Common home buying mistakes

1. Believing You Don't Need A Real Estate Agent

You might be able to find a house on your own through internet searches, or simply driving around neighbourhoods you like, but there are still many aspects of buying a home that can confuse a first-time buyer. An agent is key in helping you negotiate offers, handle inspections, financing and other details. The money you save by not using an agent can get quickly eaten up by a botched offer or overlooked repairs. Plus agents often have first access to the newest home listings that haven't shown up on MLS or the internet yet.

2. Setting Your Heart on a Home and Throwing Caution to the Wind

For many home buyers, you see a house that's amazing and you want it. No questions because it's the one for…

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It was a pretty solid month of April for home sellers in Salmon Arm and the Shuswap area as home prices are up on a year-over-year basis.

According to the latest numbers from the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board, the median price of a single family home was $393,500 in April, up 15.44% from April last year. There were less homes sold, however, than in April 2016 after 42 units changed hands compared to 51 last April. The average home selling price last month was $393,126.

And townhouse prices have really skyrocketed as well. In April the median sale price was $305,000, up a staggering 40% from April 2016 ($217,500). A total of 18 townhouses sold this past April.

interestingly, the cost to purchase a condo went down 28.71% for a median price of…

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Royal LePage Access Garage Sale Shelter FoundationMy, my, how the time flies! We can't believe we are celebrating five fantastic years at Royal LePage Access here in Salmon Arm.

And what better way to mark the occasion than with our fifth annual garage sale on Saturday as part of the amazing Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, a national program that helps raise funds in support of shelters for women who are abused and victims of violence.

The foundation is supported by Royal LePage brokers and agents across the country. To date the foundation has raised more than $24 million in support of more than 200 women's shelters and national partners.

Feel free to bring by your gently used items (between 8 am and 3 pm to our office at 2, 551 Trans Canada Hwy. NE) so we can sell them by donation to raise…

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