Real estate opinion

  • November 2019

  • November 2019 – Market Update – Real Estate

    November 14, 2019

    October 2019 Market Update With a third month of things moving in a positive direction, I think we can confidently say that the positive direction the market has taken is firmly in place. The strongest indicator is the total sales […]

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  • October 2019

  • October 2019 – Market Update – Real Estate

    October 12, 2019

    September 2019 Market Update Remember my commentary from last month? Things had turned positive for the first time this year, but I said just one month didn’t make a trend. Well, this past month continued the direction the market took […]

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  • September 2019

  • Sep 2019 – Market Update – Real Estate

    September 6, 2019

    August 2019 Market Update Remember my commentary from last month? Things had turned positive for the first time this year, but I said just one month didn’t make a trend. Well, this past month continued the direction the market took […]

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  • August 2019

  • Aug 2019 – Market Update – Vancouver Real Estate

    August 19, 2019

    July 2019 Market Update This time of year is typically one of the quieter periods for Vancouver real estate (second only to the December – January timeframe…both coinciding with when most of our clients take vacation). Just when no one […]

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  • July 2019

  • July 2019 – Market Update – Vancouver Real Estate

    July 5, 2019

    June 2019 Market Update We hit a new high for the number of listings this year in the month of May. I’ve seen some reports making a big deal of this, but honestly I don’t believe it to be. The […]

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  • June 2019

  • June 2019 – Market Update – Vancouver Real Estate

    June 11, 2019

    May 2019 Market Update We hit a new high for the number of listings this year in the month of May. I’ve seen some reports making a big deal of this, but honestly I don’t believe it to be. The […]

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  • February 2017

  • Federal Government Announces Mortgage Rule Tightening

    Regulatory Changes That Impact the Vancouver Real Estate Market

    February 3, 2017

    The Vancouver real estate market obviously does not operate in a vacuum. There are countless rules, regulations, laws and bylaws that influence our market place. In the past year or so, there have been significant changes to the regulatory environment […]

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  • November 2016

  • Vancouver Real Estate in Historical Context

    Vancouver’s Current Real Estate Market in a Historical Context

    November 15, 2016

    Wading through the vast quantities of information available on the Vancouver real estate market can be confusing as well as daunting. In our opinion, much of that information fails to provide a long-term perspective instead focusing primarily on monthly fluctuations […]

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  • January 2016

  • Downtown Vancouver Condos - by Harhsil Shah

    Will the New Mortgage Rules Slow Down Vancouver’s Market?

    January 16, 2016

    The federal government recently announced that it was introducing mortgage changes that will increase downpayment requirements (on properties priced over $500,000). In our opinion, this measure will not cool the Vancouver real estate market…but it may have some unintended consequences. […]

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  • Kitsilano Houses

    Your Vancouver Property Tax Assessment Options Explained

    January 12, 2016

    If you own a home in BC, you’ll have received your BC Assessment notice this week. And, if you own a piece of Vancouver real estate, you might be a little bit (or a lot) shocked at the spike in […]

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  • December 2008

  • Winter 2008 – Eight reasons Canadian banks will come out ahead

    December 8, 2008

    8 Reasons Canadian Banks Will Come Out Ahead 1. By law shares of large, publicly traded banks and insurance companies must be “widely held” which in effect prevents domestic mergers or foreign take-over’s unless supported by the federal finance minster; […]

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  • October 2002

  • Fall 2002 Market Update – Pre-Sale & Protecting your Investment

    October 2, 2002

    Pre-sale is a speculation�??pure and simple. If the market conditions are good, you will look like a genius. Buyers who purchased suites 2 years ago and are taking possession now, are very happy campers. Not only have the prices generally improved but the supply/demand ratio has totally flipped around. In 2000 the Downtown market was flooded with re-sale opportunites and there were very few buyers taking advantage.

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  • May 2002

  • Spring 2002 Market Update – Vancouver Real Estate

    May 1, 2002

    Things are good and everybody is talking about it! Competing offers, a scarcity of listings and soaring prices�?� but when it hits the front page of the newspaper it's probably a fair guess that it's already over. In fact, the evidence is already out there to suggest that another change is coming. The number of listings is on the rise - the number of buyers is not. This should bring some much needed balance back into the market place. Over the past 6 months the pace has been frantic and if it hadn't slowed down on its own, we could have all been in for a nasty shock. 15-20% increases over 6 a month period are clearly not sustainable and something had to change.

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