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Must-Have Waterfront Home Amenities

The most coveted homes in any real estate market are usually the waterfront properties, and where they're not, it's likely because there isn't a waterfront to speak of. Homes on the water have long been considered prime real estate, and there are several ways to make owning them even more enjoyable. Whether fishing for kokanee or water-skiing behind a power boat, most residents who live along the water have many of the same amenities at their homes, because they're just that wonderful to have available. Keep reading to discover some of the must-have amenities new residents should look for when moving to waterfront homes.

A Boat Trailer & Boat

Swimming, paddleboarding, and boating are a way of life in waterfront communities. Rainbow trout, sockeye

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Why Should You Love Living in Wilden, Kelowna?

Imagine living just 15 minutes north of Downtown Kelowna in wooded hills frequented by area wildlife, where every single-family home and townhome has quick and easy access to miles of wild hiking trails. That's Wilden. This master-planned community was designed with expansive natural space and wetlands protection in mind. And it's conveniently close to Okanagan Lake, the airport, and the city of Kelowna itself. Here are the five best reasons to love living in the Wilden neighbourhood for homebuyers moving to Kelowna.

Modern Homes and Outdoor Activities Galore

Homes for sale in Wilden are often built with exposed stone, wood, and a wide surface area of exterior glass. In addition to utilizing a Modern style of architecture, the homes are built

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What Happens If You Miss a Mortgage Payment?Missing a monthly payment is one of the most important mortgage mistakes to avoid. If you've recently acquired one or two late payments, there are many things you can do to get back on track with your mortgage lender. You can get back on track after a missed payment by identifying the cause, working with your lender, and establishing a new budget. Keep reading to learn how to draft your personal repayment plan.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage or home loan professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Identify Why You're Not Able to Make Your Payments

Before a homeowner can start to get back on track with their bank, it's essential for them to understand why they're having a hard time

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What to Know About Investing in Raw LandVacant land can be an amazing investment! If owners make the right moves, undeveloped land will often generate returns without any additional expenses. Owners don't have to build upon or adjust the land in any way; all they need to do is wait for the right buyer to come along. Investing in raw land isn't completely passive, though. It takes a great deal of research and patience to earn the best profits. Here are five tips to help you get started with investing in vacant land for sale.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Be Prepared to Wait

Vacant landowners may have to wait for quite some time before they get the offer they're looking for.

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Best Outdoor Activities in Wilden

The mild climate in the city of Kelowna, including in the Wilden neighbourhood, gives everyone a good reason to get outdoors and stay active all year round. This master-planned neighbourhood offers quick access to activities as varied as scuba diving in Okanagan Lake and touring a local winery. There are hiking and biking trails to explore, 18 golf courses in the area, and numerous other activities for locals to explore. Anyone who appreciates an active, outdoor lifestyle will enjoy living in Kelowna. Here are some of the best outdoor activities you can do daily in Wilden.

Water Recreation in Wilden

The 135-kilometre-long Okanagan Lake has a massive 348 square-kilometre surface area, and Kelowna is at about the mid-point of the lake. Temperatures

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Should You Buy a Ski Condo or Mountain Cabin?

Having a property in the mountains is a fantastic luxury. Mountainside living allows you to experience breathtaking views every day and helps you create a cozy home within the snowy landscape. Many people love mountain living because of the access to winter sports, scenic vistas, and the break it provides away from the bustle of busy cities.

There are several types of mountainside homes, and knowing which is the best option might not be immediately clear. From homes near ski resorts with ski-in, ski-out access to remote cabins, there is plenty to consider for those looking to purchase one of these options. Here are the pros and cons of ski-in, ski-out condos and remote mountain cabins to help you determine which property best suits your winter

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Why Should You Love Living in Kettle Valley?

The vision behind Kettle Valley has been underway for more than 25 years. This master-planned community—part of the city of Kelowna—is still in progress today, and developers will soon break ground on a new neighbourhood and community soccer field. People love living in Kelowna, and Kettle Valley is already one of the most popular areas in the city. With more new construction homes on the way, even more people will experience everything it has to offer. Nature, luxury living, and some of the best weather in Canada are just a few reasons to move to Kettle Valley. Here are five reasons to love living here.

Luxury Living

Kettle Valley is filled with custom homes that often have breathtaking views, almost all of which are among Kelowna's luxury homes

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What to Know About Interest Rates When Buying a Home

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make, and understanding interest rates can be one of the most essential tips for first-time home buyers. It pays to know your options for types of mortgages and how different interest rates will affect both your short-term needs and long-term budgeting strategy. You may have heard horror stories of people who locked themselves into high-interest mortgages or saw their loan applications denied due to poor credit scores, but don't worry, there are ways to ensure that doesn't happen. This blog post will discuss what to consider when shopping for mortgage rates, how lenders decide on interest rates, and answer your FAQs about how interest rates influence homebuying.

For informational purposes

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Reasons to Buy a Ski-In/Ski-Out Home

Skiing is a popular sport that delivers an exhilarating, full-body experience. Dedicated skiers will invest in great equipment to improve and spend their weekends and vacations away at ski resorts offering access to great mountain slopes. However, there's a better way for them to get to the mountains: owning a ski-in, ski-out home, the perfect place to reside when they want direct access to the slopes without going to a busy resort. Learn the benefits of owning a ski-in, ski-out home below.

What Does Ski-In, Ski-Out Mean?

A ski-in, ski-out home is a property that gives owners direct access to the mountain. Typically, this type of home is a cabin, condo, or townhome that is part of a larger resort community of homes near ski resorts. These homes

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Top High-Return Kitchen RenovationsRenovating your kitchen is a great way to increase the value of your home. Homeowners are often delighted to know that a refurbished kitchen generally yields a 70 to 100 percent return on investment. But what are the best kitchen renovations? The answer depends on your lifestyle and needs. When it comes to the kitchen, some home improvement projects require contractors, while others are DIY-friendly.  Even though trends change, explore some kitchen renovations project offering homeowners a high ROI upon resale.

Give the Buyers What They Want

Keeping up with kitchen design trends will help you meet buyers' expectations when it's time to sell your home. Depending on the time that elapses, the updates may seem far less attractive to potential

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