Check our this beauftiful one bedroom condo at 1402 7328 ARCOLA STREET (Esprit 1 building)

 

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If your thinking of buying a house in the Highgate Burnaby Area then here are some of the latest figures to keep you up to date on the   Highgate Burnaby area real estate market;


Highgate Burnaby Area attached Home Stats From Oct 1 2013 to Oct 31st (compiled by highgateforsale.com)**

 

In Highgate Area of Burnaby BC

 

1 Bedroom units sold :   3

2 bedroom Units sold:    11

3 bedroom Units Sold:    0

 

 

 

More statistics for all of South Burnaby From Oct 1 2013 to Oct 31st

 

1 Bedroom units sold :   12

2 bedroom Units sold:    49

3 bedroom Units Sold:    7

 

 Total Active listings: 480

 

Total Townhomes Sold: 14

Total 1/2 Duplexes Sold: 4


Total Detached homes Sold: 33

 

 

North Burnaby Total detatched Houses Sold: 18

 

 

Stay Tuned to Highgateforsale for all the latest Market updates!

 

If you are interested in buying or selling please contact Theo Gannon Today at


778-869-8778 

 

Or Email  at theo@vanrealty.ca

 

**This information has been based on local MLS data and is believed to be reliable. Even though highgateforsale.com uses reasonable efforts to ensure that the information on this website is accurate, highgateforsale.com  makes no warranties, representations or guarantees of any kind as to its accuracy. Information on this website may be changed or updated at any time without notice. highgateforsale.com   assume no liability for any errors or omissions in the content and information included on this website.

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Highgate  Burnaby  Condo for sale   at 2207 7328 Arcola St Burnaby. Watch this quick video tour!  The unit is 2  bedrooms 2 bathrooms 1,113 Sq feet in Esprit by Bosa by Highgate Village

 

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If your house has been sitting a little too long on the market or even if you’ve just listed here are some great tips for standing out from the competition.


Mow your lawn.


This seems basic, but keeping up with yard maintenance, makes a huge impact, and sets the tone for the condition of your home. Even if its a rental property, if you want to sell when things are a little slower you HAVE to put some effort into  presentation. It might suprise you how easy it actually is to keep on top of the yard once you’ve got the worst of it done. Do some weeding in key areas surounding the pathway to your house, its doesn’t cost anything, takes minimal tools and shows that you care about the property. Plant some colorful 99 cent flowers by the front door, suprisingly a lot of people dont do this and it really doens’t cost much.


Clean your gutters


This is another basic, but disgusting dirty and overflowing gutters, sends the message that you’ve really neglected the property and that there could be more hidden problems with the house. This is a job best left to a professional and should be done twice a year minimum. If you really want to save money and do it yourself, proceed with caution.  Make sure you have experience using a ladder, have someone to spot you while you are on the ladder. You will need a ladder, gloves, a scooper of some kind, a pail.Scoop scoop scoop. This will prevent shrubbery from growing out of your gutters, and improper drainage which can cause flooding and mildew in your home.

As for the outsides of your gutters they become stained over time, to get them looking good again, you will need water, bleach and a tucker pole with a scrub brush on the end of it. Be gentle with the gutters, they can come off it you are too rough. Give them a good rinse afterwards.


Clean your windows


This is another task that you can do yourself, or hire a professional. It really doesn’t cost as much as you might think, depending on the size of your house, it can start from as little as $80. Nowadays professionals use ladderless filtered water systems which it yields a streakless sparkling window wth the added bonus of also rinsing your window frames. You may not feel you need to bother since you are selling anyway, but the little things add up to give buyers a great clean impression of your home.


It Makes a Difference


Most buyers cant say for sure what they are exactly looking for. Many times it is just a certain feeling they want to have when they walk into a property. By keeping your home clean, tidy and giving it some special touches you can help buyers feel comfortable with the fact that you care about and maintain your home which can greatly increase your chances of finding a buyer!

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Watch this quick Video Tour of our Highgate Area Real Estate Listing at

# 62 6577 Sothoaks.

This Burnaby townhome for sale is a 2 bedroom 2 Bathroom with a great rooftop deckspace!

