Thursday, January 31, 2019

Beaufort Landing at Hampton Cove

Beaufort Landing by Polygon Homes is a new townhouse development located at Hampton Cove in Delta. This project will offer a special waterfront collection of 124 executive 3 & 4 Bedroom Townhomes in the Charming Town of Ladner. These three and four bedroom homes offer charming seaside-inspired architecture and a variety of floorplan options. Every detail is thoughtfully designed to give you places to gather and share, and spaces for everyone to enjoy peace and quiet.Nestled between a marina and a golf course, walking and biking trails surround the neighbourhood, and a beautiful new riverside linear park will give residents a natural place to explore their own backyard.

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Help Wanted: Writer/Researcher with a Passionate for Real Estate Tech

Beyond seeking operator perspectives for the Mastermind, Geek Estate is also looking for a hungry young professional to help with research and copywriting.

It’s likely you’re a marketing manager/specialist for a brokerage. Maybe you’re a young agent with a passion for tech and marketing. If you’re chasing tenants around in a prop management company, that’s great too.

You’d be helping with research and writing for the Geek Estate Mastermind as well as for several clients of Geek Estate Labs (we write content for several companies in the space).


  • Passion for real estate tech.
  • Writing experience a huge plus.
  • Hungry to learn.
  • Roughly 5-8 hours a week to start.

Get in touch if that sounds like it’s an opportunity that’s up your alley.

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Why I Still Stay in Hostels When I Travel

Tallin Hostel, Tallin
Posted: 1/31/2019 | January 31st, 2019

People are always shocked when they find out I that I still stay in hostels.

“Aren’t you too old for that?”

“Why would you still want to do that?”

“Don’t you actually make money? Are you still too broke for an Airbnb?”

“How do you even sleep?”

And what’s even more shocking to people is that while I often stay in a hostel private room, I also still stay in dorms!

(If anyone has followed on Twitter while I’ve been in Colombia, you’ll know my dorm room pains!)

Why do I do this to myself? Why do I still stay in hostels?

Three reasons.

The first: I’m cheap. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I started out — and stayed — a budget traveler because I just don’t like to spend money.

Especially on rooms I’ll just be in for a few hours.

I look at prices for hotels and private rooms and think, “Well, a dorm is only $10, so why not?!”

True, I often regret that decision, since I also don’t sleep well, but money is money — and hostels are cheap!

The second is that they provide me with on-the-ground information about what budget travelers and backpackers are doing. (First came the backpackers, then everyone else, I like to say.) Backpackers and hostel staff know where to find things to do on a budget. They have lots of hacks and are a good source of information and resources I might not know about. I can learn about new apps, get hot tips, and discover places or events to check out.

They know the best markets, cheap places to eat, and off-beat destinations.

Hostels are where I get the information I can use to unlock the mystery of how to see a destination on a budget.

Hostels are my source of travel trends.

In fact, I think hostels, their staff, and the backpacker crowd are an underutilized resource – regardless of your age or travel style. You don’t get travelers swapping tips at a hotel bar the way you do a hostel bar. So, if you’re looking for information — a hot new attraction, a cool local tour, new restaurants, a great dive bar, tips on getting around cheaper — go to a hostel bar. Most hostels have bars open to the public until a certain hour. Meet some backpackers. Make some friends. Learn something new!

Additionally, even if you aren’t staying at a hostel, you can go in and ask the staff questions. They field more inquiries about “unique, weird, and local” things to do than your Airbnb host or a hotel concierge.

And, finally, and most important, reason: I like the social vibe.

I think hotels are boring, and I don’t want to stay in an Airbnb by myself. Hostels are full of friendly travelers. I can swap tips, have a few conversations, get some travel buddies, and generally socialize! (Yes, you can do that with locals too, but you know what I mean.)

Hostels are just fun. I miss them when I’m not staying at them.

There’s usually a bar, events going on, activities, people hanging out, a pool table – there are lots of ways to connect with other travelers in a hostel.

The common areas are meant for people to interact. Even if I’m not looking for a rager, it’s still nice to head down, grab a beer, and chat with people for a bit.

How could I ever leave that? It’s way better than watching Netflix!

While I may not be the most “budget” traveler these days as I don’t often cook when I travel (if I’m not in an expensive country like Switzerland), I destroy my $50-per-day budget on nice food when I travel, and I would rather take the quickest — not the cheapest — transportation, I still am cheap as hell (see reason number #1 above), and I like writing about budget travel.

I don’t ever see myself not staying in hostels for at least part of my travels.

They are home.

You should make them your home too.

Book Your Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks

Book Your Flight
Find a cheap flight by using Skyscanner or Momondo. They are my two favorite search engines because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned.

Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the largest inventory. If you want to stay somewher eother than a hotel, use as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels. I use them all the time.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. I’ve been using World Nomads for ten years. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:

Looking for the best companies to save money with?
Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel! I list all the ones I use to save money when I travel – and I think will help you too!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

W63 Mansion On Vancouver’s Westside

W63 Mansion by Hansen Pacific is a new condo development located one block from Winona Park, on Vancouver’s westside. This project will offer a boutique collection of thoughtfully designed 1, 2 and 3-bedroom homes. W63 Mansion provides a tranquil westside lifestyle on South Cambie’s most beautiful block.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

This Blog Will Suck Less (Or How I Got My Motivation Back)

Matt Kepnes posing in front of a mountain in Colombia
ofPosted: 1/28/2019 | January 28th, 2019

Let me say what most of you are (probably) thinking: this blog kind of sucked in 2018. It actually might have started sucking a bit toward the end of 2017. Maybe even 2016.

What do I mean by that?

Well, while we continue to produce “how-to” content that I am very proud of and think is better and more detailed than what else you’ll find on the web (’cause we’re the best!), those kinds of articles — while I like writing them because, to me, budget travel is like solving a puzzle (and they are great for Google) — just doesn’t make a blog….well, a blog.

They lack personality.

