friday free for all!

Its Friday and that means open-topic time. Here’s a few stories to help kick off the discussion:

-Thousands of new downtown condos available soon!
-The empty husk at 1133 W. Georgia to become a hotel
Federal property sale attacked as a give-away
-City makes two offers to end strike
-Plenty of subprime money still available
-Countrywide’s CEO sees housing led recession

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news, thoughts and links here!

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PropertyTaxMan
PropertyTaxMan
13 years ago

Don’t get stuck with a bad tenant. Check out the web site http://www.Bad-Tenant.org . You can check to see if your next tenant is a bad tenant for free and you can let the world know about your bad tenants so that someone else does not get stuck with them like you did. Also there are free rental forms and landlord advice. Check it out. http://www.Bad-Tenat.org

markx
markx
13 years ago

Casey-shiller index finally showed a big decline of 3.2% for second quarter. Note that this is NATIONAL figure, which means the bubble areas are in a lot of hurt. Although by this time, nobody is denying the bursting of bubble. It's finger pointing time!

TheVanMan
TheVanMan
13 years ago

Cape said:Your math is incorrect. Percentages already account for population, you don't get to take 10% of the number just because we have 10% of the population. It's 10% of the products being marketed and distributed and not necessarily bought by the Canadian public only.Consumer goods (this is true in Canada and in the US) can be purchased anywhere by the global community. You can live in Canada and can still buy a digital camera at one of the American eBay stores. Does that mean that you then suddenly become part of American census? What about people from HK, Europe and Africa?That's why I mentioned aggregated sales in North America being a 90% / 10% ratio relatively speaking. It simply means that out of 10 products sold and distributed in North America, roughly 9 goes to the US and 1… Read more »

HADENOUGH
HADENOUGH
13 years ago

Toronto had this honour about 10 years ago and they milked it for everything it was worth. They even had posters all over the place. We had just moved there from France. I thought it was so stupid and embarassing."They love us! They reall Love us"Really, it was one of the top 10 places to do buisness. Not to live.

Swirlyman
Swirlyman
13 years ago

patriotz:I also think it has a hell of an attitude problem, but of course that's just my opinion.Mine too — and I think as more and more narcissists flock to Vancouver in order to brag to friends that they own a piece of the world's most liveable RE, this attitude problem will get much worse.

cape
cape
13 years ago

Therefore 20% of Americans who are in subprime mortgages, 10% of 20 should be 2% for an equivalent Canadian version. But ours is 5%!Your math is incorrect. Percentages already account for population, you don't get to take 10% of the number just because we have 10% of the population.

Inwonderment
Inwonderment
13 years ago

"Vancouver the Most Livable City" Has anyone seen the posting of this story on any website maintained the the Economist – I've checked the The Economist Cities and Intelligence Unit sites but could not find it – perhaps I missed it. I also thought the Provice piece said – the "most liveable city for business travelers", but other articles did say most livable.

satv
satv
13 years ago

***STAMP ON EVIDENCE**RITZ-CARLTON: project is a stamp on evidence that vancouver is not just an olympics venue,but vancouver is lot more beyond olymipcs.FUNDAMENTAL SPUZM:carlton does not bank on olympics as that will complete in 2011.now we need to solve fundamental crisis.who's fundamental's are important:renters,buyers,sellers,investor's in value 300k,1.million's or millions of dollars.MASS-TRANSIT:Vancouver got a massive transit system underway,after canada-line there will be another sky-train from broadway-ubc.LETS COMPETE:any other city wants to compete with Vancouver they have to install trillions of dollars transit system that makes vancouver "sky is a limit".then they will be missing beachs,mountains, and squamish-whistler over the top of city.that makes vancouver "space is a limit"beyond black-comb.VANCOUVER DRIVES:last week I have made a comment that says "lack of services in any other city will continue to drive other cities towards Vancouver".NUMBER BEYOND 1.(is there any other stage)than Vancouver number… Read more »

TheVanMan
TheVanMan
13 years ago

Patiently waiting said:Although they say only 5% of new Canadian mortgages are subprime, I'm sure its much higher in Vancouver and is largely responsible for some of our extreme prices.I say:Whereas the Americans sub-prime comprised 20% of mortgages.5% number for Canadian mortgages I considered to be extremely high.Why? Because, some big ticket item Canadians consumer products usually comprised about less than 10% of aggregated North American sales. Which means, Americans buy a lot lot more than Canadians do. This has to do with their vast population compared to us, which makes sense because they have more states than we do provinces. Housing is a big ticket North American borne consumer product too, except it's made locally. You need loans to buy a home right if you don't have cash right?!? Therefore 20% of Americans who are in subprime mortgages, 10%… Read more »

aetakeo
aetakeo
13 years ago

New York is having some construction woes. It's the same all over, I imagine.

chapmans chimp
chapmans chimp
13 years ago

An example of creative financing might involve giving an employee a $5.00 hr raise.The employee cashes the paycheck, and gives back the money to the employer in cash; six months later the employee applies for a loan, based on the last six months pay stubs.Another example:Seller finances the purchase at inflated price, and inflated, borderline usury interest rates. Year or so later purchaser refinances with inflated paycheck stubs.This works well, until prices stop climbing.

chapmans chimp
chapmans chimp
13 years ago

As I have stated in the past Genworth is our canary. They are giving out 40/40 mortgages zero down. Being owned by GE who just shut one of their mortgage units, Genworth should come under scrutiny. I think it will take a few weeks to work its way out.No way Freako, Gen is not the canary, we don't have much subprime in Canada. We have creative financing.

freako
freako
13 years ago

I have posted a list of current condo buildings under construction and their completion date on my blog.Awesome, I miss VHB's completion charts.

