We've got a streetfront retail space available in a highly desirable area in the heart of Chinatown which has seen an influx of new developments. Vancouver\'s Chinatown is universally appealing to tourists and locals alike with its rich culture, striking heritage buildings and world-renowned delicacies. This location is in walking distance to Gastown, Strathcona and the Downtown Core and is in close proximity to transit hubs.

The subject property boasts a unique layout with character storefront, exposed cement bricks, 16ft ceilings and polished concrete floors. This newly and extensively renovated unit is exposed to high vehicle and pedestrian traffic and has prominent signage opportunities which is perfect for a retailer, cafe, office or fitness studio! The unit also includes an enclosed board room, storage room, kitchenette and two individual washrooms. The space can also be accessed through a grade level loading door at the rear of the space.

Contact Amalia Liapis at 604-618-7000 or alternatively at amalia@wesellvancouver.ca for additional information.

Listing: https://spacelist.ca/p/bc/vancouver/161_e_pender_st/main_floor 

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The Commercial Leading Index (CLI) provides insight on early signals of turning points between expansions and slowdowns in commercial real estate. The BCREA CLI "forecasts changes in broad commercial real estate activity. [Their] research shows that the variables that compose the CLI reliably forecast BC commercial real estate activity at a lag of two to four quarters. The index is revised each quarter, due to revisions in the underlying data". 

For the fifth consecutive quarter, the CLI has seen another rise in index points of 0.5 from the 2016 Q4 to 2017 Q1. The index is now 128.0 which is a 4% increase from a year ago and a 0.4% increase on a quarterly basis. The economic activity and employment components of the CLI have been contributing factors to the economic and employment growth in the province and BC has been continually leading all provinces in this type of growth. There are indications of further growth in investment, leasing and other commercial real estate over the next two to four quarters as signaled by the CLI trend.

The increase in the CLI is reflective of the economic growth in BC with its real GDP growth exceeding 3%, which is the second time this has occurred in the past 37 years. This can be attributable to key commercial sectors such as retail and wholesale trade along with the increase in manufacturing sales. As for employment, 2016 ended on a high note with an increase of over 3% in employment which has trickled into 2017.

For all your commercial and residential real estate needs, contact Amalia Liapis at 604-618-7000 or alternatively at amalia@wesellvancouver.ca

Source: British Columbia Real Estate Association

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FOR LEASE - 161 East Pender Street || Main Floor Retail / Office Space
The main floor collides modern design with subtle cultural elements to bring together this beautiful space. This unit is exposed to high vehicle and pedestrian traffic and has prominent signage opportunities. The subject property boasts a unique layout with character storefront, exposed cement bricks, 16ft ceilings, polished concrete floors and a brand new HVAC system.

The unit also includes an enclosed board room, storage room, kitchenette, and two individual washrooms. The space can also be accessed through a grade level loading door at the rear of the space.

Main Floor - 2,598 SF Base Rent: $25.00/SF per annum
Additional Operating Costs: $10.00/SF per annum

Contact Amalia Liapis at 604-618-7000 or Kane Ryan at 778-223-5961 for additional information.

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We're so excited to have LEASED a space for Joanna Keller Beautique, a beauty salon specializing in eyelash extensions, makeup application, hair styling and much more. We welcome you to the neighbourhood!

We still have the retail level and top floor available at the Silk Building. For all your commercial sales & leasing needs, contact us at amalia@wesellvancouver.ca or at 604-618-7000. We look forward to working with you in finding a space that perfectly suits your business needs!

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We'll uncover some helpful tips that will help any entrepreneur in their real estate acquisition process. Acquiring real estate may be costly but a worthwhile long-term investment, provided that the business owner exercises their due diligence and executes a proper plan of action. A benefit of acquiring real property is that it will most likely appreciate in value. Unlike renting, you can deduct the cost of a depreciable property over its useful life as a yearly deduction for corporate taxes as a Capital Cost Allowance.

