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Red Bridge in Kamloops closed for a month

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Kamloops drivers who travel the Red Bridge are going to have to make alternate arrangements for the next month.

The bridge will be closed to all vehicle traffic starting Monday September 15 while the Ministry of Transportation conducts repairs.

The bridge will remain open to pedestrians and bicycles, but there will be some intermittent delays.

Drivers will still be able to get over the South Thompson River by re-directing to the Overlander Bridge or Highway 5.

The Ministry estimates the closure will last until the middle of October.

Kamloops Real Estate Linda Klein Weekly mortgage rates for September 8th 2014

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014


This edition of the Weekly Rate Minder has the latest, best rates for Canadian mortgages. At Dominion Lending Centres, we work on your behalf to find the mortgage that suits your needs. Best of all — our service is free.* It’s the selected lender that pays us and YOU get the best rate. *(O.A.C., E.&O.E.)• Our Best National Rates
• Explore Mortgage Scenarios with Helpful Calculators on
Terms Bank Rates Our Rates
6 Month 4.00% 3.95%
1 YEAR 3.09% 2.89%
2 YEARS 3.04% 2.34%
3 YEARS 3.44% 2.69%
4 YEARS 3.94% 2.77%
5 YEARS 4.79% 2.94%
7 YEARS 6.04% 3.79%
10 YEARS 6.50% 4.39%
Rates are subject to change without notice. *OAC E&OE
Prime Rate is 3.00%
Variable rate mortgages from as low as Prime minus 0.55%

 Please note that rates shown above are subject to change without notice. The rates shown are  posted rates and the actual rate you receive may be different, depending upon your personal financial situation. “Some conditions may apply. Rates may vary from Province to Province. Rates subject to change without notice. *O.A.C. E.& O.E.” Check with your Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Professional for full details and to determine what rate will be available for you.


Supermoon Sunday night September 7th

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – Attention all sky-watchers, the last supermoon of 2014 will cruise across the night sky on Sunday.

The moon will be 358,398 kilometers from earth making it about 15 per cent brighter and roughly 7 per cent larger, according to National Geographic. Since the distance to earth is 50,000 kilometres closer than other full moons, it’s get the supermoon monicker.

A supermoon happens during the monthly full moon or perigee when it’s egg shaped orbit takes the moon to its closest point to the earth.

“While this is nothing special from a science perspective, it is no doubt very poetical and very romantic,” Adler Planetarium astronomer Geza Gyuk tells National Geographic.

Getting a good view of the supermoon depends on the weather where you are Sunday night since the orb will be visible all night. The Environment Canada forecast for the Thompson and Okanagan regions is calling for partly cloudy skies Sunday evening so weather shouldn’t be an issue.

For the best photos and viewing, it’s recommended you get outside just after sunset when the sky is getting dark. Apparently that’s when the super moon will be at it’s most dramatic.

There were two other supermoons this summer, with the one on Aug. 10 being the brightest and the closest.

Controling allergens in the home/courtesy of Pillar to Post

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors
Controlling Allergens in the Home
Household allergens can cause a variety of symptoms in many people, including sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, and shortness of breath. Allergens may also be a contributing cause of asthma, especially in children. However, it is possible to minimize the effects of such allergens by taking steps to control their presence and dispersal in the home.

The most common household allergens include dust mites, mold, mildew, pollen, and pet dander (dried flakes of skin shed by pets, particularly cats and dogs). Effective control relies on a combination of measures that, when used properly, will reduce the levels of allergens.
  • Increase ventilation to the home. Opening windows whenever possible promotes good air exchange and will reduce the concentration of airborne allergens, especially pet dander.
  • Wash bedding and stuffed toys once a week in hot water to control dust mites and cat allergens in particular.
  • Keep pets clean and well groomed to control dander.
  • Use mite-resistant mattress covers and pillow covers and wash them frequently.
  • Dust and vacuum regularly, and use microfiltration or HEPA filter vacuum bags. The jury is still out on whether bagless vacuum cleaners are more effective in removing allergens than those that require bags; some studies indicate that many bagless vacuums are not sealed tightly enough and can actually exacerbate the problem. Wearing a dust mask while dusting and vacuuming is also a good idea.
  • Consider removing wall-to-wall carpeting and use easy-to-clean area rugs instead, particularly in bedrooms.
  • Make sure bathrooms, especially those with showers, are well ventilated. Open the window and use exhaust fans that vent to the outdoors to prevent a buildup of moisture, which can encourage growth of mold and mildew. It’s a good idea to keep the fan running and the door open for at least ten minutes after showering.
  • If possible, reduce indoor humidity to 50% or less by using room dehumidifiers or the dehumidifier feature available with many central air conditioning systems.
  • Clean or replace furnace and central air conditioner filters on a regular basis. Make sure that air conditioner drain pans are clean and allow the water to drain properly.

For more information on allergens in the home, please contact your local Pillar To Post office.

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5 Common Mortgage Mistakes

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014


Like many aspects of your life, obtaining financing on a new or existing home can be a lot less stressful and a whole lot more straight-forward if you’re prepared. But if you’re not prepared, there are many common mistakes you can make. Most of these mistakes are easily avoidable with some preparation and informed advice – feel free to call or email with any questions/concerns!

Below are the Top 5 Mortgage Mistakes people make when trying to secure financing for their home:

  1. Failing to choose the best product for their situation
  2. Automatically renewing their current mortgage with their existing lender
  3. Signing documents without reading them
  4. Taking it to the limit – running up credit
  5. Not planning for your mortgage application

1. Failing to choose the best product for your situation
There are many different types of loans out there. There are fixed- and variable-rate products, hybrid and no-frills mortgages, lines of credit, term options, amortization choices, and more.

And although choice is great, it can be quite overwhelming without expert advice. While one person would benefit from a variable-rate product, their neighbour may be better suited to a fixed-rate product. The key is to always explain your current situation and future goals in detail so we can select a product that best meets both your current and longer-term needs.

2. Automatically renewing with your existing lender
Although you may feel an allegiance with the current financial institution that holds your loan, they may not be able to offer you the best choices. When refinancing or renewing, it’s important to always shop the market for your best available option, much like you did when


securing your first mortgage. This ensures you end up with the best mortgage rate and terms customized to your unique situation. In many cases your bank will offer you the posted rate in hopes that you’ll simply sign and return the commitment without shopping around. Make sure you do your due diligence when refinancing and renewing. After all, this is your home, your mortgage and your money!

3. Signing documents without reading them
Never sign documents without reading them. If you’re unsure about something, always ask for clarification. Remember that you’re the one entering into the agreement, so you need to understand and agree with that commitment.

4. Taking your credit to the limit
Make sure that your credit balances are in your favour when it comes to your mortgage application. Lenders are looking for an appropriate debt-to-income ratio. In other words, you need to have more income than you have debt. Avoid running up a balance on your credit cards and pay down existing debts as much as possible.

5. Failing to plan ahead
If you know that you’ll need to obtain, renew or refinance a mortgage, it’s essential to plan for it by ensuring your credit is in order. If it’s not, start preparing. Don’t make any purchases on your credit cards that you can’t pay off and if you carry a balance on your credit cards, start paying them down. Refrain from making any large purchases before securing your mortgage. If you’re planning to buy a car, wait until after you have secured financing, as your debt-to-income ratio will rise and you don’t want this to occur while trying to secure a mortgage.

Understanding how the mortgage process works and how lenders qualify your loan will help you avoid the above mistakes.


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