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James Garbutt

Shawn’s Deals of the Week (February 11 – 15)

Shawn’s Deals of the Week  (Feb 11 – 15)

Every week I will be posting 3-5 listings that I think are great investments for those who are looking to buy and hold, build, and move in. The neighbourhoods that I explore are:

  1. Vancouver West
  2. Vancouver East
  3. East burnaby
  4. South Burnaby
  5. North Burnaby
  6. New Westminster
  7. Surrey

Why are you doing this?

There are so many aspects to take in to account when finding the right investment property.  You want to look at location, price point, location of that exact property, the details of the home and any issues with the lot. Whether it’s sloped, at a high point on the block that allows for a view or whether it’s riddled with trees that make it near impossible to build on without going through a lengthy process with the city halls. I will try to narrow searches down for you to make the selection process easier.

Vancouver East – Fraserview East: 1891 E 56th Avenue

Price: $ 999,000
Lot Size: 6,108 (irregular)
House size:  1,739 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 5
Bathroom: 2
Year Built: 1950
Zoning: RS-1

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

  • Great price
  • Great lot size
  • Fair location: close to all amenities, set back from Argyle by a boulevard
  • Living space includes a suite to help with the mortgage

Vancouver East – Killarney: 6549 Lancaster Street

Price: $ 1,280,000
Lot Size: 30.02 x 143.08 (4,295.26 Sq. Ft.)
House size:  1,892 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Year Built: 1971
Zoning: RS-1

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

  • Price has recently been reduced
  • Has a basement suite
  • Great neighbourhood
  • Quiet Street
  • Shopping nearby

Burnaby – East: 7844 15th Avenue 


Price:
$ 1,588,000
Lot:
50 x 120 (6,000 Sq. Ft.)
House size:  2,800 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 5
Bathroom: 5
Year Built: 2005
Zoning: R5

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

  • Location – Close to elementary school, high way access and shopping
  • Turn key home
  • Has 2 suites (mortgage helper)

New Westminster – West End : 1215 Nanaimo Street

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Price:
$ 988,00
Lot: 33 x 123 (4,059 Sq Ft.)
House size:  2,417 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 5
Bathroom: 2
Year Built: 1912
Zoning: RT-1A

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

  • Zone RT-1A potential for a duplex
  • Good price point
  • Great renovations
  • Close to all amenities on 12th Street

New Westminster – Connaught Heights: 2211 Seventh Avenue  


Price:
$ 1,375,000
Lost Size: 49.90×120 (5,988 Sq. Ft.)
House size:  2,216 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathroom: 1
Year Built: 1955
Zoning: NR-1

 

 

Why I Chose it:

  • Location, location, location – on the same block as 22nd Street Skytrain Station
  • Future potential
  • Home may need some work
  • Advice: This is a great property if you have the ability to invest at this price point.

Please contact us directly for your investment needs. We tailor our services to best suit your needs.

Shawn’s Deals of the Week (February 4 – 8)

Shawn’s Deals of the Week  (Feb 4 – 8)

Every week I will be posting 3-5 listings that I think are great investments for those who are looking to buy and hold, build, and move in. The neighbourhoods that I explore are:

  1. Vancouver West
  2. Vancouver East
  3. East burnaby
  4. South Burnaby
  5. North Burnaby
  6. New Westminster
  7. Surrey

Why are you doing this?

There are so many aspects to take in to account when finding the right investment property.  You want to look at location, price point, location of that exact property, the details of the home and any issues with the lot. Whether it’s sloped, at a high point on the block that allows for a view or whether it’s riddled with trees that make it near impossible to build on without going through a lengthy process with the city halls. I will try to narrow searches down for you to make the selection process easier.

New Westminster – Uptown: #23 230 Tenth Street

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Price: $ 699,999
Maintenance Fees: $466.32
House size:  1,455 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 2
Bathroom: 3
Year Built: 2000
Zoning: RES

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

  • Great price
  • Good location: close to all amenities
  • Large living space

New Westminster – The Heights: 919 Chestnut Street

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Price: $ 1,139,900
Lot Size: 50 x 120 (6,000 Sq. Ft.)
House size:  2,468 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Year Built: 1949
Zoning: RS-1

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

  • Great potential for a basement suite
  • Great neighbourhood
  • Quiet Street
  • Shopping nearby
  • Quick access to the highway

Burnaby – East: 7760 18th Avenue 

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Price:
$ 1,350,000
Lot: 50
 x 120 (6,000 Sq. Ft.)
House size:  1,962 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathroom: 2
Year Built: 1938
Zoning: RS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