Tips for Success

1. Understand the local real estate market
Firstly, choosing the right location for your business is vital. Find a space that would adapt to your business needs and is in a prime location with demographics that fit your target market. Having an understanding of zoning and environmental regulations is another important success factor.

2.Seek advice from an independent commercial real estate agent
Luckily for you, you don't have to look any further. Our boutique firm is experienced in commercial real estate and we are always available to help you along with the purchasing process. 

3. Consult an accountant
Accountants can help you with the tax implications of the acquisition of real property. They can also advise on ways to minimize taxes and get the most out of your purchase.

4. Obtain approval for financing
In order to obtain approval, bankers / lenders will want to see financial statements, past and projected cash flows etc. You should shop around for the best financing package available that meets your needs. Note that while the interest rate is important, you should look into other factors as well. Such factors include repayment terms, fee structures, financing requirements etc.

5. Choose the right contractors and business professionals
It's important to have contractors and business professionals with experience, are highly reputable and are responsive to your needs. We can get you in contact with business professionals we have worked with in the past and who have a wealth of knowledge and experience. 

For all your real estate needs, contact Amalia Liapis at 604-618-7000 or at amalia@wesellvancouver.ca or Kane Ryan at 778-223-5961 or at kane@wesellvancouver.ca.

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Below you will find the commercial sales activity broken down by category for the Lower Mainland for Quarter 3 of 2016 and 2015 and the relevant percentage change. As well, there is a year-to-date comparison which encompasses the first three quarters. Quarter 4 statistics should be released in the next few weeks! The statistics for the Lower Mainland are inclusive of the following 18 cities: Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver and White Rock. Thus, the first table is not representative of only Vancouver commercial real estate (a separate table will break down the statistics for Vancouver).

Below you will find information from the above table which has the Vancouver data extracted from it. While the Quarter 3 results year over year have primarily seen a decrease in both unit sales and sales dollars, the year-to-date figures show a different story. All four categories see an increase in sales dollars when comparing 2015 to 2016. 

In addition to residential real estate and property management, we also do commercial real estate here at WeSellVancouver. We'd love to help you with your next investment or business venture. Contact the WSV Real Estate Services office at 604-801-6654 or at info@wesellvancouver.ca for all your real estate needs.

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The second floor of our building in the heart of Chinatown is FOR LEASE! The floor space currently has renovations underway as it is being opened up for an open design concept. Facade renovations will be commencing momentarily to give the building a face lift! Contact Kane Ryan at 778-223-5961 for showings. 

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NOW is the time to invest in the revitalization of Historic Chinatown. We've got four brand new glass and concrete units available at amazing prices. These raw shell spaces come with both a main floor and mezzanine and are well suited for business owners and investors alike. These units enable operators to build to best suit their business. This new development is ideally located just west of Main Street in the Hastings Crossing District, a unique area defined by its historic character and ethnic diversity. It is located in a central area that is in walking distance to Gastown, Strathcona, Crosstown, Railtown, Downtown and the Waterfront.

Contact either Amalia Liapis at 604.618.7000 or Kane Ryan at 778.223.5961 today for more details!

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Investment in commercial real estate is a great way to enhance the value of your portfolio. Take a hold of this rare opportunity to OWN waterfront commercial space along Beach Avenue! Contact Kris Hall today at info@wesellvancouver.ca or alternatively at 604-716-6155 for additional information on this listing.

EDIT: As of January 14, 2016, the property has been SOLD! 

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Christmas may be over but the season for giving isn't and we're feeling generous this year. We're giving you the wonderful opportunity to invest in a revitalization movement within Chinatown. Don't just be a spectator in this movement, actively participate in it. There are opportunities to invest in both commercial and residential units here at Sequel 138!

We only have 5 commercial units available at unbeatable prices. Want retail space with a downtown feel without the hefty price tag to match? Look no further. Sequel 138 is centrally located in the epicentre of Chinatown, Gastown, Railtown and Downtown Vancouver, making it convenient to access. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss out on. What better way to end off the year than with an investment that will add great value to your portfolio! 

