I am so tired about the miss information being reported in the papers and on the evening news I felt compleled to give some FACTS.

 

VANCOUVER WEST as of 11:27 am Friday Feb 26, 2016

 

Fact 1: 559 properties are listed

Fact 2: 429 sold in the last 90 days (typical listing period)

Fact 3: 272 properties did not sell over the same time period

 

NOT EVERYTHING IS SELLING! The fact is 27.5% of the homes did not sell during the same 90 day listing period. Why do people never read that stat in the papers?

 

Some perspective needs to be reported by mainstream media and stop reporting ones that are put on the market purposely undervalued to start a frenzy, get the headlines and ultimately free publicity. 

 

Brian J White

Professional Realtor

604-961-4104

Fine Homes & Estates Since 1990

Bay Realty Ltd.   604-531-4000

www.brianwhite.ca

info@brianwhite.ca

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National Zero Waste Council
Workshop at GLOBE 201

How waste prevention can boost the bottom line and drive circular economy innovation

DATE: Friday March 4 2016, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
LOCATION: Vancouver Convention Center East, Room 11 (meeting room level)

 

Preventing waste is one of humanity’s most urgent issues, but also a powerful lever for change – with significant benefits for businesses, governments and citizens striving to boost sustainability and achieve ambitious climate goals. By convening coalitions of problem-solvers – policy-makers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, inventors and designers – and rethinking our products and processes with waste prevention in mind, we can scale up innovative solutions in pursuit of a circular economy where materials and resources are kept in use for as long as possible and concepts such as durability, disassembly and sharing really count.

 

Moderated by Dagmar Timmer, Managing Director, On Earth and Co-Host, The Sustainable Region and Metro Vancouver Close Up and featuring Dr. Ilse Truernicht of MaRS Discovery District, Nicole Hagerman-Miller of Biomimicry 3.8, Nadine Gudz of Interface and Mayor Malcolm Brodie, the Chair of the National Zero Waste Council and Chair of the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee, this interactive session will explore how waste prevention can power innovation and a reinvigorated economy in Canada and beyond. What are the opportunities and challenges? What innovations are needed to design waste out of our system? How can we support a culture of zero waste innovation and entrepreunership in Canada?


Join Canada's National Zero Waste Council to hear how waste prevention can power innovation and a reinvigorated economy in Canada and beyond.



(Registration to the Globe Conference is not required to attend this workshop.)

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CLI Signals Steady Economic Climate for Commercial Real Estate


Vancouver, BC – February 25, 2016.  


The BCREA Commercial Leading Indicator (CLI) broke a string of two consecutive declines, eking out a 0.1 point increase to an index value of 120.0 in the fourth quarter of 2015. On a year-over-year basis, the CLI was 0.4 per cent higher than in 2014.


“Uncertainty in the global economy roiled financial and commodity markets in the second quarter,” said BCREA Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “However, BC’s nation leading economic growth should help to sustain commercial real estate activity through the end of the year.”

“Financial market jitters offset solid gains from a strong BC economy,” said BCREA economist Brendon Ogmundson. “We expect that the economic environment will remain supportive of steady growth in the commercial real estate market.”


The CLI was virtually flat to end the year, which in combination with a falling index through the spring and summer has produced a flattening of trend underlying the index. That trend suggests that growth in commercial real estate activity will neither accelerate nor decelerate over the next two to four quarters. 


If you ave any questions or need more information, email me or let's meet for a coffee.



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I saw something in the news yesterday about providing containers for housing. Councillor Melissa De Genova was out raged by the idea, she says she is a strong advocate for seniors and the community in Southeast Vancouver. I would like this post to get to her somehow. Councillor De Genova, our European cousins are so far ahead of us on the housing issue. Container or small housing design is gravely needed not only for the homeless population it should be incorporated in all municipal plans - seniors, students, anyone wanting a small affordable place to rent or own. Containers are a recyclable resource that needs to be utilized. Instead of melting them down or letting them sit in yards and rust away - DO SOMETHING WITH THEM the only thing that is needed is land and political will to make it happen. Every Municipality has land in their 'land bank' - it's time to make a withdrawal and donate some to the people. I believe it's time, I am not just a realtor, I am a co-founder and still sit on the Delta Seniors Planning Team.

http://projectjournal.co.uk/2015/06/09/container-city-trinity-buoy-wharf-docklands/
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Sometimes it only takes someone saying just the right thing, at just the right moment, to change a person's life forever.

