2016 Ride for MS

Gallaghers Grape Expectations, was the highest team fundraisers at approx $19,500 at last count, with a total for the ride of $100,000. We are so grateful for your donations.

Some of the money is going for gene research which looks very promising, and some of the money goes to help people, with things they need now.

Thank you all so much for your help with this.

Pro-golf event tees off


The first professional golf tour event ever to hit the Okanagan officially kicks off later today.

Opening ceremonies for the GolfBC Championship will be held at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club later this afternoon. Following the opening festivities, four pros from the MacKenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada will team up with four current and former NHL players in a five-hole charity skins game.

Wade Redden, Todd Simpson, Deven Dubnyk and Chuck Kobasew will represent the NHL. A total of $10,000 will be available for charity. The 156-player field will tee it up in the four-day, 72-hole event Thursday in two waves at 7:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The field will be cut to the low 60 and ties following Friday’s second round. A total prize purse of $175,000 is up for grabs with $31,500 going to the winner.

Wednesday’s opening ceremonies will take place at the first tee box at 2:30 p.m.

Wayne Moore – Castanet Online – Jun 8, 2016 / 9:44 am

Over $186,000 Raised for Fort Mac

logofooter_crea_EN Over $186,000 Raised So Far for Fort McMurray with $250,000+ on the Way


REALTORS® across the country have been moved by the images coming out of Fort McMurray and our community has responded to this disaster with an outpouring of generosity.

After only a week and a half, we have collectively raised over $186,000. The Canadian REALTORS Care® Foundation has cut an initial cheque for this full amount for the Canadian Red Cross. Tens of thousands more dollars have been pledged and are expected to be received shortly. In fact, earlier today we were blown away to learn that our American friends at the National Association of REALTORS® have committed to donating $250,000 to the cause!

Best regards,Cliff Iverson – President, The Canadian Real Estate Association

and Ralph Fyfe – Chair, Canadian REALTORS Care® Foundation


Record home sales in valley

soldResidential sales in the Okanagan region hit an all-time high in April.

A total of 1,069 residential units sold, up 34.3 per cent from the same month last year, reports the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board. The previous record was 1,015 unit sales recorded in May 2007.

“Housing demand in the Okanagan is exceptionally strong this spring,” said Anthony Bastiaanssen, OMREB president. “In addition to an increase in the number of local buyers, relocations from the Lower Mainland and other regions of Canada are becoming increasingly common.”

The average residential price was up 13.4 per cent to $459,595 compared to April 2015. The dollar volume of residential sales climbed 52.3 per cent to $491.3 million compared to April of last year.

“Record consumer demand combined with the fewest active residential listings since 2007 has created sellers’ market conditions in many neighbourhoods and across most home types,” added Bastiaanssen. “This imbalance is leading to upward pressure on home prices in the region.”

The biggest hike in sales was in the central zone, from Peachland to Lake Country, including Kelowna.

Figures show transactions of all property types jumped.

Total residential sales for the month were up 39.9 per cent to 743 units compared year ago levels. The sale of single family homes increased 31.2 per cent to 383 units over the same period.

The north zone, from Predator Ridge to Enderby, also saw a big jump in residential sales in April.

Figures show a 28.6 per cent increase to 243 units, while single family home sales were up 39.2 per cent to 142 units compared to the same time last year.

The only dip in sales is reported in the Shuswap-Revelstoke zone.

While the OMREB reports that sales activity for all property types climbed last month, total residential unit sales edged back just over one per cent to 86 units compared to the same period in April 2015. Single family homes sales in that region increased 13.3 per cent to 51 units.

On Castanet by Kate Bouey – May 9, 2016 / 1:10 pm