History shows racism has always been a part of Vancouver real estate

  | July 11, 2016

From Vancouver's founding in the 1850s to the arrival of Hong Kong immigrants in the 1980s and debates around foreign money in 2016, race has never been far from the centre of the city's real-estate industry.

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Avalon Fashion Valley is located in San Diego, CA. Check out a tour of the community with a tour guide.

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Avalon Fashion Valley is located in San Diego, CA. Check out a tour of the community with a tour guide.

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HPI Acquires 55 Acres to Build 829 Multifamily and Single Family Rental Units

Davidson Bogel Real Estate brokerage firm | May 26, 2022

Davidson Bogel Real Estate (DB2RE), a leading land brokerage firm based here, announced the sale of 55 acres in north Fort Worth. HPI Real Estate Services & Investments (HPI), headquartered in Austin, Texas, acquired the property at the southeast corner of Bonds Ranch Road and Blue Mound Road. HPI’s plans include: Approximately 636 multifamily rental units. Approximately 193 single-family rental units with attached garages and yards. Amenities will include clubhouses, resort-style pools, pickleball courts, and walking trails. We are focused on growing our North Texas portfolio as it is one of the strongest real estate markets in the country. Strong employment and population growth in the Alliance Corridor has created a demand for high-quality rental housing. We look forward to breaking ground in early 2023 and residents moving into both our apartments and single-family homes the following year.” Tim Shaughnessy, President of HPI Multifamily Collins Meier, Ryan Turner, David Davidson Jr., and Edward Bogel of Davidson & Bogel Real Estate brokered the transaction. “The demand for rental product continues to accelerate with growth in renters by choice and as home buyers battle rising interest rates paired with historically high home prices,” said David Davidson Jr., co-founder of DB2RE. HPI Real Estate Services & Investments is a full-service commercial real estate firm with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. The company has more than 30 years of experience developing, managing, and investing in multifamily, self-storage, senior, office, and industrial real estate. About DB2RE Davidson Bogel Real Estate (DB2RE) is a boutique land investment advisory group and brokerage firm headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Founded by David Davidson, Jr. and Edward Bogel in 2015, the base principal of the company is exceptional client service with investment and development of land throughout Texas and Oklahoma as the focus. DB2RE concentrates on land acquisitions, dispositions, and investment sales for families, trusts, and developers of retail, multi-family, industrial/mixed-use, and single-family communities.

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Scores of Pandemic Homebuyers Purchased Vacation Homes With High Natural-Disaster Risk

Redfin | July 06, 2022

In 2020 and 2021, purchases of second homes with high flood risk rose 45% from the prior two-year period (2018-2019), according to a new analysis of ClimateCheck data from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. There were also significant increases in purchases of second homes with high storm risk (40%) and high heat risk (39%). Demand for second homes surged during the pandemic as low mortgage rates, remote work and the desire to escape the city drove up demand for vacation properties. Overall, purchases of second homes were up 37% higher in 2020 and 2021 compared with 2018 and 2019. Demand has since fallen back below pre-pandemic levels as life has returned somewhat to normal, but many Americans now own at-risk second homes, which has implications for the future. “The threat of climate change isn’t the top concern for a lot of homebuyers, which means they often prioritize factors like warm weather and proximity to the beach over avoiding natural-disaster risk. Second-home owners, in particular, have another place to live if disaster strikes—another reason climate danger may not feel like a pressing issue, But house hunters should be aware that purchasing in a disaster-prone area not only puts them and their home at risk, but their finances as well. Home values in climate-endangered places may fall in the coming years as consumers learn more about the risks to properties in these areas.” Redfin Senior Economist Sheharyar Bokhari A recent Redfin analysis found that more people have been moving into than out of the U.S. counties with the largest share of homes at high risk from natural disasters. That’s partly because some buyers just aren’t aware of the risks. Redfin.com now publishes climate-risk data for nearly every U.S. home, with the exception of rental listings, to help house hunters make more informed decisions. “House hunters from out of town ask about climate change because they’re very concerned about flooding, but most of them don’t change their minds,” said Miami Redfin agent Cristina Llanos. “They hear horror stories of hurricanes, but generally still move forward. People want to talk about it but it typically doesn’t make or break their decision.” Heat and Storm Are Most Common Risks Second-Home Buyers Face Overall, heat is the most common risk facing second-home buyers—nearly all (94%) of second homes purchased in the past two years face high heat risk. Next comes high storm risk, which plagues more than three-quarters (78%) of second homes bought in the past two years, followed by high flood risk (26%), high fire risk (23%) and high drought risk (21%). Many popular second-home destinations, like Florida and Arizona, face significant heat and/or storm risk. The most popular destinations for homebuyers looking to relocate are Miami, Tampa and Phoenix, which attracted scores of affluent out-of-towners in search of vacation homes during the pandemic. About Redfin Redfin is a technology-powered real estate company. We help people find a place to live with brokerage, instant home-buying (iBuying), rentals, lending, title insurance, and renovations services. We sell homes for more money and charge half the fee. We also run the country's #1 real-estate brokerage site. Our home-buying customers see homes first with on-demand tours, and our lending and title services help them close quickly. Customers selling a home can take an instant cash offer from Redfin or have our renovations crew fix up their home to sell for top dollar. Our rentals business empowers millions nationwide to find apartments and houses for rent. Since launching in 2006, we've saved customers more than $1 billion in commissions. We serve more than 100 markets across the U.S. and Canada and employ over 6,000 people.

