So you’ve made a choice to sell your home. Whether you have a plan for your next move or not, this is a big decision that brings up many questions.  Choosing a Realtor to help you is your first step. 

Need more room?  Too much room and need to downsize?  Whatever the reason, this is a big decision that requires a great deal of support.

When you are looking to sell your home, one of the first things to consider is choosing a Realtor that can get the job done.  And make the process as smooth as possible of course.  Because let’s face it, this is a big decision and it’s hard work!

Getting your home ready for sale can be overwhelming.  The pre-packaging, decluttering, depersonalizing and finding a spot to tuck away your things when you get notice of a showing.  All while trying to live your day to day lives!   

And on top of this, you want to make sure your home is priced to sell while not leaving money on the table.  And in a reasonable amount of time with terms and conditions that are work for you.  Wow…where do you begin?

You begin with choosing a Realtor that will help you step by step.  Someone who will manage expectations and make this experience positive, productively and with the least amount of stress on you and your day to day life.   

This is why, the tips from the pros came up with the most important things to consider when choosing a Realtor to sell your home in Kelowna.  

  1. Experience and Expertise

When choosing a Realtor you will want to find an agent that has experience in the market in which you are selling.  Marketing a waterfront home is very different from a condo in downtown Kelowna.  While a single agent can do both, you want to ensure the experience is there.  Look at the Realtor’s portfolio of sold listings and ask them about how they plan to market your home to stand out from your competition.  An experienced Realtor will be able to pinpoint a target market based on the features of your property. 

2. Direct Connection with team support

There are great Realtors that are backed by a top real estate team.  Working with a Realtor on a team gives you the advantage of the experience and expertise of not just one professional real estate agent, but the whole team. But, when choosing a realtor from a team, ensure you have direct connection and communication with that one agent and not redirected to an agent on duty.  This direct connection will allow for better communication and feedback.  Not only with you but with potential buyers.   That agent should know your home inside and and out so when a prospective buyer calls, that agent can answer all of their questions. 

3. Testimonials and References

The best way to find out if you are on the right track to choosing the right realtor is to find out the experiences of their past clients.  Look at their website and read the testimonials of past clients.  Or you could ask for references.  Find out if the needs of past clients were met and the experience they had with that agent.  

 “One of the best references I ever had was from a Buyer who was represented by another agent.  They bought one of my listings where I represented the Seller.   They said I was so tenacious when it came to negotiating for my seller, they would only use me to sell their next home. And they did!”    -Quincy Vrecko Quincy Luxury Agent

Selling a home is not just a transaction, it’s a partnership between Seller and Realtor.  While considering all these tips when choosing a Realtor, is important to pick someone you feel comfortable with.  Browse through the bios and testimonials of this top real estate team.  Our diverse team caters to different areas of expertise and a wide range of skillsets to help your sale a smooth one.  

Real Estate Tips from the Pros

The real estate market in Kelowna has seen a shift like never before.  So whether the market is up or down, there are some fundamentals to real estate that never change.  The team at Vrecko Real Estate Group has seen it all and shares with you professional tips to help navigate any market.  

In this series, the professional real estate agents with Vrecko Real Estate Group cover topics related to buying and selling real estate.  They answer questions and give real estate tips on how to make your next real estate transaction a smooth one.  

Part one of the series covers topics related to buying a home.  Whether you are a first-time home buyer or you are a seasoned home buyer and have bought and sold many homes, these tips will help you with your next purchase.  

Part two dives into selling a home.  There are so many important things to consider when selling a home in Kelowna.  The goal when selling a home is to sell for top dollar in a reasonable amount of time and make the process as streamlined as possible.  And these real estate tips for selling will help you meet those goals.  

Part One – Selling a Home

  • Choosing a Realtor 
  • Do you sell before you buy
  • Preparing your home for sale
  • Disclosures, warranties ad representation
  • Showing your home
  • The offer, counter offer, and acceptance
  • Preparing for the move

Part Two – Buying a Home

  • Choosing the right real estate agent
  • Steps to starting your search
  • Mortgage broker vs Bank
  • The offer process from beginning to end
  • Preparing for your new home
  • Moving day
  • Building a home

Each series will have real estate tips and advice from members of the Vrecko Real Estate Group.  This team of Kelowna Realtors has an average of 20 years of experience and are experts in sales, communication and negotiating.  Tracey Real Estate Agent

“We hope you find this information helpful.  Our team is here to help and guide you through every step of the way.  Our phone is always on!”

