Current State of Housing in Greater Vancouver with Steve Saretsky
Steve Saretsky is a Vancouver Residential Realtor and author behind one of Vancouver’s most popular Real Estate Blogs. Steve is widely considered a thought leader in the industry with regular appearances on BNN, CBC, CKNW, CTV and a contributor to BC Business Magazine.
Steve’s dedication to analyzing the stats, financial landscape, and policies affecting Vancouver Real Estate have allowed him to build a successful business among the top 10% of Greater Vancouver Realtors* while working with and providing advisory services to Hedge Funds, investment advisors, and Real Estate developers.
Steve is a regular speaker at industry events, hosts an online video series ‘The Saretsky Show’, and authors a weekly newsletter to several thousand readers.
Back to the future
After years of unprecedented demand and escalating prices, the new multi-family home market in Metro Vancouver has experienced a dramatic shift. Michael Ferreira, Managing Principal of Urban Analytics illustrates how market conditions have changed, what’s causing the shift and how industry stakeholders can continue to succeed despite these challenges.
Real Estate in the Northwest in the wake of LNG Canada's final investment decision
In October 2018 the largest private sector investment ever made in Canadian history made the decision to move forward with its $40 Billion LNG export facility in the small town of Kitimat, BC. With the expected workforce required to build the project to be larger than the actual amount of current residents in town, real estate investment in the area has become a very interesting proposition.
The town of Kitimat has experienced similar growing pains when Rio-Tinto modernized their smelter approximately 7 years ago, and the effect on the market at that point was astronomical. This new LNG project is 10x the budget with roughly 3-4 times the manpower required which should have a heavy effect on home sales and rental availability in the town of just 7500 people.
Take a look at a snapshot in time of the current effects on home sale number and prices, and what can potentially be expected in the near future as this mega project moves into the construction phase. With other similar potential projects on the horizon, this small northern town has been likened to the be the next Fort McMurray.
What you should know about Managing or Distributing your Wealth... Are you in Control?
We’ve all heard stories of real property being caught in estate litigation or being transferred unexpectedly to an acquaintance. Making professional estate planning documents—your Will; Power of Attorney; and Representation Agreement--positions you to give the most security to your family and loved ones for management of your estate the way you wanted. You spent your lifetime making a mark on this earth, your estate planning documents frame your achievements by assigning who you think is most qualified to assist you in your finale; and who will best appreciate, benefit and use the legacy you leave. Through these documents you have the power to state the guardian of your children so they aren’t subjected to foster care while everyone argues over where they belong.
- The Power of Attorney benefits you while you are alive. It empowers the person you trust to act on your behalf and sets out parameters for this responsibility.
- The Representation Agreement benefits you while you are alive. It empowers the person you trust to act on your behalf and sets out parameters for this responsibility.
- The Will sets out your wishes and authorizes a representative to take charge after death so that your instructions can be executed.
This Webinar will help you to gain insight as to how each of these documents work to empower you in making and adjusting your long and short term estate planning.
A Primer on Manufactured Home Communities in British Columbia
The webinar provides an overview look at manufactured home communities and their major differences from other forms of housing, with an emphasis on the important role manufactured homes play in the provision of affordable housing in British Columbia. Al Kemp will provide an introduction to this form of home ownership and inform viewers about the essential characteristics of manufactured housing as compared to other forms of housing, the evolution of manufactured home community ownership in British Columbia, and challenges and opportunities for this form of home ownership in the future. Michael Drouillard will inform viewers about the legal framework governing the ownership and operation of a manufactured home park, particularly how the relationship between a landlord and tenant is governed by the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act, and how the ownership of manufactured homes is registered in British Columbia.
Where do we Stand after 5 years of SPA Required Depreciation Reports?
The webinar provides an overview of the iterative process, the standard methodology, and will be of interest to owners, buyers, real estate agents, property managers, developers and lenders. Tips will be provided on how to quickly determine if a Depreciation Report (DR) meets the standard for reporting on the position of a reserve fund, and for establishing required increases in contributions.
Living Smaller Housing Concepts
This webinar will look at micro-living housing strategies and developments in North America: living with smaller floor plan designs and physical land space. It will focus on how the concept of micro-living can help make a home more affordable to various demographic verticals while maintaining quality, offering feature-rich bundled specific customizations, and indoor-outdoor space balance while accelerating traditional on-site build schedules by leveraging offsite construction technologies, systems and processes.
Winding up a Strata in British Columbia
This webinar provides a procedural overview of the strata windup process, with a discussion on the roles of the various parties involved, including the role of the strata’s lawyer, the strata manager, the strata council, and the realtor. Tips will also be shared for making the process run more smoothly.
The Perils of Presale Agreements
While presale agreements offer various benefits to purchasers, they also come with various risks!
In a recent court decision, presale agreements were ordered to be disclaimed (cancelled) in order to allow for resale of the units at substantially higher current market prices.
Join us for a one-hour lunch time webinar where our guest presenter, Mr. Matthew Nied, Associate, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP will canvass the decision, similar cases and the implications for prospective purchasers and industry stakeholders!
