It's Got Potential: Helping Buyers See Past a Property's Current State

Many home buyers have difficulty seeing past the current state of a property and being able to visualize what it could look like. This could be as simple as the property being cleaned up, emptied out, and then undergoing minor cosmetic adjustments like new paint or flooring. Or, this could be more complex such as a complete gut job and extensive structural renovation…

Just Sold: 1975 Stephens Street

While many Vancouver buyers have been taking action during July and August, the Vancouver market remains slower than usual within the luxury segments. My team and I just sold our beautiful listing: 1975 Stephens Street. This was a recently renovated luxury 1/2 duplex in Kitsilano. Being a 2-bedroom listed at $1,849,000, it was a niche product. And, it did take some time to sell…

West Haven Group's Neighbourhood Profile: Yaletown

Yaletown is a residential tower community that was built up mostly during the early to mid-2000’s. Yaletown offers a lot in the way of amenities and conveniences. There are many restaurants and eateries, ranging from casual and convenient to high-end dining experiences. There are parks, gyms, and grocery options. There is local shopping, but the area’s perimeter is also very close to Pacific Centre, Nordstrom, and the beginning of the Robson shopping district…

West Haven Group's Neighbourhood Profile: Chinatown

Chinatown is a small area that has thus far undergone limited new development. The new buildings that have gone up have been either mid-rise or smaller boutique buildings. Much of the area has remained unchanged. Various groups have been vocal in their opposition of new development in this area and want to protect its history and long-term residents. The area offers many excellent restaurants, bars, lounges, and cafes…

West Haven Group's Neighbourhood Profile: Gastown

Gastown is where Vancouver began — and is Vancouver’s first downtown core. It is named after ‘Gassy’ Jack Deighton who arrived in 1867 to open a saloon. It is also a national historic site. Gastown is known for being one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Vancouver. It's of the only neighbourhoods that offers the old and converted heritage buildings that people tend to love…

West Haven Group's Neighbourhood Profile: Fairview Slopes

Fairview consists primarily of the area bordered by Cambie to the west, 16th to the south, Granville to the east, and 6th to the north. The buildings are mostly low, 4-stories tall, tiered up the hillside toward Broadway. This means that there are many condos and townhouses that offer beautiful False Creek and Downtown views…

Truly Rare Vancouver Views at ‘Burrard Place'

During the pre-selling phase, Shawn from the West Haven Group sold an AMAZING 55th floor southwest corner suite at the stunning ‘Burrard Place’ tower at 1289 Hornby Street - 3 bedrooms and almost 1,700 sqft. Additionally, at the southwest corner of the suite, looking directly at English Bay, is a large patio that could comfortably fit a dining table for six. The tower will be 54 storeys, and will become the tallest residential tower in Vancouver…

How to Get 3+ Bedrooms in Vancouver for Under $1-Million

We have many clients with young families who need 3 bedrooms, want to stay in Vancouver ideally, yet cannot spend over $1-million. To say the least, it can be challenging to meet these criteria. Although the market is constantly changing, we are going to provide our top 10 examples we’ve either sold or noted on the market over the past while. These examples should provide some inspiration or ideas for those with these same needs…

How Money Laundering Works in Real Estate

It is estimated that $5-billion was laundered via real estate in British Columbia in 2018. This is according to recent ground-breaking reports by Simon Fraser University public policy professor and former B.C. deputy attorney general Maureen Maloney, and by former RCMP deputy commissioner Peter German. These reports indicate that these laundered funds contributed to increased real estate prices by at least 5% — significantly impacting housing affordability (particularly in Greater Vancouver)…