As always, I’m here to help you with your process. Spring might be coming in a bit early, so my little piece of advice is to get listing sooner rather than later.

Chat soon!

Ellie

PS. I know you’re curious about what you home is worth, so get your FREE home evaluation right here, easy as pie 🙂