Test drive the forum

Discussion seems to be getting heated around here, and people seem to want to talk about a number of different topics, so I’ve rebuilt the forums.  If you have a VCI user account, you’ll be able to post topics and take part in the discussion there.  There’s a link to the forum at the top of the blog pages, and recent forum posts will show up in the upper right hand corner of the blog.

As always feedback is welcome.

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VHB
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VHB
6 years 8 months ago

Can we exile Dave and Drachen to the forum where they can engage in their mindless drivel without annoying the rest of us?

If one of them should succeed in 'winning' he shall be declared chamnpion of the internet. And promptly (and justly) this will be forgotten by all sentient beings 3 seconds later.

domus
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domus
6 years 8 months ago

Pope, is there a way to register without giving out the email?

domus
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domus
6 years 8 months ago

I guess one could use a 'fake' account. But I find the discussions in the comment section much quicker and nicer to scroll through. I never really liked the RET website for its format: threads tend to overlap, and multiply. It's hard to develop an interesting discussion over a day or two.

Inventory
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Inventory
6 years 8 months ago
R E B G V Inventory 2008-2009 The Rise… fall… rise? of inventory Jan 1, 2008 = 7871 Jan 15, 2008 = 8736 Feb 1, 2008 = 9883 Feb 15, 2008 = 10868 Mar 1, 2008 = 11348 Mar 15, 2008 = 12482 Apr 1, 2008 = 12851 Apr 15, 2008 = 14245 May 1, 2008 = 15017 May 15, 2008 = 16881 Jun 1, 2008 = 17336 Jun 15, 2008 = 18485 Jul 1, 2008 = 19411 Jul 15, 2008 = 19502 Aug 1, 2008 = 19750 Aug 15, 2008 = 20371 Sep 1, 2008 = 19120 Sep 15,… Read more »
Starving Artist
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Starving Artist
6 years 8 months ago

@Inventory: Why not start a public google spreadsheet with your data? http://docs.google.com/

Starving Artist
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Starving Artist
6 years 8 months ago

ie

http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0Ai_q-vT5O

What area do these numbers cover? Perhaps this would be a good topic for the new forum

joe
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joe
6 years 8 months ago

I predict there will be 30000 units of housing for sale this summer after the Speculator realized Elvis had left the building.

White Payer
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White Payer
6 years 8 months ago

So are you guys telling me that maybe, just maybe soon enough all those would be sellers will actually have to get rid of dead rats in the pantry, piles of garbage by the door, pubic hair clogging the bathtub, smelly socks lining the floor, crusty underwear on the kitchen table, dirty pots and pans on the countertop and dog shit in the backyard before they can show, photograph and sell their "properties" with multiple bids?

That would be grand!

crabman
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6 years 8 months ago

@domus: I don't think your email will be visible to others. You aren't worried about spam from the Pope are you? 😆

Alum
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Alum
6 years 8 months ago

Go Vancouver RE……Go…….

Kite towards moon
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Kite towards moon
6 years 8 months ago

@crabman:I think one could find out through the outbound routes for example:Registered member "SATV" if you e-mail him the outbound route will be b4sat@yahoo.com

By the way who has interest in following e-mails specially Domus? Isn't he sounds like dumbass? only dumb like scullboy or bdk will be following his dumbass.Domus concern also tell us that bears are not only bears in VAN. R.E.but also in life for unwanted privacy act.

Open up bears,oppertunities seems to appeared in few selections.In Vancouver,more listings mean more sales that always lead to more price that takes VAN RE kite towards moon.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
6 years 8 months ago

@Kite towards moon:

Your ESL teacher should be fired.

Kite towards moon
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Kite towards moon
6 years 8 months ago

I think Drachen and Dave are sleeping right now but Freako don't care anymore,Strataman automatically admit his defeat for being wrong however VHB looks like duplicate because that light in his user name is inactive,It could be due to forgotten password or he is BDK attempting to use his fake ID.

VHB?

