Real Estate

Aug 1, 2011
The Okanagan Nation Negotiation
Jessica Barrett

Personal trust seals First Nations 
development deal with The Cottages at Osoyoos Lake. If you happen upon a vintage Airstream trailer hurtling down the highway this summer, it’s likely you’ll be hit with a silver bullet of nostalgia. Don’t think for a second that’s accidental.

Jul 29, 2011
Real Estate Development, Canadian Property Laws and the Role of Social Media
Lydia Millet

Property development and investment is changing rapidly. Most real estate transactions in Canada now begin online, on real estate websites, Craigslist, or Canada’s Multiple Listings Services (MLS). Real estate agents are adapting quickly, making themselves visible with websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. The fish they’re trying to catch in...

Jul 27, 2011
A New View of Affordable Vancouver Housing
Tony Wanless

Vancouver's new affordable housing initiative may be full of holes, but at least it's a step in the right direction. Nice to see that Vancouver city council is trying to do something about the city’s worst – and little acknowledged – economic problem.

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In this case, nearly all of the house including window frames, outdated kitchen appliances, and hardwood flooring planks is discarded.Vancouver Home Demolition While it costs only between $40 and $60 a tonne to recycle wood at a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.  ...

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