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Just released – our brand new and exciting East Hill / Harwood folders!

Just released – our brand new and exciting East Hill / Harwood folders! Containing lots of exciting statistics (can statistics be exciting?) and information about the recent sales and current homes for sale in East Hill and Harwood. To list your home and be included in this quality folder, call the Salt Fowler Team today and “Just Add Salt!” 250-549-7258

Create the Perfect Flowerbed Today

A vibrant flowerbed is a great addition to any yard.  Flowers not only add colour and flair to your home, planting and caring for these plants can be a great family activity and help get the kids outside.  As the premier agent for all your Vernon real estate needs, I would like to offer you the following tips on how you can create a fabulous flowerbed today.

Dig it Up

Before you can plant any flowers, you will need to do some preparation on the actual bed.  Remove any weeds, debris, sticks and stones from the soil as these can interfere with the growth of your flowers. After removing these obstacles, it is a good idea to add a few bags or wheelbarrows full of top soil, to give your flowerbed some extra nutrients.  Be sure that the soil is loose to allow the delicate root systems of your flowers a chance to take hold.

Choose Wisely

A vibrant and healthy flowerbed is full of a wide variety of flowers and plants.  This selection not only adds a host of colours to your yard, it will also allow you to enjoy your flowerbed for the entire season, as different flowers bloom at different times.  Take a trip to your local nursery and choose your favourites.

Here’s the Deal:

When you get back from the nursery and unload your flowers, be sure to water them, as transporting flowers can be stressful on them.

The Planting Process

When planting your flowers, make sure that you pay particular attention to the tag that is included with each plant.  This tag has invaluable information, such as:

  • How much water and sun that particular flower will need.
  • How big the flower will grow – you will want to plant larger flowers in the back of the bed so that they do not overcrowd or choke out smaller flowers.
  • The proper spacing and depth each flower requires to grow.

After you have planted your flowers give them a thorough watering as the transplanting stage can be stressful and you want the root systems to take hold as soon as possible.

Get Involved

Take a moment and stand back to admire all your hard work and enjoy the kaleidoscope of colours.  Now is the time to get the family involved and establish a routine, so that you can keep your flowers healthy for the upcoming summer.  This routine should include:

  • A regular watering schedule.
  • A maintenance schedule that includes weeding and removing any dead or unwanted plants.

A flowerbed is great family activity and can give the kids a sense of responsibility and ownership.  Flowers will also add a whole new dimension to your yard for the upcoming summer.  If you would like more information on how you can create a fabulous flowerbed or are interested in some of the great real estate opportunities that abound in Vernon, please contact me today.  I look forward to working with you soon.

 

 

April North Okanagan Real Estate 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:   

22.82%  (this is how much of what is currently on the market sold last month)

Days to Sell:  

57 (how many days on average it is taking to sell a home) – down from last month.

Avg. Sale Price:  

$533,300 (averages can be skewed by a few really high, or really low $$ sales)

Median Sale Price:  

$503,500 (the exact middle sale price of every residential property sold last month)

Waterfront Home Sales: 

9 waterfront home sold year to date

North Okanagan overall statistics:

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

Feb:        265

Mar:       347

Apr:        443

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

Feb:      121

Mar:     157

Apr:      195

Wrap Up:

Sellers: While it’s never a good idea to count your chickens before they hatch, this month has been a good indicator that the market hasn’t quite run out of steam yet! The sell/inventory ratio has greatly improved and days to sell has decreased by nearly 30% since last month. Part of this is our typical season increase.

While the increase in number of listings on the market equals more competition, the sales have also increased. If you are considering selling your home but are not yet on the market, now is an ideal time to speak to your listing agent. As they say, strike while the iron is hot! (or in this case, warm)

Buyers: We saw a significant increase in new listings this month over last month, which can be music to buyers ears. More inventory can seem like a great market for finding a good deal, this month we also saw a notable increase in total sales over last month. The market could very well be levelling back out, so the best we can recommend is to not delay when you find a home that you love. If you’re in the beginning stages of the home buying purchase, now is the time to find an agent who understands your needs! Reach out to the Salt Fowler Team now to get on our client list and hear about new homes as soon as they come on the market!

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

Setting up your Vernon Property for Market Success: How to Stage to Sell

Spring has sprung, and just as the temperatures have started to heat up, so has the Vernon real estate market. This season is hot for the industry, as more and more homes come to the market and the competition is budding. In my last blog, I’d like to share with you how you can set your home apart from the rest with a simple re-staging.

