Variables at Play

January 24th, 2019

As we move into the new year, we see an unprecedented number of real estate variables at play locally and around the world. Financial, economic, cultural, political. Locally we've got the new mortgage stress test, the speculation tax, the empty homes tax, the foreign buyers' tax, and the effects of strengthened currency and tax controls in China. These variables and others will affect buyers' ...

Heads up Metro Van homeowners re: Vacancy Tax

January 20th, 2019

If you’re a home owner in Metro Vancouver, Kelowna, or Nanaimo watch you’re not inadvertently charged the new provincial Vacancy Tax. 

You — and ALL persons on title — each need to complete an online form exempting yourselves from the tax. Failure to do so by March 31, 2019 will automatically trigger a tax charge, which could amount to thousands of dollars added to your annual property tax b ...

Here’s more inspiration from around the world

January 11th, 2019

Vancouver has some beautiful, interesting and inspirational homes - in all sizes, and at all price points. Sometimes, though, it’s good to draw inspiration from other places. Here’s my latest instalment of eye candy from around the world. For Parts I and II in the series, see here and here.

The exterior / interior design of this house is amazing. Best part for me is the one-level living. Mor ...