Tiny house

If buying a house or a condo is too expensive these days, why not build a tiny home that's affordable?

At the Richmond Art Gallery, there is an exhibit that explores tiny houses as a solution to the housing affordability problem.

The display includes a 170 square foot wood frame house on wheels, which was contructed from scratch by visual artist, Germaine Koh.

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The house has a living area and a sofa that can be pulled out to a bed at night. Behind the bedroom is a full size kitchen with some storage space and a mini bathroom with a shower and toilet. The house is also equipped with an electrical connector, a water tank and a compost system.

The house is named " Lulu Living" after Lulu Island, to acknowledge the  long history in houses in tranist in Richmond and the surrounding areas.

Koh is looking for support for different kinds of housing options that address different needs - not everyone wants or can afford a 3,000 square foot house.

Koh has also designed and built a 100 square foot, two storey, permanent micro studio prototype on the Southern Gulf Islands.

In some areas, the houses are small enough that you don't require a building permit, but in cities such as Richmond, all houses, including tiny ones, require a building permit. You will also have to submit a zoning application to have another house located in your backyard, according to the City of Richmond.

The exhibit is free to the public daily at the Richmond Art Gallery until August 26th. The house is on display on the green land outside and open to visitors on Tuesdays from 1-3 pm or by appointment.

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I have listed a new property at 109 11771 DANIELS RD in Richmond.

Pristine condition! 55+ age restriction! Lots of love and care has been taken in this large 1 bdrm 1.5 bathroom suite in Adult Oriented Cherrywood Manor. Features in this functional layout include a large covered balcony, in-suite laundry, eating area in kitchen to name a few. All appliances, carpet, and some lighting recently replaced. The amenities consist of your own secured storage locker, secured parking for owners & visitors, a workshop, hobby room, guest suite & recreational room that can be rented for special occasions. The exterior of the building has been completely Rainscreened with new windows and sliding patio door. You can't go wrong with this one! All ready for you to just move in!
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Richmond's latest trail is now open to the public.

The 2.9 kilometre public trail at the Garden City Lands is multi-use and works as a loop around the lands for walking and cycling.

Trails users are advised that only the permieter trail loop is open to the public at this time. The parellel trail network is reserved for use by farm equipment and city vehicles still working on the site.

The spectacular open space on the edge of the city centre is unique in supporting community farming and environmental preservation and providing tremendous recreational opportunities for the entire community.

In addition to completing the trails network, the city has also completed significant soil and drainage improvements to support planned farming and urban agriculture uses on the site; preserve the environmentally sensitive bog area in the southeast corner of the site and manage stormwater and groundwater flow throughout the site.

More than 700 trees and 50,000 shrubs, all native to the area have been planted along the perimeter trail.

A portion of the site has been leased to Kwantlen Polytechnic Univerisity for use as part of its Farm School Program. The site preparation is now underway for Kwantlen's inaugural farming season.

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A former North Vancouver couple have been ordered to pay $37,000 to the people who bought their home after a judge determined they deliberately concealed knowledge of a buried oil tank on their property.

The B.C. Supreme Court ordered the former owners to cover the costs of removing the underground oil tank and cleaning up the soil that had been contaminated by leaking oil.

The judge ruled the sellers were responsible for the cleanup, even though they had never used the oil tank.

The current owners bought the house in 2001, but didn't discover the underground oil tank until 2016, when they dug it up and had to pay for cleanup of the contaminated soil.

The former owners, who bought the house in 1976, maintained they were not aware of the tank or any contamination, so shouldn't be held responsible for it.

They said they removed an oil tank inside the house and converted the heating system to natural gas shortly after buying it, decades ago.

They claim that it never occured to them to ask about underground storage tanks because these were not generally the subject of concerns in the 1970's. They argued the tank was a case of buyer beware.

This is usually the case, except in instances where the sellers of a property have actively concealed or misrepresented the defect.

The current owners explained to the judge that excavation of the tank revealed its vent pipe was within inches of both an irrigation system and a sewer line on the property, which the seller, a retired plumber and gasfitter had installed both system, and would have seen.

The judge agreed that the seller either knew or had very good reason to believe there was an underground storage tank on the property and was ordered to pay the $37,000 clean up.

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Image result for pictures of soap box derby tsawwassen 2017Racers will be speeding down 6th Avenue in Tsawwassen tomorrow during the third annual Soap Box Derby.

