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I have listed a new property at 1506 1088 QUEBEC ST in Vancouver.
This Bosa built, spacious 3 bed, 2 bath corner unit, with city and water views, has been fully renovated with quality finishings. Upgrades include hardwood floors, granite counters, SS appliances, built in sound system, in floor radiant heat in bathrooms, heated towel racks, new lighting. Perfect for both downsizers and young families, this unit is ideally situated close to skytrain, aquabus and sea wall allowing easy access to anywhere in the city by water, train, car, bike or on foot. This beautifully appointed unit, large enough for house size furniture, won’t last long; call to book your private showing today.
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3 bed, 2 bath, 1452sf beautifully updated condo with fabulous water and city views!

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Open House Schedule: Saturday, October 31 and Sunday November 1st 2-4pm

 

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Click here to see video tour of 2878 Wall Street. 

 

 

 

In the sought after neighbourhood of Hastings Sunrise close to parks, trails, schools and amenities, this fully updated 4 bed, 3 bath view home is the gem of Wall Street. It's a perfect balance of elegance and liveability. The gorgeous kitchen at the heart of the home will be a favourite place for family meals and for entertaining. The space is so beautiful and inviting, you will never want to leave. Improvements include: re-finished oak floors throughout, fresh paint throughout, upgraded bathrooms with double vanity in master ensuite, new kitchen with granite counters, brand new SS appliances and loads of cupboard space, a new roof, new stucco, and new windows. 


List Price: $1,299,000

 

Open Hosue Schedule:

 

Thrusday, October 22:  Sneak Peek 6-7pm

 

Saturday, October 24: 1-3pm

 

Sunday, October 25:  2-4pm

 

Come on by and check it out. 

 

Whether you are thinking of buying or selling, just remember: all you have to do is imagine your future, I'll help you find it. 

Give me a call and we can discuss your plans. 

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I have listed a new property at 2878 WALL ST S in Vancouver.
Welcome home to this beautifully updated 4bed, 3 bath masterpiece with stunning water and mountain views. Gorgeous open plan chef inspired kitchen w/ stone countertops, ss appliances and gas range and huge bar area that leads to both family room w/ fp and beautifully landscaped garden. Up features open living dining with incredible views and an add'l fp. Further up the stairs leads you to 2 Beds, 1 Bath and finally to the fabulous Master w/ ensuite which again takes advantage of the breathtaking views. Sneak Peek, Thursday 6-7pm, Open Saturday 1-3pm, Sunday 2-4pm.
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The Vancouver City Planning Committe would like us to consider the question of removing the Viaducts. I attened a presentation last night at Sceince World by a group of panelists who detailed the reasons for removing the Viaducts. I went with an open mind and no definite position on the matter. I left with a certianty that removing the Viaducts will be good for our city. 

 

Here is a recap of Vancouver's Manager of City Planning, Brian Jackson, had to say:

 


1. Why now? 
We are at a pivotal point in the city's evolution in down town and there is an opportunity to connect the neighbourhoods.
There is vacant land right now available for staging the removal. Once Concord has developed the land, the cost will be higher to remove the viaducts because there will be no bare land to stage the removal. There is a precedent in Toronto that supports this argument since Toronto delayed the decision for a similar project and when they did finally proceed, the vacant land had been developed and the removal ended up costing hundreds of thousands of dollars more than the original proposal.  

2. Why? Two and a half acres of land will become available for housing, market and affordable. Main Street will be re connected. A new high street on the eastern side of Downtown is an intangible benefit. Will link the haves and have not communities. The road can be replaced with an at grade road system. There will be better circulation of vehicles. 
You won't get stuck on the viaduct because there will be opportunities to veer off the road way if it is at grade level.

Concord is required to build a 9 acre park. Taking down viaducts will increase the park to 13.5 acres.
This is an exciting opportunity to undo the damage that was done to communities in the 60s and 70s.

3. Who is this for? China Town, False Creek (bigger park) , Olympic Village( with the current proposal they will keep the view). New community of 1200 units. Opportunity for new community and entertainment district at False Creek.
For cyclists. For pedestrians to have safe at grade environment. Anyone traveling in and out of Vancouver.

4. What's next?  Planning committee expects the planning process will take at least a year once council tells them to go ahead with planning.


At its meeting on October 20, 2015, Vancouver City Council will receive a presentation regarding the Removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts, and refer the matter to the following meeting to hear from speakers: 
 
MEETING: Standing Committee on City Finance and Services
DATE: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
TIME: 2 pm
LOCATION: Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall
453 West 12th Avenue

 

The agenda for the meeting can be viewed at: http://vancouver.ca/councilmeetingsand the relevant report at: http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20151020/documents/rr1.pdf.  
 