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Brads Vancouver Real Estate Pick Of The Week!


Click the following link to watch the screencast where I run through why this listing is the "Pick Of The Week:

 

http://screencast.com/t/sohZBiZwABx

 

My Vancouver Real Estate Pick of the week is a house in Deer Lake Pl in Burnaby South which just had a drastic price reduction to only 758K. In fact it has a BC assesment at over 900k!  It has a very nice lot and is very well located next to Deer Lake park and not far from Metrotown...

Check out the screen cast via the link below where I go into greater detail as to why this is my pick of the week!
 

http://screencast.com/t/sohZBiZwABx



 

 By Brad Gannon - brad@vanrealty.ca

 

 

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What kind of condos does Highgate Burnaby have to offer?

 

Currently in the Highgate Burnaby area there are 116 condos for sale ranging in price from $169,800 all the way to $699,800.

 

Maybe you're wondering what your money could get you?

 

For less than $270,000 you can get a one bedroom one bathroom Burnaby LOFT condo, that’s a whopping 906 square feet. Didn’t think Highgate had lofts to offer did ya? This space is really special in my book as its got a lot of character and has some updates to it already. Do a few more updates and this could be a really spectacular space, (trust me I’ve seen other reno’d loft units in this building that look stunning) PLUS this unit has a 450 square foot sunny deck space!  You can walk one direction to shop at Highgate in 4-5 mins, or walk to the skytrain in 10 mins. There is value here folks..

 

In a newer building still in the Highgate area you can get a one bedroom 2 bathroom,condo with a huge den, hardwood floors, stunning views 757 square feet for under $340,000. This condo has nice stainless steel appliances, and the building has a great hot tub!

 

But maybe you just want an even newer condo in the heart of Highgate, steps to Starbucks, Sushi, and Turkish Pizza. 2 bedrooms is a must. Well look no further than this 2 bedroom 2 bathroom, 890 square foot CORNER condo unit, with a fenced yard!!  South east facing means you’ll have natural light all day long. It has a gas fireplace, hardwood floors and a gas range, perfect!


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South Burnaby Real Estate Market Update March 2013


In March so far there have been 21 detached homes sold in the South Burnaby area. There were 273 active listings during this time.

Of these solds;
1 was a two bedroom
3 were three bedroom
6 were four bedroom
6 were five bedroom
3 were six bedroom
1 was seven bedrooms
1 was eight bedrooms and a grand total of just over 3900 square feet

Of these 21 solds, 6 were located in the Metrotown area, 1 in the Burnaby Lake area, 2 in the Burnaby Hospital area, 5 in South Slope, 2 in Green Tree Village, 2 in Deer Lake Place, 2 in Upper Deer Lake.

The ages of homes sold ranged from 1-101 years.
The smallest square footage of these sold homes was 1525 and the largest home sold was 4017 square feet.

Prices of these solds ranged from $549,900 - $2,199,000.
12 of these solds, went for under the $1,000,000 mark.

So far in March there have been 54 attached units sold.
Of these solds,
13 were 1 bedroom
31 were 2 bedroom
9 were 3 bedroom
1 was a 5 bedroom
34 of these solds were apartments, 1 - ½ duplex, and 19 townhomes.
5 of these solds were located in Forest Glen, 15 in Metrotown, 9 in South Slope, 1 in Upper Deer Lake, 14 in Highgate, 1 in Oaklands, 9 in Central Park.

The age of homes sold ranged from 0-37 years old.

The smallest square footage of these sold homes was 595 and the largest 2095  square feet.
Prices of these solds ranged from $319,900 - $840,000.


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Its Time For Another
Brads Vancouver Real Estate Pick Of The Week!


