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Notes from clients: 2014
I first met Jim Knowles when I was in search for home 12 years ago. I was only 24 at the time so was looking to start with purchase of a mobile. It had been extremely difficult for me to find a realtor and Im assuming it had much to do with my age and the little commission involved in the deal. While standing, frustrated at the remax front desk, Jim overheard my complaint. He immediately took me to his office and we were on the search for my home. We did find a mobile that suited my needs to do exactly what I had wanted to do...flip it. For the past 12 years now I have been doing just that. Finding great investment homes, fixing them up then selling for a profit. Currently, I am the proud owner of two homes with the help of Jim. It has been an exciting, fun, and profitable friendship. The best part about my story is that Jim really had no idea that a $40,000 purchase would keep him in my circle for the next 12 years, and 8 purchases/sales later. He was just being a great realtor and took a chance in believing the future of a 22yr old girl. Thanks Jim!!!
Jim Knowles has been my realtor for over 8 years. I support people in transition, particularly with housing issues by providing home rental or helping them to purchase or sell their own homes. Therefore, I have often require the services of a realtor. I find Jim to be knowledgeable in his field and supportive of the people he works with.
We have bought and sold many homes with Jim, he is an amazing resource, and gets the job done, no matter how difficult or what your requirements or constraints are, he always comes through.
Hello Jim: I just want to thank you for your exceptional service throughout the sale of our Dad’s house on Parkcrest. On a recommendation from my good friend xxxxx, I was able to meet with you in September and then put you in contact with the rest of our family team – mainly our brother. We are very pleased that the sale of this house eventually went to a young couple, just starting out in life. Thank you for all the ‘above and beyond’ that we knew about (thank goodness you knew how to light a furnace that had not been in service for many years), and thank you for all the ‘above and beyond’ that we may never know about. Finally, we thank you for acknowledging our niece with a generous token of appreciation. For all of us, she certainly looked after the house. You were certainly the right real estate agent for us and we have been very pleased with your services throughout. Thank you for taking care of this sale. - Suzanne ------------------------
I am now offering U-Tube Video tours
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They then book to view, saving them time and us getting right
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8 No-Cost and Low-Cost Ways to Tweak Your Home
Here are some inexpensive ways to make your home shine. By Maggie Sieger |
Chances are the decor in that listing you just took is a lot like most people's wardrobes: There are a few items that went out of style a decade ago, but they're so comfortable that it's impossible to see them go. "We grow accustomed to our space, and we stop seeing it," says Melissa Birdsong, vice president of trend, design, and brand for Lowe's, the home improvement giant. "People tend to become blind to their own things."But everything needs updating eventually. Birdsong suggests home owners cast a fresh eye on their living space, pretending that they've just moved in and are assessing the previous occupant's design choices. Betsy Westman, a broker-owner with Westman Realty in Grand Rapids, Mich., says real estate professionals can have a big impact on updating a home's look by helping clients brainstorm new ideas and by being straightforward about outmoded design elements. The following tips can help get a home up-to-date without breaking the bank. 1. Move it. Simply rearranging the furniture can reenergize a room. Add and remove furniture, lamps, rugs, and accessories from other parts of the house to create a whole new look. Mirrors are particularly useful when it comes to updating a room. Try one out in different rooms to see where it fits best. Even just moving a mirror to a different wall can create a more welcoming feel. 2. Plant it.
Houseplants are a generally undervalued design component that can add texture, warmth, and color to any room. Just drop plants in their store containers into decorative planters. Small plants can be moved easily and regrouped to change a room's look, while larger ones make a statement on their own. Group plants of differing heights, fullness, and color for the most dramatic effect. Jettison the scraggly specimens, Westman says. "It's important to have plants that are well maintained and in tip-top condition." 3. Paint it.
Paint is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to make a substantial change. Use dramatic colors in powder rooms and dining rooms, and more neutral colors in living spaces. When selecting colors, "be sure to ask, 'What am I trying to do? How do I want this to feel?'" Birdsong says. "And always, always do a test before you paint the whole room." 4. Organize it!
"Clutter just happens," Birdsong says. "So neaten up!" She advocates a variety of organizing tools to make a space feel polished while maintaining utility. Hooks and shelves inside the door give people a place to hang coats and keys, while canvas bins or natural baskets help contain magazines and mail. "Just a row of hooks preattached on a board is so easy to install," she says. "And shelves are a great way to neatly display collectibles." 5. Hide it. Have a banged-up wall? It may be easy to camouflage. Paintable wallpaper (available for as little as $16/roll from Creative Wallcovering) will smooth out an uneven wall or hide minor dents and dings. Adventurous home owners can even try a simple two-step painting process for a more complex finish. Birdsong suggests applying a solid base coat, then a glaze.
"These days, it's pretty user-friendly," she says. Caution: Your intent should never be to mislead buyers; be sure to disclose flaws that would affect home value. 6. Replace it.
