Friday Free-for-all! Oct 21st 2016

What day is it? 

Friday!

That means it’s time for another Friday Free-for-all, our regulag end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.

-unfortunately lazy admin didn’t get to the links..

But what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes in the comments below and have an excellent weekend!

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patriotz
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Ottawa proposes sweeping changes to spread mortgage risks

Ottawa is launching consultations with the financial industry that could see lenders shouldering as much as 15 per cent of the costs of losses on defaulted mortgages that have government-backed insurance.

And of course those costs will be passed on to borrowers as higher interest rates.

Newcomer
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Newcomer

15% is a start.

Madashell
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Madashell

.25% increase in mortgage cost?

Newcomer
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Newcomer

No idea, but one possibility is more gradation depending on things like credit scores, and certainly more diligence on the part of the bank when you apply.

history
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history

sweeping and launching, oh my, Ottawa snivelers will be fluffing pillows and creating Goose filled bonds for their wages next

No Money Down
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No Money Down

https://www.zolo.ca/vancouver-real-estate/trends

As anticipated from the “head and shoulders” technical pattern, Vancouver median detached house prices have broken down below support level at $1.88M to $1.81M. I expect prices to retest the $1.88M resistance. If it holds, would indicate a bearish outlook. 😉

Of course, the real numbers are the median detached house sale price down 30% from the peak of $2.6M, and sales down 58% from the same 4-week period in 2015. Detached sale prices are now back at or below October 2015.

I smell blood.

No Money Down
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No Money Down

And Vancouver Detached MOI =11

UBC in Crisis Mode
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Globe reporter Kathy Tomlinson won the Best News Reporting of year, Jack Webster Award. Congratulations!
Shame on CBC, who should be a voice of people , but a RE pumper!

Best place on meth
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Best place on meth

She should get the order of Canada as well, she’s a true Canadian hero.

CBM999
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CBM999

The public can nominate people for the Order of Canada I believe, I think the forms are on the Governor General’s website. Kathy is nice and she does respond to emails timely. She does good work.

No Money Down
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No Money Down

Shared with Ian Young at the SCMP. True investigative journalism.

Madashell
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Madashell

Don’t forget Sam Cooper.

MarKoz
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Active Member

Ian and Kathy are so good!

DaMann
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DaMann

I wrote her an email thanking her for her work. She wrote back a nice note. I like that!

Newcomer
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Newcomer
HyperMegaBull says all bears want to own. It’s true, of course, that I started looking at real estate in Vancouver because I wanted to buy something. But I really don’t want to buy a million dollar anything, least of all a million dollar house. As an investment, leaving out speculative price changes, a house returns rent equivalence and, in Vancouver, that is a terrible return. A friend whose house doubled in price since he bought in ’08 recently sold it and now rents on what the invested money returns. He went from making 4K a month on mortgage payments to letting that money pay his 4K in rent (he is out of pocket $0/month). Does he have any regrets? Yes, the new place is much, much bigger than the place he sold, so there is more cleaning to do. He… Read more »
Hyper-mega-Bull
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Hyper-mega-Bull

>When you have no debts and your money is liquid, there are a lot of options.

there are even more options when you live in a van.

despite your nonchalant tone and unnecessary details the simple facts are that you want to buy but are priced out and will soon be pushed out of the city.

these are all things i’ve predicted would happen bears.

is this you?

http://static.theglobeandmail.ca/b71/news/british-columbia/article25982114.ece/ALTERNATES/w620/bc-alternative-housing16nw2.JPG

Boombust
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Boombust

Are you Oracle in disguise? Or, Judy in disguise…with glasses?

Bag it and tag it
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Bag it and tag it

Dude, you don’t get it. I want to buy a place in Vancouver, but less than I did years ago. As prices have been rising, the value of the city to me has been dropping, but I digress. The point I want to make is that even if I won $10mil in the lottery, I still would not buy a place in Van right now. I refuse to buy any asset as overvalued as is Vancouver real estate. I think most on this blog feel the same way.

