Park Royal Shopping Mall

(November 30, 2012, posted in Local Interest)

For those of us that live on the North Shore it has often seemed that to get the best shopping experience we had to head over the bridge.  But in the last several years, with the redevelopment of Park Royal Mall, the shopping opportunities here in West Vancouver have become unique and satisfying, without ever having to cross the water. 

I remember the opposition that occurred when the owners of the... read more.

Britannia Mine

(November 30, 2012, posted in Family Attractions)

This is my favourite Vancouver attraction, and has been ever since I was young.  I think I was first introduced to it on a field trip in grade 5, and I have been smitten with it ever since.  Located halfway between Vancouver and Whistler it makes for a good afternoon stop or a great destination on its own. 

There is something so incredible about witnessing what once was a working mine, with the best... read more.

Granville Island

(November 30, 2012, posted in Family Attractions)

Whether you live here or are just visiting, Vancouver is an amazing city to explore.  There are so many great places to see, one of the most well-known being Granville Island.  Located in False Creek, just under the south end of the Granville Street Bridge, it is a major tourist destination and working district.  In 2004 it was named "One of the Worlds Great Places" by Project for Public Spaces.

You... read more.

The Nutcracker Ballet

(November 23, 2012, posted in Family Attractions)

The Nutcracker Ballet never gets old. It is a once a year treat to the unforgettable music of Tchaikovsky, gorgeous sets, glittery costumes, beautiful dancing and a little magic thrown in. This year it is being performed by an amazing Vancouver based company - The Goh Ballet, with members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra playing the memorable score. It runs from December 19 - 23 with both evening... read more.

Dundarave Festival of Lights

(November 23, 2012, posted in Family Attractions)

The Dundarave Festival of Lights is back running from December 1, 2012 - Janary 5, 2013.  A great experience  for the whole family, bundle up,  head to Dundarave Pier/Beach and enjoy live music, Christmas cheer, and over 100 decorated trees donated by local businesses, schools and communities. All proceeds are donated to fight against homelessness.

Highlights include:
  • Saturday, December 1 from 12-5 p.m... read more.

Items to Put Away When Selling

(November 22, 2012)

When your home is on the market but you are still living there, you can't very well make it a model show home. Still, there are a few things you should think about putting in storage while your home is for sale in order to make it as appealing as possible to buyers. Here are the top five things you should consider putting out of sight. Excess Family Photos Buyers want to picture themselves in the... read more.

Buying a Fixer Upper 

(November 22, 2012, posted in Buying A House)

Always dreamed of renovating a home exactly to your specifications, or have you found an older house that is structurally sound but needs a lot of work inside? Perhaps the price is right and you can't resist all that house you can get for your money. Whatever the reason, buying a fixer-upper can be both an exciting and rewarding purchase or a financial and time consuming disaster, depending on whe... read more.

How Much Yard do You Need

(November 22, 2012)

You probably have spent a good deal of time considering how much space you need inside your home, but what about how much space you need on the outside of it?  House hunting with an idea of the square footage you are seeking is a good idea, but in addition to that you should have an idea of how much yard space you will need around your new dwelling as well. 

Buying a home with a large yard can be co... read more.

For Sale By Owner?

(November 07, 2012, posted in Tips for Selling Your Home)

The Downside To A Sale By Owner

In tough economic times, saving the money that you would have to pay a real estate agent to help you sell your home can be a tempting idea. Sale by owner has become a fairly common practice in many locations, and in some cases it can be successful. But before you consider trying to sell your home without any professional help, there are a few things you should keep... read more.

West Vancouver Development Opportunity

(November 05, 2012, posted in Listings)

This is one of those rare opportunities you don't want to miss out on.  A duplex zoned lot right in the heart of Dundarave.  Imagine living on Bellevue Avenue, the most desirable location in West Vancouver.  The seawall is right at your doorstep, with great coffee shops, restaurants, grocery and boutique stores less than a block away. 

Currently there are plans available for 2 half duplexes. Another op... read more.

Changes to Mortgage Rules

(November 01, 2012, posted in Local Interest)

Thank you to the Gibbard Group who sent out these changes to the Mortgage rules starting today.

Effective November 1st - New Mortgage Rules:  Summary:

You've probably heard of the new mortgage rules handed down to Federally regulated financial institution through OFSI's (Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada).  This email is a brief outline of these new rules.!Important! These... read more.

BC Universities Rank High

(November 01, 2012, posted in Local Interest)

Four of B.C.'s major universities have placed in the Top Two in their categories, according Maclean's magazine 22nd annual university rankings released Thursday.The schools are divided into three categories based on the amount of research they undertake and whether they offer graduate programs.

In the medical/doctoral category, the University of B.C. is up one spot this year, to no. 2, just behind... read more.

October Monthly Update West Vancouver

(November 01, 2012, posted in WV Monthly Market Update)

There are currently 551 detached houses listed in West Vancouver (compared with 456 at this time last year), 129 apartments (95 last year) and 66 attached - meaning townhouses and duplexes (compared with 40 last year). Keep in mind that these numbers and the ones below are for the WHOLE OF WEST VANCOUVER. If you are interested in any of the sub-areas specifically please contact me and I will be ha... read more.

October Market Update North Vancouver

(November 01, 2012, posted in NV Monthly Market Update)

There are currently 451 detached houses listed in North Vancouver (compared with 329 at this time last year),464 apartments (443 last year) and 171 attached - meaning townhouses and duplexes (compared with 128 last year). Keep in mind that these numbers and the ones below are for the WHOLE OF NORTH VANCOUVER. If you are interested in any of the sub-areas specifically please contact me and I will b... read more.