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Murray Brown
C. (250) 851-5688
P. (250) 374-1461
Phone Murray murrayfbrown@gmail.com KamloopsHomes.com
ROYAL LEPAGE WESTWIN RLTY.
800 Seymour St.
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1891 Tranquille Road Bed: 4 Bath: 3 Price: $399,900 SOLD BY

INVESTOR ALERT. This 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath home offers a separate entry to the basement for suite potential. Perfect for a flip or a rehab and hold. Close to schools and shopping. Home is situated on a large corner lot with a private back yard. Newly constructed side and front fence. This home is priced to sell. Won't last long!

Listed by BRENDAN SHAW REAL ESTATE LTD
419 Robson Drive Bed: 3 Bath: 3 Price: $639,900 SOLD

Family home on great street in Sahali. Lots of room to spread out in this 4 level split. Ultra-wide halls and stairways give a feeling of spaciousness to this custom built home. Renos include open-concept upgrade on on main living level, features island kitchen with granite countertops and potlights, under-mount sink, new millwork and stainless steel kitchen appliances. Family room right off the kitchen with ...

33-1651 Valleyview Drive Bed: 4 Bath: 3 Price: $654,900 SOLD BY

Expansive views of the river, mountains and valley just minutes from downtown, schools and hospital! Offered for the first time by the original builder, you'll notice the generous room sizes and open layout that this home has to offer. The level entry opens to the large main floor which optimizes kitchen and living room space to accentuate this home's stunning outlook. 2 large decks with walk out basement, la...

Listed by BRENDAN SHAW REAL ESTATE LTD
142 Cahilty Cres Bed: 4 Bath: 3 Price: $829,900 SOLD

First time on the market-Original owners! Large riverfront rancher with daylight walkout basement located in Rayleigh. Beautifully upgraded and always maintained. Mainfloor features great views from almost every room looking over the large park-like backyard and river. The main level has a large open living room/dining room with vaulted ceilings and showcase floor to ceiling fireplace, recently remodelled exc...

117-2925 Westsyde Road Bed: 1 Bath: 1 Price: $234,900 SOLD BY

Westmore Place is a 20-unit development that incorporates state of the art design with energy-efficient materials to meet the needs of a 21st-century home. Stunning views of the surrounding grasslands accompanied by the friendly community spirit, makes Westmore Place the perfect location to call home. We have 10 - 2 bedroom plus den/ 3rd bedroom upper units and 10 - 1 Bedroom plus den ground floor units. Uppe...

Listed by ROYAL LEPAGE KAMLOOPS REALTY
2352 Bossert Ave Bed: 4 Bath: 3 Price: $509,900 SOLD

Check out this 4 bedroom home in Brocklehurst with an amazing modern open space that will make coming home feel great. This 2 storey home includes 3 bedrooms on main level. Master includes walk-in closet, 3 piece en-suite and a large south facing exposure to brighten up each morning. Kitchen is open design, with eating bar attached and perfectly place to take advantage of a formal meal with friends or watchin...

5-712 Shuswap Road E Bed: 3 Bath: 2 Price: $339,000 SOLD BY

Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom newer modular home with spectacular mountain views, and only minutes from downtown. Don't miss out on the spacious deck and custom built slate mosaic sidewalk. Nestled between the mountains and the river, this newer modular comes with hand scraped laminate flooring, a main living area that boasts a 9' ceiling, central air, gas heating, gas hot water, and a 5 burner gas stove. M...

Listed by EXP REALTY

BUYING A HOME IN KAMLOOPS

GOOD ADVICE FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS AND ESTABLISHED HOME OWNERS IN KAMLOOPS

NEW REAL ESTATE LAWS NOW IN EFFECT AS OF JUNE 15, 2018


YOU MUST MEET AND SIGN THE NEW AGENCY DISCLOSURE FORMS BEFORE STARTING TO WORK WITH A REALTOR... BY LAW, WHETHER YOU ARE BUYING OR SELLING A HOME, REALTORS MUST EXPLAIN THE NEW FORMS TO YOU. YOU WILL BE ASKED TO SIGN THE FORMS, AND CHECK OFF THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THE FORMS.  A COPY OF THESE SIGNED FORMS WILL BE SENT TO YOU AND ALSO FILED AT EACH REALTOR'S BROKERAGE FOR AUDITING BY THE BC REAL ESTATE COUNCIL'S AUDITING OFFICERS. 