They are helpful, sure, but you read blogs because of the people behind them, not just the useful information they give.

And think this website has become a lot less personal and a bit stale over the last couple of years.

I just haven’t been motivated to write anything “personal.” Once in a while, sure, but like in the old days? Ehhh. Not really.

I don’t travel as much as I used to and think my days are pretty mundane. I mean who cares about what I eat for breakfast, what I do on the weekends, or really anything non-travel related?

Moreover, I felt like my thoughts and feelings about travel were already out there and that there was nothing else really left to say.

So what was left to write about?

Another “best hostel in X” post, that’s what!

I don’t feel I really wrote anything “groundbreaking: last year. A lot of what we posted in 2018 was just old posts updated with new content.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned moving to Paris (temporarily but maybe forever? Who knows! I got to try it out first). NYC is an unproductive place for me and I want to spend more time writing this year. I need a new space for that. I need a place where I feel my creative juices flowing.

I don’t know if that is Paris but I know it’s not NYC.

But, as I mentioned in that post, this year, I want to change this website too.

Or, should I say, change it back to what it used to be.

I want to write more stories.

After a two year break and a case of unmotivation, I’m finally feeling motivated again.

This year you’re going to see not only the “how-to” posts we’re good at here but also more of me — more about my life as a traveler, more posts about the emotional ups and downs of travel, and more posts about people.

I’ve got a dozen articles drafted on my desktop: thoughts on globalization and travel, plastic and travel, life in hostels, what I hate about travel right now, being connected “to home” on the road (I’ve noticed a lot of hostels have Netflix now), getting “stuck” in places, why I never want to hear about digital nomads again, and a bunch more stuff!

I’ve been writing up a storm this month.

And I’m also going to start sharing more photos and stories on my Instagram (especially as I’ll probably have a lot to say when trying to settle into Paris)!

One other thing that is happening this year: I’m opening the website up to more guest posters starting in March. I want to bring in different voices and more stories on the website. People who are just starting out or have expertise in a certain area.

It’s a new idea. I don’t know how it will work. I want to create some guidelines first (so don’t email just yet! If you do, we won’t reply!) as I want to make sure we do this right!

So, yes, new year, new me!

But also a “new” blog!

I’m excited to make this website personal again.

Who knew I had so much still left to say after all?

I guess all that was missing was a bit of motivation!

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A Look Forward to 2019: M&A Marks the Spot

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Enough about looking back on 2018. We’re into the new year, with Inman Connect NY just around the corner. If there’s one central theme to the coming year, I’d classify it as M&A. That means, as Pete Flint (GE member) says, “Brokers buying brokers, brokers buying small tech, big RE tech buying big and small tech cos. Brokers want their own tech, founders want a safe port ahead of a housing downturn and big tech is going deeper and broader in the category.”

This month’s Monthly Transmission dives into more specifics and offer predictions for 2019.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: David Anderson from LionDesk

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with David Anderson from LionDesk.

Without further ado…

What do you do?

Hi, I’m David Anderson, founder and CEO of LionDesk.  At the core, LionDesk is a customer relationship management system (CRM) that makes it easy and affordable for sales professionals to connect, communicate with, and close more leads.  Most popular features include video email and texting, automated lead follow up, task reminders and database segmentation. What people may not know is that LionDesk is an open API platform meaning that it integrates with 100’s of the best business building and management tools so professionals can run their entire business from one system.

What problem does your product/service solve?

LionDesk is the solution for any sales professional who is frustrated with leads falling through the cracks, wants to stay top-of-mind with their database, and wants a system that reminds them what to do each day to stay focused on the highest revenue producing activities. LionDesk gives them a system that automatically follows-up with incoming leads, consistently sends relevant messages to customers through email and text drip campaigns, reminds them of important tasks to take care of each day and much much more.

What are you most excited about right now?

We’ve entered into partnerships with the largest MLSs in the country who are now offering LionDesk as a member benefit. This means that agents all over the country will be able to take advantage of a special MLS plan before determining if they’re ready to take their business to the next level with our Pro Plus plan.

What’s next for you?

We are constantly adding new functionality into the platform to help sales professionals maintain a consistent pipeline of leads, speed up the conversion timeline, and keep their business organized. We are about to launch version 2 of LionDesk in Q1 2019 that will be faster, more feature rich and a new user interface. This is a very exciting time for LionDesk users.

What’s a cause you’re passionate about and why?

We recently partnered with Sherry Chris, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate to support a charity we are both passionate about. It’s called New Story, a certified non-profit organizations that builds homes and sustainable communities for the people of Ahuachapan, El Salvador. We are honored and committed to donate enough money to build at least two houses.

Meet The RE Tech EntrepreneurThanks to David for sharing his story. If you’d like to connect, find him on LinkedIn here.

We’re constantly looking for great real estate tech entrepreneurs to feature. If that’s you, please read this post — then drop me a line (drew @ geekestatelabs dot com).

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Tribute at Parc Central in Langley

Tribute at Parc Central by Essence Properties is a new townhouse development located in Central Gordon in Willoughby, Langley. This project will offer a stunning collection of 80 luxury four bedroom townhomes. An elegant balance of thoughtfully designed details and luxurious finishings, Tribute townhomes will delight families wanting to live in style.

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Gala at Parc Central in Langley

Gala at Parc Central by Essence Properties is a new condo development located in the neighborhood of Central Gordon in Willoughby, steps away from Langley Event Centre. This project will offer 75 units consisting of one & two-bedroom spacious homes. With no compromise to functionality and design, homes at Gala create a new standard of living in Langley.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Visiting Iceland in 2019: Detailed Itineraries for the Land of Fire and Ice
Posted: 1/24/2019 | January 24th, 2018

Windswept volcanoes. Black sand beaches nuzzled against rugged coastlines. Secret hot springs hidden in misty valleys while majestic waterfalls cascade from every hill.

Welcome to Iceland.

