Cell 250-833-6121

Office 250-832-7051

Email: craig@craigshantz.com

Home renovations can be an exciting time as a homeowner; you may be knocking down walls to enjoy a brighter open living space, you may finally be getting the layout for the dream kitchen you’ve always wanted, or maybe you’re finishing your basement that’s mostly been used for storage up until this point. Whatever your reno project may be, when it’s time to call in the big guns and find the right Shuswap trades professionals for the job, there’s a few questions to consider that can help you out:

How quickly do you want your home back to normal?

You’ll need to find home service pros that are available within your timeline. Make sure you give yourself a couple weeks of extra cushion for timing because with big renovations there’s often something that pops up and extends the projected completion date. Whether it’s an unexpected find behind the walls...

Read full post

While December is not typically a busy season for many mortgage professionals, since the market has traditionally cooled off in conjunction with the colder weather, the unpredictable circumstances through last year have us also seeing an active real estate market going strong through these winter months. As the spring market was pushed forward into the summer, we are still experiencing ongoing real estate transactions, seeing many home buyers who are eager to take advantage of the all-time low interest rates that financial institutions are offering.

We began 2020 with an overnight target rate of 1.75% and with all things considered in regards to the unprecedented circumstances last year brought on, that rate has understandably been impacted and is currently sitting at an all-time low of; 0.25%. Continuing on into 2021, there’s good news for anyone looking to purchase real estate, as...

Read full post

One of the best things about buying a home in the Shuswap through a trusted REALTOR® is that you’re able to utilize their support and knowledge for free. Many people looking to purchase a home believe that it costs them a fee to work with a real estate representative – but when you’re purchasing a home, you don’t actually pay your representative. 

The way a real estate transaction works is that each of the REALTORS® on the buying and selling side earns a percentage of the brokerage commission, which is already calculated into the price of the house. Your REALTOR® is paid by the person who is listing their home for sale – and your representative doesn’t collect commission until the deal has closed completely. 

This is great for you as a home buyer because it means you get to enjoy the support of your real estate ...

Read full post

There are plenty of projects you can do ahead of time that will help prepare your home to be listed on the market. Doing a thorough check of both the inside and outside of your home will assist you in creating a checklist of chores. Make sure these 6 important pre-listing tasks are tackled to guarantee you’ve covered key areas that can help bring a higher offer to the table when you enter the Shuswap real estate market.

First Impressions Are Everything

When potential buyers walk up the driveway to view your property, wow them with a fresh and welcoming front door. A busy household may have a well-used front door that shows signs of day-to-day wear and tear. Paint the existing door or replace it if needed, mend weather stripping, replace the threshold, tighten hardware and paint the trim and frame too.

Freshen Up

When’s the last time you painted the walls of your home? A fresh coat...

Read full post

Now that summer has reached the Shuswap, it’s the perfect time to tackle those projects on your “Honey Do” list. Instead of thinking about the list as a collection of exasperating chores, consider that some of the activities can actually add personal enjoyment or value to your home in the event you’d like it to sell faster. Choosing to shift your perspective on the way you think about these tasks may motivate you to finally complete them – especially when it could mean more money in your pocket!

Have you heard of the saying, “you have to spend money to make money”? Well, that’s the case when it comes to taking your home’s curb appeal to the next level. A little money up front for these three projects can bring a great return on your investment when selling your real estate in Salmon Arm. 


1. Turn Up the Pressure – in a...

Read full post

The Canadian Housing Mortgage Corp. (CMHC) announced that they've changed the borrowing rules for homebuyers, as of July 1st, 2020. If you’re wanting to invest in Shuswap real estate, and especially if you’re a first time home buyer, these changes can impact you directly. Let’s take a closer look at these CMHC changes – and some tips to help you get organized for obtaining a mortgage pre-approval.

Know Your Credit Score

Order your credit report or connect with your favourite mortgage professional to determine if there are any mistakes on your credit bureau that need attention or that should be fixed. CMHC will be raising the minimum credit score from around 600 to instead be 680, which can significantly affect the ability for many first time home buyers to enter the Salmon Arm real estate market.

Understand Your Finances

The two key metrics used to qualify you...