An update on mortgage 'things'...

New tougher lending restrictions come into place January of 2018.  The federal government has tightened lending restrictions.  A lender will now have to "stress test" your payment ability as if the rates are 2% higher than the current posted rates. You must get into your bank or broker to see how these new rules will effect what price range you can purchase in.  Even if you've been in your house for several years... get into a broker.  If you don't have a mortgage broker, I can help you by referring you to several mortgage brokers I work with.  If you are thinking about using a Bank for obtaining your mortgage that's fine, but I would also recommend that you also try a mortgage broker.


Whether you are already a homeowner who is thinking of moving up-market to a larger Kamloops home or townhouse, a senior who wants to downsize to a "smaller" Kamloops lifestyle or a  first time buyer looking for their first Kamloops apartment, townhouse, half duplex or home with a suite... before you start to get out with me to look at the homes in Kamloops, you must find out whether you are financially prepared to purchase a home. 


You should not even start to look for homes until you have been qualified by a mortgage broker or bank.  Once you are qualified you know how much you can safely afford to borrow, and I can set your search criteria within a comfortable price range for you. You wont be wasting your time, the home seller's time and my time, if you get qualified first. 

Once you are qualified, finding your perfect home is easier than ever before using new technolgy tools like the Kamloops PCS system and the new consumer app Xposure.  I recommend you sign up as a member on my website www.kamloopshomes.com and do your own customized searching.  I never bother people who sign up on my website... it goes against my web ethics.

I will try to make the process of purchasing a home easier, more enjoyable, less time-consuming, and less expensive than if you undertook this challenge on your own. I will help you prepare so that sellers perceive you as a preferred buyer, help you locate and assess properties for sale that match your specifications, and help you through the myriad of details attending the actual purchase.

I am familiar with the current homes on the market, and I know neighborhood values well, so I can help you determine which properties are fairly-priced and in good condition before you start your search.  


YOUR FIRST STEP:

LOAN PRE-QUALIFICATION 

Your first step in the purchasing process is to get pre-qualified with a mortgage broker. This can be done over the phone or even online in a matter of minutes, but I always recommend going in to meet a broker in person.  A good personality match and the ability to communicate with your broker is important.  Your broker is working with you and for you.  Get to know your broker... and he can get to know you.  I find it works much better if you've been in to visit a broker in-person. If you don't have a broker, call me and I will refer you to a mortgage professional.  One fellow that consistently gets high praise from my clients is Brian Delany.   Try this link to Brian Delany of Dominion Lending. As I've written above, it's not as easy to get a mortgage or the amount you used to be able to borrow.  If you're mortgage free right now.... congratulations.  Unless you're going to move up market the above will not likely apply to you.

YOUR NEXT STEP: 

Your next step to buying a home is to first ask yourself why you want to buy a home: to stop paying rent? To start building equity? To have a place of your own? To raise a family? To entertain business associates? To move up to a bigger house? Next, list what kind of home you'd like and where you would like to be. Be specific. Separate the "must haves" from the "want to haves." 

NEIGHBOURHOODS...

Kamloops has lots of neighbourhoods.  Aberdeen, Brocklehurst and Sahali are popular areas.. they are usually at the top of the sales (by total numbers), but it should not make you rule out other areas like Barnhartvale, Dallas, Juniper Ridge.  All neighbourhoods have there strong points.  People that live in Westsyde are for the most part die-hard Westsyders! They love their area.  South Kamloops and the downtown area homes are very, very popular with easy acces to the healt care facilites and the business corridors of Kamloops.  I've helped people buy homes in all neighbourhoods.

WHAT IF YOU ARE NEW TO KAMLOOPS AND DON'T KNOW THE NEIGHBOURHOODS AND AREAS? 