Wreckonomics
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Wreckonomics
6 years 8 months ago

@Kite towards moon: KTM brings up an interesting point. If you happen to be SATV, and you email yourself, you can look at the address line and you will discover his email address! Of course this only works if you already have the email address.

Idiot. 🙄

best_place_on_meth
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best_place_on_meth
6 years 8 months ago

@Kite towards moon:

Say how to your chief for me.

Human778
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Human778
6 years 8 months ago
Fellow Bears – I need some help. I’ve spent a lot of time convincing my fiancée that it is a horrible time to buy. She agrees, but is becoming discouraged. I’ve presented all the arguments on risk, fundamentals, etc., and made a strong case as to why Vancouver is ripe to crash, big time. She countered me the other day with, “I don’t know. You have good arguments but I also think you hold this stance because you are waiting for the crash. Yes, the States is a mess, but some metropolitan areas must be fine – what about New… Read more »
Kite towards moon
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Kite towards moon
6 years 8 months ago

@Anonymous: I don't think so because fun is fun as long we let it flow.Recently i have confused him by asking few questions those are as following.

G+O=Go

D+O=Do

I ask my teacher why these two words sound into different directions?

If fathers brother and mothers brother is your uncle how would you understand them differently?

Just buy real estate and let the fun flow.

Bubble Lad
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Bubble Lad
6 years 8 months ago

Vancouver condo listings banner ad on Facebook.

Does anyone else find the instructions ( "Click on any balloon to start your MLS® search in that area") fitting?

http://zoomlistings.com/map/

scullboy
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6 years 8 months ago

KTM:

God, I'd like to kick you in the nuts, really fucking hard. I mean like "administer permanent damage and ensure no progeny" hard.

Kits are held aloft by wind. Wind is the movement of air. Once you run of out air, there's no wind to hold a kite aloft. Earth's atmosphere does not extend as far as the moon.

Therefore while I'm sure it looks to you like the kit's going to the moon, it isn't.

Insert your own real estate analogy here, window-licker.

rp
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rp
6 years 8 months ago

#18 @Human778: Vancouver is not New York by a long shot and prices in New York fell 30% and continue to flounder. Offer to move to New York. It is a real world-class city, not a wannabe, and it is *more affordable* than Vancouver.

There are many more employment options there too. You can get a deal on rent, same as Vancouver, and bank massive savings if you live below your means. You won't be "priced out" because the American housing market isn't going anywhere.

Honestly, I'd move to New York if it weren't for family.

Kite towards moon
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Kite towards moon
6 years 8 months ago
@scullboy: Your analogy does not apply as handle is in firm position and for your kind information you don't even know about three different phase of wind.In The first phase of wind it will force the kite to kiss the ground if kite is able to eclipse above this phase.The kite will enter into second phase where wind inforce it's rule for direction like a cop on the intersection.In the third phase kite will fly above two previous phase where first phase is unable to to bring the kite to ground and second phase is unable to change it's direction.… Read more »
best_place_on_meth
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best_place_on_meth
6 years 8 months ago

@Kite towards moon:

Have you ever heard the one about 2 dogs f*****g?

buffates
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buffates
6 years 8 months ago

@Human778: Treat it like this…If you wait for a correction for two years the depreciation in housing is similar to paying yourself a salary between 50-100K per year to wait. Would you take 100K per year to not buy a house? I would.

scullboy
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6 years 8 months ago

@best_place_on_meth

Of course he has. In his house that story is told by his dad and it's entitled "How I met your mother".