It’s a destination unlike any other in Europe. Its unique landscapes and natural wonders perfectly complement the modern capital of Reykjavik with its café culture and boozy, rambunctious nightlife.

Iceland is known as both the Land of Elves and the Land of Fire and Ice. It’s a country where you’ll find smoldering active volcanoes and vivid blue glaciers side by side. Horses and sheep dot the countryside, colorful puffins flock along the cliffs, and whales breach the choppy Atlantic waters that envelop this tiny island.

It’s easy to see why Iceland has become such a popular destination in recent years (all those cheap stopover flights have helped greatly too).

And, while it’s not the most budget-friendly country in the world, there are still ways to see the sights without breaking the bank!

If you’re planning a weekend getaway or want to drive the entirety of the island, this list of Iceland itineraries will ensure that you see the best the country has to offer!


What to See and Do in Iceland: One Weekend in Reykjavik

Day 1
the colorful buildings of Reykjavik, Iceland
Take a tour of the city
I always like to start my trips with a free walking tour. They’re a fantastic way to see a destination, learn about its history and culture, and get all your questions answered by someone who knows what they’re talking about. City Walk and Free Walking Tour Reykjavik both offer great free tours of the city. They’ll help you get a sense of Reykjavik so you can decide what you want to revisit later. The tours are donation based, so just make sure to tip your guide!

Explore Laugavegur
When you’re in need of a coffee or snack, go for a stroll down Laugavegur, a shop- and café-lined street in the center of the city. This is the oldest (and coolest) street in Iceland, and you’ll find everything from expensive couture to dollar stores here. Be sure to stop in a bakery for a pastry or a coffee. My personal favorite is Mokka Kaffi.

Visit a museum
After that, make your way to the National Museum of Iceland, where you will learn everything you need to know about this tiny Nordic nation. The most famous piece in the collection is the Valþjófsstaður door, a piece carved in the Middle Ages that illustrates the saga of the lion and the knight. The museum does a fantastic job of giving you a robust history of the country without being boring.

If you’d rather visit a more unconventional museum, consider a visit to the Icelandic Phallological Museum instead. Colloquially known as the Penis Museum, this small institution is home to the world’s largest collection of penises and penis-themed art. Yes, you read that right! There are almost 300 items in the museum, including whale penises and (allegedly) troll penises! It’s a small museum, but it’s actually incredibly informative — if you’re not too shy!

National Museum: Suðurgata 41, +354 530-2200, Open daily 10am-5pm (closed on Mondays in the winter). Admission is 2,000 ISK (1,000 ISK for students/seniors).

Icelandic Phallological Museum: Laugavegur 116, +354 561-6663, Open daily 10am-6pm. Admission is 1,700 ISK per person.

Go for a swim
Once you’ve gotten tired of walking, go for a refreshing swim in the Laugardalslaug Geothermal Pool. Swimming and saunas are how locals relax and unwind after work. It’s basically a national pastime. This pool is Iceland’s largest and was built in 1968. It’s actually a whole complex with hot tubs, a thermal steam bath, a waterslide, and even mini golf! If you have extra time, check out the nearby garden and zoo too.

Sundlaugavegur 105, +354 411-5100, Open weekdays 6:30am-10pm and weekends 8am-10pm. Admission is 625 ISK, though if you have the Reykjavik City Card, it’s free!

Take in the nightlife
End your day enjoying the city’s famous nightlife back around Laugavegur. This is one of the best party cities in the world, so there’s something for everyone. Just make sure to go during happy hour so you don’t blow your budget (alcohol in Iceland is not cheap!). Here are a couple of my favorite hotspots in Reykjavik:

  • Kaffibarinn – This café transforms into a dance club on the weekend, and it’s a great place to party. The space is divided into three different sections (bar, dance floor, and lounge), so you can find a section for however you want to spend your night out. It’s small, so seats can fill up quickly. Bergstaðastræti 1, +354 551-1588,
  • Lebowski Bar – Yes, this is a Big Lebowski–themed bar. The inside looks like a vintage American diner and bowling alley. And, since The Dude drinks a lot of White Russians, its menu includes a wide variety of different ones. Its signature Lebowski cheeseburger is pretty good too. Spin the prize wheel to win up to 10 free beers! Aim for happy hour, which is held daily 4pm–7pm, as drinks are cheaper then. Laugavegur 20b, +354 552-2300,
  • Slippbarinn — This is the first proper cocktail bar in the city and boasts live music and DJs several nights a week. Happy hour is daily 3pm-6pm. Myragata 2, +354 560 8080,

Where to stay in Reykjavik: Hlemmur Square – If you’re looking to splash out, this is both a cozy hotel and an upscale hostel, so you have options for your type of stay. There’s a great bar here, plus traditional Icelandic communal dinners several times a week.

For a more standard hostel, stay at Kex Hostel. It has a café and bar with an awesome happy hour, a comfy lounge, and a heated patio.

Day 2
the massive Gullfoss waterfall in the Golden Circle, Iceland
Explore the Golden Circle
The Golden Circle — comprising the Gullfoss waterfall, the Strokkur geyser, and Þingvellir National Park — is the biggest tourist draw in Iceland, so you’ll want to start your second day early and head out of town in a rental car (or on a tourist bus). As tourism booms in Iceland, these sites can get a little crowded, so make sure you get there early (especially in the summer and on weekends).

The round-trip journey is around 250km, so plan accordingly when it comes to food and fuel (if you’re driving). If you’re driving, you’ll also be able to stop regularly to see the many Icelandic horses that you’ll pass by.

Experience the famous Blue Lagoon
This is one of the most iconic destinations in Iceland. The pools are quite large, and the whole area is steamy, with the water a stunning milky-blue color that is rather photogenic (which is why the lagoon is so popular on social media). It’s a beautiful and luxurious way to end the day, and a great place to relax right before you depart.

