Friday Free-for-all! Holiday Edition

Not only have you made it to the end of another work week, but you’re looking at a long weekend!  Here’s a round up of a few news stories I’ve noticed this week:

-July 2008: Sales down, listings up
-Whistler is running out of Gas
New Pattullo Bridge will have toll
Bad realtors getting spanked
-CMHC expands bond program for banks
-GDP drop ‘a bit of a shocker
-Greenspan: US on ‘brink of recession

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news, links and anecdotes here and have an excellent long weekend!

note: any conversation on Vancouver, real estate or economics is allowed, please keep it civilized. When posting articles please only quote pertinent points and link to the original instead of pasting the entire article here. Pasting a link will automatically create a clickable hot-link. Thanks!

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Dave
12 years ago

There is really no point in debating it.

I agree, hence my offer to provide proof.

I would be glad to meet anybody for some hand picked fresh Guatamalan coffee right here in Victoria.

Drachen
Drachen
12 years ago

Vancouverbanker

"Mortgage brokers and real estate agents that do development are like drug dealers who do their own product."

Worse in a way. If things go to hell not only does the RE professional suffer on the job front but they have an over leveraged portfolio who's value is dropping like a stone.

Drugs are where it's at, you can always count on stable or increasing prices (take note Krrish, this could be your next great investment opportunity!).

Drachen
Drachen
12 years ago

Dave

"Even Drachen believes me."

Yeah, I think Krrish/Thumbsup has got everyone here jittery with his constant handle switching and occasional conversations between handles. I propose to everyone here that we simply apply a modified Turing test in the future. ie. If you cannot definitively say that two handles belong to the same person they are for all intents and purposes two separate people. There is really no point in debating it.

betamax
betamax
12 years ago

Dave 2, aka the source: "Now, with over 8 years of experience behind us, we’re sharing our stories and giving advice"

LOL. What advice? How to make money in a boom market? Because that's all you know. But you're about to get quite an education in bear markets, and the cost will make your student loan debt seem cheap in comparison.

Speaking of which: psych always attracts the flakes; no surprise considering how dysfunctionally 'the source' has represented himself here.

bdk
bdk
12 years ago

Instead of taking Dave's word about that not being his website, which he entered on a post. Why don't we ask his wife if he's been trolling multiple bear blogs?

It's clearly him and he could be Krissh too

crabman
12 years ago

I love those fuzzy statistics from Fuzzie Jurock:

"The "U.S. crash" is not countrywide. Out of 150 major markets, some 72 are still rising in value."

Of the 20 Case-Shiller markets, all 20 are down (YOY). But according to Fuzzie, half of all US markets are up!

Between 1988 and 1992, prices in San Diego dropped 35 per cent — since then, they rose by 410 per cent.

Back to Case-Shiller: San Diego actually bottomed in 1996 at 71.22. Today it sits at 178 (and falling) for an increase of 150%. I guess Fuzzie forgot to tell us his margin of error of 260%!

Dave
12 years ago

VancouverBanker, I am not a mortgage broker, a real estate agent or a developer. I have nothing to do with Dave 2. Some of you people are too quick to jump to conclusions and believe conspiracies. Why not just take me for my word? Even Drachen believes me.

Again, I am willing to prove it. So far, no takers.

VancouverBanker
VancouverBanker
12 years ago

Oh god, I just read that Dave is a mortgage broker. Let me guess, you want to be Avtar Bains?

Mortgage brokers and real estate agents that do development are like drug dealers who do their own product.

What I don't understand, is how can mortgage brokers get sucked in? I can understand real estate agents b/c they start believing their own BS. But mortgage brokers should realize the market is turning when NO reputable bank will touch broker deals anymore.

VancouverBanker
VancouverBanker
12 years ago

"In February, 2008 he switched to commercial real estate, and is now learning how to obtain financing for large apartment buildings, regional shopping centers, condo developments and more" This actually made me laugh out loud. None of the big five banks are doing much financing for ANYBODY right now, especially not for amateurs who jumped on the bandwagon way too late. Dave, I suggest you try the credit unions first, although even they seem to be realising they're going to get murdered when the market turns. Maybe some of the mezz debt lenders would be willing to take a chance on you, but they will charge you 18% interest and a 4% fee. Btw, since you're doing a "land assembly", I would bet a lot that your property is out in the sticks. I'll give you some free advice: stop… Read more »

VancouverBanker
VancouverBanker
12 years ago

Stop feeding the trolls everyone, it's ridiculous. Let's have some real discussions.

Manpassante
Manpassante
12 years ago

Something similiar to zis my friends will happen here. I have no doubt…..

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/04/business/04lend

freako
freako
12 years ago

If you read Dave 2’s blog, he doesn’t say that he ever lived in Victoria.