Combat roach
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Combat roach

Right, but for RE obsessed people that kind of reasoning is extremely hard to comprehend. Thier all universe keeps revolving around a sawdust bungalow while every hour frantically checking calculators to see how much money their divinity “made” for them.

No Money Down
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No Money Down

Agreed. Bought a ticket in the BC Children’s lottery with the clear condition that (in the extremely unlikely) event we won, we would take the $2.2M cash and not one of the RE grand prizes.

https://bcchildren.com/

Patiently Waiting
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Patiently Waiting
I have lots of friends and relatives who might be hurt by a crash. Many own real estate worth a million dollars or more. My parents’ house, which I will probably inherit, is going to go down just like everything else. Thankfully, they are in a good financial position. I see a crash as a necessary thing to fix the imbalances in Metro Vancouver. In the short-run it will be bad for some tenants, but hopefully they will get some buying opportunities if they have a stable income and good credit. In the short-run the economy is going to crash too, but hopefully this city will come out of it stronger and more diversified (and less narcissistic). Even though I was born and raised here, I’m not sure if I want to grow old here. Not sure if I’ll ever… Read more »
Newcomer
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Newcomer

What makes you say a crash would be bad for some tenants?

Patiently Waiting
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Patiently Waiting

More competition from people who would normally buy, or who walked away from their homes. Landlords in financial trouble, getting foreclosed etc. , which can cause their tenants stress (even if the law protects them to some extent). Good luck getting your amateur landlord to repair anything when they are barely hanging on.

Stretching it further, losing jobs if they work in anything related to real estate or consumer spending. Neighbourhoods in decline, stores closing, and just knowing people who are in financial trouble.

Newcomer
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Newcomer

I see the problems of general economic stress, but that applies equally to owners. Generally speaking, when prices go down, vacancy rates go up so there is less competition, and landlords are more eager to keep their tenants. This is a basic rule of housing markets. That is why Calgary rents are down by 20%. It happens because owners rent rather than sell in order to avoid selling at a loss, or rent because they cannot sell at all. At the same time, downturns reduce the level of household formation (people stay with their parents rather than moving out, live with roommates rather than getting married etc.) and cause people to move away. Tenants who hold on to their income will be fine.

vangrl
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vangrl

Correct. It’s not as though less people buying magically decreases our supply. Your Alberta scenario is a perfect example.

Patiently Waiting
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Patiently Waiting
Keep in mind, a high vacancy rate in Vancouver and its inner suburbs is 2%. Last I heard, Calgary is heading to 7%. Which also makes me wonder where people are going to go within Canada, assuming Calgary is still in recession and Toronto is just as screwed as here. I guess some will move back to their hometown or province when they run out of options. Certainly there will be less household formation. I agree that the cardboard slums of Surrey and the far reaches of the Fraser Valley will be more favourable to tenants. But I expect the north side of the Fraser west of Poco will still be really bad for tenants even in a crash (very few if any rent decreases). BTW I’d hate to rent from someone who doesn’t want to be a landlord. Highly… Read more »
Newcomer
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Newcomer
You’d still want to do your due diligence, that’s for sure. I would never rent a place without looking into the landlord’s situation and personality. For most of the past ten years, Vancouver has been a renter’s paradise for everything above the super-budget level. We have only seen strong upward price pressure only in the past year or so. If a crash brings it back to previous levels, everyone will be fine. Even at current levels, it’s OK for mid-market and above. Obviously, Vancouver has less choice and higher prices than many small cities, but compared to large cities it’s been pretty nice. On the other hand, if rents were to go up another 20 or 30%, I would seriously consider bailing. I’m a bit of a cheapskate, and one of the things that attracted me to this city was… Read more »
Patiently Waiting
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Patiently Waiting

The rents may seem cheap, but so is the product. I was apartment hunting a few months ago and I was shocked at the condition of so many apartment buildings. These weren’t the cheapest apartments, either.
Then I started using the Bedbug Registry (which is no longer updated as of February), and realized I had applied to a few buildings that had severe problems with not just bedbugs, but rats, mice, roaches etc. etc. etc.
I moved into a building that seems well-run and still below 20% of my income, but it easily could ended badly had I not done a bit of investigating.
Be careful out there.

