Friday Free-for-all!

Yeah.. you know what time it is.. Time for our regular end of the week news roundup and open topic discussion thread. Here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

Racist blather gets realtor free ad in the Vancouver Sun
38 percent of canadians have no savings?!?
A bad time to be a young family
What can we learn from the Olympic Village mess?
Use brain instead of heart when home shopping
More investment advice from faulty robots
The Victoria slowdown
Developers to eliminate realtor estate agents
Wealthy chinese to save US housing market
Chinese housing market crashing
Some UK house prices down by 60%

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[…] at vancouvercondo.info April 23rd, 2011 at 1:54 am- “When I bought a new condo in 2001, I negotiated a price of ~$271k, because with GST, that […]

xyz
xyz
9 years ago

oops… tiny-ed the wrong URL, this is the good one 🙂

http://tinyurl.com/3m5p928

Wallaby
Wallaby
9 years ago

shikko –

Do you know that using the "R" card holds no weight anymore in this city?

Do you know how we know it holds no weight anymore?

Hint – check out the votes for Dream Catcher's posts.

xyz
xyz
9 years ago

Nice response to Cam Goods crap article:

http://tinyurl.com/5sq6k6f

shikko
shikko
9 years ago

@Dreamcatcher:

Forth, there is tons of natural beauty – and people actually use it, unlike Vancouver. Seriously, when was the last time you saw Chinese cyclists, runners, snowboarders and hikers.

First, you still feel like you are in Canada instead of in Beijing.

The Chinese like the temperate climate, and certainly don’t want to pay to live in snow.

Do you know how we know you're a racist?

jjbink
jjbink
9 years ago

Stick with RE people. You guys are clueless with what the Chinese prefer and what their lifestyles are. And trying to pretend you do, is just downright stupid.

Dreamcatcher
Dreamcatcher
9 years ago

@Dreamcatcher:

You really haven’t been out much. Head up to Whistler or go to the seawall.

Lol – Whistler! Good one! Whether its the winter or summer, the Chinese are no where to be found. They don't buy real estate up there, and they sure as hell don't ski or snowboard.

You might have confused the few Asians you saw in Whistler for Chinese, but they were actually Japanese and/or Korean.

The Chinese like the temperate climate, and certainly don't want to pay to live in snow.

hip
hip
9 years ago

@Dreamcatcher:

You really haven't been out much. Head up to Whistler or go to the seawall.

Billy
Billy
9 years ago

In the electronic version of the Globe & Mail, just below the article "Foreign buyers buoy Vancouver housing" is the article titled "Younger families most snared by debt"

The first sentence of the article quotes: Debt is the slavery of the free, the Syrian writer Publilius Syrus said all the way back in the 1st century B.C.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business

fixie guy
fixie guy
9 years ago

#82 Ray Lin Says: "I really do hope the Canadians can come to the realization that we are here not because we wanted to be Canadian, but simply because we like the resource this country provides to us."

Sounds parasitic. How does the host benefit?

kansai92
kansai92
9 years ago

@pricedoutfornow:

You ever watch the TLC show called The Lottery Changed My Life?

Even the guys winning $3million bucks buys a "mansion" for about $350K. What's wrong with us?

kansai92
kansai92
9 years ago

@Best place on meth:

My parents always thought camping was stupid and can't understand why caucasians like it.

They say to me: you got a perfectly nice home to live it,

now why the hell would you want to sleep outside?

Best place on meth
Best place on meth
9 years ago

@Patiently Waiting:

>>>Very strange weekly numbers from Agent Will’s site. There is a steep drop in sales as bears expected. But, at the same time, a steep drop in new listings.<<<

4 day week, nothing to see here.

Best place on meth
Best place on meth
9 years ago

@Ray Lin:

>>>Furthermore, many Chinese simply see Canada as a vacation home, allowing them to come for a couple of months every year and enjoy Canada’s great outdoors after a year of hard work in China.<<<

That's odd, I didn't know the Chinese loved the great outdoors.

Daywalker
Daywalker
9 years ago

Dreamcatcher said: “when was the last time you saw Chinese cyclists, runners, snowboarders and hikers”

Gary said:

Yesterday is the last time I saw a Chinese hiker, on the Lynn peak trail

Sorry to disappoint Gary, but taking a picture from the tour base at the base of the trail does not constitute "hiking."

Patiently Waiting
Patiently Waiting
9 years ago

Very strange weekly numbers from Agent Will's site. There is a steep drop in sales as bears expected. But, at the same time, a steep drop in new listings.

All this is happening in the middle of the Spring real estate market. Something different is happening, we just don't know what yet.

Romeo Jordan
Romeo Jordan
9 years ago

Garth Turner must be reading my posts.

Cracks are forming, and are now visible from space.

McLosin will the the last to know.

xoxox

Romeo Jordan

Ray Lin
Ray Lin
9 years ago

I really do hope the Canadians can come to the realization that we are here not because we wanted to be Canadian, but simply because we like the resource this country provides to us.

http://www.bclocalnews.com/richmond_southdelta/ri

Patrick
Patrick
9 years ago

Go Blackhawks!!!!!!!!

Canucks will crash and then real estate…:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):))

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Vancouver Sucks! Chicago in seven!!

pricedoutfornow
pricedoutfornow
9 years ago

My SO came back from a family trip to California, going on and on about a cousin's new house. "Oh! It's a mansion! It's got a pool, basketball court, the bathroom is bigger than our apartment! He must have paid 2 or 3 million for it!"

Well, I said. Let's look it up on Zillow. Here it is along with the sale price. $635k (Feb 2006 was $1.2million).

Wake up Vancouverites. It WILL happen here!

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8759-Hammersmit

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago
Patrick
Patrick
9 years ago

Gary, they were Japanese not Chinese. Chinese you will find in the malls and in the restaurants never outdoors unless you consider Stanley Park the great outdoors.

Condo Line up # 3132
Condo Line up # 3132
9 years ago

patriotz Says:

April 24th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

:

My prize for the most idiotic response goes to the Green Party candidate:

Victoria Green candidate Jared Giesbrecht agreed on the need for all levels of government to work together and promoted his party’s support for a national housing strategy that includes significant tax incentives for buyers, developers and business.

Just what we need, more taxpayers’ money thrown at the market to make prices even higher and put more money in developers’ pockets and put buyers deeper in debt.

========================================

We had that in the 1980's did we not..

It was caled the MURB program.

That did not end well

patriotz
9 years ago

@Anonymous: My prize for the most idiotic response goes to the Green Party candidate: Victoria Green candidate Jared Giesbrecht agreed on the need for all levels of government to work together and promoted his party's support for a national housing strategy that includes significant tax incentives for buyers, developers and business. Just what we need, more taxpayers' money thrown at the market to make prices even higher and put more money in developers' pockets and put buyers deeper in debt. Not that any of the other politicos said anything useful. And look at this nonsense from the editorial writer: We wanted someone to be really bold and talk about the possibility of removing the land value from the whole HST equation for newly constructed homes, given that in many cases, HST will have been paid on the land prior to… Read more »