Tuesday, December 20, 2011

1521 Feedham Avenue

1521 Feedham Avenue

Bert ChapmanPremier Canadian Properties#102-1180 Sunset Drive Kelowna, BC V1Y 9W6Office 250-717-1886 Toll Free 877-717-1886 Fax 250-717-1889 Direct 250-212-7728 email: bert@pcrealty.ca Website: http:www.pcrealty.ca

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Condos That Pay for Themselves

Pinnacle Pointe Condos at Quail Ridge

Eg. ****-1873 Country Club Drive, Kelowna, BC

List Price $279,900
Down Pmt 79,900

Mtg $200,000 @ 4.09% 5 yr term 25 yr/amortization
Projected income from Rentals
Sept-Apr.Monthly rental (no vacancy)                $13,600
May-Aug Short Term rentals (less 50% vacancy) 13,500
(Weekly rates used in Calculation)                        25,600

Less 25% management fee                                     6,775
Net Income                                                        $20,325

Projected Expenses
$200,000 mtg @ $1062/mo.                           $12,750 Yr
Taxes                                                                  1,900 Yr
Strata (condo) fees                                              2,880 Yr
                                                                       $17,500 Yr

Positive cash flow                                              $2,825 Yr
Return on down payment                                        3.54%

Monthly rental has no vacancy since it is located near UBCO and demand outstrips supply. Short term rental is net of 50% vacancy and all rentals net of 25% management fee.

PARTIAL LIST OF CONDOS TO WHICH THIS WOULD APPLY:

*2315-1873 Country Club Drive Listed at $269,900 is a 2 bedroom 2 bath  970 sq ft  2nd floor unit, popular Juniper plan where 2 students could share.

*1306-1875 Country Club Drive Listed at $295,000 is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit  plus den ,1166 sq ft  3rd floor unit where 2 students could share

*2411 -1873 Country Club Drive listed at $218,900 is a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom plus den, 774 sq ft  3rd floor unit

NOTE: The selection is changing as properties sell. For a complete current  list please call Bert at 250-212-7728 or email  bert@pcrealty.ca

Prepared from sources believed to be reliable, but not guaranteed. E & O.E.

Bert Chapman Premier Canadian Properties #102-1180 Sunset Drive Kelowna, BC V1Y 9W6 Office 250-717-1886 Toll Free 877-717-1886 Fax 250-717-1889 Direct 250-212-7728 email: bert@pcrealty.ca Website: http:www.pcrealty.ca

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Record enrolment fuels UBC's Okangan campus growth

Phenomenal growth will see a record number of students at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus this fall.... Read the rest of the article
https://news.ok.ubc.ca/2011/09/02/record-enrolment-fuels-ubcs-okanagan-campus-growth/
Bert Chapman Premier Canadian Properties #102-1180 Sunset Drive Kelowna, BC V1Y 9W6 Office 250-717-1886 Toll Free 877-717-1886 Fax 250-717-1889 Direct 250-212-7728 email: bert@pcrealty.ca Website: http:www.pcrealty.ca

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Building Type : House
Bedrooms : 2
Bathrooms (Total) : 2
Bathrooms (Partial) : 1
Floor Space : 2740 sqft
Storeys : 1
Built in : 1997
Land Size : 1 - 5 acres
View : Lake view, Mountain view
Waterfront : Waterfront on lake
Title : Freehold
Location : 3710 Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road
Tappen, BC V0E 2X0

General Description
About 656' of natural lakeshore providing peace and privacy amidst nature reserve. 2.3 acres on Shuswap Lake (not subdivideable). Ideal property for buyers who wish to bond with nature and bird watching. Spectacular timber framed house (2740 sq ft) offers high ceilings, open floor plan with unparalleled lake & mountain views. The timber framed self-contained guest house (750 sq ft plus loft) is ideal for visitors. Extras include in-floor hot water heat and solid surface counter top. Cosy wood burning fireplace in great room. Shuswap living at its best. Please call or email for more information or to view.

Property
Structures : Deck, Sundeck View : Lake view, Mountain view
Waterfront : Waterfront on lake

Parking : 4Parking Type : Attached garage Parking Spaces : 2

Building
Building Type : House Exterior Finish : Wood siding
Fire Protection/Security Type : Security system, Smoke Detectors Flooring : Hardwood, Other
Floor Space : 2740 sqft Sewer : Septic System
Water : Private Utility Built in  1997
Storeys : 1


Rooms
Type Level Dimensions
Living room Main level 19 ft x 17 ft
Dining room Main level 12 ft x 14 ft
Kitchen Main level 14 ft x 18 ft
Laundry room Main level 8 ft x 23 ft
Bedroom Main level 12 ft x 14 ft
Full bathroom Main level 12 ft ,3 in x 10 ft
Ensuite Main level 6 ft x 8 ft
Master bedroom Main level 12 ft x 17 ft
Foyer Main level 6 ft x 9 ft
Other Main level 15 ft x 23 ft
Den Main level 8 ft x 10 ft
Den Main level 12 ft x 14 ft

FireplaceType : Conventional Fuel : Wood

Roof Style : Conventional Roofing Material : Wood Shingle




Land Size : 2.3 acres

Bert Chapman
Premier Canadian Properties
#102-1180 Sunset Drive
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 9W6
Office 250-717-1886 Toll Free 877-717-1886  Fax 250-717-1889  Direct 250-212-7728
email: bert@pcrealty.ca   Website: http:www.pcrealty.ca

121-1156 Sunset Drive -Kelowna North $1,899,000

Professionally decorated 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom townhouse in the highly desirable Lagoons complex. This property has been fully renovated and shows like new.
This is the largest townhome in the complex which boast commanding lake views.
Fabulous location within walking distance of the beach and Kelowna's Cultural District. Boat moorage outside your door may be available on application & subject to annual fee.
Comes with 2 underground parking stalls.
The complex has an indoor & an outdoor pool together with a hot tub.
All measurements are approximate, please verify if important.
For more photos, view www.dianemoore.ca or telephone Diane or Jas at 250-575-1889 for more information.
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Special Features

•Lake view,
•Waterfront on lake,
•Fireplace
•Professionally decorated
•Central air conditioning
•Central vacuum system
•Complex has Hot Tub, Inground pool, Indoor pool, Exercise room, Outdoor Pool
•Two Patios
•Barbeque,
•Sprinkler system,
•Garage: double,
•Storage,
•Baseboard heaters
•Tile Roof

Building Type : Row / Townhouse
Bedrooms : 3
Bathrooms (Total) : 3
Bathrooms (Partial) : 1
Floor Space : 1300 sqft
Storeys : 2
Built in : 1993
Land Size : under 1 acre
View : Lake view, Mountain view, View, Valley view
Waterfront : Waterfront on lake
Title : Condominium/Strata
Location : 1156 Sunset Drive # 121
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9R7

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Tie your boat at the front door of this waterfront townhouse in the heart of the Cutural District, steps to fine dining, theatre, art galleries. Professionally decorated 3 bed, 2.5 bathfully updated, furnished turnkey in a well run complex.

Property
Maintenance Fees : $0 Monthly Pool Type : Indoor pool, Outdoor pool
Structures : Patio(s) View : Lake view, Mountain view, View, Valley view
Waterfront : Waterfront on lake

Parking : 2Parking Type : Underground

Building
Building Type : Row / Townhouse Cooling : Central air conditioning
Exterior Finish : Stucco Fire Protection/Security Type : Sprinkler System-Fire, Smoke Detectors
Flooring : Hardwood, Carpeted Foundation Type : Concrete
Floor Space : 1300 sqft Sewer : Municipal sewage system
Water : Municipality water Built in : 1993
Storeys : 2

Rooms
Type Level Dimensions
Master bedroom Second level 14 ft ,6 in x 14 ft ,4 in
Bedroom Second level 10 ft ,6 in x 11 ft ,1 in
Bedroom Second level 10 ft ,6 in x 11 ft ,6 in

Full ensuite bathroom Basement n/a
Full bathroom Basement n/a
2pc Bathroom Basement n/a
Living room Main level 20 ft x 14 ft
Dining room Main level 14 ft x 13 ft
Kitchen Main level 10 ft ,3 in x 11 ft ,9 in
Family room Main level 14 ft ,4 in x 15 ft
Den Main level 12 ft ,6 in x 12 ft ,6 in
FireplaceType : Conventional Fuel : Gas

RoofRoof Style : Conventional Roofing Material : Tile

Land
Land Size : under 1 acre Landscape Features : Underground sprinkler

Diane Moore
Office:#102-1180 Sunset Drive,
Kelowna, B.C, V1Y 9W7Phone: (250) 717-1886 TollFree: 1-866-717-1886Fax: (250) 717-1889
Email: diane@dianemoore.caWebsite: http://www.premiercanadianproperties.ca/

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

7 Rules for Successful Real Estate Investing

1. Invest for the long term. Real estate cycles last 5 to 7 years on average. Make your purchase with that in mind.

2. Invest in growth areas. A good resource for growth forecast in Urban Futures Institute. Their website is http://www.urbanfutures.com/

3. Look for game changers like new highways, bridges, and airport expansions. These are game changers over the long term.

