Thursday, December 6, 2012
Sutton Welcomes Elspeth Manning
We proudly welcome Elspeth Manning, another stellar addition to the Sutton Group Lakefront Realty office! Following many successful years in Armstrong and Enderby, Elspeth welcomes her wonderful and loyal clients to come and taste the coffee in her Vernon office! (And, as always she's happy to come to your home).
A natural desire to be served and be involved has ushered Elspeth to assume a leadership role on the North Okanagan zone Realtor Committee. You'll see her hand assisting in community, industry and international initiatives geared towards positive changes.
Having an extensive background in social work has given Elspeth the tools to effectively navigate the most challenging buying and swelling situations. She's developed a keen sense and great patience in helping first time buyers find the perfect home. Elspeth is familiar with any housing options you may explore, Including farms. If you haven't already had the opportunity you will know the minute you meet Elspeth that she is capable, trustworthy, outgoing and well respected in the industry. In other words; you just can't go wrong with Elspeth's careful help!
Elspeth's ready laugh and upbeat attitude spills over into her recreational interests; paddling and Hawaiian Outrigger, curling or organizing another "Fillies'horse riding adventure. We are thrilled to have her in our Sutton group!
Sutton Group Lakefront Realty - 2749 30th St. Vernon, B.C.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Stastics acquired by OMREB
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Friday, September 23, 2011
Royal LePage Vernon Womens Tranistion House Donation
This is the photos of our presentation of $2010.87 to the Vernon Women’s Transition house. Proceeds from our 2nd annual Shelter Foundation Charity Garage Sale held on May 7, 2011. Left to right; Ruth Brown (Royal LePage-Downtown Realty Armstrong), Chris Bader (TD Canada Trust), Elspeth Manning, Bev Carlson (both of Royal LePage-Downtown Realty Armstrong), and Brooke McLardy (Programs Manager at the Vernon Women’s Transition House Society).
I am including a link that explains the Shelter Foundation and the national garage sale. http://www.royallepage.ca/en/community/shelter-foundation/index.aspx
Thanks to all who participated in making this another successful year to raise funds for Vernon Women's Tranistion House fundraiser.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Dome Homes Survive Hurricane's and Tornado's
Interest is rising and awareness is rising in building or buying dome homes since many have survived unscathed through both hurricanes and tornados. One realtor was so impressed he offered to buy a lady’s dome home and she said “I won’t sell it, the feeling of security is incredible”.
Dome homes are very energy-efficient, due to its round, aerodynamic shape, and it is also this feature that gives it’s success rate during natural disasters. They can be purchased in “Kits” and range in cost, the basic frame starts at around $5,000 and the full kit, including siding, ranges more toward $75,000.
Dome home kits range in cost; the basic frame starts at around $5,000 and the full kit, including siding, ranges more toward $75,000.
As the world change around us, we may need to modify our way of thinking and our way of living to adjust and survive.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
They Say Real Estate Sales Are Down?
The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board is saying that Real Estate sales are down about 25% , in the month of April. I wouldn't realize this as I have been run off my feet with activities this past month. But with the past 2 years with an unsettled economy the Real Estate market is not recovering too quickly. This is a good example of why it is so important to develop good relationships with your existing clients. As when times are slow, you can be very busy with good quality referals and not feel the effects of a slumping market. The saying "What makes a happy Mom"? and the answer "A happy baby" , in this case "What makes a happy client"? and answer "A happy customers referral".
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Elspeth Manning North Zone Chair
Categories:2011,Elspeth Manning,ManningtheOkanagan,North Okanagan,North Zone Executive Committee,Real Estate
Elspeth Manning has been nominated to hold the position North Zone Chair in the Real Estate North Zone Executive Committee for 2011. I am basically, participating in my profession to assist in keeping it honed for the public..
Here is the List of the North Zone Executive Committee Board Members, just click the link.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Estate Dealing In Comfort
Often in an Estate sale there is Real Estate property that needs to be sold. This is always a difficult time for family members, and having the added responsibility of the
sale of property and or of a home can be very taxing on everyone. Often times the family’s employs a particular company to handle the Estate event for them, but it is nice to separate the Real Estate dealings and have the option to work with a local experienced
Real Estate Agent who has had the opportunity to help sell many estate properties in the
If you are not aware, I am very connected to the senior population in the
Monday, March 21, 2011
North Okanagan Hospice Society Coffee Party
The Coffee Party for Hospice is a campaign that raises awareness, generates support and
raises fund for the Hospice House community. The campaign runs from February 15th to
The proceeds form the "Coffee Party for Hospice" directly support their volunteer
programs who contribute more than 12,000 hours annually to quality end-of-life care at
Hospice House and surrounding community. These volunteer programs are supported by the generosity of the community.