Personally, I think the place is a bit overhyped, as there are tons of free, secluded hot springs all around the country. Of course, if you’re short on time and don’t plan on leaving the city, then it’s the perfect way to end your trip!

Fun fact: The Blue Lagoon is simply runoff from the nearby geothermal plant. Icelanders just found a way to monetize it for tourists! Thank you, Instagram? Ha!

Norðurljósavegur 9, +354 420-8800, Open daily, but hours vary, so check the website for an up-to-date schedule. Admission starts at 9,990 ISK per person, but it can be cheaper if you go during certain hours.

READ MORE: How to save money in Reykjavik

What to See and Do in Iceland: Four Days in the South

In addition to the itinerary above, here are some activities you’ll want to add if you plan on getting further outside of Reykjavik to explore the southern region of Iceland.

Day 3
the huge waterfall Skogafoss in Southern Iceland
Experience nature
Head southeast on the Ring Road from Reykjavík to scout out some waterfalls. Be prepared and bring swimsuits, towels, a waterproof camera, and a jacket.

  • Reykjadalur – Stop in the town of Hveragerði to visit the Reykjadalur hot spring (or hot pot, as they are known locally). It offers a gorgeous backdrop of rolling hills and mountains, and it’s free to enjoy. You’ll need to hike a bit to get there (30-40 minutes), but it’s worth it! Keep in mind that there’s not a private changing area here, so you may want to wear your swimsuit under your clothes.
  • Seljalandsfoss – Continuing on the Ring Road, you’ll come to the picturesque Seljalandsfoss waterfall. It has a drop of 60m and is another highly photographed spot in Iceland, so try to get there early before the tourist buses. You have to pay for parking, but otherwise it’s free. If you’re hungry, there’s a food vendor that sells delicious lamb stew (among other things).
  • Skógafoss – Another epic waterfall is Skógafoss. Legend says that you can find a treasure chest behind this massive waterfall. This is also the starting point for a long, multi-day hike, but you can also just climb to the top and walk for as long as you’d like before returning. There’s a small museum nearby as well if you want to learn more about the history of the waterfall.
  • Seljavallalaug – This hot pot is located a short walk off the Ring Road. It’s not super hot, and the change room has seen better days, but it’s secluded and it’s worth it just for the scenery, as its located at the bottom of a deep valley.

Make Your way to Vík
Head to the charming little town of Vík and spend the night there. Vík is a seaside village with a glacier that covers the Katla volcano. It’s also home to some amazing black sand beaches and a DC-3 plane wreck in Sólheimasandur (located on the coast between Skógafoss and Vík).

Where to stay in Vík: Vík HI Hostel – This charming hostel has a café/bar, a female-only dorm, rooms for families, and a kitchen so you can cook your own food if you’re on a budget.

Day 4
black sand from the black sand beach in Vík, Iceland
Chill at the beach
Wake up in Vík and go for a stroll on the otherworldly Reynisfjara black sand beach. There are some offshore rock formations you can see from the shore and from the cliffs above if you feel like a hike. If you’re here from May through August, you may even get to see some puffins!

Take in the view
If there’s time, head up the hill to see the small Vík i Myrdal Church. It overlooks the town and gives a complete view of Vík and the ocean. Grab a coffee at a local café and enjoy the scenic vista.

Head for home
Head back to Reykjavik. See more sights, chill in more cafés. Do whatever you want before you head home! (sad)

What to See and Do in Iceland: Four Days in the North

If you want to get away from the crowds, go north. Northern Iceland is one of the least-visited regions of the country and has a lot to offer the intrepid adventurer, including majestic hikes, more varied landscapes, whale watching, fewer people, and a better chance to see the Northern Lights!

Day 1
Travel north to Akureyri
Start your adventure off by flying north to Akureyri from Reykjavik. If you don’t want to fly, it’s a 5-6-hour drive from Reykjavik up the west coast, which can easily be done in a day. You’ll just want to factor in a few stops along the way to sightsee!

Explore Akureyri
Take a self-guided tour of the town, visit the Akureyri Botanical Gardens, get an espresso from the picturesque Laut Café, hop in the local swimming pool, or just explore the relatively small town and sip on some kaffi (coffee) and “happy marriage cake” (rhubarb jam–filled pastry with a buttery oat crust) from Kristjánsbakarí. Soak up local life as much as you can before you go!

Where to stay in Akureyri: Akureyri Backpackers – This is a laid-back hostel with a cool bar, great staff, and really hot showers!

Day 2
A smoky pile of rocks at the Hverir geothermal area
Visit the Waterfall of the Gods
Make your way to Goðafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods. It’s a majestic semicircular waterfall that’s close to Akureyri on the Ring Road. The waterfall is over 12m tall and 30m wide, and (not surprisingly) is highly photogenic! Enjoy the view before heading onward to Mývatn.

Head to Mývatn
Spend the day in Mývatn, starting off with a hike around Lake Mývatn. There is an easy trail you can follow that lets you stretch your legs and enjoy the natural beauty of the region. You can easily hike the lake in a few hours if you go at a leisurely place. Then head to the Mývatn Nature Baths geothermal pool, which is much quieter (and cheaper) than the Blue Lagoon.

There’s not much else to do here. It’s a quiet town for relaxing, but the lack of lights makes it a wonderful place to see the northern lights!

Spend the night in Mývatn at one of the many Airbnbs, guesthouses, or farm stays in the region.

Day 3
the colorful city of Akureyri in Nothern Iceland
Pretend you’re on Mars
Next, you’ll want to head toward the coastal town of Húsavík. On your way there, stop at Hverir and Krafla, two geothermal areas with Martian-like craters and lakes. Steaming sulfur fills the air, giving this whole area an otherworldly ambience. You can just stop to take photos or go for another hike.

Visit Dettifoss
Next, head to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. There are two roads leading here from the Ring Road: 862 and 864. The latter is ridden with potholes, but in my opinion offers the better view. Just drive slowly and keep an eye on your tires! Enjoy a snack by the waterfall and take in the scene. When you’re ready, drive to Húsavík (you can take the 864 north from Dettifoss).