4. Buy in communities that have a degree-granting university. This ensures a steady demand for rentals.

5. Buy secure cash flow properties. Houses with secondary suites, duplexes, fourplexes, 2+ bedroom apartments near the university.

6. Consider resort communities. Remember 1000 baby boomers turned 60 today and that will continue everyday for the next 8 years. They have worked for years and now want to play--golf, skiing, etc.

7. Work with a REALTOR® who knows the area you are interested in and can supply you with new listings as they hit the market. Your REALTOR® can also refer you to a good mortgage broker.

For more information please contact:

Bert Chapman
Office: 6-3185 Via Centrale,
Kelowna, B.C, V1V 2A7
Phone: (250) 765-0570
TollFree: 1-866-765-0579
Fax: (250) 765-0577
Email: bert@pcrealty.ca
Website: http://www.premiercanadianproperties.ca/

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Big Money Returns to Kelowna Real Estate

OMREB stats Oct 1-25, 2010

111 single family homes sold on MLS®.
11 were over 1 million dollars.
That's 10% of single family homes sales over $1 Million!
83% are between $350,000 and $550,000
7% are from $550,000 to $999,000

There are Two Markets at Work Here

The out of town buyers picking up bargain priced luxury properties over $1 ,000,000.
The local buyers finding a place to live.

It is interesting to note that the condo market has a few out-of-town buyers picking up lakeshore bargains in the $500,000 range, but over 80% of condo sales are local buyers with prices from $200,000 to $300,000.

During the boom of 2007, condos outsold single homes, now single homes outsell condos 2 to 1.
It's a great time to be a buyer: bargains abound, money is cheap, and only a few are taking advantage.

 Overheard at Tim Horton's,
"If I knew they would sell it that cheap, I would have bought it myself."

Make offers, someone might accept.

Bert Chapman
Premier Canadian Properties
#102-1180 Sunset Drive
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 9W6
Office 250-717-1886 Toll Free 877-717-1886  Fax 250-717-1889  Direct 250-212-7728
email: bert@pcrealty.ca   Website: http:www.pcrealty.ca

Friday, October 22, 2010

Re: Article in Kelowna Cap News by Jennifer Smith 10-20-2010

"Hard for students to find shelter"

Students thrust into high-end housing markets need someone to help them find shelter before hitting the books, a UBC Okanagan graduate says.

In conducting research for his masters degree in human geography, Jamie McEwan said he unearthed horror stories on the lengths some students need to so go find a place to live in Kelowna.

McEwan conducted 30 interviews in an exploratory case study of students aged 18 to 30 searching for rental housing in 2009 and was told by his interview subjects they knew of six to eight people sharing a one-bedroom apartment and even one person who pitched a tent off campus while attending UBCO.

"Students are coming here thinking that within two weeks to a month they will be able to find housing for year and it's simply not happening," McEwan said.

Click here to view entire article http://www.bclocalnews.com/okanagan_similkameen/kelownacapitalnews/news/105312708.html


More students than places to put them!
Premier Canadian Properties has a suggestion to address this challenge.
Here is our possible Win-Win solution.

Invest in these properties and become a landlord to students and destination golfers as well.

 2 bedroom, 2 bath units near UBC Okanagan
priced from $265,000 to $300,000
20% down, low mortgage rates and a high rental demand.
 Only 7 units left at this price.
Rent to students September to April, then short-term to golfers at nightly rates from May through to September. (Just save a week or two for your own use!)

HIS HAS OPPORTUNITY WRITTEN ALL OVER IT!
Positive cash flow for years to come.
 

For a current list, email bert@pcrealty.ca
read full article by Ms. Smith at http://www.pcrealty.ca/news_pdf/73.pdf

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE - IT'S REAL ESTATE!

SURE, THE MARKET HAS CHANGED AND IT WILL CONTINUE TO CHANGE. IT IS THAT VERY CHANGE THAT CREATES INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES.

So what is changing and why?
How can you position your investments to take full advantage of those changes?
The biggest change is that in years past, homes were built one at a time. In recent years condos are built 50,70,100 and more at a time.
When hundreds of builders build hundreds of condos there is an oversupply.
You can take full advantage of this by sifting through the ordinary deals and picking the best. The oversupply creates a unique opportunity for the wise investor.

When should you buy?
When most others are trying to sell
When prices have leveled or softened
When inventory is plentiful
When borrowing money is cheap
When the ratio of sales to listings is low.

When should you sell?
You probably should keep all your real estate
but if you really want to sell, do it when:
Most others are buying
When prices are high
When inventory is low
When money is easy to borrow
When the sales to listing ratio is high.

Lets examine the risks

If I buy investment real estate and rent it out and values drop, someone else is renting from me and making my payments. I gain because my tenant is buying real estate FOR me.
If I buy and values stay the same, I gain because my tenant is buying it for me.
If I buy and values increase, I gain even more because my tenant, bless his heart, is buying it for me.

What risk???
I gain it goes up and I gain if it goes down. Some else buys it for me.

See not rocket science, just real estate.

Where should I buy?

Find out where people want to live most and buy there. More on that in my next newsletter.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BUY NOW IF YOU ARE:

1. A First Time Buyer:
I know you want a fancy new home with all the extras and a big mortgage. NO! NO! Pick a modest 2 bedroom home with a basement suite, on the bus line to UBC Okanagan. There is a good selection under $400,000. The low price, low mortgage rates, and rental income will help pay it off quickly, then don't sell it. Keep it and use the equity to help buy your fancy house.

2. An Investor looking for cash flow:
Pick a 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment condo with resort zoning near UBCO. These can not only pay for themselves, but offer a 7% return on your down payment each year. You should buy 2 or 3 over the next few years. Let the renters make you a millionaire in 15 or 20 years.

3. Relocating and have sold your previous home:
There are excellent buys on luxury homes since 82% of the market is between $400,000 and $550,000.There is not much action on the $600,000 and $700,000 homes.
You might also want to consider downsizing to a golf course or lakeshore condo. There are some exceptional homes at attractive prices.

For a BEST BUYS list in each category above, email bert@pcrealty.ca


Premier Canadian Properties- Your luxury homes specialist!

All referrals are gratefully received, enthusiastically acted upon, and handsomely rewarded!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Okanagan Real Estate - Google it!

Market up? Market down?
Everyone has an opinion!

One day its doom and gloom:
The listing inventory is high
The number of sales is down
The interest rates are rising
There are too many people unemployed

The following day, "The recession is over"
The average home price is up
The interest rates are near all-time lows
The selection of properties is excellent
The number of building permits (jobs) is up

Who is right?

When in doubt, Google it!

Google analytics measures the number and origin of the unique visits to our website.

The 18 months prior to May 2010 showed the visits to be about half of the traditional numbers and the origin to be mostly local. The sales during that period were less than normal and almost all local buyers. The sales were modestly priced homes $400,000 to $550,000 and condos $200,000 to $350,000.

Google analytics mid May to mid June, 2010
Unique visits to www.pcrealty.ca
Local 60.8%
Vancouver 17.4%
Alberta 11.5%
Ontario 3.4%
Sask. 1.3%
Others 5.6%
This is a huge change which is no doubt driven by the weather, the economy, and demographics.

So.....is the market changing?
Will luxury homes and condos start selling?
Will demand for lakeshore and golf properties return?

Google says, YES!

My last 10 sales look like this:
6 local buyers
2 Alberta buyers
1 Vancouver buyer
1 U.K. buyer
Viva La Google!

Bert Chapman
Office: 6-3185 Via Centrale,
Kelowna, B.C, V1V 2A7
Phone: (250) 765-0570
TollFree: 1-866-765-0579
Fax: (250) 765-0577
Email: bert@pcrealty.ca
Website: http://www.premiercanadianproperties.ca/

Friday, August 28, 2009

High hopes for B.C. housing market upswing in 2010


High hopes for B.C. housing market upswing in 2010

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The B.C. Real Estate Association is forecasting a better sales season this fall than last, hoping to see the last of the housing recession.

In its latest third-quarter housing forecast, the association predicts that Multiple Listing Service residential sales will go up 15 per cent this year over last year.

In 2008, there were 68,923 units sold in the province, a sales drop of 33 per cent, according to the report. By the end of 2009, the provincial real-estate board, which represents the interests of 12 regional real-estate boards and more than 17,500 B.C. realtors, hopes to see 79,400 units sold, up 15 per cent from 2008's lows.

In 2010 they are aiming for 84,200 units sold, an increase of six per cent over this year.

The 10-year-average for sales is 82,800 units.

The BCREA also anticipates that more homes can be sold in 2010. It is forecasting a sales increase of six per cent across the province for 2010.

"After twelve months of significant volatility in B.C.'s housing markets, greater stability is expected through 2010," BCREA chief economist Cameron Muir said.

It expects growth in 2010 in Greater Vancouver with a predicted four-per-cent increase, in the Fraser Valley with a five-per-cent increase, and in Victoria with an anticipated nine-per-cent increase.

