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Steven Threndyle

Steven Threndyle is a freelance writer specializing in condo/urban development and recreational properties throughout western Canada. Got an interesting story idea? E-mail Steven: sthrendy[at]

Bombs won't break a runner's spirit: reflections after Boston Marathon tragedy

If terrorists are trying to defeat the human spirit, marathoners are the wrong group to pick on.

Remember to Breathe: Buyer’s Market Has A Calming Effect on House Hunters

October sales: something for buyers and sellers.

Borrowing Money for A Mortgage: Best Not to Be Self-Employed

Load up on that down payment if you're self employed.

In San Francisco, tech economy leads bounce

After a five-day holiday in The City during, yes, a gloomy ‘Fog-ust’, I came away deliriously stoked about all of the things San Francisco offers that, well, Vancouver does not. Like surfing in the...

"Unusual levels of uncertainty" dog Canadian economy

Hmm, manageable challenges. I’ll ask my Irish friends about that.

What you can get that's less than 2,000 sq. feet for $1.75 mil in W. Vancouver

Where architectural heritage meets hefty price tag.

Robert Fung's good vibrations

Fung gets Emerging City Visionary Award from the Museum of Vancouver.

"You're poorer than you think" revisited

A VO reader pointed out some inaccuracies in yesterday’s story about my re-posting of the Globe & Maiil story on CMHC’s ‘Emili’ program. The thrust of the Globe’s investigation is that the...

You're poorer than you think

When we purchased a house in Kelowna a few years ago, I was amazed at the lightning speed with which banks would extend my line of credit. True, the provincially assessed value of the house did...