  • Location – Close to elementary school, high way access and shopping
  • Homes in this neighbourhood are newer
  • Area is set for redevelopment
  • Home needs work
  • Is currently rented for a good price

New Westminster – Queens Park: 321 Second Street

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Price:
$ 1,278,888
Lot: 33 x 120 (3,960 Sq Ft.)
House size:  2,529 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathroom: 2
Year Built: 1946
Zoning: RS-1

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

  • Prime location
  • Good price point
  • Great renovations
  • Close to Herbert Spencer Elementary School

Vancouver West – Downtown: #1708 1189 Howe Street 

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Price:
$ 769,000
Maintenance Fees: $425.44
House size:  791 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 2
Bathroom: 2
Year Built: 1999
Zoning: HIRISE

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

  • Location – In the heart of Downtown Vancouver
  • Price point
  • Size

Please contact us directly for your investment needs. We tailor our services to best suit your needs.

Shawn’s Deals of the Week (January 21 – 25)

Shawn’s Deals of the Week  (Jan 21 – 25)

Every week I will be posting 3-5 listings that I think are great investments for those who are looking to buy and hold, build, and move in. The neighbourhoods that I explore are:

  1. Vancouver West
  2. Vancouver East
  3. East burnaby
  4. South Burnaby
  5. North Burnaby
  6. New Westminster
  7. Surrey

Why are you doing this?

There are so many aspects to take in to account when finding the right investment property.  You want to look at location, price point, location of that exact property, the details of the home and any issues with the lot. Whether it’s sloped, at a high point on the block that allows for a view or whether it’s riddled with trees that make it near impossible to build on without going through a lengthy process with the city halls. I will try to narrow searches down for you to make the selection process easier.

New Westminster – Uptown: #1208 – 608 Belmont Street

Shawn's Deals of the Week

Price: $ 699,999
Strata fee: TBA
House size:  903 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Year Built: 2013
Zoning: C-3

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

 The price point is fantastic for a 2 bed and 2 bath unit at the Viceroy in Uptown New Westminster. Units in this building are not often for sale, lucky for you, this is one of the best priced 2 bed units in the building. This will be coming to the market soon! Rental are allowed, pets allowed with restrictions, 1 parking and 1 storage unit are included.

New Westminster – West End: 1422 London Street 

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Price:
$ 1,198,000
Lot:
46.20 x 132 (6,098 Sq. Ft.)
House size:  2,076 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathroom: 2
Year Built: 1943
Zoning: NR1

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

  • Quiet location
  • Quick access to main roads
  • Close to all amenities, the skytrain, Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary
  • Great price

Burnaby – East: 7814 13th Avenue

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Price: $ 1,149,800
Lot: 50 x 154 (7,700 Sq Ft.)
House size:  1,995 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathroom: 2
Year Built: 1964
Zoning: R5

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

  • Great price
  • Good location: close to all amenities
  • Large size lot

Vancouver West – Kitsilano: 3636 W 11th Avenue

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Price:
$ 2,288,000
Lot: 33 x 122.06 (4,027.98 Sq Ft.)
House size:  2,399 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 5
Bathroom: 3
Year Built: 1973
Zoning: RS-5

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

  • Prime location
  • Good price point
  • Great building lot
  • Many high rated school like Lord Byng are nearby

Vancouver West – Dunbar: 3675 W 24th Avenue 

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Price:
$ 2,300,000
Lot: 33 x 122.1 (4,029.30 Sq Ft.)
House size:  2,287 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathroom: 3
Year Built: 1993
Zoning: RS-5

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

  • Quiet location
  • Access to major spots: UBC, Spanish Banks, Jericho Beach
  • Newer home for the price point
Please contact us directly for your investment needs. We tailor our services to best suit your needs.

Shawn’s Best Deals of the Week (January 14 – 18)

Shawn’s Best Deals of the Week  (Jan 14 – 18)

Every week I will be posting 3-5 listings that I think are great investments for those who are looking to buy and hold, build, and move in. The neighbourhoods that I explore are:

  1. Vancouver West
  2. Vancouver East
  3. East burnaby
  4. South Burnaby
  5. North Burnaby
  6. New Westminster
  7. Surrey

Why are you doing this?

