New property listed in Blind Bay

I have listed a new property at G9 2698 Blind Bay Road in Blind Bay. See details here

FAMILY GETAWAY in Blind Bay's Copper Landing! This beautiful 2020 park model comes fully furnished with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Enjoy the hot summer days on the large, private stamped concrete patio and stay warm and cozy on those cool nights in front of the fireplace. Includes the gazebo, patio furniture, BBQ and invite guest to stay in the separate bunkhouse. Extra Space to build a deck and even a small portable pool. Close to the beach, trails, shops and restaurants. Everything you need in your home away from home. Maintenance fees $200 (inc GST). Share sale. Cash only, no mortgages. (id:2493)


New property listed in Blind Bay

I have listed a new property at G34 2698 Blind Bay Road in Blind Bay. See details here

VACATION property in Blind Bay's Copper Landing! Enjoy your time off in the beautiful Shuswap. You can relax in this beautiful and well maintained, 2009 2-bedroom Park Model and upgraded stamped concrete patio. Quiet and safe, pet and family friendly park. Includes all furnishings, gazebo, appliances, BBQ, sheds and guest bunkie. Close to the beach, trails, shops and restaurants. Everything you need in your home away from home. Maintenance fees $200 (inc GST). Share sale. Cash only, no mortgages. (id:2493)


New property listed in Salmon Arm

I have listed a new property at 303 571 6 Street Northeast in Salmon Arm. See details here

VIEWS. LOCATION. UPGRADES. How does it get any better than this?! You don’t want to miss out on this 2 bedroom, 2 bath penthouse apartment with over 1800 sqft of space. This 55+ unit is open, light and bright with upgraded bathrooms, kitchen, a large covered balcony and many more great features. Close to McGuire Lake and Downtown. (id:2493)


New property listed in Salmon Arm

I have listed a new property at 39 111 Harbourfront Drive Northwest in Salmon Arm. See details here

Carefree living at Heron View Terraces, Adult (55+) community. This 2 Bedroom, 2 bathroom home has an open concept living area with skylight and large windows, a spacious master with ensuite and large closet. Ready to move in! Walking distance to downtown, groceries, wharf and steps away from a bird sanctuary for bird enthusiasts. (id:2493)


New property listed in Salmon Arm

I have listed a new property at 203 330 7 Street Southeast in Salmon Arm. See details here

Welcome to your carefree lifestyle and enjoy the picturesque lake and mountain views in this lovely 2 bedroom plus den condo in the Essex on 7th Street SE. You will fall in love with this spacious, open concept layout with plenty of windows and space to entertain your friends and family. The gas fireplace is an added bonus for those cozy months and the proximity to town will make you less reliant on your car that is safely stored in the heated garage. Walking distance to downtown with plenty of shops and restaurants for you to frequent if you don't feel like cooking. You can rest with confidence knowing there is a secure entrance in this 55+ building which allows pets with restrictions. Salmon Arm is a wonderful, engaging city with a wide range of outdoor activities year-round and a great sense of community. (id:2493)


Debunking 5 Myths About Selling Your Home in the Winter

Brrr… ❄️ It’s getting cold outside! Winter’s coming and this weather makes everyone want to just stay at home and laze around - including home buyers and home sellers.

or most home sellers, winter is not a convenient time to sell a home. The cold weather makes your home feel gloomy and it’s time consuming to work on real estate deals during the holidays. People tend to get busy and buying a home isn’t just part of their Christmas plans, or is it?

If you are a seller who plans on selling your home this winter, don’t be disheartened by these hearsays as we are here to debunk 5 myths about selling your home in the winter.

Myth #1 - No one looks for homes in winter.

Reality - There are still buyers looking for homes during winter.

If a person really wants to buy a home, he/she will look for a home regardless of the season. Furthermore, buyers who will brave the cold weather and the busy holidays to find a home are eager buyers. He/She must be looking, despite the holidays, because he/she needs it now. You are more likely to close the deal with this kind of homebuyer. Who knows? Maybe you will actually be able to sell your home faster during the winter.

Myth #2 - The market during winter is unfavorable to sellers.

Reality - There’s less inventory during winter which makes it favorable to sellers.

Since the general knowledge among sellers is that winter is a bad time to sell your home, most people opt to avoid selling during this time. Hence, there will be fewer listings. This means that when you list your home during winter, there’ll be less competition. Buyers will have fewer options to consider which gives you higher chances to get a sale. So selling during winter can actually be favorable to sellers.

