When it comes to buying and selling property there are literally hundreds of things to think about. Some of these things might not be so obvious, but a good REALTOR will make sure you are aware of things as trivial as numbers in an address.

An article in the Province newspaper a while back talked about how having certain numbers in your address could increase the value of your property--by thousands of dollars potentially. How so you might ask?

Real Estate Numbers

Numbers have certain meanings and associated superstitions, especially in certain Asian communities. Having a number eight in the address can be worth an average of about $10,000 or more if you are selling your home, according to the article. 

This article was based on a report published by researchers at the University of B.C. economics department. The UBC report was based on 115,000 residential Greater Vancouver real estate sales from 2000 to 2005.

Back to that lucky No. 8--the Chinese superstition that eight is lucky relates to the fact that it is phonetically similar to the Chinese word for prosperity or wealth. Superstitions and beliefs come into play more often than we might expect; the No. 4 on the other hand is considered unlucky. This is why many residential towers in Metro Vancouver have no 4th, 14th or 24th floors.

Apparently this is a big issue when it comes to Richmond real estate, where a high percentage of the city’s population is of Chinese background. So many people have requested a change in their house number that the Richmond City planning department had to create a brochure on the matter. Needless to say there is a lot of bureaucracy and fees to to discourage people from changing their numbers.

All the same, it's just another thing to think about, and ask your REALTOR about when it comes to buying and selling real estate in Greater Vancouver.

Read the full report titled Superstition in the Housing Market. It is an interesting read for anyone interested in the real estate market.
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236 1252 Town Centre Boulevard Coquitlam is a great example of a new property listing in beautiful Coquitlam, BC. 

This 976 square feet two bedroom, two bathroom West-facing unit in "The Kennedy" building is a great opportunity to get on the property ladder and is a great example of Coquitlam real estate on the market today. 

The apartment has warm colour tones throughout, and the kitchen features ample counter and cupboard space with an opening into the dining and living room. The suite also features in-suite laundry. Cozy up to a gas fireplace or just enjoy the view of Hoy Creek Trail.

This unit is close to shopping, recreation, Douglas College and transportation. If you are looking for a property in Coquitlam then this is an ideal choice. If you are a pet lover, good news-pets are allowed with restrictions, as are rentals.

This is a new listing, so photos are not up yet, but click on the link for map and walk score: 236 1252 Town Centre Boulevard Coquitlam

If this unit is too small, then there are lots of other real estate listings on offer in Coquitlam, just get in touch for lots more options.

As usual, it's much better to view this property in person so call me to arrange a private showing.


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8035 GOVERNMENT Road Burnaby V5A 2E1 : Government Road

Amongst the new Burnaby real estate listings, I've found this brand new home that I just had to share. If you seek luxury Burnaby property, then bookmark this page. This quality built home includes eight bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms and is found in the desirable Government Road area near Costco and many Burnaby schools. Italian tile and hand-scraped engineered hardwood floor throughout with detailed finishings, high end appliances and a dreamy gourmet kitchen for the cook in the house.

This is Prime Burnaby Real Estate

Click on the link to view 10 photos, click map for street views and even aerial views: 8035 Government Rd., Burnaby

Make sure to see the stunning back yard for family and friends. Much better view in person so call for a private showing.
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