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Congratulations!

You’re ready to graduate from the world of renter to homeowner for the first time! It’s a big investment, but well worth it if you know what you are doing.

During this rewarding and high-pressure time, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of simply having a place to finally call your own. However, whether this is a “for now” home or a “forever” home, there are definitely some guidelines that you are going to want to follow to make your you walk away with best deal and future free of headaches!

Just because a prospective house looks perfect on the outside, doesn’t mean there isn’t some more investigation to be done. Here are The Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team’s top tips for new Kelowna homeowners!


STOP! Do These 3 Key Things BEFORE Purchasing Your New Kelowna Home

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Explore The Neighbourhood

Sure, the house is beautiful, and the neighbourhood is charming! But, what about the neighbours? Spend some time investigating the neighbourhood or your dream home may quickly become your living nightmare. Is the neighbourhood family friendly, or (if you are looking for peace and quite) does the neighbour run a daycare in their backyard? Is there enough parking for yourself and visitors, are any of the neighbouring houses unkempt or have unseemly people coming and going? Are there lots of dogs barking? This can be a pro or con depending on your pet situation! Some of the nicest looking neighbourhoods have the highest crime rates. Depending on your needs, you are going to want to explore the neighbourhood’s traits as much as you would the house. Be sure to take a stroll down the neighbour hood at different times of day-especially at night- when the atmosphere is completely different! Remember, when you purchase a house, you are also buying the neighbourhood!


Leave It To The Professionals

It can be easy to opt out of professional inspections, but The Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team strongly discourages that! A professional, qualified inspector or construction expert can save you thousands! We all like to think the people we are dealing with are honest, genuine people, and for the most part, they are! However, even the most well-intentioned individuals can make mistakes or be unaware of the risks their property holds. For this reason, it is imperative you hire yourself an unbiased professional inspector (sorry, cousin Rick. Your online certificate won’t hold here!) to inspect those hard to see areas including the roof, foundation, plumbing and electrical systems. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and raise your concerns. Avoid using a contractor hired by the seller to ensure there is no conflict of interest. After all, they may have a cousin Rick of their own!


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Check Zoning Laws

You may have big plans for your new home! Maybe an extra room, pool, or even a solarium. Before you do anything, including putting your money down, check with the local zoning authorities to find out any restrictions that may be imposed on you. It’s better to find out before you purchase, especially if building a pool is a deal breaker for you!


Kelowna provides some of the greatest real estate in all of British Colombia!
If your looking for expert guidance on purchase your new home or have questions on how to navigate the real estate industry, contact The Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team, today!


Check out the newest Kelowna real estate for sale here!



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We just listed a new property located at 1331 Ellis Street in Kelowna.
Ellis Court Beautiful 2 Bed + 1 Bath Unit! Open Floor Plan, Granite Kitchen Countertops, Stainless Appliances, Forced Air and 10ft Ceilings throughout. This Unit is located on the Quiet Side of the Building and comes with 1 U/G Parking Stall and a Storage Locker located right outside the Front Door. This location is StellarWalking Distance to the Lake, Restaurants, Prospera Place and Recreation. PROUDLY MARKETED BY THE DION-IVANS REAL ESTATE TEAM of Royal LePage Kelowna. For more information visit WWW.KELOWNAHOMEFINDERS.CA. (id:2493)
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We just listed a new property located at 1151 Sunset Drive in Kelowna.
Welcome to 1151 Sunset Drive 1 Bed + Den Offering STUNNING LAKE VIEWS!! This Bright Modern Unit has Floor to Ceiling Windows, Granite Countertops, Gas Range, Hardwood Flrs + Gas Hookup on Deck. The Unit comes with 1 U/G Parking Stall + a Storage Locker and there is also Bike Storage! The Development offers a Plunge Pool, Outdoor BBQ Area, Amenity Room + Fitness Room. Only steps to the Lake, Parks, Dining and Recreation! No GST and the Home has a 2-5-10 Home Warranty. PROUDLY MARKETED BY THE DION-IVANS REAL ESTATE TEAM of Royal LePage Kelowna. For more information visit WWW.KELOWNAHOMEFINDERS.CA. (id:2493)
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Please visit our Open House at 198 Ritchie Court in Kelowna.
Open House on Sunday, February 10, 2019 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
UPDATED NORTH GLENMORE HOME WITH A DETACHED GARAGE/SHOP!! This perfect starter family home with a very functional floor open plan for easy entertaining and lots of outdoor deck space to enjoy the Okanagan summers. The main floor plan is comprised of the master bedroom featuring a walk-in closet and updated ensuite. A second bedroom, lovely updated kitchen, eating nook, full bathroom and sunken living room make up the rest of the main floor plan. The additional square footage in the lower level features a sprawling third bedroom, bright and open family room, laundry, 2pc bathroom (possible to add shower), and large storage area. You'll love the fenced backyard with stamped concrete walkways & grass area for kids or pets! A single detached, insulated, heated garage with 220 power is another bonus to this property. Other features include A/C, S.S. appliances, fresh paint, gas outlet on deck, storage shed & RV parking. The home fabulously located at the end of the cul-de-sac & close to parks, elementary schools, trails, shopping, UBCO and airport. THIS PROPERTY IS MARKETED BY THE DION-IVANS REAL ESTATE TEAM of Royal LePage Kelowna. Call/text (250-575-5255) for more information or visit WWW.KELOWNAHOMEFINDERS.CA. (id:2493)
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Kelowna, British Columbia has been a tourist destination for years, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon! Travel across Canada mentioning you’re from the sunny Okanagan, and you’re sure to make a few strangers envious. Who could blame them; we have it all!