KAK
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KAK

Seniors can defer their Property taxes.

Newcomer
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Newcomer

I think he means “special assessments” by the strata.

vangrl
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vangrl

Did the same thing, I can’t believe other long time owners aren’t cashing out and living on their investment returns.

Disgruntled condo owner
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Disgruntled condo owner

“investment returns”.
I’m sorry, that phrase stated in the context of the Vancouver real estate money laundering casino makes me want to puke.

vangrl
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vangrl

interest/dividends…..that better?

Disgruntled condo owner
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Disgruntled condo owner

“Investment returns” in Vancouver real estate is like saying investment returns after winning the lottery, casino, or a pulling a successful heist.

Ulsterman
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If you could buy NOW at 2006 prices your feet wouldn’t even touch the ground as you sped down to the nearest mortgage broker. The danger is if prices returned to 2006 levels, you may find yourself stuck reading blogs like these convinced that prices will go lower and not buy. My friend from Northern Ireland did this exact same thing in London back in 2009-10 (i think i recall the date correctly). A London apartment dropped significantly to about £300k and he was convinced if he only waited longer it would be lower. I believe the place is now at least double that and he regrets it. He learned his lesson and bought into the bottom of the Northern Irish market after it crashed 50-70% (depending on area). He sent me that message as a word of warning once… Read more »
Combat roach
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Combat roach

You don’t chase bottom or whatever but look what makes sense compared to your financial situation utilizing some fundamentals (rent vs mortgage, household income x 3 -4 , etc) adjusted for specific location. Anything else is speculation.

Newcomer
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Newcomer

Exactly what Combat roach said.

Disgruntled condo owner
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Disgruntled condo owner

Yes but we are LONG way from 2006 prices. This tiny adjustment so far isn’t even a correction yet IMO, relative to the absurd increases in the past two years alone.

Kim
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Kim
Best place on meth
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Best place on meth

” In many areas, they have been ordered to watch the show. And its hero is undoubtedly Mr. Xi, the only nondisgraced leader to be featured. He is described as spartan, humble and happy with a simple diet.

“Hold high a sharp saber against corruption,” Mr. Xi intones on the show. “Corrupt elements will be investigated and dealt with as they’re uncovered. Corruption must be punished. Graft must be purged.”

So says the scumbag ringleader of the party who has billions stashed away in offshore accounts.

Anyway, if each episode ends with an execution then I’d love to watch the show. I don’t even need it translated.

Bartleby
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Bartleby

Amazing, almost makes me want to investigate some way to upvote! +10

Combat roach
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Combat roach

Is that show supposed to last infinitely or until the end of the world, casting once a week?

Just me
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Just me

“…the most crucial factor driving up Metro housing prices has arguably been Ottawa’s Business Immigration Program (BIP), which was initiated in the mid-1980s. Ley estimates the BIP has brought more than 400,000 well-off immigrants to Metro. BIP has helped make Metro one of the most sought-after markets in the world for the $52 billion Cdn each year that Chinese buyers now spend on overseas property, Ley said.”

http://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/douglas-todd-is-real-estate-foreign-buyers-tax-the-15-per-cent-solution

Try competing on prices with 400k offshore millionaires. Thanks Christy, you and your buddies must have made fortunes.

franko
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franko

“Ottawa’s Business Immigration Program”
Maybe you should consider extending your thanks to those somewhat more deserving.

patriotz
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The nice thing about living in Ottawa is that nobody calls the Federal Government “Ottawa”. 🙂

patriotz
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“Ley estimates the BIP has brought more than 400,000 well-off immigrants to Metro. ”

Vancouver metro population has about doubled since the mid-1980’s, from 1.2 million to 2.4 million. Not all of this growth was immigration, Vancouver had strong net domestic migration for much of the period. The claim that 400K of the immigrants, which would likely be about 1/2 the total, came under BIP doesn’t make any sense to me, since it’s a fact that it represents a small % of total immigration.

patriotz
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Further to the above, Vancouver metro’s immigrant population was about 900K in 2011 and is likely about 1 million today. That’s all living immigrants going back to WWII times.

realist
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realist

That immigrant population number needs analysis re: moves in/out of Metro, moves (real/concealed/ fake) back to the homeland, deaths, etc. Even allowing that the number has been, as you suggest, exaggerated, the fact remains that business formation in Canada by this class of immigrant has been very low, and much of even that has been fake. Obviously, it’s been good for RE & related businesses, luxury goods, and casinos…that’s about it.

