A day in the life of a Kelowna REALTOR®

This blog is about me, Paige Guernsey, and the things that happen around my job as a Kelowna Real Estate agent with Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty. I talk about listings, sales activity, market conditions, market trends, promotions, green real estate, and sometimes funny things that happen to me during the course of my day. There's links and videos to great information as well as access to my 2 websites, kelownahome.com and greenkelownarealestate.com

10 Halloween “Life Hacks”

Posted by on October 25, 2013 | No Comments

Thinking about decorating for Halloween? Here are some easy and fabulous “life hacks” to help take the “trick” out of decorating your house and turn it into a treat.

 

Forget pupkins, turn milk jugs into laterns with the help of Christmas lights, glow sticks or a head lamp. (Also gives you a jump start on detangling your xmas lights)

milk jugs

 

Punch blow for the party? Carve out a pumpkin and drop a bowl inside. punch bowl

 

Vampire pumpkins, why not, candy teeth or fangs from the dollar store with pin eyes do the trick.

teeth

How do you keep pumpkins looking great….floor cleaner does the trick to preserve them. preserve

Cute and easy way to decorate pumpkings, knee high stalkings!

stockings

Glow in the dark pumpkins and a little masking tape, make for a scary combination.

glow in the dark

Make holes with a power drill for a decorative effect.

power drill holes

Coloured glow sticks are a great option for kids and a safe alternative to candles.

glow sticks

Use a pin or nail to trace marks into pumpkins.

stencil

Use a mallet and a cookie cutter for fast, sharp and effective shapes or eyes.

easy shapes

 

Dry erase markets are easier then permeant markers, as mistakes are easy to fix. marker

Cut the top and side out of the pumpkin for easy candle installation.

candle hack

 

Turn a pumpkin into a Keg. keg

 

 

Buying and selling your home should not be “spooky  or scary”,  if you are thinking of buying or selling, give Paige Guernsey, an award winning real estate agent in Kelowna, BC direct at 250-862-6464.

Talk to you soon…

 

Paige

Real Estate on Kelowna’s golf courses

Posted by on May 2, 2013 | No Comments

Summerland Golf and Country Club

I was involved in a tournament this past weekend in Summerland, BC to raise money for the Lions Club. The day was a huge success… although a bit windy. And apparently I need to adjust my camera angle!

Golf course communities

Kelowna is home to dozens of great golf courses and practice facilities.  Many of these courses have real estate attached in the form of residential communities.One of my fav’s is Gallaghers Canyon Golf and Country Club. The scenery on this 18 hole South East Kelowna course is beautiful and as well there’s an outstanding 9 hole executive course called The Pinnacle .  I must also tell you about my favorite golf instructor Tara Roden .  She rocks the game of golf! Ok… back to golf course real estate!  Another favorite is The Quail and The Bear courses both located in the Quail Ridge community on Kelowna’s northern border.

Gallaghers Canyon

The community at Gallaghers Canyon is very popular and prices for townhomes currently start at $379,900 for a 1,400 square foot 2 bed, 2.5 bath home.  Detached homes currently for sale start at $425,000 and go right up to $1.9 million.  There are also a few choice lots left that are currently available to build new homes on.

Quail Ridge

Quail Ridge located out by Kelowna’s International Airport, YLW, is another popular golf course community offering 2 full size courses.  Condo’s are currently available starting at $179,900 for a 1 bed, 1 bath apartment with great amenities like secure parking and outdoor pool& hot tub.  Townhomes and single family homes currently are priced between $250,000 and $1.2 million.

If you’ve ever considered a golf course home on some of Kelowna’s best real estate, give me a call direct at 250-862-6464.  You’ll never say “Fore” working with me on your next real estate transaction!

Talk to you soon….

Paige

 

 

Paying it forward

Posted by on March 24, 2013 | No Comments

FREE MOVIE

Today you can come down to the Paramount Theater on Bernard and watch a FREE movie, Life of Pi (PG). Doors open at 12:30 and show starts at 1. Come early for the best seats!  It’s my way of saying THANK YOU to Kelowna. What does this have to do with real estate you might ask.  Not much, besides that I love my job helping people buy and sell real estate and wanted to give something back.  I also feel so lucky to live in the great Okanagan Valley!

 LOOKING FOR A GOOD INVESTMENT

Two listings I have can make for an excellent investment. The first at 979 Grenfell Court is a large family home with a suite and vehicle access to the back yard making a detached shop a great possibility.  #3108-3832 Old Okanagan Highway is located in the heart of Westbank in Mira Vista. This unit is 2 beds & a den, 2 baths. It has granite, 9 foot ceilings, central air/heat, pool, hot tub, and secure parking. As well, there are generous guidelines for rentals and pets.

If you’re thinking of buying or selling, or working the numbers for a revenue property, give me a call on my direct line 250-862-6464. I’m an experienced, award winning realtor in Kelowna with hundreds of happy clients!

Talk to you soon….

Some of the worst real estate pictures

Posted by on January 18, 2013 | No Comments

A Thousand Words? 

We’ve all heard that first impressions are so important.  97% of buyers shopping for their homes in Kelowna will use the internet and will see pictures.  These pictures came from actual listings I’ve seen. Really? A guy in bed?  Not the best first impression.

Photos give the buyer an idea of what to expect when they personally view the home.  It’s important to present the most accurate and attractive picture of each properties features.  If something can’t be photographed properly, don’t use it.