But don’t take our word for it!


You see, we have so many amazing features here in Kelowna, The Dion-Ivan Real Estateteam couldn’t bare to keep it to themselves! They thought (and they didn’t have to think hard!) about all their favorite opportunities Kelowna has to offer and placed it in one easy location for you to see. I think you will agree, Kelowna is a brag worthy city!


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Wineries

Two words: The Oscars. The Okanagan is home to over 200 amazing wineries, and our wines have been sold around the world winning numerous awards. Tourists come from all over to experience the numerous wine tours that can be found scattered throughout the valley. In fact, our wine is so great, it made a trip to the Oscars where celebrities were finally able to experience the taste of the Okanagan. How cool is that?!

Culture

Kelowna is brimming with some incredible culture! With our numerous theatre companies, beautiful art galleries, and historic museums you will never be board! Take a stroll down the lake’s board walk and experience live musicians and local crafts people. Immerse yourself in Kelowna’s rich history and experience the creativity of the people here!


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Food

The food here is incredible! In fact, Kelowna is home to the Canadian Culinary Championships where amazing chefs from all over come to compete. The best part? Many of them reside right here in Kelowna, B.C. Some of our locally owned restaurants such as “The Jammery” have even been featured on Food Network shows like “You’ve Gotta Eat Here”. It’s no wonder with all our amazing wine and beautiful produce. This summer, do yourself a favour and visit one of many incredible local farms and orchards for fresh, inexpensive, local fruits and vegetable!

Weather

Can you believe it?! It’s more than halfway through January, and the grass is green! Sure, we got a bit of the white stuff for Christmas, but overall our winters are mild, springs are lush, summers are hot, and our autumns are breathtaking! We get to experience the best of all four seasons, and we wouldn’t have it any other way!


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Outdoor recreation

We love all the outdoor activities Kelowna has to offer! You can head 40 minutes up the mountain to experience the thrill of Big White Ski Resort or take your boat out on Okanagan Lake. The city is loaded with hiking trails, horseback riding, wakeboarding, camping and skating locations! Not to mention we are home to some of the best golf sites in Canada. You name it, we got it!

Community

Kelowna has an amazing, diverse community that comes together through the good times and the bad. Numerous community events happen throughout the year for you to enjoy: many of them free to attend! Simply head over to Castanet (our local news website), and there is sure to be a community event near you!

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Kelowna has the best location! We love that some of Canada’s most beautiful scenic hiking and camping locations are located within minutes to hours of our gorgeous city. A short 3 hour drive can take you down to the US Boarder or Vancouver city. Whether you are looking for seclusion, adventure, or a night on the town, Kelowna is the place to be!