Click the following link to watch the screencast where I run through why this listing is the "Pick Of The Week:

 

http://screencast.com/t/aRBsQEX2IC 

 

My real estate pick of the week is a great example how there are always opportunities in every market. For example the downtown condo market which has already been through what I call a“healthy correction”. Prices after 2008 went through a correction and many downtown condos now have great potential for price appreciation and potentially good rental income or to be a good long term investment. Whether you are a first time home buyer or looking for an investment this weeks pick is a great fit. Its in Gastown #202 233 Abbott Street. Its a heritage style building close to Water street which has loads of pubs, cafes etc. Its been reduced to $299,900. Its a 1 bedroom, the maintenance fee is $212 and a Sq footage of 544. It is also currently tenanted, (leased until June) for $1375 per month which give you an idea of the rental return you can get. Downtown condos definitely have great potential.

 

Check out the screen cast via the link below where I go into greater detail about my pick of the week!

 

http://screencast.com/t/aRBsQEX2IC

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Its Time For Another
Brads Vancouver Real Estate Pick Of The Week!


Click the following link to watch the screencast where I run through why this listsing is the "Pick Of The Week:

http://www.screencast.com/t/wHbVFddUT9lN 


This is a very interesting foreclosure sale in the Ocean Park area of South Surrey White Rock.  It was built in 2010 but was never occupied.  The lot is a larger sized one and the house is a little over 3000 Sq feet.  Its a Cul de Sac with other newer and higher end homes.  Foreclosures arent always a great deal but with but in the higher end foreclosers can be more difficult to sell and can become quite price sensetive. The court date has been set so it would be a good idea to act quickly if interested in this one.  

Brads Pick of the Week 03/16/2013 Listing Sheet PDF


For more details and to discuss what is involved in buying a foreclosure you can call us at 778 869 8778 or 604 562 8887.



Stay tuned or follow us on twitter @GannonRealty for next weeks " Vancouver Real Estate Pick Of The Week".



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Selling your Burnaby house or townhome? Here are are a few easy to implement tips that can help to give you an edge over your competition.


1. Get the price right from the start.

Realtors say this again and again, with good reason. Starting high with the idea that you can always lower it later is not always the best strategy. The best chance you house has of selling is in its first month or two of listing.  If the price is right it can happen that quick.   Remember, when your house hits the market there is a crowd of buyers that have already seen everything out there and are completely educated on what's available and for what price so they will know immediately if your home is over or underpriced.

 

When you list you are the "new kid on the block", "the fresh new possibility". Take advantage of this position and be even more tempting by offering good value. If you are overpriced, months could go by without a single showing. At this point everyone knows you have been trying to sell and can’t help wondering what's wrong with that place? You quickly become stale and even realtors sometimes hesitate to view something that’s been listed for ages. If you lower your price and hope to attract back previous viewers, don’t be too hopeful. These buyers have either moved on or mentally associated your home with some negative feeling or emotion and won't be interested.

 

Our advice? Listen to your realtor on the suggested list price.



2. Declutter & Depersonalize

This is the number 1 thing we tell almost every single listing that is occupied. As realtors we are trained to see a space’s potential no matter what’s covering up the space.  But even we have been blown away by how much more wonderful a home can become when all the clutter is out! People are secretly always hoping they are about to walk into a showroom, even if the space is 32 years old.   So try to think "showhome".

 

Completely clean empty surfaces, shoes gone, dishes gone, even the fridge should look clean and organized with minimal items (take it from me, everyone looks in the fridge).  All personal pictures (minus tasteful artwork) should be taken down and stored away. Even think about getting rid of  excess furniture even if its very functional, your space will look bigger and less cluttered.  This is a temporary investment that will really pay off.  Make sure closets aren’t stuffed, or smelly in anyway. Offices should look like a beautiful space that you would want to be in. Of course toilet lids always down, laundry, what laundry? Toiletries and cosmetics hidden from view.

3. Clean

This tip is simple enough, but often overlooked. People can be the messiest around but when they are looking to buy someone elses home their standards suddenly go thru the roof! Here are a few key things to watch for;  grout in showers should be white, stovetops and kitchens in general should be spotless. Make sure your home is aired-out, and there are no smells that say "lived-in".  If you're too busy, hire a cleaning company, its a couple hundred bucks that could potentially make you thousands. Strive to create the general impression that you have cared for and maintained your property thru the years.

