Vancouver seems to be getting a lot of attention right now for the disparity between house prices and incomes:
The median cost of a Vancouver home, adjusted for purchasing power parity, is US$672,000 — costly but still 15 per cent to 26 per cent below that of San Jose and San Francisco, the two most expensive housing markets, according to Andy Yan, director of Simon Fraser University’s City Program, whose study accounted for the difference in buying power of a dollar across geographies and currencies.
What pushes Vancouver to the top of the unaffordability rankings is paltry wages. In Canada’s third-largest city, the median household earns the equivalent of US$61,036 a year — in line with Columbus and less than families in Omaha, Nebraska, Kansas City, Missouri and even Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a rural community of 59,000 known for cornfields.
fortunately the solution is simple: cut house prices in half or double up current household incomes. Read the full article here.
Kabloona pointed out this article about a vacant zombie neighborhood in West Van.
Nobody’s home except dust bunnies and racoons
In one of Canada’s most expensive neighbourhoods, in hilly West Vancouver, sits a row of seemingly abandoned mansions.
Not a single person can be found on the upper north side of Highview Place on a weekday midafternoon.
Read the full article here.
When the city of Vancouver was trying to woo Amazon there was some concern that housing data would make the city look bad.
As city staff scrambled last fall to put together a proposal to woo Seattle-based Amazon to build a second headquarters here, they were faced with a major potential weakness: how to make the city attractive in the midst of a housing affordability crisis?”
“Internal email records obtained by the National Post through a freedom-of-information request show that the issue was top of mind for staff within the city’s economic development agency, the Vancouver Economic Commission, some of whom discussed leaving out certain housing data that could make the city “look bad.”
Read the full article over at the National Post.
As Dave puts it “Imagine if they were concerned about housing for locals.“
Can it be? Have we gone two month in the spring selling season without a single day hitting over 200 properties sold?
Myraandrews has gone through Paul’s numbers and it looks like that’s the case:
From justme: people that own homes worth more that 3 million dollars may have to pay an extra housing tax. For a 3.5 million dollar property that could cost as much as $50 to $100 per month.
“Owners of multi-million dollar homes are probably not going to endear themselves to the public by pleading financial hardship. Nevertheless, more than 100 Vancouver residents gathered in a park last week to protest a surtax introduced by the provincial NDP government on homes worth more than $3 million. They wielded signs claiming the government “wants to confiscate your hard-earned home savings!” The tax, they said, is “unfair,” “exorbitant” and “predatory.”
Read more here.