It’s time for round two of The Local Life, a new feature where I highlight some of the best things about living in the Okanagan. Last week I showcased a few of Kelowna’s lesser known restaurants so this week it only makes sense to follow it up with a dessert themed blog!

 

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’re in luck because our city has been blessed with some amazingly decadent desserts. Below you’ll find a few of my personal favourites but if you’ve got suggestions on others I need to check out, feel free sound off in the comments below. Now, let’s explore some sweet treats!


Parlour Ice Cream

Being relatively new to downtown hasn’t stopped Parlour Ice Cream from making a big impact right away. They claim to be obsessed with local and it shows with flavours like Carmel Apple Cheesecake made with fresh BC apples, Whisky Hazelnut made with Okanagan Spirits Whisky and Gellatly Nut Farm Hazelnuts, and their Coffee Chocolate Chunk made with Bean Scene coffee and Bernard Calibaut chocolate. This is craft ice cream at its finest!


Pakwaan Restaurant

I’ve talked about the best neighbourhoods in Kelowna before but if you’re a foodie, Glenmore is something special. Pakwaan Restaurant is just one more reason to follow your stomach to the north end of town. With their mix of traditional Indian and Greek food, you get the best of two culinary worlds but for this post, I want to highlight their loukoumades. These are vanilla flavoured Greek deep fried doughnuts served with vanilla ice cream and garnished with nuts. Sounds divine, right? Well they taste even better than they sound! A must try if you’re craving something sweet.


Raudz

I could probably do a whole article about Raudz. Heck, I might, just to give myself an excuse to eat there more often. Since we’re focusing on Kelowna desserts, we have to give Chef Rod Butters and his team a shout out. This is another place that focuses on being as local as possible and their lineup of post dinner sweets is incredible. It changes from season to season but the standouts right now are the chocolate caramel crunch, the spiced chai vanilla crème brulee, and the Raudz Signature Dessert, a double chocolate mashed potato almond brioche. Don’t question mashed potatoes as dessert. Just indulge!


The Perking Lot at Kelowna General Hospital

OK, this might seem like a weird one but before you judge, go try their cheddar scones. Go on, I’ll wait.

[Hums a little tune.]  Told you! The Perking Lot is tucked away at KGH and is home to some of the best baking I’ve ever had. The scones melt in your mouth, the muffins are moist and flavourful, and the cinnamon buns are disturbingly delicious. They also make a mean pot of coffee there so if you’re in the neighbourhood, make sure you pick something up. All the funds go to the help the hospital so you’re doing a good deed by sampling a pastry or two!

 

I could go on and on and on but I’ll pull the plug here. Maybe I’ll do a second round of this in a few months but for now, my sweet tooth is sated and I hope yours is too! Speaking of sweet, how sweet would it be to enjoy some dessert out on the patio of your brand new home? If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Kelowna this spring, get in touch with me today!

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If you took a survey of the things people missed most during the winter, stuff like flip-flops, shorts, and beach days would mostly round out the list. But for most homeowners, the sight they long for most of all would probably have to be the sight of green grass in their yard. There’s something special about a lush lawn that everyone appreciates. Plus it makes your property look great.

 

For months our lawns disappear under a blanket of snow, waiting for the spring thaw. As soon as days start getting longer and the temperature starts to rise, everyone sets out to restore their lawns to their former glory. But to get a lush, green lawn that’s the envy of your street, you’ve got to get a running start in spring! Here are five key steps you can take right now to ensure you have a beautiful and healthy yard all year long.

 

Give Your Equipment a Tune Up

 

Before you even start to think about working on your lawn, you need to ensure your mower’s ready to go. This means changing the oil, tightening up any loose bolts or fasteners, and replacing your spark plugs with fresh ones. You should also make sure the air filter is clean. And don't forget to have your blade sharpened! It makes a huge difference but be careful and make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions.

 

Evaluate Your Lawn

 

Once all the snow has melted, take a moment to walk all over your lawn for an inspection. Take note of any dead spots, snow mold, or raw patches of earth that could use some reseeding. Bring a rake with you to clean up dead leaves or break up any thatched areas that may have formed over the winter.

 

Take Care of Snow Mold

 

If you find a spot of snow mold or another type of lawn fungus, take a rake and gently break up the matted grass so it can dry. Often, this will be enough to dry out the mold and get the grass in the area growing again. However, depending on the extent of the damage, you might have to patch or reseed the area.

 

Reseed Where Needed

 

For any bare spots or even the areas of your lawn that look a little thin, overseeding is a great way to return it to a lush, full, “let’s walk around barefoot” state. This is simple to do too. Just spread a liberal amount of grass seed over the area you want to patch, add some fertilizer and about a half inch of topsoil, and gently rake the mixture in with the grass and soil. Make sure you water these patches thoroughly every day until the seeds start to germinate.

 

Plant While It's Still Cool

 

Although we like to think plants prefer hot weather, the cooler temperatures of spring make it easier for roots to take hold and are the best time to get your lawn seeded. If you’ve been thinking of adding any shrubs, bushes, or trees, get it done at the same time to ensure they get the best start before the scorching days of summer sneak up on you. It’s better for the plants and more fun to do when you’re not melting in +35 weather.

 

Follow this guide and your lawn will be the talk of the town by summertime! And if you’ve been wondering if the grass might be greener in a new home, then don’t pro-grass-tinate… let’s talk today! I can help make selling or buying a home in Kelowna easier on you!

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How do you feel about your bathroom? Do you consider it a place to relax and let the cares of the day simply melt away? Or is it just another room to keep clean? If your attitude leans toward the latter, there’s a good chance your bathroom isn’t as magical as it can possibly be.  Luckily, transforming it from ordinary to oasis doesn’t have to drain your bank account or result in a long, drawn out renovation. There are plenty of ways for you to reinvent your bathroom space, some of which you can even tackle yourself at a budget friendly cost! Here are five bathroom upgrades that’ll knock your socks off.


A Fresh Coat of Paint

When it comes to redefining the feel of a room at an affordable price, there’s nothing better than a fresh coat of paint. A quick colour swap can totally transform the entire appearance and feel of your bathroom. Plus, if you’re willing to dirty an outfit and sacrifice a weekend, you can take this one on yourself. Head to a paint store and find a shade that matches your desired colour scheme. In no time at all, your bathroom will seem like a whole new place.