There are so many aspects to take in to account when finding the right investment property.  You want to look at location, price point, location of that exact property, the details of the home and any issues with the lot. Whether it’s sloped, at a high point on the block that allows for a view or whether it’s riddled with trees that make it near impossible to build on without going through a lengthy process with the city halls. I will try to narrow searches down for you to make the selection process easier.

New Westminster – Uptown: #1208 – 608 Belmont Street

Price: $ 699,999
Strata fee: TBA
House size:  903 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Year Built: 2013
Zoning: C-3

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

 The price point is fantastic for a 2 bed and 2 bath unit at the Viceroy in Uptown New Westminster. Units in this building are not often for sale, lucky for you, this is one of the best priced 2 bed units in the building. This will be coming to the market soon! Rental are allowed, pets allowed with restrictions, 1 parking and 1 storage unit are included.

New Westminster – Fraserview – Victoria Hill: 209 – 275 Ross Drive 

Price: $ 475,000
Strata Fees:
$259.39
House size:  657 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 1
Bathroom: 1
Year Built: 2008
Zoning: RM-5A

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

 The location and price are key. One of the best priced units in the complex. This 1 bed, 1 bath condo is in of the best neighbourhoods in New Westminster, the Grove at Victoria Hill! This is an inner unit with a neighbour on one side. This unit is low in strata fees and big on space. Come view it today!

New Westminster – Queen’s Park: 413 Oak Street

Price: $ 1,535,000
Lot: 60 x 115 (6,901 Sq Ft.)
House size:  1,995 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathroom: 3
Year Built: 1989
Zoning: RS4 – link to city website for RS4 zoning

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

Situated in one of the best neighbourhoods in New Westminster, Queen’s Park. This home is on a fairly private street and has a big lot. As it stands, the RS4 zoning is quite stringent on the building guidelines. However, one may be able to achieve a .7 FSR. This could allow for a home up to 4,830 Sq. Ft. For clarification on these guidelines please contact us directly and we will do our best to guide you or contact the planning department at the City of New Westminster.

Burnaby North – Government Road: 7994 Burnlake Drive

Price: $ 1,789,000
Lot: 73 x 140 (10,220 Sq Ft.)
House size:  3,425 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathroom: 3
Year Built: 1967
Zoning: R1

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

Government Road is one of the high end areas in North Burnaby. Right beside Highway 1 with Access to Downtown, Brentwood, SFU within minutes. This is a central location and hey, you’ll be close to Michael Bublé. Joking aside. The R1 zoning allows for a buildable up to .6 FSR or 6,350.9 Sq. Ft. Whichever is lesser. In this case that would be a home with a total of 6,132 Sq. Ft. Please contact the planning department at the City of Burnaby for verification.

Vancouver West – Cambie: 845 W 17th Avenue 

Price: $ 1,999,000
Lot: 33 x 122 (4,026 Sq Ft.)
House size:  2,182 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 5
Bathroom: 2
Year Built: 1944
Zoning: RS-7

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

Close to Shaughnessy, downtown, the beach and all things Vancouver. This is a great building lot for an owner builder or someone looking for a holding property. Buy now, hold, build later. The City of Vancouver has become very strict with their building guidelines therefore it is best to read through the zoning bylaws before planning your dream home on this lot. As of right now, the standard FSR for RS-7 lots in Vancouver are .6 but can be allowable up to .7 FSR based on the design guidelines of the proposed dwelling.
Please contact us directly for your investment needs. We tailor our services to best suit your needs.

Shawn’s Deals of the Week

Shawn’s Deals of the Week

Every week I will be Shawn’s Deals which will include 3-5 listings that I think are great investments for those who are looking to buy and hold, build, and move in. The neighbourhoods that I explore are:

  1. Vancouver West
  2. Vancouver East
  3. East burnaby
  4. South Burnaby
  5. North Burnaby
  6. New Westminster
  7. Surrey

Why are you doing Shawn’s Deals of the week?

There are so many aspects to take in to account when finding the right investment property.  You want to look at location, price point, location of that exact property, the details of the home and any issues with the lot. Whether it’s sloped, at a high point on the block that allows for a view or whether it’s riddled with trees that make it near impossible to build on without going through a lengthy process with the city halls. I will try to narrow searches down for you to make the selection process easier.

New Westminster – Downtown: #1103 – 813 Carnarvon Street

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Price: $ 462,900
Maintenance Fees: $235.07
House size:  512 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Year Built: 2022
Zoning: CD-76

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it: 

Great price, brand new building (called the Ovation), and the location is great. Judging by the floor plans these units are efficient in utilizing the Sq Ft. Some units are still available through the developer. Be sure to give me a shout if you need help in purchasing a pre-sale.

