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Planning For Real Estate Success 2020

A mentor and someone I admire incredibly Jim Rohn, the legendary business philosopher always said to “Finish your week before it begins.” He meant that we take control of our schedule and real estate business and plan for the week ahead before it even happens. If we don’t take control then someone else or something else always does!

Newsletter November 2019

Newsletter November 2019

The Real Estate Report with Real Estate Stats for the South Okanagan 

Important Gardening Tips for November
Genworth fall 2019

Genworth Canada's Fall/Winter publication

A Better Way to Home Ownership is now available!
This motivation issue covers topics including:
- Twelve great sources for mortgage advice, ranked
- How to find a tenant-friendly home
- Five power moves for first-time homebuyers

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Back-up offers: There’s a clause for that

Oct 21, 2019

Roughly twice a year my heart stops when a claim comes to my attention. Why? Because a licensee reports that the seller has sold the property twice!
Naturally, the seller is upset. They only have one property to sell and two buyers demanding it. 
In these instances, the seller typically accepts an offer for the property with subject conditions and then accepts a second offer for the property, also with conditions. The two buyers remove conditions and then the trouble begins, when both buyers claim to have a binding contract.
The seller alleges that the licensee did not ensure the second offer was accepted with appropriate terms, indicating it was a back-up offer and subject to the collapse of the first offer. 

Back-up offers
The Real Estate Council of BC's Professional Standards Manual specifically addresses offers made after a previous offer has been accepted—known as "back-up offers". When dealing with a back-up offer, a licensee should always include a back-up offer clause. The suggested clause is:

            "Back-up Contract Clause.....


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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.

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Royal LePage CEO urges caution with election promises aimed at stimulating housing demand that lack concrete plans to address supply shortages

  • Housing recovery gains strength with national aggregate price forecast to rise 1.5% during the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to same period in 2018
  • Price gap between condominiums and houses shrinks as median condo price in the City of Toronto surpasses $600,000 mark
  • Montreal East posts highest home price appreciation rate in Canada’s largest urban centres, rising 8.5%
  • Lower prices in Greater Vancouver attract a new wave of home buyers, resulting in a spike in home sale volumes 
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October 7, 2019

The latest edition of the REALTrends Newsletter is now available. Please click on the link below to read about the latest news on the U.S. market.


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October 4, 2019

October 4, 2019

The Real Estate Report with LOCAL Real Estate Statistics.

4 Eco Friendly Tips that will Save You Money

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September 12, 2019

Housing Demand Continues to Recover in August

Vancouver, BC – September 12, 2019. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 7,093 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS® ) in August, an increase of 4.9 per cent from the same month last year. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $685,575, an increase of 2.6 per cent from August 2018. Total sales dollar volume was $4.86 billion, a 7.6 per cent increase from the same month last year.  

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Housing Forecast 2020

September 5, 2019


Vancouver, BC – September 5, 2019. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2019 Third Quarter Housing Forecast Update today. Multiple Listing Service® (MLS® ) residential sales in the province are forecast to decline 5 per cent to about 75,000 units this year, after recording 78,505 residential sales in 2018. MLS® residential sales are forecast to increase 11 per cent to 82,700 units in 2020, just below the 10-year average for MLS® residential sales of 85,800 units.

To view the BCREA Housing Forecast PDF, click here.
Stories and News from ForticBC

Stories and news from FortisBC:

1. Scoring with rebates: How the City of Surrey and FortisBC worked together to save energy and money
2. Happy home found for 5,000 Brilliant bees
3. 8 simple ways to save energy (and money) while on vacation


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Canadian Mortgage Trends

National Home Sales Slowly Recovering: CREA

National home sales are slowly recovering from their dip in February, but are still 10% below the highs reached in 2016 and 2017. After reaching a six-year low early in the year, home sales rose for the fifth consecutive month this July, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association’s (CREA) monthly report, and are a […]

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MLS residential activity as of July 2019

Housing Demand Improves in July

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 7,930 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in July, an increase of 12.4 per cent from the same month last year. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $684,497, a decline of 1.6 per cent from July 2018. Total sales dollar volume was $5.43 billion, a 10.5 per cent increase from the same month last year.

Housing Demand Improves in July 2019

REAL TRENDS Newsletter for August 2019.

Many of the best performing brokerage firms had a particular “specialness” that played a role in their success.

REAL TRENDS Newsletter for August 2019.
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What You Should Know About Collateral Charge Mortgages

What is a Standard Charge Mortgage?