4. Curb Appeal

If your for sale sign is up outfront, you want to work to have curb appeal.  It is really worth the effort. Cover the basics;  hire a lawn maintenance company to weed, trim, and mow the lawns. Plant some flowers, or potted plants.  Do you best to draw your buyer in and make them have to see the inside because of the outside.

5. Paint

Something neutral and light in color works best like a warm white. Covers up marks and makes a great impact for minimal dollars spent.

Bonus Tip: Buying some beautiful roses and placing two or three in a low cup for your bathrooms. Baking cookies just before a showing.  These little bonus things do make your home more appealing especially if you’ve already done all of the above, go for it!



By following these tips you can make your home more desirable. It gives it that ‘X’ factor that will evoke an emotion in the buyer, and motivate them to act! 




Contributed by

Heather Gannon

 

 

Heather is a  Real Estate Agent serving the Lower Mainland and is a contributor for Vanrealty.ca as well as a  marketing consultant with fireworx.ca


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EAST Burnaby Exectutive Townhome

 

 

 

 

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 Here are some of the latest Highgate market stats to keep you up to date and well informed on the current Condo market in the Burnaby Highgate area;

 

 

 

Highgate Burnaby Area Condo Stats as of Feb 7 2013 (compiled by highateforsale.com)**

 

Since the beginning of the new year in the Highgate area there have been 89 new condo listings. Prices range from 178K-859,900.

 

The smallest condo listing currently for sale at Highgate Village is 580  square feet, priced at $339,000, and is 6 years old.

 

The largest condo listing currently for sale at Highgate Village 1519 square feet prices at $859,900 and is 3 years old.

 

The newest condo listing for sale in the Highgate area is 1 year old located in the Luma Complex.

 

The oldest condo listing for sale in the Highgate area is 36 years old on Salisbury Ave.

 

Since Jan 1 2013:

 

12 condos have sold in the Highgate Area.  

 

1 bedroom Condos

2 Bedroom Condos

 

 

The cheapest 1 bedroom Highgate condo sold was $312,900

The most expsensive 1 bedroom Highgate condo sold was $349,900

 

 

The cheapest 2 bedroom Highgate condo sold was $239,990

The most expsensive 2 bedroom Highgate condo sold was $469,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brad Gannon

Brad@vanrealty.ca

 

 

 

 

**This information has been based on local MLS data and is believed to be reliable. Even though highgateforsale.com uses reasonable efforts to ensure that the information on this website is accurate, highgateforsale.com  makes no warranties, representations or guarantees of any kind as to its accuracy. Information on this website may be changed or updated at any time without notice. highgateforsale.com   assume no liability for any errors or omissions in the content and information included on this website.

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If you looking to keep up with the townhome market  in the Highgate Burnaby Area then here are some of the latest figures to keep you "in the know".


Highgate Burnaby Area townhouse Stats From Jan 1 2013 to Feb 7 2013 (compiled by highgateforsale.com)**

 

Since the beginning of the new year in the Highgate area there have been 20 new townhouse listings in the Highgate Burnaby Area. Prices range from $249,800 - $673,000


Since Jan 1 2013 two of those townhouses have sold.

 

The smallest townhouse  currently for sale in the Highgate Area is 606 square feet, priced at $249,800, and is 14 years old.

 

The largest townhouse currently for sale in the Highgate area is 1805 square feet priced at $673,000 and is 3 years old.

 

The newest townhouse for sale in the Highgate area is 3 years old  is  located on Walker Ave  and is priced at $673,000.


The oldest townhouse for sale in the Highgate area is 18 years old and is listed at $488,800 located on Salisbury Ave.

 

 

In the last 365 days  there were 46 townhome  listings sold in the Highgate area. The cheapest sold for $235k (1 bedroom 1 bath) the most expensive sold for $588k (3 bedrooms 3 bath).

 

 

SOUTH BURNABY

 

In South Burnaby in the last 365 days there were 181 townhomes sold.

