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Video Tour: Vancouver Luxury Homes

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News, Vancouver

Luxury Homes

Vancouver has an incredible number of luxury high-end homes. It seems that every house in West Vancouver and Vancouver West is $1,000,000 or more. Having a video tour produced for these high-end homes is an ideal way to market the property to potential clients overseas, prescreen potential buyers and impress the sellers. Here are some recent Video Real Estate Tours and Photo Galleries of luxury houses in Vancouver:

Tom Gradecak, RE/Max Crest Realty (Westside)
3590 Cypress Street: videogallery

Clair Rockel, Macdonald Realty
1757 West 40th Avenue: videogallery

Patrick Melanson, RE/Max Select Properties
317 5th Avenue: videogallery

Marion Patrick, RE/Max Crest Realty (Westside)
3641 Cameron Street: videogallery

Charles Bilash, Century21 In Town Realty
1109 Hillside Road: videogallery

Neighbourhood highlights – before or after?

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Helpful Tips, Real-Estate, Vancouver

An ongoing debate (or discussion, to put it nicely) at our office is whether community highlights should appear before or after the video of the property being shown off.

One of our newest clients, Winnie Lam, has specifically asked to have neighbourhood footage before showing the property. Perhaps I am just so enamoured with Vancouver that I love the footage of this city, but I think the videos turn out exceptionally well.
Click here to view one of my favourites from her tours.

The other option is presenting the property first and neighbourhood highlights afterward. The idea is to wow the video viewers with the best of the product right off the bat.
Click here to view a recent tour done for Jill Pennefather.

What do you think? Neighbourhood highlights before or after…? Do you have a preference? Just let us know!

Vancouver Is On The List(s)

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News, Real-Estate, Vancouver

The City of Vancouver made a couple of lists recently. The list that we are most familiar with is the Worldwide Quality of Living Survey. Vancouver consistently places in the top 3 with a third place finish again as determined by Mercer Consulting in their survey published in April 2007. Each city’s score is determined by “quality-of-life” criteria. Education, the environment, personal safety, the political and social environment, access to health care and public transportation are all factors considered in the evaluation. Not surprisingly, Baghdad ranks lowest on the list.

The list that we may not be so familiar with is the World’s Most Overpriced Real Estate, published by Forbes Magazine. The list is compiled using a modified version of the price to earnings ratio. Where did Vancouver rank? Our fair city finished in sixth spot behind Monaco, Rome, Paris Madrid and Los Angeles. I guess there is a price to pay to live in one of the best cities in the world.

Mike Andruff, YouTube, You did what?(Dominelli Carnevale)

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Flash Video, News, Photography, Vancouver
  • We recently completed a project for Mike Andruff of Re/Max Crest Realty Westside. Mike is the leader of Team Andruff and he wanted a video that expressed his winning attitude and commitment to service. This video and others by Mike will be posted on YouTube.

  • On Friday we had the opportunity to be the official photographers and videographers for the Dominelli Carnivale. The Carnevale featured body painting by some world class make-up artists, a superb dinner, art auction and dancing. It was quite an event, hopefully we will have a chance to attend again next year! I recomend the event to anyone interested in seeing something truly unique.

    Dominelli Carnivale
    What? You expected a picture of the models?

Are you Sirius?

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News, Technology, Vancouver

While we were out today, we found a Sirius Satellite Radio handset on the ground. We called Sirius Customer Service when we got back to the office, told them what had happened and gave them the serial number of the handset. The customer service rep I spoke to was very helpful, even though he had never been asked to help return a lost handset before. He looked up the users account and is supposed to contact the original owner tomorrow to arrange its return.

While I was in school I spent some time as a customer service rep for a large company, I know it can be a thankless job. I was impressed by the Sirius rep so I wanted to say thank you. I wonder if this is par for the course?

Sirius Satellite Radio Handset

February Real Estate Tech Meetup

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News, Real Estate Channel, Vancouver

We attended the Vancouver Real Estate Tech Meetup held by Ubertor founders Michael Stephenson and Stephen Jagger held at Ceilis Irish Pub on Smithe Street. It is a great opportunity for realtors to talk with technology-based service providers about the real estate industry.

Leon Ng and his team from the Real Estate Channel gave a talk on the power of video. Leon used a few examples from YouTube and spoke about the viral nature of video and social networking websites.

Dara Sklar of Realty Support also did a website review for Adriaan Schipper of RE/Max Crest Westside. Dara is truly an expert in the Ubertor software. Her assessment looks for opportunites to improve ones website by adding one or more of the porwerful, but often overlooked features of Ubertor sites. She also suggests ways to improve the written content as well, resulting in better search engine results.

My favourite part of the night is the meet and greet at the end of the night. I had a chance to speak with MJ Ankenman of RE/Max Masters Realty. She just posted her inaugural episode of “Chat Realty”. In her first videocast, she interviews Ron Sowden of Dekora. I like the concept and hope she keeps it up!

I also spoke with William Urrea, Vice President of Sales for iSign Media. You may have seen their vertical screens at various locations around the city. They offer a very compelling product and another avenue for advertising for realtors here in Vancouver.

Sound interesting? See you at the March Real Estate Tech Meetup.

Vancouver’s Staging Companies

Home Staging, News, Real-Estate, Vancouver

From what I have seen since arriving in Vancouver, there are 3 major home staging companies, REVAMP Homestaging, DEKORA and Urban Remix.  This week we had contact with both REVAMP and DEKORA.  We were working with the DEKORA staff at 4716 Belmont in Point Grey.  We also re-shot a penthouse at 1102 – 1650 West 7th for Ken Leong.  We originally produced a video for Maria at Ken Leong’s office about 2 months ago.  At the time, the penthouse was not staged.  On Thursday when I walked through the door, it looked like a completely different place.  It was beautifully decorated, modern, hip cool.  A perfect setting for that particular condo.  Maria told me that REVAMP had staged the condo.

I sent off the pictures and video to REVAMP and Michael McNamara, one of the co-owners wrote back:

Great work with the photography and the videos – very impressive … We also love the video and pics from 937 Homer Street.

I hope that we will get a chance to meet both Michael and Rien.  Here are 2 videos where REVAMP did the staging:

Ken Leong — 1102 – 1650 West 7th — videoimage gallery
Alain Chateauneuf — 937 Homer Street — videoimage gallery

We have also had the opportunity to work with Urban Remix.  You can find one of our videos that we produced for Zygmunt and Kasha Riddle ( on the Urban Remix website.

Riddle Real Estate — 1073 Doran Road — video