Beautiful Condos in Vancouver

The Newest Condominium Developments in Vancouver are Amazing

If you could move anywhere in Canada, I’m betting that Vancouver or Victoria or Kelowna might be first on your list.  For many young and old migrants they are the destination and that’s pushing up condo prices for houses and condos here.

The climate, economy, lifestyle, culture, nature, and recreation here has made Canada’s West coast desirable for decades for Canadian retirees and now for new residents from around the globe. Its changed the culture and reputation of British Columbia and Vancouver. The 2010 Olympics played a big role in that.

Despite the alternatives of Costa Rica, Mexico, Florida, and Arizona, BC has a special allure for the modern retiree who has few plans to sit around. And for others who want to continue working, Vancouver’s economy in particular should keep them busy and open up new career possibilities.

Vancouver’s Wealth Inspires Modern Luxury

Yes the world’s attention has been on Vancouver real estate for some time now.  While the cost of condos here is rising as fast as the skycrapers, the lack of land and housing availability in Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, and City of Vancouver ensures demand will be strong for condos as rental properties or homes. Builders and investors are smiling.

In September 2017, the average price of Vancouver Condos hit an all-time high at more than $872,000 CAD.  Condo sales are up 21% YoY and condo inventory is down 34.4%.




Housing here is some of the most expensive in the world so investors and condo buyers are focusing on condo apartments, just as they are in Toronto or Miami. The influx of immigrants and foreign students in Vancouver is making the condo market even more heated. Builders are at least trying to respond with a new attitude toward condo living.

Global Investors Love Vancouver

Investors and buyers from around the world are excited with the beauty of the luxury houses and condominiums being built here. Designers are breaking through tired, outdated design concepts to create places people actually want to live in.

There are few 4k videos of new condo construction available, but let’s have a quick look at one prestigious condominium in Vancouver.

Vancouver residents are exhausted from the high prices and believed it was only Asian buyers who were driving condo prices up. The truth may be that Vancouver is now a world class city, perhaps the most beautiful place to live on the planet. Combine Canada’s booming economy and the seaside/mountain lifestyle and how could it be a surprise that everyone wants to move here?

How many cities offer world class restaurants and museums, mountain hiking and snow skiing, ferry rides, biking trails, mountain biking, kayaking, watersports, seaplane tours, coastal train rides, deep sea fishing and more all within a half hour city drive? I could spend all day just drinking coffee and watching the seaplanes coming and going. Vancouver’s fascinating attractions just never seem to end.




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Ole Schearen’s Proposed tower at 1500 West Georgia Street breaks condos out of the boring mode. The building will have offset apartment modules and outdoor terraces which offer exhilarating views of the city.

The views of the greater Vancouver region and the lack of housing availability may be the key engines of the drive to the sky.

Asian buyers in particular only want to live in Vancouver and that’s pushing up demand for condos keeping Vancouver realtors very busy. Fortunately, they’ve got all of these stylish condominiums below and more to choose from.

And while we’re on the topic of condos, there is a growing demand for student housing in Vancouver. And that has drawn substantial interest in Vancouver’s condos as student housing communities. Recently CIBT converted the Viva Tower Hotel to luxury student accommodations.

And due to severe land shortage, Vancouver’s condo architects and developers must design with higher density in mind. Now the reach for the sky begins, with some people agreeable to erecting 1,000 foot tall skyscrapers to help Vancouver “grow up.”   That’s already occurred in Toronto, however the new Vancouver condos are truly awesome.

Before we soar above Vancouver, you might also like the low rise condominiums too:

 




And the neighbourhoods such as Coal Harbour and False Creek are a big part of the draw giving new residences a much better living experience.

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Trump International Hotel and Tower
Trump International’s newest development looks amazing. It’s coming along well toward completion. Located in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour area, this 63 story high mixed-use development features 217 and residences and a luxury hotel with 147 suites.

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Lavish Luxury in Coal Harbour

This $18 Million Penthouse has plenty of ceiling room and panoramic views. You’ll never get bored of something to look at on the 48th floor of The Private Residences at the Hotel Georgia. You can watch ships float up English Bay and see all the way to Vancouver Island’s mountains.

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The Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel

This 47 story reinforced concrete and post tension slab tower has 415 guestrooms on the bottom 22 floors and 175 residential units above. The top floor unit sold for a record $25 million but offers amazing views of Canada Place.  pacific_rim_penthouse

Terraces at the Peak at SFU by Intergulf

This new construction project is an amazing location in Burnaby as the pics below attest. The 13 storey building features 117, 1,2 or 3 bedroom condos up to 2000 sq ft. It may be sold out by now, however you can find out more at their website. Definitely worth a quick visit.

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One Harbour Green

This building was completed in 2006. It offers 57 suites on 23 floors. vancouvercondos-One_Harbour_Green

The Arc by Concord Pacific in Yaletown

Concord Pacific’s very creative architects and engineers have built something so unusual, modern and luxurious, it’s beyond words.  This building wins my award for this most luxurious and well architected condominium in Vancouver.

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First Baptist Church Residential Tower

It’s in the works, a 56-storey zebra-like tower in downtown Vancouver situated next to a church.  It will contain 295 units. It was designed with an external channel to reduce heating/cooling costs and allow residents to socialize.

