Real Estate

Jul 21, 2020
Big Fat Deal: $4 million for...something in South Vancouver
Nathan Caddell

Address: 1324 West 58th Avenue, Vancouver Price: $4,180,000 Listing: R2440890 The skinny: Two-bedroom, one-bathroom, 1,000-square-foot house on 9,058 square feet in South Vancouver The bling: You know a house is a winner when the opening line of its three-sentence sell job includes the words “great choice to build a dream new...

Jul 16, 2020
Balfour Pacific: A West Coast Success Story

Balfour Pacific, a Vancouver-based private equity real estate firm, is outperforming the market. Emerging as a top performer in global league tables might be considered a long shot for a Vancouver-based private equity firm investing in U.S. commercial real estate. After all, there are at least 5,000 funds, many based in the U.S., focused on North America. Balfour Pacific managed to do just that. Preqin, the leading source of alternative asset industry data, ranks the firm’s inaugural fund as...

Jul 13, 2020
Ahead of the Curve: Bigger isn't always better
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + William Wright Commercial After several weeks that locked down the province and restructured the future of the contemporary workplace, BC businesses are back, many of them stronger than ever. Commercial real estate—often the cornerstone of a business’s livelihood—will be...

Jun 30, 2020
Meet the Burnaby food truck festival that doubles as a small business indicator
Nathan Caddell

On Saturday, June 20, about 700 people braved a torrential downpour to come to an unremarkable Brentwood parking lot. The former home of a car dealership was being transformed for the first of many biweekly food truck fairs, this one featuring...

Jun 23, 2020
Go Figure: Measuring the province’s highest towers
Melissa Edwards

9.4 percent of buildings in B.C. were classified as highrises as of 2016—up 23.5 percent since 2011 In Vancouver: 29.3 percent—up 18.5 percent since 2011 In Victoria: 17.9 percent—up 14.1 percent since 2011 In Kelowna: 3.1 percent—up 46.3% since 2011 B.C. had 106 existing or under-construction skyscrapers (buildings more than...

Jun 10, 2020
Discovering the New Future
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + 34F Design As the workforce returns, employers face important decisions about workspaces and employee programs with consideration to the home-office workplace balance. “There is a huge number of people who need the social domain and the ideation of thoughts, and who thrive in a place where the process for taking...

Jun 9, 2020
B.C. commercial real estate took a beating from COVID-19: report
By the Editors

Commercial real estate is holding up better than many other B.C. industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. But as some ugly new numbers show, this is no time to gloat. In a recent briefing, the British Columbia Real Estate Association reports that its BCREA Commercial Leading Indicator (CLI) plunged from 134.2 to 123.2 during the first quarter of the year. The index—which aims to forecast changes in broad commercial real estate activity throughout the province—fell 4.8 percent compared to the same...

May 4, 2020
Property Watch: COVID-19 has clobbered real estate sales in B.C., but will it push prices lower?
Steve Saretsky

After getting off to a hot start for 2020, the Vancouver housing market took it on the nose from the COVID-19 pandemic. This black swan event derailed optimism for what should have been a brisk spring. Suddenly, sales ground to...

Apr 23, 2020
For B.C. real estate, will COVID-19 bring down the house?
Nick Rockel

So far, besides ushering in a certain remoteness, the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t changed much for PC Urban Properties Corp. Everyone at the Vancouver-based real estate developer is still employed, and the 20-member team has spent the past several weeks adjusting to working from home. “I think everybody’s getting a little...

Apr 21, 2020
It's a Good Thing: Sustainability and real estate are now a package deal
Matt O'Grady

This article was originally published in our March issue, before the COVID-19 pandemic came to Canada. When BCBusiness last caught up with venture capitalist Stephen Sidwell, it was the spring of 2014, and Sidwell had just brought in Christine Day as...

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