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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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Brighter prospects for recreational property sales

Glen Korstrom , Business in Vancouver, Sept 11-17, 2012

Recreational real estate sales across B.C. are rebounding from an anemic 2011 while the Greater Vancouver residential property market continues to cool and is poised for one of the slowest years for sales in the past decade.

Landcor Data Corp. statistics for the first half of 2012 show a 22% jump in recreational property sales across B.C. to 1,079, compared with 883 in the first half of last year.

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BC Recreational Property Attractive To Chinese Investors

Andree Lau , The Huffington Post B.C, Oct 7, 2012

B.C.’s recreational property market is starting to see Chinese investors buying waterfront cottages and resorts as prices continue to cool. 

The Western Canadian Hotel & Resort Investment Conference held this week in Vancouver heard that offshore Chinese buyers are purchasing resort land to attract clientele straight from China. 

Graham Kwok, CEO of Character Capital Inc. and a former developer of ski resorts in China,

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What’s Next in Recreation?

Rudy Nielsen, Western Investor, May 2013

 

A good friend recently asked: “When will the B.C. recreational market recover?”

I checked the numbers (and my gut) and in my opinion, the wording is wrong. The market hasn’t crashed, there’s nothing to ‘recover’. Like all healthy markets, it has simply changed and like all healthy markets, best get aboard while you can and before the next round of ‘upside’ kicks in,

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