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Education

Kelowna offers some AMAZING education opportunities. Our numerous public and private schools make Kelowna a great place to raise a family, and with some of the worlds best secondary education programs located right here, there is no need for the kids to travel far from home. Our local Okanagan College, UBCO, KGH Southern Medical Program, and CATO (Centre for Arts and Technology) offer a variety of top notch education ensuring students always have the resources to follow their heart and be successful!


The Dion-Ivans Real EstateTeam could go on for hours, but I think you are starting to get the picture. Kelowna is a wonderful place for new homeowner to call home!


Thinking of moving to Kelowna? Check out our local listings and sign up for our free online listing alert system here!


ContactThe Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team today, and get Kelowna dream home!
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We just SOLD a property located at 515 Houghton Road in Kelowna.
TOP FLOOR OVER 1300SQ FT MINT CONDITION, TASTEFULLY UPDATED BRIGHT, CHEERFUL & OFFERS BEAUTIFUL SOUTHWEST VIEWS!! This Meticulous 2 Bed, 2 Bath + Den Condo shows Amazing!! The Bedrooms are Separated by the Living Space giving each Room Privacy and they are both generous in sizeespecially the Master Bedroom! The Kitchen and the Living Room flow together perfectly to provide Open Concept Living + there are lots of Windows delivering tons of Natural Light. The Kitchen overlooks the Living Room perfect for ENTERTAINING and has a Sit Up Bar to watch all the action in the Kitchen. The Living Room & the Den both offer the luxury of HIGH CEILINGS! The Master Bedroom is unseen in Condo Living. its HUGE and the Ensuite offers a very Functional Layout and Ample Closet Space! This unit comes with 1 U/G Parking Stall + a Storage Locker. The Location is Stellarjust across the street from Shopping, Restaurants, and other Amenities! This Condo is Proudly Marketed by the DION-IVANS REAL ESTATE TEAM of Royal Lepage Kelowna. Visit WWW.KELOWNAHOMEFINDERS.CA for more information! (id:2493)
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We just listed a new property located at 198 Ritchie Court in Kelowna.
UPDATED NORTH GLENMORE HOME WITH A DETACHED GARAGE/SHOP!! This perfect starter family home with a very functional floor open plan for easy entertaining and lots of outdoor deck space to enjoy the Okanagan summers. The main floor plan is comprised of the master bedroom featuring a walk-in closet and updated ensuite. A second bedroom, lovely updated kitchen, eating nook, full bathroom and sunken living room make up the rest of the main floor plan. The additional square footage in the lower level features a sprawling third bedroom, bright and open family room, laundry, 2pc bathroom (possible to add shower), and large storage area. You'll love the fenced backyard with stamped concrete walkways & grass area for kids or pets! A single detached, insulated, heated garage with 220 power is another bonus to this property. Other features include A/C, S.S. appliances, fresh paint, gas outlet on deck, storage shed & RV parking. The home fabulously located at the end of the cul-de-sac & close to parks, elementary schools, trails, shopping, UBCO and airport. THIS PROPERTY IS MARKETED BY THE DION-IVANS REAL ESTATE TEAM of Royal LePage Kelowna. Call/text (250-575-5255) for more information or visit WWW.KELOWNAHOMEFINDERS.CA. (id:2493)
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For some people, the thought of listing their home for sale is stressful. They
worry about all the things they have to do — and all the things that might go
wrong.Luckily, it doesn't have to be that way. Here are some tips for making your
home sale go smoothly:


· Give yourself time to prepare. If you're thinking of selling six months
from now, start preparing your property now. Do any necessary staging,
and get it looking its best. Avoid doing these tasks at the last minute.


· Set the right price. Pricing your property too high will likely result in few,
if any, buyers coming to see it. You might end up having to lower your
price later, causing your home to linger even longer on the market.
That's stress you don't need!


· Have a flexible viewing schedule. If you make it too difficult for buyers to
see your property, they might lose interest or simply choose to buy
another home. Be as flexible as possible when a buyer wants to view
your property.


· Plan get-away activities. When a buyer comes for a scheduled viewing,
don't be home. Instead, plan some fun activities for your family. Think:
playground, shopping, cycling, the zoo, etc.


