My Experience

Since the BC government has reopened all our public spaces and various businesses, we have seen a real increase in the number of people listing their homes, and as a result more sales.

We have now had almost 4 months of learning how to do real estate in a safe and productive way, with our masks, gloves, hand sanitizers and social distancing ( which is a bit tough in some of those small 1970's elevators!).

The busiest market is the condo market which is where home purchasing is still most affordable especially under $1,000,000. Because of the pause in the market during the shut down, we had more buyers than sellers and actually had many multiple offers on properties. That is continuing now into June.

It does put pressure on Buyers to be ready - with their financing, the diligent reading of documents, potential pre- home inspections and more.

However, more home owners feel comfortable opening their homes up to potential buyers and there are more homes available to see. We are continuing to keep our buyers and sellers safe, as we always have, but now in a more attentive way.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Michael Geller, a contributor to the Vancouver Courier re: real estate/housing issues, always has a clear and calm view of the situation.

Six False Creek affordable housing lots still empty after three decades: Vancouver Sun front page story March 10, 2018

While I didn't write this story, I feel partially responsible for it.
     During the recent debate about the forthcoming North-east False Creek development, much was made of the city's promise to include significant affordable housing. This prompted me to comment that this was a noble goal, but before getting too excited about these units, what about the 6 empty social housing parcels lying fallow along the North Shore of False Creek?
     I knew about these parcels because I was given a tour of them by Concord Pacific during the 2008 municipal election. Furthermore, I was involved as an expert witness in a lawsuit over them a few years ago. Following my comments, Lori Cuthbert contacted me. I happily put her in touch with Cameron Gray, who was the City's Housing Director, and while not directly involved in the acquisition of these sites, knew why they remained undeveloped.
     I told Lori that I thought it was outrageous that these sites remained undeveloped, not as a criticism of Concord Pacific, but rather of the city, province and feds who could have come up with a strategy to see these parcels developed with affordable housing, even in the absence of deep government subsidies. Enough said.
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