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February, Spring is around the corner.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017


February is a perfect time of year to indulge in home comforts like cooking big-batch meals, reading in the afternoon and playing a board game or watching a movie with the kids in the evening. If you are considering putting your home on the market this year, it’s a good idea to start the process now. Set a timetable, make a list of home projects that need to get done to help your home show well. I’m here to help, call me if you have any questions  and let’s get your house Sold

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.

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.


Monday, May 16th, 2016

April was another record-breaking month for home sales in British Columbia. There were 12,969 sales through the MLS of BCREA last month, beating March’s 12,560; and up 30.3 per cent from April 2015.

“Housing demand is exceptionally strong across the southern regions of the province,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “Consumers appear to be particularly active in the Vancouver Island, the Fraser Valley and the Thompson/Okanagan regions.”

The average MLS price was up 17.2 per cent year-over-year to $743,640 and the total value of all home sales surged 52.7 per cent to $9.64 billion.

March 2016 Real Estate Statistics Solds up 29% over February

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Comparing March 2016 to February 2016


Comparative Statistics for Kamloops (Residential Only)




February 2016
Number of New Listings 520 422 23.22% UP
Residential Units Sold 256 197 29.95% UP
Avg. Days on Market 70 84 16.67% DOWN
List to Sell Price Ratio 97.54% 97.43% 0.11% UP
Median Residential Price $368,000 $378,000 2.65% DOWN
Total Monthly Sales $$ $86,693,738 $65,085,608 33.20% UP
Active Listings 1675 1560 7.40% UP




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

Kamloops a great place to live and move to.

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Kamloops Named 7th Top Growing City in Canada by U-Haul

Kamloops Named 7th Top Growing City in Canada by U-Haul

Canada’s Tournament Capital is also one of the top growing cities in the country, according to U-Haul.

The moving and storage company has been ranking Canada’s top growing cities, revealing them daily until March 4th.

Kamloops comes in at number seven on the list.

Why move here:

Sunniest City in Canada

Affordable cost of living

Lots of outdoor activities

Excellent transportation and highways in all directions

“Kamloops is a very beautiful, affordable place to live,” said Horace Martin, U-Haul Company of British Columbia President. “It has Riverside Park, a world-class ski resort, and the right mix of big city/small town feel. It’s billed as the Tournament Capital of Canada. There’s no shortage of activities in one of the sunniest cities of Canada.”

For this particular list, growth is determined by the number of incoming one-way U-Haul truck rentals versus outdoing rentals.

According to U-Haul, 53.2 per cent of truck rentals were coming into Kamloops rather than leaving.

Thrifty secrets for home sellers

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Thrifty secrets for home sellers

linda,When preparing your home for market, tackle improvements that will help you obtain the best price and sell within the shortest amount of time. These inexpensive projects can go a long way:

  1. Clean and clear. Declutter top to bottom and store the excess offsite. Clean thoroughly, clear cupboards and countertops and keep décor items to a tasteful few.
  2. Tear up dingy broadloom. Replace it with a choice of cost-effective, neutral flooring options. Or if you like what you see underneath, have it professionally refinished.
  3. Paint it. Opt for neutral colours, in matte or eggshell finishes to camouflage flaws. Finish trim in satin, semi- or high-gloss.

Put my expertise to work for you! Ask me about preparing your home for optimal resale value.

Linda Klein
250 374 1461 (Office)

Royal LePage Westwin Realty- Kamloops

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Home Sales up 15% in the first 10 months of 2015

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Sales of Kamloops homes up 15% from 2014

Sales of residential units in Kamloops were down in October, a slip in what has otherwise been a year of double-digit sales increases.

The number of homes sold last month, at 202, is down about five per cent from the same month in 2014.

Sales in the city are up by 15 per cent through the first 10 months of the year. The median price for a single-family home in Kamloops came in at $367,000.

Cyndi Crossley, president of Kamloops & District Real Estate Association, said one trend that will affect both buyers and sellers is a decline in inventory. Residential listings on MLS are nearly 10 per cent lower than a year ago.

She said other markets, including Chilliwack, are experiencing the same decline in listings — a factor that can lead to increasing prices and a so-called sellers’ market.

Another notable aspect for the month was sale of 10 units valued at more than $600,000.

“That’s not what the Kamloops market is typically made of,” she said. “That should be encouraging for those with higher-priced homes.”

The busiest slice of the market is in the $320,000 to $360,000 range.

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%

Pre-approvals, more important and less concrete than ever

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
 Courtesy of Starr Webb Dominion Lending

Going through the pre-approval process is more important than ever to both you and your Realtor, but the actual term ‘pre-approval’ is potentially misleading.

You may be pre-approved for a certain mortgage amount, however there are still a number of variables that can enter the picture once an offer is accepted. That’s why it is imperative that one always include a clause in the offer along the lines of ‘subject to receiving and approving financing’. (There are variations to be discussed around the specific wording.)

Often clients are reluctant to write the initial offer on a property without feeling like they are 100% pre-approved.

An understandable desire. The risk, though, is that some may falsely believe that they have a guarantee of financing. They don’t.

A lender must review all related documents – not just those of the clients, but also those from the appraiser and the Realtor – as the property itself must meet certain standards and guidelines.

The pre-approval process should be considered a pre-screening – a first step only.

It does involve review and analysis of the client’s current credit report; it should also include a list for the client of all documents that will be required in the event that an offer is written and accepted. Clients should also come away from this initial process with a clear understanding of the maximum mortgage amount they qualify for, along with the various related costs involved in their specific real estate transaction. Equally important: with the completed application your broker is able to lock in rates for up to 120 days.

Why won’t a lender fully review and underwrite a pre-approval?

  • Lenders do not have the staff resources to review ‘maybe’ applications – they have a hard enough time keeping up with ‘live’ transactions.
  • The job you have today may well not be the job you have by the time you write your offer.
  • If more than four weeks pass, all of the documents are out of date – by lender standards – and a fresh batch needs to be ordered and reviewed.
  • The conversion rate of pre-approvals to ‘live transactions’ is less than 10%.

It is this last point that makes it so difficult to get an underwriter to completely review a pre-approval application as a special exception.

The bottom line is that a client’s best bet for confidence is the educated and experienced opinion of the front-line individual with whom they are directly speaking – and that’s their Mortgage Broker. This individual will not be the same person who underwrites and formally approves the live transaction when the time comes.

This disconnect between intake of application and actual underwriting of a live file makes having a ‘subject to receiving and approving financing’ clause in the purchase sale agreement so very important.

Perhaps the most significant factor in undermining the solidity of a client’s preapproval is the relentless pace of change of lending guidelines and policies – changes implemented not only by the Federal Government but also by the lenders themselves. It is very easy to have a pre-approval for a certain mortgage amount rendered meaningless just a few days later through changes to internal underwriting guidelines. Often these changes arrive with no warning and existing pre-approvals are not grandfathered.

It is absolutely worthwhile going through the pre-approval process before writing offers, and in particular before listing your current property for sale or accepting offers. This will give you a good idea of your maximum mortgage amount as well as securing a rate for you. It is a worthwhile endeavour.

Just be aware that aside from the key advantage of catching small issues early and securing rates, a pre-approval is not a 100% guarantee of financing.

But the good thing is, I can help you with this process!

The data included on this website is deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed to be accurate by the Kamloops Real Estate Board. The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS® and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used under license.