Friday Free-for-all!

It’s not just death and taxes that are inevitable. Eventually the weekend will arrive, the sun may come out and we’ll do our regular end of the week news round up and open topic economic discussion thread! Welcome to the Free-for-all, here are a few stories I’ve noticed lately:

Leaky condo program ending (they took our photo)
Should first time buyers buy now or wait?
Condo couple unhappy with $17,000 in yappy dog fines
G20 the new Canadian sublet rental goldmine
No more BC public service layoffs
RBC predicts massive economic surge
Consumer confidence dips in May

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

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Boombust
Boombust
10 years ago

"In Israel’s madhouses (sorry, psychiatric hospitals) many inmates claim to be the “messiah".

They should become "Jews for Jesus" like Bob Dylan. Problem solved.

Thai Guy
Thai Guy
10 years ago

@SensibleOne:

You hang out writing letter with lady boy in bar for free blow job, and now you know Thailand. Yet Mang. I'm happy you no like Siam. Don't come back na.

Devore
Devore
10 years ago

@paulb.: Now how about that UFC… didn't they proclaim there wouldn't be any more MMA licenses after the first trial? City must need the money.

Neptune
Neptune
10 years ago

@crabman:

Mobile homes? Really.

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

@SensibleOne:

Drinking till three am writing letters for prositutes. Maybe they gave you a freebie. Hahaha, why don't you F off you loser.

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

"Yes you are! Brains! Intellect, Common Sense, No Prejudice, None of which you apparently have!"

well, no, that's not it. it just struck me as thick with irony, considering the unpleasantness in the first half of the 20th century. either that or you're dumber than you think i am.

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

@SensibleOne:

Haha, you think you know so much just because you have been somewhere, but you don't know shit. My Dad is Thai. You don't know shit! I can speak Thai and I know what's up. You're just another chump farang eaing at the Macdonalds in Bangkok. Keep travelling, maybe you will learn something fr the locals one day. Hahahahaha. I won't bother to talk to you again, it would take years for you to wipe away your ignorance.

crabman
10 years ago

Anyone see all the pretty dots in White Rock?

From Garth's Blog.

Disbelief
Disbelief
10 years ago

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We need to stop this kind of garbage from getting away with this. We have to seize all assets and send these new immigrants back where they came from to send a strong message that this will not be accepted. I would like to see some strong laws that would quash this get rich quick Asian gang scum in their tracks. This real estate bubble is fueled in part by these vermin. These people are Vietnamese not Chinese.

No More Gordocracies
No More Gordocracies
10 years ago

@patriotz: "Completely untrue. You don’t even have to set foot in the US to buy RE there." Right but if one buys there they can live in it or leave it empty as an investment but they now become what is known as a "US Person" and therefore even though they have never set foot in the US they must declare all foreign accounts and all business interests of suffer penalties. Owning investment property in the USA means that the tax rules are different and they must file declarations in the US for their RRSP or pay tax on it. They will then find that it may not be worth it to own a TSFA in Canada because it is taxable under US tax rules and if your accountant knows the right forms to file to get you an exemption… Read more »

doug r
doug r
10 years ago

@San Franciscan leaving Raincouver for good:

I think the prices in San Fran are higher than here. You should find a good cheap place in Stockton or Sacramento, though.

vibe
vibe
10 years ago

@chip

Again, this applies to every city in North America but it is Vancouver that has become the most expensive relative to earnings on the entire continent. And Vancouver isn’t even marginally more expensive — it’s way out there.

I'm pretty sure there were a couple cities in the U.S. that rivaled Vancouver at their peak.

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

"someone makes racist comments and then someone from israel agrees with him… hmmm…. am i missing something here?"

Yes. It's a real estate blog/forum….

Tinfoil hats need to be checked at the door. Sidearms and crossbows as well……:palmtoforehead:

Strataman
Strataman
10 years ago

@Anonymous: Yes you are! Brains! Intellect, Common Sense, No Prejudice, None of which you apparently have! 🙂

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

"I actually see value in your comments,"

someone makes racist comments and then someone from israel agrees with him… hmmm…. am i missing something here?