Double-digit sales increases over 2009 are forecast for the Sunshine Coast (15 per cent), the Northern Lights (12 per cent), Okanagan Mainline ( 12 per cent), and Kootenay (11 per cent) real-estate boards.

All of the boards had sales declines in 2008, and in some regions sales were down as much as 39 per cent. All but three regions had better sales rates in 2009 over 2008. In 2010, all boards are expected to be in positive territory. With an assumption of better sales comes an anticipated increase in sales volumes.

In 2009, $35.8 billion of real estate changed hands. In 2010, the real-estate industry hopes to see $38.5 billion in sales.

The association also made predictions on a rebound in housing starts.

This year has so far been a "dismal" one for housing starts, the association said, with a forecast total decline of 57 per cent by the end of this year compared to 2008, which was also a low year (starts in 2008 were down 12 per cent).

That comes to a total of just 14,800 units built in 2009, the lowest level of activity since 2000.

In 2010, the association predicts, starts in the province will regain some ground, with an estimated 18,500 units forecast to be built. Muir cautioned, though, that recovery would be spotty.

"Market conditions vary depending on the region of the province," he said, adding that while Vancouver and Victoria have shown improvement, "interior markets are demonstrating a more gradual trend toward balance between supply and demand."

The association noted that the uptick in housing sales over the traditionally strong spring/summer season is the "brightest light" in an otherwise dark B.C. economy.

It points out that overall, "economic output is expected to contract 2.2 per cent this year, with employment down 2.8 per cent and unemployment rising to an annual rate of 7.7 per cent."

Saturday, August 15, 2009

FORECLOSURES AND BLOW OUT SALES! BARGAINS OR BUYER BEWARE?

FORECLOSURES AND BLOW OUT SALES!
BARGAINS OR BUYER BEWARE?

The constant bombardment of the real estate marketplace with offers of "huge price reductions" off previous sale prices can be misleading.

Let's examine foreclosures:
Foreclosure in British Columbia is a process designed to sell distressed properties for fair market value. It begins when the home owner is unable to make the required monthly payments. The lender is required to wait until the loan is 3 months in arrears, then they apply to the court for permission to foreclose. The court will usually grant the borrower a 3 month redemption period to sell the property to satisfy the loan. If this is not successful the court grants the lender "conduct of sale." The property is listed with a REALTOR® on MLS®. Offers on the property can be accepted by the lender without consulting the borrower but must be "subject to court approval." During this time, (typically one to two weeks) between acceptance by the lender and approval by the court, the offer is on the public record. This is to encourage higher offers to be submitted. The court will consider all unconditional written offers received up to and including the court date.
The buyer is unlikely to get a bargain here because even if the lender has accepted a low offer, the court process will usually result in a higher offer being made at the court hearing.

Now the "Buyer Beware" part:
The offer when accepted by the lender and the court will be amended with a "Schedule A". This among other things will contain an "as is, where is " clause.
It will state that the property will be accepted by the buyer in whatever condition its in on the transfer date. The house you saw in good condition could be trashed. You have no recourse. Buyer beware indeed!

Let's look at developers 'blow out ' sales:
Don't get caught up in the hype. There are more than enough condos to go around. These condos are, for the most part, units that did not sell in the good times. They may be the left over least desirable units in the building. They might also be units that the "flippers" were unable to re-sell. Developers are not stupid. They will hang on to the best units until the glut of poorer units is sold off to you.

Beware the ads that say, Price WAS $$$ Price NOW $$$, a savings of $$$.


Do your homework! Make sure that "price was" is an actual sale price, not just an overinflated asking price which was too high in the hottest market. Your research might show that no one ever paid that much. "Price now," check today's market. Be sure that this is a bargain price and cannot be easily duplicated or bettered in the open market. Buyer Beware!


I have a client who says, "real estate deals are like trains. There will be another one tomorrow."

I say, there is no substitute for doing your "due diligence" before you buy!
Get your own expert help. The "expert" at the blow out sale is working for the developer, not you.


Central Okanagan Stats

Number of sales July 09/July 08

Type:..................SalesJuly 09...... Sales July 08....Incr/Decr.
SingleFamily:............231..................145............+59.31%
Apt/Condo:...............106...................74............+43.24%
Townhouse/Condo:..........64...................37............+72.97%

Average Sale Prices July 09/July 08

Type:..................Av.July 09........Av. July 08......Inc/Decr.
Single Family:.........483,183............502,887.........-3.92%
Apt. condo:............260,002............315,707.........-17.64%
Twnhse Condo:..........368,838............395,108.........-6.65%

(Stats courtesy of OMREB)

Summary:
The market appears to have bottomed in March/April 09 and be gaining strength since then. The number of walk-in buyers to Premier offices is increasing daily. Listing inventory is adequate, but has declined by 23% from July 08. Interest rates remain low.

A good time to buy, just do your homework.



Bert Chapman
Office: 6-3185 Via Centrale,
Kelowna, B.C, V1V 2A7
Phone: (250) 765-0570
TollFree: 1-866-765-0579
Fax: (250) 765-0577
Email: bert@pcrealty.ca

Website: http://www.premiercanadianproperties.ca/

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Kelowna Realtors thoughts on Condo Rentals


Former president of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board and Managing Broker of Premier Canadian Properties Bert Chapman (Toll Free 1-866-765-0579 - bert@pcrealty.ca) writes - responding to a recent article by Ozzie Jurock in which was a report on rental condos at 169,000 and up in the Kelowna Market.

In Kelowna there are indeed $169,000 two-bedroom condos in rentable buildings - BUT. Said Bert (who is also a multi year subscriber):

"I did the research and there are only 2 such units, both in the same 27 year old building in North Kelowna. There are 2 more units in the same building at $179,000 and $195,000, also rentable. There are 6 rentable units in Kelowna South listed between $179,900 and $195,000 and 6 rentable units in Rutland in 30 year old building listed from $159,900 to $189,900.That's it! Everything else is age restricted over 55, on lease land or priced over $200,000."

He adds: "In fact - it is difficult to find rentable units because of the high percentage of owner occupied units. These owners tend to vote for strata rules that limit the number of rentals. The buyers need to be aware that just because you buy a unit that is occupied by a tenant, this does not necessarily mean you can continue to rent it. The original buyer is governed by the Developers Disclosure Statement as to whether they can rent or not. Subsequent buyers are governed by the Strata rules which can be, and frequently are, changed by the Strata Council to limit rentals. There are also a few projects with resort zoning which permits short term rentals 3 nights or more. These are typically on the lakeshore or on golf courses. This cannot be changed by a Strata Council."

Indeed.

Major Point: This applies of course to many areas in BC. Even though local markets are often depressed, because of tight rental rules (strata council imposed) investors can't step in to 'lighten the load'. Buyers should always retain an experienced Realtor in an area that they are not familiar with - particularly when buying rental units.

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Bert Chapman
Office: 6-3185 Via Centrale,
Kelowna, B.C, V1V 2A7
Phone: (250) 765-0570
TollFree: 1-866-765-0579
Fax: (250) 765-0577
Email: bert@pcrealty.ca
Website: http://www.premiercanadianproperties.ca/

Monday, May 11, 2009

A Goodbye to the Good Buys!


In a recession all the talk is about when will we reach the bottom.
The truth is we won't know until after it happens.
But... does it really matter?
If you buy a rental property then your tenant is paying for it.
Why should you care how much he is paying?

In a recession all the talk is about when will we reach the bottom.
The truth is we won't know until after it happens.
But... does it really matter?
If you buy a rental property then your tenant is paying for it.
Why should you care how much he is paying?

We know that:
Prices are down from the peak reached last year.
Interest rates are the lowest in 50 years.
There is an abundance of properties available.

This creates the illusion tht there is no hurry to buy.
Fear of the future is everywhere: recession, global warming, unemployment and swine flu.

But fear is: False Expectations Appearing Real

Reality is: This is a perfect buying opportunity.

Find a distressed owner. There are no distressed properties only distressed owners. Make an offer that solves their temporary problem and results in a good buy for you. Now the property is no longer diressed.

It is an opportunity for you.

In the Okanagan-
48% of real estate buyers are local
28% of real estate buyers are from Alberta
20% of real estate buyers are from Vancouver

The Alberta and Vancouver buyers are rubber tire traffic. They are affected by things like high gas prices and snow on the mountain passes.

Spring is in the air. The Rogers Pass and Coquihalla are snow free. Gas prices are relatively low.
The Alberta and Vancouver buyers will be back.

The Okanagan still has:

* Canada's best climate
* Large warm lakes
* Championship golf courses
* World Class wineries
* Big White and Silver Star ski resorts
* Kelowna International Airport
* UBC Okanagan
* Afordable real estate
* Low interest rates

Its time for you to make a good buy before its Goodbye to the Good Buys!

