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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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.

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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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