Tracey Vrecko, Realtor with RE/MAX Kelowna, 17 years in the industry 

Stay tuned for the first instalment- Buying a home: Choosing the right real estate agent.  

 

Early this month our team at the Vrecko Real Estate Group hosted a cocktail party to celebrate its 10th anniversary and show appreciation for our amazing clients. The warm weather of the Okanagan complimented the poolside party while it was a great afternoon of food, drinks, and networking. 

 

 

 

 

The Vreckos served about 100 guests an array of canapes ranging from shrimp ceviche tostada to chicken sliders with an Asian Twist. The charcuterie, cupcakes, and cookies were a wonderful addition to the food. The drink menu was equally impressive with colorful cocktails named to fit the occasion. 

It was wonderful to spend time with everyone (face-to-face) and enjoy the beautiful Okanagan Summer.

 

 

Floral: Burnetts Florists & Gifts

Catering & Bar: Krafty Kitchen

Cookies and Cupcake station: Sweets Sparrow Cakery

Vrecko Real Estate Group proudly presents Comedy for a Cause for Autism Okanagan, featuring the best stand-up comedians in town. 100% of the proceedings will go toward this important cause. The event will be held on the 20th of May at 6:30 pm at Dakoda’s Comedy Lounge. Tickets will be available at the entrance; to reserve, contact 250 860 9500 or visit kelownacomedy.ca


Vrecko Real Estate Group Comedy for a cause

MEDIA RELEASE 

Quincy Vrecko & Associates announces brand refresh

Quincy Vrecko & Associates, a luxury real estate company based in Kelowna announced today that it has completed a brand refresh and will be called as the Vrecko Real Estate Group with effect from today.

With more than two decades of experience in the luxury industry, Quincy Vrecko, the founder of the company is the lead luxury estate agent of the firm. “This is a major milestone for our team” stated Quincy. Being the pioneer of exclusive luxury real estate in Kelowna, it is my belief that moving forward Vrecko Real Estate Group will be synonymous with “redefining real estate”, he further added.

“Years of success was built on one another, our team became bigger, and our business grew” said Tracey Vrecko, the female force behind the top real estate team at Vrecko Real Estate Group. “This is a  new chapter to continue our journey with a fresh look that reflects the company we’ve grown to be” she further added. Together with her husband Quincy they have created the Vrecko brand and have built a team of top real estate professionals specializing in family homes and luxury estates in the Okanagan region.

Visit www.quincyvrecko.com for more information.

The team at Vrecko Real Estate Group specializes in Luxury Real Estate, Waterfront properties, family homes, townhouses, and condominiums along with commercial property and residential development. 

30th March 2022, KELOWNA, BC

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Media Contact – Yure Ka – Marketing Coordinator | marketing@quincyvrecko.com | 250-868-3602

 

The current real estate prices in Kelowna are soaring to record highs. With low inventory and high demand bidding wars and above-list-sale prices is a common norm. QVA is here to help you navigate this hot seller’s market to get your home’s worth. Here’s how:

Exposure

When the listing hits the market, typically a seller will want to pick a date to review any offers.  With so many buyers from out of our market area, you want to give enough time from when the property is listed to when you are looking at potential offers.

Presentation

When presenting a home for sale in today’s market, marketing is essential to attract buyers and highlight features that show value.  Our team offers several ideas to prepare the home for sale and offer full marketing packages that include:

  • Clear photos of each room and outdoor area
  • Floor plans with room measurements
  • VR tours with hotspots detailing features
  • Digital feature sheet

Documentation

Understanding the logistics of a deal can help ease any stress that comes with the process. Real estate transactions are very stressful and it’s important to allow ample time for the documentation to take place smoothly. QVA is one of the best in Kelowna in providing you with a stress-free documentation and transaction process.

There are other smart strategies with respect to deposit and price that can help you choose the winning bid from a pool of multiple offers.  Each scenario is different, therefore, having a professional realtor with experience in working with multiple offers representing you is paramount to get your home’s worth. 