If you are new to Kamloops and don't know the areas, it's sometimes tough to know where the homes you are looking at on the internet are located.  To help you I've got some images of Kamloops that I captured off of Google Earth.  Using my pencil on my tablet I've market up the maps with the boundaries of almost all the neighbourhoods that you'll really find helpful. If you would access to my all my maps of Kamloops showing the boundaries of the neighbourhoods use this link.

Think of yourself as zeroing in on a target, going from the general to the specific. Consider area (city, suburban neighborhood, country); community (north, south, east, or west side); neighborhood (older and settled or sparkling new; a particular school zone; recreational facilities; and other community services such as transportation, day care, library, stores, entertainment). Ask yourself how many minutes you are willing to commute to work.

Think about home styles. How much space do you need? Does your situation require a one-level home, or are stairs acceptable? Consider size and kind of property. Do you want a newer home, or maybe an older one to fix up? Someday you or your heirs will want to sell. Consider how long you expect to live in this particular home.

 

AREA AND HOUSE CAUTION FLAGS

 

Lots of areas in Kamloops have issues to consider... some areas have concentrations of volcanic fly ash and alkali soils that create leeching problems on concrete floors, other's are built in an area where there might be underground water issues, several areas of Kamloops (where you would least expect it), are in flood plane zones. Some areas may not have storm sewers.  Some homes built in the '70 were built with aluminum wiring which can now cause some ssues with obtaining house insurance.  While on the home insurance topic another flag is galvanized pipe, inground oil tanks, and vermiculite or zonolite attic insulation.  There are work around to most of these issues. 

 I WILL FIND THE RIGHT HOMES FOR YOU


Once you've been pre-qualified and know what price range you want to stay in, I can help you determine which Kamloops properties fit your needs by using all the tools of the trade... including PCS, Xposure the MLS system. 

During your purchase process, my service to you will continue. Over the past 20+ years, I have established a strong network of contacts and resources we can draw on if required.  These include REALTORS, Appraisers, Mortgage Brokers, Lawyers, Insurance Agents, Tradespeople and Property Inspectors.

I have the best possible resources and communication systems available today to help you locate the homes on the market that match your specifications. Feel free to sign up and begin saving your dream home searches here at my main website.  Once you join or sign up, you can set your searches to send you any new listings which match your searches.  Don't worry, I won't be bothering you if ou sign up on the website. It goes against my web ethics.  Except for the server sending you automated notices of new listings,  I'll only be in contact if you email or text me.

I WILL HELP YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY



My job will be to show you as many homes in Kamloops as possible, so you ‘learn’ the market and once you find a home you want to buy, my job continues... at this point, I’ll write you a legal agreement or offer and negotiate the offer to get you the best price and terms possible.  The offer will ensure you have an adequate time frame to do your due diligence in ‘checking‘ that the home meets all your criteria including a professional inspection, examining the title, securing your financing and more. To learn more about my services click here.

If you would like to arrange a meeting to discuss how I would market your home,  what my fee structure (flexible) would be, and an update on what's happening in your area (live update in your home) use THIS LINK to leave me your details. 

NEW REAL ESTATE LAWS NOW IN EFFECT AS OF JUNE 15, 2018


YOU MUST MEET AND SIGN THE NEW AGENCY DISCLOSURE FORMS BEFORE STARTING TO WORK WITH A REALTOR... BY LAW, WHETHER YOU ARE BUYING OR SELLING A HOME, REALTORS MUST EXPLAIN THE NEW FORMS TO YOU. YOU WILL BE ASKED TO SIGN THE FORMS, AND CHECK OFF THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THE FORMS.  A COPY OF THESE SIGNED FORMS WILL BE SENT TO YOU AND ALSO FILED AT EACH REALTOR'S BROKERAGE FOR AUDITING BY THE BC REAL ESTATE COUNCIL'S AUDITING OFFICERS. 

THE TOOLS I USE...

THE MULTPLE LISTING SERVICE 

As REALTORs we have an amazing arsenal of marketing tools from 3D Tours, Streaming Video Tours, 360 Panramas, interactive floorplans, augmented reality and many more.... BUT... at the heart of any REALTORs toolbox is the MLS system that they work with.  