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Muriya launches first-of-its-kind 'fanar views' residential project

Muriya | July 18, 2022

Muriya, Oman's most diversified real estate developer, has announced the launch of Fanar Views, a new first-of-its-kind residential project primely located in Hawana Salalah. Just a five-minute walk to the Fanar Hotel & Residences beach, the marina and the destination's world-class amenities, Fanar Views offers luxurious waterfront living and a unique investment opportunity with high potential returns within a lucrative year-round rental market. The project boasts a limited selection of townhouses, twin- and standalone villas, fully serviced and furnished, with private pools overlooking the lagoons. Properties in Fanar Views are available with one-, two- and three bedrooms, offering resort-style living in a developed community. Buyers of all nationalities can also enjoy lifetime family residency, complimentary use of the Fanar Hotel & Residences' swimming pool, beaches, sports facilities, gym, business center and exclusive discounts at the hotel's restaurants. "With the Governorate of Dhofar continuing to gain standing as a sought-after tourist destination and growing real estate market, Fanar Views is a great choice for living as well as a robust investment opportunity. As the first such development in the area, Fanar Views offers an ideal base from which to experience the beauty of the Governorate, complete with access to all of what Hawana Salalah as well as the key offerings that Fanar Hotel & Residences have to offer, As our latest prestigious neighbourhood, Fanar Views is designed with luxury living in mind, and whether for couples, families, or as a lucrative rental with high return on investment potential in Oman's rapidly-expanding subtropical city, the new neighbourhood unlocks the exceptional." Seif Elkhouly, Chief Development Officer, Muriya At the heart of the Governorate of Dhofar sits Hawana Salalah, where resort living becomes a lifestyle. The destination offers plenty of opportunities to live and invest throughout a growing range of freehold properties. Meanwhile, across its 13.6 million sqm Land Area, it offers 1,100 hotel rooms, 7km white sandy beaches, a 170 berth Marina, an Aqua Park, and a variety of bustling restaurants and cafes. Drawing residents and tourists from near and far, Muriya's flagship destination is brimming with life, offering open space, natural surroundings, and a place to be enjoyed for generations to come. Muriya, the developer of Hawana Salalah, is a partnership between the leading government arm for tourism development in Oman, Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN), and the internationally acclaimed developer of fully-integrated towns, Orascom Development Holding (ODH). About Muriya Combining global and local expertise, Muriya is a partnership between the internationally acclaimed developer of fully-integrated towns, Orascom Development Holding (ODH) (70%) and the leading government arm for tourism development in Oman, Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN) (30%). Established in 2006, Muriya has been leading a solid business performance boasting investments worth over $750 million in developing Oman's most iconic Integrated Tourism Complexes (ITCs), while highlighting the Sultanate's history, heritage and natural beauty in the process. "Building Communities, Enriching Lives" is Muriya's priority across its portfolio of projects that includes, Hawana Salalah, Jebel Sifah and As Sodah Island, located in the Indian Ocean across the southern coast of Dhofar. Muriya's flagship destination Hawana Salalah is located in the tropical city of Salalah in the Governorate of Dhofar southeast of Oman, with an area of 13.6 million sqm and will house a total of seven hotels, of which the 577-room Fanar Hotel & Residences, the 422-room Salalah Rotana Resort, the 82-room Juweira Boutique Hotel and the 19-beachfront hut, Souly Lodge are operational; totalling the available luxury hotel rooms to 1,100. The destination is home to Oman's first aqua park, the Hawana Aqua Park, a 170-berth marina, freehold residences, which are available to own or rent, and retail venues, restaurants and cafes. Jebel Sifah, located 40 minutes from the capital city of Muscat, is spread over 6.2 million sqm and is designed to include five world-class hotels, of which the 68-room Sifawy Boutique Hotel is operational. It also houses freehold residences, which are available to own or rent, an 84-berth marina, and a wide range of dining and leisure facilities, and the 9-hole PGA Harradine signature golf course, Muscat's first course offering spectacular sea and mountain views to golfers.

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