What is a Collateral Charge Mortgage?

Arguments People make in favour and against Collateral Charge Mortgages.

Click here to read "What You Should Know About Collateral Charge Mortgages".

The Real Estate Report with Real Estate Statistics.

How to find your perfect rental.
Find a place to live that you can love.

The August 2019 Newsletter

As summer temps continue to rise, now is the time to think about getting an Air Conditioner ❄️ or upgrading your old unit!

Here's how to choose the perfect Air Conditioner (AC) for your home ❄️

Building Climate Resilience in the Okanagan

  - A Homeowner's Resource Guide
(published by the South Okanagan Real Estate Board, 2019)


The Impact of the B20 Stress Test on BC Home Sales in 2018
Summary Findings:
• The decline in home sales in 2018 was largely due to market factors like interest rates and affordability
• Without the stress test, home sales in BC would have been about 7,500 sales—or 10% higher—in 2018
• Approximately $500 million in BC economic activity was lost due the B20 stress test 



July 2019 Newsletter

Making Your Dream Home A Reality. You’ve made the decision. You’re ready to buy. Now what?

Buying a home can be a bit overwhelming. There’s so much to think about and do. So, it’s important that you have someone you can trust to make the process as smooth as possible and offer expert advice.

Since 1913, Royal LePage has been helping Canadians find their dream homes and guiding them every step of the way – from determining what you can afford and showing you homes that match your wants and needs to presenting an offer and closing the sale.

It’s all about helping you find the right home in the right neighbourhood at the best possible price. Below, you’ll find it all outlined in eight simple steps.

• Step 1: Deciding to Buy a Home

• Step 2: Choosing a Real Estate Agent 

• Step 3: Understanding Home Financing

• Step 4: Finding the Right Home to Buy

• Step 5: Making an Offer on a Home

• Step 6: What to do Before Buying a House

• Step 7: Closing on a Home

• Step 8: Moving into Your New Home


How Our Agents Help

At Royal LePage, we don’t settle until we’ve negotiated the best price,
whether you’re buying or selling. Home. It’s who we are.

Genworth Canada: Making Home-ownership Easier

Making Home-ownership Easier

The Penticton Farmer`s Market will be in the 400 and 500 blocks this week!!



CREA Updates Resale Housing Market Forecast


BC Home Sales to Rise in 2020: BCREA 2019 Second Quarter Housing Forecast


BC Home Sales on the Rise in May!!!

We offer fulfilling and dynamic careers for individuals with strong interpersonal skills and good business savvy.
A career in real estate can be a very rewarding profession. You will have the opportunity to
  • meet people from all walks of life
  • have flexible hours
  • be your own boss
  • make a difference in people's lives by protecting their families and their assets

Thank you for your interest in our brokerage.



Royal LePage Locations West Awards Luncheon.
We had a wonderful time with many hugs for Roger!


Sluggish start to 2019 provides silver lining for first-time home buyers

June 2019 Newsletter

Prices in British Columbia’s soft recreational property market forecast to remain stable
while sales continue to decline:

Recreational property in British Columbia is showing significant softening compared to last year as sales decreased 22.5 per cent in reporting recreational regions and all regions posting a decrease. While the aggregate price of a single-family home is relatively flat (0.4%) compared to last year, Royal LePage recreational property experts in the region are citing reduced sales volumes in the lower end of the market skewing the median price upwards. Over the next year, the aggregate price is forecast to increase an additional 1.7 per cent in 2020.

“While demand has softened across the recreational property market, low inventory has kept prices stable,” said Gregg Hart, broker and owner of  Royal LePage In The Comox Valley. “Mt. Washington had a good snow year and sales on the mountain were well ahead of last year. The inventory on both Denman and Hornby Island is very low, which is pushing prices higher just as the selling season gets going.”

Hart added that there is a good selection of waterfront properties currently on the market in the Valley and most of the buyers have been from the Lower Mainland.

The most popular region for buyers in British Columbia is the central Okanagan region where the median price for a single-family home decreased 3.0 per cent to $640,000 compared to last year.

“While sales are down, buyers from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Vancouver are still active in the Okanagan region,” stated Mark Walker, sales representative, Royal LePage Kelowna. “Despite a slowdown in the Alberta economy, there are some positives that help offset the challenges we see. Our population is growing, as is the tech sector. And it’s beautiful here.”

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