Has a new job or a new direction necessitated your moving to Kelowna, British Columbia? Or perhaps you visited, fell in love with one of BC’s fastest growing yet laid-back communities and have decided to retire there. Whatever it is drawing you to Kelowna, you’ll best start the process of finding a Kelowna home by approaching a qualified Kelowna Real Estate agency. When it comes to Kelowna properties for sale, no one’s going to have their thumb on the pulse of the market quite like the friendly folks at Royal LePage Kelowna.


First and foremost, their realtors won’t aim to find you a house, condo, townhouse etc. – they’re goal is to find you a home, and the definition of what is an ideal home differs with every individual and every family. Being receptive to the particular needs and wishes of the client is of the utmost importance and a value every Royal LePage Kelowna realtor places front and center in their service. Anyone can evaluate any number of Kelowna homes for sale on their own. Where a quality realtor provides real value is in fine tuning your search by combining his or her market expertise with an understanding of what distinguishes you as a buyer. It starts with a lot of listening, is followed by a lot of hustle and ends with a satisfied homebuyer.


The consistency seen in the large numbers of quality Kelowna properties for sale is a testament to the way the city has grown and the attractiveness it has for people at different stages of their lives. Like any mid-sized city, folks come and go but those who are on their way in are sure to feel good about what Kelowna has to offer. It features a burgeoning economy with a growing high-tech sector and other similarly strong industries. In addition, there is a real quality of life in Kelowna that is buoyed by the ample opportunities available to one and all to enjoy its spectacular natural beauty.  Add to it all the fact that Kelowna homes for sale and their properties offer good value for your dollar and some might say it’s a slam dunk in favour of BC’s interior gem of a city.


Do yourself a favour and weigh the many Kelowna properties for sale with the help of one of the experts at Royal LePage Kelowna. They’ll narrow the field of Kelowna homes for sale that meet your criteria and streamline the process of getting you into the one that’s perfect for you. Visit http://kelownahomefinders.caand get the ball rolling.



Property Type:

23.8% of purchases were by Move-Up Buyers
21.8% buying Revenue/Investment Property
19.8% by First Time Buyers
8.9% moving from Single Family Home to Strata Unit
7.9% Recreation Property Buyers
5.0% moving from Strata property to Single Family Home 
3.0% moving into Retirement Home/Seniors Community


Moving From: 

68.9% from Within OMREB Board Area
12.6% from Alberta
8.6% from Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island
2.9% from Other Areas in BC
2.9% from Saskatchewan/Manitoba
2.9% from Outside Canada
1.0% from NWT/Yukon (third month reported)
0% from Eastern Canada/Maritimes


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TORONTO, January, 2012 –The Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released today showed the average price of a home in Canada increased between 3.6 and 6.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to the previous year. Royal LePage expects average price growth to continue through 2012 and predicts national average prices to increase by 2.8 per cent by the end of the year.


Despite calls in some quarters for Canadian house prices to soften in 2011, the market proved resilient as demand created by low interest rates and a relatively stable national economy created upward pricing pressure for all housing types surveyed. Further, recent high profile reports forecasting significant house price declines in 2012 are not supportable.  Nationally, consumer confidence in the housing market was high in the fourth quarter as real estate brokers witnessed an unusually high quantity of multiple offer situations, including over the holiday season, compared to same period in previous years.


In the fourth quarter, standard two-storey homes rose 4.2 per cent year-over-year to $375,427, while detached bungalows increased 6.1 per cent to $344,392. Average prices for standard condominiums increased 3.6 per cent to $234,680.


“In the recovery period following the 2008-2009 recession, I found myself repeatedly speaking of ‘irrational exuberance’ in the Canadian housing market,” said Phil Soper, president and chief executive of Royal LePage Real Estate Services. “Expectations were too high and the pace of expansion unsupportable. With this report, I find myself in exactly the opposite position. Widespread calls for a major real estate correction in 2012 simply can’t be justified. The industry has significant momentum entering the year, and buoyed by the stimulative effect of very low interest rates, we expect the market to continue to expand – albeit at a slower pace.”


While 2011 was a very strong year for price growth, over the past five years, including the recessionary period, Canada’s average home prices have grown by only 3.5 per cent compounded annually, well below the long term average rate of appreciation. Canada’s GDP has also grown modestly over the same period and the economy is expected to expand by approximately two per cent in 2012. While unemployment remains stubbornly higher then pre-recession levels, sustained employment at today’s levels in a low interest rate environment can be expected to support continued average house price appreciation across the country.


Canadians remain confident in their real estate investments. Throughout 2011, buyers took advantage of low rates to enter the housing market or move-up to homes that better suited their family’s needs or wants. All regions included in the Royal LePage Market Survey Forecast anticipate positive average price growth in 2012. This includes the relatively expensive Toronto and Vancouver regions, where rising home prices have consistently out-paced the other urban centres.


”We believe calls for falling prices and more affordable housing in 2012 are unlikely to materialize,” said Soper. “While this will comfort the seventy per cent of Canadians who are homeowners, there is cause for concern when house price growth outpaces increases in wages and salaries for an extended period of time. Coupled with more restrictive mortgage regulations that have made it more difficult to obtain financing, those who aspire to own a home may find it increasingly difficult to enter the housing market and, in some regions, it may leave people out entirely.”


Regionally, Royal LePage expects to see cities with commodity-based economies, such as Calgary, Regina and Winnipeg, outperform larger urban centres such as Toronto and Vancouver. Royal LePage has forecast Calgary’s average house prices to climb 3.6 per cent in 2012. In 2011, the largest average price increase was seen in Regina, where average prices for standard two-storey homes rose 19.5 per cent year-over-year.


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