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Hunting down great recreational buys

Frank O’Brien, Western Investor, June 2008

Legendary recreational land investor, Rudy Nielsen, president of NIHO Land & Cattle Company of New Westminster, who has owned more raw land than most small countries, has published a handy guide, “The secrets of investing in recreation land.” We are publishing Nielsen’s top tips as part of our annual recreational property investment sections.

In this second and final report, we focus on Nielsen’s advice on finding a property,

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Guts, Motivation & Maps

Frank O’Brien, Western Investor, May 2008

Legendary recreational land investor Rudy Nielsen, president of NIHO Land & Cattle Company of New Westminster, who has probably owned more raw land than most small countries, has published a handy guide entitled The Secrets to Investing in Recreation Land. We will publish Nielsen’s top tips in this and the June issue of our annual recreational property investment report.

In this issue,

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BC recreational market is hot, but investors must buy carefully

Frank O’Brien, Western Investor, June 2, 2007

Rudy Nielsen, considered the largest individual owner and developer of recreational land in British Columbia, has been choppering above the province this year searching for prime real estate deals.

While the legendary investor remains bullish on the future of BC’s recreational real estate, he said research is more important today than ever.

The founder and president of NIHO Land &

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Places of Wonder

Susan Boyce ,Western Investor,  June 2006

Known in the Haida Language as Haida Gwaii,…the Queen Charlotte Islands is comprised of two large land masses- Graham Island and Moresby Island- plus more than 150 smaller, surrounding islands. It boasts a surprisingly temperate climate, world-class sport fishing, miles of pristine sandy beaches and a rich cultural heritage. Some 5,000 people scattered throughout several communities call this natural wonderland home.

According to Rudy Nielsen,

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Taking the plunge to waterfront

Frank O’Brien ,Western Investor,  June 2006

There are now apparently two truisms in Western Canadian real estate: Waterfront prices are too high. They will be higher next year.

“Waterfront is, and always will be, the very best real estate investment,” said uber Vancouver realtor Bob Rennie, president of Rennie Marketing Systems,  who has been swamped with buyers trying to get into the Waterstone Pier condo development he is selling on the Fraser River near Richmond.

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Rush to the water

Peter Mitham ,Western Investor,  June 2006

By the time you read this, the 29 lakefront lots LandQuest Realty Corp. was marketing this spring east of Big Lake will probably have sold.

Small wonder too: More than half the lots boast 200 feet of south-facing waterfront, as well as plenty of land- three to 20 acres apiece. Nine lots on the 284 acre tract sold even before the properties officially hit the market.

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Rediscovering the Thompson

Peter Mitham, Western Investor– September 2005

A quiet night on the Thompson River after several trips back and forth to Kamloops clinched Toronto developer Ted Snider’s decision to make the move to B.C.’s Interior.

“I would leave Kamloops and I’d be sitting on the flight back to Toronto and I noticed I was really relaxed,” said Snider, who was born and raised in Toronto and never thought he would consider living anywhere else.

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Ghost town eyed as upscale retreat

Paul Harris, Western Investor, July, 2005

A business plan is taking shape to transform a B.C. mining ghost town into a magnet for corporate retreats and ecotourism.
Kitsault in northwestern B.C. was recently purchased for a reported $7 million in cash by Indian-born entrepreneur Krish Suthanthiran. The deal includes approximately 90 houses and duplexes, seven apartment buildings, an equipped hospital, a large works yard, a local dock, a 22,000 square foot shopping centre and two recreation centres.

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What’s Happening in B.C.

Western Investor, August  2003

‘Perfect storm’ spurs Gulf Island development

Developer Bill Grenier explains that a “perfect storm” of converging issues convinced him that this year is the time to proceed with a North Pender Island waterfront development on 200 acres he has owned for more than 20 years.

“We are now seeing the perfect storm,” he explained. “It is a historical moment in Canada’s housing market.

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Gold from the Ghost Towns

Janet Collins, Western Investor, June 2003

Special Section: Recreational Real Estate: Investment Opportunities in Western Canada

There’s a new kind of gold being produced by abandoned mining towns around British Columbia. In an interesting twist, what’s above ground has become a more attractive commodity than what lies beneath.

Some enterprising individuals and companies have seen the potential of the sites, many of which come with services (power,

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