Read full post

Many of us have been shifting our financial awareness; reviewing income sources, long-term savings plans and monthly expenses. Spring is also the season for many renters and homeowners alike to review their cable and utility costs, household budgets as well as insurance policy coverages. Schedule a call with your favourite Shuswap insurance broker to review your own property insurance policies to confirm the details are up-to-date and accurate. 

Depending on your geographical location and the insurance provider you’re with, you may be eligible to purchase additional coverage riders that protect you in the event of specific sudden losses. Additional riders are often optional but extend important coverage to potentially expensive losses. Confirm whether your individual policy has the following included or excluded coverage riders;

  • Sewer or drain water back-up
  • Wildfire
  • Earthquake...
Read full post

The evolving global circumstances have left many without income and others navigating a significantly reduced-pay lifestyle. As we pilot this terrain as a community, I’ve compiled 6 simple, yet effective ways to reduce your expenses and increase savings in 2020:

Review Utility and Entertainment Expenses

It can be easy to forget about your automatic reoccurring monthly bills or subscriptions that are used infrequently. Some of the easiest places to alleviate a budget are in cutting back cable or unnecessary entertainment platforms, minimizing data overage charges and reducing utility consumptions by turning off the lights where possible and consciously monitoring water consumption during dish washing, teeth brushing and lawn watering.

Pre-Plan Your Grocery Run

If you’ve ever ventured to the grocery store without a list or when you’re hungry, you know it can be tempting...

Read full post

The real estate industry is ever changing, as are the associated fees and potential rebates that you may be eligible for when purchasing property. Though each real estate transaction comes with its own unique circumstances, there are some common costs associated with buying a home:

Offer Deposit

A deposit is a monetary “good faith” that is required by the buyer upon a successful (or firm) agreement of purchase and sale of a home. This deposit forms a part of your down payment, and thus a part of the total purchase price.

Legal Fees

In order to complete your real estate transaction, you’ll need to invest in a real estate lawyer or notary. Your fees include the legal professional’s time to prepare all closing documents, complete a title search for deficiencies, facilitation of the transfer of funds as well as transfer of the property title. These tasks if completed i...

Read full post

            Investing in real estate can be a great way to increase your monthly cashflow or round out your robust investment portfolio for the future. Deciding which investment route is best for you weighs on some important factors;

  • How much money do you have to invest, where are the funds coming from?
  • What is your desired net return on investment? (ROI)
  • Where would you like to invest? Consider areas that respect your budget, have low rental vacancy rates and offer popular amenities for potential renters.
  • How involved would you like to be in your rental property? Will your investment require a property management company’s services and support?
  • What is your personal risk tolerance? What are your short-term and long-term goals while owning a property?

With your budget set and some top locations pin-pinpointed, it’s time to start considering your...

Read full post

Purchasing property is an exciting time during which you’ll want to ensure you’ve hired the best professionals to stand in your corner; among those a mortgage lender, a real estate lawyer and a trusted Shuswap Real Estate professional. By building your very own team of experts you can ensure your important questions are answered by industry specialists, setting yourself up for a smooth and informed real estate transaction. If you’ve thought of foregoing a team of professionals for your upcoming purchase, consider the roles these pros play in a speedy and successful deal;

Professional Realtor®

There’s so much more to the role of a professional Realtor® than meets the eye. The strong foundations of a great Realtor® start with knowledge and expertise of the area, up-to-date industry training and polished confidentiality and professional standards.


Read full post

Welcome to Real Estate in 2019; where buyers and investors are empowered by real estate education and property search tools at their fingertips like never before. Early on, buyers are able to establish a strong idea of their home purchasing needs; from number of bedrooms and detached shop dreams, to any number of other must-have and must-not-have factors. However, once your home ownership adventure truly begins, it’s time to shelf the D-I-Y tendencies and enlist the help of a real estate professional.

For buyers, a professional and experienced Realtor® will not only be on the hunt for a property that fulfils the buying wish list, they’ll also be on the hunt for potential issues or other considerations; property zoning and uses, development potential, identifying potential problems with the building components of the home, development in the immediate area, schools, etc. Your...

Read full post
The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS®, and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are member’s of CREA. The trademarks MLS®, Multiple Listing Service® and the associated logos are owned by CREA and identify the quality of services provided by real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used under license.