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.

Real House Price Index

Global housing rebound loses steam

The real estate rebound that lifted property values around the world is losing momentum, Bank of Nova Scotia says in a new report.

Home Buyers in the Driver’s Seat

Home Buyers in the Driver’s Seat

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that Multiple Listing Service (MLS) residential sales in the province declined 42 per cent to 5,784 units in July compared to the same month last year. On a seasonally adjusted basis, MLS residential unit sales in the province declined 19 per cent in July from June 2010. The average MLS residential price climbed 6 per cent to $491,832 in July compared to the same month last year.

TWENTY + CHANGE: Emerging Canadian Design Practices

TWENTY + CHANGE: Emerging Canadian Design Practices

Twenty + Change: Emerging Canadian Design Practices features twenty-one emerging firms from across Canada working in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. These projects rethink urban infrastructure, propose new models for public space and housing, and examine the unique relationship between the single-family house and landscape.

Stay safe in the sun

Stay safe in the sun

We’re supposed to be out there having fun, but a painful sunburn or nasty dose of food poisoning won’t enhance anyone’s summer.

It’s easy to avoid most of the usual risks lurking in the campground or on the barbecue with some common-sense precautions recommended by health officials.

People who already have a health condition, often the elderly, are likely to be hardest hit by air pollution, excessive heat or a bout of food poisoning.

Condo

House price increases slow in July

The slowdown in the Canadian resale housing market was “dramatic” last month, but the sector got a boost Tuesday from statistics that show new home construction is not falling as fast as anticipated.

In fact, Ottawa, which often goes against the trend in economic indicators, saw housing starts increase by 42 per cent in July as builders stepped up apartment projects. CMHC said July was Ottawa’s busiest construction month so far this year.

Adrienne Warren, an economist with the Bank of Nova Scotia, said residential real estate began to slow globally in the second quarter after demand and pricing recovered in the first quarter.