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Investor’s Guide to Real Estate

Jodie Heap, Business in Vancouver, April 23-29, 1996

If you rifle through as many prospective deals as Rudy Nielsen does in a given day, you’ve no doubt developed a pretty thorough selection system.

As owner and founder of Niho Land & Cattle Co. Ltd., Nielsen typically buys 140 rural and recreational properties in any given year. He admits that the system he uses isn’t particularly sophisticated, but it’s methodical and detailed to a fault,

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The Great Land Rush

The Vancouver Sun, June 17, 1995

The foyer looks like a Cariboo bunkhouse: leather chairs, a Stetson hanging from a steer’s horn, cowhides tacked to the wall and horseshoes for doorhandles.

It is from here at the 6th Street offices of NIHO Land & Cattle Company in New Westminster, that Rudy Nielsen runs his empire like some shrewd cattle baron from the 1880’s.

But don’t be fooled by the rustic entrance and the blue jeans- out back is a set of computer,

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Nielsen Says Research is the Key

James Risdon, Real Estate News, March 21,  1995

Here’s a quick summary of how to buy recreational land, boiled down from a talk by Rudy Nielsen, president of NIHO Land & Cattle.

Nielsen, one of the biggest buyers and sellers of vacant land in BC, says only 40 percent of his money is spent on buying land: the rest is sunk into research to make sure he buys the right land.

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Just a Country Boy at Heart

B.C. Ultimate Guide to Buying & Selling, March 1995

When you walk into the offices of the Niho Land and Cattle Company, it’s easy to believe you’ve slipped back to earlier times in British Columbia.

Cattle skulls, guns, knives, frontier pictures and paintings displayed on barnboard walls might not be the norm in real estate office décor but then Rudy Nielsen isn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill guy. When he and his commercial real estate business went belly up in the late 1970’s,

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Nielsen Caters to Urban Cowboys

James Risdon, Business in Vancouver, 1995

Urban cowboys are snatching up ranchland within a five-hour drive of Vancouver.

Waiting to sell it to them is Rudy Nielsen, the land developer who heads New Westminster-based NIHO Land & Cattle Company Ltd. and LandQuest Realty Corp.

In some cases, the urbanites who head for the hills take their role playing very seriously.

“I know a group of guys who have this land and a trailer on it and every Friday night they leave and put on red shirts,

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Rudy Nielsen – The Heart of a Country Boy

Duart Snow, Cottage Magazine, Fall 1994

Rudy Nielsen has this John Wayne replica Bowie knife. The president of Niho Land & Cattle Company- among the leading players on BC’s booming recreational property market- keeps it as a reminder that his family firm became a winner by being different.

He takes the ornate, foot-long knife from a case in his office and stabs it into a well-used nick in the top of his rustic wooden desk: “It reminds me how it all works… It reminds me to be different.

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Land of Opportunity

Rudy Nielsen, Equity Magazine, 1994

Ten years ago our company decided that instead of investing our future into commercial and residential real estate investments, which we had done for some 20 years we would change our focus and make a business out of investing in recreational properties.

Our priority was to be diversified. So we acquired only ocean, lake, and river-front properties, islands, exotic hideaways, small ranches and timber stands.

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An Urban Guide to Investing in Land

Jurock Real Estate Investor, August / September 1993

To some people, “recreation” is a $400,000 home or a “basic” $230,000 condo in Whistler. To others, it’s a vacant piece of wilderness land near Alaska. One man’s nightingale is another’s owl.

Whatever the vision, many people have given up looking for their own escape places. Properties seem too expensive or they don’t want to buy into a co-op purchase of a large acreage where they may never see a return on (or even use of) the land.

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For Sale: Town, All Amenities, Sleeps 2000

Olivia Scott, The Vancouver Province,  August 21, 1992

It’s a realtor’s dream.

An entire B.C. town complete with shopping centre and housing for 2,000 people is for sale at $23.5 million.

And Kitsault, north of Prince Rupert, is vacant so there’s nothing to do but move in.

“There is a caretaker and his wife there who keep the lawns mowed, the trees pruned, the roads cleared,”

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Climate change could help and hurt B.C.’s recreational properties

Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight, August 1, 2012

Rudy Nielsen talks about rain reverentially. As someone who has sold waterfront recreational properties for 40 years, he considers it a blessing. 

“I say when it starts raining here in the fall and everybody starts bitching about the rain and the dark clouds, you should instead get down on your hands and knees and kiss the ground that you live in British Columbia,” Nielsen told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview. 

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