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Kamloops Real Estate Linda Klein Kitchen ideas

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
KITCHEN RENO”SHere are four “must-do” updates that ensure your remodeled kitchen will earn compliments from anyone who enters.

1. Faucet Facelift. Because of its constant use, updating the faucet will immediately improve the function and look of your prep space. Create a chic statement at the sink.

2. Amp up Accessories. Much like fashion, accessories can make a room. Hardware is the finishing touch that makes your space feel polished, but also serves a purpose.

3. Enhance the Lighting. Lighting is a critical element in kitchen design, both for its decorative and functional benefits. It can also make the space look roomier and more elegant. Install pendants over an island or countertop where the low-hanging fixtures won’t interfere with traffic flow.

4. Add Personality. Adding something pretty like a bouquet of flowers, new linens, or a bright new tea pot will bring life onto your space. You can also jazz up your kitchen with lively artwork. Whether it’s a professional painting or fun vintage posters, artwork helps complete your renovation.

Before starting demolition on your kitchen remodel, make sure the design is a reflection of you. By following these simple steps, not only will you have a kitchen that complements your lifestyle, you will also draw plenty of compliments from family and friends. So why not take your kitchen from make-do to magnificent.

Courtesy of Cliff Brauner Pillar to Post Inspections

Kamloops Real Estate Linda Klein cut water costs

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

CUT WATER COSTS

Up to half of water consumed in your home is used in the bathroom. Here are some easy ways to save hundreds of dollars – and gallons of water from going down the drain.

Slow the flow. New toilets are equipped with water-saving, low-volume flushers. Have an older toilet? Save by filling a quart-sized plastic bottle with water and placing in tank. Flow should be reduced by 40%.

Cool the water. If your water heater is set higher than 120degrees F., water is hotter than you need for showers or hand washing. For every 10 degrees you go down, you save up to 5%.Check for leaks. A leaky toilet can waste 250 gallons of water in a month. Test a leak by dropping some food coloring in the tank without flushing. If the color shows up in the bowl, you have a leak.

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Kamloops real estate Linda Klein Marble Counter care

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

MARBLE COUNTER CARE

Your counters are the center pieces in your kitchen and bathroom, so keep them looking good with the following care and maintenance tips.

Clean daily with soft cloths and warm water and weekly with stone soap. Marble is more vulnerable to acidic cleaners than granite, and will also be dulled by regular use of soap.

Blot spills quickly because marble is sensitive to etching, particularly from acidic substances.

Do not cut directly on marble since it is softer than granite. Heat is unlikely to damage marble, but cracking from thermal shock is always possible with stone.

Regularly seal marble counters, avoids stains easier.

Courtesy of Cliff Brauner-Pillar to Post Home Inspections

Home Purchase Plus Improvements Program

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
 

 

Courtesy of: Lisa Alentejano  www.mortgageplayground.com

1-888-819-6536

 

 

Are you or someone you know in the market to buy a new home?

 

Are you finding it hard to find exactly what you want, OR have you found the home you want but it is in need of some updating?

 

Let me introduce you to the Purchase Plus Improvements Program.  This allows the buyers to add renovation costs to the mortgage to a maximum of 10% of the purchase price or up to a max of $40,000.00 with as little as 5% downpayment. oac.

 

Does the home need a new kitchen (appliances are excluded)?

Are there some windows or a roof that needs replacing?

Do the bathrooms need updating?

How about fresh coat of paint and updated flooring?

 

These are just a few of  the things that can be added to improve both the look and value of the home you are purchasing.

 

Here is a quick video from Genworth Canada that also explains the program.

Mortgages with Renovations with less than 20% downpayment
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Linda Klein Kamloops Real Estate Mortgage rates for week of Jan 26th 2015

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

DLC Weekly Rate Minder courtesy of Starr Webb Dominion Lending

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Terms Bank Rates Our Rates
6 Month 3.14% 3.10%
1 YEAR 2.99% 2.69%
2 YEARS 2.94% 2.59%
3 YEARS 3.44% 2.69%
4 YEARS 3.94% 2.79%
5 YEARS 4.79% 2.84%
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 0.70%

Tips for staging a bathroom

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

When staging a bathroom, it pays to think of some of the most used bathrooms in the world – those in hotels – and model your client’s water closet after that.

“People love to walk into the hotel bathroom and see everything is new and clean and the towels are perfect and everything is lined up,” Ella Zetser of The Last Detail Home Staging, tells REP. “It makes you feel like no one has used it before.”

That fresh tone is what agents should be going for, but how do you get there? Here are eight tips for expertly staging a bathroom.

1 – Remove clutter and clean
As with any room in the house, a good clean and a solid de-cluttering works wonders. Bathrooms, of course, should be spick-and-span and free from knick-knacks and other miscellaneous items.