Soak It Up

If you want to turn your bathroom into a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere, it all starts with the tub. Once upon a time, finding a nice, deep soaker tub with jets was something that was highly expensive. Now, prices have dropped enough that you can find one to happily soak your nights away in without breaking the bank. I highly recommend splurging for the jets though. Trust me.


Fix Up Your Fixtures

With new paint and a new tub put in, your current fixtures might seem a little out of date by comparison. That’s an easy fix though. From towel racks to faucets and shower hardware, new fixtures are an easy-ish and effective way to show off your sense of style and bring your bathroom back into the 21st century.


Flooring

Your new bathroom deserves to look good from top to bottom. Much like the tub and fixtures, prices have come down enough on flooring that this doesn’t have to be an expensive project. Find something stylish and durable that matches the new look you’re going for. If you really want to go all out, spoil yourself with heated floors. There’s nothing quite like a toasty set of toes on a cold morning.


Bring the Light

Good lighting is important in any room but it’s vital in a bathroom. If your current lighting situation is more cave-like that spa-like, it’s time for an upgrade. Modern fixtures are set up to use fewer bulbs more effectively. Add in a dimmer switch so you’ve got the option to switch between bright lights while you’re getting ready or a dimmed out atmosphere during a candlelight soak. This is also a great time to swap out any old bulbs with new, energy efficient LED ones. They’ll last for years and make a majour dent in your power bill.

 

Too many people see their bathroom as nothing more than a functional space to, uh, do their business in. The fact is it has the potential to be so much more! Speaking of potential, I’d love to help you find your potential dream home. If you’re looking to buy real estate in Kelowna, get in touch with me today.

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Since everyone else is doing these “what to do in the New Year” type blog posts, I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon about something that’s important to me: organization. I try to be organized. I really do. At work, I’m great. But at home? Not so much. So, in the spirit of new beginnings, here are a few suggestions on how to organize your home and life for a happier, less cluttered 2018.

 

Keep Your Junk drawer Organized

Ah, the mighty junk drawer. It’s where half used batteries, old bills, and loose change gather. Junk drawers are necessary (it’s true!) but try sorting it every few month to keep the mess down.


Check Expiration Dates

I think we’re all pretty good for going through our fridges to ditch food past its prime but what about your pantry? Your medicine cabinet? Your toiletry drawer? It’s amazing how many out of date products linger in these places, usually without us even knowing it. Sort through them and remove whatever’s expired.


Organize Your Pictures

When I was growing up, my parents kept a bunch of shoeboxes filled with old pictures and film negatives under the bed. With digital photography, we now have the electronic equivalent of those shoe boxes jamming up our phones and computers.

You probably don’t need all 700 of the photos you took on your last weekend trip so why not pick the ones you think are worth printing and delete the rest? If you can’t bear to get rid of any of them, at least get them off your devices by backing them up to an external hard drive or an online storage service. Your phone will thank you.


Make Sure Your Food Containers Have Lids

I think cupboards that store food containers are the new sock-eating dryer because I have lost an insane amount of lids over the years. But do I get rid of the container? Nope, because I’m sure that lid will turn up somewhere.

If this sounds familiar, it’s time we rip off the band-aid and get rid of those containers! Sort through your cupboard to see which tops and bottoms match up, then recycle the rest.


Get Rid of Odd Socks

Speaking of socks, those missing ones aren’t coming back. Maybe they’re hiding in the house. Maybe they’re stuck inside a sweater you never wear (and should also get rid of). Or maybe they’ve ended up in Narnia. Wherever they went, their lonely partners are just cluttering up your drawers. If you can’t turn them back into a pair within a week, get rid of the loner sock.


Sort Through Your Instruction Manuals

Do you get rid of the manuals after you buy an appliance or device? Congratulations. You’re a stronger person than most of us. For some reason, we have a tendency to keep manuals for items we have. Or worse, got rid of years ago.  Go through and recycle the manuals you don’t need. Or, better yet, pop online and download PDF versions of them all. That way you’ll have them on hand but they won’t be taking up any space in your home… or that junk drawer you carefully organized in step #1.

 

Obviously I could go on but truthfully, the best tip for organizing your home is… JUST DO IT! Once you do, I promise you’ll feel a lot better. And if you feel like you could use a new home to get organized in, get in touch with me today! Let’s go through those Kelowna real estate listings together and see if we can you into your dream home.

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I don’t know about you but I’m already 100% in the Christmas spirit. I know, I know. It’s still early but I can’t help it! I was able to resist when the stores began putting up their decorations. I stayed strong even when the holiday songs started playing at the mall. But as soon as people in my neighbourhood put up their Christmas lights, it hit me.

There’s something special about a street where everyone lights up their yards in the spirit of the season. And with the nice weather we’ve had (aka, no snow!) I figured more people might start putting theirs up so I was inspired to write an illuminating article (see what I did there?) on how to hang your Christmas lights safely.

 

Plan It Out

While it might seem fun to let sudden inspiration dictate how you decorate your yard, it’s better to draw up a plan beforehand. After all, even master artists have an idea of what they’re going to paint before they paint it. Start by taking a photo of your home with your phone. Next, head inside, have a cup of something warm and chocolaty, and spend some time imagining what your layout will be. I guarantee it’ll make the process much easier if you sketch out what’s going where before you begin.

 

Measure and Test

This one’s important. You don’t want to start attaching lights only to find out that what you remembered as a 40 foot string is actually only 20 feet long. Figure out what you have ahead of time so you’re not coming up short. And please, please, please test them BEFORE you go outside. How frustrating would it be to finish your masterpiece only to have it stay dark when you plug it in? Measure twice, test once. Isn’t that the saying of all professional Christmas light hangers?

 

Balance is Key

Instead of only focusing on your roof or one tree, spread your lights out! A nice, even smattering of illumination is far more festive than one lump of brightness in a dark yard. If you’ve already run lights along your eaves trough, consider wrapping more around windows, doors, and pillars as well. Next, focus on any bushes, tree, paths, or statues. If the top of your house is lit, add some to the bottom. If all the lights are on your house, consider moving some closer to the street to add depth. The goal is to have a nice balance.


Safety First!

Climbing up on a ladder while you carry the equivalent of a bunch of electric ropes when there’s potentially ice and snow out... yeah, that’s a recipe for disaster. This is the kind of job that’s best done with two people. If you are climbing a ladder, hang a bucket from the rungs with an S hook and keep your lights inside. It’s a great way to keep them out of the way as you work. Speaking of keeping things out of the way, make sure you don’t run extension cords across walking paths. Instead, try using power stakes. They’re a great way to get power outlets where you need them without having a spider’s web of cords all over your yard.

