Your First Home: What Should You Look For?

March 23rd, 2017

When you’re buying your first home, there’s so many things to consider: you need to secure a home loan, find a realtor, decide on an area… the process can be a bit overwhelming.

And as someone new to the home purchasing process, it can be challenging to know exactly what to look for in a home. What kind of criteria should you be judging potential homes against?

Here are 4 things you should ...

6 Reasons Why I Fell I Love With Real Estate

February 14th, 2017

It’s Valentine’s day again and everyone is either proclaiming their love for another, or grudgingly treating themselves to a personal pizza, a pint of ice cream, and a bottle of wine.

We can’t help who we fall in love with, and even more frustratingly, who falls in love with us. It’s simply one of life’s mysteries. And we might not know exactly why we fell in love with real estate, but we pr ...

A Realistic Discussion About Your Home’s Value

February 2nd, 2017

When you go to sell your house, there’s a good chance you’re not going to agree with what a real estate agent suggests for a list price.

It’s one of the most common issues real estate agents deal with, and help homeowners understand.

Problem is… many homeowners don’t necessarily see it as agents trying to help them, so much as convince them to do something they don’t want to do.

Naturally, ...

5 Questions to Ask When Choosing A Real Estate Agent

December 1st, 2016

Whether you’re looking to purchase a new home or put your current home on the market, choosing a real estate agent is a big decision. Your agent is the person that’s going to walk you through the process of buying or selling your home, beginning to end. They’re the person who you’ll need to trust to go to bat for you and negotiate the best deals, the person who will recommend when to move on ...

Changes to Property Transfer Tax

February 22nd, 2016
There has been so much in the news lately about the changes to BC’s Property Transfer Tax. It can be confusing and hard to keep up with so I’ve summarized the most important things to know here:

- Prior to the changes on February 17, 2016 Property Transfer tax was calculated at 1% of the purchase price up to $200,000 and 2% on the balance above. This tax applies to newly constructed homes as w ...

First Choice Realty opens in Fernie

December 14th, 2015
Welcome to our website and our new branch office in Fernie, BC!

A little company history: First Choice Realty opened in Invermere, BC in 2009. I know what you're thinking; wasn't Canada in a recession in 2009? Yes it was and some would say that it was the worst time imaginable to open a new business let alone a Real Estate brokerage whose success is directly linked to the rise and fall of the ...