Creativity   

I like to inject a bit of humor or something that catches the eye.  87% of buyers will work with a realtor when buying or selling their Kelowna real estate.  So when selling a home, you’ve got to appeal to the realtors first as they’re the front line and THEN you’ve got to appeal to the buyers.

Spring market coming soon!

The phones have been ringing this January so far.  When January is a busy month for real estate activity, it usually translates into a busy spring season. If you’re thinking about buying or selling real estate, call Paige Guernsey direct at 250-862-6464 and get some creative thinking working for you!

Talk to you soon…

Paige

 

Real estate goes to the birds in downtown Kelowna

Posted by on July 11, 2012 | No Comments

SOLD! 

It’s hard to ignore the big piece of undeveloped land at 1151 Sunset Drive in downtown Kelowna that has been sitting dormant for the past 4 years.  As of Wednesday June 27, 2012 the court approved a sale  to a Vancouver based company for what we know as Lucaya, the luxury high-rise condo development that failed to get off the ground in 2008.  This company paid $3.8 million dollars.  Does this sale signify that our Kelowna real estate market is continuing to gain momentum?

 

Lakeview for the birds?

For years the locals, and local business owner, in our cultural district had to compromise their status to what would have been a great addition if Lucaya could have risen to the occasion if it weren’t for a lack of capital to help build it. The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board is confident that this new deal will breathe a breath of fresh air into our city but wait, there seems to be an issue with the previous owners.  As the site sat empty over the past year the crane that was going to be used to construct the 21-story building got new tenants and they have been raising a stink since.  Apparently the place has gone to the birds, literally!  Amongst all the birds flocking to the site there is a family of Osprey that has built a nest on the cranes arm. “We don’t have authority to remove those nests, hence we can’t take down the crane in its entirety, We feel that if we can remove the first 15 meters of this structure, we should resolve the problem in October when the birds go south and it’s all resolved.” Said Rob Mayne the City Director of Corporate Services.  That gives Lucaya’s owner corporation, Platinum Equities, 30 days to deal with the issue before the city takes over themselves.  So will Lucaya rise to the occasion?  The details of the final project have not yet been disclosed, but we do know it has potential to be a high-rise condo tower up to 21 stories tall. With or without the birds!

Are you looking for some high-rise real estate in Kelowna? Call me, the trusted and experienced Paige Guernsey on my direct line, 250-862-6464.

Talk to you soon…

Paige

 

 

New real estate video

Posted by on April 20, 2012 | No Comments

Meet Paige

Finally have finished my production project that includes this video as well as a great new template for my mls listings.

Thanks to Media Button for their expertise!
Talk to you soon…
Paige

New video and photo production coming up!

Posted by on March 11, 2012 | No Comments

Video

I have a whole new respect for actors, actresses, and the people behind the lenses that make it all happen. I’ve been working with Media Button to create a whole new video production for my real estate listings and my website. Dave, Marla, and Melissa were the creative minds to come up with the theme. Chris and Christine were amazing on the day of shooting. They had everything organized well and it only took 8 hours! Although exhausting, I can’t wait to see the finished products.  When we’re done each and every one of my listings will have a unique video showcasing not only the home and property but surrounding neighborhood and all the ammenities home buyers want to see when searching for a home. There will also be a short & sweet “get to know Paige” shot.

Photographs

Today Megan Hartridge of 689 Photography met me for what turned out to be half of our photo shoot… thanks to Mother Nature and a freak downpour!  We tried a new hip setting and I was nervous for this as well as the video production, but Megan made me smile right away and I felt at ease. I’ll post the pics when they’re done!

Talk to you soon…

Paige

Ghost Proof Your House

Posted by on October 31, 2011 | No Comments

Happy Halloween!

There are a few homes in Kelowna that have some scary history behind them.  A seller is not required anymore to disclose these stigma’s, like murder or suicide, to the buyer. Some buyers care and some don’t.

I rented a house not too long ago while we were building and there was definately some spooky things that happened there.  Lights coming on in the middle of the night, apparitions moving around at night that were clearly visible, smoke alarms going for no reason.  If you believe in ghosts, I’d have to say this “ghost” was friendly and had a sense of humor. My family was all aware of it being around but never had any fear.  Here’s a list of 11 ways to “GhostProof” your house.

Need help selling your haunted house? Call Paige Guernsey direct at 250-862-6464 and get her 25 years experience selling real estate working for you.

Happy Halloween and talk to you soon…

Paige

A silly moment…

Posted by on September 30, 2011 | No Comments

HAS IT HAPPENED TO YOU?

Every now and then I do something so silly and every now and then someone, in this case, hears me doing that silly something!

My daughter loves to sing and I decided I would support her and start singing too (FYI… I’m a very bad singer). We sing in the car with the windows down and when we’re on the highway we sing quite a bit louder! Yesterday someone called me while I was singing AND driving on the highway. I didn’t realize I pressed the answer button on the steering wheel and that person listened to me sing. Incredibly, for about 2 minutes! Completely embarrassed I called them back when I realized what happened. Kinda’ wierd they didn’t answer the phone!

If you’re looking for a real estate investment or a place to call home in Kelowna, and like to laugh, call Paige Guernsey at 250-862-6464

Talk to you soon…

Paige

 

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