 

Whether you’re only hanging up a string or two or have decided to go full Clark Griswold this year, hopefully this gave you a decent little primer on how to safely light your yard. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

And if you’ve been thinking you need a bigger or smaller home to hang your lights on, get in touch with me! I’d be happy to help you find a new home for the holidays. Who knows? I might even help you with your lights.

 

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When you’re on vacation, the allure of securing a place in paradise year round can be intoxicating. How can you bottle that vacation bliss? Buying a second home is the most commonly contemplated answer.

Vacation home ownership offers distinct perks. However, it also entails a significant investment of money, time and other resources. Like any major financial decision, it’s worthy of careful consideration. Ask yourself the following questions before you purchase a vacation home.

1. Can You Afford a Second Home?

This is the most important question to ask yourself. Vacation home ownership can be expensive, with costs extending beyond the down payment, mortgage, taxes and insurance to include:

  • Upkeep and fees: Maintenance may include yard work, pool care, cleaning, repairs, etc. Buying a condominium might divest you of some of these demands, but generally there’s a condo fee to pay in return.
  • Furnishings and supplies: Unless you buy a fully furnished home, you’ll need to pay to outfit your vacation property.
  • Travel and entertainment: Don’t forget to factor in travel costs to and from your vacation home, plus the additional costs associated with vacationing - e.g., eating out, entertaining and enjoying local recreation.

2. What Mortgage Rate Can You Get On a Vacation Home?

Interest rates on second home mortgages are typically on par with primary residential mortgages. Furthermore, mortgage interest and property taxes are tax deductible. Be aware though that interest rates and tax laws change if you own three or more homes and/or if you rent a property.

3. Do You Want to Travel?

If you consistently enjoy one vacation spot, buying a second home in that location might make sense. However, if you prefer a variety of travel experiences, a vacation home investment might tie you to one destination, leaving you feeling like your options are limited.

4. How Frequently Can You Visit?

Consider your schedule flexibility and the distance to your potential vacation home. Both factors are prime determinants of how frequently you might visit. I would suggest calculating your annual expenditures to support a second home, then dividing the total by the estimated number of visits per year. This yields a per-trip cost that can be compared to the cost of other vacation alternatives. (For more, see: Vacation Property Walkthrough: Renting Out a Vacation Home.)

5. Should You Rent Your Vacation Home?

One way to defray the costs of second home ownership (and justify occasional use), is to rent out your vacation home. While this can generate income to offset ownership costs, renting also brings additional expenses and responsibilities such as:

  • Cleaning services.
  • Property management.
  • Additional maintenance requirements.
  • Wear and tear.
  • Additional tax reporting requirements.

Tax note: People often anticipate income tax benefits associated with real estate depreciation expenses for vacation homes. However, relatively low income limits prevent passive loss utilization for many individuals. Be sure to seek tax advice before considering rental property ownership.

6. Do You Enjoy Hassle-Free Vacations?

A vacation should be a time to relax and enjoy, but second home ownership comes with responsibilities and repairs. If you don’t want to take care of these while visiting, then a second home might not be right for you.

7. Is the Property Easy to Maintain?

Some properties are easier to maintain than others, like condos versus single family homes. It’s important to evaluate the costs and time involved, plus resources available locally.

8. Have You Visited During Different Seasons?

Second home ownership is year round (unless you buy a timeshare unit), while most tourist destinations are highly seasonal. While you might love a location during your vacation, it could offer a completely different experience at other times of the year. Be sure to visit during off season, to explore the climate, community, resources, etc., particularly if you’re thinking of living there year round in the future.

9. Are You Vacationing With Young Kids?

A summer getaway with young kids can be great, particularly if one parent doesn’t work and you can "summer away." However, children’s habits change as they age. For example, tweens and teens often become engaged in summer sports, social networks and other activities that might tie you to your primary residential location during summers to come.

10. Are You Buying At the Top of the Market?

The real estate market has been hot for several years, as the economy recovers and interest rates have remained historically low. While a low interest rate environment makes financing affordable, an uptick in rates or a downturn in the economy could negatively affect future property values. If you’re buying now, make sure you’re in it for the long haul and that you’ll be comfortable if the value of your vacation home fluctuates.

11. What Is the Projected Resale Value and Tax Impact?

It’s always important to consider potential resale value for any property you purchase. Real estate in vacation destinations can be highly cyclical, meaning that values can vacillate far more than other year-round locations. Evaluate historical values to get a feel for possible resale value. Also, beware that second home sales do not qualify for the principle residence.

12. Could Your Vacation Home Become Your Retirement Home?

Many of these considerations apply if you intend for your vacation home to become your retirement home in the future. Additional recommendations include proximity to family and friends, and renting for a year before making a permanent commitment.  If you hesitated on a few points, traditional vacationing might still be the best solution for you. Conversely, if you’ve made it through this list and are still excited by the prospect of a vacation home, then it’s time to delve further and meet with a financial advisor who can help you develop a plan that evaluates financing, tax, and related financial matters, relative to your financial and life goals. 

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Starting a real estate investing business does sound like an intimidating decision. While it is definitely one of the best ways to make money, there are so many real estate questions one needs to answer before knowing whether he/she is ready to take on this journey. Let’s take a look at what real estate questions you should think about if you are considering buying a rental property and becoming a real estate investor:

 

1. What is my budget?

For any investment, including real estate investing, you first need to know how much you can afford spending at the very beginning, i.e., what your budget is. The answer to the first among the many important real estate questions depends on your savings and your monthly income. While it is advisable to pay at least a 20% down payment on your investment property, make sure you don’t go broke since the start. You will need more money to close the deal and keep going.

2. What are my financing options?

While we are on financing, let’s talk about other financing options in addition to your own savings and income. If you are not paying fully in cash, you will need to take a loan in the form of a mortgage from the bank, from friends/relatives, from other real estate investors, or from any other reliable source with reasonable interest rates and conditions.

3. What is the best location for my income property?

#3 among the most important real estate questions concerns the location of your future investment property. You need to perform a careful real estate market analysis of potential locations before being able to decide on the best place in your case. For first-time investors, it is advisable to go into familiar markets to avoid unneeded surprises.

4. Is out-of-state real estate investing good for you?

Related to the location of your property, you should also ask yourself about the option of going for out-of-state real estate investing. Investing beyond the 20-mile radius is one of the ongoing real estate questions in general. While it complicates matters because of the need to travel (spending both time and money), it frequently offers opportunities unavailable in your local real estate market. If real estate market analysis shows that a location outside your city or even state is the best option at the moment, don’t be afraid to try it out. Just make sure to factor in the additional costs associated with it.

