How COVID-19 has changed the Real Estate industry in Kelowna

COVID-19 has changed the way many of us are doing  business now and in the future. The service industry, including restaurants, pubs, salons, to even law firms, accounting firms, and of course Real Estate Brokerages have all adopted a new normal. The Real Estate industry has adapted quickly to the changing environment to ensure safety for all of our clients while maximizing our clients experience within the new guidelines..

We have noticed a substantial increase in online traffic, and it is now more important than ever to ensure our clients properties are showcased effectively and are easily accessed online over many platforms for all to see. Kelowna Life Real Estate Group have been industry leaders in the market place when it comes to new technology and innovation and will continue to lead the way in these new times.

Showcasing your property during COVID-19 

Kelowna Life Real Estate Group continues to use every tool available to showcase your property to potential buyers in their search for a new home. Tools such as virtual tours, virtual showings, virtual open houses, extensive video and photography, drone and floor plans will reduce non qualified buyers in an effort to get the right people through your home.

Matterport Virtual Tour

Kelowna Life is continuing to use health questionnaires, social distancing, cleaning and prevention tools, and following the latest advice from both the Provincial and Federal governments. We will continue to implement any new needed protocols to do our part to encourage the safety of everyone. For additional information on COVID-19, click here.

So what everyone is really wanting to know now is…..How does all of this effect the value of our homes moving forward? Well the encouraging news is homes have been continuing to sell and people are remaining pretty optimistic about the future. We would be happy to meet with you in person ( from a social distance ) on the phone, or by zoom meeting to discuss what the market is doing now or what we anticipate the future holds. Please do not hesitate to contact Kelowna Life Real Estate Group here and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Selling Your Home in The Spring Market

As Spring gets closer, are you getting anxious to get your home on the market? Do you know what you need for selling your home in the spring market? Have you chosen the right Kelowna Real Estate agent to sell your home? Choosing the right professional agent is the most important step when listing your Kelowna home. When you chose your agent, you should be confident in their qualifications and knowledge to get your home sold for the price you want.

Selling Your Home in The Spring Market

The Kelowna Life Real Estate Group knows that you need to be strategic when listing your home in the spring. It can be a competitive time and having the right real estate agent who is knowledgeable about the Kelowna real estate market is essential.

Tailored marketing plans, attention to detail and listening to your needs are just a few of the attributes you should be looking for in an agent.

Kelowna Life Real Estate Group

Award winning Kelowna REALTORS® Rob Nelson & Jason Abougoush with Kelowna Life Real Estate Group & Macdonald Realty Kelowna have extensive knowledge and marketing plans to ensure your home stands out from the rest. Our team includes active productive agents, a professional photographer, a social media expert, a marketing team, and an assistant to ensure we are delivering the upmost of service to our clients.

It’s an important decision when selling your home, and it’s imperative to chose wisely who you have represent you. Find out what makes us different!

Contact us today and let us help you with all your Real Estate needs while you ENJOY KELOWNA LIFE.

2020 Property Assessment – Things To Know

You have probably already received your 2020 Property Assessment in the mail. How does your assessment this year compare to last year? Did it decrease or increase? According to Okanagan area Deputy Assessor Tracy Wall, “For the Okanagan region, the majority of homeowners can expect to see stable values with slight changes from last year.”

Compare To Last Year

In Kelowna, there was a two percent drop from last year’s typical assessed value of a single-family residential property. The typically assessed value now sits at $629,000, down from $643,000. Overall, the Thompson Okanagan’s total assessments increased from about $147.7 billion in 2019 to $153.1 billion this year. A total of about $2.7 billion of the region’s updated assessments is from new construction, subdivisions, and rezoning of properties. BC Assessment’s Thompson Okanagan region includes the urban centres of Kelowna and Kamloops as well as all surrounding Okanagan and Thompson communities as listed below.

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Does It Affect My Taxes?

Tracy Shymko explained, “It is important to understand that increases in property assessments do not automatically translate into a corresponding increase in property taxes.” “As noted on your Assessment Notice, how your assessment changes relative to the average change in your community is what may affect your property taxes.”

There’s More Info Online

BC Assessment’s website at bcassessment.ca includes more details about the 2020 property assessment. It also provides further property information and trends such as lists of 2020’s top valued residential properties across the province.

Property owners can register for a free BC Assessment custom account. Such an account unlocks additional property search features such as; check a property’s 10-year value history, store/access favourites, create comparisons, monitor neighbourhood sales, and use the interactive map.