Some Stats to Ponder: (courtesy of OMREB)

Year to Year Comparison

Property type:

----------------Avg Sale Price --------Avg Sale Price ---------Avg Sale Price
------------------April 2007 ------------April 2008 ------------April 2009
Single Family ------455,641 ---------------552,526 --------------451,109
Condo Apt ---------259,147 ---------------287,819 --------------248,642
Condo Twnhouse-- 333,891--------------- 409,021 --------------344,261

Month to Month Comparison 2009

Property type:

----------------Avg Sale Price ---------Avg Sale Price---------- Avg Sale Price
------------------Feb 2009 -------------March 2009 ------------April 2009
Single Family -----447,819 --------------- 438,493 ----------------451,109
Condo Apt --------233,268 ---------------244,433 ----------------248,642
Condo Twnhse ----328,546 ---------------328,611 ----------------344,261


It would appear that the market peaked in April/May 2008 and has bottomed in February/March 2009 at approximately the 2007 levels and is gaining strength.

Is this the end to the Good Buys?

Bert Chapman
Office: 6-3185 Via Centrale,
Kelowna, B.C, V1V 2A7
Phone: (250) 765-0570
TollFree: 1-866-765-0579
Fax: (250) 765-0577
Email: bert@pcrealty.ca
Website: http://www.premiercanadianproperties.ca/

The Okanagan-Not just Kelowna anymore




The South Okanagan Canada’s only desert. Located on the northernmost tip of the Sonoran Desert, the south Okanagan has warm lakes, orchards, vineyards, golf courses and the delightful small towns of Osoyoos, Oliver, Okanagan Falls, Naramata, Summerland and Penticton.

Osoyoos is home of the warmest fresh water lake in Canada. (Averaging 24c in July and August). Osoyoos is a summer playground with sandy beaches, welcoming motels and campgrounds. Tourism and agriculture are big here. The surrounding farms provide fresh produce to the numerous roadside fruit stands. The cherries are to die for! Check out the wineries and go on a wine tasting tour. Osoyoos, “Canada’s warmest welcome”.

Oliver is a rich agricultural community. Grapevines are replacing the cherry, apricot, peach, apple and pear orchards. Oliver is now the self-declared, “Wine Capital of Canada”. The wildlife in the hills includes lizards, bats, deer, big horn sheep and rare birds. Oliver is a small town of about 5,000 but offers world class wineries like Burrowing Owl Estate Winery which boasts award winning wines.

Penticton
The First nations name for “a place to stay forever” is surrounded by mountains to the east and west and lakes to the north and south. Penticton has fabulous sandy beaches on both Skaha Lake and Okanagan Lake. The annual “Peach City beach Cruise” has over 800 antique and classic cars. “Elvis” lives in the peach city as amateur and professional Elvis Impersonators compete for the Elvis Tribute Artist contest in Memphis. If you have not been to Penticton you must go. Who knows, you might “stay forever.”

Naramata
The perfect place to grow grapes is on the Naramata bench. This quiet agricultural community is much the same as it was 50 years ago with orchards and vineyards and only 2700 residents.

Summerland
An "Olde English” style town with a town crier. This is a quaint small town with 12,000 residents. Summerland is known for its orchards and vineyards. Fresh fruits are available at the numerous roadside stands. Summerland is home to the Pacific Agri Food Research Station where new varieties of fruit are developed. Enjoy the view from Giant’s Head Park or visit Summerland Ornamental gardens. Stay at the recently completed lakeshore resort. Check out the Nixdorf Classic car museum and rent a muscle car for the rest of your Okanagan Tour.

The Central Okanagan comprises Peachland, West Kelowna, Kelowna and Lake Country. Keep your eyes on the Lake. Ogopogo lives here! The legendary lake creature sightings date back over 100 years. The Indian’s folklore includes details of sightings. In recent years film, crews with sonar have searched for him. You might just be lucky.

Peachland began 100 years ago as a gold mining town. Now has 5,500 residents. The town is situated on the lakeshore with miles of sandy beach and a small marina. Most of the residents live on the benches above the lake and enjoy panoramic views of Okanagan Lake. Every Year in mid May the “World of Wheels” car show invades the lakeshore along Beach Avenue. About 800 antique and classic cars line the streets. The Gasthaus Medieval Restaurant offers a feast to remember. The Ponderosa Golf Course is a treat to play with its panoramic views of Okanagan Lake.

West Kelowna
The new municipality made up of Westside, Westbank, Lakeview Heights, Shannon Lake and Smith Creek has about 38,000 residents. Take Gellatly Rd from Highway 97 for a great drive or stroll along the lakeshore. The Cove Lakeside Resort offers fine dining, boat dock, a great place to stay. West Kelowna has 5 wineries including the famous Mission Hill and Quail’s Gate. The Gellatly Nut Farm is worth a visit as its over 100 years old and now a National Park with heritage buildings. Lake views from
West Kelowna are spectacular.

Kelowna
Cross over the bridge- the new 5 lane Bennett Bridge honoring former BC Premier W. R. Bennett.
Kelowna has it all! Okanagan Lake, City Park and beaches, the Delta Grand Hotel, the cultural district, 12 fine golf courses, Big White ski resort, UBC Okanagan., Kelowna International Airport and a city of 100,000 friendly people. The Orchard Park Shopping Centre is the largest between Vancouver and Calgary. Prospera Place is a 6000 seat multi-purpose facility that hosts major entertainers and is home to the W.H.A. Kelowna Rockets. Kelowna has a diversified economy including high tech companies, higher education, aeronautics, a state-of-the-art Cancer Treatment Centre with the regional hospital and agriculture.
Walk the Greenway from Lakeshore Road. It follows Mission Creek 7K to Mission Creek Park before it carries on a further 9K along a trail taking you through Gallaghers Canyon and Layercake Mountain.
In August 2003, a devastating forest fire burned for more than a week destroying the forest lands in Okanagan Mountain Park It also burned 239 homes in the Upper Mission area. The tour of the park is very educational as the ecosystem rebuilds itself and life returns to the park. The views from 900 meters above the lake are spectacular. A drive south on Lakeshore Road takes you to Summerhill Pyramid Winery, St. Hubertus Estate Winery, and Cedar Creek Estate Winery. The fire also destroyed 14 of the 18 wooden railway trestles in the Myra Canyon section of the historic Kettle Valley Railway. The trestles have since been rebuilt to look like the originals. This great biking and hiking trail has been enhanced by the fire by opening up the many spectacular views.
Every year in May auto enthusiasts gather for the Knox Mountain Hill Climb. A winding road 2.2 miles long snakes up 800 vertical feet. A true test of cars and drivers. Knox Mountain Park is a walk on the wild side with great hiking trails, amazing lake vistas, and lots of wild life including deer, owls, quail, eagles and coyotes. There is an underwater diving park at the historic Paul’s Tomb. You need all day for this hike.

Lake Country
Incorporated in 1995, it is made up of Carr’s Landing, Okanagan Centre, Oyama and Winfield. The population is a fast growing 11,000. The lakes of Lake Country include Okanagan Lake, some 90 miles in length, and the smaller Wood Lake and the beautiful Kalamalka Lake. Kal.Lake is postcard perfect with blue water that looks like Hawaii.
Agriculture is a prime industry with cherry orchards and apple orchards. The fresh fruit at the roadside stands is outstanding. You will want to stock up.
Vineyards are starting to take a larger part in the industry and Lake Country has some award winning wineries to boast about: Grey Monk and Arrowleaf winery to mention a few.
Wood Lake offers exceptional Kokanee fishing and even ice fishing some winters. Wood Lake warms right up in the summer and is great for swimming and water sports. Okanagan Centre has a free sheltered boat launch and parking on Okanagan Lake. Kalamalka Lake has a boat launch on the north end but is easily accessed by a narrow channel from the north end of Wood Lake to the south part of Kal Lake. New this year is the Field of Dreams car show in August at Swalwell Park. In September, check out the Lake Country “Art Walk” The valley’s largest art show with over 200 Okanagan artists.
The Okanagan, like Penticton is truly “a place to stay forever”.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Buyers ready to spend big in British Columbia


B.C. residents see ownership benefits, but most will wait a year

Seventy-eight per cent of B.C. residents -- the highest percentage in Canada -- believe they're in the midst of a buyer's market, according to a new Royal Bank of Canada survey.

Homebuying intentions in B.C. have shown no change from last year, with 26 per cent of residents planning to buy in the next two years, the bank said yesterday.

Still, 55 per cent believe it makes more sense to wait until next year to buy a home rather than purchase now, according to the survey done for the bank by Ipsos-Reid.

"Based on these figures, most British Columbians believe that the time is right for buyers and most remain largely confident that the long-term value in a home makes for a good purchase," RBC spokesman Kevin Lutz said.

Eighty-one per cent of people surveyed in B.C. believe that buying a home is a good or very good investment, the poll found.

B.C. homeowners estimate the value of their home at an average of $355,571 -- the highest average home value in the country.

On average, B.C. residents estimate the value of their homes rose 10 per cent in the last two years.

Nationally, most Canadians also believe it is a buyer's market, with more first timers planning on purchasing their own homes, RBC said.

"The current economic environment does not appear to have dampened Canadians' overall confidence in the housing market," RBC spokeswoman Karen Leggett said.

Sixty-five per cent of Canadians said they believe it's a buyer's market, with 27 per cent saying they plan to buy a new home over the next two years. That's up from 23 per cent in 2008.
At 48 per cent, almost half of respondents said it makes sense to buy a home now instead of waiting until next year.

