Real Estate

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...

Apr 1, 2020
Big Fat Deal: $6.5 million for a Langley house with all of the bathrooms
Steve Burgess

Address: 19870 3B Avenue, Langley Price: $6,500,000 Listing: R2426692 The skinny: Eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 13,289 square feet, 87,120-square-foot property The bling: “What the world needs now,” sang Jackie de Shannon, “is love, sweet love” Not to disagree with Jackie—she makes a good point—but what the...

Mar 10, 2020
Big Fat Deal: $5.6 million to live damn nice on Beaver Creek
Steve Burgess

Address: 585 Beaver Creek Road, Beaverdekk, B.C. Price: $5,679,000 Listing: 10181389 The skinny: Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 5548 square feet, 670 acre ranch. The bling: Looking for the perfect getaway? How about a place that doesn’t even exist? Getaways don’t any more away than that. The location of...

Feb 27, 2020
Big Fat Deal: $5.2 million to drink in the view at your own Okanagan lakefront winery
Steve Burgess

Address: 20818 Mcdougald Road, Summerland Price: $5,200,000 Listing: 180598 The skinny: Five bedrooms, four bathrooms, 3,600-square-foot house, 13-acre lakefront property The bling: Do you like wine? A glass of wine with dinner? A bottle of wine with friends? Five acres of grapes in your yard? (Some...

Feb 27, 2020
First Movers: How Indigenous people in B.C. exercise their economic and political power will have massive implications
Steven Threndyle

Editor’s note: This story, the cover feature from our February issue, explores how Indigenous people in B.C. are finding their way to prosperity through economic reconciliation. At the time of publication, writer Steven Threndyle had been following the four-year-long Wet’suwet’en blockade...

Feb 19, 2020
Opinion: Commercial real estate and the climate challenge
Donovan Woollard and David Ramslie

CleanBC, the province’s climate action plan, outlines a range of policies and actions intended to drive down greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and help bring B.C. closer to its target of reducing carbon pollution 40 percent below 2007 levels by 2030. It’s an ambitious...

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