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The practice commonly known as double ending or dual agency has come to an end. No more will realtors be allowed to represent a buyer and seller on the same transaction. This is a practice that has been going on for many years and raises some serious concerns, but the rules are the rules and all realtors must abide by them.

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I do not agree with the change but as mentioned above we will adhere to the rules and work within the guidelines. I looked back through my 2017 deals to see how many conflicts I would have had and there were several. One in which was very troubling. I listed a property and emailed my database. The sellers did not want the chaos of open houses and were hoping if they priced it well they would have minimal disruption in their lives and would secure a good offer. That is exactly what happened. A good client of mine who I have known for 15 years wanted to view the property and in turn they purchased the property.

Given todays new rules, I would have had to explain why I could not represent this buyer I had worked with almost a dozen times and how I would have to refer them to another agent who they would likely not feel as comfortable with. I am not sure how this works out fair for both buyers and sellers (both should be allowed to pick their agent of choice) but it is the rules.

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If you are in the market for either purchasing commercial real estate in Abbotsford or are in need of some lease space in Abbotsford we have compiled a simple way to go about finding out what is available. Now, many of the larger Vancouver brokerages who still do a lot of business in Abbotsford (Colliers, CBRE, Cushman-Wakefield etc) many of those realtors tend not to publish their listings publicly on our realtor owned MLS system (for some unknown reason) but you will find all the listings on here that are publicly for sale or lease.

Having been a licensed realtor for the past 20 years I get asked a lot of tough questions. Sometimes I know the answers and sometimes I need to defer to the local lawyers for their expertise. One such question was asked today. In a strata building where there are no rentals allowed can a buyer purchase a unit in the company name and rent the unit to a family member? In this situation the buyer was the only person on the board of the numbered company and they want to rent to their son.

My first thought was that of course they should be able to rent the Abbotsford condo to their son as they are the only party to the numbered company. However, once I discussed with a few lawyers in town, it was determined that because the bylaws clearly state the it has to be the son, daughter, husband, wife etc. of the owner on title and the numbered company does not have any relations so the unit could not be rented to the family of the owner of the numbered company.

There are a few ways to work around this. The buyer could put the family member on title for 1/1000 of a share or they could put themselves on title for the same amount. The benefit to this is it allows the owner to reduce their property tax because of the home owners grant. Thanks to Mike Burke of Rosborough and Company and Wayne Neufeld of Valley Law Group for their assistance in this matter.

A Complete Remodel Designed to Capture the View

With extraordinary views of the Pacific Ocean, Stanley Park, and Grouse Mountain, the coastal seaport city of Vancouver, British Columbia offers remarkable outdoor beauty and the exceptional amenities of a city downtown area. It has become a popular tourist vacation spot, as well as an incredibly diversified residential location. And this approximately 1,400-square-foot subpenthouse is situated in Coal Harbour, an upscale neighborhood within the city.

When the owners purchased the home, the unit needed updating and the layout was not very functional according to Negar Reihani, founder and principal designer of Space Harmony, a design company located in Vancouver. “The owners wanted a modern retreat—something different than their home in California, so they would feel as if they were on vacation when in Canada,” explains Reihani. “We closed a doorway between the master bedroom and the kitchen and extended the kitchen to the windows, making room for a wall oven and pantry.”

Reihani says her design concept was to create a contemporary, neutral, tone-on-tone palette so the view could be the focal point. “The color scheme is taken from the surrounding nature: light-gray oak floors and matching rift-cut oak millwork, natural vein-cut marble in the bathrooms, modern porcelain tiles, and gold/slate grass cloth wallpaper in the corridor are among the finishes,” she says. “The paint color, Sherwin-Williams 7005 Pure White, adds freshness to the space.”

The entryway is small and relatively dark. “We used a gold-and-slate grass cloth and custom millwork to add sophistication to that space,” says Reihani. “As you walk through the entry corridor and come upon the huge windows, striking views, and brilliant light in the living space, it is dramatic and provides a sense of entrance.”

Throughout the home, the color scheme is similar and Reihani held the contrast to a minimum for continuity and to create a sense of spaciousness. “I used a very simple and modern blind that hides inside a custom cassette when rolled up so it doesn’t clutter the panorama,” she says. “The furniture in the living area was sourced through BoConcept. We incorporated a mix of fabrics, with a cloth fabric sofa for the lady of the house and a leather lounge chair for the gentleman,” she says, smiling. Colors are neutral tans with blue and cream accents. “The rug is cowhide done in a geometric pattern pulling the colors of the floors, furniture, and millwork together,” she adds. Another sitting area is on the other side of the dining space with spectacular views on two sides. It was designed as a quiet reading space with a super comfortable chair, a side table, and a faux-fur rug.

The dining area offers a bit more privacy than the kitchen and is furnished in pieces also sourced through BoConcept. The kitchen, measuring ten feet by twenty feet, is on the right as you walk into the living space from the entry. Countertops are quartz for easy maintenance and add a bit of soft contrast to the space. A huge island can accommodate eight people for quick bites. The backsplash is a stunning mural on commercial-grade wallpaper that brings in the colors of the waterscape outdoors. “One of our challenges was coming up with a concept to protect it with a Starphire Ultra Clear Glass panel. We didn’t want metal channels that would distract from the beautiful design,” says Reihani. “Our tradespeople attached the glass panel with silicone, making the installation completely invisible.”

The designer says an even greater challenge was creating a comfortable, functional master bedroom. “The owners wanted a king bed, but the room is small and has unusually angled walls. There was no way that it could accommodate a bed that size. We were able to fit a queen bed, but even then, there was barely any room for bedside tables,” she explains. “Custom-made side tables with a drawer, shelves, and lighting function perfectly and take up minimal space.” Standard closets were replaced by floor-to-ceiling custom cabinetry to best serve the exact needs of the owners.

Reihani’s goal was to maintain the power of the view as a central theme in the home. She allowed the incredible landscape to remain the focal point of every room with her simplicity of design and contemporary, neutral palette. “The view is like living art,” she says, “changing every day of every season.” Written by Carolyn M. Runyon.

A sofa is often the hub of a living room. It offers plenty of room for multiple people or pets and a comfy place for one or two people to take a catnap. And because it is often the largest piece of furniture in a living space, it’s a financial investment that should suit your practical needs and look good too. The next time you are in the market for a sofa, consider the following styles.

The most iconic style is the chesterfield sofa, which is identifiable by leather, tufting, and rolled arms. The arms and the back of the couch are the same height, and there are no back cushions. A tuxedo sofa has similar details, but it is boxier in shape and usually upholstered in a softer fabric. Both classic pieces strike the perfect balance of masculine and feminine style, but they are not very practical for a young family with kids.

If you are in need of a family-friendly sofa, you can always turn to the sectional. The modern style accommodates the most family members and it can be found in streamlined and overstuffed options. Try a bridgewater sofa, which is identifiable by its low, set-back arms and padded cushions, or a camelback sofa with a soft, architectural curved back and exposed legs.

Written by Maresa Giovannini.

Rod Friesen and Associates Monthly Magazine Article