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Check out this place! It's the original farmhouse that was recently renovated to give the house a slightly modern edge while keep most of it's original charm. This massive window gives the main living space an always spectacular view of their surroundings. Given the size of the window, you can only assume that the designers made every attempt to keep the home as efficient as possible using good quality...

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Here is a fairly recent picture of the Exterior of my Vancouver Special Renovation. A few changes and updates to the interior and exterior to go, but we're loving the house! The location is fantastic, being across from a park and a block to a great part of Main street. 

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Market Update

October 2011

I have been eagerly awaiting this month's statistics to see what sort of bounce back, if any, we would see after the slower Summer season. The answer, somewhat surprisingly, is that the we didn't seen any bounce back in sales activity at all - in any of the neighbourhoods we look at. The degree of sales drop varies quite a bit, with more than 30% drops in sales activity in the Downtown, Vancouver Westside attached and detached, and North Vancouver attached markets compared to just 6.7% in the Vancouver East attached market and 16.6% in the Vancouver East detached market. Interestingly enough, this decreased sales activity has not really impacted sales prices as both the average and median prices in most markets held relatively stable. We have also not seen a dramatic spike in listing inventories. Should listing inventory start to rise in October, we may be looking at some minor slips on the pricing side. It is my belief, however, that the commitment to hold interest rates until 2013, in conjunction with positive employment and immigration numbers, should keep prices steady through to next year.

One market to keep an eye on is the Vancouver Westside detached market. It is the one market that showed a large increase in active listings (up 22%) as well as a large drop off in sales activity (down 33%) and median sale price (down 6.3%). As a market that has experienced tremendous gains in median pricing over the past year, it seems the table may finally see an adjustment. I would speculate that the rapid rise in listings is stemming from those 'testing' the market as they see their neighbours sell far above what market conditions would have allowed for last year. As prices slip, we may see many of these listings simply get pulled off the market. If not, look for further drops here.


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Rain Screening

Now that we've finished with the installation of the Tyvek (waterproofing) and strapping, we were ready to start with the siding. There are a number of different types of metal siding to go with, but which one would look best? In this case, we decided to go with a wider offset, just to make sure that the front didn't look too busy....



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It's been awhile since I've posted anything about the house, so here's an update. Although we finished the interior in the spring, this update will focus on the second phase of the project. We started re-surfacing the exterior of the house, both the front and back. I've seen a number of the cedar and stucco combinations that have been used, and while they look good, I wanted to try something a little...

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