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NAIOP Panel Discusses Trends in Retail Sector

December 13th, 2011 | Industry Events

A full house at the Four Seasons Hotel attended NAIOP Vancouver’s December breakfast to hear an expert panel discuss development trends in the retail sector. Eric Carlson, CEO, Anthem Properties, moderated the discussion, posing questions to Brian Kozak, Senior Vice President, Western Canada for First Capital Realty Inc., John Horton, President, Shape Properties Corp. and Scott […]

The Outlook for Development and Investment in 2012

November 4th, 2011 | Industry Events

An overflow crowd showed up at Urban Land Institute British Columbia’s annual networking breakfast in November to hear about North American real estate prospects for 2012 and where the Vancouver market fits. The Keynote Speaker was Jonathan David Miller, author of Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2012. Following Jonathan Miller’s excellent presentation, […]

Minimizing Property Taxes on Development Sites

September 27th, 2011 | Taxes

Many developers are aware that the value and classification of their property each year hinges on the statutory date of October 31st. There are numerous strategies which ought to be considered in advance of this date. Both upon initial classifications and valuations by the applicable authorities and during assessment appeals, […]

BC Supreme Court ruling gives guidance regarding development approvals and extractions

May 18th, 2011 | Uncategorized

The BC Supreme Court yesterday rendered a lengthy decision that is noteworthy for any developer who is engaged in a development approval process regarding lands a portion of which may be expropriated in the future. The developer in the case, Thunderbird Entertainment Ltd, was engaged in the rezoning, subdivision and […]

2011 Vancouver Real Estate Forum

April 8th, 2011 | Industry Events

Keynote Address – Economic Overview: The Outlook for the U.S. and Canada Speaker: Derek Burleton, Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist (Canada), TD Bank Financial Group Derek Burleton set the table for the more specific real estate focus of the Forum by providing an overview of global economic conditions and […]

The Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy: The UDI Program

February 2nd, 2011 | Legislation

Peter Kenward, the Chair of Clark Wilson LLP’s Municipal and Environmental Law Groups, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Urban Development Institute (Pacific Region), spoke yesterday to 250 people regarding the proposed Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy. The program, hosted by UDI, was attended by a […]

UDI Vancouver – Annual Industry Forecast Luncheon 2011

January 21st, 2011 | Industry Events

More than 1100 audience members at UDI’s Annual Industry Forecast Luncheon were treated to a big helping of confidence from a panel of industry leaders. While there is still no shortage of risk following the world-wide financial crisis, and change is a constant for developers, Ryan Beedie of the The Beedie Group, Anthem‘s Eric Carlson and Neil […]

Pre-sale litigation – where are we at?

January 4th, 2011 | Court Decisions, Strata

The past few years have seen a number of purchasers trying to avoid their obligations under pre-sale contracts as they discover that the market value at closing might be significantly less than the pre-sale contract price. Many of these cases settle before ever going to court, but enough have made […]