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#66 – UnReal Estate of Halifax

We’re back in Canada this week checking out the other coast. In this episode I speak with Peter Brouwer with Royal LePage Atlantic. Peter has been selling real estate in Halifax for 20 years now and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things Halifax. Yet somehow he knows very little about […] The post #66 – UnReal Estate of Halifax appeared first on Keith Roy Media.


#65 – The UnReal Role of a REALTOR® (with John Collopy)

Let me start off by saying, if you are a real estate agent, especially if you're a newer agent trying to grow a business you NEED to listen to this episode. If you're something thinking of hiring an agent or want to know more about what makes a truly GREAT agent, this episode is also a must listen. The episode features Broker-Owner and Author, John Collopy of RE/MAX Results, which is consistently ranked as the most productive RE/MAX Franchise in the United States. After nearly 40 years in...


#64 – Back to School: An Icelandic Real Estate Special

We're back in Iceland for another special episode. If you haven't heard our previous Icelandic episodes, be sure to check them out below. This time we're exploring the 2 year real estate school system of Iceland.


#63 – Leaving Vancouver for…Germany?

Vee arts ein Deutschland! Just in time for Octoberfest, this week we're talking all things German, from Germany with a guy who lives in Germany. Our guest this week is Allan Attridge, a man I've known my entire life. Allan and I grew up together in Richmond, but after falling in love with a German girl, Allan left the city and moved to a small village near Tübingen, Germany (about 30 minutes outside Stuttgart). Allan is a professional photographer and long time podcast host himself (check...


#62 – City Planning & Microsuites

A few episodes ago we discussed the merits of leaving the city in favour of country life. Our guest on the show this week will argue that life in the city life is hands down the best way to go. This week we're talking to Christian Huggett - Vice President of Development with Podium Developments in Toronto. Christian's background is in city planning, so we'll discuss why city planning is so important, plus how micro-suites may help solve many of the challenges facing modern cities today.


#61 – UnReal Estate of Thunder Bay (Vince Mirabelli)

This week on the show we're in Northern Ontario, a 14 hour drive away from Toronto, in the town of Thunder Bay. It's the first stop on our Ontario real estate tour. In this episode we sit down with the legend of Thunder Bay real estate, Mr. Vince Mirabelli. If you ask just about any real estate agent in Canada who they'd recommend in Thunder Bay, Vince's name is sure to come up. I know Vince through his work within the RE/MAX network. In addition to selling real estate, Vince is avid...


#60 – UnReal Estate of Winnipeg (With Jesse Peters)

Ah Winnipeg. Try as I might, I cannot escape you. We all know someone who lives in (or is from) Winnipeg. One of the people I know in Winnipeg is the legendary Jesse Peters. Jesse is a Realtor with RE/MAX (aka. Mr. Social Savvy). Every time Steph and I come to town we try to visit with Jesse. One of the nicest guys you'll meet, Jesse has carved out an awesome business in the city he grew up in, using social media and video to set him apart from other agents. In addition to selling real...


#59 – UnReal Estate of Kelowna

As more young people choose to leave Vancouver, one of the places they move to is Kelowna and the surrounding areas. Once thought of as a retirement town, Kelowna has changed significantly in the past decade (with the average age down from 67 to 41). Here to talk to us about what's driving that change, and why Kelowna might be a good option for you, is Tamara Stone of The Stone Sisters Group with RE/MAX. The Stone Sisters are the #1 agents in Kelowna and Tamara's team is consistently...


#58 – City Life Vs. Country Life

As prices continue to rise in Vancouver, more and more young families are making the decision to leave the city altogether. But it's not just the cost of housing that's prompting this mass exodus as we'll learn in this week's episode. This week on the show I sit down with a Michael Kaisaris, a good friend of mine and former client, who made the decision to leave the rat race of the city and move to a Penticton, BC about a year and a half ago. If you're thinking about making the leap from...


#56 – Your First Year as a Real Estate Agent

Continuing the theme of becoming a real estate agent, this week I sit down with my managing broker, Broker/Owner Cory Raven of RE/MAX Select Realty to talk about all the steps agents need to take once they've joined a brokerage.


