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Why you should be listing in the time of COVID

Why you should be listing in the time of COVID

“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.

Properly pricing a property — it’s all in the details

Properly pricing a property — it’s all in the details

Are you wondering how to properly price your home before it goes on the market?

While improving the appearance of your home, cleaning up and decluttering are important steps to take to put your property’s best face forward, attracting offers often begins with a shrewd and objective consideration on your part.

Setting the right price for your home is the single most important decision you will make when deciding to sell. Go too high, and you risk turning off every buyer in the marketplace. Price your property too low and you’ll walk away with less to show for your investment.

Let me help you with that

Let me be a straight-shooter and give you some sage advice when it comes to market-evaluating your property:

An agent will do you a big disservice by not doing the market research before assisting you with setting a fair value for your property. You might think your property is worth more than it actually is and an agent who doesn’t help you find the proper listing price is setting you up for failure.

A thorough review of the property, including its legal status, zoning and permitting and paying special attention to details that might escape others, is critical — and the special care I can provide.

My first career — 26 years as a professional engineer — has given me a skillset and a unique set of tools to use in the real estate industry.

I’m a problem solver. I draw on my training and experience to help you resolve issues. I approach my real estate practice the same way I would have approached an engineering challenge: I look at a broad range of possibilities and I try to solve challenges before they become problems.”

Details can kill a sale or a purchase. You have to research the property, look for issues that can cause a client grief after the fact and act accordingly.

Let’s get together

To start a conversation with me, call 250-983-3372 or send me an email at You can also walk into Re/Max Wine Capital Realty’s Oliver and just ask to see me.

Or catch up to me around town — just look for the black Stetson.

My philosophy for cattle ranching

My philosophy for cattle ranching

I believe in order to have credibility and be effective as a realtor while selling ranches, the realtor needs to have experienced the ranch way of life. Without a basic understanding of the various elements that control the success of a ranching operation, a realtor will be handicapped in communicating with any degree of effectiveness to a prospective ranch client.

I have experienced that ranching life. For years, I have enjoyed the freedom that comes with being on a horse and making an inspection of the land you own and the herd you graze.

But I have also lived through the BSE crisis of 2003, which saw cattle prices so low sale prices would not even cover shipping costs.

As such, I feel I can easily relate to ranchers and provide — with confidence — guidance and advice on marketing and purchasing of ranches.

Too often cattle ranches are asset rich and cash flow poor, with the big pay day coming only when the ranch is sold. A new rancher would do well to structure his ranching operation to optimize profit and not to do what has been done traditionally — buying land, improvements, farm equipment and cattle in order to be self sufficient.

Smart ranchers know, however, that only land and cattle provide income. Equipment and improvements only represent expenses.

The trick to making a profit in ranching is to increase income and reduce expenses.

A course I would recommend ranchers to take is called “Ranching For Profit” by Dave Pratt. This course helps the rancher focus on making his ranching business profitable through self assessment and analysis. In further posts, I will touch on other detailed aspects of ranching.

For now I wish you the best of luck in your new ranching endeavour and enjoy the adventure. I know I did.

Feel free to contact me at your convenience if you’re interested in purchasing a ranch or have one of your own to sell.

BC was Canada’s first home to cattle ranching

BC was Canada’s first home to cattle ranching

With the wide open spaces of Alberta and Saskatchewan sitting just over the Rocky Mountains, you might be surprised to learn British Columbia was the first area in Canada to host cattle ranches.

In 1846, the Hudson Bay Company brought cattle from Oregon and established small herds at Fort Kamloops, Fort Alexandria (near Quesnel) as well as Fort Langley and Fort Victoria.

In 1858, the discovery of gold on the Fraser river brought further cattle development when General Joel Palmer brought cattle north from Washington state into the Okanagan and Thompson valleys, then the following year to Fort Alexandria.

During this time period, some well know ranches were established, including the Douglas Lake Cattle Co and 150-Mile Ranch in 1861 and the Gang and Alkali ranches in 1863.  The first cattle used by early ranches were generally mixed breeds such as Shorthorns and Devons, with Herefords being introduced by the Douglas Lake ranch in 1888.

By 1900, Aberdeen Angus cattle became popular for use on ranches. Today, it can be said that the development of the British Columbia ranching industry has had a large impact on the heritage and character of such areas as the Cariboo, Nicola Valley, Okanagan and Thompson (Kamloops) Valleys.