If you wish further information on this matter, please contact Holly Sovdi, Planner, Vancouver – Downtown, at 604.871.6330. If you wish to speak to Council, please email to speaker.request@vancouver.ca or call Lori Isfeld at 604.871.6355. Please note speakers are requested to limit their comments to no longer than five minutes.
 
You may also communicate your thoughts on the issue to the Mayor and Councillors by emailing mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca and we will ensure Council receives all correspondence before the matter is considered.
 
Visit http://vancouver.ca/speaker-wait-times or @VanCityClerk on Twitter for real-time information on the progress of City Council meetings. All meetings of Council are webcast and can be viewed at: http://civic.neulion.com/cityofvancouver/ . The minutes for this meeting can be viewed at: http://vancouver.ca/councilmeetings approximately two days following the meeting. 
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The City of Vancouver has released a report recommending a 200 million dollar plan for removing the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts. This announcement comes as no surprise because the rumour has been circulating for years that the viaducts would come down. If you live in the area, you may have concerns about the impact on traffic flow. If you want more information, visit the City of Vancouver website here: vancouver.ca

 

 

You can also attend this specail event Vancouver's Viaducts: Past, Present and Future hosted by the City on October 14th at Science World. You will need a ticket for the event, but tickets are free at eventbrite.ca. 

 

The City Council is tentatively scheduled to meet on October 20th to consider the report. To be notified when a council meeting has been scheduled click here then scroll to the bottom of the page and submit your email.  

 

To share your concerns or comments with the City Planners click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

 

I will be attending the meeting on October 14th and will share what I learn here on my blog, so be sure to visit again soon.

 

Until then, remember, all you have to do is imagine your future . . . I'll help you find it.

 

Deborah 

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A pet peeve for a lot of Real Estate Buyers is the Property Transfer Tax payable on home purcahses in BC. I want to let my readers know that the BC Real Estate Association, of which I am a member, is lobbying on behalf of BC Buyers. Please have a look at the article below that I have copied from BCREA's October newsletter. 

 

 Still Seeking Fairness for Real Estate Buyers

This month, BCREA will make recommendations to improve housing affordability and tax fairness for BC homebuyers, as part of the annual consultation on the provincial budget.

BC's Liberal government has made tax competitiveness a cornerstone of its fiscal policy, except for the Property Transfer Tax (PTT). Ever since the PTT was introduced in 1987, it has been applied in the following way: 1% on the first $200,000 of the fair market value of a property, and 2% on the remainder. This static structure is entirely at odds with BC's dynamic real estate market, and places an increasingly unfair burden on homebuyers.

If the PTT is to remain, due to its contribution to provincial revenue, then it's time to restructure the tax to reflect market conditions and assist BC families, many of whom face the highest home ownership costs in the country. For this reason, BCREA will once more ask the provincial Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services to forward the following recommendations to the Minister of Finance for inclusion in the 2016/2017 provincial budget:

  1. Increase the 1% PTT threshold from $200,000 to $525,000, with 2% applying to the remainder of the fair market value. 
  2. Index the 1% PTT threshold of $525,000 using the MLS® Home Price Index, and make adjustments annually. 

BCREA believes a fair system of taxation and a thriving economy will help citizens throughout BC enjoy an enviable quality of life, and better position BC to attract businesses.

While BCREA has taken countless opportunities in the past 28 years to lobby for either elimination or mitigation of the PTT, the context of this year's consultation is somewhat unique. In recent weeks, BC Minister of Finance the Honourable Mike de Jong has speculated in the media about increasing the 1% threshold and possibly changing the structure of the tax. BCREA, 11 real estate boards and nearly 20,000 REALTORS® around the province are always interested in working with the provincial government on this issue.

The provincial budget consultation is undertaken every year by the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services of the Legislative Assembly of BC. The all-party committee holds hearings and accepts submissions for about a month, and then releases a report by mid-November. To learn how to participate in the budget consultation process, visit www.leg.bc.ca/cmt/finance/budget-consultations.asp.

For more information about BCREA's position on the PTT, visit BCREA's website at www.bcrea.bc.ca/government-relations/shelter-taxes.

 

I am committed to keeping you informed with news that impacts your real estate purcahses and investments. If you have questions about anythign to do with Real Estate, please contact me. I am happy to help. 

 

Remember, all you have to do is imagine your future . . . I'll help you find it. 

 

Deborah

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