New Westminster – Fraser View: #316 – 225 Francis Way 

Shawn's DealsPrice: $ 649,900
Maintenance Fees: 
$423.33
House size:  1,066 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathroom: 2
Year Built: 2010
Zoning: RM-4

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

 The location is key. It is nestled in a Victoria Hill and it’s not often that a 3 bedroom apartment comes up for sale in this neighbourhood.

Vancouver East: 765 E 24th Avenue

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Price: $ 1,398,000
Lot: 33 x 122 (4,026 Sq Ft.)
House size:  2,054 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 5
Bathroom: 2
Year Built: 1927
Zoning: Rs-1

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

Great location. A 15 minute drive from downtown Vancouver. This is a great investment property for those looking to get in to the Vancouver market for a standard size lot. The homes needs some TLC. At 4,026 Sq. Ft. with the perceived buildable being 70% of the lot size for RS-1. There’s a potential for a 2,818.2 Sq. Ft. brand new home.

New Westminster – Glenbrooke North: 208 Blackman Street

Shawn's DealsPrice: $ 880,000
Lot: 52 x 116 (6,032 Sq Ft.)
House size:  1,020 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathroom: 2
Year Built: 1953
Zoning: RS-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

Price point. Located in one of the many great neighbourhoods in New Westminster. 208 Blackman Street is in Glenbrooke North. This home sits on a 6,032 Sq. Ft. lot and with the current bylaws, a 3,016 Sq. Ft.  home can be constructed or someone looking to renovate and extend this home would be able to get it at a great price of $880,000. This home won’t last long at this price. Call us to schedule a viewing for you.

New Westminster – Glenbrooke North: 212 Blackman Street

Shawn's DealsPrice: $ 884,900
Lot: 52 x 116.1 (6,037.20 Sq Ft.)
House size:  1,155 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 2
Bathroom: 1
Year Built: 1913
Zoning: RS-1

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

Price point. Located in one of the many great neighbourhoods in New Westminster. 208 Blackman Street is in Glenbrooke North. This home sits on a 6,037.2 Sq. Ft. lot and with the current bylaws, a 3,018 Sq. Ft.  home can be constructed or someone looking to renovate and extend this home would be able to get it at a great price of $884,900. Call us to schedule a viewing for you.

Shawn’s Best Deals of the Week (January 1 – 5)

Shawn’s Best Deals of the Week  (Jan 1 – 5)

Every week I will be posting 3-5 listings that I think are great investments for those who are looking to buy and hold, build, and move in. The neighbourhoods that I explore are:

  1. Vancouver West
  2. Vancouver East
  3. East burnaby
  4. South Burnaby
  5. North Burnaby
  6. New Westminster
  7. Surrey

Why are you doing this?

There are so many aspects to take in to account when finding the right investment property.  You want to look at location, price point, location of that exact property, the details of the home and any issues with the lot. Whether it’s sloped, at a high point on the block that allows for a view or whether it’s riddled with trees that make it near impossible to build on without going through a lengthy process with the city halls. I will try to narrow searches down for you to make the selection process easier.

New Westminster – The Heights: 824 Scott Street

Price: $ 878,000
Lot: 33 x 118.17 (3,900 Sq Ft.)
House size:  1,935 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Year Built: 1912
Zoning: RS-1

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

 The price point is fantastic for a single family home in New Westminster. In many cases, this home is the same price as 2 bedroom condos in Burnaby, Vancouver and some parts of New Westminster. This home has been renovated inside and is move in ready. Like many homes in this age range, there will be some needed TLC. In addition, there are no big trees except for the large one in the front yard that has been pruned.

New Westminster – West End: 1514 Dublin Street 

Price: $ 1,098,000
Lot:
49.50 x 132 (6,534 Sq Ft.)
House size:  2,500 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 64
Bathroom: 3
Year Built: 1937
Zoning: NR-1

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

 The location is key. It is nestled in a quiet street a few blocks away from Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary and short drive to all amenities. The price point is also great for someone who is looking to buy, hold and eventually build.

Vancouver East: 1715 Cotton Drive

Price: $ 1,298,000
Lot: 30.50 x 99 (3,019.5 Sq Ft.)
House size:  750 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 2
Bathroom: 2
Year Built: 1913
Zoning: RM-4N

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

Located 3 doors in from 1st Ave 1715 Cotton Drive is in an area for multi-family development. This property is best for buying and holding until a land assembly happens.  As it stands, it is a part of the Granvdiew-Woodland Community Plan in an area zoned for up to 6 stories. This home would need to be assembled with the neighbouring 5 homes. Please contact us for more information regarding this investment.

