Friday Free-for-all: stormclouds & rainbows

It’s Friday and if you’ve been here before you know what that means, it’s time for our end of the week news round up post and open topic weekend discussion.  Here are a few stories I’ve noticed lately:

STORMCLOUDS:

Developer sues condo buyers who try to back out of contracts
Canadian retail sales see biggest drop since 1998
Ottawa to run huge deficits for next two years
US jobless claims hit 26 year high
Is this a recession or another great depression?

RAINBOWS!

Optomistic central bank expects speedy rebound
Vanoc believes unsold olympic village condos will be snapped up
Why a buyers market is a first timers market
CREA: Your home may be worth more than you thought!

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent week-end!

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recessionwatch
recessionwatch
11 years ago

depressionwatch:

This is exactly what a depression looks like. Buisness owners are just walking away.

http://www.vancouversun.com/Province+takes+over+p

blackdeath
blackdeath
11 years ago

Massacre in the Fraser Valley! 60,000 dead expected !!!

http://www.vancouversun.com/Health/Abbotsford+far

.bdk
.bdk
11 years ago

NO -LYMPICS:

A family friend of mine, who lives in Dunbar, asked a renovations guy who was working next door for a quote on a cheap kitchen reno and was told it'd be $80,000+

This is a house that'd be torn down within minutes of a sale.

YaletownWorker
YaletownWorker
11 years ago

Walked past H&H in Yaletown today and noticed a new sign in front: Receivership Sale – Up to 40% off, 2br starting at $374K. It has begun…

yaletownwindowjumper
yaletownwindowjumper
11 years ago

70,000 jobs lost TODAY !!!!! Read 'em and fly.

http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=121927

depressionwatch
depressionwatch
11 years ago

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LAYOFFS ANNOUNCED THIS AM. THE LIST GETS BIGGER EVERY DAY. WHOS GOING TO BUY THOSE CONDOS?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090126/ap_on_bi_ge/b

NO -LYMPICS
NO -LYMPICS
11 years ago

Home Depot job cuts:

We sure had a plethora of Home Improvement shows like " Flip this House" etc. Debby Travis, etc. etc.Home and Garden TV….

You wonder how many sheepies bought into the "religious " programming and became RE cult members with all the messages these type of shows spewed out. Must have Hardwood floors !!!! , Mini Blinds!!!!…$30,000 kitchens!!!! German appliances !!!! Granite Countertops!!!!…paint each room a different colour white is verboten !!!

Then make big $$$ selling it !

Time to switch the channel.

Stuckman
Stuckman
11 years ago

"The Avtar Gurantee"

avtar.bains@colliers.com

Can I get that in writng please?

I think you are the most believable realtard in the lower mainland. God Bless you.

NO -LYMPICS
NO -LYMPICS
11 years ago

Avtar's resume:

http://www.colliersmn.com/prod/profiles.nsf/webpo

I love the less than subtle credit they take and the numbers they publish.

All they really did was have some Seller bambaboozled by the brand name , put the RE on the MLS, contact some connections, and find a buyer more gullible than the seller. If there is no buyer as gullible as the seller, then we have a "correction" aka shite hits the fan.

Given Avtar's RE specialty, its easy to roll over $1 Billion with a few sales in a heated amrket.

Isn't that pretty much how it REALLY works, an RE summary of salesmen seeking a greater fool ?

alexcanuck
alexcanuck
11 years ago

Stuckman:

Post text of your emails? I'd like to see what you call "politely". 😉

I've got no reply yet!

Stuckman
Stuckman
11 years ago

Sent another e-mail to Avtar politely asking if he would put his realtard "Avtar Guarantee" in writing.

Given the fact he is a fine human being, a credit to realtards everywhere, and the best fukkin realtard I have ever seen, I fully expect to pick my "Avtar Guarantee" today. God Bless Avtar Bains.

Damn I'm happy. All the OTHER condo owners are forked and can't sell for love nor money, whilst I have the best possible realtard guarantee to take to my bank. I LOVE Avtar Bains and he will always have a rental room in my condo at a special discount for his honest arse.