Ulsterman
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This is a big part of the problem. Vancouver reached a critical mass of chinese immigrants at some point and this made the location even more desirable. It means future immigrants can live an entirely chinese life here but enjoy the benefits of a safe and pleasant democracy that just happens to be nice to look at. Everyone they deal with from the house sales person to the plumber speaks their language. They already have significant social networks in place. I don’t blame them for wanting to come here. Even if they thought prices may fall, i suspect many would still come here above other locations just because of the factors mentioned.

That all said, just because they want to come doesn’t mean we should let them come….

Bbbbb
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Bbbbb

Bingo! That’s why why prices will never go down more than 25%.

Bbbbb
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Bbbbb

McCallum will seal the deal next month with 400,000 immigrants announcement.

Best place on meth
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Best place on meth

Oracle, you promised to fuck off.

YLTNboomerang
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I was getting my brakes done at a Mercedes dealership today, I was the only white customer in the joint and all the folks picking up their cars were Chinese. Every single employee spoke Chinese including the Indian girl working the counter and the white sales guy! I drive a luxury vehicle but because my luxury vehicle is only mid-model (under $100K) I pretty much got lesser service. I walked around the sales floor for ages before anyone even spoke to me and then the Asian guy that did spoke such shitty English and realized I was just killing time while a $1500 brake job was done so he left and got to the white guy salesperson to come talk to me. My colleague recently bought a new Audi. I looked online then sent him to Abbotsford Andy told him… Read more »
Combat roach
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Combat roach

Not only to let them come, but to start cleaning the field to oust the current locust’s nests for once and all otherwise wasteland will prevail. Just get the right tax policy and go after money.

victoria
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victoria

A lot of people in victoria seem to think that Victoria is going to be the new Vancouver and our prices will just keep going up and up. They think people from Vancouver have “discovered” Victria and all want to move here. I mentioned jobs … one person said – oh there is the government …..and some tech…..

Thoughts?

Newcomer
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Newcomer

Never say never. Keep in mind that there are no fundamentals supporting Vancouver house prices either. I have a buddy who spends every weekend on the island shopping for a nice place to live while there are open houses his place here. The recent run up is stupid. But that is irrelevant.

victoria
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victoria

People here seem to think that Victria will become the next Vancouver in Real Estate as everyone from Van will be moving here…..

YVR
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YVR

Victoria will crash just like everywhere else. Bubbles always go back to their starting point.

Oh NO
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Oh NO

I hear lotsa people buying up Saskatchewan jewels like Stoon and Vegina, Prince Albert.. ham wants some wheat n snow

paulb
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New
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Price Change
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Sold
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TI:9,939

MTD:

Listings: 2915
Sales: 1602

For weekly sales and/or new listings info on a specific neighbourhood/city of your interest, email me and I will customize a weekly update for you. The daily sales numbers only mean so much. Each neighbourhood and market segment can be quite different.

http://www.paulboenisch.com

Sellnoworbepricedin4evah
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Sellnoworbepricedin4evah

Thanks Paul!

Oh oh
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Oh oh

Curious anyone know how North Van houses holding?

No Money Down
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No Money Down

Median Detached price looks to be about 10% off the May peak of $1.8M. Still up 10%-15% y/y

Detached sales down 66% compared to same period last year.
MOI = 8

All in all North Van detached houses are holding up pretty well compared to Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey…

https://www.zolo.ca/north-vancouver-real-estate/trends

paulb
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Active Member

Better than most other cities in the REBGV. Nice homes under 2M will sell but very few with multiple offers anymore. The market over 2M is pretty dead.

