Leaky condo buyers blame the guru

Ozzie Jurock is in the news lately as buyers of leaky condo units around BC blame him for their money losing investments.

In a 2001 newspaper column, Jurock addressed “scams and shams,” saying, “Someone comes along and sings a seductive song and there it is. People simply hand over their money because they believe. All the victim has to do is make the judgment that the other person knows what he’s doing and is a good person who will take care of them.”

When real-estate markets heat up, “the marketers come out of the woodworks,” Jurock wrote. “You know, you go to a seminar and are told that in this city or that city in the United States, Europe or elsewhere, there is this great deal. While some of them are legitimate, caveat emptor [‘buyer beware’] . . . on the rest.”

Jurock’s media appearances had caught the attention of Shannon Stange of Vancouver, who owns an office-construction business.

“He was promoting himself as this real-estate guru,” said Stange, 43. “So I went to his ‘Real Estate Action Weekend’ then joined his ‘Real Estate Action Group.’”

Stange said he had “zero knowledge” about real-estate investment before he became involved with Jurock. “I was a total greenhorn,” Stange said.

In early 2007, Stange and a business partner bought six condos from Jurock for about $450,000, which included three condos in the Roosevelt Apartments and three others in Merritt.

“I said, ‘Let’s buy from Ozzie; he seems like an honest guy,’” Stange said.

The Merritt investment has also been a money-loser, but Stange blames himself for believing values there would rise. He and other buyers of the Roosevelt Apartments have done research and concluded that the condos weren’t worth what they paid, Stange said. Putting the $35,000 into their units for the repairs and selling them would still mean a loss, but a smaller one, Stange said.

Stange hadn’t travelled to look at any of the properties before buying, he said. “I believed in Ozzie too much to go out and do my own due diligence.”

Read the full article in The Province.

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[…] “Salt Spring: 3 house sales in the last 30 days and 221 properties listed for sale. That’s 6 YEARS of inventory! Of course that is ridiculous, evened out over the last year its more like 2 years of inventory. But the point is the same. You may own a million dollar property on Salt Spring, – you just can’t sell it in a reasonable time, unless you discount the property heavily.” – JustJack at HouseHuntVictoria, as cited by chip at VCI, 25 July 2011 9:17pm […]


Oddly enough, my allegedly sophisticated real estate lawyer sister decided to buy into condos in Williams Lake. Despite having grown up in the interior, someone managed to convince her that it was a great investment. Returns dancing in her eyes, she never bothered to do any research or think for herself. Now she is angry at the lawyer friend who convinced her to invest.

A fool and their money are soon parted, I guess.

Williams Lake and Merritt. Luxury condos. Right.


@patriotz: Same reason condos get built. If developers could make more money building and managing rental properties, they’d be doing it.


@Patiently Waiting: Condo conversions don't make economic sense, period. You have an existing rental building with a single owner who directly handles management and maintenance issues. Then you spend a bunch of money on lawyers and accountants turning it into a strata, a bunch on money on renos which can't be recovered from rents because the rental demand isn't there, and then spend a bunch of money selling to individual owners who will spend a bunch of money on strata fees and aren't capable of making informed management decisions. Note that the province with the biggest number of condo conversions has been Alberta because it faces the least legal obstacles. But Alberta has no rent controls at all and landlords can ask for any rent they want any time they want. So why would an existing apartment owner want to… Read more »


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Patiently Waiting

Those Roosevelt Apartments aren't your typical leaky condos. They were built in 1966 and were probably well made. They are just freaking old, that's all. A wood-frame building that age in Prince Rupert is simply at the end of its lifespan. Those buyers deserve their fate.

Patiently Waiting

@chip: Most of that housing would not be geared to the homeless.

I got the inside scoop from a shelter worker who told me some pretty shocking stuff about how sweet life can be for some who get into the transitional housing system. They get free meals, free laundry service, free safekeeping for their weed etc. etc. etc. And, yes, some people are lingering too long in the system because its better than living in some rat-infested basement suite like a regular welfare recipient.

The problem up until now, IMHO, has been the narrow focus on the homeless while ignoring the housing stability problems of the working poor and "priced out" middle class. If you look closely, most of this announcement is about addressing that problem.


