Field Guide to the Tarps of Vancouver

It used to be that Vancouverites were concerned about leaky condos.

There was a time when local newscasters and politicians would wring their hands and referred to condo repairs blossoming across town as a ‘crisis’.

Then we discovered that tarps can be worn with flair!

Here’s just a few different styles that you can currently find on the Fairview slopes, look around town and see if you can spot these or other trend setting styles!

What special style has your strata chosen?

A field guide to various condo repair tarp styles
A field guide to various condo repair tarp styles

 

1. Drapery:
just throw it up there! This bohemian style says you have more important things to do than tidy up the tarps.

2. Tidy blue:
a ‘just so’ cap of shiny white tarp tops custom fit to your building is offset by a beautiful blue mesh, making even a grey sky look sunny!

3. Showercaps:
just a little on the top please! Leaves the balconies, doors and windows unblocked, but keeps the rain off the roof!

4. Stormtrooper:
for the serious mysterious type.  Cover everything in a tight white shell. These are not the droids you’re looking for.

5. Cascading green:
for extra excitement in a downpour, this style will only work with a multilayered building but creates a beautiful waterfall effect in a heavy rain.  The green mesh says ‘i care’ about the environment.

Have we missed any quintessential Vancouver tarp styles?

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patriotz
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After decades of stoking mortgages, Ottawa in a mess of its own making

Looking back, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s constant badgering of Canadians about excessive borrowing may have been a diversion.

He could have worried more, and sooner, about the government’s own behaviour in pumping up house prices.

Ya think?

specialfx3000
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specialfx3000

Don’t worry, no leakies here.

It’s just the latest marketing strategy to attract these beautiful foreign investors.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/04/world/asia/in-china-sun-protection-can-include-a-mask.html?_r=0

frank
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frank

Specialfx3000

“A woman should always have fair skin,” she said proudly. “Otherwise people will think you’re a peasant.”

Freeks! Obviously they are not Nouveau Riche enough to understand that the really rich walk around with a tan 12 months of the year.

Kratos
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Kratos
Posted this at the Globe Was at an open house yesterday, east side vancouver. This house was on the market last year, brand new for 2.2 million. This year after many realtors, it’s now listing for 1.69 million. This is a half million dollar drop, or about a 23% drop. The realtor was pumping up all the reasons to buy right now. Of course, I just stood and laughed. I asked him why this hasn’t sold yet, and he said it was because banks just aren’t giving million dollar loans anymore. Can you believe that? Banks at the height of this fiasco were handing out million dollar loans? And as is human nature people only look at the amount of money they have to pay today, as in the monthly payment when deciding whether they can own or not. Don’t… Read more »
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registered

@1 It’s great to finally read after all these years that elements of the mainstream media are getting it. A couple more dots to connect:

– the correlation between a party’s chance of winning elections and voter perception of the state of the economy
– the massive windfall for the banks, courtesy of the federal government, whichever way the housing scenario eventually plays out

‘Economic miracle’ my bridge for sale….

Newcomer
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Newcomer

“I doubt very many people will make over a million bucks in their lifetime but whatever.”

Really? How did you do the math to get to that conclusion?

Kratos
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Kratos

I didn’t. I pulled this out of my arse like most realtors. Happy?

aznPride
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aznPride

this is who i want to live next too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnFAYV-_rd8

data junkie
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data junkie
Check out this amazing op-ed in Hong Kong’s ‘South China Morning Post’: – – – Estate agents complain the government’s property cooling measures are killing their business. But builders have long warned about labour shortages, especially skilled construction workers. Just last month, the new chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, Stanley Lau Chin-ho, called for importation of foreign labour to make up for the shortfall in the supply of construction workers, among other labour sectors. So, we have a perfect match here. Jobless agents, many of them young and in their prime, should switch careers and work in construction. They have to be less picky. The days of making easy money are over. It’s gone, buddy! Instead of being parasitic middlemen with nothing to contribute to the productivity of our economy, let’s try to be useful for once… Read more »
Many Franks
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Last week’s nail-biting about unpublished limits and the impending death of the first-time buyer have given way to the determined nonchalance of a cat that has fallen off its perch over at Canadian Mortgage Trends.

golden_boy
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golden_boy

Let’s do the math:

Average Canadian salary is about $46K (in Vancouver it’s only $43K)

(46,000 x 40 years) = $1,840,000.00 lifetime gross earnings. It’s insane that people in Vancouver are basically spending their entire future fortune on a freakin’ house.

@golden_boy
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@golden_boy

you need to consider the fact that people’s income will be increasing.

Burnabonian
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Burnabonian
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-08-12/flipping-frenzy-full-frontal-bought-december-15-million-sale-33-million-eight-months We have discussed the flipping frenzy that has gripped the country in 2006 2013 on several occasions previously (most recently here, here and here) so there is little we can add, but this anecdote from Reuters just has to be read to be believed. Presenting Jan Brzeski who stands in a sun-filled, beautifully refurbished living room high in the Hollywood Hills, looking out at a swimming pool and miles below, stunning views of Los Angeles. Brzeski is a private money lender running an investment firm in Los Angeles that provides loans to house flippers – investors who buy a home, refurbish it, and sell it at a profit. Many flippers turn to money lenders because they cannot get banks to provide such short-term, quick financing. Standing with Brzeski is Scott Ryan, the realtor who bought this four-bedroom, five-bathroom house… Read more »
Burnabonian
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Burnabonian

PS

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China Bust
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China Bust

China hard landing is baked into the case according to economist Michael Pettis (Nobel Laureate, Krugman reads and cites Pettis):

Via Email, Michael Pettis at China Financial Markets quantifies various growth and investment scenarios. Pettis maintains 6% or higher growth is not plausible and that even 3-4% growth may be optimistic.