Myth #3 - It’s hard to stage your home during winter.

Reality - You can take advantage of the cold weather to make the place look homier.

Winter weather is gloomy. It’s cold and it’s hard to highlight the best features of your home because of all the snow and the lack of good lighting. But you can actually turn things around with just some creativity!

Use the winter weather to make your home more cozy and homey. When staging your home, bring out the blankets, throw pillows, and add some scented candles. Embrace the holiday spirit and incorporate them into your home decor. You can utilize the cold weather and the holiday season to make your place more home-like. It can help provide potential buyers with a glimpse of what it’s like to live in your home.

Myth #4 - Buyers are not that motivated to buy a home during the holidays.

Reality - The holidays are usually the time when people plan the next phases of their lives including owning a home.

Another common misconception is that buyers are not motivated to buy a home during the holidays. However, the reality is that winter is a time when less serious buyers and window shoppers leave the market and you’ll mostly find that only serious and highly motivated buyers remain. It is even more common for the whole selling process to be shorter during this season since the buyers you are most likely to encounter during the holidays are very eager to buy a house before the year ends!

It's also a time when people are planning their goals and plans for the next phase of their lives — including buying a new house!

Myth #5 - Real estate agents don’t work much during the winter months.

Reality - You’ll be able to get undivided attention from your agent since fewer people are selling.

Since there are generally fewer people selling in the winter, many real estate agents are eager to find more clients during this season. You’ll be able to get undivided attention from your agent — a stronger and more visible marketing effort, extended open houses, and they are available for a lot more days to meet with potential buyers.

Don’t let these myths get in the way of selling your house successfully during winter!

There’s a lot of opportunity to sell during the holidays that you probably won’t experience if you wait for spring — less inventory and competition, more serious and motivated buyers, more focused real estate agents, and a quicker sales process. Plus, you’ll have a chance to make your home look more warm and cozy!

Have you decided on selling your house this winter? Go for it! I’ll be there to help you every step of the way. Contact me at 250-804-9160 or send me an email at and I’ll be happy to help you sell your home before the end of the year!


6 Ways To Use Social Media To Sell Homes

Selling your home is a challenging endeavor especially if you choose to go the For-Sale-By-Owner (FSBO) path. There will definitely be a LOT of work to do — from listing your home, preparing for inspections and appraisals, conducting repairs and maintenance, processing all the legal paperwork, scheduling open houses, not to mention marketing your home!

Luckily, with the use of social media, it’s now easier than ever to sell your home! Gone are the days of cold calling and listing your house in the classified section of the daily newspaper. Still, it can be overwhelming as there are many things you need to know before you can market effectively on social media.

As a real estate agent, you can say that I have mastered the art of social media marketing as it’s an everyday task for me to sell homes both in person and online! Trust me when I say that I’ve tried many things and always made sure to take advantage of the latest features available. Here are six ways to use social media that will help you sell your home faster!

1. Create a social media strategy

The first thing that you need to do is to strategize your social media campaign. Your goal is set: To sell your house. But which social media tactics you should use to achieve this goal?

You’ll need to decide on which platforms you’ll be using (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), gather the materials you will need (photos, videos, articles, MLS listing?), set your budget (organic, paid advertisement, or both?), and narrow down the audience you want to target.

While the type of content you create is up to you, you’ll need to unleash a bit of your creativity regardless! There are several types of content you can choose to create. You can do as simple as posting a description of your home with photos. You can also take it to the next level by creating an Instagram Reel, Facebook/Instagram Story, or going live on a social media platform.

2. Digital Word-of-mouth is key!

As a private seller, you might not have a business page on social media. Not to worry as you can still market your listing via digital word-of-mouth! Simply posting about your listing can already help you spread the word. It’s also a good way to target an audience that would most likely be interested in your listing as most of the people in your network live close by to your area.

Aside from that, you can also share your listing on various social sharing groups such as Facebook groups about real estate selling in your area. Just remember to read the group rules first and make sure that it’s allowed before you post!

3. Consider paying for ads

If you’re a motivated seller with a good budget, consider paying for social media ads. You can easily run ads on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram at an affordable price for a period of time. Social media ads are a quick and effective way to reach your target audience especially because you can choose the demographics of your ads. You can also easily see the stats of your ads while it’s running, receive engagement and messages in real-time, and extend your ad if you want to keep it running for longer.