If you have any inquires, please contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions you have!

Kelowna Winter Life Is Full Of Holiday Spirit

The holiday hustle and bustle is in full swing here in Kelowna. The streets are lined with dazzling lights and the festive cheer is palpable.  With less than a week until Christmas it is time to start enjoying all of the local festivities and joys the season brings, if you haven’t already.

One of the amazing gifts of living the Kelowna life is the ability to enjoy all four seasons at their prime. Winter is no exception. The Kelowna winter life brings big snowfalls that allow us to relive our childhood by building snowmen and getting in a good old snowball fight. The chilly days allow us to enjoy those stay in your pjs kinda days without all of the guilt. And, those days when we are lucky enough to see that beautiful sun shining and bright blue sky, we get outside and enjoy what Kelowna has to offer.

Have you been in full Buddy The Elf mood since November or do you need some ideas on how to get into the holiday spirit? You’ve either been planning your holidays since July and have already checked half of your holiday bucket list off. Or did you just realized Christmas is in a few days, haven’t even started your shopping, and need to amp your festive cheer into high gear,

Here are a few Kelowna winter life staples to get you Ho Ho Ho-liday spirit!

One of our favorite activities during the winter season that showcases the Kelowna winter life is strapping on some ice skates and visiting Stuart Park. The outdoor skating rink in the heart of Kelowna. What is more festive than ice skating outdoors under the stars and grabbing a bite afterwards from TNT Comfort Foods.

If you need a holiday cheer booster we suggest visiting Candy Cane Lane in Rutland. About 70 homes in the neighbourhood light up to provide an enchanting experience. This is a free event, however non-perishable items are accepted. Another favorite are the houses in the Wilden community. They actually do a friendly neighborhood Christmas light competition. Click HERE for a list of the best Christmas light displays in Kelowna.

However, maybe you are the kind of person who would rather enjoy the winter-ness from indoors. Don’t worry, there are numerous wineries and restaurants in Kelowna that are hosting festive events all season long. Local favorites include wreath making at Vibrant Vines Winery, and CRAFTmas on Bernard at Craft Beer Market.

We are blessed to experience the holiday season in Kelowna. With snow blanketing the landscape, twinkling lights on trees, and festive cheer everywhere, the community embraces the holiday spirit and makes Kelowna the perfect place to spend the holidays! Do you want to live the Kelowna Life?

Simple Repairs to Help Your Kelowna Home Show Better & Sell Faster

It is amazing how many details go into selling a home. Prospective buyers in Kelowna are eager to pick up a home with ultra-modern amenities and styling. While you may not be able to install new appliances and it probably isn’t a good investment to replace the kitchen countertops, there are still a few major improvements you can handle yourself.

Of course, fixing up what you already have will be the most cost-effective improvement you can make.  In fact, there are even some simple renovations you can do yourself to increase your home value. Start by picking apart your home as if you were a critical investor – that should give you a better sense of what will stand out to potential homebuyers in Kelowna.

Here’s a list of common home repairs to get your mind on the right track:

  • Updated windows, roof & doors
  • Enhanced landscaping & curb appeal
  • Molding & trim
  • New fixtures (faucets, lights, cabinetry handles, etc.)
  • New floors
  • Fresh paint (interior & exterior)
  • Energy-efficient upgrades & appliances

Small Tasks To Help Your Home Sell Better and Faster

Taking time to ensure the details have been carefully looked after is important. New home buyers want to get as much bang for their buck as possible.

New flooring is a common upgrade; however, many DIY homeowners will have lose their zest by the time they get around to finishing the molding. Don’t skimp out on your perimeter.

Ensure that you have properly finished each room by protecting the edges of the floor and the walls securely and accurately. Staging your home is a great way to invite potential buyers to visualize living in your space.

Some of the best ways to help your home sell better and faster include:

  • Remove personal items for showings
  • Create a clutter-free vibe
  • Get an appraisal to determine a fair selling price that reflects recent upgrades
  • Create the illusion of extra storage by packing closets up
  • Use vanilla extract in the kitchen to create warm and inviting aromas
  • Remove traces of pets or any lingering odours

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Landscaping and Curb Appeal

Adding some shade producing trees, organic fruit trees or evergreens can drastically change the look and feel of your home. Fall is a popular time to add trees, perennials or flower bulbs.

If you are considering low water and xeriscaping plants, the Okanagan Xeriscape Association has a list of over 400 native plants, trees, bushes, grasses and more that can increase visual interest.

