Today's interest rate announcement will be Mark Carney's last as Governor of the Bank of Canada, however that is the only meaningful change as the Bank once again opted to leave its overnight target rate at 1 per cent.  The Bank expects first quarter growth to be stronger then its original projection of 1.5 per cent, and forecasts that the remainder of the year will remain in line with its April projection. The Bank expects inflation will remain subdued before rising to 2 per cent in mid-2015 when the economy returns to full capacity. The Bank once again stated that the considerable monetary policy stimulus currently in place will remain appropriate for an unspecified "period of time" after which some withdrawal will likely be required.


The Bank of Canada remains caught between the rock of a muddling economy and the hard place of elevated household debt burdens. If the second half of this year unfolds as most forecasters expect, economic growth should accelerate, helping inflation to get back on a path to the Bank's 2 per cent target. However, if that scenario does not unfold and the economy continues its slow growth trend, the "period of time" the Bank has noted may stretch out longer than the Bank currently has in mind. Our own analysis of the Canadian economy suggests there will not be any movement on interest rates until late 2014.


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Use a yard sale to reduce the clutter in your home and get rid of items you don't want to move.

1.    Check with your municipality to see if you need a permit or license.

2.    See if neighbors want to participate and have a "block" sale to attract more visitors.

3.    Advertise. Put an ad in free classified papers, put up signs and balloons at major

       intersections and in stores near your home.

4.    Price items ahead and attach prices with removable stickers. Remember,  yard sales are

       supposed to be bargains, so don't try to sell anything of  significant value this way.

5.    Check items before the sale to be sure you haven't including something you want by


6.    Keep pets away from the sale.

7.    Display everything neatly and individually so customers don't have to dig through boxes.

8.    Have an electrical outlet so buyers can test appliances.

9.    Have plenty of bags and newspaper for wrapping fragile items.

10. Get enough change, and keep a close eye on your cash.


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Please visit our Open House at 104 9845 Eastside RD in Vernon.
OPEN HOUSE: Sat May 25th from 11:00 to 2:00PM
Watch your children play in the pool from the comfort of your spacious covered deck. This fully furnished turn-key lakefront townhome at the Outback Resort backs onto a 2 acre man-made lake and is ideally situated next to one of two pools, a hot tub & tennis courts. Top quality finishings are found throughout this bright 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home. A Two minute walk to the Outback's private beach, marina or lakefront picnic area. Neighbouring 240 acre Provincial Park.

Please visit our Open House at 159 9845 Eastside RD in Vernon.
OPEN HOUSE: Sat May 25th from 11:00 to 2:00PM
SIMPLY THE BEST THE OUTBACK LAKEFRONT COMMUNITY HAS TO OFFER! Private. Luxurious. Masterfully designed. A retreat unlike any other featuring 270 degs of exceptional lake views, 4 beds, 4 baths, an attached garage, media room + tons of outdoor living space. Luxury cottage feel featuring dramatic wood beams, granite counters, distressed oak hardwood, vaulted ceilings & walls of windows to maximize views & invite natural light while also connecting the living space to natural forested surroundings. Live year-round in Okanagan Lake's most exclusive resort community - this exceptional resort offers private, secure and maintenance free living and features 2 pools, 4 hot tubs, 2 beaches, tennis courts, children's activities, 2 acre man-made lake, neighbouring 240 acre provincial park, tunnel-accessed lakefront picnic area and so much more. Call today for your own private viewing!!

Please visit our Open House at 5500 Lee LANE in Kelowna.
Stunning Kettle Valley Home!! This contemporary home was built by multiple TOMMIE AWARD WINNER GRIFFCO HOMES and features all the luxury finishing's at an affordable price. Features include; 9 &14 FT ceilings, a large open concept kitchen with granite counter tops, soft close cabinets, & a multi-level island, a large laundry/mudroom & a walk through pantry to the kitchen, hardwood flooring, stainless appliances, a heat pump, an oversized fireplace with floor to ceiling rock, a large master bedroom with a grand walk in closet, private deck with a lakeview, a spa-like ensuite with a custom tile shower & heated floors, built in speakers & media system including a docking station, built-in vacuum including the latest hide-a-hose technology, a large covered deck with a 45 to 50 FT backyard with room for pool. The home also has a 10 FT unfinished day light basement which could be easily suited. The house would be over 3,300 SF if finished. No expense has been sparred! You must get inside this home to truly appreciate all the luxury finishing's. A $5,000 landscaping credit is included. Call the Dion-Ivans Group today for more info or visit

We just SOLD a property located at 304 Avonlea WAY in Kelowna.
SPOTLESS MAGIC ESTATES HOME!! Featuring 4 beds (3 on the main floor), 3 baths, a den, RV parking, vaulted ceilings, a huge rec room & a private park-like backyard! Recent updates include; new hardwood/tile flooring, paint, pot lights, counter tops, fireplace & stainless appliances. This house has been meticulously cared for and needs nothing, simply move in and enjoy! Call THE DION-IVANS REAL ESTATE GROUP today to book a private showing!!

