Chris Brown | Real Estate Advisor


North Shore, Vancouver + Sea to Sky Real Estate

Feb 3rd – Day of Action to #StandUpForParks

With British Columbia’s Budget 2018 just around the corner, it’s once again time to put our provincial parks in the spotlight. That’s why the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - BC Chapter (CPAWS BC) is organizing a province-wide day of action to stand up for BC Parks. On Feb 3rd, join CPAWS and countless others from around the province and call on the government to: [read more]

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City of North Van approves condos in Central Lonsdale // Crest by Adera Projects

Crest by Adera Projects will be a massive hit. This development will be one of the most sought after PRE SALE communities to come to the City of North Vancouver in 2018. The location is exceptional and I know a number of Realtors who are considering a property there for themselves. More info will be available soon. Sales start this Spring. [read more]

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Just Sold: Heritage Inspired City Home in the Heart of Kitsilano!

A collection of 4 heritage-inspired city homes by JC Tycon Developments. Featuring sophisticated modern interiors in a trendy Kitsilano, Vancouver. This ground floor 1 bedroom home offers a contemporary flair and its open concept plan with high ceilings, Carrera Marble fireplace, wide plank wood floors and a spa-like marble tiled master ensuite. A chef's kitchen boasts custom cabinetry with quartz counter tops and Thermador appliances. [read more]

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New Listing: Modern Two Bedroom Condo in Lower Lonsdale

Lovingly cared for by a single owner, this two bed one bath home shows like new and features quality finishings including stone counters and stainless appliances. Updates include laminate flooring throughout, California Closets and designer outdoor balcony flooring. In-suite laundry, one storage locker and one parking are all included. If you're a first time buyer or investor this home is not to be missed. [read more]

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Squamish Pre Sale Development Market Update November 2017

There has been a steady stream of pre construction new home inventory added to the market in 2017 that has been absorbed fairly quickly. The pre construction market in Squamish has been very active in 2017 with first time home buyers and investors with many development projects getting to sell out or almost sold out within a month or so of coming to the market. [read more]

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North Vancouver’s Maplewood redevelopment plan nears vote

The plan also includes new parks, pathways and bike lanes, an extension of Berkley Road between Seymour and Dollarton, protection of environmentally sensitive areas and environmental remediation of former industrial sites, daycare centres and public art. The district’s intent is to have “complete” walkable communities where people can shop, work, access services and recreate without having to drive. [read more]

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What the new mortgage rules mean for homebuyers

The rules now require the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages to be the greater of the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada (presently 4.89%) or 200 basis points above the mortgage holder’s contractual mortgage rate. “The main effect will be felt by first-time buyers,” says James Laird, co-founder of Ratehub.ca. “No matter how much money they put down as a down payment, they will have to pass the stress test.” [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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