@Westside Hag:

i thought they didn't like 'islands off islands'

not to mention, the hippies will scare the shit out of them

or maybe they'll start eating mescaline and go back to china and topple the CCP?


i’m suprised ozzie stooped so low because he had a good career without having to flog crap condos in crap markets. the buyers need to primarily blame themselves. there’s no free lunch in real estate right now, a good yield can turn to no yield. i have friends who bought in phoenix who thought they were geniuses but now can’t find tenants (after the original tenant moved out).


Gulf Islands….

Now that'll be one to watch…..especially Saltspring..the epicenter of bestiality …baaaahhhh

De Facto…..they are the equivalent of Interior.

Funny psychology….if Ferry prices go up $ 10…bet R.E. there goes down $100,000. Anyone done a study ?

Islands Trust = Uber NIMBY…f*ck -em.

Ozzie Jurcock


I warned you….

Now I am giving the title back to the First Nations


@Patiently Waiting:

Build it and they will come. More homeless, that is.

Patiently Waiting

Creating a large pool of stable, non-market housing will help cool the market in my opinion, so a lot of what's in here is a good thing for all:


I really hope the funds from the "rent bank" don't go to slumlords. The city should demand some standard of housing before they allow the transaction. As soon as a tenant asks for help, the City is now aware of the rental unit.

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This pimp story could have some far reaching implications for many of the local Re pimps. Note the well coached words of the Specuvestor Whores? They seem to imply that they were duped because RE Pimp Ozzie had superior knowledge and established a fiduciary relationship. If the Judge who hears the case happens to be drunk that day and buys the BS, instead of realizing the only reason, the specuvestors are looking for recourse, is that prices have only one way to go, then perhaps the pimps on the radio, and the condo marketers could all find themselves liable. And there could be a case made that these “experts” did present themselves as “experts” and they did claim that prices can only go up in the best place on earth. A huge body evidence lies on bear blogs across the… Read more »


@Westside Hag:

This on the Saltspring market from Just Jack over at HouseHuntVictoria:

"3 house sales in the last 30 days and 221 properties listed for sale. That's 6 YEARS of inventory! Of course that is ridiculous, evened out over the last year its more like 2 years of inventory. But the point is the same. You may own a million dollar property on Salt Spring. – you just can't sell it in a reasonable time, unless you discount the property heavily. "

Patiently Waiting

@Westside Hag: HAHAHA the rich white people there are NIMBY as hell. They better not even think of cutting a single tree, never mind build a ghetto mansion. They will be watched like a hawk.

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>>>Makes no sense, no shopping, no high profile schools, etc<<<

Nobody looking for you there either.

Saltspring has long been a haven for people fleeing their governments.

Westside Hag

Perhaps they are unusual.

It could be just another place to park money.

A Gulf Island Land Bank.

It does seem weird I admit, although I did see quite a large group of them on the main floor of Mouats quite recently.

Strange times.


@Westside Hag:

Makes no sense, no shopping, no high profile schools, etc. Only thing to do on Saltspring is take the ferry somewhere else, or grow/smoke weed

Westside Hag

Completely off topic:

Two waterfront homes were sold to mainlanders (the PRC kind) on Salt Spring Island in the last week or so.

The realtor says they are going to spread the word about Salt Spring properties to their friends.


prices fall this month and next, and down 5

% over the next 180 days fucktarts

Ozzie Jurcock


Are you guys closing or not ?

If not…I have Cam Good with HAM in posse' riding horseback coming to Williams Lake…then Merritt

Buy yesturday …….or be priced out today.


@Best place on meth: Ozzie is Campbell's lap dog. They will bury it and keep the bullshit flowing real thick as always.

When has there ever been one single real estate bear allowed on that show ? Never. Stock market bears galore,but not a RE bear to be seen, that would put poor Ozzie in a spot. Except for the odd guest, the show is crap.

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>>>It will be interesting to see if he comments on this on MoneyTalks where he appears on a weekly basis.<<<

I doubt you'll see him there again. Judging by the headline alone he's been thrown under the bus by Postmedia Network.

I'll bet he misses his old friends from Canwest.