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Real Estate

Mar 1, 2007
Cost of Living
Alison Appelbe

The problems began in late 2004, when the residential strata council, made up of strata-unit owners, fired its property manager and turned to a large management firm. A per-unit management fee of $17.50 – which was then an average amount...

Aug 1, 2006
B.C.'s Recreational Real Estate: Quiet Stampede
Andrew Findlay

It’s Friday afternoon and a convoy of sparkling SUV's with Alberta plates, many of them towing trailers and powerboats, is squeezing through the ochre-coloured walls of Sinclair Canyon at the western portal of Kootenay National Park near Radium Hot Springs.

Aug 1, 2006
Vancouver Real Estate: Pop Goes The Market
Patricia Croft

The debate is not only on, it’s raging: is Vancouver real estate in the midst of a housing bubble that will ultimately end in tears with a pop in the market bubble, or are things different this time around?

Jul 1, 2006
White Rock Development: Paving Paradise
Myles Murchison

After White Rock's Official Community Plan, and its barring of any development of over nine storeys, expired, residents led by Jean Kromm fought the planned development of a 25 storey condo building till exhaustion with no avail. So why did they fail to prevent the paving of their paradise?

Jul 1, 2006
Aboriginal Territory: Landlocked
Keith Clark

B.C. is unique in Canada with its relationship with aboriginal people. It has the largest number of distinct groups, yet the smallest percentage of land subject to treaty negotiations. While the province and aboriginal groups argue over who has the right to control the territory, private companies seeking access to natural resources are landlocked in the middle of a fight that is not their own.

Jan 1, 2006
Housing Bubble Trouble
Tony Wanless

Now that real estate prices are climbing by double-digit percentages again, talk on the street is all about bubbles—not only in housing, but also in gold, income trusts and the dollar. Should we be worried? Now that real estate prices are...

Jun 1, 2005
UBC Development: Rising Up on Campus
Trevor Boddy

This evening’s showdown of diverging visions for the campus will change the direction of UBC’s development and lead directly to B.C.’s first international architectural competition in 14 years (the last one, in 1991, resulted in Moshe Safdie’s Library Square).

Jul 1, 2004
Okanagan Mountain Park Fire: Hell on Okaview Road
Greg Fjetland

Most house fires burn at a temperature between 1,200 and 1,500 degrees Celsius. In the Okanagan Mountain Park firestorm of last August, temperatures peaked at about 2,500 degrees. Under those conditions the fire is so intense, the heat so all-consuming...

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