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Les Gulyas

250.870.8702
gulyas@kelowna.remax.ca

An independent member broker.

YARDSALE
for the Cure!
Saturday, May 25th

Our Harvey Ave office will be hosting a Yard Sale For The Cure with proceeds
benefitting Breast Cancer research. We invite you to CLEAR YOUR CLUTTER and
participate. You can participate in a few different ways;
1) DONATE ITEMS TO OUR YARDSALE – Drop off at the RE/MAX Kelowna Office the
Week of May 20th from 8am – 6pm. NO CLOTHING PLEASE!
2) COME OUT TO OUR YARD SALE - Buy something or make a donation!
3) HOST YOUR OWN YARD SALE! – Go to www.yardsaleforthecure.com to Register!
You can buy your yard sale kit online. Notify our office and we will post your yard sale online for
you! When your yard sale is complete go online and make your donation. It’s that easy!

Spring Market Warming Up
Sales Activity took a big jump in April compared to earlier months
with unit sales seeing a 19% increase in activity compared to the
same month last year. Single family home sales jumped almost
21%. This recent activity now has the market on par to last year
given the slower start to the year with a total of 1,190 units sold in the
greater Kelowna area year to date. Listing inventory is now down about 10%
compared to last year. The average price of a single family home is just slightly
lower than last year at $441,182 compared to $452,859. The median price
remains the same for all residential properties however at $349,500.
With the expected increased sales activity to continue in our area over the next
few months, it will be interesting to see what happens to prices. Even though
the number of listings are down 10% so far this year, April saw the same
number of new listings come on as April last year.

Well begun is half done when it comes to spring lawn maintenance…
Do it now or pay for it during the season.

Our area is definitely a bright light compared to the Lower Mainland where their
activity continues to be sluggish in most Greater Vancouver markets.
Our lower prices, continuing record low interest rates and the strength of the
prairie markets has a positive impact for real estate sales in our area.
Also, as the sunbelt areas of the US continue to strengthen with monthly price
increases, many buyers for second homes are looking to the Okanagan
once again.

1. RAKE YOUR GRASS TO AVOID THATCH - Raking your grass isn’t just to get rid
of leaves but rather to control thatch. A deep raking removes dead blades of grass that are just
waiting to turn into thatch.

Cliff Shillington,
Owner and Managing Broker, RE/MAX Kelowna

2. CHECK FOR COMPACTION - Heavy traffic leads to compaction and lawn aeration in
the fall is the remedy.

HOME DESIGN -

Join us at www.cbcf.org.

HOME MAINTENANCE -

Lawn Care Tips

3. LIMING - The presence of moss plants also signals acidity and grass likes neutral Ph.
Solve this problem by liming your soil. You can have your soil analyzed for acidity. Apply lime
using a fertilizer spreader. If you lawn is fine and there are no signs of acidity do not lime.
4. OVERSEEDING - Apply a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer when you overseed and to fill in
bare patches. Five weeks after the grass germinates, apply a quick-release nitrogen fertilizer.
Fall is the preferred time to overseed so postpone unless you have bare patches.
5. FERTILIZING - Lawns can be fertilized organically by using compost and mulching mowers.
But for those who prefer chemical fertilizers, Scotts is a good one. Go for a lighter feeding in the
spring and a heavier one in the fall.
6. TUNING UP THE LAWN MOWER - Mowing the lawn is hard enough without having to
deal with equipment that is not working properly or won’t start. Take some time now to pay to have
it tuned up or go to our website and follow the steps to do it yourself.
www.RemaxKelowna.com

Kitchen Trends

Have you noticed that the kitchen has now become the centre of the home?
So much so that outdoor kitchens have also become popular as it allows
everyone to congregate outside. Canadians spend more money on kitchen
renovations than any other space in their home. If you are planning a kitchen
renovation, you might want to check out these growing kitchen trends;
1. NO UPPERS - There is a growing trend in kitchens to do away with the
upper cabinets which keeps the kitchen looking light, airy and reduces the
bulkiness of older style kitchens.
2. EAT-IN KITCHENS - More and more homes are doing away with
islands and work surfaces in favour of making room for tables to allow for the
family to eat together and to do homework in a more casual atmosphere.
3. DRAMATIC LIGHTING - Consider installing bold dramatic lighting
over your island or eat-in table to make a dramatic statement.
4. TILED WALLS - The trend to tile an entire wall is gaining in popularity.
Try basic subway style tile; budget-friendly and will come across as timeless.

Ready... Set...

Grow!

5. MATERIAL INSPIRATION - We are seeing everything from rough
stone walls, sheet of marble and hammered metal cabinets. Pair these with
stunning hardware, beautiful chandeliers and amazing faucets to ensure that
your kitchen is the showpiece of your home.

Based on MLS® Active Listings Taken & Sold Units as Reported by OMREB in 2012 for Central Okanagan. Not intended to solicit properties currently listed for sale or under contract. All information is from sources deemed reliable.


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