Multiple offers can be overwhelming for both buyers and sellers and there can only be one winning bid.  The team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates has helped sellers navigate through this very active market.  Using a professional realtor is more important than ever to advise on your largest and most important investment. 

This year is exciting for us here at the QVA. In order to maintain quality service here at the QVA, we ramped up the support team and included two talented people to our office and they deserve a proper introduction. Please welcome…

 


Michelle Comba - QVA

 

Michelle Comba – Office Manager

Our latest inclusion to the team is Michelle who is our office manager. Michelle comes with 10 years of extensive experience working in the real estate industry. In addition, with years of experience in sales and a great understanding of office functions, not to mention her cool personality, Michelle is very valuable to us. Outside office hours Michelle loves to read books, bake, go camping and fishing with her son and husband. She loves everything about the outdoors of Kelowna and what it has to offer. 

 

 

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Yureshini Kangaraarachchi – Marketing Coordinator

Yureshini (AKA Yure Ka) joined our marketing team end of 2021. Yuri creates content for our digital media platforms and handles all the marketing requirements of our Sales Team. Prior to QVA she was exposed to handling PR and Marketing to both public and private sectors. Outside the office Yuri is pursuing her professional education in Data Analytics. Besides academics, she loves to paint and dedicates most of her time with her beautiful daughter and husband. 

 

Quincy and I are happy to announce that Sensitive Santa will once again make a stop in Kelowna this year! Sensitive Santa visit is a private one-on-one meet and greet moment for children who have sensory sensitivities to have memories that can be cherished forever. This initiative is possible with the continuous support of the Orchard Park Mall and Autism Okanagan for families living with a loved one on the Autism spectrum to meet Santa in a sensory-friendly environment.

The idea of creating Sensitive Santa came up to Quincy and I after seeing our son Paxton who has autism, found it difficult to enjoy a visit with Santa amidst large, loud crowds and bright lights at the local mall. We realized organizing an event like this would not only benefit our son, but also all families living with a child who has sensory sensitivities. With the immense support of the Orchard Park Mall and Autism Okanagan we are now able to control the environment and make it possible where children can meet Santa in an atmosphere where they feel comfortable and relaxed.

The event ensures:
  • After hours-in order to prevent large crowds
  • Appointment only visits – A private 5 minute session for each family so no waiting time!
  • Turn off the music and dim the lights – To enhance sensory-sensitive environment

Autism Spectrum Disorder (known as ASD) is a range of conditions. They are characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.  In Canada, 1 in 68 children are currently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.  This makes Autism the fastest growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in Canada.

2020 was a tough year for all of us. With the pandemic, we had to sadly cancel our 2020 Sensitive Santa visit due to safety measures. This year we are optimistic and look forward to embrace the magic of Christmas with COVID -19 protocols taken into consideration.

Sensitive Santa 2021

Sensitive Santa will visit Orchard Park mall on the 5th and 12th of December from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The visits are by appointment only through prior registration. To reserve your spot visit https://sensitivesantaokanagan.ca/register/ today!

 

Tracey Vrecko

Every time you drive down the Pandosy/Lakeshore stretch you are reminded that at one time Kelowna was just a sleepy beach town with small markets and beach access as far as the eye could see. Over the past few decades, the city has seen tremendous growth with new urban projects making many to consider a permanent relocation to this ever-growing city.

 

Movala development site

Movala development site

The Pandosy/Lakeshore area has always been regarded as the crown jewel of Kelowna. As we wait for the roadways to catch up, we are seeing new multi-family developments popping up regularly in this area. In the next two to five years the area as we know it will be even more different than remembered. With the onset of the redevelopment of Hiawatha RV Park, as well as the recently started Movala and soon to be constructed Aqua development near Truswell, it is apparent the changes are rapid, whether we are ready for them or not. From a perspective of growth and vitality, it feels somewhat exciting to watch the once sleepy beach town grow into a small yet vibrant city. It doesn’t come without a tinge of sadness for what Kelowna was and a hope that we can preserve the character of the agriculture, lifestyle, and beach life that many have come to know and love.

