kamloops bc: Canadian Real Estate Magazine names Kamloops among Top 5 Investment Towns - 10/12/11 04:27 PM

Kamloops residents have long understood that they have a wonderful life.  From skiing and hiking to fine arts and dining, there is something for everyone. Today, it is apparent that more and more people understand the great life Kamloops has to offer.
Canadian Real Estate Magazine recently named Kamloops as one of the top 5 investment towns in BC.  Thanks to increasing home sales, a strong rental market, and less of an oversupply of condominiums in comparison to other town, Kamloops is making a name for itself. In addition, the $50M put into renovating and building additional sports facilities is … (3 comments)

kamloops bc: Tile or Concrete? Which is the best flooring choice for your Kamloops Home? - 10/03/11 04:10 AM
For the last several decades, tile has been one of the most common choices for flooring in many Kamloops homes.  It’s durable, comes in various sizes and colors, and has products to match most budgets.  In recent years, however, many consumers have turned to polished concrete as a flooring alternative.  Although it started as cost-effective flooring for commercial spaces, homeowners have started to discover this durable, cost-effective flooring option.  However, which one is the right choice for you?  Whether your choose tile and polished concrete, both are durable, have reasonable price options, and look great.  Both can support radiant floor heating … (5 comments)

kamloops bc: Keeping friends close after your move to Kamloops - 09/23/11 03:59 AM
In today’s busy world, friendships have changed.  We no longer live in a time where hand-written letters and cards are exchanged or weekly “social calls” are a way of life.  Instead, we live in a world of cell phones, Skype, and text messaging.  With all of these inventions, you would think that keeping up with long distance friends would be easy… somehow; we seem to be losing the battle of maintaining long distance friendships following a move.  But, there are some easy ways to stay in touch with old friends when you move to Kamloops:
1.    Set aside time: Remember, … (2 comments)

kamloops bc: Scare up Some Halloween Fun in Kamloops - 09/16/11 03:57 AM
It’s hard to believe Halloween is just six weeks away!  The weather is perfect for parties, ghost stories, and trick-or-treating in Kamloops.  Whether you’re a resident, or looking for a great place for a weekend get-away, Kamloops has activities for every level of scare!  So, pick out your costume, carve the pumpkin, and take advantage of the many spooky Halloween events Kamloops has to offer during October.
Pumpkin Picking:  Kids of all ages will enjoy picking their own pumpkin at Tranquille Farms.  In addition to a U-pick pumpkin patch, you can enjoy free tractor rides, animal encounters, and trampoline jumps.  … (0 comments)

kamloops bc: Your Kamloops Home Fall Checklist - 09/09/11 04:22 AM
September is here. Soon, fall breezes will replace warm sunny afternoons and trees will begin to shed. And that can only mean one thing—winter isn’t far away.  Fall brings a great opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and finish the projects we started on our Kamloops home over the summer.  It also gives us a chance to get a jump on preparing for the harshness of winter. Therefore, as your summer vacations end, here are some home projects to focus on this fall:
      1.     Windows:  The beauty of Kamloops  is best viewed through clean windows.  The inside, outside, and … (4 comments)

kamloops bc: Don’t Lose a Sale Because of an Avoidable Mistake! - 09/05/11 03:28 AM
Selling your Kamloops home can be an exhausting experience—from the challenges of keeping your home clean to working around last minute showings, your house can feel like it already belongs to someone else.  Today’s market is tough, and there is a lot of competition for homes.  Phoebe Chongchua of Realty Times recently identified the top mistakes many sellers make—and these mistakes can result in you getting less money for your home or not selling the home at all.  To be sure you get top dollar for your home, be sure to avoid these common mistakes:
1.      Staying for Showings:  Simply put, … (0 comments)

kamloops bc: Mortgages: Don’t Learn the Hard Way - 08/28/11 07:17 AM
While learning from experience is great in most areas, it is not the best way to learn about mortgages.  In fact, learning from experience can cost you thousands of dollars and many headaches.  Before signing on that dotted line to purchase your new Kamloops home, be sure to do your research and understand exactly what you are signing.  According to a recent article by PJ Wade on Realty Times, here are five things to think about when determining which mortgage and which lender is right for you:
1.    Consider the source:  While the internet is a great research tool, it can … (2 comments)