Vancouver West – Point Grey: 4213 W 14th Avenue

Price: $ 2,300,000
Lot: 33 x 122 (4,026 Sq Ft.)
House size:  1,653 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathroom: 3
Year Built: 1912
Zoning: RS-1

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

This property is located in then heart of Point Grey. One of the only inside street listings under $2,500,000. This home has some trees on the lot that would need some arborists reports for a future build. Regardless, this is a sharply priced home!

Vancouver West – MacKenzie Heights: 3160 W 28th Avenue 

Price: $ 2,498,000
Lot: 33 x 130 (4,290 Sq Ft.)
House size:  2,134 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 5
Bathroom: 3
Year Built: 1930
Zoning: RS-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

The location is key. This home is near Balclava Park and Lord Kitchener Elementary School. It sits on a 4,290 Sq Ft. lot, that will allow up to 3,003 Sq Ft. buildable living. Living in a quiet neighbourhood 15 minutes outside of downtown is attainable at $2,498,000. Buy, hold and build!

Shawn’s Best Deals of the Week (Dec 10-14)

Shawn’s Best Deals of the Week  (Dec 10-14)

Every week I will be posting 3-5 listings that I think are great investments for those who are looking to buy and hold, build, and move in. The neighbourhoods that I will be exploring are:

  1. Vancouver West
  2. Vancouver East
  3. East burnaby
  4. South Burnaby
  5. North Burnaby
  6. New Westminster
  7. Surrey

Why are you doing this?

There are so many aspects to take in to account when finding the right investment property.  You want to look at location, price point, location of that exact property, the details of the home and any issues with the lot. Whether it’s sloped, at a high point on the block that allows for a view or whether it’s riddled with trees that make it near impossible to build on without going through a lengthy process with the city halls. I will try to narrow searches down for you to make the selection process easier.

Vancouver West: 4454 W 13th Avenue

Price: $ 2,398,000
Lot: 33 x 122 (4,026 Sq Ft.)
House size:  2,356 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 5
Year Built: 1930
Zoning: RS-1

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

The location is key. The price point is also great for Point Grey and the homes shows rentability. This is great while waiting for the development permits. This home is in modest shape and there appears to be little to no large trees on the lot. Although the 1930’s age may require a large portion of the home to be recycled, roughly 75%+. The RS-1 zones have recently been allowed duplexes, but given the neighbourhood elevations, a single family home with a lane way home would be best suited for the neighbourhood. In addition, the RS-1 zone allows for up to 70% FSR buildable. Please refer to the building guidelines as every house design may not qualify for the density bonus from the 60% shown on the zoning plan. The finished buildable maxed out at 70% is over 2,800 Sq Ft.

Vancouver East: 82 Ontario Place 

Price: $ 1,788,000
Lot: 33 x 121.93 (4,023.69 Sq Ft.)
House size:  2,356 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 6
Bathroom: 3
Year Built: 1969
Zoning: RS-1

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

Why I chose it: The location is key. It is nestled between Main and Cambie which are direct routes to downtown Vancouver. It is a few blocks over from one of the largest developments in Vancouver, Oakridge. The price may be a bit high but the location is great!

East Burnaby: 7274 Stride Avenue

Price: $ 1,199,000
Lot: 53 x 120 (6,360 Sq Ft.)
House size:  2,425 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathroom: 2
Year Built: 1949
Zoning: R5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

The location is key. This property sits a block away from the South Gate development, which is lead by Ledingham McAllister which will be 60 acres large and home to a new community. This home may be rezoned to higher density possibly two family infill housing. This will need to be verified with the city. The location is also a few blocks over from the Edmonds Skytrain station that is easy access to Vancouver and other parts of Metro Vancouver.

