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“In this world,” Ben Franklin once wrote, “nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.”

Even as we deal with the new reality of a COVID-19 world that includes social distancing, face masks and limited travel, that maxim still holds true.

This, too, shall pass.

In the meantime, the business of listing and selling homes to buyers keen to make a change in their lives goes on — albeit with a few wrinkles.

Right now is a great time to be thinking about listing a property for sale. 

The South Okanagan Real Estate Board is reporting single-family home sales in June are up 36 per cent over the same month in 2019. And the average sales price for single-family homes is also up — $617,986 this June compared to $513,248 in June 2019.

For potential buyers, mortgage rates are currently hovering between two and 3.5%, which means they have added incentive to purchase. 

Your realtor has some pretty neat ways of marketing your property that don’t involve physical visits. The posting of floor plans, detailed descriptions, panoramic pictures, and video tours allow the buyer to get a good look at a property.

Of course, if you’re thinking about listing a rural property, some of the social distancing norms are relaxed, especially as potential buyers stroll around outdoors.

BC is coming out of spring restrictions placed by the provincial government. That also means potential buyers are coming out of their shells and a few of those will be casting envious eyes to the Interior and its relative isolation, balanced lifestyle and rural comfort.

Thinking about making your own lifestyle change? Now might be the ideal time for you and yours to list your property and get that effort started.