REsteven
REsteven
13 years ago

markxI have posted a list of current condo buildings under construction and their completion date on my blog.http://vannumbers.wordpress.com/

freako
freako
13 years ago

Although they say only 5% of new Canadian mortgages are subprime, I'm sure its much higher in Vancouver and is largely responsible for some of our extreme prices. As I have stated in the past Genworth is our canary. They are giving out 40/40 mortgages zero down. Being owned by GE who just shut one of their mortgage units, Genworth should come under scrutiny. I think it will take a few weeks to work its way out.Expiring pre-approvals and cutback on subprime SHOULD slow the Vancouver market considerably this fall. If it doesn't slow, I don't know what gives. YOY sales should collapse.

Patiently Waiting
Patiently Waiting
13 years ago

Canada losing subprime lendinghttp://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070825.RCREDIT25/TPStory/BusinessThis is the best local bubble news so far.Although they say only 5% of new Canadian mortgages are subprime, I'm sure its much higher in Vancouver and is largely responsible for some of our extreme prices.

satv = REALTOR X
satv = REALTOR X
13 years ago

I am currently writing a fiction novel, and it goes something like this:We received an anonymous tip from a blogger who provided links to several Real Estate discussion boards.We followed up on his/ hers suggestion, and discovered many of the regular posters were heavily involved in real estate, and most had very obvious irregularities in their tax returns. The abuses ranged from minor interpretations of the bulletins to major blatant fraud.Some have been deducting the mortgage interest costs of their domicile.Others had bogus deduction claims, charged interest to themselves, rented properties for much less than market value to family members, and underreported revenues in many convoluted methods. Please note:Any resemblance to real people is purely coincidental.

Warren
Warren
13 years ago

markx:Rents are reasonable relative to manual labour income, not student loan guidelines.Basically, college funding support is somewhat set nationally, but cost of living is set by local wages.Student loans are an entirely different conversation. I'll give you an anecdotal example from a friend of mine. He's recently married, wife has a good job, and he's going back to school. He quit his crap job and applied for a loan. He was recently approved for $15k for a year. His tuition is roughly $8k I think. Now, his wife makes enough money for them both to live on, but the tuition might have been a stretch. As a taxpayer supporting that loan, and somebody who worked through school, I think its more than fair, but still not too much.Oh yes, and of course they live in Kits.

patriotz
patriotz
13 years ago

It has its share of problems, but they just aren't as bad as other cities in the worldDisagree. Vancouver has a very serious property crime problem – house and car breakins – which is much worse than the rest of Canada, and is bad even by US standards. It also has a terrible homeless problem. And drug problem. All of the previous related of course.Apart from social issues, Vancouver has the worst transportation problems of any Canadian city, despite being far from the biggest.I also think it has a hell of an attitude problem, but of course that's just my opinion.

Ulsterman
Ulsterman
13 years ago

From Dazeebee's Forbes link above:Vancouver, CanadaP/E: 28.61Vancouver has one of the lowest rental yield rates of any city measured, at 3.19%, despite high prices. Across Canada, despite the same tax system, the effective annualized return rate resulted in a much better P/E of 16.31. Owners need to be aware that such a large spread keeps the rental market strong and the market for sellers more stagnant. The pool of buyers remains relatively small as renters can get the same property at significantly less cost and invest the difference.Us in a bubble, haven't these Forbes idiots heard that we are getting the Olympics… Tsssk Tsssk!

markx
markx
13 years ago

Warren:Rents are reasonable relative to manual labour income, not student loan guidelines. The lack of "student ghetto" such as McGill's, means student often live in the far suburbs and commute to school. Thus it's a bit hard for students.Basically, college funding support is somewhat set nationally, but cost of living is set by local wages.

Patiently Waiting
Patiently Waiting
13 years ago

Canadian debt agency to review rating criteriahttp://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2007/08/24/dbrs.html"Air Canada, NAV Canada, Transat AT, the Ontario government, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan are just some of the groups that have millions tied up in ABCP that is, in some cases, now completely illiquid.While most holders of this debt express public confidence they'll eventually get their money back, it may take some time."

tulip-Mania2
tulip-Mania2
13 years ago

"Mayor Sam Sullivan credits the people living in Vancouver — and their strong social and environmental ethic — for the city's top ranking."I could never be a politician. How can somebody actually say that.

Dazeebee
Dazeebee
13 years ago
digi
digi
13 years ago

Subprime bailout means that the stupid won't have to pay."..I always had the view that the Fed's job was to take the punchbowl away when the party got too boisterous. Yet here they were with a snap 50-beep discount rate cut, seemingly not only refilling the punchbowl but also giving the drunks back their car keys."