Kamloops Home Inspections: Test Your Interior Electrical Outlets For Safety

Parker Bennett Home InspectorElectrical outlets can be very dangerous resulting in fire or electrical shock. To test your electrical outlets, you’ll need a three-prong electrical outlet tester. These look like three-prong plugs with three little lights. These can be found at most any hardware store for only $10 or $15. Go room by room through the entire house, checking as many electrical outlets as possible. Ideally, you want to check every outlet.

Before touching any outlet, look to make sure that it is not physically damaged. Replace any outlet that is cracked or broken. With the rest of the outlets, take your electrical tester and plug it in.

The most common fault is a condition called reversed polarity. Reversed polarity means that the black wire and the white wire are reversed where they are connected to the outlet. Appliances plugged into an outlet with reversed polarity will still work, but there is a much greater risk of electrocution and damage to the appliance.

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Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Releases a Short Housing Market Update for 2010

The Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board has created a short video outlining the market activity in the Greater Vancouver Region for the past decade. Even though the Kamloops Real Estate Board does not comprise a part of Greater Vancouver’s sales statistics we do follow a very similar trend. Here is the link to the YouTube video.

December 2010 Housing Market Update

B.C. Real Estate Association: MLS® Residential Sales Down but Average Residential Price Up for 2010

This is the latest report released by the BC Real Estate Association. Click on the images to enlarge. The link to the full PDF is at the bottom of this page.

Vancouver, BC – January 13, 2011. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales in the province declined 12 BC MLS Residential Sales 1990 to 2010per cent to 74,640 units in 2010. The annual average MLS® residential price rose 8.5 per cent to a record $505,178 in 2010.

“Tighter credit conditions and expended pent-up demand curbed home sales during the first half of 2010,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “However, low mortgage interest rates and improved economic conditions buoyed home sales in the latter half of the year.” MLS® residential unit sales declined 40 per cent January through July before climbing 43 per cent by the end of the year, on a seasonally adjusted basis.

“The inventory of homes for sale peaked at 53,375 units in May before declining 14 per cent to 46,000 units by December,” added Muir. “The combination of fewer active listings and increased consumer demand has improved market conditions in many areas.” MLS® residential sales declined 25 per cent to 4,258 units in December from a near record level of 5,703 units in December 2009. After a 15 per cent increase in unit sales between October and November, a further 1 per cent increase was recorded in December on a seasonally adjusted basis. The average MLS® residential sales price was a record $523,990 in December, up 6 per cent from December 2009.

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December 2010 Residential Average Price

December 2010 Average Residential Price

December 2010 BC Residential MLS

December 2010 BC Residential MLS

2010 Year To Date BC Residential MLS

2010 Year To Date BC Residential MLS

 

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