It’s vital in today’s society to have native species of plants and trees for the health of birds and bees. Enhancing your curb appeal can definitely help your home show better and sell faster, but it also has practical environmental effects too!

Uniform Upgrades

It can be tempting to sink all of your funds into a new kitchen or master bathroom. Sometimes, these key rooms require a complete gut job. Do your research to find a contractor who can meet your time frame and budget. Stretching your dollar further is easier when you look for refurbished items.

Recycling wood and fixtures can save you lots of cash and help the planet too!

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Make A List To Help Your Kelowna Home Show Better and Sell Faster

It can be overwhelming to try and complete all of those finishing touches you have been meaning to implement prior to listing your house for sale. Kelowna Life recommends breaking your tasks down room by room. This makes it easier to focus and stick to a budget and time schedule.

Starting from the exterior, do a perimeter walk around with a notepad and a pen to take note of what items you see right away (both positive and negative). This can help you define areas of success and identify where you may need improvement.

Cluttered garden beds can be just as distracting as cluttered countertops.

Ask For Help

When preparing their Kelowna home for sale, many clients find it helpful to work with a friend or a family member to obtain an unbiased view.

When you live in the space you are trying to sell, it can be easy to ignore that annoying dripping faucet or not see the cracks in the foundation simply because you have gotten used to these things over time.

Once you have a list of the issues in your home, setting a budget and deciding on priorities is much simpler. Investing in home improvements to boost property value is the best way you can help your Kelowna home show better and sell faster.

Kelowna Life Can Help You Sell & Find Your Dream Home

Following simple tips and tricks can help you improve your home in a sensible way. Regardless, if you plan on completing these renovations yourself or hiring someone to help, you can enjoy a return on investment with careful planning and budgeting.

Kelowna Life Real Estate Group is here to offer buying and selling advice all the way. View our latest listings to become inspired! We’d love to meet with you and help you find your perfect Kelowna home! Contact us today for more information on listing or to schedule a viewing.

Why Kettle Valley is The Best High End Real Estate Kelowna Has to Offer

This blog was borne out of the question many prospective home buyers ask us: “why is Kettle Valley the best high end real estate Kelowna has to offer?”.

There are multiple reasons why Kettle Valley is a fantastic area to live in. As a potential home buyer, you may be already feeling overwhelmed by all the wonderful places to live in Kelowna, and so for the sake of easy reading, we’ll just highlight the main points here (and if you’re still curious about the Kettle Valley area after reading this blog, our real estate team is happy to provide you with more information).

Where is Kettle Valley?

Before highlighting why Kettle Valley is the best high end real estate Kelowna has to offer, you may want to know where this vibrant community is located.

Kettle Valley is located in the Upper Mission area of Kelowna. For locals, this area may seem further away from the more popular tourist areas (i.e: downtown Kelowna) and Kelowna’s larger shopping centres (i.e: Orchard Park Mall), but after years of development, this area has its own attractions, community, and specialized amenities.

If residents choose, they will rarely need to leave their tight-knit community, yet are only a 20-minute drive away from downtown Kelowna if they want to experience the hustle and bustle of city living every now and then.

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Kettle Valley—the Best High End Real Estate Kelowna Has to Offer for Families

Kettle Valley is known for its high density of young families. This fact alone contributes to this community’s family environment; roads are safe to play on, cars drive carefully through the neighbourhoods, and there are always tons of other families to mingle with at Quilchena Park (park equipped with a high-calibre playground, splash park, and tennis & pickleball courts)

If your family enjoys the outdoors, consider Kettle Valley your dream community. In addition to Quilchena Park, this community also contains plenty of hiking and biking trails and lots of green space for your children to play in. Myra Canyon Trestles are also nearby and are known for their family-friendly trails (for biking or walking), stunning views, and historical relevance.

Schools in Kettle Valley

Have children in school? Regardless of how old they are, there are schools near Kettle Valley homes for sale:

If you or a family member would like to attend college or university in Kelowna, there are options that aren’t far away from Kettle Valley (not to mention, there are bus routes that facilitate going to and from Kelowna post-secondary institutions). Okanagan College is less than 10 km away from Kettle Valley and the University of British Columbia-Okanagan is less than 30 minutes away.

Kelowna Real Estate Luxury Property for Water Lovers

There are plenty of upper mission homes for sale that can facilitate your family’s love of water. If this piques your interest, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of Kelowna properties within Kettle Valley that have pools, stunning lake views, and sometimes even both.