White Payer
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White Payer
6 years 8 months ago
Kite to the moon, you seem like a smart guy, so here's what I propose you do: You're obviously a REALTOR and a good one too, so go talk to you clients and convince them to sell their houses now. That will get the market crashing and in a year they can buy them back for half price. After that they only wait for a couple more years and since Vancouver RE only goes up, up, up (like a kite to the moon), their properties will double in value and they can make money on them again. You can throw… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
6 years 8 months ago
Tell her some wives are willing to hold back too. Behind rational reasons, it is mostly because of quality of life. All the couples I know who bought in the past 4 years overextended themselves (I mean mortgage > 3 x family income), and they are going through very hard times. The stress burden on a family is huge, especially if you have small kids that make you life crazy enough by waking up the middle of the night (this is almost the perfect recipe for a divorce). My friends also had to deal with post-buying depression: after a month,… Read more »
rp
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rp
6 years 8 months ago
#28 @Anonymous: This is a great point. Many women *really* do not want to leave their baby to go back to work. They hate every minute of it, it feels wrong, etc, etc. Some women don't care, but you never know. My wife had a good maternity leave and she hated going back. It was much harder than she expected because all her priorities changed. Work didn't matter as much and it was keeping her away from her baby, etc. She's moving to part time because when you have kids quality of life is #1. It's the difference between sanity… Read more »
davers
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davers
6 years 8 months ago

Slightly off topic, but the ad I see right now if for "Affinity" which is a would be condo across from holdom skytrain station. The ad outside the showroom say "Happiness starts under $300,000"

Man I cant believe the stuff they try to pawn off as advertising. Here I am believing that money cant buy happiness, and meanwhile they say it can. Granted it is a ton of money and I dont think I would be all that "happy" knowing I paid 300K for a 1 bedroom condo in Burnaby.

oneangryslav2
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oneangryslav2
6 years 8 months ago

@davers: But it's yours! And you're not "throwing money away on rent".

Aleks
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Aleks
6 years 8 months ago
Human778, Tell her that a) New York real estate did drop significantly, and b) that what matters is the price : rent ratio. New York is expensive to live in, period, because it's New York. Doesn't matter whether you rent or buy. Vancouver is only expensive if you buy. That's how you know it's a bubble. None of the justifications about why New York is more expensive really matter, what matters is whether prices and rents are out of whack. Show her some listings, what you can buy for $2000 a month and what you can rent. If she shows… Read more »
duru2000
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duru2000
6 years 8 months ago

Keep her busy, get her pregnant, she will forget about RE after 3 months, that's what i did, and moved to a larger place (>1000 sqft) and she's happy. Saving money and knowing that she can stay one year at home on mat leave and at least another one without worrying about work will help you guys survive.

The other option is no holiday, slave of the bank, probably divorce. I think this is the beginning of the end for real, with no safety nets from government.

Stupid Bears
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Stupid Bears
6 years 8 months ago

"BMO & RBC’s 5-year posted rates have been cut to 5.25% (from 5.39%). In addition to the fixed-rate cuts, Both banks have lowered their variable rates to prime – 0.15%"

You see, even the big banks want to keep this party going despite the changed mortgage requirements! Lots of steam left in the old RE appreciation game! You will be waiting many many years to buy bears…

buff_butler
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buff_butler
6 years 8 months ago

@Human778: Kind of a neat question. First maybe start looking; I think once one sees what they can get for the ammount of money they spend it would discourage them (unless she can get pulled in by salesman tactics). Worst case perhaps you can compromise and say spend only 1/2-2/3 what you were originally going to spend. That may ammount to buying nothing anyways 😛 Another compramise is to buy a place in another city and have a rental management property take care of it; this isn't really realistic for first time buyers though.

tincup
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tincup
6 years 8 months ago

Most of the suggestions to Human778 assume the wife is convinced that prices will eventually go down. If she is not convinced, then you have a tough task. Here is a handy rent-vs-buy calculator that I use sometimes:
https://www.interiorsavings.com/Personal/ToolsAnd

I also find it useful to frequently visit friends who bought and are miserable with financial stress, never-ending renovations, and tenant hassles.

blueskies
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blueskies
6 years 8 months ago

@Kite towards moon:

kite:

As the great bard would put it:

"Hark! What wind through yonder asshole breaks?"

superduperbulltime
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superduperbulltime
6 years 8 months ago

Bears always forget that RENTING SUCKS! I've done it and it stinks to high heaven. Bears are always on this blog and elsewhere claiming they love their rental and I call BEARSHIT on this. Remember BEARS :<

"VANCOUVER REAL ESTATE NEVER GO DOWN"

Anonymous
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Anonymous
6 years 8 months ago

For the families I know, there are only 3 options:

1) have kids and rent in Vancouver

2) have no kids and buy in Vancouver

3) have kids and move to another city where houses are affordable

Best place on meth
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Best place on meth
6 years 8 months ago

@Stupid Cheerleaders:

You're partly right, I will be waiting about 2 years to buy.

