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Month: October 2013

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My Coal Harbour Sales

Buying or Selling in Coal Harbour? Why Hire Maggie Chandler?

  • My Coal Harbour Sales
    • 1157 W. Cordova
    • 3202-1011 W. Cordova
    • 909-1239 W. Georgia
    • 2801-1328 W. Pender
    • 3101-1189 Melville
    • 1603-1211 Melville
    • 1103-1228 W. Hastings
    • 603-1233 W. Cordova
    • 5303-1128 W. Georgia
    • 1905-1205 W. Hastings
    • 1504-1616 Bayshore
    • 1201-1211 Melville
    • 3604-1189 Melville
    • 1804-1616 Bayshore
    • 2501-1331 W. Georgia
    • 2502-1239 W. Georgia
    • 1307-1333 W. Georgia
    • 2004-1616 Bayshore
    • 804-1650 Bayshore
    • 810-1239 W. Georgia
    • 1304-1205 W. Hastings
    • 1505-1331 W. Georgia
    • 1501-1650 Bayshore
    • 1904-323 Jervis
    • 702-1328 W. Pender
    • 1304-499 Broughton
    • 3007-1328 W. Pender
    • 703-1680 Bayshore
    • 3102-1328 W. Pender
    • 805-1790 Bayshore
    • 1004-588 Broughton
    • 802-1188 W. Pender
    • 402-535 Nicola
    • 1402-560 Cardero
    • 1105-588 Broughton
    • 2302-555 Jervis
    • 209-560 Nicola
    • 2801-1328 W. Pender
    • 1103-1680 Bayshore
    • 901-560 Cardero
    • 1904-323 Jervis
    • 301-1415 W. Georgia

    I am your Coal Harbour Realtor – put my hyper-local experience to work for you! Contact Maggie today!

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Which Are Vancouver’s Downtown Condo Neighbourhoods?

may'12 011 (Copy)Vancouver’s Downtown nieghbourhood started to be built in the mid 1990s and was developed on Expo’86 land which was sold by the BC Government to Concord Pacific whose major shareholder is Li Ka-Shing and led by Terry Hui.  The area was commercial and industrial, False Creek had sawmills and a barrel maker which is now Coopers’s Park. I remember the old landscape!  Which are Vancouver’s Downtown condo market neighbourhoods? Read more

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Where Is the Best Buy for a Vancouver Condo in a Newer Concrete Building?

may'12 011 (Copy)Recently I’ve had a few buyer inquiries about  where I think is the best deal for a Vancouver condo in a newer concrete building. So lets take a look at the neighbourhoods of the Coal Harbour, West End, Downtown, Yaletown, Kitsilano, False Creek and Fairview.

Here’s the average sale price of sales within the last 60 days for one bedroom condos under 5 years old: Read more

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What’s Inside the Mind of Vancouver Real Estate Buyers?

untitledI thought I’d explore what’s inside the minds of Vancouver real estate buyer. Currently our market is stable and prices have levelled. There are more buyers in the market than a year ago but not all of them that are looking for properties are buying. Why?

What are Vancouver Home Buyers Concerns?

Prices! When I ask clients this question they answer that they’re unsure if real estate prices have bottomed or if waiting will result in them securing a lower price. The tighter mortgage rules that were implemented a year ago have definitely impacted the buyer’s affordability, causing them to holdback in order to get more for their money. Unfortunately none of us know when the market has bottomed, except in hindsight. Sales this year have increased and the economists are predicting Vancouver home sales and prices to increase in 2014. Read more

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What’s Ahead for British Columbia Real Estate in 2014?

stock-photo-19150373-thumbs-upBritish Columbia’s real estate market a year ago was pretty gruesome. The tightening of mortgage rules made it much more difficult for everyone to qualify and this caused a drop in prices, so the buyers were sitting and watching. The current Fall market is experiencing a return of buyers, some are buying and some are snooping for the deal!

BCREA’s Prediction for BC Real Estate in 2014 is Positive

Cameron Muir, BCREA’s Chief Economist, is predicting a rise in sales in 2014 which will bring us back to the long term average. Muir is also predicting a rise in prices and has revised his outlook for a price increase from 3.3% to 4.3% next year. He predicts sales this year will be up 6% from last year and next year will be up another 6%. Read more

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Why Is Vancouver’s Trump Tower Special?

photoYesterday I was invited to a High Calibre Realtor preview of Vancouver’s Trump Tower, which is currently under construction in the 1100 block West Georgia and will be completed in Spring 2015. At present it is Vancouver’s last hotel condo and joins the ranks of Shangri-la, Fairmont Pacific Rim and Rosewood’s Georgia Residences. Why is Vancouver’s Trump Tower special?

