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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ALLOCATES MORE FUNDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING UPGRADES IN BC

During my daily internet sweep earlier today, I am pleased to share this ‘good news’ article that I came across on Business in Vancouver for our regular readers, and the general public. I am delighted to post an ‘uplifting’ article on our troubled housing market here in Vancouver, and of course, throughout BC.  It would […]

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Lazy Media

I don’t want to get all Donald Trump here, but seriously: could we get some real analysis of the Lower Mainland market from the media instead of just allegations that rich offshore Chinese are the cause, that Christy Clarke refuses to make changes to stop these same rich offshore Chinese from causing this problem, and […]

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REBGV Responds to Gary Mason’ Globe & Mail Article

President’ Statement on Gary Mason article in today’s Globe & Mail on Oversight of British Columbia’s housing market is a sham In his column today, Gary Mason besmirches  the 97-year reputation of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. His piece assumes allegations one person made toward us are true. They are not. He never […]

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What is “shadow flipping”?

The hot market in the Lower Mainland has a lot of people upset. Not everyone, mind you, but a lot of people. One of the things that the hot market has spawned is the issue of shadow flipping. What exactly is it? The answer can depend on who you ask. Flipping itself is poorly defined. […]

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Whose Property Is It Anyway?

Vancouver is changing, and certainly not always for the better. Everyday someone new moves into the Lower Mainland, and they bring something unique to contribute, whether they come from Alberta or Albania. You can’t limit the contributions to the obvious things like food or music. You also have to factor in the energy that comes […]

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Realty’s/RE Agents: Proper Accounting of ‘Client Funds Held in Trust’

        A case in point on this topic is the recent temporary license suspension placed on Re/Max Tumbler Ridge Realty with respect to their accounting of client funds held in trust. This suspension by the Real Estate Council of BC (‘RECBC’) has once again put this agency in the position of having […]

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More on Affordable Housing

Housing affordability is a hot topic these days, with several people (for example, Gregor Robertson and Charlie Smith) adding heat without creating light. Bob Ransford asks two important questions in a recent Vancouver Sun piece that got me thinking and that can help clarify the situation: Improving housing affordability and diversity are the stated goals […]

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Affordable Housing in Vancouver

Michael Geller, Frances Bula and Lisa Boldt were on with Bill Good this morning discussing housing affordability in Vancouver. The thrust of the conversation seemed to be that an increase in housing supply would translate into more affordable housing. The scent of redistribution was also in the air – variations on the concept of directing […]

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Landlord Slapped by RTB

The Vancouver Sun reports today that “notorious landlord Gurdyal Singh Sahota” was hit with. $115,000 administrative penalty for failing to maintain a healthy building. It’s the first administrative penalty the RTB has issued, according to the Sun. And Rich Coleman, the minister responsible for the RTB, is unable to confirm that the penalty was levied, […]

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Affordable Housing

Affordable housing is a complex challenge. Nobody’s solved it yet as far as I know. I think that’s because we don’t look at the whole picture, and without looking at the whole picture we can’t really even decide what the problem is. It’s likely, and in fact probable, that what some people see as a […]

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