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New Construction of multi family units

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Kamloops is continuing to counter province wide trends for real estate, at least for now.

Home sales in B.C., driven by the sagging Lower Mainland market, fell by 23 per cent from the same time last year. The Kamloops region, however, saw an increase in sales of five per cent compared to January last year.

Cameron Muir, chief economist for B.C. Real Estate Association, said some markets are going against the grain. 

“Housing demand across the province returned to long-term average levels last month,” he said in a statement.

“However, regional variations persist, with Victoria posting above average performance and Vancouver falling below the average.”

At the same time, the average price on the multiple listing service (MLS) declined by 17.5 per cent. Kamloops and District Real Estate Association estimated the average sale price for a residential detached home within the city in January was $410,000, a number that is stable. Numbers do vary from month to month due to price range of homes sold but has stayed over $400,000 since last year .


Happy New Clutter Free Year!

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

images-kitchenJanuary: Kitchen and pantry. Give yourself a fresh start for the new year with a clean kitchen, decluttered cabinets and a healthy pantry and fridge.

  • Toss worn dish towels or cut them up to make rags
  • Sell or give away specialty small appliances and tools you seldom or never use
  • Recycle or toss freebie cups and Tupperware containers without lids
  • Toss expired food and spices
  • Take stock of cookware and dishes; give away or sell pieces you do not need

Habit to cultivate: Clean out the pantry and fridge each week before shopping.

October Kamloops Median Residential Home Price

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Kamloops only Median Residential Price: (does not include condominiums or mobiles)  $405,000

Kamloops and District Median Residential Price: (includes all areas, not just Kamloops, does not include condominiums or mobiles) $375,000

End of Summer ideas for your home

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Say goodbye to summer by adding a few cozy fall touches around your house.

Time to put away the sea shells and nautical themes and bring out the golds, oranges and rusts.

There are so many fun ways to welcome fall into your home and add a splash of color to your front door. It doesn’t take much to make a statement, have fun with the new season.

Enjoy the crisp days, warm sweaters , raking leaves and putting the gardens to bed.

Kamloops Real Estate Market Strong, House median price up

Monday, June 6th, 2016

The city’s real-estate market shows no signs of slowing, with recent numbers indicating residential sales jumped by a third compared to the same month last year.

Statistics from the Kamloops & District Real Estate Association show sales in May were up 36 per cent over last year.

This comes at the same time as supply continues to shrink. The number of listings compared to 2015 is down 15 per cent.

Cyndi Crossley, vice-president of the real-estate board, said the market is being driven by out-of-town buyers.

“In Kamloops, we are seeing buyers coming from the Lower Mainland, and understandably so, due to the sale prices and our affordable housing,” she said.

The B.C. Real Estate Association cites positive employment growth for the trends.

“They say we could see the stats continue as they are for approximately the next eight to 12 months,” Crossley said.

The median price for a single-family home in Kamloops is $405,000. That is influenced in part by 20 homes selling for more than $600,000 in May.

Linda Klein Kamloops Real Estate Music in the park July 2015 Schedule

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Music in the Park runs all summer long.

The free entertainment takes place 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., unless otherwise stated, each night at the Rotary Bandshell in Riverside Park, 100 Lorne St. All shows are rain or shine, but subject to change.

Included links to the bands, so you can check them out beforehand.


Riverside Park

July 1 – Canada Day celebrations

July 2 Tiller’s Folly (Canadiana celtic)

July 3 Greg Drummond (Canadian folk rock)

July 4 – Kingpins (classic rock)

July 5Gary Comeau and Cannery Row (Cajun)

July 6Nova Scotiables (East Coast)

July 7 – Beyond Brass (big band classics)

July 8 – Sean Ashby (Sarah McLachlan guitarist)

July 9 – Mike MacKenzie Blues Band (classic rock and blues)

July 10 – Hijacked by B.C. Living Arts – Tribute to Leonard Cohen, Bruce Cockburn and The Band with Van Damsel – 6:30 p.m.

July 11 – Hijacked by B.C. Living Arts – Tribute to Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and The Band with The Caspians and James Wolf – 6 p.m.

July 12Cécile Doo-Kingué (blues)

July 13100 Mile House (English folk roots)

July 14 – Wild T and The Spirit (blues)

July 15 – Scattered Atoms (blues and R&B)

July 16Sally and the Melo Hearts (current and classic rock)

July 17Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce (blues)

July 18Ben Klick (country rock)

July 19 – Impulse Response (R&B)

July 20Jane Perrett (classical soprano and showtunes)

July 21 – Ben Caldwell and the Folk Road Show (roots and folk)

July 22Cod Gone Wild (Maritime fun)

July 23 – BCLC Midsummer Music Jam featuring Catch 22 (1980s music)

July 24 Sarah Burton (rockin’ roots pop)

July 25Sherman Doucette (blues harp)

July 26Dave Lang and the Insolent Rabble (swing jazz)

July 27Twin Peaks (duo)

July 28Tanner James Band (folk roots and country)

July 29Kirby Sewell Band (blues)

July 30 – The Longriders (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute)

July 31 – Trama (rock)

