Buying a home in a hot market can be a little overwhelming, thanks to both the number of competing buyers and the speed at which homes are snapped up off the market. 

But, don’t be discouraged! There are several easy steps you can take to make life easier. Following these simple tips could make a big difference in your search to find the perfect home for you.

Use A Local REALTOR®

Whenever possible, buyers should go with a local REALTOR. They will be experts in this particular market, knowing all there is to know about the average price and trends in the area.

Being a local also means that they will have valuable information at their fingertips. Before you buy, they can keep you informed on things like the best neighborhoods, schools,…

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Summer Activities in Golden, Windermere, Radium Hot Springs and more

Summer is here, and this means that many people are thinking about their summer vacation plans. Travel opportunities are opening up and it’s a great time to explore destinations and the many activities the Columbia Valley has to offer. Lake Windermere is close to many popular communities and is host to a huge selection of watersports. Beyond Lake Windermere, there is an abundance of recreational opportunities in the neighbouring Purcell, Columbia, and Rocky Mountains.

Golden, BC is a vibrant community offering a selection of restaurants, shopping, and hiking trails for all levels. Discover hiking trails at Confluence Park. Visit Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and take the gondola to access more secluded, advanced hiking trails with incredible…

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A seller’s market (aka a hot market) is caused by a high demand and a limited supply of housing units. This usually leads to faster sales, higher selling prices and, occasionally, bidding wars between potential homeowners.

So, if you find yourself selling your home in a seller’s market, this is obviously all great news for you! But, there’s still lots you can do to ensure you sell your home for the best price possible.

If you’re strategic about it, you can truly maximise the benefit of selling in a seller’s market. Here are some easy ways to do just that:

Use a Local REALTOR®

There’s a world of reasons to use a local realtor - the most important being simply that they will know everything there is to know about the area.

A local can really…

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Canal Flats: From Sawmill Town To High-Tech Hub

Canal Flats is a scenic small town in the Canadian Rockies, between the Kootenay River and Columbia Lake.

Founded some 150 years ago and incorporated only as late as 2004, Canal Flats has always been a town in transition. From transport hub to farmland, to timber processing center - and now perhaps the biggest change yet is coming to Canal Flats as they make the transition to high-tech business.


The backstory is that in 1928 the Canadian Pacific Rail company moved a sawmill to Canal Flats. In 2015, the sawmill closed operation, placing a big question mark over the destiny of this small town for which lumber and wood processing was a big business and an important employer.

Then, investors bought a large tract of land at the southeast…

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Making The Most Of Spring Cleaning

Spring is here and many people are thinking about what their spring cleaning will look like this year. Before you get started it’s important to have a clear plan. If you are finding the list of tasks too daunting, remember it doesn’t have to be done all at once. Spreading out the deep cleaning and decluttering tasks over a period of time allows you to chip away at the list while still having time for your day-to-day life.

Planning For Success

Identifying the areas that you would like to focus on will help you plan for success. You’ll know what cleaning supplies to have on hand for each job and what items need to be replenished. Next, create a schedule and work through your home room by room. You don't have to clean your entire space over the…

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Building Trends In Golden BC

Despite a rocky 2020, for the Canadian property market and the wider economy as well, real estate sales are taking off in 2021.

Part of this is due to the pent-up demand that was put on hold for the previous year. Other factors at play include a general trend towards consumers rethinking what they want from their homes and living situations, resulting in a kind of market “shuffle”, and the historically low-interest rates making new real estate look more tempting than ever.

As an example, January 2021 saw the highest residential sales on record for regions like Revelstoke and South Peace River. Similarly, property prices in Golden BC have increased by 11%, above what would be considered a “normal” rise.

Rocky Mountain regions around and…

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Century 21 Rockies Realty Radium Awards Winning Agents

Century 21 Rockies Realty was established in 2015 and is proudly part of the internationally recognized Century 21 brand. Whether you are looking to buy or sell a property you can be certain when you work with a Century 21 Agent, you will receive world-class service paired with local expertise. Each year Century 21 Canada recognizes the outstanding performance of the agents who continue to further the brand with their exceptional success. This year Century 21 Rockies Realty is pleased to announce three award-winning agents from the Radium office.

Joe Evanoff - Masters Diamond

Joe Evanoff has called the Columbia Valley home since 1988. His experience as a golf professional paired with all aspects of resort and retail operations, including…

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If you are a homeowner in BC.  You may have already received your BC Assessment in the mail.  If not, you can go to their website. enter your street address and you can see your new value as well as how much you were assessed last year.  You can also see how they came up with that value by scrolling down and clicking on "Sample Sold Properties."  Many of you will see an increase that reflects the market value increase that we experienced over the past year. This may concern you because the more BC Assessment says your house is worth; the more tax you will pay.  If you feel that your assessment doesn't accurately reflect the value of your home you can dispute it by going to this…

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If you have been a Realtor, developer or landowner anywhere is British Columbia's Southern Interior for very long you know the name William Maddox.  He's been scribing his name on survey plans since the early 1970s.  He was one of the friendliest and most helpful professionals I've had the pleasure to work with, even before I became a Realtor.  His legacy will live on and blossom everytime a document that bears his name is shared from the LTSA (BC Land Title and Survey Authority).  It was my pleasure to know him.

William Maddox

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No signs of slowing down in Kootenay real estate, high demand continues for single family homes

Nelson, BC – 06-12-2020: The Kootenay Association of REALTORS® (KAR) reports that a total of 315 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in November 2020, a rise of 66.6 per cent from November 2019. The average MLS® residential price in the region was $401,969, a 15.2 per cent rise from $348,864 recorded in November last year. Total sales dollar volume in November was $126.6 million, a 92 per cent rise over 2019, which stood at $65.9 million.

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“Much like other regions in BC, these are exciting times…

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