Peter Mitham

Metro Vancouver’s apartment building sales drop in tight rental market

Vacancies flat According to Simon Fraser University associate professor Josh Gordon, the biggest driver of rental vacancies in a given market is economic activity. “The low vacancy rate is a...

Government policies hit homeowners but housing market rises

Inequitable assessment Property owners take heart from higher property values, which help to boost equity and in turn their borrowing power. Higher values also generate higher property tax revenues...

Mass timber rises as builders look for speed and sustainability

Building up A new year brings new beginnings, and for Penticton-based Structurlam Mass Timber Corp., that includes building on key developments from last year. With its expertise in...

B.C.’s constrained geography stokes tensions on the home front

Land of scarcity The constrained geography of B.C. makes it unique in Canada, which generally prides itself on being a land of opportunity and new beginnings. By contrast, the West Coast welcomes...

City’s biggest build exempt from foreign-buyer tax

6,000-unit Squamish Nation project not subject to B.C. rent controls, city regulations

Squamish Nation approves massive joint-venture with Westbank

First Nation members vote in favour of 11-tower, 6,000-home development at south end of Burrard Bridge

Co-working takes its lead from hotels in offering more services

Co-working intelligence The past decade has seen a dramatic transformation in co-working space. Once the realm of independent providers, often entrepreneurs or groups of entrepreneurs who saw a need...

B.C. hotel activity stays strong as the sector languishes in Alberta

Continental divide Hotel activity in Canada may have flattened over the past year, but a key takeaway from the Western Canadian Lodging Conference at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver last week was...

Technology helps cut the cost of steel framing in new projects

Steel resolve Wood products are enjoying a moment in B.C., where engineered timbers have grabbed the spotlight and provincial regulations are taking them to new heights – 12 storeys, to be exact –...

Cannabis facility returns to market; farms face logistics challenge

Rolling back Colliers International brokers Alan Johnson, vice-president of the firm’s Unique Properties Group, and Bianca Gilbert have resumed marketing of the BlueVault Organic Marijuana Ltd....