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2018 Vernon BEST OF BEST LOCAL BUSINESS Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2018 Vernon BEST OF THE BEST LOCAL BUSINESS Winners were announced today by the local Sponsor of the Awards

The BEST OF THE BEST LOCAL BUSINESS Awards encourage people to shop locally and increase community spirit.

The 2018 Vernon BEST OF THE BEST LOCAL BUSINESS Awards are given out annually by the BEST OF THE BEST LOCAL BUSINESS Foundation and the local sponsor, The Salt Fowler Real Estate Team, a long-time local Vernon success story.

Winners receive free publicity and are entitled to display the animated “Winners” logo on their website. We provide high quality stickers for display in their place of business, and a High Resolution file for their marketing materials.

We are pleased to congratulate these 22 Vernon Local Businesses for being an inspiration to their community, and for winning the 2018 Vernon BEST OF THE BEST LOCAL BUSINESS Award:

1 – Best Beauty Salon
Lookin’ Sharp

2 – Best Concrete Finishing
Pinnacle Concrete Solutions

3 – Best Craft Distillery
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery

4 – Best Electrical Contractor
Tillicum Electric

5 – Best Engraving Service
Caufields Engraving

6 – Best Home Staging
By Inspired Design

7 – Best Hotel
Village Green Hotel

8 – Best IT Consulting
Andy Duffy IT Consulting

9 – Best Jewellery Store
J.C. Bradley Jewellers

10 – Best Local Artisan Market
Pink Spotted Goat

11 – Best Massage School
Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy

12 – Best Medi-Spa
Enhance Studio

13 – Best Moving Company
Hugo’s Moving

14 – Best Physiotherapy
North End Spine and Sport

15 – Best Pub
The Longhorn Pub

16 – Best Restaurant – Breakfast
Lunch Matters… Breakfast Too

17 – Best Restaurant – Noodle Bar
Raku Rice and Noodle Bar

18 – Best Restaurant – Vietnamese
Fresh Lemongrass Vietnamese Restaurant

19 – Best Shades and Shutters
Okanagan Shade and Shutter

20 – Best Sign Post Installation
Insignia Sign Post

21 – Best Sign Shop
Alpha Graphicsworks & Sign

22 – Best Toy Store
Teeter Totter Toys

Selection of winners is based on a number of criteria. Please see saltfowler.com for more information.

Winter Home Staging Ideas

One of the concerns for home sellers when leaving their home on the market over the winter months is the lack of natural light in their Okanagan homes due to the constant inversion. There are however some easy fixes for these winter time home staging blues.

Winter Home Staging Tip #1 – Colour Accents: Brighten up your room from the inside with colour. A quick and easy idea is to add some cut flowers to your living space or some new bright and cheery throw pillows. It doesn’t have to be spring to enjoy some flowers and some fun colours inside.

Winter Home Staging Tip #2 – Colour Your Walls: Whether it be an accent wall in your main living area, or a smaller room that needs a punch, adding a brighter colour will be a great addition to your home in any season. Painting is an inexpensive do-it-yourself activity that can make a huge difference to the overall feel of your home.

Winter Home Staging Tip #3- Remove your screens: Getting rid of the mesh behind your windows brings in a much larger amount of natural light.

Winter Home Staging Tip #4 – Area Rugs: If you have area rugs over your hardwood floors, a quick fix is to remove those rugs in rooms where light is at a minimum. This will help the light that does come in reflect off the hardwood flooring and onto your walls.

Winter Home Staging Tip #5 – Light Bulbs: Beef up any dim light bulbs to a higher wattage. This may be the perfect time to switch to LED’s that come in bright colours than incandescent bulbs. The difference between warm white, a cool white and a daylight bulb is amazing. Try a few and see what works best for the different rooms in your home that need a boost.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean it has to be dreary inside as well as out. Take advantage of trying a few of these tips for your home staging whether your home is on the market or not and brighten up your day!

Congratulations Alex Wambold – Salt Fowler Team Top Salesperson for October 2018

The Salt Fowler Team is proud to honour Alex Wambold as their Top Salesperson for the month of October 2018.

Real Estate has always been a passion for Alex and his enthusiasm to help others with a professional attitude has provided him with success.

Lisa, Gord and the rest of the Salt Fowler Team congratulate Alex on his recent accomplishment and wish his more success in his career!  To contact Alex directly, you can email him at alex@saltfowler.com or call 250-308-9472.

