REBGV report for 2006

January 30th, 2007

Another big year for Greater Vancouver housing sales

Two thousand and six was another busy year for the real estate market in Greater Vancouver. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that there were 35,506 sales of detached, attached and apartment properties in 2006, a decrease of 12.4 per cent in comparison to the record-breaking 40,530 units sold in 2005, and a 2.1 per ...

Real Estate Institute BC

January 28th, 2007

The Real Estate Institute of British Columbia (REIBC) is an organization of diversified professionals whose mission is to advance the highest standards of education, knowledge, professional development and business practice in all sectors of the real estate industry. I am very proud to say that I have been a professional member of this organization for several years.

Working Together

Planning for Buyers

January 26th, 2007

I often tell Sellers that buyers don't have an imagination so it is important to stage their property so that a buyer doesn't have to use their imagination. Unfortunately, in todays market, buyers often rely on their imagination because of poor planning.

While a buyer may spend several months looking for just the right property, once they find it they have very little time to make a decisio ...

2006 MLS stats VIREB

January 24th, 2007

Multiple Listing Service (MLS) annual sales summary data released by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) for 2006, shows a decline in volume while average sale prices continued to rise.

The average sale price across the VIREB region for 2006 was $274,699. This is a 16 per cent increase from the $235,648 posted at the end of 2005.

2007 President Jennifer Lynch says the market has ...

Jack Nicklaus in Ucluelet

January 23rd, 2007

Jack Nicklaus bring a world class golf course  to Ucluelet.

Elke Loof-Koehler, CEO and president of Marine Drive Properties, has signed an agreement with Nicklaus Design
to bring a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course to Canada's West Coast. Set on both the open Pacific and Ucluelet
Inlet, the resort covers 370 acres located next to the Pacific Rim National Park, just north of the charming
co ...

Why One Percent Realty

January 16th, 2007

Why One Percent Realty?

After a very successful career with RE/MAX, I have made the move to One Percent Realty Ltd. Why on earth would I leave a company that purportedly has a 1/3 market share in Canada?

Well, it may very well have a 1/3 market share, but that is built on the fees that realtors pay to RE/MAX. RE/MAX realtors get more listings because RE/MAX advertises more than any other re ...

Realtor Education

January 8th, 2007

Realtor Education:

I have always been a fan of continuing education. I have taken many courses over the years, from Project Marketing;
to Advertising; to Computer Networks; to many real estate related courses. Of course the bulk of these courses are
1 to 3 days in duration. They are really just little tune-ups - not major overhauls.

In 1996 that changed and I decided to take a very difficult ...

Just Sold

January 6th, 2007

Just Sold ( January 5, 2007 )- many thanks to the Kites for asking me to represent them in their purchase of an industrial zoned lot in Ucluelet. In the purchase of any real  estate, it is important that you have the utmost confidence and  trust in the agent representing you. The purchase of a house is probably the most important financial decision you will make in your lifetime and it is imp ...

Not your typical Realtor

January 4th, 2007

I have been told many times by real estate gurus that my web site should be my name - for example. "It is important to brand yourself", they keep telling me.

My answer to that is that I am not for sale - the real estate is. Some realtors spend too much time marketing themselves and not enough time marketing the real estate. They lose site of their priorities. My pr ...