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Vancouver Real Estate busiest May since 2007.


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VANCOUVER - The mortgage wars between big banks helped stoke British Columbia’s real estate markets to their busiest May since 2007, according to the B.C. Real Estate Association.
1. There was a 14 % increase from the same month a year ago
2. Sale are still way off May of 2007’s near 12,000 transactions, but they increased double-digits in nine of 11 real estate boards, which pushed up prices. The provincial average price for a home in May was up 6 % from a year ago to $565,233.
3. The first five months of 2014 sales were up 17 % to 32,894 units compared with 2013 and the cumulative average price was up 7.7 % to $571,648.
4. Consumer demand was much stronger last month with unit sales posting their highest level in May since 2007.


Home for sale in White Rock, Vancouver. New listing. VIDEO BLOG


 

Newly renovated, well maintained family home in friendly neighborhood just listed by Realtor from Sutton West Coast Reatly Oleg Tsaryov. Excellent location across the Bakerview Park, close to Grand View Corners shopping, South Surrey sports facilities, library & etc. Walking distance to Jessie Lee Elementary school (Late French Immersion). Open floor plan, two cozy gas fireplaces, patio and fenced East facing private garden off the kitchen; great for BBQs and entertainment. Luxurious master bedroom with ensuite & walk-in closet. New modern cabinets, stainless steel appliances & granite in the kitchen. Exotic wall finishes. New cabinets, tiles & premium level plumbing fixtures in bathrooms. Spacious 2 bedroom ground level suite with its own entrance, kitchen, laundry & patio.



Our Stanley Park Named Top Park in the World


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Vancouver’s Stanley Park has been named the top urban park in the world by Trip Advisor.

Here’s what Trip Advisor have to say in regards to Canada’s most celebrated park:

"A mini-forest, beautiful gardens, totem poles and scenic walkways make this such a peaceful location. I made a huge pile of autumn leaves and dove into them like a little kid."

The only other Canadian park to have cracked the top 25 was Montreal’s Mont Royal. Meanwhile, New York City had three impressive parks make the top 25.

Within the top 10 best Canadian urban parks list, four B.C. parks were named in the list, including Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park and Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park.

With a little tender love and care, Queen Elizabeth Park has the potential to be a great city park, one worthy of such a list. As it stands right now, the park lacks uniformity, maintenance and the amenities of Stanley Park; it is a stark contrast to Queen Elizabeth Park’s pristine condition just 20 years earlier.

Top 10 Parks in Canada

1. Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.
2. Mont Royal, Montreal, Quebec
3. Beacon Hill, Victoria, B.C.
4. High Park, Toronto, Ontario
5. Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, B.C.
6. Plains of Abraham, Quebec City, Quebec
7. Gatineau Park, Gatineau, Quebec
8. Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls, Ontario
9. Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba
10. Parksville Community Park and Skate Park, Parksville, B.C.

The temperate rainforest of Stanley Park is almost completely surrounded by ocean water, with both gorgeous skyline views and wild forest of 500,000 hemlock, cedar and fir trees. Park connects to the historic waterfront and downtown via a 5.5-mile portion of seawall that surrounds the park, popular with joggers, strollers, and cyclists. Come to Vancouver to look at rose and rhododendron gardens, nine intricately carved First Nations totem poles. You will find a small golf course, an outdoor summer theater, a seaside swimming pool, and areas for lawn bowling round out its charms. Some visitors enjoy the outdoor ice rink in Stanley Park. Nice place to visit with your family and friends.



New Listing 1926 154th Street, Surrey, British Columbia


F1415624 - 1926 154th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, CANADAView my new listing for sale at 1926 154th Street, Surrey and currently listed at $725,000.

Newly renovated, well maintained family home in friendly neighborhood. Excellent location across the Bakerview Park, close to Grand View Corners shopping, South Surrey sports facilities, library & etc. Walking distance to Jessie Lee Element ary school (Late French Immersion). Open floor plan, two cozy gas fireplaces, patio and fenced East facing private garden off the kitchen; great for BBQs and entertainment. Luxurious master bedroom with ensuite & walk-in closet. New modern cabinets, stainless steel appliances & granite in the kitchen. Exotic wall finishes. New cabinets, tiles & premium level plumbing fixtures in bathrooms. Spacious 2 bedroom ground level suite with its own entrance, kitchen, laundry & patio.

Canada Day 2014 Vancouver Events at Canada Place


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Canada Day at Canada Place, presented by Port Metro Vancouver, is the largest Canada Day celebration outside the nation’s capital.

On July 1, downtown Vancouver is the place to be as there will be 13 hours of FREE family fun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Everyone will enjoy a wide variety of live performances, breathtaking exhibits and interactive displays at the Waterfront Party.

So What To See At Waterfront Party

Featured Performances – Headline performances by Said the Whale, The Paperboys, Three Time World Champion Hoop Dancer Alex Wells, Crystal Shawanda, and more than 25 music and dance acts on three stage. View the full schedule.

Go Canada! Sports Zone – What better place than to be active and have fun? Test your skills with soccer drills, watch a game of wheelchair basketball or join the jump rope competition.