· Accept the ups and downs. Prospective buyers might say they love your
home and plan to make an offer. Then you don't hear from them again! It
happens! Accept the inevitable ups and downs of selling your home.


· Get help with repairs. You'll probably have things that need to be fixed
around the home, like a dripping faucet that needs repair or a room that
needs painting. If possible, hire a professional to do some of that work.


· Finally, work with a great real estate team like The Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team!

That will make the biggest difference in ensuring your move goes smoothly and stress-free.

Looking for a real estate agent like that? Call us!

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Not everyone is a pro when it comes to real estate. For example, one might not understand mortgage rates, loans, or the reason why market values drop and rise every year, but there are a few “common knowledge facts” that everyone seems to feel pretty confident about; after all, everybody knows them, right?  

What happens when what we think we know about real estate is actually common myth and not fact at all. Who gets hurt? Both the buyer and the seller!

That's why the pros at The Dion-Ivan Real Estate have come together today to share common misconceptions about the real estate world.  

Real Estate Myths You Probably Believed

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Spring Is The Best Time To Sell

Well the warmth of spring create a favourable time to move it might not necessarily be the best time to sell a house. We see it all the time! Everyone thinks spring is the best time to sell, So what do they do? They sell of course! However, that means that the market is soon flooded. The truth is not many home buyers start looking right after the new year. So, why not beat the rush and put your house on the market as early as January or February? You'd be surprised how many bids you get for your house, and you'll feel twice as smart.

“I Can Sell My Home Myself”

Many homeowners first knee jerk reaction when they hear a realtor’s commission is to back out and sell their home themselves. While you certainly can sell your home yourself, and some people have great success, the majority of homeowners create much more trouble then it's worth to save on the commission. There's so much behind the scenes work a real estate agent does for their clients. From marketing, research, networking, contract drafting, market pricing, and so much more, real estate agents can put hundreds of hours in to sell your home. You must ask yourself if you realistically have the time and knowledge to sell your own home successfully and still get the same value that a qualified real estate agent would be able to get you. As with everything in life, you don't know what you don't know. This is especially true when it comes to real estate. People can easily get sucked into contracts that are unfair causing them to lose out on more money then they ever would have saved by not hiring a professional. For example, a buyer may receive a contract that is conditioned on the buyer selling their house. This may seem fine, but does the seller know to look for an escape clause or what it means for them if there is none? A real estate agent is truly your best friend when buying or selling your home.

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A Home Doesn’t Need To Be Staged

This one is huge! Many people think if they have a nice house it doesn't matter if they stage it or not; However, the truth is whether your spending an hour tidying up or weeks decluttering your home, staging your house might be the most important step you do. The first thing a potential buyer is going to request is photos of your home, and this is your best chance to make a positive first impression. If the if the buyer does not feel that your house is clean, cozy, and bright, they may scroll right past your home, never giving it another thought. It doesn't take much clean up the papers, remove the sweaty gym bag, and throw your dishes in the dishwasher before the photos are taken. Likewise, your home exterior needs to be staged as well. The outside of your home sets the tone for the rest of the tour. Mow the lawn, remove the trash, and make sure any toys or unsightly furniture is hidden out of sight. For more tips on successfully staging your home click here.

Whether you’re buying or selling your home, knowledge is power. When looking for good information on real estate, give your local professionals a call! Do not get sucked down the rabbit hole that is Google, which is filled with myths and facts that are hard to untangle.

For more information on buying or selling your home in the Kelowna and Okanagan area, give the trusted professionals of Dion-Ivans Real Estate team a call today!



