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A Home Shopper's Must-Haves and Wish Lists

January 21st, 2008

A Home Shopper’s Must-Haves and Wish Lists


By Michael Giesbrecht
Prudential Sussex Realty
January 2008


Shopping for a home is an exciting adventure and it’s easy to get lost in a sea of dazzling for-sale homes and all of their fabulous amenities – which can cause you to temporarily forget that a large backyard is your top priority. To keep yourself focused, take ti ...

BC Home Sales Smash Record Book

January 14th, 2008


Vancouver, BC – January 11, 2008. British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports residential sales volume on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC climbed 19.5 per cent to $45.1 billion in 2007, the highest level ever recorded. Residential unit sales increased 6.4 per cent to 102,811 units in 2007, only the second time BC home sales have exceeded the 100,000 unit ...

Home Owner Grant Threshold Increases

January 14th, 2008
Vancouver, BC – January 11, 2008. Increasing the Home Owner Grant threshold to $1,050,000 from $950,000 in assessed value is good for homeowners and communities across BC. “The real estate profession is pleased to see the government stand by its goal to ensure that 95 per cent of homeowners qualify for the basic grant,” said Andrew Peck, President of the British Columbia Real Estate Associati ...

808 168 ESPLANADE Ave, North Vancouver, British Columbia

January 13th, 2008

I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 808 168 ESPLANADE Ave, North Vancouver, British Columbia

Panoramic views of city, harbour & water. Brand new one bedroom + den suite in lower Lonsdale Waterfront community. Quality finished with stainless steel appliances, gas stove, granite countertops, fireplace, air conditioning, HW heating , insuite laundry and more. 672 sq ft + ...

Metro Vancouver Million Dollar Homes

January 11th, 2008

Vancouver - 28,025
Most Expensive - $21,200,000., 2815 Pt Grey Rd

West Vancouver - 10,774
Most Expensive - $23,900.000., 3330 Radcliffe Ave

Surrey - 3,679
Most Expensive - $6,800,000., 2021 Indian Fort Dr

North Vancouver District - 2,891
Most Expensive - $5,600,000., 828 Beachview Dr

Burnaby - 1,874
Most Expensive - $6,400,000., 7629 Burris St

Richmond - 1,781


January 11th, 2008

Through imagination, we can visualize the uncreated worlds of potential that lie within us.

- Stephen R. Covey

Vancouver Housing Market 2008

January 9th, 2008

I was at a presentation yesterday by CMHC Analyst Richard Sam and here is what he identified as the principal drivers of housing demand in Vancouver.  I think we are in for another good year.

Low Mortgage Rates
Employment Growth
Positive Migration
Strong Consumer Confidence
Economic Growth

Top 20 Assessed Properties in BC

January 7th, 2008

1. $23,878,000. 3330 Radcliffe Ave., West Vancouver
2.  21,216,000. 2815 Point Grey Rd., Vancouver
3.  17,243,000. 2588 Bellevue Ave., West Vancouver
4.  16,557,000. 3110 Travers Ave., West Vancouver
5.  16,324,000. 130 S Oxley St., West Vancouver
6.  16,125,000. 4351 Erwin Dr., West Vancouver
7.  15,820,000. 5695 Newton Wynd, Vancouver
8.  15,595,000. 3489 Osler St., Vancouver
9.  ...

ICE In Case of Emergency

January 7th, 2008
We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends.


If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the co ...

Happy New Year!

January 2nd, 2008
Wishing everyone a great '08!
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