National Garage Sale for Shelter

It’s that time of year again!

We are gearing up for the 8th Annual National Garage Sale for Shelter!

nationalGarageSaleforShelterSOUTHWINDS CROSSING – Oliver, BC
8:00 AM – 1:00 May 7th, 2016
Please call 250-498-6222 for more information

The National Garage Sale for Shelter is an annual one-day charity garage sale to raise money for women’s shelters and violence prevention programs with the support of Royal LePage offices across Canada. Since 2009, we’ve raised 2 million dollars at the National Garage Sale for Shelter in order to stop the cycle of violence and provide a safe haven and new beginnings to women and children.

Mark your calendars! The 8th Annual National Garage Sale for Shelter and BBQ will take place Saturday, May 7th, 2016.

Shelter LogoWe are accepting gently used goods through our office until May 6, 2016.  Call us to arrange for a suitable drop off time!

Want to help but don’t want to donate? We also accept volunteers!

100% of the proceeds of the Garage Sale stay here locally and benefit the Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre

Tech savvy homebuyers begin online

When buying a home, there was a time when we began with a drive around the neighbourhood with a real estate agent. Today, most home buyers begin their homebuying journey online.

As technology has evolved over the last decade, homebuyers are more knowledgeable about their needs, desires and what they can afford. This is a welcome change since more informed buyers make for a better experience for everyone involved.

Here are some of the ways to put real estate at your fingertips through the online tools available:
• Many homebuyers begin online at where photographs, descriptions, maps, and 3D virtual tours can be found.
•  The website and app are popular choices to research neighbourhood information including schools, amenities and even walkability scores.
• Buyers can research agents within a specific area of interest on Agent information includes languages spoken and areas of expertise.
• Mortgage rates are available through banking and lender sites. These sites often provide tips on organizing your finances, mortgage calculators and answers to your mortgage-related questions. Pre-approval applications for your mortgage are also available.
• Homeowners can also organize a flawless move with tips and web forms to arrange for a free moving estimate on


With technology evolving as quickly as it has, the notion of holding up a smartphone to a home for sale and instantly garnering many of the details, is not far off.  Your real estate agent provides an important role in marketing the home, negotiating the best price and pulling together the important details of the final sale.  And, when homeowners are better prepared through today’s technology, it makes the process of buying or selling a home that much smoother.

Killer Closets

Image courtesy of Rubbermaid.
Whether you have a huge walk-in or a tiny reach-in closet, rooting through wrinkled piles of clothes every morning isn’t a particularly soothing way to start your day. Here are some ideas on turning storage space that’s killing you into a “killer” closet.

Go through everything in your closet and get rid of anything you don’t wear. Be relentless. If you haven’t worn it in a year, toss it.

Store your off-season stuff.
Put your summer clothes into airtight storage containers and stow them on a shelf, under your bed, or in your storage room, laundry room or attic.

Understand what you need to put in your closet. Hundreds of shoes? Lots of long dresses? Work shirts and pants? Design for your needs with rods and shelves set at different heights:
– Rods hung at 64″ (162 cm) are good for floor-length gowns, robes and coats.
– Rods at 54″ (137 cm) work for shorter dresses and pants hung by the cuff.
– 38″- 42″ (96 – 107 cm) accommodates shirts, jackets and folded pants.
– Double your hanging space by using a rod that can be hooked directly onto the one above – no carpentry skills needed!

Think 360º.
Use every inch of available space. Add a shelf just below the ceiling to store extra blankets. Put hooks onto any open wall space. Install a shoe rack on the back of the closet door. Use roll-out storage boxes on the floor.

Utilize every inch of space with a customized closet system. You can do it yourself with a range of options available at your local home improvement store – including expandable systems that don’t require cutting or installation tools. Alternatively, work with a professional or company that specializes in closets. They can be pricey, so be specific about what you want and shop around.

Design in visibility.
Instead of using closet drawers where you can only see the top layer of clothing, install wire baskets or see-through plastic bins. Stack sweaters and t-shirts on open shelves piled 3-4 high so you can pull out the bottom item without knocking over the whole pile.

Make a spot for shoes.
Keep the floor tidy and your shoes protected. Build in cubbyholes, slanted shelving, or use clear plastic boxes. Pocket-style shoe racks or canvas shoe “shelves” suspended from a rod are good options for quick and easy installation.

Go with good hangers.
Wood, padded or sturdy plastic hangers help keep the shape of your clothes. Avoid wire hangers – they do horrible things to shoulders and get tangled easily. Recycle wire hangers at your local dry cleaner.

Image courtesy of Rubbermaid.