The Millennials are here, but are we ready?

The Vancouver Sun, September 15, 2014 ‘Millennials’ are the kids crammed into overcrowded B-Line buses headed to and from UBC. They are the many under-employed servers and clerks, unpaid interns and contract workers. They are frequently dissed as being entitled, lazy and arrogant. But they are also the largest demographic group to come along since […]

Bank of Canada Holds interest Rate At 1% – Again

The Vancouver Sun, July 16, 2014 Central bank’s rate has now been steady for almost 4 years. Canada’s central bank decided to keep its benchmark interest rate at one per cent today, the same level it has been at for almost four years. The Bank of Canada announced in its latest policy decision on Wednesday […]

Downtown Vancouver residential boom creates need for services, amenities

Vancouver Sun, July 15, 2014 New Downtown South neighbourhood lacks food shopping, family dining options. One of Vancouver’s fastest-changing neighbourhoods is facing a dearth of services and amenities amid a boom of residential tower construction, say residents, developers and other stakeholders in the city’s Downtown South. The roughly six-block section of Downtown South wedged between […]

CMHC report highlights slip in refinances, new policies

Canadian Real Estate Magazine – November 29, 2011 CMHC report highlights slip in refinances, new policies Refinances remain down from pre-mortgage rule changes introduced this spring, according to a Q3 report from CMHC — highlighting further easing in consumer demand for debt. “Homeowner Refinance activity initially fell by nearly 40 per cent (in the second […]

InvestorForum Vancouver, a smashing success

Canadian Real Estate Magazine – November 23, 2011 What can we say? The Vancouver InvestorForum was a huge success, exceeding both delegate and exhibitor expectations. It’s all courtesy of Diamond sponsor Vision Investment Properties, which helped bring together more than 350 professional real estate investors for Canadian Real Estate`s first major event in Western Canada, […]


Canadian Mortgage Trends – November 25, 2011 Four prominent economists met on a CAAMP panel Monday: Avery Shenfeld (CIBC), Warren Jestin (Scotiabank), Stefane Marion (National Bank Financial) and Carlos Leitao (Laurentian Bank). The eurozone crisis, employment, rates and CMHC were the topics of the day. Here’s what they expressed about each: On Interest Rates “It […]

More Canadians plan to do holiday shopping online

The Vancouver Sun –  November 28, 2011 Online shopping is gradually becoming more mainstream with a new survey showing almost half of Canadians asked say they’ll access the web for some of their holiday gift purchases this year. The survey, commissioned by Bank of Montreal, had 46 per cent of respondents saying they would buy […]

Why Use a Mortgage Broker

Globe & Mail, November 10, 2011 Buying her first house and getting her first mortgage was an overwhelming experience for Roslyn Judd. She had signed a deal to buy a new house, she had put down her deposit, and she was pre-approved for a mortgage. Now she had to sign a final deal with her […]

Luxury Home Sales Surge in Metro Vancouver

REW, November 12, 2011 From January 1 to the end of September of this year, 953 homes sold in Greater Vancouver for $2.5 million or more each, according to Eugene Klein, president of the commercial division of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. “That is almost as many as the three previous years combined,” […]

Canadians likely more cautious than U.S. holiday shoppers

Financial Post, November 14, 2011 Canadians will be more cautious holiday shoppers than their U.S. counterparts this season, while sales at some U.S. retail stores operating in this country are weaker than the stateside division. Average retail sales in the U.S. are projected to grow 5% in November and December, Sal Guatieri, vice-president and senior […]

Why use a mortgage broker?

Globe & Mail, November 10, 2011 Buying her first house and getting her first mortgage was an overwhelming experience for Roslyn Judd. She had signed a deal to buy a new house, she had put down her deposit, and she was pre-approved for a mortgage. Now she had to sign a final deal with her […]

My Real Estate Listing Site gets Launched

Origin Mortgage Advisors are working to help their best referral partners promote their newest real estate listings with a digital listing that can be easily shared and found online. It also doesn’t hurt for each listing to become its own unique URL, improving the Google rankings and other search engine optimization. In addition each listing […]

Protesters remain at Occupy Vancouver, Victoria

CBC News, October 17, 2011 Protest camp didn’t affect traffic in downtown Vancouver on Monday morning. Protesters who occupied the lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery and Victoria’s Centennial Square over the weekend say they’ll stay “as long as it takes” to fight corporate greed and social inequity. Thousands gathered in front of the art […]

Clarity needed on transition from the HST; Building industry has questions, but it could be folly for consumers to wait to buy new home

Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association, September 26, 2011 If you think British Columbians, in general, are fed up to the teeth with the HST debacle, many members of the residential construction industry are biting through their lips to keep from screaming. I mean, enough already; when is this stomach-churning, roller-coaster ride going to stop? First, […]

Cruise-ship cabins inspire design for small houses

The Vancouver Sun, September 19, 2011 ‘Mi-Pads’ incorporate elements such as built-in bunk beds and wooden lockers When pondering how to construct smaller homes that young adults and renters could afford, homebuilder Tom Hignite turned his attention from the land to the sea. Cruise ships, to be exact. He studied how the essentials of living […]

Blue Chips Climb 272 Points

Wall Street Journal, September 26, 2011 Stocks jumped and blue chips staged their biggest percentage gain in more than a month, as investors bet that efforts will be taken to stem Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 272.38 points, or 2.5%, to 11043.86, clawing back more than one-third of last week’s losses. […]