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Shaw Place on the Harbourfront

Shaw Place stands 483 feet high.  The lower 16 floors of the tower are offices while the upper 24 floors have 130 work-live condominiums. One of the most attractive features of living on Coal Harbour is that it’s next to Harbour Green Park, the Vancouver Convention Centre and Vancouver’s famous Seawall.

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99 Pender

99 Pender will be a uniquely shaped tower at the crossroads of the business district and historic Chinatown and Gastown in downtown Vancouver. It is in the proposal phase presented by two developers and Bing Thom architects.

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Vancouver House

Vancouver house is a 56 story twisting structure which seems to shy away from the Granville Bridge to tower over  Howe Street.   The condominium development will offer 407 condo units, 95 rental units, 80,000 square feet of retail space and 77,000 square feet of office space.

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Tower Green West

Tower Green’s unique value proposition is sustainability, energy conservation, water efficiency, occupant well being, located in Coal Harbour. The waterfront, shops, and good access via the aquabus makes it a very different way to live.

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Just one more beautiful condo building to see, but this one is in Victoria BC. This is my idea of the ultimate condo, mid rise with amazing views.

The Janion

Over looking Victoria’s Inner harbour is the Janion, a fusion of past and present. The front of the building is restored brick structure while the back is sleek, modern with endless windows.

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Have a good at some amazing Toronto Condo projects too.

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Top Real Estate Lead Generation Sources

What are the Top Sources of Real Estate Leads?

Jay Sherer in his video (below) suggests most realtors, based on industry stats get most of their leads via their contacts and referals. That’s misleading because most realtors don’t have much of an Internet presence so how could they acquire Internet leads?

We could ask doctors and dentists where they get their real estate leads and we get the same stats. In other words, these widely “dished out” stats are actually a skewed look at each of the potential sources of real estate leads. To get accurate stats, we need to interview the top selling individual agents online.

Buyer Side Lead Generation Sources

Jay points out that agents get buyer leads mostly from their own contacts, but is this because that’s all most agents to get their leads?  If they’re doing online lead generation at all, or well, they won’t be getting much action there.

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Seller Side Real Estate Leads

It’s the same for seller side leads. Most buyers are sellers so they’re going to go online before they sell for one reason or another. As a realtor, you just have to be online in the right locations and voila, they see you. That one seller you get contacted by, may know others who are selling too. They usually share that infomation too.




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Jay mentions that one agent lost a sale from one of his top contacts because he wasn’t in touch with them, and they went with another agent.  If you’ve got 500 contacts, ya, it would be tough to keep tabs on them all, and one could slip through your fingers.

The internet can be used to build personal contacts and it’s a fantastic source of buyers and sellers looking for a home or agent.  Real estate agent, you may not know, is a popular search term on Google search and is one of the most expensive keyword phrases you can bid on in Google Adwords. Many people aren’t acquainted with a real estate agent, or they’ve simply forgotten names.

If the agent had been doing social listening (predictive analytics) he might have known quickly that his client was making noises about buying and selling. So even though he had the client in his stable, it actually meant nothing. The internet is a more active medium and keeps you on your toes.

Here’s a number of graphics showing potential lead sources. What do you think?

This graphic from Agent Jet shows that Facebook advertising may be becoming one of the better lead sources due to its excellent demographic targeting.

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Graphic courtesy of Agentjet.com

Survey by Private Communities about best real estate sales prospects.

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The Top 10 Best Lead Sources

Here’s the top 10 best sources of real estate leads. If you don’t like the order, then please leave a comment and give your reason for which lead sources are the best.

  1. New meetings with people: phoning, socializing, and door knocking — talking to as many people as possible builds your local network. 50 introductions should create a lead.
  2. Past clients and your Contact Database — send them info they can’t get anywhere else – market updates, just solds, and become the local expert they can rely on for insight they want
  3. Online Leads — Google and Youtube indexes your videos, website pages, blog posts and social media posts and presents them to prospects who area searching for homes.  Being in those searches is critical. If you have a high traffic generating site, it could brings tens of thousands of visitors and out of that volume, a lot of excellent prospects and new clients.
  4. Outdoor Billboards and Transit ads – Still very visible in local areas but takes time and persistene to pay off (perhaps years)
  5. Passive Expireds – they didn’t sell their home. Why?
  6. Open Houses are an invitation via email, social media message, or yard sign.  It gives you a face-to-face opportunity to meet people interested in buying or selling a home. You can hand out business cards to those who are curious and get them to look at your website and start searching on it.
  7. Yard signs – your sign gets seen in action in your target neighbourhoods, thus drawing attention and getting people thinking about selling their house themselves
  8. Realtor.com or Realtor.ca – major associations listings from your feed
  9. Major Brokerages  –  Remax, Centur21, Coldwell Banker and Keller Williams something dish out leads who came to their offices (walk-ins) or online searches at their brokerage website.
  10. Online Lead Generation Companies – They do mass advertising campaigns on Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, and other websites as their lead farm. Check out which are the best lead generation companies and evaluate which are worth a try.

Jay Sherer mentions that one agent reportedly paid $8400 to Zillow for leads. That’s great yet you can do better if you get yourself front and center online. Don’t think that Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, Remax and all the rest of the big portals are too competitive. They aren’t. I beat them and so can you. Great content and really good real estate SEO can make you a high traffic, online lead generator comparable to the best lead generation companies.

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