I'm pleased to have helped another homeowner sell their home.  

Now, I have excess buyers.

My marketing plan and hard work has attracted many buyers to this home but many preferred a different location, a different design, or different price range.  

To sell.  Call Bill today 604-274-2222. 

110 1955 WOODWAY PL in Burnaby.

LOCATION! A short walk to the throbbing new shopping, dining & entertainment centre at Brentwood Mall! Immaculately kept & Updated nice & clean 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom unit at Douglas View. Just minutes to the skytrain, main transportation routes, schools and parks. A spacious ground-floor unit with a private huge patio. A great place to live or to invest in. 2 shared laundries on each floor. Heat & hot water included in maintenance fee. 1 parking & 1 storage.

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If you are considering replacing your ageing TV and would like to watch your favourite movies and TV series literally anywhere, then the Lumipal 2000 might be what you are looking for.

The Lumipal 2000 is a premium HD projector that's as big and portable as a small book. The designers have crammed all the power and brightness of an expensive projector into this tiny book-sized device.

Now you can  project your favourite show on any surface in  high-quality 1080p, with a device that can handle all possible inputs - HDMI, AV, CVBS and or course USB - meaning you can project anything on it.

It's brightness is a stunning 800 lumens, which is not only surprising for a unit so small but is also considered the 'sweet spot'. Not too bright that it hurts your eyes , but easily bright enough to use during daytime in the shade.

All you have to do is plug it in and face it towards a wall, ceiling, blinds, garage door... then simply focus the picture using the lens dial. It takes about 10 seconds to set up. Then press play and just like that, you can relax and watch your favourite sports event, while saving thousands on what an expensive TV would have cost you. Sounds interesting. I will have to check it out!


 
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I have listed a new property at 605 6188 PATTERSON AVE in Burnaby.

WIMBLEDON CLUB - the ultimate luxurious executive residence in Burnaby! Living at this prestigious address is like living in a One-Of-A-Kind 5 Star 1.7 acre pristinely landscaped resort, nestled in a serene treed sanctuary! This spacious well lit 2 bed, 2 bath unit has panoramic views (city/mountain/park), complete with 2 balconies, and is located directly across from Central Park. Just a short walk to skytrain & only minutes to Metrotown shopping, T&T, Crystal Mall, dining, and entertainment. Check out the glass housed lap pool & hot tub, fitness room, workshop, bike room and guest rooms, party room, and outdoor tennis court! All this + heat & hot water incl in maint. fees! Call now!
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One of Richmond's most iconic, historic houses is set for a big renovation that will give it a new lease on life.

McKinney House on Dyke Road, next to London Landing was granted approval by city council to give the home a facelift and rebuild a non-historic extension at the back.

The renovation will maintain the historic features of the house, which was built on Steveston Highway and No. 2 Rd. in 1911.

The 4 storey house is considered an excellent example of Foursquare Edwardian era architecture with Craftsman influences. It became a protected heritage house in 1988. In 1993 the house was moved overnight to 6471 Dyke Road with local fanfare.

The plans are to tear down a non-historic 2 storey extension that was built in the 1990's and double its size, to accommodate a small pool downstairs and a living room upstairs.

The McKinney's arrived in Richmond in 1890. They ordered 'The Hamilton' house from the Sears, Roebuck and Company catalogue in 1908. They made significant upgrades to the original Sears plan with the goal of constructing an unrivalled residence in Steveston.

The McKinneys were known for their philanthropy, volunteering with the Liberal party and the Kiwanis club, and hosting LIberal functions, Red Cross teas and fashion shows in the house.

They sold the house in 1948 to the Scallon family.

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Author, Roy MacGregor explains our hockey values best - teamwork, resourcefulness, tenacity, humility and truimph - which are the same principles Canadians try to uphold on the world stage, as individuals.

Across our country, on frozen backyard ponds, community rinks and in state-of-the-art arenas, Canadians play our national sport, hockey. The game that is invariably tied to our collective sense of what it means to be Canadian and is perhaps our most identifiable icon.

All season long, fans gather around TV's at home or in pubs to watch our national drama unfold - which only intensifies this time of year, during the playoffs.

