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Vancouver to curb “fierce” demand by local and foreign housing speculators

By Lisa Tanh The practice of purchasing property to turn a profit was a main concern for several city councillors during the Housing Vancouver Strategy presentation. Speculative investment, the purchase of property based on anticipated price growth, has the biggest

Vancouverites urge Ottawa to do more for Rohingya refugees

By Lisa Tanh with reports from Danica Walker Vancouverites are calling out to the federal government to do more to help with the Rohingya refugee crisis. Last month, the federal government announced the launch of its Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund,

More than 1 in 3 Yaletown condo sales appear to be flips

By ThinkPol Staff More than a third of all condos currently listed for sale in Vancouver’s Yaletown neighbourhood appear to be attempts at flipping by speculators. ThinkPol analyzed all 128 of the currently available MLS listings for condominiums in Yaletown

Airbnb neighbour damages your property? Insurance won’t help

By Lisa Tanh A freehold property owner in Vancouver claims Wawanesa Insurance will not cover damage incurred by neighbouring Airbnb operators. Last week, Shane Richardson, a freehold property owner in Vancouver, renewed his home insurance with Wawanesa Insurance, one of

Vancouver real estate board threatens ThinkPol with lawsuit to protect foreign buyer privacy

Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver is threatening ThinkPol with legal action after we broke the story about how developer Westbank pre-sold nearly one in four Kensington Garden condos, which were heavily marketed overseas, to flippers. Chris Bennett at the law

Krishna’s report to the Council on short term rentals, Airbnb-commissioned report done by her former lobbying company show similarities

By ThinkPol Staff ThinkPol has obtained an unpublished report by Kaye Krishna’s former lobbying company that show similarities to the report the Vancouver official presented to the council on the impact of short term rentals. Vancouver’s General manager of Development,

Pressure mounts on City of Vancouver’s Kaye Krishna to resign over Airbnb fiasco

By ThinkPol Staff Pressure is mounting on Kaye Krishna to stand down as the Vancouver official responsible for the Airbnb file. Critics allege that she has not done enough to crackdown on short term rentals mushrooming in a city grappling

Vancouver official denies Airbnb involvement, defends decision to stop taking Twitter complaints

By Lisa Tanh The head of Vancouver’s Development, Buildings, and Licensing department says tweeting about illegal short-term rentals in the city raises security and privacy issues. As of yesterday, the city of Vancouver’s VanConnect[1]http://vancouver.ca/vanconnect.aspx desktop and mobile app, added a

Vancouver twitter account targets ‘rogue’ realtors

By ThinkPol Staff Inspired by Vancouver’s Airbnb-fighting Twitter user VISTRO, a social media account has started naming and shaming realtors who appear to breaching industry regulations. BrettdrC[1]https://twitter.com/brettdrc is outing realtors who are running Airbnb hotels in Vancouver in breach of

Spooked by VISTRO, Vancouver hosts ditch Airbnb

Spooked by an Airbnb-fighting Twitter account, Vancouver’s hosts are taking their listings off the short term rental platform. VISTRO, which stands for Vancouver’s Illegal Short Term Rental Operators, has so far reported approximate 50 Airbnb units to the City of Vancouver.