Cabinet handles, switch plates, and other small pieces of housing hardware can update a home for just a few dollars a piece. Westman suggests scanning each room to see what looks worn or outdated and then replacing it. Inexpensive quick-connect faucets can make upgrading the look of your bathroom a snap. Just be sure to measure before you go to the hardware store. Some sinks are drilled for an eight-inch spread. Others require just four inches.
"And don't forget the toilet seat," adds Westman. "Fresh towels and a new toilet seat go a long way toward making a bathroom feel clean and new." 7. Light it.
Lighting can have a major impact on a home's look and feel. Whether a room seems dark or too bright and harsh, try "layering" the lighting by adding accent pendants and lamps. Make sure they have independent controls, so that you can turn them on and off at will.
"Light is such a mood setter," Westman says. "You can create a cozy feel just by turning down the lights." Add dimmers in the dining room, bathrooms, kitchen, and even the hallways for less than $4 each. Then adjust the lighting to create the mood you want. 8. Clean it. Turn a critical eye to the flooring to make sure it's up to snuff. Scrub grout and seal natural stone. Rub out scratches and nicks on wood floors with scratch cover. "Get down on your hands and knees and detail the floors," Birdsong says. "It takes a little elbow grease, but the results are well worth it." Vinyl flooring is a bit harder to spruce up but usually can be replaced easily and inexpensively.
I was asked the other day by a prospective client"What do I get with you, Jim"
Tough question... I had to sit back and think.. This is what you get when you work with Jim..
Loyalty.. 100% old fashioned loyalty.. I live by it and expect the same in return
Wisdom ...I have lived many places around the world, I have traveled the world sometimes with money sometimes not, I can relate to all types of people on their level, I respect all people. I have learned from them all and continue to do so.
Youth.. yes youth... I am 56, my thinking is youthfull. I race Cross Country Mountain Bikes in Kamloops, Down Hill MTB at Sun Peaks, wake board on the South Thompson, hike in Aberdeen, ski and sail to name a few. I am on top of technology (however odd this page is, I built it)
Friendliness.. although I have no time for petty or greedy people and will if I feel that I do not at least think somewhat like the prospective client, I will turn them down. I choose to work with you as much as you choose to work with me.
Honesty.. ask my references.. when it comes to house hunting... I am the toughest you will find. I do not want you to find a problem after we buy the house. Very rare does the home inspector find something that I have not already voiced my concerns over. I am not commission driven, I am driven by what you need and my goal is to make that work.
Compassion..My volunteer activities speak to this..Handidart driver, Adaptive Sports Sun Peaks, A Touch Of Home Care Home, Relay For life, Build a Roof Cuba, Level 2 Handicapped Ski Instructor for DSABC, Level 1
CSCF Ski Coach.
Schooled.. English Major, published author(Wood Through Water), Master Mariner, numerous articles for many magazines including Yacht World, Second Home, REM, Kamloops This Week, Kamloops Daily News. I hated school.
Passionate.. My passion is for people and animals, I love working with all types and enjoy finding a home for folks the most rewarding. My kids are tops on the list followed by my shared dog, Sammy.
Business smarts.. Having owned and operated two very successful businesses in my life, having rarely worked for anyone but myself, I am thorough, thrifty, business smart, wise and one heck of a negotiator. I am not intimidated easily and will get the best deal that we can get, buy or sell. I reached ReMax Hall Of Fame in four years! I have been Platinum 3 out of 6 years... No one in this town has done better in the same period of being a realtor.
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I just wanted to write and tell you how thankful I am for all you have done for me and my family. Not only were you able to find us a beautiful a home that could accommodate my two house children who are in wheelchairs but you also helped us find an investor who was able to help us when the banks could not. Your dedication and extra efforts are appreciated.
Best wishes and trust that we will recommend you to our friends and family.
Tammy and Gord Leary. Sept/
Hey Jim, Yeah we are here...lol, sorry we haven't been in touch lately we have just been busy here the last few days! What has happened though is we have bought a piece of property off of a friend of ours from 100 Milehouse. He owned it for several years, it is at Cherry Creek, he had plans to move here on day but has since decided not too. We talked with him about it a year or so ago and he now decided to sell it. We will be building a new post and beam home on the property, we are sorry to have wasted your time and really appreciate the work you did for us! We just figure that we can build a new home for the same price as we could buy some of the homes you showed us, I will do all of the building myself so it will save a lot of extra dollars. Thanks again Jim, you have been excellent to work with and we will definitely refer you to others.
Shannon Fox. Apr
First of all, thank you for all that you did for us with the house, and me, particularly in helping me make the decision to keep this place. And yes, I have renters who are moving in on June 1st. And with that rent, my mortgage payments are almost minimal. I appreciated your time and concern and would most definitely recommend you to anyone I knew if they needed to buy/sell. You are a man of integrity.
My listing customers get extra attention as I personally search for their new home! I answer my phone.. not a secretary.. who does not know how to deal with prospective buyers.
Did you know that by law an assistant may not discuss your home with callers?
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