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Selling

Mere Postings

A Mere Posting is a property that is listed for sale through the MLS®, by a homeowner who is not in an agency relationship with a REALTOR®. Although the homeowner must list the property through a licensed REALTOR®, the cost to do so is significantly less, as the agent has a limited involvement for a relatively short and definable time frame. The homeowner is responsible for assuming complete control of the selling process, yet receives the benefit of having their property listed on the national MLS®, reaching a wider audience for a small flat fee.

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Architecture

Vanglo House

“Designed to strike a fine balance between simple elegance and engaging playfulness.”

– Oliver Lang

There are exciting development projects under construction in Vancouver, with radical architecture that deviates from traditional run-of-the-mill design, livening up the neighborhoods with their presence. The Vanglo House is an RS zoned property in the Mount Pleasant area that possesses such unique and unconventional design, built with advanced green technology, and a reconfigurable floorplan for future occupants. Located just west of Main Street, this property was listed for $2,228,000, with 1,850 sqft. of gross living area.

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Raincouver

Rain Catchment Systems

Yes, it rains in Vancouver. A lot. But besides it being a default conversation starter, a reason to complain on Facebook, or perhaps even population control for our small city, some prefer to be resourceful and capitalize on the use of rain catchment systems. Also known as rain harvesting, it is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse before it reaches the aquifer.

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Developments

Aperture

“It will be like living in an idea.”

– Urban Design Panel

Words expressed by the Urban Design Panel regarding 777 – 795 West 41st Ave., where Arno Matis Architecture’s Aperture development is located along the Cambie Corridor. The structure, much like the 6th and Willow townhouse complex, possesses an architectural presence that welcomely deviates from the standard podium, green glass facade design synonymous with Vancouver’s downtown core.

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Neighborhoods

Gastown 1905 to 2014

As Vancouver’s original Downtown founded in 1867, Gastown survived a period of decline and disrepair following the 1960s, today known as a tourist and commercial hub, and home to a number of the city’s most prominent high-tech businesses and startups.

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Buildings

Kingdom Tower

The next building attempting to pierce the atmosphere is to be located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, aptly named Kingdom Tower. This will be the $1.2 billion centerpiece and the first construction phase of Kingdom City near the Red Sea. It would stand 3,280 feet high (1km or 1,000 metres), and sit 200 metres deep.

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Neighborhoods

Vancouver’s West End Gentrification

“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.”

– Arnold Bennett

It’s one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Western Canada, comprising 35% of Downtown Vancouver’s peninsula, and with the City under significant development pressure, its existing residential and commercial stock is undergoing a substantial turnover. The concern: does this come at the cost of neighborhood character as change brings new height and density increases to the community?

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Developments

6th and Willow Townhomes

“The essence is the essential and the essential is the essence.”

– Michael Green

Designed by Michael Green Architecture, the townhomes sit on the corner of 6th and Willow in the Fairview area of Vancouver West. Its minimalist yet richly contemporary style blends into the surrounding environment, capitalizing off of the orientation to the sun with a weathering steel facade, providing privacy, shade, and sound attenuation. Fostering community between its residents lies a private 25 foot wide courtyard between the North and South homes, offering a tranquil oasis within the busy city.

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Transit

Economic Fundamentals of Transit

Urban and Real Estate Economics at The University of British Columbia is one of the most interesting courses offered in their Real Estate program. Not because students wake up everyday excited to deconstruct the elasticity of supply and demand, but it’s a course that actually requires you to play video games. The game, Sim City. The task, of course inherently educational, to virtually recreate a city relative to what was learned during the course, documenting the resulting effects. I do not envy city planners in the least bit. The class, however, gives students a greater appreciation for how economic infrastructure like transit and land use is shaped according to our core necessities.

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Property Types

Laneway Housing

Although typically classified under names such as coach houses, infill housing, and granny flats, Laneway House (LWH) is a great densification initiative that can provide many benefits for both the land owner and tenant.

Made official in late 2009, the Council adopted regulations that would allow for Laneway Houses to be built on RS (Single-family) zoned lots. These houses have been built on RS-1 and RS-5 zoned lots, and will expand to RS-1A, RS-1B, RS-3/3A, RS-4, RS-6 and RS-7.