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We just listed a new property located at 515 Houghton Road in Kelowna.
TOP FLOOR OVER 1300SQ FT MINT CONDITION, TASTEFULLY UPDATED BRIGHT, CHEERFUL & OFFERS BEAUTIFUL SOUTHWEST VIEWS!! This Meticulous 2 Bed, 2 Bath + Den Condo shows Amazing!! The Bedrooms are Separated by the Living Space giving each Room Privacy and they are both generous in sizeespecially the Master Bedroom! The Kitchen and the Living Room flow together perfectly to provide Open Concept Living + there are lots of Windows delivering tons of Natural Light. The Kitchen overlooks the Living Room perfect for ENTERTAINING and has a Sit Up Bar to watch all the action in the Kitchen. The Living Room & the Den both offer the luxury of HIGH CEILINGS! The Master Bedroom is unseen in Condo Living. its HUGE and the Ensuite offers a very Functional Layout and Ample Closet Space! This unit comes with 1 U/G Parking Stall + a Storage Locker. The Location is Stellarjust across the street from Shopping, Restaurants, and other Amenities! This Condo is Proudly Marketed by the DION-IVANS REAL ESTATE TEAM of Royal Lepage Kelowna. Visit WWW.KELOWNAHOMEFINDERS.CA for more information! (id:2493)
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The Bank of Canada left its target for the overnight rate unchanged at 1.75 per cent this morning. In the statement accompanying the decision, the Bank noted that the outlook for the Canadian economy is moderating due to  falling oil prices and mandatory production cuts in Alberta and a slowdown in global demand due to US-China trade tensions. As a result, the Bank has trimmed its forecast for Canadian economic growth in 2019 from 2.1 per cent to 1.7 per cent.  Total inflation is being dragged lower by falling gasoline prices, though core inflation remains near the Bank's 2 per cent target.

While the direction of future monetary policy remains tilted toward higher interest rates, our baseline forecast is for a single rate hike as the most likely outcome for 2019. With a housing market battered by the stress test and signs of slowing growth elsewhere in the economy, it will be difficult for the Bank to accelerate monetary tightening beyond a gradual pace.  A less hawkish Bank of Canada, along with a steep fall in Canadian bond yields, should translate to mortgage rates flattening out or even moving slightly lower in 2019. 

“Copyright British Columbia Real Estate Association. Reprinted with permission.” 
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Awesome! You've finally purchased your dream house, and you're now lucky enough to call yourself a Kelowna homeowner! That is an amazing accomplishment, and you should be extremely proud. Some people go their whole lives without having a place to call their own.
However, like many new homeowners, you may be looking at your finances and realizing that owning a home can bring some of its own financial challenges, especially, if your not adequately prepared. This can be extra stressful, but luckily, there are a few ways to release the financial pressure. Like renting!

Renting can be a great way for new and seasoned homeowners to generate income in-order to pay off a mortgage, reduce debt, or simply generate a little extra cash flow. However, it can be risky, and takes a little savvy to pull it off successfully for the homeowner and renter alike.

The Dion-Ivan Real Estate Team wants to see you succeed!

Our team of expert real estate agents have put together a survival guide to renting success! 

5 Rental Survival Tips From Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team!

Research

Even though the benefits to renting your home are numerous, you need to do your research! It takes some time and dedication to be a good landlord, and you may find you don't necessarily have the time or means to dedicate. Read up on your local landlord/tenant laws and be sure you can follow them. Do you have enough for insurance? Things wont always run smoothly, so make sure you know all your rights and how to handle difficult situations such as unpaid rent, property damage, pets, unruly tenants, and appliance maintenance. Be sure to ask other landlords what they look for in a good tenant and what they tend to avoid. Learn from others' mistakes. If you are well prepared, then renting can be an easy and profitable investment!

Prepare

Preparation is key, now more than ever! You've done the research, but now it is time to execute the plan. Take a look at other rentals around you. What do they include?How much do they cost? Can you charge more for being pet friendly? The better your suite, the more you can ask. Having freshly painted walls, clean floors, and comfort appliances are all going to boost your profit. Kelowna has a very low rental margin, so you can usually get a great price for your home, however Kelowna people have class and tend to desire the basic luxuries such as dishwashers, washer/dryers, garages, central air conditioning (it gets hot out there!), and great flooring. Be sure to list your rental on reputable websites and local papers. However, keep in mind, most people will be looking online. Utilize local Facebook groups! Use these key words suggested by RentalsOnline.com that are proven to have a bigger impact on rental potential: “hardwood flooring”, “granite”, “state-of-the-art”, “stainless steel appliances”, “maple”, and “vaulted ceilings”.

Ask For Help

We can't do everything alone. Again, talk to others who are renting, and reach out to local professionals. Professionals will be able to help you keep everything by the book for an easier transition. Contacts the CRA about tax credits, deductions, and any claims you may have to make. Likewise, a local real estate attorney can help get you up to speed on local zoning laws and even draft up a landlord/tenant contract. It will be well worth the investment.