Langley Township – Integration & Harmony
The Township of Langley is the fastest growing municipality in the region. Langley Township’s population grew by 12.6 % between 2011 and 2016 with the population increasing from 104,000 in 2011 to 117,000 in 2016. With growth comes challenges, such as keeping up with infrastructure needs, balancing community aspirations and meeting resident expectations. In this webinar, speaker, Ramin Seifi, RI, General Manager of Engineering and Community Development at the Township of Langley will provide some insights into what makes the Township of Langley such an attractive place for investors, businesses and residents.
Rental Housing: the Law, Challenges & Opportunities
This is one-hour webinar by presenters David Hutniak, CEO, LandlordBC & Andrew Sakamoto, Executive Director, Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre. Andrew covers the fundamentals of residential tenancy law and available legal resources for tenants across BC, including their free online course- Renting it Right. Andrew will also outline some recent legislative changes that have been made to the Residential Tenancy Act and Residential Tenancy Branch. David, focuses on the challenges and opportunities in today’s rental housing market for both renters and rental housing providers. Persistently low vacancy rates, aging rental stock, and the risk/reward imbalance that continues to make the building of condos more attractive than purpose-built rental forms the basis of his presentation.
The effects of new Mortgage Rules on the Real Estate Market... What You Need to Know!
This is a one-hour webinar on how the new Mortgage Rule changes from January 2018 have changed the way we buy homes, presented by Brad Currie, RI. The Federal government has consistently and methodically implemented more restrictive lending policies since the global economic meltdown of 2008. The new rule changes are the last installment in a series of changes implemented over the past 9 years. This is a summary of residential mortgage lending trends in Canada and how it effects today’s home buyers and homeowners.
How Workforce Housing Can Help the Homeless
This is a one hour webinar discussing how workforce housing can help the homeless, with guest speaker Mukhtar Latif, MBA, MRICS, CEO and Chief Housing Officer, Pomegranate Housing Consultancy. He combines both strategic vision and practical policy implementation in developing affordable housing policies, products, and programs including modular housing, resettlement projects and community plans for federal, provincial, and municipal governments, non-profits, and the private sector.
My LTSA: Tools to Search and Access Land Records
This webinar offers an overview of the various search services available to users in myLTSA, including both map-based (using ParcelMap BC) and text-based search options. These services will be explored in their role in efficiently finding and accessing land records, including discussing the different service levels available to users, to support the world of land professionals.
Marketing & Building your Brand Webinar Recording
This one hour webinar will cover four pillars of social media for business. Topics will include what is social media, how mobile is changing the game, why search is more important than ever and it's about engagement. The content is tailored to the beginner or intermediate social media for business user. Best practices on how you can get started using social media today will be provided.
Private Land and Invasive Species
Local governments across BC have requested information on new policy and governance approaches to preventing and responding to invasive species. With guidance from a private land advisory committee, the Invasive Species Council of BC is developing and communicating tools and recommendations for local government, property owners, developers and realtors to help limit the impacts of invasive species on private and public property values.
Join us as we explore some of the impacts associated with species such as Giant hogweed, Knotweeds, invasive ants and others and look at some of the tools available to prevent their introduction and spread.
“Private Land and Invasive Species” – by Gail Waillin, Executive Director of the Invasive Species Council of B.C.
Real Estate – the intimate relationship webinar recording
Gordon Price is the Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University (www.sfu.ca/city)
In 2002, he finished his sixth term as a City Councillor in Vancouver, BC. He also served on the Board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (Metro Vancouver) and was appointed to the first board of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) in 1999.
He has spoken at numerous conventions and conferences in many countries, wirtes a monthly column for Business in Vancouver on civic issues, and conducts tours and seminars on the development of Vancouver. He also publishes an electronic magazine on urban issues, with a focus on Vancouver, called "Price Tags," (recent issues at www.pricetags.ca) as well as his blog.
In additions to presentatations in the U.S. and Australia, Gordon is a regular lecturer on transporation and land use for the City of Portland, Oregon and Portland State University. He has written several extensive essays on Vancouver and transportation issues (The Deceptive City, Local Politician's Guide to Urban Transportation). In 2003, he received the Plan Canada Award for Article of the Year "Land Use and Transportation: The View from '56" - from the Canadian Institute of Planners.
In 2007 he received The Smarty - an award of recognition by Smart Growth B.C. - in the People category and was made an honorary member of the Planning Institute of B.C. He also sits on the Board of the Sightline Institute and Sustainable Cities International.
In 2012 Gordon won the SFU's 2012 President's Award for Service to the University Through Public Affairs and Media Relations. The award acknowledges his consistent media availability to the media to discuss urban issues ranging from rapid transit, the Olympic Village and the Port Mann Bridge to oil pricing, TransLink, rental housing and homelessness.
Regionalization of Food Systems
This webinar will briefly examine factors coalescing to argue for the regionalization of food systems. Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s, Sustainable Food System Research Group is undertaking a unique, precedent setting economic and community project: Southwest British Columbia Bio-regional Food System Design and Planning.
The objectives, anticipated outcomes and implications in regard to our regional economy and resource (land) utilization will be discussed.