5. What kind of property is the best for you?

Another among the real estate questions you need to investigate is what kind of property is most appropriate for you. If you are just starting your real estate investing career, go for something cheaper and simpler. It is better to start with a single-family home and then move to multi-family properties as you gain more experience.

6. Are you ready to be a landlord?

In most cases, having a real estate investing business is not only about being a real estate investor but also about becoming a landlord. And to be honest, that’s not a job for everyone. You have to be very organized in your work and to be very affirmative with your future tenants in order to succeed as a landlord without constant headaches. So, another of the many real estate questions you should think about before buying a rental property is whether or not you are ready and willing to be a landlord.

7. Should you go traditional or Airbnb?

There are two main ways of renting out an investment property: traditionaland Airbnb. Both have pros and cons, and we cannot neglect the rising trend of short-term rentals in the real estate market. In order to give an answer to #7 in the most important real estate questions, you should factor your personal preferences, your skills as a landlord and an Airbnb host, your property (some rental properties are just better for traditional and some for Airbnb), and your location. If you decide to go for Airbnb, make sure you study the local legislation in this regard.

8. Should you go on your own?

You can invest in real estate either on your own or with other investors. Actually real estate partnerships have numerous advantages, especially for first-time buyers and investors: additional financing, more experience, various expertise, sharing the investment risk, sharing the workload, etc. Of course, they also come with some complications: sharing the profit, dealing with partners, risk of being cheated, etc. Having said that, you should also know that there is nothing wrong with investing on your own if you can afford it and are knowledgeable enough. So, that’s definitely one of the real estate questions to give some thought to.

9. Should you use professional property management?

Real estate investing does not finish with buying an income property. This is just the beginning. Once you’ve purchased your rental property, you have to manage it. This includes finding, retaining, and dealing with tenants; doing fixes and maintenance works; dealing with taxes and legal issues; etc. You can do all these on your own or you can hire professional property management, which however comes at a price. So, you should answer this one among the real estate questions after considering your budget, your expected cash flow, and your time availability.

10. Should you stay at your full-time job?

Well, that’s maybe the only of the real estate questions with a clear answer: YES! If you are just entering the world of real estate investing, do not by any means leave your permanent job. After all, that’s your secure source of income, at least until you get enough experience and enough rental properties to guarantee yourself a good rental income. That’s actually one of the best things about real estate investing: that it can be a part-time job, so it acts as an additional, complementary source of income. Of course, once you’ve grown enough, you can decide to become a professional real estate investor and make even more money than in your 9-to-5 job.

While there are many, many real estate questions one should think about before jumping into buying an income property, above is a list of the 10 most important ones. Try to answer these as clearly as possible before you confirm that you want to become an investor.

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The days of quick, easy financing are over, and the tightened credit market can make it tough to secure loans for investment properties. Still, a little creativity and preparation can bring financing within reach of many real estate investors.


The housing-market crash has become a distant memory, and home prices are looking healthy again. But does that mean there are good opportunities for investing in the residential real-estate market?  Home values are climbing in most places.

 

But while interest rates remain low, the days of quick, easy financing are over, and the tightened credit market can make it tough to secure loans for investment properties. Still, a little creativity and preparation can bring financing within reach of many real-estate investors.

 

If you’re ready to borrow for a residential investment property, these five tips can improve your chances of success.

1. Make a sizable down payment

Since mortgage insurance won’t cover investment properties, you’ll need to put at least 20 percent down to secure traditional financing.

2. Be a ‘strong borrower’

Although many factors — among them the loan-to-value ratio and the policies of the lender you’re dealing with — can influence the terms of a loan on an investment property, you’ll want to check your credit score before attempting a deal.

 

3. Shy away from big banks

If your down payment isn’t quite as big as it should be or if you have other extenuating circumstances, consider going to a neighborhood credit union for financing rather than a large national financial institution.  They’re going to have a little more flexibility.  They also may know the local market better and have more interest in investing locally.

Mortgage brokers are another good option because they have access to a wide range of loan products — but do some research before settling on one.

 

4. Ask for owner "Vendor Take Back" financing

A request for owner financing used to make sellers suspicious of potential buyers, during the days when almost anyone could qualify for a bank loan. But now, it’s more acceptable due to the tightening of credit.

 

Most banks won't accept this as part of your financing so you will probably have use "Private" financing for the remainder of the mortgage if the vendor hasn't offered the full amount.  Typical terms would be a Prime + 5 with interest only payments on a 1 year term.  If you need advice on where to go for private financing feel free to call Jeff Parker's office for advice.

5. Think creatively

If you’re looking at a good property with a high chance of profit, consider securing a down payment or renovation money through a home equity line of credit, from credit cards or even via some life-insurance policies.  Financing for the actual purchase of the property might be possible through private, personal loans, investors and/or individual private lenders.


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But many of the ancillary costs of homeownership take homeowners by surprise, including property taxes, insurance, utility bills, and more. Homeowners can spend more than $9,000 per year on these hidden homeownership and maintenance costs.  You don’t want to fall in love with a home only to find out that the cost of living there will have you over-extended. Here’s a guide to the line items you should be considering, so you’re not shocked when the bills start arriving.

Closing Costs

As you close on your mortgage, get ready for these costs: Legal fees and title insurance. Typically this will run you somewhere between $1,000 and $2,000 depending on the size of your purchase.

 

Home Maintenance

In general, you should plan on paying 1 to 2 percent of the value of your home every year in maintenance and upkeep, according to the Harvard University Joint Center on Housing Studies.

But that number varies, upkeep on condominiums or attached townhomes tends to be lower than single-family homes on their own land.  Some of the most common maintenance requests were house cleaning, yard care, gutter cleaning and pressure washing. Prices do vary widely based on location. Your agent and home inspector can help you estimate what routine jobs will cost in your neighborhood and area, especially when it comes to first-year costs.

Property Taxes

Property taxes don’t just vary by province, and they’re not stagnant — they also increase or decrease based on city, ordinance, and even specific house. If you believe your property taxes are higher than they should be compared with other homes in your area, you can hire a lawyer to help grieve your taxes (usually for a percentage of the money that person saves you). You can also do it yourself and save the fees.

Utilities  

Utility costs can be as high a number as property taxes running a couple hundred dollars or more.