Stay Competitive

YesKelowna rental market is low and in HIGH demand, but that doesn't mean you should charge an arm and a leg. Offer a quality home for a FAIR price to encourage interest and long-term tenants. You can still earn a great steady income without being greedy. Remember Air Canada's alleged price hike scandal during the forest fires? Don't be Air Canada...

Be Picky

This is your home, and you reserve the right to be picky! DO BE PICKY!!! While most of the people out there are great, it is impossible to tell simply by looking at someone. Some “stable families” are awful and other “low-income singles” make great tenants! Screen your potential tenants carefully. Have a discussion with them and ask the hard questions. Credit checks are essential but may be misleading. Remember, always check their references! Once you have found a tenant you trust, get the security deposit, sign the contract, and come up with a routine payment schedule (direct deposit if you can).

If properly prepared, renting your home might just be the key to really enjoying your new investment! Use your common sense, utilize these tips, and follow your gut! You've got this, and The Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team has got you!

Contact us today with your renting, buying, and selling questions.

CONGRATULATIONS HOMEOWNER!


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We just SOLD a property located at 1390 Dilworth Crescent in Kelowna.
UPDATED TOWNHOME IN THE CITY HOMES DEVELOPMENT!! This 2 Bed + 2 Bath Home has lots of UPGRADESHardwood Flrs, Stainless Appliances, Travertine Backsplash and Modern Paint Colors throughout! Both Bedrooms are Spacious and offer Good Privacy! The Home enjoys lots of Natural Light being an End Unit and has an Attached Single Car Garage that includes a Workbench + Shelving. At the Front of the Home is a small Courtyard perfect for enjoying morning coffee and a small deck at the back of the home made for barbecuing! The location is stellarclose to Downtown, The Rec Center, Shopping & Parks! PROUDLY MARKETED BY THE DION-IVANS REAL ESTATE TEAM of Royal LePage Kelowna. For more information visit WWW.KELOWNAHOMEFINDERS.CA. (id:2493)
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We all know that December is a time cherished by many!

It's a time of year when everyone walks around with a grin on their face and an extra skip in there step. It's hard not to get caught up in the holiday spirit. Heck, why try to resist? And, whether you spend December celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Festivus, Hogmanay, or simply anticipating New Years, Boxing Day, orNational Cookie Exchange Day (yep, it's a real thing), we think we can ALL agree on one thing: Holiday lights are awesome!

There are so many things we love about living in Kelowna, but around December, our favourite Kelowna attribute is the holiday spirit that embodies our community, and the vast amount of beautiful lights! The kids go crazy for them, and to be honest, so do we!

While there is an abundance of light ups around the Okanagan (Kelowna, Peachland, Westbank, Penticton), these require careful planning. Sometimes, on our day off, it's just nice to pack the kids in the car-- or just our sweethearts – and drive around looking at the amazing displays around town.

Well, we had the chance to do just that this week, and let us tell you. It's looking great out there!

We wouldn't want you to miss out on this festive activity, so The Dion-Ivan Real Estate Team put together a short list of our favourite 'lit up' neighbourhoods in Kelowna.

First, we travelled up to Black Mountain where the view of Kelowna is simply breathtaking. Now, let us tell you right away there are no shortage of lights in this popular Kelowna neighbourhood. In fact, it doesn't really matter what direction you drive in you are sure to see some beautifully decorated homes; however, you are going to want to pay special attention to Longley Cr, Wilmot, and Feedham!

After our Black Mountain adventure, we travelled down Springfield (also some nice displays) and up to Kettle Valley. We know! That is the complete opposite end of town, but we had leave the gem in Rutland till the end, and we know the folks of Kettle Valley never fail to impress. We were right! If the homes of this picturesque neighbourhood weren't enough to take a drive up for, the lights sure are! Much like Black Mountain, any direction will take you to some beautiful holiday light displays. Simply head up Chute Lake Rd, and enjoy the sites! Our favourite roads to travel down were Ptarmigan, Providence, Quilchena, Tulameen, and McCaren.


