Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Stuff the Bus for Kelowna Gospel Mission

On Saturday November 3rd Kelowna Gospel Mission is having a STUFF THE BUS event, please come down to the Kelowna Walmart and help stuff the bus! Kelowna Gospel Mission is asking that you come down and stuff the bus with your gently used clothing. Any winter coats, hats, mitten, gloves and scarves would be great too. They are trying to make sure that everyone is safe and warm during the cold winter months.

So come down on Saturday and help stuff that bus! If you can't make it, you can always drop the  items off at 251 Leon Ave. They are always grateful for donations anytime!

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Monster Bash

This Sunday October 28th. will be a family fun filled day. The city of Kelowna will be holding it's Monster Bash from 1 - 4 pm at the CNC on 4105 Gordon Drive.

There will be several different types of games and activities, including obstacle courses that will probably be pretty scary, face painting, Halloween themed stations, cookie decorating and free public skating. The free skate will go from 1 - 3:30 pm. There will be skate rentals available. A non perishable food donation is welcome.

Pack up the the ghosts, goblins, witches and head down to the CNC for a scary good time.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

770 Cactus Rd. Kelowna $319,000.00

Excellent 4 bedroom, 2 bath home. 2 bedroom suite down. This home would be great for first time home buyers or as an investment property. Close to schools, shopping & parks. Dining room french doors lead to lg deck. Corner lot with fully fenced yard with beautiful landscaping. Cherry, Plum, Peach and Walnut tress along with flower beds that stop cars! Jetted tub, new blinds and curtains throughout.Recent reno's include roof, gutters, windows & shutters, garage door with remotes. New insulation and shelves in garage. Tile shower and new kitchen in basement. Water tank new 3 years.Much of the furniture can be included in the sale making for a great starter home. Quick possession possible. This won't last. Call Steve Higgins to view 250-864-7893. Click on link below to see more of this home.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Learn about Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's is a disease that affects many families. On Thursday October 25th you can learn more about this disease by phone. There is good news about research on Alzheimer's disease that will be revealed in a tele-workshop. Advances in research are providing new tools that may allow doctors to diagnose Alzheimer's disease earlier and with more certainty, the Alzheimer's Society of BC says.

The update on Dementia Research tele-workshop runs from 7-8 pm, residents can access it via telephone, with optional online slides. A few minutes before the session participants can dial toll free 1-866-994-7745 then enter the pass code of 1122333. To use the website, go to momentum.adobeconnect.com/alzheimerbc and enter as guest.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Thank You.

Just over a year ago Tracy and I moved to Kelowna, I started a new career here in Real Estate. I have to say we couldn't be happier, we both love it here. Kelowna is a beautiful city with great weather, people and so many things to do there is never a due moment. We have come across so many great businesses that have given us great service, we would just like to mention and thank them.

Lynn Hainstock with Edgecombe Builders she was very good to us and helped us out when we first arrived. 
APlus Automotive, Steve Braconnier was great getting our cars in to have the BC safeties done and doing any minor repairs that were needed . You can find them at 2165 Rutland Rd. 250-491-1360
Red Carpet Cleaners, David was able to come on a moments notice and did a great job cleaning the carpets. If you need your carpets cleaned give David a call at 250-769-1441 He has 24 hr emergency flood service.
Pro-Temp Mechanical Services, having trouble with your heating or air conditioning give Don Sheets a call, Don works from Vernon, Kelowna and  Pentiction. You can reach him at 250-862-6724
Valley Glass, we needed a screen custom made took in our measurements and Rob Rulens had it made for us by the next day! You can find Rob at 350 Spedding Court, or call 250-763-1719
Knife and Slice Cafe, Nav makes the best cakes we have ever tasted. His desserts are as Tracy puts it "heaven"! Nav ran into some horrible luck, his cafe had a pretty bad fire so I am not sure if he has reopened yet. Give him a call 250-861-8883
Waterbouy Keeping it Simple, Dave Polz. If you are looking for someone to open your irrigation next spring give Dave a call at 250.317.9468 

Thank you for the great service you have provided to us. I am sure as time goes on we will be adding to this list!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Apple Fair

The 24th Annual Apple Fair is back at the Laurel Packinghouse. Fall is in the air which means the Okanagan's pioneer fruit has been picked and is ready to make it's appearance at the Apple Fair here in Kelowna. On Saturday October 24th from 10 am - 3 pm this family friendly event will be held at the historic packinghouse.