Let him help make your Okanagan dreams come true!

Explanation of the new Disclosure of Representation in Trading Services – B.C.

Are you confused as to why your real estate professional keeps asking you to sign all these new forms?  Or are you just confused with the explanation?

Here is a simple way of understanding what this Disclosure form is all about for you, as the consumer.  Please do let us know what questions you may have after you have viewed this video.

October North Okanagan Real Estate Market Update

This North Okanagan Real Estate Update covers the areas of:  Vernon, Coldstream, Falkland, Armstrong, Enderby and Lumby.

Updated Stats for Residential Homes in the North Okanagan:

Sell/Inventory Ratio:   

14.81%  (this is how much of what is currently on the market sold last month)

Days to Sell:  

77 (how many days on average it is taking to sell a home)

Avg. Sale Price:  

$522,585 (averages can be skewed by a few really high, or really low $$ sales)

Median Sale Price:  

$460,000 (the exact middle sale price of every residential property sold last month)

Waterfront Home Sales: 

17 waterfront home sold year to date (versus 15 last year, same time period)

North Okanagan overall statistics:

Total Units that were newly LISTED (and active on the market) during each of the past 3 months:

Aug:    335

Sep:    302

Oct:    259

Total Units SOLD (all property types including raw land and commercial) during each of the past 3 months:

Aug:    200

Sep:    167

Oct:     186

Wrap Up:

Sellers: The number of new listings on the market this year over last increased by over 17%.  So far in 2018, inventory has increased for 6 months out of 9, and sales have decreased 8 months out of 9.  We are clearly in a more balanced real estate market, which is a drastic change for many sellers (and realtors!) versus the past 3 years of extreme seller’s market.

One thing we know is that balanced markets are not sustainable.  Usually a balanced market only lasts for a few months and then tips in to a full fledged buyer’s market.

For all sellers currently on the market or looking to sell, be wary of a changing market.

Buyers:  The number of homes on the market has now increased for 8 months in a row. More homes on the market means more competition, more homes for you as a Buyer to view, and a bit of a reprieve to what was starting to feel like runaway pricing.  The market has started to cool ever so slightly, especially in the more expensive price ranges.

However…. (and isn’t there always a “however”?) interest rates are now slowly, but surely, on the rise.  Waiting to see if the price of your dream house may reduce may not be the right play, if interest rates increase in the meantime.  By paying the increase in the interest rates could very well mean that in the long run you end up ultimately paying more for your home.  A small increase in rates equals a large increase in the amount spent over the life of your mortgage.  That is an important analysis to make before making the decision to fence sit.

Although the Government has intervened numerous times in an attempt to slow down the real estate prices skyrocketing in the major centres, we aren’t expecting any immediate drastic price drops in our local market.  We are still experiencing a lot of in-migration to our fair city, which is helping our local market while others considerably decline.

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Please feel free to Contact Us Anytime:  Lisa, Gord, Glenn, Alex, Joanne, Avrill, Christie and Bryan of the Salt Fowler Team, RE/MAX Vernon – specializing in North Okanagan and Vernon BC Real Estate.

Another successful #Pumpkin Fest!

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Salt Fowler Team Realtors® Give Pumpkins and Promises to Pets

SPALLUMCHEEN, British Columbia (October 6, 2018) – The Salt Fowler Team RE/MAX Vernon Realtors® had their annual Pumpkin-Fest pumpkin picking and charity lunch at the Pumpkin Patch on St. Annes Road. In addition to providing Tim Horton’s hot chocolate, Helmut’s smokies and hot dogs, fresh Buy Low Foods buns and coupons for free pumpkins, face painting by Kim Nasipayko and a photo booth, the Salt Fowler Team provided hope to children by raising $1177.50 in matched donations for the Vernon and District Animal Care Society through this event.

“This year was the busiest we have seen for our annual event – we were surprised as it was the Sunday of Thanksgiving and thought many would be out of town, however it was a huge success! This year out team once again matched every donation dollar for dollar, and were very happy with the results. Plus we added a face painter and photo booth to the fun!” says Gord Fowler, co-founder of the Salt Fowler Team. The Salt Fowler Team personally prepared and served the 18 dozen smokies, hot dogs and hot chocolate to their past and current clients, as well as other visitors to the Pumpkin Patch on that day, indicative of their commitment to personalized service in business as well as in charity.