Linda Klein Kamloops Real Estate Weekly Mortgage rates for week of June 15th 2015

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

DLC Weekly Rate Minder courtesy of Starr Webb

Terms Bank Rates Our Rates
6 Month 3.14% 3.10%
1 YEAR 2.89% 2.29%
2 YEARS 2.84% 2.19%
3 YEARS 3.39% 2.25%
4 YEARS 3.89% 2.54%
5 YEARS 4.64% 2.54%
7 YEARS 5.30% 3.39%
10 YEARS 6.10% 3.84%
Rates are subject to change without notice. *OAC E&OE
Prime Rate is 2.85%
Variable rate mortgages from as low as Prime minus 0.65%

Linda Klein, Kamloops real estate. How to Finance your Renovation

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
Courtesy of Mark Bertoli, Abbott Wealth
Home improvement is always in fashion. But the big question for many homeowners isn’t what to do, it’s how to pay for it. There are many ways to secure the financing you need, and each has advantages in certain situations.

Home equity line of credit
A line of credit gives you access to a predetermined amount of credit on demand. Generally, you can borrow up to 75% of the appraised value of your home — up to 90%, if the line of credit is insured. You take what you need, when you need it, and pay interest only on the outstanding amount.

A line of credit secured against the value of your house will typically be issued at a lower rate than an unsecured loan or personal line of credit. Accessing the home equity line of credit is easy and convenient. You may have the option of writing cheques or using a credit card or bank card.

Repayment is also flexible. You can pay some or all of the outstanding balance at any time without penalty, or make interest-only payments.

Increase your existing mortgage
Increasing the amount of your mortgage may be the right renovation-financing option for you if your mortgage is coming due, if you are selling one house to buy another, or if you are taking out your first mortgage.

It may also be a smart move if you’re locked in to a long-term mortgage at a significantly higher rate than is currently available. In this case, any penalty you may incur could be offset by the savings in interest over the long term.

While this option lacks the flexibility of a line of credit, the advantage for many is knowing that the borrowed funds are structured to be paid back in a set amount of time. And interest rates can be fixed, if you choose — unlike a line of credit, which floats against prime.

A second mortgage
A second mortgage is just that — a mortgage that is in addition to your first mortgage. Like a first mortgage, a second mortgage is a loan with a specified rate of interest and repayment schedule.

A second mortgage can be a good choice for homeowners who are locked in to a longer-term mortgage, but wouldn’t benefit from breaking their first mortgage. Lending rates for a second mortgage may be higher than a first mortgage.

Like increasing your mortgage, this option trades repayment flexibility for the peace of mind of knowing the debt will be paid down if you stick to the repayment schedule. Every situation is unique. But we can help you determine your best option.

Kamloops Real Estate Linda Klein Kitchen Updates

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
Home Improvement - Kitchens
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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015


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To be a clutter buster you’ve got to be able to identify which items are truly clutter, and which are not. Clutter can be insidious, because it can be almost anything, from obvious trash to the most expensive antiques.

The same object that may be clutter for one person is most certainly not for another person.

Here are five guidelines to use to decide if something in your space could be CLUTTER.

1. Clutter Can Be Anything – Cheap Or Expensive, Sentimental Or Throw Away
Know what is, and is not, clutter. Many people’s preconceived notion of clutter is true trash and cheap junk that we don’t care about at all. But remember “One man’s junk can be another man’s treasure.” Don’t automatically overlook something because it cost a lot of money. Even the most expensive things can be clutter.

2. Too Many of a Thing – is Clutter
Too much of a “good thing” happens when you amass a large selection of one particular item.

Collections can quickly turn from something that makes us happy into clutter if we’re not careful. Determine if these items are truly worth the while, or just items using up precious space.

A few of a particular item, such as shoes, clothes, or kitchen gadgets can provide temporary choice and variety. However, when you start to accumulate too many of a particular item it just becomes an overwhelming pile of clutter.

3. Items That Used To Be Functional – are Clutter
It often happens that we use an item for quite a while, and then our circumstances change and it is no longer quite as useful to us anymore. That’s when the item begins to collect dust in a corner – becoming clutter.

That’s the thing about clutter – it may have been useful stuff in the past. Be ever vigilant and notice when an item is no longer of use.

4. If You Don’t Have Room For It – It’s Clutter
You could have some really awesome stuff but if it doesn’t fit in your space, it’s clutter. This one is tough for even the most seasoned clutter buster, because people experience this all the time when downsizing. If it sits out collecting dust or becomes a tripping hazard, it just doesn’t belong there anymore.

Make sure you’re not devoting storage space to real clutter but make room for the important items. You only have so much space available. If you can’t make a home for something in your home, it unfortunately just doesn’t belong there.

5. If You Don’t Love or Use It – It’s Clutter
Everything in your home or office should, ideally, serve a purpose so you can live clutter free. It either helps you with something in your life or makes you feel something positive each time you see it.

If you’ve got too much stuff you simply can’t use all of it. After all, you can only wear so many clothes or shoes in a year!

You can only truly love so many things, and take the time to care for them, before you just don’t feel that attachment to those things anymore. Keep what’s important and ditch the rest!

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