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August 2023 – Selling a Home in Summer in the Okanagan

What You Need to Know

The Okanagan Valley, with its picturesque landscapes, world-renowned wineries, and beautiful lakes, is undoubtedly one of Canada’s prime real estate hotspots. However, like any market, it has its unique rhythms. Selling a home in August, especially in the Okanagan, can be both a challenge and an opportunity. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate this summer month.


1. Understand the Okanagan Summer

August in the Okanagan is peak tourist season. From Kelowna to Penticton to Vernon, the entire valley is bustling with visitors looking to enjoy the sun, beaches, and vineyards. This influx can be advantageous for sellers as potential buyers could be amongst these tourists, exploring the area and considering it as their next home or vacation property.

2. Leverage the Landscape

The natural beauty of the Okanagan is in full splendour in August. Showcase this by:

– Staging Outdoor Spaces: With Lake Okanagan as a backdrop, creating a cozy patio setup or an inviting backyard barbecue space can help potential buyers visualize their future summers in the home.

– Highlighting Proximity to Amenities: Whether it’s a short walk to the beach, a nearby hiking trail, or a local winery, make sure to emphasize these in your listings and during viewings.


3. Manage the Heat

August can get hot! Ensure your home is comfortable during viewings:

– Air Conditioning: If you have it, keep it running. A cool home on a hot day can be a refreshing experience for potential buyers.

– Natural Ventilation: If A/C isn’t an option, use fans and open windows (preferably in the cooler morning or evening hours) to ensure the air inside remains fresh.


4. Pricing and Market Trends

Stay updated on current market trends. With the end of summer approaching, some buyers might be motivated to seal a deal before fall. Consult with a local real estate agent who can provide insights on whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market, and price your home accordingly.


5. Be Flexible with Showings

Given that many people have more flexible schedules in August due to vacations, be prepared for viewings at different times of the day than you might expect in other months.


6. Highlight Local Events

August is packed with local events in the Okanagan, from wine tours to festivals. These events can be an additional selling point, showcasing the vibrant community and culture of the area.


7. Prepare for a Quicker Sale

While it’s not a guarantee, the combination of motivated buyers wanting to settle before the new school year and the appeal of the Okanagan in full summer bloom might lead to a quicker than average sale.


In conclusion…

Selling a home in August in the Okanagan presents a unique blend of challenges and opportunities. By understanding the seasonality of the market, leveraging the beauty of the region, and being prepared for the unique dynamics of an August sale, you can position your home for success. As always, working with a knowledgeable local real estate agent can provide invaluable insights and assistance throughout the process. Happy selling!

Gayle Hunter

Personal Real Estate Corporation | 250-575-9184

Amy Zimmer

Personal Real Estate Corporation | 250-300-8878

Suzette Ritchie

Real Estate Professional | 250-878-4350

Nik Zimmer

Real Estate Professional | 250-859-6984

Zena Tucker

Real Estate Professional | 250-863-2770

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