Green Party Coun. Adriane Carr drafting motion to rescind vote of previous Vision Vancouver-led council.

  • Generally, a new council is free to reconsider previous bylaws and resolutions of its predecessors.
     
  • If the new council wanted to take steps to reverse some or all of these [duplex zoning] amendments, council would need to hold a public hearing prior to approving an amendment to reverse the amendments that are currently proposed.
  • If (as is the case here) the matter being reconsidered is a...
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 Areas covered by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver include: Whistler, Sunshine Coast, Squamish, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, and South Delta.


The real estate industry is a key economic driver in British Columbia. In 2017, 35,993 homes changed ownership in the Board’s area, generating $2.4 billion in economic spin-off activity and an estimated 17,600 jobs. The total...

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Where are Western Canada's biggest hotspots for real estate investment in 2019? If you have some funds burning a hole in your pocket, you would be advised to take a look outside of the usual suspects of Vancouver and the Capital region.

 


Here are our sister publication Western Investor's picks for the top five Western Canadian cities to invest in real estate over the next year.


Read on to find out!

https://www.vancourier.com/real-estate/2019-s-top-five-real-estate-investment-towns-in-w...

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If you cannot afford a house in Vancouver but still want the luxurious lifestyle, developers are bringing some fun ammenities to their designs:


1. designated hot and cold food storage rooms for food delivered before you make it home from work

2.  designated spot for Uber and Lyft rides (not yet in Vancouver!)

3. a high-tech shared working space for those who want to work from home

4. an exercise room outfitted with a gym system that mixes arcade-style activities with fitness.


In 2014, condo...

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Metro Vancouver's current housing slump will last until 2021, but will be followed by dramatic doubling in single-family prices, predicts analyst.

A real estate analyst who accurately predicted Metro Vancouver’s housing crash a year ago says the current slump will stretch out for three more years.

Read on....


https://www.vancourier.com/real-estate/detached-home-prices-will-soar-after-three-year-slump-analyst-1.23467287

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Rezoning proposal outlines plan for 55-unit, six-storey residential building.

 A 55-unit, six-storey residential building is proposed for a land assembly near the Little Mountain development site.

 


The proposal, for which a rezoning application has been submitted, involves property from 4906 to 4970 Quebec St.

 A 55-unit, six-storey residential building is proposed for a land assembly near the Little Mountain development site.

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A proposal for a five-story, mixed-use building at 4464 Dunbar St. will be reviewed by the City of Vancouver’s Urban Design Panel Oct. 3


Under the site’s existing C-2 zoning, the application is conditional, so while it may be allowed, a decision by the Development Permit Board is required. The Urban Design Panel advises city council and staff about development proposals or policies, including major development applications, rezoning applications or other projects of public...

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Everyday, as I peruse the listings on our industry MLS site, I am astonished at the terrible photos my colleagues choose to use to sell their clients home online! EVERYONE starts their home search online so first impressions are key.


The potential Buyer is looking at the features of your home - not your stuff. They want to see if your kitchen counter is marble or laminate. Put your dirty dishes, dish cloths, tea towels, rotting bananas, and jars of spices, lentils etc. away. They are very distracting...

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On September 18th, at one of the last meetings before the Vancouver civic election, there will be a public hearing held on plans to allow duplex zoning in almost every city neighbourhood.

This is a final move by Mayor Gregor Robertson to add even more density, and in the future, the new council will consider further density with fourplexes and townhomes.

Some believe that these new types of housing in current single detached home zoned areas will be unaffordable for most residents - especially on...

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Homes in Vancouver which are unoccupied for 6 full months of the year or more, will be subject to the 1% EMPTY HOMES TAX.


The tax is equal to 1% of the property's taxable assessed value in addition to the existing property tax and will be applied annually.


Who won't be subject to the tax?


Residences being used as a principal residence by the owner, a family member, a friend or any other person occupying with the permission of the owner but is not a tennant or sub tennant, will NOT be charged the tax....

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Do you have a basement suite or a laneway house and you don't want long term tenants?


As of September 1st 2018, in Vancouver, you are permitted SHORT TERM RENTALS in principal residences only - the home where you live.

Anyone operating a short term rental must have a business licence and include it in all the listings.


The registration period to comply with the regulations ends after August 31st. After this date, you can still apply for a licence but all short term rentals listed without a licence...

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July 2018


Typically, the real estate market will slow down in the summer months, with an increase slightly in mid - September and then take a slower turn as it approaches November. Below are the statistics for July 2018 in comparison to July 2017.

Detached Properties:                                                         One year Change


Total Active Listings...

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Historically, there is a bump in selling and buying activity in the 2nd and 3rd week of September, when the kids are all back at school and the adults have settled into their fall schedule.

NOW is the time to prepare your home to list in September.


1. Have a garage sale

2. Get some exterior painting done during the warm weather

3. Declutter


If you are not sure what tasks will enhance the presentation of your home, give me a call. Decluttering and staging are 2 of my talents and passions!

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Summer time is typically slow for real estate in Vancouver, and Kitsilano is no different. Currently, there are 48 detached homes for sale, the lower end at $1,999,000, a 1927 home on a 33 x 110 lot and a 2305 sq. ft. home.


At the top end, as usual is Point Grey Road water front, with one property listed at $19,980,000.


There have been 4 sales in the last 30 days with a 25 x 120 lot with a house built in 1905 on it, selling for $1,400,000.


It is important to remember that in VANCOUVER, any home built...

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Many Babyboomers are reluctant to sell their homes after raising their families in lovely detached homes. People always say "where will we go?"

Now you can move into a beautiful brand new condo in your same community on the west side of Vancouver.


Alma & 10th by Landa Global is a new four-storey mixed-use concrete development located at the corner of Alma & West 10th Ave.  Contemporary with traditional charm enhances this upscale neighborhood. This project will offer seven retail units...

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According to the Federal Government HOME BUYER'S PLAN, you can use up to $25,000 of your RRSP to help finance a DOWN PAYMENT or use for closing costs.

The RRSP funds must be on deposit for at least 90 days, and you have 15 years to repay it all back.


You must be a FIRST TIME buyer, however, even if you owned a home previously, you can be considered a first time home buyer if in the previous 4 years, you did not own a home.


Before withdrawing the RRSP funds, seek appropriate advice from an accountant,...

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Vancouver city council unanimously approved Tuesday a heritage revitalization agreement to protect the 1930's Hollywood Theatre on west Broadway and allow a six-story mixed use building to be constructed on the balance of the site.


The Company, 4184 Investments LTD., says that the theatre - which closed in 2011 when the building was sold, will be restore to its former glory, and included a comprehensive operational plan in its development application.


Great news, especially to all those who fought...

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Vancouver city council unanimously approved Tuesday a heritage revitalization agreement to protect the 1930s Hollywood Theatre on West Broadway and allow a six-storey mixed-use building to be constructed on the balance of the site.


The company, 4184 Investments, Ltd., says that that the theatre – which closed in 2011 when the building was sold – will be restored to its former glory, and included a comprehensive operational plan in its development application.


Great news!...

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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.

     http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/three-decades-ago-six-big-lots-in-vancouvers-trendy-false-creek-were-reserved-for-affordable-housing-they-remain-empty-today-will-these-600-homes-for-families-and-seniors-finally-be-built