Younger Canadians, those under 35 years old, are most likely to spark an upsurge in homes sales, with 48 per cent planning to buy a home, up from 36 per cent last year.

Renters appear to be tired of paying someone else's mortgage.

The survey shows 38 per cent of the renters plan on becoming homeowners in the next two years.

"Low mortgage rates and favourable housing prices are influencing home purchase intentions this year and may be the reason why more Canadians are poised to purchase over the next two years," RBC said.

A large majority of Canadians, 83 per cent, remain positive that home ownership is a good investment.

In a marked change from last year, 54 per cent of Canadians believe housing prices will be lower in 2009, up from 31 per cent in 2008.

Financial Post, with files from Business Reporter

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Optimism returning to housing market, RBC survey finds

Confidence appears to be seeping back into the housing market, with young Canadians the most optimistic that now is a good time to buy, according to the Royal Bank of Canada's annual homeownership survey.

Thirty-year-old David Morris, who owns a condominium in downtown Vancouver, is among those actively planning to purchase a home. He's looking to sell his condo and trade up to a house in Vancouver's trendy Kitsilano or North Shore districts – a move that would have been out of his reach in the overheated real estate market of recent years.

Falling prices, low interest rates – and the fact that he is getting married at the end of this year – have factored into Mr. Morris' decision to buy.

“We have made the decision to move forward. It's not a situation where we're going to force it, but if we can find the right house for the right price, we have made the decision to get serious about it,” said Mr. Morris, a commercial real estate broker.

"From a buyer's perspective, it's encouraging …Now is a good time to come in and find a home that you love, that isn't going to break the bank.”

In a survey of 2,026 Canadian consumers, conducted in the second week of January, the Royal Bank found that 65 per cent of respondents believe it is a buyers' market now.

Of those surveyed, 9 per cent said it is “very likely” they will purchase a home or condominium in 2009 or 2010, and another 18 per cent rated the prospect of purchasing a new home as “somewhat” likely.

“Additionally, almost half indicate it makes sense to buy a home now versus waiting until next year.”

Young adults and renters are most likely to spark an upsurge in home sales, Royal Bank said in releasing its survey results.

“In the under-35 group, 48 per cent said they plan to buy, which is up sharply from 36 per cent last year. Renters also appear to be saying they are tired of paying someone else's mortgage payment, with 38 per cent planning to become homeowners in the next two years.”

Although this optimism is not reflected in the most recent sales statistics – the volume of sales in the Toronto area, for instance, was down 47 per cent year-over-year in January – Royal Bank predicts that lower prices will lure a growing percentage of Canadians back into the housing market in the next two years.

Toronto real estate agent Geon van der Wyst noted that consumers do not always follow through on their intentions

– although it is encouraging that more Canadians appear to be thinking about buying homes.

“Intention is the step prior to making an educated decision… and I'm sure a lot of those people with intentions will move forward with purchases, it's just a matter of finding the right time,” Mr. van der Wyst said.

Karen Leggett, the Royal Bank's head of home equity financing, said low mortgage rates “and favourable housing prices are influencing home purchase intentions this year and may be the reason why more Canadians are poised to purchase over the next two years.”

Ms. Leggett said the poll, conducted for the Royal Bank by Ipsos Reid, found that the vast majority of Canadians believe that the purchase of a home is a good investment. “The current economic environment does not appear to have dampened Canadians' overall confidence in the housing market,” she said.

Mr. van der Wyst said there are good deals to be had, from the buyers' standpoint.

However, he added, many prospective buyers – particularly first-time buyers – are still uncertain about the best time to plunge into the market.

“We tend to hand-hold these first time-buyers, nervous first-time buyers, especially around here where they know the prices are starting to dip – and who knows where they will continue to dip before the recovery starts?”

Mr. van der Wyst said that, especially in the current economic environment, he screens prospective buyers carefully before taking them to look at properties. He noted that the banks are also “pretty stringent” in qualifying consumers for mortgages.

“Interest rates are at historic lows and borrowing money is very, very affordable. If you have steady employment and you have some financial responsibility along with a good interest rate, now is a really, really good time to purchase a property,” said Mr. van der Wyst, an agent with Royal LePage.

“At this time,employment stability is very important. It would be really unfortunate to see someone lose their job just as they were about to close on a property,” he said.

A number of leading Canadian economists have observed that Canada's rising unemployment rate has eroded consumer confidence, and other recent housing forecasts have been less upbeat than the Royal Bank survey.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. projects that, in spite of falling prices, the volume of existing home sales is expected to drop by 14.6 per cent in 2009, and then rise by 9.3 per cent in 2010.

Average home prices are forecast to fall 5.2 per cent to $287,900 in 2009. Next year, prices are expected to remain flat, according to the federal housing agency's forecast.

Ms. Leggett said Royal Bank is not forecasting “a huge housing rebound, by any stretch,” but there are reasons for cautious optimism that the market will start to recover later this year and next year.

Following the overheated market and bidding wars of the past few years, housing is once again becoming more affordable and there are good buying opportunities for consumers “who have good solid certitude around their job prospects and have the financial picture to be able to get into the market,” Ms. Leggett said.

“Buying intentions are one thing. Whether they translate into actual purchases, obviously time will tell,” she said. “But, anecdotally, we are hearing that there is heightened activity …and interest in the marketplace overall.”


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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Buyer’s market back In Kelowna


This past weekend I read a great article in the Kelowna Daily courier Business section Saturday Feb 21 by Steve MacNaully.

I agree 100% and would add that the Okanagan Real Estate market is traditionally made up of 48% local buyers, 28% Alberta buyers, 20% Vancouver buyers and 4% everyone else.

That means that for the last 3 months we have had local buyers driving our market.

I would anticipate that when the snow is gone from the Rogers Pass and the Coquihalla Hwy we will see a return of our rubber tire traffic bringing buyers from Alberta and Vancouver.

This is an opportunity for wise investors to buy when inventory is high, prices are soft and interest rates are low. Fill your boots!

Bert Chapman
Managing Broker

Rather than saying house values are dropping, think of it as the market getting more affordable.

By Steve MacNaull / The Okanagan Saturday

Let’s flip he numbers around, suggested Coldwell Banker Realty Canada president John Geha during a stop in Kelowna this week. Instead of six per cent unemployment, there’s 94 per cent employment.

And rather than house values dropping, the market is getting more affordable. “Real estate is a commodity that will not and cannot disappear,” said Toronto-based Geha.

We live in it and we worship in it. We need and want it. And no matter how many downturns there are in the market, real estate eventually always goes up in value. As the shock of the recession wears off, consumers will start to realize that now is a good time to buy while prices are down, according to Geha. Rock bottom mortgage interest rates designed to instill consumer confidence are another bonus. “It will be real estate that starts to stimulate the economy, “said Geha.

“Building or buying a house starts a whole ripple effect that includes manufacturing to make the equipment that digs the hole and make the materials that go into a home, to retail for home items and services like painting, realtors and lawyers.”

Geha became Coldwell Banker Canada President earlier this month after moving from Toledo, Ohio to take the job. “The Canadian real estate market and economy are on better ground than the U.S. he said. “Canada does not have the same mortgage industry (as the U.S.’s problematic sub-prime model) and it is good at exporting and attracting foreign investment and tourism.”

Coldwell Banker Canada controller Anthony Montanaro accompanied Geha on the trip to lead a seminar for local Coldwell Banker realtors on getting through tough times. “Most agents have only known good times. They’ve never been through a downturn,” he said. “We’re telling them to reach out to past clients and tell them that now is a good time to sell their existing home and trade up.”

Kelowna Coldwell Banker broker Gary August concurs. “Smart buyers are taking advantage of low interest rates and the 20 to 25 per cent price drops of the pst six months to buy or trade up.

The most active price range is more affordable homes under $500,000.” he said.
August also urged those in the Okanagan to stop listening to the grim American news.

“It’s not as bad in Canada,” he said. Things will start getting better by the end of the year.”

Friday, December 12, 2008

All the Economists agree on one thing!


The recession will end one day.
The real question is: Will you take advantage of what was learned from previous recessions?

What if:During the recession opportunity from 1983 to 1986 you had purchased an income property at the then average price of $75,000?
You would be better off today!

Or what if:During the recession opportunity from 1994 to 1997 you had purchased an income property at the then average price of $175,000?
You would be better off today!

Which one of these scenarios don't you want?
1. You would now own a property worth $476,000 which you have lived in and enjoyed for years.
2. You would now own a rental property worth $476,000 that your tenants paid for.

Now the "Nay-Sayers" will say:“But your $476,000 property might drop by 10% to $428,000 or horrors 20% to $381,000”. So What!


That is still a huge gain. You would be better off today!


They will also say:“It won’t happen again”.

That’s what they said in 1986 and 1997. The nay-sayers didn’t buy then either.Look at the Attached graph of the average residential Real Estate prices in the Central Okanagan from 1983 to 2008 (compiled from Okanagan Mainland Real Estate Board average sale stats).


To me it says:
1. You should have bought in the 1983 to 1986 recession opportunitywhen the average price was $75,000. But the nay-sayers said "Nay Nay!"

