First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit (HBTC)

First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit (HBTC)

For 2009 and subsequent years, the HBTC is a new non-refundable tax credit, based on an amount of $5,000, for certain home buyers that acquire a qualifying home after January 27, 2009 (i.e., generally means that the closing is after this date).

Evergreen Line

Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project

The Evergreen Line is a new rapid transit line that will connect Coquitlam to Vancouver via Port Moody and Burnaby. The Evergreen Line will be a fast, frequent and convenient SkyTrain service, connecting Coquitlam City Centre through Port Moody to Lougheed Town Centre in approximately 13 minutes. It will seamlessly connect to the current SkyTrain network at Lougheed Town Centre Station and will integrate with regional bus and West Coast Express networks. Construction of the Evergreen Line is anticipated to begin in early 2011 and be completed in 4 years.

Outdoor Deck

7 ways to spruce up outdoor deck

Everyone loves having an outdoor deck to relax on during the summer months. But if your deck is just a little bit on the boring side, there’s a wide variety of deck helpers available for turning “ho-hum” into “wow”!

Human Body Domino

10,000+ Chinese set human domino record

More than 10,000 people in northern China have set a world record for the longest chain of human dominoes.

Arranged in lines, they slowly collapsed backward onto each other in sequence from a sitting position like a line of toppling dominoes.

Beer

Vancouver summer festival touts natural crafted beer

A local beer-drinking club with a mission has grown from two dozen to more than 300 members in the past nine years.

The Campaign for Real Ale Vancouver, or CAMRA Vancouver, is an independent consumer organization committed to the proliferation of craft beer.

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire set for Pacific Coliseum Sept. 28

Arcade Fire has announced other Canadian tour dates — with a Vancouver stop Sept. 28 at Pacific Coliseum.

Arcade Fire — fresh from playing Toronto’s Olympic Island and a recent Montreal gig — is hardly saving all their true patriot love for the East. New North American tour dates have just been revealed, and following a Sept. 22 show in St. Paul, Minn., Arcade Fire will be rolling across Canada, hitting four cities (not the suburbs) in support of their new album, The Suburbs.

Pennies

Penny losing currency with Canadians

A majority of Canadians want to get rid of all those pennies jingling in their pockets, according to a new poll, and if they get their way the country’s economy stands to benefit, says currency analyst David Watt.

Getting Your House Ready to Sell

Getting Your House Ready to Sell

When getting your home ready to sell, you need to look at your house in a new way. Think of your house as a product about to go on the market where it is probably competing with brand new housing. It needs to show well – which means clutter-free and well kept.

Danish Smart House Eco

Danish Smart House Eco (Prefab) by Valbaek Brorup Architects

The Danish Smart House Eco is an environmentally friendly housing system which can be optimized in a number of ways to meet the space needs of both individuals and families. Creators Eva Kristine Borup and Stefan Valbaek of Valbaek Borup Architects, designed the system to be flexible to the needs of the occupants with regard to building orientation, number of floors, number of rooms and materials. Especially interesting is that the house is certified by the Danish Ecolabel Agency!

B.C. posts dramatic drop in July real estate sales

B.C. posts dramatic drop in July real estate sales

A year ago, British Columbia’s real estate markets were rising to a peak in sales. In July, they dramatically fell off it.

Sharp drops in sales in B.C.’s biggest markets led the province to a 42-per-cent decline in July sales through the Multiple Listing Service compared with the same month a year ago, the B.C. Real Estate Association reported Thursday.