View
View
10 years ago

"Spectrum would be scary enough on its own even with 0 listings. Yikes."

I always think of Spectrum of the "moderne" vision of Anchor Pointe on Burrard and Pacific.

Strataman
Strataman
10 years ago

@arit: Unfortunately those messiahs are false! Strataman is the true one and only Messiah! 🙂

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

@arit:

BTW: In Israel’s madhouses (sorry, psychiatric hospitals) many inmates claim to be the “messiah”. How can we know one of them is not the real one?

Reminds me of a joke: Oprah had five guys on her show last week claiming that they were Jesus. It turns out that only one of the five actually believed that he was Jesus, while the other four were Mexicans who hadn't quite understood the premise of the show.

paulb.
paulb.
10 years ago

FWIW

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For Saturday 🙂

Beautiful weekend,got quite the sunburn at Ambleside and checked out the UFC shenanigans. Now let's crack 19k!

Best place on meth
Best place on meth
10 years ago

@SensibleOne:

Haha, sounds like you got burned in Thailand and are now taking it out on others. What a sucker.

That country is no more corrupt than this one, and at the highest level of government we're probably worse. I never came across anyone there as bad as Gordo or Harpo. They are pure scum, like Dick Cheney type scum, and I wouldn't recommend anyone spending their tourist dollars here when we're run by such criminals.

The Thais had far more patience with those litte red-shirted fuckers than anyone else would have. I'd have mowed them all down on day 2, fucking terrorists that they are.

Nice way to ask for democracy, by holding a city hostage and then burning it down when they don't get their way.

chip
chip
10 years ago

@scullboy: "The only difference with this cycle is that it coincided with a period of easy credit and lax landing practices, which amplified the effects." Again, this applies to every city in North America but it is Vancouver that has become the most expensive relative to earnings on the entire continent. And Vancouver isn't even marginally more expensive — it's way out there. So the question is what makes Vancouver unique in terms of its insane real estate prices? You need to look at those changes that have correlated with rising real estate prices, and one of those is a drug (and money laundering) industry that his now the province's second biggest. Another is the emergence of Vancouver as a destination for Chinese money, both legal and illegal. No one is ever going to know the extent of these influences… Read more »

arit
10 years ago

SensibleOne,

I actually see value in your comments, you tell it how you see it – even if you get voted down. Some posters here have an online persona which is someone totally different than their real life one. And youv'e been to places…

BTW: In Israel's madhouses (sorry, psychiatric hospitals) many inmates claim to be the "messiah". How can we know one of them is not the real one?

Regards

arit

Boombust
Boombust
10 years ago

"…you may have been here telling us you are Jesus from the ‘Jeruselam Effect…"

Nah, Id rather the "Toronto Rapture" that was popular a few years back.

Boombust
Boombust
10 years ago

….”I fell in love with you”…or “You were my first customer”…or I’m pregnat with your baby”.

You are so…limited.

Maybe that's how people survive there. Idiot.

SensibleOne
SensibleOne
10 years ago

A 233, You're such a lying douchebag. Anyone who's ever lived Thailand knows what a laughable corrupt shithole it is. If you visit you wouldn't notice. What you got on your vacation there was what Carl Jung called 'Tropo', the blinding effect of a foriegn culture on a new arrivals sensibilities. Good thing your weak mind didn't decide on Jeruselam, you may have been here telling us you are Jesus from the 'Jeruselam Effect commom to weak mind minded fools who decide to go local because 'they care so much'. F….off you wanker. tell us something are you getting letters from your Thai girlfriend saying "Oh Anonymous, send me money so I on't have to work in that bad place anymore" or…."I fell in love with you"…or "You were my first customer"…or I'm pregnat with your baby". Hey pal, I… Read more »