Salty’s Market – Port Metro Vancouver welcomes you to peruse the 50+ Portobello West vendors and artisans selling locally made goods or imported items, featuring stories of people in our communities and their connection to the Port. Learn about the importance of trade, how the Port operates day to day, meet Salty and more!

The West Coast Lumberjack Show – Sit back and enjoy an exhilarating showcase of fearless skills and daredevils displays. Watch the lumberjacks partake in chainsaw carving and Jack n’ Jill double buck. View the full schedule.

Celebration Stage – the stage for all things Canadian! The day kicks off with the great Sweet Soul Gospel Choir, followed by the popular citizenship ceremony where we will welcome 60 new citizens to our Canadian family. View the full schedule of all multicultural performances. View the full schedule.

Canadian Forces Zone – You will see the incredible displays and exhibits that honour our country’s army, navy and air forces. The Forces will also be in the sky! At noon, look upwards for an exclusive Canada Day flypast.

Maple Lodge Farms Community Stage at North Point – With the stunning North Shore mountains in the background, Canada Day at Canada Place begins with a large outdoor yoga class and then transitions into the perfect area to enjoy great family friendly entertainment.  Bring the kids to enjoy Science World demonstrations, improv performances, a magic show and more! View the full schedule.

Canada Place Way – Stroll down Canada Place Way to engage with a variety of onsite exhibitors.  Sample goods, play a game of street hockey brought to you by Nature’s Path Organic Foods, and enjoy a plethora of food options – from festival favourites to trendy food carts, there is something for everyone.

Subway’s Picnic Plaza – Relax, sit down at the picnic tables and take in the beautiful sights as we celebrate the anniversary of our great country – O’Canada! For those looking for some more action, test your fitness level at Subway’s onsite Commit to Fit challenge.

Canada Day Parade

Once the daytime celebrations have come to a close, make your way to Georgia Street to enjoy ever popular Canada Day Parade, at 7 p.m.

Starting point: West Georgia and Broughton Streets
Start time: 7 p.m.

The 6th Annual Canada Day Parade starts at the corner of Georgia and Broughton Streets. This free community event features more than 50 dynamic entries and recognizes diversity, multiculturalism and the special bond that connects all Canadians.

Cap your evening off with a bang and enjoy the Coast Capital Savings Canada Day Fireworks Show at Canada Place at 10:30 p.m.

Fireworks Show at Canada Place

Locations: Coal Harbour and Dundarave
Srtat time: 10:30pm

Vancouver’s only 2-barge simultaneous pyrotechnic extravaganza. Watch as the sky lights up in celebration of our nation’s birthday, with barges located in Coal Harbour and Dundarave in North Shore, West Vancouver. Hudson’s Bay will start the show with a bang in green, red, yellow and blue and Coast Capital Savings, the fireworks presenting sponsor, closing the show with a fantastic finale in blue, all synced to a great Canadian soundtrack. Simulcast provided by Classic Rock 101 or download Port Metro Vancouver’s free mobile app for anywhere access.

Watch the fireworks from:

  • Harbour Green Park
  • Coal Harbour
  • Stanley Park (Vancouver Rowing Club to the 9 o’clock gun)
  • Crab Park
  • West Vancouver seawall, between Ambleside and Dundarave
  • Lower Lonsdale Area, North Vancouver


Be positive. Happy Friday!


Awesome! Like the people who constantly striving to see the positive in every aspect of their life.Australian hot runner Michelle Jenneke warming up before the 100m hurdles during the World Junior Championships in Barcelona in a unique manner.


 



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Latest Vancouver Housing Market Update, May 2014, VIDEO


The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Housing Market Update for May 2014 with REBGV President Ray Harris




How to boost housing affordability in Greater Vancouver


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Plenty of reasons why Vancouver’s housing market is expensive, but lets check some ideas that could help boost the supply and bring home tags down. 

Lets build more townhouses

Building more in-demand townhouses (even triplexes and quadraplexes – 4 homes on one lot) could add to our supply of existing family homes by offering two or more homes instead of just one on the same size lot. Taking into consideration changing existing zoning to allow for additional townhouse offerings to create a more affordable and diverse array of housing for families.

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Townhouses with basement suites

Encouraging more townhouses and single-family homes to be built with lock-off/basement suites would further increase the amount of affordable housing in Vancouver. What do you think?

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How about building more microsuites?

Additional microsuites could offer much-needed, self-contained apartments to renters and owners who want to live in central locations, but can’t afford the high rents/mortgage monthly payments. This may mean reviewing the minimum unit size permitted.

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We could build more laneway homes

Laneway homes increase density by allowing another smaller house to be developed on the traditional single-family property as a rental unit. If bylaws were changed to allow some of these houses to be sold, there could be more opportunities for affordable home ownership.

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Unfortunately , but... Decrease the lot size?

Building smaller houses on smaller lots – to allow for homes from 1,200 to 1,500 square feet on 25 foot lots – would mean thousands more single family homes could be built on a relatively small footprint.

Without rezoning approvals and the resulting increase in new construction, the current situation won’t change. The formula is: less supply + high demand = higher prices in Vancouver.

 

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