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Village Whisperer
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Village Whisperer

I buy three, my husband buy three!

Bargain
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Bargain

@Village Whisperer: You misspelled ‘huzba’ 🙂

registered
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registered

Rare opportunity: funky-sunny character home, Leeds certified rooftop garden, helper suite, complementary outdoor furniture.

jesse
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Teardown. For 688 that would put a new build over a mil. On 1st ave.

AG Sage
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You are all too funny today.

UnagiDon
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UnagiDon

@jesse: It’s not a teardown, it’s a pushdown.

Many Franks
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Many Franks

Easy freeway access! Heck, it’s practically a freeway outside your front door.

dbcooper
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dbcooper

after looking at the image closely I’d
suggest it looks like a lean-to
unfortuneately it leans to the right………

Bargain
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Bargain

@UnagiDon: ha! That comment is pure win.

Patsan
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Patsan

Everyone would be thrilled living in such a vibrant neighbourhood.

Makaya
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Makaya
The S is starting to HTF… Canada home prices fall in March, sales up: CREA TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian home prices fell in March from year-ago levels even as existing home sales activity picked up, with a cooling of the once-hot Vancouver market offsetting big price gains in Toronto and steady increases elsewhere. A report on Monday from the Canadian Real Estate Association showed the average residential home price in March was C$369,677 ($370,600), down 0.5 percent from the same period last year. The figures are not seasonally adjusted. But the broad number masked big differences between cities and regions. The average selling price in Vancouver, Canada’s most expensive major market, fell 3.1 percent from a year earlier to C$761,742. Prices in the nearby Fraser Valley area tumbled nearly 10 percent. But prices in Toronto, which has seen a boom… Read more »
Devore
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Devore

@Makaya:

The figures are not seasonally adjusted.

Why would you seasonally adjust YoY numbers?

Klump added that national prices in 2011 had been pushed higher by “record level high-end home sales in some of Vancouver’s priciest neighborhoods.”

Record level of high-end home sales in Vancouver also pushed up this year’s Vancouver prices earlier in the year, but mentioning that might make the drop seem like there is something to it. Nah, it’s probably nothing.

Girlbear
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Girlbear
Ummmm. Wow. Genworth screwed. 18 Apr 2012 12:03 ET * Aus unit was to go public in 2nd-qtr 2012 * Unit to post $7 mln loss in 1st-qtr – analyst * IPO delay to affect capital deployment – analyst * Shares fall 23 pct (Adds details, analyst quotes; updates shares) By Sharanya Hrishikesh and Tanya Agrawal April 18 (Reuters) – Shares of Genworth Financial Inc fell as much as 23 percent as investors worried that the life and mortgage insurer’s capital deployment plan would hit a roadblock due to the delay in the initial public offering of its Australian unit. Genworth has struggled to maintain its capital levels as its U.S. mortgage insurance business posted losses for years. The company has used its foreign units, especially its Canadian mortgage insurance business Genworth MI Canada, as a source of capital in… Read more »
Land value
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Land value

The post is funny but the MLS informed it’s for LAND VALUE ONLY.

It’s better to question Vancouver city why this land is valued at $637,000.

I could not get the point why we feel so entertained for its listing price of $688,000 as LAND VALUE.

Could someone please educate me what we should expect about the outcome of this SALE?

Thanks…

Many Franks
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Many Franks

@Land value: Come on. *Obviously* it’s land value only and nobody needs MLS’s helpful note to clear up an otherwise foggy situation. Do I really need to explain why this is funny? And beyond zoning, why would city hall have anything to do with explaining the price the buyer and seller agreed upon?

patriotz
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@Makaya:

Canada’s housing sector never experienced the subprime mortgage boom and bust that drove the United States into recession. And a post-crisis housing market rally, triggered by record low borrowing costs, played a key role in driving the recovery.

The reporter cannot see the contradiction and irony in these two sentences.

Makaya
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Makaya

@patriotz: My theory is that, in order to get 70% ownership in the US, they had to come up with all those subprime, Alt-A, NINJA, etc. loans.

We’re currently at 70% ownership in Canada. As far as I know, Canadians were not wealthier than Americans, on average, before the start of the bubbles.

In my mind, there’s no way we got to that rate without some funny lending practices happening on a large scale in this country. We’ll only know fully about it once this bubble bursts.

Bargain
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Bargain

@Girlbear: Genworth, isn’t that the private mortgage insurer that CMHC relaxed their standards to ‘compete’ with?

Bargain
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Bargain

@Land value: Why would you ask the city to explain the land value? You know the government doesn’t set prices right?

Patient renter
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Patient renter

Please tell me that did not sell for asking!

On another note: if the moi is so high in Squamish, why have the prices not come down?????

Girlbear
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Girlbear

@Bargain: Yes, to some degree. However as we all know you cannot trade CMHC. However you can trade Genworth Canada…probably tough to get the borrow to short it outright, but the puts are easily available…

HAM Solo
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HAM Solo

The party line from Toronto, as of Friday:

1) The real estate slowdown is regional, focussed in BC

2) Employment is still strong, therefore there won’t be much foreclosure activity

3) Even if there is foreclosure activity, only the BC credit unions will get hurt. None of the Alt-A lenders (e.g. Home Capital or Canadian Western Bank) will be affected, nor will Genworth MI.

4) No one is kiting through the use of HELOCs, and even if they are, the big chartered banks are not at risk.

5) Even if the big chartered banks are at risk, they aren’t all at risk because Royal and TD have very strict underwriting practices.

Scott
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Scott

**NEW LISTING** Imagine coming home to this CHARACTER HOUSE in the heart of East Van! PLENTY OF NEIGHBORHOOD PARKING means just a short walk to your front door where OLD WORLD CRAFTMANSHIP is on display! Pick your way through the BRAMBLES AND TIN CANS past the CHAINLINK FENCE to the expansive back yard retreat. Relax in your outdoor oasis as you sink into an OLD SOGGY COUCH and watch the children play. Do they seem a little slow? Perhaps its from eating the CHIPS OF OLD LEAD PAINT. This property may not make in through the next heavy rain so ACT FAST!

Manna from heaven
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Manna from heaven

“Kurland said foreign investors are fleeing the local market because the Canada Revenue Agency is on the verge of cracking down on overseas tax reporting and the Canadian government is seriously looking at 400 Chinese fugitives living in the country and attempting to send them home by July.”

http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/News/local/2012/04/17/19645806.html

Was turned onto this article by Andy Bell at BNN, really griling David Choi, Royal Pacific Realty, right now on TV. Also, brought up the Courier article.

gordholio
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#24, Manna from heaven: You beat me to the punch! I’m loving the looks of that piece. Just like the endless MSM pump jobs in the heyday, this article at the very least adds to the PERCEPTION that real estate is a now very much a losing proposition. And as Global et al knows so well, perception is everything.

Even the mandatory realtor comment near the end seems more absurdly desperate and deceptive than usual.

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