The Hospice House has posted these three ways you can participate:
3 ways to participate in the Coffee Party for Hospice:
1. We invite you to host a party in support of our volunteer programs and to raise awareness of hospice services available in our community. With a donation of $10 per guest, this fundraiser has the potential of raising over $136,000. For more information as to how you can participate contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Purchase a regular coffee from the Sprouted Fig,
3. Make an on-line donation may be made on line in lieu of hosting or attending a coffee party.
Here is a link to find out more: Hospice House Coffee Party.
I am closely associated with Hospice House and can answer any questions you may have regarding home sale options.
Monday, March 21, 2011
A Vision In Armstrong
Here is a great entrepreneurial spirit, an Armstrong woman Audrey Webster is seeking a zoning and official community plan bylaw amendment for a large housing development on her property. She is investigating building 72 apartment units and a four-family dwelling on her property in the 2900 block of
The first reading was unanimously approved, negotiations with Audrey Webster and her
If you are thinking of moving from Vernon to Armstrong, here in the North Okanagan Valley of B.C. Canada, then I would be delighted to show you all the possibilities.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Real Estate Buyers Contract Soon To Be Expected
Categories:,B.C. Canada,buyers contract,buying a home,North Okanagan,Real Estate,sellers contract,selling a home
We all know that when we want to sell our home through a Realtor, we sign a listing contract. Only recently has it been more recently acknowledged that the buyer should also have buyers contract. Realtors have traditionally dedicated their loyalty to the seller due to a sense of duty since they are the ones who are paying their fees. Well that is not totally true either since it is the buyer’s money that pays the seller who then pays the Realtor. Since then it takes the buyers money to make the sale, is seems only right that they have the same rights equivalent to the sellers.
Here are some benefits to having a buyer’s exclusive buyer agency agreement:
- When you work with a Realtor to purchase a home, you too want commitment and loyalty to their time and professional knowledge of the area you are interested in buying in.
- You expect to receive new listings as they show up in your area with details like the title documents, strata documents.
- Your Realtor should bring you sold comparables, other homes that have sold in the region so you can do a responsible comparison when deciding on your offer price.
- They have the ability to negotiate a private sale on your behalf that may contain specific requests.
The bottom line here is that you the buyer can get some protection when your time and interest for purchase are priorities to your life needs, and also indicates to the Realtor that you are serious about moving forward with a purchase. Having your bargaining position protected by dealing with only one Realtor will give you his/her undivided attention in meeting your purchasing needs. This also make a statement to you that the Realtor you have chosen has put in writing that they will be loyal and focused on finding you a home that meets your personal requirements.
With homes now ranging in the mid $200,000 to $400,000 dollar range in the North Okanagan areas, within B.C. Canada, this technique will be a great asset to anyone beginning the home shopping process. Please contact me and I will walk you through the benefits of Loyalty Realtor Attention.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Buy A Vancouver Mansion
John Mackie toured this mansion in 2007, and documented these details: "The house has an entrance hall with a dramatic vaulted ceiling that curves from one end of the house to the other end, and in the middle is a grand staircase, that swoops around a two-storey high rotunda. At the top is a “coffered Elizabethan ceiling”, which include small portraits of people. The rotunda is lit by an amazing five-foot-tall chandelier that blends the art deco and arts and crafts styles. Casa Mia has its own ballroom in the basement, complete with a sprung dance floor, men's and women's washrooms and a stage. The Casa Mia ballroom was done in the art deco style, and is virtually unchanged. The walls are golden, and there are subtle deco bas relief sculptures on the walls. The bathrooms are simply dazzling - the walls in the men's washroom are painted black, and are decorated with a golden Indian chief shooting a golden arrow at a golden stag. Many of the rooms have wood paneled walls, are a very large. There are several fireplaces in the home, including one that is intricately carved and bears the name MacLean, after a doctor who owned the house in the late 1960's. The real showpiece is up in the third floor tower. Originally a storage space, when Jane Reifel was born in 1938 her dad brought some artists up from Walt Disney's studios in
This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to grab a show piece home, if for whatever reason this is out of your price range, I'm sure I can find you a dream home right here in the North Okanagan in the B.C. Interior of Canada.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Survey Supports Canadian Home Investment
In the annual
In the North Okanagan home sales have stabalized and investment is a reliable option. Many analysts believe that the household debt is out of control with their debt ratio.