Ktown
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Ktown

3646 sales in the REBGV for October 2015…..1602 so far this month and the new lending rules just kicked in. Anyone that still thinks the market isnt in freefall is a blind fool.

Ktown
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Ktown

I can’t wait to see the total tally of how few detatched homes have sold in total once this month is over.

paulb
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Sales will be down about 30-40% YOY. Pretty big drop with SFH showing the most weakness.

Newcomer
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Newcomer

“The new law allows for fines of up to $7,500 for people who advertise rentals of fewer than 30 days in multiunit buildings, a violation in New York City since 2010.”

http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-governor-signs-bill-authorizing-fines-for-airbnb-rentals-1477079740

YVR
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YVR

My understanding is Vancouver will have larger fines.

Oh NO
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Oh NO

1 yr flip 4738 Inverness

1230000 Purchase
22600 ptt
100000 reno
1345000

43000 realtor fee

1302000

72k in pocket

Oh NO
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Oh NO

Looks staged… the CRA will be licking chops at these ones

Oh NO
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Oh NO

If bailed say 3 months earlier total profit 272K

Sellnoworbepricedin4evah
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Sellnoworbepricedin4evah

They had listed at $1.5mill. Looks like they are not amateurs and hit the bid in a newly tough market. Probably lower realtor fee as they are in the flipping biz but also taxable.

Bbbbb
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Bbbbb

Naive people pay realtor fees. Most that. It $1 million plus have family as realtors. Max $5000 commission.

This blog so naive.

YVR
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YVR

Buyers agent isn’t family. No discount there. That is 50% of commision. If you get a discount from the listing agent that is reflected in the selling price. You get what you pay for. You must live in Surrey.

space889
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space889

World wide release of Civilization 6! Oh look! There is a Canada in the list! Wait, no, not Canada, just good old China. Guess we have to wait for some modder to add Canada in….

Bbbbb
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Bbbbb

Can see BC joining Asia one day and Alberta joining the USA.

dyugle
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dyugle

Vote to become communist?

CanNeverThinkOfAGoodName
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CanNeverThinkOfAGoodName

No, just to wear those cute little blue caps.

Tiredof this traitor
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Tiredof this traitor

Keep it up Space, and one day you’ll be hanging from Burrard Bridge enjoying the view

UBC in Crisis Mode
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UBC in Crisis Mode

West Side big sale today: 1792 Wesbrook Crescent, asking $8.5 million (dropped from $9.8 million since the 15% foreign tax.
Sale Date February 14, 1997
Sale Price $1,200,000
This could be a tax free gain of $7 million after 19 years.

Bbbbb
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Bbbbb

Good for them. I’m hearing that’s vancouver is set to go up again. 45,000 detached Vancouver home sales and 1,300,000,000 chinese.

Confucius
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Confucius

Good for you. I’m hearing that’s vancouver is set to go down harder. 0 percent foreign buyers and plane after plane of corrupt billionaires from China flying in to sell.

southseacompany
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southseacompany

“Vancouver home prices to fall as much as 20 per cent: bank”, Global News

http://globalnews.ca/news/3019232/vancouver-home-prices-to-fall-as-much-as-20-per-cent-bank/

“Canada’s National Bank is predicting home prices in Vancouver will fall as much as 20 per cent in the next year.”

“In a report issued Friday, the financial institution reported Vancouver’s curious housing market will see an “imminent pullback” as the number of home sales continue to fall.”

vangrl
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vangrl

Feels like listings have really slowed down in the last week. Could this be because those “upgrade” buyers have lost purchasing power with the new qualifying rules, and can’t really “upgrade” any more? Although, you’d think all upgrade buyers would have a minimum of 20% down.

Bbbbb
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Bbbbb

Nothing has changed girl. The amount of people coming into the city from abroad is accelerating. It’s sad to see how uniformed people on this blog really are.

Sad. Even sadder that they think they know it all.