kamloops bc: Splish Splash in Kamloops - 07/25/11 03:31 AM
Summer is here…time to put away your snow skis and winter clothes for awhile and enjoy the warm weather and the outdoors!  In Kamloops, there is no better way to enjoy summer than to spend time on one of our many lakes and rivers.  Whether you’re looking for speed and adventure or a quiet place to relax and read a book, there are plenty of places to explore in Kamloops. 
Are you an adrenaline junkie?  Do you like the thrill of speeding down the rapids? If you said yes, then you’re ready for whitewater rafting. Riding the rapids on Kamloops’ rivers … (1 comments)

kamloops bc: Attention Theatre Lovers-Mainstage 2011 is in Kamloops! - 07/03/11 04:21 AM
Kamloops residents know that we have great skiing, beautiful hiking trails, and plenty of adventure sports.  But, did you know that we are also a hub for great theater?  We are pleased to welcome Mainstage 2011 to Kamloops. 
Sponsored by Theatre BC, Mainstage 2011 is one of the longest running theater traditions in British Columbia. It is the Annual Provincial Theatre Festival for community theater groups throughout British Columbia.  This exciting event is the culmination of competitions from various Theater BC Zone festivals and features winning plays selected from  approximately 60 community theater entries-all hoping for a chance to show off … (2 comments)

kamloops bc: Fore! Time for Golf in Kamloops - 05/12/11 06:43 AM
Spring is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors in Kamloops.  The snow has melted, and the beautiful flowers and various kinds of wildlife are now prominent features in the landscape. If you are like many residents of Kamloops, you may be headed out to enjoy the sights and smells of spring with a round of golf.  Kamloops and its surrounding areas include more than a dozen unique and challenging golf courses that vary from desert scape to mountain or lake views.  If you're interested in taking some swings, here are a few of the courses you can consider:
Rivershore: This … (0 comments)

kamloops bc: Planning For Your Down Payment - 04/11/11 05:17 AM
Are you planning to buy a New Home in the Kamloops area?  If so, you are probably saving for that down payment.  But how much should you expect to put down on your dream home?  Many financial advisors suggest putting down at least 20% of the mortgage. This seemingly large down payment will eliminate the need to purchase Mortgage insurance, which is added onto your monthly payment.  Additionally, the more you are able to put down, the less interest and fees that will be amortized over the length of the mortgage.
Saving for a down payment can seem like a daunting … (2 comments)

kamloops bc: Leaping Into Spring Gardens! - 04/05/11 05:47 AM

Spring is here! The sun is out, days are getting longer, and it's time to plant beautiful flowers...well, almost.  Bouquets of fresh picked roses, homemade salsa, and juicy berries are just a few rewards you can garner from your garden. But, before you plant those seeds and saplings at your Kamloops home, there are few preparations to be made:
1.    Tool check up. After a winter in the shed, take inventory of tools and make sure you have the basics and they are still in good condition. Basic tools include a trowel, shovel, cultivating fork and gardening gloves. You may … (6 comments)

kamloops bc: Are you Ready to Sell? - 03/22/11 04:41 AM

So, you're thinking about selling your Kamloops home.  Is your home ready? In previous years, you could often put a sign in the front yard, and the house would sell...as is.  Those days are gone.   In today's competitive market, there are a few things you need to do before opening your doors to an agent or potential buyer:
1.  First impressions last forever!  When you roll into your driveway, what do you see?  Is it inviting and clean or do you want to put the car in gear and just drive away?  This is a decision a potential buyer must … (0 comments)