Visit the Whale Museum
Whaling has been a part of Icelandic culture for centuries. And while there is a global moratorium on hunting whales, it’s still worth learning about these massive creatures, their habitat, and their impact on the country. They also have a full blue whale skeleton!

Hafnarstétt 1, +354 414-2800, Open daily with hours varying depending on the season. Admission is 2,000 ISK per person, with discounts available for seniors, families, and kids. If you go whale-watching with Gentle Giants, you’ll get 20% off your museum ticket.

Where to stay: Spend the night in sleepy Húsavík at a local guesthouse or Airbnb. If it’s northern lights season, stay at Arbot HI Hostel. The hostel is in a relatively secluded spot outside of town so you’ll have a great view of the dancing lights without having to worry about light pollution.

Day 4
a breaching whale in Iceland
Watch the whales and explore the coast
Wake up early, head to the coast, and go whale-watching. There are a few different companies you can book tours with here, including Gentle Giants, who have a partnership with the Whale Museum (see above). Whale-watching tours usually last around 3 hours. Expect to pay around 10,400 ISK for adults and 4,400 ISK for children.

When you’re done, explore the hiking trails around Húsavík. You can find a list of the trails on the Visit Húsavík website. Pop into some of the local shops and cafés to get a sense of small-town life here in Northern Iceland.

See some unique architecture
Travel to nearby Laufás, which is located west of Húsavík. Here you’ll get to see the old turf houses, traditional Icelandic homes that are timber framed and covered in grass. The furnishings are from around 1900, and you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time. While in Laufás, take a small detour and check out the church. Inside is a decorative pulpit from 1698!

Have an Icelandic feast
Go back to Akureyri to explore the city and dine on fresh fish and chips from Akureyri Fish & Chips. Don’t forget to sample the country’s famous ice cream from Brynja too!

Note: I know it sounds like a lot, but if you have a car, this itinerary is very doable.

What to Do In One Week in Iceland: Golden Circle and Southern Iceland

Day 1-2
A single puffin in the grass in Iceland
Head East
Fly into Keflavík International Airport and rent a car (SAD Cars and Car Rental Iceland are the companies I recommend). Head east from Reykjavík along the Ring Road to start your adventure!

Soak in the hot springs and search for puffins
Head east for a soak in the Reykjadalur hot springs in Hveragerði. Camp or stay at the hostel nearby so you can get another soak in before heading onward.

To get a bit off the beaten trail, take the ferry to the Westman Islands for the afternoon or an overnight stay (you’ll find plenty of puffins here during the summer season!). There are very few tourists here, so it’s a nice way to escape the crowds and relax.

Chase some waterfalls
Venturing onward along the Ring Road, head to Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. At Skógafoss, the 29km Fimmvörðuháls Trail begins. If you want to hike the entire trail, you can stay at the Volcano Huts at the end of the route and then take a bus back to Skógafoss in the morning. If you’re fit, you can do this hike in a day. Otherwise, you’ll need to bring tents and camp halfway. If an epic hike isn’t in the cards, stroll around the area before continuing east toward Vík.

Tour a crash site
Before you get to Vík, you’ll want to check out the DC-3 plane wreck in Sólheimasandur. It’s about a 45-minute walk from the Ring Road, but it’s worth it to see the crash up close (you can no longer drive directly to the site). Dress appropriately, as it can get windy near the coastline.

Spot puffins
Continue on to Vík and stop to see the black sand beaches. There are also two short hikes nearby that take you up the cliffs. They offer incredible views of the areas, and if it’s the right season, you can go puffin spotting!

Where to stay: For your first night, stay at the Hot Springs Hostel in Hveragerði (right near the hot spring). That way you can wake up early and go for another soak before you leave. If you’re on the Westman Islands, stay at Aska Hostel (or book one of the many private guesthouses for a cozy local experience). When you get to Vik, stay at Vík HI Hostel.

Days 3-4
The Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon with icebergs in Iceland
Hike Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
This 2km-long canyon dates back to the Ice Age. It’s over 100m deep and makes for a great place to hike or have a picnic and enjoy the view. The road to get there is full of potholes, so drive carefully.

Explore Vatnajökull National Park
Hike in the Skaftafell wilderness area to see the glaciers of Vatnajökull National Park. There are plenty of hikes here, both long and short, for outdoorsy types. For a shorter hike, head to Svartifoss, another photogenic waterfall surrounded by long columns of black basalt (the waterfall’s name literally translates to “the black waterfall”).

Klapparstígur 25-27, +354 575-8400, The park itself is open 24/7 however the Skaftafell visitors center has limited hours (usually 9am-7pm in the summer and 10am-6pm in the winter). See the website for more details, including camping information and weather updates. Parking is 750 ISK per vehicle per day.

Visit Jökulsárlón Lagoon
The Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon borders the national park, and you don’t want to miss it. The waters are blue, and there are huge icebergs from the nearby glacier floating in the water. The lagoon flows into the Atlantic Ocean, and you’ll see lots of seals in the winter. You can follow the stream out to sea and watch the glaciers as they meet the ocean. Best of all, this is right on the Ring Road and it’s all completely free (though if you want to take a boat out into the lagoon, you’ll have to pay — I don’t think it’s worth doing, though!)

Tour the coast
Continue on the Ring Road to Höfn or Djúpivogur, two tiny coastal towns. Get a taste of what life is like in small-town Iceland while exploring the winding coastline. There’s a hidden hot spring outside of Djúpivogur to reward you for making it so far up the coast too!

Where to stay: If you’re ending your day in Höfn, stay at Höfn Hostel. You can see the Vatnajökull Glacier from the town, and everything is within walking distance. If you’re heading on to Djúpivogur, Airbnb will be your best choice.

Days 5-7
Return to Reykjavík
Hop in the car and head back to the capital city. Stroll the cozy streets, take a free walking tour, and enjoy some of the city’s plentiful happy hours.