 

In South Burnaby there are currently 73 active townhouse listings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**This information has been based on local MLS data and is believed to be reliable. Even though highgateforsale.com uses reasonable efforts to ensure that the information on this website is accurate, highgateforsale.com  makes no warranties, representations or guarantees of any kind as to its accuracy. Information on this website may be changed or updated at any time without notice. highgateforsale.com   assume no liability for any errors or omissions in the content and information included on this website.

 

 

Brad Gannon

Brad@vanrealty.ca

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If your thinking of buying a house in the Highgate Burnaby Area then here are some of the latest figures to keep you up to date on the current market in the Highgate Burnaby area;


Highgate Burnaby Area Detached Home Stats From Jan 1 2013 to Feb 7 2013 (compiled by highgateforsale.com)**

 

Since the beginning of the new year in the Highgate area there have been 12 new detached house listings in the Highgate Burnaby Area. Prices range from $529,800 - $1,448,000

 

The smallest house  currently for sale in the Highgate Area is 2125 square feet, priced at $909,000, and is 52 years old.

 

The largest house currently for sale in the Highgate area is 4004 square feet priced at $1,099,000 and is 17 years old.

 

The newest house for sale in the Highgate area is 1 year old  and is  located on Linden Ave priced at $1,448,000.


The oldest house for sale in the Highgate area is 93 years old and is listed at $529,800.

 

 Since Jan 1 2013 there have been no houses sold in the Highgate Burnaby Area.

 

In the last 365 days  there were 27 houses  listings sold in the Highgate area. The cheapest sold for $649k (2 bedrooms 1 bath) the most expensive sold for $1.48 million (6 bedrooms 5 bath).

 

 

SOUTH BURNABY

 

In South Burnaby in the last 365 days there were 348 detached houses sold.

 

In South Burnaby there are currently 223 active detached house listings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**This information has been based on local MLS data and is believed to be reliable. Even though highgateforsale.com uses reasonable efforts to ensure that the information on this website is accurate, highgateforsale.com  makes no warranties, representations or guarantees of any kind as to its accuracy. Information on this website may be changed or updated at any time without notice. highgateforsale.com   assume no liability for any errors or omissions in the content and information included on this website.

 


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well it's a brand new year and if your interested in buying or selling a  condo  in the Highgate Burnaby Area then here are some of the latest figures to keep you up to date on the current market in the Highgate area;

 

 

 

Highgate Burnaby Area Condo Stats as of January 9 2013**

 

Since the beginning of the new year in the Highgate area there have been 85 new condo listings. Prices range from 178K-859,900.

 

The smallest condo listing currently for sale at Highgate Village is 580 square feet, priced at $328,000, and is 4 years old.

 

The largest condo listing currently for sale at Highgate Village 1519 square feet prices at $859,900 and is 3 years old.

 

The newest condo listing for sale in the Highgate area is 1 year old located in the Luma Complex.

 

The oldest condo listing for sale in the Highgate area is 36 years old.

 

 

Last year there were 183 condo listings sold in the Highgate area. The cheapest sold for $165K the most expensive sold for $853K.

 

In the Highgate area there were; 

42     1 bedroom condos sold.

128   2 bedroom condos sold.

13     3 bedroom condos sold.

 

In South Burnaby 2012 there were 734 condos sold.

 

In South Burnaby there are currently 302 active condo listings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brad Gannon

Brad@vanrealty.ca

 

 

 

 

**This information has been based on local MLS data and is believed to be reliable. Even though highgateforsale.com uses reasonable efforts to ensure that the information on this website is accurate, highgateforsale.com  makes no warranties, representations or guarantees of any kind as to its accuracy. Information on this website may be changed or updated at any time without notice. highgateforsale.com   assume no liability for any errors or omissions in the content and information included on this website.

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According to a recent article in the Vancouver Sun although BC homes sales dropped 1/4 over Nov last year things may be brighter next year.

 

In the Sun article the BCREA's chief economist Cameron Muir spreculates that that "we're going to see an increase in sales levels next year, it doesn't mean we're going to return to the heady days before the recession. But the longer we see sales levels fall below the long-term average, the more likely we're going to see pent-up demand (grow) in the marketplace, which may contribute to increased sales activity in 2013," 


What do you think? Will the Burnaby housing market perk up in the new year?