Bbbbb
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Bbbbb

Friend just bought a home for $2.4 million on Cambie today.

You guys don’t have clue what’s coming. You gonna be homeless if you’re renting.

Confucius
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Confucius

Friend just sold that house, took him 3 months but finally found a fool. Said he’s got 10 more he’s going to dump. You gonna be homeless going all in on real estate.

Bbbbb
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Bbbbb

You fools ever gonna realize what is causing high rents? Its demand because of people coming into the city from outside the country. No amount of mortgage changes gonna stop that. Rents going much higher. Maybe YVR and Billybonger can bunk together.

It will come to that because naive fools don’t have the brains to figure out the causes of their misfortunes.

Darwinism.

Shut It Down Already
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Shut It Down Already

Welcome back, Oracle.

YVR
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YVR

Oracle do you not have anything better to do? Loooooser

YVR
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YVR

Sounds like you’r scared shtless Oracle. Sucks to be a south asian house wife with nothing but a Slurrey house. A sad life you lead.

Best place on meth
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Best place on meth

Oracle, you lie repeatedly about leaving so we can assume you lie about everything else.

You’re a liar, period.

Beat it.

Aaaaa
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Aaaaa

Hey guys I’m totally new to this blog. I’ve never posted here before I swear. It’s not because I’m afraid to show my face around here so I have to pretend I’m someone else. You guys should buy a house because there’s so many immigrants coming not because I’m having massive bowel movements in my pants because my prices are dropping like a rock and my sawdust McMansion isn’t finished yet. For reals.

Combat roach
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Combat roach

Déjà vu…

“Prospective homebuyers in Toronto — get used to one thing: ever-increasing prices. Either that or move further out in the GTA. Or rent.

http://m.huffpost.com/ca/entry/12575582

patriotz
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southseacompany
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southseacompany

“Vancouver detached home prices to fall 20%, ‘correction will begin soon’: Economist”, BNN

http://www.bnn.ca/vancouver-detached-home-prices-to-fall-20-correction-will-begin-soon-economist-1.589735

“Vancouver’s detached home prices will fall 20 per cent over the next year as the number of homes changing hands in the city continues to plunge, National Bank Financial said in a report on Friday.” “In the case of Vancouver, we think a price correction will begin soon,” National Bank economist Marc Pinsonneault said in the report.”

“While a correction of that magnitude sounds dramatic, the bank characterizes it as “moderate” given how high prices have climbed in the city.”

Simple Solution
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Simple Solution
On the west side, prices already down over 20%. Due to the illiquid nature of real estate the correction will take a long time and will be a lot bigger than anyone expects. This bubble has been fueled by the popular delusion that real estate prices never drop over the long term. That may be true – over the long term prices end up higher. In the long term we are all dead, and within the long term there are periods when prices get higher than anyone ever thought they could and lower than anyone thought was possible. Speculators will be surprised when they see what can happen to prices while they wait for the “long term”. Amature speculators will be introduced to the effects of leverage on the way down. This will be an ugly lesson for many people.… Read more »
Sellnoworbepricedin4evah
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Simple Solution
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Simple Solution
No Money Down
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No Money Down

Hot new west side listing 2348 Oliver Cres. 3 days on the market. First Showing this weekend!

http://www.thecolourofrealestate.com/r2117926-2348-oliver-crescent

As we know it has been listed continuously since June 11 (over 130 days), and price has reduced from $3.888M to $2.988M (23% reduction).

http://www.greaterfool.ca/2016/06/11/hitting-the-fan/

Chinabuyeverything
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Chinabuyeverything

Love Vancouver. Where $3mill is marketed as “liveable” and you have to have strangers in your basement.
Sarc off

YVR
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YVR

The crash continues. Ozzie Jurock reporting today on CKNW October month to date 53% decline in condo sales and 77% decline in SFH sales compared to last year. Average prices down 20% since April.

Boombust
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Boombust

I suppose Michael Campbell was flappin’ his gums and sounding like he saw it coming all along?