Sheran King, a first time participant at Pumpkin Fest, says: “It was a great opportunity for families to have a fun afternoon together.  They were able to choose their perfect pumpkins for Hallowe’en, romp through the corn patch, enjoy some great eats and meet up with friends.”

The Salt Fowler Team has a history of giving back to their clients and to the community. In the past, they have provided their clients with tickets to the Vernon Vipers hockey games and admission to the Waterslide Park. The Salt Fowler Team Realtors® take care of their clients long after their business transactions have closed.  In fact, a portion of each sale is reserved for charity and distributed at the end of the year to Hospice House and /or to local clients that have fallen on hard times. Salt Fowler Team members exemplify the spirit of giving by filling their personal and business lives with service.  This year Buy Low Foods, Tim Horton’s, Fix It Auto, Helmut’s Sausage Kitchen, KISS FM, Tillicum Electric, Kim Nasipayko and Teeter Totter Toys all participated in Pumpkin Fest with contributions to support this annual local event.

Vernon and District Animal Care Society (VDACS) is a small local group of volunteers operating a Registered, Non-profit Charitable Society servicing the North Okanagan Regional District, plus Falkland. Their primary focus is spay/neuter financial assistance for low income families. They are not a shelter – their goal is to reduce the need for a shelter by reducing pet overpopulation.

The Salt Fowler Team at RE/MAX Vernon is a vibrant, technologically savvy group of realtors who have joined together to revolutionize the real estate business through their advanced online marketing presence, virtual office and environmentally friendly outlook, not to mention great customer appreciation and dedicated charitable giving.  To find out more, please visit www.satlfowler.com.

Contact:

Lisa Salt, Co-Founder

lisa@saltfowler.com
(250) 549-SALT(7258)

 

Congratulations Christie King – Salt Fowler Team Top Salesperson for September 2018

Christie from the Salt Fowler Team has achieved Salesperson of the Month for September 2018. 

Christie, is a very dynamic, enthusiastic and hard working teammate. She has always had a strong work ethic and strives to be a success at all she does.

Christie was born in the Okanagan, and has been selling Real Estate for 12 years. She is a proud member of the Okanagan Real Estate Board.

Christie is a true family girl; she enjoys being Auntie to her nieces/nephews and spending time with her daughter. She is very much still a kid at heart.

An avid world traveller, Christie has explored many countries. She truly enjoys the simplicity of travelling with a backpack and a surfboard. Experiencing many differing cultures and their cuisine has motivated her to travel more.

Christie is reputable, reliable, and prides herself on great customer service. She looks forward to helping you with all your Okanagan Real Estate needs.

Hobbies: Christie enjoys bike riding, playing basketball, tennis, swimming, yoga & gardening.

For more information on how Christie can help you buy or sell in the Okanagan, please Contact Her today at 250-549-4161.

September Vernon Real Estate Market Update

This North Okanagan Real Estate Update covers the areas of:  Vernon, Coldstream, Falkland, Armstrong, Enderby and Lumby.

Updated Stats for Residential Homes in the North Okanagan:

Sell/Inventory Ratio:   

14.81%  (this is how much of what is currently on the market sold last month)

Days to Sell:  

77 (how many days on average it is taking to sell a home)

Avg. Sale Price:  

$522,585 (averages can be skewed by a few really high, or really low $$ sales)

Median Sale Price:  

$460,000 (the exact middle sale price of every residential property sold last month)

Waterfront Home Sales: 

15 waterfront home sold year to date (versus 14 last year, same time period)

North Okanagan overall statistics:

Total Units that were newly LISTED (and active on the market) during each of the past 3 months:

Jul:       385

Aug:    335

Sep:    302

Total Units SOLD (all property types including raw land and commercial) during each of the past 3 months:

Jul:       218

Aug:    200

Sep:    167

Please feel free to Contact Us Anytime:  Lisa, Gord, Glenn, Alex, Joanne, Greg, Avrill, Christie and Bryan of the Salt Fowler Team, RE/MAX Vernon – specializing in North Okanagan and Vernon BC Real Estate.

For those living in the Middleton Mountain, watch your mailboxes!

For those living in the Middleton Mountain, watch your mailboxes! This is going to be delivered via Canada Post direct to your home very soon. If you find your contact info is incorrect please do let us know and we are happy to update this for you.

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Salt Fowler Team at RE/MAX Vernon at 250-549-SALT (7258) or webinfo@saltfowler.com, your Kalview homes specialists! We offer FREE Market Evaluations on all Vernon Real Estate!