Not to mention, there are plenty of beaches near Kettle Valley where you can enjoy a refreshing dip during those hot Okanagan summer and fall days. And if you own a boat, there are many boat launches nearby (the closest one being Cedar Creek Boat Launch).

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Other Reasons Why Kettle Valley is The Best High End Real Estate Kelowna Has to Offer

Aside from breathtaking lake views, family inclusion, a strong sense of community, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures, Kettle Valley has many other amazing features not yet discussed. Below are some other noteworthy amenities in Kettle Valley:

For a full list of businesses and amenities in Kettle Valley, click here.

Rob Nelson—Your Kettle Valley Real Estate Expert

Kettle Valley has the best high end real estate Kelowna has to offer and no one knows this better than Rob Nelson. If you’re looking for a real estate agent who is knowledgeable about Kettle Valley real estate, Rob Nelson is your guy. He is our Kettle Valley real estate expert and will be able to answer any questions you may have about Kettle Valley real estate and upper mission homes for sale.

Kettle Valley Real Estate Listings

Two Kettle Valley real estate listings that may interest you are 5649 Mountainside Drive and 368 Quilchena Drive.

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5649 Mountainside Drive 

  • 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms
  • 3 car garage
  • Stunning views of the lake and valley
  • Master retreat with large 6 piece ensuite w/2 impressive walk-in closets and direct access to backyard patio
  • A powder room and large formal entry
  • Private backyard w/covered patio, wet bar, TV and outdoor speakers

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368 Quilchena Drive 

  • 5 bedrooms (includes one large master bedroom w/bathroom, walk-in closet, and access to the patio)
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Main Floor features a den/office and formal dining room
  • Dream kitchen with entertainment features
  • Living room w/ gas fireplace
  • Pool and hot tub w/ amazing lake views
  • Gym area
  • Large storage area under the garage

Want to keep looking through Kettle Valley realty listings? Search through our diverse selection of Kettle Valley realty listings and if this any of these beautiful homes spark your interest, Rob will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Connect with Rob Nelson today to find your dream home in Kettle Valley!

The Home Buyer’s Guide for Kirschner Mountain Real Estate

The Home Buyer’s Guide for Kirschner Mountain Real Estate

Part of the reason Kelowna is so attractive to homebuyers is the scenic outlooks of the Okanagan hills and mountains. On the south-eastern side of Kelowna rests the Kirschner Mountain subdivision — a serene suburb defined by the surrounding nature walks and outdoor adventures moments from resident’s doors.

For home buyers looking to enter the Kelowna market, either to settle in with their family or have a picturesque vacation spot ready for the Summer months, Kirschner Mountain brings a lot to the table.

Amenities nearby Kirschner Mountain

  • 15-20 mins to Okanagan Lake
  • 40 mins to Big White Ski Resort (much closer than the majority of Kelowna communities)
  • Less than 10 min to shopping district (groceries, pharmacy, restaurants, services, etc.)
  • Less than 10 min to schools (including secondary)
  • Hiking and walking paths just around the corner

These are some of the top reasons to call Kirschner Mountain home. What it leaves out is the natural beauty that can only be experienced in person. Most homes have lookouts that span across Kelowna, making your backdoor patio an ideal escape at the end of the day.

We love the secluded nature of Kirschner Mountain. Homes here are afforded an ample amount of space, meaning less distraction from neighbours and more privacy for you and your family to enjoy.

Friends in Kirschner Mountain home pool

Cost of Homes in the Area

Kirschner Mountain real estate is on the higher end of the average home price in Kelowna ($510,000 as of last year). This is to be expected, given the relative age and quality of homes in the area. There have been multiple PNE prize homes here in Kirschner Mountain. In terms of affordability, Kirschner Mountain homes offer exceptional value for speculators who want to make a sound investment.

Given the position of the mountain, it is unlikely to see any developments nearby that would impede lookouts of Kelowna, one of the major selling features of the area. Further, the City of Kelowna is contributing 1.2 million dollars to ensure the mountain is in good shape for homeowners in the area.

As more people are priced out of the Greater Vancouver Area, the Okanagan Valley is set to continue its climb upwards. Increasing developments of both commercial and residential space in the downtown core are ensuring there is ample space for new residents. As those new residents mature in the market, homes will remain a hot commodity — particularly those that retain their scenic status!

Not sure if Kirschner Mountain is right for you? Get in touch with the team at Kelowna Life to determine what fits your lifestyle best.