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British Columbia home sales set to rise 5% this year

June 30, 2011

Filed under: Real Estate Market — Richard Morrison @ 11:29 am

The British Columbia real estate Association forecasts that the average residential price in the province will increase 13 per cent to $571,000 this year, before edging back 2.5 per cent to $557,000 in 2012.   In a news release issued today, the BCREA also predicted a moderate increase in housing this year and next.   “After declining 12 per cent in 2010, residential unit sales through the Multiple Listing Service in B.C. are forecast to rise by five per cent […]


I made the front page of the Vancouver Sun today… go figure…

June 20, 2011

Filed under: Comic Relief,Vancouver — Richard Morrison @ 10:34 pm
and this isn’t the first time…
 
but this time it wasn’t so… glamorous…
 
You see, the Vancouver Sun writer, Kim Bolan, thought I was the listing agent for a property in Burnaby which was connected to a known criminal.  When Kim searched the property and area on the internet, she found us at the top of the results – kudos for our marketing efforts – and to doing a better job than the listing agent (which is NOT me!).

So she automatically assumed that I was the listing agent for the said property (she assumed this after calling me once – and subsequently not reaching me during Father’s day Sunday – Sorry I didnt return your call: I must have been writing a card to my old man & then wining and dining him because he rocks).

LET ME BE CLEAR ABOUT THIS IN CASE YOU READ THE ARTICLE IN THE SUN TODAY:
I AM NOT THE LISTING AGENT FOR THIS PROPERTY…

So, after receiving a few calls and emails from past & potential clients, I decided to do something about it – so I went to find the culprit who ran my name in the front page of the paper in gross mistake…
 
After 20 emails and one ‘friendly’ phone call – I received the following email from the head editor at the Vancouver Sun:

"Hi Richard,
I spoke to our Editor in Chief Patricia Graham and she agreed to the following. It’s a bit unorthodox for us to run this in the body of the story, but since that was what you really wanted, she decided to relax our policy this once.
We will run the following paragraphs in the body of Kim’s follow-up story. "The listing agent is identified as Sutton’s Jenna Lowe and not Richard Morrison, as the Sun reported Monday. Morrison simply reposted the ad for the palatial Burnaby view property on his online site."
We will not be running a set straight on A2, as it would merely duplicate what is already being reported.
I trust that will satisfy,
Sincerely, Adrienne Tanner."
 

Please read tomorrow’s paper (Tuesday June 21st, 2011) and it will be all clarified – and once again we will be on the front page of the Vancouver Sun – albeit for all the wrong reasons.

BUT WE HAVE ALSO BEEN ON 3 FRONT PAGE ARTICLES SO FAR THIS YEAR – AND FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS!

…We just never boasted – but since the Vancouver Sun made us headline news – for the wrong reasons, why not let you know about our other headline news – for the right reasons? (are you reading this Sellers?).

This is how POWERFUL our marketing has become – we make headline news for the right and wrong reasons. Over 90% of Buyers are on the internet and we excel at bringing those buyers to you.
This means only one thing for you my dear Sellers: MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKET. Read success stories from our Sellers and Buyers that made headlines below:

Contact me today so we can help you (or someone you know) excel on your next sale. 604-767-3703.

Hope you are all having a great week!
Cheers!

Richard Morrison RE/MAX Team
604-767-3703
rjunior@telus.net

 


British Columbia home sales dip down in most areas (but not all)

Filed under: Burnaby,North Vancouver,Real Estate Market,Richmond,Surrey,Vancouver — Richard Morrison @ 3:22 pm

Residential MLS home sales in British Columbia edged down 1.3 per cent in May following a sharp decline in April. Seasonally adjusted sales dipped to 6,120 units during the month, representing the lowest monthly sales activity since October, as half the province’s 12 regional real estate board areas recorded declines from the previous month. The largest relative monthly declines were in the Chilliwack area (-12 per cent), which recorded a fifth consecutive drop, and the Kootenay area, which also pulled […]


Is it Chinese immigrants (not investors from China) largely increasing market?

June 13, 2011

Filed under: Real Estate Market,Vancouver — Richard Morrison @ 6:01 pm

A growing belief that Metro vancouver’s hot housing market is being driven by Asian investment, primarily from mainland China, is a misconception, according to experts in the real estate field. In fact, they say, evidence suggests buyers are mainly Canadian citizens, immigrants or new residents in Canada -many with strong links to mainland China and many residing and working in China while their families establish roots in B.C. Most purchases are also being made as long-term holdings – in some […]


Vancouver condo, False Creek North, amazing views, $1,249,000

Filed under: North Vancouver,Vancouver — Richard Morrison @ 12:23 pm
Hi [fname],
 
We just wanted to let you know about our NEW Listing: #1603 8 Smithe Mews, False Creek North
  • Stunning Luxury Waterfront Condo- Concord Pacific’s Platinum "Flagship"
  • Located on a private cul de sac, steps away from Yaletown and Seawall
  • 2 BED 2 BATH: 1238 SQFT
  • Breath-taking views of False Creek, English Bay and the city .
  • Amazing amenities including: concierge, pool, fitness room, spa and yoga rooms, billiards, bowling and kayaks.

 
Cheers!
Richard Morrison RE/MAX Team
604-767-3703
rjunior@telus.net