This is the only time of year that I would dare cheer for the Winnipeg Jets, or worst, the Toronto Maple Leafs, but we  support our only Canadian teams left playing. Let's face it, if either of these teams made it to the final, we as a nation would be rushing to the nearest TV to cheer them on. 

And this year, more than any I can recall, our big Canadian Hockey Family, rallies together if support of the game, and those that we so tragically lost in Humboldt. 

Thank God for Hockey! 

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When you think of your average rock star, you probably picture him living in a multi-million dollar mansion, surrounded by luxury items galore. But rather than be bothered with flashy art work, a one-of-a-kind wine cellar or a pricey infinity pool, Kid Rock prefers to keep it really simple.

The multi-platinum artist, who's sold more than 26 million albums across the globe, hangs his cowboy hat inside a double wide trailer he placed on 102 acres he owns outside of Nashville.

He says that he doesn't require a lot and downsizing over the years has made him more happy.

He loved that idea that once he ordered his new home, it came delivered to the door in 2 weeks. You can customize a few things as you go along, and  put a nice wrap on it. Simplicity at its finest.

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As housing sales dropped to the lowest level in 5 years, Metro Vancouver new home starts have climbed in the first quarter with starts in Vancouver alone more than twice as high as the same period last year.

There were 6,542 homes sales on MLS in Metro Vancouver during the first quarter of 2018, which is a 13.1% decrease from the same period last year. This is the areas lowest first quarter sales total since 2013.

But housing starts have increased to 6,864 units in the first quarter this year, up 30% from last year.

In Vancouver, first quarter starts went up 109% to 1,959 homes, including 1,592 condos or townhouses.  Detach house starts jumped 93% to 364 homes.

So far this year there has been a smaller demand from buyers and fewer homes listed for sale. High prices, new tax announcements, rising interest rates and stricter mortgage requirments may be among the affecting factors.

Last month was the quietest for new home listings since 2009 and the total inventory, particularly in the condo and townhouse segments remain well below historical norms.

Even though there are 42,590 homes under construction across Metro Vancouver, the current inventory remains low. Of the nearly 7,000 new strata units or houses that have been completed so far this year, only 1,004 remained unsold as of last month.

In Vancouver, first quarter starts soared 109 per cent to 1,956 homes, including 1,592 apartments or


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Richmond Centre sits on a pre-zoned site and as such its massive redevelopment will not be subject to the usual demands made by municipalities to ensure developers and new residents have contributed fairly to the community's growth.

The plan calls for about 2,000 new dwellings in about a dozen new towers between No. 3 Rd and Minoru Boulevard. The old, brick Sears building and the mall parkade will be demolished, as will the southern most lots. Park Rd. will be extended through the development, which will neighbour City Hall along a new east-west Road.

Because the area was pre-zoned back in the 80's, the City's ability to secure community ammenties, such as affordable housing is severly compromised.

However the site will be subject to amendments to the City Centre Area Plan, enabling city planners to negotiate some community amenity contributions, such as approximately 150 dwellings for low income in 2 purpose-built rental buildings suitable for operation by no-profit housing providers.

This however will only represent 5% of the dwelling space, not the 10% now required under a rezoning application of similar magnitude. 

The development proposed 50% 'family-friendly' housing, meaning half of the total units will be 2 or more bedrooms. Because of the pre-zoning, the developers do not require consultation with Richmond School District, but the application will be forwarded to the Board of Education as a courtesy, where nearby schools are already bursting at the seams.

Due to population growth, the Canada Line is already nearing maximum capacity. Hopefully we will see more trains by 2020, but the line is single tracked to Brighouse Station, which hampers train frequency to the area. There are no current plans to expand capacity, according to TransLink, which also does not require consultation because the site is not immediately adjacent to the site.

Is this the way you saw Richmond growing, moving forward?

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I have listed a new property at 9835 Pinewell PL in Richmond.

Your pristine home on a large property with space and privacy awaits - on this quiet and secluded cul-de-sac in Central Richmond. Quality built (by reputable European builder), and immaculately kept family home with 2 staircases and a very modern and functional layout. Family oriented neighbourhood with Walter Lee Elementary and McNair Secondary schools just blocks away. Conveniently located to shopping and all necessary amenities.
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I have listed a new property at 4471 DALLYN RD in Richmond.

