Country: CA   |   City: Vancouver  

While most likely not taking the industry by storm and replacing brick and mortar in this life time, 3D printing has extended into building houses!

“According to DUS Architects, the Dutch company behind the project, these innocuous black objects are stage one of what will eventually be the world’s first 3D printed house.
It is made using a “KamerMaker” machine, a giant, custom-made version of a desktop 3D printer that produces a material 10 times thicker than normal.
The finished structure will take the shape of a 13-room canal house made from scores of separate but interlocking components (like the three currently on show).

“These rooms will be structural entities on their own. We will then place them on top of each other to make a house,” explained DUS Architects co-founder and director, Martine de Wit.
“Originally, we had the small printers in our office and we were printing scale models with them. Then we thought why not print it (the full house) right away,” she added.”

The opportunity to do pretty fantastic things with 3D printers is growing rapidly and it’s an exciting time to follow what will come of it. To find out more about this particular project, click here.

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This Needs no introduction or explanation. Life in Canada simply varies greatly from coast to coast by the square foot.

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World Housing Initiative

February 19th, 2014

Often times we hear of very note worthy causes that take the internet by storm, now one comes from a less expected source.

World Housing, a Vancouver based real estate firm has started a project that might just make a positive difference in the world for those living in developing nations.

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After speaking with the founder of TOMS Shoes on a plane ride, the two founders of ‘World Housing’, Peter Dupuis & Sid Landolt, realized they too can give back using the TOMS one-for-one model.

According to their website:
World Housing is the world’s first one-for-one real estate gifting model. Our founding purpose is to create sustainable social change by building and gifting homes to qualified, deserving families that live and sustain themselves around Third World garbage dump communities. For every condominium sold at a certified World Housing project a contribution is made by the developer to build a home for a dump dweller family. Our homes are built in partnership with a qualified NGO-Builder in our micro home building factory that trains and employs local youth.

Though some might laud this as a marketing ploy, it is nonetheless attempting to make waves in an otherwise straightforward market of buy and sell, develop, build and profit.

It’s certainly an initiative that is exceptional in its potential to transform lives that otherwise have little hope of living with a real roof overhead and the wish is that World Housing creates positive change in real estate.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

December 24th, 2013

Please note that our offices will have reduced hours during the holiday season.

December 24 9am to noon
December 25-26 Closed
December 31 9am to noon
January 1 Closed

**All hours follow Pacific Standard Timing**

Thanks and we look forward to a fantastic 2014 with some big announcements!!

2014 Real Estate Goals

December 5th, 2013

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We’re getting close to the end of 2013! While so many people take this time to focus on ‘what was’ or ‘what could have been’ with a pen and paper in hand (or Smart Phone) to record their resolutions for the upcoming 2014 which will in most likelihood be forgotten by February. So this year, we’re proposing that you set goals, not resolutions, and focus on where you’d like to see your vision lies in real estate for those new to the market, for those thinking of selling their dwellings and for those souls working tirelessly as real estate agents.

Here is our concise list of proposed goals for buyers, sellers and agents.

For Sellers:

Treat your property as a product as of the moment you decide to sell. Keep in mind one question with every decision you make for your house: Objectively speaking, would you buy the property as is right now? If not, it’s time to get a realistic list of ‘Fix It’s’ and ‘Upgrades’ to enhance the sales process when you get to it.

For Buyers:

Meet with a mortgage broker to determine said price range so that you can keep your financial house in order. Set your sights on what you want while keeping an open mind. When you look at a property and it’s possibly not up to your standards, set goals up on what changes/upgrades and projects you can tackle to perfect it for you and your family but try not to discount a potential home altogether.

For Agents:

If 2013 didn’t go as well as you planned, go back to the drawing board. Examine if you’re with the right brokerage and whether your business plan needs tweaking and ask yourself these questions:
Could you spend more time and invest in a marketing plan that is current?
Is it worthwhile staging homes professionally or can you do it on your own?
Can you put more into ensuring property photos are a percentage better than last year?
Is there 5 or 10 more minutes to spend on social network sites to engage in the market?

For more information on Real Estate and how you can gain more traction and garner a wider audience for your real estate product in 2014, check out our list of services which we are continuously updating to help you and your business succeed while saving time and money for the more important things in life.