kamloops bc: Eating Raw in Kamloops - 03/08/11 03:40 AM
Kamloops is an incredible place to own a home.  In addition to great skiing and cultural events, the city has an eclectic variety of restaurants.  From Japanese Steak Houses to friendly Irish Pubs, you can always find lunch to meet whatever craving you have.  Among those incredible eateries is a unique place called My Pure Cuisine. 
My Pure Cuisine is a raw food bar located in the center of Kamloops.   For those of you new to this concept, raw means food is not heated above 115 degrees, allowing it to retain all of the nutrients that are beneficial to our … (2 comments)

kamloops bc: Bathroom Renovations that Won't Break the Bank - 02/21/11 03:37 AM
 Bathrooms are probably the most used and abused areas of our Kamloops homes. They are also one of the most cost effective areas to remodel.  Unfortunately, many of us put off renovating bathrooms due to the associated cost.  But, while professionals estimate the typical bathroom remodel will cost around $19,000, there are many budget-friendly, weekend projects you can do to update and overhaul the look of your bathroom without breaking the bank:
1.    Fresh Paint: We all know a fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into virtually any room. Wall color can provide a great backdrop for accents in … (3 comments)

kamloops bc: Kamloops: Ginseng Center of North America? - 02/10/11 04:35 AM
Ginseng is an herbaceous perennial that has long been used for its apparent medicinal purposes.  Although its benefits are just reaching acceptance in the modern world, Asian cultures have used ginseng for centuries as a preventative health supplement.   There are even documented stories of use in treating dysentery and other illnesses in North America dating back to the 1700s. 
 Today, use of Ginseng has evolved and it is often sought to fight fatigue, balance and tone the skin, de-stress the body, and promote cell regeneration.  With this new trend in use, it is no surprise that Ginseng spa treatments are popping … (3 comments)

kamloops bc: Kamloops Night Life: Plan your Personal Beer Tasting Tour - 02/03/11 02:01 AM

Beer tasting parties and tours has grown in popularity over the years. With a variety of ethnic restaurants, microbreweries, and favorite local watering holes within walking distance of each other, Kamloops is a great place to take a walking beer tasting tour.  Here are some of our favorite places and some tips to make your personal beer tour great:
The first stop on your Brew Tour is the Noble Pig Brewhouse, Kamloops' newest and only micro brewery open to the public.  The Noble Pig features an astounding seven different beers made in-house.  And don't forget the snacks; Noble Pig offers … (2 comments)

kamloops bc: Hot Tub Dreams in Kamloops - 01/31/11 07:36 AM
A hot tub can be a great addition to your Kamloops home.  The thought of relaxing in that steaming water as the snow falls is quite inviting, especially after a hard day at work or skiing.  
 We've all seen the iconic pictures of 70's Hot Tub Parties-lots of people in little swim suits hanging out in the wood paneled spa.  Today, hot tubs are just as popular as they were back then, though the typical use is more personal than a big bash. And while the basic concept is still the same, hot tubs have advanced with time and now come … (0 comments)

kamloops bc: Buy Your Kamloops Vacation Home Today and Start Making Money Tomorrow - 01/27/11 02:45 AM
If you've toyed with the idea of buying a Kamloops vacation home as an investment, now is the time to buy.  Home prices are low, financing is good and inventories are bulging.
Vacation homes make good sense if you are in the market for an investment.  First, if you are looking for a good long-term investment, real estate tends to be a good bet.  Second, vacation properties have the ability to pay for themselves, and owners often earn a profit in rental income.  Lastly, the investment comes with the desirable perk of having a place you can escape to.
Vacation rental … (2 comments)

kamloops bc: Plan Now for Valentine's Day in Kamloops - 01/24/11 04:45 AM
Valentine's Day is just around the corner...how will you celebrate?  Planning a great dinner is easy, but have you considered adding a little spice to your romantic plans? With so many incredible activities to choose from in Kamloops, we are sure you can plan a weekend getaway that will melt your true love's heart.  Here are a few ideas to bring a little excitement to the holiday:
 Snowmobiling:  Whether you want a gentle, guided tour or want to head off on your own adventure, there is a snowmobile area for you.  This is a great way to see the wonderful landscapes … (0 comments)

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