4. Use keywords and hashtags

When relying on online marketing to sell your home, you need to ensure that your post or listing can easily be found by potential buyers. The trick is to use the right keywords and hashtags. Determine the keywords and hashtags that are aligned with the most common phrases that people use to search when looking for a property in your area. It can be the type of property, area name, or amenities that most people want in a home.

By doing this, your content is more likely to appear on your target audience’s explore page. Once they search for posts that are related to your keywords and hashtags, they will most probably bump into your content as well.

5. Promote your open house event

People wouldn’t just magically appear at your open house. You need to make efforts to promote your event. And since you are selling on your own and don’t have the network of a real estate agent, you need to double your effort.

Promote your open house event on social media prior to your event date. Post consistently until your event date to encourage excitement among your audience. Share the event with different real estate groups on Facebook. Ask your friends to help you reach more people by sharing it on their pages.

6. Go live on Facebook.

There might be a few people who won’t be able to physically attend your open house event. And who knows – maybe one of these people is your homebuyer. So consider going live on Facebook during your open house event.

If it is more convenient for you, schedule a separate virtual open house for those who cannot attend the actual open house. With this, you’ll be able to give your full attention to each guest – on-site and online.

Maximize social media as a tool today!

Whatever strategy or content you come up with, don’t forget that this is just a tool to help you with selling your home. At the end of the day, it’s still up to your skill and knowledge of the space that will land the deal. Aside from maximizing social media for marketing your property, learn how to effectively deal with people and negotiate for the best offer.


When the back-to-school shopping list includes a house

When it comes to your kids, ensuring that they are equipped for whatever life throws at them is crucial. One aspect of that is finding the right school and community for them. So it’s no wonder that from June-July, families are more likely to move places, in search of the right community, environment, and half the time, a great school district. Whether you’re moving schools or not, juggling your kids’ back-to-school needs and house hunting can be overwhelming. After all, you’re human, too! That said, we’ve listed some tips to help you lock in these two things.

1. Plan your timing

If you’re looking into moving houses, doing it while your kids are still in school would be an extra layer to peel off. It’ll be more challenging to juggle the ongoing school calendar and a house move. To add to that, if you’re moving to a new school in the middle of a school year, it’ll be tougher for your kid to integrate comfortably. That’s why families often move during their kids’ summer break. It’s perfect as it’s when the family has more time to tackle an undertaking like this. In short, planning and giving yourself the right amount of window to do this goes a long way.

Don’t start listing and hunting for a new place just when summer’s about to start. Instead, spread yourself out throughout the year. Expect or make it a goal for your move to be around your kid’s summer break. It’ll be less stressful not just for you, but for your kid, too. You’ll both need ample time to prepare, so don’t haste the process.

2. Get some help

Moving houses can take up a lot of time and energy. To add to that, you still have to list your current house and look for a new home before you can even think about hiring that moving service. Between work, family, and your kids’ back-to-school needs, finding the time to even go through the barrage of listings can be difficult. One way to help offload the pressure is to hire an agent. Enlisting a real estate agent will brush off some stress and will help you find the right place for your needs. You’ll have some peace of mind and more free time to spend with your family.

3. Patience is a virtue

Imagine hunting for a place way too late and now you’re rushed by time. Your kid is about to go back to school, and you’re in a hurry. You’re more likely to take a bad offer or take up a least ideal home to be in. No, no, no, we’re not going to have any of that, right? Remember, it’s best to spread this throughout the year. This way, you’ll have a large elbow room to move in. If anything goes wrong, there’s the benefit of enough time to pick the pieces. It takes the stress of being rushed away. Don’t get us wrong, if your agent finds the perfect place and offers, go for it. Strike a deal to move in the summer or find a seamless way to get it done in the school year.

4. Balance your time and effort

Remember that you’re also taking care of your kids’ return to school. Whether it’s moving to a new one or just getting them ready for a new school year, making sure they are ready and feeling confident for the year is important. So balance your time and effort to ensure they are a-ok for the year. Being prepared will go a long way and help ease their mind and yours. Make sure to involve everyone, too – it’s a family effort and milestone so don’t miss the chance to spend it with them.

