Beautiful Empty Homes of Vancouver

A group of about 20 concerned west side residents have started posting a photo collection of vacant abandoned homes in Vancouver.

For some of these homes the term ‘beautiful’ is a bit of a stretch, but it’s interesting to see the growing resentment of abandoned and vacant properties in a town with high house prices.

There’s an article in the Province about that site as well:

The blog is “a documentation of what happens when Vancouver real estate enters the global real estate market,” but there may be factors other than absentee owners that contribute to the rubble-strewn yards and the decaying homes it showcases, Yan said.

As aging baby boomers begin downsizing to condos in other parts of the city “perhaps a good number” of their single-family homes are sitting empty between real estate deals, Yan said.

Still, this phenomenon could be the “edge of the new normal,” as Vancouver becomes a “resort city” where people from around the world invest their money in home ownership.

Regardless of why they are emptying, these neighbourhoods were centred around public schools and built for families, Yan said.

Read the full article here and visit the site here: Beautiful Empty Homes of Vancouver.

 

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ILoveCharts
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ILoveCharts

So what do these people want? They complain when their neighbours speak a different language. They complain when their neighbours don’t live in the houses. They complain when their neighbours are receiving social assistance. I guess they wish that all their neighbours could be perfect white families. In times of stress, our ugly side is starting to show.

patriotz
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He and the group are, however, asking municipal political parties to adjust the Vancouver Charter and implement a punitive vacant property tax on these empty homes that is “high enough to motivate landowners to ensure the property was lived in up to the time of demolition/ redevelopment.”

The Vancouver Charter is provincial legislation.

However as far as the condition of properties is concerned Vancouver has a standard of maintenance bylaw that applies to all properties, occupied or not, and it has the power to step up standards, enforcement, and penalties.

George
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George

The Conference Board of Canada issued a report that says Vancouver has high housing costs. From the Vancouver Sun:

“But Vancouver flopped in the housing category, which measured affordability and the percentage of homes needing major repairs.

Six of the 10 worst cities for affordability and housing conditions were in B.C.: Vancouver, Victoria, Coquitlam, Kelowna, Burnaby and Richmond.

The Conference Board noted that, “in Vancouver, the housing market is also being used as a financial safe haven for wealthy people in emerging markets.”

The city also scored poorly on measures of disposable income and poverty levels, influencing housing affordability. The report observed that Calgary, Ottawa and Edmonton similarly have high housing prices but their “high average incomes compensate for high housing prices.”

http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/Barbara+Yaffe+Conference+Board+takes+Vancouver+down/10226150/story.html

George
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George

The Conference Board of Canada is essentially saying Vancouver has too much HAM in its real estate market, which is undermining the competitiveness of the city at attracting talented workers.

Wow! You know it’s bad when the Conference Board starts complaining about HAM. The Conference Board is about as establishment as you can get.

George
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George
Wow! Another scathing report from the Conference Board (have they been overtaken by radicals who actually care about the public interest?). From the Vancouver Sun (read the entire article, I don’t want to copy and paste the whole thing for copyright reasons, but you guys will love the last sentence of the article): “Age, not gender, is increasingly at the heart of income inequality in Canada, says a new study that warns economic growth and social stability will be at risk if companies don’t start paying better wages. The Conference Board of Canada findings suggest younger workers in Canada are making less money relative to their elders regardless of whether they’re male or female, individuals or couples, and both before and after tax. The average disposable income of Canadians between the ages of 50 and 54 is now 64 per… Read more »
George
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George
When you read that last article I just posted, how can any organization justify a senior’s discount? Why do seniors get discounts just about everywhere they go. Granted the stats given are for people in their 50s but surely the wealthy carries over into the 65+ age group. A group that makes more money and has more wealth that most of the working age population expects a discount on everything they consume. Ridiculous. Ridiculous that seniors get discounted bus fare as though they were children. I remember a few years back I was watching Question Period on CTV news. This would have been like 2005 or so–amazing I still remember. The late Jack Layton was being interviewed. In a 3 minute interview, he must have said the word “senior” at least two dozen times. Every other sentence he uttered was… Read more »
space889
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space889

@George – I’m sure your view will change to be exactly what you currently dispise once you hit the senior age mark and start finding living in retirement isn’t as easy as you thought.

As for politicians, they pander to those who votes and seniors votes. Young people simply don’t vote.

space889
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space889

@patriotz – So?? Why can’t Vancouver Charter be changed? I wasn’t aware that Vancouver Charter is written in stone like the 10 Commandaments and can’t ever be changed.

If there is sufficient will to change it then it will. Simply saying the law doesn’t give Vancouver the power is stupid because laws can always be changed if people will it.

space889
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space889

@ILoveCharts – No what these people really upset about is why the hell didn’t these low life commies pay me a few millions blood stained $$$$$ for my house so I can retire to some Caribbean country and live a life of luxury surrounds by hot young people who will pamper and fulfill all my desires no matter how perverted and gross.

They miss out and they know it. Regret at missed fortune is gawing at them day and night and they can’t stand it. It’s the old why not me?!

space889
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space889

As someone mentioned in the Sun article comments, wouldn’t this blog have some liability issues if any of the houses they feature got broken into?? Any lawyers can shed some light on that?