Presented by the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen and the City of Delta, the event will see racers head down the hill at a time beginning at 11am. The family event will have food trucks, face painting and an awards ceromony at the intersection of 6th Ave and 52nd Street.Image result for pictures of soap box derby tsawwassen 2017

Nearly 50 racers will take part. Participants come out of the starting gates at Milsom Wynd and roll towards the finish line at 52nd Street.

A new aspect of this years event is a show'n shine taking place today at Save-On-Foods in Tsawwassen. Carts will be shown off from 7pm to 9pm and a panel of judges will select a 'Best Cart' winner. The public can vote on a 'Best Dressed' honour at tomorrows derby.

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Bill de Mooy welcomes you to an Open House at 5153 WHITWORTH CRES N in Delta.
Open House on Saturday, June 16, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Hosts are Mike and Ashlee.
Pie-shape lot reveals a very large fenced back yard with fruit trees. Located close to elementary school. Inside features hardwood floors on the main floor and possible secondary accommodations downstairs. Windows have been updated with double-pane and there are three gas-burning fireplaces. It can be a comfortable home for a multi-generational family. Measurements are approximate. Floor plan is available on request.
 
Surprised Open House is subject to availability.  Often when a seller accepts an offer, even with conditions, the seller no longer wishes to have the open house.  If you don't want to be disappointed Frown and want very much to see this home, it is recommended that you call Bill to view this home as soon as possible.  Call Bill now at 604-274-2222 to arrange viewing this home. Smile
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Bill de Mooy welcomes you to an Open House at 5153 WHITWORTH CRES N in Delta.
Open House on Saturday, June 16, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM If gates are closed, use "2003" to call into the home or text Bill at 604-274-2222
Pie-shape lot reveals a very large fenced back yard with fruit trees. Located close to elementary school. Inside features hardwood floors on the main floor and possible secondary accommodations downstairs. Windows have been updated with double-pane and there are three gas-burning fireplaces. It can be a comfortable home for a multi-generational family. Measurements are approximate. Floor plan is available on request.
 
Surprised Open House is subject to availability.  Often when a seller accepts an offer, even with conditions, the seller no longer wishes to have the open house.  If you don't want to be disappointed Frown and want very much to see this home, it is recommended that you call Bill to view this home as soon as possible.  Call Bill now at 604-274-2222 to arrange viewing this home. Smile
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Bill de Mooy welcomes you to an Open House at 8 3555 WESTMINSTER HWY in Richmond.
Open House on Saturday, June 16, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM If front gates are closed dial "2003" for the home or text Bill at 604-274-2222.
Sonoma - A gated community of larger two-level townhomes with double garages and a clubhouse of amenities. Steps from Save-On-Store, liquor store, restaurants and French-emersion Elementary school. This particular home has ample guest parking across the drive and quick access to street parking should you want to park on the street for convenience or a quick step to the stores. South exposed private backyard. Recently painted inside, you'll find the updated kitchen designed for entertaining friends and family. An ample sized master bedroom awaits. One dog or One cat permitted. New roofs in 2017. New Washer and Dryer. New Hot Water tank with 12 yr warranty. You may want to add a few personal touches but you don't have to. It's ready to enjoy as is. Click link titled  "VIDEO" for a "walk through" of this home.
 
Surprised Open House is subject to availability.  Often when a seller accepts an offer, even with conditions, the seller no longer wishes to have the open house.  If you don't want to be disappointed Frown and want very much to see this home, it is recommended that you call Bill to view this home as soon as possible.  Call Bill now at 604-274-2222 to arrange viewing this home. Smile
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If you ever wanted to own your own castle, well now's your chance. A 2017 custom built house in East Van with a castle like exterior has been listed for $2.298 million.


Castle house East Vancouver stairs wineThe Fraser Street house, which fronts Mountain View Cemetery, may look medieval in style on the outside, but don't let that fool you. The ultra contemporary interior is complete with epoxy flooring and 12 foot ceilings.

There are 4 bedrooms, an office, an open concept main floor, a gourmet kitchen, a glass wine wall under the stairs and 4 ultra modern full bathrooms.Castle house East Vancouver open conceptA balcony off the front bedroom offers a castle-like flair, while the entire

rooftop terrace comes with a 360 degree view, outdoor kitchen, bbq and wet bar.

Since it was built just last year, it is still well  within it 2-5-7 new home warranty.

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I have listed a new property at 5153 WHITWORTH CRES N in Delta.

