According to Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, in October, 2011, the home prices in Metro Vancouver area has increased 7.5 percent compared to last year’s October, increased from $579,349 to $622,955. However, the residential home price has declined 1.3 percent, compared to June 2011, when it reached peak of $630,921. The report also stated that the sales volume of detached houses have reached 974, the same as last year.
Furthermore, October’s total new listing has reached 4,374, which is an 18.3 % increase from last year in October where 3,698 homes were listed, and 23% decrease from last month in September, where 5,680 properties were listed. A total of 15,377 properties were listed at the moment, which is 9.3% higher than last year where 14,075 properties were listed.
Finally, the detached home prices in Fraser Valley has creased $530,335, which is a 4.5% increase compared to October 2010, where the price was $505,759, and it’s on par with September’s price.
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Vancouver Sun – Nov 3rd, 2011
Before you buy your home, check out these grants and rebates options. The list includes Home Buyer’s Plan, Tax rebates, Energy Saving Mortgages, BC Hydro Buy-back Program, a Solar Home Pilot and more!
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REALTOR LINK March 11, 2011
Have you ever gone for an evening stroll, stopped momentarily at a neighbour’s newly renovated home, then tried to sneak a peek through the window without being blatantly obvious? For one day only, you won’t have to sheepishly peer through someone’s window to check out the home improvements, you can walk right in the front door, and receive a warm welcome to boot.
The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) invites the public to tour 12 professionally renovated homes across Metro Vancouver on Sunday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Professional renovators will be onsite to discuss their craftsmanship and offer advice.
The homes are located in Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Vancouver (five homes), North Vancouver (two), West Vancouver and Delta. Some of the proud homeowners might even stick around during parade hours to talk to visitors about their renovation experiences.
Project values range from under $120,000 to more than $1 million, offering attendees an abundance of ideas they can possibly incorporate into their own homes. The complete list of homes, descriptions, locations and directions are posted at www. gvhba.org
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The city council has set an ambitious path to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission. The first target is to reduce community GHG emissions 33 per cent below current levels by 2020. The second target is to have all new construction GHG neutral by 2030
Statistics show that green homes built in Seattle since 2007 make up a third of the new home market, sell for almost 10 percent more than conventional homes and are on the market 24 per cent less time. It’s estimated that they cost about two per cent more to build so that’s a healthy premium.
While new green homes will have all the latest bells and whistles in terms of green housing, you can increase the value of any home with fairly low cost green upgrades.
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The Vancouver Courier, June 2, 2011
If you are thinking of renovating your kitchen, be sure to think green before you start! Not only will your kitchen end up looking fresh and stylish, but you will be doing your part to limit your impact on our fragile environment. Check out these great tips for a kitchen-overhaul with a green twist, from the experts at HGTV.
HGTV – July 13, 2010
A beautiful garden can increase your home’s curb appeal and add value to your property. Before you start planting, there is some preparation to be done. Follow these tips from the National Post to help you get started.
National Post – April 15, 2010
Spring cleaning is upon us, so it’s best to be prepared! Before you hit the ground running, be sure to check out these home-maintenance tips from HGTV.
HGTV – March 31, 2010
Kitchens in 2010 are greener than ever, not to mention stylish. Here’s a list of the Top 10 kitchen trends for this year.
Style at Home – March 1, 2010