See the Golden Circle
Wake up early and drive out to see the three main sites of the Golden Circle. The sooner you start, the better, as you’ll be able to beat the tourist buses there and get some photos without the crowds. You’ll also have time to hike in Þingvellir National Park if you want to stretch your legs. Stock up on snacks for the day in Reykjavik to save some money (the cheapest supermarket is Bonus, so shop there!).

Relax at the Blue Lagoon
If you’re craving another dip in a hot pot, head to the Blue Lagoon before your flight home. You’ll be able to end the trip on a very relaxing note!

Two Weeks: Exploring the Ring Road

The Seljalandsfoss waterfall at sunset in Iceland
With two weeks, you will be able to drive the entire Ring Road without rushing too much. You’ll have time to enjoy the rugged east coast and places like Seydisfjordur, explore the second-largest city Akureyri, hike around the Snæfellsnes peninsula, and maybe even dip into the Westfjords.

Start in Rekyavik, head east, see Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, explore Vík, visit the Jökulsárlón Lagoon, detour over to Seyðisfjörður, then head over to Dettifoss, Mývatn, Goðafoss, and Akureyri.

After exploring Akureyri, continue west to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula for some hiking. Make sure you stop off to see the iconic Kirkjufell mountain, which is one of the most photographed spots in all of Iceland (plus, it’s where they filmed some Game of Thrones scenes, too). Snæfellsnes National Park is home to Snæfellsjökull, a 700,000-year-old volcano capped by glaciers. You can book a glacier hike here or just explore the rest of the park on your own. It’s right along the coast too, so you’ll be met with some gorgeous views. Stay at The Freezer hostel (it has great live music.)

If you have time and want to get off the beaten trail, detour into the Westfjords in the northwest, or visit the Westman Islands off the south coast.

If you want to be more focused on your trip, you can split Iceland up into smaller geographic areas. One fun route to take is to head west to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, then up into the Westfjords for some hiking and relaxing before flying back to the capital. This will be the most remote part of the country, so you’ll have a lot more space and privacy to enjoy your trip.

One Month: Exploring All of Iceland
With one month, you can see the entire island of Iceland. I’ve met quite a few people who have decided to spend this amount of time in the summer months. They’ll rent a car or camper van, pack a bunch of camping gear, and drive the Ring Road at a leisurely pace. But even if you aren’t renting a van or car, you can get around by bus, air, or hitchhike!

Take multi-day hikes, visit to the less-explored Westfjords, an area many tourists skip due to a lack of time (and paved roads); visit Hrísey and/or Grímsey, the very remote islands in the north with fewer than 100 inhabitants each; or the Westman Islands, or explore more parks in the interior of the country (it’s very remote, very unvisited, and very, very awesome).

If you’re traveling on a shoestring budget and planning to camp and hitchhike in Iceland, you’ll need this longer travel time to make sure you aren’t rushed, as sometimes you’ll be waiting awhile for a lift.

But with a month here, there’s very little you can’t explore!


Iceland really does have something for everyone. Whether you’re visiting for a weekend or spending an entire month exploring this rugged landscape, you’ll be able to have an amazing experience.

While it’s not cheap, there are tons of ways to save money in Iceland to make these itineraries doable for even the most frugal budget traveler. But don’t take my word for it. Get out there and explore the Land of Fire and Ice for yourself!


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Book Your Trip to Iceland: Logistical Tips and Tricks

Book Your Flight
Find a cheap flight by using Skyscanner or Momondo. They are my two favorite search engines, because they search websites and airlines around the globe, so you always know no stone is being left unturned.

Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld. If you want to stay elsewhere, use as it consistently returns the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels. I use these all the time. My favorite places to stay in Iceland are:

  • Hlemmur Square (Reykjavik) – A posh hotel with a great bar and traditional Icelandic communal dinners several times a week
  • Kex Hostel (Reykjavik) – Has a café and bar with an awesome happy hour, a comfy lounge, and a heated patio
  • Akureyri Backpackers (Akureyri) – A laid-back hostel with hot showers, a cool bar, and helpful staff!

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it, as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. I’ve been using World Nomads for ten years. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:

Looking for the best companies to save money with?
Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel! I list all the ones I use to save money when I travel – and I think will help you too!

Looking for more information on visiting Iceland?
Check out my in-depth destination guide to Iceland with more tips on what to see and do, costs, ways to save, and much, much more!

Photo credits: 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Pofile Oak Street by Bold

Pofile by Bold Properties is a new 6-storey condo development located at at Oak Street & 67th Avenue in Vancouver. This project will offer 47 boutique one, two and three bedroom homes in one of Vancouver’s most iconic neighbourhoods. The modern residences blend thoughtful details and intuitive design with intelligent floorplans, for balanced, cohesive living.

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Winston Terraces in the heart of Langley

Winston Terraces by Quadstar Development is a new townhouse development located in the heart of Langley. This project will offer a stunning collection of 26 carefully crafted townhomes. Winston Terraces just minutes to Downtown, shops and a myriad of local amenities. These spacious and bright homes feature private rooftop terraces, quality finishings, and innovative interior design.

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582 West King Edward

582 West King Edward by Argon Properties is a new condo and townhouse development located at Ash Street and West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver. This project will offer 31 condominiums and 5 townhomes, sizes range from 540 sqft to 1,505 sqft. You’ll enjoy quick connections to downtown Vancouver, Richmond, and the airport without the hassle of traffic or parking. At 582 West King Edward, you’ll free yourself from the car and embrace a human-centred lifestyle.

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Promontory in Uptown Kelowna

Promontory by eVest Funds is a new collection of townhomes located in the hills of Clifton Heights, Kelowna. This project will offer 120 units sizes ranging from 540 sqft to 1,300 sqft. Nestled in one of Kelowna’s most desirable neighbourhoods overlooking Kelowna Golf and Country Club, Dilworth Bluff and the City Center, Promontory is a prime development site.

