5 Home Staging Ideas To Sell Your Penticton Home Faster

The proof is there. Staging your home helps to increase property value and sell your home quicker. Here are five home-staging ideas for a faster and better sale.

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1. Aesthetics Are Important. The majority of folks only pay attention to real estate listings with nice pictures. Anything that looks blurry, dated, or messy? Next! Before you even think about taking real estate photos or having an open house, make sure it looks nice. There are plenty ofways to decorate your home for a more inviting feel; lighting each room with ambient, task, and accent lighting can help people feel more comfortable. Also,try mixing together three different sized table decorations with different colours, shapes, and textures,and don’t forget to declutter every single room which should be a home seller’s number one priority.

2. Too Personal. Is Too Much Okay, this one can be a bit tough butyou have to take down some of your family photos on the wall. If ahome-buyer can’t picture themselves living within your space because you and your kids are, well, everywhere, they’re not going to buy it. Replace those dozens of family pictures with modern art pieces placed in creative spaces throughout your home for a clean and inviting aesthetic.

3. Contemporary Sells. If your home is out-dated, there are plenty of simple home improvements you can do to sell your homefaster. Paint the inside of your front door a different colour than the rest of your house, stick with a neutral theme throughout the interior, and try adding pops of colour to walls that make sense. Giving your home a fresh and modern look will wow those home-buyers and who knows? They might just put in an offer.

4. Style Furniture. For bed room staging ideas, try creating a relaxing atmosphere with soft colours, fresh linens, and furniture that’s in good shape. For living room styling tips, keep the area clean and neatly add throw pillows and blankets to the couch to create a comfy feeling. Also, autumn is here and if you’re wantingto stage your home for the fall season, look no further than your own backyard. Try an autumn DIY project where you collect leaves and create a dining room table centrepiece for some budget-friendly home staging.

5. DIY Home Décor. I mentioned above about a budget-friendly way to stage your dining room, and if money is an issue or you just like to get crafty, there are so many ways to improve your home with little to no money out ofyour pocket, like making your own art work and frames to hang on the wall, creating your own head board for the bedroom, and getting comfortable with doing minor maintenance on your own likepatching up holes, recaulking the sinks, and keeping up with your landscaping.

For more ways to sell your home quick, see 20 helpful tips to helping your homesell. When you’re ready, get in touch and I’ll happily help you list your home and sell it fast



Market Momentum Continues into the Fall

Vancouver, BC – October 15, 2019. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 6,938 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS® ) in September, an increase of 24 per cent from the same month last year. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $697,943, an increase of 2.1 per cent from September 2018. Total sales dollar volume was $4.84 billion, a 26.5 per cent increase from the same month last year. “Markets across BC built on momentum from the summer,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “While the year-over-year increase in provincial sales was quite strong, home sales in most areas are simply returning to historically average levels.”

MLS® residential active listings in the province were up 4 per cent from September 2018 to 39,117 units and were essentially flat compared to August on a seasonally adjusted basis. Overall market conditions remained in a balanced range with a sales-to-active listings ratio of about 18 per cent. Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume was down 12.4 per cent to $39.7 billion, compared with the same period in 2018. Residential unit sales were 8.9 per cent lower at 57,773 units, while the average MLS® residential price was down 3.9 per cent year-todate at $687,530. -30- For more information, please contact: Brendon Ogmundson Chief Economist Direct: 604.742.2796 Mobile: 604.505.6793 Email: bogmundson@bcrea.bc.ca

Market Momentum Continues into the Fall












Market Momentum Continues into the Fall








BCREA is the professional association for about 23,000 REALTORS® in BC, focusing on provincial issues that impact real estate. Working with the province’s 11 real estate boards, BCREA provides continuing professional education, advocacy, economic research and standard forms to help REALTORS® provide value for their clients. To demonstrate the profession’s commitment to improving Quality of Life in BC communities, BCREA supports policies that help ensure economic vitality, provide housing opportunities, preserve the environment, protect property owners and build better communities with good schools and safe neighbourhoods. For detailed statistical information, contact your local real estate board. MLS® is a cooperative marketing system used only by Canada’s real estate boards to ensure maximum exposure of properties listed for sale.

INFOGRAPHICS: September 2019 REBGV Greater Vancouver Market Reports

INFOGRAPHICS: September 2019 REBGV Greater Vancouver Market Reports

We’re now officially in the last quarter of the year! Here’s our monthly market update for areas covered by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV)!

In their latest media release, the REBGV is reporting that increased demand has helped the housing market reach balanced territory in September. In fact, home buyer demand has returned to more historically typical levels in Metro Vancouver over the last three months.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 2,333 in September 2019, a 46.3% increase from the 1,595 sales recorded in September 2018, and a 4.6% increase from the 2,231 homes sold in August 2019.

