What to Look for When Buying a House

What to Look for When Buying a House

It’s easy to get emotionally attached to a new home when you think you’ve found ‘the one’. But while it might appear perfect at first glance, the tint of those rose-coloured glasses might cause you to overlook significant problems with a property. When you’re buying real estate, it’s best to take an investment approach and consider the property’s value, keeping in mind the resale value of the house. These tips on what to look for when buying a house will help you determine whether a property is worth pursuing. These tips are meant to help you determine which properties are worth your time in the early stages of buying a home. But even if a home has passed all of your own tests and you want to move forward, you should still have a professional home inspection done. This will catch anything you didn’t and ensure that you’re able to get what you need from the seller to make repairs thrown into the deal – otherwise, it’s probably in your best interests to walk away. It’s also important to work with a licensed Realtor® when you’re house hunting. That way, you can ask them any questions about the home while you’re doing the walkthrough. You are paying for their expertise and guidance, and there’s no such thing as asking too many questions. They can help guide you and point out potential issues that your home inspection should focus on. 1. Roof Take a look at the roof from the outside of the property. Does it look new? Is it straight or sagging? Are there any holes or missing shingles?...
Proposed 80 Unit Condo Site in the Benchlands at Lakestone

Proposed 80 Unit Condo Site in the Benchlands at Lakestone

PROPOSED 80 UNIT CONDO SITE in the Benchlands at Lakestone, Lake Country! This is an exciting opportunity to build up to 80 strata title units which will be ideal for short- and/or long-term rentals in one of BC’s fastest growing communities. The lot is 1.9 acres, fully serviced and ready to build. Centrally located just 12 minutes from both the airport and The University of BC Okanagan, and a 20-minute scenic drive to the center of Kelowna, Lakestone is truly Lake Country’s hidden gem. Located in a brand new phase at Lakestone, you will love the Benchlands neighbourhood, the integrity of which is protected within the design guidelines. Stunning lake views and scenery, a 25 km network of excellent hiking trails, water sports, cycling, skiing, wineries and fine dining are all in your backyard. Proximity to 3 amazing lakes makes this condo site even more desirable! No Speculation Tax in Lake Country! 9652 Benchland Drive, Lake Country, BC Offered for sale at $4,350,000MLS® 10165393 The Location The condo site is located in the center of the Benchlands neighbourhood within the Lakestone. This is the only condo site in Lakestone. Lakestone is located in Lake Country, BC. Lake Country is part of the Central Okanagan Regional District, and of the Kelowna metropolitan area. The City of Kelowna lies to the south, while the City of Vernon lies to the north. Lakestone is nestled within the surrounding hills beside Okanagan Lake. Lake Country is currently exempt from the Speculation Tax and is one of the fastest growing communities in BC. Enjoy 25 km of trails leading from the lakefront to the...
Welcome to Our Team, Jordan Rensby

Welcome to Our Team, Jordan Rensby

The Property Source Group is excited to announce the addition of a new member to our team: Jordan Rensby! An experienced Realtor®, Jordan made a name for himself early on by achieving Rookie of the Year in his first year at RE/MAX. His enthusiasm and dedication to his clients means he’ll pull out all the stops to see you walk away with a smile. Jordan was born and raised in BC and attended college in Lethbridge, Alberta. Prior to becoming a Realtor®, Jordan was an Investigator with the RCMP for several years. Outside of real estate, you’ll find him spending time with his wife and two daughters, golfing, hitting the slopes at Big White, or enjoying one of the Okanagan’s many incredible wineries. You can contact Jordan by call/text at 250-859-6433 or by email at Jordan@ThePropertySource.ca. Welcome to the team,...
10 Things to Do in Kelowna this Spring

10 Things to Do in Kelowna this Spring

Spring has officially sprung in the Okanagan, and with the warmer weather comes plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the best of the Okanagan lifestyle (before all the summer tourists hit!) Here are 10 of our top things to do in Kelowna in the spring. 1. Go Wine Tasting You can go wine tasting in any season, really. But spring is the best time to take in the stunning vineyard views from all of the local wineries before they become busy during summer. It’s also a great time to try some of the new spring releases from wineries – if you love aromatic white wines (like riesling, gewürztraminer and viognier) then this is the season for you! Stock up on your favourites before they sell out to enjoy on your patio throughout the rest of spring and summer. If you’re looking for a picturesque winery and great views, Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Mission Hill on the west side are two spots we highly recommend. 2. Hiking & Adventuring in Nature There’s plenty of nature to enjoy in Kelowna and the surrounding areas. Spring is a great time to hit the trails and take in all of the fresh, new scenery after the winter. One of our favourites is Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, which offers over 100km of hiking trails at varying difficulties, as well as a historic railway trail offering hiking & biking over trestles & tunnels. Make sure you come prepared and be aware of wildlife you could encounter on your trip! 3. Shopping & Lunch Downtown The main strip of Bernard Avenue in Kelowna is bustling...
7 Tips for a Successful Spring Clean + Checklist