LARGE 2 FAMILY HOME! HUGE 72'x132' lot! RENTAL INCOME POTENTIAL $5,500 + per month! The large 2 floor suite addition was built as a Parent suite for the existing owners, to code and with all permits. Take advantage of the covered Sun Room all year round! Enjoy the sauna and steam shower for good health! Grow your own herbs and vegetables in the large back yard and in the greenhouse! This is the perfect house for 2 families, or a large extended family, to hold for the income and to eventually build your dream house on.
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I have listed a new property at 110 1955 WOODWAY PL in Burnaby.

LOCATION! A short walk to the throbbing new shopping, dining & entertainment centre at Brentwood Mall! Immaculately kept & Updated nice & clean 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom unit at Douglas View. Just minutes to the skytrain, main transportation routes, schools and parks. A spacious ground-floor unit with a private huge patio. A great place to live or to invest in. 2 shared laundries on each floor. Heat & hot water included in maintenance fee. 1 parking & 1 storage.
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Onni has accepted Richmond city council's demand of $5.5 million in amenity contributions in exchange for rezoning the Steveston boardwalk from maritime to commercial use, but the hotel proposal has councillors hesitating.

Unlike a normal hotel, which have permanent staff on site, Onni has proposed a remote operation where customers would arrange a way to gain access to their room by barcode.

City councillors have some concerns about the operation model, feeling that there would be a lack of supervision. They would like a legal commitment from Onni as to how the hotel will be operated, but Onni declined to have that put into a covenant.

Shouldn't agreeing to a rezoning change for Onni be enough?  Should the city be forced to throw in a proposed hotel agreement? Your thoughts. 

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Starting this Friday, April 6, emergency alerts in B.C. will be sent to compatible wireless devices, such as smartphones, to ensure more people have the information they need to act quickly in an emergency.

Alerts will be broadcast automatically at no cost to the user. Wireless-compatibility information is available online at AlertReady.ca.

Wireless alerts will be publically tested for the first time in B.C. on May 9th at 1:55pm, alongside routine TV and radio tests.

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is the sole agency responsible for issuing emergency notifications on the Alert Ready system in the province.  It will initially issue such alerts for tsunami threats only, while considering expanding the system to include other hazards and emergencies in the future.

Wireless alerts will contain instructions for a safe response and all BCer's are urged to abide by these instructions without delay.

Emergency alerts intended for wireless devices are issued to a defined geographic area, which can be as small as a a few city blocks, so the only people in the defined area receive the alert. Compatible devices in the targeted area, including devices that are roaming will receive the alert. You cannot opt out of receiving threat-to-life emergency alerts.

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Duh. Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Washing into Canadian Real Estate.

Read this article in the Vancouver Sun by Douglas Todd.

 

4. Lack of regulation of real-estate agents

The son’s phoney claims about spending time in Canada were coordinated by the families’ realtor,  Garry Gu. The realtor assisted the son by helping provide false pay cheques, false employment records and false verbal claims about losing his permanent-resident card while in China.

“The new B.C. real estate regulator may want to invite Mr. Gu to a session over his behaviour,” said Hyman, referring to the way B.C.’s real-estate regulation was recently reformed following persistent complaints it was failing to discipline rogue realtors.

 

 

And my noble "profession" of Realtors® still shows Garry Gu as an active licensee

 


But the Federal Government continue to require that  Realtors must ask for picture ID to prove who you are (yes, you too, Mother) to deter money laundering.

 

Give me a break!



(The world must laugh at how stupid and naive Canadian governments are.)

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Bob's sandwich and all day breakfast spot at No. 3 and Cook Roads closed its  doors last week after nearly 30 years in business.

The submarine shop was doing a booming business south of the Brighouse Station, offering huge portions at rock bottom prices,but the shop was forced to shut down because of redevelopment.

Bob's seated about 30 people and was stuck in a bit of a time warp that could be seen with it's prices. All day breakfast is a calling card. Eggs, hashbrowns, bacon, toast and coffee - all for less than $5. Then there was the likes of corned beef or steak and cheese subs, chicken salad and fried chicken.