According to Ashley Smith, REBGV president,

“We’re seeing more balanced housing market conditions over the last three months compared to what we saw at this time last year. Home buyers are more willing to make offers today, particularly in the townhome and apartment markets. This is a more comfortable market for people on both sides of a real estate transaction. Home sale and listing activity were both at typical levels for our region in September.”

There were 4,866 detached, attached and apartment properties newly listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in September 2019. This represents a 7.8% decrease compared to the 5,279 homes listed in September 2018 and a 29.9% increase compared to August 2019 when 3,747 homes were listed.

The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 13,439, a 2.7% increase compared to September 2018 (13,084) and a 0.3% increase compared to August 2019 (13,396).

For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for September 2019 is 17.4%. By property type, the ratio is 12.7% for detached homes, 18.9% for townhomes, and 21.9% for apartments.

The following data is a comparison between September 2018 and September 2019 numbers, and is current as of October 2019. For last month’s update, you can check out our previous post for August 2019 data.

Or follow this link for all our REBGV Infographics!

These infographics cover current trends in North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Vancouver East, and Vancouver West.



Moon Curser Vineyards Escape Room – “The Lost Vintage” at Intersection Winery

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Visit our Osoyoos East Bench tasting room to try Something Old, Something New – we will celebrate harvest with some barrel/tank samples, as well as look back and offer a selection of three library wines (both tasting and purchase; limited quantities). Get a chance to pretend you are a winemaker and taste wines in the making, and be one of the few to smuggle the last of these precious library wines home.

Join us during Fall Wine Festival! We may be offering different library wines throughout the festival so keep an eye out on our social media and stop by often!

Tasting fees apply – 5 wines for $6.00 incl. tax per person – waived with 1 bottle purchase.


October 3 @ 10:00 am
October 13 @ 5:00 pm
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Moon Curser Vineyards
3628 Hwy 3 East
Osoyoos, British Columbia VOH 1V6 Canada 
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Summerland BC Coffee Culture - Dan JonesSummerland offers a lively and friendly coffee culture, so be prepared for the seductive aroma of freshly roasted coffee as you walk around town.  Whether you crave a luxurious latte, or perhaps a dark, double-shot of espresso, skilled baristas are waiting for your order.  With two local roasters committed to sourcing premier, organic fair trade beans, the traditional coffee house with a difference is a way of life for Summerland’s residents.

Local roasters are proud of their process, which they call an art as much as a science.  They roast their beans in small batches in a traditional roasting machine, drawing out unique flavours and characteristics.  Some are then blended together.  Some stand on their own, but in the end delicious coffee is created to be shared and enjoyed.

If you want to drink a wonderful cup of coffee, surrounded by local artwork, or perhaps while listening to some live music, Summerland’s coffee culture is not to be missed.

Fresh BC orchard produce and specialty bakery and coffee shop.
Organic Coffee and Fresh Baked Pastries everyday!
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5 Neighbourhoods to Purchase Property in Southern Okanagan

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Ask the Penticton locals if they love where they live and typically, the answer will be yes… and for good reason. With the gorgeous scenery, excellent climate, and plenty of fun things to do year-round, it’s no wonder people want to invest in the Okanagan Valley. Plus, there’s plenty of area homes for sale, not just in the city, but in the surrounding communities as well. However, trying to choose a place that meets your entire family’s needs can feel overwhelming, which is why I want to help you narrow it down. If you’re looking for a new place to live, consider these family-friendly neighbourhoods in the Southern Okanagan.


Located on the Eastern hillsides of Penticton, there’s lots to love about the family-oriented community of Valleyview. With gorgeous lake and city view properties, residents won’t tire of the constant scenery they’re surrounded with when living in their new home. Locals to Valleyview will also feel great knowing their new home is likely an energy-efficient build, a major benefit to living in this growing neighbourhood. Have kids? You have your choice of area schools: Skaha Lake Middle School, Princess Margaret Secondary School and Wiltse Elementary School.  

Naramata Rural 

From panoramic views of the lake, mountains and farms to luxurious properties with hot tubs, pools and waterfalls, the community of Naramata is a breath-taking place for investing in realty. Residents are constantly surrounded by award-winning wineries, delightful orchards, quiet streets, and a whole lot of history. Whether you thrive off of a quiet country lifestyle or you love to explore and adventure, buying your new home along the Naramata Bench is a great way to live a rewarding life! 


Golf, nature and beach lovers unite! Kaleden is an excellent location to consider when looking for a home. This historic town provides locals with easy access to nearby beaches on Skaha Lake, great schools, amazing vineyards and orchards, and of course, well-built houses surrounded by picturesque scenery, just 20 minutes from Penticton and less than 10 minutes from Okanagan Falls. 

Penticton Main North

Sometimes, being closer to the downtown action is exactly what we need to feel fulfilled! If you’re someone who loves trying new restaurants and coffee shops while being close to convenient amenities like banks, clinics, shopping and more, consider searching the MLS listings in Penticton Main North. You’ll be near (or in) the downtown core, close to schools like Penticton Secondary, Queens Park Elementary and KVR Middle School, and of course, you’ll be kept close to the action of the city!   