Estimates change with climate. To get a clear sense of what to budget, ask a friend with a home in the neighborhood you’re considering to give you a peek at his or her monthly bills, making sure to adjust for the size of their home versus yours. This can also be eye-opening when it comes to lawn care, water bills, and even the local price of groceries.

Homeowners Insurance

If you’re getting a mortgage, you’ll be required to have homeowners insurance. And even if you pay cash for your home, you should have it anyway. You’re best off buying a replacement cost policy which will cover the cost of replacing the items that get stolen or damaged in a fire, rather than one that gives you the depreciated value of the items lost.

You can save yourself a significant amount by shopping around, both online and off. And ask about what discounts you can get, including discounts for security systems, working from home, and bundling coverage for your home with your auto insurance policy.

Finally, be aware of the limitations of homeowners insurance. Policies tend to only protect a home and possessions within, but if you’re buying a condominium, the co-op might require a liability rider for accidents on the property. And if you’re in a flood zone, you’ll need flood insurance as well.

 

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Emergency Preparedness Essentials


Emergency situations such as fire, extreme weather and power outages can happen without warning. By taking the time to prepare for a possible disaster now, you and your family will be equipped to handle a crisis if one ever occurs.

Fire Escape Route and Meeting Spot
It can take a mere five minutes for a fire to engulf your entire home. This is one reason having an escape plan is so important. Include at least two exit routes in your plan in case one is blocked, and designate a safe location for everyone in your household to meet. Identifying a secondary location outside your neighborhood is good to have in the event it's not safe to return or you're asked to evacuate.

List of Emergency Contacts
Make laminated cards with a list of important phone numbers for each family member. This might include contact information for the local authorities and emergency services as well as your nearest relatives.

Home Safety Items
Be prepared in case an emergency does occur by having these home safety items:

  • Fire Extinguisher -- Keep one on each floor, and check them annually to make sure they're functioning properly.
  • First-Aid Kit -- Store it in a central location, such as the kitchen, and make sure everyone knows where it is.
  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors -- Install detectors in each room and test them once a month. Use long-life lithium batteries to cut back on replacements.
  • Food and Water -- Put together a three-day supply of nonperishable foods and at least three gallons of water for each member of your household.

There's often very little time to react in a crisis. But with a little planning and prep work, you can be well-equipped and ready to respond accordingly.

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How to Keep Your Home from Looking Like a Haunted House to Potential Buyers

 

Every October, do you get complimented on your haunted house decorations even though you didn’t put any up? Yeah, then it might be time to freshen up your home’s exterior. You want potential buyers to get a ‘family home” feel when they look at your property. It’s no good if the Addams Family is what comes to mind.

Worn out paint, creaky steps, and overgrown landscaping scare people off. Plus, it hurts your bottom line. If people think your home is a fixer-upper, they’re going to offer far, far less for it. Here are a few easy exterior home repairs to impress potential buyers.

 

Improve Your Landscaping

 

A well-kept yard is an immediate attention getter so make sure you keep the grass trimmed, green, and luscious. For bonus points, grab a lawn edger and clean up the borders around your driveway and sidewalks. You’d be shocked at how quickly it’ll transform the look of your lawn. While you’re at it, trim any hedges and bushes, remove fallen leaves and twigs, and plant a few flowers. It’s a small investment that’ll pay off in the long run.


Clean Things Up


When going on job interviews, you dress to impress, right? Well, a home with clogged gutters, grimy siding, and filthy windows is the equivalent of showing up to an interview in a hot sauce stained t-shirt. A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you don’t take care of the inside either, no matter how nice it is. Clean out your eaves trough and invest in (or rent) a pressure washer to spray down the siding, deck, driveway, and sidewalks.


Make Repairs


Big things like broken windows or a saggy roof have a majour impact on how likely someone is to purchase your house so it’s worth taking care of those before you list. Even if you prefer to leave stuff like that for the buyer to take care of, there are still plenty of little things that can be fixed to help the image of your house. Tightening loose railings, replacing cracked paving stones, and changing burnt out or broken lights will help add a little more curb appeal. Heck, even switching out faded house numbers can help!


Paint

 

You’d be mistaken if you thought, “Well I’ve got siding so I don’t need to paint.” Sure, you don’t need to paint the entire exterior of the house but there are a few other things that could be touched up. Any wooden stairs or railings would benefit from some stain. Grab a can of white paint and touch up the frames around your windows to make them look new without actually replacing them. And painting your front door, especially in a colour that contrasts with the house, will really make your entryway pop and feel more inviting.

 

Almost everything here could be taken care of in an afternoon. I guarantee that if you put in a little bit of time and some elbow grease to do these simple fixes, you’ll have more potential buyers enquiring about your home. Plus they’ll be willing to make higher offers to boot!

If you’ve been contemplating buying or selling a home and want to learn more about making a great first impression, get in touch with me today. Whether you’re after a fixer-upper or want something move in ready, I’d love to help you find your next Kelowna property!

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When searching through real estate listings, there’s plenty to consider before purchasing property; finding a great location in the Kelowna area to buy a house should be top priority, and here… we’re lucky. We have plenty of amazing communities to choose from. Try making a list of the things that matter to you. A couple of things to consider? Location, amenities, schools and crime. Take a look!  

 


Location

Whether you want to live in the eco-friendly neighbourhood of Wilden or invest in a waterfront property along Upper Mission, when searching through home listings in Central Okanagan, you really can’t go wrong. Try compiling a list of amenities you want in close proximity and search for homes within those guidelines. For example, if you want to be near a variety of shopping and restaurant options, choosing a home in Glenmore or Lower Mission would be a great idea. Or, if you crave a quiet country lifestyle, property in South East Kelowna may be more what you’re looking for.

 

Amenities

Do you love checking out all the latest cafes and restaurants and hitting up trendy boutiques downtown on Bernard? Or perhaps you enjoy gardening to the soundtrack of birds while overlooking a picturesque view of the valley below? Whatever it is you’re after, consider buying a house in a place that will closely meet your needs.

 

Schools

If you have a family, ensuring they’re on a bus route with easy access to great schools may be worth looking into. Looking for schools in Lower Mission? There, you’ll find Okanagan Mission Secondary. Searching for property in Rutland? Rutland Middle School, Rutland Elementary and Rutland Senior Secondary are all within the area. Usually, you can’t go wrong when it comes to schools no matter which location you’re looking at but it’s still good to do some “education” pre-planning before signing any papers.

