Like many residents in and around the Shuswap Lake communities, Jeff Ragsdale appreciates the natural beauty and accessibility of the great outdoors in the area.
In the past few years since arriving with his family from north central B.C., he’s embraced summer activities such as motorcycling, boating, golfing, hiking and mountain biking, and cross country and downhill skiing in winter.
“For me, it’s the climate that I like best. It’s beautiful here in both the summer and winter,” says Jeff, whose activities and background serve him well in his career as a Realtor with the Royal LePage Access Real Estate team.
Many opportunities to meet your neighbours
Whether you’re enjoying live music at the Roots and Blues festival in August, Wednesdays on the Wharf, the downtown Farmers Market, or a special film at the Salmar, there’s a good chance you’ll see Jeff and his wife, Joan, out in the community.
“I like the access to amenities and there’s recreational opportunities galore. There’s a lot of things right at your fingertips that make the Shuswap an awesome place to live,” Jeff says.
That long list is part of what earned Salmon Arm the number 1 ranking in B.C. and No. 6 overall in the 2019 Canada’s Best Communities list published by Maclean’s. Another reason was the relatively affordable housing prices and employment opportunities in this city of 19,000, which Jeff says is fuelling growth, giving the sense that “the community as a whole feels successful and is a desirable place to live.”
Sharing his professional expertise
Helpful hints – If you’re thinking about getting into your next home, wondering where the market is headed or curious whether a home renovation is a good investment, Jeff has a series of topical articles on his blog at shuswaplistings.ca or jeffragsdale.ca. You’ll also be able to access the full complement of listings on the MLS in and around Salmon Arm and the Shuswap.
Experience that can pay off – Having worked for years as a building technologist, with a background in design, construction, building inspection and municipal development, Jeff has a keen eye for aspects of residential construction that may be red flags for potential home buyers. “Of course, I’m always going to recommend getting a home inspection done, but it certainly helps to know what you are looking at before you get that to that stage.”
Giving back to the community – As well as providing clients with exceptional service help finding their next home or vacation property, or selling an existing property, Jeff is actively helping out in the community. He’s a volunteer on the City of Salmon Arm’s Housing Task Force and the Nominations Committee with the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board.