  1. Embrace the Project

Staging itself can be a hard pill to swallow for some homeowners, as the cost can be high in an often financially-trying time. However, the rewards associated with a successful stage are great, and almost always worth all of the time, effort, and money that are put into it. Whether you decide to go at it alone or hire a professional stager, the sooner and more earnestly you take on the process will benefit you in the long run

  1. A Clean Slate

Before beginning the process of staging a home for the market, take the time to remove excess clutter. Buyers need to be able to imagine themselves in the home, and the easiest way to ensure that they will be able to do so is by removing both personal items and random knick-knacks. An easy rule of thumb is, if you haven’t used it in a year then toss it out, your new home won’t need to either! This also applies to furniture, take this time to sell or rehome anything that you don’t imagine bringing with you. The benefits of this part of the process are two-fold, as you’ll thank yourself greatly for this when the time comes to move!

  1. What Matters Most

It can seem impossible to stage your entire property from top to bottom, and for good reason. Be reasonable in deciding which parts of your home to attend most fruitfully in the staging process. To this point, first impressions are key. Put attention to the main living areas and entryway, as this is the first space your prospective buyers will notice. Next, the master bedroom and so on. A bit more attention in specific spaces will go further than half-hearted attempts throughout.

  1. Keep it Neutral

In the selling process, the aim is to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. While your home can’t be a chameleon, a light and bright scheme throughout will allow for prospective buyers to utilize their imagination and visualize themselves in your home. If possible, give rooms with more creative colors a quick two coats of white paint, and keep furniture and décor as mainstream as possible. Further, once you have decided which furniture to keep, consider some subtle rearranging to make each space feel more open and inviting.

  1. The Curb Appeal

At the risk of repeating myself, first impressions truly are key in the selling process for your Vernon BC home. The first thing your buyers will see is the exterior of your home, and a bit of landscaping work can go a long way. Thankfully, the spring and summer make this part of the process a literal breeze!

I hope these few pointers have helped you in the process of staging your home for sale. For a full analysis of the best items to focus on for resale for your home in the coming year to increase the value upon sale by up to 5%, give your local real estate professional a call or give us a shout.  Salt Fowler Team at RE/MAX Vernon 250-549-7258 or webinfo@saltfowler.com.

The Most Important Spring Lawn Care Tips

In order to get that perfect, green, lush lawn for the summer, you need to begin your routine now.  By starting your yard maintenance in the spring, you will give your lawn the head start it needs and extend its growing season.  As the premier agent for all your Vernon real estate needs, I would like to share the following spring lawn care tips that will get your yard ready for the summer.

Rake

It is important to thoroughly rake your lawn to remove that layer of dead grass, otherwise known as thatch.  If not removed, this dead layer of grass can wreak havoc on your lawn and cause drought, dead patches and allow weeds to flourish.  By removing the thatch, you will allow for better aeration and more even and deeper watering.  Before doing any other lawn care jobs, make sure to rake your yard.

Seed and Weed

After you have raked your yard and removed as much thatch as possible, add a layer of grass seed. By reseeding your lawn, you will make it more weed resistant and you will also end up with a fuller and lusher lawn.

Proper mowing, seeding and irrigation are the best ways to keep weeds at bay.  However, it may be worth your while to dig out dandelions and other unwanted weeds before seeding your lawn.

Routine

The secret to any great lawn is a well-established care routine.  Why not start this routine early?  In order to get the healthiest and fullest lawn possible, your yard care routine should include the following:

  • A watering routine. Always water early in the morning or in the evening to prevent any burning and to limit evaporation.  Make sure to follow any watering restrictions or other bylaws.
  • A proper mowing schedule. Raise your lawnmower to a higher setting and mow your yard more often to encourage a healthy lawn.  It is also recommended that you alternate direction each time you mow to keep your grass as vibrant and healthy as possible.
  • Seed your lawn a few times a year to fill in any bare patches. You can also use an organic fertilizer when needed to give your lawn that extra boost of nutrients.  Always follow the directions on the labels and never overfeed your grass.

Maintain

Your most important lawn tool by far is your lawn mower.  It will keep your lawn healthy and even all year long, so you need to take good care of it.  Before mowing your yard, take the time to do some routine maintenance.

  • Clean or replace the air filter and sparkplug.
  • Add a fuel stabilizer so that your mower runs smoother.
  • Change the oil.
  • Sharpen the blade. A dull blade makes your lawn more susceptible to disease and weeds.

