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Real Estate

Jul 1, 2011
China's Real Estate Spree in Vancouver
Frank O'Hara

The note, one of those yellow stickies from 3M, was stuck on the door of our west side Vancouver home late one Tuesday night in March. My wife, Cynthia, found it early Wednesday morning while letting our dog out and called to me upstairs: “Baby, you’ve got to come down...

May 19, 2011
How Affordable Housing Makes a Greener Vancouver
Tony Wanless

Want to really “green” Vancouver? Create affordable housing so families can actually live here. All the evidence says that as the Vancouver real estate bubble continues to ripple across the Lower Mainland, it's ensuring that anyone young and/or poor will never – ever – be able to afford to live here.

May 5, 2011
Video: Vancouver Home Demolition
Kristen Hilderman

Back to the feature: "Disposable Housing: Vancouver Home Demolition," by Colleen Kimmett Slideshow: Looking inside a Vancouver home demolition...

May 2, 2011
Slideshow: Vancouver Home Demolition

In this case, nearly all of the house including window frames, outdated kitchen appliances, and hardwood flooring planks is discarded.Vancouver Home Demolition While it costs only between $40 and $60 a tonne to recycle wood at a local transfer station, dumping the wood with mixed construction materials in the landfill costs...

May 2, 2011
Disposable Housing: Vancouver Home Demolition
Colleen Kimmett

This is the moment of destruction I’ve been waiting for. The excavator squares to the side of its target, a stately East Coast-style house on a quiet street in Kerrisdale. At the end of its long hydraulic arm is a...

Apr 4, 2011
Mibroc Group of Companies
Peter Severinson

Congratulations to Mibroc, #19 in 2011's Most Innovative Companies in B.C. With building and selling homes arguably B.C.’s favourite business, pastime and obsession, it’s gratifying to include a medium-sized developer on this year’s list, even if it’s for its marketing, of all things. 

Mar 11, 2011
What Your B.C. Gulf Island Says About You
Lisa Manfield

You are what you eat – and where you live. And for vacationers and year-round residents alike, B.C.'s Gulf Islands offer a dazzling array of identities. This is your field guide to telling them apart. If great cities have personalities – London the Hardscrabble Urchin, Paris the Dewy-eyed Lover – it stands that islands too exude an essential character. By their mysterious magnetism, the places attract people who, for better or worse, belong to the same tribe.  ...

Mar 11, 2011
Telus's High-Tech Headquarters
Tony Wanless

Telus announces that it’s building a showcase high-tech headquarters on an old block in downtown Vancouver. That’s good news for the city’s digital industry. Telus's announcement yesterday that it’s building a million-square-foot, $750 million project in downtown Vancouver came as a pleasant surprise.

Mar 7, 2011
Rich Folk Poor Folk: Mixed-Income Housing
Christine McLaren

Vancouver’s experiment with mixed-income housing broke new ground. But to what extent is it a replicable model? When Bob Rennie set out to sell 536 glitzy condominiums in the Woodward’s complex next to 200 units of Downtown Eastside social housing, Vancouver’s real estate marketer extraordinaire took a self-described leap of “blind faith,” one that people told him would ruin his career.

Mar 7, 2011
Low Commission B.C. Real Estate Agents
Fabrice Taylor

As technology makes it easier to research, buy and sell a home, the commissions paid to real estate agents should be coming down. They’re not – though that might be about to change
. Bob Dymont doesn’t sound like a revolutionary. He’s too soft-spoken, too diplomatic, too avuncular. And yet, in real estate, he’s done nothing but overthrow the status quo for the past three decades.

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