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September 2007 - Posts

How Walkable is Your Vancouver Neighbourhood: Find Your Walk Score
28 September 07 12:25 PM | Matt Collinge | 4 Comments   
Vancouver is a great city for walkablity. In most neighbourhoods you can easily walk to most of your basic amenities and in some areas you can walk to everything. Well a new website called Walk Score will help you find out just how walkable your new neighbourhood Read More...
Happy Fun on Friday
28 September 07 09:05 AM | Matt Collinge | (Comments Off)   
Too many boring reports lately so I thought I would post a couple of fun things that I have come across this week. The first is from The Future of Rea Estate Technology blog. Its a post entitled Technology Sucks - But I Love Making it Work and it is full Read More...
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B.C. Housing Sales to Go Over 100,000!
27 September 07 02:58 PM | Matt Collinge | (Comments Off)   
The British Columbia Real Estate Association released their quarterly housing forecast today. The Press Release states that sales are expected to reach 101,000 units this year, second only to the 106,310 units that were sold in 2005. From the Press Release: Read More...
Vancouver Real Estate Affordability in the National Post Today!
27 September 07 08:54 AM | Matt Collinge | (Comments Off)   
Brian Hutchinson of the National Post has written an article about the affordability challenges facing Vancouver home buyers today. Its a fairly typical story of a fellow and his wife who didn't buy into the real estate market 3-5 years ago and now Read More...
Star of Real Estate Spoof Video Killed in Car Accident
26 September 07 12:22 PM | Matt Collinge | 1 Comments   
Aaron Anglin had just appearred in a widely viewed real estate spoof video 2 days ago and now he is gone. He is the brother of Lani Aglin of the r.e. Revealed blog . The real estate blogging community has come to the support of Aaron's wife and two Read More...
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Royal LePage and Homesense Partner to Help you Sell Your Home and Save you Money
25 September 07 12:06 PM | Matt Collinge | (Comments Off)   
Royal LePage, in partnership with Homesense , has published a new brochure with tips to help you buy and sell your home. The real bonus with this one is that on the back is a coupon to save you 20% on your next purchase at Homesense (until December 15, Read More...
New Condo Development in Vancouver: Millenium Water Presentation Centre to Open in South East False Creek
24 September 07 02:24 PM | Matt Collinge | 1 Comments   
Millenium Water is the large development between W. 1st. and False Creek. This is the stuff right around the Olympic Village that Millenium Developments paid big bucks for. The sales centre was scheduled to open this weekend, but the opening has been Read More...
How to Subscribe to a Blog and Use a RSS Reader
24 September 07 11:03 AM | Matt Collinge | (Comments Off)   
I hope whoever reads this blog finds it interesting and if you would like to keep up to date with what I am adding here a blog, or RSS, reader is the way to go. But what is RSS and how do I use a blog reader. To save me the trouble of explaining it, and Read More...
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Vancouver Real Estate: Do You Need Title Insurance?
21 September 07 04:40 PM | Matt Collinge | (Comments Off)   
Do Greater Vancouver property owners need title insurance? Property title problems have been making the news more frequently. Mortgage fraud seems to top the list, with examples like that of Susan Lawrence, an Ontario resident who put her home on the Read More...
Vancouver Real Estate: 5 Ways to Save Money and Protect Yourself When Buying a Condo
20 September 07 01:51 PM | Matt Collinge | (Comments Off)   
Buying a condo can be much riskier than buying a house, especially in Vancouver. There is so much more to consider. You're are not just buying your unit, but a share in the entire building and the community within. With that in mind I have put together Read More...
Things to do in Vancouver: Mid-Century Modern Walking and Bus Tours
19 September 07 12:02 PM | Matt Collinge | (Comments Off)   
Over the next few weeks the Vancouver Heritage Foundation is holding two tours of some of Vancouver's most significant Modernist buildings and homes. First up is the Downtown Walking Tour on Saturday, September 29TH at 2 pm (Rain or Shine). The tour Read More...
Recreational Property Podcast Now Available
17 September 07 09:14 AM | Matt Collinge | (Comments Off)   
So you had a great summer. Maybe you rented a cottage somewhere, or visited a friends place for a few days. Now you are thinking that a place of your own sure sounds nice and there are so many options to consider these days. Places on the Vancouver Island Read More...
Recreational Property in BC: Free Bus Tour to Marshall Springs Resort & Spa Near Merritt
17 September 07 08:54 AM | Matt Collinge | (Comments Off)   
I just got back from a great conference at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville, BC and here I have an email offering me, and you, a free bus tour to a new cottage/log cabin development not far from Merrit, the Marshall Springs Resort & Spa . you can Read More...
Real Estate in Canada: Housing Starts Up in August
11 September 07 08:52 AM | Matt Collinge | (Comments Off)   
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) reported yesterday that housing starts in Canada were up in August over July. “The rise in August housing starts reflects a rebound in the volatile multiple starts segment,” said Bob Dugan, Chief Read More...
New Condo Development: Last Opportunity to Buy at Watercolours
10 September 07 10:13 AM | Matt Collinge | (Comments Off)   
Polygon is having a one day sales event for their Watercolours development at their Vancouver office (POLYGON H.O. address: #900-1333 West Broadway in Vancouver (between Oak & Granville Street). They have been emailing everyday about this! It must Read More...
Vancouver Real Estate: August Statistics from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver
09 September 07 12:09 PM | Matt Collinge | (Comments Off)   
The August stats from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver are out and it appears that the mediocre weather gave Vancouverites time to buy some more real estate. Another great month with sales up 12.0% over last August. “Greater Vancouver’s Read More...
Bank of Canada Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged
06 September 07 09:33 AM | Matt Collinge | (Comments Off)   
The Bank of Canada announced yesterday that they would not raise interest rates as had been widely expected earlier in the summer. Generally siting uncertainty in a number of areas of the U.S. economy as well as possible upsides downides on the inflation Read More...
Buying Pre-Sales Not Risk-free
04 September 07 01:59 PM | Matt Collinge | (Comments Off)   
Well, of course nothing is, but a recent bulletin from the Financial Institutions Commission of B.C. helps outline some of the risks buyers can incur when they purchase a pre-sale condo unit. A proposed development may be delayed, or may not proceed at Read More...

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