We just listed a new property located at 198 Ritchie Court in Kelowna.
UPDATED NORTH GLENMORE HOME WITH A DETACHED GARAGE/SHOP!! This perfect starter family home with a very functional floor open plan for easy entertaining and lots of outdoor deck space to enjoy the Okanagan summers. The main floor plan is comprised of the master bedroom featuring a walk-in closet and updated ensuite. A second bedroom, lovely updated kitchen, eating nook, full bathroom and sunken living room make up the rest of the main floor plan. The additional square footage in the lower level features a sprawling third bedroom, bright and open family room, laundry, 2pc bathroom (possible to add shower), and large storage area. You'll love the fenced backyard with stamped concrete walkways & grass area for kids or pets! A single detached, insulated, heated garage with 220 power is another bonus to this property. Other features include A/C, S.S. appliances, fresh paint, gas outlet on deck, storage shed & RV parking. The home fabulously located at the end of the cul-de-sac & close to parks, elementary schools, trails, shopping, UBCO and airport. THIS PROPERTY IS MARKETED BY THE DION-IVANS REAL ESTATE TEAM of Royal LePage Kelowna. Call/text (250-575-5255) for more information or visit WWW.KELOWNAHOMEFINDERS.CA. (id:2493)

For some people, the thought of listing their home for sale is stressful. They
worry about all the things they have to do — and all the things that might go
wrong.Luckily, it doesn't have to be that way. Here are some tips for making your
home sale go smoothly:

· Give yourself time to prepare. If you're thinking of selling six months
from now, start preparing your property now. Do any necessary staging,
and get it looking its best. Avoid doing these tasks at the last minute.

· Set the right price. Pricing your property too high will likely result in few,
if any, buyers coming to see it. You might end up having to lower your
price later, causing your home to linger even longer on the market.
That's stress you don't need!

· Have a flexible viewing schedule. If you make it too difficult for buyers to
see your property, they might lose interest or simply choose to buy
another home. Be as flexible as possible when a buyer wants to view
your property.

· Plan get-away activities. When a buyer comes for a scheduled viewing,
don't be home. Instead, plan some fun activities for your family. Think:
playground, shopping, cycling, the zoo, etc.

· Accept the ups and downs. Prospective buyers might say they love your
home and plan to make an offer. Then you don't hear from them again! It
happens! Accept the inevitable ups and downs of selling your home.

· Get help with repairs. You'll probably have things that need to be fixed
around the home, like a dripping faucet that needs repair or a room that
needs painting. If possible, hire a professional to do some of that work.

· Finally, work with a great real estate team like The Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team!

That will make the biggest difference in ensuring your move goes smoothly and stress-free.

Looking for a real estate agent like that? Call us!


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Not everyone is a pro when it comes to real estate. For example, one might not understand mortgage rates, loans, or the reason why market values drop and rise every year, but there are a few “common knowledge facts” that everyone seems to feel pretty confident about; after all, everybody knows them, right?  

What happens when what we think we know about real estate is actually common myth and not fact at all. Who gets hurt? Both the buyer and the seller!

That's why the pros at The Dion-Ivan Real Estate have come together today to share common misconceptions about the real estate world.  

Real Estate Myths You Probably Believed

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Spring Is The Best Time To Sell

Well the warmth of spring create a favourable time to move it might not necessarily be the best time to sell a house. We see it all the time! Everyone thinks spring is the best time to sell, So what do they do? They sell of course! However, that means that the market is soon flooded. The truth is not many home buyers start looking right after the new year. So, why not beat the rush and put your house on the market as early as January or February? You'd be surprised how many bids you get for your house, and you'll feel twice as smart.