Arthur Erikson’s twisting tower will be an iconic part of Vancouver’s Downtown skyline and the city’s tallest building at 67 storeys and in the centre of Vancouver’s new Golden Mile, in the heart of Downtown. Read more

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Happy Thanksgiving Vancouver!

turkey_in_the_straw_208936We are so lucky to be experiencing such wonderful weather for Thanksgiving Weekend!

As William Arthur Ward said “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it”.

Whether you’re raking the leaves or taking advantage of the last of the Farmers Market, cooking turkey dinner or just chilling out , let’s give thanks for everything we’ve been given and give thanks to those who have helped us achieve success, because this is what the thanksgiving season is about. Read more

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Which Vancouver Neighbourhood Has The Best Value for Condos?

imagesCA7WEXTII’m often asked by Vancouver  buyers which neighbourhood has the best value for condos and how have the neighbourhoods performed over the last few years.  So let’s view the median price graph for condos in Vancouver’s neighbourhoods compared to 2 years ago and 7 years ago, as per REBGV stats for Sept 30/13.

Best value over the last two years?  Coal Harbour, False Creek, Quilchena and UBC have experienced the largest drop in prices. Coal Harbour, despite its big price correction, remains Vancouver’s most expensive condo neighbourhood. Read more

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Which is Vancouver’s Cheapest Waterfront Neighbourhood?

may'12 041 (Copy)If you wish to buy a house on Vancouver’s waterfront then Point Grey Road in Kitsilano and Marine Drive in Point Grey are the top two best locations in the city.

If you wish to own a Vancouver waterfront condo you’ll have a better choice of neighbourhoods – Coal Harbour, Yaletown, False Creek which includes the Olympic Village and the historic West End. So which is Vancouver’s cheapest waterfront neighbourhood and how have prices performed over the last five years? Let’s see! Read more

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East Vancouver Real Estate Prices Hit an All Time High

mortgage rate forecastsEast Vancouver real estate prices hit an all time high! The average sale price is now 5% higher than a year ago and sits at $952,000. Townhomes are 8% higher than a year ago at $859,000 and condos are also up…4% higher than a year ago, now at $376,000.

Average sale price for East Vancouver real estate is $721,000 – an all time high. The more Mainland Chinese money that pours into the west side real estate results in more pressure on East Vancouver as west siders move east. Read more

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Vancouver’s Real Estate Market Plods Along!

horses_201093Vancouver(west side) real estate prices continue to plod along in September, which saw seven house sales over $5M and an average sale price of $2,478,000 down a bit from August and 10% higher than a year ago. Cheapest sales was $920,000 for a Kits house on a short lot.

Vancouver townhomes jumped to $1,192,000 due to a couple of sales over $4M in Shaughnessy.

Vancouver condos also continue to plod along , with a slightly softer average sale price in September, down to $582,000 and four sales over $3M. Read more

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What Changed with Greater Vancouver’s Real Estate Market in September?

7651615-question-markIn this slower Greater Vancouver real estate market buyers and sellers are always asking me what’s changed with the market? September saw home sales 1.2% lower than August , 1% below the 10-year average for the month,  63% higher than September 2012 which severely felt the impact of Ottawa’s new mortgage regulations. However, September sales remained among the lowest in nearly three decades. Read more

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SOLD! SOLD! 1103-1680 Bayshore Drive, Coal Harbour, Vancouver, BC

classicoSOLD! SOLD! 1103-1680 Bayshore Drive, Coal Harbour, Vancouver. This n.w. corner condo with wonderful views of the mountains and marina had its price reduced to $898,000 and received three offers. I have buyers for Bayshore Drive!!

The sale price is equal to the value of condos in the prestigious Vancouver waterfront neighbourhood in 2005!! Yes, 2005. A great buyer’s market.

How Are Sales on Bayshore Drive?

  • YTD 2013 – 26 sales with an average sale price of $1,224,000 or $874psf, from $550,000 to $2.4M and
  • YTD 2012 – 20 sales with an average sale price $1,690,000 or $963psf, from $742,000 to $4.680.000 and 2 sales over $3M Read more

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Tips for Vancouver Home Buyers on Hazardous Materials

13517115-past-and-future-two-way-street-signVancouver buildings constructed prior to 1990 are required by Provincial legislation to have hazardous materials surveys completed before renovation, expansion or demolition in order to protect occupants and workers from harmful materials, including asbestos, storage tanks, PCBs from fluorescent lighting ballasts, abandoned paint, solvents and cleaning products and Freon from cooling equipment. Read more


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