YVR
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YVR

Actually Michael Campbell just bought a house in Victoria this Spring so he is pissed. If you want to know when there is a top in any market just look where he puts his money. I recall in Aug 2011 within weeks of the top in gold he said everyone should have 40% of their net worth in gold (like him). He was pumping uranium stocks, 3D printing stocks, Jr oil stocks all right around their peak. I wonder how he has any money left. Oh yea with a house you don’t need any.

Ulsterman
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True, but after listening to Ozzie Jurock on his show back in 2001-02 i DO wish i’d listened to him and attended one of the “make millions in real estate” workshops he was promoting.

YVR
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YVR

Actually Ozzie does not sell properties in the Lower Mainland. Back in 2001 he was buying rental buildings in the BC interior, turning them into stratas and selling them to his students. Some sued him. Probably the worst of all RE investments you could have made at the time.

http://www.vancouversun.com/business/David+Baines+Real+estate+investors+settle+class+action+lawsuit+against+Ozzie+Jurock/8379319/story.html

patriotz
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He’s pumping Alberta this year. The place where rents are going down. Well if oil turns around it might be a winner.

http://jurock.com/2016/01/02/edmonton-condo-near-downtown-96000/

Ulsterman
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he always says he told you gold, oil, C$, equities were about to go up/down, but never gives a link and time to the specific episode when he made the prediction. It’s always generalities.

Ulsterman
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music to my ears. So far deniers are in full denial. If i bring up the drop in prices in Vancouver’s detached market, i get a lot of “That’s because the $3m market has slowed but there are still bidding wars in the $2-3m market” (yes i actually heard that one yesterday), or “That’s only because of the sales mix. Fewer mega houses sold to rich chinese so it artificially made the median go down.” Another word for word challenge to my assertion that prices were falling already.

If we can only keep this rate of decline going for another year or two the reality will be unavoidable.

Combat roach
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Combat roach

“If we can only keep this rate of decline going…”

Hopefully and not only because of housing but society and system fixing. On the other hand, $CAD at 0.748 $US today, and trending further down could be a bigger obstacle than low interest rates unless regulations and taxation of foreign money get further strengthened up?

Newcomer
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Newcomer

To play the Devil’s advocate, a foreigner looking at Vancouver real estate through a CYN or USD filter would see an even sharper crash. If we take it that there was a lot of foreign buying recently, then we also have to take it that these buyers were buying into the rise. If they were attracted to rising prices up to now, why should assume that they are going to turn into bargain hunters all of a sudden? And if cheap is what they are looking for, they’d be better off shopping in Montreal, but they never do.

patriotz
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Just hope Toronto keeps going up, because as long as it does the Feds will keep tightening the screws. They don’t care if Vancouver crashes and burns because you know who will wear it.

Boombust
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Boombust

Exactly. I never was about Vancouver. They could care less.

Newcomer
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Newcomer

Point your friends to Zollo (https://www.zolo.ca/vancouver-real-estate/trends) where they can see that the mix has changed to include more detached but the trend has continued to go down.

No Money Down
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No Money Down

Zolo is your friend.

If you scroll to the bottom of the Trends page you can graph median sale prices for houses/townhouse/condos going back 12 months. Although still affected by sales mix, median is less sensitive than the average to a small number of very expensive sales.

Median price is a trailing indicator.

MOI as a leading indicator. MOI > 8 months is considered by many (including the esteemed REBGV) to reflect a buyers market with downward pressure on prices.

Combat roach
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Combat roach

Kris Klaasen has been “gob-smacked” by Metro Vancouver’s housing turmoil.
While many worry the city’s bubble might be bursting, the 61-year-old communications designer is conflicted over how his modest Vancouver home has become worth almost 20 times what he bought it for.
“Housing has become a hyper-commodity in this city. Living in Vancouver has become very tense. And intense. Every day I’m in a conversation about the price of housing and what it’s doing to the city.”

http://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/douglas-todd-is-real-estate-foreign-buyers-tax-the-15-per-cent-solution

chilled
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chilled

I’m often ‘gobsmaked’ by this sites regulars negative responses to Oracles comments on immigration as a primary cause. He/she/it is the only one who seems to realize that this Ponzi scheme may have been slightly tamed but will continue unless we get the immigration monster that has become Canada’s deficit under control. I’m currently posting from Europe and can explain to any of you Social Justice Warriors what unchecked idealism can do to to country when I get back.

patriotz
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Governments have the power to reduce RE prices by any amount (even to zero), regardless of any other factor. Given this, government policy toward RE taxation and financing has to be considered the primary cause of excessive RE prices. Or if you like, voters who want excessive RE prices and elect like minded governments.