"Dave has a Bacher of Arts with an Hounours Degree in Psychology from UVic"

Pretty hard to go to Uvic without living in Victoria

His race was in July.

No, he had a race in June.

jesse
jesse
12 years ago

From Bluesman's first link (Jurock for Calgary Herald). Ozzie says: Sales of new condos are sharply lower this June (down 62 per cent), and the sales success ratio dropped from 70 per cent to 34 per cent. This would be due to increased failures of conditional offers of sale, inspection, and financing. I wonder how much the latter is impacting the success ratio, if at all. What this means is that, if I read these stats properly, the number of accepted (not completed) offers is only down around 20% from last year. This makes sense — the real estate ladder is leveraged off FTBs and an increased number of failed offers is a corollary to falling sales. Why FTBs are not buying is another question entirely. Likely reasons are tighter lending, demand borrowed from past years, and speculation of future… Read more »

Dave
12 years ago

Perhaps “The Source” is Julie and Dave is “Dave”. I mean, how many people named Dave have a keen interest in real estate investing, lived in Victoria and Burnaby, and both had races in June?

You are using selective reasoning. I am the one who told you I lived in Victoria and Burnaby. If you read Dave 2's blog, he doesn't say that he ever lived in Victoria. His race was in July. I am surprised you remembered my race, but it was in June, although I also had one in july but never posted about it.

Again, the offer to meet still stands. Or, I can send you an email of my drivers license, but will block out my last name and address (excluding the Victoria part).

Bluesman
Bluesman
12 years ago

Here are a couple of interesting links I found over at Alberta Bubble Blog. Hat tip to Brent over there.

http://tinyurl.com/6mxk64

http://tinyurl.com/6jmfue

Brittanny
Brittanny
12 years ago

Dave can't see the forrest for the trees.

the source
the source
12 years ago

About Julie Broad and Dave Peniuk In our first five years as rookie real estate investors, we purchased eleven residential investment properties, dealt with a property manager on trial for murder, tenants with knives, fire code inspections leading to court appearances and more. Now, with over 8 years of experience behind us, we're sharing our stories and giving advice to help other rookie investors avoid the mistakes we've made, while enjoying the benefits a good real estate portfolio offers. Dave and Julie Julie grew up in a house attached to a small 20 room motel in Bassano, Alberta. Her family has been self-employed and involved in real estate in varying degrees throughout her life, so her interest in all things brick and beam was natural. From land to strip malls to apartment buildings, her family has been involved in many… Read more »

bdk
bdk
12 years ago

So they are having trouble selling 1 bedroom Manhatten units for $600k?

So what does that mean in Vancouver where the rent is about 40% of Manhatten and costs more?

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/realestate/03co

bdk
bdk
12 years ago

One of yesterdays trolls even referenced the trolls?

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/magazine/03trol

There's also an article in todays NY Times about a glut of 1 bedrooms in Manhatten, which is in a comparable city in New York, New York.

freako
freako
12 years ago

Also, why did the “about us” on the Dave & Julie page suddenly change today?

Scratch that, I mixed up the blog and the website. So this Dave is a mortgage broker? Isn't that what dev/null independently figured out that the "other" Dave was? Very coincidental.

freako
freako
12 years ago

You’re mixing up Dave and The Source. That is The Source’s blog (unless you are proposing that they are the same person).

Perhaps "The Source" is Julie and Dave is "Dave". I mean, how many people named Dave have a keen interest in real estate investing, lived in Victoria and Burnaby, and both had races in June? Also, why did the "about us" on the Dave & Julie page suddenly change today?

These are the Daves I know, I know These are the Daves I know These are the Daves I know, I know These are the Daves I know.

Daba
Daba
12 years ago

I see that some people have been talking about market rents so I would like to post a question. I recently moved to Richmond; I rent the top floor of a duplex near Steveston Village. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large deck and a huge (i.e. double lot) backyad. I am presently paying $1300 for it. Would you say that this is close to market rents in Metro Vancouver? Thanks!

Drachen
Drachen
12 years ago

Dave "Just because I am not as bearish as many folks here does not make me a bull." No that's true. But your conclusions were reached on equally fallacious reasoning as bulls use so you get lumped in with them. For what it's worth however I don't think you're thumbs or the source. Thumbsup doesn't have any concept of logic or proper argument and he's functionally illiterate. The source is literate and has an extremely weak grasp of logic but no concept of proper argument. Dave is literate has a good grasp on proper argument but instead of debating in good faith constantly uses subversive tricks to get his point across instead of assembling a proper argument. I only say he has a good grasp because he breaks the rules so consistently I find it highly unlikely that he's unaware… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

Could someone please call the grownups back into the room?

Bluesman
Bluesman
12 years ago

Dave: "Different" isn't the word! 🙂 Now go to bed!