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How to Make Your Home Renovations More Comfortable

Renovating your home is a unique experience. It is a true business partnership between home owner and renovator. Not only are you working together to turn your visions and dreams into reality, on time and on budget, but you usually continue to live in your home while the renovation takes place. Each partner plays an […]

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Use an Inspection for Renovation Planning

Thinking about renovating your home? Before you start making plans, think about your house for a moment. What kind of shape is it in? How many years before you have to replace your roof shingles? Can the electrical system handle additional demand? When was the last time someone looked at your plumbing system? Are there […]

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The Role of the Architect: To Observe and Protect

I am going to discuss the role of the architect in the construction observation process, during the construction phase of project. The architect in most normal contracts is responsible for the design of the building. This entails the part of the design most people imagine, the layout, the elevations, the material selections and basic systems. However design also […]

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Methods of Homebuilding: Fixed Cost vs. Cost-Plus

If you’re considering building a home, you’ll need to carefully calculate a budget for yourself, your builder, and every member of the homebuilding team. However, pricing strategies are likely to feel ambiguous, even random. The best way to proactively save yourself time and money is to understand the types of contracts builders use to price […]

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The Canadian Real Estate Market Is Inflated—and That’s Dangerous

The Canadian economy has a problem: real estate. A relatively unstable industry, the Canadian real estate market, especially in the Vancouver area, is reaching new heights of inaccessibility. Inflated home prices are leading to fewer purchases and sales, which could spell danger for the Canadian economy. According to CBC, real estate fees, including commissions, land […]

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Canada’s Mortgage Stress Test and Declining Home Prices

The Vancouver and Canadian housing markets are beginning to shift. After years of borrowing and price inflation, regulators are beginning to shift course. CIBC recently announced they are expecting a 50% decline in new mortgage originations later in 2018. Slowing mortgage loan growth reflects weaker and less frequent home sales activity. While CIBC does not […]

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