“[Selling agents] need to remove all the clutter,” Zetser says. “There shouldn’t be anything in the bathroom other than white towels – which reminds [buyers] of a hotel. Make sure it’s clean. All the toiletries should be gone.”

2 – Play up the vanity
When potential buyers walk into a bathroom, the sink and vanity are usually the first things they see, and Zetser says that should be what agents embellish.

“The focal point, usually, is the sink, the vanity,” she says. “That’s where the buyer usually walks in and they’re looking for that. That’s where they’re going to.”

3 – Add flowers
Flowers are the easiest way to brighten up a space, and a bathroom is no different. They smell great, they can match any existing colour scheme or style, and they’re (relatively) cheap.

“Flowers make a new focal point,” Zetser says, “and it adds colour.”

4 – Light it up
There’s nothing worse than a great bathroom mirror with poor lighting. Check that the lights around the vanity are in good condition and that the light fixtures are not outdated.

“[Agents] should really look at the functionality and the condition of the bathroom,” Zetser says. “Check if the light fixture over the vanity is in good condition – does it have the right bulbs, does it look nice. Sometimes by changing the light fixture it makes the bathroom look like a whole different bathroom.”
5 – Art and Mirrors
Art isn’t just for living rooms and sleeping quarters. Bathrooms, too, can benefit from a painting or picture. And, as Zetser explains, strategically placed art can make the bathroom look larger.

“We also like to put art in the bathroom so it reflects in the mirror,” she says. “So when you walk in, the mirror has the sink right below it and the light above it. Then you have the art behind it, and you see the art in the mirror and it makes the bathroom look bigger.”

6 – The curtain versus door debate
You might not believe it, but Zetser suggests replacing sliding shower doors with – gasp! – a white shower curtain.

“A sliding door makes the bathroom look old, so I recommend getting a shower curtain,” she says. “They make the bathroom look tight. They close off the tub.”

7 – To bath mat or not to bath mat
Bath mats were once staples of the bathroom, but Zetser says they’re an option in the modern bath, depending heavily on the floor beneath it.

“If the floor is not updated, you might want to cover with a bath mat,” she says. “But if it’s a beautiful floor you do not want to cover it up.”

8 – Colour
Like the rest of the bathroom, the colour of the walls should mimic a hotel bathroom, exuding a feeling of calm.

“Most of the time, a good colour is light blue or beige or light grey,” Zetser says. “But sometimes painting it a dark colour makes it moody and more expensive-looking. But you should paint it to match the rest of the bathroom.”

 

 

 

The top factors that make your Credit Score lower

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

At this time of year, especially if we were extra generous with our gift giving, it’s important to review the top factors that can lower our credit scores.  Please also see “Tips to Improve Your Credit Rating” on the left in this issue of the Mortgage Financing Journal.

  1. There are too many consumer finance company accounts on your credit report.  Having too much available credit can hurt your score. If you have several consumer accounts try to consolidate those balances and close the accounts.
  2. Your account balances are too high. As a rule of thumb keep your credit card balances below 35% of the available limit. High balances ongoing will negatively affect your credit score.
  3. There is not enough recent revolving account information on your credit report. Using your credit cards regularly is an important part of building healthy credit.
  4. There have been multiple lending institutions pulling credit reports on you.  This is part of the advantage of using a Mortgage Broker; we pull one credit report and then go to several lenders vs. having several lenders each pulling your credit bureau.

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR YOUR HOME
Many of us make optimistic resolutions for the New Year. Whether it’s deciding to take a class, stick to a budget, or to finally drop those 20 pounds, we’re full of ideas on how make ourselves and our lives better. Because your home is such an important part of your life, why not make some worthwhile resolutions for it as well? Here are some ideas to get you started.
KEEP CURRENT ON ROUTINE MAINTENANCE
One of the most important things you can do as a homeowner is to make sure routine maintenance is part of your plan. Catching problems early can often help you avoid larger issues down the road. What is now a minor plumbing or roof leak can cause major problems if not detected and fixed immediately. Check around your home for cracked or peeling paint, have chimneys and fireplaces inspected and cleaned, and make sure the driveway and walkways are not cracked or lifting.
UPDATE YOUR HOME INVENTORY FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES
If you’re like many homeowners, it’s probably been a while since you’ve reviewed your home insurance policy and reassessed the value of your home’s contents. An updated home inventory of your possessions can help you determine if you have the proper type and amount of insurance. Your insurance company may make forms available to help you organize and record your inventory, and there are several home inventory software programs available. You also can download a free program from www.knowyourstuff.org. Should you have an insurance claim for property loss or damage, your inventory can help make the process and accurate valuation easier.
AUDIT YOUR HOME FOR ENERGY SAVINGS
There are simple things that every homeowner can do to improved energy efficiency and save on utility bills. Switching from conventional light bulbs to compact fluorescent versions wherever possible saves money and makes things easier for you, too. For example, you will need to replace bulbs in awkward places less often. Make sure windows and doors are caulked and in good repair; this will save energy in both winter and summer. If you’re planning to replace any appliances this year, shop for and compare efficient, energy-saving models.
CREATE A FIRE SAFETY PLAN FOR YOUR FAMILY
Everyone knows the importance of having a plan in place should a fire occur in your home. But each year, tragedy strikes homes and families who didn’t think about it or who promised to make a plan “one of these days”. The basics include working and properly installed smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and an escape plan for every room. Your local fire department is an excellent resource for directions on creating a plan designed to keep you and your loved ones safe. Give yourself some peace of mind by making this the year to put that plan in place.