2. You should have bought in the 1993 to 1997 recession opportunity when the average price was $175,000, but the nay-sayers said "Nay nay!"

3. You should buy now in the 2008-2012 recession opportunity when the average price is $476,000. Let them nay, Do it anyway!

A good plan: would be to buy some Real Estate in the next 4 years.

A great plan: would be to buy some Real Estate in each of the next 4 years.
You will be better off tomorrow!

“The secret to success in life is to be ready for the opportunity when it comes”.

That time is now!*
Interest rates are low.Vacancy rates are low.Rents are high.There is a good selection of properties for sale.

*Prices are lowest from December to February when the snow flies on the Coquihalla Highway and Rogers Pass because 28% of buyers are from Alberta and 20% from Vancouver.

They don’t like to drive in the snow.

You should buy in the snow!

Bert Chapman
Office: 6-3185 Via Centrale,
Kelowna, B.C, V1V 2A7
Phone: (250) 765-0570
TollFree: 1-866-765-0579
Fax: (250) 765-0577
Email: bert@pcrealty.ca
Website: http://www.premiercanadianproperties.ca/

Friday, November 21, 2008

Bert Chapman - Realistic pricing is a must


The Daily Courier - Tuesday November 18th 2008 - By Steve MacNaull

In this rough market homes have to be priced realistically if they are to sell, says Bert Chapman of Premier Canadian Properties. The reality is that prices have plunges about 15% during the past six month in the mist of the global economic slowdown.

“Properties priced right are still selling quickly”, he said . Properties listed at market value sold within 60 days. Properties listed to high then adjusted to market value sold within 60 days of that adjustment.

Properties listed too high and not adjusted are making up the unsold inventory.
For instance, Bert Chapman just helped some clients buy a home on acreage in the high 600,000’s, It was originally listed in the mid $800,000’s.
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Bert Chapman
Office: 6-3185 Via Centrale,
Kelowna, B.C, V1V 2A7
Phone: (250) 765-0570 Toll
Free: 1-866-765-0579
Fax: (250) 765-0577
Email: bert@pcrealty.ca
Website: http://www.premiercanadianproperties.ca/

Friday, November 14, 2008

Bert Chapman - IF YOU PRICE IT RIGHT THEY WILL BUY!!


It struck me while showing properties to potential buyers – Properties priced right are selling quickly.

Potential Buyers Group 1
My clients are looking for a home on acreage. They looked at 15 properties listed from mid $600,000’s to mid $800,000’s. One had just been reduced from mid $800,000’s to low $700,000’s. It had 9 showings in 2 days and sold in the high $600,000’s.
Priced right and sold quickly! My buyers are still looking.

Potential Buyers Group 2
My clients are looking for a 2 bedroom condo on the golf course. They saw 12 properties and offered on the best priced one only to find competing offers. The condo sold for full asking price in 15 days. Priced right and sold quickly! My buyers are still looking.

Potential Buyers Group 3

My clients are looking for a 3 bedroom home with a workshop and an in-law suite if possible under $400,000. Found a suitable one originally listed at $440,000 then adjusted to high $380,000’s and it sold in 2 days for mid $380,000’s.
Priced right and sold quickly!

My buyers have purchased a property originally listed in the low $400,000’s reduced in 5 stages to $350,000, then sold the next day at $340,000.
Priced right and sold quickly!

A look at the stats
I analyzed 97 single family home sales and 52 condo sales reported to the Okanagan Mainland Real Estate Board during October 2008 and found:

1. Properties listed at market value sold within 60 days.
2. Properties listed too high then adjusted to market value sold within 60 days of that adjustment.
3. Properties listed too high and not adjusted are making up the unsold inventory.

Check our website: for a complete list of properties Sold in October.

Why is price so important?

There are approximately 700 Realtors in the Central Okanagan, 20% of them do 80% of the business. There are 140 realtors working with potential buyers right now. They know the existing inventory and watch every day for new listings priced right or significant adjustments to existing listings.

Properties priced right get all the action! My Advice:

1. Sellers - If you need to sell now, price it right! Then buy again in the same market conditions.
2. Investors - Look for properties in good locations that create cash flow, example: properties near UBC Okanagan or on the bus line. Check our web site for a list of properties which can cash flow.
3. Renters – It’s time to buy! Look for a property with a suite to help pay the mortgage.
Work from home if you can and save office rent and gas.

Take advantage of the high inventory of properties and the low mortgage rates. Lock in your mortgage rate.

I have a client who says: “Real Estate deals are like trains….there will be another one tomorrow.”

I say: “The train is at the station, get on now while prices are competitive, interest rates are low and selection is abundant. Don’t wait to board the next run away train.”

Remember: Don’t wait to buy Real Estate…Buy Real Estate and wait!!
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Bert Chapman
Office: 6-3185 Via Centrale, Kelowna, B.C, V1V 2A7
Phone: (250) 765-0570
Toll Free: 1-866-765-0579
Fax: (250) 765-0577
Email: bert@pcrealty.ca
Website: http://www.premiercanadianproperties.ca/

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Bert Chapman - So How Is Your Real Estate Now?


In these difficult economic times,

When stocks drop 20% in value overnight, then rebound, only to drop again…

When the price of oil drops precipitously but the price of gasoline doesn't…

When the value of gold is measured in US dollars, so its rise in value only indicates an erosion in the value of the troubled dollar….When governments bail out financial institutions….

What should you do?

Real Estate

You can still live in it, rent it out, borrow against it at reasonable rates, and grow veggies on it. You can still sell it if you are satisfied with a modest appreciation of 50% if you bought in the Okanagan in 2005. Or 30% if you bought in 2006.If you bought in 2007, you can get your capital back plus 5-10%.

That's if you paid cash.

Since most of us didn't, we gained even more through leverage. Eg: If we invested $60,000 as a down payment in 2005 in an average home valued at $300,000, it has gained 50% in value to $450,000 for a profit of $150,000. Since we only invested $60,000 to gain $150,000, our return on investment is 250% in 4 years.

So….what does the future hold?

I don't know for sure, but using 10 years of history as a guide in the Central Okanagan…any losses in value occurred slowly, were not of catastrophic proportions, and were followed by orderly increases to considerably higher values. The cycle since 1997 resulted in a 300% increase in average house values from $164,500 in 1997 to $500,000 in 2008. See graph 1 on our website: http://www.pcrealty.ca/

In Vancouver, where stats go further back, the cycle has occurred 3x from an average price of $90,000 in 1977 to $808,000 in 2008 for a 900% increase. See graph 2 on our website: http://www.pcrealty.ca/

Real Estate

In good times it sets the pace for investment appreciation in slow times it retains its value and can be rented so others can help you buy it.

Take advantage of today's financial turmoil. Invest in some solid Okanagan Real Estate.

Remember …Location, location, location.

In the words of Wayne Gretzky…"Don't go to where the puck IS.... go to where it will be!

"That's great hockey sense and intuitive investment advice! People want to live in the Okanagan. You should get there first and buy real estate.

More information on the web:

Premier Canadian Properties http://www.pcrealty.ca/
Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board http://www.omreb.com/
City of Kelowna http://www.kelowna.ca/
District of Lake Country http://www.lakecountry.careal/
Estate Board of Greater Vancouver http://www.rebgv.org/

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Bert Chapman
Office: 6-3185 Via Centrale, Kelowna, B.C, V1V 2A7
Phone: (250) 765-0570
Toll Free: 1-866-765-0579
Fax: (250) 765-0577
Email: bert@pcrealty.ca
Website: http://www.premiercanadianproperties.ca/

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bert Chapman - Christies Great Estates -1702 Pritchard Drive

As posted in Christies Great Estates Issue Three 2008.
http://www.christiesgreatestates.com/ Search CGE20430.

Magnificent Waterfront Estate on the Shoreline of the Canal, Located on one of the most sought after and prestigious streets in Lakeview Heights Offered at $3,199,900.

This is a spectacular waterfront residence that redefines contemporary luxury living at its very best !

A beautifully appointed, custom built, family home with a wide open floor plan and large over size windows boasting spectacular water views from all principal rooms. Enjoy approximately 5950 sq ft* on 3 spacious levels. Featuring large, entertainment size Living and Dining areas, a gorgeous Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen, with all top quality professional appliances, adjoining Eating area and large Family / Media room. Many features include a stunning Master Suite with direct water views plus 4 children’s Bedroom’s and separate Nanny Suite. The quality and finishing’s are evident throughout the home and feature beautiful dark hardwood floors and extensive millwork detail.

Enjoy nearly 2500 sq ft of water side patios, featuring a sensational heated Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi and Waterfall all illuminated with dramatic night lighting. Other features include a Self-contained guest suite with separate entrance, oversized Triple Car Garage and RV Parking.

This is considered to be one of the most spectacular homes in the Okanagan Valley, and is located just 10 minutes to the heart of the city and only 25 minutes to the Kelowna International Airport .This property captures what the Okanagan Valley Lifestyle is all about!

