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Concord Brentwood in Burnaby – A Master-Planned Community of 10 Parkside Residential Towers – Presale Pricing & Floor Plans To Come!

Concord Brentwood external rendering.

Concord Brentwood external rendering.

At a Glance

  • 10 glass & concrete residential towers
  • 13 acres of park & green space
  • 5-minute walk to Brentwood Town Centre Mall
  • 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver by Skytrain
  • fitness centre, entertainment lounge, games room, music room, business centre
  • swimming pool, sports court, bowling alley
  • easy access to Trans-Canada and Lougheed highways

Yaletown Chic Comes to Burnaby
Concord Brentwood is set to transform 26 acres of under-utilized industrial land south of Lougheed Highway, between Beta and Delta avenues, into an extremely livable family community. This will complete the astounding revitalization of Burnaby’s Brentwood Town Centre neighbourhood. Ten residential towers, mostly between 40 and 45 storeys, will be surrounded by 13 acres of park and green space offering recreational and sports infrastructure. Even a new public school is being proposed as part of the development. Tower 1 of Phase 1 will consist of 426 1- to 3-bedroom condominium residences in a 45-storey high-rise.

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While Concord Brentwood is designed to offer everything to satisfy one’s day-to-day needs without having to use a vehicle, a short walk away is Brentwood Town Centre Mall which is currently undergoing its own massive redevelopment that will provide substantially more retail and office space, residences, and a community centre. On the opposite side of Willingdon Avenue is Whole Foods, Winners, Save-On Foods and restaurants, such as Browns Social House, Cactus Club, JOEY, and White Spot. Conveniently, the endless cultural offerings of downtown Vancouver are but a 20-minute journey away by Skytrain.

Pricing for Concord Brentwood

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McKinnon by Cressey – 40 Immaculate Kerrisdale Pre-Construction Concrete Apartment Residences

McKinnon by Cressey.

McKinnon by Cressey.

At a Glance

  • exclusive West Side location
  • four-storey mixed-use concrete building
  • 40 residences on three levels
  • 18 neighbourhood restaurants
  • community centre, parks, library & shops
  • weekly local farmers market
  • meticulous golf courses

Luxurious Living at its Finest

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How to Buy a Presale Condo in Vancouver!

How to Purchase a Pre Sale Condo in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Buying pre-construction condos has become a very popular option for many home owners and investors in Vancouver.

(If you’re not sure what a Presale Condo is check out this great Video Here!)

Many buyers think that buying a presale is as simple lining up in front of the Developers Display Centre and signing a contract for a Presale. What many of these buyers don’t know is that there is an element of risk when buying a pre-sale in Vancouver.

Presales are Risky in Vancouver?

Sometimes YES!

I am a huge fan of Vancouver’s Development Community and the condos they build. But at the end of the day, Developers are in the business of making money by selling finished condos. They will do whatever they need to do legally to ensure that any condo they pre sell are Completed on by the Buyers. The Contracts used to purchase pre-sales from Developers are written by the Developers lawyers to protect the interests of the Developers only.

Common Misconceptions about Presales in Vancouver

  1. They’re Guaranteed to be profitable and make money – NO!
  2. If the value of the Pre-sale goes below what was paid for it the Buyer can walk – NO!
  3. The Buyer can walk if they don’t like what the developer builds them – NO!

If the value of the condo bought as a presale is less upon Completion than what was paid, the Buyer is still bound to complete

Here are some common questions about Presales in Vancouver


1.     As a presale, do I have to sign their Agreement, or can I have a realtor represent me and draw my own Agreement?

In most cases the Developer Contract is what is used. You can have a Realtor represent you in purchasing a presale and I strongly recommend it as the Developers and their marketing team will not have an Agency Relationship with you.


I am available to represent you if you want to buy a presale and I am able to enter into an Agency Relationship with you (that you can end at any time) and help you with the purchase.


2.  Can I put subjects in my Agreement?:

Financing? For an assignment. Absolutely. For a presale no, as there is the 7 day rescission period.

Inspections? The property is not built, so no.

If so, are there other subjects would you recommend? I’d need to know more about what you plan to do before I can answer.


3.   If I sell an Assignment, can that purchaser add their own subjects or are they bound by my Agreement? The Buyer of your assignment can put in subjects in the deal with you, but they don’t affect the contract with the developer.


4.   If costs rise and the purchase amount changes can I get my deposit back? I don’t understand the question. Who’s costs? Who would change the purchase price?


5.   If interest rates climb significantly by completion & I can’t qualify for a mortgage or sell as an “Assignment” (assuming I have a “subject to financing” clause) can I get my deposit back?  Or do I risk being sued for breach of contract? If you buy a presale, you should be 100% certain that you can complete. I am not a lawyer and I am not giving legal advice, but in all the instances of a Buyer of a presale not completing that I have seen, the developers sue.


6.   When is the HST calculated and due? Upon Completion Have you seen my post with the HST/PTT Rebate Calculator?


7.   How much should I expect Realtor fees for sale of an “Assignment” to be? Negotiable, normally I charge 7% on the 1st 100K & 2.5% on the balance.


8.   Who decides if an “Assignment” can be listed on MLS? The Developer


9.   In your prefessional opinion, what are the challenges of reselling an “Assignment”? Many, give me a call and we can discuss further.


10.   Generally speaking, are deposits held “in trust”?  Yes

Who holds the deposit? Developers Lawyers

Does the developer have access to them before completion? No


To reduce your risk when buying a Pre Sale condo, having a Realtor help you with the purchase can drastically reduce your risk when buying. Also get a lawyer and an accountant!

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April 2016 Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Statistics Package with Charts & Graphs

Home sales remain at record levels across Metro Vancouver

Last month was the highest selling April on record for Metro Vancouver.

Residential property sales in the region totalled 4,781 in April 2016, an increase of 14.4 per cent from the 4,179 sales recorded in April 2015 and a decrease of 7.6 per cent compared to March 2016 when 5,173 homes sold.

1977 to 2016 Vancouver Price Chart Mike Stewart Realtor

April sales were 41.7 per cent above the 10-year sales average for the month.

“Home buyer competition remains intense across the region,” Dan Morrison, REBGV president said. “Whether you’re a home buyer or seller, it’s important to work with your local REALTOR® to get the information you need and to develop a strategy that will help you navigate today’s market.”

5 Year Vancouver Price Chart Mike Stewart Realtor

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 6,127 in April 2016. This represents an increase of 3.9 per cent compared to the 5,897 units listed in April 2015 and a 2.4 per cent decline compared to March 2016 when 6,278 properties were listed.

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