If you’re a college or university student living away from home, you may be considering buying a home instead of renting. There are many benefits to owning a home, but also many things to consider before you take that leap. 

A home is a big investment, so you want to make sure you do your research before committing to a mortgage and everything else home ownership entails. These are a few things to consider if you’re thinking about buying a home while attending a post-secondary institution.

The Pros of Home Ownership for Students

  • You'll have a stable place to live throughout your studies. One of the hardest things about moving away from home is finding a suitable place to live. Many colleges have waitlists for student housing. In addition,…

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Downtown Invermere on Seventh Avenue with Shops

The Columbia River Valley in the Canadian Rockies is home to many popular destination towns offering great year-round activities from skiing to hiking, enjoying the lakes and rivers, and the interesting attractions of the towns themselves.

At the head of Windermere Lake, between Radium Hot Springs and Fairmont Hot Springs, is the community of Invermere (sometimes known as Invermere on the Lake). This is one of those popular towns, tucked between the Rocky and Purcell Mountains and surrounded by soaring peaks, wetlands, lush forests, and glittering waters.

Invermere is a great place to ski, golf, see North America’s longest continuous wetland, or visit a host of unique businesses, like the nationally recognized Kicking Horse Coffee.

Things to…

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room showing completed renovations and renovations underway

As we move into the fall and winter months, you might be thinking of shelving your home renovation plans until the spring. After all, who wants to be working on long, inconvenient projects when it's cold, dark, damp, and the snow is making it difficult to get anything done.

But, you might be surprised to learn how many benefits there are to taking up home renovation in the winter and fall.

For example, because the spring and summer are usually the busier seasons for home renovations, contractors and supplies are at a premium during these times, driving up prices and limited availability. By contrast, in winter, there will be a lot more contractors and renovators who will be more than happy to pencil you in on their otherwise sparse calendars.

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Golden, BC can be found between the Selkirk, Purcell, and the Rocky Mountains you’re surrounded by natural alpine beauty, mighty rivers, and a certain peace that comes with being removed from the hustle and bustle of big city centres. Find it at the north end just off of BC’s “Powder Highway”.

If you’re looking to escape popular metropolitan centres in exchange for a small-town feel with everything you need, then Golden, BC might just be the right place for you. It won’t take long before the friendly residents are greeting you in the streets, and stores while swapping stories about daily life. In general, you’ll enjoy a warm welcome without being overwhelmed in a highly commercialized setting.

Golden’s economy is fueled by summer and winter tourism.…

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eavestrough with leavesThere’s a certain crispness in the air, the leaves are starting to change, and school is back in session. We’re a few days into fall and many people are starting to prepare their homes for the cooler, wetter weather that the fall and winter months bring. Here are 10 tips to prepare your home and property for fall and winter.

  1. Clean eavestroughs and downspouts
    After a long dry summer, it’s easy to forget about the various debris that can gather in eavestroughs and downspouts. Even if there are no trees on your property or near your house, it’s important to check, you never know what birds or squirrels might have hidden up there. This is also a great time to check that eavestroughs and downspouts are in good condition, check for areas where caulking may…

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tips for homebuyers to improve credit ratingIt’s no secret that you need to have a decent credit rating to qualify for a mortgage whether you are getting ready to purchase a property or refinance one that you already own. There are no quick fixes or magic formulas that can improve your credit score quickly, this is something that happens over time as you demonstrate your ability to make your payments on time and use credit wisely.

People with higher credit scores and credit ratings are more likely to be offered lower interest rates, better terms, and enjoy a lower cost of borrowing over the long term.

Here are 5 steps to put you on the path for improving your credit rating:

  1. Get a copy of your credit report
    It’s hard to fix what you don’t know is wrong. Obtaining a copy of your credit…

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Welcome to Radium Hot Springs! Radium Hot Springs is known as Canada's friendliest town. If you’re looking for a place like no other, take Highway 95 to the junction of the Kootenay Highway and find yourself in Radium Hot Springs. Radium Hot Springs gets its name from the nearby hot springs located in the nearby Kootenay National Park. At only 16km north of Invermere and 105km south of Golden, there are lots of activities to do in and around Radium. 

Located at the headwaters of the Columbia River, nestled among the Purcell and the Rocky Mountains you’ll find the Village of Radium Hot Springs. Immediately to the east,, you’ll find Kootenay National Park. Also known as Radium, the village attracts thousands of visitors each year from across the country.…

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There’s just something about relaxing and having fun outdoors that many of us just can’t get enough of. 

Whether you enjoy a barbeque on a summer evening, having family and friends over for drinks, or just enjoying some fresh air while you read a book - we all want to spend some extra time outside. 

For many, the end of summer marks the end of enjoying these simple privileges. But, that doesn't have to be the case! 

Here are some simple tips to help you create the perfect outdoor living space - meaning you can enjoy time in your yard throughout the entire year.

Exposure Changes Everything

The direction your outdoor space faces can really define its functionality.

For example, north-facing views provide lighting that is consistent…

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Whether you’re buying or selling a home, using a local REALTOR® comes with huge upsides, some of them less obvious than others.

A local REALTOR® will provide you with all the guidance and insights you need to secure your dream home - with as little stress as possible.

Here are the top 5 benefits of using a local REALTOR®:

#1 - Intimate Local Knowledge

The most obvious reason to go with a local REALTOR® is that they will know all the key details about the area you plan to buy or sell in.

All their information comes first-hand, meaning they will have the most accurate and reliable information about a neighborhood’s schools, amenities and other characteristics. Crucially, they will also be familiar with market prices, real estate trends…

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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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