The laneway house: A novel solution to Vancouver's real-estate crunch - Donna Woodman is one of the many people in Vancouver anxiously waiting for council to approve Wednesday the city's latest effort to cope with high house prices and lack of space: the laneway house. Like others who have expressed an interest in this new housing form - converting the garage to a home - Mrs. Woodman was considering the option at her son's east Vancouver residence.Globe and Mail, Jul 28, 2009
California dream homes: one is US$45-million, the other is less expensive - "Zen, bright, beachy and beautiful." That's how Cher's listing agent Robert Kass describes the ballad-belting chanteuse's Malibu estate in The L.A. Times. It's for sale! Run for the bank. The Italian Renaissance-inspired house, which Cher, pictured, built in 1999, has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a theatre and a gym in 13,126 square feet. It sits on 1.7acres includes a tennis court, infinity pool and a guesthouse.
National Post, Jul 27, 2009
Five must-haves for flipping a house - Many people assume that they can simply 1) buy a house 2) apply a fresh coat of paint 3) trim some bushes and then 4) resell the home at a profit. Unfortunately, this process, called "flipping" is not that easy. If it were, everyone would be doing it. There are several skills and people that every potential investor/flipper should have in place before even considering entering into a real estate transaction of this nature.
Globe and Mail, Jul 30, 2009
Neighbouring eyesores can hurt ability to sell - When Vicky Black's one-storey home in Port Richey, Fla., was on the market, prospective buyers told her they liked it. Unfortunately, they made negative comments about her neighbour's home, which has a stone lawn and little curb appeal. The appearance of nearby homes absolutely affects homeowners' ability to sell, said Pat Vredevoogd Combs, former president of the National Association of Realtors in the U.S.
Toronto Star, Jul 30, 2009