Real Estate

Jan 6, 2012
Let's Change our Vancouver Real Estate Vocabulary
Leah Bach

A new year means new resolutions, and we should start fresh when talking about Vancouver real estate. Happy 2012! In keeping with the spirit of the brand new year, I say we resolve to look at our dynamic real estate market in a fresh way. Let’s proverbially “sweep out the old” and make room in our news for market stories from a fresh perspective.

Jan 3, 2012
Greater Vancouverism: Developing the City's Suburbs
Peter Mitham

The Vancouverism planning model may have revitalized the city's urban core, but now Vancouver’s
 suburbs are striving for their own 
take on livability
. Anyone who thinks urban sprawl is unique to modern cities would do well to consult a 1928 literary classic, in which one character laments, “Everybody crowds round so in this forest. There’s no space. I never saw a more spreading lot of animals in my life, and in all the wrong places.” The author is A.A. Milne; the...

Dec 23, 2011
Vancouver's Housing Bubble To Slowly Deflate
L Peacock

According to TD Economics, Vancouver housing prices will let off serious steam in the next two years to the tune of 12 per cent. A TD Economics report released yesterday confirms what many of us already know – the Canadian housing market is significantly overvalued, especially here in Vancouver.

Dec 5, 2011
Living Small in Laneway Houses
Daniel Wood

In the early fall of 2009, Akua Schatz, 33, and her husband Brendon Purdy, 34, faced a trifecta of choices. Having lived for three years in Brendon’s parents’ basement in Vancouver’s Dunbar neighbourhood, they wanted a place of their own.

Dec 2, 2011
Housing Has Become Vancouver's Toxic Asset
Tony Wanless

A truly frightening blog from Sandy Garossino, an independent candidate in Vancouver’s recent civic election, highlights a situation that has been scaring quite a few people in this city for a while. Housing is becoming a toxic financial asset that threatens the entire region. Before we get into it, let’s look at...

Nov 7, 2011
Development Wars in Vancouver Island's Union Bay
Jim Sutherland

Two historical forces that shaped Vancouver Island meet stiff resistance as residents 
square off against a developer’s vision of 
leafy residential streets and a coal miner’s plans for a massive underground mine.

Oct 27, 2011
House Browsing Made Easier
Tony Wanless

Thanks to Real Estate Weekly, we can get a bird's eye view of the Lower Mainland's various housing markets. Those who faithfully follow this blog (don’t all raise your hands at once) are probably familiar with my regular rants about housing in Vancouver.

Sep 5, 2011
Reborn: Vancouver's Mountain View Cemetery
Peter Mitham

Vancouver's Mountain View Cemetery opens up sales 
for the first time since Expo 86. Cemeteries will always see strong demand, the saying goes, because people are dying to go there. But that’s especially true in Vancouver, where city-owned Mountain View Cemetery is once again selling casket graves after a 25-year hiatus.

Aug 31, 2011
Property Laws in Canada: A Guide to Real Estate Development
John Bermingham

Property laws in Canada govern the rights and responsibilities of those who use and dispose of land in the country. They include owners, landlords, mortgage- and lease-holders, tenants and real estate development. Canadian real estate laws are mostly governed by...

Aug 1, 2011
Victoria's Bear Mountain Resort Revival
Brennan Clarke

The Highlander isn’t the only major project at Bear Mountain Resort that ground to a halt when the cash-strapped golf resort began spiralling toward bankruptcy three years ago. But as a lingering symbol of the massive development’s troubled past, its...

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