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02
Dec

Townhomes, the missing middle?

By Brandon Harding, Vice President The world is experiencing some remarkable shifts this year. One of these significant transformations is the development and implementation of technology to allow a large portion of the workforce to work from home. Every generation has adopted productivity and connectivity apps as the world adapts to a different lifestyle and new government...
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21
Apr

5 Myths of Land Assembly

Everyone has heard crazy stories about land assembly in Greater Vancouver. From extra money paid to holdouts to owners expecting their land value to triple in five years. After transacting many successful land assemblies and seeing some fail, we have put together the 5 Myths of Land Assembly. These dispel some commonly thought ideas that...
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23
Mar

Don’t ban evictions. Communication and co-operation critical to navigating this crisis.

Dear Minister Selena Robinson, Premier John Horgan, and Mayor Kennedy Stewart, I write to you today about the potential consequences of banning evictions in BC. These are trying times that require compassion and compromise to ensure the health and safety of all BC residents. With everyone financially strained, difficult decisions will have to be made...
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06
Feb

Why is everyone building in Burquitlam?

By Brandon Harding, Vice President When we are conversing with developers, three things have been the rhetoric for years: Construction costs are too high Permitting times are too long Project approval is too challenging We cannot pay our prized labourers less money and offer less for materials because this is the backbone of the project getting built....
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21
Nov

ApartmentBlocks successfully lobbies high density in Oakdale

We are very pleased with the decision of Council and planning to take the recommendations and feedback of their community under advisement when bringing forward an Official Community Plan Update. Seeing this level of initiative from leaders to engage public consultation in a constructive and informative way paved the path for a well laid out...
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14
Nov

New Westminster and Port Coquitlam fight against climate protection by restricting property owners from upgrading their buildings, says new data

By Brandon Harding, Vice President New Westminster and Port Coquitlam fight against climate protection by restricting property owners from upgrading their buildings, says new data. A study released by FortisBC shows how minor improvements can lead to reducing emissions by the equivalent of 43,000 gas-powered cars. “The basic upgrades alone reduce domestic hot water energy...
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10
Jul

Dear Vancouver Council, You don’t have development experience, planning does… and that is okay

Dear Vancouver Council, You don’t have development experience, planning does… and that is okay By Brandon Harding, Vice President Vancouver has a diligent planning department that is well versed in following detailed guidelines that have been implemented to organize new developments in a way that is both suitable for the community and economically viable based...
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04
Apr

Buyers’ edge sharpens in multi-family rentals

By Terry Harding, Senior Vice President As read on Western Investor’s 2019 Investor’s Guide to Western Investing Low loan-to-value ratios and cap rates keep Metro rental apartments a long-horizon strategy The multi-family market is generally seen as one of the safest real estate investment vehicles available, often considered the bond of real estate. A multi-family...
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