john grasty: Port Moody REALTOR.ca App... - 12/21/10 06:16 PM
Information for Port Moody Real Estate, and the rest of the Tri-cities and surrounding areas of the Lower Mainland, is now available directly from your mobile device…
Apple iPhone and Windows Phone 7 users, are invited to try the REALTOR.ca app at no cost.  The Blackberry® app is scheduled for release in February 2011.
My real estate clients now have the ability to check out houses whenever they want, wherever they want from their smart phone.  Then they can simply and directly contact me about a specific property if they have any questions.
Try searching for me on the app; it’s … (3 comments)

john grasty: Is Immigration the New Competitive Advantage? - 11/30/10 07:54 PM
Is Immigration the New Competitive Advantage?
“By 2015 it is estimated that 100% of the growth in our labour force will be derived through immigration.” - The British Columbia Chamber of Commerce 2006-2007 Policy and Positions Manual
BC is beginning to feel the impact of this impending labour shortage, and skilled immigrants will play a critical role in filling a growing gap. This is a challenge for which BC is working on both short and long-term solutions.
BC recognizes in addition that skilled immigrants can provide competitive advantages to our local companies.  For instance, they are typically bilingual, sometimes even multilingual, … (5 comments)

john grasty: Giving for the sake of giving... - 09/20/10 12:31 PM
Giving for the sake of giving…
“There is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits.” - Milton Friedman
Contrary to Friedman I believe business has a moral obligation to be charitable, and a responsibility as a good corporate citizen to give back something where the company is based and its employees live, and many good local causes rely upon it. For this reason some companies are choosing to outsource their philanthropic decisions to a local foundation.
There are many good causes that have a high … (7 comments)

john grasty: In Port Moody, "it's always tea-time"... - 06/02/10 02:38 PM
Mick Jagger sings, “I got nasty habits; I take tea at three”. 
Following the 19th century Regency era of nobility extravagance and pomp, afternoon tea became a tradition that was started for networking and keeping up to date with aristocratic gossip and topical news.
In contrast, many tea lovers today partake of a special brew for a calming interlude in a busy schedule, and at the same time enjoy the health benefits it offers.
Different tea blends require the brewing to be at specific optimum temperatures for best results.
So where do you start for that perfect cup … (2 comments)

john grasty: More Leaky Condo Woes... - 05/23/10 07:08 AM
Arrival of HST to add to leaky condo woes - by Wanda Chow - Burnaby NewsLeader - Published: May 19, 2010
Letter to the Editor,
What a crock…
1.    A provincial government spokesman said: “…the loan program delivered far more money than originally expected”
This is because the government was completely inept at understanding the extent of the on-going multi-billion dollar leaky condo disaster, and through the government appointed board of the HPO, the portfolio has been completely mismanaged.
2.    A provincial government spokesman said: “…the government more than met its commitment to help homeowners with the cost … (4 comments)

john grasty: Another “Buyer Beware” Seminar… - 05/21/10 08:07 PM
This popular free real estate seminar will provide you with insights to avoid pitfalls and ways to protect yourself as a buyer, whether first-time, up-sizing or down-sizing.
“For anyone considering entering the real estate market we would highly recommend taking this seminar.”  - Jim and Anna R. - Coquitlam
Next Seminar:                                    Saturday, June 5th. 10 until 12 noon.
With all the responsibilities of buying and selling real estate, this need for risk management is crucial. The onus for property evaluation is always on the buyer whether pre-sale or resale.
Registration:                                      604-937-4155
Location/map:                                   Coquitlam Public Library - Poirier Branch … (7 comments)

john grasty: HPO Sponsorship Questioned... - 05/21/10 07:15 PM
Letter to the Editor - Re: “Builders showcase new homes this weekend” (The Times, May 14).
Sponsorship Questioned - published May 20, 2010
The Homeowner Protection Office, and what little it did for homeowners, has been completely dismantled by Rich Coleman and his cronies. No-interest loans and PST rebates for leaky condo owners have ceased, and the costs to these victims will soon be increasing due to the HST.
So while leaky condo owners, or any homeowners for that matter, don’t get one red cent for homeowner protection from the province, the HPO is now sponsoring the very industry responsible for … (2 comments)

