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The importance of buying from a well-known developer

Recent articles in the Vancouver Sun deal with 2 different strata developments, both with their own set of very difficult issues. The articles I refer to are at: http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/dan-fumano-vancouver-real-estate-developer-faces-mounting-lawsuits-extradition-to-u-s-on-fraud-charges https://www.pressreader.com/canada/vancouver-sun/20170908/281633895392621 … [read more]

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Squamish Pre Sale Development Homes For Sale

Just a quick list of all the pre sale developments currently for sale in Squamish, B.C. All of these developments are in different stages of sales, marketing and construction. Suite availability and pricing changes daily so feel free to give me a shout and I would be happy to round up current availability including any developer promotions for you. [read more]

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The 2017 BC Ride to Conquer Cancer

Next weekend, I will be participating in my third consecutive The British Columbia Ride to Conquer Cancer​ benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation​. Laura and I with our team from Ryan's Riders​ will be pedalling over 200km in two days to raise funds for cancer research. I am still looking for donations for my ride. [read more]

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SOLD OVER ASKING: 2 BED + DEN AT LYNMOUR SOUTH

I am pleased to announce the quick sale of this great 2 Bedroom + Den home! Welcome to the community of Lynmour South only minutes to Capilano University, groceries, Second Narrows Bridge and easy access to Downtown Vancouver. With nature at your doorstep including Inter River Park, Lower Lynn Canyon Park and the famous Lower Seymour Demonstration Forrest, hiking and mountain biking is an easy after work activity. [read more]

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NEW LISTING: TWO BEDROOM HOME IN LYNNMOUR SOUTH

Welcome to the community of Lynmour South. This two bedroom home is only minutes to Capilano University, groceries, Second Narrows Bridge making access to Downtown Vancouver quick and easy! With nature at your doorstep, including Inter River Park, Lower Lynn Canyon Park and the famous Lower Seymour Demonstration Forrest, hiking and mountain biking is an easy afterwork activity [read more]

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Ten ways to reduce housing prices in Metro Vancouver

3. Allow basement suites in duplexes, townhouses, and apartments. Basement suites provide a significant amount of affordable housing. However, they’re generally not allowed in duplexes and townhouses. Municipalities should change zoning to allow this form of housing. They should also allow “lock-off suites” within apartments, such as those at SFU’s UniverCity. Think of them as “mortgage-helpers in the sky”. [read more]

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What the loom of rising interest rates mean for the mortgage market

Canadians are starting to take note that the key number determining how much they pay for a mortgage is very likely going to soon go up. "My email is exploding right now," says Ryan McKinley, senior mortgage development manager at Vancity Credit Union. For those looking to buy in the near-term, McKinley says now is the time to lock in a mortgage rate, which financial institutions generally do for between 90 and 120 days. [read more]

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Canada Not Alone in House Price Mania

The dramatic rise in Canadian house prices has been making headlines almost daily. And for good reason: prices in and around the country’s hottest markets, Toronto (and until recently) Vancouver, have been posting double-digit annual gains. In May, prices in Toronto and Vancouver were up year-over-year 29% and 8.8% respectively. But Canada isn’t the only country experiencing skyrocketing home prices. [read more]

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JUST SOLD: #62 SEVEN PEAKS TOWNHOME IN SQUAMISH

I am pleased to announce the sale of another 3 bedroom townhome at Seven Peaks by Polygon in Squamish. Seven Peaks is a collection West Coast-style townhomes in beautiful Squamish. Built for family life and making the most of the great outdoors of Squamish, these three and four bedroom homes are spaciously laid out and focus on creating a sense of community. [read more]

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NEW LISTING: 1/2 DUPLEX HOME IN CLAYTON HEIGHTS, SURREY

Pride of ownership is evident throughout this newly listed 1/2 duplex family home. From this location walk to parks, playgrounds and the local corner store and access highway #1 only a short drive away. Inside you’ll find designer touches including real hardwood flooring, stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, large windows and designer blinds. Over height ceilings add to the sense of space. [read more]

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SQUAMISH: SEA-TO-SKY CITY THE NEXT MAJOR EXURB

Squamish is both quickly becoming a commuter suburb of Vancouver, and undergoing an industrial expansion unseen in decades. And as more Lower Mainlanders are looking to Squamish as an option, driving up house prices. The benchmark price for a detached house increased 27 per cent from $658,600 to $836,100 between March 2015 and March 2016 alone. [read more]

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B.C. Newly Built Home Property Transfer Tax Exemption

The B.C. Newly Built Home Exemption reduces or eliminates the amount of property transfer tax you pay when you purchase a newly built home. A newly built home includes a house constructed and affixed on a parcel of vacant land, a new apartment in a newly built condominium building or a manufactured home that is placed and affixed on a parcel of vacant land. [read more]

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