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 […]

$644,000 in Additional Costs PER HOME?

$644,000 in Additional Costs PER HOME?

How the city of Vancouver has been masking taxes on residents for decades For years news headlines and conversational topics have largely revolved around the increased cost of living in this beautiful city. As discussed in previous papers of mine the land constraints have forced new housing starts sky high in terms of design and […]

Vancouver is Shrinking

Vancouver is Shrinking

The Supply/Demand of the Development Market Understanding the price of your investment can be summed up in one simple economic concept; supply and demand. The balance between both sides of the equation represents a constantly evolving equilibrium that influences the overall value of every single development site. There are so many components at work that […]

Metrotown Development Plan

Metrotown Development Plan

The Calm Before the Storm Over the last couple of years the real estate pot has been bubbling in the Metrotown area as the new official community plan edges closer to fruition. We know many land owners anxiously wait to find out if their property falls under a new zoning policy that may significantly increase […]

Land Assembly Logic

Land Assembly Logic

Vancouver Apartments Land Assembly Is the land under your property more valuable than the property itself? This premise may be counter-intuitive to you as the property owner. How can the dirt be more valuable, sometimes much more, than the entire improvements, which provide a steady rental income? The answer is simple. Land is a finite […]