Newcomer
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Newcomer

I think, perhaps, voters want prosperity and increasing RE prices feels like prosperity. It’s an easy way for the government to give money to those who have quite a bit of money already (aka, those who are most likely vote). If people felt rich, but RE prices were low, I don’t think they would be clamouring for them to rise.

YVR
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YVR

Oracle is nothing more than a troll. If you don’t see that you are easily fooled.

Oracle
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Oracle

Think you guys are the fools. Chilled knows where I’m coming from. You really think I was building a house?? Jokes on you. I left clue after clue but your too stubborn to see the forest for the trees.

I’m a renter. Don’t own and am not building anything. Royce (one of the smarter guys) caught on.

The others here…well hopeless.

Immigration numbers are the cause of runaway prices. But continue in your make believe world. And keep believing I’m building a house if it suits your line of thinking.

Newcomer
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Newcomer

So what’s the problem? Do you have a crappy landlord, or do you feel you are overpaying, or what?

CanNeverThinkOfAGoodName
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CanNeverThinkOfAGoodName

Maybe he’s not coming at it from a self-interested angle, Newcomer. Maybe he is concerned about the general direction BC is taking and whether this will cause it and the people who live here to do poorly in the end.

Newcomer
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Newcomer

So you see Oracle as an altruist?

Oracle
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Oracle

And If I owned, do you think I would waste my time here?

specuskeptic
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…. OMG. I think Oracle’s been out Oracled by half the board…… again! So many predicted the return…

franko
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franko

Canadians are freaking out over birth tourism.
http://ripplenews.com/read/unknown/people-are-freaking-out-over-birth-tourism-in-canada-1bf2v6qr

It’s about time!

HAMster
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HAMster

Mainland scum know every trick and angle to get into Canada. They are beyond dishonest, with no ethics or honesty. We need to block them completely from Canada.

Combat roach
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Combat roach

Of course, people are freaking out, it went beyond insanity. Locusts are unscrupulous and ruthless when it comes to taking advantage and benefiting on others expense. Public must step up and press authorities to do something about their shit and before the entire country gets totally FUBAR. Why those fucks think that Canada owes them something and keep milking this country to the bottom.

franko
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franko

…and Richmond hospital has become a locust breeding factory.

HAMster
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HAMster

I had a realtor from New Coast Realty ring my doorbell during dinner last night. I said to him “oh you are the flippers” he said “I never flipped anything…” I told him it’s people like him that have ruined Vancouver for everyone. My wife said I was rude to him so I said, “then I was successful”.

Combat roach
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Combat roach

You should have called police and report disturbance or suspect break-in.

Hyper-mega-Bull
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Hyper-mega-Bull

“…and I think he’s armed!”

CanNeverThinkOfAGoodName
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CanNeverThinkOfAGoodName

Or let him give his rap and film him.

Sellnoworbepricedin4evah
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Sellnoworbepricedin4evah

FYI. That house on Oliver in Arbutus neighbourhood that has been the talk on here has b en removed from MLS. Sold? Any realtors know ?

No Money Down
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No Money Down

It’s a new listing (LOL). 3 days on market. I believe it takes a few days to appear on MLS.

https://www.zolo.ca/vancouver-real-estate/2348-oliver-crescent

Sellnoworbepricedin4evah
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Sellnoworbepricedin4evah

No. I saw it the other day on rew.ca at its new price. Now it’s gone.

Buynow or Getlaidnever
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Buynow or Getlaidnever
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