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Pricing Models and Negotiating Tips for Brokers & Vendors in Real Estate

Pricing is never easy.

Especially as a vendor approaching the real estate industry. Having done this a few times for various levels of the industry (and as a buyer from the broker side), either at Trulia, RealScout or now at LocalLogic, it’s always a fun conversation to dig into the complexity of pricing within the real estate space. I don’t know what interest is out there for this topic, but as a sales leader in the real estate industry for over 17 years, I wish someone told me this stuff long ago. So hopefully this will help both brokerage leaders and their vendors arrive to better conclusions on pricing.

Price models, as much as value propositions, can be the reason a brokerage doesn’t purchase necessary tech, or the reason a start-up fails. On both ends, there are things to weigh. Pricing in real estate tech has taken many flavors. My goal with this post is to help with many negotiations —and hopefully save people and their companies from wasting valuable time.

Here are several models for pricing in the real estate industry. For the most part I am positioning this towards enterprise sales; in some cases it may resonate for agents.

Pricing By Agent (license/user):

  • What is it: Pricing based on total agent count. Usually seen with software or SaaS businesses like a CRM, etc.
  • Pitfalls: The 80/20 rule is alive and well in real estate. This pricing model makes it very difficult for brokers with already thin margins to provide good tech to their team. For example, a broker with 100 agents, on average, only has 20 or maybe 30 agents that are truly profitable contributors that incentivize the broker to provide more tools. Yet these are the same agents who are “capped out” or on high splits. A broker may opt out of technology they need because this pricing model is unfriendly to their business model. Other things to consider are part-time agents, or agents on the “books” that don’t sell, like assistants. Makes for messy bookkeeping and difficult negotiations with the buyer.
  • Best Practices: In fact, pricing by agent may ONLY work if the broker has a “tech fee” model where all the agents pay in—or some pay in to tiers for group rates. This allows the broker to be a partner and add value to the agent relationship. For some companies, I have provided licenses to all users, while discounting the “working/active” agent count, OR have priced only on transacting agents and given newer/non-transacting agents software for free (at times with a limited service).

Pricing by Office:

  • What is it: Pricing based on office count.
  • Pitfalls: Difficult for sprawling companies. Also weird for the vendor if one office has 500 agents and the other has 20. Getting the price point right can be confusing.  What do you do when you get to virtual offices?
  • Best Practices: The only way this makes sense is a shared resource that may be physical in an office—say a 3D camera, and the software license that powers it. I have seen SaaS companies that aren’t pursuing massive revenue goals also price this way as a way to avoid agent count arguments. However, I would advise against this model because too many variables exist among physical offices.

Pricing by Listing:

  • What is it: Pricing based on listing count, usually for a time span.
  • Pitfalls: Okay, this is much easier for a broker to count the cost against (assign ROI). But do you count MLS listings or just company-owned? Do you count listings on the market for one day or do you snapshot the last 12 months and price accordingly?
  • Best Practices: The latter is likely the best call (annual listing count) and is the way many listing marketing services price today. This allows the broker to recoup costs since most listings will sell, but profit margins are tight. Increased costs here often get passed down to agents or recouped via some kind of fee. NOTE: A listing in NYC and a listing in Albany, NY have much different ROI implications. Pricing by listing should take into account median list prices for areas served.

The “Razor” Approach:

  • What is it: When a software or service is provided cheaply, or for free at an enterprise level, but upgrades or usability has a pay wall or limit.
  • Pitfalls: Broker gets the razor for free or a low flat “access fee” or bulk license fee which is stable, and the agents pay for the “blades.” In some cases the vendor and the broker split upsell fees. In that case, two parties want to extract value and are exerting pressure and agents can feel pressure from both sides to buy something. This can make for overwhelming sales pitches and meetings that agents don’t want to go to (which is already a problem). Brokers have not historically shown that they are a great sales channel (on their own).
  • Best Practices: In this model the vendor truly adds value to their clients’ bottom line from whatever value the tech is bringing and the revenue from shared success—difficult for the vendor to manage, but financially friendly to the client. The main risk for the broker is agent burnout. I have seen situations where there is great alignment from the broker and the agent, with a plan for communication and a well-thought out launch plan. For example; pre-marketing -> soft launch -> focus on success with key early adopters -> Launch -> marketing success internally and then continuing the cycle. Don’t forget webinars, handouts and live trainings. Like I said, more burden on the vendor, but if the product actually works, you can see great adoption and sales. This requires a true partnership between the vendor and broker to work. Great for SaaS models that require agent participation.

The Success/Referral Fee:

  • What is it: Free software, lead or service in exchange for a fee.
  • Pitfalls: Less common, but still around. It just lends itself to a lot of arguments and requires trust and accountability—and lawyers. In this model, services may be provided for free in exchange for a portion of the success fee. This is less common due to RESPA, etc. An example is a company sending a listing lead for a referral fee (paid if the company gets the listing or sells the home).
  • Best Practices:  This is not very common from a true vendor. And as mentioned above, this is rife with issues of legality. Better off to charge a flat lead fee and be fine with it. Some states may require a brokerage license to collect a referral fee.

Free (Freemium)

  • What is it: Completely free level of service. Possible upgrades at certain level(s) of use.
  • Pitfalls: Nothing is truly free. A favorite quote floating around Silicon Valley is, “If it’s free, the product is you”. Meaning, your data or interactions are providing value to the platformin exchange you are receiving some value. A great example of this is posting on a listing portal. Your listing being there is free, but they get to make money around your data. In exchange, you get the marketing ability associated with that brand. This creates distrust at times, and can embitter early adopters because, as value increases in the platform, the freemium bar moves farther and farther away. Any early user of Trulia/Zillow likely remembers a time when it was $99 for unlimited featured listings on the platform, or when it was totally free to be the listing agent on your own listings.
  • Best Practices:  Know what you are getting into. Vendors need to be transparent. Everyone is in business to make money, so establish early adopter benefits that last. Inevitably, contracts can be altered, but work with the vendor to establish “friendly fences.”