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Todd Townend
Kelowna Real Estate - Live Your Life in Luxury
Premier Canadian Properties
Okanagan Branch#6-3185 Via Centrale,
Kelowna, British Columbia V1V 2A7

Direct Line: 250.869.7378
Phone: 250.765.0570
Fax: 250.765.0577
Toll-Free: 1.866.765.0579
Email: mailto:todd@pcrealty.ca
Web: http://www.toddtownend.com/

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Bert Chapman - Christies Great Estates - 485 Casa Rio Drive



As posted in Christies Great Estates Issue Three 2008.
http://www.christiesgreatestates.com/ Search CGE20429.

Waterfront Sanctuary on Lake OkanaganSituated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, a dream residence awaits a deserving ownerOffered at $4,995,000.

This four-bedroom, five-bath Contemporary Home is laid out across three stories spanning a total of 4,792 sq ft* of living space. A complete renovation has graced the home with top-of-the-line finishes and exceptional landscaping.

The open, flowing floor plan is perfect for hosting gatherings of any kind. A beautiful curved staircase accesses the upper and lower floors, while the stunning, modern epicurean kitchen features thick granite countertops, a massive island, and premier stainless-steel appliances. The living room, highlighted by a slate fireplace, and the dining room flank the kitchen. Large nano-doors and a glass-enclosed covered patio bring in an abundance of sunlight and views of Lake Okanagan.

Spacious and comfortable, the master suite boasts an extensive walk-in closet and a huge en suite bath with granite countertops, a jetted tub, and radiant floor heating. The grounds that surround this exquisite treasure include a putting green, verdant foliage, stone pathways leading to the water, a majestic weeping willow, and 90 feet of sandy beachfront with a permanent 100-foot dock.
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Todd Townend
Kelowna Real Estate - Live Your Life in Luxury
Premier Canadian Properties
Okanagan Branch#6-3185 Via Centrale,
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1V 2A7
Direct Line: 250.869.7378
Phone: 250.765.0570
Fax: 250.765.0577
Toll-Free: 1.866.765.0579
Email: mailto:todd@pcrealty.ca
Web: http://www.toddtownend.com/

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Press Release - Jerry Dombowsky - “Grandpa sells Motels and Hotels”

Jerry Dombowsky was at a family gathering last summer when he started talking about his love of selling hotels and motels and working with buyers on their purchase of a property.

The grandchildren were within “ear shot” of this conversation when they began shouting “Grandpa sells hotels and motels”.

This struck a cord with Jerry.

In his 32 years of real estate experience in Alberta and British Columbia, Jerry Dombowsky has seen a lot of real estate transactions, specifically in the hotel and motel industry.

Jerry says, “The internet is an integral part of day to day communications. The diversity and transference of information brings the property to the property buyer in a timely informative manner.”

Jerry has a broad knowledge of hotel and motel markets in Alberta and British Columbia and has completed many hotel and motel sales and purchase transactions including small and large businesses, and commercial real estate. Having owned and operated ranches, hotels and motels, in the past, Jerry Dombowsky has a very good understanding of the effort needed to close the deal.

As of September 1st, 2008, through Jerry Dombowskys connections with Premier Canadian Properties and Christies Great Estates, the benefits of buying a hotel, motel or resort will be presented to a worldwide audience.

Jerry’s new website which is dedicated solely to the acquisition of hotels and motels in Alberta and British Columbia is located at http://www.premierhotelsandmotels.com/.

Now that “Grandpa sells hotels and motels”, the grandchildren are looking for extended stays with Grandpa.

For more information or an interview, contact Jerry Dombowsky at (250) 717-1886.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Bert Chapman - Kelowna Real Estate -What's Luck got to do with it?

CENTRAL OKANAGAN STATISTICS – OMREB

Residential - Average Price $512,811 - Last year $479,714 - Increase 6.9%
Apartment - Average Price $315,707 - Last Year $278,559 -Incrreas 13.34%
Townhouse- Average Price $396,086 -Last Year $353,708 -Increase 11.98%

Listing Inventory Up 42.6% Units Sold Down 39.6%

The market is healthy but price sensitive. Some say, “You have to be lucky to sell”.

Luck is... “Where preparation meets opportunity!”

I was at a car show in Keremeos British Columbia recently and overheard a conversation between a Realtor and another person. “How is the Real Estate market these days?” Realtor...”It’s terrible!” No one is buying, everyone wants to sell and everything is for sale. No one can buy anymore because prices are too high.”

I thought to myself...I guess that person won’t be buying or selling through that REALTOR anytime soon.

I also thought...you should focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. You will attract what you focus on.

So...How is the Market?

Well, I am personally working with several groups of buyers.


  • Repeat clients from 6 years ago. They are unfortunately splitting up. She has a good job in healthcare and can afford to buy their existing house. He is a welder and is pre-qualified for $400,000 - $450,000. Good jobs.
  • Another repeat client – they have a private sale for their existing out of town property to a neighbor. They want a home in Lake Country with a lake view, approximately $600,000 - $700,000. He works for a door company and she works for Canada Post. Good jobs.
  • Parents of a university student looking for an apartment near UBC Okanagan, price range $250,000 - $300,000. Parents are accountants. Good jobs.
  • I recently completed a sale of a townhouse to a young couple expecting twins. They wanted to move close to their parents. He works for a warehouse company and she works for an insurance company. Price range $300,000 - $320,000. Both have Good jobs.
But, how can this be?The Realtor at the car show said “no one is buying”. I can hear you thinking, you’re just lucky! What is luck? … “Where preparation meets opportunity”
So…who can buy? People with good jobs. Let’s look at the Yellow Pages for good jobs. Accountants, bankers, airport employees, auto body, casinos, cell phones, chiropractors, city workers, doctors, dentists, environmental consultants, funeral homes, health care, lawyers, waste management, plus retirees and seniors, etc. etc. etc.
Life goes on. Peoples’ housing needs change. Houses will be bought and sold.
There are plenty of opportunities for those who are prepared. They will be lucky!Don’t wait to buy Real Estate - Buy Real Estate and wait!

Agent: Bert Chapman
Office: 6-3185 Via Centrale, Kelowna, B.C, V1V 2A7
Phone: (250) 765-0570Toll Free: 1-866-765-0579
Fax: (250) 765-0577
Email: bert@pcrealty.ca
Website: http://www.premiercanadianproperties.ca/

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Bert Chapman - University helps create mini condo-boom

By Steve MacNaull - The Okanagan Saturday August 9, 2008.

UBCO-related condominium purchases in the Central Okanagan are creating a mini-boom within a market that is generally softening.

"Parents of university students are buying condos around UBCO and along bus routes to the school so their child can stay in them, but also as an investment,” said Bert Chapman of Premier Canadian Properties.

“The idea is, if their child also gets a roommate to pay $850 a month, it’s a mortgage helper. Hopefully, when they sell the condo in three or four years, they make a profit that covers what they spent on tuition and more.”

Bert Chapman’s office is at the Quail Ridge golf course beside UBCO. Last weekend, there were eight sales at the Pinnacle condo complex at Quail to parents of university students, with multiple offers on three of the units.

The price range for two-bedroom condos in the building is $289,000 to $349,000. Since the building has resort zoning, short –term rentals are allowed, so they can be rented to students during the school years, then to golfers in the summer.

Chapman is also aware of A half a dozen sales to parents of university students at Brookstone in Winfield, which is on the direct bus route to UBCO. “Because my office is beside UBCO and our company represents sales at Brookstone, we have been able to spot this trend.

“I’m sure there are more sales just like it, but because various agents at different companies are handling them, they don’t see it as the mini-boom we do.”

After a five year run of doubling prices and record sales, the Okanagan real estate market is slowing as investors and flippers drop out in reaction to higher prices and a slowing economy.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bert Chapman - REAL ESATE INVESTMENT BLOWS AWAY STOCKS!

A recent article on July 12th 2008, in the business section of the Kelowna Daily Courier by Joseph Roberge, Investment Advisor, purported that over the last 30 years the S & P TSX Index outperformed Real Estate Investment. He claimed that the stock index averaged 10.8% per year while Real Estate was 7.7% average gain over the same period.

He conveniently omitted that:

1. The equity increase in your principal residence is tax free while stock gains are taxable. Advantage Real Estate!

2. You can live in your Real Estate Investment but not in your stocks. Advantage Real Estate!

3. You can buy Real Estate with a low down payment effectively increasing your yield. You need cash to buy stocks. Advantage Real Estate!

4. You can rent out all or part of your Real Estate and let your tenant buy it for you. Stocks you have to pay for yourself. Advantage Real Estate!

