5 Myths of Land Assembly

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. Read More & Watch Video

Weathering an Unanticipated Crisis as a Tenant

Weathering an Unanticipated Crisis as a Tenant

Over the past month, we have watched as businesses are forced to deal with an unprecedented crisis. If you have ever done a SWOT analysis of your business, you run different models and analyze different threats and results. What if sales fell to 50%, what if the competition cut their prices, or your biggest competitor […]

ApartmentBlocks Successfully Lobbies High Density in Oakdale

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 […]

New Westminster and Port Coquitlam Fight Against Climate Protection by Restricting Property Owners from Upgrading their Buildings, says New Data

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 […]

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 on those guidelines. Our council doesn’t have experience in the development, construction, or building field and […]

The Operating Cost (Gross-Up) Clause

The Operating Cost (Gross-Up) Clause

Why is the Landlord insisting that they can increase costs they will recover as part of their additional rent? Generally, leases are drafted to protect Landlords, and it may be a challenge to know what you can negotiate and what you may have to live with in a standard lease. Missing a critical clause can […]

Buyers’ Edge Sharpens in Multi-Family Rentals

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 […]

How the Government Makes Housing More Expensive

How the Government Makes Housing More Expensive

Featuring Brandon Harding on Podcast: The UnReal Estate Show by Keith Roy Keith Roy, Keith and Associates March 31, 2019 We’re quick to judge landlords, developers and owners of multi-family properties here in Vancouver when in reality we need these people if we’re going to solve the housing crisis. With each new tax and each new restriction, […]