Pie-shape lot reveals a very large fenced back yard with fruit trees. Located close to elementary school. Inside features hardwood floors on the main floor and possible secondary accommodations downstairs. Windows have been updated with double-pane and there are three gas-burning fireplaces. It can be a comfortable home for a multi-generational family. Measurements are approximate. Floor plan is available on request.
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I have listed a new property at 58 30989 WESTRIDGE PL in Abbotsford.

Polygon's 'Brighton at Westerleigh' - a beautifully planned community in Abbotsford. This 2 bedroom / 2 full bathroom home features beautifully finished 3 storey living. Large kitchen with quartz counter tops, stainless steel appliances and warm laminate flooring. Large Dining Room with elegant chandelier and spacious bright living room with walk out balcony for easy barbequing. Master features deluxe ensuite with his/her sinks and walk in shower. Tandem 2 car garage with access to private backyard. Resort style amenities with club house, pool, fitness room, lounge, movie theatre and more. Pets and Rentals welcome. Book your showing today.
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Image result for pics from london heritage farm collectible carsThe London Heritage Farm Classic and Collectible Car Show and picnic is only a couple of weeks away.

Sunday, June 24th the farm will once again play host to a fabulous day of vintage cars, with some delicious tea and cakes.Image result for pics from london heritage farm collectible cars

Selected car clubs and owners have been invited to display their classic cars at the farm, where last year's event was a big success with dozens of beautiful cars.

This show is basically a show-and-shine with no judging or other formalities. There is no charge for entering the vehicle and picnic area, but you may want to enjoy a great tea in the farmhouse with cakes and sandwiches.

There will be picnic tables available around the historic farmhouse with modern toilet faciilities.Image result for pics from london heritage farm collectible cars

The event will be relatively informal with a great chance to spend a pleasant afternoon on the edge of the Fraser River.

Organizers would like to have all the cars in place by 11am with the event winding up at about 3pm.Image result for pics from london heritage farm collectible cars


 
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Versa Platinum - Custom  Home - Langley 2If you love peeking inside other people's beautiful homes - well nows your chance.

This Sunday is the 25th annual Parade of Homes, which allows the public inside 15 stunning new custom homes and tranformative renovations across Metro Vancouver.

The self guided  tour is between 10am and 4pm, and those who register can enter as many of the 15 homes as they like, provided they get around to them all.  And since they are spread from West Vancouver to Langley, this will be no small feat.Shakespeare - Custom Build with Coach House - North Vancouver

The parade is organized by the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association, with all the homes' building and renovations work on display carried out by member companies, and is sponsored by FortisBC.  Representatives of the member companies will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions about home building and renovations.

For more details, to register for your passport and get a map of the tour click here. Registered participants will also get access to an additional 10 virtual home tours.Bolder Homes - Canterbury Crescent, North Vancouver


 
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What's Happening in and around Steveston - Richmond - BC

 

The real estate booms in Vancouver and Toronto have led to more than sky-high prices and surging housing demand. According to CRA audits over the last three years, there have also been “additional taxes related to the real estate sector,” to the tune of $592.6 million.

 

Over that period, CRA reviews of more than 30,000 files in Ontario and B.C. have resulted in $43.7 million in penalties, says a Thursday press release. For 2017-2018 alone, “the CRA assessed $102.6 million more in additional taxes than in 2016-2017. Penalties increased by $19.2 million from one year to the next,” the release adds.

 

Most Canadians pay their fair share of taxes, says CRA, but the agency has detected some who are avoiding paying taxes related to real estate transactions. ("Duh")

 

One method is through “unnamed persons requirements,” which the CRA issues to property developers and builders who have information about buyers involved in a pre-construction assignment sale of condos. “This information is used to identify taxpayers who may not be reporting correctly for both income tax purposes and GST/HST purposes,” the release says.

 

The agency says “buying a first home represents a great accomplishment” but that it’s committed to “taking concrete action against those who break the rules.”

 

QUICK TAX FACTS

  • Builders of new and substantially renovated residences or rental properties are required to collect and remit the GST/HST to CRA when they sell, rent out for the first time or appropriate the property for personal use. Additionally, purchasers of new residences must follow the rules when applying for new housing rebates.
  • Property flipping is not illegal, so Canadians have the right to purchase and sell property for a profit. However, the income resulting from these transactions is considered business income and must be reported.
  • The Canadian housing market is becoming more complex through pre-construction assignment sales and the real estate sharing economy (vacation rentals), and CRA is committed to ensuring tax obligations are met.