It was getting late, so we knew it was time to head back to Rutland for the icing on the cake. However, before we explored the best of the best, we discovered some awesome decorated houses on Hollydell and Dundee; be sure to check them out! Then we headed on down to Candy Cane Lane! So far, Candy Cane Lane is the crown jewel of Christmas and Holiday Lights in Kelowna. Originally consisting of Gramiak and Collison, it has expanded yearly to include Elwyn Rd, Mary Ct, Rex Rd, and Taylor Rd. It is breathtaking! Every year gets better and better, and let me tell you, these Kelowna homeowners do an incredible job, and we are truly thankful for them! When you visit Candy Cane Lane (an you really must visit!), be sure to bring a non perishable donation for the Kelowna Women's Shelter!

As much as we wish we did, The Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team didn't have the time to explore all of Kelowna, or even touch the rest of the Okanagan, but we know there are some spenders still to see!

Do you have a favourite holiday street in the Okanagan? Don't keep it to yourself! Let us and the others know.

Looking to make Kelowna your new forever home?

Contact The Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team


ROB DION, BBA
PERSONAL REAL ESTATE CORPORATION

250-575-5255
robdion@royallepage.ca


LEE IVANS, BBA
PERSONAL REAL ESTATE CORPORATION

250-575-5455
leeivans@royallepage.ca


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Check out the latest local listing here!

 
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We just listed a new property located at 1249 Pacific Avenue in Kelowna.
Beautiful Top Floor Unit in The Gables +55 Development! This Unit has been Meticulously Cared for and it Shows! The Kitchen has Rich Gleaming Oak Cabinets, the Bathrooms have been both Updated and there is Vinyl Plank Flooring throughout. The Enclosed Deck provides an Excellent Space to Enjoy the Westerly Views! The Gables is Centrally Located to Shopping, Transit and Recreation. This Condo is sure to Impress and is a Wonderful Place to call home! PROUDLY MARKETED BY THE DION-IVANS REAL ESTATE TEAM of Royal LePage Kelowna. For more information visit WWW.KELOWNAHOMEFINDERS.CA. (id:2493)
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Wouldn't it be nice if you had all the time in the world to find your next
dream home in Kelowna? You could leisurely browse the current listings, select homes
you'd like to see, schedule visits on dates that are most convenient for you,
and make an offer on a property only after you've had plenty of time to
consider all the alternatives.
Sure, that sometimes happens, but it's not typical. Often, people shopping
for a home are on a timeline. Sometimes a very tight timeline.
So how do you find your next dream home in Kelowna when you don't have all the time
in the world?
First, you need to develop a clear picture of the home you're looking to buy.
How many bedrooms? What size of property? What type of structure (two
story, back split, etc.)? Then, you need to list your preferences. These might
include "large kitchen" or "main floor office".
Once you've completed that exercise, you'll have a more detailed profile of
the type of property you want. That will make it easier to decide which of the
listings on the market you want to see.
You should also narrow down the area (Glenmore, Wilden, Dilworth, Upper/Lower Mission, Black Mountain, Rutland) in which you'd like to live. If you have
three or four targeted areas, and only consider listings in those areas, your
home search will be much faster.
What if you don't know the neighbourhoods well? Visit a few. Drive around.
Explore. Get as much neighbourhood data as possible, such as
demographics, recreational activities, parks, shopping, schools, etc. Then
choose the neighbourhoods that fit your lifestyle.
Finally, the best way to find a new home on a tight schedule is to work with
the right Kelowna real estate agent — someone who, like The Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team, is experienced in the
local market.
Call The Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team anytime!

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The Bank of Canada left its target for the overnight rate unchanged at 1.75 per cent this morning. In the statement accompanying the decision, the Bank noted that growth in the Canadian economy will be challenged by Alberta's cutbacks in oil production but investment outside of the energy sector is expected to strengthen.  On inflation, the Bank judges that prices in the economy are evolving in a way consistent with an economy operating at full capacity.  Given the Bank of Canada judges the economy is currently acting at full capacity and inflation is running slightly above its 2 per cent target, its bias remains tilted towards “normalizing” its policy rate back to its estimated neutral level of between 2.5 and 3.5 per cent.  With that bias in place, the timing of rate increases, rather than their direction, is the more pertinent issue.