#55 – How to Become a Realtor

My guest this week is my sister, Kirstyn Hardy-Phipps! She's in the process of becoming and agent and joining my team. We talk about her experience in getting her real estate license, what the course is like and how relevant it actually is.


#54 – How Housing Research Shapes Government Policy

Our guest this week is Penny Gurstein - Professor and Director at of The School of Community & Regional Planning and Centre for Human Settlements. Penny is also the founder of The Housing Research Collaborative that includes past show guests Tom Davidoff and David Lee. We met at UBC and had a wide ranging conversation about how housing affordability research. Since recording this episode Penny has been appointment to the BC Housing Board of Commissioners whose role is to oversee policy...


#53 – UnReal Estate of Turkey

I'm in Antalya, Turkey this week speaking for RE/MAX of Turkey. My guest is Zühtü Eşiyok - broker/owner of RE/MAX Hills in Istanbul. Here's everything you always wanted to know about the Turkish real estate industry but were afraid to ask. Enjoy. Keith


#52 – Non-Profit Development in Vancouver

My guest on on the show this week is the VP of Project Planning & Partnerships with Catalyst Developments, Stephanie Allen . Catalyst is not for profit development company based out of Vancouver. We had an informative and interesting conversation around building purpose built rentals to help ease the housing crisis here in Vancouver. I very much enjoyed Stephanie's perspective (and my Stephanie says this is one of the best interviews we've done all year). I encourage you to check out the...


#51 – UnReal Estate of Argentina

This week I'm in Buenos Aires, Argentina speaking at the annual RE/MAX of Argentina conference. My guest on the show this week is the owner of RE/MAX Argentina and Uruguay, Sebastian Sosa. Video of my time in Argentina >>


#50 – I Left Vancouver Because Vancouver Left Me

Unfortunately it's nothing new to hear about young people leaving Vancouver. In recent times, one of the most memorable farewells to the city has come from journalist Jessica Barrett. Jessica wrote an opinion piece for the Tyee back in October 2017 titled, "I Left Vancouver Because Vancouver Left Me". With the article being shared online nearly 20,000 times, clearly this message resonated with a lot of people in this city. Recording via Skype, Jessica is my guest this week on the podcast. We...


#49 – Updates, Updates, Updates!

This week on the show we're opening up the proverbial mail bag and answering your questions. Updates on: Our Hawaii house shopping journey The end of dual agency in BC The BC provincial budget (was our speculation speculation correct??) The Federal "budget" The upcoming municipal election Aaaaand, my predictions for the Spring market. Our guest this week is our podcast producer, my soulmate, Stephanie Arnold.


#47 – Speculation Speculation with Chris Thompson

The BC NDP will be releasing their 2018 budget in just a few days. Since we know almost nothing about what that budget will include, in this episode we speculate on all of the housing policies we might see, including a possible speculation tax. It's speculating about speculation (hence the episode title). Our guest this week is tax expert and friend of the show, Chris Thompson. Chris has a list of policies the government could implement. Some are ridiculous, but most are great. Hopefully...


#46 – The End of Dual Agency in BC

As of March 15th an agent will no longer be able to represent both buyer and seller in a transaction. As an advocate for greater real estate ethics, I think this is a step in the right direction for consumers. As for how the rules are actually's a mess and consumers are about to be hit big time if changes aren't made. Here to talk about that is my best friend and the buyer's specialist on my team - Greg Dent. **So you are aware, the audio in this episode is a bit crappy. The...


#45 – Building in Vancouver

How much does it cost to build in Vancouver? How does Vancouver differ from other municipalities when it comes to building? How does the building process affect affordability in Vancouver? These questions answered, and more, in this episode of The Vancouver UnReal Estate Show. My guest this week is the guy who built my house – Shawn Wilson, along with his project manager Pasquale. Shawn is the owner of Northern Concepts, a Vancouver based residential contracting company. I’ve been wanting to...