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Golf BC Championship

If you haven’t already heard, Gallagher’s Canyon is the new home of the GolfBC Championship, Mackenzie Tour PGA TOUR Canada event. This tournament, sponsored by GolfBC, features players from around the world who will compete for a share of the $175,000 purse. Additionally, the net proceeds from the event will go to local charities, primarily the B.C. Cancer Foundation. What a wonderful way to showcase our fantastic golf course and the Gallagher’s Canyon community.

GolfBC is the title sponsor of the event. The Mackenzie Tour, run by the PGA tour, is the successor to the old Canadian professional golf tour. It offers young players and stars of the future an opportunity to ascend the ladder of their professional golf careers getting them closer to the biggest stage in the world, the PGA Tour. This is a great opportunity to watch firsthand, some amazing golf and raise money for the lifesaving research of the B.C. Cancer Foundation.

People are already excited about the tournament and are offering to help wherever needed there are a variety of positions available. It is wonderful to see such enthusiasm and we really want you to be part of it. To volunteer or caddie, please CLICK either of the links below.

If you have suggestions, questions or concerns, please respond to this email at . The event promises to be a lot of fun and a great way to show off what we enjoy every day here at Gallagher’s.

Your GolfBC Championship Volunteer Team

Kelowna lands PGA Tour Canada event – GolfBC title sponsor of new event at Gallagher’s Canyon – By Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun February 4, 2016

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Summerland native Greg Machtaler, who now lives in Kelowna, will get the first sponsor’s exemption to the newly announced GolfBC Championship.
Photograph by: ian lindsay , Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER — Long an integral part of British Columbia’s rich golfing landscape, the Okanagan Valley now has its own professional tournament.

The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada announced a deal today with GolfBC, this province’s largest golf course operator, to bring an event to Kelowna in June.

The inaugural GolfBC Championship will be held June 9-12 at Gallagher’s Canyon, a highly regarded GolfBC facility that is no stranger to tournament golf.

Vancouver’s Doug Roxburgh won the last of his four Canadian Amateur championships at Gallagher’s way back in 1988.

The GolfBC Championship, which will offer a purse of $175,000, gives British Columbia three of the 12 events on the 2016 Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada schedule.


The season tees off May 26-29 with the Freedom 55 Financial Open at Point Grey Golf & Country Club in Vancouver before heading to Victoria for the Bayview Place Island Savings Open at Uplands Golf Club. The new Kelowna event will complete the B.C. portion of the schedule.

PGA Tour Canada president Jeff Monday said the tour has been looking to put an event in the Kelowna area for the past couple of years.

“When we first launched PGA Tour Canada in 2013 and in talking with players I kept hearing, it would be great to get a tournament in Kelowna,” Monday said.

After considerable discussions with civic and business leaders, the tour struck a deal with GolfBC last month and made it official with today’s announcement at a snow-covered Gallagher’s Canyon.

GolfBC is stepping up in a big way, becoming title sponsor and also supplying the course for the event.

“Hosting an event like this has always been an ambition of GolfBC and working with the PGA Tour, it seemed a perfect fit for this area,” said Andy Hedley, GolfBC’s vice-president of operations.

Gallagher’s Canyon is one of three Kelowna courses owned by GolfBC. It also owns the 36-hole Okanagan Golf Club. Its other B.C, properties include Mayfair Lakes in Richmond, Furry Creek near Britannia Beach, Nicklaus North in Whistler, Olympic View in Victoria and Arbutus Ridge in Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island. The company also owns the three Wailea courses on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Summerland native Greg Machtaler, who now resides in Kelowna, was given the first sponsor’s exemption into the new Kelowna event.

“For me, living and working in the Okanagan, it’s a bit of a dream come true, to see a high-level event come to my adopted hometown,” said Machtaler, who won a PGA Tour Canada event in 2014. “It’s a great opportunity and I am really looking forward to it.”

The B.C. Cancer Foundation will be the tournament’s charitable beneficiary.

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Real Estate Market Review

With the first quarter over and done with it’s time to peek out under our blankets and see what’s going on in our real estate market.  First off, let’s look at what’s for sale.  People usually have a pretty good idea when the market is healthy or not, just by driving around town and seeing the ratio of SOLD signs compared to For Sale signs.  “How come there are so many condos for sale in this building?” is really one of the toughest questions to answer but these days things are humming along nicely.  There are 1,493 residential homes for sale in all with price ranges catering to all budgets.  Here’s a breakdown….
Price Range # of Homes for Sale
$250,000 to $400,000 280
$400,000 to $500,000 264
$500,000 to $600,000 226
$600,000 to $800,000 295
$800,000 to $1.2 million 187
$1.2 million and up 252

Forty-six of these homes are in foreclosure, 54 are on leasehold land, 349 have suites and 99 are on lakefront.  All in all, a pretty good reasonable number of homes in every price bracket.   I think we would all like to see more homes priced under $400,000 for people who are starting out but lifetime low mortgage rates are absorbing some of the sticker shock when people see what a $300,000 home gets you in Kelowna.

To sum up the Kelowna real estate market in a sentence: unit sales up a lot…..prices slightly down.  With the first quarter done, there were 560 residential sales over the first three months at an average sale price of $520,000 compared to the first quarter of 2014 when there were 427 homes sold at $544,000.  Keep in mind that the early months are generally locals buying from locals so I wouldn’t read too much into either number at this point.

By Andrew Smith – Castanet – March 30, 2015

Proud to be a Part of CMN

childrens-miracle-networkBoth George & Gerry, as members of the RE/MAX Kelowna team, contribute a portion of each deal to the BC Children’s Miracle Network.

Over $73,000 was contributed by RE/MAX Kelowna last year – granting us the proud distinction of Top Contributing Office at this years R4 Convention held in Vegas!




Major Awards received at 2015 R4 Convention

R4Las Vegas hosted this years R4 Convention from March 3-6 where our office received the following exceptional distinctions:

1. Award for #1 Office in B.C.

2. Broker Owner of the Year in Western Canada as well as ALL OF CANADA was  awarded to Our Broker/Owner Cliff Shillington.

3. Top contributing office to the Childrens Miracle Network in B.C.