Friday Free-for-all-y’all!

Yup. It’s that time of the week again. Let’s do our regular end of the week news roundup and open topic discussion thread, yee-haw! Here’s a few stories to git y’all started:

an ‘eduation’ about the reality of realty prices in other areas
Go Tiny to go home
We’re building more houses!
The new prices, they go down?
The Zuck will save our real estate market
No retirement for you mom and dad
It’s a buyers market!
Sharp rise in US foreclosures

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

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Dave
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First. Wake up you bums.

kits college girlz
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kits college girlz

In the article "-Go Tiny to go home" house displayed in the photo is sooooo cute!

gordholio
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BPOM: That craigslist ad you brought to our attention yesterday not only featured four stunning interior photos, but also some of the most sophisticated text to ever grace the Interweb. I'm particularly enamoured with the "two bedrooms suits" (free boudoir clothing? I'm IN!). And Patriotz, seriously dude, you're so uncouth. The ad may have said "a lot of charnel," but it clearly meant "a lot of Chanel." See, here in the BPOE, pairing high-end rental units with high-end fragrances is so de rigeur. And I loves me them high-end fragrances. Verbatim in all its glory for those who didn't see it: It's 5years old house and also appliences are 5years old too.Included utilitie,close to bus stop,Superstore,around 8minutes to go Canada Line buy Bus,BCIT SCHOOL. Two bedrooms suits is for two adult people only because of the neighbour. It's ground level,hardwood… Read more »
specialfx3000
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specialfx3000

@gordholio:

"Please contact to Princess"

So in addition to all the other goodies mentioned, this place may probably a castle too?

specialfx3000
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specialfx3000

Back to the story regarding the Peace Arch lottery and the low rate of sales.

I bet it's also a marketing ploy to sucker people into thinking that their odds of winning has now increased so they go and buy tickets. Next thing you know, the damn thing sells out.

KWL
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KWL

If Zuckerberg isn't dumb enough to buy a house in Palo Alto (despite his wealth he rents) what makes the Sun think he'd be dumb enough to buy a house here?

Patiently Waiting
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Patiently Waiting

East Van girl visits Levittown

http://thetyee.ca/Life/2011/10/14/Birthplace-Of-T

Its not that bad, but we never stuck to the idea of modest houses on modest lots.

Oilman
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Oilman

This place is f%&#ed. Mark Zuckerberg shows up, and the only thing people can think he's doing here is buying RE? Lord help us. My hope is that he's considering setting up a business to employ, you know, real people with skills instead of a trumped up used car salesman for 10 minutes of actual effort.

patriotz
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@Patiently Waiting:

"Its not that bad, but we never stuck to the idea of modest houses on modest lots."

Not sure what "we" means, but neither the US nor Canada did of course.

Every Canadian city has its own Levittown, we called them "post-war" houses. In Vancouver there's a whole bunch of them south of the Grandview Highway, look for the streets named after WWII battles.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

"I bet it’s also a marketing ploy"

Of course it is a marketing ploy otherwise they would not have announced it.

Bailing in BC
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Bailing in BC
A local family owns two houses next to each other. They bought a third house directly next door and listed the first two houses. They demolished the newly purchased house and built a large house to accommodate the members of the family living in the first two houses. Then they wait…and wait. Almost two years latter the two houses are still on the market. They drop the price on one by $100k. Nothing. Then a couple of days ago, they drop the price another $100k and drop the price on the second house $300k. $400,000 down in just one day. I don't care how much money you have, that's gotta hurt. The cheaper of the two houses is now listed at less than they bought the tear-down. They would have been better off just to tear down the cheaper house,… Read more »
patriotz
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@Bailing in BC:

"The sad thing is, that the prices, in my humble opinion, are still not low enough."

It's not your opinion, it's an objective fact. A price that is low enough results in a sale.

asalvari1
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asalvari1

@Bailing in BC:

Uh oh quite a situation.. Do you mind telling the area/city ?

Li Kai Shing
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Li Kai Shing

Which one in photo is Zuckerberg ?

kits college girlz
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kits college girlz

Li Kai: "Which one in photo is Zuckerberg ?"

the one in black shirt, playing on the phone…never thought that geeks are that cute 🙂

got run …to the gym

ciao

Bailing in BC
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Bailing in BC

@patriotz:

The prices only dropped two days ago. For all I know they could have received offers immediately and they are just waiting for the subjects to be removed. But somehow I doubt it.

asalvari1 – Squamish

specialfx3000
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specialfx3000

@kits college girlz:

Thanks for the clarification. For a moment, I thought 'Zuckerberg' was one of the 5 Asians standing around.

Ziggy Strawdust
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Ziggy Strawdust

@gordholio: No no, they definately meant a lot of 'charnel'. There's even a picture of one crawling out from under the sink.

http://images.craigslist.org/5O65Q55U23kc3mc3p0ba

(sorry, can't help myself. This is my favorite craigslist rental suite photo)

Hmmm ...
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Hmmm ...

Surprised there's no topics / not much conversation on this Occupy Vancouver deal.

VanCity Guy
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VanCity Guy

The creator of facebook is in town to buy real estate? I guess it's true what they say: There's a Zucker born ever minute.

N
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N

@Hmmm …: This morning's NY Times said this, "Triggered by a call to action from Adbusters, a Canadian magazine, Occupy Wall Street began as a protest against income inequality…." which would mean that the thing actually has its origin in Vancouver, one of the only places in the world where most people are (for now) enjoying all of the upsides of capitalism with (excluding the DTES and house prices) none of the disadvantages.

CanNeverThinkofaGood
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CanNeverThinkofaGood

@Hmmm,

Yes it would be cool for someone knowledgeable person from this blog community to weigh in for Occupy Vancouver, even to educate people at the occupation about bubbles or related economic issues

@N

People don't have to be out of a job or in debt to have had the scales drop away about the emergence of plutocracy, the extreme wealth gaps, and the utter uselessness and harmfulness of some 'investment' activities.

"I'm in the 1%. But I support the 99%:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifameric

0x13
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0x13

I just noticed 8 SFH consecutive lots for sale on Granville in between 45th Ave and 46th Ave (same realtor). Does anyone know anything about them? Is it a developer dumping them?

They seem to be going at about $3.5 million each (~40million total).

http://www.realtor.ca/propertyDetails.aspx?proper

Anonymouse
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Anonymouse
@Hmmm …: "Surprised there’s no topics / not much conversation on this Occupy Vancouver deal." It's pretty hard to discuss when they don't even have a particular agenda. Here's what the FAQ says on their own website : 'The strength of Occupy… lies in the ambiguity of its mission. There is no laundry list of specific, unreasonable, and untenable demands. There is only the demand for change. Change of, by, and for the people, enacted by our elected officials. If the powers-that-be respond with absolutely nothing, then it is clear that they will never, ever be interested in effecting substantial change of our financial system, no matter how strong public support may be.' So they want to bring about "change" without even specify what "change" they want? So how are people supposed to respond to their demands? Conversely, how can… Read more »
Best place on meth
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Best place on meth

Zuckerberg spotted in Vancouver eating Japadog.

Local media pees themselves.

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