Wednesday, 25 March 2015


New Listing!

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Friday, 20 March 2015

Open House: 4552 Highland Bv, North Vancouver BC

4552 Highland Bv, North Vancouver BC

Sunday, March 22 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm

For further details contact Carmen at 604.218.4846

Any thoughts of selling or interested in knowing the value of your home? Feel free to contact me at 604.218.4846 or simply click on Call me today so I can provide you with a free home evaluation. Also, ask me about my marketing package and strategy!

Monday, 16 March 2015


The 2015 Quality of Living survey ranks Vancouver as the best city in North America for quality of life… again!
Vancouver renewed its title of fifth most liveable city in the world and first in North America, beaten only by Vienna, Zurich, Auckland and Munich. 2014’s survey, conducted by Mercer, returned the same results.
The survey looks at several factors such as personal freedom, crime, political stability and air quality, and Vancouver’s milder climate is one of the main reasons for it having a higher ranking in North America.
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The survey also looks at housing but not for the cost. If that were to be taken into account, Vancouver would most certainly dip a few spots in the ranking as would many cities. Almost every city on this list also ranks as one of the most expensive to live in.
While cities in Western Europe held a majority of the rankings, there were more Canadian cities in the top 35 than those in the U.S. Behind Vancouver was Toronto (15), Ottawa (18), Montreal (24) and Calgary (33).
Top 35 cities for quality of living:
  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Zurich, Switzerland
  3. Auckland, New Zealand
  4. Munich, Germany
  5. Vancouver, Canada
  6. Dusseldorf, Germany
  7. Frankfurt, Germany
  8. Geneva, Switzerland
  9. Copenhagen, Denmark
  10. Sydney, Australia
  11. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  12. Wellington, New Zealand
  13. Bern, Switzerland
  14. Berlin, Germany
  15. Toronto, Canada
  16. Hamburg, Germany
  17. Melbourne, Australia
  18. Ottawa, Canada
  19. Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  20. Stockholm, Sweden
  21. Stuttgart, Germany
  22. Brussels, Belgium
  23. Perth, Australia
  24. Montreal, Canada
  25. Nurnberg, Germany
  26. Singapore, Singapore
  27. Adelaide, Australia
  28. Paris, France
  29. San Francisco, U.S.A.
  30. Canberra, Australia
  31. Helsinki, Finland
  32. Oslo, Norway
  33. Calgary, Canada
  34. Boston, U.S.A
  35. Dublin, Ireland

For more information on Real Estate in Vancouver contact Carmen Leal at 604-218-4846 or simply visit

Thursday, 12 March 2015

March 2015 Market Update


March 2015


Macdonald Realty Luxury Homes, Spring 2015 digital edition

The latest edition of our magazine presents many of Macdonald Realty's finest listings in what is traditionally the most active season of the year.
While flipping through, watch out for the new feature pages; we are pleased to highlight local artists and designers, and also cast our spotlight on a sampling of exceptional British Columbia wines.
Please click the cover above to enjoy this edition - and feel free to call or email if you have any questions or comments.

February Market Review

Do you wondering how last month's market activity compares with this same time last year? Click the link below to our market statistic infographics where we break it down to even the neighbourhood level.
If you have questions about the status of the current market, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Metro Vancouver real estate bidding wars spreading to suburbs

Falling interest rates and declining inventory are driving sales, say experts.
According to Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board president Ray Harris, there were 14 per cent fewer properties listed for sale across the region this past January when compared with January 2014.
"This is creating greater competition amongst buyers, particularly in the detached home market. The number of detached homes listed for sale today is the second lowest we've seen in four years," said Harris.

Vancouver firm offers a one-stop real estate shop for Chinese investors in B.C.

When Vancouver-based Macdonald Realty dispatched Dan Scarrow, the agency's vice-president of corporate strategy, to China last March to investigate the feasibility of launching a branch office in Shanghai, the assignment was initially only going to be for four months.
A year later, Scarrow, a second-generation Chinese Canadian who is fluent in Mandarin, is still there. The Vancouver Sun reached Scarrow in Shanghai by phone last week to discuss his progress, objectives and challenges in building a bridge for residential and commercial real estate investment between China and British Columbia as the new managing director of Macdonald's Canadian Real Estate Investment Centre in Shanghai.

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Victoria & Vancouver Island News

Okanagan News

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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Mount Pleasant: The neighbourhood at a glance

With its eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, heritage homes, condo developments, pedestrian friendly streets and accessibility to transit including the 10th Avenue Bike Route, the 99 B-Line bus and the Canada Line, Mountain Pleasant has become one the city's hottest real estate markets.   

