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Breathing life into B.C.’s ghost towns

Mark Hume, The Globe & Mail, Feb 27, 2015

Not all ghost towns are dead. A few are kept alive by a handful of residents who refuse to quit or by entrepreneurs who have improbable dreams of resurrection.

But most have been erased by decay, and some of Canada’s history is crumbling with them, erasing memories of what happens when resources are exhausted, or market forces dramatically shift.

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Hey Vancouver, there are affordable homes – 20 minutes away

May 2, 2014

Kerry Gold, The Globe and Mail

The tiny old city of New Westminster just might be the answer to the high price of Vancouver real estate.

Last year, Rick Vugteeven and his wife, Lana, were renting a Kitsilano apartment when they decided to go shopping for a house. After quickly discovering that Vancouver house prices were impossible, they decided to look in New Westminster,

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Real estate near Vancouver’s new transit line is on track for a boom

Kerry Gold, The Globe and Mail, May 16, 2014

As the date for the Evergreen Line launch grows nearer, Coquitlam and Port Moody are increasingly becoming affordable and convenient home buying options for Vancouver buyers.

The new rapid transit line, which will link to the SkyTrain at Lougheed station, will take Port Moody and Coquitlam commuters to downtown Vancouver in less than an hour. It will also link the region with Simon Fraser University.

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Foreigners can buy as much B.C. farmland as they want — and they are

Glenda Luymes, The Province, April 30, 2014

In waterlogged B.C., particularly in spring, international headlines about drought and food shortages seem far-fetched and far away.

But to real estate appraiser Rudy Nielsen, a man who makes his living looking at the big picture, the threats seem very real and potentially very profitable — if B.C. can recognize what it has before it’s too late.

“We need to keep a better handle on who owns our farmland and who owns our water,” Nielsen said.

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In Vancouver, lots of money for not much house

Kerry Gold, The Globe and Mail, April 25, 2014

Despite high prices that seem destined to rise even higher, Vancouver house hunters are in a mood to buy.

Amid reports of strengthening consumer confidence, prices are expected to increase 2 per cent this year, according to the recently released Re/Max Spring Market Trends report. It also says that the foundation for growth is the domestic buyer, including first-time buyers and those who are trading up.

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Rudy Nielsen sits astride a land and data colossus

Kerry Gold, The Globe and Mail, February 28, 2014

His desk has a large gleaming knife sticking into it at the corner, dramatically, as if someone got angry and left it there as a threat. On the floor is cowhide and on the wood-panelled walls, there are mementos such as snowshoes, antlers, and pictures of John Wayne.

Rudy Nielsen’s large New Westminster offices feel more like the set of a western than B.C.’s largest provider of real estate data.

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Three affordable places to retire in British Columbia. (Yes, they exist)

Kerry Gold, The Globe and Mail, February 10, 2014

This is part of a series of stories on retirement and second home destinations in North America.

While British Columbia boasts some of the most temperate climates in the country, its real estate can also be some of the priciest.

For those thinking of retiring or buying a second home in the province, it makes the choice of locale somewhat complex,

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Vancouver agents, builders greet signs of a rebound with glee

Kerry Gold, The Globe and Mail, January 24, 2014

Last year marked a return of confidence to Vancouver’s real estate market, with a 14-per-cent increase in sales over the year before, according to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.

Another year-end report, this one by Landcor, showed the single family detached price up 6.39 per cent in 2013, with the average Metro Vancouver house price at $869,772.

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Letter to the Editor – Rudy Nielsen Article

ScrivenerJust finished reading your Winter Scrivener interview with Rudy Nielsen.

I was a recently graduated student from Calgary and had moved to Prince George in the early ‘70s when I met him; he encouraged me to begin a real estate career. His enthusiasm and drive were infectious. Judging by your article, nothing has changed. What success I have in the real estate business, I owe to Rudy. He was my mentor and teacher and I am proud to say,

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