A few weeks ago I was in a retail store talking to the salesman about an ATV. The conversation got around to real estate and the price of owning a home in BC. If you believe the news and all the papers or the on line rants about the crazy price of housing in BC, you are not getting the true story. Both Alex (the salesman) and his girl friend (Mollie) thought they had to give up the idea of owning their own house, after all everything they have heard and read said so. After a brief conversation of their current living situation, I told him I could help, that the whole story or the truth about home ownership in Vancouver or the Fraser valley is not being reported accurately. If it is sensational it reads, it gets the views, I don't blame the reporters, (I kinda do) it’s just the nature of reporting.

In literally under 2 minutes I found them a house, in their area, after work they drove by, loved it, called me that night. They put in an offer, got the house and it will be less expensive per month including taxes and utilities than they currently pay for rent. In fact it will be over $500.00 less when they factor in the savings in fuel and commuting costs.

I am pleased to say, Alex and Mollie will be moving into their new home on the 5th of March 2016. I hope this story will give the reader just enough of a push to help them find the courage to make home ownership a reality, pay yourself first.

If you want to know more of how I can ‘make this happen’ for you get in touch with me now!

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I have listed a new property at 15475 VICTORIA AVE in White Rock.
Great little original cottage with 180 degree sweeping ocean views on small lot makes a great little rental or live in until you rebuild. Potential to build up to approximately 2100sf on 3 levels plus basement. No neighbour to the west will open up more view. Current house is rented and has a large raised sundeck with good ocean views. 2 on-site parking & up to 7 exclusive off-site parking. Less than a block to beach, promenade and restaurants. Please do not disturb tenants please call for more details.
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I have listed a new property at 2201 HILLSIDE AVE in Coquitlam.
Bright and spacious quality built custom home. Quick access to freeway and to downtown Vancouver. Close to 5000 sq feet of luxury living with 2"x 6" construction and extra insulated for sound proofing. Professionally landscaped with mature trees. Close to the freeway, parks, shopping and school. The south easterly views are outstanding from much of the house and patios. Outstanding garage with ample room for 4 cars. 2 en suites upstairs. Master is on main level with private deck, jetted tub and walk in closet. Builder spared no expense on crown moldings and fine finishing throughout Open House Saturday February 6th , 12 pm to 2 pm , Sunday February 7th, 12pm to 1pm.
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I have listed a new property at 1109 160A ST in Surrey.
Absolutely gorgeous updated South Meridian 2845 sq. ft. 2 storey plus basement, 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath "CAPE COD" home situated on a 7225 square foot lot. This home is in mint condition with vinyl windows, wood siding recently painted, 3/4" dark stained hardwood floors flowing through most of the main floor, spacious open kitchen/eating area with custom dark stained maple cabinets with large breakfast bar, tiled back splash, stainless steel hardware & 5 piece black & stainless steel appl's pkg. Painted throughout mostly in neutral palate complimented with extensive use of tall base & crown moulding. Bathrooms updated including hard surface counter tops, plumbing & lighting fixtures. All this topped off with 2" blinds & custom drapes. Bonus: basement area has large work shop plus spacious games/media room. Double detached garage with lane access to fully fenced & private south/west backyard with garden area. Decks both front & back for options on sun or shade. Lots of storage area. This home is a must see!
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I have listed a new property at 46045 FIFTH AVE in Chilliwack.
TRADES PERSON or HANDYMAN! Rancher with shop for your home based business or toys & tools! Super insulated from top to bottom (82% engerguide) with efficient Mitsubishi Heat Pump that doubles as A/C in summer. Bring your finishing ideas to this open concept floor plan. New power smart windows, 10 yr. old roof, updated kitchen w/stainless appliances, updated x-large bathroom w/ceramic flooring, soaker tub, new cabinet & low flush toilet. New LG washer & dryer, engineered hardwood flooring, covered deck in back. Insulated 20'X 24' workshop with storage upstairs & 220 volt service, lane access. Fenced all round with locking gates front & back lane, with access to shop. Private Oasis with grass, Bamboo Tree & Banana Trees. Walking distance to shops, bank, hospital & more!
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