“I Can Sell My Home Myself”

Many homeowners first knee jerk reaction when they hear a realtor’s commission is to back out and sell their home themselves. While you certainly can sell your home yourself, and some people have great success, the majority of homeowners create much more trouble then it's worth to save on the commission. There's so much behind the scenes work a real estate agent does for their clients. From marketing, research, networking, contract drafting, market pricing, and so much more, real estate agents can put hundreds of hours in to sell your home. You must ask yourself if you realistically have the time and knowledge to sell your own home successfully and still get the same value that a qualified real estate agent would be able to get you. As with everything in life, you don't know what you don't know. This is especially true when it comes to real estate. People can easily get sucked into contracts that are unfair causing them to lose out on more money then they ever would have saved by not hiring a professional. For example, a buyer may receive a contract that is conditioned on the buyer selling their house. This may seem fine, but does the seller know to look for an escape clause or what it means for them if there is none? A real estate agent is truly your best friend when buying or selling your home.

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A Home Doesn’t Need To Be Staged

This one is huge! Many people think if they have a nice house it doesn't matter if they stage it or not; However, the truth is whether your spending an hour tidying up or weeks decluttering your home, staging your house might be the most important step you do. The first thing a potential buyer is going to request is photos of your home, and this is your best chance to make a positive first impression. If the if the buyer does not feel that your house is clean, cozy, and bright, they may scroll right past your home, never giving it another thought. It doesn't take much clean up the papers, remove the sweaty gym bag, and throw your dishes in the dishwasher before the photos are taken. Likewise, your home exterior needs to be staged as well. The outside of your home sets the tone for the rest of the tour. Mow the lawn, remove the trash, and make sure any toys or unsightly furniture is hidden out of sight. For more tips on successfully staging your home click here.

Whether you’re buying or selling your home, knowledge is power. When looking for good information on real estate, give your local professionals a call! Do not get sucked down the rabbit hole that is Google, which is filled with myths and facts that are hard to untangle.

For more information on buying or selling your home in the Kelowna and Okanagan area, give the trusted professionals of Dion-Ivans Real Estate team a call today!


We just listed a new property located at 515 Houghton Road in Kelowna.
TOP FLOOR OVER 1300SQ FT MINT CONDITION, TASTEFULLY UPDATED BRIGHT, CHEERFUL & OFFERS BEAUTIFUL SOUTHWEST VIEWS!! This Meticulous 2 Bed, 2 Bath + Den Condo shows Amazing!! The Bedrooms are Separated by the Living Space giving each Room Privacy and they are both generous in sizeespecially the Master Bedroom! The Kitchen and the Living Room flow together perfectly to provide Open Concept Living + there are lots of Windows delivering tons of Natural Light. The Kitchen overlooks the Living Room perfect for ENTERTAINING and has a Sit Up Bar to watch all the action in the Kitchen. The Living Room & the Den both offer the luxury of HIGH CEILINGS! The Master Bedroom is unseen in Condo Living. its HUGE and the Ensuite offers a very Functional Layout and Ample Closet Space! This unit comes with 1 U/G Parking Stall + a Storage Locker. The Location is Stellarjust across the street from Shopping, Restaurants, and other Amenities! This Condo is Proudly Marketed by the DION-IVANS REAL ESTATE TEAM of Royal Lepage Kelowna. Visit WWW.KELOWNAHOMEFINDERS.CA for more information! (id:2493)

The Bank of Canada left its target for the overnight rate unchanged at 1.75 per cent this morning. In the statement accompanying the decision, the Bank noted that the outlook for the Canadian economy is moderating due to  falling oil prices and mandatory production cuts in Alberta and a slowdown in global demand due to US-China trade tensions. As a result, the Bank has trimmed its forecast for Canadian economic growth in 2019 from 2.1 per cent to 1.7 per cent.  Total inflation is being dragged lower by falling gasoline prices, though core inflation remains near the Bank's 2 per cent target.

While the direction of future monetary policy remains tilted toward higher interest rates, our baseline forecast is for a single rate hike as the most likely outcome for 2019. With a housing market battered by the stress test and signs of slowing growth elsewhere in the economy, it will be difficult for the Bank to accelerate monetary tightening beyond a gradual pace.  A less hawkish Bank of Canada, along with a steep fall in Canadian bond yields, should translate to mortgage rates flattening out or even moving slightly lower in 2019. 

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