These important spring lawn care tips will get your yard ready for the summer months.  If you would like other care tips or are interested in some of the new and exciting real estate properties that are available in Vernon, please contact me today.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Congratulations Alex Wambold – Salt Fowler Team Top Salesperson for March 2019

The Salt Fowler Team is proud to honour Alex Wambold as their Top Salesperson for the month of March 2019.

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!

New Listing Coming Soon!!!1907 Skyview Cres in Lumby!!

Listing Features

Wonderful family home
Great neighbourhood
5 bedrooms & 3 baths
2 story home with fully finished basement
main floor – living, dining, kitchen, kitchen nook, family room, laundry.
Above main floor – Master bedroom with w/i closet and ensuite bath, 3 more beds and full bath with Jacuzzi tub.
Below main floor – Bed, rec room, den, full bath, storage.
Large deck off main floor
Over-sized double garage
Flooring is carpet & vinyl
Mountain views

Price: $449,900

Just released – our brand new and exciting East Hill / Harwood folders!

 

Just released – our brand new and exciting East Hill / Harwood folders! Containing lots of exciting statistics (can statistics be exciting?) and information about the recent sales and current homes for sale in East Hill and Harwood. To list your home and be included in this quality folder, call the Salt Fowler Team today and “Just Add Salt!” 250-549-7258

Maximize your Home’s Curb Appeal with These Helpful Tips

An attractive home exterior is a key component when it comes to selling your home.  Potential home buyers are looking for the total package when it comes to buying a home and a well-staged home is just not enough. As the premier agent for all your Vernon real estate needs, I would like to share the following tips on how you can improve your home’s curb appeal and make your home a stand out.

Clean Up

A well-manicured yard is a great way to attract prospective buyers and make your home more desirable.  Before putting it on the market, dedicate a weekend to cleaning the outside of your home and yard.  When you are cleaning, make sure to go that extra mile and:

  • Turn your hose on high or better yet, rent a power washer to wash the outside of your home, your fence, your driveway and any walkways around your home. When washing, be careful not to damage any caulking around your windows or doors and the shingles on your roof.
  • Make sure to clean both the outside and the inside of your windows.
  • Weed your yard and flowerbeds. Trim and prune bushes and shrubs.  Mow your yard and remove debris.

Attention to Detail

Subtle changes to your home’s exterior can go a long way to help you put that final touch on your next open house.  Some easy, yet effective transformations include:

  • Replace or repaint your mailbox.
  • Add house numbers to your front gate.
  • Replace your mat to welcome guests at your front door.
  • Add shutters to make your windows look bigger and break up your home’s exterior. To maximize their effect, choose a shutter colour that contrasts with the colour of your home.
  • Add flowers, planters and hanging baskets.

Paint

A newly painted home is a great way to add value to your home and attract a wide range of buyers.  If a fresh coat of paint is not in your budget, there are other, smaller painting projects that will still increase your home’s curb appeal.

  • Add some colour to your front door. A brightly coloured door will make your home stand out amongst the completion.  Red and yellow are always popular colour choices for your door.
  • Paint the accent areas of your home such as the trim around your doors and windows. Again, try to find a colour that contrasts that of your home.

These simple tips will not only add value to your home, they will also help your home be notable.  If you are interested in other ways to increase your home’s curb appeal or are thinking about listing your home on Vernon’s real estate market, please contact me today.  I would love to be a part of your sales team.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

 

Monthly Market Update for March 2019

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:   

16.80%  (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:  

$546,022 (averages can be skewed by a few really high, or really low $$ sales)

Median Sale Price:  

$463,000 (the exact middle sale price of every residential property sold last month)

Waterfront Home Sales: 

6 waterfront homes sold year to date (equal to 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:

Jan:    245

Feb:   265

Mar:  347

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

Jan:     105

Feb:    121

Mar:   157

Wrap Up:

Sellers:  Spring has sprung, and like clockwork this month brought on a significant increase in inventory. This time of year is hot for the real estate market, so while you should expect to see more buyers looking, you will also have increased competition if your home is on the market. The spring is also great time to reevaluate your listing price and selling strategy with your listing agent, especially if your home has been on the market for a while.

Buyers: Inventory of homes on the market has continued to increase this month. For buyers, this means more choices of homes on the market at their fingertips. However, as the temperatures rise, so do the amount of buyers looking for homes. So, if there is a home that catches your attention, don’t wait long to put in an offer or you could end up in a bidding war!

Also note rumours regarding a decline in interest rates are on the horizon – another great sign for buyers!

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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.