In Kamloops, we're fortunate to have an amazing MLS system known as Interface plus a huge assortment of other MLS centred products.  The Kamloops MLS system of course provides the centralized database which holds every listing in the Kamloops and District Real Estate Association (KADREA). 

Kamloops MLS listings now support the new national standard from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) known as Reciprocity.  Why is Reciprocity of listings important to you?  It means that when you list with a REALTOR, your listing is not just going to be on their website and the local MLS... your listing is shared on almost every Kamloops REALTOR's website, almost every national Franchise system like Royal LePage, RE/MAX, Century 21 etc.  The Kamloops MLS system then shares it's listings with CREA's website www.realtor.ca.  Realtor.ca is one of largest industry owned mls database systeims in the world.  Your Kamloops' MLS listing once it gets to realtor.ca is then shared through third party independent organizations on their websites.  


The Kamloops MLS system now supports a huge variety of industry and consumer apps to give REALTORs and consumers the power to share listing across a multitude of social media platforms... at the heart of the Kamloops MLS system despite all of the technology is KADREA's REALTOR members.  When you list with a Kamloops REALTOR you are getting the dedicated effort of over 300 Realtors sharing your listing and trying to help you sell your listing!


Use this link to view a MATTERPORT PRO2 3D IMAGE TOUR

The latest tool in the marketing of homes has got to be Matterport!  I just purchased one of these units at the staggering landed cost of just under $10,000 CDN!  This newest model is capable of 4K 360 degree data capture using the latest in depth sensing laser camera technology.  The Matterport 3D camera, is used to capture 3D and 2D images of an interior space. The camera rotates on a tripod that the user places around a room to capture every aspect of the space. Matterport’s proprietary technology then stitches together the data to create one complete 3D mesh with images overlaid onto all surfaces.  These models are then ready for users to walk through the interior, view as a doll-house, or see a floorplan through Matterport’s immersive online interface. The models also include complete linear and area measurement data. The resulting model can be viewed, modified, annotated, and shared using any computer or mobile device. The system also creates accurate floorplans that home buyers can rely on.  Not every home is suitable for a Matterport 3D scan.

 


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Use this link and then the "Videos" tab for samples of 

WALKING VIDEO with AERIAL VIDEO TOUR and a Matterport Tour

Digitour Productions shoots, edits and produces walking video tours and also handles the professional photography for my listings in Kamloops. When Drone aerial work is required and a property can qualify under Canada's Department of Transport (DOT) regulations, a local comapny run by Andrew Challenger known as SuperFly looks after capturing the footage for Digitour's editior.  The video and aerial shots are combined into one seamless video which can be thought of as a TV commercial for your home... only instead of appearing on TV, it appears on the internet 24/7/365 days a year on every platform and websites that I support! The pro series lens on the high end Olympus camera can shoot extremely wide shoots to capture amazing crystal clear video.  All video is encoded at a high level to provide a pleasing streaming experience.  Digitour's walking video tours combined with aerial drone photography are amazing marketing tools.

XPOSURE - THE FUTURE OF APP DRIVEN MOBILE REAL ESTATE FOR CONSUMERS AND REALTORS

Xposure is the newest software to be introduced to MLS systems across British Columbia.  Xposure has been designed to fill the consumer demand for digital content. In conjunction with the Kamloops Real Esatate Association's existing MLS® software, the Xposure Public Side creates a Consumer Facing interactive listing portal for every listing on the Kamloops MLS.  This new system is revolutionizing the way homes are marketed. The Xposure company is based in British Columbia.  The system features photos at twice the reslolution as realtor.ca.  There is an amazing full screen mode which easily allows a home buyer to swipe through photos on destop, notebook or mobile computers.  The platform also supports the amazing matterport 3D tours, interactive floor plans, mapping, demographics of neighbourhoods and more. It's all map driven technology.  The beautiful design of the sytem provides huge easy to use buttons for home buyers to enter all of the different Xposure display modes.


SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS

Social media has become an amazing tool in the real estate industry.  I support several platforms and the industry tools I use (matterport, pcs, Xposure, MLS) also support the major social media platforms.  As well as sharing listings through my friends and realtor network, Facebook also has a unique advertising platform which I use on almost every listing to 'boost' the listing into a specific demographic and geographic region.  Simply put I can target market your home directly to a specific type of buyer in almost any location in the world.  Ask me about this at our meeting.  

INTERACTIVE FLOORPLANS 

Interactive floorplans are another tool that I now use in many of my Kamloops listings I take.  I use the Matterport camera (as mentioned above) to capture the floorplan of each level of the home and once I have the source image, I then use third party software to place photos (shown above by the arrows) that allow a user to see the view of the room from each location.  I can also add video snippets of any feature on the floorplan (an example might be a 10 second video clip of a high end commercial range).  The measurements on my floorplans are extremely accurate as they are meausured by the depth sensing laser camera contained within the matterport camera.  In fact I tested a room in my own home comparing the matterport to a $200 bosch laser handheld unit and there was 1/16" difference and when I put my good old trusty tape measure across the same span near as I could tell, the matterport won!


SHOWINGTIME APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING SOFTWARE

ShowingTime is the new appointment scheduling software that KADREA REALTORS® are now using to coordinate showing appointments and feedback with clients selling homes or buyers that they are working with.  ShowingTime offers instantaneous showing requests.  If you are entered as a home seller appointments will be sent to both your REALTOR® and you.  You may accept, reject or modify the appointment request, all from your smartphone, no matter where you are.  REALTORS® can block out the days and times that you don’t want showings (due to work, or school schedules).  In addition each REALTOR® can use additional comments to help describe the property that REALTORS® are touring through.  Feedback from REALTORS® that show your property are also sent out and are normally responded to within 24 hours.


PRIVATE CLIENT SERVICES FOR HOME BUYERS

PCS has got to be one of the most advanced consumer driven tools in the industry.  When I last checked how many home buyers were on the KAMLOOPS PCS system searching for homes there were over 20,000 registered users.  What is PCS?  It's a tool that REALTORS provide to their clients to help them access homes within seconds of them coming onto the market.  With my clients I set up any number of searches which set out the type of homes they might want to purchase.  So I put in the price range, the square footage, lot size, age, areas, number of bedrooms and bathrooms required etc.  This criteria that I develop is then saved into the MLS system.  From Monday to Friday whenever a new listing is entered by the staff at our real estate association, the MLS system scans which PCS searches matche the new listing... within milliseconds the new listing is sent out to all the matching buyers.  It's sent as an email with a one click link to take them to their own private website with all of the listings that match what hey are looking for.  There are easy to use tools on each home buyer's PCS website which allows them to organize and sort the listings into their favourites.  As their REALTOR, I can then easily view the home buyer's 'favourites' and use yet another tool to schedule appointments.  

While there are lots of third party websites that claim to have this instant access to new listings... at present these sites don't.  PCS is the only system that can do 'instantaneous updating' because PCS is a part of the Kamloops MLS system... it is integrated right into the software code. 


Hi I’m Murray Brown... I’m a REALTOR with Royal LePage Westwin Realty.  Over the past 25 years I’ve placed my real estate license with two brokerages, REMAX real estate (Kamloops) 1994-2015 and Royal Lepage Westwin Realty 2015 to date.  

I can show you Kamloops MLS® listings from any brokerage, including Royal LePage, RE/MAX, Century 21, Best West Realty, EXP Realty, Coldwell Banker, and Property Guys and more....  It normally doesn’t cost you anything to work with me, I get paid a portion of the commission that the seller’s agent is offering.

Over the years I’ve helped thousands of buyers and sellers buy and sell Kamloops properties and homes.  If you’re looking for a hard working buyers agent to represent you in your next purchase, or thinking about listing your home with me acting as your listing agent, please text, phone or email me to book an introductory meeting where we can discuss how buying or selling a home now works, agency disclosure and Kamloops Market trends.

Thanks for reading this....
Cheers
Murray
250-851-5688
murrayfbrown@gmail.com




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