Penticton Main South

If being near amenities is important to you, but you’re still looking for a quieter lifestyle, Main South could be the best place for you to find a house for sale. With such gorgeous scenery, nice houses, and close proximity to shopping, restaurants, schools and more, families are flocking to this rapidly growing area. Investing in a home in Main South provides residents convenient access to basic amenities as well natural attractions like parks, Skaha Lake, and more. Main South truly is family living at its finest.    

When you’re browsing through the Penticton MLS, consider circling homes for sale in these sought-after neighbourhoods. Ready to start booking viewing appointments? Let me know. I’ll help you find an exceptional property suitable for your needs in what I consider to be the most beautiful region in the country – the Okanagan. Let’s talk – contact me today

X Barks the Spot in PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” in Penticton this January

PAW Patrol Live! | The Great Pirate Adventure
Tuesday, January 28 & Wednesday, January 29
South Okanagan Events Centre – Penticton, BC
Doors: 5:00PM | Show: 6:00PM


PRESS RELEASE (29.07.2019): All paws on deck! Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure,” an action-packed, music-filled production. The heroic pups from the top-rated animated preschool series PAW Patrol, produced by Spin Master Entertainment, embark on a pirate-themed adventure to uncover hidden treasure during the hit live stage show, playing for two shows at South Okanagan Events Centre January 28 & 29, 2020 . Tickets start at $25* not including any applicable taxes or facility fees and can be purchased in person at the Valley First Box Office, over the phone at 1-877-763-2849 or online HERE. All children who have reached their first birthday require a ticket to the show.

In PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure,” Mayor Goodway is getting everything shipshape for a big Pirate Day celebration in Adventure Bay. When Cap’n Turbot falls into a dark and mysterious cavern, it’s PAW Patrol to the rescue! Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky and Zuma save Cap’n Turbot and discover a secret pirate treasure map that leads them on an epic adventure. Things get ruff when Mayor Humdinger wants to find the treasure first for Foggy Bottom. The pups need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including help from the newest pup who’s all ears…Tracker! Using their heroic rescue skills, problem solving and teamwork, the pups set sail to save the day. No job is too big, no pirate pup is too small!

PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” follows the first live show PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue,” now in its fourth season. PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” includes two acts and an intermission, and incorporates an innovative costume approach to help bring the pups to life on stage. The performance is interactive, encouraging audiences to learn pirate catchphrases, dance the pirate boogie and help the pups follow the treasure map and solve picture puzzles during their mission!

For more information on tickets, visit: https://www.pawpatrollive.com/Canada and www.ValleyFirstTix.com

For more information or to join the Tail Mail mailing list for presale and other exclusive offers, visit www.pawpatrollive.com. Follow PAW Patrol Live! on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @pawpatrollive, and the hashtag #pawpatrollive. *Citi is the official credit card of the PAW Patrol Live! tours. Citi cardholders can visit www.CitiPrivatePass.com for more information on presale tickets.

*Ticket prices are subject to change.

2 Storey For Sale in Naramata, Penticton

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overlooks Okanagan lake & rolling vineyards to the west.

•  3780 sqft , 3 bath , 4 bdrm 2 storey FOR SALE  CAD2,099,000 . 3.3 acre estate vineyard in Naramata
MLS® 177754

This first time offered 3.3 acre estate vineyard in Naramata overlooks Okanagan lake & rolling vineyards to the west. Resting above the village & built in 2004, this 5 bedroom, 4 bath home is private, serene and a short stroll to the beaches, coffee & artisan shops and restaurants. Special features of the modern farmhouse style home incude a private master bedroom with vaulted ceilings, large walk-in closet, 4-piece ensuite with steam shower and french doors opening to a west facing deck. Other top floor bedrooms also have vaulted ceilings and ladder access to bonus private spaces – perfect for kids! Also included in this exclusive pacakge is a detached oversize 2 car garage with it’s own bathroom, workshop & a guest suite overtop with it’s own private entrance – wonderful for weekending friends or family! The comfortable 3700+ sqft home offers room for entertaining, inside and out & can easily accommodate your family & friends with room to spare. Call L/R. Dup List 177755 Sing Fam

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Single Story For Sale in Kaleden, Kaleden

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A must see!

•  1032 sqft , 2 bath , 3 bdrm single story FOR SALE  CAD159,000 . Amazing views of the mountains
MLS® 179262

Welcome to Paradise! Amazing views of the mountains, birds singing and the low maintenance gardens to just enjoy as they all is irrigated. The home is a 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bathrooms and is one of a kind and custom designed. Large windows to have natural light in. Several decks to enjoy the views or a book. 55 plus park, small pet on approval and no rentals. There are stairs to get to the home just so you know. This home is a must see! Book your viewing today!

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