The Apple Fair is a good way to not only learn about the different varieties of apples available here in the Okanagan but to also taste the apples, there will be more than 24 varieties available to taste. There will be live entertainment and other vendors such as Rocky Mountain Chocolate, Spinners and Weavers, Okanagan Tree Fruits and the Women's Shelte to name a few.

Admission at the door is $2.00 per person or $5.00 per family.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Now that is SERVICE!!

We needed a screen for a window at our rental house after driving all over the place looking for one, we find out the screen has to be custom made. Steve remembers a place that he found last year when we were looking for parts for a screen, who gave him great service at that time so off we went and once again Rob Rulens provided that same great service. We had our custom made screen in no time. Thank you Rob!

If you are looking for a company that is friendly, easy to deal with and provides excellent service then please head down or call Rob at Valley Glass.

Check them out, here is all the info you may need:

Valley Glass
350 Spedding Court

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

New Price 206-265 Snowsell St Reduced to $205,000.00

Immaculate & Spacious. Enjoy Garden Views from the Glassed-In Balcony. 2 large Bedrooms & 2 Baths & Bonus room. Gas Fireplace in Bright Living Room. In-Suite Laundry. Strata includes Gas & Hot Water. 1 Indoor parking space included. Owners rent 2nd space for $15.00/mth. Outdoor parking free. Community Room and Gym. Suite faces private garden. Call Steve for private Viewing 250-864-7893 Click on link for virtual tour.

Has this happened to you?

If so what would you do?

I have clients that I am showing homes, they had requested to see a certain home so I booked an appointment, through our  touch base system. I did this on Saturday for a Sunday morning showing at 11:30. By mid/late afternoon I had not heard back from the agent so I sent another touch base, by Saturday evening I still had not heard from him. I then called his office and had him paged, it is now 8 am on Tuesday morning and I still have not heard back from him. My clients never got to see this house and his clients may have lost out on a sale. It is not like we have a sellers market here, houses are sitting on the market anywhere from 90 days and up. I just sold my clients home after 150 days on the market and it is a beautiful home. Beautiful homes are sitting a long time on the market here, it is not just the ugly ducklings waiting to be sold!

My thoughts go to his sellers, are they aware that their agent is not returning calls? Are they aware that their agent is not representing them to the best of his abilities? One would think in this market that if you get a request for a showing you would do everything you could to accommodate that request. Of at least return the phone call indicating the property can be view at the time requested or indicate that time does not work and give us a different time, is that not the right thing to do for your clients and as an agent??

Friday, 12 October 2012

SOLD!! Beautiful 300 Rialto Drive

Immaculate Condition in a park like setting makes this large 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2135 sq. ft property on .25 acres, a great place to call home. Many upgrades and updates. Everything you need. Just move in! Your search is over. Next to Blair pond park with walking trails nearby. Tennis courts right beside this house at the end of a cul-de-sac. New kitchen counter top & granite composite sink. Luxury fixtures throughout the Kitchen & Bath. Jetted Tub and Glass Shower with Porcelain tile. Hot tub, shed and slate tile in private and peaceful back yard. 2 gas fireplaces in Living and family rooms. Hardwood floors, glass brick and much more. Well maintained furnace, central air and irrigation system. New roof in 2006. This house has been well cared for. This is a beautiful home and a must see. You won't be disappointed. Call Steve at RE/MAX Kelowna 250-864-7893 for Private showing. Click on link below for virtual tour

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Costume Swap Saturday October 13th

Okanagan4kids.com is presenting a Kelowna Costume Swap as part of National Costume Swap Day Canada. Come spend this Saturday morning October 13 from 9 am - 11:30 am, looking for a new costume for your kids. Also bring in any costumes and accessories that you don't plan to use again for other families to use. Items to be traded can be dropped off at 8 am on the day of the event at Martin Avenue Community Centre. When you bring in your old costumes to trade with the group, you will get an exchange ticket at the door for every costume you bring in. The ticket allows you to go home with a new to you costume for your kids. If you come without a costume to trade you will be able to buy a costume for $10 cash only.

