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Rural property search surges during pandemic

Frank O’Brien, Western Investor, May 12, 2020

Freddie Marks is a specialist in B.C rural recreational property but his phones have lit up with calls from the big city since the pandemic brought on self-isolation and social distancing…

“Before COVID-10 we have an average of two to four inquires for rural property per day,” said Marks, an agent with 3A Group, Sutton Showplace Realty in Agassiz. “Now we have 12 to 15 inquiries per day.”

Marks added that his office wrote deals on remote land listings even during the peak of the pandemic curve.

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B.C. recreational land a superb long-term investment

Rudy Nielsen, Western Investor, May 5, 2020

My more than 56-year career not only as a realtor, but also an appraiser and investor, has taught me the importance of how profitable and rewarding real estate is. Regardless of the up and down cycles, patience is a strength worth cultivating.

Today’s demand for recreational property indicates there is validation of four types of people who purchase these property types: purchasers who want a secure/safe place for family: properties for both recreational use and investment purposes to secure the future (retirement,

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Latest B.C. residential real estate data: Five things to know

David Carrigg, The Vancouver Province, Nov 19, 2019

Almost 73 per cent of detached homes sold in Vancouver in the first nine months of 2019 went for below assessed value, while Kitimat and the Kootenays are booming

Provincewide real estate figures released this week by Landcor Data Corporation compared all residential sales for the first nine months of 2019 with the same period last year.

It breaks down sales numbers,

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Experience is Everything!

Rudy Nielsen, The Scrivener, Fall 2019

I first got my real estate licence in 1964 at the age of 24.

In those days, it wasn’t common be a real estate agent at a young age because most REALTORS® were a lot older and more established. Despite that, I never gave up; the situation provided me even more determination to be successful.

My father was a trapper-turned businessman in Northern BC and I always knew I wanted to be in the real estate business,

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RVs add profitable option to campground investment

Frank O’Brien, Western Investor, July 5, 2019

Western Canada has the highest rate of recreational vehicle (RV) ownership in Canada, at 68 per cent of those who camp, according to the 2018 North American Camping Report. Of the 9.1 million Canadian households who go camping, the majority opt to rough it in an RV, a ratio that approaches three out of four in B.C. and Alberta.

The problem is where to park for the average 4.5 annual camping trips that owners use them.

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Thrilling cycling action returns with third annual New West Grand Prix

Theresa McManus, New West Record, June 10, 2019

The New West Grand Prix is returning to the streets of New Westminster this summer.

The New West Grand Prix is part of BC Superweek, a race series taking place July 5 to 14 in six cities across Metro Vancouver. The local event, featuring more than 200 international riders, hits the streets of downtown New Westminster on Tuesday, July 9.

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A Cabin in the Woods

Guy Saddy, BC Business, June 2019

From Vancouver Island to the Okanagan, sales of vacation home appear to be enjoying a resurgence in BC. If you’re in the market for that perfect getaway, here’s what you need to know.

Surrounded by snow-covered evergreens and almost glowing from the reflected light of the setting sun, the gleaming white cottage looks as if it emerged organically from its setting.

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Investing in recreational property

Rudy Nielsen, 2019 Investors Guide – Western Investor, April 2019

British Columbia is a desirable province to invest in land, because unlike other provinces, it doesn’t have foreign restrictions on recreational land purchases. We continue to see high demand for recreational properties, from small lots to waterfront parcels to large ranches.

British Columbia is big, but there’s actually a limited amount of land available. Only 5 per cent of land is privately owned.

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Houses of the Holy: In Vancouver, a union of church and real estate

Dan Fumano & Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun, March 23, 2019

The city of Vancouver’s places of worship, which sit upon more than $3.4 billion of real estate, are getting into the housing game more than ever before, scaling projects skywards in an attempt to benefit both their congregations and a community facing a housing crisis.

Religious groups have long provided housing. In past generations, those efforts focused on helping vulnerable populations with shelter beds for the homeless,

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Meet Rudy Nielsen

Lisa Gordon, Canadian Mortgage Broker, Winter 2019

In Rudy Nielsen’s office, a big fish swims in an aquarium filled with smaller fish. It’s a visual reminder for the successful 77-year old real estate entrepreneur to always be the big fish whenever he goes into a new venture.

Today, there’s no doubt that mantra has served him well. Nielsen is the founder and president of the NIHO Group of Companies (“NIHO” is a contraction of Nielsen Holdings),

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