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Local realtor says Barriere on the up-swing

A increase in the demand for Barriere real estate is bringing smiles to local realtor Kathy Campbell.

“We have experienced a real estate boom here in Barriere during the last two years,” says Campbell, owner of RE/MAX Integrity Realty in Barriere, “This year looks promising as well, but my crystal ball is still out of order.”

When asked about statistics for sales she tells that 2005 and 2006 are almost identical in sales with 124 properties sold in 2005 and 126 for 2006. Campbell notes that these sales are inclusive of building lots, residential homes, residential land, businesses, mobile homes, etc. Of these sales the number of residential houses is identical – 87 for both years.

Campbell also notes that unfortunately for buyers is the decrease in over all inventories which have forced prices upwards by approximately 25 per cent.

According to the Integrity realtor the trend in buyers purchasing in the Barriere community is that of a more mature age bracket. Purchasers are middle-aged, some are families with teenagers, but not retirees.

They are purchasing higher-end homes that do not require any finishing, such as landscaping.

“They want to move in right now and not have to complete any projects undertaken by the previous owner.”

Campbell says how Barriere is now becoming a bedroom community of Kamloops, as real estate is less costly here and employment in Kamloops is more plentiful.

With the continued increase of job opportunities in Barriere (such as those forthcoming on the new Louis Creek Industrial Park) Campbell says that younger people, families with preschool and elementary school children will move here as well.

The realtor says that the majority of people moving here are from the Lower Mainland and Alberta.

Cambell says her clients say, “We came here to take on a new way of life.”

“They say to me that our town provides them a quieter, simpler, and safer way of life in a town that has a great community spirit,” said Campbell, “It is a good feeling to assist them in their new life.”

“In 2003, the year of the fires, Barriere experienced a life-altering change, and in 2004 it took time, and thought, to figure which way our community was going to go, so we chose to move ahead and we did just that.” said the community realtor,

“Rome was not built in a day, and neither was Barriere,” Campbell told this reporter. “I could have left like others in my profession, but I saw the potential in this town and stayed to help make a change for growth in the community in the ways that I could.

“Look around and see the many new members in our community, the new businesses and many more in the making, We took what life gave us – lemons – and we made lemon meringue pie.”

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