Recent Articles in ‘State of the Industry’

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Commitment to Excellence

Builders, renovators and developers compete for national SAM Awards recognizing outstanding work in the industry

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Resourceful, resilient – and robust

The Vancouver market benefits from continued immigration and low interest rates.

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Chatter for the cocktail circuit

B.C.’s Real Estate Boards offer intriguing facts that are sure to be good conversation-starters.

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Strong and Steady

Confidence has returned to the Metro Vancouver real estate market and moderate price increases are expected over the next year.

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Prefabricated homes make comeback

VICTORIA — An interest in green and efficient building techniques is leading to a comeback of prefabricated homes —

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Ovations for building excellence

The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association gave out more than 40 awards this spring to winning Metro Vancouver builders, renovators and designers.

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Back to the PST

While the complete picture is not yet clear, the return to PST should be good news for homebuyers, home sellers and those renovating their homes.

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Tight Housing Market Likely in 2013

Small changes in the supply of housing can make for a big difference in price, especially in certain areas of Metro Vancouver

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First-time homebuyers face continuing affordability problems

Ottawa’s action to reduce mortgage amortization periods to 25 from 30 years particularly affects younger people looking for their first home

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GVHBA’s Simpson heads into sunset

Longtime Westcoast Homes columnist Peter Simpson is about to retire after 19 years as chief executive officer of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association — a stint during which he’s observed significant change in the industry.

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Don’t wait until April to renovate

Homeowners awaiting the HST’s disappearance could be wasting time

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Proper Insulation the Invisible Value

Air leakage can lead to a number of problems that could take away from the value of your home

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New Urbanists Debate Merits Of Glass Towers

Defenders of highrises say the building form defines Vancouver’s downtown neighbourhoods

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What You Need To Know Before Buying a Home On Your Own

Legal advice can help a buyer make a more informed decision

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Ask For Proof Of Insurance

People looking to hire someone to do work around the house might not know it, but they should be asking for two important letters from their contractor.