General Interest

Staged For Success: Top Ten Pro Secrets

Post Date May 10, 2018

Staging your home prior to listing, more often than not, results in a faster and more profitable sale.1  In fact, the North American Real Estate Staging Association estimates that professionally staged properties spend 73% less time on the market, receive more foot traffic, and typically sell for more money.2

To get a plan customized for your particular property, … Read More


World’s Thinnest Building In Vancouver – Who Knew!

Post Date March 21, 2018

The Sam Kee Building, located at 8 West Pender Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is the “shallowest commercial building in the world” according to the Guinness Book of Records. It runs from the corner of Pender and Carral to the lane at the halfway point of the block. It is two storeys tall and 1.5 meters … Read More


How Canada’s New Mortgage Rules May Effect You

Post Date February 9, 2018

New Mortgage Rules - Mark J. Walker, Realtor

Are you wondering how Canada’s new mortgage rules may effect you?  Canada posted year-over-year residential price gains in 2017 across most regions. Now in 2018, many housing markets could see reduced purchasing power resulting from the new OFSI mortgage rules that took effect on January 1.

What the what???

If you’re among the 37 per cent of Canadians who … Read More


Oakridge Centre Redevelopment Finally Happening!

Post Date February 1, 2018

Oakridge Redevelopment Plan

Oakridge Centre Redevelopment Finally Happening!  After more than a decade of planning, construction is set to begin on the Oakridge Centre redevelopment by the end of the year for a full completion in 2025.

And the international team behind the ambitious project says it was worth the wait, as they were able to refine the design to a world-class standard … Read More


Northeast False Creek Plans Revealed

Post Date June 9, 2017

The City of Vancouver has released its conceptual plans for the redevelopment of Northeast False Creek, which entails the controversial demolition of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts and the construction of an 11-acre extension of Creekside Park.

The new park designed by James Corner, the internationally renowned landscape architectural whose firm is behind New York City’s Highline Park, involves merging … Read More


MetroVan Property Tax Rockets Higher. What To Do?

Post Date January 19, 2017

MetroVan Property Tax Rockets Higher & What You Can Do!

Property owners received their 2017 assessment notices the first week of January. Increases of 30 to 50 per cent are typical for detached homes in Vancouver, the North Shore, Squamish, Burnaby, Tri-Cities, Richmond, and Surrey. Property owners with a significant increase received a warning assessment in early December 2016.

Commercial and industrial properties will likely see increases in the … Read More


Sizing Up Your Home Buying Decision

Post Date June 17, 2016

Sizing Up Your Home Buying Decision

You’ve been agonizing for months (maybe years) and sizing up your home buying decision and still don’t have an answer.  It’s not getting any easier to reach a decision, especially considering the past two weeks, with the cacophony of leading economic and political voices warning us about the state of the Canadian housing market, and that of Vancouver … Read More


RE/MAX National Spring 2016 Trends Report

Post Date April 28, 2016

RE:MAX 2016 Housing Report Thumbnail

In the RE/MAX National Spring 2016 Trends Report, it’s the best of times and the worst of times for real-estate in communities across Canada. High demand and low supply continue to characterize Vancouver’s and Toronto’s housing markets throughout 2015 as competition from Buyers over the limited inventory of single family homes pushes prices higher.

The average residential sale price increased

Read More

How to Divide and Conquer Your Open-Concept Floor Plan

Post Date April 18, 2016

Sliding Glass Panels

One of the biggest catch phrases, as well as one of the biggest design trends, of the last dozen or so years is the open-concept floor plan. In the Lower Mainland, condominium owners have embraced open layouts in a big way, but  for many, how to divide and conquer your open-concept floor plan is a big challenge!

Because most condominiums

Read More

How Much Do you Need To Earn To Own A Home?

Post Date April 5, 2015

Housing Affordability Across Canada

How much do you need to earn to own a home? In Canada, it depends where you live!  Just finished watching an episode of “Mad Men” where everyone was shocked a home could cost as much as $5,000… Pffft, don’t we all wish!!  Being shocked over the price of a home is nothing new. As the saying goes, “the more … Read More