Feel free to leave your comments below...





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So you've decided you want to purchase a Condo in Burnaby.  Now what?  Where should you start and how do you find the right Condo for your money?  Well look no further!   Here are 3 practical tips for finding your ideal Burnaby Condo.

 

TIP #1 Know What You Want Beforehand:

 

As with any purchase you really need to take some time to sit down and consider what your must haves are.  Take a piece of paper and write out 7 things you want in a Condo. Then take those 5 items and put them in a priority sequence with #1 being the most important to you.  

 

Do the same exercise regarding which 3 Burnaby neighborhoods you would like to find a place in.  Doing this exercise before you start will really help you to narrow down your search and will help you to have a clear view of what is important to you and what isn’t.  After looking at a few places or listening to advice from a Realtor you may change some of these priorities, but the key is to have something well in mind to start with.  

 

TIP #2 Be Realistic:

 

Of course this sounds like common sense, but we have to have realistic expectations. It can be a rare thing to find a place that “ticks all of your boxes".  Some compromise will likely be needed. It’s for this reason that you need to do the exercise in TIP #1 and prioritize your wants.  Perhaps one place will tick numbers 4, 5, 6 and 7 on your list but doesn’t give you numbers 1 and 2.  Because you have given careful thought to how important those items are before you began you will have a much easier time when it comes time to decision making.   Having the ability to be realistic and act quickly can mean the difference between winning and losing your dream condo.

 

 

TIP #3 Have Your Financing "Locked and Loaded":

 

Once again advanced preparation regarding your financing will make your search much easier down the road.  Talk to your Mortgage Professional right away and find out what you can afford. In fact, your financing is one of the most important things you need to have in place before you start looking.  Also it is very important to ensure you include any closing costs in your budget so you have a true idea of what you can afford.

 

 

In summary advanced preparation is a surefire way to make the process for easier for you. It will allow you and your realtor to be able to act decisively when the right condo comes along and will also help make your search a more efficient and enjoyable experience.  

 

 

 

 

 




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After weeks of hot political debate, public protest and industry lobbying, a crack appeared Thursday in the provincial government's implementation of the hugely unpopular harmonized sales tax with a change in how it will apply to new housing.

"We heard the concerns from consumers and industry," Finance Minister Colin Hansen said, announcing that the government will raise the threshold for its maximum HST rebate on new homes to $525,000 from $400,000, effectively increasing the rebate by 30 per cent.

For homes priced under $525,000, the rebate will ensure there is no additional tax burden from the HST. Purchasers of homes over the new threshold will pay the seven-per-cent HST and be eligible for a maximum rebate of $26,250.








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Some very interesting developments lately have to do with the legality of rental restrictions.  There has been a shortage of rental units for years in British Columbia. In order to address this, the Provincial Government recently passed legislation dealing with the rental provisions of the Strata Property Act ("SPA").

 

Under the old section 143 of the SPA, a rental restriction bylaw passed by a Strata Corporation did not apply to that strata lot until the strata lot was conveyed by the first owner after the developer or until the date that the rental period disclosed in the RDS expired, whichever was earlier. Essentially the first owner was always able to rent out the strata unit until the expiration of the rental period disclosed in the RDS, but not subsequent owners.

 

Pursuant to the amended Section 143 of the SPA, for a new RDS filed after December 31, 2009, a rental restriction bylaw will not apply to that strata lot until the date that the rental period disclosed in the RDS expires. This expiration is usually a long time away: perhaps 99 years or even indefinite.

 

Therefore, practically speaking, starting January 1, 2010, a new RDS will benefit every subsequent owner of that strata lot rather than just the first owner after the developer. All future owners will be able to rent the strata lot without being subject to any rental restriction bylaw for as long as the rental period disclosed in the new RDS allows them to.

 

This does not apply to strata buildings where the RDS was filed prior to Dec. 31, 2009.

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