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The year 2013 is in its homestretch, and thoughts of a brand new year and new trends in home design are beginning to fill the thoughts of homeowners and interior designers everywhere. However, this 13th year of the millennial is not ready to be forgotten. With countless new found and re-found trends in home style, it has certainly been an interesting year for the field. So which designs have you brought into your own Kelowna or Okanagan property? Take a look at our list of just a few of the top trends for home design and see which ones you’ve embraced and which you may have saved for 2014.
Stripes, stripes, stripes! This design aspect, often associated with vintage finds or nautical themes, has found new life this year. We are often seeing this simple trend for carpets, wallpapers, or upholstery used in combination with simplistic furnishings and décor, so as to not compete with its surroundings, instead to complement them. In this way, the bold choice transforms from busy and distracting towards elegant and interesting, all the while infusing a room with energy and vibrancy.
Turning design into a sensory exploration. By default, we typically make our design choices based upon how something looks. However, one of the trends in 2013 for home design is introducing our other senses into the equation, primarily touch. Our home should be a place of warmth and comfort, where we go to melt away the daily stresses of the outside world. Incorporating “touchable” fabrics and decor into your design is one way to do so. Think natural fibers and materials, such as wood, suede, jute, and of course leather.
Parisian Influence. It all started with retailers like Restoration Hardware and World Market, the Louis XIV style is quite frankly “all the rage” among professional designers and homeowners everywhere. The grey and lighter-wood tones, in collaboration with precise straight lines and natural upholstery creates a timeless classic style with the capability of conveying a chic elegance in any room.
See and DIY. The trend that gained momentum in 2012 with the cultural explosion of the Pinterest and Houzz applications, has only further taken off in 2013. The ability to personalize and save lots of cash that Doing it Yourself offers is truly crucial to many home owner’s decorating ventures. Whether it is re-finishing a vintage or antique piece of furniture in a brighter color, or creating a new design use for an old or discarded object, many creative minds are having a great time with this new trend. You don’t have to be a Mr. Fix-it or Martha Stewart to tap into this style either, the internet is filled with simple step-by-step instructions for numerous projects.
This is my favourite time of year (and my son’s) when we get to visit the Kelowna Pumpkin patch at McMillan Farms. They are open from 10am to 6pm until October 31st and if you haven’t been before be sure to stop by this year and take a hayride, go through the corn maze or purchase some beautiful multi-coloured corn and gourds for Thanksgiving decorations.
The City of Kelowna has just announced changes to the affordable housing program. The program was started a few years ago when the price of a house in Kelowna was considerably higher than now. There was a need for more affordable housing and the city offered incentives to developers to fill the need.
Now that the average price of a home or condo in Kelowna has come down, the city of Kelowna has decided to do away with the program.
Read here for all the details as reported by Castanet.net this morning: http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-98108-1-.htm#98108
If you have any questions or want a list of the most affordable homes for sale in Kelowna, just let the Stone Sisters know as we’d love to help!
We frequently get asked what stays with a home and what will be taken. The standards can change from province to province and city to city so we thought it would be helpful to explain what usually stays and goes with a home that sells in Kelowna.
A fixture is something that is attached to the house. And it is the degree with which it is attached that separates it from a fixture or chattel. A picture hanging on a wall is a fixture. But a mirror (or a shelf, or a television mount) that is screwed into the wall is likely considered a chattel. A fridge (unless it’s a built in fridge) and stove are chattels.
When you are considering buying a home in Kelowna, we suggest you make a list of things you would want to have included in the sale. It’s common to ask for all window coverings, all appliances (make sure you detail which appliances and even put the brand names on the contract), the hot tub, the built-in vacuum system (and remember to ask for the attachments).
Many years ago we sold a home in Kelowna and the sellers decided to take everything that wasn’t firmly screwed to the house. That included the toilet paper holders, the light bulbs, and even some light fixtures!
We had clients just move here from Ontario. In that province, it’s common practice to outline what you DON’T want included and otherwise there is an assumption that things attached to the walls (speakers and televisions primarily) will be staying. That’s not the case in B.C.
To make sure that you are not disappointed with what is taken or left, it’s best to clearly outline what is to be included. That way there is no disappointment and you can begin to enjoy your new home.
If the Stone Sisters Group can help find you the right property in Kelowna, or if you have a questions about fixtures or chattels, feel free to give us a call or email.
This past weekend Kelowna was proud to host the 31st annual Pushor Mitchel Apple Triathlon! It was an incredible event with athletes from all over coming to participate . Kelowna is a very family focused community, and the Apple Triathlon is an excellent example of that.
Saturday was the KOS youth event with children as young as 8 years old participating and Sunday was the Sprint and Olympic distances.