For all your real estate needs, contact Amalia Liapis at amalia@wesellvancouver.ca or alternatively at 604-618-7000.

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Looking for major developmental projects happening in the Lower Mainland? Look no further! The BC Major Projects Inventory (MPI) gives details on projects within BC with a capital cost value of $15M or $20M within the Lower Mainland area. Take a look below for a snapshot of some private and public sector construction projects.

 
 

For a more comprehensive look at the projects, click hereFor all your real estate needs, contact us at info@wesellvancouver.ca or alternatively at 604-801-6654.

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Our last blog took a look at 2014 statistics in the realm of commercial real estate. Today we'll be exploring statistics for 2015 thus far. As noted in our last blog, commercial land sales have driven sales activity for the first quarter. It has been an upward trend for the past four years in terms of dollar value in land sales.

“It was the most active first quarter we’ve seen in our commercial market over the last five years,” Darcy McLeod, REBGV president said. “This activity reflects the growth we’re seeing in related sectors within our economy such as retail and manufacturing.”

Below you will find a comparison chart of Quarter 1 commercial real estate activity by category for the years 2014 and 2015. As you can see, the number of sales has seen an increase from 2014 to 2015 whereas the dollar value for each respective category has increased in some categories and decreased in others.

Category Classifications

Land - Includes properties that are holding properties, farmland, garden centres, redevelopment sites, land assembly sites, vineyards, etc.

Office and Retail - These properties are defined by the zoning according to each municipality and must have a building on the site. This includes office, office condo, retail, retail condo, shopping centre, gas station, car dealerships, banks, community centres, daycares, educational facility, institutional, golf courses, movie threatre, hotel, churches, restaurants, truck stops, etc.

Industrial - These are defined by the zoning according to each municipality and must have a building on the site. This includes warehouses, warehouse bays and multi-bay warehouses.

Multi-Family - These include nursing homes, high rises, low rises and any condo or townhome properties containing four or more units with at least one zoned for commercial use.

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In the City of Vancouver, the situation had reached the point where eight per cent of all properties (commercial) paid more than 50 per cent of the property taxes, explains Bob Laurie, cochair of the Vancouver Fair Tax Coalition (VFTC).

 
In 2009, the VFTC successfully convinced Vancouver City Council to approve a one per cent tax shift to residential properties from non-residential properties.
 
Since then, the City of Vancouver has shifted property tax by one per cent each year to residential from commercial, a gradual correction of the long-standing inequity. Laurie estimates savings for Vancouver businesses include:
 
- a tax reduction of $155 for a business property valued at $783,000; and
- a collective saving of more than $5.5 million each year.
 
Attracting investment, jobs and workers
To attract investment, local governments throughout the Real Estate Board area are rezoning to create denser, walkable, lively urban hubs close to transit.
 
Who are they trying to attract? Talented younger adults ages 25 – 29 and known as the Millennials, who are well-educated and highly skilled, and much-needed in our knowledge-based economy.
 
"It’s part of the shift in our local labour market as baby-boomers age and retire," says Andrew Ramlo, Executive Director at Urban Futures Inc. And they're having a significant effect on the future prosperity of our communities.
 
Where do the Millennials want to live? “Downtown,” says Ramlo.
 
To attract and retain the Millennials, cities throughout the Lower Mainland are rethinking former approaches to planning for economic development.

What Millennials like most, explains Ramlo are higher density, mixed use, walkable, green, lively neighbourhoods with businesses, restaurants, transit and parks just steps away.
 
A closer look at the downtown area of Vancouver reveals the effect of the Millennials - even taking into account that between 15 and 20 per cent of buyers in the downtown area are retirees and empty nesters who have sold larger properties and are moving back downtown.
 
What happens as downtown residents age? After age 35, when babies have grown to toddlers, they are more likely to move to suburban locations, according to Ramlo, but they also still want their neighbourhoods to have a vibrant urban feel and be walkable, interesting and attractive.
 
