Wednesday, 25 June 2014

RE/MAX Armstrong: A Healthy Piece of the Real Estate Pie

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Monday, 23 June 2014

RE/MAX Western Canada: Spring 2014 Media Plan

Agents! Share this infographic with your clients or recruits to show them how much advertising RE/MAX is doing to gain traffic to and other great promotions running from January to April.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Why they're the Right Agents: RE/MAX Enderby

If you're considering buying or selling a property in Enderby, BC, you're probably pondering which professional is most suitable for your real estate needs.  You'll want someone with market knowledge, industry experience, local familiarity, and the tech tools to navigate through it all.  Before you choose, make an informed decision and consider the facts:  

Market Share
At the risk of sounding overbearing, it's safe to say that the RE/MAX brokerage in Enderby stands out as the dominating contender within the local Real Estate Market.  In the last 12 months, the agents at RE/MAX have carried 53% of the area's listings and closed 52% of the areas sales.  These figures become even more impressive when you consider that RE/MAX REALTORS® presently comprise less than 30% of the real estate licensees in the area.  So why would this many clients pack into one office in Enderby, leaving the other brokerages to collect dust?

Local Expertise
One reason the locals in Enderby continue to choose the agents at RE/MAX is because of their intimacy with the community and its comings and goings.  The agents in this office are locals themselves, and have been for a combined 168 years.  Now that's a LOT of local wisdom.

Real Estate Experience
The current portfolio of experience in the RE/MAX Enderby office extends beyond a single property type.  In the last year they have listed and sold a variety of properties, including Commercial, Farm, Lots & Acreages, Single Family Residential and Strata.  The agents here have been working collectively for more than 66 years and continue to gain experience and knowledge to serve their clients better.

Tech Tools
Since its inception, RE/MAX has been a progressive thinking organization with a hallmark of innovation (click here to read more about why the most productive agents end up at RE/MAX).  That spirit is thriving at RE/MAX Enderby where the agents fully explore all avenues of marketing, advertising, networking and negotiation.  They leave no stone unturned and are motivated to put their tools to work for your bottom line.

When you join with a RE/MAX REALTOR® you're providing yourself with a plethora of powerful resources.  These agents have an established market presence, insights into the community, and the most recognizable brand in the industry behind them.  If you're moving in or around Enderby, BC, it's not hard to see why the real estate professionals at RE/MAX are the right agents for you.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Types of Homes: What Should You Buy?

Once you start searching for a home (click here to start now), there will probably be some new-to-you vocabulary popping up along the way.  There are many types of homes to choose from and each has its advantages and disadvantages:

Single-Family Detached
The most popular style and the most solid investment.  It is a free-standing home which sits on its own lot thereby offering a greater degree of privacy.

A single-family home that is joined to another one by a common wall.  It can offer many of the advantages of a single-family detached home and is usually less expensive to buy and maintain.

Two units — one above the other or side by side. The owner usually lives in one unit and rents the other.

Townhouse (or Row House)
One of several types of single-family homes joined by common walls.  It offers less privacy than a single-family detached home but still provides a separate outdoor space.  These homes can cost less to buy and maintain.

Manufactured Home
A factory-built single-family home that is transported to your chosen location and placed on a surface-mounted foundation. The term manufactured home has replaced the term "mobile home".

Modular Home
Also a factory-built home constructed in compliance with local building codes. The home is typically shipped to your location in two or more sections. It may or may not have a longitudinal sub-frame.

Refers to a form of legal ownership as opposed to a style of construction.  Condominiums can be high-rise residential buildings, townhouse complexes, individual houses and low-rise residential buildings. Condominiums are also known as stratas in British Columbia.

When searching for your home, think about your needs before making a decision.  Don't forget to look beyond the walls.  The environment surrounding your home can be almost as important as the environment inside of it.  And make sure to choose the right agent to help guide you through the process.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Friday, 6 June 2014

Okanagan-Shuswap Housing Market Posts Strongest May Unit Sales in Seven Years


June 4, 2014 

Kelowna, BC – The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) reported May sales activity of all MLS® property types were up 31% compared to the same month in 2013 – posting a 25% improvement over April and the strongest unit sales for May since 2007. “Spring sales activity in the Okanagan-Shuswap is much stronger than in previous years. Following five months of steady growth in sales with inventory down despite listings being up, OMREB has moved firmly into balanced market conditions,” says Darcy Griffiths, OMREB President and active REALTOR® in the North Okanagan. The North Okanagan leads the way in growth this month with a 51% improvement in overall sales, compared to 31% in the Shuswap, and 24% in the Central Okanagan. The North saw a 58% rise in single family residential sales in May, compared to 17% in the Shuswap, and 12% in the Central Okanagan. 

“The selection of entry level home choices has been picked over and is significantly reduced with the drop in active listings,” Griffiths notes. “As consumer confidence continues to build, some buyers are viewing properties in a higher price range to find better inventory and value.” Low mortgage rates and competition among lenders are continuing to support higher levels of consumer demand this spring. Increased purchases at the higher price ranges suggest continued improvement in consumer confidence is well under way in our Board area. Accelerating market and employment conditions in Alberta, combined with an unfavourable US exchange rate, are pushing recreation buyers back into the Okanagan-Shuswap. “While an increase in purchases of higher priced homes is being reflected in a jump in the average price of units sold during May, this does not equate to a significant increase in the price of single family home prices. Pricing has remained fairly stable with relatively modest gains seen in some locations.” 

Despite balanced market conditions, the competition for buyers can still be a challenge for sellers if their properties are not priced well, Griffiths warns. 

“Being realistic about the market value of your home, setting an attractive list price right out of the gate, and being willing to negotiate for the best offer are the keys to a successful sale. Market conscious and competitive home sellers are sharpening their pencils and seeing results.” 

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

The (Literal) Big Bike 2014

The Right Agents at RE/MAX Real Estate (Kamloops) raised $1,880.00 for the 2014 Heart&Stroke Foundation Big Bike!  Way to go, guys and gals!


Because we all have a connection to cancer, the Right Agents at RE/MAX Vernon have been busy fundraising and pledge-collecting for the 12-hour Relay for Life taking place in Vernon, BC.  To donate to the Canadian Cancer Society, click here.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Moving to Kamloops, BC

"Located at the confluence of the South and North Thompson rivers in BC's semi-arid grasslands, Kamloops is a hotbed of outdoor activities. Sandstone canyons, grasslands and evergreen timberlands play host to incredible hiking, mountain biking and camping. Kamloops is also a major golfing destination, with around a dozen courses close by. More than 100 lakes and two major rivers provide great fishing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting and tubing. In the winter, outdoor activities abound.

Do some exploring on snowshoes or cross-country skis; take the kids tubing or tobogganing, or to an outdoor ice rink; or visit nearby Sun Peaks Resort for some downhill action. Want to go faster? Try one of several snowmobiling destinations. For those who'd rather take it slow, there are horse-drawn sleigh rides and tranquil lakes for ice fishing. Kamloops also takes pride in its vibrant arts community and its First Nations culture, represented in various cultural sites throughout the city, and in theatre and music festivals and events held annually."     Source:

If you are moving to Kamloops, make sure you connect with The Right Real Estate Agent!  Since 1987 these agents have been a premier presence in the Kamloops and District real estate market where, equipped with the tools only RE/MAX offers, they keep abreast of the current market trends and technology.  Contact us today!  Phone: 250.374.3331  Toll-Free: 1.877.374.3331