7 Tips for a Successful Spring Clean + Checklist

The weather’s getting warmer, flowers are blooming, and the days are getting longer. That’s right, springtime is here! Spring is a time to refresh and renew, not least of all with your home. Here are our top 7 tips for a successful spring clean in 2019, plus a free, printable checklist for every room in your home. 1. Set aside time in your schedule. Spring cleaning can take a good amount of time, especially if you haven’t been keeping up with it throughout the year. Block off enough time in your schedule to allow you to be as thorough as possible and reduce the stress of too many obligations at once so you can stay focused. 2. Wear protective gear. This is especially important if you suffer from dust allergies. Spring cleaning will stir up all the dust in places that haven’t been routinely cleaned throughout the year. Also, chemicals in many household cleaning products can irritate your skin or give off fumes. Wearing gear such as glasses, a face mask, and gloves will help protect you while you get the job done. 3. Work from top to bottom. In every room, start at the top and work your way down. As you clean, dust and debris may float down. By working from top to bottom, you’ll reduce the need to go back over areas you’ve already cleaned. 4. Make it fun. Cleaning and decluttering are called chores for a reason, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it as enjoyable as possible. Put on your favourite playlist or current audiobook, bring the whole family together, or enlist the...
The Three Most Common Seller Mistakes

The Three Most Common Seller Mistakes

Chances are if you’re selling your home, you want to get it done as fast as possible and for the highest price. But getting the results you want comes down to much more than just listing your home for sale and crossing your fingers. Selling a home is a complex process that requires the expertise and know-how to get it done properly. Here are the three most common mistakes that sellers make when trying to sell their home (and how to avoid them!) 1. Condition In order for your home to sell within a good time frame and at the best possible price, it needs to be in good condition. When buyers walk into your home for the first time, you want to give them the impression that your property has been well-cared for and is mostly move-in ready. This includes things like fixing interior and exterior paint; patching any holes, cracks, and dents; tending to any landscaping that needs to be done; and ensuring your home is clean and tidy. Some buyers don’t mind taking on small cosmetic repairs or updates, but will expect a price reduction to cover the cost of taking care of them post-move. The larger and more serious the repairs needed, the lower you will need to price your property. In some cases, it may make sense to take care of repairs before listing your property to attract more buyers at a higher price. On the other hand, some updates can be left to the buyer so that it is tailored to their tastes. Talking to a Realtor® can help you determine the costs...
7 Energy Saving Tips for Every Homeowner

7 Energy Saving Tips for Every Homeowner

Being smarter with your energy use saves you money on your bill and is less wasteful of our planet’s resources. While some energy-saving changes in the home require a larger investment, there are plenty of small things any homeowner can do to make a difference. Here are our top 7 energy saving tips! 1. Switch to LED Light Bulbs Swapping out regular light bulbs for LEDs is an easy way to reduce your energy use. LEDs require less wattage and last longer than incandescent bulbs, making them a much more efficient option. Remember to turn off your lights when they’re not in use, and try to only use natural lighting throughout the day if possible. 2. Use Cold Water for Laundry Use cold water whenever possible, as this reduces the energy needed to heat the water. Most often, cold water is just as effective especially when using a cold water detergent. Always run a full load, and hang items to dry instead of using the dryer to save even more. 3. Seal Air Leaks One of the most common energy inefficiencies at home is air leaks. These commonly occur in cracks or small openings around windows and doors. Ensuring that any leaks are sealed will help improve the temperature regulation of your home, requiring less input from your furnace or A/C. When the time comes to replace your windows, consider investing in efficient windows that reduce the loss of heat or cool air in your home. Use shades to block the heat of the sun in summer, and allow the sun in during winter to help keep things warm. 4....