A tale of two downtowns – it goes both ways
- No. of workers who live in Richmond and work in Vancouver: 18,530
- No. of workers who live in Vancouver and work in Richmond: 22,880
 
Urban workplace = recruiting tool
What happens when a company wants to move downtown, but the neighbourhood is faded – the opposite of the urban vibrancy so popular with the Millenials?
 
Some companies like Telus create their own neighbourhood. Although the zoning still requires approval, Telus plans to relocate its national headquarters downtown in a one million square foot, $750 million project that will revitalize a fading block of prime real estate bordered by Georgia, Robson, Seymour and Richards Streets.
 
The proposed Telus Garden will include:
 
- 500,000 square feet of new office space in a 22-storey tower for multiple tenants built to the new 2009 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standard; and
- 500 new residential units in a 44-storey tower, built to the LEED Gold standard which will be one of the highest buildings in Vancouver and include retail and a wellness centre with a meditation room.
 
"Our vision is a beautiful and unique location where leading-edge technology, urban living, environmental sustainability and tomorrow’s work styles are integrated into a vibrant community”, says Darren Entwistle, TELUS president and CEO.
 
The development will consume 30 per cent less energy, making Telus a significant contributor to Vancouver's goal of becoming the greenest city in the world.
 
It will also feature 10,000 square feet of green roofs providing organic produce for local restaurants, two elevated roof forests, British Columbia artwork, LED lighting projecting programmable coloured images onto glass, and media walls where cultural events such as symphony concerts can be broadcast.
 
The project’s construction will inject a much-needed hundreds of millions of dollars into our local economy and create three million person-hours of employment during construction, scheduled to begin this fall and be complete in 2015, according to Entwistle.
 
Once occupied, the site's business and residential tenants will contribute up to $10 million annually in new tax revenue to the city.
 

With more than 100 restaurants, the seawall, an aquatic centre and upscale retail shops and groceries within blocks, it’s clear Telus has made talent attraction and retention a key part of its business strategy.

 

source: Realty Link in print.

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Recovery on the economic front will go hand in hand with retail and office investment in 2011, as developers cautiously brush off plans for towers downtown and improved housing starts boost demand in the suburbs for retail projects.
 
But this year will be characterized by hard bargaining on prices and incentives as doubts remain about the depth and speed of the economic recovery.
 
While Metro Vancouver retail remains "the most sought-after property type" in Canada, according to a third-quarter report by Avison Young, sales tallies are off across the board from the second quarter as activity slowed in the second half of 2010 to the lowest level since the first quarter of 2009.
 
Overall investment sales totalled $527.3 million in the third quarter of 2010, including $68.8 million worth of office deals and $143.7 million worth of retail sales.
 
Those deals include South Surrey's South Point Exchange, which sold to a private investor for $91 million, and Bosa Development Corp.'s sale of Semiahmoo Shopping Centre to First Capital Realty Inc. for $82.7 million - both driven by strong growth in surrounding residential communities.
 
But the deals also highlight the shift from the bargain-taking deal-making that characterized the first half of the year to a strategic rejigging of portfolios in the second half that heralds more stable conditions as owners prepare for the long term.
 
Based on interviews in the third quarter, Colliers International reported that 61 per cent of investors were looking to expand their portfolios, down slightly from six months earlier when 65 per cent were looking to expand. On the other hand, approximately 22 per cent were looking to rebalance.
 
Close to two-fifths of respondents attributed the shift in emphasis to a desire to shift asset classes, while other key factors were linked to advantages to be gained from location, liquidity and leverage. Approximately 17 per cent were looking to trade up or trade down and 6 per cent were looking to increase leverage.
 
A further 28 per cent refused to disclose the reasons for rebalancing their portfolios, but the several factors point to a hunkering down for the long term in the face of lacklustre growth for the year ahead.
 
--excerpt from: Western Investor, January 2011
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