The Value of Using a Local Realtor

Posted on Feb 04, 2019

There’s no substitute for using a good local realtor who knows the market you’re selling or buying in. It does happen that friends will ask a realtor friend to represent them in markets that are not their own, and it can be tempting in commission-based professions to take that on. Generally speaking, though, no matter how good that realtor is at wh...

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The Quirks of New Neighbourhoods

Posted on Dec 30, 2018

You’re trying to sell a house.  It’s a beautiful new house in a gorgeous new neighbourhood, and it’s priced competitively, but it’s just not selling – what gives? 

Most issues in real estate come down to basic supply and demand. You might be in a generally slow market with fewer Buyers, of course, but what if it’s a fast-moving market where most thing...

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Overplaying Your Hand in a Down Market

Posted on Dec 13, 2018

Overplaying Your Hand as a Buyer in a Down Market 

The most recent stats for Vancouver and surrounding regions tell us that we’re in a Buyers’ Market. More supply is coming onto the market, more inventory is staying unsold, and some Sellers will be more motivated, resulting in pricing adjustments. For the most part, this means prices are ‘drifting do...

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Assignments - Advice in a Down Market

Posted on Nov 24, 2018

 I’m going to start by giving some background information, but if you prefer, scroll down to the advice piece below.   

Assignments:  Flipping for Profit 

One of the elements driving the very strong market in the past few years was speculation, buying real estate to flip at a profit in the short term. Assigning contracts, especially pre-sale contracts on p...

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October 2018 Update

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

As you may be hearing, the market has changed significantly over a very short period of time.  The combination of new taxes, new mortgage rules, increasing interest rates, and changing global capital flows together have hit the housing market very hard.   

If we take Squamish condos as an example, October listings were up almost 180%, compared to huge...

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