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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' ...

Planning for 2019: It’s about timing and strategy

December 18th, 2018

Despite a number of government-led factors designed to cool demand, 2018 was another active year in most Metro Van real estate markets. I can personally attest to this, having had an incredibly active year myself. Particularly up until early November, when the market slowed considerably.

I wouldn't suggest listing your home this late in the year. If you're thinking of selling, however, it wou ...

Sometimes, we just need to move

September 13th, 2018

With all the talk and media attention about reduced home sales activity these past few months, we tend to forget that sometimes people just need to, or want to, move. This is true regardless of whether the market is going up or going down. (And remember, "the market" for you as an individual homeowner is not what you read about. Rather it’s the many specific attributes of the home you own - o ...

Thinking of an island property? Do your homework!

July 18th, 2018

For those thinking of purchasing an island property - whether on Bowen or Gabriola or Quadra or anywhere in between - here's the type of things to keep in mind, ranging from location and water supply to beach access and even archeological issues. (First published on my blog a couple of years ago, updated to include recent issues).  

Here's some things to consider*: 

  1. How long will it tak ...

The market today: Intent and effect, and hot vs. not

March 1st, 2018

The housing market has been in focus more than usual this past month with the release of the provincial and federal budgets. The federal budget had little to say about housing; the provincial budget, as expected, much more.


The BC budget has been analyzed backwards and forwards over the past week, so I won't get into it here. One aspect, however, warrants some discussion.

A "speculation" ta ...

Sooner rather than later is often a good thing

January 28th, 2018

If you're thinking of selling this year, sooner may be better than later. The 2018 real estate market is underway. Yes, this early into the New Year! Selling your home in early to mid February can attract those eager, serious buyers who are keen to buy – even though inventory is low – because they’re eager to get into a home, and/or want a jumpstart on other buyers entering the spring market. ...

The solid merits of being “first out of the gate”

January 14th, 2018

Often times people assume the spring real estate market begins in mid or late March; in some years, even as late as April. But for the past few years this is not the case. And this year looks to be the same. Whether buyer or seller, there’s a number of reasons for being close to “first out of the gate”.

I’ve been speaking with clients thinking of selling this spring. My clients know now is t ...

Planning for 2018: It’s about timing & strategy

December 14th, 2017

Despite a number of government-led factors designed to cool demand, 2017 was another active year in most Metro Vancouver markets. I can personally attest to this, having had an incredibly active year myself. Just this past month - four multiple offer situations! 

I wouldn't suggest listing your home this late in the year. If you're thinking of selling, however, it wouldn't hurt to be first o ...

Playing the long game: Consider home ownership

November 20th, 2017
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Many of us in our 40s and beyond understand the equity-building benefits of home ownership. I feel some younger people do not, however, and I fear for their long-term financial comfort and stability.

Young people in their 20s and 30s have a number of reasons for choosing to rent long-term, rather than buy. Top of the list is no doubt affordability, particularly here in Metro Vancouver. But ...

Living together - A housing option for more of us?

August 25th, 2017

It used to be that extended families often lived together. Whether two generations, three generations, or siblings and their families, for example, people often found comfort, economy and community living with their relations. In many cultures this is still the case. Sometimes it's a matter of economics, and sometimes it's a matter of family helping family and enjoying life together with the ...

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