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Things to Consider Before Buying a North Shore Condominium

The condominium market in both North and West Vancouver has been robust for several years. As many of my clients are ...

Selling your “Teardown” Home during the Winter Months

There are currently 50 brand-new homes for sale in West Vancouver priced over $4.5 million. This is the highest inventory we ...

I’d Like to Sell But I’ve Got Nowhere to Go

This is, without question, the most common objection I hear when speaking to people about selling their home. Selling is a ...

Do I need a Deposit Cheque when purchasing a North Shore property?

A deposit cheque is not required for a Contract of Purchase and Sale to be legally binding.  The deposit is simply ...

North Vancouver Endurance Athlete Gary Robbins Experiences Heartbreak of a Lifetime

There's an amazing documentary film called "The Barkley Marathons: The Race that Eats its Young". The film chronicles what many people ...

The Americans Are Coming, The Americans Are Coming! (maybe)

Royal Lepage, Canada's leading real estate services provider, recently released their findings from a nationwide poll conducted after the recent U.S ...

Be Sure To Check The Foundation

Having your home inspected prior to purchase is always prudent. A qualified home inspector will identify existing issues and highlight any ...

Hong Kong Money Changers

Despite the recent slow down in Vancouver residential real estate sales, wealthy Chinese individuals continue to send money overseas at unprecedented ...

New Foreign Buyers Tax

Effective August 2nd, foreigners who buy residential property in the Vancouver area will have to pay an extra 15-per-cent tax as ...

11th Annual West Vancouver Museum Modern Home Tour

The 11th annual West Vancouver Museum Modern Home Tour is set for this Saturday, July 9th, from 12 to 4:00 pm. ...

Water, Trees and Land

I am often asked questions about basic rules and regulations surrounding building permits, tree removal, building height, etc.  I always recommend ...

Signs that your Home may have an underground Oil Tank

If your West Vancouver or North Vancouver home was constructed before 1968 there's a possibility you may have a buried oil ...

Protect Yourself from “Shadow Flipping”

I conduct regular seminars titled "Selling Your North Shore Home" at the West Vancouver library and one of the topics that ...

“Downsizing” your House while “Upsizing” your Lifestyle.

Sometimes people are reluctant to sell a house they've lived in for many years because they're concerned that a smaller house ...

5 Issues to Consider Prior to Purchasing that Older North Shore Home

Seems that most homes built prior to 1970 have little chance of survival in today's real estate market. Older West Vancouver ...

Interested In West Coast Art and Architecture?

If so, you should check out the West Vancouver Museum's current exhibition entitled "From the Inside Out: Integrating Art and Architecture ...

Tree Removal Restrictions

There seems to be some confusion on this issue but, generally speaking, there are no tree removal restrictions on private property ...

Investing For the Long Term

There's no question that most of the recent buying at the upper end of the North Shore real estate market has been ...

“Remarkable” Sales Numbers for Detached Homes in North and West Vancouver

Good time to be a seller. Real Estate Agents will often tell you this while simultaneously telling others that its a ...

Sales Tips From a Garbage Man

My family and friends used to jokingly refer to me as a "garbage man".  They labeled me this because one of ...

Some Cool Things to do on the North Shore over the Holidays

Visit the Capilano Salmon Hatchery - Located in North Vancouver just off Capilano Road, the hatchery is set on the beautiful Capilano ...

33 Offers in One Day!!!

A  home recently sold in West Vancouver's British Properties for 40% over the asking price. The home was priced at $1,499,000 ...

What do Home Buyers Want?

Good information to have whether you're a new home builder or simply interested in the re-sale value of your current home. Informal ...

Is the Dog Poop Included?

You've made the decision to sell your house and now need to decide if you want to hold an open house. ...

The Hedge Transformed into a Zombie

A client recently sent me an interesting article from the New Yorker about Vancouver being one of the most expensive housing markets ...

West Coast Architecture

North Shore neighbourhoods are changing faster than ever - landscapes, buildings, cultures constantly evolving. There are some wonderful architects and builders ...

Keep Your Pipes Clean!

Most home buyers understand they should always have their home inspected prior to finalizing a purchase. A qualified inspector will help identify ...

The End of The Immigrant Investor Program

The latest budget formally ended the controversial Immigration Investor Program. The program, also known as the “cash-for-visa” program allowed immigrants with ...

North Shore Assessed Values

North Shore Assessed Values - 2013 Property values usually change as a simple result of real estate market forces. These forces vary ...

Something Seemed Different in 2013

Happy New Year!  I'm just looking at the Sales figure for the 2013 and it breaks down as follows: West Vancouver Detached ...

The Dundarave Festival of Lights 2013

Please take some time over the Christmas season to visit the Dundarave Festival of Lights. It's a terrific way to spend ...

Winning at Multiple Offers

July is traditionally a slow month for real estate sales on the North Shore but this past July was the exception. ...

West Vancouver Harmony Arts Festival

The Harmony Arts Festival is West Vancouver's community festival of local musicians and visual arts.  Currently in its 23rd year, it's ...

West Vancouver Coach Houses

I recently attended a "City Hall 2013 Meeting" at the Capilano Golf Course. The speakers included City of North Vancouver Mayor ...

West Vancouver Museum’s 2013 West Coast Modern Design Home Tour

If you're interested in modern design and architecture, you should take in the West Coast Design Home Tour offered through the ...

The Experience of 5343 Westhaven Wynd

The MLS description of a house only really provides the reader with the basic facts on a property.  It does not ...

Where’s The Boogeyman?

The development plan for a small section of West Vancouver's Ambleside waterfront has been abandoned... again! West Vancouver Mayor Michael Smith is ...

The Future of Property Transfer Tax

With the spring election in British Columbia right around the corner, I wonder, "Will the next government finally eliminate the Property ...

Be Careful Before Submitting That Counter-Offer

Did you realize that submitting a counter-offer legally voids an offer? For example, if you are offered $1.5 million for your ...

When Exclusive Listings May Be Right For You

Some stars of the sports world and local celebrities go to great lengths to keep their real estate sales discreet. I ...

The Ugliest House in North Vancouver

My client was looking for a home that he could substantially renovate. He wanted something that was centrally located, structurally sound ...