Crime

Ready to put an offer in on a home? Understanding the crime rate in that particular neighbourhood is always wise before making a commitment. You may fall in love with a certain house, but what is the area around it like? Find out about vandalism, break-ins and sex offenders before getting too attached so that way you don’t have serious realty regrets once you’re all moved in.

 

Living in Kelowna, we’re lucky to be surrounded by an overwhelming amount of quality real estate options. It’s just a matter of figuring out what it is that you like and dislike and picking a neighbourhood based on your own discretion. The ultimate question is this: Where will you and your family feel happy? I live and breathe real estate! When you’re ready to purchase a house you’ll love, I’m here for you from the very beginning. When you have questions, need advice, or just want to sign those papers already, you can count on me to ensure you’re making an informed decision about what could be the biggest decision of your life! Head over here to see my current real estate listings.  

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We’re fortunate there aren’t many natural disasters to worry about in the Okanagan. We don’t have earthquakes, tsunamis, or tornadoes but, every summer there’s one major threat: wildfires. So far, 2017 has been the second worst fire season on record for BC. It could get worse in the future so I figured now is a great time to discuss how you can protect your home from wildfire. Most of the following is from FireSmart Canada’s website which is an excellent resource on fire prevention.

 

Use Landscaping to Create a Defensible Space Around Your Home

There’s not much you can do about the woodland around you but there are precautions you can take in your yard that’ll reduce the threat of wildfire reaching your home. Try to have at least 10 metres of defensible space leading out from your house. One of the best ways to do this is to have “lean, clean, and green” landscaping. Cut large, leafy trees’ branches so they’re at least 8 feet from the ground; remove any highly combustible plants that contain oils, resin, or wax that ignite easily (junipers, red cedar, young pine, etc.); and plant moisture retaining vegetation that stays green all year long. By having a zone of low combustibility, you lower the odds of fire getting close to your home.

 

Clear Away Combustibles

We’re all guilty of letting stuff pile up in the yard so we can do one big dump run instead of a bunch of little ones. Unfortunately, that debris becomes fuel in a fire so make sure it’s cleared away as soon as possible. This includes dry leaves and grass clippings, dead brush, and stacks of firewood. Unfortunately, even wood fences and decks can catch fire easily so do what you can to ensure these are as fire resistant and far away from your home as possible.


Seal Your Home Up

Sparks and embers can enter your house through eaves and vent openings, causing a blaze to break out on the inside. You can prevent this from happening by covering all exterior attic and underfloor vents with wire mesh that has openings no larger than 1/8th of an inch. It’s a small detail but an important one.


Upgrade Your Roof

I’m sure it’s no surprise that the most vulnerable part of your home in a fire is the roof. It’s a prime target for embers to land on so make it as fire resistant as possible. Use Class A roofing materials like asphalt, clay, or slate tiles, metal, or even cement and concrete. Not only can they help fires from catching, they’re also durable, look great, and add value to your home.


Use Fire Resistant Building Materials

If you’re in an area at risk for fire, consider using fire resistant materials like stucco or masonry on outer walls instead of vinyl which can melt. Small windows hold up against heat better than large ones and having double pane or tempered glass adds another layer of protection. You should also consider buying heat resistant drapes; if a fire does make it nearby, regular curtains can burst into flame from the heat radiating through the window.

 

This post wasn’t as cheery some of my other blogs but it’s an important topic when you live in the Okanagan. Again, I highly recommend checking out the FireSmart Canada website, as well as their Homeowner’s Guide. It’s full of detailed information on how best to prepare and protect your property from wildfire.

Now that you know how to protect your home, let me help you find your perfect one! Contact me today so we can get started on getting you into the Okanagan property of your dreams.

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3 Nice Beaches To Visit In Kelowna To Avoid The Crowds


Tourist season is among us, and now that the beaches have opened back up for the season, we can expect big, big crowds at beaches like Boyce-Gyro and Kelowna City Park. For a quieter experience in the Okanagan, here are 3 more “private” beaches to visit over the summer.

 

Paul’s Tomb

Okay, okay. Most locals know about Paul’s Tomb accessed by the most popular hiking trail of all, Knox Mountain. But, with a little bit of exercise, you can hit up a relatively quiet (and dog friendly!) beach right here in Kelowna. The Lake Okanagan and mountain sights are gorgeous and the water will feel extra refreshing after all the work you put in to get there.

 

Kalamoir Regional Park

Typically, to find more peaceful beach experiences in the Okanagan, you may need to venture out of Kelowna proper. Just a short drive away to West Kelowna, is Kalamoir Regional Park. This beach is small, but quiet. It is a little rocky, but if you’re looking to dive into a good book, enjoy the beauty of your surroundings, and take the occasional dip, Kalamoir is a great choice. Also, you’ll find trails at this park, so if you want to do a little hiking and a little beaching, you can do both!  

 

Raymer Bay

Again, in West Kelowna on the way to Bear Creek Regional, there’s a hidden turn off to a magical place called Raymer Bay. This beach is a definite favorite among Westbank locals, and for good reason. Sand, grass, a picnic shelter, and a playground can all be found at this glorious West Kelowna beach. The water is nice, there are boats docked just past the buoys, and the sights are absolutely stunning. When trying to find a great beach in Kelowna or West Kelowna, make sure to pay Raymer Bay a visit.

 

Living in the Okanagan, we certainly aren’t lacking nice beaches to lay our towels on, among many other great local activities to do in Kelowna! I love where I live and I want you to love it too. Let me help you find homes for sale where it’s easy to hit up the beach every day of the summer if you want to. Get in touch today to get started.

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5 Quick Renovations and Repairs for Spring!


Now that the weather’s nicer, I’m hearing a lot of what I think of as the three main sounds of spring: birds singing, kids playing, and of course, the on and off drone of power tools from your neighbour’s yards. It seems as soon as the days get slightly longer and warmer, homeowners come out of their winter slumber and immediately start on spring home renovation projects. I’ve compiled a list of a few common spring repairs that’ll beautify and add value to your home.

 

1. Repair Your Roof

April showers might bring May flowers but they’ll also show off any problems with your roof mighty fast. Living in the Okanagan, we don’t suffer through the drastic freeze/thaw cycle the rest of the country does, but damage still happens, and even a minor leak can turn into a major problem quickly. Whether you only repair the shingles that need it or replace the whole thing, taking care of that leaky roof early is a good idea.