Bounded by Cambie Street to the west and Clark Drive to the east, Second Avenue and Great Northern Way to the north and 16th Avenue and Kingsway to the south, Mount Pleasant is one of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhoods and considered by some to be the city's first suburb. Home to several breweries, creeks and fish-bearing streams in the late 1800s, hence its original nickname Brewery Creek, the area was annexed by the city in 1911 and grew into a bustling working class neighbourhood, luring first-time homeowners with more affordable real estate than on the city's West Side.
By the 1970s and '80s, Mount Pleasant had lost much of its bloom, garnering an unwanted reputation for its dilapidated houses, seedy back alleys and street prostitution. But as is often the case, cheap rent and real estate once again gave way to an influx of young families, first-time home buyers, independent business owners and creative types.
By the 1990s, gentrification was in full swing, and by the early 2000s new breeds of Mount Pleasant residents began shaping the neighbourhood and its image - developers, amateur real estate speculators, condo-flippers and that broad stereotype of the Pabst Blue Ribbon-swilling, fixed gear bike-riding Main Street hipster. Efforts to rebrand the area as SOMA (South of Main) have been met with mixed reactions, and the area is ground zero for the city's so-called east-west divide, which occurs along Ontario Street.
With its eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, heritage homes, condo developments, pedestrian friendly streets and accessibility to transit including the 10th Avenue Bike Route, the 99 B-Line bus and the Canada Line, Mountain Pleasant has become one the city's hottest real estate markets.
Depending on whom you ask, the community is undergoing a "rapid and exciting transformation" or at risk of losing the very characteristics that made it attractive in the first place, as witnessed by the heated debate over the proposed RIZE condo tower and the expansion of the Kingsgate Mall proposal.
Whatever the case, Mount Pleasant continues to charm. In November it was announced that social media company Hootsuite had outgrown its Railtown nest and struck a deal with the city to move its head office to a 33,000-square-foot, two-storey office building in near Main and Broadway, ushering in yet another phase of this ever-changing neighbourhood.


Carmen Leal
Macdonald Realty Ltd.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Downtown: The neighbourhood at a glance

Hewn over 120 years ago from forest, rock and swampland, downtown Vancouver and its shoreline have been dredged, back-filled, paved over and built up to become the glass metropolis it is today. Seen from a distance, the skyscrapers and towers of the downtown peninsula glisten on postcards, their constructed beauty still contained within the majesty of B.C.s wilderness.
What tourists photo leaves out the North Shore mountains, Stanley Park and the three bodies of water that border downtowns city of glass?
Seen up close, the downtown stretches north to south from False Creek to the Burrard Inlet, begins in the west at Burrard Street, includes Coal Harbour (a sliver of high-rises north of Georgia), and to the west even counts Science World.
A renovated B.C. Place changed the skyline and three professional sport franchises (hockey, football and soccer) remain an entertainment draw along with the neighbourhoods concentration of clubs, theatres, restaurants and galleries.
The Vancouver Business Improvement Area claims more than 8,000 businesses, half of which employ less than five people (one third employ five to 20 people), as well as the central offices that drive B.C.s resource and energy sectors. Each work day, 57,000 trips are made through Waterfront Station.
Over the decades, the commercial centre has moved from a townsite called Granville closer to actual Granville Street and with each generation, neighbourhoods distinguished themselves economically and culturally. Gastown, Yaletown, Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside are not strictly part of the downtown. They are their own places.
Named the worlds most livable city for five years until 2011, Vancouver slipped to third behind Melbourne and Vienna. Affordability (or a lack thereof) can make the lifestyle and attractiveness inhospitable, which the Royal Bank of Canada described in 2012 as extremely poor and the least affordable in the country.
In 30 years, the neighbourhood became the most populated and the most dense in the city. Only two per cent, roughly 6,600 people, called the downtown home in 1971. In 2011, about 54,000 people lived downtown.


Carmen Leal
Macdonald Realty Ltd.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015


Crowdfunding for real estate is already a billion-dollar industry, and it’s expected to more than double this year.
That may come as a surprise. When most people think about crowdfunding, they’re likely to think of a group of friends pulling their finances together to back the launch of a new indie film or a wallet made out of duct tape.
But the world of crowdfunding is a lot bigger than Kickstarter.   
Across the globe, investors and homebuyers are using crowdfunding as a way to own and profit off of commercial real estate or finance the purchase of their own homes. Real-estate crowdfunding was a $1 billion industry in 2014 and is expected to grow to more than $2.5 billion this year, according to a report released today from industry research firm Massolution. In 2014, campaigns ranged in size from less than $100,000 to over $25 million.
While still emerging, the real-estate crowdfunding industry is growing quickly. To date, there are 85 real-estate crowdfunding platforms currently in operation, according to Massolution.
Investors are using real-estate crowdfunding as an alternative way to invest money they are looking to make money with. For example, on platforms such as Realty Mogul, many investors pool their money to buy a commercial real-estate investment with the expectation that the rate of return on their investment will be higher, with less risk, than other typical investment alternatives.
The benefit of real-estate equity crowdfunding over real estate investment trusts, or REITs, which have already been around for two decades now, is speed and diversity. “Technology allows this activity to be conducted more swiftly and more efficiently, availing the investment opportunity to more participants,” the report says.

Crowdfunding for commercial and industrial investments is growing faster than it is for residential or multi-family real estate investments, according to the report. Still, crowdfunding is being used as an alternative finance method to a mortgage from a bank for individuals looking to move into their first home. And there is significant potential in this sliver of the real-estate crowdfunding market.

“Residential crowdfunding has the breakout potential, as mortgage loan origination, a trillion dollar market, is opening up to distributed platform financing,” the report says. One example of residential real estate crowdfunding is LendInvest, a platform out of the U.K. that did $240 million worth of residential mortgage loan initiations last year.