Vansanity
Vansanity
11 years ago

Home Depot cuts 7,000 jobs. A sure sign that the renovation/flipping boom has gone bust.

http://www.bnn.ca/news/6420.html

NO -LYMPICS
NO -LYMPICS
11 years ago

I think ol' Avtar Bains hass imply exposed the RE trade's NON secret. –a monkey in bikini could sell real estate in a hot market $8 Billion? ..whoop de F*kkin dooo. The Biz works on greed and B.S. and lowly minions doing the actual work, he is simply a brand name like Rennie . — When the overheated market starts a correction aka shite hits the fan big time…..these realturds big and small have had their pedestal shaken and start spewing UNbelievable Grade A B.S. Its in times like these we start to realize how useless some of these "professionals" are..its all exposed now ! I think Avtar (Avturd?) has cut his throat with comments like that and has flushed his credibility down the sh*tter….a career death wish ? His clients will think he has sucked them in like a… Read more »

Stuckman
Stuckman
11 years ago

Avtar Bains, that saint of a human being and realtard extradanaire unbelievable is also found at …

avtar.bains@colliers.com

Propaganda says Avtar has sold $ 8 BILLION of real estate. This is a man whose realtard word is as good as it gets.

God Bless you Avtar Bains. You can obviously afford to honour the "Avtar Guarantee". The world is a MUCH better place with realtards like Avtar Bains.

patriotz
patriotz
11 years ago

Is he related to Hardial Bains by any chance?

The two of them make about as much sense.

Stuckman
Stuckman
11 years ago

God Bless Avtar Bains

avtar_bains@colliers.com

Here I was operating under the assumption every PoS realtard in the lower mainland is willing to spew ANYTHING to promote buying from ultra dumb sheeple and now Avtar is providing the "Avtar Guarantee".

Boy was I wrong about realtards. I feel just plain terrible.

God Bless you Avtar Bains.

alexcanuck
alexcanuck
11 years ago

No-lympics.

I mean it posted as anonymous, yet I think I was logged in when I posted. Not too important unless it is happening to others or a lot. Maybe I had been logged out automatically.

alexcanuck
alexcanuck
11 years ago

Someone get that Avtar Bains quote up on the wiki. I will, of course, post any reply I get from him.

NO -LYMPICS
NO -LYMPICS
11 years ago

alexcanuck

What do ya mean…your post's text and someone else's blog name get mixed up on the same posting ?

NO -LYMPICS
NO -LYMPICS
11 years ago

Well done gentlemen

Hold Avtar Bains accountable

Too many sheepies will be take his words at face value. Given his position, he should be held accountable.

alexcanuck
alexcanuck
11 years ago

208 was me. I think I was logged in when I hit submit. Has anyone else had this problem?

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Good suggestion, Stuckman!
Here is the text of the email I just sent to Avtar Bains.
Do I understand correctly that you are personally guaranteeing the future resale value of Vancouver Real Estate? (Presumably only if bought from Colliers or a subsidiary.)

I would be far more interested in purchasing in this climate of fear if that were true. Can you please forward me details of the “Avtar Guarantee”?
Incidentally, we sold our fully paid for townhouse 18 months ago, and are currently renting and waiting. We are serious buyers. I just didn’t think it was so soon.

Stuckman
Stuckman
11 years ago

Register your "guarantee" with Avtar Bains …

avtar_bains@colliers.com

If the man is offering "the Avtar guarantee." why wouldn't a body take him up on it?

Personally I'm e-mailing the man right now to register MY condo. In 12 months I expect to be paid the difference betwix todays price and the going market price.

Thanks Avtar. Here I thought realtards were basically scum. So glad to be proven wrong.

Stuckman
Stuckman
11 years ago

IOC bans "Right to Play" from all Vancouver Olympic venues in perpetuity …

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/ar

"Right to Play uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills and foster peace for children and communities in some of the world's most disadvantaged areas. The group's headquarters is located in Toronto and it works in 23 countries."

So. For the many taxpayer dollars going to support the Olympics we are disgustingly reminded that the IOC is a political organization answering to corporate sponsors and absolutely NOBODY ELSE.

What a fukkin joke.

NO -LYMPICS
NO -LYMPICS
11 years ago

Fear the NDP, not this 'recession for sissies': Rob Macdonald http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/BC-Politics/2009/… QUOTES The UDI’s forecast panel also included presentations by Polygon Homes chairman Michael Audain and Colliers International VP Avtar Bains. Both expressed confidence in the Lower Mainland real estate market. “This is the sixth housing market correction that I’ve experienced,” Audain said. “In all of it, I wish I’d taken more advantage of the buying opportunities that were available at those times.” “There will be no collapse of the real estate market in Vancouver,” Bains said. “I will give you the Avtar guarantee.” ====== Avtar Bains GUARANTEES IT? ======================================= QUOTE: Macdonald said the New Democrats are a party beholden to “big public sector unions” that have been “taken over by a mixed bag of Marxist, Leninists, Trotskyites, Maoists and Castroites.” The Urban Development Institute audience of more than a… Read more »