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Real Estate

Jun 18, 2009
Vancouver Special Gets a Facelift
David Allison

Can the city shed its shoebox reputation? There are many  experiences that contribute to "the Vancouver Brand," and public revilement of the infamous Vancouver Special is one of them. Boxy and boring, it's part of our shared heritage as Vancouverites to scoff at these inelegant abodes. But brand attributes can change – even commonly accepted ones. And if the widespread belief that these suburban shoeboxes are a blight on the good name of Vancouver can change, what's next?

Jun 3, 2009
New Models of Affordable Vancouver Housing
Bob Rennie

In search of new models of affordable housing In the past year, prices for homes have dropped throughout B.C., and yet what might be considered “affordable housing” is still in desperately short supply. Construction costs are down, as the demand for new homes has subsided, but the cost of land remains high. Indeed, not only do we have a shortage of developable land in Vancouver – and elsewhere in B.C. – but that shortage is compounded by a restrictive zoning and...

May 6, 2009
Shades of Green
Peter Severinson

LEED LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a green-building certification system administered by the Canada Green Building Council, which has adapted green-building criteria developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to reflect conditions unique to Canada. Independent auditors judge a building according to five broad areas: site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

May 6, 2009
Shelter Skelter | BC Green Buildings | LEED
Mark Mallet

Before the financial crash of October 2008, green buildings were the darling of the media and the market, and nowhere was that more true than in B.C. Victoria’s Dockside Green promised to be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental...

May 6, 2009
The Promised Lands | B.C. land rights, B.C. treaties
Eric Denhoff, Jerry Lampert, Andrew Bak, and BCB staff

In most of Canada, the land rights of First Nations and the Crown have long since been signed into treaties. Not so in B.C. After 150 years of neglect, we don’t really know who has rights to what lands – an uncertainty that’s stifling investment, crippling community development and plaguing...

Mar 1, 2009
The Global Village
Peter Mitham

With housing markets across North America imploding, the question on the minds of B.C. realtors is, Where are the international buyers? In early January of this year, brokers and agents packed the international market sessions of Real Estate Connect, an...

Mar 1, 2009
Gloating About Vancouver Real Estate
Steve Burgess

Poor, stupid Vancouver homeowners: you bought. A Steve Burgess taunt from across Vancouver's real estate chasm. Back when times were good, Rhonda Byrne made a killing with her uplifting book, The Secret. It’s all about the law of attraction. By wishing and believing, she wrote, you can make your dreams come true.

Mar 1, 2009
After the Circus
Peter Mitham

Despite headline-grabbing financing woes, the chances of the Vancouver Olympic Village not reaching completion are slim. Were construction of the southeast False Creek project to halt, it would be both a major embarrassment and a logistical nightmare for VANOC, the...

Mar 1, 2009
At the Crossroads: B.C. real estate
Peter Mitham

B.C. real estate—and specifically Vancouver real estate—has long been subject to boom-and-bust cycles. Speculation arrived on the Granville townsite with the railway in the 1880s, flourished with the influx of investors from Asia in the 1980s and gave legs to...

Mar 1, 2009
What Was Your First Big Real-Estate Venture?
BCBusiness D.B.

DEREK TRETHEWEY (l) President & CEO, Okanagan Land Development Corp. “I was 20 and without a pot to piss in. A friend calls me up and says, ‘You gotta get up to Kelowna; there’s a couple of motels for sale for $750,000.’ Once there, I start talking to this guy...

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