April 28, 2013
Best Restaurants In Vancouver: Which List Should Foodies Use?
Yaletown's Blue Water Cafe has been named the best seafood restaurant in Vancouver Magazine's 2013 Restaurant Awards. (Blue Water Cafe)
The debate over Vancouver's best restaurant never stops. The conversation just got a little louder with the results of Vancouver Magazine's 2013 Restaurant Awards.
Hawksworth on West Georgia Street was named Restaurant of the Year for the second year running. Chef David Hawksworth also picked up the "Chef of the Year" award.
The magazine agreed with the Georgia Straight's Golden Plate Awards, which named Hawksworth best fine dining establishment, though Chambar took the prize for Best Overall Restaurant .
But Hawksworth didn't come close to first in Yelp.ca's survey, which named popular...
April 28, 2013
5 Ways to Get Your Home When Housing Inventory Is So Tight
By Brendon DeSimone
The news is out. Real estate is back.Homebuyers are in the game again, but they're facing a huge inventory shortage in most markets. Some buyers make three or four offers on homes, only to keep losing out to other buyers. In this tight market, buyers and real estate agents need to think outside the box. You may need to go after homes that aren't listed for sale. Here are five ways to do that.
1. Look for 'expired' and 'withdrawn' listings. A good agent will scour the MLS for homes that were listed in the recent past but never sold. Many homes failed to sell because they were seen as overpriced at the time. Does their last list price seem like a valid price today? Chances are, the owner...
April 27, 2013
Real Estate Board’s message this election: Help reduce the PTT
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
VANCOUVER, BC – April 23, 2013 – BC voters head to the polls on May 14 and the Property Transfer Tax (PTT) is a top election issue for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV).
The REBGV has launched a campaign to raise voter awareness of the need for the next government to reduce the PTT.
“Our goal is to send a strong message to this year’s candidates that it’s long overdue for government to reduce the burden of the PTT on home buyers,” Sandra Wyant, REBGV president said.
To support this campaign, people can “like” our Facebook page at facebook.com/helpreducetheptt. To learn more about the PTT and its implications on BC home buyers,...
April 27, 2013
Selling Your Home: The Front Door Sets the Tone
Selling Your Home: The Front Door Sets the Tone
Once you decide to sell your home, you want every advantage that you can get. Doing so will increase the chances of attracting buyers who will seriously consider the property. As part of your preparations for placing the home on the market, take the time to consider the little details about the appearance of the home. One of those little details happens to be the front door.
What’s So Important About the Front Door?
The front door is often overlooked when a home is prepared for sale. There is a tendency to consider the door for its practical purpose of serving as an entry and exit point for the home. While you certainly want the front door to be operational, there is also the matter of how the...
April 26, 2013
Vancouver housing market shows signs of improvement
Sandra Wyant has come across tantalizing clues that she believes point to a gradual turnaround in Vancouver’s tepid housing market.
The new president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver sees modest but encouraging signs of a stalemate easing between buyers and sellers. Sales volume in the Vancouver region fell 18.3 per cent in March, compared with the same month in 2012, but there is a silver lining: Decreases in year-over-year sales have slowed since last fall, when the number of homes sold tumbled nearly 27 per cent. Another clue? An industry statistic...
April 26, 2013
BC Voters go to the polls on May 14
BC Voters go to the polls on May 14, 2013 and once again the Property Transfer Tax (PTT) is a top election issue for the Real Estate Board. The PTT is charged on the sale of new and resale homes at 1% on the first $200,000 and 2% on the remaining value of the home.
April 25, 2013
New property listed in Fleetwood Tynehead, Surrey
I have listed a new property at 132 15501 89A AVE in Surrey.
Avondale, gated community. Nothing to do but move into this spacious & nicely updated south facing 2 bedrm, 3 bathrm home with it's huge master bedrm, W/I closet & 4 pce enste. Nicely updated with fresh paint, all new flooring thru-out, newbaseboards & trim, updated hardware, new light fixtures & new decora light switches & plugs thru-out. Nice open lvgrm w/ hrtge style gas F/P & a sep. formal dinrm with slider to large patio & open but very "private" b/yard. Nice bright kit w/ lots of cupbds & counter space & newer appliances. Cozy famrm off the kit w/ door to patio & b/yard. New: Roof in '11; Hi-eff furnace & H/W tank in...
April 24, 2013
Most expensive home sold in the City of Vancouver in 2012 at nearly $20 million. Luxury Vancouver: 4803 Belmont Ave, Point Grey
Earlier this week, we told you about the most expensive home for sale in Canada, the ultra tacky $38 million teardown mansion in West Vancouver. The City of Vancouver is no slouch when it comes to eight figure listings either. Today we look at the 4803 Belmont avenue in the posh Point Grey neighbourhood. It was listed for $25 million and is claimed to be the most expensive home sold in the City of Vancouver in 2012 at nearly $20 million.
Bedrooms :: 8
Bathrooms :: Full: 7, Half: 1
Square Footage :: 10,734
Property Description ::
Magnificent .92 acre estate on this most prestigious street. Spectacular ocean views to Vancouver Island, the North Shore Mountains...
April 20, 2013
Weekly Boomer Retirement and Business Succession News
Here is a list of articles on Boomer Retirement, Business Succession Planning, and Estate Planning that you may find interesting:
- The Boomer Retirement Bust A massive nine million strong, wave of Retiring Boomers born between 1946 and 1965 are about to change the definition of retirement. They have been the most influential generation shaping Canada’s economy as they moved through each stage of their lives and are now at the cusp of redefining the meaning of retirement. The traditional dream of retiring in their dream home to share and enjoy with their children and grandchildren may not be a reality for many retiring Boomers.
- Conflicting Financial Advice Can Lead To Poor Returns All too often investors are bombarded with inconsistent...
April 19, 2013
Canada’s smallest condos go on sale in Surrey April 20
Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:00am PST
Surrey development company Tien Sher plans to start selling Canada’s smallest condos – starting at just 297 square feet – to the public at noon on April 20, spokesperson Ross Sullivan confirmed to Business in Vancouver April 16.
Pricing for the condos at the project called The Balance, start at $109,900. All of the 56 “micro-suites” will include nine-foot ceilings, track lighting, laminate oak floors and a large open balcony.
While 60% of the suites in the four-storey building are 305 square feet or smaller, the largest suite in the complex is a one-bedroom unit of 653 square feet....
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