Recent Articles in ‘State of the Industry’

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

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

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.

Don’t wait until April to renovate

Homeowners awaiting the HST’s disappearance could be wasting time

Proper Insulation the Invisible Value

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

New Urbanists Debate Merits Of Glass Towers

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

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

Legal advice can help a buyer make a more informed decision

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.

Low- to Middle-Income Housing Still a Challenge

Mayor’s task force has issued some ‘quick-start’ recommendations, but still has work to do

Tackling Metro’s Housing Challenges

Creative solutions are required if residential concerns are to be adequately addressed

Georgie Awards’ finalists announced

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, event celebrates excellence in home-building industry

Real Estate Ready to Set a Steady Course

Experts believe the state of the Lower Mainland’s housing market is stable and balanced – and thus an excellent time to buy a new home.

A Special Place on the Planet

When other parts of the world have problems people look for safe places to live – and Vancouver is such a place.