 

In 2008 we saw the addition of Playa Del Sol, a resort-style condo building that featured an outdoor pool and deck in one of the most sought-after locations just across the street from the famous El Dorado and Manteo Resort. Whether we were fully aware or not, the redevelopment of Lakeshore as we knew it had begun. 2015 brought The Lakeshore at Manteo, an 18-unit townhouse development with a pool on the lake; fast forward to 2017, Kelowna saw the highly anticipated completion of Sopa Square after many delays. The well captured artsy feel in the Pandosy/Lakeshore area is evolving to feature high-end living, a stone’s throw from the beach.

 

Hotel Eldarado

Hotel Eldorado

As residents begrudgingly try to make their way to and from Upper Mission the changes are coming fast and furious. Movala’s construction began after residents of the RV park enjoyed their last summer kitty-corner to Gyro Beach. Caban by Cressy will begin construction quickly although it is entirely sold out. Hiawatha RV Park has been removed and the giant open space will become rental only condos developed by Mission Group. A roundabout is being installed to help with the flow of traffic, disrupting it in the interim. As we near Truswell the wallscape speaks about the ingenious Aqua Boat Valet facility that is purely holding space for the upcoming multi-building Aqua development featuring three buildings and an indoor boat storage facility. It will also feature a new boardwalk which would bring new life to the existing boardwalk connecting the El Dorado and Manteo and hopefully more waterfront dining that is surprisingly scarce, given the size of the waterbody we are so lucky to reside amongst.

 

The implementation of the Resort District is unfolding all around us and brings mixed feelings for many and the resounding hope that we will be able to preserve the character of the once small farming and beach community while it transforms into a larger city. What do you feel about the transformation of Pandosy/Lakeshore?

 

 

About the author –  Shandel Rodrigue

Shandel’s passion for the real estate industry grew during her time in the banking sector as a Mortgage Advisor. She comes with extensive experience in administration, client care, and sales and truly enjoys keeping an office running optimally. In her personal time, she enjoys being as close to the water as possible as well as exploring the Okanagan valley with her loved ones.

 

 

When it comes to selling your home, many things come into play: the current market climate, the location, the price, your realtor, etc. In a hot market like today’s, making your home stand out and attracting those offers is incredibly important. At Quincy Vrecko and Associates, we work hard on marketing your home and shining a light on all its best features. From photos and virtual tours to brochures and social media, we have you covered. Our marketing assistant Eva Caouette gives us her best advice on marketing your home.

 

Why is marketing so important in today’s market?

Many homes are selling with multiple offers and over listing price, which is inspiring a lot of people to enter the market. The first few glances at a listing brochure, website, and photos can make an entire difference. Choosing a knowledgeable, experienced realtor with great marketing can bring in those extra offers getting you top price for your home. At QVA, we want to make your home stand out and attract attention. Some of the many marketing tools we provide:

  • High quality photography
  • Virtual reality tours
  • Stunning brochures highlighting your home’s best features
  • Social media posts and advertisements

…and more!

 

When marketing a home, what kind of information do you need to know?

When it’s time to put your home on the market, I want to know everything about it that makes it special. Whether it be the neighborhood, the layout, the yard, the views, etc. Every feature matters when it comes to marketing, what may seem ordinary to you may actually be what sells your home. Especially during current COVID-19 times, many people rely on photos and online descriptions when searching for a home. We want readers and potential buyers to imagine themselves living and walking through the home, enjoying all of its features. Keep this in mind when talking with your realtor, and let us know what you think makes your home stand out.

 

What are the best ways to prepare a home for ideal presentation?

Preparing your home for photos is very important, and there is lots you can do to prepare.

  1. Of course, make sure your home is clean! This seems like an obvious point, but deep cleaning your entire home can be very time consuming, so make sure you prepare in advance.
  2. Staging: Staging doesn’t always have to be expensive. This can simply mean setting up your empty spare room to look like an office, or setting up some wall art. When potential buyers look at your home’s photos, give them the opportunity to see the greatest potential your home has.
  3. De-clutter: A clean home is one thing, but there is more you can do to ideally present it. Some things that aren’t considered clutter in our day-to-day lives will stand out in photos, such as phone chargers, toothbrushes, slippers, etc. Temporarily putting away personal belongings such as family photos, hanging jackets, shampoo bottles, can make a huge difference in how your home presents.

 

Selling your home is an exciting time, and we at QVA want to take any stress away. Trust us to make your home stand out in this market, and follow our tips to bring out its best potential!