Royal LePage Access Real Estate Blog

When it comes to selling your home as quickly as possible and for the most money, sellers in the Shuswap area need to take advantage of every available resource.

Here at Royal Lepage Access, we are the only brokerage in the region to offer the amazing iGuide technology that changes the way people view listings on a website.

iGuide, created by a Canadian company called Planitar, has a multi-view tour interface so we can create visual tours with interactive floor plans. It also features a room measurement tool that's perfect for interior design, staging your home and offers insight for contractors.

The iGuide cameras are laser guided so they can create the interactive floor plan as they rotate around a room taking visuals.

We offer the iGuide

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Happy New Year often means happy new taxes and fees we all have to pay. Along with that comes the tax assessment notice from BC Assessment. Many homeowners in BC are seeing significant increases in the assessed value of their properties and getting worried about what that could mean at tax time.  

But wait….tax assessments are just that. It’s the estimated market value of your property as of July 1, 2016 with an adjustment for physical condition as of October 31, 2016. Will this result in a higher tax bill? 

An increase in property value for you will likely mean an increase in property values for all your neighbours as well. When everyone’s properties go up the same average amount, it doesn’t mean you will be paying higher taxes necessarily. 

The

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Every day, abused women along with their children are seeking refuge from an abusive relationship with their spouse. The need to keep facilities like the S.A.F.E Society financially viable has never been more important. Knowing there is a safe and secure place to go can free a woman from a potentially life threatening situation and help her and her family start a new life without the threat of violence hanging over them. 

The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is supported by communities, real estate agents and real estate brokerages across Canada. Here in Salmon Arm, we have two main fundraising avenues here at Royal LePage Access Real Estate.  

The first and more public event is the National Garage Sale for Shelter. This year marks the 8th year for

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This week, the Liberal government made a move to attempt to curb the demand for high priced homes in Canada. How will this affect our market here in the Shuswap?

To break it down, the new downpayment rules only affect those buyers purchasing a home between $500,000 and $1,000,000 who are also taking a high-ratio mortgage. 

Since 2008, homebuyers in Canada have been required to have a minimum of 5% downpayment on their home purchase. This doesn’t change for purchasers under the $500,000 cap, which quite frankly, is the majority of homes purchased in the Shuswap area. 

The new rules require a minimum of 10% down for the portion of purchase above the half million mark. For example, if you had a home selling for $650,000, the downpayment required

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SAFE Society accepts cheque from Royal LePage Access agents and staffWay back in May, we held our Garage Sale for Shelter in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and had a great day! The sale was conducted in about 100 Royal LePage offices across Canada including our office here in Salmon Arm. A very successful day led to our biggest total to date for our office with $5,001.87 raised.

Today, the proceeds from the Garage Sale were presented to Jane Shirley, Executive Director of the SAFE Society here in Salmon Arm. All the money raised, that's $5001.87 goes to support the needs of the emergency shelter at the SAFE Society.

We're already starting plans for next's year's sale too! The date has been set for May 7, 2016. Stay tuned for more details as they become available. 

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View of waterfront cabinShuswap Lake, once a rugged area visited only by regular devotees, has rapidly evolved into a top seasonal getaway destination and is widely viewed as the pinnacle of out-of-city relaxation in style and comfort. Highly desirable, prime real estate is scattered bountifully throughout the region and a Shuswap cabin or cottage has become a hot commodity that signifies that elusive, idyllic and well-rounded British Columbian lifestyle.

In many remote places where this happens, we see an upsurge in lavish, extravagant properties that cater toward maximum indulgence and shift the atmosphere of the region to one of opulence and exclusivity that is virtually inaccessible. Strangely, Shuswap lakefront real estate has been decidedly resistant to such a radical

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Antique wagon wheelSalmon Arm is a city with a rich and interesting past, but apart from a few well-informed locals, most residents and visitors are unaware of the town’s impressive heritage. There are many ways to learn more: The Okanagan Regional Library, the online archives of the Vancouver Public Library… but what better way than to experience history for yourself? At the R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum, you can do just that.

This exceptional museum has documented the city’s complete history, by preserving and collecting literature, relics, and documentation, spanning back before the founding of Salmon Arm. Showcasing cultural artifacts from the region's first inhabitants, the establishment of the fur trade and railways, construction of the first trading post,

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best things to do in the shuswap and salmon arm

If you are thinking about moving to Salmon Arm in the beautiful Shuswap, there are plenty of amazing activities for you to enjoy. From great events & festivals, to fun indoor & outdoor activities, the area has tons of fun no matter what your hobbies are.

Although there is a seemingly endless amount of fantastic activities for you to enjoy here, there are three in particular that the Shuswap is famous for. If you plan on living in the area, the three activities you simply must try are house boating, golfing and visiting the local wineries.

House Boating 

house boating on the shuswapThe Shuswap is perhaps best known for its incredible house boating, and for good reason! The lake has tons of amazing beaches and destinations to explore. If you have a bunch of friends and/or

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Salmon Arm garage saleThe final tally is in for our Royal LePage Garage Sale for Shelter held on May 9, 2015 at our office here in Salmon Arm, BC. Between the sale items, the hot dog sales and the silent auction, we raised a total of $5,001.87 for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. The entire donation will come back to the S.A.F.E. Society Women's Shelter here in Salmon Arm. This is an outstanding amount with an increase of 40.2% over our 2014 sale!

The National Garage Sale for Shelter is an annual event held at Royal LePage offices across Canada. The first six years of the event has raised over $2,000,000 nationally and supports hundreds of women's shelters from coast to coast. This is our third year doing this event. In that time we have raised $10,888.95 through the

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shuswap homes for saleIt comes as no surprise to see the summer population of the Shuswap towns increasing year after year. And now, more and more vacationers are expanding their summer stays well into fall, or getting a kick start in early spring. After renting and falling in love with the region, a few of those former visitors take the plunge to become Shuswap property owners, and when they do they often consider the investment opportunities. Baby boomers in particular are major investors in the area, with the aging demographic seeking a quiet place to retire, and hot summers certainly don’t hurt!

Investing in a second home is a major decision, heavily influenced by all the lovely memories of previous summers spent lounging lakeside. It’s difficult to set those feelings

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