Bert Chapman is the Managing Broker/Owner of Premier Canadian Properties and past President of the Okanagan Mainland Real Estate Board

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Bert Chapman - Market tipping in favour of buyers

By Kathy Michaels - Kelowna Capital NewsPublished: July 12, 2008 12:00

PM Updated: July 12, 2008 10:32 PM

It looks like the party is over for those who were making buckets of money flipping real estate.
The latest figures from the Okanagan Mainland Real Estate Board point to a changeover in the marketplace as the number of units listed on the Multiple Listing Service were up by 43 per cent as 1,421 listings were up for grabs in June compared to 992 in June 2007.
The total sales dollars of all property types sold decreased by 42 per cent compared to June 2007, while the number of units sold decreased by 46 per cent, amounting to 355 units sold compared to 656 last June.
While the news may appear to be grim for those who are listing properties, Bert Chapman of Premier Canadian Properties former president of OMREB said it’s just a matter of going “back to normal,” and nothing worth panicking about.
“We’ve been through four years of prices jumping up every year, but we’re back to a normal market,” he said, noting that in the 40 years he’s been in real estate, there have been boom cycles.
What should help ensure that this last boom cycle isn’t followed by a bust, however, is the the baby boomers and their apparent love for the Okanagan.
“There’s a 1,000 people in Canada that turn 60 every day, and we appeal to them,” he said.
“Baby boomers are a fortunate generation. They have had a full career if they wanted it and there have been no depressions or wars stopping them. They had the advantage of buying real estate that was cheap and making money on that. Now they have aging parents that are expiring and leaving them a significant inheritance—they have money coming at them from all sides.”
Bert Chapman did admit that there are issues within the economy that could also be negatively impacting the buying spree that existed before now, such as forestry employers downsizing and the rise of fuel costs.
As for whether or not all the changes will drive prices down, Bert Chapman said “Yes.”
“Anytime you have an excess of inventory, it will affect prices,” he said. “You will have people that need to sell fast, so yeah there will be pressure on prices, there’s no question.” There have already been reductions on the MLS, he explained, adding that many of them are due to the fact that there was some over expectancy on what homes were worth.
“It’s just a return to reality.”
Brenda Moshansky, OMREB director in the Central Zone, said the shift to the buyers market will once again put emphasis on the quality of a seller’s property, and patience will be required.
“When selling a property in this market everything becomes important including your neighbourhood, your property type, and your home’s appearance,” she said.
Prices are remaining stable, and there is still a steady appetite for properties, especially mid-range properties that are priced competitively.
The average days-to-sell is starting to increase, requiring more patience from sellers, as buyers have more choices and therefore take more time to make decisions.”
For more information visit www.omreb.com

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Bert Chapman - Willows Project survives receivership

Excepted from an article by Steve MacNaull in The Okanagan Saturday for July 5, 2008


The Willows—a 71-unit condominium in Winfield disrupted by a lien and subsequent
receivership-is ready to be completed.
Since work halted in January, receiver BDO Dunwoody has hired a new contractor to
finish the building on Bottom Wood Lake Road so people can start moving in this fall.
“All the contracts written before the receivership are being honoured at the prices
originally agreed upon, said Bert Chapman of Premier Canadian Properties, the Kelowna
real estate office marketing The Willows.
“While the receivership and the delay are unfortunate, it’s ended up to be a good news
story that buyers will get their condos at the original price.”
A few of the units that were not sold and became available because their original buyers
wanted out of their contract , will go on sale soon at higher prices that reflect the
Okanagan’s rising real estate values.

Steve MacNaull is a business reporter and columnist with the Okanagan Saturday. He
can be reached at steve.macnaull@ok.bc.ca

Friday, May 9, 2008

Bert Chapman - Condo market good for buyers - Kelowna Capital News

By Kathy Michaels - Kelowna Capital News - May 09, 2008

Condominium projects are rising around Kelowna at a seemingly rapid rate, causing some to speculate that the city will soon reach an oversaturation point.
While not everyone agrees with that assessment, a market analyst at the Canadian Mortgage and Housing corporation says there is a potential for oversupply of condominiums and apartments this year.
“The supply of listings is going up quite dramatically, and there are also high levels of new construction this year.
“There certainly is that potential,” said Paul Fabri, with the CMHC office in Kelowna.
Multi-family starts have more than doubled from levels recorded during the same first quarter period last year.
Construction began on another two apartment condominium projects in April and the first rental apartment building since 2004.
Fabri doesn’t forecast doom and gloom from the potential oversupply. He said that it will just mean that people in the market for a condo will have a good supply to select from.
“It also means that we aren’t going to see the type of price increases we’ve seen over the last couple of years,” he said.
“As demand moderates and supply increases that has an impact on price, so I am forecasting that we are going to see the pace of price growth slow in 2008 and 2009.
“I think prices will still edge up, but we aren’t going to see the double digit increases that we’ve seen over the last few years.”

On the other side of the spectrum is Bert Chapman, a realtor and owner of Premier Properties. Bert Chapman, a past president of the Okanagan Mainland Real Estate Board, said rumours about too many condominiums on the market are dead wrong in his estimation. “There is a demand from affluent baby boomers, seniors and university students,” he said, noting that their population growth will carry on well into the future.

To prove what he suspected, he pulled together a research team to spend dozens of hours taking stock of all the developers in the area with projects on the go.
Using the listings from the website Redkey.ca, Premier Properties staff then contacted all the developers and found out that of the 105 projects on that website, 38 are single-family lot projects, not condos. Eight projects were condo developments that were completely sold out. Five other condo projects weren’t going to be built out until five to 10 years into the future.

Bert Chapman said that left 54 other condo projects underway, a number, he said, that will be appropriate for the people who will be investing in this area in the long-term.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Bert Chapman passes the torch as head of OMREB

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 - Business Thompson Okanagan

KELOWNA - Bert Chapman has known mostly highs in his 40 years in the real-estate career, but when he hits the lows, he sits in his car, and looks at the poppy in the visor.“I keep it there because no matter how bad things get, I look at my poppy and remember my grandfather. He sat in a muddy foxhole while they lobbed hand grenades. It brings you down to earth.”He has managed and owned offices, trained realtors, written manuals, but the advice he gives people starting out is the advice he was given as a rookie.

Al Buxton was the top salesman in the Maple Ridge Block Brothers office where Bert Chapman, at 24, started his career. One Saturday on their way back from an open house, Chapman asked Buxton his secret of success.“He told me to keep in touch with everybody I come across in this business and to make sure I regularly contacted them. I took that to heart. It’s a fabulous source of business.“This is a people business.You can get all focused on real estate, but that isn’t where it’s at. It’s why I’m still here. I enjoy the people.”Three years later, he opened his own office. Block Brothers had told him if he got a few good people, they would open an office in Mission. “I got 10 people over three months and we were ready to go, but out of the blue, they bought a company in Abbotsford and expected people to move. We had done everything and there was nothing left to do to open, so we did.

“I had to learn how to manage an office in a hurry,” says Bert Chapman, past president of the 1,200-member Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board. “I had enough horse sense to make it through and I wasn’t above asking.“We hit Mission at the right time. It went from 8,500 people to 21,000 in 12 years and I was nicely positioned. I got good people. We did 75 per cent of the business.”He eventually sold the office, semi-retired in Palm Springs and “put my feet up by the pool, but found out I didn’t like that, so I got my real-estate licence.”

After three years, he returned to Canada, worked for a few companies and eventually Canada Trust sent him to Richmond with a near-impossible mission: by year’s end save an office that had lost $100,000 in June.“The next year, I took it to No. 2 in Canada. I rode the wave (of the Chinese immigrants from Hong Kong).”

He ran the company training centre, wrote the training program and added all those new realtors to his growing list. In 1996, he moved to Kelowna, and his first sale was to a person on his list. He worked for a few companies before he was recruited to take an office that was on the verge of closing. “I got so it was worth something and (the Seattle owners) sold it to Derek Trethewey, who owns Okanagan Land Development. He kept me on as a manager and then I bought it.”

Premier Canadian Properties, a leader in full-service luxury home sales, eventually became an affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates, which offers properties all over the world.Chapman wants to utilize that global network of 224 Christie offices. His two offices - one at Quail’s Ridge Golf Course and one on Sunset Drive downtown - have video screens and DVDs always showing some place sunny and exotic. “We’re only ones doing that and business is building. The market is 48 per cent local, 28 per cent Alberta, 20 per cent Vancouver and four per cent everyone else. We’re trying to grow that four per cent.”

Chapman is optimistic that the sizzling Okanagan real estate market, which grew by 31.73 per cent in 2007 to a record $3.88 Billion in sales, will stay hot because 1,000 people will turn 60 every day for the next 10 years and a lot of them want to retire here. Add seniors, singles, students and investors and there’s an equation for even more records.While Chapman’s hours often mirror that of his offices, which are open eight hours a day, seven days a week, he plans to slow down and spend more time with his 10-year-old grandson.

“I think the highlight of my career was getting advice from Jimmy Pattison. I was in a client’s office one day and in walked Jimmy Pattison. He spent 20 minutes just talking with me. I did a lot of listening. I learned how to listen.“He said: ‘It’s amazing what you can get done if you don’t care who gets the credit.’ I took that to heart. I believe that. I don’t have an ego. I buried it that day. I give everyone else the credit because they deserve it.”But even when he remembers Pattison, Phil Gaglardi, W.A.C. Bennett - “a dynamic individual” - and Henry Block - “a great leader” - he never forgets his grandfather and that poppy in his visor.“Every Remembrance Day, I always go and find the oldest looking vet selling poppies. I go up and shake his hand. I usually end up crying. I always put in $100 because without them, I probably wouldn’t be here selling real estate.”