Insanity
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Insanity
@5,6,7 The Conference Board noted that, “in Vancouver, the housing market is also being used as a financial safe haven for wealthy people in emerging markets.” Of course this is based on nothing. They cite using revenue Canada stats for the income inequality but just throw this statement out there with nothing to back it up. The average disposable income of Canadians between the ages of 50 and 54 is now 64 per cent higher than that of 25- to 29-year-olds, the report found. That’s up from 47 per cent in the mid-1980s. If true this is another nail in the coffin of RE because these are the first time buyers the market depends on. Although I suspect it could be more to do with things like more young people attending university delaying the start of their careers. Someone who… Read more »
Jimmy
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Jimmy

“The average disposable income of today’s 50- to 54-year-olds is now 64 per cent higher than 25 to 29-year-olds, compared with a gap of 47 per cent in the mid-1980s.”

As Boomers retire, high-pay positions will quickly open up to their children. My bet is the 30-somethings by 2020 will be much better off than the Boomers were in their 30s.

“…if companies don’t start paying better wages.”

The labour shortage is already beginning, companies will be forced to pay up.

Oh Grow Op!
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Oh Grow Op!

So what do these people want? They complain when their neighbours speak a different language. They complain when their neighbours don’t live in the houses. They complain when their neighbours are receiving social assistance. I guess they wish that all their neighbours could be perfect white families.

Well if you’re going to lump everyone into one category and then ask ‘what do these people want’ I’m willing to take a guess that what they want is affordable liveable neighbourhoods without derelict housing.

What does ‘perfect white families’ have to do with not wanting to live next to abandoned firetraps with coyotes living in them? Way to play the race card dude.

Bull! Bull! Bull!
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Bull! Bull! Bull!

>The Vancouver Charter is provincial legislation.

the province isn’t going to change the city charter unless the city ask for it.

oh, we have to ask someone else to do something. that’s too much work! let’s just throw our hands up in the air and give up!!!!! lmao.

Bull! Bull! Bull!
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Bull! Bull! Bull!

>They complain when their neighbours speak a different language. They complain when their neighbours don’t live in the houses. They complain when their neighbours are receiving social assistance.

those all seem like valid things to complain about.

>I guess they wish that all their neighbours could be perfect white families

and then the crazy train pulls out of the station.

Son of Ponzi
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Son of Ponzi

The premier wants all BC ferries converted to run on LNG.
Act of desperation.
Next, all new cars sold in BC will have to run on LNG.

UBC in crisis mode
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UBC in crisis mode

Van West SFH is selling well this month, average 8 sales per day. Maybe 30% more than last month.

More empty houses!!!

Egg Hunt
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Egg Hunt

It is very sad to see those beautiful West Side character homes in this way.
Especially my favourite West Side area with house number 2,000~3,800.

It is also very sad to see old character homes demolished and converted to value-type house (more floors, more sq ft, etc), I’ve seen so many in my area, and new home sit empty for many months, or years sometimes.

Insanity
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Insanity

“They complain when their neighbours don’t live in the houses”

I have had many neighbors over the years and my favorites are the ones I never see or hear. If I could choose living next to a vacant house (or condo) or an occupied one I would choose the vacant one anytime as long as it was reasonably maintained. No bratty kids, more street parking, no parties, etc. The City already has bylaws in place to prevent derelict houses.

If you like having lots of neighbors go live in Newton where you have 6 families to each SFH. There you wont find a vacant bedroom little lone a vacant house.

ex-kitsie
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ex-kitsie

Vancouver could pass “blight” laws like many big cities throughout the world have done. If a house appears neglected with overgrown vegetation and the like, the city will step in, after fair warning, and clean up the property with the costs added to the taxes. As the work would be done by City workers the cost would be much more than hiring a regular gardener. Of course, our Vision overlords would never do that since it would rile up the Asian property owners. These are the same Vision politicians that allow a park in the downtown east-side to become a tent city but won’t allow a peaceful Falun Gong protest to take place on a sidewalk in front of the Chinese consulate.

mls watch
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mls watch

House demolitions because of speculation. Increased commute time for locals.
Emerging market buying houses in Vancouver. Canadian retiring in warmer places.
I thought we were concerned about sustainability…

From Wiki
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From Wiki

On January 12, 2009 Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson requested an amendment to the Charter to allow the city to borrow $458 million to fund the completion of the 2010 Olympic Village in False Creek without seeking approval from taxpayers in an election-day plebiscite.[3] Robertson said this was due to extraordinary circumstances.[3] The amendment was passed on January 18, 2009 in an emergency session of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.[4][5]

squeako
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squeako
hmmm… “Conference Board starts complaining about HAM.” Naaah.. why would they do that?? It must be a misunderstanding, now that is racist, or getting close to at least, right? “has the power to step up standards, enforcement, and penalties.” Now, now.. that is not democratic, after all it is their property and should be able to do whatever they want..right? ” Not sure how often you go out with a senior but they tend to grip their wallets tightly regardless of wealth.” As you get older you realize how hard it is to pull in a dollar, mentally, physically and emotionally, and the work and discipline it takes to hang onto it. Older people remember “money”, the tangible thing that you could touch and smell. If you did not have a dollar in the old days, you did not eat,… Read more »
tedeastside
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tedeastside

‘companies will have to start paying higher wages’

that will be kind of hard in vancouver, where the biggest companies are megabite pizza and 1-800 got junk

@ted-east-side
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@ted-east-side

have you seen the price of wheat lately? There is an enormous glut of gluten right now… i wouldnt eat at a pizza stand unless slices cost 10 recycled bottles, or less.

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