john grasty: BC Home Inspections... - 11/28/09 09:29 AM
Home owners and buyers seeking the services of a home inspector are reminded to ask before signing a home inspection contract to see the Consumer Protection BC wallet-sized licence issued to home inspectors.
Effective March 31, 2009, British Columbia became the first province in Canada, through the Home Inspector Licensing Regulation, requiring the licensing of all those individuals who assess the condition of a residential dwelling or property to have a licence to practice in BC. This includes warranty insurance provider company inspectors.
Home Inspectors that meet the requirements of Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia, the Canadian Association of … (3 comments)

john grasty: Vancouver Housing Forecast 2009 - 2010 - 11/21/09 06:41 PM
The Vancouver housing market experienced a dramatic rebound this year. MLS® residential sales increased threefold January to October on a seasonally adjusted basis, and are trending on record levels. A marked increase in affordability during the spring induced many potential buyers into the market and the resulting momentum quickly turned a buyer's market into a seller's market with upward pressure on home prices.
Rising home prices are again eroding affordability and the demand that welled up last winter during the height of the financial crisis is now largely expended. This means the pace of home sales recorded this autumn will likely … (2 comments)

john grasty: Will Port Moody’s Western Neighbourhoods Be Integrated? - 11/20/09 06:14 PM

A few years ago I became familiar with a 2005 Port Moody report, "Moody Centre Commercial Market Assessment and Revitalization Strategy Gap Analysis".
The objective of this report was to provide an overview of the market position and redevelopment strategy for the retail component of the Moody Centre Commercial District, "...a relatively large and mature commercial district, which could be revitalized".
It confirmed untapped levels of demand that could easily support a huge retail infrastructure, much like what has been envisioned for Moody Centre at the "Western Gateway" ("The area extending along Albert Street/Barnet Highway from St. Johns Street to … (2 comments)

john grasty: Being Younger in Port Moody... - 11/17/09 11:17 AM
In early 2008 multi-family homes in Port Moody became the city's main source of available housing stock. Yes, more than 50% of Port Moody's households are now multi-family.
Extrapolating the fact that we have more couples here in Port Moody, based on single (1) person households in Port Moody of only 19.6% (compared to 28.5% in Metro Vancouver), the supply and demand for one bedroom suites is much lower than that of 2 bedroom.
There are only 5 - 1 bedroom suites for sale at the present time in the Inlet Centre (taking in the area from Klahanie to Newport Village) … (2 comments)

john grasty: Port Moody moving forward on development - 11/14/09 02:24 PM
11 storeys proposed in Port Moody
November 12, 2009         Port Moody has given a preliminary green light to an 11-storey residential development that would add more than 150 units up the Chineside slope on Henry Street.
On Tuesday, council granted first two readings on zoning and official community plan amendments for the multi-family development in Moody Centre. Currently a vacant piece of land, the development would be located west of Moody middle school and east of the Terravista building.
An OCP amendment is needed to allow for the 11-storey height but, according to city staff, the building would consist of … (3 comments)

john grasty: Port Moody needs one more Evergreen stop… - 11/14/09 01:48 PM
Friday, November 13, 2009 - Evergreen needs one more stop, group says
By the numbers, Port Moody needs a third station for the Evergreen Line.
So says a grassroots group in Moody Centre, which is pushing government officials at various levels for a western stop on the proposed rapid-transit line for the Tri-Cities.
The Port Moody Western Station Committee argues that one in four Port Moody residents could be short-changed if a station isn't located on the city's west side. The committee is an informal group made up of Moody Centre businesses, residents and organizations.
Aside from the stations planned for … (0 comments)

john grasty: "Buyer Beware" Seminar - September 17th. - 09/09/09 04:10 PM
Homebuyers get advice from Tri-City REALTOR® - by Gary McKenna - The Tri-City News