New Westminster: 2038 8th Avenue

Exterior FrontPrice: $ 1,249,000
Lot: 50 x 120 (6,000 Sq Ft.)
House size:  2,775 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 5
Bathroom: 3
Year Built: 1945
Zoning: Future NR2

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

The location is key. This property Is two blocks away from the 22nd Street Skytrain Station and is in the New Westminster Official Community Plan for higher density. Higher density can be either infill (townhome) housing or low rise multi-family. The city would need to be consulted for verification. The home has also been tastefully renovated

New Westminster: 825 Dublin Street

Price: $ 1,249,000
Lot: 49.50 x 130 (6,435 Sq Ft.)
House size:  2,191 Sq Ft.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathroom: 2
Year Built: 1912
Zoning: NR1

 

 

 

Why I Chose it:

Why I chose it: The location is key. It is in the heart of New Westminster. Easy walking distance to New Westminster Secondary, Moody Park and some restaurants. It is also off of 8th Street which gives access to the #1 highway. It is also on the North side of Dublin which is then high side of the suite and with the additional square footage allowable in the basement for NR1 makes this is a great purchase for a building property. Be wary that there is one large tree in the back. Although the city has tree bylaws, there may be a chance to replace the current tree.

Fall 2018 Market Update

THE MARKET HAS SLOWED

We’re in a correction, but it’s nothing like the 2008 crash.  This year we have seen a slow down in overall market activity as the volume of real estate sales is down compared to this time last year.  We had a good run, through 2016-2017 we saw a 40-50% increase in property values which is not sustainable growth.  Now, the market is becoming more balanced, less chaotic, which means that buyers are able to put subjects on their offers again. The days of bidding war after bidding war, and buyers taking on extreme risk of subject free offers seem to be over… for now.

WHAT ARE HOUSING PRICES DOING?

Well… it depends.  Every property type and city seem to be experiencing different levels of change.

LESS EFFECTED

We’re seeing about 5-10% reduction off peak pricing for your typical condos, townhouses and detached houses in the markets we work in. These are for your move-in ready, entry to mid level price points.

      

Least Effected:

  • Condos in Vancouver under $1M, and     suburb condos under $700K
  • Townhouses in Vancouver under $1.2M, and suburb townhouses under $900K (excluding Fraser Valley)
  • Houses under $1.6M

In terms of cities, less expensive suburbs close to Vancouver (New Westminster, Port Moody & Port Coquitlam) seem to be holding up particularly well.

MOST EFFECTED

  • Luxury homes
  • Land value
  • Fixer uppers
  • Busy streets or prominent negative feature

For some property types we’re seeing upward of a 20% adjustment from peak pricing.  In terms of cities, the more expensive ones; West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Vancouver West. Due to significant increase in supply of $2M+ homes. In the hot 2016 and 2017 market, buyers were less picky, foreigners were propelling the luxury market and builders were hungry for land.  All of this has changed.

UNAFFECTED?

Pre-sales for new condo developments remain to be hot.  We’re still seeing peak pricing, lineups and quick sellouts in this sector.  In particular, we’re referring to more affordable price points, in desirable locations with easy access to public transit. Too much speculation? We’ll have to wait and see.

WHAT’S NEXT?

New mortgage stress test and higher interest rates!  Long story short, lending is getting tighter.  Buyers that qualified for a $500,000 mortgage in 2017, and now qualified for $400,000.  This paired with and increase in interest rates of more than 1% in the last 18 months could start showing it’s colours in late 2018 or early 2019.

Stress test info: https://www.ratehub.ca/blog/how-to-stress-test-your-mortgage/

OUR THOUGHTS & PREDICTIONS: 

JAMES: “It’s hard to predict a crash, and corrections happen often.  In fact, we’ve seen fall market corrections over the last 3 years.  This one is slightly worse than the previous years, which is due to an oversupply of expensive real estate.  Personally, I believe that we’re in the worst of themarket correction now.  The stats are out there, fear is out there and the media is publishing negative press… same as every correction in previous years. We just seem to forget.”

DENNY: “The Fall is likely going to have a surge in sales activity for a couple months, but I expect prices to remain flat.  Typically we see the activity pick up in the New Year, so I would not be surprised if the market goes on a small run early in 2019.  As for next spring, I think we’ll see an increase in prices of around 5-10%, due to the seasonality of the real estate market and buyer/seller behaviour.”

JAMES: “Buyers, keep looking and think long-term.  Ignore the media and buy with confidence if the right place comes up.  The inventory is higher than its been in the last couple years, demand is down and I think there will be some great opportunities out there this Fall. Plus, enjoy the luxury of a subject offer… it was rare for 

most of 2016 & 2017.”

DENNY: “Sellers, keep things in perspective. Timing the peak of any market is impossible to predict, but looking back to 2015, property values are still 25-50% higher today dependant on location. That’s a pretty solid return on investment in a very short period of time. If you are thinking of selling this Fall, be realistic about pricing. Over pricing a listing in this market can be detrimental to its success, and could result in a frustrating experience. Good product will sell, but expect a few more days on market than we’ve seen in previous years.  Now is not the time to launch that $3 Million dollar home. Wait till spring.”