5. It’s go-time

Multitasking can be a difficult thing to do for anyone. It can be taxing and stressful, but being prepared and taking your time can be of gigantic help. Taking these steps with your family makes it a lot easier too. We’d be remiss to digress that this is a phase of change, and change isn’t easy to come by. It can be overbearing, so make sure to check in on your kids and involve them in the process. Make house hunting and back-to-school preps fun for the family. And when you’ve finally nailed down the house and called the moving service, you can check our recent article on “How to take the stress of moving with kids” to help get the job done with peace of mind. Have more questions in mind? I would love to hear from you! Call me at 250-804-9160 or send me an email at


How To Take The Stress Out of Moving with Kids

The big day is just around the corner: it’s almost Moving Day for your family! But before you can enjoy the fruits of your brand new space, we know how stressful moving can be, especially when you have kids. With all the logistics to worry about, it’s a surprise not everybody goes nuts.

However, don’t go on mistaking that you’re the only one experiencing stress as the parent and the adult in charge. Moving can be complicated for anyone regardless of age, and that includes your kid. As adults, it’s easier for us to adapt than the young ones. What might be a breath of fresh air to the parents can be a source of stress for children. Change is a bit tougher for kids, and saying goodbye to their friends and the space they’ve grown up in can take a toll on them.

That said, learning how to prepare them for a big move goes a long way for their well-being and yours. When you include your kids in the process, you help them navigate this scary yet exciting adventure ahead.

To get you and your kids ready for the big moving day, we’ve listed some tips that can help your family better adjust for this milestone ahead.

1. Give them a heads-up

As a kid, nothing could be worse than waking up to see all your stuff gone while mountains of boxes are loaded on a moving truck. Moving isn’t always a pleasant surprise to children, so let them know as early as you can. Once you have finally decided about the move, talk to them and explain why. There’s no point in keeping it a secret, and doing so might harm your relationship, so best to be transparent.

An early talk with the kids will give them ample time to adjust and to say their goodbyes. On a more positive note, you’ll also be able to get them pumped up for the move early on as you give them a picture of your future home life.

2. It’s all about teamwork

When we talk about getting your kids involved, we don’t mean making them carry heavy boxes. Get them involved in the process by asking them to pack their stuff such as toys, plushies, books, and school items. Or better yet, ask them questions about how they’d like their new space to be. Talk about possible themes, decorations, wall colors, and more. In short, brainstorm with your kid.

3. Give them a little taste

Kids tend to be more cautious toward anything new. After all, they’ve still got a lot to figure out about the world. And much like when we’re served with new dishes, kids would also appreciate having a small taste of their future space before moving. Pre-paving your children for the move will help lessen their anxiety. You can start this off by visiting the neighborhood and enjoying the fun activities they can do there. Visit the local park. Dine in a local restaurant. From there, you can ease them into the new house by going with them for visits, showing their new room, and laying the vision for the house no matter how silly it is (a giant swing in the middle of the room? Sure, why not!). Remember, it’s a crucial transition for them, so take it slow and enjoy the process together.

4. Make it a fun experience

Hopefully, when moving day arrives, your kids aren’t just left watching you or the movers load and unload boxes. Instead, find ways to make this a memorable day for them. You can assign them light tasks like looking after the family pet, or you can hand them a kid-friendly camera and have them document the move. They’d surely appreciate seeing those photos one day when they decide to look back on the memory of the place they once called ‘home’.

Moving day or not, let kids be kids

It’s easy to be caught up in all the stress of moving. However, don’t forget to be extra patient and understanding toward your kids on moving day. Don’t expect adult behavior from them, and don’t reprimand them if they do something you dislike during the big day. If they get upset about it, don’t invalidate their feelings. Instead, listen and provide comfort. Take this as an opportunity to strengthen your bond.

Once the move is complete and your kids are tucked safely in their new bedrooms, pat yourself on the back and maybe open a bottle of wine — you deserve it for a job well done. Time to enjoy your new home!


How to Live in Expensive Markets While Saving Money

Eager to ramp up your investment while living your best life? 

House hacking is the way to go! Financially savvy professionals keep this as the top secret in fast tracking the attainment of homeownership dreams. After all, homeownership takes you a step closer to financial security.

Entering the real estate market can seem far-fetched with its skyrocketing prices - especially when you live in the heart of business districts. However, when done right, house hacking can be the simple solution to this seemingly huge dilemma. In this blog, I’ll uncover a house hacking comprehensive guide with tips and tricks in navigating your way to an expensive market!

What is House Hacking? 

In its simplest definition, house hacking means renting out a space of your purchased property with the intent of offsetting the mortgage cost. This entails purchasing a property where the owner lives with its tenants. The actual set-up can differ with multiple house hacking strategies available. You can select which strategy suits your comfort level the most. 