 

2. Lighting

A lack of outdoor lighting can make your home a target for thieves and give it a creepy, Addams Family vibe. Replace those burnt out bulbs and broken fixtures to bring some light back into your life. Better still, add some new ones to highlight your home’s finer features! Nowadays, there are plenty of solar lighting options that look fantastic and don’t need to be wired into your main power supply.

 

3. Painting

This is probably the simplest renovation you can do but the difference it makes is unbelievable. Inside or out, a fresh coat of paint does wonders for your home. If you have siding, just paint the trim around your windows and doors. Even that small change helps give everything a fresh feel.

 

4. Eaves trough

Depending on how big your home is, this one could be a little more involved. Your gutters can take a beating over winter so have a quick look for any cracked or warped sections of eaves trough and clear out any blockages. You want to make sure that water can flow freely away from your home. Usually these are easy to repair. The hardest part? Getting up on the ladder to do this. (I’ve probably got a single storey rancher or two on my listings page if you want to make it easier on yourself! If not, just let me know and I can help find you one.)

 

5. Build a Deck

The only thing better than relaxing on a patio is relaxing on your patio. Whether you’re building a deck from scratch or replacing one that’s all beat up, this is a great addition to any home. Plus, building one in the spring means you get to work in cooler weather. When those summer scorcher days roll around, you’ll be able to stretch out and enjoy the fruits of your labour to the fullest. Preferably with some friends and a few drinks.

Obviously there are far more spring renovation projects you could take on but these are a great start. They don’t require a ton of effort, will keep your home looking sharp, and best of all, can help you sell your Okanagan property should that time come. If it does, I’d love to help you. Contact me and I’ll do my best to get you in the Okanagan home of your dreams.

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5 Fun Things to Do When It's Raining in Kelowna

 

Aside from the wine, one of the best things about living in the Okanagan is the weather. Well, usually it is. Sadly, that hasn’t been the case this spring. It seems like for every sunny day Kelowna’s gotten, there’ve been four or five glum ones. That’s hard for such a sun loving community to deal with and it got me thinking, what else is there to do when the weather doesn’t want to cooperate? Here’s a rainy day list of a few fun indoor activities in and around Kelowna.


1. Scandia Golf and Games

Yeah, yeah, I know. If it’s raining you can’t use the go-karts, batting cages, or outdoor mini golf course. But there’s still a ton of fun to be had at Scandia Golf and Games. With over 140 games to choose from, it’s the Okanagan’s largest arcade. Plus there’s a nice mix of modern and classic games so there’s something for everyone. And let’s not forget about my favourite part of Scandia, the 18 hole, jungle themed mini golf course in the basement!  You won’t find the usual windmills and castles down there. Instead, it’s a wild world of jungle ferns, waterfalls, and tropical sounds that’s perfect for a fun family outing or a memorable date night.


2. Take in a Movie (or Two)

If it’s too cold and rainy to actually be at the beach, let the magic of Hollywood make you feel like you’re there instead. Or in outer space. Or in a magical kingdom. Theatres have always been a great escape when the weather’s bad and Kelowna’s got two to choose from. Over in Rutland, you’ve got the Landmark Grand 10 which offers up the best variety of films in town. The Cineplex Cinemas at Orchard Plaza might not have as many choices but their secret weapon is their massive and comfortable reclining seats. No matter which you choose, it’s a great way to forget about what’s happening outside.


3. H20 Centre

It’s no fun getting soaked to the bone when you don’t want to be. But add some warm water, a couple friends, and a floaty pool toy or three and you’ve got yourself a fun afternoon! Splashing around at H20 Adventure + Fitness Centre is a great way to let the kids burn off some energy and it’ll give mom or dad a good head start on getting their beach bod ready for summer.


4. Retail Therapy

Downtown Kelowna has some great stores but if you want to shop ‘til you drop AND stay dry, there’s only one destination for you… The Orchard Park Mall. With over 170 stores and restaurants to choose from, it’s a shopper’s paradise that has almost everything you could ever want under one roof.


5. Wine and Dine

Finally, nothing takes the chill off a glum day like a delicious meal. Kelowna’s restaurants are like tulips in the spring… they keep popping up everywhere. Enjoy a view of the raindrops dancing on the lake from The Cactus Club Café at the Yacht Club, nestle in for some comfort food with soup and sandwiches from Illichman’s (one of Kelowna’s hidden gems), or whittle the day away with gourmet coffee and a classic book at Pulp Fiction Coffee House.

 

As you can see, even on those relatively few days where you can’t get out and enjoy the sun, there are still plenty of indoor activities in Kelowna. We have it all, and as one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, we just keep getting more! I love living here and guarantee you will too. If you’ve been contemplating a move to the Okanagan, drop me a line. I’ll make sure you find your perfect Kelowna home so you can settle in and start enjoying everything this city has to offer.

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4 Efficient Ways to Sell Your Home this Spring


The colder months can be a tricky time of year for those looking at buying a home. And while there is great advice for purchasing property in the winter, it’s fairly common for people to wait to put in their offers until spring. If you have a house on the market, expect an increasing number of people to book home-viewing appointments now that it’s getting warmer outside. This spring, be proactive and quickly sell your house by following these tips.

Embrace “Spring Cleaning”

Winter has tendency to leave us feeling sluggish and unmotivated, so it’s easier to fall behind on our cleaning. Before you put the “For Sale” sign out on the front lawn, make sure to give your house a deep clean. Thoroughly scrub the windows, touch up chipped paint, clean the carpets… make sure to get every nook & cranny!  First impressions matter to home-buyers, and trust me, they’ll notice more than you think. Remember: when there’s a promising opportunity for a quick house sale, a dirty interior may encourage someone to look the other way… and you definitely don’t want that.

 

Do the Necessary Inspections

Seasonal inspections are excellent practice for proper home maintenance whether you’re selling or not. Neglect could result in costly repairs while also decreasing property value, a harmful effect on fast realty sales. By making sure you’ve done seasonal roof inspections, checking on your HVAC systems, and testing smoke and carbon dioxide detectors, you’re saving yourself time, money and stress. Before putting the house up for sale, add these items to your “to-do-list” to avoid preventable headaches and draw-backs with your listing.  

 

Effectively Stage the Interior

You don’t need to hire an interior designer for attractive home staging. All you have to do is ensure the house is kept clean & tidy while taking a little bit of extra time to create a warm and inviting interior. A great place to start is by adding pops of colour. Try adding a pretty flower bouquet as a dining room table centrepiece or a contrasting throw blanket or pillows for the couch to off-set neutral tones. Each room should look move-in ready so potential home-buyers will feel comfortable and happy when inside.   