Canadians strongly believe that real estate investment in
Fewer Canadian said it was better to buy now than wait, as rising home prices were the No. 1 concern surrounding a home purchase, and secondly rising mortgages rates.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
You Can Reduce Your Mortagage
Well yes, anyone can reduce their mortgage by thousands of dollars, and this is not a
secret. You can reduce your credit cards altogether as well, you can quit buying 52" TV's
and the list goes on and on. The key word to doing any of the above is discipline with your spending habits, especially in the North Okanagan of B.C.
Yes you can take a lunch instead of buy a lunch, bike to work instead of drive to work,
busing to work will save you on parking fees and auto maintenance, all these ways can reduce your expendable income in small increments.
Well here is a tip for those who have the discipline to not spend money on luxury unnecities, if you were able to add an extra $100 a month to your $250,000 mortgage at 6 per cent amortized over 25 years, you would save $32,640 off your mortgage and chop 3 years off your amortization. Well that is a serious amount of money. Of course many will say "who has a $250,000 mortgage"?
So it all boils down to "Do I want to enjoy some pleasures while I am paying of my 25 year mortgage, or do I simply want to be debt free"! The stress of keeping up with a home and repairs, and upgrades seems enough to deal with, take away the few new things that makes you feel it's all worth while, and well life becomes just work and no pleasure.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
New Economic Boost To The Okanagan Valley
Europeans are traveling to the Okanagan Valley for their vacations, over and over again, and
many are planning to move here through the skilled workers program or by coming in as
entrepreneurs. As part of the Okanagan Valley Economic Development Society, Kevin Poole,
attended a number of trade shows in the Netherlands, Belgium and Britain. The goal of
course is to increase European investment in the Okanagan Valley, that brings with it new
businesses, and support to the Real Estate housing market.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Canadian Housing Costs Are Rising
Categories:Elspeth Manning,Manning the Okanagan,Real Estate,rising housing costs,rising interest rates
The Bank of Montreal reported that Canada's housing market could tumble. We are reaching
the limits of sustainability and the market needs moderation. Housing prices are rising
very quickly and will soon enter the red zone. Economist Sal Guatieri has indicated that to
balance this off, to control pricing nationwide, increasing interest rates may be the only
resource to take in correcting this senario. Home prices rose a whopping 20% in the Metro
Vancouver and Burnaby area, and 10% in the Norh Okanagan making prices an all-time high. Since income earned is rising
14% slower than the cost of houses, purchasing becomes the most challenging it has ever
been. The price-to-income ratio in British Columbia is not on the same playing field,
causing mortgage payments for the typical owner consumer to be 35 percent of thier
dispposable household income. Introducing higher interest rates tends to stabilize home
prices and keep them from rising too fast, so expect to see some of that this Spring. Too
possibilites are prevelent here, one rates remain too low for too long, it could create a
housing bubble, and if rates rise too quickly it could cause prices to crash. The Capital
Economics group has been warning the financial institutions that it would only take a pin-
prick of rising interest rates to set of the collapse. They also state that the key
indicators around housing were at historic highs, and could fall 25 - 35 percent in the next
three years, if housing and mortgage rates continue to rise. As long as the Banking
Institutions don't raise interest rates too quickly most private sector analysis say we
should see a soft landing rather than a crash.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Stability In Housing Sales In The North Okanagan
Real Estate sales are showing signs of stability and remain steady for the coming 2011 market. Better economic and employment conditions are expected to improve during the first quarter of 2011. Howard Neufeld, with the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB), indicates that sales are trending upwards as long as the revised lending criteria doesn’t tighten the cost and availability of credit.
The OMREB Board are now documenting per regions where home buyers are coming from in the
When someone upgrades to a new or larger home, it leaves room for their smaller older home to be available for a new home buyers. Inevitably the economy environment and local employment opportunities directly influence decisions for Real Estate purchases.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
BC Housing Sales Expected to Improve in 2011
Categories:,Armstrong,B.C.,Canada,Enderby,Lumby Levington,mortgate,Okanagan,Real estate,sales,Vernon
Residential Housing Sales are targeted to rise by five percent in 2011, stabilizing the Real Estate market substantially. According to the latest economic analysis housing prices are expected to rise by five percent in 2011. Mortgage rates are maintaining a uniform trend keeping new purchases realistic for first time buyers. The biggest hurtle for new home buyers is of course raising the down payment for a home. With Okanagan homes selling anywhere between $250,000 and $350,000 for first time purchasers, that makes for a challenge.
If you are considering purchasing a home in the Armstrong, Enderby,
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