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Real Estate

Mar 1, 2009
Gloating About Vancouver Real Estate
Steve Burgess

Poor, stupid Vancouver homeowners: you bought. A Steve Burgess taunt from across Vancouver's real estate chasm. Back when times were good, Rhonda Byrne made a killing with her uplifting book, The Secret. It’s all about the law of attraction. By wishing and believing, she wrote, you can make your dreams come true.

Mar 1, 2009
After the Circus
Peter Mitham

Despite headline-grabbing financing woes, the chances of the Vancouver Olympic Village not reaching completion are slim. Were construction of the southeast False Creek project to halt, it would be both a major embarrassment and a logistical nightmare for VANOC, the...

Mar 1, 2009
At the Crossroads: B.C. real estate
Peter Mitham

B.C. real estate—and specifically Vancouver real estate—has long been subject to boom-and-bust cycles. Speculation arrived on the Granville townsite with the railway in the 1880s, flourished with the influx of investors from Asia in the 1980s and gave legs to...

Mar 1, 2009
What Was Your First Big Real-Estate Venture?
BCBusiness D.B.

DEREK TRETHEWEY (l) President & CEO, Okanagan Land Development Corp. “I was 20 and without a pot to piss in. A friend calls me up and says, ‘You gotta get up to Kelowna; there’s a couple of motels for sale for $750,000.’ Once there, I start talking to this guy...

Feb 1, 2009
Test of Medals
Bob Rennie

The date is July 1, 2010. You’re standing on the Southeast False Creek section of Vancouver’s seawall at the Olympic Village, directly across from Plaza of Nations where, only 24 years ago, you celebrated the 1986 World’s Fair under covered roof. Soon the entire Plaza will be torn down, replaced...

Jan 1, 2009
Vancouver Urban Development: The Downtown Divide
Bob Rennie

The world tilted and we didn’t fall off. Like a scary Disney­land ride, the market has shaken some money out of our pockets, and we’re now dealing with an upset stomach and some blurred vision. But as with any ride, we know from experience that somewhere, in the not-so-distant future...

Dec 3, 2008
Video: Robert Fung's Revival of Gastown
Joel Bentley

Robert Fung – the Salient Group developer and subject of this month’s profile, "Old Soul" – is restoring a series of heritage buildings in Vancouver’s Gastown. Synthesizing modern architecture with traditional building frames and 100-year-old windows, Fung has designed a series of interconnected buildings housing condos, studios and commercial spaces.

Dec 1, 2008
The Home Buying Launch Pad
Bob Rennie

All my father ever wanted was for his home, the 820-square-foot two-bedroom bungalow I grew up in, to be “clear title.” My parents bought that house on East 5th Avenue in 1953 for $7,500, and I remember like it was yesterday driving with Dad to the Royal Bank at Granville...

Nov 4, 2008
Building Respect
Susan Hollis

It’s the developer’s dilemma: how to retain the soul of the land you’re building on while meeting environmental standards and creating a livable community. It’s like herding kittens: when you focus more on one, the others get away. That’s why it took a few decades for Westbank First Nation matriarch...

Nov 4, 2008
Economic Crisis? What Crisis?
Bob Rennie

We’ve all seen the newsreel by now. John and Hillary Smith, standing in the driveway in front of their new Hummer, crying how unfair it all is that they’re losing their home, car and credit. They bought with a “No Decs No Docs” mortgage – a mortgage approved in America...

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