 

G + D Giving Back to Children’s Wish

Hearing ‘you are getting a wish’ can elicit many reactions.  For 15-year old Ben it felt like winning the lottery.  For us, it was an incredibly rewarding experience.

We had the pleasure of meeting Ben and his mother Jane at Steel & Oak Brewing Co.   We shared stories about life, about their trip to Fiji, got to know each other, and showed them the inner workings of a production brewery.  Although he’s too young to drink, Ben is really into science and thought it was a great experience.  He had lots of questions, and many that I couldn’t answer, so head brewer Eric had to take over the tour.  At the end of it, we traded beer swag for farm fresh eggs, made a true connections, and felt that we made a positive impact on a great family.

Ben’s story:

Born with a complex heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, Ben hasn’t had an easy life. Heart surgeries have punctuated his childhood – the first occurred when he was a baby and the most recent was just over a year ago. Ben’s condition has affected his whole family. His mom Jane remembers the precarious times when “the strain [of being] focused on one child’s existence was painful…my other children were small and I felt such guilt when I couldn’t be physically and emotionally with them.” Ben is the youngest of four, with three older sisters; unsurprisingly he is a considerate and outgoing kid.

Granting the Wish:

To celebrate Ben’s stable health and honour this journey the whole family has been through, Ben chose to visit Fiji with his family this spring. The wish was a week in paradise – Ben surfed, made local friends, swam in the crystal blue waters and spent much-needed time with his family. The trip became a reality thanks to our donation (which feels great!).

Ben’s wish and the 1,000 others granted by Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada every year are funded solely by the generosity of our community.  I met Hannah (Development Coordinator for Children’s Wish) randomly at a wedding in French castle last fall, we discussed Children’s Wish and what they do, and after a few drinks I said ‘count me in!’.  I’m certain she didn’t think she would hear back from me, but that was not the case.  I was very inspired by the work she does, and when given the opportunity to contribute we gladly stepped up.

This was an incredible experience and something that I’ll never forget. When you hear the story that Ben and his family have been through, there is no better feeling than rewarding them with an amazing trip to Fiji.  We hope this is just the first of many wishes we grant because it sure feels good.

(Ben asking hard questions, James making up answers)

“There is profound joy and magic that comes from granting a wish for a child with a life-threatening illness. For our wish kids, their families and donors, wishes really do work wonders.” – Hannah

Left to Right: Jennifer (Children’s Wish), Jane (Ben’s Mom), Ben, James, Hannah (Children’s Wish)

Thank you Hannah, Jennifer and Children’s Wish for making this happen!

Ben, we look forward to having a beer with you in 2021 😉

 

Cheers,

– James, Denny, Rosa & Jakub (The G+D Team)

Donate to Children’s Wish Here

 

Condos and townhomes in Burnaby are hot! March 2017 Market Update

The market for condos and townhomes in Burnaby is hot!

So hot, prices are up 25 per cent over this time last year. In fact, they’re even higher than the peak of the market we saw last spring and early summer.

One of the hottest neighbourhoods is Brentwood Park. This area, near Lougheed and Willingdon, is feeling the excitement from the redevelopment of the Brentwood Town Centre that is already underway.

When the $1.3 billion project is completed, it will be like its own city within the city.

And that’s boosted interest in existing developments nearby. Of the last 40 condo sales in Brentwood Park, 75 per cent of them went for list price or above.

Condos and townhomes in Burnaby are hot

A typical 2 bedroom 2 bath condo, 850-875 sq. ft., in an established development like Oma, is now going for about $600,000. Last year it would have sold for $480,000.

Condos and townhomes in Burnaby

A typical 630 sq. ft. 1 bedroom condo in an established concrete development like Tandem is now selling for $450,000. Last year it would have sold for $370,000.

 

We’re seeing similar stats in other areas of Burnaby as well, including South Slope and Burnaby East.

If you’re a buyer, the market for condos and townhomes in Burnaby might be more favourable in the Metrotown neighbourhood. An abundance of available product there means 60 per cent of  sales in the past 60 days have gone for below list.

And just as the market for high-end houses has been struggling a bit, the market for condos and townhomes in Burnaby above $600,000 is a little slower.