For more information about home inspection and for additional resources, please contact your local Pillar To Post office.

Cliff Brauner

Certified and Registered Home Inspector

Member of CAPHI, NAHI and ASHI

Proudly Serving the Kamloops, Merritt, Chase, Cache Creek, Sorrento, Shuswap and Barrier areas.

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Comparative Statistics for Kamloops House sales(Residential Only) November to October 2014

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Comparing November 2014 to October 2014

 

    November 2014   October 2014   Difference
Number of New Listings       267      336      20.54% DOWN
Residential Units Sold      146      214      31.78% DOWN
Avg. Days on Market       77      73      5.48% UP
List to Sell Price Ratio      97.79%      96.95%      0.87% UP
Median Residential Price      $355,000      $360,000      1.39% DOWN
Total Monthly Sales $$      $42,443,621      $68,829,965      38.34% DOWN
Active Listings       1789      1945      8.02% DOWN

 

 

*The above information is from sources deemed reliable but it should not be relied upon without independent verification.

House sense, great ideas for lighting, optimizing space, decorating for winter

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Autumn brings with it shorter days and colder nights which can add up to increased electric costs. Finding a way to save money, and, keep your home warm and well lit will no doubt be a priority with most homeowners. One way to save is to replace incandescent and CFL light bulbs with LED bulbs. LED bulbs are considered direct replacements for the 175-year-old incandescent bulb and the more modern, environmentally unfriendly, CFL bulb.

Here are a few reasons why LED bulbs are better.

1. Energy Efficiency. One 11.5-watt LED bulb emits as much light as a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb. That means five LED bulbs still use less electricity than a single incandescent lamp.

2. Replacement. Incandescent bulbs typically have a life of no more than 1,000 hours, while LED bulbs may have 40,000 hours of life.
That is 40 times more.

3. Instant Start. CFL bulbs have a warm-up period each time you turn them on. LED bulbs turn on at full brightness.

4. Dimmable. LED products are fully dimmable and are compatable with more than 100 different dimmer switches. CFL bulbs may be dimmable but still have a flicker tendency.

5. Disposal. It is safe to place LED bulbs in the garbage, after they burn out. CFL bulbs contain mercury and must be recycled through using the correct facilities.

6. Heat. LED bulbs emit very little heat. CFLs and incandescent bulbs waste 80 to 90 per cent of their energy in heat. LED bulbs typically waste no more than 50 percent of their energy on heat and are far cooler to the touch.

Although your home reflects your personal style, trends help trigger your creativity and provide the opportunity to shake things up a little. Here are a few hot home trends:

1. Shower Spa – Seek a serene, spa-like shower environment with a curb-less design for a spacious perfect and open shower experience.

2. Open It Up – Open plan kitchens are expanding even further with glass front cabinets and open shelving units to give the feel of even more space.

3. Smart Sensors – Using Environmentally – friendly Smart Thermostats save energy by automatically adjusting the temperature based on your daily routine.

4. Back to Nature – Add value and comfort by blending indoor and outdoor living space. All-weather furniture and outdoor fireplaces are top picks.

5. U-Sockets – The smallest upgrade can make the biggest difference! U-sockets are wall plugs with two built-in USB ports that can be used to power devices such as tablets and smartphones.

The average home is shrinking now that our urban centres are getting so dense. But this should not get in the way of enjoying your small home, condo or cottage. Here are some tricks to optimize all available space.

1. Use a light, neutral palette on the walls to give your home a larger feel. Amplify natural light in your space with lighter colors. Use a second color from the same palette to break up an open space into more distinct areas.

2. Play with brighter colors in the details to avoid a bland or clinical feel. Use colorful accent pillows or artwork to add some more punch.

3. Avoid clutter to help a room appear more spacious. Keep everything tucked away while it is not in use to make your space less congested.

4. Protect it from the sun. For carpet in a sunny area, close the drapes to prevent fading.

4. Make multi-functioning furniture choices. A headboard could double as a bookcase. Furniture that has built-in storage is a plus – one more space to tuck things away.

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