That's how long it will take for real estate here to crash 50%.

oneangryslav2
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oneangryslav2
6 years 8 months ago

@superduperbulltime: You, sir, have no idea what you're talking about. I rent and my twin sister is a "homeowner." I will be going out of town for the weekend, while she and her husband will be busy trying to fix up their yard.

superduperbulltime
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superduperbulltime
6 years 8 months ago

@oneangryslav2: You have no yard. That's the real difference little forenter. Yards are nice to have but I guess you wouldn't no anything about that. Have fun this weekend wallowing in your sorrow wherever you're going. I'll be in my yard playing with my dog and the kids.

Inventory
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Inventory
6 years 8 months ago

R e b g v inventory

Mar 9, 2010 = 13244

Mar 10, 2010 = 13439

Best place on meth
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Best place on meth
6 years 8 months ago
@superdouche: I'm in a ground floor apartment with a yard for my veggies and a patio for my furniture & bbq. All my herbs survived the mild winter, I don't even have to replant. It costs me about 65% of what it would to own it. Well, things just get better and better for us bears. Another day, another MONSTER batch of listings over at Larry's site. The biggest one yet. Vancouver East & West* New Listings – 92 Back On Market Listings – 1 Price Changes – 34 Sold Listings – 33 Vancouver All Areas* New Listings – 368… Read more »
VHB
Member
6 years 8 months ago

@Inventory:

Thanks for the numbers. I just started a thread over on the forum to keep track of your numbers.

http://vancouvercondo.info/forum/topic/total-inve

Kite towards moon
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Kite towards moon
6 years 8 months ago

@Anonymous: Jobs and citi never sleep and that's what everyone wants otherwise you should be in Detroit.You are here because you want to be here so does everyone else "GOTTA BE HERE".

Boombust
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Boombust
6 years 8 months ago

Not that I have early onset Alzheimer's or anything, but it seems to me the "Olympics" are fast becoming a fading memory.

Is it any wonder then, why Joe Sixpack feels the urge to list?

Even he is beginning to realize the pre-Olympic hype was just that. Hype.

Matt and Meredith have gone back to New York, Quatchi is in the discount bin and Michael Levy is on CKNW talking about the "turnaround" in the economy.

Maybe Joe thinks somethin's up? Or, goin' DOWN?

pricedoutfornow
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pricedoutfornow
6 years 8 months ago
I keep checking in on Ben Jones' blog over at housing bubble blog. Rarely does a day go by without a reference to Canada's housing market, and rarely does it pass without someone commenting on our delusions. They sure are getting a kick out of us! I told my partner that my uncle in the US had offered to give a downpayment to his daughter and her new husband for a house. They refused, saying they didn't want to be committed. "Smart move" my partner commented. Then I told him "The house they're looking at is $150k-4 beds and 2… Read more »
Best place on meth
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Best place on meth
6 years 8 months ago

I wouldn't accept a free $35,000 if it meant I had to buy the fucking house and take on a $665K mortgage.

Keep the money, please.

Keeping an Eye on th
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Keeping an Eye on th
6 years 8 months ago
"Michael Levy is on CKNW talking about the “turnaround” in the economy." Isn't that loud mouth fool becoming as embarrassing as Bill Good? Notice just how much they have cranked up the hype machine lately, the other day the snake oil sales team-oops I mean the “CKNW business experts” were making reference to the claim that 3.5 billion people watched the Olympics on TV and each one of those people wish they could move here. Better we call Chippy and see if he can set us up with a condo and possibly secure some easy financing, before all those 3.5… Read more »
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