Finding a Good Butler

Learning to serve as a certified butler is both a skill and an art, and the world’s most elite butlers come from one place: The International Butler Academy in Simpelveld, Netherlands. Here, students spend 10 weeks in intensive training, living and working in a 135-room mansion where they learn everything from how to drive an armored car to napkin folding. Ready your coattails to find a good Butler. In the meanwhile, you can test your business and social etiquette skills HERE.

Luxurious Yaletown Condo with Stunning Views

If a good view is on your checklist for your next home, this luxurious Yaletown condo has you more than covered.

Unit 3807 at 1033 Marinaside Crescent has one of the best panoramas in the city. From Mount Baker to the Gulf Islands and everything in between, you can see it all as you sip your morning coffee on either of the two balconies.

But the views aren’t restricted to the balconies – the window walls allow each room in the condo to be bathed in bright, natural light. That goes for all five bedrooms, as well as the spacious kitchen and living room.

Just imagine getting to wake up each morning with the warm, gentle sunshine flowing into your room. The city below is already abuzz with the daily commute, ready for you to join in.

The sunlight follows you into the kitchen, warming your back as you fry up some eggs. The stone accent walls seem to sparkle in the light.

While you would eat most meals at the table in the dining area, breakfast can be had at the spacious island. Now it’s time to wash up at the double sink and get on with your day.

Your office has a beautiful view of the water. It’s so relaxing to watch boats drift by as you answer emails.

What to do with your afternoon? The building features a pool, hot tub, sauna/steam room, and a gym. You could also easily walk to many of Yaletown’s restaurants and shops, or stroll along the waterfront. There are so many possibilities!

Later on, as the day grows late, you start to think about dinner plans. While there are many great options in Yaletown, decide you don’t want to miss the stunning sunset views that shine in through your dining room window.

Home is always the best place to be, and this is truly a special home.

Listed by Prompton Real Estate Services Inc.
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Six Trends Luxury Buyers Expect in 2017

Luxury real estate exists on an entirely different level than regular real estate. Everything is bigger, better, more advanced. When buying a home, a special feature the average buyer might look for is a nice yard. Luxury buyers, on the other hand, already expect to have a nice yard. They’ll even take it a step further by adding an outdoor kitchen and entertainment space to the list of requirements.

So what are these elite home buyers looking for this year?

  1. With technology becoming increasingly prevalent in our society, luxury buyers unsurprisingly expect everything in their home to be teched-out. From regulating heated floor temperatures, to viewing video security footage on a smartphone, luxury homes are to be as automated as possible.
  2. The “location, location, location” spiel may be old, but it still rings true to the luxury market. Buyers are looking for homes located in close proximity to recreation – ski-in, ski-out homes are very hot right now. Privacy is also a top priority for luxury buyers, making mountain getaways even more appealing for this market.
  3. Bathrooms should resemble a spa. Steam shower, separate soaker tub, and lots and lots of space. This is the place for luxury buyers to relax and unwind, and they expect nothing else than the best for this space.
  4. Luxury buyers are always looking for the latest kitchen gadgets. One of these trends in 2017 is a built-in wok. The steam and smoke is easily carried away with high-quality overhead exhaust systems, making the cooking experience a lot simpler and cleaner.
  5. Luxury buyers expect so much more than a nice yard. They need heated weatherproofed living spaces, decked out barbecue areas, pizza ovens, and lots of comfortable seating to really enjoy their outdoor spaces.
  6. We’ve just gotten over one of the coldest, snowiest winters in recent memory. Wouldn’t it have been nice if you weren’t constantly shovelling all that snow off your driveway? Luxury buyers certainly think so. Heated driveways are expected to experience a boom this year, making snowy driveways a thing of the past.

Luxury buyers will always expect the best, and they are always chasing the latest trends. It will be interesting to see what other trends pop up throughout the year.


RE/MAX R4 2017 Conference Featured Speaker – Erik Weihenmayer, Professional Expeditioner & Motivational Speaker

Despite losing his vision at age 14, Erik Weihenmayer has never let his blindness interfere with his passion for pursuing an exhilarating life. He is an accomplished and unrivaled blind athlete who has climbed and scaled mountains, sky dive, paraglide, ski, adventure race, mountain bike race, and whitewater kayak. He was the first blind man to reach the summit of Mount Everest on May 25, 2001 and his accomplishments demonstrate that one does not have to have perfect eyesight to have extraordinary vision.

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RE/MAX R4 2017 Convention – Angeline Hale and Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields- RE/MAX Children’s Miracle Network Hospital

When she was only 4 years old, Angelica developed a bacterial infection in her lungs that would develop into double pneumonia and cause her to go septic, destroying her kidneys and ravaging her body. After the next year and a half of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis and months of testing, it was discovered that Angelica’s mother was a perfect match for a kidney transplant. By September 13, 2013, Angelica had a new kidney!

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RE/MAX R4 2017 Convention

I attended the RE/MAX R4 2017 Convention in Las Vegas last week.  It was an amazing experience to meet thousands of fellow RE/MAX agents to network, learn, and exchange ideas.  Did you know that there are over 110,000 RE/MAX agents working in over 100 countries around the world? The RE/MAX family is truly “ONE WORLD, ONE RE/MAX”.

RE/MAX Mongolia

Met up with my good friend, John Yen Wong, Asian Real Estate Association (AREAA) Founding Chairman, who was a speaker at the conference

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RE/MAX China – Shanghai

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RE/MAX China – Beijing

February Home Sales Down Due to… Snow?

Residential real estate sales in Metro Vancouver dropped significantly in February, according to statistics from The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV). According to the release, Metro Vancouver home sales totalled at 2,495, compared to 4,172 in February last year. That’s a whopping 41.9% decline! That’s also 7.7% below the 10 year February sales average.

The number of new listings in the area also dropped significantly. Listings registered in February were down 36.9% compared to last year.

While the seemingly endless shortage of affordable housing naturally played a large part in this decline, REBGV president Dan Morrison also offered another possible explanation: The weather.

This past February was much colder and snowier than we’re used to, which Morrison suggests may have played a part in the decline in sales activity. After all, it sounds much nicer to curl up on the couch with a hot chocolate and some Netflix than trudge through the snow to look at houses.

Interestingly, there are more properties on the market now than there were this time last year. Currently there are 7,594 homes listed for sale, slightly more than 7,299 in February last year.

It’s also interesting to note that the average price of a typical property in Metro Vancouver has actually decreased over the past six months. The benchmark price of all residential properties in the area is down 2%, or an average of $906,700. Let’s break that down a little. With the sales of detached homes down significantly from last year, the price of these homes fell to $1,474,000, or a decline of 6.5%.

So what does it all mean? Morrison explains that, “While home sales are not happening at the pace we experienced last year, home seller supply is still struggling to keep up with today’s demand. This is why we’ve seen little downward pressure on home prices, particularly in the condominium and townhome markets.”


Discover Fleetlights from Direct Line

Meet the people of Petworth – home to one of the most dangerous roads in the UK – as they experience a new open source prototype service released in August 2016. When you request a Fleetlight notification is sent to Fleet Control. An available Fleetlight is then dispatched and can be dismissed anytime with a single tap. Direct Line designed this prototype service to investigate how they can enhance pedestrian and road safety which potentially could be developed further in the future.

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