The best part of the event was seeing such tremendous support from the community. There were many, many supporters cheering everybody on as they entered the water in Tugboat Bay near the Grand Hotel. After the swim, the bike route took us up Knox Mountain and through Glenmore past the Kelowna Golf and Country Club where again there were lots of people cheering and encouraging the athletes. Finally the run route went through downtown Kelowna and along Abbott Street then through City Park to the finish line back at Tugboat Beach.
We love living here in Kelowna and participating in great events like this! It’s another reason to move to the city of Kelowna, and we would love to help find you your perfect home (plus we can show you the best training route if you’re interested!)
Let the Stone Sisters Group know if you have any questions about moving to Kelowna!
It’s hard to believe that we are talking about back to school already, but the time is rapidly approaching. Kelowna has enjoyed another gorgeous summer with long sunny days and nights. Children have been off school since the end of June and while they have likely had a wonderful time, if your are like ours, then they are starting to get a little bored. School in Kelowna is back in session again on Tuesday September 3rd. Here is an excellent article written by well respected lawyer Peter Borszcz (who’s wife is one of Kelowna’s best music teachers!) regarding registering for school in Kelowna.
Enjoy these next 2.5 weeks and then it’s back to regular routines. If the Stone Sisters Group can help find you a home close to the school of your choice, please give us a call or email.
Our real estate board, Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board sends out a survey to all Realtors who have sold a home in Kelowna (Peachland to Oyama) for each month. While these statistics are not exact numbers as not all agents reply to the survey, it’s interesting to see where buyers are moving to Kelowna from.
We are seeing greater numbers of Albertans purchasing in Kelowna (we have three groups coming in this weekend) and we find that they are coming to live (not just speculating on the market).
Here are the results from the survey for April sales:
56.6% from Within OMREB Board Area (down from 57.6% in March)
19.0% from Alberta (up from 17.9%)***
11.1% from Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island (up from 8.7% )***
9.3% from Other Areas in BC (down from 10.3% )
1.3% from Saskatchewan/Manitoba (down from 2.7%)
1.3% from NWT/Yukon (up from 0%)***
0.9% from Outside Canada (down from 1.1%)
0.4% from Eastern Canada/Maritimes (down from 1.6%)
It’s interesting to watch where buyers are coming here from. Of course the majority of sales are to people who already live in Kelowna (or surrounding neighbourhoods) but there are still a lot of people coming from elsewhere. The Okanagan climate is a big draw but additionally people are attracted to the area not only for our incredible golf courses and lakes, but also UBC Okanagan, our expanding Kelowna General Hospital and the Kelowna International airport.
If you have any real estate questions, please call or email The Stone Sisters Group as we’d love to help!
Buying a home is an exciting time, especially when it’s a market like we are seeing now in Kelowna with the market geared favourably towards buyers. There is a lot to choose from and generally speaking, you can take your time to ensure you find the ideal home. Something to always keep in mind however, is Resale Value.
The time to make money in real estate is when you buy, not when you sell. You may be planning to purchase this home and live in it for the next 20+ years… but keep in mind how the next buyer will view your home.
People frequently ask us what the top features are in a home. When we analyze our website statistics, we find that the number one feature people are looking for is a lake view. People moving to Kelowna from outside the area usually dream of having a glimpse of our stunning Okanagan Lake. Once they start viewing homes and neighbourhoods, the importance of a lake view is often superseded by other amenities and features. Location (as we’ve all heard a million times) is a key factor when deciding which home to purchase. Some people want to be near schools, others want to be close to amenities like a coffee shop, the beach and groceries (walk scores are being talked about more all the time). A well appointed kitchen is another highly sought after feature as is a nice en-suite bathroom and ample closet space.
A home with a steeply sloped driveway can be a challenge to sell.What are the biggest deterrents in a home? I thought long and hard before writing this down as I am bound to upset someone…. but busy roads and steep driveways are the biggest challenges we see when selling a home. In a Seller’s market where there isn’t much to choose from, then all homes are easier to sell. But in our experience, if a house is on a busy street or if it has a steeply sloped driveway, it will be more challenging to sell. The price of a home with negative factors must be priced lower than homes without those factors. A steep driveway can reduce the value of a home by $15,000 to $20,000 and a busy road can cost you between $20,000 and $30,000. Everything will sell if the price is right -but depending on the market, that can make the home much more difficult to sell.
The role of your Realtor is to stay impartial and see your potential new home from an unemotional point of view. No one can predict what kind of real estate market it will be when the time comes to sell, so if you buy the home you love – and keep the resale in mind for down the road, you will do well.
The Stone Sisters Group would love to help if you have any questions or comments. Please visit our website at http://www.stoneteam.com