However, the deep discount for Canadian Western Select oil, and the ramifications of limited Alberta oil production, is one reason to be skeptical that the Bank will accomplish its objective to return to a neutral 3 per cent rate over the medium term. However, other cracks in the economy are starting to appear as well, including the highly publicized closing to GM’s Oshawa plant which will have a material impact on growth in Ontario.  Those factors, along with a slowing housing market across Canada and a potentially sharp slowdown in US economic growth next year, may give the Bank pause.  For those reasons, our baseline forecast is that the Bank will only be able to bring its overnight rate to 2.5 per cent during this tightening cycle.

Copyright British Columbia Real Estate Association. Reprinted with permission.”

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We just listed a new property located at 1390 Dilworth Crescent in Kelowna.
UPDATED TOWNHOME IN THE CITY HOMES DEVELOPMENT!! This 2 Bed + 2 Bath Home has lots of UPGRADESHardwood Flrs, Stainless Appliances, Travertine Backsplash and Modern Paint Colors throughout! Both Bedrooms are Spacious and offer Good Privacy! The Home enjoys lots of Natural Light being an End Unit and has an Attached Single Car Garage that includes a Workbench + Shelving. At the Front of the Home is a small Courtyard perfect for enjoying morning coffee and a small deck at the back of the home made for barbecuing! The location is stellarclose to Downtown, The Rec Center, Shopping & Parks! PROUDLY MARKETED BY THE DION-IVANS REAL ESTATE TEAM of Royal LePage Kelowna. For more information visit WWW.KELOWNAHOMEFINDERS.CA. (id:2493)
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Selling your house at any time of the year can be an overwhelming and often dreaded experience.

WAIT!

Let's rephrase that! Selling your house feels GREAT! Showing your house? Not so great.


With all the hustle and bustle of people coming and going mixed with the chaotic flow of the holidays, it's no wonder you are feeling so stressed out. Not to mention, homeowners often talk about the horrors of selling a house during the winter months.


Don't listen to them! Because The Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team has a secret for you!


People love the holidays!

How is that a secret? Well, it's not exactly. The secret is that you can utilize buyer's holiday nostalgia to increase your chance of an offer!

Let us set the scene, or rather, help you set the scene! Imagine you walk into a bright clean home. It smells like fresh baking, there is a wreath on the door, pine-tree garland up the banister, and a poinsettia on the table. The bows on the kitchen cabinets are an amazing touch, and the candle and pine-cone display on the fireplace mantle is darling! Sounds like a cozy home doesn't it? They will think so too!

However, it isn't as simple as placing a few decorations here and there, and that is why The Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team have come up with the following tips to help you get started!

Staging Your Home For The Holiday Buyer


Baby It's Clean Inside!
Don't just tidy for your potential buyers-CLEAN! We want those walls washed and floors sparkling! Don't forget to sweep or vacuum under the furniture; Santa is watching! The more clean and fresh a home looks, the better the buyer feels about it.

Less Is More, Less Is More, Less Is More!
We know you want to feel like your space is your own, but your space it through that door and inside your new home! This space is now your buyers. Be sure to declutter as much as possible, so the buyer can really imagine themselves living in the house. A few well placed decorations will go a long way, but they will be entirely missed if all they do is add to the chaos. Keep your decor simple, tasteful, and clean!

Do You Hear (Taste, and Feel ) What I Hear?
You really want these buyer to feel at home because, hopefully, they are! Crank up the heat and let them feel the warmth, have some gentle holiday music playing softly in the background, and don't be afraid to bake a few holiday treats for them to sample. Not only will it smell delicious, but the longer they stay, the more time they have to admire the idea of living there. Just remember to clean up after!

Expert Tip!

If you can, try and keep your decor 'holiday neutral', and bake a gluten free goody option! A bottle of wine or sparking fruit juice never hurt either!

If you follow all these holiday tips -hopefully- one of your buyers will be home for the holidays!

Looking for more expert staging tips, and selling/buying advice? Visit our Blog

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If you're ready to buy or sell your home, contact Kelowna's leading real estate experts The Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team!


Until next time, We Wish You A Merry Sale!


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