Local REALTOR® John Grasty will be holding a seminar this month to discuss the potential pitfalls home buyers face when entering the real estate market. Photo: COLLEEN FLANAGAN/THE TRI-CITY NEWS
John Grasty knows the pitfalls that can come when buying real estate.
In 1997 he discovered the condo he purchased in Coquitlam's Town Centre neighbourhood was one of thousands caught up in the Lower Mainland's leaky condo disaster.
Following the incident Grasty became an outspoken critic of building practices and the provincial governments handling of those affected by … (5 comments)

john grasty: Port Moody (North Shore), BC - for under $1 million... - 09/05/09 08:28 AM

A quiet cul-de-sac on the North Shore of Port Moody is the private locale of this 2 storey-w/bsmt quality-built 2007 custom home.
Once inside, the 13′ Entrance ceilings reach and span the Living Room; both areas bounded with crown moulding and large baseboards.
The intimate comfort of the large Family Room flows into a gourmet Kitchen boasting top of the line appliances, an abundance of granite counter space, and storage for every piece of china or cutlery, condiment or cruet, required for the chef.
An oversized Master Bedroom with a generous walk in closet and a spa like bathroom, is … (2 comments)

john grasty: 84 Grant St, Port Moody (Moody Centre) - $288,800 - 08/31/09 08:11 PM

View a slideshow here if you can't make either of our
Open Houses 2 - 4pm, Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 12 & 13th
With wide appeal and the ultimate urban lifestyle, Moody Centre is envisioned as a local "Yaletown in the Burbs" and promises nothing but upside. We say, "Get in on the ground floor!"
Encompassing the south shore, Moody Centre is the focus of much of the future redevelopment activity in Port Moody; "The Lighthouse at Rocky Point" is already here.  Fronting on 84 Grant St, running between Clarke and Spring St, and closely located to all urban amenities; nothing compares!   
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john grasty: End of HPO Reconstruction Program - 08/31/09 07:35 PM
As of July 31, 2009, the Homeowner Protection Office will no longer be accepting new loan applications for the Reconstruction Program.
All applications received prior July 31 will be reviewed by project on a first-come first-received basis, and those deemed eligible will be offered a no-interest repair loan provided that the building permit for their building envelope renovation is obtained by January 31, 2010.
The reconstruction fee of $750 per multi-unit building constructed for sale in the coastal climatic zone remains in place to continue to fund the program.
All other purposes and requirements of the Homeowner Protection Act ­­ - … (1 comments)

john grasty: VANCOUVER - LIVE THEN WORK! - "STUDIO 10" LOFT - $349,800 - 08/21/09 12:15 PM
Mt. Pleasant - Main & Broadway: Vancouver's most vibrant upcoming residential neighborhood with recreation, entertainment, trendy shopping and restaurants for every taste - Live then work!
Living in the hub of Vancouver offers the accessibility, diversity & freedom of the ultimate urban lifestyle.
Spacious top floor 1 bdrm "Studio 10" unit w/14ft ceilings, in converted warehouse, provides 2 lofted areas, balcony, with North Shore Mountain & City views, full kitchen & that 'WOW' factor.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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john grasty: Port Moody's Farmers Market is back... - 07/28/09 05:11 AM
Port Moody's Farmers Market is back...
...by popular demand, at the Queens Street Plaza open every Saturday starting August 1st through to September 5th, 2009.
The Queens Street Plaza Farmers Market is a very popular public venue for fresh produce, and features artisans, crafters, entertainment & food.
Queens Street Plaza is located between Clark Street and Spring Street (north of St. Johns Street).
Being the "City of the Arts", live music and entertainment are being organized to add a festive atmosphere for an unforgettable trip to the Port Moody Farmers Market, open from 9:30AM to 3PM.
If you're out of town … (0 comments)

john grasty: Nuisance Neighbours... - 07/28/09 04:57 AM
Interfering with the rights of a neighbour...
"My neighbour BBQ's right beside my bedroom window which causes my entire suite to fill up with smoke when it is used.  
I've tried speaking to them and I've asked if they would consider moving it.
The last time they sent me a text message advising they were going to BBQ, and tonight they are on the balcony using it again.
I'm not sure if I can ‘make' them move it, but between my asthma and wearing contact lenses, it is getting unbearable.
Any guidance you can provide would be greatly appreciated."
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Port Moody, BC

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