 

Source: Advisor.ca

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I'm pleased to have helped another homeowner sell their home.  

Now, I have excess buyers.

My marketing plan and hard work has attracted many buyers to this home but many preferred a different location, a different design, or different price range.  

To sell.  Call Bill today 604-274-2222. 

605 6188 PATTERSON AVE in Burnaby.

WIMBLEDON CLUB - the ultimate luxurious executive residence in Burnaby! Living at this prestigious address is like living in a One-Of-A-Kind 5 Star 1.7 acre pristinely landscaped resort, nestled in a serene treed sanctuary! This spacious well lit 2 bed, 2 bath unit has panoramic views (city/mountain/park), complete with 2 balconies, and is located directly across from Central Park. Just a short walk to skytrain & only minutes to Metrotown shopping, T&T, Crystal Mall, dining, and entertainment. Check out the glass housed lap pool & hot tub, fitness room, workshop, bike room and guest rooms, party room, and outdoor tennis court! All this + heat & hot water incl in maint. fees! Call now!

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I have listed a new property at 4471 DALLYN RD in Richmond.

LARGE 2 FAMILY HOME! HUGE 72'x132' lot! RENTAL INCOME POTENTIAL $5,500 + per month! The large 2 floor suite addition was built as a Parent suite for the existing owners, to code and with all permits. Take advantage of the covered Sun Room all year round! Enjoy the sauna and steam shower for good health! Grow your own herbs and vegetables in the large back yard and in the greenhouse! This is the perfect house for 2 families, or a large extended family, to hold for the income and to eventually build your dream house on.
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I have listed a new property at 3600 LAMOND AVE in Richmond.

Nothing here short of SPECTACULAR! This TOTALLY UPDATED and CUSTOMIZED, pristinely landscaped, unique 3 level Seafair home is made for ENTERTAINING and LIVING WITH STYLE! It comes with TOP-END finishes and fixtures, an Amazing Wine Room for storing, sipping and enjoying! 3 huge sundecks and spacious patios. The Designer Kitchen will inspire anyone to discover and to release the chef within! No skill and imagination (nor money) was spared in creating this modem masterpiece! Upgrades and enhancements are way too many to mention- you have got to see it for yourselfl Serious inquiries only please. OPEN HOUSE SAT & SUN JUNE 9&10, 2-5.
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Image result for pics of enviro-smart ladnerA pair of senior Delta civic staff members are travelling to Ottawa this week to see if they can figure out how to do things right. When it comes to odour problems which East Ladner is now experiencing...is it time to fully enclose the facility?

The pair are going to tour the Green for Life and Orga World composting facilities in Ottawa. The Green For Life facility operates in the same manner as is being proposed for the Enviro-Smart facility in East Ladner.Related image

They are interested to see the facility in order to help determine whether a similar facility could address the odour problems being experienced in East Ladner.  The Orga World facility is a fully enclosed operation which processes 150,000 tonnes of organic waste a year, the scale being proposed for Enviro-Smart.

The odour has been the complaint of hundreds of air quality complaints for the past couple of years, prompting Metro Vancouver to begin discussions with the company last summer about an air quality management permit.Related image


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Bill de Mooy welcomes you to an Open House at 8 3555 WESTMINSTER HWY in Richmond.
Open House on Saturday, June 9, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM If front gates are closed dial 2003 or text Bill at 604-274-2222.
Sonoma - A gated community of larger two-level townhomes with double garages and a clubhouse of amenities. Steps from Save-On-Store, liquor store, restaurants and French-emersion Elementary school. This particular home has ample guest parking across the drive and quick access to street parking should you want to park on the street for convenience or a quick step to the stores. South exposed private backyard. Recently painted inside, you'll find the updated kitchen designed for entertaining friends and family. An ample sized master bedroom awaits. One dog or One cat permitted. New roofs in 2017. New Washer and Dryer. New Hot Water tank with 12 yr warranty. You may want to add a few personal touches but you don't have to. It's ready to enjoy as is. Click link titled  "VIDEO" for a "walk through" of this home.
 
Surprised Open House is subject to availability.  Often when a seller accepts an offer, even with conditions, the seller no longer wishes to have the open house.  If you don't want to be disappointed Frown and want very much to see this home, it is recommended that you call Bill to view this home as soon as possible.  Call Bill now at 604-274-2222 to arrange viewing this home. Smile
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