House hacking is especially helpful when done across key business districts (aka the overwhelmingly expensive markets), where living near the daily workplace cuts extra transportation costs apart from the mortgage savings gained from tenant rentals. After all, your tenant's rental rates essentially cover your monthly mortgage dues.

House Hacking Strategies 


The simplest and easiest house hacking strategy. Whether duplex,
 triplex, or quadplex, purchasing a multi-unit property involves renting out other units and leaving a single unit for your occupancy. This gives you an actual space division between you and your tenant comfortably. 

In establishing a hassle-free relationship with your tenants, best if you hire a property manager to keep your homeownership low key. This saves you the hassle in tenant haggling, or worse, non-payment of rental dues just because they know the owner personally. 

Using this house hacking strategy, your asset can be easily transitioned to a full rental space when you decide to move into another neighbourhood. Having a multi-unit property is certainly a cash flow driver with its consistent rental revenue. 


Leveraging on the rise of short term rental, you can easily rent out your purchased space through platforms like Airbnb and Agoda! Just as how any short term rental conditions work, you have to list your property in the booking platform to attract potential customers. With this strategy, you can double your earnings with competitive daily rental rates. When computed against the traditional monthly rental earnings, revenue can easily double with a high demand in staycations. The downside though, lies on its constant cleaning requirements every after vacancy. 

Specific to Airbnb, you can choose between renting out the whole unit or only specific rooms within your purchased house. Even the rental duration can be flexible depending on your unit’s availability. Going out of town soon? List your unit and have it rented while you’re out! If this will be a long term hacking strategy, then your guest’s star ratings are of prime importance. Always remember to keep a healthy relationship with your short term guests to attract more bookings. 


If it’s your first time trying house hacking and you’re being conservative on prices, the best option is to purchase a small property and have a bed rented! This especially works well when buying condominiums in key business districts, as most professionals would prefer saving up on transportation costs through bedspacing. 

Just a word of caution, best if you would have your own cabinet for extra security. Remember, you are technically sharing your safe space so it would be beneficial if you choose your tenants wisely and secure your belongings more carefully.


Now if you’ve purchased a bigger property with a spacious lot, you can build Additional Dwelling Units (ADUs) for a greater sense of security. Just like renting out plex units, creating an extended dwelling unit enables you to have tiny homes within your purchased property. 

This is the best strategy to take in case you’ve already purchased a property and are trying to catch up on how to maximize your investment. As you will technically build this from scratch, you can design your envisioned tiny home according to your budget and taste. 


If you’ve purchased a whole house, complete with a basement down below, voila! You just gained your house hacking blueprint. As the landlord, you can build your tenant’s own exit/entry point for added security. You can furnish the basement like a regular studio unit complete with basic amenities such as kitchenette, restroom, and bed frame. If the space is big, you can even convert these into multiple bedrooms.

The Benefits of House Hacking 

House hacking is definitely an investment game changer. Here are the top benefits of house hacking. 


Just like any other real estate investment, house hacking induces regular cash flow with a notable appreciation value. The income generated from tenancy may be used to cover the mortgage expenses, saving up with a positive cash flow. The best part? Your investment value increases over time just as how any property investment works. 


When house hacking, you don’t have to pay your mortgage in full straight up. You can settle your down payment first, and allow the tenancy income to cover your monthly mortgage dues. And the downpayment? Surprise! It’s a lot cheaper. 


Apart from covering your mortgage dues, you can even create a passive source of income just by house hacking. With the right house hacking strategy, you can widen your savings gap - further increasing your capital for your next investment. 

Remember, earning twice - even thrice - your investment amount depends on the house hacking strategy fit for your property. This depends on the size, location, or even your connections in attracting your first tenants. Pro tip? Choose the best location, perhaps in the middle of a business district, right beside your workplace. Save and earn as you live regularly. 

House hacking can be your next gold mine, but remember that picking the right strategy makes or breaks your investment. With a huge capital involved, it will always be best to study your property choices carefully with the following things in mind: budget, location, size, longevity, and most importantly, living conditions. Pick what’s best suited to your comfort level, especially when you’re planning to house hack until you’ve paid your mortgage dues in full. Lastly, don’t let your youth dismay your growth. Invest while you’re young, and you’ll definitely reap your hard-earned efforts as you age finely. 

For more real estate tips or for a more in-depth consultation, feel free to call me at 250-804-9160, send me an email at, or 

schedule a visit to my office. 

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