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THREE GALA NIGHT: It started at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver when  Immigrant Employment Council of B.C. CEO Patrick MacKenzie chaired The B.C. Cancer Foundation’s Inspiration gala. With the theme Genomics: The Future of Cancer, the 15th annual event reportedly raised $3 million. As often in such roles, MacKenzie was motivated by a past cancer that carried away his wife Sarah. Dr. Janessa Laskin, the clinical head of B.C. Cancer’s genomics group, looks to her specialty curtailing such losses. “Cancer is so complicated, she said. “Genomics will change how cancer medicine is practised. It will change everything for patients, families, clinicians and researchers.”

B.C. Cancer genomics group clinical head Janessa Laskin and Inspiration gala chair

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Three Vancouver men killed in separate Royal Canadian Air Force missions during the Second World War will be remembered at a gravesite ceremony in the Heverlee war cemetery in Belgium on Saturday.

Brothers Edward, Harry and Frank Sheehan were shot down in separate bombing missions during the war, but other than a small plaque that once hung in St. Patrick’s Parish church on Main Street in Vancouver, their deaths had, until now, been overlooked.

Event organizer Denis Buckley, an Irishman living in Brussels, has made it his mission to recognize and acknowledge the contribution of the tens of thousands of Irish citizens and Irish-born emigrants who served in both world wars.

“This family gave a greater sacrifice than I can even imagine,” said

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My wife Heather and I took a trip to Europe in 2004.  During our visit, we travelled through the Netherlands, and one of the stops we made was in "Ermelo" - a beautiful town within a short drive from Amsterdam. This was one of the many places that my Uncle Paul and our Canadian troops fought in World War II.  Uncle Paul wrote to my father (his brother) George La Prairie in 2001 with a brief description of his journeys in World War II, and with Remembrance Day upon us, I thought it was timely to share with you:

"Dear George....you asked me for information on my visits to Holland. I was there, first, during the War. Then, Jean and I made two trips on our own.  Later I led about six group trips to Holland, and as many to Italy.

In 1945 The Irish

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User Spotlight Series

Welcome to our new Spotlight Series highlighting the experiences of some Metro Vancouver property managers and tenants. Each post will explore their property management approach and challenges and, more specifically, how they are using and benefitting from the liv.rent platform.

Luxury Rental Suites

Luxury Rental Suites, a subsidiary of Century 21, is a Vancouver-based property management team specializing in luxury furnished and unfurnished rentals throughout the lower mainland area. With over 20 years of combined sales, property management and real estate experience, Luxury Rental Suites goes above and beyond to assist landlords with tenant placement and property management needs.

They’ve recently started using

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A week after Hurricane Dorian barrelled toward the east coast of Canada, the full cost of damage to homes and properties up and down the Atlantic coast is still unknown. What we do know is that the climate crisis is making extreme weather events like hurricanes more destructive. It’s also significantly impacting real estate markets across Canada.

From wildfires in B.C.’s interior and Alberta to headline-grabbing flooding in Ottawa-Gatineau, Muskoka and New Brunswick in 2019 alone, properties across the country are feeling the heat of the shifting climate. On Canada’s famously vast ocean coastlines, storm surges and sea levels are impacting communities through both shoreline erosion and direct property damage.

As weather becomes more erratic,

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Sales were up five per cent, compared with the same month last year

 

The Canadian Real Estate Association raised its forecast for home sales this year, helped by economic fundamentals and falling mortgage rates.

The improved outlook for the year came as CREA reported home sales in August were up five per cent compared with the same month last year.

The organization said Monday that national home sales are now projected to rise to 482,000 units this year, up five per cent from 2018.

In June, CREA predicted sales to climb 1.2 per cent to 463,000 this year.

“Economic fundamentals underpinning housing activity remain strong outside of the Prairies and Newfoundland and Labrador, the association said.

“More importantly for home buyers

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Canada's housing market has seen some of the world's slowest price growth, but that's already changing.

A global housing slowdown is taking place, and Canada is nearing the very bottom of it.

Canada placed 49th out of 56 national housing markets included in the Knight Frank Global House Price Index, which ranks countries by annual home price changes each quarter.

In the second quarter, Canadian home prices were up only 0.5 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to Knight Frank, a property consultancy headquartered in the U.K.

Poland, which saw prices rise 0.4 per cent on a year-over-year basis, and Brazil and Switzerland, where prices climbed 0.2 per cent, were the only markets that placed lower than Canada while posting

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Residential real estate investment trusts (REITs) are leading the REIT sector this year and apparently see opportunity in the Metro Vancouver market that has spooked most residential investors and developers.

The strategy of investing in income-producing residential real estate is apparently paying off. A Bloomberg surveyreleased  August 15 showed that the average year-to-date return for REITs involved in the residential sector was 18.6 per cent, blowing past projections of 6 per cent year-over-year yields  for the entire REIT sector.

One of the big movers was Vancouver-based Pure Multi-Family REIT, which specializes in high-end rental apartment properties in the U.S. Sunbelt. Formed a decade ago, Pure Multi-Family REIT was sold in July for $1.5

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A new year means new opportunities. It’s the perfect time to look at your business with fresh eyes, try new initiatives, and find ways to build your business over the next year and beyond. We’ve put together five marketing ideas for real estate agents in 2019. Read on to see how and why to incorporate these ideas into your marketing strategy.

1. Find what makes you stand out

Figuring out what makes you unique is the first in our list of marketing ideas for real estate agents in 2019. When you’re dealing with a competitive industry like real estate, finding something to make you stand out is important. Do you find yourself describing yourself a certain way, or do others always add the same interesting tidbit when they introduce you? Do you have a

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Greater Vancouver real estate is improving, but it’s not even close to normal yet. Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) numbers show a big climb in sales in August. The rise in sales was met with a jump in inventory though, offsetting most of the improvement. The region continued to see falling prices, with the composite falling more than 10% from peak for the first time since the recent downturn.

Greater Vancouver Real Estate Prices Enter Technical Correction

Greater Vancouver real estate prices continue to fall, according to the local board’s benchmark price. REBGV reports the benchmark, or typical, home cost $993,300 in August, down 8.3% from last year. In the City proper, Vancouver East saw the benchmark fall to $1,033,400, down

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