Michael Pettis stresses his table is not a series of predictions, but rather a mathematical model of what is probable or not. I agree with his model. If correct, a slow-growth China is baked in the cake, and that is going to catch nearly every economist off guard. Every country will be impacted, but especially the commodity exporters like Australia and Canada.

Read more at http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/#W6ElKeHaDKuG8ZAw.99

China Bust
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China Bust

That should have read “baked in the cake”. This might explain why lots of houses in the $3.75M assessed value neighbourhood are listed for a few hundred thousand below assessed value. You will see more listings below assessed in this price point than any other, especially in the HAM areas like Shaugnessy.

golden_boy
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golden_boy

Yes, you’re absolutely right. But even at year 40 (assuming 2% per year) it’s still 10 times annual individual income and don’t forget we haven’t had real wage gains since the 70s.

Year 1 $46,000.00
Year 10 $54,974.26
Year 20 $67,013.31
Year 30 $81,688.86
Year 40 $99,578.26

Best place on meth
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Best place on meth

America Leads the Way as Emerging Nations Like China Fade

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/america-leads-way-emerging-markets-fade-151223569.html

In their infinite wisdom, our leaders Harpo and Crusty are hitching their wagon to China at the worst possible time.

They would do best to re-acquaint themselves with our long time trusted friends south of the border.

Harry Wang
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Harry Wang

Rob Novickas of Pokémon Company Intl. said Vancouver was chosen because it is an “international city.”

http://metronews.ca/news/vancouver/763603/pokemaniacs-takeover-vancouver-for-2013-pokemon-world-championships/

salmonberry
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salmonberry

The correct analogy, according to the handlers of house horny Christiedom, is to compare tarp coverage to birth control. As you can see, as long as the tarp works it’s good enough for most people – although there is room for class consciousness or artistic merit. Once global birth control is over the hump, then these tarps of glory can come down with the building, and the land, once again, handed back to the bears and salmon.

crikey
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crikey

@Harry Wang #19:
That seals it. Prepare for rising prices due to the invasion of 9-year-old multi-millionaire homebuyers from around the world!

“Monster Home” is about to take on a new meaning in Vancouver as developers cater to the preferences of their new clientele, using home designs based on “Monsters Inc”, Pokemon, Lego, and Disney.

No worries, peeples! This is the Best Place on Earth, don’t forget. Vancouver builders *already* have world-class have experience doing Mickey-Mouse jobs! Just look at the proof in the multi-decade leaky roof epidemic in the city (and remember, even the half-billion dollar BC Place roof was leaky)!

Ford Prefect
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Ford Prefect
Frequently posters on this site express concern about the accuracy of the figures presented by the real estate boards. And with good reason, as an article in today’s Comox Valley Echo shows. VIREB reports that there are around 970 residential properties, of all types, for sale in July in the Comox Valley. My own figures show around 1,200 units. Marty Douglas, managing broker of Re/Max Ocean Pacific Realty in the Comox Valley reports that “There are just over 1,500 residential properties currently on the market in the Valley.” This figure shows a discrepancy of over 50% from the VIREB figure! I think Douglas, one of the most senior real estate agents in the Valley and a tireless real estate humper, is about right except he probably is not including building lots in which case the true figure would be around… Read more »
crikey
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crikey
re: “Have we missed any quintessential Vancouver tarp styles?” There could be a whole tarp printing cottage industry, for advertising and *fashion*! Who wants in on this promising business idea with me? So many possibilties..! Tarps that say it loud-n-proud, things like: “Vancouver Olympics 2010 – Still proudly hundreds of millions in debt. But is sure was a fun few days, wasn’t it?” Giant Raindrops and clouds. This elegant design will blend right in with the Vancouver sky on most days. “Best Place on Earth!” design, interleaved with “Best Leaky Roofs on Earth!” (or “City of wet dreams!”) design. “Best ____ on Earth!” design (e.g., “Best Street on Earth!”, “Best Building on Earth!”, “Best Condo on Earth!” (etc, etc)) “8 eight 8 eight 8 eight…” (comes in red, includes current year’s horoscope animal) “It’s a tarp!” meme (along with image… Read more »
elvince
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elvince

Maybe we could make a movie about it: tarpnado. There’s a tornado and tarps are flying left and right.

Wait a minute! That’s what would actually happen if there was a tornado!

tedeastside
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tedeastside

after the highest income tax on earth and zero wage growth since 1978, the average salary in Vancouver is probably closer to $25000/ year

Best place on meth
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Best place on meth

This being Vancouver, all tarps should be of the rainbow variety.

Tarp Pride.

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