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Today’s hot Vancouver housing market may be just a prelude

Kerry Gold, The Globe & Mail, March 19, 2021

One year after the pandemic began, and despite initial worries, it turned out to be one of the real-estate industry’s best years.

“There are bidding wars on many homes throughout the Lower Mainland, on the Island, and even in the Kootenays,” says Rudy Nielsen, an industry veteran who owns Landcor Data Corporation, Niho Land & Cattle Company and LandQuest Realty Corp.

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Building an Empire on Technology – with Rudy Nielsen

By Richard Sweeting, The Cascadia Report, March 17, 2021

Rudy Nielsen R.I. FRI, President, NIHO Group, joined Cascadia Report to relive some tales from his incredible life and career to date, and share some advice with those that look to follow in his footsteps. With over 50 years of real estate experience, he is a highly regarded expert in the BC real estate industry. He has occupied the roles of developer,

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Vancouverites lead search for B.C. recreational property

Frank O’Brien, Western Investor, February 10, 2021

Evidence is mounting that tales about more city dwellers rushing to buy rural real estate during the pandemic are more than anecdotal.

In the past eight months, more than 62,000 Vancouver residents searched for property through Landquest Realty, a New Westminster company that specializes in B.C. rural and recreation real estate, part of an avalanche of 458,000 new users who have jammed the site since June 2020.

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Prices surge for B.C. recreational properties as people ‘re-evaluate their lifestyle’

Joanne Lee-Young, Vancouver Sun, Dec 8, 2020

Vancouver landscape architect Paul Sangha has long created gorgeous gardens and outdoor spaces for homes in the city, but this year, he is juggling a dramatic switch for his services in far-flung, recreational properties.

It’s not just at Whistler, he said. “That, we would traditionally get. But now it’s jumped to Bowen Island and Pemberton, and then also into the Okanagan,

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76 hectares of wilderness land on Island sold to province for $500,000

Darron Kloster, Victoria Times-Colonist, Aug 12, 2020

One of the largest private owners of recreational property in British Columbia has sold 76 hectares of pristine wilderness on the North Island and another 130 hectares on Haida Gwaii to the provincial government for just over $500,000.

The NIHO Land and Cattle Company said the two North Island parcels are undeveloped within the boundaries of Cape Scott Provincial Park and contain old-growth timber.

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BC Parks buys 520 acres in Haida Gwaii region

Frank O’Brien, Western Investor, Aug 11, 2020

BC Parks has purchased four properties totalling 520 acres in the Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) region of the province and on northern Vancouver Island for below the asking price of more than $1.5 million.

The deal represents the first addition of lands for provincial parks in the Haida Gwaii area in nearly 50 years.

Three of the parcels cover 160 acres each,

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Addition pending to Cape Scott Provincial Park?

Zoe Ducklow, Victoria News, Aug 11, 2020

Two parcels of land totalling 76 hectares near the renowned North Coast Trail in Cape Scott Provincial Park have been purchased by BC Parks. The deal included 129 hectares of land on Haida Gwaii, for just under $1 million.

NIHO Land and Cattle Company Ltd. founder Rudy Nielsen confirmed he sold the Cape Scott properties to BC Parks. The land has never been developed,

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B.C. mogul sells Naikoon properties to parks system in $1 million deal

Karissa Gall, Haida Gwaii Observer, Aug 6, 2020

A B.C. real estate entrepreneur has sold 320 acres of land on Haida Gwaii to BC Parks.

NIHO Land and Cattle Company Ltd. founder Rudy Nielsen, the former owner of the two, 160-acre recreational properties located within Naikoon Provincial Park, recently confirmed he had sold to the provincial parks system.

“I decided that they should be for parks and they should never be developed,” Nielsen said,

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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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