Columnists


Vancouver aids local market
Bill Hubbard - Jan 08, 2019 - Columnists

Many people think that we follow Vancouver’s real estate market, and sometimes that is true. Vancouver always affects the market in the Okanagan Shuswap, but sometimes it pushes us in the opposite direction. Vancouver right now is in a bit of a tailspin. Sales are down around 30 per cent, and prices have started to […]

Bull market all but over
Contributed - Jan 02, 2019 - Columnists

Kenneth Kacskowsski Troy Media While the western world celebrated the Christmas season, the stock markets showed signs of distress. Investors saw two historic events: the largest point drop of the Dow Jones industrial average ever on Christmas Eve, followed by the largest one-day gain—1,086 points—on Dec. 26. One would expect that after this historic rally […]

Low-ball offers backfire
Bill Hubbard - Dec 31, 2018 - Columnists

There were approximately 5,000 home sales in the Okanagan Shuswap Real Estate market in the last 12 months. The average difference between the list prices and the sale prices of those sales was approximately three per cent, which brings up an interesting question. What is the best price to offer based on the list price? Many people believe […]

Home buyers will love 2019
Bill Hubbard - Dec 28, 2018 - Columnists

The year in real estate basically followed what was predicted in December 2017. When we compare the first 11 months of this year to last year, the yearly average median price rose seven to 10 per cent, depending on the zone. Absorption dropped to 15 to 25 per cent, and inventory rose. These are all indications of […]

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - Dec 21, 2018 - Columnists

A strong community can promote new ideas and ensure accountability. It can also act as motivation, support and even provide a little friendly competition. The power of community is undeniable, and the Okanagan tech community is no exception. Our community is strong and growing with record speed, and maintaining connections through a period of growth […]

Growing companies wanted
Accelerate Okanagan - Dec 11, 2018 - Columnists

One of the biggest challenges facing entrepreneurs is money. Accessing growth capital, securing investments, and generating revenue are issues that plague startup and growth-stage businesses alike. Is your revenue limiting your growth rate? Are you in the process of preparing to raise capital? We’ve got just the thing for you! The OKGN Angel Summit is an […]

It’s time to open borders
Contributed - Dec 07, 2018 - Columnists

By Sen. Jane Cordy and Sen. Diane Bellemare Troy Media Canada’s framework for interprovincial trade is patchy at best. While Canada has signed on to free trade agreements with countries around the world, there are significant barriers to the free flow of goods and services within our own borders. Studies have suggested that these interprovincial […]

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - Dec 06, 2018 - Columnists

A strong community can promote new ideas and ensure accountability. It can also act as motivation, support and even provide a little friendly competition. The power of community is undeniable, and the Okanagan tech community is no exception. Our community is strong and growing with record speed, and maintaining connections through a period of growth […]

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - Nov 19, 2018 - Columnists

A strong community can promote new ideas and ensure accountability. It can also act as motivation, support and even provide a little friendly competition. The power of community is undeniable, and the Okanagan tech community is no exception. Our community is strong and growing with record speed, and maintaining connections through a period of growth […]

Market levelling off
Bill Hubbard - Nov 16, 2018 - Columnists

Even though sales have slowed and inventory has risen in the Okanagan Shuswap housing market, prices have continued to rise. This is very typical of any correcting market. Prices have now levelled off. I doubt we will see any significant rise or fall in prices in 2019. Toronto is in recovery, Montreal is in a relative boom, […]