Flat Fee / Monthly Fee

  • What is it: Fixed price, usually based on cost/value pricing models. Cost based pricing means that the vendor assesses the cost of creating the tool or service, and adds a layer for profit. Value based pricing, takes less into account the cost of creating the tool or service, and more into the ROI or perceived value received by the buyer.
  • Pitfalls: Most vendors aren’t going to tell a broker their costs to create the service or tools or their profit margins. For SaaS there is a high cost up front in creating the tool and service, often recouped over a volume of subscriptions. I think these pricing models are hardest for a buyer to understand – especially cost based pricing models. At the end of the day, ROI or Value based can be the easiest to explain and most common. This is especially true If the product can directly be tied to a metric (leads, closings, recruitment, traffic, etc).
  • Best Practices: In this model you should take into account the avg. listing price point per customer, or market as a way to balance your pricing per market. It can annoy a client to know that the same service somewhere else is cheaper, but logical customers understand that the implications of their market typically impact price – i.e. $1M avg market vs. a $250K avg market, usually has pricing that scales similarly.

Negotiating deals – besides pricing, you also need to know where you can negotiate. Here are some recommendations for both sides.

Contract Terms:

  • Cancellation clause: As a vendor in this space for years, and as a broker tech buyer early in my career, there was one clause I loved to ask for—and provide. I called it the “Good Neighbor” clause. This clause allows both parties a mutual cancellation with 30 days notice. Sometimes I packaged this in the first 90 days, or even the first year. These kinds of terms establish trust on both sides. If a vendor fails and can’t cure in 30 days, you can leave. And for the vendor, if a broker doesn’t deliver on expectations, pay their bills, etc, you can part ways as well.
  • Delayed Payment: Some vendors don’t need to start billing day oneIt doesn’t hurt to ask for a month free vs. a discount. For example, sign a 15-month contract so you have 3 months to ramp up your agents. Note, you may lose your cancellation clause or need to establish principals to cancel within the first 90 days.
  • Bulk Payment: Some vendors value cash, especially early stage startups. Offer cash payments, in full for discounts. (watch cancellation clauses here)
  • Price Protection: Love your vendor? Negotiate a longer agreement with price protection. Lock in 2nd, 3rd, 5th, year pricing in advance—try to get upgrades in too.

In closing, I hope this helps everyone get to the best answer and help our industry transform into the future. I tried to be as inclusive as possible, but I may have left some strategies out by accident.  If you think of something I missed or have other thoughts, please leave feedback below—and share this if you found value in it.

Onward and Upward!

[Editor’s note: Originally published on LinkedIn]

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Pearl Residences in Victoria

The Pearl Residences by Farmer Group is a new 8-storey mixed-use condominium residence development located in downtown Victoria‘s Chinatown district. This project will offer a collection of 133 distinctive residences with contemporary interiors and a variety of floor plans to suit diverse lifestyles. Set in a prime downtown location overlooking the working harbour, The Pearl’s concrete and steel architecture adds lustre to the red brick patina of Victoria’s historic Old Town.

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The Haro in Cordova Bay

The Haro in Cordova Bay is a new 4-storey mixed-used development located along the 5100-block of Cordova Bay Road in Victoria. This project will offer 86 market condominiums, ranging from one-bedroom to three-bedroom, penthouse homes. The Haro is designed for those determined to fully embrace Island life; living by the shore in this most precious part of the Pacific. Choose your new Island home within one of three unique buildings. Enjoy luxurious living in a community like no other.

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The Ambrose on Hawthorne

The Ambrose on Hawthorne by Quorus Properties is a new condo development located in Port Coquitlam. This project will offer 28 units, sizes range from 478 sqft to 989 sqft. Open concept living and over-height ceilings complement modern finishes including stunning quartz countertops, brand name stainless steel appliances, high-quality laminate floors, and even crown mouldings. The development is scheduled for completion in 2020.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Help Wanted: Written Analysis and Curation from an Operator Perspective

To continue Geek Estate’s long standing “for operators, by operators” perspective, I’m seeking operators with broad & diverse experiences to provide written analysis and curation for the Geek Estate Mastermind in 2019.

Contributing could be as lightweight as sourcing a couple links and commentary for the Weekly Radars, one long form article a month, or even one per quarter. Heck, it could even be one article per year.

If you’d like to see samples of the writing & curation seen in 2018, they are linked from the GE Mastermind Preview category page.

A few operator profiles I’m interested in bringing into the fold:

  • Blue-Collar Real Estate Sales: nationwide median list price of 276k presents a different reality compared to real estate markets in tech/media hubs such as Seattle, San Francisco, and New York where cool million plus figures are the norm. Just maybe the downward pressure on commissions is a Silicon Valley problem rather than the real problem? I’m certain someone on the front lines in a blue-collar city such as Detroit or Little Rock would help members free themselves from the tech bubble many of us operate in.
  • DIY Landlord: Landlord tech is an industry segment I’m massively bullish on, and one both Greg and I have been writing about extensively as part of the small landlord property management software category review series. Someone in the weeds managing properties, handling tenant requests, and screening applicants would help continue our emphasis on analyzing and dissecting this landscape.
  • Team Builder: Tech founders need to build sales teams to push software while brokerages are required to recruit agents to grow. Someone who has built teams in one or both capacities as an operator would lend a valuable perspective to the mix.
  • CTO / Engineer: It would be great to hear regularly from a technologist who has managed tech build-outs, recruited engineers, and scaled software stacks.

Requirements: Experience in an operational capacity. Writing experience is a plus, but not required. I can source copywriting help as long as the thesis, supporting data, and examples are delivered.

Compensation: Either per article, hourly, or a revenue share (for someone who helps with both content and business development).

Interested or know someone who may be? Get in touch.

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