This event will be held at the Martin Avenue Community Centre with all proceeds of the event going to benefit the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

New Guest Blogger

Hi, I would just like to mention that we will have a guest blogger on about once a month. His name is Scott Jennings he is a Residential Mortgage Specialist with TD Canada Trust. Scott will share his knowledge on  the world of lending.

I hope your summer has gone well and you all enjoyed it. It still feels like summer here in Kelowna, it has cooled off a lot but we are still reaching temperatures in the 20's, here and  it is almost the middle of October. We sure are happy about that! Enjoy your fall.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Cops for Kids Ride

On Sunday September 16th marked the return to Kelowna of the 2012 Cops for Kids Ride presented by the Thomas Alan Budd Foundation. Tired but smiling, the riders made their way into town to an eagerly waiting group of family, friends, sponsors and a number of Ambassador families of children that have benefited from the assistance of Cops for Kids.

The twenty-one riders and six support members from local RCMP detachments and law enforcement agencies rode across southern BC as part of this annual fundraiser. To raise money for kids in medical, physical or traumatic crisis. In the end they raised a record breaking $215,000.00 for local kids in crisis. Way to go Cops for Kids!!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Mission Creek Greenway

The Mission Creek Greenway is expanding. Last Friday the province announced that it is providing 2.83 hectares of parkland to allow the city of Kelowna to complete a network of trails running along the creek side.

The land from the BC government is being provided through the provincial sponsored Crown grant program. The land has an assessed value of $473,700 it will fill the gaps in the Mission Creek Greenway Regional Park and it allows the city to expand the popular walking, biking and running trails.

If you have never been to the Mission Creek Greenway you really should head down there, it is a beautiful place. Here is a photo of Mission Creek Greenway.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

A View from Mission Hill Winery

Okanagan Marathon

It is the 18th Annual BMO Okanagan Marathon in support of The Sunshine Foundation of Canada. There will be a 42.2 km marathon walk/run, 21.1 km walk/run, 10 km walk/run, 5 km fun walk/run, BMO ABC kids run, free Running Room Friendship walk/run and a Free Sports Expo and Kids Zone. The marathon will be held on Saturday October 6th and Sunday October 7th at City Park 1600 Abbott St. here in Kelowna. Please drive slowly and carefully you can visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for complete driving details.

Volunteers are needed, no experience necessary if you can help out give them a call at 250.681.5047 or www.okanaganmarathon.ca

Upgrade planned for Rose Valley Trails

Great news for hikers! A major trail upgrading project is planned for this fall and coming spring in Rose Valley Regional Park. The eight kilometres of trails in the three large looped sections will be upgraded and levelled. Markers and trail maps are being installed along with tank type restrooms that are being constructed. Hazardous trees are being removed. The above view from one of the trails in Rose Valley Regional Park.

Don't throw away your old Glasses

Do you have old eyeglasses that you are not using any longer don't throw them away, take them down to Dr. Specs Optical. Dr. Specs Optical locations are Orchard Plaza here in Kelowna and Penticton Plaza in Penticton. The owner of Dr. Specs Optical is collecting the used eyeglasses to take on a Rotary Club mission to Cameroon. The eye glasses can be reading glasses, prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, bifocals, progressive and distant lens glasses. Please drop all eyeglasses of by October 10th.

Please help out a Worthy Cause

This Thursday October 4th Buck LaRoche a local man who appreciates the life saving treatment he required is holding a car wash. Mr. LaRoche will provide car washes from the basic to full polish this Thursday from 9 am - 5 pm at Auto Trim Line 264 Leon Ave.  Mr. LaRoche wants to give back to the hospital for keeping him alive. Proceeds from the car wash will go to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation. LaRoche's first car wash last month raised $230.00 for the rehabilitation centre

If your car is dirty and needs a wash why not head down to Auto Trim Line and see Mr. LaRoche and help out a worthy cause.

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