Real estate

79-year-old Sharon Mason became a realtor at the age of 40. Her first book, <em>For the Love of Real Estate: Tales from the Trenches</em> includes entertaining stories and experiences of life. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

Langley realtor shares her years of life experiences in her first book

Foreword is written by author’s son, actor Jason Priestley

79-year-old Sharon Mason became a realtor at the age of 40. Her first book, <em>For the Love of Real Estate: Tales from the Trenches</em> includes entertaining stories and experiences of life. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)
The 62-acre island north of Fort St. James is selling for $319,000. (Submitted photo)

You could buy this ‘rare’ private island in B.C. for just over $300,000

An entire island in the Nation Lakes north of Fort St. James is up for grabs

The 62-acre island north of Fort St. James is selling for $319,000. (Submitted photo)
The Canadian Real Estate Association says February’s national home sales ticked up by 4.6 per cent from the month before as supply slowly returned to the market, but sales were still down by more than eight per cent since last year. A real estate sold sign is shown in a Toronto west end neighbourhood May 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

Canada’s average home price hit record $816,720 last month as supply began to rebound

National average home price climbed by more than 20 per cent since last year: CREA

The Canadian Real Estate Association says February’s national home sales ticked up by 4.6 per cent from the month before as supply slowly returned to the market, but sales were still down by more than eight per cent since last year. A real estate sold sign is shown in a Toronto west end neighbourhood May 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Christian Burton is excited to move into Compass Cohousing in 2023. Learn more about the community at compasscohousing.com

An opportunity to live differently

Cohousing community makes home ownership more affordable and supportive for all ages and abilities

  • Mar 7, 2022
Christian Burton is excited to move into Compass Cohousing in 2023. Learn more about the community at compasscohousing.com
The British Columbia Real Estate Association wants the province to establish a process that balances offer transparency for buyers with privacy concerns. (file)

B.C. realtors criticize proposed cooling-off period for home buyers

Proposed legislation will let homebuyers back out of a deal for a property

The British Columbia Real Estate Association wants the province to establish a process that balances offer transparency for buyers with privacy concerns. (file)
Flipping of pre-sale condos and townhouses in Langley has increased more than 700 per cent in three years. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Flipping of Langley pre-sale condos, townhouses rises 724 per cent in three years

There were more than 850 assignment sales in Langley last year alone

Flipping of pre-sale condos and townhouses in Langley has increased more than 700 per cent in three years. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
The village is over a century old and is an important historical site and was at one point the gateway to the mountaneering community in the Canadian Rockies. (RE/MAX photo)

Saving Golden’s Swiss Village: Dr. Johann Roduit and Dr. Ilona Spaar reflect on iconic B.C. spot

The historic Edelweiss Village has been for sale for over a year, and preservation talks are moving

The village is over a century old and is an important historical site and was at one point the gateway to the mountaneering community in the Canadian Rockies. (RE/MAX photo)
A sign outside a home indicates that it has been rented, in Ottawa, on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

National rental price up 3% from last year, while vacancy rates hold steady: CMHC

The national vacancy rate sat at 3.1 per cent last year

A sign outside a home indicates that it has been rented, in Ottawa, on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Single-family houses are now selling for about $1.6 million in Langley, an increase of more than 40 per cent from a year ago. (Langley Advance Times files)

WEB POLL: Where is housing affordability going?

Is it headed up or down by 2032?

Single-family houses are now selling for about $1.6 million in Langley, an increase of more than 40 per cent from a year ago. (Langley Advance Times files)
Bev, Andrew and their son Leeland. The Gundys are excited to own a home and live in community at Compass Cohousing in Langley.

Langley group gives new meaning to the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’

A multigenerational community where neighbours lend a hand

  • Feb 7, 2022
Bev, Andrew and their son Leeland. The Gundys are excited to own a home and live in community at Compass Cohousing in Langley.
The number of homes for sale in Langley is increasing somewhat, but prices remain stratospheric. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Price of typical house for sale in Langley now more than $1.6 million

A year ago, detached homes were going for $1.1 million

The number of homes for sale in Langley is increasing somewhat, but prices remain stratospheric. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
(Black Press file photo)

B.C. housing sales slow amid ‘severely limited’ supply

The British Columbia Real Estate Association forecasts home prices will rise by 8.5% in 2022

(Black Press file photo)
A for sale is sign is displayed in front of a house in the Riverdale area of Toronto on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Evan Buhler

2021 home sales set Canadian new record, tops previous high by 20 per cent

CREA says about 667,000 residential properties changed hands in 2021

A for sale is sign is displayed in front of a house in the Riverdale area of Toronto on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Evan Buhler
Work was underway Tuesday, Nov. 30 on the site of the former Aldergrove Community Arena as it becomes a new seniors housing complex. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Our View: Don’t count real estate chickens before they hatch

If you’re expecting house prices to keep going up forever – don’t

Work was underway Tuesday, Nov. 30 on the site of the former Aldergrove Community Arena as it becomes a new seniors housing complex. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Home sales were stronger than usual in December in Langley, but fewer people were interested in selling their houses. (Langley Advance Times files)

Number of homes for sales in Langley crashes as prices keep rising

Very few homes were listed for sale in December

Home sales were stronger than usual in December in Langley, but fewer people were interested in selling their houses. (Langley Advance Times files)
The home on this Greendale property in Chilliwack was apparently built by a Chinese VIP gambler connected to the RCMP’s investigation of money laundering at B.C. casinos. BC Assessment lists 6500 Chadsey Rd. as the most valuable property in Chilliwack in 2022 at $4.31 million. (Google Earth)

House on Chilliwack’s most valuable property list was built by Chinese VIP gambler

French-style mansion built by Rongxiang “Tiger” Yuan, a man reportedly tied to the Chinese military

The home on this Greendale property in Chilliwack was apparently built by a Chinese VIP gambler connected to the RCMP’s investigation of money laundering at B.C. casinos. BC Assessment lists 6500 Chadsey Rd. as the most valuable property in Chilliwack in 2022 at $4.31 million. (Google Earth)
A real estate sign is pictured in Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, June, 12, 2018.  THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward

Real estate board says Metro Vancouver home sales hit record in 2021

Sales in 2021 rose 42.2 per cent over previous year and smashed a sales volume record set in 2015

A real estate sign is pictured in Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, June, 12, 2018.  THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward
Langley’s most valuable house is 45,000 square feet and sits on the Fraser River. (Google Maps)

Priciest property in Langley valued at $21 million

Residential lots in Langley saw huge increases in price from last year

Langley’s most valuable house is 45,000 square feet and sits on the Fraser River. (Google Maps)
Chip Wilson’s Point Grey home clocked in as the highest valued in the province for yet another year. (Google Maps)

Chip Wilson’s pad, a Rock House and an island: Here are the most expensive homes in B.C.

BC Assessment releases list of highest valued residential properties in the province

Chip Wilson’s Point Grey home clocked in as the highest valued in the province for yet another year. (Google Maps)
Single-family houses in Langley rose in assessed value by more than a third in a year. (Langley Advance Times files)

Langley home values jump by more than $300,000 in one year

Local homes outpaced the provincial average with staggering increases

Single-family houses in Langley rose in assessed value by more than a third in a year. (Langley Advance Times files)