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New Listing 775 McKenzie Road Kelowna, BC $419,000
 Beautifully Updated Home with Amazing City Views. Hardwood, Tile, Marble & Bamboo Flooring throughout. Granite Island Kitchen with back splash & Maple Cabinets. This home has been fully renovated. high end flooring Large Living room with Stone wood burning fireplace. Large deck off Kitchen for Summer Barbecues. Quality Renovations with 4 Huge Bedrooms all Master size. Big Family Room has a wood burning Fireplace. Attractive Window Coverings. Very private fully fenced yard. Garage has fold down workbenches and a Separate Office/Workshop. Just move in and enjoy the sunsets. 
This house shows 10 out of 10. Vacant. You won't be disappointed. Measurements approximate, please verify if important.
Call Steve Higgins for easy viewing. 250-864-7893.
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Amazing Race
Come out and embrace your inner child while competing in an Amazing Race style competition on June 1st here in Kelowna. Capital One's second annual Race for Kids is being put on by the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.

Teams of 4 are invited to sign up and relive those good old days of scavenger hunts when you were a kid. You will race through the city to the different check points that will be sponsored by local businesses.

All proceeds from the event will help sponsor local kids to attend Camp Arrowflight. To sign up go to raceforkids.ca or if you would like to be a sponsor email rlawrence@boysandgirlsclubs.ca
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EASTER EGG HUNT
An Egg-stravagant event is planned, the third annual Easter Egg Scramble is planned for Sunday March 31/13 in support of the Westside Community Food Bank. It will be held at the Johnson Bentley Sports Field, hosted by RE/MAX. This has been a successful in the past with more than 4,000 people attending and more than 12,000 eggs the kids get to hunt for.
Not only do they get to hunt for treats the Easter Bunny will be making an appearance and the kids will get a chance to find a golden egg with the chance to win a special Easter basket.
All proceeds made from the raffle and hotdog sales will go to the Food Bank, there will be volunteers there that will be accepting food donations.
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February's Market 2013
The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) reported February’s sales activity down in comparison to the same month last year. Exceptions to the rule were lot sales and Acreage properties which were both up. The impact of tightened mortgage lending rules introduced last year can still be felt. 236 Properties traded hands in February, in comparison to 287 in the previous year which is down 17.77%. Year to date sales are down 8.63% with a total of 455 properties changing hands in comparison to the 498 we experienced last year.

New listings taken last month were also down just over 17% with 784 properties being listed in February in
comparison to the 954 listed in the same month last year. This decrease however is a good thing, as we
have substantial inventory that needs to be absorbed in order to achieve a more balanced market. It is still a
buyer’s market and sellers would be well advised to seek professional advice when pricing their properties prior to putting them on the market as values are dependent on neighborhood, style and inventory level. Attractively priced properties are being sold to willing buyers.

Sellers must remain patient as Days to Sell have been extended to 130 days from last year’s 110. The Average Residential price is $439,786 which is up 2.84% over last year to date indicating that the we might have hit bottom as far as pricing levels are concerned.

Taking into account all other types of Residential property, such as Condominiums and Townhomes, the Average Residential Price drops to $375,122 offering affordable alternatives to home buyers. The recent reduction in mortgage lending rates will boost sales into the spring market.

Courtesy of  
Deborah Moore
Managing Broker
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New Listing 1053 Martin Ave Kelowna, BC $315,000
Wonderful starter home, great Townhouse Alternative. 2 Bedroom plus Den, fully renovated home with fenced yard and great wrap around deck. New Wood Stove is WET certified. Central Location. New roof, siding, windows, doors, plumbing, electrical, flooring, & insulation. Zoned RU6. Nothing to do except move in! Please call or text Steve Higgins with RE/MAX Kelowna to view 250-864-7893. This won't last so hurry.
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Strongest January Residential Sales Since 2010
The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 4,244 residential sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in January, up 24.5 per cent from January 2013. Total sales dollar volume was $2.4 billion, an increase of 36.8 per cent compared to a year ago. The average MLS® residential price in the province rose to $565,036, up 9.9 per cent from the same period last year.

"Residential sales activity in the province posted the strongest January since 2010,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “Consumer demand has recovered from last year’s lower levels and is now trending at the long-term average.” The ten-year average for January is 4,276 unit sales.
"Stronger economic conditions are expected to underpin a modest uptick in home sales later this year,” added Muir.

The demise of the federal Immigrant Investor Program is expected to have little impact on the Metro Vancouver housing market. “The only impact we foresee is less pressure on the inventory of detached homes in Vancouver’s West Side, Richmond and West Vancouver,” said Muir.
The number of investor immigrant landings peaked at 5,876 in 2008 before declining to just 2,644 in 2012, with a similar number expected for 2013. These numbers include spouses and dependents. The total number of added households is estimated to be between 900 and 1,000 per year since 2011.

Curtsey of BCREA 
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Charity Wine Tour
On April 14th Distinctly Kelowna Tours will hold it's second annual Wine Charity Tour for the BCSPCA. The cost of the tour is $95 plus GST with all proceeds going to the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The tour will start at 1pm were you will board a 24 passenger seat bus and then for the next 3 hours you are off to 5 wineries on the Westside Wine Trail, to sample award winning wines. The 5 wineries are, Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, Quails Gate Winery, Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, Kalala Organic Estate Winery and Little Straw Vineyards.

Everyone will receive a gift bag full of goodies, you will also be entered to win a gift basket featuring a winery tour for two, a gift certificate for the Grand Bay Cafe and wines from all featured wineries.

Here's the best part I think, the bus will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodations so there is no driving involved!! There will also be snacks prepared by the Delta Grand Okanagan's chef Stuart Klassen.

If you are interested call Distinctly Kelowna Tours at 250.979.1211 or email: info@distinctlykelownatours
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March is Fraud Protection Month
There are also simple steps you can take to protect yourself from a common form of fraud: Identity Theft. These include; Never give out your personal information until you know who you are dealing with and how your information will be used. This includes requests for information in person, by mail, or over the phone or Internet.

Never reply to e-mails or phone calls that ask for your banking information, credit card details, passwords or other personal or sensitive information, particularly if you did not initiate the exchange. Review your mail, bank statements and other financial statements on a regular basis to look for any inconsistencies. If you do not receive a bill on time, follow up with your creditors or service providers. You may also wish to contact your local Postal Outlet to ensure your mail has not been held or re-routed.

Shred or destroy all personal and financial documents before you throw them away. Obtain and verify your credit report at least annually by contacting Canada’s two credit-reporting agencies: Equifax Canada at www.equifax.ca and TransUnion Canada at www.transunion.ca.
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Are You Looking for Foreclosure Properties in Kelowna

Here is a link to foreclosures here in Kelowna if you are interested in seeing any don't hesitate to call me at 250.864.7893

http://bcrealestatelaw.com/2013/03/05/buying-foreclosure-properties-in-kelowna-british-columbia/
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 I am very excited to be working in the Real Estate industry with RE/MAX Kelowna. My strong negotiation skills will help my clients reach the "Best Deal" possible when Buying, Selling or Investing in Real Estate in Kelowna and area. Honesty, Integrity along with a Customer Service attitude ensures my clients total satisfaction whether or not your relocation is local or long distance, I will help make that transition as smooth as possible.