Property Type:
25.9% by First Time Buyers  (up from 16.2 in March)*
18.6% of purchases were by Move-Up Buyers  (down from 24.6% )
11.8% buying Revenue/Investment Property  (up from 10.6%)*
10.5% moving from Single Family Home to Strata Unit  (same as March – 10.6%)
5.5% moving into Retirement Home/Seniors Community  (down from 7.8%)
4.5% moving from Strata property to Single Family Home  (down from 6.1%)

* During the month of April, there was substantial increase in purchases by First-Time Buyers and a nominal bump-up in Revenue Property purchases by Investors, while other categories saw a drop or remained the same as the previous month.

Buyer Type (Family Dynamic):
24.8% Two Parent Family/Children (up from 23.1% in March)**
22.6% Empty Nesters/Retired (down from 27.5%)
21.7% Couple without Children (down from 25.8%) 
12.8% Single Male (up from 7.7%)**
10.6% Single Female (down from 12.6%)
5.3% Single Parent with Children (up from 2.2%)**

** In April, there was an increase in purchases by Two Parent Families with Children, and a significant rise in purchases by Single Males and Single Parents with Children, while other categories saw decreases.

Moving From: 
56.6% from Within OMREB Board Area  (down from 57.6% in March)
19.0% from Alberta (up from 17.9%)***
11.1% from Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island  (up from 8.7% )***
9.3% from Other Areas in BC  (down from 10.3% )
1.3% from Saskatchewan/Manitoba (down from 2.7%)
1.3% from NWT/Yukon (up from 0%)***
0.9% from Outside Canada  (down from 1.1%)
0.4% from Eastern Canada/Maritimes (down from 1.6%)

*** Compared to March, there was more movement from Alberta, Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island, and NWT/Yukon during April, and less migration from all other areas.


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Even if you’ve purchased a home before, you may still find the terms and acronyms used in the real estate industry a little baffling. What in the world does “4B/2B” mean anyway? Here’s a quick list that will help you get a handle on the most common lingo you’re likely to come across.


FP. Fireplace. It might also indicate type. For example, FP-gas.


DK. Deck.


4B/2B. The first number refers to bedrooms; the second, bathrooms. So, in this case, there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. (Sometimes the letters are left out, so you might see “4/2” in a property description.)


HDW or HWF. Hardwood floors.


In-law potential. This refers to a basement or other section of the house that can be converted into a separate apartment. 


MLS. Multiple Listing Service. This is a service that provides its members, primarily REALTORS®, with detailed information on all the properties for sale in the area.


Closing costs. These are the additional costs that are due from the buyer upon closing and often include lawyer’s fees, land transfer tax, and other costs.


AC or A/C. Air conditioning.


WD or W/D. Washer/Dryer.


Fin W/O. Finished walkout.


Of course there are many other buzzwords and acronyms you’re bound to come across when you shop for a home. Don’t be afraid to ask what they mean.


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Canadian building permits rose 8.6 per cent in March to $6.5 billion, the third consecutive monthly advance. Much of the increase was a result of large increases in the Ontario and Alberta non-residential sector which pushed non-residential permits 19 per cent higher while residential permits posted a 1.7 per cent increase.

After a significant decline in February, BC building permits increases a modest 1.7 per cent in March, with balanced contributions to growth from the residential and non-residential sectors. However, on a year-over-year basis, total building permits were close to 7 per cent lower.

Looking at permit activity in BC's four major census metropolitan areas (CMA),  permits rose 43 per cent in the Kelowna CMA from February, but were 14 per cent lower year-over-year. In the Abbotsford-Mission CMA, permits jumped 70 per cent on a monthly basis but were 21 per cent lower than March 2012. In the Vancouver CMA, permits fell 12 per cent on both a monthly basis and year-over-year. Finally, in the Victoria CMA, permits more than doubled compared to February and were 9 per cent higher than March 2012.

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We just listed a new property located at 304 Avonlea WAY in Kelowna.
SPOTLESS MAGIC ESTATES HOME!! Featuring 4 beds (3 on the main floor), 3 baths, a den, RV parking, vaulted ceilings, a huge rec room & a private park-like backyard! Recent updates include; new hardwood/tile flooring, paint, pot lights, counter tops, fireplace & stainless appliances. This house has been meticulously cared for and needs nothing, simply move in and enjoy! Call THE DION-IVANS REAL ESTATE GROUP today to book a private showing!!
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