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Current Vancouver Economy Driver

September 28th, 2012
Check out this article below! Its interesting and speaks to the current driver of the Vancouver economy.


Spring Newsletter

June 5th, 2012
Check out my new Spring Newsletter! It explains current real estate market updates as well as smart tips on buying and selling your home. Plus I have included a couple of lifestyle articles such as my dad’s recipe for grilling salmon and how best to hang art in your home.

Click here to view PDF: MB Newsletter_16 May-web1.pdf

HST Transition

March 12th, 2012
The government has issued their transitional HST to GST guidelines and below is the simplified "Coles Notes".

On February 17, 2012, the province announced the New Housing Transitional rules:

-          Up to April 1, 2012: Pay 12% HST. Rebate of up to $26,250 remains in place

-          Between April 1, 2012 and April 1, 2013: Pay 12% HST. Rebate of up to $42,500 (threshold increased)

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Mark awarded the prestigous Chairman's Club Award

February 27th, 2012

Congratuations to Mark for achivening the prestigious Chairman's Club award for 2011.  The Chairman's Club is awarded to Remax agents for high volume sales.  This places Mark solidly in the Top 1% of all Real Estate Agents Nationwide!

A little reminder of what is real

February 13th, 2012

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

by Robert Fulghum

Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.

These are the things I learned:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them ...

Persian Buyers - Movaffagh Bashi

January 31st, 2012
Movaffagh Bashi is Good Luck in Farsi, the persian language.

There is a lot of talk and hype about the Mainland Asian and their wanting to buy here in Vancouver. It makes the news almost daily and for good reason, however an equally impactful buying group is the Persians from Iran. I have a lot of very good clients that are either immigrants from or are decendants of the Persian culture.

I ha ...

How's the Real Estate Market?

January 26th, 2012

“How’s the Market doing?” - I get this question a lot and in order to give the answer, the right direction, we need to go back to last Spring. The Spring of 2011 was very robust, coming out of the 2010 upgrade in our status in China, as a Friendly Nation. The Spring of 2011 was very energetic right through June. Then July and August were as if someone went into the Real Estate closet and flip ...

Vancouver Real Estate and the Asian Effect

January 24th, 2012

The Asian (mainland Chinese) buyer is very prevalent here in Vancouver and this buying group is responsible for a good share of the overall market for more reasons than just the properties that they are buying (direct demand), but also for two indirect areas that are arguable the strongly economically speaking. First, the sellers that are released from their homes are a large secondary demand ...

The Fall of 2011 leads to 2012

December 13th, 2011
The stats tell us that we are in the third worst Autumn in the last 10 years. And although we had a very lack-lustre summer that followed an intense Spring, it had a real feeling of being a very typical Summer. We have had, however, a lot of atypical Summers of late. This traditional Summer is only retrospectively defined when we have the Fall resurgence in intensity. And this Autumn has been ...

Congratulations! Mark Ballard Top in Western Canada!

November 28th, 2011
ReMax congratuates Mark Ballard for achieving #7 in Western Canada .  Based on the sales dollar volumes Mark is consistantly one of the top realtors in Western Canada.  Mark comments "my success is based on hard work and dedication to providing the very best customer service".
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