 

Remember the Landscape

The first thing someone will notice when viewing a house is the exterior of the property. Put out a great first impression through careful property landscaping. Make sure you cut the grass, weed the garden, and touch up any necessary paint outside of your home. Replace broken hand-rails and even do a fence replacement, if necessary. These are all aspects that could help with a fast sale this season.

Although these tips might seem time-consuming and stressful, if you’re looking to sell your house fast, then you need to put in the work. Of course, when you choose a dedicated REALTOR®, you always have guidance when you need it. Ask me how I can help you successfully sell your property as quickly as possible while still earning you top-dollar on the sale. 

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Recently, data was released from Census 2016 that Kelowna was amongst the top growing cities in Canada, and for good reason. We have hot summers, mild winters, countless beaches, world-class ski resorts and who could forget the award-winning Okanagan wineries? Even if you don’t drink wine, there’s something for everyone at these local vineyards like funky gift shops and picturesque views of the valley and Okanagan Lake. Who knows? Maybe these wine-sipping locations have something to do with our massive population growth over the last few years!

 

The Vibrant Vine

Arguably one of the most unconventional wineries in the Okanagan, the Vibrant Vine is certainly something special. Upon your arrival, you’ll be instructed to put on a pair of 3D glasses as the entire interior has been created for a “trippy” experience for the customer. From the colourful artwork, the funky trinkets and of course, the wine bottles, this winery might just be the most fun you’ll ever have at a vineyard. And yes, the wine is outstanding! Make sure you ask about “Woops” – it’ll make sense at the winery.

 

The View

Located in South East Kelowna, the View Winery & Vineyard is an amazing experience. Described on the website as “fun & flirty,” the romantic vibes from this location are hard to miss and makes for the perfect day-date with friends or that special someone. Wines of note from the View include the “Voulez View Rouge”, the Pinot Gris, and “Pink Bling Sparkling Wine”.  

 

House of Rose

House of Rose is an inviting and cozy wine tasting experience that certainly delivers with their product. Located in a country orchard, summers are a delight at this vineyard. They offer picnic packages that include snacks and wine for you to enjoy at their picturesque property. As for the wines, be sure to try their “Unoaked Chardonnay” if you’re a white drinker or their “Hot Flash” if you prefer reds.

 

Intrigue Wines

This winery is located in Lake Country but is definitely worth the drive. When you visit Intrigue Wines, you’ll feel enlightened and educated on not only their own wine products, but the art of tasting wine in general. It’s undeniable how proud the sommeliers are of their product and the reason is obvious: their vino is unquestionably impressive. Ensure you check out their gift shop filled with preserves, locally sourced sausage & cheese and more. As for their wines, try their “Frosted Vines”, “Social Red”, and “I Do – Pink Sparkling Wine”.

 

Camelot Vineyards
Love everything Medieval? Then you have to check out Camelot Vineyards, a winery so closely based on the story of King Arthur, you’ll even get to attempt the famous “Sword in the Stone”.  This wine tasting experience is great for picture taking opportunities but it’s even better for sipping on their delicious products. Unique and delicious, try out the “White Knight” and the “Pinot Noir” that will have you wanting to visit time and time again.

 

It’s no wonder our beautiful city is seeing an exceptional growth – everyone wants a permanent taste of Kelowna for themselves. From stunning wineries, delicious fruit from local orchards, outstanding hiking trails, and so much more… you’ll love living here. I know I do and I want to share with you the reasons why. Talk to me and let’s work together to find a house you’ll love in one of the top growing cities in Canada.

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It’s no secret that the Okanagan Valley is full of exciting warm weather activities to participate in. It’s why we’re known as a tourist city, after all! However, just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of things to do in Kelowna this winter. If you’re looking for fun date or group outing ideas, I’ve listed a few popular suggestions below.

 

Sample Culinary Delights at Big White

While Big White is technically an outdoor activity, planning a day trip without the skis can still be a memorable option. A small community in itself, Big White Ski Resort is so much more than simply champagne powder. It’s filled with some of the best restaurants, pubs and coffee shops in the Okanagan Valley. Some popular favorites include Snowshoe Sam’s, Sessions Taphouse, and Bean Scene Coffee Works. Once you’re finished dining at one of the many culinary establishments, we won’t judge your inner snow-bunny if you want to hit up the slopes afterwards. Hey, we all warm up in different ways!

 

 

Get Competitive at Scandia Golf & Games

An excellent choice for family-friendly Kelowna attractions, Scandia Golf & Games is a fun place to visit year-round. The entire family will love putting at the indoor “jungled themed” mini-golf course as well as playing on the arcade games. After time spent having fun with your group, you’ll probably feel hungry. No need to worry! Scandia has tasty menu options to keep your hunger satisfied and your face smiling.

 

Cold Weather Wine Tastings

Who says visiting Okanagan wineries has to be a summer activity? Winter wine tastings are certainly something special! You’ll typically see a decrease in crowds, usually providing a more intimate experience with the connoisseur, beautiful views of the vineyard and oftentimes Okanagan Lake, and of course, delicious samples of whites and reds. If you’re seeking out a delightful Kelowna experience, locals love sipping at St Hubertus & Oak Bay Vineyard & Estate Winery, Tantalus Vineyards, the Hatch, Spierhead Winery and more!

 

Cheer on the Rockets

Even though it’s a little chilly in the arena, once you start cheering on Kelowna’s CHL hockey team, you’ll warm right up! From September to March, the Kelowna Rockets play their hearts out in hopes they’ll make it to the playoffs. If you’re looking for a true local Okanagan attraction, you can’t miss the chance to catch a Rockets game! Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Have a Culture Day

When people think “Okanagan Valley,” their minds tend to go towards vineyard hopping or lounging on one of the city’s many pristine beaches. However, there’s an admirable variety of cultural opportunities here as well. Consider checking out an exhibit at the local art gallery before heading to the Okanagan Wine & Orchard Museum or to the Actor’s Studio for a play.

 

I think we can all agree that summer sightseeing in the valley is a must for plenty, (that’s why our population doubles when it’s warm!) but winter needs some love too. There’s tons of fun things to do in Kelowna all year long and that’s why an increasing amount of people are purchasing property in Canada’s “four season playground”. I love what I do and I love where I live; if you’re ready to invest in property right here in my favorite city, get in touch and let’s get started! 

 

jeff@wesellkelowna.com

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