There’s a lot of new development coming down the pipe, so it’s hard to say how long the market for condos and townhomes in Burnaby will stay hot. But with interest in condos and townhomes high across the Lower Mainland right now, there’s no end in sight. That might be a little frustrating if you’re a buyer. But if you’re selling, you’ll be rewarded.

Vancouver too expensive? Move to New West!

As real estate prices in Vancouver’s neighbourhoods escalated out of reach, Vancouverites looking to own their home are heading east.

New Westminster Realtor James Garbutt says he’s seeing more and more buyers looking at the city as an affordable alternative to Vancouver, but without giving up the amenities of city life. While $1.2 million might get you a tear-down on a small lot in East Van, in New West it can put you in a beautifully-renovated Craftsman heritage home that’s centrally-located close to schools, parks, shopping and transit.

The city’s condo market offers similar value, says Garbutt. “Let’s take your typical 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo in a newer concrete high-rise. Currently in Yaletown or False Creek you’re looking at $1,100/sqft.  In Burnaby’s Brentwood Park area you’re looking at $800/sqft , and in Downtown New West this figure goes down to $625/sqft.”

That value isn’t going unnoticed in Vancouver. In fact, says Garbutt, over the past year about 30 percent of visitors to open houses he’s conducted in New West are from Vancouver.  For detached homes in particular the number is much higher.

Garbutt recently sold a beautiful Craftsman style home at 903 Henley St, New West. Roughly 75% of the open house visitors came from Vancouver.  It achieved multiple offers, and the buyer was a young professional couple from Downtown Vancouver.

 

Vancouverites are moving to New Westminster

This Craftsman heritage home in New Westminster was recently sold by Realtor James Garbutt to a couple from Vancouver.

 

For detached, single-family homes in New Westminster sold in 2016, 51 per cent of the buyers’ agents were from Vancouver, suggesting their clients likely are as well, says Garbutt. For condos, 36 percent of the buyers’ agents were from Vancouver.

“In New West, our main sources of buyers are coming from more expensive markets, primarily Vancouver,” says Garbutt.

 

Who’s buying houses in New Westminster

Who's buying houses in New Westminster

Where buyers are coming from to buy houses in New Westminster

Who’s buying condos in New Westminster

Who's buying condos and townhouses in New Westminster

Where condo and townhouse buyers in New Westminster are coming from

 

New Westminster is no longer a secret, says Garbutt. “It’s centrally located. There’s a great sense of community and local pride that many other suburbs lack.  And, quite frankly, it’s the most affordable community to buy into that’s within 30 minutes of Downtown Vancouver.”

The city is undergoing a renaissance. After languishing through the 1990s as a marketplace for cheap street drugs peddled by Honduran dealers loitering around its SkyTrain stations, Downtown New West has come alive with new restaurants, with more on the way. At Eighth and Columbia Streets, the gleaming Anvil Centre has replaced a squalid block of cigar shops and temporary employment agencies. The western end of historic Front Street has been opened to the sky with the partial demolition of the old parkade. The waterfront has been enlivened by Pier Park and the River Market.

The historic Queen’s Park neighbourhood abounds with lovingly-restored family heritage homes along quiet, leafy streets, and the Sapperton area surrounding Royal Columbian Hospital is alive with young families attracted to its affordable, smaller detached houses and new condo developments.

 

The leafy streets and lovingly-restored heritage homes of New Westminster’s Queen’s Park neighbourhood.

 

Progressive businesses like Steel & Oak Brewing Co.Brick + MortarEl Santo and 100 Braid St. Studios actively promote the city far and wide on social media using the hashtags #newwest or #theroyalcity, which have more than 130,000 posts on Instagram combined.

To preserve the city’s historic identity, City Hall is taking steps to implement historic design guidelines in neighbourhoods like Queen’s Park. The City works with developers to maintain historic building facades, like the Trapp & Holbrook and the Freemasons Hall, which is currently being transformed into a new residential development.

 

Vancouverites are attracted to New West

The City is working with developers like Robert Fung to preserve historic facades such as the Trapp + Holbrook condo tower on Columbia Street.

Vancouverites are buying in New West.

An architect’s rendering of a new residential development being built behind the preserved facade of the New Westminster Mason’s Hall on Agnes Street.

 

With the pressures of growth, New West is looking at finalizing a new Official Community Plan in June (check out the 25 year vision at: OUR CITY 2041), that will introduce higher density in certain neighbourhoods and laneway houses throughout the city.

The city is growing conservatively without losing its identity, says Garbutt. It’s being proactive about managing that growth. That’s attracting new businesses and new residents. Especially from Vancouver.