Behind it all is the husband and wife team of Mi-Yeong and Frank Lee, Korean immigrants from the early 1980's, who raised 2 children in Richmond.

They came to Richmond to study but soon found Bob's, operated by their friend Bob, who changed the name from its original name 'Paul's Subs'.

The food was always Western food. Never once had they considered mixing their roots into the business. They didn't want to toy with the original business recipe.

They knew the time to close was coming, because of all the changes in the area. Whether the business is reincarnated elsewhere, time will tell, but retirement is certainly an option.

Finding a new location with a similar lease rate will be very difficult. Mi-Yeong went on to say - 'things are changing, I guess for the good, maybe for the bad. I can't say. Everyone sees it differently. 

An end of an era for Richmond.


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With Once Upon a Time wrapping up its filming in Steveston for good, a new Steveston filmed television series is ready to take over the streets, bringing viewers into a whole new fantasy world.

Siren, which will air on ABC Spark Canada, is a thriller that brings mermaid legends to life.

So from 'Storybrooke' - Steveston will now convert to 'Bristol Cove', a town that's obsessed with mermaids thrown into chaos - when a mysterious girl appears.

The first, 10- episode season of the new series was also filmed in Vancouver and Port Moody.

Will this new show attract similar attention that ' Once Upon a Time' did, drawing tourists from all over for a visit to Steveston?

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New revelations about a U.K. data firm gathering data from 50 million users has changed how many Canadians view Facebook.

According to a recent survey, almost 75% of Facebook users in Canada say they are at least making some changes to how they interact with the social media platform, 27% say they will keep using Facebook as usual and 10% say they plan on abandoning the platform all together.

The majority of B.C.'s Facebook users are on alert - with more than half saying they will make changes as to how they use the social platform, including 37% who say they will keep using Facebook but check and/or change their privacy setting and 27% say they will use Facebook less. 7% of BCer's say they will suspend their account and 5% are planning  on deleting Facebook.

What are your plans?

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I have listed a new property at 12211 PHOENIX DR in Richmond.

This pristine home on a coveted intersection offers location, class, privacy and serenity! Conveniently located, a short nature walk to the hustle and bustle of the Historic Steveston Village, where Dining galore, shopping and all necessary amenities await. This is not your ordinary home! Recently fully and meticulously, artfully designer updated with no detail overlooked - gourmet high-end kitchen, new flooring, paint, fireplaces etc etc! The entire main floor is designed for wheelchair and walker accessibility, including a designer functional washroom! Must be seen to be appreciated!
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It's sad that so many Richmond residents refuse to welcome those that are less fortunate. Especially those residents that brought along their children to attend the rally and pose for the picture. What is this teaching our children about the tolerance of one another?
Canada is a country that thankfully accepts those from other countries, cultures, religions and circumstances - but when it come to the homeless, too many Richmond residents are exclusive of those who only live up to what they think are acceptable standards.
All the  homeless need is a chance to recover, a place to call home and a chance to thrive and survive without judgement of life on the street.
The protesters need a change of attitude. They ackowledge that someone should do something to help the homeless, as long as it isn't in their neighbourhood.
Let's help these less fortunate by providing a decent roof over their head and give them a place to call home. Something that these protesters take for granted.
Some of Richmond's residents who drive luxury cars and live in million dollar homes need some perspective. Shame on you.
Congratulation to Richmond's City Council's response to homelessness and in keeping with what should be a guide to a healthy community.  The City of Richmond and BC Housing seem committed to ensuring everyone has a place to call home. Let's be a little more supportive of this initiative.
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A new carshare... or should I say bikeshare... company called Veemo has launched. Veemo is sort of a new electric-assist solar-powered enclosed tricycle out at UBC that you can take for a ride after signing up for their service.

Since the vehicles are classified as bicycles you can ride...or drive...them in the bike lanes and  park them as you would a bicycle.

Much like Evo and Car2Go, but with a more eco-forward mission, Veemo's next move will be into the downtown core. Beyond that they are considering a more global expansion as well as selling bikes directly to consumers. 

Sounds like a great idea - I Want One!

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