I personally believe, that the solution to the real estate affordability crisis, is not lowering prices. It’s access to the market.

Although lowering prices would solve the affordability issue, the problem with the idea that prices will decrease to affordable levels, to let’s say pre-2009 (i.e. 20%-50% for a Vancouver single detached home), is unrealistic. Market forces, like construction costs, which have doubled in recent years, would mean that building a home, not including the price of land, would cost a few hundred thousand dollars to build a home ($357/sqft on a 2,500 home would cost $892,000).

More importantly, nobody, except non-homeowners are incentivized to have lower prices, which I’d argue is the most powerful market force. Local governments, provincial governments and federal governments all capture more taxes when property values go up. Home owners never want to sell their home for less than what they’ve paid for it. Developers, construction companies, and banks are all dependent on prices increasing to pay for staff, business expenses and to make a profit. Every player in the game of real estate are all alligned with the same incentive for higher and higher prices. …


Below is the full story that was featured on The Georgia Straight, April 7th, 2018. https://www.straight.com/life/1054016/renters-vancouver-we-took-big-property-management-company-court

My girlfriend and I were living in a building in New Westminster, British Columbia that was run by a large property management company called Onni Property Management. We decided that we wanted to move to Vancouver to reduce our commute time and live closer to our friends and family. To do that, we had to break a clause in our lease.

When we moved in however, the landlord made us sign an addendum that said that if we left our home before our fixed-term was up, he would keep our $700 damage deposit. We found out that these additional clauses are fairly common, and actually saw the same agreement on my brother’s lease when he moved to Vancouver in late 2017. …


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As we prepare to launch and get out of Beta, we’re very excited to say that we’re hiring at Maptiks!

It’s been months since we built the MVP of Maptiks (initially called Sliptics), and since then we’ve been able to signup hundreds of users, get valuable product feedback, and build something that our users are loving.

We’re still working on funding, but we’ve committed some cash to the company to help Maptiks go to the next level and it’s time to build something great, and so useful for our customers that whenever they build a map, they plugin Maptiks to ensure their app, or web map gets built faster, with a better user experience and with insightful consumer insights. …


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As we finish the last few touches to maptiks before we launch, I’ve been working on trying to figure out the most efficient, highest converting channel for acquiring new customers. We’re a SaaS that provides mapping analytics for Open Layers 3, LeafletJs and Google Maps API.

Here’s, roughly, how we tested 3 online customer acquisition channels and built a community of 250 people in 4 weeks.


I increased my pay by 100% in 1 year and I did it by showing exactly how our online marketing campaigns were turning prospects, into purchasers and how I was able to directly affect prospect behavior and their engagement with our company online. Side note, threatening to quit also helped.

The revenue table. The place where executives like to hang out and everyone is trying to get to. The place where you get to talk to the CEO and say “Hey, we generated this much business this year”. The place where you’re considered a profit centre, not a cost of doing business. A place typically reserved for sales, sometimes marketing and rarely optimizers and growth hackers. …


I thought I’d share a list (in order of importance) of the things I care about when working for a company. Also note, I’m looking to join a new team, especially if you guys have some similar values.

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1. Getting Shit Done

I like working with teams whose number one priority is getting shit done. Working in a nimble environment where problems need to be solved is where I feel the most excitement. I love deciphering the chaos and identifying what key problems need solving to have the greatest impact. If you’re still just figuring shit out? That’s awesome. I’m in!

2. Focus

Once a solution has been identified, it’s all about focusing and seeing it through. I like to work on teams who can execute and finish something till the end, even if it doesn’t always work out. …

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Julien Jacques

Startup enthusiast, realestate guy and wannabe designer.

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